With teachers, teaching assistants and specialists from all corners of the globe we are incredibly proud of the talent and passion embodied by all our staff, and how it translates to a world-class learning environment for all of our students.
For more information on each member of our team, please see below.
Jessica Anderson, a native New Yorker, received a BA in Art & Art History at City College of New York. After earning a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education at Hunter College, she eagerly left the United States for international adventures. Ms. Anderson taught English in Barcelona, Spain and subsequently held positions at several IB World schools in London, England and Tokyo, Japan. At these schools, she taught Year 1 and Reception, while also acting as PYP coordinator and mentor for newly qualified teachers. Four years ago, Ms. Anderson moved back to New York and took a position at The International Preschools, where she remained until she got the exciting opportunity to work within a PYP programme once again – at BIS-NY!
In her spare time, Ms. Anderson is a music enthusiast and frequents live shows throughout Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. She also enjoys planning upcoming holidays where she can travel and learn about the rich history and culture around the world.
Ms. Anderson is thrilled to be working within the inquiry-based, collaborative and international environment that BIS-NY offers.
B.A. in Studio Art / Art History, City College of New York
MS Ed. in Early Childhood Education, Hunter College, New York, NY
New York State Public School Certification to teach Birth – Age 8
TEFL certification – ITTT, Barcelona, Spain
Mr. Campbell believes very strongly that the ethos of creativity and individuality that flourishes at BIS-NY is one of our school’s greatest strengths. Emphasizing these traits as the foundation of a rigorous program of inquiry allows all of our students, regardless of their learning style, to thrive in our happy and secure school environment.
Mr. Campbell’s much-enjoyed nine years at The British International School cap a long and impressive career in education. In addition to six years working in child and adult art education in New Zealand, he has lectured in ancient history at tertiary level, taught in the Middle East, provided professional development for teachers in South America and taught for eight years in inner-city London schools.
A firm believer in lifelong learning for all, most recently, Mr. Campbell joined Harvard’s Graduate School of Education where he worked on producing a series of class-based practical research projects that focused on pedagogy and on helping children to make the most of their learning experience.
In addition to his work in education, Mr. Campbell is a published author who has written several textbooks on the art and culture of ancient Greece and Rome, both of which are now recommended textbooks for the senior secondary school examinations in classics.
Bachelor or Arts with First Class Honours; Classical Studies/History, Victoria University, Wellington, NZ
Graduate of the Graduate Teacher Programme, Kingston University, London, UK
Miss Day is very excited to be flying over from London, England to be your Nursery teacher! Miss Day has been working within Early Years for the past 6 years, with the past 2 years being in Nursery itself in London.
Miss Day has a passion for early education and seeing the awe and wonder in the classroom through books, experiences and imagination. She is a keen runner, recently completing an aquathon and 10km run, and has lived in London, Bristol, Canada and France.
LLB (HONS) European Languages (French) and Law. University of the West of England, Bristol.
PGCE (Early Childhood and French). Goldsmiths College. University of London
Ms. McDonald was born in Glasgow, Scotland. She holds a Law degree from the University of Aberdeen and, after graduating, moved to Jersey in the Channel Islands to work in the litigation department of a local firm. However, a career in teaching was her true calling and Lisa returned to the UK temporarily to train, gaining her PGCE from the University of Cambridge in 2004. She has lived in Jersey ever since and has taught children from Nursery to Year 6 in various school across the island. She has extensive experience teaching children with special educational needs, having also worked in a school with a specialist autism unit.
Passionate about educating the youngest learners, Ms. McDonald has been a Reception teacher and Foundation Stage Manager for the last 6 years. She was also an assessment moderator for the Foundation Stage Profile in Jersey and acted as an external moderator for the island of Guernsey, where she was involved in staff training for the development of an effective and challenging continuous provision for play based learning in Early Years.
As an Advisory Teacher within the States of Jersey Early Years Advisory Team, Ms. McDonald has been instrumental in the implementation of the new 2012 curriculum framework for Early Years in the Island. She is passionate about a child centred approach to learning, underpinned by a responsible pedagogy, which provides children with the best opportunities to demonstrate their learning and development fully.
Ms. McDonald is really excited to join the team at BIS-NY and is looking forward to continuing to nurture inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young learners in the Foundation Stage.
PGCE Homerton College, University of Cambridge, England
Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Aberdeen, Scotland
After studying for a specialized primary education degree, Ms. Ranger enjoyed a 15 year career in primary schools in the UK before moving to New York with her family in 2010.
As well as teaching across key stages 1 and 2, Ms. Ranger held a number of senior management positions including Key Stage Leader, Literacy Co-ordinator, Teaching and Learning Manager and mentor for Newly Qualified Teachers. She was also a Leading Teacher in Mathematics for her Local Education Authority.
Since arriving in New York, she has balanced raising her son with volunteering with the Make A Wish Foundation as a wish granter, PTA curriculum committee rep at her son’s school and co-ordinating various book clubs.
BA (QTS) in Primary Education with Creative Arts, Brunel University, London, England
Annette Ottley is a skilled and dedicated educator who is passionate about the foundation stage because in those early years the children develop the foundation of inquiry and knowledge that will carry them through their years of schooling. For her own education, Ms. Ottley completed her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education at the Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. After completing her studies and student teaching, Ms. Ottley worked at a prestigious independent school in New York City for over 6 years. Ms. Ottley is clear that her area of giftedness is with the Early Years and has been operating in this capacity at BIS-NY since 2008.
Ms. Ottley likens teaching to gardening. Her role as a teacher is to provide each and every child with the tools to cultivate his/her own garden of knowledge in fertile soil. As such, her classroom is a caring, safe, and equitable environment where each child can blossom and grow. Ms. Ottley plans “gardening” opportunities every day to allow the children to become responsible members of the classroom community. With a bit of sunshine and nurturing, the children blossom through class meetings, positive reinforcement, and democratic principles. In showing children how to become responsible for themselves as well as their own learning, Ms. Ottley gives them the tools to become successful in life, to believe in them, and to love themselves and others regardless of their differences!
Ms. Ottley is very keen of the IB PYP program because it so closely aligns with her educational approach and thinking. The PYP focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It also prepares students to be active participants in a lifelong journey of learning. It has been Ms. Ottley’s experience that children who are validated and valued engage positively in the process of education. Therefore, she seamlessly merges educational structure while exposing the children in her class to the Learner Profile. Overall, Ms. Ottley strives to provide an environment in which children feel safe, comfortable, important, respected and valued. She feels shaping young minds, in this holistic way, lends itself to greatness!
Ms. Ottley will continue to be the Head of the Glennie House for next year and is especially excited about continuing and enhancing the house system. Ms. Ottley is working closely with Ms. Carr and Ms. Scheiber to share her insights, skills and passions to reenergize the House System. It’s too soon to reveal any “House Secrets”, but she’s looking forward to bringing her personal love of traveling, cooking and reading to her work with Glennie and, every day, in the classroom!
B.A Early Childhood Education, Long Island University, NY
Miss. Simmons was born into a teaching family and developed a passion for education from an early age. She remembers watching her mother prepare wild and whacky teaching resources for her primary school students and knew that she would eventually follow in her footsteps!
As a lover of reading and writing, Miss. Simmons completed her BA Honours degree in English Literature and Language at Sheffield University in the UK. She then went on to complete her PGCE in Primary Education at London’s Middlesex University. After completing her teacher training at a range of London primary schools, Miss. Simmons took up a Year Two teaching post at Abercorn School, BIS-NY’s sister school in central London. It is here that her love of hands-on, inquiry based learning has flourished and she prides herself on putting a creative stamp on anything she touches!
Having taught for two years in London, Miss. Simmons has decided to combine her passion for teaching with her love of travel to make the exciting move to New York. She brings with her a comprehensive knowledge of the English National Curriculum and looks forward to fusing this with the philosophical framework of the International Baccalaureate at BIS-NY.
In addition to classroom based teaching, Miss. Simmons is a qualified lacrosse coach and has put this to good use during summers spent working as a camp counsellor in the USA. Her last two years at Abercorn School also provided Miss. Simmons with the opportunity to let her full creativity flow, and she organised two infamous (if messy!) after-school clubs, known affectionately as ‘Horrible Science’ and ‘Crazy Craft’.
