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December 4-13
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NEW EMPLOYEES

Here's a quick glance at our new full-time faculty and staff members and administrators (as of October 31, 2017).

SENIOR ADMINISTRATORS:

KATE ADAMS - Associate to the Head of School

Prior Experience:
  • 2014-2017 - Founding Principal at the Arabic Immersion Magnet School
  • 2011-2014 - Dean of Instruction at Houston Academy for International Studies Early College High School
  • 2008-2011 - Social Studies Teacher at the Houston Academy for International Studies Early College High School
Education:
  • Masters in Educational Administration, University of Texas at Austin
  • Rice University Strategic Marketing Management Program for Executive Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in History with a Minor in Social Work, University of Texas at Austin
  • Texas Principal Certification
  • Texas Teacher Certification in Social Studies
Languages Spoken:
  • English (native)
  • Spanish (conversational)

  • Arabic (conversational)

Tim Long - head of Lower SChool

Prior Experience:
  • 2011-2017 - Lower School Principal at Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito
  • 2010-2011 - 6th Grade Teacher at American School of Marrakech
  • 2001-2010 - Elementary Principal at Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito

Education:
  • Masters of Arts in Teaching, Simmons College
  • Bachelor of Arts in International and Area Studies, Kalamazoo College
  • Certificate for International School Leadership, The Principal's Training Center in Cummaquid, Massachusetts
Languages Spoken:
  • English (native)
  • Spanish (fluent)

John Murphy - Chief Financial Officer

Prior Experience:
  • 2006-2017 - KIPP Chief Financial Officer and PHILO Chief Operating Officer at KIPP Houston Public Schools and PHILO Finance Corporation
  • 1998-2005 - Vice-President, Planning and Analysis at Cornell Companies, Inc.

  • 1989-1998 - Assistant Vice President of Investments at McCord Development
Education:
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Business Analysis, Texas A&M University
Languages Spoken:
  • English (native)

FACULTY & STAFF:

Natalie Baba - Secondary Teacher, English

Prior Experience:
  • 2015-2016 - 5th Grade Teacher at American United School of Kuwait
  • 2014-2015 - Adult Educational Literacy ESL Instructor at San Jacinto Community College
  • 2012-2015 - Taught 5th and 6th grades at Earnesteen Milstead Middle School in Houston
Education:
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, University of St. Thomas
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Houston
  • Associate in Arts, Houston Community College
  • ACP 4-8 Generalist, University of Houston
Languages Spoken:
  • English (native)
  • Spanish (full professional proficiency)
  • Arabic (limited working proficiency)

Elbey Borrero - Primary Teacher, English L2

Prior Experience:
  • 2014-2017 - First Grade Dual Language PYP Teacher. Grade 1 Team Leader, Dual Language, HUB and CODE Campus Coordinator at Durham Elementary School, HISD
  • Sept.-Dec. 2013 - Second Grade Long-Term Substitute Teacher, Colegio Altair, Lima, Peru.
  • Jan.-Apr. 2013 - Student Teacher at Sherwood Elementary School, SBISD
Education:
  • Master of Science in International Economics, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas
  • Region 4 Alternative Certification Program
Languages Spoken:
  • Spanish (native)
  • English (fluent)

Nouredine Boukhobza - Secondary Teacher, Social Sciences

Prior Experience:
  • 2014-2017 - Teacher of Literature and History at the School Mlf-Renault in Chennai, India

  • 2013-2014 - History and Geography teacher at the Lycée Français Theodore Monod in Nouakchott, Mauritania

  • 2012-2013 - History and Geography teacher at the Lycée Français of Tripoli, Libya

Education:
  • Bachelor's degree in History (Geography specialization), Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • University Diploma in History (Geography specialization), Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Languages Spoken:
  • French (native)
  • Arabic (native)
  • English (upper intermediate)

Mathieu Buchwald - Secondary Teacher, Mathematics

Prior Experience:
  • 2013-2016 - Math Teacher, Lycée Robespierre, Arras, France
  • 2008-2010 - Math Teacher, Collège Louis Pasteur, Nesle, France
Education:
  • Master’s Degree in Mathematics, Lille 1, France
  • Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics, Lille 1, France

