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The Year of the Honey Bee

Teacher Profiles

Ms. Serdia Holcombe

Serdia HolcombeWelcome to the year of the Honey Bee

It is my pleasure to enter my third year at AISM. This year I will continue to teach 5th grade and Technology. The Year of The Honey Bee is most appropriate for AISM because we are entering our 12th year of providing quality education more connected than ever.

Like worker bees my students will have many responsibilities in the classroom, however, their most important job is to learn. As a hive we will utilize the latest technology to create, document, and share our learning experiences to connect our school to the community and the world. This will prepare my students for a successful transition into upper school next year.

It is often said that the queen bee is the heart and soul of the colony. Like the queen bee I will help to ensure unity and collaborate with all stakeholders to aid in student growth and success. My hope is to develop students that are connected, adaptable, and productive lifelong learners.

I will use my curiosity, creativity, love of technology, and 12 years of teaching experience to foster The American International School of Monrovia’s interconnected educational ecosystem to ensure all of our students academic and social success during the Year of the Honey Bee

See you at the hive!

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Ms. Mayah Selli

Ms. Mayah SelliWelcome to the 2019-2020 Year of the Honey Bee.

My name is Mayah Selli! I am excited to begin my third year here at AISM, I will continue as the first grade teacher during the year of the Honey Bee. I earned my Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and Gender/Women Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. I earned my Masters degree in Multi-Categorical Special Education from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, IL. The training that I have received is very similar to some of the characteristics of the Honey Bee, as the training was intense and helped me become more focused on assisting my students in their overall success.

Honey Bees, are social insects that live in hives, are known for their ability to work together in both the construction and maintenance of their large-sized colonies. My goal is to have my students constantly searching for knowledge to grow academically and socially together. We will work together to create a climate that is conducive to learning and enrichment, especially through flex groups. I am dedicated to meeting my students where they are and building on their growth to mastery.

When a bee finds a good source of nectar it flies back to the hive and shows its friends where the nectar source is by doing a dance which positions the flower in relation to the sun and hive. This is known as the ‘waggle dance.’ Just as a Bee, my job is to do the ‘waggle dance’ to find various modalities of learning to reach my students. Once, I find these resources, I use them to effectively teach my students, so that they may utilize the skills and strategies taught, and be able to adapt them to the classroom and beyond.

This year will not be an easy road, as students will be exposed to new content and principles. But, it will be a road in which I will guide my students to try their best, and put their best foot forward. Within my classroom, I will create an environment where students feel safe and secure in their leveled abilities. I will be able to give my students multiple opportunities for success and growth through rigor and differentiated assignments. Let’s make an inter-connective effort to make sure our students have a BUZZZZZY and productive year! See you soon!

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Ms. Matsue Wiles

Greetings!

I am Ms. Matsue Wiles and I am thrilled to begin the 2018/2019 year of the Wildebeest.

A little about me…. Originally from Liberia, I grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where I earned my BA in Mass Communications with a minor in Art History. My commitment to service as well as my love for working with kids steered me to the education field where I have served in various capacities for a little over 10 years.

AISM first welcomed me during the 2013/2014, and later during the 2016/2017 school year as a substitute teacher. This will be my second full year here at AISM following the Ebola crises. Last year, I encouraged my students to push through what they believed were limitations as they challenged themselves physically and mentally in order to meet personal goals in Physical Education.

So, what’s gnu this year (wink)? I am SO excited to have our students break in AISM’s new Art Room as this year’s lower and upper school Art Teacher. (Whoo-hoo!) Similar to the herds of wildebeest, traveling distances in search of richer pastures, AISM’s herd has continued to meet challenges in order to cultivate rich experiences that further enrich its students’ academic development and I am looking forward to playing my role in keeping the momentum going this year. As the PE and Art teacher, I will navigate them as they continue to explore and discover their individual strengths, while providing unique opportunities to learn crucial life skills in both courses.

Active, energetic and goal-oriented, the wildebeest is an animal of the herd; their survival depends on their ability to work as a team. Like the wildebeest, we will work together on our journey to set individual and collective goals, challenge ourselves, and stomp through obstacles as a team. With teamwork, determination and persistence, there’s just no stopping us from making this year another successful one at AISM.

