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School Teachers

Early Childhood


Dana buqais

Pre-KG Teacher

 

I am Bahraini-Puerto Rican, born and raised in Bahrain. I lived in Florida for 5 years, where I got my Bachelor’s Degree and worked for a year before returning to Bahrain. I also hold an MBA from DePaul University. I am trilingual and fluent in English, Arabic, and Spanish. I am a mother to two boys. They are my inspiration and force that helped me become the Early Childhood Teacher I am today. I get so much joy working with small children and watching them grow and learn. I feel fortunate to have this amazing professional experience and cherish every moment, with every student. 

 

 


Christine Bereznay

Pre-KG Teacher

 

I am half Luxembourgish and half American and grew up living in the Middle East. I have previously worked in Belgium and I am starting my third year in Bahrain and first year at ASB. I have experience teaching in Pre-K to KG2 and I am so excited to be a part of the ECE team at ASB. I am currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Special Education. I love animals and I have a cat named Nala. 

 


Charlie Armstrong

KG 1 Teacher

 

As an expatriate child, I had a passion for traveling and started my teaching career in Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan where I worked with the Board of Education to help multiple elementary schools improve their English programs for 3 years. Now with my Masters in Education from Penn State University, I strive to help my students explore the world around them, expand their international mindedness, and bridge the gap between cultural borders. Not only do I want my students to learn, but to have fun while learning about the world in my class! Other than my love for teaching, I also love yoga, tennis, and strength training.

 


Tarryn pods

KG 1 Teacher

 

I was born in South Africa, but I have been living in Bahrain since 2008. I have had the pleasure of teaching students from ages 2-5 years and instilling a love of learning during this time. I love to learn through exploration and discovery, learning about the amazing world around us and the fun we get to have exploring it. When I am not teaching, I can be found speeding around the karting track, building LEGO, painting or reading a good book. I feel very fortunate to work with such an amazing group of people and continue on my own journey of growth.

 

 


Alexander Hughes

KG 2 Teacher

 

I am originally from the UK, and taught ages 3-5 for several years before moving to international education.
Before coming to Bahrain, I lived in Japan for 4 years. I love working with kindergarten students because their inquisitive and spontaneous nature is so exciting! Outside of school I enjoy diving and travelling to new places. 

 


Eimear peoples

KG 2 Teacher 

 

I’m originally from the West of Ireland but have been living and working in Bahrain for 10 years. The majority of my teaching career has focused on KG-2 and grade 1. I enjoy reading and horse riding. I love to travel and experience diverse cultures, hoping to continue to explore more of our world.

 


Alexandra galleguillos

Grade 1 Teacher

 

My name is Alexandra Galleguillos and I am from New Orleans, Louisiana. I started my teaching career in Louisiana and am thrilled to be starting my international experience at ASB in Bahrain. I am the youngest of three daughters and the bravest out of my whole family. I am bilingual with my second language being Spanish. I love trying anything and everything once because that is how I think life should be lived. 

 


jacqueline visser

Grade 2 Teacher

 

I grew up in South Africa and commenced my teaching career in Cape Town. I left at the beginning of 2005 and that is when my international experience began.  Over the past 15 years, I have worked in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Moscow, and now Bahrain.  I feel honoured to be a part of the founding team of teachers at ASB and enjoy working with our wonderful students. Over the past 21 years of teaching, I have learned that in order for a child to succeed, they need to feel safe and happy at school. It is for this reason that I ensure my classroom has a relaxed, non-threatening atmosphere and every victory is celebrated, no matter how small it may seem.   In my spare time, I enjoy long-distance running, CrossFit, travelling and reading.  

 

 

Our kindergarten student holing a plastic container during art project

Sharandeep Dhami

Grade 2 Teacher

 

I am originally from London and have been living abroad and working in international schools for 10 years. I have a teaching qualification from England and a Masters in Education and Curriculum. I have had many roles within schools, ranging from an ESL teacher to a PYP Coordinator. I love helping children learn exciting new things, and getting to know my students well during the school year. I have taught in Austria, Oman and Japan, and have enjoyed experiencing new cultures and delicious food!  

 

Elementary School


Megan RITSON

Grade 3 Teacher

 

I am originally from England, although born in Canada as both my parents were in the British Army and stationed there. I attended George Mason University (USA) for both my Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Elementary Education. My teaching career started in the US followed by 2 years in Germany and I am now happy to be teaching in Bahrain. When I am not teaching I enjoy exploring the world and finding new adventures. 

