My role is to educate, motivate and holistically develop our youngest minds. I joined the Hurricanes family in February 2018, on the Early Years teaching team.
What stands out most for me at AISK and continues to do so, is the ratio of students to teachers in every class and working with a dynamic team of educators that stimulate critical thinking in our students. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Child Care and Development and a Masters of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and Teaching Early Childhood Teachers. I have always had a passion for teaching and training others. My parents speak of me at playtime teaching dolls and other toys to pass their exams. That desire has stuck with me since then.
In my spare time you will find me dancing, playing netball or more recently racing and playing football with my own children. I am always inspired by the motto "not for school, but for life we learn".
My absolute passion for children and helping with their growth and development led me into teaching, and to AISK, and it has kept me here for 11 years. I have been a part of the AISK family since 2010, and what an amazing experience it has been.
Since then I have been a Teaching Assistant with the Early Years Program. While supporting the dynamic and creative teachers at that grade level, I was motivated to pursue my teaching degree at The Mico University where I successfully obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education in September 2020. What stands out to me the most at AISK is the diversity of cultures and activities, and the resources that are available from a physical and human standpoint. The experience at AISK has been wonderful! In addition to my profession, I enjoy nature in all its glory and tending to my birds and dogs.
I wanted to be at the best school on the island and be afforded the opportunity to constantly grow as an educator and I joined AISK in August 2010. AISK is a family school, people greet each other by their first name regardless of their position, the community has a personality and everyone is free to express themselves.
In this environment there is joy, hope, creativity, curiosity, knowledge and constant change - yes, change! New and constant change in education prepares students for the future.
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood training at Nova Southeastern University, in Florida. I went on to teach Kindergarten at Liberty Elementary while preparing students in Grade 4 and 5 for the FCAT. I joined AISK 11 years ago and started the EYP department and now teach Kindergarten.
My mother encouraged me to follow my passion from an early age and would always brag to anyone, “Kimberley is going to be an amazing teacher!” I like to make learning full of fun and inspire students to open their minds. I believe that children can achieve so much more if they learn early of their potential and are given opportunities to explore their curiosity.
I enjoy crafting and organizing creative events for children in my free time. My second home is the beach. I try to go to the beach at least twice for the month to unwind and recharge. I also enjoy going for early morning runs on the weekend. I am a nature lover and can always be found Googling another family adventure or observing animals.
From an early age I knew I wanted to have a positive and inspiring impact in the lives of children. As a child, I always enjoyed dressing up in my mom’s heels and teaching the trees. Reciting poems, nursery rhymes and following the daily schedule. I was very elated to be given the opportunity to work in an International School. It was a dream come true. I joined the AISK team in August 2017 as an Elementary Teaching Assistant in the Early Years Program and presently work in Kindergarten. I have received training and certifications in Early Childhood Education from the University of the West Indies as well as in Special Education with a focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder and Applied Behavior Analysis
What stood out about AISK is the use of technology in teaching and learning, along with integrating different learning styles to support students. I am inspired by students’ curiosity to learn and discover new things. While at AISK I received international training and certification in HighScope Curriculum and Lesson Planning. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy singing, dancing, researching and connecting with other Educators around the world.
- Music: David de Geus
- Counselor: Marie Reynolds
- Spanish: Leydis Gonzalez
- Aquatics: Kerri-Ann Steer
- Visual Art: Betty White
- PE: Coach Dexter McFarlane
- Lifeguard: Brenton Armstrong
AISK is an inspiring community that prepares young people for the future and makes room for students to develop their collaborative, creative and communication skills. I am a music educator and choir conductor with a degree in Jazz piano and Music Education from the City College of New York. I have worked in music my whole life: as a piano player, educator, arranger, musical theatre director, composer and choir conductor. I have been teaching music in local and international education for 15 years and have taught in Ghana, New York City and the Netherlands. I joined the AISK family with my wife and 2 daughters in August 2020 to start and teach a new music curriculum schoolwide, including the new IB Music course.
The reason I love working at AISK is that we understand that music education and the rich musical culture of Jamaica can play an exciting role in that! I aim to design opportunities for our students to grow as human beings, develop musical skills, and become confident and creative members of a colourful society.
In my free time I love to play or watch football and my favorite hobbies are DJ-ing, cooking and playing board games with my family.
Working with young people provides the opportunity for me to support them socially and emotionally so that they can develop the ability to bounce forward through challenges, love themselves, and be the gift to the world that each one is. I’m delighted to be a member of the AISK family since August 2020 as the Elementary and Middle School Counselor, working with students from EYP - Grade 8.