  • Certificate of Aptitude to teach Secondary Education (CAPES) in Mathematics
  • “Agrégation” in Mathematics
Languages Spoken:
  • French (native)
  • English (upper intermediate)
  • Japanese (intermediate)

Nuria Campos - Primary Teacher, Foreign Language

Prior Experience:
  • 2012-2017 - Elementary School Teacher at The Magellan International School in Austin, Texas
  • 2008-2012 - Elementary School Teacher and English Coordinator at Colegio La Floresta in San Salvador, El Salvador

  • 2007-2008 - Elementary School Teacher at Colegio Americano de El Salvador

Education:
  • Master of Arts in Educational Psychology, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

  • Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, Universidad Evangélica de El Salvador

  • Texas Educator Certification - Core Subjects (Grade EC-6)
Languages Spoken:
  • English (fluent)
  • Spanish (fluent)

Christelle Cellé - Secondary Teacher, Social Sciences

Prior Experience:
  • 2015-2017 - Lecturer in « Sociologie des Publics de l'art et du tourisme », Graduate School of Management, IAE, Nice, France

  • 2014-2015 - History and Geography Teacher, Gustave Monod High School, Enghien les Bains, France
  • 2010-2014 - Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary History of Art, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNSA), Nice, France

Education:
  • Certificate of Aptitude to teach Secondary Education (CAPES) in History Geography
  • Master Degree in Human Sciences, Cognitive Anthropology, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNSA), Nice, France
  • Master’s Degree in Humanities and Social Sciences, Cognitive Anthropology, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNSA), Nice, France
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities, History, University of Aix-Marseille III, School of Fine Arts of Marseille
  • Bachelor’s Degree of Humanities and Social Sciences and History, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNSA), Nice, France
Languages Spoken:
  • French (native)
  • English (fluent)
  • Italian (fluent)

LISA CRUZ - SCHOOL NURSE

Prior Experience:
  • 2012-2017 - School Nurse at Trinity Lutheran School
  • 2009-2017 - Alternate Director of Nurses, Home Care Senior Services Inc.

  • 2004-2009 - Pre-Op, OR Circulator, PACU Registered Nurse at River Oaks Surgical Center
Education:
  • Master in Business Administration, Belhaven University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Nursing

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Houston
Languages Spoken:
  • English
  • Spanish

Marwa El Badrawi - Early Learning Bilingual Teacher Assistant

Prior Experience:
  • 2016-2017 - Substitute Teacher at The Awty International School
  • 2010-2012 - Freelancer in Cairo, Egypt

  • 2006-2010 - Part-time Assistant Teacher in Terres des Jeunnes, Calgary, Canada
Education:
  • Bachelor of Arts in French Literature, Alexandria University, Egypt
Languages Spoken:
  • English (fluent)
  • French (fluent)
  • Arabic (fluent)

Marta Garcia-Hirschfeld - Primary Assistant

Prior Experience:
  • 2017 - Substitute Teacher at The Awty International School
  • 2006-2015 - Business Owner in Málaga, Spain
  • 2011-2015 - Tutor for Foreign Exchange Students in Málaga, Spain
Education:
  • J. D. Doctorate at Law, University Complutense of Madrid in Madrid, Spain
Languages Spoken:
  • Spanish (Native)
  • English

Alexandre Houssard - Primary Teacher

Prior Experience:
  • 2014-2017 - Primary School Teacher at Collège Paul Vaillant Couturier, Champigny-sur-Marne, France

  • 2012-2014 - Primary School Teacher at Collège Les Prunais, Villiers-sur-Marne, France
  • 2011-2012 - Primary School Teacher at Ecole élémentaire Marcel Cachin, Champigny-sur-Marne, France

Education:
  • Professional Diploma of Primary School Teacher, Créteil Academy, France
  • Bachelor's Degree in Science and Techniques for Physical and Sports Activities, Faculty of Créteil Paris XII, France
Languages Spoken:
  • French (native)
  • English (advanced)
  • Spanish (advanced)

Justin Jackson - Secondary Teacher, Mathematics

Prior Experience:
  • 2010-2017 - Assistant Basketball Instructor, Coach Herndon Basketball Instruction
  • 2013-2014 - Volunteer Assistant, Rice University Men's Basketball

