From authors and playwrights to musicians and published scientists, our diverse faculty includes distinguished scholars in many fields; 83% have an advanced degree, and 20% have earned a PhD. A professional development program allows teachers to keep up with educational trends throughout the year, which they then transmit in the classroom. With a prepared and engaged faculty, students are challenged intellectually and motivated to achieve their personal best.
Head of SchoolNow in his third year as Head, Mr. Mayer comes to the School with more than two decades of professional experience. HIs various educational roles include teaching faculty, department chair, college counselor, community service director and most recently, upper school principal at the Westtown School in West Chester, PA, where he managed the budget, staffing, and all aspects of student life for a school of 400 students – 300 of whom were boarders. Mr. Mayer has also led several education initiatives and continues to serve as a leadership consultant to independent schools. A father of four, Mr. Mayer resides near campus with his wife, who is also an educator.
In 1989, Ms. Agresti was named registrar of the School. Currently, she manages student records databases, student transcripts, including translations of pertinent documents and student certificates, and School and student body statistics. State Department grant reports for the Office of Oversease Schools and graduation ceremonies and activities are also under her purview. She also produces all surveys for worldwide educational publications and arranges study visas and permessi di sogiorno for students requiring Italian study permits. A native of Paterson, NJ, Ms, Agresti grew up in Totowa, NJ. She moved to Italy in 1980 and is a dual-national She holds a BA in Sociology.
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She also has English teaching certificates in the IB Middle and Diploma programs. Emily has served for many years as both an English teacher and a guidance and college counselor. She is coming most recently from King’s Academy in Jordan, and has also worked in China and the US. Emily is also part of the boarding faculty at St. Stephen's.
She is St. Stephen's first alumna-turned-teacher who returned to the school in 1992 with a Laurea in Statistics and Economics from the University of Rome, “La Sapienza.” She was appointed chair of the math department, a position which she held for the past three years. She currently teaches IB math to eleventh and twelfth graders.
Prior to St. Stephen’s, Mr. Astremo taught Creative Writing at Italian high schools and coordinated a project “Lettori di libri in Italia”established by Università del Salento. He has a Master’s Degree in Multimedia Communication from Università del Salento. He received a Laurea in Lettere Moderne in 2002. He contributes to several newspapers and magazines. He published 9 books (poems, novels and biographies).
After passing the DITALS examination, she went on to receive a Certificate to Teach Italian as a Foreign Language. She has also attended a Master’s Course in Publishing and Communications. Apart from teaching Italian at St. Stephen’s, Ms. Bececco also writes for a travel magazine.
Modern Languages Dept. Chair
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Like many teachers who have established careers at the school, Mr. Boccuni has held other positions including Model United Nations (MUN) director and sports coach. He currently teaches IB Italian A and B and Theory of Knowledge (TOK). Prior to St. Stephen’s, Mr. Boccuni taught several subjects at Italian high schools and at Ambrit International School. He has a Master's Degree in International Education from Endicott College, and has attended courses at the Universities of Helsinki, Berkeley and Cambridge. He received a Laurea in philosophy in 2003.
A native of Genova, Italy, she moved to Rome in 1996. Prior to her role at St. Stephen’s, she spent the majority of her career in finance and operations. After working in a small shipping company in Genova, Grazia joined Deloitte, a worldwide leader in auditing, where she gained valuable professional experience over a period of five years as Senior Auditor working with various industries and scores of companies. In 1987, she was hired in Milan to be the manager of the Financial Consolidation Department of SAES Getters S.p.a., a world leader in electronic components, and part of the Fiat Group. Two years later, she was named Cost Accounting Manager at Apple Computer, also in Milan. Her husband’s work took the family to Florence and there Grazia joined Gucci where she remained for four years as Budget and Reporting Manager until the family returned to Milan in 1994. She was appointed Finance Manager of C&K Systems, a US multinational electronic manufacturing company, but work took her husband to Rome where she joined St. George’s British International School as Bursar. After four years there, she moved to London with her husband and then returned to St. George's School in 2002 where she remained until 2013.
A member of the history department, Mr. Brouse has imparted his knowledge of Medieval Renaissance history concepts to students for over nearly two decades. A native Californian, his passion for the Roman (and Greek) civilizations began long before he enrolled at the University of Santa Clara, where he earned a BA in history. His interest in ancient Rome, as well as the contemporary Eternal City, are as unwavering as ever and are the stimuli for his other endeavors, among which can be included co-authorship of a popular guidebook, National Geographic Traveler: Rome.
Before moving to Rome, she worked as an English teacher in the “Abraham Lincoln Cultural Centre” in her home town and later taught English at “Manuela Garaicoa de Calderon”, a prestigious governmental secondary school. She completed her English and Spanish studies at the University of Cuenca-Ecuador in the Faculty of Philosophy while simultaneously completing three years of studies in Sociology in the Faculty of Economics. Additionally, she obtained the Proficiency in English Certificate in Ireland where she lived for 4 years. Ms. Calderón has obtained a degree from Tor Vergata University Rome 2 in Modern Languages and Literature: Spanish, English, Italian and French. She is currently completing a Master degree in European and American Modern Languages (LLEA) in Tor Vergata University Rome 2.
