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Degree: Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education, Elementary Certified
Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama U.S.A.
Background: I attended the University of North Alabama. I am continually advancing my education through ongoing Professional Development and college courses. I have been teaching Lower Elementary my entire teaching career. Prior to coming to Kuwait I taught in the United States of America and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I am here to meet every student where they are and to take them further than they ever could imagine.
Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood/Elementary Education; Certification in Early Childhood Administration; Certification in Middle School Social Studies
Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas
Background: My experience includes teaching three years olds, Kindergartners, 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th grades. I have also experience as a math coach, instructional coach and a mentor for new teachers. I am the proud mother to three adult children and am working on being the best grandmother in the world to my new grandson. I believe learning is a lifelong process and love watching children grow and learn. I am looking forward to the treasures this year will bring!
Degree(s): Master of Science in Education with a focus in Reading and Literacy, Walden University; Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, Prairie View A&M University
Hometown: Dallas, TX, U.S.A.
Background: Originally from Terrell, Texas. I taught Pre-Kindergarten for three years and Kindergarten for two years, all in Dallas Independent School District. I am extremely excited to achieve my dream of teaching abroad. I am grateful for the opportunity to teach at AUS. Outside of the classroom I enjoy reading and traveling.
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in English Literature - University of Phoenix, Arizona - Accredited Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certification
Hometown: Dallas, Texas U.S.A.
Background: I was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. However, I moved to Dallas, Texas as a young child and that is where I call home. I have been in Kuwait for the past few years. I love Kuwaiti culture and enjoy working to shape young minds. In my teaching career I have taught Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st grade. I am currently working towards my Masters in Education with a concentration in Teaching English as a Second Language at George Mason University in Virginia. I am always driven to learning and developing myself as an educator.
Degree: Bachelor of Human Resources Management-UTH Florida University. Working towards Master in Early Childhood Education- Miguel de Cervantes European University, Spain. TEFL Level 3 certificate in teaching English to Young Learners.
Background: I have had the opportunity to hold a number of professional roles in the area. I worked for one and a half years as Toddler Teacher assistant in Honduras. After that, my husband and I moved to Venezuela where I worked for 1 year as an Elementary Art teacher assistant and two years and half as a Library assistant.
Degree: Bachelor of Elementary Education in English, Camarines Norte State College, Daet Camarines Norte
Hometown: Camarines Norte, Philippines
Background: Before I came to Kuwait, I taught at the Sunny Garden School for Kids for three and a half years. I worked with third grade students and I was also the advisor for the school newspaper. I am happy to be a part of the AUS team!
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education/ Early Childhood Specialization, The National Teachers College, Manila, Philippines
Hometown: Pasig City , Philippines
Background: I believe that being a teacher is an opportunity to motivate children to be the best that they can be that’s why I decided to take this path. After graduation, I started to pursue my career, got my license and taught in Pre-Kindergarten level for three years. I was also actively involved in outreach and reading enhancement programs for pupils who needed remedial help in reading. Every single moment with the children is priceless. It's always a new adventure, full of challenges and excitement.
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Library and Information - Imo State University Owerri, Nigeria. Early Childhood Education Diploma - London Premier College, United Kingdom
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Background: I was born in Nigeria, West Africa. I migrated to the United Kingdom where I studied Early Childhood Education. I taught at a Montessori kindergarten in Kent County, United Kingdom for 4 years. In the fall of 2016, I relocated to Kuwait, where I continued as an early childhood educator with a British Montessori Nursery for 2 years, before joining a Canadian School for 3 years. I am grateful and excited for the chance to teach at AUS. My Mantra is that all children are “teachable”. I am hoping to impart the students through constructive, progressive, and humanism Philosophy. I firmly believe that through love, dedication, and routine ALL children can flourish.
Degree(s):Masters of Arts Teaching in Elementary Education, Bachelors of Science in Sociology, Certification in Elementary Education, Social Services, Endorsement in Gifted Education
Hometown: Athens, Georgia U.S.A.
Background: Becoming an Educator has always been a dream. Teaching abroad, learning about different cultures, and their perspective in Education has been a major goal. I pursued this goal by attending University of West Georgia and obtained my Bachelors of Science in Sociology. Later, I attended Piedmont College and obtained a Masters of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education along with an endorsement in Gifted Education. I believe that instruction should mirror the diversity in the classroom. Every student has the ability to learn and reach success. I am here to make it happen!
Degree(s): Bachelors in Education from Texas A&M International University. Early Childhood Certification from University of Houston
Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas, USA
Background: I am delighted to introduce myself to you and your family. My home town is a suburb of Houston, Texas called Sugar Land. I come to AUS with 33 years of teaching experience. My philosophy of teaching is that all children, given the opportunity, have the potential to learn. In my classroom I have created a friendly, loving and safe environment for my students. I am here to share my knowledge and experiences in a way that is meaningful to them. I am a firm believer that parents are the first teacher and model in their children's life. Therefore, I look forward to working with you as a team in making this a fantastic school year.
Degree(s): Master of Arts in Teaching - National-Louis University, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., Bachelor of Arts in English - Truman State University Kirksville, Missouri, U.S.A - Google Educator Level 1, Qualified Teacher Status - UK, Elementary Education endorsement - State of Illinois, Early Childhood Education endorsement - State of Illinois
Hometown: Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
Background: I have been teaching for over 15 amazing years. After working in Chicago and Los Angeles, I decided to make the move to Kuwait. I have taught Pre-K through Grade 4; general, accelerated, and special education classes. I have even led professional development for my fellow teachers in Chicago and here in Kuwait. I am always looking for learning opportunities to help me grow as a teacher. I want to be the best I can be for my students. I have taken coursework beyond my Master’s in Mathematics at the University of Chicago and in Special Education through the Los Angeles Unified District. I am so excited to be teaching kindergarten again! I believe if students have a strong start, they will carry those good habits with them through their academic journey. I am honored to help students experience the wonders and joys of learning and to be a part of AUS!
Degree(s): Master of Arts in Education and Early Childhood - University of Phoenix, Phoenix Arizona; Bachelor of Science in Birth-Kindergarten Education - University on North Carolina at Pembroke; Associates Degree in Human Services - Denmark Technical College
Hometown: Fayetteville, North Carolina U.S.A
Background: I have been in the field of education for more than 27and can honestly say that I have enjoyed every minute of it. Being a seasoned international educator has afforded me the opportunity to do my two favorite things of all time, traveling and teaching. Although I love educating students of any age, I am drawn to the younger students just starting out on their educational journey. It does something good to my heart to see them flourish and mature physically, mentally and academically. My philosophy of education is that any and all students are capable of learning as long as you are willing to teach. I’m looking forward to an awesome journey this year of teaching, learning and growing together.
Degree(s): Bachelors of Arts - Randolph Macon Woman's College - Virginia - State of Florida Teaching License: Pre-K-Grade 3, Oxford University: Critical Thinking, USA CPR Certificate
Hometown: New York, NY USA
Background: I appreciate the opportunity to join American United School and teach Kindergarten in Kuwait. After teaching Pre-K and Kindergarten in The Republic of South Korea and Pre-K and Kindergarten in Saudi Arabia, I am ready to share the joys and wonders of learning in Kuwait. As the world is more interconnective, it is paramount to encourage our students to be good global citizens-and that starts in Kindergarten. I joined the AUS family to be part of a great team that builds a bright future one child at a time.
Degrees: Bachelor of Elementary Education major in Mathematics, Saint Bridget’s College, Batangas City, Philippines
Hometown: Batangas, Philippines
Background: After university I taught at a private school in my hometown for a year. I handled multi-aged group of learners and learned that every student has a unique way of learning. I moved to the city to experience teaching in a new approach. I taught ESL to foreigners with different age group for almost 6 years. The training and experiences I had equipped me with knowledge and skills that were needed as I take a new challenge in my profession.
Degree: Bachelor of Technical Teacher Education, Technological University of the Philippines
Hometown: Bulacan, Philippines
Background: I have been teaching for over 13 years now. I have taught English, Mathematics and Science to levels from kindergarten to 6th grade in the Philippines. I have also handled English online classes for Chinese students of different age groups. I enjoy watching movies, reading, shopping, and dining out with my family.
