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Meet our Teachers

English Department

Alisa Dawne Paryniuk

English and Math Teacher (6th Grade)


Degree(s): Bachelor of Education majoring in English and History

Hometown: Red Lake, Ontario, Canada

Background: Teaching for me is more than just a career, it is an opportunity to partake in the growth and development of our future leaders, teachers, and critical thinkers. Over the past 14 years, I have taught both primary and middle school within all 3 systems: public, private and semi-private.

I am excited and fortunate to be given the opportunity to apply my experiences from each system, my lifelong learnings and my expertise within the classroom at AUS.

In my free time, I enjoy watching my 3 children play sports. Whether it is hockey or baseball, I am there cheering them on!

Rhonda Guitroz

K-12 Literacy Coach/ English Language Arts Teacher


Degree(s): Bachelor of Middle Grades Education, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, North Carolina; Masters of Business Administration, Texas A&M-Commerce, Commerce, Texas.

Home: Houston, Texas

Background: Before coming to Kuwait, I was the Language Arts Skills Specialist for a middle school in Houston, Texas. As Skills Specialists, I worked with teachers to implement curriculum and utilize best practices to reach a diverse population of students. I have six years of experience creating and leading professional development opportunities for teachers. This year I will be doing the thing I love the most: helping both teachers and students as the K-12 Literacy Coach.

Fine Arts Department

Frederick Wilcott

Art Teacher


Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts/Painting and Drawing Specialization

Hometown: Long Beach, California

Background: I am originally from the Los Angeles, California area but have lived in different parts of the United States including North Carolina and Nevada.
In 1984 at the age of 14 my family moved across the world to Kuwait. I attended and graduated from the American School of Kuwait in 1988.
I am very fortunate and excited to begin a new chapter working with some of Middle and High School students here at AUS. I am eager to help students broaden their education and worldview through art practices and history of all genres. It is my ultimate goal to help each learner at any skill level to achieve a sense of personal pride in their work and to be on their way to an art-literate adult.

Genete Robles

Culinary Arts


Degree(s): Bachelor of Secondary Education in English, Cor Jesu College, Digos City, Philippines. Masters of Arts in Technology Education, University of Southeastern Philippines.

Hometown: Digos City, Philippines

Background: I have completed 22 years in public service in the Philippines. I taught English for 5 years and Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) specializing Cookery for 17 years. I have enjoyed many opportunities for culinary seminars, training, and certification through National Certificate II from TESDA, Philippines. I have coached students in culinary competitions.

Mark Dawson

Music Teacher


Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in Music; Master of Education in Educational Leadership; License to teach all music levels

Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas

Background: I am Mark Q. Dawson, this is my second international teaching experience in Kuwait. I am joined here in Kuwait by my wife Kamille. Prior to embarking on my international teaching journey, I was a Middle/High School Director of Bands at two different schools. The first being the middle school I attended as a student in Fort Worth, Texas. The second was a private school also in Fort Worth. I received my Bachelor’s of Music Performance from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and my Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. During my undergraduate years I performed with marching band (The Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South or M4) and the University Jazz Ensemble. Those experiences allowed me to perform with various musicians and build lasting relationships all in the name of MUSIC!! I am looking forward to my time here at AUS an expect many great successes!

Information Center

Rania Al-Zain

Information Center Assistant


Degree(s): Diploma Degree in Business Management from Damascus University

Home: Syria, Damascus

Background: This is my forth year at American United School as Middle School Information Specialist Clerk. You will find me in the Middle School Library. I am indeed honored to be a part of the best school in Kuwait and looking forward to contributing my complete dedication and proficiency to making AUS….a better choice!

Mathematics Department

Anna Merquita

Math Teacher


Degree(s): B.S. in Elementary Education and M.A.T. in Math, Saint Joseph College, Southern Leyte, Philippines

Hometown: Makati City, Philippines

Background: After getting my degree, I taught Elementary and Secondary Math in the Department of Education. I was also the District Coordinator for the Out-of-School Youth education and the School Head Teacher. I transferred to the University of Makati as a Math College Instructor. I have my endless love to teach students to reach their goals.

Dedrick Womble

Mathematics Teacher


Degree: B.S. in Education, Winston Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA

Home:town Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Background: Upon graduation, I moved to Atlanta, GA and taught middle school Math and Science for 9 years. I followed this experience teaching 5th grade Math and Science in a neighboring city for 6 years. I believe that my years in the classroom have prepared me to support all students, regardless of their grade level or instructional focus. I believe in a differentiated approach to teaching students, while including a range of activities to meet their learning styles.

