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.

Alicia Berry
Vice Principal

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.

Aladdin M. AbdelSalam 
School Librarian

Mr. Aladdin has worked for different International schools in Egypt for almost 5 years. Not only he was the School Librarian but has worked as a Science and Social Studies teacher off and on.  Aladdin has a Masters Degree in Geology from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. U.S.A. His primary area of academic experience lies in the Early Education and Middle School grades. He is bilingual and can speak English and Arabic, fluently.

Aladdin is such an outgoing person.He loves to travel, swim and socialize. He is also a big sports fan and likes to cheer for Liverpool Football Club.

Ali Shaheen
Physical Education Teacher

Ali has experience in teaching for 9 years in different international schools. He is a swimming coach with 13 years of experience. Swimming judge in Egyptian swimming federation.

He also loves traveling and sightseeing.

Amanda Mangels
Classroom Teacher

Amanda came to teaching later than most, my first passion being the U.S. Navy. After working in the legal field for a number of years, she felt unfulfilled, and wanted to contribute to society in a more meaningful way. She decided to put herself back through school, eventually receiving a Masters in Teaching and Education.

Amanda loves learning about new people and places. She continually strives to challenge and educate herself about the world, either while serving her country or educating students. She worked at a private, bilingual school in Taipei, Taiwan for three years as a Classroom/English teacher from 4th through 6th grade.  This has been the most rewarding experience as these children are ESL learners. There is a lot of differential learning going on in the classroom as students come from a variety of English levels and backgrounds.

All her varied life experiences, growing up in a farming area of Iowa, serving in the Navy and then working at a city law firm, have deeply affected the worldview and her teaching philosophy.  Amanda feels that everyone deserves a good education to improve their lives. Part of that education is learning how to face life’s inevitable challenges with courage and determination, by being respectful and kind to others and yourself and taking responsibility for your actions. These are difficult but valuable life lessons to learn and she feels that as an educator it is her job to teach the whole child as well as the curriculum.

Amira Ramses
Art Teacher

Amira had always a passion of loving and teaching arts. She attended Helwan University in Egypt, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Theater design and decoration; Later Amira earned a Diploma in Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas from the American University of Cairo (AUC).

Amira has had the opportunity to teach different stages during her five years’ experience, she also had the chance to assist with IB visual art diploma program last year. She skilled in many art areas Drawing, painting, Collage, clay sculpture and Adobe Photoshop. she believes that through the process of doing art students will find their inner artist and build their self-stem.

In her free time, She also likes to travel, camp, hike and bike.

Amr Emam 
Social Studies Teacher

Anusha Kuraan
Classroom 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 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 a mainstream classroom course.

She has extensive experience teaching Literacy and Numeracy to children in kinder-garden, primary children as well as adults.

Benjamin Sosa
Classroom 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
Classroom 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
Classroom 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.

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.

Darell Hardman
ICT Teacher

Dina Ezzat Banoub
Science Teacher & Head of Department

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.

Her main hobbies are fashion designing and Drawing.

Diallo Djalikatou
French Teacher & Head of Department

Diallo 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. Diallo 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
Classroom 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
Classroom 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

Hanaa AbelAziz Aly Kotb
Arabic Teacher

Irina Bogadanova
Physical Education Teacher

Irina has always been interested in ISSA PT and Nutrition. She finished her Specialist Degree in Physical Education and Sport at the Ukranian State University. She former a Master’s in Ukranian National Volleyball Team. A Campion of Rowing 1996, in Ukraine. Irina’s teaching experience spans 10 years in International schools in Egypt.

In addition to teaching and coaching team sports for MS, JV, Varsity volleyball, swimming, as well track and field.  Most recently, in 2017 she has attended The 11 Regional Tournaments with student athletes in Muscat, Oman as an Assistant Coach.

Jasmine Burch                       
Physical Education Teacher

Jasmine finished her Bachelor of Science in Sports Management and Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts at the University of Florida, in Gainesville, Florida. While there, she also trained as a track and field athlete in javelin and earned National Championships in handball.

Following university studies, she continued her education by completing pre-medicine coursework, as well as studying visual arts which led to her teaching experiences in Physical Education K-12 and Art K-8. She holds professional educator certifications in Physical Education and Art K-12.

She is proficient in teaching body movement for overall health and well being for the whole individual. She believes the movement of the mind, body, and soul is essential to local and global health. A diversity of movement enriches her practice to serve all no matter one’s ability for an optimal brain-body connection.

Her main hobbies include playing golf, progressing in classical guitar, drawing, and photography.

Jessica Withington                                            
Classroom 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.

Jihane Shaarawy                                  
Social Counselor

Jihane holds a Bachelor degree in pharmacy from Cairo University. She has over 10 years of experience in the educational field. She taught in different schools in Egypt, national, International/American. Jihane started her career as a Science Teacher first and taught lower Elementary students first then moved upwards to Middle School students and up to High school students as well. Following this, Jihane became the Science H.O.D.

Because of her passion in dealing with children, she shifted her career to become a School Counselor. She enjoys her role in encouraging all children to strive for their personal best. Jihane loves helping students to develop their academic and social skills to succeed in school.