Degree: B.S in Elementary Education, Mondriaan Aura College, Subic Bay Freefort Zone
Hometown: Matain, Subic, Zambales, Philippines
Background: I taught Toddler, Nursery and Kindergarten in the Philippines for 5 years . I really enjoy working with young children. I love helping them learn and grow that gives me a sense of worth and fulfillment.
Degrees: Bachelor of Elementary In Education Major in Special Education, Saint Louis University, Philippines; Masters of Elementary in Education Major in Early Childhood Education (1 year)
Hometown: Baguio City, Philippine
Background: After working for two years as a Preschool teacher at Phases Learning Center, I continued my teaching journey at Saint Louis University Elementary School as a grade one teacher. In my stay at SLU-LES for two years, I was also given the tasks to be one of the Moderators of Arts Club and Troop Leader of KAB Scout.
Degrees: Master of Arts in Education Major in Administration and Supervision - Divine Word College of Calapan, Oriental Mindoro Philippines; Bachelor of Elementary Education - Divine Word College of Calapan, Oriental Mindoro Philippines - Modern Teacher Contributor
Hometown: Victoria, Oriental Mindoro Philippines
Background: I've been in the field of teaching for over 27 years. For 11 of those years I worked in the Philippines and 16 years here have been at schools in Kuwait. Most of my experience is in lower elementary grades. Additionally, I have served as school Administrator for 3 years. I do believe that a positive attitude of a teacher creates a happier and cheerful environment and this is what the students need to be successful. With my long years of experience, I have learned teaching is far more than a profession, it's a calling.
1st Grade Teacher
Degree(s): Master of Education, Reading Education- University of Central Florida, U.S.A Bachelor of Science in Special Education-University of South Florida-U.S.A. - English for speakers of other languages Endorsement. I am a certified teacher through the state of Florida.
Hometown: Orlando, Florida U.S.A
Background: I started my teaching career in my hometown of Orlando, Florida U.S.A. I taught Special Education, Reading, and English to grades 9th-12 for 10 years. I then moved to Shanghai, China where I taught Kindergarten for 6 years. I am always continuing my education through college courses and professional development. I believe that all students can learn, and it is my goal to figure out the best ways to help them learn. My hobbies include cooking, reading, traveling, gardening, learning new things, and studying different cultures. One of my favorite quotes is "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" Nelson Mandela.
1st Grade Teacher
Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education - University of South Florida, U.S.A. - Elementary Education K-6, English for Speakers of Other Languages Specialist Endorsement, Exceptional Student Education Specialist Endorsement
Hometown: Sarasota, Florida U.S.A.
Background: I started my journey over 10 years ago. I have been an elementary teacher in the United States and in Kuwait. I have taught both the American and the British curriculum. I have experience teaching grades 1-5. However, I found my passion for teaching at the lower elementary levels. I am bilingual in English and Spanish and have Colombian roots. Due to my Latin background, my hobbies include being a big soccer fan and dancing. I also enjoy reading, studying, learning about new cultures, and being outdoors. My goal as a teacher is to create a positive and safe environment where the children and their families can thrive and feel comfortable. I believe in building and creating relationships where the teacher, students, and parents can work together towards a common goal to benefit the learning of our children.
2nd Grade Teacher
Degree(s): Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Education from Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina. National Board Certification 2002 - State of North Carolina
Hometown: Winston Salem, North Carolina U.S.A.
Background: Hello! My name is Calya Williams. I was an elementary teacher in the United States for 28 years, primarily in Grades 1 and 2. I have also taught in the U.A.E. I am excited about beginning my 3rd year in Kuwait. As an educator, I believe in creating an inviting classroom atmosphere, in which I use various strategies to promote a balance of learning and fun. I want my students to love coming to school and to value and appreciate the differences of others.
1st Grade Teacher
Degree(s): Masters of Arts in General Education & Masters of Arts in Education of Deaf & Hearing Imparied - Columbia University, New York, New York, Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts - CUNY City College of Harlem, New York, New York - Certified Elementary School Teacher 1st grade through 6th grade, Certified Deaf Education teacher 1st grade through 12th grade
Hometown: Harlem, New York U.S.A.
Background: I was born in Frankfurt Germany to a military family. I moved to America when I was 5 years old. After moving around my family and I finally settled in New York when I was 13 years old. Even though we found our home base I still had a desire to travel and teach in different countries. While in Graduate School I had the opportunity to study in Guatemala. When I graduated Teachers College at Columbia University I joined the Peace Corps and moved to Guayaquil, Ecuador where I taught English for 3 years at an inner city high school. When I returned to New York I taught 5th grade for a year at a charter school and 3rd grade for 3 years at a school for the Deaf. My experience traveling has given me the opportunity to get to know and build positive relationships with different students of all backgrounds. Research has shown building positive relationships is imperative to a successful school year. This is why the first few days of school I focus on cultivating these relationships so students feel welcome and safe. I accomplish this by creating a structured environment in the classroom for students with clear and simple expectations for them to follow. I also strive to inspire students to love learning. I believe that all students are capable of reaching their full potential. My role is to guide, motivate and give students opportunities to take control of their own education.
1st Grade Teacher
Degree(s): Bachelor in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University of Shreveport.
Hometown: Shreveport, Louisiana
Background: My name is Ms. Regina Harville and I am from Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. I have two older children striving to be great and giving back to the world. I have taught first and second grade in a public school for 13 years. I have taught for 4 years here in Kuwait. I graduated from Louisiana State University of Shreveport with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. My goal as a teacher is to help every child be successful throughout their learning process. I want children to love to learn and become our future leaders of the world.
1st Grade Co-Teacher
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education, Pangasinan State University- Lingayen, Pangasinan; Master of Arts in Educational Management, Luna Colleges, Inc. Tayug, Pangasinan
Hometown: Asingan, Pangasinan
Background: I have over 10 years experience in the elementary division of the Department of Education, Philippines.
1st Grade Co-Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education - Philippine Normal University Preschool Specialization
Hometown: Dasmarinas Cavite, Philippines
Background: I have been in the Educational field for 26 years. I have taught 15 years in the Philippines as an Elementary/Preschool Teacher and 11 years here, in Kuwait, as a Co-Teacher and IB-PYP Educator. My training and experiences have afforded me the opportunity to become well versed in play- based and concept-based inquiry teaching and learning in the early years. My goal in life right now is to finish my Masters Degree in Educational Management as I would like to be a school Principal. I love teaching as my profession. I believe that " By inspiring a child, you make the world a better place forever."
1st Grade Co-Teacher
Degree(s): Bachelor of Elementary Education - Dominican College of Tarlac,Philippines Graduate Coarswork: Working towards Master of Arts in Educational Management - Saint Anthony College of Technology Mabalacat Pampanga, Philippines)
Hometown: Bamban, Tarlac Philippines
Background: After passing the Philippine Licensure Examination for Teachers in August 2002, I started teaching 1st Grade in Air Force City Clarkfield, Pampanga, Philippines and taught 6th grade. After 2 years of teaching in the same school, I was appointed as an Assistant School Administrator and later promoted as the School Principal in the same year. In 2009 until early 2017, I served as a public school teacher in Tarlac, Philippines. I taught 6th grade and was assigned as the school’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Consultant, Finance Manager and Science Leader. Being in the field of education for 14 years, I am challenged to continue my passion in teaching and make it more momentous at AUS….the better choice.
1st Grade Co-Teacher
Degree(s): Bachelor in Elementary Education, La Salle College Antipolo, Philippines
Hometown: Antipolo, Philippines
Background: My name is Daren Juntado. Before coming to Kuwait 5 years ago, I taught for 9 years in the Philippines. I taught 3 years as grades 3 and 4 teacher and 6 years as grade 1 teacher. Then, an opportunity came for me to move to Kuwait to continue my teaching career as an Early year teacher for 2 and ½ years. I am so happy and excited to join AUS and it’s a dream come true for me. My goal for this school year is to help each student attain their fullest potential. As Robert John Meehan said: “Teaching is an accomplishment; getting children excited about learning is an achievement”.