 


Brenda Boehlke

Grade 4 Teacher

 

I am from Wisconsin, USA. I have two daughters currently in Florida, USA. Kelly - 2nd year resident at Johns Hopkins University Hospital &  Kirsten Grace (Grace) rising senior at University of South Florida- (Public Relations/Film). I’ve lived in Bahrain for 3 years. I love working with a cohesive, selfless  team. My best work experiences are when my colleagues are also my good friends. 

 


Bianca BRIERS

Grade 5 Teacher

 

I was raised in Bredasdorp, at the most Southern Point of Africa, where I lived with my parents and a younger brother, John. I have lived and taught in Bahrain for the past five years and love it here and the experiences that go along with living in the Middle East. I am a very energetic and positive person that believes a smile can change the world. I really enjoy traveling and going on adventures. My life quote is “Make every moment count” and I really give my best daily in everything I do.

 


Andrew Maul

Grade 5 Teacher

 

Although originally from Florida, I have been living outside the United States since 2008. My parents are from opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean, so I was raised with a global perspective. I have a Masters Degree from Penn State and hold both QTS (British) and US Teaching Licensure. This is my fifth year working in International Schools. It's a privilege to be in a position where I can serve as a guide to students on their own individual learning journeys and help to instill an international mindset. This forms the basis of the learning environment I like to create in my classroom. 

 

 

Middle School


dANIELLE DAVIS

Grade 6 Teacher

 

I have lived in Atlanta, Georgia for about 20 years. I am a proud Graduate from the University of Georgia.  I’ve been teaching science for 7 years. I’ve worked in various capacities teaching science including chemistry, physics, and biology. I love exposing students to the beauty of science in our everyday lives. One of my favorite activities in my classroom is creating roller coasters to explain the transformation between potential and kinetic energy. 

 


Courtney Osborne

Grade 6 Teacher

 

I am a US National Board-Certified Teacher in AYA Social Studies and have greatly enjoyed my position as both teacher and department chair since beginning my career in 2004. My family has been bouncing around the US for the past several years and are so excited to have landed in Bahrain for our next adventure! I am a complete nerd who could talk about human interactions and close reading skills forever - and never tire of it! Outside of the classroom, I enjoy guiding students around the globe on cultural exploration and service projects. I have led student trips throughout the US, Canada, Qatar, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Germany, Belgium, France, England, Italy, Greece and Korea.

 


sarrah pillay

Grade 7 & English Teacher

 

Although I was born in Northern Ireland, my parents then migrated to warmer pastures and I grew up primarily in Zimbabwe with time spent in New York, Nairobi and Geneva. I studied for my Masters at the University of St Andrews in Scotland and have been in the teaching field for twenty years now. I am an avid reader, enjoy visiting art galleries and spending quality time with my family. I am passionate about my career choice and love being in the classroom and watching my students gain the same enormous pleasure that I do from a book and how it can transport you to a different place and time. 

 


Neil visser

Grade 8 & Social Studies Teacher

 

I left South Africa in 2004 to honour a two year contract in Abu Dhabi, thinking that I would be back in SA after the two years. This is my 18th year as an international educator having taught in South Africa, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Moscow and now Bahrain.  Having been in administrative positions at two schools, I find myself being drawn back to the classroom as time spent with the students is rewarding and fun. I find myself privileged to be at ASB and work with a great team and wonderful students.  ASB is a family affair as my wife and children are all part of this wonderful family. I enjoy travelling, reading, cooking and spending time outdoors.

 

High School


Nader Khairellah

Grade 9 & Mathematics Teacher

 

I have been an enthusiastic and engaged Mathematics Teacher in international schools for twenty-three years and have taught in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Singapore, Vietnam and Mexico. I am an IB qualified teacher and as a Senior IB Examiner and Team Leader I work with the IB organisation to mark exam papers and assessments. I received my PGCE and Master’s in Education from the University of Buckingham in England. My thesis investigated how differentiated instruction positively affected EAL students’ assessment results, as well as, improving their confidence and happiness in other aspects of their school experience.  

