Metropolitan teachers are committed to instilling a love of learning within students with the aim of inspiring every student to reach their full potential. Metropolitan expects teachers to have:

  • – Strong academic backgrounds related to their field of specialization, with preference given to graduates of North American accredited colleges and universities.
  • – Teaching credentials relevant to their field specialization, with preference given to U.S. teacher certification.
  • – Teaching experience commensurate to their teaching assignment, with preference given to teachers with two or more years of experience.
  • – Commitment to on-going professional development.
  • – Willingness to actively support and be involved in co-curricular activities.

Adam Balls
PE Teacher/Tests Coordinator

Adam graduated from St Marys College Twickenham in 2005 with an honors degree in Physical Education. After graduation he was initially employed by British Aerospace as a Recreational and Leadership Instructor, responsible for all aspects of adventurous training.

Inspired by this experience, Adam decided to pursue a career in the education sector. He successfully completed his Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Brunel University in West London and went on to teach in multiple schools in the inner city of London and Northern England. Adam gained extensive experience with a wide variety of students with differing abilities and backgrounds all presenting their own specific challenges. He was also responsible for successfully introducing new sports to school curriculum.

Outside of the formal education sector, Adam has been involved with a number of community projects including mentoring for the London Youth Games, and coaching youth and senior rugby teams. He has also represented his home county at Rugby Union.

Adam is a qualified climbing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and rugby coach. When he is not at work he is an active cyclist, SCUBA diver, and mountaineer.  Enjoying the outdoor life is his main passion outside of education, and it is always his goal to incorporate the two.

Adrian Jones
Homeroom Teacher

Adrian completed a BA Honours in Sociology with Management at Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2002 before undertaking a one year Masters Degree (MA) in Social and Political Thought at Sussex University,Brighton, in 2003. In 2005-7 Adrian did an MA in Social Work, specializing in Children and Families.

Following this he worked for Child Protection Teams in Swansea and Nottingham, and for a Children’s Disability Team in Essex. He worked as a social worker for 6 years.

Adrian decided to switch careers to become a teacher and is now a qualified teacher. He has lived in the Middle East for 3 years living in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain. Adrian has travelled round Europe, Africa, South America and South East Asia.

Adrian has two daughters, the second has recently arrived, and outside of school they do lots of activities as a family. Adrian enjoys playing football, the occasional game of rugby, together with swimming and running, as well as reading and cooking. He also likes to visit museums and galleries.

Aleece Hardy
Homeroom Teacher

Aleece Hardy has taught second and third grades in South Carolina public schools. She has extensive experience teaching reading, math, social studies, and science to elementary students. She has also worked with students from diverse cultural backgrounds, in a dual-language immersion school setting, and she has experience teaching students with special needs. Aleece earned her BS degree in Elementary Education from Claflin University in South Carolina. She recently obtained a master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from Southern Wesleyan University. She also had the opportunity to serve as grade level team leader for two years at her former school.

Aleece absolutely loves being surrounded by children each day and she truly takes pride in her profession! As a lifelong learner, she always seeks opportunities to grow professionally in the field of education. This is what led her to apply to teach at Metropolitan School Egypt. Aleece is honored and thrilled to begin this exciting journey and new learning experience doing what she loves- teaching children!

Aleece enjoys travelling and exploring new and unfamiliar places with her husband and son. She also enjoys capturing special life moments through photography and desktop publishing- both self-taught hobbies.


Alicia Berry
Curriculum Coordinator

Alicia finished her BS in Psychology at High Point University.Following this she obtained an MA degree in Elementary Education from The Johns Hopkins University.

She has extensive experience teaching language arts, mathematics, and African American history.

Her main hobbies are reading, singing, and trying new foods. She also enjoys outdoor activities such as playing softball and bike riding.

Amber Egan

Ms. Amber grew up in the state of Arizona where she completed her BA in Liberal Studies at Arizona State University, in the United States. She has been residing in Egypt for three years now and credits this move in helping her to find a passion in education. Through working with varying grade levels, she has gained extensive experience in teaching English, Math, Social Studies and Science. It is her personal goal to bring an open mind, a positive attitude, and high expectations to the classroom each day.

Her main hobbies are cooking, traveling, scuba diving, and reading. She also enjoys spending her free time with her husband and dog.

