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School Teachers

Early Childhood

Michaela Linskeseder

Head Start Teacher

 

My name is Michaela Linskeseder, and I have extensive experience working with children since my teenage years. Growing up in a large family of six, with the added presence of my grandparents, greatly influenced me. My main objective is to view each student as a unique individual and create a secure and joyful environment where they can explore their potential with curiosity. Teaching is not just a profession for me; it is my true calling. Guiding and mentoring the future generation is a privilege that reconnects me with my educational roots. I am an enthusiastic traveler, eager to learn about diverse cultures and languages. Exploring new territories excites me, and I approach life with ambition and a positive daily mantra: "Everything is taken care of!"

 

 


Nandi Thomson

Head Start Teacher

 

As a South African native, I have resided in my home country for the majority of my life. In 2017, I relocated to Bangkok, Thailand, where I discovered my true passion for educating young children. Subsequently, I moved to Bahrain in 2019. It has been a gratifying experience to teach children aged 1-5 and witness their growth and development within a nurturing atmosphere. Outside of the classroom, I cherish quality time with my family and embrace the wonders of nature through outdoor activities.

 

 


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. 

 

 


Deanne Jackson

Pre-KG Teacher

 

I am Canadian and have been in Bahrain with my family for 17 years and been teaching Early Years for 15 of those years. I love working with small children and enjoy watching them learn and grow in the short time they are in my care. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading books and traveling.

 

 


Tarryn pods

KG 2 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.

 

 


Sarah Clarke

KG 1 Teacher

 

I am originally from the Uk, but have been living in Bahrain for the last 29 years. I have been teaching and in management of Early Years education for over twenty years. Early years education is amazing and exciting, and I am so privileged to be able to teach our future leaders from the beginning of their educational journey.

 

 


Victoria Romany

KG 1 Teacher

 

With a lifelong aspiration to become a teacher, I pursued my teaching degree in Australia, driven by a deep passion for education. Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of teaching students in Bahrain, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, the United States, Sweden, and Australia. This rich experience has enriched my understanding of diverse cultures and educational practices. I believe in fostering a classroom atmosphere that encourages curiosity, critical thinking, and collaboration. Beyond the classroom, I cherish precious moments with my daughters and find inspiration through travel and photography, exploring new places and capturing their essence. As an experienced educator, I am thrilled to be part of this esteemed institution, where I can continue my mission of empowering students to reach their full potential and become lifelong learners.

 

 


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.

 

Elementary School

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 loving my international experiences at American School of 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. 

 


Joseph Ray

Grade 1 Teacher 

 

 

I am an American, born and raised. I have taught for 19 years. I was previously a behavioral rehabilitation specialist/counselor for 2 years. I counselled kids from elementary to high school. I have a degrees in child psychology, elementary education, and early childhood. I have a Masters in Education Leadership. I have taught in 5 countries and I've really enjoyed the diversity in all the cultures I've visited.  I love to travel and learn about different cultures and countries. 

 


Diana Norseen

Grade 1 Teacher

 

I am from the Washington, DC metropolitan area where I began my teaching career. I left after nine years with a northern Virginia school district to teach internationally. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience teaching in Bahrain. I believe that every child is inherently curious and capable; it's simply my job to encourage, challenge, and guide them to be their very selves!

 

 

Our kindergarten student holing a plastic container during art project

Eva Simon

Grade 2 Teacher

 

My goal as an international educator is to create inclusive, culturally responsive learning environments where students of all backgrounds and abilities feel safe to experiment, grow and thrive academically and socially. I am passionate about designing rich, artistic learning spaces and experiences filled with music and performance.

 

 


Corta Nilsson

Grade 2 Teacher

 

I was born and raised in the U.S. but have lived in the Middle East for the past 10 years. Funny enough, I did not start my career as a teacher. I originally graduated with a Bachelor of Science, then again attended school to become a Registered Nurse, and eventually earned a Master's in Early Childhood Education. During my nursing career, I worked at a teaching hospital for 10 years. Although I loved nursing, the demanding hours became challenging with a young family. Fast forward, here I am in Bahrain, teaching. I've discovered that teaching and nursing share many similarities, and as a nurturer at heart, I experience the same fulfillment I felt when saving lives. My guiding force is to be the teacher I never had in Elementary School. I strive to create a safe and engaging learning environment where students enjoy coming to school.