B.A. (Hons) English Literature and Language at Sheffield University, UK
Jessica Dolan is a graduate of the Drama Conservatory at Purchase College, NY. She began her teaching career in Early Childhood Education at the Riverdale Montessori School. After spending a year doing a drama internship at a Theatre Arts Production Company school in the Bronx, she was offered a full time position to teach drama, specifically Shakespeare, to students in grades 6-12. As the school was moving toward graduating their first 12th grade, Ms. Dolan was asked to be the college counselor for both the 11th graders and seniors. She was able to successfully negotiate college acceptances for all graduating students.
Ms. Dolan has volunteered her time with Habitat for Humanity and currently with the Fred Dolan Art Academy under the direction of renowned artist and writer of children’s’ books, Neil Waldman. Ms. Dolan believes that all children can succeed given the proper opportunities and support. Her experience working with the Children’s Aid Society has reinforced her belief in humanity, and the need to step up the drive to keep a connection with our families throughout the world.
Ms. Dolan’s passions include dance, theatre, photography and horseback riding… and of course, early childhood and adolescent development. She is certified in Pyschodrama and has functioned as a facilitator in schools for 4 years.
Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Art and Early Childhood Development.
Certifications: Psychodrama, Hudson Valley Institute, CPR and First Aid
Swiss born and educated, Brigitte Gloor brings academic, professional and practical experience to language studies.
She received her B.A. in Education at the Lehrerseminar Solothurn, Switzerland and continued her education at the Institut Catholique in Paris, receiving a certificate in Advanced French Studies in 1975. Ms. Gloor taught and coordinated third year elementary school curriculum which included French, German and Instrumental Music among other academic subjects for Swiss national certification and was a regional judge in piano and flute competition for elementary school children.
Ms. Gloor brings practical language skills as a Berlitz certified instructor and as a translator of legal and medical research documents for a New York law firm. She has been a private tutor for both adults and children for many years.
Outside interests include world travel, skiing ( Swiss certified ski instructor ) painting, Spanish Language and different cultures.
B.A., Education, Lehrerseminar, Switzerland
Romea Hanif began her teaching career in Lahore, Pakistan as a High-School Literature Teacher. In 1993, she moved to the US with her family and decided to devote her time to raising her two children. While a stay-at-home parent, she took courses in creative writing, computing and interior design. She started working as a Substitute Teacher for the United Nations International School in 2006. She substituted for grades one through eight as a Lead and Assistant Teacher and also taught specialist subjects such as Art, Technology, Music and Science. She joined the BIS-NY staff in 2014. She brings with her an extensive knowledge of instructing and nurturing children of different age groups and diverse backgrounds.
Masters in Language and Literature.
Certification of Lecturer in English Literature.
Kim Simpson began her working life in the City of London where she occupied various senior positions with international banking and stock broking institutions. In 1994 she relocated with her husband and young family to Hong Kong where she embarked on a new career in early childhood education. Ms. Simpson held a number of teaching assistant roles within the Hong Kong international school system before moving to the US in 2000. From 2004 until 2009, Ms. Simpson taught at a private school in Saddle River New Jersey. Ms. Simpson joined the BIS-NY staff in 2009 bringing with her a wealth of experience in teaching and nurturing young children within an international setting.
Registered Representative, London Business School, UK
Jose Sosa was born in Santiago, Dominican Republic. At the age of 14 he immigrated to the United States with his family and has lived here in New York since then. In 1997 he graduated from Alfred E. Smith H.S. in the Bronx. From 2002-2011, Mr. Sosa worked at Hunter College and Hunter High School. Whilst working, in 2007, he earned an associated degree in Art: Social Science and Humanities at LaGuardia Community College. Following this he went back to Hunter College to pursue his Bachelor degree in Psychology. In 2010, Mr. Sosa founded The Sosa Family Foundation, a non-profit organization to reach out the neediest and contribute to the education back in his hometown in the Dominican Republic. In 2011, Mr. Sosa joined the BIS-NY family and had made it his home ever since!
Emily comes to the British International School of New York from Vancouver, Canada. Born in NYC, Emily moved back to Vancouver at a young age and has been there ever since. She completed her undergraduate degree on beautiful Vancouver Island at the University of Victoria with a specialization in English. After traveling, working as a tutor and running programs at her local community centre, she returned to school to earn her Bachelors of Education degree at the University of British Columbia. Some of her passions include running, hiking, reading and working with children. Emily is looking forward to joining the BIS-NY team and living in New York City!
Bachelor of Arts Degree; English Major: University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Bachelor of Education; International Baccalaureate Cohort: University of British
Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Since graduating in 2011, Mr. Buchan has spent five years in the classroom. Prior to becoming a teacher, he worked as a youth support worker in his local community, mentoring and educating those not in education, training or full time employment. At the same time as this, Mr. Buchan worked in secondary schools across East London and Essex, running workshops designed to prepare pupils for work experience.
Mr. Buchan has an unerring dedication to providing pupils with the best possible educational experience. He has a commitment to innovation in the classroom and enjoys working with colleagues to discuss and develop the best possible classroom practice. Mr. Buchan is passionate about creating a classroom environment in which independence, resilience and growth mind-set is actively promoted and encouraged. After only two years of teaching in his previous school Mr. Buchan was given the role of Initial Teacher Training Leader, assuming responsibility for the mentoring of trainee teachers and newly qualified teachers. As well as this, he was responsible for moderating the mentoring provision across an alliance of local schools in East Essex. He has also held leadership roles in Computing and Music.
Mr. Buchan has taken part in many transnational projects, visiting and working alongside primary schools in Hungary, Bulgaria and Belgium. Most recently, Mr. Buchan job shadowed in Bydgoszcz, Northern Poland.
Mr. Buchan’s interests include music, film, theatre and reading. He also enjoys sports, and played regular five a-side football back in England.
B.A. (Honours); Primary Education, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, England.
Joe Cockerell earned his qualifications to become a Primary School Teacher in 2004, graduating from Northumbria University in the UK. As well as his role as a Classroom Teacher, Mr. Cockerell has held leadership roles for both Physical Education and Mathematics.
Prior to gaining his qualified teacher status, he obtained a BA (Hons) Leisure Management and Sports Studies degree at Buckinghamshire University, and it was during this time that he also successfully completed a UEFA Football Coaching certificate. This enabled Mr. Cockerell to work for Arsenal and Wycombe Wanderers Football Clubs for their Community programmes, and in 2002 he also spent a summer working in California as a coach.
Teaching sport to children has always played a significant part in Mr. Cockerell’s teaching profession. As well as his experience as a P.E. teacher and subject leader he has coached various school sports teams, and at his previous school he was a member of a team of teachers that took pupils on an annual water sports activity week to Spain for many years. He also used his previous experiences as a community coach, to organize and manage bi-annual Easter and summer sports camps for children aged 4-12.
BA (Hons) Leisure Management and Sports Studies, Buckinghamshire New University, UK
Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education, Northumbria University, UK
Mr Edwards grew up in South Wales but has now lived most of his life in various parts of England. After a period working in staff training and development in the energy industry, he completed a degree in Musical Theatre and worked as an actor and voice-coach before qualifying as a teacher. Although he no longer gets much time for acting, he is still a very keen singer and has sung tenor with a variety of classical choirs in London.
A lifelong passion for science and maths has served Mr Edwards well as a teacher. He very much enjoys finding practical and exciting ways to teach difficult concepts and is an avid reader of popular science books.
A keen amateur cook, Mr Edwards enjoys finding new recipes and he also likes to relax by hiking and is looking forward to the impressive landscapes that the USA has to offer.
Before moving to BIS-NY, Mr Edwards worked for four years in a succesful independent preparatory school in South West London. As well as being a classroom teacher, he was also the school’s Head of Science and a Housemaster.
B.A. (Hons, upper second); Musical Theatre, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK
PGCE (Distinction); Primary Education, Kingston University, London, UK
Upon completion of his degree, Mr Ferguson spent several months travelling around France including a spell harvesting grapes in the prestigious Chateauneuf Du Pape region. He returned to the UK and moved to Kingston-Upon-Thames to study for a PGCE. Mr Ferguson starting his teaching career, as Year 6 Class Teacher specialising in Sport and French. He quickly progressed to Assistant Head of Year 6 and Head of Design and Technology.