Anusha Kuraan
Homeroom Teacher

Anusha started her teaching career 26 years ago as a qualified Foundation Phase teacher, she worked in different countries in multi diverse communities, her passion for teaching and to support children’s learning needs made her to complete a degree in Special Educational needs.

She finished her teaching degree in Early years, following that she obtained an Advance Leadership and Educational diploma in 2014 at the North West university  in South Africa, during her teaching years she attended numerous enrichment courses to keep up with the latest trends in education. Recently she completed the ESL student in mainstream classroom course.
She has extensive experience teaching Literacy and Numeracy to children in kinder-garden, primary children as well as adults.

Barry Turner
Homeroom Teacher

Barry completed his Bachelors of Science (BS) degree in Education at the University of Phoenix. He has lived and taught in Egypt for over six years and has an extensive background teaching language arts, history, and social studies. He has taught lower elementary, middle, and high school grade levels, as well as history to numerous adults worldwide.
Barry loves spending time with his family and friends. His main hobbies include reading, learning historical facts, playing basketball, and making music.

Benjamin Sosa
Homeroom Teacher


Benjamin attained his BBA in Management at the University of Texas at Austin. After several years working in different aspects of the business and retail world, he found his calling in bilingual education.

He has extensive experience in Early Childhood Education specifically with bilingual (English and Spanish) students having taught both Pre-Kinder and Kinder students from both rural and urban schools.

His favorite hobbies are playing and watching soccer (and most sports), enjoying a good drama on television, meeting new people and traveling. He also enjoys writing for pleasure and exploring ancient or abandoned buildings.

Brent Baumgartner
Homeroom Teacher

Brent is a graduate of both the University of Regina, Canada in English Literature and Philosophy and of Edith Cowan University, Western Australia, where he completed his graduate diploma in primary education. He is also a certified ESL teacher and is working on a Masters in International Education from the University of Bath, UK.

He has been teaching internationally for nearly twenty years, twelve of them in international schools ranging from Taiwan, China, Japan and Iraq.
Brent enjoys traveling and meeting new people. He’s an avid reader and also loves listening to all kinds of music.

Caine Webster
Homeroom Teacher

Caine completed a BA in Sociology, English, and Cultural Studies at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He then completed a BA (Honors).

Following this he obtained a Graduate Certificate from the University of Western Australia, during his final of six years as a teacher in South Korea.

He has extensive experience teaching ages 5 to 55, primarily in ESL. After arriving in Cairo in August 2015, he has taught grades four and five. His understanding of behavioral management has allowed him to excel with difficult classes.

Caine enjoys writing poetry and is a published poet. He has a book of collected pieces currently being considered for publishing in the USA. He also enjoys hiking and has extensive experience wandering mountains in Nepal, South Korea, Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand.

Ceri Lewis
Homeroom Teacher

Ms. Ceri comes from Wales in the UK and have lived in Cairo for 4 years. She have taught various grade levels but especially love the Early Childhood age.

She attended Bangor University where she achieved a Bachelors degree in Education specializing in 3 to 7 year old.

She enjoys going to the gym and ballet classes. Reading and taking care of her two dogs brings her much joy.

Christopher Corby
Dean of Students

Christopher completed his BA in Communication at Oakland University, United States. Following this, he obtained a certification in Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) from Rutgers University. Additionally, he is certified to Teach English to Speakers of Other Language Languages (TESOL) from Fort Hays University and is a trained Challenge Day (SEL) program, facilitator.

Christopher has more than 9 years of experience as a classroom teacher, workshop facilitator, athletic coach and student advisor. He has worked in the United States, Canada, South Korea, and Vietnam. Christopher has always had a passion for character education, which he is excited to contribute to Metropolitan.


Outside of school, he most enjoys running, cooking, reading, traveling, laughing, and learning about how others view the world.

Dina Ezzat Banoub
Science Teacher

Dina started her life in an international school out of town, then finished her Bachler degree in pharmacy from Ain Shams University in Cairo, since then Dina was working as a science teacher at different international schools. She has 8 years’ experience, and currently working towards her Masters in International Education. Dina loves to teach science and can be teaching it all day.

My main hobbies are fashion designing and Drawing.

