We are delighted to welcome several new staff members for the 2012-13 school year. Please find below some information on each of them:
Adam Robinson joins us as a Middle School English Teacher. Born in New York City, he attended University of Texas in Austin. He holds two master’s degrees, one from British Columbia, Canada and the other from Rome, Italy. He has lived in Brussels since July 2011 and substituted in the Middle School last year.
Debbie Corcoran joins us as a third grade teacher in the Elementary School. She comes to us from Centennial School District in Portland, Oregon (U.S). She has been teaching for 29 years in both ES and ESL programs. She has been to 25 different countries but loves her home state Oregon for its wildlife and active lifestyle. She was a Fulbright Scholar of Spanish language study while living in Puebla Mexico. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State and her master’s in Teaching from Lewis and Clarke College in Portland, Oregon.
Chris Savva joins St. John’s in first grade of the Elementary School from the American School Lima, Peru. He has 9 years of teaching experience, five of which at the Tokyo International School in Japan. He speaks English, French, Japanese, Spanish, Greek and German and loves photography, travel and to study architecture.
Chris Slough will be teaching science in High School and joins us also from the American School Lima, Peru. He has 12 years of teaching experience at schools in the U.S., Kuwait, Serbia, and Peru. His bachelor’s degree is from the University of Colorado and his master’s from the College of New Jersey. He speaks Serbian and Spanish, and loves to play guitar, paint and garden in his spare time.
Carol Montgomery will be teaching fourth grade in the Elementary School and comes to us from the Hamlin School for Girls in San Francisco, California. Her 12 years of teaching experience were all in the U.S. She speaks Spanish and spent time as an English as a Second Language teacher in a Public school in Washington, D.C. She loves to play golf, cook, yoga and volunteer as much as possible.
Sara Rich will be a Middle School Social Studies Teacher. She joins us from the Coney Island Prep Public Charter School in Brooklyn, N.Y. Some of her 5 years teaching experience were at the American school of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Fluent in Swahili, she hiked to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. She also played rugby at the University of Virginia, where she obtained both her bachelor and master’s degrees.
Jonathan Adams joins grade 4 in the Elementary School from Vilnius International School in Lithuania. Originally from Kline, Texas, he has experience in PYP in an international school setting. He loves to go hiking, camping and speak about politics. John received his bachelor’s degree from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y.
Diane Ajamian-Taub will teach grade 2 in the Elementary School. She comes to St. John’s from Casablanca American School in Morocco. She has 12 years of teaching experience, is married to Robert (see below) and they bring two children, Emma and Olivia, to St. John’s. Diane loves to do yoga, pilates, running and especially reading.
Robert J. Taub joins the Middle School as a math and science teacher. Also coming to us from Casablanca American School in Morocco, Robert has 20 years of teaching experience. He loves to travel with his kids, enjoys medieval history, astronomy and reading.
Tom Ryan will teach science in the Middle School and comes to us from the International School Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. He has 29 years of teaching experience gained in Canada, South Africa, USA, China and Vietnam.
Matthew Rivers joins the High School as the guidance counselor. He was head of Physics at an Independent Girls school in London and worked at the European School in Brussels from 2001-2010. He has also taught in United Arab Emirates as Head of Science. He is married and has four kids. Matt is very interested in music and issues that deal with sustainability and energy saving.
Michael Morris joins the Elementary School as a Kindergarten teacher. Previously, he was head teacher at Tetty Preschool in Prague, Czech Republic. He did his studies in Ohio, then started in Prague in 2007 as an English instructor. He worked at three different schools since moving to Prague.
Aurelie Neufkens will teach Environmental Systems in High School. Aurelie has been teaching for five years and during that time has worked as a Science and Mathematics teacher at the International School of Kuala Lumpur, Binus International School of Jakarta and The American School of Bangkok.
Manuela Bartolome y Bartolome joins as a Middle School Spanish teacher. She holds a Bachelor degree in Education from the University of Zaragoza, Spain. Manuela has taught in Spain and abroad. While living in France from 2004 to 2007, she supported the Spanish section of Lycee International (St. Germain en Laye, Paris). She has also been a private Spanish Tutor for children.
Maria Foti will replace Marie-Charlotte Vandermersch during her maternity leave as the school psychologist. She holds four master’s degrees, in Psychoanalytical Clinic of anorexia-bulimia and obesity, the body and the mind in psychopathology of the adolescent, Law Psychology and on Family Mediation.
Grant Kaufman will cover Sage Borgmastars’ maternity leave in High School. Grant completed his teacher training at the University of Edinburgh with a merit award for Secondary History and Guidance working with special needs and learning disabled students. Since graduating in June 2005, he has been a full-time teacher at schools in Scotland, France, Canada, Moscow, and Kiev.
Miklos Ambrozy (“Miki”) joins the Middle School as a drama teacher. He holds degrees in English Language and Literature with TESOL qualification and Sociology from Eotvos Lorand University of Sciences, Hungary. Miki started as a Teacher of ESOL in a private school in Greece, then became a Youth Trainer and Media Educator at European level. He also worked as the Executive Director of Global Soma Youth Association (NGO Youth Work, Media Education) before working for European projects again from 2010 onwards.
Virginie Leveque joined us on June 1 as Head of Accounting. Virginie has 2 years of experience in Accounting, and Audit Control, Finance reporting and HR. She has previously worked in IT consulting companies.
Anne Marchi joined us as HR Manager on July 16. Anne has been working for nearly 20 years in HR in various companies, including Cimenteries, Cytec Chemicals and the latest being the MSCI group.