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Spotlight on the TASIS Faculty

Faculty excellence is the core of the TASIS experience. Our student writers have interviewed some of the many exceptional teachers at TASIS, and we look forward to adding more faculty features soon.

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Bryan Soh '18 interviewed High School Math Teacher Ms. Kerry Venchus, whose contributions to TASIS extend well beyond the classroom. Ms. Venchus has also helped her AP Calculus students perform extraordinarily well on their exams in recent years.
Anastasia Kolesnikova '18 interviewed Middle School Science Department Chair Dr. Brett Merritt, who helped develop an Engineering and Invention unit at TASIS and was awarded the Khan-Page Master Teacher Award in 2014.
Diana Kuznetsova '18 sat down with High School Theater Director Valerie Bijur Carlson, who runs the IB Theater program and is responsible for directing and producing a classic play each fall and a musical each spring.
Bryan Soh '18 interviewed Mr. Zach Mulert, who teaches AP US History and has been the director of the School's pioneering Global Service Program since its inception in 2013.
Diana Kuznetsova '18 sat down with High School French Teacher Ms. Brigitte Cazebonne, who has taught at TASIS since 1993 and was the Khan-Page Master Teacher Award recipient in 2012.
Aurelia Dochnal '19 interviewed High School English Teacher Dr. Christopher Love, who has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan and taught at universities in both the United States and Turkey before coming to TASIS in 2012.
Ekaterina Plotnikova '18 sat down with Middle and High School Science Teacher Ms. Amy Bloodworth, who has made coding and robotics a key component of the Middle School Science curriculum and was the recipient of the 2016 Khan-Page Master Teacher Award.
Shu Ye '18 interviewed veteran Architecture & Design and Art History Teacher Mr. Mark Aeschliman, who has degrees in English, Fine Art, Art History, Italian Language & Literature, and Architectural History. Mr. Aeschliman has been at TASIS since 1979 and was the School's second Khan-Page Master Teacher Award recipient in 2010.
Ekaterina Plotnikova '18 interviewed Elementary School Physical Education Teacher Mr. Giorgio Volpi, who has a strong background in playing and coaching American football and received the Khan-Page Master Teacher Award in 2013.
Aurelia Dochnal '19 got to know professional musician and Elementary School Music Teacher Ms. Melody Tibbits Zanecchia, whose choir students recorded backup vocals for the 12th studio album of Gotthard, one of the most successful Swiss bands of all time.
Anastasia Kolesnikova '18 sat down with Ms. Carolyn Heard, who received the School's inaugural Khan-Page Master Teacher Award in 2009. Ms. Heard chairs the English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department and is known for helping her students achieve exceptional results on the International Baccalaureate (IB) exams.
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