Mr Ferguson moved to Surbiton High Boys’ Preparatory School in 1999. His role was Year 6 Form Teacher and Head of Sport. He quickly raised the standard and profile of sport. Every child received the opportunity to represent the school in the core sports several times each term. Links were forged with Fulham Football Club, Esher Rugby Club and Esher Cricket Club to use their coaches to further raise the standards of sport. As the profile for sports increased, the sports department expanded, from just himself to a team of 4 staff, including a member of gymnastics troupe Spelbound who helped develop a strong and successful gymnastics programme.
In 2007 he took on the role of Holiday Club Co-ordinator. This club had always been popular, however he raised its profile to such an extent that the numbers of pupils attending each day more than doubled. A greater range of activities were introduced to accommodate the growing numbers of pupils.
The role of Head of Pastoral Care was created to give Mr Ferguson greater responsibility to deal with the needs of pupils within Surbiton High Boys’ Prep School. He undertook a Masters degree in Education and Leadership, to coincide with this new role. His primary focus was on behaviour management, specifically looking at strategies for leading behaviour. Mr Ferguson changed the culture of behaviour management within his school, introducing novel strategies for raising standards of behaviour amongst the boys.
When his sons started playing rugby at Old Cranleighans Rugby Club, he started as a helper but his passion and knowledge of rugby quickly saw him progress to the role of Head Coach, leading a year group to success in a number of tournaments and festivals. Building upon this success he was instrumental in setting up the inaugural and hugely successful minis rugby tour.
Mr Ferguson is an avid sports fan, he enjoys watching most sports and is a keen athlete himself. His primary sport is triathlon in which he has competed at distances from Sprint up to Middle distance. He has participated in a range of sports, competing in open water swimming events, running races and cycling competitions both on the road and in the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome.
B.Sc. (Hons, 2ii); Applied & Analytical Chemistry Staffordshire University, Stoke-Upon-Trent, UK
PGCE Secondary Science, Kingston University, London, England.
MA Innovation in Education and Leadership, Warwick University, Coventry, UK
Ms. Gibson is a passionate educator who strives to reach all students by providing instruction that is designed to help students reach their full potential. Ms. Gibson employs a hands-on approach to learning and feels that children learn best when concepts and ideas are presented in a way that affects their daily lives.She does this through a variety of different media including manipulatives, news articles, books, games, thinking routines, field trips, real life experiences, and numerous other educational tools.
As a life-long learner Ms. Gibson is constantly looking to further her own knowledge. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Berea College in Berea, KY.She graduated with a teaching certificate in May of 2007 after a rigorous five year program that included a full year of student teaching under some of the most exceptional educators in the area.She has also completed a Master’s Degree in Leadership and an Ed.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development. In addition, Ms. Gibson seeks opportunities to further her understanding of child development and learning through specialized courses and conferences.
While attending college Ms. Gibson worked as an Early Years teacher at Bright Beginnings, participated in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program, and volunteered with various children’s charities in the Eastern Kentucky/Appalachian region. After earning her degree Ms. Gibson moved to the New York City area and became a private in-home teacher.During this time she designed curriculum specifically tailored to the needs of the children in her care.She has worked with children ranging from birth to age twelve for more than ten years, and has a firm grasp of a child’s progression through developmental stages.
Ms. Gibson enjoys the real-life application involved with the IB-PYP because it provides students with the tools they need to be life-long learners. She promotes inquiry and open-mindedness in the classroom, and encourages students to explore their own thinking and learning.
B.A. in Elementary Education -Berea College, Berea, KY
M.S. in Leadership -Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ
Miss Hudemann was born and grew up in Fulda, Germany. After finishing school in 2001, she studied to become a teacher for Primary and Lower Secondary Schools at the University of Education in Heidelberg, Germany, specialising in Art and German language and literature. Having passed her First State Examination in summer 2005, she decided to go travelling to South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. This experience cemented her love for the English language and for other countries and cultures which ultimately led her to her decision to move to the United Kingdom after passing her Second State Examination in Germany in 2007.
Throughout the past nine years in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, Miss Hudemann has taught at a variety of schools, both Secondary and Primary, and developed her interest in cross-curricular education through the use of the International Primary Curriculum. She has led a number of subjects, including Modern Foreign Languages, Science, ICT and Maths, and has held leadership positions with responsibilities for whole school development.
Miss Hudemann believes in the importance of being a life-long learner and aims to develop children’s independence, resilience and tolerance within a supportive and stimulating teaching environment. She is a passionate teacher with many interests and endeavours to bring these into the classroom to make learning exciting and meaningful.
In her spare time, Miss Hudemann is a keen traveller and combines this with her love for photography. She also enjoys reading and socialising. Moving to New York is fulfilling her life-long dream of experiencing life in one of the world’s most exciting cities.
First State Examination, University of Education Heidelberg, Germany
Second State Examination, College for Didactics and Teacher Training, Bad Mergentheim, Germany
Miss McGrath comes from a large family, with 2 brothers and 2 sisters, and always enjoyed playing ‘teachers’ from a young age. In her teens and early twenties she was involved in leading youth groups in her hometown just outside London, and from there she decided to train as a teacher. She has been teaching in inner London schools for 6 years across key stage two.
Teaching in inner London schools has given her experience in working with children from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures; she thrives on working in a diverse community and embraces the differing cultures, always keen and excited to learn about children’s lives and celebrate differences.
During her time working in London, Miss McGrath has taken on the role of art and display co-ordinator. She has elevated the profile of art in the school and has led projects such as the National Gallery’s ‘Take One Picture’, in which the whole school focus on one famous painting for a week, basing all work around the painting culminating in an art exhibition for parents. She has worked alongside local artists, and brought them into the school to work with children and also to deliver CPD to staff. She also has a passion for maths, and after acting as assistant maths co-ordinator in her first teaching post, in her next teaching post she involved and led the year 4 and 5 children in the Mayor for London project ‘Challenge 24’, aimed at improving mental maths skills. Miss McGrath loves to see children achieve things they didn’t think possible, and is passionate about seeing children gain a love for learning which extends outside the classroom.
After six years of teaching and having a secure understanding of the British National Curriculum, Miss McGrath is keen to combine this with the International Baccalaureate (IB), and is excited to be taking up the teaching post at BIS-NY and the new challenges and adventures it will bring.
Outside of teaching, Miss McGrath loves live music and also loves to holiday and travel, and exploring different cultures. She is thrilled to be teaching in a new country and city, and is excited to explore New York. Miss McGrath enjoys being active and loves a challenge; having recently completed Tough Mudder she is looking for a new challenge!
B.A. (Hons, 2:1); English with Media Writing, University of Greenwich, London, England.
Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of Greenwich, London, England.
Growing up in North West London, Alexis Sobell always had a passion and enthusiasm for teaching. This led her to studying for her post graduate certificate of education in Primary Studies and consequently becoming a teacher. She has worked in 3 state schools in Greater London all boasting diverse communities.
Alexis Sobell was born in London, England and has lived there most of her life. Initially she pursued her passion for politics at Birmingham University and graduated with a BA Hons. Following this she reverted to her childhood love of teaching and completed her PGCE at the University of Hertfordshire.
Working in England, gave Ms Sobell the experience of teaching the National Curriculum in a creative and dynamic manner. At the first two schools she worked in, she taught years 5 and 6 (9-11 years old) and specialised in religious education and became the subject leader for this over 5 years.
After this Ms Sobell gained a promotion as the maths subject leader in a 3 form entry school. Here she had the opportunity to raise standards in maths and raise the profile of this subject and engagement across the school. Successfully she has led whole schools events in maths enrichment and organised trips, as well as this she has run 3 Year 6 productions which include: Oliver, Annie and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Ms Sobell is excited to take on a class teacher position at BIS-NY and she relishes the opportunity to combine her strong knowledge of the National Curriculum with the innovative and creative approach of the International Baccalaureate.
