The teachers are simply amazing, they have various ways of engaging the students and they have a gift of making learning fun for the students while still meeting or exceeding the learning expectations.
Elementary Faculty & Staff
The teaching and learning environment at AISK motivated me to become a teacher at this institution. The environment is one that encourages children to be active learners and be in charge of their learning. I started working at AISK in August 2018. I began my journey in the Early Years Program for two years and I currently teach in Grade 1 and am loving the experience. At AISK, we encourage the “why” question, which encourages children to develop a love for learning and realize that learning can occur anywhere.
I have always wanted to be an Early Childhood teacher; I worked in this area in various capacities for around 20 years. I hold a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and I taught students from 18 months to 8 years, both locally and overseas, Teaching is a job like no other; you take on many different roles daily. Although I plan my daily activities, there is always some uncertainty and I like that each day is different. Seeing my students get excited about learning, having their a-ha moments and meeting their learning goals gives me great satisfaction and purpose.
Outside of teaching, I enjoy solving puzzles, playing my favorite game; Tetris as well as reading.
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.
My desire to work in international schools stemmed from my own experience attending an international school as a child. These institutions made learning fun! I joined the staff at AISK in August 2019 as a Grade 4 teacher. I have a degree in Special Needs as well as a degree in Education from the Institute of Education at the University of London. AISK was the perfect change for me and my husband after living in England for 6 years. Change in weather and immersing ourselves in a new way of life was both exciting and invigorating.
I believe in teaching through an inquiry-based approach, where the students are encouraged to explore, ask questions and share ideas in an integrated learning environment. I also find that there is a strong link between academic success and social emotional well-being which leads to students performing at their best.
I always look forward to getting to know the students and their families and creating a safe and nurturing environment where we can all grow and learn together.
Outside of the classroom I love to cook, exercise and read. We have two children; Daniel and Anna who are both attending university in the United Kingdom.
It is hugely satisfying seeing students become curious and passionate about their learning and actively wanting to expand their areas of knowledge. I am originally from Melbourne, Australia and it’s a pleasure for me to be a part of the AISK family. I have lived abroad for the last eight years. My family and I have lived in the UAE for two years, Germany for five years and Malaysia for one year. I am very excited to be joining AISK alongside my wife who will be the new IB DP Coordinator, and my two girls aged 12 and 9.
My teaching career first began in the UAE where I worked as support staff at an Australian international school. Following this I worked for five years in an IB PYP school in Munich, Germany, as a Grade 3 and then Grade 5 homeroom teacher. Most recently, I have worked as a Year 3 homeroom teacher in Malaysia. I thoroughly enjoy working in elementary schools and teaching through an inquiry based approach. Utilizing an inquiry mindset greatly assists in students feeling empowered, engaged and more committed to their learning.
In all the countries I have lived in I have really enjoyed teaching in international and multicultural classrooms, as well as exploring the local areas on my weekends and holidays. I cannot wait to get out and experience all that Jamaica has to offer. In my spare time I like to watch Australian football - I am a Richmond Tigers fan...sadly 2021 was not our year. I also enjoy reading, travelling, and spending time with friends and family.
I am really looking forward to meeting lots of new colleagues, students, and families within the AISK community this year.
Kristin de Geus
Developing close and trusting relationships with my students, helping them cultivate a love of learning, and empowering them as learners is what inspires me to teach.
After living in the Netherlands for 12 years, and working as a classroom teacher, curriculum developer and teaching coach, I joined the AISK family as a Grade 3 teacher in August, 2020. I hold a Masters of Science in Education from Pace University in New York City and have had the privilege facilitating curiosity in children from Kindergarten to 5th grade for 20 years.
After researching many international schools, I was drawn to AISK because of its strong sense of community and family feel. The teachers and administrators know, and genuinely care about every student personally. The class sizes are small which ensures individualized attention and personal relationships with each student. I love being part of a child’s journey as they discover their talents and passions, but also as they develop confidence and learn to take risks, make mistakes and overcome challenges. AISK is a learning environment where all of these things happen, every single day.