 

 


Alisha Holness

Grade 2 Teacher

 

I am Alisha Holness, a Grade 2 teacher with 17 years of experience in Bahrain. I've taught in Canadian, British, and American curriculum schools, creating inclusive, academic, and fun classrooms. Joining ASB, I'm excited to share knowledge, foster successes, and create joy with my students. Beyond academics, I prioritize their social and emotional growth. Exploring cultures and continuous learning fuel my passion. I'm dedicated to making a positive impact on my Grade 2 students at ASB. Together, we'll embark on a transformative learning journey filled with dedication, passion, and excellence.

 

 


Tamas Simon

Grade 3 Teacher

 

With over 20 years of international teaching experience I feel extremely privileged and excited to build the vibrant ASB learning community. My wife and I have taught in Japan, Germany and Abu Dhabi. Our three daughters are '3rd culture kids' in the best sense of the word. It has been truly amazing to watch them grow in so many ways in various cultures and international school environments, and we look forward to seeing them flourish at ASB! With my passion for music and inclusivity for all, I hope to inspire and facilitate students in becoming socially conscious lifelong learners. 
 

 


Lexus Bird

Grade 3 Teacher

 

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, I bring a diverse cultural perspective to my role as an educator. After earning my bachelor's degree in education from the University of Victoria, I embarked on an international teaching experience in Morocco, which is my second venture abroad. Beyond the classroom, I find joy in film photography and engaging in outdoor activities such as kayaking, paddleboarding, and running. I am dedicated to nurturing the intellectual, social, and emotional growth of my students. I believe in the transformative power of education and aim to empower students as lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and compassionate global citizens. 

 


Michelle Maher

Grade 4 Teacher

 

I am from the United States, but have lived in England, Italy, and the Dominican Republic.  I moved to Bahrain with my husband and two sons in February 2022.  We are so happy to be a part of the ASB family and I am thrilled to join the team as a teacher. I believe in creating a safe learning environment for all students so they can learn, grow, and reach their potential. In my free time, I love to read, run, travel, and do anything outdoors with my family. 
 

 


Bryony Russell  

Grade 4 Teacher

 

I am from the south of England but have spent the last 17 years teaching in international schools around Europe and the Middle East. I am proud to be part of the ASB community, both as a teacher and a parent. When I'm not in the classroom I enjoy spending time with my family, travelling to new countries, baking and doing jigsaw puzzles (when my toddler doesn't hide the pieces!)

 


Michael Dulmage   

Grade 4 Teacher


Greetings, I am Michael Dulmage, commonly referred to as Mr. Michael, an educator at ASB, specializing in grade 4 instruction. Although born in the United States, my roots lie in Toronto, Canada. With a university education in the United Kingdom, I have amassed 15 years of experience teaching abroad. My passion lies in instructing mathematics, English, ICT, and science. The most rewarding aspect of my profession is engaging with students and collaborating with exceptional educators worldwide. It is a tremendous privilege to contribute to ASB's progressive journey, and I am honored to participate in this thrilling new phase.

 


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. I have been working in International schools since 2016 in Uzbekistan, Germany, and now Bahrain. 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. 

 

 

English & Social Studies

sarah pillay

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. 

 


Natasha McGlade

English Teacher

 

As an English language and literature graduate and lifelong lover of books, becoming an English teacher has been a natural career path for me. Teaching in Ireland (where I call home) and the Middle East since 2009, I have also completed a post graduate diploma in special educational needs. My teaching experience ranges from Junior to Senior cycle, as Head of Department and as an experienced examiner, guiding students to become motivated, active participants in their own learning. I am passionate and enthusiastic about my subject area and enjoy immersing myself in school life through extracurricular activities, specifically social innovation. I’m in a privileged position to help students see and become the change they want to see in the world. Having a real sense of wanderlust, I love to travel with my husband and three year old daughter, creating memories and experiencing new cultures.