Diallo Djalikatou
French Teacher

Dalika moved to Egypt in 2010 when she started her teaching experience in early childhood. She have enjoyed getting to know different cultures and people from around the world during her time here. Ms. Dalika worked in several NGOs for women and children of Africa, in Guinea Conakry (West Africa). She graduated in 2006 and French is her first language.

She is very excited to be a part of the team and community at Metropolitan school and look forward to an extraordinary year.

Doniya Carlyle
Homeroom Teacher

Doniya finished her BA in Business Administration at the American Intercontinental University (AIC) in Los Angeles.

Following this she obtained an MBA degree in Business Administration, and received a PGEC: Post Graduate Education Certification for Teaching in Baltimore, MD. She has extensive experience teaching reading, writing, math, social studies and science for elementary leveled students as well as training adults in accounting and budgeting.

Her main hobbies are spending time reading, travelling, and dancing. She also enjoys spending time with her children.

Ellen R. Weis
Homeroom Teacher

Ellen has an MA in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo. Prior to that she received her BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Florida International University. Additionally, she is certified in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and has a teaching license from the state of New Mexico.
Ellen has several years of experience as a classroom teacher and has worked in the United States, Dubai, and Egypt. In addition to working as an elementary classroom teacher, Ellen has taught in refugee integration programs to promote intercultural learning, language immersion programs to provide children with opportunities to gain cultural and linguistic competency, and art therapy programs to encourage the use of visual art and music as creative outlets of expression. She believes in cultivating a strong sense of community in her classroom and aims to engage all students by integrating material across subjects, differentiating to cater to various learning styles, and designing experiential learning activities.
Outside of the classroom, Ellen enjoys conducting ethnographic research and being a part of the implementation of cultural programs. She enjoys yoga, hiking, and most activities that place her in the midst of nature.


Eman ElSayed
Arabic Teacher

Mr. Michael Zardalian

Mathematics Teacher

Mr. Michael has always been passionate about Math and has always wanted to share this passion with people who just constantly run away from mathematical “complications”. Math is fun! Thus, he finished his Degree in Mathematics at Bishops University, Canada. Right away, he started working as a teacher. Between Grade 4 and Grade 9, he hasn’t shied away for 6 years. He always finds a way to make it interesting and to make sure that his students realize how Math is fun because it is so logical and it puts sense to real life events.

Mr. Eric Boussot 

ICT Teacher

Mr. Eric finished his BA in Electrical Engineering specialized in electronics.  He has taught in the French School as a technology teacher.

His passion is to teach the knowledge of today’s modern technology to the youth of tomorrow for them to grow exponentially in creativity and productivity in everyday life.

His main hobbies are Rugby, Golf, Reading, Travelling and composing music.

Ms. Fatima Zoher Nouar

Ms Fatima is from Algeria, she has more than 5 years of experience in teaching in Egypt and overseas as well.

Hanaa AbelAziz Aly Kotb
Arabic Teacher

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Music Teacher

Schlüer finished her BA in Musical Arts (HONS), graduating at the top of her class at the University of the West Indies. Following this she obtained a M.Ed. in International Education at Framingham State University.

She is a well sort after violinist in Trinidad & Tobago and was treasured at her last school, (The International School of Port of Spain) for her contribution to the music program.

Her hobbies include travelling, Latin dancing, and performing on stage.

Jackie Carter                                                   

Jackie Carter received a Masters of Arts in Religion and Sanskrit Literature and taught at the University level before deciding her calling was in Librarianship. She completed a Masters of Information from the University of Toronto and has worked in a number of Library settings including Museums and Rare Book Libraries. Jackie has always had a passion for Information Literacy and Storytelling, which made the transition to Primary School Librarian an easy fit.

Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Jackie moved to Egypt in 2013 and now calls Cairo “home.” Jackie will never say “no” to an adventure, she loves exploring hidden spots around Egypt and beyond. She enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, scuba diving, snowboarding, and she recently started rock climbing. To unwind, Jackie likes to read, practice yoga, create art with her son, and make her apartment an oasis. She is also a bit of a “language collector,” Egyptian Colloquial Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic are the seventh and eighth languages she has studied, respectively.

