In addition to welcoming Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff, TASIS is pleased to introduce 15 new faculty members for the 2017–2018 Academic Year. The talented group is eager to get started following a productive week of new faculty orientation (capped with a hike in beautiful Valle Verzasca with some returning faculty members and administrators) and a week of orientation with the full faculty. Learn a bit about each new teacher below.
Ania Barciak, a Swiss-American with experience teaching Spanish, French, and German at the high school and college level in the United States, will teach German in the High School. Ms. Barciak has a B.A. in Spanish from Tennessee Technological University and an M.Ed. in High School Spanish Education from Plymouth State University.
Emma Bassett will join the High School Science Department. Upon completing a B.Sc. (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Reading, she worked in London before moving to Japan to be an ESL teacher. After three years in Japan, Ms. Bassett returned to the UK in order to train as a science teacher. She has since been working at a grammar school for girls, where she became the Curriculum Leader of Environmental Science.
Martin Bullock’s first year as a science teacher at TASIS will mark his 20th year teaching high school. In addition to teaching science at Sidwell Friends School and Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC, he taught English at Hans Sachs Gymnasium in Nürnberg during his Fulbright Fellowship. He also taught chemistry at the university level, including Environmental Chemistry at Franklin University during the summer of 2012. Mr. Bullock comes to TASIS with a B.A. in German and Medieval & Renaissance Studies from Duke University, an M.S. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and an MCLFS in Biology from the University of Maryland.
Paul Cawthorne will teach IB Economics and History in the High School. He arrives at TASIS with 30 years of experience as a humanities teacher at schools in France, Italy, and the UK, including 18 years teaching IB Diploma Economics and eight years teaching economics in the European School system. Mr. Cawthorne's management roles have included Humanities Coordinator, IGCSE Coordinator, MYP Coordinator, Assistant IB Coordinator, Model UN Director, and Middle School Principal. He earned a BSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and an M.A. in International Education from the University of Bath.
Sarann Dye is the newest addition to the High School English Department after teaching English for seven years at Notre Dame High School in Norwich, England. She was Second in Department at Notre Dame for the past four years, which involved leading intervention schemes and whole-school CPD sessions on encouraging students to engage with feedback. Ms. Dye studied English and American Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Tommy Manning joins the TASIS faculty as a math teacher and cross country coach. He previously taught math and science at boarding schools in Massachusetts, Utah, Minnesota, and Colorado. Mr. Manning earned his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of the South, where he was a three-time All-Conference/All-Regional cross country runner and an Academic All-American.
Eric White will serve as an Economics and History teacher in the High School after spending the past 12 years teaching AP Economics, AP World History, AP US History, and a host of other social studies classes in public and private schools in the United States and in Trinidad and Tobago. Mr. White is a College Board grader for the Advanced Placement Macroeconomics Exam and comes to TASIS with a B.A. in History from Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas) and an M.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
The 2017–2018 Opening Banquet
Matthew Beckwith-Laube joins the Middle School faculty as a Mathematics teacher. He comes to TASIS with ten years of teaching experience and is interested in the cultivation of learning ecologies and the development of mathematical mindsets. While earning his B.S. in Geology at the College of Wooster, Mr. Beckwith-Laube worked with preeminent scholars to determine the impact of climate change on glacial environments in the Northern Hemisphere. Upon completion of his undergraduate research, he further refined his solutions-based and multidisciplinary approach while consulting at an international environmental firm.
Allison Harding will teach both English and History in the Middle School. She recently completed her fifth year of teaching grades 6–8 at Ridley College, an independent day and boarding IB school in Ontario. For the past three years, she also acted as the Intermediate Team Lead, and she held the role of MYP Personal Project Coordinator for the past two years. Ms. Harding earned a B.A. in Social Justice and Peace Studies at the University of Western Ontario, a B.Ed. in Junior/Intermediate Education at the University of Toronto, and an M.Ed. in International Education at Endicott College.
Christine Noseda-Maendly will serve as a part-time French teacher in the Middle School. After completing her B.A. in French and History of Art at the University of Geneva, she worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross and several other international companies, including Caterpillar and Givenchy. She also taught for two years at a middle school in Geneva before relocating first to Paris for five years and then to New York for four years. Ms. Noseda-Maendly currently lives in Montagnola and has taught French part-time at the Migros School Club for adults in Mendrisio.
Holly Vives joins TASIS as a Middle School intern. She has taught ESL in Europe and in the United States to children and adult learners over the past few years—most recently at an all-girls boarding school near Dublin, Ireland—and first became familiar with the TASIS schools through a summer teaching internship at TASIS England. Ms. Vives holds a B.A. in Psychology from the College of Idaho and an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Idaho.
After two years in the United States, Carol Hinchcliff returns to TASIS to teach in the Elementary School and serve as the Early Childhood Coordinator. She helped develop the Core Knowledge Curriculum at the Kindergarten level while at TASIS from 2009–15. Ms. Hinchcliff completed her B.A. at the University of Alberta and her M.A. at Chapman University.
Darcy Kilkenney will join the Elementary School faculty. After completing her B.A. in Communication at the University of New Mexico, Ms. Kilkenney taught in both a Montessori School and in the public school system in Colorado over the course of nine years before moving to Panama to work at the International School of Panama, where she taught second grade for the past three years.
Colleen Lataille will teach in the Elementary School this year. After graduating from Westminster College with a B.A. in Elementary Education and Spanish, she moved to Colorado, where she lived for eight years and spent time teaching in several different elementary schools and at a local resort as a ski instructor. Ms. Lataille recently earned an M.S. in Global and International Education at Drexel University, and her latest job was teaching third grade at a Core Knowledge school.
Carla Santoro returns to the Elementary School as a teacher after two years at the European School of Varese. She previously taught for five years in the United States and at TASIS from 2007–2015. Ms. Santoro completed a B.A. in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an M.Ed. in Elementary Education at Lesley University.