Welcome New Faculty 2018-19
Every new school year brings a renewal of the learning community.
Welcome to the new members of the TASIS England family.
Alison Beck joins TASIS as an US AP Psychology and History Teacher and House Tutor. She is excited to be introducing AP Psychology to TASIS, a class she taught for several years nearby at ACS Cobham.
Alison brings nearly twenty years of teaching experience in several subjects and a wide range of contexts – from state schools in California and Colorado to international schools in England and Italy. Most recently she taught IB History at St. Stephen's School in Rome. She is eager to join the TASIS team.
Andrew Bowden, who joins TASIS as a Deputy Resident House Parent and PE Teacher, was born in Salisbury but grew up in Barford, Warwickshire. While at Warwick School he developed his love of sport and in particular rugby. After graduating with a B.Ed. (Hons) from Exeter University he began his teaching career in Essex. Primarily a math and Physical Education specialist, Andrew began to develop his interest and involvement as a pastoral leader which has continued to this day.
He first played rugby for Southend and Basildon before being invited to play at Saracens, which continued for the next three years. After moving to Cornwall, Andrew worked at Poltair Sports College as Head of PE and Head of Year. More recently, he added to his teaching experience abroad and spent four years in Kuwait as Deputy Head Secondary, although he never became accustomed to the intense heat!
Brianna Clark joins TASIS as an US Chemistry Teacher and House Tutor. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, she grew up on the ski slopes of Colorado where she has lived most of her life. While studying for her B.S. in biology with a chemistry minor at Utah State University, Brianna spent a year in Costa Rica where she lived with a local family while continuing her science education.
After a year working in a chemical research lab, she completed her M.Ed. at University of Colorado Denver and has spent the past five years teaching high school chemistry in Denver. Brianna’s family has lived all over the world from Shanghai to Dubai and she feels lucky to have explored incredible places with them. She is looking forward to her next adventure in England and to becoming a part of the great community at TASIS.
Libby Farmer joins TASIS as Head of PE. Having played almost everything offered to her as a youngster, she gained representative honors in field hockey and athletics. It was a natural transition for her to go to PE College, and she holds a B.Ed. (Hons) in specialist secondary physical education as well as qualifications as a personal trainer.
She has taught PE for 29 years at The Holt School in Wokingham, Bridgewater High School in Warrington and, most recently, as Head of Physical Education at Baylis Court School, Slough. Libby believes that teaching youngsters is a privilege, one that she thoroughly enjoys and is passionate about, and she is looking forward very much to joining the team at TASIS England.
Liz Fernando joins the TASIS Lower School as a Teaching Assistant. She has always lived in the Egham area and in Thorpe village for the last 10 years. She holds an NNEB diploma in nursery nursing and a SWiS (Support Work in Schools) qualification. For 30 years, Liz has worked with children ranging in age from 3 to 11.
She especially enjoys seeing the children grow and celebrating all their achievements, no matter how big or small. She is excited to join the TASIS community, to learn new things and share some of her experience, as well as to make new friends and become part of a new team.
Daniel Giannini joins TASIS as a Resident House Parent after over 20 years working with young people in social care, safeguarding and supporting boarding students. He moves from his role as Head of Boarding at West Heath School in Sevenoaks, a specialist school for teenagers with severe emotional and behavioral conditions. During his sixteen years there he was very proud of the students who completed their studies and either attended university or went on to train in a trade or profession after experiencing difficult childhoods. Daniel's qualifications include NVQ Level 4 in Social Care (Children and Young People), Diploma in (NLP) Neuro Linguistic Programming qualified: BA(Hons), Social Sciences foundation year: Open University BA(Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies – First Year.
Before joining West Heath, he worked as a Child Protection Officer at Sunnydown School, Caterham, supporting young people with learning difficulties throughout their studies and within boarding. With a passion for traveling, Daniel has been to countries such as Kenya, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam, and spent a year backpacking around Australia. Having worked with international students, and trained and accustomed to cultural issues and differences, he very much looks forward to meeting and working at TASIS with people from all over the world.
Paul Havern will join TASIS as College Counselor and House Tutor after over five years at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City where he worked as the Assistant Director of Admissions. He holds a B.A. in English literature from Michigan State University.
Paul looks forward to joining the TASIS community and working with the college counseling team and guiding students through the college admissions process. He says that Thorpe will be a nice change from the big city!
Emily Jancosko joins TASIS England to teach Upper School English and serve as a House Tutor. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in English literature (Boston College), as well as a M.Ed. (Boston University). With 12 years of teaching experience, Emily has taught in the US and several other countries, most recently Ukraine, where she taught IB and AP English for five years.
In her spare time, she enjoys writing, and insists this will be the year she finally completes a novel. Emily has worked with students in various writing activities, including novel writing workshops and pre-IB writing skills. Having amassed a collection of travel experiences during her time in Eastern Europe, she is now looking forward to exploring the setting in which her favorite authors lived and worked in the UK.
Morgan Lloyd, who joins TASIS as an US Math Teacher and House Tutor, was (fittingly) born on Pi Day in Dayton, Ohio, and grew up as a dependent in the United States Air Force, but says she “was probably one of the most stationary military kids around.” She knew from the age of five that she wanted to be a teacher and, while tutoring her secondary school classmates in mathematics, discovered a true passion for teaching mathematics specifically.