B.A. (Hons); Political Science, University of Birmingham
P.G.C.E; Primary Education, University of Hertfordshire
Qualifications B.A. (Hons) Literary Studies and Social Sciences, University of Manchester, UK Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, UK
Katherine Bateman is a learning enthusiast! With almost a decade of experience working as an educator in Montreal and Toronto, Ms. Bateman has a wide berth of experience and expertise including: working in experiential education settings, developing individualized learning plans and curriculum and teaching and providing counseling services in post-secondary institutions. She is passionate about inquiry-based experiential education that engages students’ strengths, develops their weaknesses and nurtures curiosity. Ms. Bateman received a BA from Concordia University, an MA from McMaster University and completed her B.Ed. at the University of Toronto. On her time off she enjoys biking, running, rock climbing, sewing and arguing! Ms. Bateman is excited to be teaching at such a beautifully situated IB school and continue her own learning journey among such curious and active minds. She is also thrilled to be heading BIS-NY’s growing debate program and nurture some of NYC’s finest arguers!
B.A. in Women’s Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
B.Ed. University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
M.A. Cultural Studies and Critical Theory, McMaster University, Ontario
Mr. Bernard’s first great love is and has always been literature. This passion took him to the unlikely setting of Leicestershire where he read his degree and studied, what felt like, everything that has ever been written in the English language, from the times of knights and jousting to visions of dystopian futures.
As an avid reader, Mr. Bernard has always been passionate about imbuing his students with a love for stories and helping children unlock their creativity through the power of the written word. He has always enjoyed helping young budding writers on their quest to becoming the next Rowling or Collins.
Having taught English to children aged 11-18 for a year, he then moved to a boys independent school where he had the privilege of preparing students for such prestigious schools as Westminster, Harrow, Eton and City of London. Mr. Bernard places great importance on developing an understanding and appreciation of language in learners. He hopes to enrich the lives of the students placed in his care through a journey of discovery into this world of language and believes that English is one of the most important tools you’ll ever need no matter what career you choose!
P.G.C.E (English), The Institute of Education, London.
B.A. English Language and Literature, The University of Leicester.
Mr. Davies, educated at Chatham House Grammar School for Boys in Kent, earned his honours degree in Mathematical Statistics and Operational Research from the University of Exeter. He followed this with a Certificate in Education, in Mathematics and Sport, from the University of Bristol.
His first teaching position was at Stowe School in Buckingham, where he lived as a boarding house Under-Housemaster. While there he coached many sports and, with his passion for the snow, became the school ski party leader. After four years he was given the opportunity to run the mathematics department in a school in the Bahamas and then onto an American school for student-athletes on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. Although unable to gain a single victory over any of the students, Mr. Davies continues to be a very keen golfer and tennis player. Returning to the British system, he took up a post at a school in Oxford, before moving on to a British school in Spain.
At BIS-NY, Mr. Davies was the founding Head of Glennie House.
B.Sc. (Hons) Mathematical Statistics and Operational Research, University of Exeter, UK
P.G.C.E. (Mathematics and Sport), University of Bristol, UK
Mr. Goldstein has extensive experience of the British education system, firstly being educated King Edward VI Grammar School for Boys in Birmingham, before moving to the University of Sheffield to gain his honors degree in Music. He then moved back to study for a Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Music Education at Birmingham City University.
He has held two posts in large English schools, where he has diversified from his passion for music, to also teach Maths, Physical Education and Drama in his eleven teaching so far. He has a passion for education and in particularly providing a wide range of musical opportunities for all his students.
Mr. Goldstein is also a keen sportsman, having played field hockey in the English National League, and hopes to contribute further to the school through sporting activities and trips.
As a middle years’ specialist, Mr. Goldstein is extremely excited to have the opportunity to lead further development of the outstanding work happening at BIS-NY in his new position as Assistant Head (Middle School).
B.Mus (Hons) Music, University of Sheffield, UK
P.G.C.E. (Music), Birmingham City University, UK
Miss Hourigan is an experienced Science teacher of Middle and High Schools in the UK having taught in London for many years before moving to New York in 2013. Her career also included many levels of leadership including Middle School Team Leader and Assistant Headteacher. In June 2016, Miss Hourigan received the Frank McCourt Blackboard Award Honor for Excellence in Education in recognition of outstanding work for New York City students at New York Institute of Technology on Broadway and subsequently featured in New York Family magazine.
Born and raised in rural Ireland, Miss. Hourigan knew from an early age that she wanted to teach and graduated from the University of Limerick in 2004 following studies in Science Education with majors in Biology and Chemistry. She obtained a first class Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from St. Mary’s University College, Twickenham, UK in 2009.
As part of her role as Head of Science at The British International School of New York, Miss. Hourigan has successfully implemented the integration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) into the Middle Years Program. Her students have been nominated for and won significant international awards for their STEM inquiries at COBIS (Council of British International Schools) for Best Biology (nomination 2015), Best Physics (nomination 2014) and Best Scientific Investigation (winner 2014). In 2016, students received the highest number of nominations for Best Scientific Investigation, Best Scientific Theory Explanation and Best Film about Light.
As an internationally-minded person, Miss. Hourigan has received many opportunities to combine work with travel. Whilst in London, she visited many schools in Australia and Canada to examine the role of technology in Science teaching and the importance of successful student transition between different key stages in education. In 2011, she visited the Galapagos Islands to explore first-hand the endemic species of the Ecuadorian province. In New York, Ms. Hourigan has been leading Year 8 annual excursions to London as part of the MYP program. In 2016, students travelled to Arizona to explore Geology at Grand Canyon National Park as well as taking part in an array of outdoor pursuits and community service work in the Navajo Indian Reservation.
Next academic year, Miss Hourigan will continue in the role of MYP IB coordinator and is looking forward to co-teaching Forensics as part of the new middle school elective program.
Outside of teaching, Miss Hourigan loves to read, hike, run and travel more and is passionate about exploring everything that New York City has to offer.
Bachelor of Science Education (Biology & Chemistry) – University of Limerick, 2004
Masters of Arts (Educational Leadership) – St. Mary’s University College, Twickenham, 2009
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Mr. Wallace is an energetic and committed educator who believes in the ability of young minds to develop and flourish when given the proper environment. He is a lifelong learner, dedicated to improving himself and his profession in any way possible. He completed two undergraduate degrees at The Peabody School of Education at Vanderbilt University: one in Elementary Education and another in Child Studies. While at Vanderbilt, he regularly made the Dean’s List and participated in many extracurricular programs including VU Students for Science Education and Habitat for Humanity. Upon graduation in the spring of 2009, Mr. Wallace immediately began teaching first grade at Rosemary Hills Primary School – a Title One school in the Washington D.C. area – as a long-term substitute. Directly afterward, he began teaching and mentoring Pre-Kindergarten students with Autism in a classroom environment within the same school. This experience led Mr. Wallace to an opportunity to work with the same students over the summer. Whilst educating students with Autism over the summer, Mr. Wallace was interviewed for and subsequently given the position of Fourth Grade Teacher at College Gardens IB World School in Rockville, Maryland. He taught there for two years, being promoted to team leader and participating on many after work committees such as the NAACP Committee, Positive Behavior Intervention System Committee, and the School Leadership Committee. Since joining BIS-NY four years ago, he has taught Year 4, Year 6, and MYP whilst also taking on the roles of PYP Coordinator and most recently Assistant Head with a focus in Academics.
Being a lifelong learner, he has participated in multiple IB trainings and classes to improve his familiarity with the program and fluency with the teaching methodology as well as participating in the Project Zero Institute at Harvard University. Mr. Wallace greatly enjoys educating the students of the British International School of New York. He believes that his energy, knowledge, and dedication will serve the young minds he teaches and that his passion for continued improvement and education well beyond college will inspire his students to continue learning outside of school grounds and the school timeline.
B.S. in Elementary Education and Child Studies – Peabody School of Education at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Laya Ballesteros is an art educator who is passionate about teaching art to young children. She loves for her students to explore and discover through the art making process. Ms. Ballesteros received her undergraduate degree in 2001 from the University of Maryland in Art Education. She went on to teach in a suburb outside of Washington D.C. for 6 years where she held annual International Nights and participated in county wide art fairs.
In 2007, Ms. Ballesteros had a great professional opportunity to be a founding art teacher for a charter school in Bushwick, Brooklyn. During the past 9 years, she has worked tirelessly to build a program that uses artistic expression to give her students a voice. She has served as a team leader where she was responsible for advocating for the arts in her school and within the network. Ms. Ballesteros has led professional development workshops for the network of classroom teachers in Connecticut and New York. She also led workshops and webinars to develop the art teachers in Brooklyn.