An interesting fact about me is that I speak Dutch and love to use it in my classroom, teaching my students common phrases that we use everyday. “Tot ziens!”
As a child my parents always told me that having a good education is like having a key that will open many doors. I wanted to market this idea and chose teaching. I started at AISK in August 2021. This year I will be teaching Math and STEM at the 5th grade level.
I am happy to be a part of the AISK family and was drawn to the school by all the interesting instagram stories and posts. I was impressed by the community and the evidence that the students are from different backgrounds. Everyone’s individuality was showcased and their commonality was impressive. I wanted to be a part of this wonderful community.
I hold a Masters in Science degree from Florida International University, a Primary Education Degree from International University of the Caribbean and a Diploma from The Mico University College here in Jamaica.
As a teacher I can talk to parents and inspire students and the community at large, and show them that having a good education can take them to new heights with endless opportunities. This is what inspired me to teach.
One interesting fact about me is that years ago I was talking to one of the 1st grade teachers at my school at a workshop. We were sharing best practices ideas and then a gentleman came over and was listening and sharing some of his ideas. A few weeks later he turned up at my workplace and invited me to work with a team to reform a new curriculum.
- Spanish: Leydis Gonzalez
- Visual Art: Betty White
- Music: David de Geus
- Dexter McFarlane: Acting Head of PE & Athletics & Elementary PE Teacher
- Aquatics: Kerri-Ann Steer
- Swimming: David Bromfield
- Lifeguard: Khavezra Harrison
- Drama and Performing Arts: Sarah Silvera
- I.T. and STEM Integration Specialist: Marrian McKay
Spanish: Leydis Gonzalez
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.
Visual Art: Betty White
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.
Music: David de Geus
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.
Dexter McFarlane: Acting Head of PE & Athletics & Elementary PE Teacher
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.
Aquatics: Kerri-Ann Steer
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.
Swimming: David Bromfield
As a small community in size but big in heart, AISK allows me the ability to work with enthusiastic students to unlock their athletic potential. My name is David Bromfield and I have been teaching PE and Swimming at AISK since 2018. I have a BSc. in Sports Sciences, a Masters in Business Management and I am a Level 2 certified coach by the World Swimming Federation (FINA).
When I am not teaching young minds, I find comfort in reading, watching sports and playing video games.
Lifeguard: Khavezra Harrison
Drama and Performing Arts: Sarah Silvera
AISK has always been a school that I admired as it truly prioritizes the whole child. I joined the AISK family in 2005 and have had many teaching roles at this institution including elementary classroom teacher and elementary, middle and high school theatre arts teacher. Developing the ‘whole child’ is the focus of our teaching and learning and the foundation of any successful student.
I hold a Masters of Education degree and I am honored to have a positive, inspiring impact on children’s lives. I love music and dance. I have written and performed my music in the Caribbean, USA, Africa and Europe. I also have a passion for fitness and yoga.
An interesting fact about me is that although I was born in Jamaica, I spent my elementary and high school years in Trinidad and have a strong “Trini” accent.
I.T. and STEM Integration Specialist: Marrian McKay
My heart’s desire is to leave an indelible mark on the lives of the future generation. My journey at AISK began in 2010 where the door was opened for me to be a substitute teacher. I transitioned into a teaching assistant role, then a teacher in the regular Elementary classroom and became the Information Technology Specialist for the Elementary School beginning August 2012.
As I was completing my Masters of Arts in Teaching Degree (MAT) at Mercer University in the U.S. my heart yearned for home and I recognized that AISK was the institution that would afford me the opportunity to not only use the skills I had garnered in my studies, but also capitalize on my experience as a student growing up in Jamaica. I truly wanted to make a positive impact and provide students with well rounded experiences that would influence them for life. That passion has not changed as I engage in activities with enquiring minds each day. My role as an I.T. Specialist has also afforded me the opportunity to aid in the professional development of fellow teachers and staff.
Outside of my professional career, I thoroughly enjoy writing and hope that someday in the near future I will be able to write children’s books.