I look forward to having an exciting and fun learning academic year!
1st Grade Co-Teacher
Degree(s): Bachelor of Secondary Education in English from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasig, Philippines; Earned units in Master of Arts in Language Education from University of the Philippines, Diliman.
Hometown: Pasig City, NCR, Philippines
Background: Before coming to Kuwait, I worked with 1st and 4th grade students for half a year in a Christian School in Antipolo, Rizal and taught Language and Literature in 7th through 9th grade students for 5 years in a known exclusive Catholic school for girls in Pasig City. I also did a training for young journalists in the Editorial Cartooning category. I find it fulfilling to be working with young learners, and I consider every day with them as an opportunity to help them grow and develop into academically competitive and socially responsible individuals. Here in AUS, I know I can do more and I can give more of that passion to my students.
2nd Grade Teacher
Degree(s): Bachelors of Arts-Elementary Education. Orange Coast College in California, USA and Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon
Hometown: Orange County, California U.S.A
Background: I have taught in the US state of California, Venezuela and Lebanon. I have taught all levels in lower elementary, and also middle school grades. I am a mother of 3 daughters, who will also be joining AUS this school year. As an educator, I strongly trust that students need to develop social-emotional skills. I believe in creating a community where students embrace the growth mindset and feel that mistakes help them learn. I have always been passionate in my commitment to two things: maximizing student performance and instilling a sense of self-confidence among all students. I consistently set goals with my students, which empowers them to aim higher. I look forward to a wonderful school year filled with Learning, Laughter and Fun!
2nd Grade Teacher
Degree(s): Master of Education, Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Background: After graduating in 1994, I moved to Costa Rica, where I began teaching English to adults. I moved to elementary school, where I taught English in Early Childhood for many years. I then had the opportunity to work with K-6th grade teachers as a Literacy Coach. After 3 years, I returned to the classroom, teaching 5th grade. My passion is creating meaningful relationships with each of my students. Inspiring children to develop a love of learning is my ultimate professional goal. My teaching method combines a fun learning environment with clear and consistent expectations. I believe that every child has the potential to learn, and believe in teaching a growth mindset, encouraging students to learn and benefit from the challenges they face.
2nd Grade Teacher
Degree(s): Bachelor in Education from University of Orange Free State, South Africa
Hometown: Cape Town, South Africa
Background: My name is Beverley Adams and I have lived and worked in Kuwait for over twenty years. I am originally from the diamond mining city of Kimberley in South Africa but now called Cape Town home. During my teaching career I have always taught elementary school, but teaching second grade is my favorite. Currently I am working on obtaining my Master’s degree. I strongly believe in creating positive learning experiences for the students in my classroom. A classroom where students feel loved and valued. Helping my students achieve their full potential by encouraging them and providing them with the tools they need is something I strive towards.
2nd Grade Teacher
Degree(s): Bachelor in Education and Psychology, University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA
Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Background: I have been teaching for over 10 years. I began my teaching career as an elementary teacher in Omaha, Nebraska and continued teaching in international schools outside of the USA for the last decade. I have experience teaching elementary and middle school and also have extensive International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB-PYP) training and experience. I am married with two young children, and my husband Admir teaches High School Math at AUS. I have enjoyed traveling around the world, discovering new cultures, and meeting new friends. I have great enthusiasm for the value of ongoing learning, community building, and the pursuit of personal well-being. It is my goal to have my students respect themselves, respect each other, and nurture their community through good citizenship. I believe that cultural awareness, international-mindedness and understanding should be exercised in all our experiences in life, one of the most important being for children in an educational setting.
2nd Grade Teacher
Degree(s): Masters of Arts in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.; Bachelors of Science in Education from The University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Background: I am excited to have the opportunity to start my international teaching journey in Kuwait as I have always been interested in traveling abroad and learning about different cultures. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, I have experience teaching 1st and 2nd grade in Fort-Worth, Texas. Besides spending time with my family, I enjoy reading, baking, and watching NBA basketball. I love getting to know my students and having strong relationships with them and their families is a priority for me. By building a classroom community, I create a space where students are curious, eager to learn and encouraged to ask questions. I am looking forward to learning and growing along with the AUS community!
2nd Grade Co-Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education major in English (2005), Ateneo de Naga University Special Education at the University of Nueva Caceres (2008)
Hometown: Naga City, Camarines Sur, Bicol, Philippines
Background: I have been teaching grade six in public school in Naga City for eight years. While teaching as a public school teacher, I have the opportunity to become a volunteer SPED teacher for two years in Fatima Catholic Church for children with different disabilities.
2nd Grade Co-Teacher
Degree: B.S in Elementary Education, University of Caloocan, Philippines
Hometown: Valenzuela City, Philippines.
Background: Prior to joining AUS, I spent 6 years teaching Reading, Language and Math to Pre-K and Kindergarten in Marikina City Philippines. It gives me great joy to work with young learners, and I consider every day with them as an opportunity to help them grow and develop into academically competitive and socially responsible individuals. I joined AUS in 2015 and since then my passion is to continue to create opportunities for my students to be the best version of themselves.
2nd Grade Co-Teacher
Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Bukidnon State University
Hometown: Medina, Misamis Oriental, Philippines
Background: I was a 6th grade teacher for a year in the Philippines and fourteen years here in Kuwait as teacher in 1st, 2nd and 5th grades . Teaching is an opportunity to bring out the best in every child through understanding the uniqueness of each child.
2nd Grade Co-Teacher
Degree: Masters of Arts in Reading; Philippine Normal University, Manila Philippines.; Bachelor of Elementary Education with Specialization in English; Philippine Normal College, Manila Philippines.
Hometown: Manila, Philippines
Background: I have been teaching for 26 years , 19 years in the Philippines and 7 years here in Kuwait. I was a Master Teacher in English and Journalism in the Division of Manila before I came to Kuwait in 2007. I was a demonstration teacher, a curriculum writer and a resource speaker back in the Philippines. I believe that students learn best when they are motivated, when they see meaning in what they are doing and when they have fun while learning.
2nd Grade Co-Teacher
Degree(s): Bachelor of Elementary Education - Lourdes College Graduate Coursework: Working towards Master in Elementary Education with a major in Educational Management
Hometown: Balingasag, Misamis Oriental, Philippines
Background: After college, I taught Mathematics and English subjects in 1st grade to 4th grade for two years. For next two years, I taught Mathematics and Home Economics and Livelihood Education (HELE) subjects in 6th grade. Aside from teaching, I also love sports, travels and adventures.
3rd Grade Teacher
Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - University of Colorado, Boulder; Elementary Education Certification K-6 - University of North Carolina
Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Background: I have been in the field of education for a little over eight years now and have been teaching internationally for all of my career. I have experience teaching through the curriculum framework of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program in Grade 2 and Grade 3, and most recently I have been teaching through the Middle Years Program in English Language Acquisition for Grade 10 students. I also have experience working as an English as an Additional Language support teacher.
I bring with me a passion for life-long learning, a nurturing soul, and an energetic attitude. Through extensive professional development and teaching experiences, I have learned to build a unique, individualized educational journey for my students through inquiry and concept-based instruction. In my classroom I see my role as a teacher being more about facilitating the learning rather than a direct teaching approach. With my continued guidance and support, I create space for student inquires and they are in the driver’s seat to unpack their own learning. I am passionate about making sure the students in my class feel safe and secure and I place importance on the student holistically so they can see how much they have grown in all aspects of their life.
3rd Grade Teacher
Degree(s): Masters of Arts in Education University of Phoenix – Phoenix, Arizona, Early Childhood Education - University of Phoenix – Phoenix, Arizona - Early Childhood Teacher Certification (Pk - 3rd grade)
Hometown: Trenton, NJ, U.S.A
Background: Prior to coming to Kuwait, I taught in New Jersey, U.S.A, Abu Dhabi, UAE, and most recently Shenzhen, China. I'm an early childhood educator with experience in grades preschool through third grade. The 2021-22 school year will mark my 10th year as a teacher. Additionally, I have gained valuable experiences in various other roles such as an Instructional Assistant and Cooperative Teacher. My philosophy is that each child is unique, therefore they learn and thrive at their own pace. My goal is to create a creative environment in which all students can learn and grow.