Ms. Hassia Trudeau

Welcome the “Year of the Honey Bee”

This year, I am pleased to start my fifth year at AISM, supporting and assisting our students.

AISM continues, now in its sixth year, to offer some of our education, in part, with an online learning component. Present trends in demographics, and with our expansion beyond 9th grade (to 10th grade), mean that our Program will continue to grow:

  • With our online partner, the University of Nebraska High School, the design, support, and planning of our Program are individualized for each student in the system. This year, I will assist the grade 10 students who are taking online Chemistry, and monitor their progress. We will ensure, as per our mission, that they are life-long and self-motivated learners who are able to prepare for an ever-changing world.

Also during the Year of the Honey Bee, I will also be assisting the Foreign Language Department by teaching Elementary French, under our newly adopted American Council On The Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) standards/benchmarks. The students and I will embark in a “superb journey” of learning one of the most beautiful languages in the World!

This year promises to be an exciting one @ AISM…

During the Year of the Honey Bee, we are looking forward to seeing:

  • Our students exhibit a remarkable capacity to learn and remember things, as the honey bees do, while doing complex calculations on distance traveling and foraging efficiency.
  • Our students communicate, share their knowledge and learn form each other, just like honey bees communicate through their intricately choreographed dance, and work together to collect and store food!
  • Our students be social and cooperative in our school “Colony”
  • Our students and our community form a tight cluster in our AISM hive, all year long!

Just like the Honey Bees – the most important pollinators – help plants grow, let’s make AISM flourish, as we start our 12th year of both great learning and continuous school improvement!

Ms. Viola Johnson

Viola-JohnsonHello AISM Family,

Welcome to the year of the Honey Bee, the year of connections and productivity. If I were a honeybee, I probably would be a worker bee because worker bees are responsible for many events that occur in the hive. At AISM, our classrooms represent the hive. Teachers work together to make their classrooms conducive to learning and our students successful. In the honey bee world, the worker bees work to make the hive productive and the colony safe.

This year, I will be Upper School grade 7 homeroom, social studies, and world history teacher. In this digital age, more of us are staying connected through technology.

To help students stay safe on-line and use the internet responsibly, students will learn Digital Citizenship. Students will have access to information, digital learning, teachers, and their peers responsibly.

Students will make connections based on their experiences and classroom learning to occurences in our world. They will use digital tools to have access to multiple sources and perspectives to solve problems. In groups or with partners, students will have opportunities to share information, discuss, and collaborate with each other using technology.

I am looking forward to the Year of the Honey Bee! Join me in this exciting “waggle dance” as we work together to make this year the best year at AISM.

 

Ms. Suba Srikumar

Suba-SrikumarWelcome to the 2019-2020 ‘Year of the Honey Bee’

Dear AISM community,

My name is Suba Srikumar, it is my pleasure to begin my 13th year here at AISM and I am very excited to be a part of this community once again in the Year of the Honey Bee. This year I will continue my role as a science teacher for grades 6-9 and will be teaching exploratory, Math flex and Science lab for elementary classes as well.

Honey Bee, like humans, have developed one of the most highly organized societies. They play an integral part in every aspect of the ecosystem. They contribute to complex, interconnected ecosystems that allow a diverse number of different species to co-exist. Bees support the growth of trees, flowers and other plants. During my 13 years at AISM, I see that we have created a well-connected educational system, just as a honey bee, to balance our interconnected ecosystem. As such, I use my interpersonal skills and knowledge to foster warm and strong relationships with our community, besides my responsibility to educate students.

Another interesting fact about honey bees is their ability to foster a symbiotic relationship – a special type of interaction between species that is essential to many organisms and ecosystems. Bees balance this relationship by only working together. I will endeavor to create a classroom atmosphere where all children work together as a team to develop and explore hands-on activities. As a community, we should work together, helping each other to make our students learn and grow.

I hope to meet all of you soon and am looking forward to an amazing ‘Year of the Honey Bee’

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Ms. Casian Morgan

Casian-Morgan“The flower doesn’t dream of the bee. It blossoms and the bee comes.”