 


Jodi Styre

English Teacher

 

It is with great happiness and enthusiasm that I join the High School English Department at ASB. Originally from Saskatchewan, Canada, I have been working overseas for 18 years. My main qualifications are a Bachelor's Degree in literature and translation from the University of Regina, and a Master's Degree in Second Language Education from McGill University. I have held teaching and leadership positions in secondary and post-secondary schools in Canada, France, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE before coming to ASB. These experiences have mostly centered around the research, development and implementation of best practices in American and International Baccalaureate MYP and DP educational frameworks. In addition, I am a member of the IB's Educator Network (IBEN) as a Workshop Leader and School Visiting Team Member, and also do school evaluation visits for the Council of International Schools. My family and I already feel very much at home in Bahrain and at ASB, and I look forward to being an active member of our school community inside and outside of the classroom.

 


Erica Swenson

English & Social Studies Teacher

 

I have been teaching middle school for 21 years. I've worked in New York City, Madrid, and rural Maine (USA). I love working on creative writing assignments, in-depth research projects, debates, and historical simulations with my students. During my free time you will find me running long distances, reading with my daughters, and finding ways to enjoy the outdoors.

 


Sarah Zahabi

English Teacher


I began my teaching career after obtaining my Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from Concordia University and my Post Graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis where I taught students as an ABA therapist. After moving to Bahrain in 2012 and teaching in an inclusive school, I decided to become a classroom teacher to fulfill my dedication as an educator. I obtained my PGCE from the University of Nottingham and because I love learning so much, I am currently completing my Masters in Educational Leadership and Management. For me, teaching is not a job, it’s a passion. My role as an educator goes beyond creating engaging lessons but also to guide and support students through learning opportunities in my warm and welcoming classroom. When I'm not teaching,  I'm hanging out with my three boys, going to the beach, reading, practicing yoga and cuddling with our 3 cats and our golden pup. 

 


Alberto Quaggiotto

Head of Social Studies and Languages, TOK and Language Teacher

 

Originally from Italy, I started teaching languages first to adults in Italy and Spain, then volunteering with children in Indian state schools. In 2014 I gained my teaching qualification in the UK and have taught in both British and IB curriculum schools. I love the looks on my students' faces when they discover the world views that hide behind different languages (did you know that in Spanish "being a teacher" or "being happy" is not the same "being"? and that in French your mother-in-law is your "beautiful mother"?). I am curious, passionate and eccentric. My classroom will be easy to spot: hopefully the sound of my students' voices will guide you. Otherwise, it's easy! It's the one with a desk struggling to remain tidy and the door wide open; you're welcome!

 


Hiba Abu-Fayad

French Teacher

 

My name is Hiba Abu-Fayad, and I am delighted to be your children’s French language teacher. I graduated from Yarmouk University in Jordan in 2007, specializing in modern languages education (French and partially Italian). With 15 years of teaching experience, I have had the privilege of instructing students in both Amman and Bahrain. Now, I am thrilled to be a part of the esteemed faculty at the American School of Bahrain. Teaching French language is my passion, and I am dedicated to utilizing a wide range of strategies and resources to make the learning process engaging and effective. I am enthusiastic about sharing my knowledge and fostering a love for the French language among my students. I am truly excited to embark on this educational journey together at the American School of Bahrain.

 


Mar Lopez Diaz

Spanish Teacher

 

I am from Spain and I have been living in Bahrain for 2 years. I am the mother of a child. I studied law in Spain and did a Master's in Teaching. I am happy to teach Spanish to students and see how they learn and improve in practicing the language. In my free time, I like to travel, read, play golf and paddle tennis with my family and friends. I feel lucky to be a part of the ASB family and to work with such a great team of wonderful people.