 


Ahmed lotfy

Grade 10 & Business and Economics Teacher

 

I am an IB Economics and Business Studies teacher. I have worked in the fields of banking, corporate, and development for many years prior to teaching. I love to integrate my real-world work experience into my teaching. I also have a passion for teaching others to grow organic food and eat in a healthy way. I spearheaded the first gardens project at the American International School of Egypt-West Campus. I also love playing sports, traveling, kayaking, fishing, and chess!

 

Creative Arts


Oliver meyer

CAS Coordinator 

 

I am a passionate Visual Arts Educator with almost 15 year’s experience teaching in Central London Day Schools.  During this time, I have taught an age range of 4-18; leading the development of two start up departments at both elementary and high school level.  I have collaborated with other departments and led trips to both the East and West coast of America, most recently we went to LA and I got to sit on Forest Gump’s iconic bench. Working with other London Day Schools, I conceived and led a series of workshops showcasing the very best of the student work, culminating with an exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. 

 


Berenice Coelho

Arts Teacher

 

I love Art! I love everything about it- creating it, appreciating it and most of all teaching it. I "stumbled" into the teaching profession 12 years ago and I can't imagine being anything other than an Art educator now. I was born in Bahrain and have spent most of my life here, it is my second home. I have taught Elementary Art in the PYP, British and American curriculums in some of the leading schools on the island. I truly believe every child is an artist and I love being able to nurture their skills. 

 

Science 


Sushma Kumar

Chemistry and Biology Teacher

 

I am an Indian by origin, born in New Delhi, grew up in Mumbai and my hometown is in Kerala which is often referred to as “ God’s own country” because of its natural beauty. I received my Masters from University of Minnesota (major in Chemistry and minor in Biology). I have been teaching globally(India, Singapore,U.A.E., and China) at various international schools for the past 10 years. I have obtained experience in teaching IB, A-level (both Edexcel and Cambridge),AP, IGCSE (both Edexcel and Cambridge) and ICSCE. Fun facts about me – I can speak 5 languages (English and 4 Indian languages). Besides teaching, I enjoy travelling, cooking, reading and watching movies. Finally, as a teacher I would like to add my teaching philosophy; ‘ a good teacher should be a good learner in order to motivate the students’ learning’.

 

Arabic Department 


Enas rabaiah

Arabic Teacher

 

I am an energetic and dedicated educator with extensive experience developing curriculum and delivering exceptional educational excellence in elementary and middle school education utilizing the International Baccalaureate IB Primary Years Programme (PYP).

 


AHMED ALRAQAB

Arabic Teacher

 

I graduated from Mutah University in 2002 with a Bachelor's Degree in Arabic language and literature. I also received my Masters of Art in Arabic Language from University of Jordan. Even though I have been teaching Arabic Language for more than 20 years now, I am still passionate and highly motivated to continue teaching this global language and help students come to love Arabic and even come to love the act of learning because learning is a treasure that will follow students everywhere.

 


Tahani khdairi

Arabic Teacher

 

I am from Jordan. I am a mother of two kids, Zaina and Adam.  I have been living in Bahrain since 2006 and it is like my second home. Teaching has been my passion and I am fully committed to it.  My journey in teaching in Bahrain began at Abdulrahman  Kanoo International  School from 2008- 2010. I taught Grade 3 to Grade 10 Arabic classes. My versatility and craft in educating students’ mind and heart have been the cornerstone of my approach in the classroom. 

 


ALI ALHUSAIN

Arabic Teacher

 

I have majored in Arabic Language and Literature in Halab University in Syria. I also have a Diploma in Education from Homs University. I have worked for many years in the IB program and the IGCSE British Curriculum. I am eager to share my work experiences, which I have gained throughout the years, with my students. I also believe that learning is a lifelong process so I am continually looking for ways to improve. I am very keen to build a positive relationship with my students which revolves around love and mutual respect.

 

 


Iman Abboud

Arabic Teacher

 

My name is Iman Abboud, I come from the Republic of Lebanon. I am proud to be working at ASB as an early childhood and lower primary Arabic teacher. This will be my eleventh year in the field of teaching Arabic language and social studies for early childhood and Elementary. I have a true passion for working with our young learners, helping each child progress in all areas of their development - academic, social language and motor - is a challenge that I am honored to accept daily. I strive to create a community that nurtures this growth in a positive, fun environment.

