RE: “New Faces” at AISM Today, and New Teachers joining our team in August!
With just under four weeks remaining in the “Year of the Wildebeest”, there is still much teaching and learning to be done at the American International School of Monrovia. We still have just under 10% of our school year remaining!!
As Director, I would like to personally extend my appreciation, on behalf of our faculty, to our proactive parent community for their commitment in supporting our school, and for working with us to strengthen our overall program. That strengthening continues even this week as we added additional learning assistants to our team. The addition of Dana Tollefson (left) and Doris Gonzalez (right) is strategic in nature, as we all know that during the final stretch of the school year, having “fresh legs” coming off the bench will be a great help to us all.
Today, and for the next few days, we are also pleased to welcome back Ms. Christie VanKuiken from the Rafiki Institute of Classical Education. Ms. VanKuiken is presently doing her student teaching for a U.S. Teaching Certification. Being the only U.S. accredited school in Liberia provides us with the opportunity to help support others here in meeting their U.S. educational requirements.
As for the 2019 – 2020 School Year ….
As you are already aware, change and transition are two constants here at the American International School of Monrovia. Sadly, our history has shown that we can expect up to 35% of our student population to change over the next few months. Luckily, over the last few years this had not been the case in regards to our teaching staff. Next year, I am honored to announce that our school will continue to have one of the highest teacher retention rates among all International Schools worldwide. Approximately 85% of our teachers will be returning, for a third, eight, or even thirteen years here at AISM!
Even though, next year, most of our present AISM teachers will be returning, the research continues to point to you as being your students’ first and most important teachers. That (as I discovered, some 22 months ago…) is a job that lasts a lifetime.
Parents, please remember … classmates and teachers may come and go, and schools may change. However, it is YOU, the parent, who is, and will always be, your child’s first and most important teacher.
The American International School of Monrovia is pleased to continue to be able to support you in this role, as we have two “new” teachers who will be joining the American International School of Monrovia Teaching Staff in August, for the 2019 – 2020 School Year.
Teachers joining the AISM Staff for the 2019 – 2020 School Year:
Ms Kylee Patton
My name is Kylee Patton. I was born and raised in Maryland, USA. I have a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Individualized Education from Towson University. I am currently working towards my masters in Educational Leadership at Liberty University and will have it completed by August.
I have taught for multiple years as an Elementary School Educator where I focus on differentiating instruction to meet the needs of students throughout the building. I strive to create student center learning and recognize that building relationships with staff, students, and parents is essential to student success.
I have already meet with Ms. Katie Fowle who did teacher training at AISM in March, and she let me know what a great community I am joining. I am really looking forward to being a part of the AISM community and getting to know you all this coming school year!
Ms. Janine Stegall
I currently work at the International Community School of Abidjan (ICSA) in Cote d’Ivoire. My experience includes teaching for twelve years in early childhood education and general education programs in Fairfax County, Virginia, USA. I ended my tenure in Fairfax County Public Schools earning my master teacher certification as a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of an early childhood generalist. This encouraged me to mentor other teachers trying to improve their teaching strategies. My six years at ICSA, in Abidjan, has been a wonderful journey in seeing an international school rebuild its learning community to that of an inquiry-based and International Baccalaureate Diploma program.
African International Schools Association Conference. Nairobi 2016
My return to Liberia is very intentional. I attended ACS, the American Cooperative School, (on the historic school site that is AISM) from elementary to high school. Upon my recent return to AISM, I found a caring community with a program geared to serving the needs of the students. It brought back fond memories of my years growing up and learning at one of the best schools in the region. My hope is that now I get to give back to the school that served me so well.
My journey begins in August 2019 and I am so happy to be back home.
Teaching Assignments for next year are not confirmed. Under school policy 5.100: “changes in assignment may occur from time-to-time because of shifting enrollments, and shifting emphases in curricular areas.”
As an example, last year, when we first started our EYP program we had 12 students. However, this year, in just our second year of the program, EYP has up to 18 students enrolled. Therefore, this year, as a school, we had two teachers assigned to EYP to help provide more support to our newest program, and youngest learners.
Indeed! The best is yet to come!!
As our information and projections for next year solidify, more quickly than in prior years, we anticipate that we can inform our community, and our teaching staff, of the “projected” teaching assignments – hopefully — before the conclusion of this school year.
Have a great afternoon, and please join me in welcoming the newest members of our teaching team, some who arrived today, or will do so in August, to the American International School of Monrovia!!