Glenn Sampson

Math Teacher


Degree(s): Bachelor in Secondary Education, Arizona State University

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Background: I have been a full time teacher of mathematics for three years. I am so glad to be a part of these young peoples' lives, and I am glad that I can play a part in helping them reach their full potential!

Kenneth Johnson

Math Coach/ Teacher


Degree(s): Business Administration/Marketing, Minor in Accounting, Barber-Scotia College –Masters of Educational Studies (M.A.E.D.S), University of Phoenix

Hometown: Columbia, SC (United States)

Background: I have discovered that my philosophy on education and teaching is one that is global and pertinent for all scholars: “You have to reach them before you teach them.” I believe that as educators, we should demonstrate respect for others, encourage interaction between diversities, and hold high expectations for all learners. Whether we like it or not, our expectations of our students play a role in determining their success or failure.

Michael Libron

Math Co-Teacher


Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education; Notre Dame of Kidapawan College, Kidapawan City, Philippines, Masters of Science in Teaching High School Mathematics; Mindanao State University - General Santos City Campus; General Santos City, Philippines. Philosophy of Education in Mathematics Education (9 units); University of Southern Mindanao, Kabacan, North Cotabato, Philippines.

Hometown: Manongol, Kidapawan City, Philippines

Background: I began my career right after graduation in 2002 in the city planning office of the city LGU of Kidapawan City for six (6) months as Clerk I. I entered the Department of Education in June 2003 up to January 2017. From then on, I started here in the AUS as Elementary Co-Teacher.

Rhea N. Alagar

Math Co-Teacher


Degree: Bachelor in Secondary Education, Major in Mathematics, The National Teachers College, Manila, Philippines

Hometown: Quezon City, Philippines

Background: In my first year of teaching, I worked as an elementary teacher where I taught 4th and 5th grade Mathematics at the Dominican School Manila. Also, I was given a chance to work with the elementary kids in a Mathematics Club as their club adviser. Two years after that, I was given the opportunity to work in the Department of Education as a High School Math teacher specifically in North Fairview High School where I handled 10th grade students and taught Advanced Algebra with Trigonometry and Statistics for almost 3 years. Being a teacher is really challenging, yet I had so much fun and gained experiences which helped me a lot to improve personally and professionally. Teaching is my passion and making my students achieve their goals in life and become lifelong learners is my greatest desire.

Physical Education Department

Ahmad Abdulrazzak

Physical Education (Swimming)


Degree(s): B.S. of Physical Education and Swimming training department

Hometown: Mansoura, Egypt

Background: I began my teaching career as a swimming teacher at Mansoura University in Egypt for 4 years. Then I moved to Kuwait to work as PE teacher and swimming trainer for the last 6 years. I still work as a Swimming trainer at the Gulf University for Science and Technology..

Marjan Gholamrezaiee

Physical Education (Swimming)


.Degree(s): B.A. in Physical Education and Sport Science Teacher Training, Tehran, Iran

Home: Tehran, Iran

Background: I have International Life Guard and 1st Grade Certificate in the field of Life Saving from the Life Saving and Diving Federation, Iran 2003 and 2nd Grade Certificate in Swimming Coaching, from the Life Saving and Diving Federation.

Raul Feliciano

Physical Education (Swimming)


Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education specialized in Music, Arts and Physical Education (M.A.P.E), Philippines.

Hometown: Romblon, Philippines.

Background: I taught for 5 years in the High School department. I have had the opportunity to function in a variety of educational settings. I will be responsible for student’s safety in the pool as a Lifeguard. I have been a Lifeguard at Armed Forces Officers Club (Ministry of Defense and Aviation – MODA) in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for 2 years and 10 months. I have also trained in Philippine RED CROSS for the same line of duty.

Simone Bazgan

Physical Education Teacher (Female)


Degree(s): Bachelor of Science and Physical Education; Master of Science in Sports Management and Marketing

Hometown: Focsani, Romania

Background: I began my teaching career in Romania immediately after I graduated and in 2007, I had the opportunity to start my international teaching experience at an school in Bahrain where I taught Physical Education from Pre-K all the way to 9th grade and coached the athletics, swimming and gymnastics teams. After 6 years I moved to the UAE where I continued teaching and coaching for 5 years. Living for many years in the Middle East gave me the opportunity to have a better understanding of the local culture. In my free time, I like to travel, spend time with my family and to get involved with different kinds of physical activities.

Constantin Bazgan

Physical Education Teacher (Male)


Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Physical Education; Master of Science in Sport Management and Marketing.