3rd Grade Teacher
Degree(s): Master of Education, Bachelor of Science
Hometown: Houston, Texas U.S.A.
Background: Greetings AUS families! My name is Anitra Payton and I will serve as your scholar’s teacher this year. I am from Houston, Texas and have earned a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction; Certification in Early Childhood-4th Grade, Certification in English as a Second Language. For 17 years I have dedicated myself as a classroom teacher in both the public and private school setting. During my tenure as an educator, I have had the privilege to teach Pre-K through 4th grade and serve as an Intervention Assistance Team Coordinator. I love what I do! My goal is to support and promote academic growth while building a relationship with the students and families. Remember, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” So, start right where you are and keep trying!
3rd Grade Teacher
Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education - University of Arizona
Hometown: Tucson, AZ, U.S.A.
Background: My name is Sarah and my teaching career began over 10 years ago. I have taught in the U.S., Bahrain and Kuwait. I have taught 1st grade for four years and 2nd grade for 7 years. I have two children of my own and I am glad to be back in Kuwait again.
3rd Grade Teacher
Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
Hometown: Houston, Texas, USA
Background: I have been teaching elementary school for six years in the United States. My favorite subjects to teach are Math and Social Studies. I am married with three kids of my own, plus one lovable golden doodle dog. In my free time, I love to read, bake, run, and spend time with my family.
As a child, I loved going to school. My teachers did a great job at creating a positive, loving, and enriching environment for me and my classmates. Now as a teacher, I am striving to create that same positive, loving, and enriching environment for my students. My hope is for all of my students to know that they are important, that they have something to contribute, and that learning can be fun, challenging, and exciting!
3rd Grade Co-Teacher
Degrees: BSEd – English, University of Bohol, Tagbilaran City CAR, MA English and MAED PET , University of Bohol, Tagbilaran City
Hometown: Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines
Background: I worked as an English Teacher for nine years in the Philippines. This is my 2nd year working at AUS and I really enjoy being in Kuwait. Apart from teaching, I engage in sports activities.
3rd Grade Co-Teacher
Degree: Bachelor of Elementary Education (General Education), Canossa College, Philippines
Hometown: Laguna, Philippines
Background: I was a 4th grade teacher for 8 years and a 6th grade teacher for two years. These experiences honed me as a teacher with love, compassion and care for the pupils I am teaching. I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and working with the best team of teachers in Kuwait!
3rd Grade Co-Teacher
Degree: Bachelor in Elementary Education with Certificate in Pre-School Education, Philippine Normal University, Manila, Philippines
Background: I have been in the field of education for over 10 years, I have taught in public and private schools. I make learning easy in by incorporating technology into lessons.
3rd Grade Co-Teacher
Degrees: B.S. in Elementary Education, Social Studies, Tarlac State University, Tarlac City Philippines Master in Educational Management, University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City, Philippines
Hometown: Tarlac City, Tarlac, Region III, Philippines
Background: After graduation in 2008, I started my career teaching ESL in an international school where I worked with Koreans and Japanese students of different ages and levels for a year. Then, I shifted to the public school where I handled different grade levels teaching all the subjects. I served the school which I was assigned as the English Department Head and the ICT School Leader for 4 consecutive years. I also coached feature writing, editorial writing and photojournalism for the annual press conference being held in our Schools Division.
3rd Grade Co-Teacher
Degrees: B. S. in Elementary Education, Certificate in Teaching Reading, Completed the Academic Requirements in Master of Arts in Teaching Reading (MAT in Reading), PNU – Philippine Normal University, Philippines
Hometown: Dasmariñas City, Cavite, Philippines
Background: After graduation, I have spent my first teaching years at St. Jude College handling various classes from Preparatory Level up to 6th Grade. I teach English in 1st Grade, Home Economics from 5th to 6th Grade while being the Form Teacher in Preparatory Level. The rest of my teaching career has been at the International British School in the Philippines. I have been handling a class in an after school program called “Little Chef” and in the Remedial Reading program. I do enjoy photography because it is one of my passion aside from teaching children.
4th Grade Teacher
Degree(s): Masters of Art in Teacher Leadership - the University of Phoenix, Bachelors of Art in Elementary Education - Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina, U.S.A.
Hometown: Anderson, South Carolina, U.S.A.
Background: I have enjoyed 30 years in the field of education. I started my career in South Carolina then decided to go abroad. I have been blessed with teaching and leadership opportunities in China, the Cayman Islands, Kuwait, Pakistan, and Egypt. My one daughter is married and living in the USA with her husband, naturally, time spent with her is treasured. I enjoy traveling, reading, and singing. For most of my life, I have enjoyed playing an instrument in many groups including a jazz band, a symphony orchestra, and a community band. I believe that education is a life-long journey and something that happens until the day we no longer have the capacity to think. We are blessed with this wonderful ability to learn and become better with each passing day that is gifted to us. Irrespective of race, creed, and gender, education makes it possible for people to stand out as equal with all the other persons from different walks of life. – W. B. Yeats
4th Grade Teacher
Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education- Emmanuel College, Franklin Springs, Georgia, Associates of Arts in Social Work- Gordon College, Barnesville, Georgia, U.S.A.
Hometown: Athens, Georgia, U.S.A.
Background: Hi! My name is Nakeisha Grimsley. I have been teaching for over 16 years. I spent 9 years teaching kindergarten and I taught grades PK, 1, 4 and 5. I also taught as an EIP Teacher in Reading. I truly love teaching. My dad was in the military and spent most of his time in Germany. He always encouraged me to teach abroad. I came abroad in 2019 and taught in Muscat, Oman. I absolutely love teaching abroad. I'm very excited about AUS and living in Kuwait. I feel that I will definitely learn a lot and continue to grow as a teacher. "If a child cannot learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn." This quote by Ignacio Estrada represents my teaching philosophy.
4th Grade Teacher
Degree(s): Education Specialist Degree Leadership and Organizational Development - Northwest Nazarene University- Nampa, Idaho, USA, Master of Education in Curriculum, Instruction, and Innovation (Northwest Nazarene University- Nampa, Idaho, USA, Bachelor of Arts in Humanities - Brigham Young University- Provo, Utah, USA - Kindergarten - Grade 8: All Subjects (State of Idaho); Grade 6-Grade 9: Social Studies (State of Idaho); Certificate of International School Leadership (Principals’ Training Center for International School Leadership)
Hometown: Boise, Idaho U.S.A.
Background: I began my teaching career in the US state of Idaho. I have taught both upper and lower grades in elementary. I have lived in 7 countries and enjoy living and teaching internationally. I am a Mom of 6 children, 2 of which attend AUS. I strongly believe in creating a positive classroom environment where students feel welcomed and included. I strive to help learners reach their full potential by encouraging each to develop the skills and tools needed to be successful. I endeavor to instill my love of learning to those around me.
4th Grade Teacher
Degree(s): Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts Honors Psychology from the University of Windsor; Certified by Ontario College of Teachers to teach all subjects in Grades 1-8.
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Background: At AUS, I will bring with me unmatched enthusiasm, deep commitment, and unyielding integrity. As an educator, I believe that I am able to help develop the young minds of children and equip them with the knowledge to strive to do better. In my 6 years of teaching, I have taught in both upper and lower elementary grades. Prior to joining AUS, I served in the administrative position as a Grade Head for grades 3 & 4. I have a deep interest in my own personal growth by taking many professional development courses and activities. I have provided mentorships for new teachers and delivered professional development, in both live and online interactive sessions, short video guides, and facilitating external PD workshops.
I have a gentle approach to teaching which has been helpful for the learning needs of students and understanding key concepts. I try to infuse enthusiasm in all my teaching, to actively engage students to spark their interest for the subject matter.
4th Grade Co-Teacher
Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Nirmala College for Women Tamil Nadu India, International Teaching Diploma from Asian College of Teaching Bengaluru India, Pathway Connect from Brigham Young University Worldwide Idaho U.S.A.