Morgan holds a B.S. in mathematics from Wright State University and M.A. in mathematics education from Ball State University. During her three years of teaching in Indiana, her goal in the classroom was to help her students see the beauty in mathematics, and she used art, music, dance, and history in her lessons to make mathematics truly come alive. Morgan is excited about joining the TASIS family, and often finds herself drawn to the TASIS England Facebook page to check on the latest happenings.
Elizabeth Mohr, TASIS England’s new Assistant Director of College Counseling, grew up in the US, graduating from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in educational studies and Oregon State University with a master's degree in counseling.
Elizabeth started her professional career at Kaohsiung American School in Taiwan, and has also worked at International School Manila and The International School of Amsterdam. She enjoys volunteering as a Task Force member for the International School Counsellor Association, and is excited to be joining the TASIS College Counseling team and having the opportunity learn from her colleagues.
Sophie O’Connor joins TASIS as a Deputy House Parent and LRC and EAL Teaching Assistant. An IB graduate from the Bavarian International School, she went on to earn a B.A. (Hons) in English literature and creative writing at Bath Spa University.
After graduation, she found a challenging yet rewarding full-time position at an Oncology Hospital in Bristol. However, she has always remained interested in international education and is excited to contribute all she can to support the TASIS England boarding and learning support programs.
Colin Peters joins TASIS as Theatre Technician. He trained as a theatre designer at Central St Martin's School of Art and Design and holds a B.A. (Hons) in stage design and scenography as well as a PGCE. Colin’s varied career includes professional theatre, designing sets, costume, lighting, and sound for multiple theatre and opera productions. Highlights include designing for the National Theatre and the RSC and at Copenhagen Opera House.
In recent years, he has focused on practical design and furniture-making projects in a range of media and materials for homes and businesses, while also working on theatre production design projects with and for schools. Colin is delighted to work at TASIS, where he can use his range of practical skills and theatre industry experience to support the School's vibrant creative and cultural program.
Denise Sewell joins TASIS as a LS Teaching Assistant and the Early Years Designated Safeguarding Lead. In 2003, she started working with children aged from 5 months to 11 years old as a childminder, offering care and education, and achieving an “Outstanding” reputation as described by Ofsted. During that time, she completed an NVQ level 3 in childcare, learning and development, a Foundation Degree in early years, and a First Class B.A. (Hons) in early years: education and leadership in practice.
After completing her degree, Denise worked as a nursery officer within a children’s centre and, in 2016, became an Early Years Practitioner and a Safeguarding Lead at an independent school in Ealing. She is delighted to be given the opportunity to work at TASIS alongside a friendly, enthusiastic, and dedicated team, and to use her knowledge and skills to help promote the TASIS Lower School program.
Felicity Simmons joins TASIS England as a Deputy House Parent & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead for the Upper School. She holds a M.S. in child and adolescent mental health from Kings College London and a B.S. in psychology from St Mary’s University, Twickenham. To indulge her passion for travel, prior to her degree she took a Gap Year, living in Australia for six months and traveling to New Zealand, Hong Kong, Fiji, and America.
Felicity comes to TASIS with over six years’ experience in residential care schools, working with young people with physical disabilities and complex behavioral, cognitive, and medical needs. She is excited to become part of the unique TASIS community, supporting students to develop resilience, achieve independence, and gain respect through shared experiences.
Alice Tully joins TASIS as an US Biology Teacher and House Tutor. She earned at B.Sc. in biochemistry and, after completing her M.Sc. in biochemistry at the University of Kent, she decided to pursue teaching and moved to Exeter to complete a PGCE. Her first six years of teaching experience were spent at Sevenoaks School, an international boarding school in Kent. While there she enjoyed taking on a boarding role in addition to teaching Biology, and is looking forward to joining a boarding community again.
Alice moved to Singapore to work as Head of Biology at an international Lasallian school. During her five years there, she traveled extensively throughout SE Asia. Now back in the UK, she is particularly looking forward to a less humid climate as she joins the students and teachers in the TASIS community and explores the Surrey area and beyond.
Barb Wheeler, who describes herself as a science educator and enthusiast, joins TASIS as a MS Science Teacher and House Tutor. Originally from Michigan, she grew up around the beautiful Great Lakes and received a B.S. from Grand Valley State University, majoring in Education and Integrated Science with a minor in Elementary Education.
Barb taught science at a middle school in California for two years. Watching her students grow into responsible citizens who are aware of current scientific topics fuelled her passion for educating students about the fascinating world of science. During the summer of 2015, Barb traveled to Ireland, Scotland, and England – a trip that greatly influenced her decision to teach abroad. She is looking forward to building positive relationships with her students, their parents, and her colleagues.
Colin Williams joins TASIS as a Resident House Parent. He lived in South London for over 30 years before moving to Berkshire. For much of his career, he has worked with young people in varied supportive and developmental capacities across housing, education, mentoring, foster carer, coaching, employability, and training. Colin is formally trained in counselling, mentoring, NLP, CBT, coaching, and training, and his working background includes private and public sectors, charities, and statutory environments such as local authorities, housing associations, colleges, training companies, employment agencies, and companies.
Colin enjoys facilitating personal social development and having opportunities to implement “change” and inspire and motivate others to challenge and achieve. Having traveled in Europe and Africa, he appreciates the variation of language, cultural social dynamics, history, and heritage. He looks forward to the opportunity to further develop his skills, knowledge, and understanding of working with young people in a new and exciting educational setting, to enhance his professional working practice, and to be able to guide and implement the support required for the development and progression of the students at TASIS.