Hometown: Iasi, Romania

Background: I started my teaching career in 2007 at an International School in Bahrain where I taught Physical Education from Pre-K to 9th grade. In 2013, I moved to an international school in the UAE where for 5 years I taught students from 3rd grade to 10th grade. I have coached both basketball and football in national and international tournaments. As a former basketball player, I am passionate about physical activity and sports, and I like to get involved in different kinds of athletic programs. In my free time, I like to travel and experience new cultures.

Chiraz Chihi

Physical Education - Swimming


Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and Swimming.

Hometown: Kairouan, Tunisia

Background: I have been working for 8 years as swimming instructor and swimming coach in Kairouan, Tunis and 2 years in Kuwait. I have experience as a swim coach in various professional clubs. My main responsibilities are to guide and instruct students how to build best swimming technique, while developing skills to prepare them for competition.

Religion Department

Rasha El-Ghalayini

Islamic Studies / Qur’an


Degree(s): B.S. in Islamic Studies, Al Imam Al Ouzai University, Beirut, Lebanon

Home: Palestine

Background: I began my career as an Elementary teacher in different schools in Kuwait. I taught different curriculum in addition to teaching Quran and Arabic. Passion and preparation are the key factors on which I focus my teaching. I earned honors as the Teacher of The Year. I am active in volunteer work and always encourage my class on participating in such activities. I use an advanced, modern and very unique approaches for teaching my topics especially the bibliography of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

Alaa Jaber

Islamic Studies/ Qur’an


Degree(s): B.S in Islamic studies. From Mutah University, Jordan.

Home: Jordan

Background: I worked as an Islamic studies and Quran teacher for 12 years before I started teaching at AUS. my journey with teaching started in Dubai teaching Arabic, Islamic studies and Quran for primary students for 6 years, then I moved to teach secondary students. I had one-year experience of teaching in Jordan last. I was interested in teaching Quran, so I finished 3 advanced levels in teaching and memorizing Quran. I do like applying our curriculum into actions and projects so that students can benefit and use their lessons in life.

Abdulkarim Abdulrazzaq

Islamic Studies Teacher


Degree(s): Bachelor of Art In Islamic Sharia from the Damascus University in Syria

Hometown: Syrian

Upon graduating, I spent six years in Syria teaching students the Holy Quran. In 2008, I then moved to Kuwait and for the past nine years I have continued to teach the Holy Quran and Islamic studies. I am very excited to join this wonderful team at the American United School. My goal is to help students apply Islamic principles and values in their daily lives and to make them adhere to ethics with a spirit of cooperation. In my free time I enjoy reading and playing chess.

Haitham Farhat

Islamic Studies Teacher


Degree(s): BA in Islamic Law

Ba'albak Lebanon

I am excited to be joining the AUS team. I have over 20 years experience as a classroom teacher in multiple subjects including PHSE, Islamic Studies and English. I also have many years of experience as an IT Manager and am fascinated with the amount of technology that AUS has for its students.

Science Department

Fritzie Rodriguez

Science Co-Teacher


Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with Education Units (1995) ,Master of Arts in Education Major in Educational Leadership and Management (2014) , Doctor of Education (Complete Academic Requirement)

Hometown: RUW-MPC & Habitat Homes, Singao, Kidapawan City, Philippines

Background: I started my teaching career in the Philippines after I graduated in 1995. I was employed as a high school science teacher in a private school for more than two years. I moved and transferred in the city and was absorbed as a Chemistry college instructor in a university for two years. After getting married in the year 2000, I took the challenge to serve the Philippine government through the Department of Education where I handled high school chemistry/science subjects for more than 15 years. Prior to my coming here to AUS, I was promoted as school head and supervised a secondary school for five months. I like being a classroom teacher where I can share and impart my expertise in a learner-centered environment.

Jessica Dorothy Joseph

Science Teacher


Degree(s): Masters of Education in Special Education; Bachelor of Science in Biology; License in Special Education.

Hometown: St. Thomas USVI


Upon obtaining my Bachelor's of Science in Biology from Bowie State University, I pursued my dream of becoming an Educator. I attended Howard University and graduated with my M.Ed. in Special Education. I have dedicated myself to becoming a life-long learner, and I strive to instill a similar desire in all my students. After seven years of teaching in various educational institutions, I firmly believe students are able to reach their highest potential when given the support that meets all of their developmental needs.

Nadiyeh Mayyahi

Science Teacher


Degree(s): M.A. Education: Curriculum and Instruction, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, USA B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Biology, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, USA

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas, USA

Background: I had the privilege to teach Science in San Antonio, Texas at the middle school level. I also served as Science Department Chair and Grade Level Team Lead. Outside my duties I also worked with my students to participate in academic competitions and science fairs. My goal is to continually foster a student’s innate curiosity to explore, think critically about the world around them and provide guiding tools to solve problems both in and out of the classroom.

