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.

Alexandria Jackson
Classroom Teacher

Alexandria is originally from of Miami, Florida where she resided before attending the University of Florida. Alexandria graduated with a double degree in Criminology and Sociology and after completing her undergraduate degree, became a corps member of Teach for America where she taught in the Metro-Atlanta region. Alexandria taught in Atlanta for six years, with five of those years teaching fourth grade.  During that time, she received her master’s in education from Johns Hopkins University.

Alexandria has experience in the areas of curriculum development, differentiated instruction, and project-based learning. When Alexandria is not teaching she enjoys going to music events and festivals, watching television, or meditating.

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.

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
Vice Principal

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.

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 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.

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.

Eman ElSayed
Arabic Teacher

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.

Faith Williams
Classroom Teacher

Ms. Faith graduated from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies of Education and Kinesiology. Within her studies, two of her concentrations were in mathematics and science for elementary teachers. Ms. Faith earned her Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certification (TEFL) which required her to work with adults and children who were English language learners both in group and one-on-one learning settings. Ms. Faith worked as a substitute teacher in Grady Public School in Lenorah, Texas and at Trinity School in Longview, Texas.

This is Ms. Faith’s third year in Egypt. During her first two years in Egypt, she worked as an intern with WellSpring Camps as a director and core leader of different age groups.

When Faith is not teaching at Metropolitan School, she can be found in the kitchen making something delicious, exploring the sights and cities of Egypt or reading a book.

Helen Hanson
Classroom Teacher

Helen was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, USA. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Ethnic Studies from the University of Oregon. After she graduated, she moved to New York City, with the intent to become a nurse. However, she was drawn again to education, and began her graduate studies in childhood education. Helen graduated with a Master’s degree in Childhood Education from Hunter College, a CUNY school. She taught at an amazing independent school in Harlem, NY for 5 years. During those 5 years, she taught kindergarten, first grade, fourth grade, fifth grade math and fifth/sixth grade health. From there, she taught fourth grade for two years at Bronx Charter School for the Arts in the South Bronx.

Helen is passionate about learning and growing with her students, as well as instilling a growth mindset in each and every student. She strongly believes in the power of a growth mindset and the capabilities of children when they feel they are in a safe space.

When Helen is not in the classroom, she enjoys traveling, playing sports, exercising, reading, meeting new people, cooking, baking, and taking silly pictures with her friends!

Jessica Withington
Classroom Teacher

Jessica brought up between Australia and England. She graduated with her Bachelor’s from Swinburne University in Australia and is currently studying her Masters from Sunderland University in England. Jessica has been working as an Early Years educator since 2014, and working as a KG1 teacher with Metropolitan since 2017.

She enjoys Early Years which she feels is best suited toward her energetic personality as she enjoys encouraging the children to develop a love and passion for learning. Her main hobbies are reading, traveling, sports such as running and swimming, writing and enjoying a large cup of coffee. Jessica enjoys looking after the environment and hopes to motivate children to do the same through a more ‘naturalist point of view’. She is part of Metropolitan’s ECO committee and works towards a more ECO friendly future.

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.

Katya Sharafeldin
Vice Principal

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.

Kristie Weber
Classroom Teacher

Kristie was born in Houston, Texas, but grew up in the Louisville, Kentucky area of the United States. She obtained a Bachelor of Education, Associate of Early Childhood Education and a Kindergarten Endorsement from the University of Southern Indiana in 2003. Later, she obtained a Master of Education from Indiana Wesleyan and went onto get 30 more hours in Education at the same University. She completed her TEFL certification in 2018.

Kristie started her teaching career in 2004 as a Kindergarten teacher for 4 years and then taught First Grade for 10 years. She started teaching internationally in 2018 at a bilingual school in Kuwait.

Kristie loves learning about the diversity of culture in the world through teaching, friends and traveling. She is very passionate about education and is excited to be a part of the Met Team.

Lindsay Mednick
Classroom Teacher

Lindsay grew up in South Florida and obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida, USA. She continued to follow her passion for education by receiving her Master’s in Childhood Education from Fordham University in New York City. Lindsay has been teaching for 7 years and has vast experience with learners of various socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, as well as students of diverse academic needs and learning styles.

Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, experiencing new places and cultures, outdoor activities ranging from the beach to bike riding and scuba diving, and laughing whenever possible. She is thrilled to be joining the Met family and to cultivate a classroom community of lifelong learners and a love for learning and growing!

Manal El Diwany
School Librarian

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 Saad
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./p>

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.

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.

Maryyah Trodep
Classroom Teacher

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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!

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.

Rebecca Guindi
ICT 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.

Sahar Hassan
Arabic Teacher

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.

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.

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.

Shirley Muñoz
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.

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

Tahani 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.

Tahani attended several training workshops related to human development in class management and organization. Tahani 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.