Here at AISM, we can proudly consider ourselves honey bees. Super-important pollinators for our flowers, fruits, and vegetables; our students. As a community, we work together using not just our great communication skills, but also our gifted talents to ensure the academic and social success of all our students and this year – the year of the Honey Bee- it will only get better.

Like the honey bee, I see myself as a purposeful agent that strives to maximize the emotional, academical, and social growth of the students. I am vibrant, playful and purposeful, and possess some very admirable qualities like the honey bee. I am constantly on the move seeking to broaden the knowledge, and also the functional integration of students into group-level adaptations.

I will use my special abilities which I consider my talents such as; my reliability, my undeniable supportiveness, my resourcefulness and intuition among others, along with my experience, to help foster The American School of Monrovia’s interconnected educational ecosystem to ensure all our students’ success throughout this year.

Casian Morgan

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Mrs. Cheryl Flah-Kiahon

Cheryl-Kiahon

Welcome to the 2019/2020 school year of the Honey Bee!

Each school year, I use my professional knowledge and talents to challenge all learners in three areas: rigor, relevance, & relationships. To achieve rigor, I design instructional opportunities that explicitly address standards and essential understanding.

To obtain relevance, I tap into the prior knowledge of students to make real-world connections; and finally I foster building relationships by emphasizing our roles and responsibilities in and out of the classroom. Honey bees are sometimes described as super-organisms due to their complex social systems and dynamic, tight-knit interactions with one another and their environments. Like them, we will endeavor to build a community that is close knit and use teamwork to challenge myself, and my students, to apply our knowledge across multiple disciplines, and to predictable and unpredictable real-world situations.

I am excited to be returning to AISM and I look forward to a great year of learning and fun throughout our school community.
Mrs. Flah-Kiahon

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Ms. Siji Binoy

Welcome to the Year of the Honey Bee!

Hello, I am Ms. Siji Binoy and I am very excited to be a part of the AISM community again, during this wonderful school year: “The Year of the Honey Bee!”

The transition to a new academic year is always full of excitement, exploration, and challenges.

I will be a part of your child’s development this 2019 – 2020 school year, here at AISM, as the Mathematics, Science and Exploratory teacher. I have the pleasure of beginning my seventh year as a teacher at AISM, in addition to the fifteen years of teaching experience.

Honey Bees are active, energetic, goal-oriented, and social insects operating within a teamwork-based community with an intricate hierarchy. Like the Honey Bee hive, AISM has continued to cultivate a close-knit community of learners committed to internationalism, academic excellence, and a passion for learning. I am looking forward to playing my role in keeping the momentum going this year. During “The Year of the Honey Bee”, I will ensure that we work together on our journey to set individual and collective goals, challenge ourselves, and stomp through obstacles as a team.

The Honey Bee is a symbol for individuality that teaches us self-acceptance and to embrace our individual differences. Each honey bee contributes to its community through its special talents and skills. Here at AISM, we prepare students to positively contribute to a dynamic and interconnected world by helping them find and develop their special skills. As we embark on a new academic year, I plan to maneuver throughout the school year to ensure that I find each child’s strengths to meet their individual needs, to help them achieve measurable academic improvement and meaningful personal growth. During the year of the Honey Bee, the steps we take each day will be part of a great journey of making a successful academic year.

I wish you all a Very Happy New School Year!

Mr. Andrae Parchment

M.Ed. (Framingham State Uni), B.A. (International Uni of the Caribbean, Dip. Ed. (Church Teachers’ College)

I am Andrae Parchment and I hail from the lush green island of Jamaica. I am very excited about welcoming my students to the ‘Year of the Honey Bee’.

Two important characteristics of honey bees are social and cooperative. Honey Bees work together to collect and store food to be used later by other bees. It is my hope to develop these skills in my students, so that they will work harmoniously and help each other maximize their full potential. Students will feel like they are a part of an extended family and like the honey bee who stays on task, my students will work assiduously, and not give in easily to distractions.