In 2015, Ms. Ballesteros received her M.S.Ed from Bank Street College in Educational Leadership with a focus in Technology and the Arts. She really enjoyed her time at Bank Street where she expanded her knowledge on the social-emotional needs and the developmental stages of children. She wrote her master’s thesis on student voice and the importance of building relationships with children to better meet their needs.
In her spare time she loves to go on adventures throughout the city, watch football, and is a foodie. She is also a huge Janet Jackson fan, obsessed with the Olympic Games and loves to laugh and enjoys a good joke.
M.S.Ed Educational Leadership in Technology and the Arts, Bank Street College, New York, NY
B.S. K-12 Art Education, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Ms Sandrine Beddou is a dedicated, enthusiastic, and determined educator who takes pride in teaching languages and improving pupil’s achievement.
Her infectious love for languages and cultures make for fun and dynamic lessons, where children of all levels feel happy and successful in their progress.
Born from a North African father and a British mother and raised in the South of France close to the Italian and Spanish borders, Sandrine Beddou developed a very early passion for multiculturalism and travel.
A placement on the ERASMUS University Exchange Program in Leeds, UK, was the start of her real international adventure and in 2001 she earned her Bachelor Degree in International Business.
She then spent a year travelling Europe, and two months living and working in Madrid, Spain to improve her Spanish skills. She achieved her QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) in 2004 from Trinity and All Saints College in Leeds, and spent the first 3 years of her career teaching French, Spanish and German to secondary students in academically challenging schools. While there, she has gained great experience at working with children of all levels and needs.
Wanting to further her horizons, in 2007 Ms. Beddou accepted a position at the American International School in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, where she spent a year teaching French to Grades 6, 7 and 8 and Spanish IB initio to Grade 11. While there, she got to experience firsthand the local culture, and discover the wonders other parts of the world have to offer. She took advantage of her geographical location to explore further other countries and continents, meeting people from all over the world.
In 2008, she was offered to return to the UK to help in developing a KS2 program and the International Dimension of the school she worked at before moving to the UAE. She spent the next year working alongside the L.E.A (Local Education Authority) and the local primary schools to introduce and train teachers in teaching languages to Years 3 to 6. Together with other teachers in the department, she also helped achieving the British Council International School Award in 2009.
She then went on to accepting her role as Head of Year, which she carried out for one year, leading a cohort of 109 year 8 Students through their academic success, and emotional and social development.
In 2010, Ms Beddou followed her New-Yorker husband home where she accepted the position of developing the international dimension of BIS-NY.
In her spare time, Ms Beddou enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, and helping others. She takes pride in participating to various charitable events, donating her time and efforts to those who need it most. In 2006, she spent a month living in the Ecuadorian jungle in Oriente with a Shuar tribe as a member of a French charitable association, and she is now looking forward to spending her vacations taking part in similar projects.
License in International Business and Languages (English and Spanish) – Universite d’Avignon, Avignon, France
P.G.C in Education, Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds, UK
The daughter of a teacher, Maria Beatty was born & educated in Greece. She attended the elite Arsakeion High School for Girls (specializing in Classical Education) on a full academic scholarship, attending classes six days a week from age 8 to 18. She graduated magna cum laude.
This prepared her for admittance to Athens University which required high scores on special entrance examinations. At Athens University, which excels in teacher training, Maria completed a degree in Classics & a degree in French Language with additional studies in Byzantine Art & Greek Folk Architecture.
In New York, Mrs. Beatty earned a Master’s Degree in French Language & Civilization from New York University.
Maria has taught in Greece & in the United States.
Mrs. Beatty is beginning her eighth year teaching Latin at BIS-NY. Previously, she taught Latin, Greek Mythology, Homer & Etymology at the United Nations International School for several years. She also taught Greek History & Mythology, Science, English & Sanskrit at The Philosophy Day School for five years. As a private tutor, she has taught Greek, Ancient Greek, French, Latin & Sanskrit.
A lover of wisdom, Mrs. Beatty studied philosophy for sixteen years at the School of Practical Philosophy & Meditation in New York City & was an assistant tutor for Plato Studies. She was also a member of the Translation Group that translated the letters of Marcilio Ficino from Latin to English. Mrs. Beatty also attended various Educational & Philosophy Workshops in New York City & Lucca, Italy.
Special areas of interest are etymology, philosophy & writing. Maria has written children’s books, stories & plays, some adapted from Greek Mythology. She is married to Glenn Beatty, an actor, director, writer & video producer.
M.A. French Literature, Language and Civilization, New York University
B.A. Greek Language and Literature, University of Athens, Greece
Béatrice Chartrand grew up in Mississauga (Toronto), Canada. Her father is French-Canadian and her mother is French but from Astoria, Queens, NY. Ms. Chartrand holds a Bachelor of Education degree from McGill University in Montréal, Canada. She began her teaching career as a Grade 3 French Immersion teacher for the Peel Board of Education in the greater Toronto area. She taught grade 3 for three years before moving to Singapore to teach French at the Canadian International School. At the Canadian International School in Singapore she taught French to grades 4 through 8. She has experience with the PYP and MYP International Baccalaureate Programmes. During her five years living and teaching in Singapore she has travelled extensively throughout Southeast Asia as well as Australia, China, Japan, Turkey, Spain, Morocco, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Argentina and Colombia. Fluent in French and Spanish, she is a lover of languages and travel. Her most recent holiday was in Ecuador this July. In her free time she likes to dance salsa, swim and read. She is very excited to be back in North America and to be living in New York City. Her grandmother, who is originally from France, lives in Queens therefore Béatrice has been spending her summers in NYC since she was a little girl.
English as a Second Language Parts 1 and 2– Additional Qualification Courses, University of Toronto. Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
French as a Second Language Specialist Qualification, University of Toronto.
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Bachelor of Education (Elementary)
Bachelor of Education (Elementary). McGill University, Montréal, Québec
Ms. Carr is a passionate and dedicated teacher who is committed to enriching students’ lives through language learning. Originally from Chicago, Ms. Carr earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish language and culture from the University of Vermont, during which she studied abroad in Granada, Spain.
After returning from Vermont to Chicago, Ms. Carr worked with an immigration attorney translating and working with immigrants. After deciding that the office was not the place for her, Ms. Carr decided to pursue her Master’s Degree in Education at National-Louis University. Once she completed her student teaching Spanish at an urban Chicago school, she decided to realize her long-time dream of teaching English abroad and moved to Costa Rica. There she spent a year and a half teaching English at Politecnico University in Heredia, where she helped develop parts of the school’s standardized curriculum.
After leaving Politecnico, Ms. Carr decided to return to the United States in October of 2011 and continued teaching both Spanish in a local Chicago school, and English over the internet with the company OpenEnglish, to English language learners all over the world.
M.A. Teaching K-12: Spanish and English as an Additional Language, National-Louis University, Chicago, IL.
B.A. Spanish Language and Culture, The University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.
A love of sports, fitness, healthy living, and team work are just a few of the many things that led Mr. Eker on his journey towards working with children. Growing up on the coast of Turkey, he spent most of his days swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. Swimming came naturally to him, and his interest in other sports followed. Mr. Eker continued as an athlete throughout his schooling, participating in basketball, swimming, dance, and soccer.
Sports and physical fitness helped him to learn the importance of leadership and team work, and helped him to develop self-confidence and awareness. Mr. Eker went on to study Physical Education for his Bachelor’s degree, and he has been teaching students physical activity ever since. Mr. Eker is a big believer in the importance of self-confidence, self-awareness, and happiness for children’s success. He believes one powerful way to build self-confidence in children is through engaging them in physical education and sports, while teaching with children’s psychology in mind.
Mr. Eker has worked with very diverse populations ranging from teaching folk dance to special needs children, rehabilitation work in a shelter for abused women and children, teaching swimming to international children, and teaching Turkish Folk dance, music and culture to Turkish families living in New York and New Jersey. In all of these cases, good instruction was built around developing skill, self-confidence, and all-around happiness, and instilling a love of learning in students through sports and physical education.