Jessica Withington                                            
Homeroom Teacher

Jessica is one of the youngest staff members within school, full of endless energy and positive enthusiasm for all activities.
Jessica is studying through the University of Swinburne located in Melbourne Australia, specializing in Early childhood education.
She has 3 full years of teaching experience, plus 10 years of prior work experience within various areas.

She has extensive experience in Early Childhood Education, as well as areas of ICT, and integrating ICT into curriculum.
Her main hobbies are reading, travelling, sports such as running and swimming, writing and drinking coffee.

Jessica enjoys putting the spirit into school by motivating all those around her through her energetic personality and enthusiastic participation in school.
She enjoys looking after the environment and hopes to motivate children to do the same through a more ‘naturalist point of view’.
Jessica’s love for her students is shown each day, building upon a friendship of trust and enjoyment through schooling activities.

Jordana Theriault                                       
Homeroom Teacher

Jordana completed her Bachelor of Education at McGill University in Quebec, Canada. She specializes in English Language and Literature teaching. Jordana also has three years of experience with TEFL. She has taught reading, writing, pronunciation, and the fundamentals of English grammar to students of all ages, levels, and backgrounds. She has also taught at secondary schools. Creativity is the focus of Jordana’s classroom; she enjoys creating educational games and discovering ways to make her classroom environment more interactive for her students.

Furthermore, Jordana attained a collegial degree in Professional Photography at Dawson College. As a photographer, she gained experienced photographing young children for concussion awareness programs, chronicling sports events, and documenting people and their cultures as she travelled.
Her main hobbies include creative writing, drama/theatre, traveling, and studying ancient languages and cultures, especially Egypt! She is also a passionate practitioner of the Olympic sport of Tae Kwon Do.


Julia Wynands                          
Homeroom Teacher

Julia graduated from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada from the Concurrent Education program. She completed the program with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Communication studies, as well as a Bachelor of Education in the Junior/Intermediate stream.
She has experience teaching all subjects to ages ranging from Pre-K to Grade 10, and has a passion for literacy.Julia’s main hobbies include reading, travelling, learning about different cultures and cooking. She also enjoys being active and spending time outdoors.



Kenya Baloun
School Linares

Ms. Kenya is a New York State certified school counselor and earned her Master of Science in Education, School Counseling, from the City University of New York. She also received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York. She has enjoyed working as a school counselor for the NYC Department of Education and at international schools in Vienna and Jakarta. She has taught third-grade social studies, psychology and a post secondary class to high school students to prepare them for the college application process, and transition to college. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, traveling and spending time with her family. She values individuality, honesty, empathy and integrity.

Kimberley Hinkson
Homeroom Teacher

Kimberley finished her BA in English at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA.Following this she obtained an MA degree in Multiple Subject Teaching at the University of Southern California in California, USA. She has experience teaching early primary and primary students as well as secondary English Literature and Language students.

Her main hobbies include reading, travelling and listening to music. She also enjoys keeping abreast of the latest local and international news and politics

Luke Salisbury
PE Teacher


Luke finished his BA in Physical Education and School Sport at the Edge Hill University, United Kingdom.

Following this he obtained Qualified Teacher Status in Secondary Education from Kirklees and Calderdale School Centered Initial Teacher Training, based in West Yorkshire, UK.

He has extensive experience of working with children from teaching Physical Education and working as a Teaching Assistant in the UK as well as working as a Camp Counsellor for a summer in the USA.

His main hobbies are playing a wide variety of sports including football and cricket, travelling and hiking.

Ms. Marian Boushra

Vice Principal / Instructional Coach

“Education isn’t the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” Albert Einstein; this is the philosophy Mrs. Boushra tries to instill when working with heads, teachers, or students. Educators should empower youngsters by training their minds to think, analyze, critique, and create to prepare them for the dynamic future challenges.

Mrs. Boushra has been in the field of education for more than 12 years now, specifically in the American division. Having a very strong passion for education and leadership, and during her last post as Head of Academics , Mrs. Boushra has led and managed different departments to achieve the school’s academic goals and objectives. Within the context of the strategic development plan of the school and the driven data, Mrs. Boushra has advised and assisted heads of departments and teachers to deliver excellence in the full portfolio of the academic activity. She has worked with teachers hand in hand to implement the heart of the Common Core Standards (CCS) in a collaborative learning based environment.