Tossy Vaughese

Science Co-Teacher


Degree(s): Bachelor Of Science in Chemistry From Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India; B.Ed in Physical Science From Mahatma Gandhi University; Masters of Science in Information Technology from Sikkim Manipal University; Diploma in Computer Government of India (National Council Of Vocational Training)

Home: Alapuzha District, Kaerala State, India

Background: After completing my bachelor’s degree in education I started working with Jabriya Indian School Kuwait as a secondary chemistry lab teacher and science teacher in the Middle School since 2001. During these 15 years of my service in Jabriya School I had the opportunity to work as house monitor, examination in charge time table coordinator, substitution in charge, assembly in charge, academic coordinator, co-curricular activity in charge, and now working as the academic supervisor. I am very much interested in teaching profession and I am so compassionate to my students and always ready to help them to my best.

Social Studies Department

Erma Calawood

Social Studies Co-Teacher


Degree(s): Bachelor in Elementary Education, Romblon College, Odiongan, Romblon Philippines .

: Poblacion, Looc, Romblon Philippines

: After graduation I spent six months in a private school and was assigned to Pre-Kindergarten. For the past 13 years at a Public Elementary School I taught English, Music, Arts and P.E. in the 5th and 6th Grades. I’ve been an adviser for the student government and for the young campus journalists. I was a soccer coach for our school’s soccer team.

Mariam Sidarose

Middle Eastern Studies Teacher


Degree(s): Bachelor of Education, Elementary /Middle/ High School, Assuit University, Egypt

Hometown: Egypt

Background: I taught Elementary School ESL/English at Canadian Bilingual School in Kuwait for four years and Elementary School English at Salam Modern School in Egypt for three years. I strongly believe that learning needs to be student centered and that students need to be equal partners in the learning process. My role involves using my expertise to put the necessary resources in the hands of the students to make sure that they are well equipped to find and evaluate the resources they need to answer their questions. I’m thrilled to join such a dynamic and energetic team at AUS!

Rachel Eckelson

Social Studies Teacher


Degree(s): B.S. Multidisciplinary Studies – Human Learning K-8; M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Technology, Tennessee Technological University, USA

Hometown: Crossville, Tennessee, USA

Background: I have spent my years teaching in a small rural school in Cumberland County, Tennessee, where I taught 2nd grade for one year, 5th grade for three years, and 7th and 8th grade ELA and social studies for five years. For the past four years I sponsored an after-school History Club whose participants competed in the National History Day contest making it all the way to the national contest held at the University of Maryland.

Rytrice Pickett

Social Studies Teacher (7th & 8th Grades)


Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in History; Bachelor of Science in Psychology; Master of Arts in Liberal Arts-African and African American Studies

Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Background: I started my teaching career in Louisiana teaching English and social sciences to special needs students. Since then I have taught English/social studies or a combination of both in the Midwest and the East Coast. I started teaching internationally five years ago. I have taught in Abu Dhabi, Beijing, and now Kuwait.

Kristi Fogle

Social Studies Teacher (6th & 7th Grades)


Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in History; Master of Arts in History.

Hometown: Forth Worth, Texas

Background: After completing my doctoral coursework in History, I spent several years teaching as an adjunct at the university level. After relocating with my family to Kansas City, I was fortunate to teach AP courses and develop Social Studies curriculum for several private high schools. In the years prior to arriving at AUS, I traveled as an international instructor teaching seminars on Multi-Cultural Education and Global Citizenship.
I believe that curiosity is a gift, and at the core of being a life-long learner. It is my privilege as a teacher to help train our students to be productive contributors to our global society.

Technology Department

Les Moskaliuk

Technology Teacher


Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education in Industrial Arts/Design Technology

Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Background: During my seven years as an educator in Canada, I enjoyed teaching High School graphics, photography, airbrushing, technical drafting and Design Technology. Since moving to Kuwait six years ago, I have taught Middle School Computer Technology and am excited to continue this endeavor at AUS. Throughout my career, I have worked on many committees to develop curriculum, organize new teacher training, create professional development opportunities for co-workers and promote teacher wellness. Due to my great love of sport, I have also dedicated my time to coaching many Middle and High School Ice Hockey and Badminton teams during my career. My wife, Leah, and I often dedicate our spare time to sports (especially skiing) and traveling the world (over 50 countries to date!).