 


James Connolly 

Social Studies Teacher

 

I received my Teaching Certificate from Oxford University in the late 1970's, and undertook my three years of teacher training at Culham College, near the ancient town of Abingdon. I have a degree in Education, and have enjoyed every one of the thirty nine years I have spent in the classroom. I have worked mainly in the English, and International school systems, and over the years, have held a variety of teaching positions. My philosophy of Education is that whatever role one has, it is lesson preparation, and teaching, that should be one's priority. 

 

 


Neil visser

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.

 


Darcy Dixon

Psychology & History teacher 

 

Hailing from the vast and picturesque state of Wyoming, known for its natural wonders like Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons, I am an American educator. Seattle, Washington has become our home, where my husband and I have established roots. Bahrain marks the fourth distinctive culture we have had the privilege to immerse ourselves in during our teaching careers. From a Native Alaska village to Paraguay and most recently China, each experience has enriched my teaching journey. With 13 years of teaching experience and a Master's degree in International Education, I bring a passion for empowering students. Prior to teaching, I worked in non-profit marketing and youth empowerment, further fostering my commitment to educational excellence.

 

Maths & Science

Nader Khairellah

Head of Math

 

With 25 years of experience in international education, I am a dedicated Mathematics Teacher who has taught in diverse countries like Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Singapore, Vietnam, and Mexico. Currently in my third year at ASB in Bahrain, I bring a wealth of knowledge to my role. I've also served as a Senior IB Examiner Team Leader, ensuring accurate and fair evaluation of exam papers for the IB organization. My qualifications include a PGCE and Master's in Education from the University of Buckingham. My thesis focused on the benefits of differentiated instruction for EAL students, reflecting my commitment to inclusive teaching practices. As the Head of Mathematics, my goal is to create an inclusive and stimulating learning environment that fosters students' appreciation and understanding of math, while preparing them for academic and future success. 

 


Ibrahim Hakan Sapmazli

Head of Science Department and Chemistry Teacher

 

Bringing more than 18 years of experience teaching IB HL and SL Chemistry and a wealth of expertise in IB administration and leadership, I am deeply dedicated to shaping students' educational journeys. My path started in an International American School in Turkey , where I grew from being an IB SL/HL Chemistry teacher to holding roles such as Head of Science Department, Assistant Principal, and IB DP Coordinator over a fulfilling 15-year period. With a passion for learning, I actively enhance my skills through programs like CIS school visiting team training, IB Programme Leader and School Visiting Team training; College Board AP Chemistry Teacher Training and IBDP workshops. Since 2012, I've been contributing as a IB workshop leader and an IB examiner, playing a role in refining Chemistry IA and Chemistry HL PII assessments. Beyond academics, I'm a technology enthusiast who enjoys football, basketball, swimming, and exploring how technology impacts our daily lives. As I embark on my journey here at American School of Bahrain, I'm excited to guide my students in their academic and extracurricular activities. I'm confident in providing exceptional education and support, helping students thrive academically. Together, we'll work towards excellence.

 


Danielle Davis

Science Teacher

 

I am from the United States of America, more specifically Atlanta, GA. I am a proud graduate from The University of Georgia! This is my 9th year teaching Middle School Science. Before coming to Bahrain in 2020, I spent 6 years teaching in a large school district in Metro Atlanta. I spent 2 years teaching here at ASB and I am happy to return to this wonderful community. Science is a subject that runs deep in my heart. The best part about teaching science is watching students make the connections to the topics to their everyday lives. We are trying to make science come ALIVE!

 


Dermot McGlade

Math & Science Teacher

 

I was born and raised in Ireland and am an experienced teacher, athlete and father. Driven by progress, I take pride in providing the best education possible. I have taught across a wide range of grades, from ages 5 to 12 and variety of subject areas. I first experienced the pleasure of international teaching in Qatar and am now in Bahrain. I work at ASB with my wife and my daughter also attends this fabulous school. With my Masters in Education from the University of Ulster I seek to guide students through their own transformative learning process and be leaders in their own learning. I have a passion for mathematics and physics, am an avid reader and enjoy a variety of sports, board games and puzzles.