Within the search of creating a system that is focused on the students’ benefit, one of her major achievements is creating one standardized system that teachers from different departments and grade levels (1-12) can follow, to ensure consistency and maintain a clear follow up system for all teachers.

Mrs. Boushra holds a bachelor degree of Arts in English (BA) from the University of AinShams in Cairo and is in the process of acquiring her MA in Education and Innovation with the University of South Wales /UK. She has started her career in education as a High School English Literature teacher which allowed her to later lead teachers based on real classroom experience.

Moreover, Mrs. Boushra is also an instructor of professional development as she has conducted training and workshops to more than 70 teachers from different departments to make sure that all teachers are aligned to the most recent teaching methodologies and approaches.

Mrs. Boushra is a certified AdvancED reviewer and a certified ELEOT observer which provides her with the ability to efficiently judge a classroom based on the AdvancED standards and key criteria.




Marwa Bakry

Homeroom Teacher

Marwa has finished her Bachelor in English Language and Literature in 2007.

She started teaching during her university years’ summers, teaching summer camps children aged between 4-6 yrs. In 2010, she started her career as an early childhood educator at Creative Learning Center till August 2015, with children aged from 2 yrs till 4 yrs. During those 5 years, she enhanced her professionalism with extra studies on early childhood education, early literacy and classroom management, montessori, Reggio Emilia, behavioral challenges, child-parent kinds of attachment and school habituation, play therapy, and learning projects. In 2013 , she was promoted to a Head of Department. In September 2015, she joined Little Learner’s Academy as Head of Toddler’s department and Educational Coordinator till December 2016, during which, she started her selfstudy on High Scope curriculum. Marwa’s hobbies are reading, travelling, and painting.

In her free time she enjoys visiting galleries, museums, playing board games, rugby, and cooking.

Marwa El Sayed

Arabic Teacher

Megan Skiles

Homeroom Teacher

Megan Skiles graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and minor in educational technology from the University of Northern Iowa, in the United States.

After graduation, Megan spent time working with 3rd and 5th grade at the American School of Bombay. Megan has spent the past year teaching first grade at the School of Nations in Brasilia, Brazil.She enjoys spending her free time traveling, reading, and hiking.

Melissa ElKatib

Homeroom Teacher

Ms. Melissa  had earned her bachelor degree from the University of Redlands in California then her teaching credential from Texas Education Agency . She had the opportunity to teach multiple grade levels for more than 12 years  in many locations including California, Texas, Dubai, Kuwait and Egypt.

This is her third year in Egypt and she had enjoyed each of them.

Mona ElTiliawi
Homeroom Teacher

Mona was born and raised in Sweden till the age of 10. She moved to Egypt and graduated with a bachelor degree in Business Administration from the Arab Open University, which gave her time to follow her passion for teaching young students.

Mona started teaching at the age of 17 and her love of teaching grew and grew and to further follow her passion and support it with proper studies, Mona earned a Master Degree in teaching elementary stage from The College of New Jersey as well as attending different workshops, such as Curriculum Building, Concept Based Learning and Making the PYP happen (Through the IBO), jolly phonics, and some Montessori classes.

She’s taught in different schools in Egypt, national, International/American and special needs schools.

Myles Mangan
Homeroom Teacher

Myles finished her BA at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY for Education with an emphasis in Mathematics. From this experience, she worked with students in high needs schools both one-on-one and in a classroom setting. Myles has been working in a teaching capacity for over 10 years as a tutor and as a classroom teacher. Myles moved to Egypt in 2012 and has been working as a classroom teacher from KG1 to grade 3 ever since.

Myles’ main hobbies are reading, traveling, saying she’s going to learn Arabic, and attempting to learn the ukulele.

Nicola Jane Davies
Early Childhood Interim Vice Principal

Nicola finished her BA in Social Science, Politics and International Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University in England.

Following this she obtained a Financial Services Qualification in London and then completed a Teaching English as a Foreign Language Course. Nicola also has a British Sign Language Level 1 Certificate.

She has extensive experience teaching Academic Writing, Listening, Speaking and Sports Coaching to both adults and children. She previously owned a Sports Development Company in England and a Tri-Lingual Nursery in Alexandria.