B.A. Physical Education & Sports Teaching, Afyon Kocatepe University, Turkey
Alana Grainsky is a passionate educator committed to bringing out the inner artist in all of her students and growing the community outreach program at BIS-NY. Having taught in IB schools for the past seven years, Ms. Grainsky has developed a strong commitment to the holistic and inquiry based approach of the philosophy. Originally from Connecticut, Ms. Grainsky earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Art Education and Social Justice from the University of Vermont in 2007 and most recently, her Masters of Science in Educational Leadership in Technology and the Arts at the Bank Street College of Education in partnership with Parsons The New School for Design in 2015.
When Ms. Grainsky first arrived at BIS-NY in 2011 she taught MYP Art and Humanities. She was thrilled to become the Head of Art in 2013. Ms. Grainsky loves that she gets to hang out in the art room all day, work alongside the other visual and performing arts teachers, and hopes to inspire and motivate all of her students to find their unique and creative artistic identities. Other components of Ms. Grainsky’s job that she adores are working with the set-design club to design and create the sets and costumes for the annual drama performances and leading MYP excursion trips.
Prior to moving to New York, Ms. Grainsky spent three years teaching MYP humanities and visual art at the Canadian International School in Singapore. At the Canadian School, Ms. Grainsky developed the MYP Humanities curriculum and spearheaded the first PYP/MYP visual arts program. Ms. Grainsky also served as the Community Outreach Coordinator at the Canadian School where she led service trips to Cambodia and India, and engaged the school community in outreach and service initiatives to build a school culture that embraced service, diversity and awareness. Ms. Grainsky has brought this experience with her to BIS-NY and is proud of the development of the BIS-NY Community Outreach program so far.
Teaching abroad inspired Ms. Grainsky’s love for travel but she appreciates living in New York because she is closer to her family and friends. In her free time, she loves to be outside, active and adventuring. Ms. Grainsky is also a practicing artist, and you check out her work at www.alanagrainsky.com.
M.S. Educational Leadership in Technology and the Arts, Bank Street College of Education, New York, NY
B.S. K-12 Art Education, The University Of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Mónica Lachman is a dedicated, expert educator with over 20 years of teaching experience. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ms. Lachman graduated from the Universidad de Belgrano. She moved to New York City where she taught Spanish at all levels in reputable institutions including Adelphi Academy, Notre Dame Academy, Bank Street School for Children, The Dwight School, IDEAL School and Academy, and The Berkeley Carroll School. She has earned her MAED in Spanish and MSED in Special Education from City University of New York’s Hunter College and College of Staten Island. Ms. Lachman is also a certified International Baccalaureate School Consultant and Academy Member. Ms. Lachman incorporates her international experience into her lesson plans and practices inclusion in her holistic approach to teaching. Her teaching philosophy is “All children deserve an education that is tailored fit to their strengths, weaknesses and learning style”.
“As an educator, it is my responsibility to challenge and support all students according to their individual needs. It is my duty as an educator to pre-assess students in order to modify lessons, assignments, and assessments appropriately”. Ms. Lachman has two children, graduates of Boston University. One is a clinical psychologist and the other an advertising writer and marketing specialist.
She lives on Staten Island with her husband.
M.A.Ed, M.Sc Ed, in Special Education
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MYP Spanish Teacher
Ms. McClemont attended the University of Edinburgh, close to her hometown in Fife, Scotland.During this time, she gained a flavor for teaching through volunteering for educational programs, and spending a year as an English language assistant in a high school on the outskirts of Berlin.After graduating with Master of Arts (Honors) in German with French, Ms. McClemont remained in Edinburgh to complete the Post Graduate Certificate in Education, specializing in foreign languages.Having gained some experience of educational support during her first year of teaching French and German, Ms. McClemont was offered the opportunity to work as a learning support teacher in Glasgow. Although enthusiastic about languages and culture, she felt this was the area of education she wished to pursue. Ms. McClemont then went on to complete a post graduate diploma in educational support through the University of Glasgow, specializing in language and communication difficulties.
Through her job as learning support teacher, Ms. McClemont has worked with primary and secondary school age students, with wide ranging needs across a number of subject areas. Ms. McClemont implemented a number of support programs for students, covering mathematics, literacy, social skills, foreign languages, study skills, science and points of transition.During her four years as learning support teacher, Ms. McClemont worked collaboratively with teachers and support assistants, as well as educational psychologists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and health professionals. Ms. McClemont delivered staff training in individualized education plan writing, and devised a number of whole school resources to respond to major changes in educational support legislation.
After relocating to New York, Ms. McClemont undertook a number of voluntary projects through the organization “New York Cares”.These included tutoring grade 1- 3 students at an after school club in Hell’s Kitchen, yoga for autistic children in Park Slope, SAT tutoring in Williamsburg and adult education classes in Bushwick. Ms. McClemont continues to volunteer with projects throughout the city, and even had the opportunity to volunteer at the New York Marathon!
Coming from Scotland, Ms. McClemont has a love of the outdoors and natural scenery – she enjoys walking and cycling, and has travelled to many of the United State’s national parks since moving here. Ms. McClemont also enjoys listening to live music of all genres, going to the theatre and cinema.
Ms. McClemont is dedicated to meeting the needs of all students, and aims to ensure that all students are given equal opportunities for success.Providing support is a highly collaborative process, and Ms. McClemont makes sure that everyone involved plays a central role, including parents and students. Ms. McClemont strives to deliver support in the most inclusive way possible, making use of a multitude of opportunities for learning and achievement and, most importantly, the strengths and interests of the individual.
M.A. (Hons) German, University of Edinburgh, UK
PGCE University of Edinburgh
Post Graduate Certificate in Educational Support with specialism in communication difficulties, University of Strathclyde, UK
Ms. Rees studied at the University of Chichester on the south coast of England for four years gaining a BA(hons) QTS in Teaching Physical Education in 2007. She worked for four years at The Hayesbrook Boys School as a teacher of PE and English before becoming Head of Faculty for Physical Education in 2010. She has worked in collaboration with the University of Brighton and Canterbury Christchuch University as a subject mentor for trainee teachers. She has lectured at the University of Brighton to trainee PE teachers about being a female PE teacher in an all boys school and written in the ‘PE Matters’ publication.
Qualifications: BA (hons) Physical Education (QTS), University of Chichester, UK
Lilli Scheiber is a passionate and dedicated teacher who believes in the power of drama and its impact on social, emotional and cognitive development in children of all ages. She received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 2007. During this time, she had the opportunity to spend six months at Regent’s College in London, where she studied two of her passions: theater and poetry.
On completing her bachelor’s degree, she spent two years living in Florida and the Dominican Republic as a kids club counselor and children’s program manager for Club Med. Through this experience, she gained a real understanding of the dedication needed to inspire and empower youth.
Upon returning to her hometown of New York, Ms. Scheiber gained her M.S. in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College while teaching in a preschool before joining BIS-NY, where she has been a T.A. in Year 2 and Reception prior to creating the drama specialty here. In addition to bringing drama into each classroom and collaborating with the whole arts team on the annual school play, Ms. Scheiber is excited to continue her duties as Head of the Shakespeare House this year and work closely with Ms. Carr and Ms. Ottley to make this the most exciting year yet! (Go Shakespeare!)
Throughout all these experiences, Ms. Scheiber has taught a variety of activities to children including: drama, dance (ballet, hip hop, and broadway), music, tennis, soccer, gymnastics, and swim. She spends her summers as a Performing Arts Specialist and Special Events Director at Elmwood Day Camp in Westchester, NY.
B.A., English and Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
M.S., Early Childhood Education, Hunter College, New York, NY, USA
Gianna Viola began studying piano and voice at age nine with Mrs. Karen Swanson. Through high school, she had the wonderful opportunity and pleasure to perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Times Center as part of the Pelham Music Festival. She also participated in musical theater, both on and off stage. Ms. Viola began teaching piano at a local youth center when she was sixteen and immediately fell in love with teaching music.
In May 2013, Ms. Viola graduated magna cum laude from NYU Steinhardt School with a degree in Music Education and a minor in Italian Studies. While at NYU, Ms. Viola followed a concentration in vocal studies in the studio of Kristen Ruiz. She was also a member of the Women’s Choir, student community service choir, and a women’s vocal music ensemble, Cantate Singers. She most recently had the pleasure to perform with this group under the direction of choral composer John Rutter at Carnegie Hall.