 


John Turkdogan 

Science Teacher

 

Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, I bring a wealth of teaching experience to the ASB community. Having spent more than half of my life in New Jersey, USA, I served as a dedicated public high school teacher for approximately four years before transitioning to international education. Over the past decade, I have had the opportunity to teach in Turkey and Egypt, honing my skills in the field of education. Joining me in this exciting journey are my wife and two young children. As a family, we cherish the outdoors and embark on invigorating hikes together. Personally, I find joy in playing sports such as soccer, volleyball, and table tennis. We consider ourselves exceptionally fortunate and privileged to become part of the ASB community. We eagerly anticipate immersing ourselves in the vibrant Bahraini culture while contributing to the growth and development of our students.

 


Dr. Farhana Dulmage

Science Teacher


Before becoming a teacher I worked as a Scientist researching the biochemistry of diseases in the U.K and U.S.A, and worked with university students as a lab instructor. I have taught in international schools in Canada, Europe and Central Asia, and am delighted to be joining ASB. I am passionate about bringing real-world phenomena to my classroom to engage and inspire my students to become scientifically literate, critical thinkers and problem solvers. I enjoy eating and trying new foods, experiencing new cultures and traveling. I love gardening and spending time in nature walking, canoeing and biking. My husband and I are thrilled to be on this new adventure in Bahrain!

 


Michael Haddad

Maths Teacher

 

I am Canadian, originally from Lebanon. I am a product of an international school as I am a graduate of the American Community School of Athens. I hold degrees in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario, and a Master in the Teaching of Mathematics from Concordia University. I began teaching on the international circuit in 1999.My first stop was at the ESOL school The American International School in Egypt, where I met my wife, Caryn Pelletier.Since then we have also taught in Ghana, Italy, Tanzania, Qatar, Vietnam and Nigeria. I have 19 years of experience teaching IB Mathematics, and I also have taught Calculus as an adjunct professor of Syracuse University as part of the SUPA program for 3 years. Caryn and I are here with our two lovely cats – Daisy and Pepe.

 


Mohammed Yaseen

IBDP/American Diploma Maths Teacher 

 

Born in Kashmir, I moved to London at a very early age and was raised and educated in the UK. My interest in teaching developed during my college years. Once I completed my first degree in mathematics, I began my teaching career with GCSE's and A-levels. Not long after that, I decided to teach abroad. I have a Master's in International Secondary Mathematics Education and 10 years' experience teaching the IB and American curricula. I have taught in the UK, Saudi Arabia and the UAE before moving to ASB. I am also a Mathematics examiner for the IBDP, and enjoy this position very much. My experience has led me to believe that the level of success of an educator can be measured by their ability to develop meaningful relationships. Apart from teaching, I love doing martial arts, learning about theology and philosophy, and reading poetry. I am also a multilingual who can communicate in Koshur, Hindi, Bengali and Urdu. I am currently learning Arabic. Please send help.

 


Alexander Djurberg

Business & Economics Teacher

 

I am a Business and Economics teacher with a BSc in both subjects as well as a MSc in Finance. I have over 6 years of post qualified teaching experience. In my free time, I enjoy trading FOREX and developing models for binary options. In addition I enjoy going to the gym, on occasion also providing personal training assistance and reading subject related, non-syllabus books that I encourage students to read.

 


Eftal Inan

Computer Science and Technology Teacher

 

I've been studying computer science since high school. For the past six years, I've been teaching computer science, design, and technology in the IB MYP and DP programs. I've also spent two years in the IT and Business Analyst departments. In technology, a team and life-long learner profiles are always required. That is why I desire to educate my surroundings, students, and coworkers. My passion as a teacher is to be a content creator and influencer across multiple platforms. My motto is, "We are always on the road; we don't need a destination."

 

 

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. 

 


David Southwick

Arts Teacher

 

I have been a middle school art teacher in the United States for eight years. Before teaching, I was a working artist in New York City as well as an exhibition designer for public and private institutions. When I am not teaching, I am drawing or painting, hanging out with my wife and two daughters, running, or learning to cook something new.