Her main hobbies are taking care of her family and pets, reading and laughing! She also enjoys any outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and sailing. Nicola has lived in Egypt since 2006, is married and has two children.

Onika Jones
Art Teacher

Onika completed a BA Honours in Fashion Design with University College for Art, Surrey UK in 2003, and a Postgraduate certificate in Education for Art and Design with Goldsmith University College of London in 2007.

Subsequently she spent a successful period working with London based designer Jenny Packham and then running her own ‘Made in UK’ Fashion design company.

Onika has 8 years of teaching and leadership experience in UK, UAE and Bahrain. She has also travelled extensively to many countries in Europe,South America, Southeast Asia and Africa.

Outside of work, Onika’s two daughters take precedence and when possible, sprint training, Netball or Hockey, Swing Jive dance and all things Design, Photography and Art capture her imagination.

Rebecca Beckum
Art Teacher

Rebecca Beckum is a seasoned educator and graduate of The Savannah College of Art and Design. She has spent over thirteen years in education working in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and her home country, the United States. Rebecca has enjoyed teaching kids K-12 in Art, Drama, Music, ESL, English and Writing. She has also spent several years of her career working with children who have special needs and learning differences serving as the Director of a specialized school in the United States. Here she learned how important it is to recognize that every child learns differently. Rebecca implements a multi sensory teaching experience in her lesson plans that is based on a mindful approach to education. She seeks to build an environment that cultivates the imagination and encourages ambition. Rebecca works as a
freelance artist and writer when she is not a teacher. She believes in the power of positive thinking and the importance of living deliberately.

Ms. Rola Lotfi Shehata

English Teacher

Ms. Rola recently earned her BS degree in Elementary Education from Towson University in Maryland. She has taught all subject areas in kindergarten, third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade during her rotations in the Elementary Education program. She has experience in different types of schools such as Title 1, Charter, and Traditional public schools. These experiences have given Rola the opportunity to work with students from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

 Sarah Wagdy

Homeroom Teacher

Sarah completed her BA at Breyer State University and then went through a four year training to earn her international teaching certificate with ADVANCED. She is currently working on her CDA (Child Development Credentials) in the U.S. She also has experience working with Lower ability children and getting them up to learning standards. As well as working with children who struggle with reading and phonics. She has extensive experience teaching from kg1 to grade 3 students. Focusing on phonics, reading, social skills, writing, language and grammar. Her main hobbies are traveling, swimming, running, reading as well as hiking and camping.

 Sara Gamal

 Mathematics Teacher

Sara has always been interested in both the sciences and the humanities. She thus finished her Bachelor Degree in Neuroscience and French Literature at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Later, she acquired a teaching certification from the “Institut de Touraine in France”, and then obtained a Master’s Degree in French Language and Literature at the University of Toronto, and presented her thesis on the representation of the brain functions in the world of fiction.

Sara has more than three years teaching experience , teaching Mathematics , Science and French in undergraduate and graduate settings. She has taught in many schools, at universities and in different bilingual institutes in Canada.

Sara is an avid reader and enjoys outdoor activities, she also loves travelling and sightseeing

Sahar Hassan

Arabic Teacher

Salah Mohamed AbouHeif
Arabic Social Studies Teacher

Ms. Salma Chabaan

French Teacher

Ms. Salma has more than 8 years of exp. In teaching French, teaching in different schools like (L’école de l’avenir, Modern American School of Egypt, Lycée International Balzac) her last job was French Teacher at Green Heights International School, Ms. Salma also hold bachelor degree from the faculty of Arts, French department from Helwan university.

Sally Awad
Homeroom Teacher

Sally finished her BA from FIT in NewYork City. Following this she obtained a Masters in Education, with a focus on childhood education.

She has extensive experience teaching all major subjects to struggling students with which she has great success in moving them along academically and socially. She has worked as a classroom teacher for over 11 years in the New York City Public School system.

She is a strong believer in giving back to her community, and has started many community service projects to help the unfortunate while getting students involved.Her main hobbies are reading, listening to music, cooking and traveling. She also enjoys outdoor activities such as swimming and spending time with her three children.