Hometown: Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu India
Background: I have a long name which can help you name 3 people. My name is Agnes Magdalin Nancy. My teaching career began in India and pursued in Kuwait since 2017. I strongly believe in being creative in teaching and understanding the potential of each child, as each one is Unique. I will continue to learn and grow out of my comfort to keep the students motivated and achieve their dreams. I am looking forward to creating memories as I get to know you all.
Honeylee Grace Mallari
4th Grade Co-Teacher
Degree: Bachelor in Elementary Education, Units in Early Childhood Education, Certification of NCII CHS
Hometown: Baliwag, Bulacan, Philippines
Background: After College, I taught Preparatory and Junior Casa level for one year in a Montessori school. I also taught 1st grade English & Math for one year in a public school in my hometown while I was also the School English Coordinator.
4th Grade Co-Teacher
Degree(s): Bachelor of Technical Teacher Education - Marikina Polytechnic College
Hometown: Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines
Background: Upon graduation I taught Middle School Science for 4 years in the Philippines. After Which I relocated to Kuwait and began teaching preschool aged children. This experience instilled a new found love and passion for early childhood education.
To be able to touch one’s heart and to inspire young minds and facilitate each student to find their own talents and skills and self worth is my goal as an Educator. I firmly believe students learn best in an environment where they feel valued, cared for and a sense of belonging. My experience working with young minds has sparked a deeper interest to learn and know more about human development and ways I can continue to support children in an Education context. With that my goal is to pursue my Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology in the coming years.
“The best way to measure how much you’ve grown isn’t by inches or the number of laps you can now run around the track, or even your grade point average --- though those things are important, to be sure. It’s what you’ve done with your time, how you’ve chosen to spend your days, and whom you’ve touched this year. That, to me, is the greatest measure of success.” - Palacio, R.J.(2012).Wonder.
5th Grade Teacher
Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education; Certification in Mathematics
Hometown: Dearborn, Michigan, USA
Background: My name is Nasreen Alhassan. I am from Dearborn, Michigan. I studied elementary education with a concentration in mathematics at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. I came to Kuwait as a novice educator in 2016, and have since then learned so much! My goal was to go beyond borders and teach abroad so that in doing so, I can also learn. My passion for education far exceeds the boundaries of the classroom; I was driven to this career choice because of my love for teaching, but most importantly, because of my ongoing interest in the main psychological domains of adolescence. I enjoy running, singing and cooking. Being a part of the AUS family makes me happy because the administration, teachers, and staff all work towards the same goal. We always put the students first!
5th Grade Teacher
Degree(s): Bachelor of Education; Majoring in English and History. University of South Africa, Durban Campus - World Rugby Level 1 and 2 Certified, Diploma in Practical Theology, Diploma in Ministry. First Aid level 2.
Hometown: Hillcrest, Durban South Africa
Background: While studying and playing rugby in 2004, I started coaching sport part time at a private school. Over the next few years my passion for teaching grew and I decided to add a degree in teaching to my qualifications which I have since completed. Since then I have taught in South Africa, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and now my wife, daughter and I have joined the AUS family in Kuwait. My wife and I thoroughly enjoy an outdoor lifestyle, going for walks, playing different types of sport, spending time with family and friends and we absolutely adore traveling. We have traveled to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Madagascar to name a few countries, our next destination is Scotland and the Serengeti in Kenya. We love wildlife and both have quite an adventurous spirit. In the short term I would like to complete my master’s degree in Education, long term I would like to finish my degree in psychology then honors degree in sport psychology and my World Rugby Level 3 Certification. Being new at AUS, I would like to settle in, find my feet and add value to this incredible institution. The learner-centered, challenging, wholesome, growing environment resonates with my own philosophy and belief regarding education.
5th Grade Teacher
Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in English - University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
Hometown: Naples, Florida, U.S.A.
Background: During college, I studied both English and Arabic Languages and Literature. I was lucky to be chosen for a study abroad program in Fes, Morocco, which inspired in me a passion for both foreign languages and world travel. After graduating from the University of Florida in 2005, I spent two years teaching English and English as a Foreign Language in the tiny island nation of Taiwan. When I had to opportunity to move to Kuwait almost ten years go, I immediately took it. I fell in love with the country and the culture and have been teaching in Kuwait ever since. During my time in Kuwait, I have spent seven years as a Fifth Grade Homeroom teacher. I have also taught English Literature for middle and high school levels. It is my belief that every student can learn and that each student learns in his or her own way.
William James Jolliffe
5th Grade Teacher
Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Earth Science, University of Northampton. Post Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Bedford.
Hometown: Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.
Background: I have now been teaching for 13 years, 7 years back in my home town of Milton Keynes and 6 years here in Kuwait. I have had experience teaching both Social Science and Science to grades 5 through 12. I love to travel and experience different cultures. My wife and I have taken the opportunity whilst living here to explore many different places around the Middle East and beyond. We really love this area of the World. In my free time I enjoy music, playing both Viola, Saxophone and Flute. I also enjoy SCUBA diving. I believe that every child in my class is not just important but essential. I strive to create an atmosphere where as a class community we can learn together and work to reach everyone's fullest potential. I hope to instill a love of learning and a lifelong curiosity about the World in each of my students.
5th Grade Co-Teacher
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Southern Luzon State University, Philippines
Hometown: Infanta, Quezon Philippines
Background: I love being with the kids. Seeing them happy and learning each day motivates me to become more effective teacher. I look forward seeing more happy and excited children in our school and having successful graduates in the future.
5th Grade Co-Teacher
Degrees: Master of Arts in education Major in Administration and Supervision; Bachelor of Elementary Education Specialization in Science (2006)
Hometown: General Trias, Cavite Philippines
Background: After graduating from Philippine Normal University, Manila in 2006, I started my teaching career as an elementary teacher in the Philippines for 7 years. I taught 4th – 5th grade mathematics and science. I have experience coaching table tennis and volleyball, training students for quiz bees, and choreographing dance presentations.
Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in Methodology of Teaching English and German
Hometown: Bikin, Russia
Background: My name is Evgenii. I come from Russia. I graduated from the Khabarovsk Teachers' Training University in 2005. I have been working as an English teacher for over 13 years. I taught English in Russia at elementary, secondary and high schools for 8 years. I also have taught English at language centers.
In 2013, I moved to Bangkok, Thailand and started teaching at the language center known as Inlingua (Siam Paragon). I was an ESL teacher there for 4 years. I taught there for 2 years full-time, and then I became a part-time teacher. I taught Phonics, Business English, TOEFL, TOEFL JUNIOR, CAE and PTE.
In 2016, I got a job at an IB School at New Sathorn International School and was offered the position of 2nd grade homeroom teacher. I did it for a year before transitioning to the EAL department. I also ran an after-school activity, “The Language Club” (Russian, German, Spanish, Japanese).
My hobby is studying new foreign languages, playing chess, swimming, Muay Thai and Western Boxing.
Degree: B.S. in Secondary Social Studies Education, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minnesota, USA
M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA
Hometown: Bemidji, Minnesota, USA
Background: I started out teaching secondary social studies in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area but quickly developed a passion for working with English Language Learners. Prior to coming to Kuwait, I taught primarily in Willmar, Minnesota as well as a short time in Aleppo, Syria. Overall, I have over 20 years of teaching experience, working with all ages – Kindergarten through adult learners.
Degree(s): Bachelor of Elementary Education in Teaching in the Early Grades - University of the Philippines Graduate Coursework: Working towards Master of Arts in TESOL - Anaheim University, California, U.S.A Certificate(s): TESOL Certificate in Teaching English to Young Learners, Anaheim University, California, U.S.A, Cambridge Level 5 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA), AKCENT International House-Prague, Czech Republic
Hometown: Bohol, Philippines
Background: Before coming to Kuwait, I taught English Language Learners of different nationalities for five years. I developed and carried out engaging and effective ELL lessons for multi-aged young learners’ groups. This is my fourth year and I’m very glad to have been given the chance to help students realize and reach their full potential in language learning. As the ELL Co-teacher, I view teaching and learning as a dynamic and interactive process acted upon together by the whole school community and the child's home.