At BIS-NY, Ms. Viola teaches early years general music, directs the Junior Choir, assistant directs the school play, and assistant directs the Empire State of Sound, who embarked on their first performance tour in March 2015 to Los Angeles, California. Beginning in September 2015, Ms. Viola will also be an MYP mentor and year 7 advisor. Ms. Viola’s foremost aim as a music teacher is to encourage an understanding, appreciation and (hopefully) a love for music in all of her students.
B.A. Music Education, Concentration Voice; New York University, NY
Colince Tamoka believes in the importance of education and is a lifelong learner himself. He believes that learning to speak another language equips one with skills that will be useful throughout one’s life. Mr. Tamoka earned a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at Bayero University in Nigeria, then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree and a masters in linguistics at the University of Rouen in France. He also possesses 17 years of teaching experience at the French International Schools in West Africa. Colince Tamoka is also a Certified Database administrator.
Mr. Tamoka believes in the IB system and aligns with its objectives of making the students lifelong learners through the implementation of the IB program. Teaching and learning go hand in hand and over the years as a teacher, he has developed the ability to learn and improve his teaching techniques, which will always remain work in progress as long as teaching is concerned.
Over the years, Mr. Tamoka has participated in several professional development programs with the aim of learning how to improve his teaching and learning techniques, which are essential tools in teaching the next generation.
He likes music and plays the alto saxophone and the lead guitar for fun. Travelling to discover new destinations and cultures is part of his hobbies.
With over sixteen years of experience as a teacher and librarian, Mr. Thomas is excited to bring his expertise and enthusiasm to BIS-NY!
Mr. Thomas grew up in Ethiopia and was educated in India and the United States. After completing his Master of Library Science (M.L.S) from St. John’s University, he worked as a School Media Specialist at White Plains High School where he was also a model U.N. advisor and most recently as the librarian for the Lower School and co-advisor for the lower school at Riverdale Country School in the Bronx.
Mr. Thomas has taught a highly diverse population of students from countries throughout the world. He possesses a broad global understanding and an international mindset, and this has afforded him an appreciation of many cultures and traditions.
Mr. Thomas has travelled widely in Africa and Europe and speaks three languages. His passion is Global Affairs, reading and soccer.
Karina Azatyan, a native of Armenia, is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance where she studied piano performance with Prof. Alexander Tamir and voice with Prof. Rashel Shulova. Karina began her music education in Ukraine where her first teacher was her grandmother, Yelena Kaminsky, a professional pianist, teacher, conductor, and a graduate of a prominent Stolyarsky School of Music for specially gifted children in Odessa and later Odessa State Konservatory. Karina grew up watching her grandmother teach piano to pupils and work with adult opera singers.
A huge passion of working with children, received from grandmother, carries on through Karina’s life. She loves sharing her musical skills and knowledge with the young generation.
Years of experience in working with children in Israel and US lead her to serve as Musical Director for Educational and Community Outreach Program at Virginia Opera Spectrum Young Artist Program in Norfolk, Virginia. Karina was involved in fully-staged children’s productions of “The Pied Piper of Hamlin” and “Alice Through the Opera Glass” where she was responsible for children’s vocal preparation before each performance. In Israel, Ms.Azatyan was a part of “Eer Menagenet” (The City Is Playing) project in Jerusalem, Israel. It was an instructional program which introduced musical education to the Jerusalem public school system, for children from pre K- 1st grade.
Besides teaching and performing Karina enjoys singing karaoke, dancing, designing and making jewelry for herself, swimming in the ocean and having friends at her house for tea or dinner with always interesting conversations about languages and history of countries.
Currently, Ms. Azatyan serves as a vocal coach and accompanist at Manhattan School of Music(MSM) and children’s chorus director at Edith & Carl Marks Jewish Community House (JCH) in Brooklyn, NY.
Yuliya Basis has been a proud New Yorker since 1999, but she was born in a small town of Orel, Russia, into a family of professional musicians. She left home at age fifteen to study piano in Moscow and earned her Masters Degree at Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where her mentors were the renowned professors Victor Merzhanov in Piano Performance and Tatiana Gaidamovich for Chamber Music.
After graduation, Ms. Basis embarked on a journey in the realm of music education. She has been successfully teaching private and group piano to students of all ages, most recently on the faculty of the United Nations International School and The Piano School of NYC. She also taught piano in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in 2002-2003 and worked for American Language Center in Moscow in 2005-2006.
At the same time, her work as a collaborative pianist has always been an important part of her professional life. Ms. Basis has been a staff accompanist at Kaufman Center for over 10 years and has appeared in recitals at numerous New York City venues, as well as abroad. An avid chamber musician, she recently recorded a CD with her husband, violinist and composer Andrii Didorenko.
During her free time, Ms. Basis loves to travel or to explore the city where two of her favorite places to be are Metropolitan Museum and Metropolitan Opera.
M.A. Music, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Russia
Pianist Midori Larsen gave her first orchestral appearance in 2000, performing Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy at the Bridges Hall of Music (CA) with the Claremont Concert Orchestra and Claremont Concert Choir. She concertizes regularly in New York, recently in recitals at Lincoln Center and and the Polish Consulate, as well as Japan, her native country. Additionally, she collaborates with composers and dancers, creating innovative performances combining music and dance.
Midori Larsen received her Master of Arts in Piano Performance from NYU Steinhardt and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Piano Performance. Specializing in Spanish piano music, she studies with Eduardus Halim, and her training also includes the study of Flamenco music and dance with Sara Erde and Melinda Marquez. Ms. Larsen majored in Music and Art at Pitzer College (the Claremont Colleges), where she graduated with Honors in Music. Her former teachers include Hao Huang and Reitei Yoh. She was on faculty as an adjunct instructor teaching private piano and keyboard harmony at NYU Steinhardt from 2007 to 2009.
In addition to performing, Midori Larsen is a coordinator of the Steinhardt at Saklad series. This highly successful recital series presents pianists from NYU Steinhardt, in solo and chamber performances, at the Saklad Auditorium at NYU’s College of Dentistry. In Spring 2008, she was awarded the President’s Service Award for curating this, as well as for her creative and scholarly achievements.
Ms. Larsen lives in NYC with her husband Charlie. She enjoys teaching students of all levels and all ages.
B.A. (Hons), Music and Art, Pizter College (The Claremont Colleges), CA, USA
M.A., Piano Performance and Advanced Certificate in Music Education, New York University, NY
An established creative force on the New York music scene, Dan Loomis has made his mark as a sought- after player, constant collaborator and innovative composer. Critic call him “a forceful and creative bass player” (Cadence) and “double-teaming you with style and substance”. Dan performs extensively across the world with his own band, The Dan Loomis Quartet, his collaborative projects, The Wee Trio and Spoke, and as a sideman with diverse ensembles such as the TS Monk Sextet, Vadim Neselovskyi Trio and Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop.
Dan’s musical roots lie in the historic music town of Saint Louis, Missouri where he pursued his early studies in music. He went on to do his graduate work at Eastman School of Music. By then his playing was already receiving national attention; Downbeat magazine selected The Very Tall Band, made up of Dan and his Eastman compatriots, as Best Collegiate Small Ensemble.
From this award-winning group, Dan hand-picked a quartet with the unique instrumentation of two saxophones, bass and drums to form the Dan Loomis Quartet, which would record his first two album, Tondos and I Love Paris, which was hailed as “one the top new releases of 2007” by the noted jazz historian Scott Yanow.
In between leading his own projects, Dan has kept quite busy as a sideman in New York. His large and growing discography includes styles ranging from jazz to indie-pop to eastern-European- improv music to post-punk. He has been active with a large number of artists and projects including the TS Monk Sextet/Tentet, Gary Burton, Vadim Neselovskyi Trio and Wycliffe Gordon. His work as a sideman has seen him performing in New York’s most prestigious venues including The Blue Note, The Jazz Standard, Birdland, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He has also toured extensively though the Western and Eastern Europe, Canada, Australia, China and throughout the United States.