 

Arabic

Enas rabaiah

Head of Arabic Department

 

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).

 


Muna Haji

Pre-KG Arabic Teacher

 

My name is Muna Haji, from Bahrain, and I hold a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Bahrain. Since 2014, I have dedicated myself to the field of education. Working with children and helping them learn the Arabic language in a fun and accessible manner is my true passion. I firmly believe that when you love what you do, creativity naturally flourishes. Being a part of the esteemed ASB family fills me with immense pride, as I contribute my skills and enthusiasm to shaping young minds and fostering a love for learning.

 


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.

 


Mai AlRashdan

Arabic Teacher

 

With a rich background in teaching Arabic, I am a dedicated educator hailing from Jordan, currently serving in Bahrain for the past 15 years. Over my 18-year career, I have had the privilege of teaching Arabic in international schools across Jordan, KSA, and Bahrain. As a proud mother of four children, I am especially delighted that my daughter achieved a perfect score of 45 in the IBDP in 2018, making her the first student in Bahrain's history to attain this remarkable accomplishment. My teaching philosophy revolves around prioritizing the well-being of others, extending support, empathy, and kindness to create a nurturing learning environment.

 


Tahani khdairi

Arabic Teacher

 

I have been working in the educational field since 2004. I taught Arabic from 2008 to 2010 at Abdulrahman Kanoo International School and from 2010 to 2020 at Al-Hekma International School. I have taught several age groups, but mostly Early Childhood and Elementary. My profession is my passion, and my lifelong goal is to help my students enjoy the Arabic language more by making it simpler and more understandable. I like to keep my students engaged and help them learn through playing and enjoying the class together.

 


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.

 


Rahaf Kassab

Arabic Teacher

 

My name is Rahaf Mahmood Kassab. I’m originally from Palestine but I was born and raised in Syria so I consider Syria my home country. I have been living in Bahrain for almost 17 years and I have 3 children. The oldest is 15, the middle is 13 and the youngest is 2 years old. I have a bachelor's degree in Arabic Literature from the University of Damascus, and a diploma in education from the University of Bahrain. For the past 6 years I worked in the International School of Choueifat as a Middle and High School teacher. 

 


Mohammed Alqasrawi

Arabic Teacher

 

My name is Mohammed Alqasrawi, and I am thrilled to introduce myself as an Arabic language teacher. I graduated from the University of Jordan in 2010 and have since gained 13 years of valuable experience in teaching Arabic and Special Education in Jordan & Bahrain. It is with great excitement that I join the esteemed faculty of the American School of Bahrain. Working with your children is my passion, and I am dedicated to not only teaching them the Arabic language but also ensuring that the learning process is enjoyable and engaging. I believe in making language learning fun, and I am committed to creating a positive and interactive classroom environment. I am eager to contribute my expertise and skills to the American School of Bahrain and help students develop a strong foundation in Arabic while fostering a love for the language.

 

School Counselors 

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 am passionate about working with children and providing them with a stimulating environment in which to develop and set a standard for the rest of their school years.

 

 


Shawndra Bird

Middle/High School Counselor

 

My name is Mrs. Shawndra Bird and I’m so excited to be your school counselor. I hope you all feel comfortable to reach out to me in any way so that I can help you or your child thrive and excel in their educational experience. I will be the middle school and 9th grade school counselor. I also specialize in helping students attend universities, colleges, or military academies in the United States. This is my 16th year as an educator/school counselor where I have worked in San Diego and Los Angeles California as well as Arizona U.S.A. I earned my Master’s degree (M.Ed) at Northern Arizona University in Counseling/School Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in Social Services.

 

 


Nathan DeSouza

University Counselor

 

I am originally from London and recieved my teaching certificate from the University of Surrey. Starting my teaching career in the UK, my first International position was in Bahrain in 1998. I moved on to Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow, Tokyo, Bandung and Cairo, before making the exciting decision to return to Bahrain. I am looking forward to reacquainting myself with the warm hospitality and delicious culinary offerings of Bahrain after 24 years away. I strive to provide support for students as they realize their potential and develop their passions. 

