Dual Visit from Department of State
Office of Overseas School
This week: March 21st and March 22nd

Ms. Katie Fowle
Teacher Professional Development
Mr. Tom Shearer
Director of the State Department Office of Overseas Schools

NOTE: School will be dismissed at 12:45 on Friday, March 22nd, for Teacher Professional Development

Quick reminder, as stated in the publication of the Board-Approved annual Calendar (www.aismonrovia.com/directors-message-no-268/): although the Calendar dates might be “subject to change;” the use of “best practice” to enhance our educational program is “non-negotiable,” when it comes to Professional Development days.

As per the publication of the Calendar notes:

Best Practice allows us, once again, to be able to schedule early release afternoons, as needed, when professional development opportunities arise, to give our teachers more time to plan for our students’ success.”

The dual visit from the Office of Overseas Schools is part of their overall Mission Statement:

  • To increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by upgrading educational institutions where serve to demonstrate American Educational Principles and methods employed in the United States.

This mission is accomplished in various ways, including, but not limited to:

  • Supporting competent school governing boards and management, continuous professional staff development and evaluation of school programs, and development of adequate financial reserves.
  • Providing grants and technical assistance to overseas schools.
  • Promoting the use and integration of technology in delivery of educational programs in overseas schools.
  • Advising, assisting, and training in recruiting and maintaining U.S. qualified teachers and administrators.

Mr. Tomas P Shearer is the Director of the Office of Overseas Schools, and with his team, he oversees over 190 State Department supported school sites throughout the world. Mr. Shearer is originally an Educator and Administrator from the State of Washington, but spent his formative years as Director of the American International School of Lagos (right next door) for a record-breaking tenure in West Africa. It is a record that I am presently on the cusp of eclipsing. This will be Mr. Shearer’s second visit to the American International School of Monrovia.

Ms. Katie Fowle is a seasoned Teacher with a Masters Degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction. She has worked in overseas schools from Lagos to Djibouti, to Ulaanbaatar, and most recently in Jakarta. She is also the mother of two beautiful daughters who have been raised in an extremely rich cultural context provided by diverse overseas school communities. At last count, Ms. Fowle and her family have been to five different postings and schools.

Ms. Fowle will be assisting our staff, on both Thursday and Friday, with:

  1. EYP classroom management strategies and play-based learning practices. (EYP gained another “new” student today, and is our quickest growing division!)
  2. The use of MAP data to further assist in personalized student learning in K – 5 (Our K – 5 team has had a transition of 50% in our student population, and Ms. Fowle will provide them with additional resources to make sure we are meeting all our students’ needs)
  3. A school wide workshop on building an inclusive classroom community with activities and routines (This is a key aspect we must focus on with our heavily transient student population)

Finally, as we start off our third trimester with a bang! … and Professional Development right off the bat, we are also pleased to have a parent meeting with both of our guests, provided by the Office of Overseas Schools.

Please note the following to be held on Thursday, March 21st.

Let’s get ready for a busy week of teaching and learning, not just for our students … but for our entire school community.


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