Dan co-leads two collaborative groups that serve as an outlet for his visions as a composer and performer. The Wee Trio has released four albums since coming together in 2008 and in the course of touring the nation has played at some of the finest North American venues including the New Orleans Jazz Festival, The Green Mill, Yoshi’s, Le Poisson Rouge and the Ottawa Jazz Festival. The band has become a favorite of music press, with calls of “definitely a group to watch” (Downbeat) and “the trio puts forth a compelling case that they are the ambassadors of the genre’s future” (Saratogian).
SPOKE, a novel jazz quartet composed of the most exciting improvisers in the new generation, recently released their third album, (r)Anthems, and took the music on the road playing in Canada, all over the US, Macao and Australia. Their touring culminated at the famous Wangaratta Jazz Festival where their one impressed reviewer beautifully summed up the band’s aesthetic, “Spoke eschewed endless parades of individual virtuosity for compact, beautifully arranged pieces that bubbled with warmth and vitality.” (The Age, Melbourne)
Recent exploits include recording a new album with The Wee Trio (featuring an expanded ensemble with special guests Nicholas Payton, Nir Felder and Fabian Almazan), a well-received tour throughout Europe with SPOKE, the premiere of his Jazz Oratorio, “Job’s Trials: Our Trials” and appearing on Broadway as an understudy on guitar and cello in the musical, “Waitress”.
Marcus Ostermiller is a dynamic and versatile interpreter of a wide range of piano repertoire spanning traditional to contemporary. Lauded as a “contemporary music champion,” his performances have been described as “virtuosic” and “compelling” (Broadway World). His recent performances include appearances at Hamilton Recital Hall (Denver), the Great Hall at Cooper Union (New York), the Nels-Atkins Museum (Kansas City), and Spectrum (New York). He made his solo debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2011.
Mr. Ostermiller holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music where he studied with Alice Rybak, graduating summa cum laude in 2009. Awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship to support his graduate studies at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, Mr. Ostermiller completed the Master of Music degree in 2011 and the Ph.D. in Music Performance in 2015. While at NYU, he studied piano with Deirdre O’Donohue and Anthony de Mare, and wrote a doctoral dissertation, Musical Responses to AIDS: Meaning and Signification in Two Works for Solo Piano by Robert Savage and Kevin Oldham.
An advocate for HIV/AIDS treatment and awareness, Ostermiller has produced, hosted, and performed in benefits for organizations such as the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, New York AIDS Walk, Colorado AIDS Project, Regional AIDS Interfaith Network, Bailey House, and the Joshua Gomes Memorial Scholarship Fund. In conjunction with his musicological research interests, he specializes in the performance of works by American composers who died of complications from AIDS during the late twentieth century. Mr. Ostermiller also serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS), an institute devoted to HIV-specific behavioral research at New York University.
Active as a music educator since 2002, Mr.Ostermiller has taught private and group piano lessons to students of all ages. From 2006 to 2007, he served as Vice President of the Denver chapter for Music Teachers’ National Association (MTNA) and, from 2009 to 2011, worked as an Adjunct Instructor of Piano in the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions at NYU Steinhardt. He currently works as a Piano Instructor at the British International School of New York, and serves as the Honors Program Co-chair for the Piano Teachers Congress of New York.
B.M. (summa cum laude), Piano Performance, University of Denver
M.M., Piano Performance, New York University
Ph.D., Piano Performance, New York University
Norwegian-Japanese cellist Egil Rostad received his B.M. in Cello Performance from the Eastman School of Music in 1999. He began his Suzuki teacher training at the Colorado Suzuki Institute and completed his training with Pamela Devenport at The School for Strings. He was awarded the Clifford-Levy Creativity Grant in his final year of study through the Diller-Quaile School of Music.
Egil is an active cellist in New York City. He performed onstage in Martha Clarke’s acclaimed dance-theater masterwork, “The Garden of Earthly Delight,” which made the New York Times Year's Top Ten. With Alvin Ailey II Dance Company, Egil performed the Bach Solo Suites; his renditions were described by The New York Times as "vibrant." Egil has composed music for several dance and film productions in New York City and has performed at a variety of venues, including the Joyce Theatre, Carnegie Hall, the Knitting Factory, Joe's Pub, Merkin, Town Hall, Guggenheim, and MoMA. His performances have appeared on numerous recordings by labels such as EMI, Ajna Records, Compass Records, and Vitamin Records. Egil is also involved in the study and practice of yoga and has been an instructor of asana, kriya, and meditation since 2001. He is currently on faculty at the Diller-Quaile School of Music and the School for Strings, and maintains a private studio in his fully-outfitted loft downtown.
B.M. Cello Performance, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
Violinist Svetlana Tsoneva made her Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall solo debut in February 2005. A top-prizewinner in a number of violin competitions, she was chosen to participate in radio show “From the Top”, which broadcast her performance on radio stations across the nation and brought her the “Best Choice of the Audience Award” in 1999. Ms.Tsoneva enjoys a versatile career as a performer, studio musician, and educator.
Her recent solo performance discography includes Sting’s If on a Winter’s Night, The Space Between with Chiara Civello, and Eddie Higgins’ Moonlight Becomes You, among many others. Additional highlights have included performances with Sting at Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, as well as with renowned tap-dancer Savion Glover and Caetano Veloso at the Beacon Theater.
Having received a solid and extensive musical education in Europe and the United States, Ms. Tsoneva is a firm believer in passing her musical knowledge on. In addition to her position at BISNY, Ms. Tsoneva is also a Teaching Artist for the Midori and Friends Foundation and is the first violin and chamber music coach for Inter School Orchestras of New York at Morningside and Turtle Bay. She has been on the faculty of Church Street School for Music and led Riverside State Parks’ violin program.
Ms. Tsoneva started playing violin at age five and made her solo debut with orchestra at age nine in her native Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She took on her first tour at the age of thirteen, performing throughout Austria and Germany, and later on as a soloist with Chamber Orchestra “Plovdiv in Bulgaria, France, Belgium, and Greece. She earned her Masters of Music degree from Mannes College in New York and Bachelors of Music degree from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
B.M. New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA
M.M. Mannes College, New York, NY
David Lamont comes to BIS-NY as the Business Manager to expand on his successful career in the Finance/Accounting world. His background covers a wide range of industries including many areas of media as well as manufacturing, security printing, and construction. He began his career as an Internal Auditor with Maidenform, Inc., and has held other financial positions at well-known companies such as American Lawyer magazine, Universal Television (USA/SciFi networks) and The Wall Street Journal. He was most recently the Controller for T3Media, a start-up media company located in Denver, CO.
Mr. Lamont hails from the small village of Homer, NY but has most of his formative years were in the NYC area. He had spent the last seven years in Denver, excitedly returning to NYC this year. He is a big sports fan, always rooting on the Syracuse Orange and – through thick and thin – the NY Mets baseball club. He currently resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
He is very excited to be working at BIS-NY in the Business Office.
Qualifications: Mr. Lamont attended LeMoyne College, a Jesuit university in upstate Syracuse, New York, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
B. Tech., Production Management, University of Limerick, Ireland
M.B.A., Finance, CUNY, Baruch College, NY
Born in New York, Rodrigo Rodriguez is passionate about technology and all that it can provide. Since a young age he showed much interest in Mathematics and Physics. He Studied Telematics Engineering at PUCMM, one of the most prestigious Universities in the Dominican Republic. Moreover he is a CCNA graduate from a Cisco Networking Academy.
During his studies he entered the workforce, as a System Administrator for a call center in the Dominican Republic, working with leading U.S. companies including Match.com, First American Corp. and its subsidiaries.
He subsequently migrated to the United States where he worked as IT Project leader for Standard and Poor’s, the US based financial services company. All this experience helped him to join The British International School of New York . He is in charge of the IT infrastructure as well as IT support for all BIS-NY students and staff. He enjoys helping others and is always keen to work with students and teachers on the use of technology in the classroom.
Since his arrival at BIS-NY in December 2010 has played an important role in the development of ICT. Mr. Rodriguez believes in the ongoing study which he enjoys and he is always willing to learn.
In his spare time he enjoys studying, reading, spending time with his family and also enjoys playing the guitar.
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Microsoft Certified IT Professional Enterprise Desktop support (MCITP)
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
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