Another key characteristic of the honey bee is communication. Honey Bees communicate through pheromones or a series of movement often referred to as the “waggle dance,” to teach other workers the location of food sources. In our classroom, we will work together to communicate effectively through the use of verbal and non-verbal cues. Students will learn to speak openly and respect the opinions of others. They will also engage in reading buddy activities with younger students which will aid in developing their confidence level.
Let’s get ready for a super fantastic ‘Year of the Honey Bee’.

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Ms. Kerry Kay Rowe

Kerry-RoweWelcome to the Year of the Honey Bee!

Meet your second grade homeroom teacher, Kerry Kay Rowe. I am very excited to be part of the AISM community. This year marks my fifth academic year at the American International School of Monrovia (AISM). It is indeed an honor to continue my teaching journey in such a wonderful community. As we embark on the new academic year, it is my aim to contribute my experiences and talent to positively impact the lives of each student.
According to St. John Chrysostom, the bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others. Honey bees can be described as social insects that live in colonies. The population consists of a single queen, hundreds of drones and thousands of worker bees. Can you imagine such a large population all working together? It is my belief that just as a colony of honey bee, every child is unique and as a part to play in their social environment. It is my hope that my students will be like the honey bee. We want them to remain focused on established goals and work together in the midst of difficult situations, because each classwork should represent their best effort regardless of its struggles. I want every day to be something that can be talked about at home with new and exciting things to learn.
Therefore, using my experiences and training I aim to positively develop and implement strategies to get children to work just as a colony of honey bees; because in this educational community each child is a unique bee.

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Ms. Sara Metwary

Sara MetwaryWelcome to year of the Honey Bee.

My name is Sara Metwary, and I am very excited to begin my fourth Year at the AISM. I earned both my Bachelors and Masters in Literature from Lebanese University. I will continue as the French and Arabic teacher during this school year.

I have to admit; bees invoke a fear response in me. But what most of us don’t know is that the ancient Druids saw the bee as symbolizing the sun, the Goddess, and celebration. the bee symbolizes community, brightness and personal power.

I want my students this year to be like Bees productive and to stay focused on whatever they are doing and to not get sidetracked from their goal. If you are stung, the message here is – WAKE UP! The lesson is to become focused. Whether to awaken us into the moment, or to teach us to become fully engaged in our creative endeavors, the key is to focus with intention and be single-minded in purpose.

Follow the bee to discover your new destination and access bee power by being productive while the sun shines.

I am looking forward to a great year.

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Ms. Gabriela Cabrera

Gabriela-CabreraWelcome to the Year of the Honey Bee!

I’m Gabriela Cabrera, and I’m from Venezuela. I’m excited to start my third year in the EYP department at AISM. I have a specialization in Early Childhood Education, from Augustana University, South Dakota.

The Honey Bees are sensitive animals like my EYP students; the honey bees are also adept at associative learning, and many of the phenomena of operant and classical conditioning take the same form in honey bees as they do in the vertebrates. Understanding that I work with learners who like to explore and experience new things, but at the same time are very sensitives to the changes. Knowing this I will make sure that they learn to be adaptable and at the same time capable of developing different skills when facing a challenging task and the most important thing, encouraging them not to stop; they are capable of doing unimaginable and incredible things.

This is the year where the EYP department we will be focusing on the social-emotional learning of our students. I’m going to help my students to identify their passions or interests throughout the learning process; I will guide them and I will part of it, as one of the team members, like another honey bee working together with them to produce honey and protect the colony, ensuring that they all benefit and can be part of this learning.

I strongly believe that parental involvement is essential to be successful in the classroom.

I’m looking forward to meeting my new students.

We have a great year ahead of us!

Ms. Gabriela.

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Ms. Elisha James

Welcome to the Year of the Honey Bee!

My name is Elisha-Christina James and I will be teaching English/Language Arts to grades six through ten this year. This will be my fourth year teaching here at A.I.S.M. I am committed to helping each one of my students develop a love for lifelong learning.