  • Summers 2010-2013 - Lead Basketball Coach, Rice University Summer Basketball Camp
Education:
  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology - Sports Administration, University of Houston
Languages Spoken:
  • English

Rosmary Jimenez Hupp - Secondary Teacher, Spanish

Prior Experience:
  • Summers 2015-2016 - Spanish Teacher at First Colony Middle School
  • 2013-2016 - Spanish Teacher at Aynor High School in Aynor, South Carolina

  • 2007-2012 - Spanish Teacher for Horry County Schools
Education:
  • Bachelor of Education, ESL, Universidad Experimental Pedagógica Libertador in Caracas, Venezuela

  • Spanish and ESOL certification from SC Department of Education and Texas Education Association.

Languages Spoken:
  • Spanish
  • English

Laura Kalfon - Assistant Director for Annual Giving

Prior Experience:
  • 2013-2016 - Business Development Manager, Altair Asesores in Madrid, Spain
  • 2012-2013 - Project Coordinator for the Latin America Program, Toledo International Peace Centre (CITpax) in Madrid, Spain

  • 2011-2012 - Electoral Advisor, United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Abidjan

Education:
  • Postgraduate in Political Science (majoring European Studies), Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Strasbourg, France

Languages Spoken:
  • Spanish (Native)
  • French (Native)
  • English (Fluent)

Wendy Laughton - Secondary Teacher, English

Prior Experience:
  • 2015-2017 - English/Reading Teacher at Young Women's College Preparatory Academy
  • 2013-2014 - English as Additional Language Teacher at Institute de Superieur de Communication in Montpellier, France
  • 2009-2011 - English as Additional Language Teacher at Lycée Français Renee Cassin d'Oslo in Oslo, Norway

Education:
  • Master of Arts in Education Curriculum & Instruction, Virginia Tech
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Texas
  • Texas Teacher Certificate
  • English as a Second Language Certificate, Texas A&M University
  • Diploma French B2, IEFE Montpellier, France
Languages Spoken:
  • English (native)
  • French (basic)

Lorena Lees - Secondary Teacher, Physical Education

Prior Experience:
  • 2015-2017 - Teacher of Physical Education at Montguyon and Saint Aigulin High Schools, France

  • 2012-2014 - Teacher of Physical Education at the Jules Supervielle High School in Bressuire and at the André Brouillet High School in Couhé, France
  • 2008-2011 - Physical Education teaching internships in variousFrench High Schools: High School Jean Moulin in Le Bouscat, High School Henri Brisson in Talence and High School François Mauriac in Bordeaux

Education:
  • Certificate of Aptitude to teach Physical Education
  • Bachelor and Master’s Degree of Physical Education and Sports’ Science and Techniques, Bordeaux, France
Languages Spoken:
  • French (native)
  • English (fluent)

Cristina Lizarralde - Primary Teacher, Spanish L2

Prior Experience:
  • 2016-2017 - Literacy Coach at L.A. Morgan in Galveston
  • 2008-2016 - Elementary Bilingual Teachers at L.A. Morgan in Galveston

  • 2006-2008 - ESL Teacher in Lilburn, Georgia
Education:
  • Master's in Teacher Leadership (ESL), Lamar University
  • Specialist in Educational Management, Universidad de La Sabana in Bogotá Colombia

  • Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages (English and Spanish), Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá Colombia

  • Bilingual Generalist - Spanish - Grades EC-4
Languages Spoken:
  • Spanish
  • English

Anna McCorvey - Secondary Teacher, English

Prior Experience:
  • 2008-2017 - Private Educator / Lead Teacher
  • 2006-2010 - Adjunct Professor at North Harris Montgomery Community College
  • 2006 - ESL Teaching Apprentice at Tennessee State University
Education:
  • Master of Arts in English, Tennessee State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, Jackson State University

Languages Spoken:
  • English

Jeffrey Moore - Assistant Director of Facilities

Prior Experience:
  • 2015-2016 - Technical Consultant - Electrical Engineering and Programming at Omnimetics Precision Machining
  • 2008-2015 - Principal Technical Professional - Sensor Physics Department at Halliburton Energy Services
  • 2000-2008 - Senior Technical Professional - Technology Research Department at Halliburton Energy Services
Education:
  • Bachelor of Science in Electronics Technology, University of Houston
Languages Spoken:
  • English