Jordana Theriault                                       
Classroom 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 traveled.

Her main hobbies include creative writing, drama/theater, 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                          
Classroom 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.

 

Kate Suchler
Classroom Teacher

Kate grew up in Wisconsin where she attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and majored in history. After moving to Texas, she transferred to Texas State University in San Marcos and received at Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Reading and a minor in History. Kate graduated cum laude and received a lifetime teaching certificate from the Texas State Board of Education. This certified her to teach grades 1st through 8th grades, and she also holds a certification in Reading for grades 1-8.

Kate has taught 5th grade for many years, as well as teaching 6th Grade Language Arts and  8th grade U.S. History.  Her most recent position at a bilingual campus in  Austin, Texas, has been as a Language Arts Curriculum Specialist and Literacy Coach. This position has allowed her to work supporting teachers, as well as working as an interventionist with small groups of students. She was honored this year to be named Teacher of the Year at her campus.

In her free time, Kate enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, swimming, and diving. She loves to cook for her friends, travel, and is an avid reader. She recently completed courses in Anthropology where she focused on archaeology and participated in several digs at Native American sites in the hill country of Texas.

Kate has one daughter who in currently living and working in Amman, Jordan as a journalist and translator.

Kay Tinsley
Classroom Teacher

Kay has a BA (hons) degree in Childhood and Youth Studies as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Sunderland University in the UK. Kay has been living and teaching in Egypt for the past 11 years. At her previous school she was head of the Early Years Foundation Stage for 8 years as well as teaching full-time so she has a lot of experience working with and teaching young children.

In her spare time Kay loves taking her 2 dogs to Wadi Degla or the beach. She enjoys travelling to different parts of the world, trying new foods, socializing and reading. She also promises to learn Arabic one day.

Kimberley Hinkson
Classroom 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

Katya Sharafeldin
Classroom Teacher

Katya completed her Bachelor degree from the Australian National University. She pursued teaching because it has been always her childhood dream. She worked as a classroom teacher for almost ten years and had taught students across many levels and backgrounds, including remote indigenous communities in Central Australia. Outside of the classroom, Katya enjoys reading and yoga.

Lindsay Pfaff 
Music Teacher

Lindsay finished her Bachelors of Music Education at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma, USA.

Following this she obtained a Masters in Music Education at the Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma, USA.

She has extensive experience teaching music education and instrumental music in the form of concert bands, jazz bands, and marching bands.

Her main hobbies are reading, travelling, baking, and making music. She also enjoys performing on clarinet or bassoon and loves spending time with her dog, Fergie.

 

Manal El Diwany
Met Values Teacher

Manal has finished her Bachelor in English Language and Literature in 2008. She has more than 8 years of experience in kindergarten and elementary education. She finished her Professional Teaching Program accredited from NWAC, USA and MEANS, USA. Following this she obtained her Intensive Nursery Teaching Training and she is certified to Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

She has passion for character education and maintaining the Metropolitan values. Her main hobbies playing guitar, reading drawing, playing volley and enjoys spending time with her twins.

Maria Pantelis
Science Teacher

Maria grew up in New York State, the daughter of two Greek immigrant parents. Raised bicultural, she has a strong appreciation and acceptance of other cultures and traditions. Maria enjoys traveling and learning about local customs first hand. She has been through parts of Asia, Europe, and the America’s.

Maria’s interests in science, lead her to pursue her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry.  She also holds minor degrees in both Mathematics and Women’s Studies. After working as a chemist, she found herself longing to give back more to the community. This led her to become a teacher in New York, where she taught for two years in Westchester. Maria then combined teaching with her passion of traveling, and worked in Surin, Thailand for 1 year, before coming to join the Metropolitan School here in Egypt.

Maria also loves staying active. She’s a certified yoga teacher, and loves to hike, and swim.

Mariem Thabet
Arabic Teacher

Marian Boushra
Vice Principal

“Education isn’t the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” Albert Einstein; this is the philosophy Marian 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.

Marian 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, Marian 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, Marian 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, Marian 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.

Marian 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.

Marlin Mourad
Mathematics Teacher

“A highly skilled Math Teacher at Metropolitan School, PYP educator (by the EOY) and multiple award winner on a large scale.

Over her 9 years of experience in teaching and curriculum coordination, both academically and ethically. Marlin has successfully led Math teams in MASE/ACIC international school and has a proven record of successful delivery of consistent returns, being a head of standard 2 committee, she has guaranteed Advanced –Ed accreditation for her school.

Besides being an innovative engineer, Marlin spends her free time working out at the gym, being her own travel agent and hanging out with friends.”

Marwa Bakry
Classroom 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 self study 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.

Megan Skiles
Classroom 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
Classroom Teacher

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.

Menna Mostafa 
Art Teacher

Menna is a Cairo based teacher of art and artist. She worked with young artists since she graduated from the faculty of Applied Arts, Graphic Design major in 2006. Menna has 6 years of experience in teaching art and design to different age groups in international schools as well as art spaces. Her ultimate aim is to get artists to a place where they can recognize their talent and use art as a new language that allows them further personal expression and emotional wellbeing.

