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 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 5 years. Not only was he the school librarian but he also worked as a science and social studies teacher.  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 speaking 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 9 years experience in teaching in different international schools. along with 13 years of experience. Swimming judge in Egyptian swimming federation.

He loves traveling and sightseeing.

Amira Ramses
Art Teacher

Amira had always had a passion for art. 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 grades during her five years’ experience, She also had the chance to assist with the IB visual arts diploma program last year. She is skilled in many areas of art such as drawing, painting, collage, clay sculpture and Adobe Photoshop. She believes that through the process of creating art, students will find their inner artist and build their self esteem.

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

Amr Emam 
Social Studies Teacher

Ben Morris
Classroom Teacher

Ben finished his MA in Classics at the University of St Andrews, U.K completing his dissertation in An Exploration of developments in the Roman Army 107 BC to 49BC.

Following this, he obtained a teaching license and qualifications in TESOL and TKT YL.

He has extensive experience teaching English as a second language, speaking and listening, and early literacy to students K-12 from around the world.

His main hobbies are reading and travelling. He also enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, running, playing football and snorkeling.


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, in international schools including 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.

Following this he obtained a Graduate Certificate from the University of Western Australia. Caine spent 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 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 ofNepal, 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 a certified (TESOL) instructor receiving his certification from Fort Hays University. He is also 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 Bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Ain Shams University in Cairo. Since then Dina working as a science teacher at different international schools. She has 8 years experience, and is currently working towards her Masters degree 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 has 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..

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

Eman Youssef

School Counselor

Emily Grote

Classroom Teacher

Emily completed her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at The University of Alabama in the United States. She received the Beginning Teacher Award in the fall of 2018 from the university in recognition of her work.

She has experience in second grade, third grade, and a second/third multiage classroom. She has also spent summers teaching English in Thailand, Laos, and most recently Tanzania.

Her hobbies include puzzles, travelling, scrapbooking, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. She loves experiencing new cultures and trying new foods.

Hanaa AbelAziz Aly Kotb
Arabic Teacher

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.

Jasmine 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.

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 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 school 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 and taught lower elementary students first moving to middle School and up to high school students as well. Following this, Jihane became a 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 as 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.

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 a 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 1 through 8. 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, was 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 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 giving her a great deal 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.

Katya Sharafeldin
Classroom Teacher

Katya completed her Bachelor is 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 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 Bachelor’s 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.

Lindsay’s 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 and Met Biz Teacher

Manal has finished her Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature in 2008. Manal 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).

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

Maria Pantelis
Science Teacher

Maria grew up in New York, 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 traveled through parts of Asia, Europe, and the America’s.

Maria’s interest 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 Metropolitan School.

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

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, and students. Educators should empower students by training their minds to think, analyze, critique, and create to prepare them for 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’s 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 started her career in education as a High School English Literature teacher which allows her to 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

Marlin is a highly skilled math teacher, PYP educator (by the EOY) and a 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.

Classroom Teacher

Maryyah finished her BA in Early Childhood and Family Studies (ECFS) and Communication and a minor in Diversity at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.

After three years teaching preschool, she realized she wanted to continue her education. She obtained her MA degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a teaching certificate at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado.

In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and snowboarding. She also enjoy trying new things and exploring new places!

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 at summer camps at children between 4-6 yrs. In 2010-2015, she was an early childhood educator at the Creative Learning Center working with children 2-4 years old. 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 attachment and school habituation, play therapy, and learning projects. In 2013, she was promoted to Head of Department. In September 2015, she joined Little Learner’s Academy as Head the of Toddler’s department and Educational Coordinator until December 2016, while there, she started a 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.


Melissa ElKatib
Classroom Teacher

Melissa had earned her Bachelor degree from the University of Redlands in California and subsequently 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.

Mona ElTiliawi
Classroom Teacher

Mona was born and raised in Sweden until the age of 10. She moved to Egypt and graduated with a Bachelor’s 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. to further follow her passion and support it with proper studies, Mona earned a Master Degree in teaching the 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 Montessori classes.

She has 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 in 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
Met Values and Met Biz Teacher

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 governmental organizations tackling issues such as youth leadership, human rights violation and minorities integration.

Following her studies she continued her professional development through training’s 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]


Rebecca Guindi

Classroom Teacher

Rebecca received her BS Ed. in General Studies with a minor in English at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. During her time at Baylor, Rebecca worked closely with incoming freshmen as a camp counselor and community leader. She spent her summers as a camp counselor outside of Austin, Texas coaching soccer and leading arts and crafts.

Following her time in Texas, she worked as a full-time nanny in New York City and San Francisco. She then spent two years teaching second and third grade at Town School for Boys in San Francisco, California where she also served as a head soccer coach for the middle school.

In her free time, Rebecca loves to play soccer, read a variety of genres, and spend time outdoors. She loves to share meaningful time with friends and family while enjoying coffee or a homemade meal.


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 completed 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 as well as working with children who struggle with reading and phonics. Sarah 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’s 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. She 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

Shaimaa Fawaz
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.

Shannon is a proud mother and enjoys spending her time with her family. She enjoys the opportunity to travel and see more of the world.

Stephanie Pentiuk 
Classroom Teacher

Stephanie obtained a Bachelor’s of science degree in education from the University of Michigan, Michigan, USA.

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

Stephanie 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.]

Shirley Munoz

Classroom Teacher

Ms. Muñoz received her Bachelors of Science in Education from the University of New Mexico and has a Masters of Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University.  She has 12 years of teaching experience in both elementary and middle school.

She has taken many professional development classes and workshops as she continues to grow as an educator.  This includes but is not limited to classroom management, writing and research based teaching and learning, collaborative learning, building academic language and literacy, and technology in the classroom.

Her favorite things in this world are her children and family.  She loves the outdoors, barbecues and playing volleyball with her family and friends as well as swimming and shopping.  Ms. Muñoz loves traveling and learning all she can about the world around her and seeing how she can make a difference for today and tomorrow’s generations.

Susan Kodary
Classroom Teacher

Susan obtained her Bachelor’s 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.


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 language and Islamic religion. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Education.

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

Her main hobbies are reading and traveling.

Vera Pruett Morris

Classroom Teacher

Vera finished her degree with a BA in secondary History Education with a teaching license in Secondary History Education, English as a Second Language, and American TESOL.

Following this she obtained a certificate in Teaching Phonology, TKT Young Learners, Certificate TESOL from Trinity College London, and a teaching license in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

She has extensive experience teaching English as a second language, speaking and listening, and early literacy to students K-12 from around the world.

Her main hobbies are reading, travelling, taking pictures, and art. She also enjoys outdoor activities such as swimming and yoga.


Vivijan Potevska
Music Teacher

Vivijan completed her Bachelor’s of Music in the 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 music to positively impact the lives of students. She has been teaching music in international schools for nearly eighteen years in Macedonia, Nigeria and Jordan.

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

Wael 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 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 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.