Shannon Aziz
Homeroom Teacher

Shannon has been teaching and living in Egypt for 11 years and is pleased to bring her extensive experience to Metropolitan School. With a love of languages, she studied English Literature in Vancouver before moving to the faculty of Sciences in order to pursue a career in childbirth education. She is currently working on her Master’s certification.Shannon brings dynamic learning and respect to the classroom where she strives to create a truly inclusive learning environment.

She is the proud mother and enjoys spending her time with her family, especially when she gets the opportunity to travel and see more of the world.


Suzette Smit
Homeroom Teacher

Suzette completed her Teachers Training at the University of Pretoria, South Africa and qualified as a Primary School teacher. She has extensive teaching experience, working in both Primary and Secondary Schools in South Africa, and has also taught internationally in Egypt and Azerbaijan.

Her hobbies include reading, sewing, crocheting and knitting. She also enjoys travelling and camping with their Motorhome all over South Africa and in neighbouring Botswana and Namibia.

Tahani Hassan Moustafa
Arabic/Islamic Religion Teacher/Arabic Team Leader

Tahany comes from 14 years of experience in different international schools in teaching Arabic and Islamic religion. She has a Bachelor degree in Arts and Education.

Tahany attended several training related to the human development in class management and organization. Tahany also had participated in writing different scripts for shows and plays along with the general organization of events done in Arabic. Tahany worked before as an editor in the Nile Culture Channel .

Her main hobbies are reading and traveling.

Tonya Miller
Homeroom Teacher

Tonya finished her BA in Early Elementary Education at the University of Arizona, Phoenix .

She has extensive experience teaching grades K-3 in America and internationally. Her main hobbies are cooking, travelling, dancing, and swimming. She also enjoys beaches and fun aqua parks.

Trestan Peck
Music Teacher/Fine & Performing Arts Coordinator

Mr. Trestan earned his Bachelor’s in Music Education from Hayes School of Music and Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He has a concentration in instrumental music education and trumpet performance.

Mr. Trestan is Licensed and Certified by the State of North Carolina in PreK – Grade 12. He has a great deal of experience in performing arts positions including dance, theater, voice-over, vocal performance, instrumental performance, and general music.

Mr. Trestan spends most of his free time playing music, and listening to music, and reading about music; but his other hobbies include clicking on Wikipedia links until he can’t remember what he was supposed to be researching, getting lost in foreign cities, and watching “The Nanny” reruns.

Tylesha Turner
Homeroom Teacher

Tylesha completed her Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) in Marketing at Marymount University, in 2002. Proceeding this she finished her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Management at Strayer University, in 2005. After a twelve year career in sales and marketing, she changed career paths and moved into education.
For over five years, she counseled and coached students at Bryant & Stratton College, as well as Medical Careers Institute. She was a motivational speaker to high school and undergraduate students and has extensive experience teaching lower elementary students. Her favorite expression to see on a child’s face is “when the light bulb goes on,” they got it!
Tylesha also has two small children and enjoys her quality time with them. They love baking, reading, swimming, and watching their favorite shows together.

Yassin Ignacz

Science Teacher

Mr. Yassin earned his B.A. in Environmental Studies in 2004 at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. He wrote his senior thesis based upon a college-funded experiment on the microbial oxidation of methane gas and its relationship to global warming.

Following his initial degree, he obtained a single subject teaching credential at California State University Stanislaus and began his career teaching at schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has several years of experience teaching science to K-12 students including experience teaching students internationally.

When he is not working, his main hobbies are: reading, travelling, camping, and playing chess. He also enjoys cultural activities such as seeing plays, attending live musical performances, and visiting museums.

Ziad Ahmed

Substitute Teacher

Ziad was born in New York and grew up in Houston, Texas. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with Honors from the University of Ottawa. He has over 5 years of experience teaching and tutoring K-12 students. Ziad is also a dedicated classical pianist and composer. He has received extensive Conservatory In-Home Training for many years and has performed in multiple venues as a classical musician.

Ziad has spent 8 years throughout his education, deeply involved in extra-curricular activities. He was lead conductor / pianist at his High School, pitcher for the varsity baseball team, active member of the CCHS reading club and tenor 2 at CCHS varsity choir.

Outside of the classroom, Ziad enjoys reading literature, playing the piano, gardening, writing poetry, mentoring, travelling, hiking, socializing with friends and playing chess.