As educators, we are trained to step back and look at what students CAN DO, and then we begin to build on the rich cultural and language experiences that they take to the classroom.
I’ve had the opportunity of teaching English as an additional language to Elementary, Middle School and High School students since 2017. I read for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literatures in English at the University of the West Indies. Thereafter, I completed a diploma in Education with a concentration in Double English at the Shortwood Teachers’ College. Since then, I have completed a Master of Science in Reading and Language Arts from K-12 at Central Connecticut State University which has qualified me as a Literacy Coach and or Reading Specialist. I have over 10 years of successful classroom teaching experience as a teacher of English Language, English Literature, Communication Skills and teaching English as an additional language. Since I have continued my teaching career at AISK, I have benefited from the wide range of cultural and teaching diversity which has strengthened my core skills as an educator. The various levels of differentiation and individualized instruction that are at the heart of our EAL program has strengthened both students and teachers alike.
My interests and passions are in language, linguistics and speech development and I get to do this every day. At AISK I get to be a part of positions that facilitate the sharing of cultures, languages and the corporation of individuals in a global community. One interesting fact about me is that I love gaming and reading picture books.
There was something spectacular about AISK the moment I set foot on the campus. A friend told me the school wanted to expand its Student Support Department and was looking for someone to head that division. I had been doing something similar at an early childhood institution for a number of years, and the time seemed right to make a change. After a visit to the school, I was sold on AISK. First, the campus is absolutely beautiful, but more importantly I was impressed by the teachers and staff of AISK. It seemed that everyone I met and spoke to was committed to the AISK vision and to being a part of growing the school. There was a sense of professionalism and vibrancy that really drew me in and made me want to be a part of the AISK community. I joined the AISK team in August of 2013 and have worked in the capacity of Student Support Director for 7 ½ years.
I have a degree in special education and a graduate diploma in psychology. I have worked with children of all ages and a wide variety of learning needs over the past 30 years and am always greatly inspired by the children I work with. My passion is working with children who are struggling to learn to read, and my ultimate goal for them is not just to teach them to read, but to teach them to love to read. There is such fulfillment in watching a child get to a place where reading is suddenly enjoyable.
I am an avid reader myself and currently belong to two book clubs. I am also an active member of a local running club and enjoy participating in road races both as a runner and as a volunteer.
I became attracted to AISK as it provides differentiated learning experiences for all students. I started my exciting journey at AISK in August 2000 and have been a part of the AISK family for over 17 years. I have held a number of roles in the Elementary School from Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Teacher and currently a homeroom teacher in Grade 4.
I presently hold a Diploma in Education and Training, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Career Development and most recently acquired a Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Special Education from Walden University, U.S.A. I have a passion for helping children reach their full potential and love to challenge students to be curious and develop skills towards becoming independent learners. I genuinely believe that the ‘sky is the limit’ and encourage all to never doubt themselves, stay focused, never allow anything to slow or stop them from reaching their goals and make their dreams happen.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy watching movies and traveling with my two children who are also AISK Hurricanes. I also enjoy listening and working with children and young people in a capacity as mentor or counselor. I am highly active in my local church and always make time to support my church community in whatever way I can.
My goal is to foster a love for learning within my students. My name is Lisa Vickers and I have been an educator for 22 years. It’s with great pleasure that I have rejoined the AISK family as the ES EAL Support Teacher. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Florida International University and a Master of Science degree in Education with a specialization in Mathematics and Science. I am certified to teach Elementary, Middle Grades Science, and ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages).
I have taught many subject areas at many grade levels, and I love them all. Each child has strengths and I wish for children to recognize their talents and use them to empower themselves in learning and life. AISK is such a wonderful school because we celebrate the individuality of each child. The values and vision of AISK prepare students for the future with confidence. My passion in life is to help others live to their best potential in health and love. Whether I am on a hike, waterfall hunting, or soaking in some solar energy at the beach, being with nature and connecting to the world around me is when I feel pure joy!
Guidance Counsellor: Marie Reynolds
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.
Spend a Day at AISK
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