Prior to working at AISK I had the opportunity to conduct observations in a number of AISK Elementary classrooms. I was impressed with the exploratory and cooperative learning I witnessed, and the way in which children are empowered to think critically, express their ideas and direct their own learning. I could see that each child and his or her unique qualities are valued and cultivated. I wanted to be a part of that.
I have a Master’s in Clinical Social Work and I am a Registered Associate Professional Counsellor. I also have a Master's in Interdisciplinary Studies - Counselling Psychology emphasis, and graduate studies in Child Development.
I enjoy music and singing, and I am one of the cantors at the local synagogue.
AISK stimulates and shapes each and every aspect of the students’ development. This institution suits all student’s needs and helps them to become capable, critical thinkers with an overall preparation that allows their perfect integration into this changing world. This was the outstanding attribute that made me feel eager and excited about becoming an AISK team player.
AISK was the opportunity I was looking for to grow and widen my professional horizons and impart my knowledge and love for my native language to students across different age groups. I joined the AISK team in August 2020 as the Elementary School Spanish teacher; a position which I enjoy and feel very passionate about.
I have a Master’s Degree in Foreign Languages from the University of Pedagogical Sciences “Blas Roca”, in Cuba. My teaching experience began in Cuba in 2014 and has continued in Jamaica, where I have been since 2017. Being able to provide the students with knowledge, skills, and habits they will benefit from and use to become successful is the most satisfying and rewarding outcome of teaching.
One fun fact about me is that I love arts and crafts and thoroughly enjoy integrating them into my lessons.
My inspiration to teach stems from the fulfillment of students learning a life skill that is fun and enjoyable. My journey as the Aquatics Manager and swimming coach at AISK began in 2018. My first degree, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), from Howard University, was awarded in Political Science with a minor in Psychology. My Master of Science degree, from The University of the West Indies was awarded in Psychotherapy. While I have spent some of my career in the corporate arena, my entire life has been centered around the element of water and the sport of swimming. Those qualifications include certifications from The Fédération Internationale de Natationand, The American Swimming Coaches Association as well as being a certified and licensed lifeguard.
The magnet that drew me towards AISK was being involved with a swimming program that was in its infancy stages of development. Additionally, the warmth of the community, teachers and a learning environment where students are encouraged to embrace every aspect of themselves through determination, sacrifice and resilience was also undeniable. Lessons learned in the corporate world coupled with my knowledge and experience in psychology and competitive swimming allows me to guide students in their achievements. To see students, marvel with pride at their accomplishments when they have triumphed is truly amazing.
One interesting fact about me is that I not only represented my club in international meets, but also my country, Jamaica, accumulating several accolades including a swimming scholarship to Howard University. Hobbies include reading and having spontaneous adventures.
I am inspired to tap into the ‘gateway’ children have to a world of unlimited imagination. Children love to ‘Free draw’ where all the stories inside come tumbling out as visual images. I am grateful to be in a position that helps to foster a continued appreciation of its value. I began teaching at AISK in August 2006 and currently teach Elementary Art from EYP - Grade 5.
I am a Graduate in Fine Arts- Painting- from The Edna Manley School of the Visual and Performing Arts and I have a Masters Degree in Art Education from Ohio State University.
I initially came to AISK to fill in for an art teacher who unavoidably had to leave due to an emergency. During that first year I taught Kindergarten to Grade 12. I quickly realized I wanted to focus on teaching Art to the Elementary students, so when I was asked to continue teaching at AISK I gradually and happily transitioned to that specific role.
I am appreciative and impressed with the investment AISK puts into the Arts which includes the working space we are given, the budget for materials, as well as the showcasing of the student’s work. I am inspired to teach Art because I have observed that the Arts, both Visual and Performing, are a natural language that children use to express themselves even before beginning formal education. I am also inspired to teach a subject that is constantly engaged with creative thinking.
From the early years, children have an ease and familiarity with drawing, painting, movement, singing, make believe drama - all of which gives them access to their inner world without much direction from adults, and helps to anchor a healthy interior space.
An interesting fact about me is that I am a twin. Art and Yoga are my favourite hobbies.
Exercise, sports and being healthy are very important to human development. AISK has ensured that programmes are put in place to assist students in these areas and to develop holistically. I have nearly twenty years’ experience teaching Physical Education at the elementary level and have continued in this position at AISK since 2005. I hold a Diploma in Physical Education, a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in Middle Grades Education and a Master of Science (MSc.) in Sports Administration.