Rebecca Reyna - Primary Teacher

Prior Experience:
  • 2004-2014 - Bilingual Pre-K and 1st Grade Teacher at Ketelsen Elementary, Houston ISD
  • 1999-2003 - Consultant at Hunter Moody Architects and Interior Design
Education:
  • Bachelor of Environmental Interior Design, University of the Incarnate Word
  • Texas Educator Certification - Bilingual Generalist - Spanish EC-4
Languages Spoken:
  • Spanish
  • English

Ashley Rutherford - Primary Teacher

Prior Experience:
  • 2016-2017 - Kindergarten Teacher at Trinity School of Texas
  • 2015-2016 - Kindergarten Teacher at St. Theresa Catholic School
  • 2014-2015 - Pre-K Teacher at Trinity School of Texas
Education:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications - Public Relations, Texas State University
Languages Spoken:
  • English

Griselda Santillana - Primary Teacher, Spanish

Prior Experience:
  • 2010-2011 - Kindergarten Bilingual Teacher at Carter Elementary in Houston
  • 2009-2010 - Kindergarten Bilingual Teacher at Ermel Elementary in Houston

  • 2008-2009 - First Grade Bilingual Teacher at Castaneda Elementary in Brownsville, Texas
Education:
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, The University of Texas at Brownsville
  • Bilingual Generalist Grades EC-4

Languages Spoken:
  • Spanish
  • English

Harmanjit Sidhu - Primary Teacher, English L2

Prior Experience:
  • 2016-2017 - ESL Teacher at International Community School in Decatur, GA
  • 2013-2016 - ESL Teacher / Department Chair at Hampton Middle School in Woodbridge, VA
Education:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, College of William & Mary
  • Graduate Certificate - ESOL PK12 Education, George Mason University

Languages Spoken:
  • English

Laurence Sulek-Devincq - Primary Teacher

Prior Experience:
  • 2013-2014 - Certified Teacher of Modern Literature, High School Largenté, Bayonne, France

  • 2012-2013 - Certified Teacher of Modern Literature, High School Saint Thomas Aquinas, Saint Jean de Luz, France
  • 2004-2012 - Certified Teacher of Modern Literature, High School Saint Joseph of Tivoli, Bordeaux,France

Education:
  • Master’s Degree of modern literature, specialized in French Literature
  • Bachelor Degree of modern literature, specialized in French Literature
  • Certificate of Aptitude to teach Secondary Education (CAPES), Modern literature
Languages Spoken:
  • French (native)
  • English (advanced)

Caroline Wargnier-Taxy - Primary Teacher

Prior Experience:
  • 2016-2017: Primary School Teacher at Anatole France elementary school in Garges-les-Gonesse, France
  • 2014-2016: Primary School Teacher at Romain Rolland elementary school in Garges-les-Gonesse, France
  • 2011-2014: Primary School Teacher at Anatole France elementary school in Garges-les-Gonesse, France
Education:
  • Master 2 of the Ministry of Education, IUFM du Val d'Oise, Cergy-Pontoise, France
  • Master Degree in Foreign languages, Spanish specialty, Paris IV- Sorbonne University, Paris, France
  • Degree in Foreign languages, Spanish specialty, Paris IV- Sorbonne University, Paris, France
Languages Spoken:
  • French (native)
  • Spanish (fluent)
  • English (basic)
  • Chinese (basic)

Sophie Zimmermann - ELC Receptionist

Prior Experience:
  • 2014-2016 - Active Parent Volunteer at The Awty International School
  • 2012-2014 - Executive Assistant at Ocean Express in Pointe-Noire, Congo
  • 2002-2012 - Assistant Manager at Calame Jewelry in Pau, France
Education:
  • Technical degree in Management SME/SMI in dual-training, Pau, France
  • BEP & BAC PRO in communication, administration, and clerical studies, Pau, France

    Languages Spoken:
  • French (native)
  • English (fluent)
  • Spanish