 


AMBER ACOSTA

Technology Integrationist

 

I am an elementary educator specializing in educational technology and STEM. I have over ten years teaching experience and I love encouraging students to be creative, curious, and to think critically! My husband is also a teacher and we have one son and two cats. I am originally from Connecticut, USA, but have been living overseas for many years.

 

Learning Support


Noor taqi

Counselor

 

I’m a mom to three amazing boys. I was born and raised in Bahrain and completed my university studies in Montreal, Canada. My educational background includes degrees in the field of psychology & counseling. I have a passion for working with children and offering them a stimulating environment to develop and set a standard for the remaining of their school years.

 

 


MELISSA RANSOM

ESL Teacher

 

I’m from Saint Louis, Missouri, USA.  I’ve been a teacher for 8 years and I specialize in teaching English to non-native speakers.  I have taught many grade levels as an ESL teacher and I also spent two years teaching as a first-grade homeroom teacher.  I love helping my students develop language proficiency and watching how confident they become as their abilities progress.  When I’m not teaching, I enjoy reading, hiking, taking care of my daughter, and traveling to new and exciting places.    

 


michelle sayre

Learning Support Teacher

 

I was born and raised in Ohio, where I was a swimmer and lifeguard. I attended The Ohio State University for both my Bachelor’s and Master ‘s Degrees. I moved to Southern California shortly after finishing my university education. After 16 years of teaching in the US, I transitioned to international teaching, which I have been doing for the last 8 years.  I truly enjoy teaching outside the US because it allows me to broaden my horizons professionally and personally. 

 

Library 


Jennifer Morrissey

Teacher Librarian

 

I have been a teacher librarian for twenty years and received my Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Over the years I have enjoyed working with children in both public and school libraries in Boston, New York City, Vietnam, Mexico City, and now Bahrain. In all of these places I have found that reading and listening to stories are how we best connect with and celebrate all the diverse and beautiful communities throughout the world. I am passionate about creating a warm and welcoming space for all that enter the library. 

 

Music Department 


Scott Rogal

Music Teacher 

 

I am originally from Saskatchewan, Canada and have been teaching internationally for the past 20 years. I love music and playing various instruments. I’m partial to jazz, but enjoy all, especially live music. I play saxophone mostly, but am comfortable with clarinet, flute, trumpet, ukulele and trombone. While in Hong Kong, I learned the dizi (Chinese flute), and while in Vietnam I learned the dan tranh and dan bau (amazing instruments!). I also enjoy playing tennis, reading, movies, travelling, and spending time with family.

 


Alicia Pashby

Music Teacher

 

It is a privilege to return to Bahrain after having started my teaching career at Al Raja School in 2007, where I taught music until 2009.  Since then, I have taught and made music in Ukraine, Italy, Uzbekistan, and Germany.  I earned my bachelor's degree in Vocal Music Education from Hope College, in Holland MI (USA), and my Master's Degree in Music Education from The Boston Conservatory.  I am also a fully certified Feierabend music educator, and this permeates all that I do in my classroom.  I am passionate about building community through music, and I believe that when given the opportunity, everyone has the capacity to be tuneful, beautiful, and artful!  

 

 

Physical Education 


Butch Gayton

Athletic Director

 

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I have been a sportsman all my life. I believe in giving students the opportunity to shine in whatever endeavor they wish to pursue. I am fortunate to have two great kids, 25 and 22 back home that make me proud every day. I am very excited to be at ASB with my beautiful wife and motivated colleagues setting this new school on its education pathway. 

 


SUIM SHIN

PE Teacher

 

I am originally from Seoul, South Korea but I have been teaching PE/Health in 5 countries for the last 15 years and I am so happy at ASB and in Bahrain. In my class we learn different games, sports, and exercises along with other wellness areas including nutrition, emotions, and positive education- gratitude, growth mindset, resilience, positive relationships, mindfulness, character strengths, and flow. I feel very fortunate to get to teach children these important topics and see them having so much fun in class. I enjoy playing tennis, practicing yoga, hiking, running, cooking, traveling, reading, and playing the violin in my free time. 

 

IB Program


Radiah Husain

IB Coordinator

 

I have over 15 years of experience in the field of Education as an Administrator and a Teacher of IB Economics and Business Management. As an educator, I am committed to providing students with a dynamic and interesting learning environment in which they can grow and develop. I encourage students to enjoy learning and become self-directed lifelong learners. I like to build relationships with my students based on mentoring and the use of cooperative learning techniques to empower them as global citizens.