 

 

Learning Support

Kathryn Adams

Curriculum Coordinator and English Teacher

 

I am originally from the UK, where I started teaching many years ago (in Birmingham). Since then, I have worked in Kenya, Colombia (twice), Kuwait, China and Côte d'Ivoire. I have taught across the primary age-range and have more recently taught Grades 6 and 7. I have also worked as a maths coach and curriculum coordinator. I write modules of inquiry for the Common Ground Collaborative. I love helping our students to learn how to learn and ensuring that what they learn is relevant. I am particularly interested in environmental and service learning. My husband, Juan, and I have two adult children, both in the UK. As a family, we have travelled widely and are all animal lovers. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, walking, swimming and working out. I love watching sport, now that I can no longer participate!

 


BRENDA Boehlke

English as Second Language Teacher

 

Great teachers in my past have inspired me to follow in their footsteps. They made learning fun and exciting, and that has been a guiding principle in my own teaching. I earned Bachelors and Masters degrees from Wisconsin, USA, in the fields of Elementary Education, English as a Second Language and Educational Technology. Being part of the founding team of teachers at ASB has been one of the most profound experiences of my 40-year career. Educating young people is my way of adding something new to the world. I feel like I create something new every time I adapt a lesson to help a child learn something that was hard for them before. I create when I build strong student/teacher bonds or uncover ideas that a student never imagined before. I create when I energize a student to take their newfound interests and skills and apply them to a real world situation. Motivating students to WANT to do that is the real craft, and creating something that wasn't there before is what I love about teaching.

 


Caryn Pelletier

Learning Support Teacher

 

I am originally from Maine, the only state with just one syllable. I have been teaching internationally for 20 years and have taught students in every grade level. My husband and I have taught in Egypt, Ghana, Italy, Tanzania, Qatar, Vietnam, Nigeria and we are very happy to be in Bahrain. I hold a BA in Psychology, a State of Maine Education Certification, an MS as a Reading Specialist and Literacy Coach, and a Post-Graduate Certification as an Inclusion Specialist. For the past 5 years I have been focusing on my passion, Special Education and I strive to ensure that all students have access to curricula content. I love baking cookies, my cats and the ocean. I am currently writing the first book in a planned series for young adults. The stories include indiginous folklore, botany, and magic, with an environmental message that incorporates real-word problems and solutions.

 

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 

Michael Balo

Athletic & Activities Director

 

I have been an international educator for 28 years. I have worked in Hong Kong, Thailand and Vietnam. I have been involved in sports and activities my whole life and I am passionate about giving students as many opportunities as possible. I firmly believe ECAs are the second half of education! I have two beautiful daughters which keep me busy and on my toes each and every day! I am very excited about our new journey in Bahrain at ASB!

 


SUIM SHIN

PE Teacher

 

I am originally from Seoul, South Korea but I have been teaching PE/Health in 5 countries since 2006 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. 

 


Carla Bou Najem

Aquatic Director and PE Teacher

 

I hold dual Brazilian and Lebanese nationalities and possess 22 years of experience in teaching swimming and physical education. Previously, I worked at Basis International School Prague, instructing movement. My interests include cooking, family time, travel, and sports. I am thrilled to contribute to the American School of Bahrain, eagerly anticipating the opportunity.

 


Josef Nohra

PE Teacher

 

With dual Czech and Lebanese nationalities, I bring a diverse cultural background to my role as an educator. Fluent in English, Czech, French, and Arabic, I strive to create an inclusive and multilingual learning environment. As a former professional volleyball player with 20 years of experience, I have honed my skills both on and off the court. Having served as the Head Coach of the U17 Czech Girls National Volleyball Team, I possess a wealth of coaching expertise. For the past 15 years, I have dedicated myself to teaching Physical Education at the American Community School of Beirut. As a certified PE Teacher, Fitness Trainer, and Volleyball Coach, I am committed to promoting physical health and instilling a love for sports. Outside of the classroom, I cherish quality time with my family, exploring new destinations, and engaging in various athletic pursuits.