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Introducing the New Members of the TASIS Faculty
Posted 08/29/2019 09:00AM

Verum Bonum Pulchrum

TASIS is delighted to welcome the following new faculty members for the 2019–2020 Academic Year:

High School

Isaac Carey joins the High School Math Department after teaching and serving as a department chair at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia, for the past five years. He comes to TASIS with extensive IB and AP teaching experience and both a B.S. in Physics and a Master's of Teaching in Mathematics Education from University of Virginia.



Pamela Chan is the newest addition to the High School Science Department. She grew up in Singapore, has taught in Hong Kong and Japan for the past seven years, and has a Bachelor of Engineering from National University of Singapore, a PGDE in Secondary Specialization from Nanyang Technological University Singapore, and a Masters of Science in Environmental Management from The University of Hong Kong.



Suzanne Du Ree joins the High School English Department after serving as IB Diploma Coordinator and teaching high school French in private school postings in the United States and teaching English and French in international schools in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. She comes to TASIS with a B.A. in French Literature and an M.A. in French from University of California, Santa Barbara.



Daniel Dudley brings 25 years of mathematics teaching experience to the High School Math Department. He first taught as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi in 1994, continuing to teach in the country at Lilongwe Private School until 1999. He then taught for 12 years at Verde Valley School in Sedona, Arizona, before moving on to King's Academy in Madaba, Jordan, where he spent the past eight years. Mr. Dudley has a B.S.Ed. in Mathematics from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Marketing from University of Phoenix.



Svetlana Hübner is the new IB Russian teacher. She did her studies at State Pedagogical University in Samara, Russia, and has experience as an English teacher at a primary school and at Samara State Transport University.



Eva Maria Nijssen is another addition to the High School Math Department. After working for four years in the field of transport and logistics and six years as a primary school teacher, she started her secondary school teaching career at the Amsterdam International Community School, where she taught for two years before moving to the east of The Netherlands to teach at a Dutch public high school for nine years. Ms. Nijssen's educational background includes a BEd. in Primary Education from HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht; an MSc. in System Engineering, Policy Analysis & Management from Delft University of Technology; and an MSc. in Teaching Mathematics from Utrecht University.



Anthony Panontin joins the High School Math Department after teaching mathematics, economics, and TOK in three different international schools in Europe. He comes to TASIS with a B.A. in Economics from University of Windsor, a B.Ed. from University of Windsor, and an M.A. in Economics from University of Toronto.

Middle School

Samantha McTigue, who completed a Bachelor of Social Science in Psychology, Politics, and Anthropology at Rhodes University and a graduate degree in Justice and Transformation at University of Cape Town, is the new Middle School Academic Intern. Before moving to Réunion Island to work as an ESL teacher and pursue a certification to gain an American teaching license, Ms. McTigue spent six years working as a Corporate Security and Political Risk Analyst.



Vitor Mendes joins the Middle School as an Administrative Intern. In 2013, while carrying out a project entitled "Leva-me Levante," he was challenged to travel to 12 European countries in 45 days with only 400 Euros in his pocket, writing about his journey for VISÃO magazine, a renowned periodical in Portugal. Mr. Mendes recently spent four months working and traveling in New Zealand.



Yara Rubb is the new Middle School Music Teacher. She earned her piano degree from ABRSM at the age of 14 and holds a B.A. in Music Education from the American University of Beirut, an M.A. in Choral Conducting from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and an Orff Pedagogy Certificate in Teaching and in Curriculum Planning from Hofstra University. Ms. Rubb established the first advanced youth choir in Lebanon, formed the Beirut Chamber Choir, and started the RWCMD Baroque Chamber Choir.



Tony Shelley, who will teach in both the Middle School and High School History Departments, joins TASIS from Epsom College in Malaysia, where he served as Head of History & Politics. He has also taught Higher-Level Geography and Global Politics to IB students over the course of his ten-year career in education. Mr. Shelley holds a B.A. in European Politics from University of Leeds, a PGDL & LPC from University of Nottingham Trent, and a PGCE in Secondary History from University of Exeter and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Applied Educational Leadership and Management at University College London.



Elementary School

Misty O'Brien joins the Pre-Kindergarten team in the Elementary School. She has worked with children from infancy up to grade three in Maine and Vermont and comes to TASIS with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from University of Maine at Farmington and an M.A. in Education from Johnson State College.



Adrianne Poulos, the new Elementary School Counselor, has worked as both a teacher and school psychologist since attaining a B.A. in Psychology from Bishop's University and an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from Simon Fraser University.



Amy Shields, who has taught in several schools across New Zealand, is the new Grade Five Teacher. She earned both a B.Ed. and an M.Ed. at University of Waikato.



All School

Mary Cate Hauenstein, the new All-School Counselor, has worked as a counselor and yoga teacher in community counseling centers, dual diagnosis treatment centers, public schools, and private practice—most recently working as a college counselor in Beijing. She embraces a philosophy of empowering others and sees her students as experts of their own lives. Ms. Hauenstein completed a B.A. in Visual Art at Brown University, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and an M.A. in Professional School Counseling at Adams State University.



Nancy McDonald, whose 35 years in nursing have mainly been focused on critical care and cardiac care, joins TASIS as a Health and Wellness Educator. She has developed a stroke clinic and has previously served as a Nurse Manager in an Intensive Care Unit and as an independent Nurse Practitioner. Ms. McDonald earned a B.S. in Nursing at Ottawa University and a Master of Nursing/Advanced Nursing Practice at Athabasca University.



Dr. Andrew Rhein, the new Director of the Learning Resource Center, earned a B.A. in American Studies at Colby College and both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Boston University. He spent the past nine years at Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland, where he served as Director of Counseling and Wellness, taught AP Psychology, oversaw the Student/Faculty Advisory Program, supervised the Peer Counseling Leadership group, coached wrestling, and wore several other hats. Prior to his work at Landon, Dr. Rhein founded and ran the Learning Center at the Madeira School in McLean, Virginia.



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