Arabic / AFL Teacher
Degree(s): Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA.
Hometown: Tucson, Arizona, USA
Background: Since graduating, I have spent all of my years teaching in Tucson, Arizona. During that time, I taught all subjects in Kindergarten including Arabic and Islamic Studies. I also did years of volunteer teaching in a variety of different weekend and summer camps. When I am not teaching I enjoy doing things with my family, friends; l love reading, writing, arts, crafts, cooking and traveling. I enjoyed my first year of teaching the brilliant students at AUS and I look forward to many more years at AUS .
Lama Abu Aljibat
Arabic / AFL Teacher
Degree: Bachelor Degree in Arabic Language
Background: I graduated from Mutah University in Jordan. I worked in Jordan for 3 years and at a bilingual school in Kuwait for over 10 years teaching Arabic to elementary students.
Degree: Bachelor in Education University of Homs ,Syria
Hometown: Homs, Syria
Background: I taught Arabic (G1, G2, and G4) in Ministry of Education, Syria, (2009-2011), Arabic for 1st Grade in Rawd Al Salheen school in Hawally, Kuwait (2012) and Arabic for K-2 in Manarat school (2013-2016)
Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in Arabic and Islamic
Hometown: Cairo, Egypt
Background: I have over 17 years of experience teaching Arabic & Islamic studies in International and American schools in Kuwait. I have taught students of all grade levels from elementary to high school. In my leisure time I enjoy cooking, swimming, decoration and socializing with family and friends.
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Arabic Education; Certification Montessori
Background: My name is Nevin Abdelnabi. My family is from Palestine, however I was born in Kuwait. I studied Elementary Education and within the field, majored in Arabic. I have a deep love and connection with the Arabic language. My goal is to transfer this same love and connection to my wonderful students. I have been teaching since 2004. I have had experience teaching grades 1st through 5th. I am very happy to be a part of AUS. It is most certainly " A Better Choice."
Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in Teaching Arabic for Middle School and High School
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.
Degree(s): Bachelor in Elementary Education - Damascus University
Background: : l have more than 8 years of work experience in teaching. I have worked as an elementary teacher in many government schools in Syria, and I have been an Arabic teacher for 5 years in British and bilingual schools in Kuwait. Teaching is my passion and I enjoy teaching children using modern teaching methods. I believe that if the kids don't enjoy the class they will not learn. With that an emphasis on student engagement is where all my instructional planning begins and ends.
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Education, Arabic and Islamic Studies & Diploma in Special Needs Faculty of Education, Kafr El-Sheikh University, Egypt.
Hometown: Kafr El-Sheikh, Egypt.
Background: Since moving to Kuwait in 2013 I taught Arabic at a bilingual school, I have attended training course at the American University of Kuwait "A New Understanding for Learning Difficulties and ADHD”. My priorities in teaching the Arabic language is to learn in an atmosphere of happiness and fun based on the latest available technology in my classrooms.
Degree(s): Bachelor of Science Elementary Education, Certification in English as a Second Language, Certification in Language Arts
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Background: My name is Mnal. I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. I graduated in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Saint Xavier University. I taught ELL for 4 years in Illinois working with students from grades K-8. I moved to Kuwait with my husband and son. I enjoy teaching and creating a fun learning environment.
Degree(s): Master Degree of Multidisciplinary Studies in Education - Buffalo State College, New York/Bachelor Degree of English language and Literature - Ain Shams University, Cairo/Diploma in Translation - American University in Cairo, Egypt
Hometown: Cairo, Egypt
Background: I started my career as a teacher in 2008, I used to teach English to non-native speakers in several public schools in the Ministry of Education. I enjoy being able to provide my students with helpful resources that allow them to navigate their learning experience effectively. Seeing them able to express their ideas and thoughts, makes me realize the importance of creating a safe environment inside the classroom where students become independent learners, critical thinkers, and global citizens. I am grateful to be part of the AUS community as a teacher and a parent. Aside from being a teacher, travelling and exploring various historical places worldwide, is my absolute happiness!
Islamic Teacher/ HOD
Degrees: Master degree in Hadith Studies and a bachelor degree in religion essentials, Kuwait University
Hometown: Syria – Lived in Kuwait since 1983.
Background: I have over 10 years of experience teaching Islamic studies in International and American schools in Kuwait. I have taught students of all grade levels from elementary to high school. I also have experience as the Head of Islamic Studies and the Activities coordinator.
In my leisure time I enjoy playing soccer, swimming and socializing with family and friends.
Bassima Abu Hawilli
Islamic Studies Teacher
Degrees : Islamic studies
Hometown : Lebanon , born and live in kuwait.
Background : After I finished my studies, I started my career as a Quraan and Islamic stories teacher in summer clubs and nurseries for 3 years . Then I continued as a religion teacher in elementary school in one of the American schools in Kuwait for 3 years. During my free time, I enjoy reading , writing, walking and socializing with family and friends.
Islamic Studies Teacher
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Accounting; Certification in Qur'an and Islamic Studies
Background: I have 3 years experience in Cambridge School and 7 years in Kuwait English School. I love arts and volleyball
Degree: Diploma of Economic, Political and Social Sciences from Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University in Fez, Morocco, Diploma of Islamic and Quran Studies (4 years with distinction) + (2 years Da’wa with distinction).
Hometown: Fez, Morocco
Background: In both my home country of Morocco and when I came to Kuwait and worked as a French teacher. I taught French as a second language for 15 years. Then I continued my studies in Islamic Education. I felt it was the right time to learn about this subject as I have always been passionate about teaching Islamic Education and reciting the Quran (IFL). Upon completion of these degrees I began working as an Islamic teacher in Kuwait. I have been teaching Islamic Studies for the last 6 years. In between those teaching posts I also worked in School Administration.
I was also fortunate enough to grow up in a setting where people have access to different languages. So, I can speak, read, and write Arabic, French and English. In addition to language, I love swimming and gymnastics and can’t get my hands on enough books. “ One should never underestimate the power of books”- Paul Auster.
Information Center Specialist
Degree(s): Masters of Library and Information Science - Kuwait University, Bachelor of Arts in Art History - University of Oregon, Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts - Portland State University
Hometown: Kuwait City, KUWAIT & U.S.A
Background: The field of Library Science has been a passion of mine since graduating with my Post-Bachelor Degree in Art History, where I discovered my love of libraries and the power of information. I have had wonderful opportunities in the past 10 years in Kuwait to work both in school libraries and the Ministry of Education. My hopes are that my own personal knowledge can support the younger generations to love reading and to understand and appreciate the power of information and its impact on their future.
Sara Al Gharabbaly
Information Center Assistant
Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design
Background: I have been at AUS since they first opened their doors in 2013. I have supported the specials team in both Art and the Information Center where I can currently be found. In addition to my experience at AUS I have worked at the American University of Kuwait as student worker in the Intensive English Program. I am a proud mother of the three beautiful children. I look forward to reading and learning with our students this year!
Information Center Specialist Clerk
Degree: Bachelor of Commerce, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India
Hometown: Ernakulam District, Kerala, India
Background: I have over 12 years of Clerical work experience. I am so happy and excited being a part of AUS family as I was working in the AUS project with consultant company from the foundation of AUS. I am feeling blessed to work in Information Center as I love books and being with children
Degree(s): Master Degree in Physical Education
Hometown: Novi Sad, Serbia
Background: My professional career in Kuwait started in 2006. I was hired first as Leisure Manager at the Hilton Kuwait Resort. 2 years after I shifted my career to Education and I worked for 4 years at ABS as Elementary PE teacher and later on I moved to Kuwait American School where I was for 3 more years as the Athletic Coordinator. In my professional career as an educator I instructed and oversaw an american PE curriculum from Gr 1-12 as well as coaching Volleyball, Basketball and Soccer. From 2016 to date, I also co-partnered a youth sports academy and I oversaw the Soccer and Basketball Academies. My specialty is students wellness and personal coaching.