Having been at AISK for more than 16 years, I enjoy working with the small classes, which I believe enables the students to express themselves and maximize their potential for learning. Additionally, my passion for healthy living and being active allows me to thoroughly enjoy teaching and sharing this interest with students.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family members and friends, as well as listening to audio books and watching documentaries.
I teach because I’m absolutely in love with seeing growth and development. It's just a wonderful feeling watching someone grasp and apply something that they didn’t know how to do before. Taking on the role of the Lifeguard at AISK for the past two years has been a rewarding experience.
I joined the team in March 2019, having been a certified lifeguard for the past sixteen years working in International hotels such as The CourtYard Marriott Hotel, The Pegasus Hotel and The Hilton Hotel to name a few. I was eventually promoted to Lifeguard Instructor, allowing me to become a part of the team responsible for training new Lifeguard candidates as well as renewal of lifeguards across the island. I am also a FINA (International Federation of Swimming) and ASCA (American Swimming Coaches Association) level certified swim coach for sixteen years. I am also a certified Pool and Spa Operations manager for the past eight years.
I have a love for photography and drama, but unfortunately I don’t get a chance to explore them both in the way that I would like.
I have enjoyed teaching and learning about teaching all my adult life. I am fortunate to have been involved in Educational leadership of International schools for over 15 years. This includes working for large Educational institutions including; the Service Children’s Education Authority (U.K.), the English Schools Foundation, Hong Kong, the Aga Khan Development Network based in Paris, France, and The King Faisal Foundation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I have been an Elementary Principal in five International schools.
I have been involved in developing schools, especially with International Baccalaureate (I.B.) in both the Primary and Middle Years Programs. Working with the IB Primary Years Program (P.Y.P.) and Middle Years Program (M.Y.P.), often as both a Principal and P.Y.P. Coordinator, I have led teacher training into inquiry learning. In particular, developing teaching strategies that supported IB programs through collaborative and inquiry-based learning. This also led me to be involved with the British Council and local outreach programs in both Hong Kong and Moçambique.
I was trained in The Hague, Netherlands as an IB school visitor and was also trained in classroom observation through U.K.’s OFSTED school inspection program and as a school visitor for the Council of International Schools (C.I S.). As a result of this, I worked on school evaluation, visiting schools for the I.B. in the Middle East and the English School’s Foundation in Hong Kong. I have led four successful Primary Years Program Authorizations and also accreditations with C.I.S., Middle States Association and Advanced Education.
I was lucky to have had the experience of working in the I.B. programs both as a P.Y.P. and MYP teacher and as an IB school leader. As a teacher, I taught children of all ages but it was in Early Childhood and Mathematics that I was particularly interested. As Bill Gates says, “The first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 will turn out!”
I was born near Llandaff, the same part of Cardiff, as children’s author Roald Dahl. When I was six my father was posted to Malaysia and I grew up in the Far East, Belgium, and Germany. I attended the Institute of Education in London and gained a Bachelor of Education degree with Honours. I taught in England before moving to work with the British Forces in Germany. Whilst working in Germany I met my wife Louise. Together we have spent many years working in international schools in the Middle East, Africa, and Hong Kong. We have a daughter Charlotte, a son William and a granddaughter Eloise, all of whom live in San Miquel, southern Spain.
I joined the AISK family in November 2013 in the capacity of Administrative Assistant to the Elementary Principal and Elementary teachers. I am a qualified personal assistant and have over 30 years of international experience over a wide range of sectors.
I am Jamaican born but lived in the UK for over 18 years and have travelled extensively, including a “dream come true” 12 months back-packing trip around the world in 2002-2003. I truly enjoy being back in Jamaica and particularly working at AISK. Its population of both Jamaican and international staff students creates a really wonderful multicultural environment.
Watching children grow and observing how they learn everyday inspires me, particularly in the amazing environment we have here at AISK. Through music, dance, art, just to name a few, the look of pure joy when they can be truly who they want to be and learn valuable lessons across the board never ceases to amaze me. Their lightbulb moments always bring me joy.
Apart from enjoying running and watching great movies with friends, for those who don’t know, I am also a semi-professional singer. I do love to see the look on people’s faces when listening to me sing for the very first time. Music is my joy second only to my family!!
I am based in the Elementary School Office and am here to help and support you in any way I can, so please feel free to reach out.