TASIS Welcomes 16 New Faculty Members
Posted 08/16/2018 02:42PM

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TASIS The American School in Switzerland is pleased to introduce the 16 professional educators who will be joining the Faculty for the start of the 2018–2019 Academic Year. Learn a bit about each addition below.

High School

Tim Hughes, who has taught IB Physics for 11 years—including the past seven at an international school in Qatar—will join the High School Science Department. He completed a BSc in Planetary and Space Physics and a PGCE at UCW Aberystwyth.

Felicia Jean will be a new addition to the High School Math Department. She earned a B.S. in Secondary Mathematics Education from the University of New Hampshire in 2013 and has since been teaching mathematics at a small private high school in New Hampshire.

Kevin Kelley, who has served as a Mathematics and AP Macroeconomics instructor, grade nine Associate Dean, and International Program Coordinator at Campbell Hall School in California since 2001, will also join the High School Math Department. He was awarded an ROTC scholarship to pursue his B.A. in Mathematics at Claremont McKenna College and also obtained an M.A. in Education for Teachers of Mathematics at California State University, Northridge.

Carolyn Rosenberger is the newest member of the High School English Department after teaching at a large public high school in New Jersey the past 14 years. She earned her B.A. in English Secondary Education at The Catholic University of America and her M.A. in English Literature at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English.

Deborah Tompkins will join the High School Math Department following a teaching career that has included posts at a boarding school in New Hampshire, a community college in Oregon, a private high school in Pennsylvania, and a university and a private high school in Indiana. She completed a B.A. in Mathematics & Physics at SUNY Potsdam and an M.S. in Mathematics at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Borana Sarcevic will be the new Opsahl Global Service Program Assistant. She has spent the past few years teaching Outdoor Education and working in residence at an independent boarding school outside Toronto and also has experience working closely with Global Learning programs, leading students on various trips through six continents and countless countries. Ms. Sarcevic obtained a B.A. in Specialized Honours Kinesiology & Exercise Science at York University and a B.Ed. in Physical Education and English at Queen's University.

Middle School

Jack Morton will serve as a Middle School Administrative Intern. He has predominantly worked as a Graduate Resident Assistant and a House Tutor at an independent school based in Dorset, England, since completing a BSc in Exercise and Sport Sciences at the University of Exeter.

Jami Reimer, who has worked in the TASIS Summer Programs as a member of the Dedicated Performing Arts Team for the past four years, will fill in as a long-term substitute Music teacher for the Middle School. A teaching artist with classical training in piano, voice, and conducting, Ms. Reimer earned a Bachelor of Music from Canadian Mennonite University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba.

Patricia Scully, a new Middle School Math teacher, comes to TASIS with 22 years of teaching experience in both private (day and boarding) and public schools in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. She completed a B.S. in Middle School Mathematics Education at Boston University and anM.A. in Mathematics Education at Western Governors University.

Irene Sourlantzi will be the new Middle School Academic Intern. She recently completed her B.A. in English Language & Literature and Linguistics at the National University of Athens, and her teaching experience includes assisting and teaching in ESL and EIL classes in private schools in Greece, Slovakia, and Thailand.

Dan Tripps joins TASIS as a Middle School History Teacher after spending the previous 26 years teaching K–8 physical education, self-contained 6th grade, math and technology, and history in the United States. While a member of the swimming team at the University of Minnesota, Dan completed his Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology and later earned additional teaching licenses at Hamline University in K-12 Physical Education, 7-12 Health Education, K-6 Elementary Education, and 5-8 Mathematics through the school's MAT program.

Kathleen Wilga, who has taught in the public school system in Saint Louis, Missouri, for the past 13 years, will be a Middle School English Teacher. She earned a B.A. in English/Literature from Missouri Western State University and a Masters of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Reading from Maryville University.

Elementary School

Laura Caswell Hand will teach fourth grade in the Elementary School. After obtaining her Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Master's in Elementary Education from Virginia Commonwealth University, she began her career in education by teaching grades three and four for four years in Richmond, Virginia, before spending the past three years teaching grade four at an international school in Dubai.

Matthew James Friday—an educator, professional storyteller, and published writer from England—joins the Elementary School Faculty as a fifth-grade teacher. He has worked in UK schools in London and in international schools in Germany and China, teaching for more than ten years with experience in every grade level in Elementary School and with adults at the university level. Mr. Friday holds a B.A. in Scriptwriting for Film from Bournemouth University, a PGCE in Elementary Education from Kingston University, and an M.A. in Creative Writing from Goldsmith College.

Jill Duncan Gozdowski, who has more than 18 years of teaching experience at the elementary school level, will teach first grade. She has taught and at times served as a Literacy Coordinator and Mother Tongue Coordinator in public schools in Oregon and in international schools in Italy, Germany, and China. A licensed literacy coach, Ms. Gozdowski earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oregon and a Masters in Elementary Education with endorsements in ESOL & Literacy from Lewis & Clarke College.

All-School

Lynn Payette, who worked at TASIS as a Health and Wellness Educator from 2011–2015, returns to the School in the same role for the 2018–2019 Academic Year. She earned her Nursing Diploma at St. Lawrence College and has many years of experience working in the medical field in Canada.

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