Physical Education Teacher
Degree/s: B.S. in Sports Studies, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, USA; M.S. in Physical Education, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, USA
Hometown: Farmington, Connecticut, USA
Background: I have taught physical education to all levels from Pre-K to grade 12 in both New York and Connecticut. In addition, I coached teams in both soccer and basketball. Exercising is important to a person’s physical and mental development; as well as their health. In my free time, I enjoy traveling and learning about different countries lifestyles.
Physical Education Teacher
Degree(s): Master Degree in Sports biology and Degree in Rhythmic Gymnastics University of sports and physical Education , Ksar Said Tunis
Hometown: Tunis, Tunisia
Background: Teaching is my passion and I'm honored to be a part of the AUS team. I earned my Bachelor of physical education in Tunisia in 2014, then I got my master degree in sports biology in 2016.
Beside teaching, I'm a rhythmic gymnastics coach, and I was in the Tunisian national team for 10 years. I got a lot of medals and I really want to inspire young minds about the importance of sports.
Physical Education Teacher
Degree(s): Masters of Educational Sciences - Educational Management - University of Political & Economic Studies - C. Stere Chisinau City, Moldova, Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education & Sports - National Academy of Physical Education & Sports, Bucharest City, Romania - Gymnastics Coach - Romanian Gymnastics Federation
Hometown : Bucharest, Romania
Background: I have taught Physical Education and Gymnastics for 13 years in Romania, Jordan and Kuwait. I specialize in Artistic Gymnastics with over 30 years of experience as both a gymnast and a coach. I am passionate about my 4 and a half-year-old daughter. In my free time, I like doing gymnastics, skiing, and restoring old cars. I take advantage of every moment with my students, working to make a difference and supporting them to achieve their goals and dreams.
Degree(s): Bachelor in Education Specialized in Early Childhood and Elementary from Surcolombiana University - Neiva, Colombia
Hometown : Neiva, Huila, Colombia
Background: Hello! My name is Ms. Ochoa. I have been a Visual Arts Teacher for the past 15 years and have spent the recent years with American United School (AUS) since 2017.
Before joining AUS, I taught for more than twenty-four years. I worked in Colombia for 14 years as an early childhood and first-grade teacher. In 2007, I moved to Baku, Azerbaijan with my husband and two kids. In Baku, I was in an International school as a Visual Arts Teacher for the Elementary School.
I am really passionate about art! I love to be creative and I also love to encourage my students to pursue their passion for the arts. For this reason, I have created and will keep creating several lessons for the children to exalt and promote artistic appreciation, while developing several personal development skills to make them successful in life.
Degree(s): Master Degree in Applied Arts from the Department of Mural Painting Belgrade, Serbia, Bachelor of Arts in Applied Arts - Faculty of Applied Arts Belgrade, Serbia, University bachelor and master: Faculty of Applied Arts, Belgrade, Serbia, High School for Music Education “Stankovic”, Belgrade, Serbia - High School Music Teaching Certification, Opera Performer.
Hometown : Belgrade, Serbia
Background: I started my teaching career in Serbia, my home country before making the transition to international education. I first worked in the United Arab Emirates and now in Kuwait! I have taught Art and Design to Elementary and Middle School students. I believe Art has an immensely important role in students’ education, specifically in developing their creativity and originality. My free time is dedicated to everything related to art and music, as well as tailoring which is one of my favorite hobbies. I love being engaging in international art exhibitions when I have the chance. As an Art Educator, I believe honing my own craft as an Artist is an important part of my own professional development and growth.
Degree(s): Bachelors of Fine Art - Texas A&M-Commerce University, Commerce, TX, U.S. Early Childhood-12th Grade Fine Arts Certified-State of Texas
Hometown: Dallas, Texas U.S.A.
Background: I began teaching in the fall of 2007 making this my 15th year as an Elementary Art Teacher. Prior to joining AUS, I have taught in three schools, all of which have been in the U.S. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my family and creating my personal artwork. Joining AUS has been an exciting experience. I look forward to helping our great students discover their inner artist.
Quote: It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. -Henry David Thoreau
Degree(s): Master of Music Arts, Opera Singer from Faculty of Arts, Nis, Serbia
Hometown: Krusevac, Serbia
Background: Good day, my name is Milica Vukelic and I come from the gorgeous country Serbia. For the past 16 years I have been in education having the opportunity to work at both group and individual levels. My first job in 2005 as a Music Teacher made me fall in love with teaching. Since then, I have been working as an Opera singing teacher in Middle and High School, Music teacher in Elementary and also as a Piano teacher for the initial level. In 2014, I moved to Dubai, UAE where I worked as a Music teacher and Vocal/Piano coach. I strive to be involved in all aspects of the music-art area where my students can be challenged and inspired to participate, such as school choir, music assemblies, musicals... My work motivation comes from seeing my students being eager to learn and improve while enjoying the art. My motto is that with hard work, practice and good guidance everything is possible, even if you don't believe it at the start of the process.
Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in Music
Hometown: Olongapo City, Philippines
Background: I taught General Music, Arts, P.E, and Health and Vocal Music course in a specialized high school curriculum for the arts in the Philippines. Over the last 12 years of my teaching experience, prior coming to Kuwait, I have been a choir directress of the school choir that has participated a number of local and international choral competitions and has helped student-singers, public school music teachers, and other singing groups develop their skills in music. I am excited to share my experience and my culture to the AUS community and contribute to the strengthened music program in the Elementary School.
STEAM Lab Instructor/ Technology Integration Teacher
Degree(s): Bachelor of science in Early Childhood Education; Master of Science in Reading and Literacy
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Background: I have taught K-3 for 17 years and have an extensive background working with English Language learners. In 2015 I began focusing on integrating technology into lessons and my passion for digital learning grew from there. I quickly became the "go to" teacher in helping colleagues incorporate technology within their instruction. In 2017 I began working on my PhD in Educational Technology and plan to finish in 2020. My goal is to collaborate with teachers to enhance, extend and enrich students learning experiences through the use of educational devices and software. I truly enjoy empowering students through technology to increase academic achievement across the curriculum.
STEAM Lab Co-Teacher
Degree(s): Bachelor in Elementary Education with 18 Units Specialization in Music Education (Philippine Normal University, Mindanao Campus, Philippines) (18 Units) Master in Education Major in School Leadership (MEDSL), De La Salle University, Summer Institute for Graduate Studies (Scholarship Program), Manila, Philippines
Hometown: Maasin City, Southern Leyte, Philippines
Background: I was a general Education teacher for 3 years in a private school at the same time a Music & Arts Education Instructor of the college department of the same school. I also spent more than 4 years as general education teacher of the Department of Education, Philippines before moving to Kuwait to teach music education in one of the Philippine schools where I stayed for 7 years. I also became the safety secretary of HEISCO Shipyard Kuwait for two years then I got a job offer as music assistant teacher from AUS. Landing on a job in a school like AUS is dream come true for me.
Educational Assessor (SST) K-12
Degree(s): M.A. in Early Childhood Special at the University of Miami, U.S.A.
Hometown: New Jersey, U.S.A
Background: I am married and has two daughters, Amanda and Maria, I also have a dog named Milo, who is always getting into trouble!
I have over 14 years of teaching experience in the US and taught children with varying disabilities from grades K-8. I believe that EVERY child has a unique gift and can learn. Some may learn more than others and in different ways, but all can learn. I feel that my role as the teacher is to assist each child in developing their own potential. Charles Caleb Colton said “Our minds are as different as our faces: we are all traveling to one destination – happiness; but few are going by the same road.” This quote has special meaning me as it relates to the alternate route I took to become a teacher and the way my students learn and grow as members of their community.
Intervention Specialist (Pre-K-5)
Degree(s): Post Bachelor's Certificate in Elementary Education from Shenandoah University located in Winchester, Virginia. Bachelors of Science from Virginia Commonwealth University located in Richmond, Virginia, USA.
Hometown: Fredericksburg, Virginia U.S.A.
Background: Hi! I am excited to be joining the AUS team as an Intervention Specialist. I have lived in Kuwait for a year with my husband, two boys and my dog. I enjoy traveling with my family on new adventures and look at every opportunity as a chance to learn. We have lived in Virginia and North Carolina in the U.S.A. as well as the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia.