Menna enjoys outdoor activities, she also loves yoga, painting, photography and reading.

Mona ElTiliawi
Classroom 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
Classroom 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.

Ollga Mano
JA/ Pillars Specialist

Ollga completed her BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies at the Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece and the University of Lleida in Spain.

During her bachelor studies she worked with non govermental organizations tackling issues such as youth leadership, human rights violation and miniorities integration.

Following her studies she continued her professional development through trainings in non formal education, experiential learning  and entrepreneurial coaching.

Ollga joined the team of Metropolitan in January of 2018, inspired by the school’s vision and is committed to contribute to it by empowering students to reach their full potential.

Rola Lotfi Shehata
Classroom Teacher

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
Classroom 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
French 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

Salma Chabaan
French Teacher

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, Salma also holds a bachelor degree from the faculty of Arts, French department from Helwan University.

Sally Awad
Mathematics Head of Department

Sally finished her BA from FIT in New York 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.

Shaimaa Hassan
Arabic Teacher

Shannon Aziz
Classroom 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.

Sobhy Mohamed
Arabic Teacher

Sobhy is a Professor in Arabic Language and Islamic Religion. He has 18 years of experience in various international schools in the teaching of Arabic language and Islamic religion. He also has a degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies Al-Azhar University.

He attended several courses in human development, the preparation of Arabic language teachers for non-Arabic speakers, the preparation of leaders, the use of technology and electronic games in teaching Arabic, and some workshops in the skills of delivering and communicating.

He is also a member of the World Federation of Arab Islamic International Studies.

Stephanie Pentiuk 
Classroom Teacher

Stephanie obtained a bachelor of science in education from the University of Michigan in the USA.

Following this, she completed a CTEL program at the University of California San Diego and was credentialed to teach k-8 math and science in both California and Michigan.

She has extensive experience teaching math in America and Singapore to elementary and middle school students.

Her interests include scuba diving, animal welfare, gender equality, traveling, and lifelong learning. She also enjoys painting and crafting as hobbies.

Susan Kodary
Substitute Teacher

Susan obtained her Bachelors of Arts in International relations with a minor in Political Science from the University of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada. After several years in the non profit sector and the business world, she used her BA as a stepping stone towards the educational system. She has worked for International schools in Egypt for the past six years, with a main focus on Literacy including, Writing, Comprehension and Grammar for the upper school years. Her experience also includes teaching Humanities/Social Studies for grades 3-6.

Susan has completed her Teaching English as a second language certification (TESL Canada) specializing in language theory as well as expanding knowledge on practical classroom skills. She will continue to aspire and develop her teaching skills through continuing education.

Her hobbies include traveling, team sports, listening to music, strategic games, and cooking.

Suzanne St-Jean
Classroom Teacher

Suzanne finished her BA and teaching credentials from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Later she completed her MA degree in teaching languages at Victoria University, also in British Columbia which is where her home is located.

She has two grown sons who are both married with the elder one having two children.

Suzanne also has extensive experience in the outdoors which she combined with her Child Care Worker degree to work with youth who exhibited social/emotional difficulties. Her experience also included 20 years of teaching in Canada which was then followed by two years in each China and South Korea.

Her main hobbies include travelling, reading, knitting and hopes to be able to get out and explore more of Egypt.

Suzette Smit
Classroom 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 Motor-home all over South Africa and in neighboring Botswana and Namibia.

Tahani Hassan Moustafa
Arabic/Islamic Religion Teacher & Arabic Head of Department

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
Classroom 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.

Vivijan Potevska
Music Teacher

Vivijan completed her Bachelor of Music in Faculty of Music Education and Pedagogy in Skopje, Macedonia. Following this, she obtained a General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) from University of Cambridge.

She is a dedicated teacher with a strong background and knowledge, utilizing the music to positively impact the lives of students. She has been teaching music in international schools for nearly eighteen years ranging from international schools in Macedonia, Nigeria and Jordan.

She enjoys composing music, playing piano and reading and is looking forward to exploring Egypt’s beautiful sights.

Weal Asfour 
Arabic as a Foreign Language Teacher

Wael holds a master’s degree in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL) from the American University in Cairo (AUC). He has over three years of teaching experience.

Wael is keen on developing his teaching practices by presenting his research work at conferences. Among his research interests are: Sociolinguistics, Second Language Acquisition, and Instructional Technology in Language Teaching. He follows the Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) approach in which group work, and interactive activities are emphasized.

In his free time, Wael enjoys reading, and travelling.

Yassin Ignacz
Science Teacher

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.

Zeina ElGouhary
Classroom Teacher

Zeina has always been interested in the teaching career and she was eager to begin engaging in it. She considers the teaching environment to be one of the most enjoyable atmospheres to work in. Deciding on that as her career choice, she finished her Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education at Simon Fraser University, Canada and at the same time acquired a TESL certification from Douglas College.

Zeina has extensive teaching experience in undergraduate and graduate settings. She has taught in many schools, in Canada and Egypt. She has experience teaching English, Science, Social Studies and Math.

Zeina enjoys doing yoga and hiking, she also loves cooking and trying food from different cultures.