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Mrs. Lama Hajj

Lama HajjGreetings to all the AISM Families, new and returning ones,

My name is Lama Hajj, and I am from Lebanon. I graduated as drama director from the Lebanese University faculty of fine Arts; I worked both in the private and educational fields since then. I started as the assistant director and senior tape librarian at OSN (Orbit Show Time) for 5 years, and then became a Drama teacher in CCS school in Lebanon for 3 years, so I am aware of both the art and the science of teaching.

This is my second year at AISM, and I am so excited to be back.
Amazing things Bees can teach us about health, happiness and life. Bees may have tiny brains, but they are surprisingly intelligent. Researchers have conducted an experiment showing that bees can learn from their environment to gain a reward, and then teach other bees to do the same.

I think the most important result in our case was that bees cannot just copy others but they can improve upon what they are learning. This is of course amazing for small-brained insects –even for us, it’s difficult to improve on something when we are copying others.

All I want from my students is to be productive, intelligent and to stay focused like the Bees.
I am looking forward to a great year of the Honey bee, and to meeting every one of you!

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Ms. Janine Stegall

Janine-StegallMy journey at AISM for the 2019-20 school year has begun. There is a sense of excitement in the air for the learning and community building that we are planning for.

I am humbled to be connected to a caring community of students, parents, and staff as we enter a year focused on collaboration and interconnectivity. The social learning environment has to be well developed and established for our students to feel protected and successful.

I hope to reinforce that and model being a life-long learner as we develop students that are flexible and adaptable to a variety of learning opportunities. It is important to look at learning in and outside the classroom while taking into account how our students can take action to improve their surroundings. Our school is very committed to monitoring and measuring student learning throughout the year. I plan on fully participating in how we can sustain that very important role of constantly improving student learning. 

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Mrs. Kylee Patton-Bropleh

Kylee Patton-BroplehWelcome to the year of the Honey Bee! My name is Kylee Patton-Bropleh (Mrs.B). This is my first year at AISM, where I will be teaching in the Early Years Program (EYP). I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Individualized Education from Towson University in Towson, Maryland (north of Baltimore) and my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. I am a certified teacher, Pre-K through 8th grade. I am looking forward to being part of the AISM interconnected educational ecosystem.

Prior to working at AISM, I was an elementary teacher, in the United States, with a focus on differentiated instruction. I plan to bring this experience to the classroom to help foster academic and social success in all the EYP students so they will be successful both in and out of the classroom.

Just as honey bees are adaptable and prepared, I believe it is important for me as a teacher to be prepared and adaptable in the instruction provided to students so that all needs of students, both socially and academically are being met.

Much like the lives of honey bees, working together in the EYP classroom and AISM school is critical to the measurable success of all students — as a colony of teachers, a team of students, and as a collaborative community.

I look forward to a buzz-worthy school year in the AISM hive!

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Ms. Sarah Feinman

Sarah Feinman Hello AISM Students and Families!

My name is Sarah Feinman and I am delighted to be returning to AISM this year in a more permanent capacity. Last year, during the Year of the Wildebeest, I roamed the school working in almost every classroom as a substitute teacher. This year, The Year of the Honey Bee, I will be returning to my original hive, the 5th grade, teaching science and social studies to the first group I had the pleasure of working with at AISM! During my brief stints at the school last year I was struck by how warm, welcoming, and appreciative the AISM community is. This year I am excited to become a permanent part of that community, working together with my fellow teachers to help our students learn and grow!

I began my teaching career while pursuing my PhD in Biology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. I taught a number of different college level laboratory courses before moving on to more traditional classroom instruction, and therefore have a very hands-on teaching approach. After graduate school I adapted my courses for different audiences, but have tried to maintain a hands-on, open-dialogue classroom setting where students feel free to ask questions, explore their interests, and inquire deeply into topics that they find meaningful. I am not afraid to treat my students like adults (even 5th graders!) giving them more responsibility and ownership over their own learning.

I am excited to spend this year facilitating the intellectual and social growth of our AISM Honey Bee colony. I know the year will bring about many challenges for our students, both planned and unplanned, academic and social, inside the classroom and out. I am happy to be able to support our community as our colony grows this year and am proud to be a part of this amazing educational team!

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