I have 7 years of experience teaching elementary students in the United States, working with English language learners and as a special education classroom teacher. I know every student can succeed, and it is my job to give them the tools and push them to reach their full potential to become lifelong learners by providing a safe, supportive and challenging environment. I look forward to working with the AUS team of educators and AUS parents to inspire our students to become lifelong learners.
Intervention Co-Teacher (Pre-K - 5)
Degree(s): Master of Arts in Educational Management, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Certificate in Special Educational Needs
Hometown: KAHOAI San Roque, Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines
Background: I desired to become a teacher for the reason of- making a difference in children’s lives. I’ve had ten years of teaching experience in the Philippines and this is my second year here in AUS. I am looking forward for a more fruitful year of helping the 21st century students be successful and critical thinkers guided by the fact that if they don’t learn the way we teach, we should work to teach them the way they learn.
Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University of Dominguez Hills; Master of Arts in School Psychology and Master of Arts in School Counseling from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles; Pupil Personnel Credential in School Psychology; Post-graduate certificate in School Neuropsychology from Texas Woman's University; L.E.P (Licensed Educational Psychologist) from the California Board of Behavioral Sciences
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Background: I lead and coordinate learning support services and admissions. She has been a key player in the development of school policies and procedures related to school admissions, implementation of a Student Success Team process, psycho-educational assessment, individualized treatment planning, crisis response, child protection, and counseling services.
As an advocate for all students, I dedicate my time to guiding families and teachers to support students in maximizing their potential in various aspects of their life. I believe that through my own efforts and by coaching others, children and youth can learn and become successful global citizens. In particular, I remain excited and committed to forging school-level change that will benefit students with learning differences.
Degree(s): Master of Education in School Psychology from Columbia University; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego, Nationally Certified School Psychologist - United States, Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Psychology (preschool to 12th grade) - California, School Personnel Licensure School Psychologist (pre K- 12) - New Mexico
Hometown: San Francisco, California
Background: Innovative, collaborative, and futuristic are three words that come to mind when I think of AUS. I am eager and excited to learn more about every student I cross paths with. I see schools as a platform for learning, transformation, and play! My role as counselor is to work together with faculty to make sure your child has a good day at AUS...every day. I will be working closely with preschool to 2nd grade and helping support upper elementary students. Prior to AUS, I worked as an educational psychologist for a private school in Kuwait. Before that, I was an educational consultant and school psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is my 17th year working in the education sector, primarily as a school psychologist in California serving all grade levels. My current work with children and adolescents pulls from previous roles: residential counselor at a psychiatric facility, preschool teacher, university research assistant, student support staff at after school programs, and child development assistant. In my free time, I love listening to music, traveling, and learning from people/cultures around the world. My favorite countries are Japan, Oman, Burma, and Denmark!
“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” – B.B. King
Counseling Department Office Administrator
Degree(s): Bachelor’s in Accounting From Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India’.
Hometown: Thiruvalla, Kerala, India
Background: I began my career in Kuwait working in the oil & natural gas sector handling administrative tasks and currently with American United School for the last 9 years since its inception. Though having an accounting education background, I have really cherished working in an education sector with the counseling team as it has provided me more insight that has helped me in nurturing my children’s educational needs. I love reading, watching classic B&W movies, spending time with family, and enjoy traveling to new places and learning new cultures.
Academic Learning Support Specialist (K-12)
Degrees: Post-Masters Graduate Certificate in Curriculum and Supervision and Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of North Carolina Charlotte, U.S.A. Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Education Studies from the University of Greenwich, London, UK. - Higher Teachers Certificate Secondary, Milton Margai Teachers College, Sierra Leone.
Hometown: Concord, North Carolina, USA.
Background: I’m enthusiastic to serve as the Academic Learning Support Specialist and part of the AUS Curriculum & Instruction team responsible for implementing evidence-based practices into classrooms and small group instruction. As a global educator, prior to joining AUS, I gained a wealth of experience in education from West Africa, where I taught Secondary School English Language Arts, French, and Drama. In London, U.K, in addition to teaching, I developed, implemented, and supervised Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) for students with Special Educational Needs in reception through year 6. Upon moving to the United States, I settled in North Carolina, and served as an educator, including a year of internship as an administrator. My professional experience extends into programs funded by educational grants. As the coordinator for a district After-School Quality Improvement Grant Program, I implemented the ASPIRE program. At AUS, I have served as a grade level chair, an accreditation steering committee member, a teacher mentor as well as working on developing the AUS Gifted and Talented program. I am exultant to continue my international educational journey as part of the global learning community. Thus, I have a deep interest in state-of-the-art educational tools, investigating research and designing instructional materials. I also provide local and international professional development and mentoring of educators through consulting, coaching and facilitation of workshops. Throughout my journey, my passion remains the same: to ensure an inclusive teaching and learning environment for all educators, students and parents by creating, nurturing, and enhancing a lifelong love for knowledge.
Educational Technologist/ Digital Learning Coordinator (K-12)
Degree(s): Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Technology Integration; Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies in Human Learning K-8; Tennessee Technological University
Hometown: Crossville, Tennessee, USA
Background: I began my teaching career at 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. In 2014, I moved to Kuwait and helped to open the middle school at AUS. Since joining AUS, I have had the pleasure of teaching technology, ELA and social studies. I also enjoy coaching volleyball and assisting with the jazz choir.
Instructional Coach (K-12)
Degree(s): Bachelor in Elementary Education
Hometown: Loay, Bohol, Philippines
Background: Hi! My name is Pete Roselyn. Before joining AUS I taught seven years. I have worked my entire teaching career in the Philippines; 3 years as Grade 1 teacher at University of Bohol, 2 years as University Instructor at same university, 1 year as Grade 6 teacher and 3 years as Multi grade (K-Grade 2) with the Philippine Department of Education. I am so excited to join this amazing team. I love my job and believe strongly in the power of education. My goal is to assist teachers in helping AUS students reach their fullest potential. It is this love of travel and learning about diverse cultures that led me to pursue a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in teaching linguistically diverse population. I look forward to getting to know all of you this school year!
Merri Ann Drake
Instructional Coach (K-12)
Degree(s): Master of Arts in The Art of Teaching with an Emphasis in Teacher Leadership - Grand Canyon University ; Bachelor of Science Secondary Education - Idaho State University; Bachelor of Arts Spanish - Idaho State University - English Language Arts 6-12; Spanish 6-12; English as a New Language K-12 State of Idaho
Hometown: Idaho Falls, Idaho
Background: I love teaching and learning with my AUS students and I'm grateful I made the leap to come to Kuwait. I started my career teaching English and ESL in grades 9-12 and worked in the same district for ten years before being asked by the Idaho State Department of Education to help found the Idaho Coaching Network (ICN). I jumped into coaching and as a Region VI coach with the ICN and worked with teachers and administrators as a literacy and leadership coach on behalf of the Idaho State Department of Education for five years. During that time, I also served on a national panel to evaluate high quality educational materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards with Achieve Inc. and as the president of the Idaho Association of Bilingual Educators. In my free time I love to participate in music and am an accomplished vocalist--singing classical, Broadway, and jazz styles.
Degree(s): Master of Science in Botany from Madras University, Bachelor of Science in Botany with sub in Zoology and Chemistry from Madras University ,Bachelor of Education from M.G University, Post Graduate Diploma in Administration.
Hometown : Kerala , India
Background: It is my passion for knowledge and determination to turn information into action that has contributed to my career in Science. My journey as a teacher started in 2002 as a preschool teacher. I got interested in teaching when my daughter was born. Until then I was interested in computer technology and worked in the computer field.I taught preschool for one year, then worked as preschool coordinator for 3 years. After that I taught English in 5th Grade and Science in Grades 6 and 8 for one year. Then I moved to Kuwait and worked in Elementary school as a teacher for 4 years and as coordinator for 2 years teaching multinational students prior to joining AUS. Since joining AUS, I have had the pleasure of teaching science as the science lab instructor at Elementary school, and science teacher in Elementary and Middle school. As the Science Coordinator and part of the AUS Curriculum and Instruction team my goal is to support teachers with the FOSS program, in helping students reach their full potential.