World Languages Department

Ahmad Sabbagh

Arabic Teacher


Degree(s): B.A in Arabic Literature & Diploma of High Studies (Semitic Languages), Aleppo University, Syria.

Hometown: Aleppo City, Syria, SAR.

Background: After graduating from university I worked as a teacher of Arabic language at several government schools in Aleppo. I first came to Kuwait in 2005 where I have worked at American International School then at Kuwait English School before I settled down at American United School. In my leisure time, I enjoy attending social clubs. Such as Reading and Poetry clubs. I also enjoy Swimming and Yoga.

Asmaa Hegazi

Arabic Teacher


Degree(s): Bachelor Degree from Ain Shams University/Egypt, Faculty of Arts, in Arabic Language.

Hometown: Egypt, Cairo

Background: My preferred educational philosophy is progressivism, and my teaching goals are: incorporate out-of-box thinking and new ideas. Make sure every student understands the subject matter.

Brian De Maggio

Spanish Teacher


Degree(s): M.A. in Teaching, B.A. in Spanish & B.M. in Music Performance, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA.

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan, USA

Background: Since becoming a Spanish teacher more than 10 years ago, I have had the pleasure of sharing my love of the Spanish language and culture with thousands of students. I have lived in Argentina and Brazil, and am fluent in Portuguese, in addition to Spanish. Besides acquiring new languages and travelling, I enjoy playing the guitar and reading. My passion is guiding my students towards proficiency in the Spanish language by facilitating meaningful communication in the classroom.

Yasser Ibrahim

Arabic Teacher


Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts Arabic, Cairo University, Agreement for teaching Arabic language for Middle and High school from Private Education (1997)

Agreement for teaching Islamic Studies for High school (2000)

Hometown: Egypt

Background: I have over 25 years of teaching experience where I’ve served in the following positions: Head of Arabic department in American Middle East Bilingual School 2016, High school teacher, Dasman Model School, Kuwait City, Kuwait (2002-2016), Head of Arabic Department (Middle & High School) DBS, Arabic team leader in the accreditation committee, Arabic teacher – High school –Kuwait International English School (1998 -2002), Teaching Arabic- as a first language [IGCSE] (1998-2002).

I’ve also served on the committee selecting new teachers – DBS.

My favorite sports are football, table tennis, and volleyball.

Abdul Moniem AlShahadat

Arabic Teacher


Degree(s): PhD in Arabic, Masters of Art in Arabic Linguistics ; Bachelor of Arts in Arabic Linguistics .

Hometown: Dura'a, Syria

Background: After graduating from the University of Damascus in 2001, I worked in several high schools in Syria for a period of 4 years. Following this, I moved to Kuwait and taught at a school (Cambridge), then I taught at the American Creativity Academy School for Boys, and lastly I worked at the center for strengthening and teaching children until I reached my current status of working in the American United School of Kuwait as a teacher. Outside of work, I partake in many hobbies such as: walking and taking part in volunteer work

David Delamatta

French Teacher


Degree(s): PhD in Comparative Literature- North African Theater; Masters of Art Education in Curriculum Development, Assessment and testing; Associate of Arts in French Literature and European Theater

Hometown: Denver, Colorado

Background: Professeur Delamatta was born in the United States but grew up in France. His love of languages and culture have been an important influence in his studies as well as his professional path. He has been teaching French & English for over 20 years, to both native speakers as well as foreign languages. He has taught in Africa, France, back to the United States, and now on his 4th continent in Kuwait. He has taught middle school, high school, and at the community college level. He has been a French Language & Culture AP Reading since 2007.
He has a passion for theater. He has done extensive research, writing, and presented professional papers on Tunisian Theater at professional conferences such as the NEMLA annual Conference. He has written two bilingual plays which were produced in France.
He enjoys photography, year round swimming as well as scuba diving when the opportunity presents itself. He came to AUS in January 2018.

Eman Salama

Islamic/ Arabic Guest Teacher


Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in History/ Egyptian Monuments (1999), University of Cairo, Egypt

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Background: Taught Arabic and Islamic studies at the Islamic School of Greater Kansas City, Missouri. I strive to provide a fun, learning environment that motivates students to learn.

Maha Sandeh

Arabic Teacher


Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in Teaching Arabic for Middle School and High School

Hometown: Aleppo City, Syria

Background: I graduated from the Kuwait University College of Education Arabic teaching department in 2007. Teaching languages is a passion of mine. I worked 11 years in Kuwait Ministry of Education schools. I have also created a book and resources for non-native Arabic students. I believe that love and compassion is the only way to create the best educational environment for our students.

Instructional Support Services

Andrea Phillips

MS/HS Counselor