Born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, she graduated from Université Libanaise de Beirut with a degree in physics and completed further studies at Université Libre de Belgique and Università Degli Studi di Ancona. Before moving to Italy, Nada taught math and physics at schools in numerous countries around the world.
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Lucy Clink was born in the US. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She has worked as a teacher and professor of studio art courses for the past 23 years and for a variety of schools and universities in Rome. She has been the subject of numerous one-person and group exhibitions and publications in the US and Italy for the past twenty years. Recently, she participated in a group exhibition of paintings called "Through Foreign Eyes" in Civita Castellana as well as a solo exhibition of paintings at the St. Stephen's Cultural Center in June of 2013. When she is not teaching, she maintains an active studio practice which includes photography, drawing and painting. In the summer of 2011, she was awarded a fellowship at the Fondazione Ranieri in Umbria. To learn more about Lucy Clink's work, please visit her website at:http://lucyclink.net/.
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A graduate of the Kent School, she completed her BA in the history of the decorative arts through an American distance program in the 1980s while living in Florence, where she studied restoration of wooden artifacts at the Istituto per l’Arte e il Restauro. After working for several years in private practice, she pursued her interests in library and information science, completing her MSLIS as well as a certificate of advanced graduate studies in digital libraries from Syracuse University. A member of the Academy of Certified Archivists, she has published a history of the independent school where she worked previously and established an extensive electronic repository there.
IT Director/Head of Sports
He has also been an integral part of the school’s technology program as Information Technology coordinator and as a computer science teacher. Implementing technology at the school is his ongoing goal, but he is particularly determined to enhance teaching and learning as well as facilitating communication among all members of the school community. For six years, Mr. Di Marco was the IT coordinator for Ambrit International School, where, in addition to technology classes, he was also a PE teacher and coordinator of the PE program. He holds degrees in economics and computer science.
Assistant Head, Academic Affairs
In her extensive career with the school, she has taught the gamut of higher math courses and has also held a number of other positions, including head of mathematics, faculty representative to the EXCOM, trips director, trustee and college counselor. In her current role as Assistant Head for Academic Affairs, she continues to teach math while providing guidance and feedback to fellow teachers, handling students’ issues and organizing coursework and syllabuses, among other duties. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Ms. Dostert earned a BA from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. She also has a Laurea in mathematics from the University of Rome, La Sapienza. Prior to teaching at St. Stephen’s, she enjoyed a singing career at Folkstudio, taught math at an American college in Rome and was a lecturer in Logic at the University of Rome, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia.
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Her most recent collection, Synæsthesium, won The New Criterion Poetry Prize and will be published in 2017. Previous books published in the U.S. are Hot Flash Sonnets (2013); Spin (2010); Bar Napkin Sonnets (2009), which won the 2008 Ledge Poetry Chapbook Competition; and Cleave (2004).
In Italy, two bilingual collections, with translations by her husband, Damiano Abeni, have appeared: Botanica Arcana /Strange Botany (2014) and La Seta della Cravatta / The Silk of the Tie (2009). Translations into Italian (with Damiano Abeni) include volumes by Ashbery, Barth, Bender, Ferlinghetti, Hecht, Simic, Strand, and Charles Wright.
Egan has had writing residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (as a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Fellow), the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and the James Merrill House. She teaches Creative Writing at the St. Stephen’s School in Rome.
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Having lived in Canada and Spain, Ms. El-Taha, had, most recently, been teaching in her hometown of London. She received her BSc (Hons) from Royal Holloway, University of London, her MA from London Metropolitan University and PGCE from the Institute of Education at the University of London.
Most recently, she was a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Susquehanna University in the US.
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Her works are currently on display in museums throughout Italy at the National Museum of Sacred Art, Castello Piccolomini, Celano, Aquila; Centre d'Etudes Saint Louis de France, Rome; The Caproni Museum, Trento and in many private collections throughout Europe and the United States. Since joining St. Stephen’s in 1989 as a Sculpture and Advanced/I.B. Arts teacher, Ms. Guerra has been instrumental in directing many students to pursue flourishing art careers as professional sculptors, photographers, product designers and mixed-media artists. For many years, she has helped host the Rome International Schools’ Association Art Show and recently prepared several pieces for two exhibits connected with the release of the book Cuban Artists Across the Diaspora: Setting the Tent Against the House by Andrea Herrera O’Reilly at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. To learn more about Anita Guerra's work, please visit her website at http://www.anitaguerra.com/.
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Ms. Jacquet brings extensive experience to her position. Prior to working at St. Stephen’s, Ms. Jacquet completed a research project on Italian writer, playwright and politician Leonardo Sciascia for the Italian Cultural Center of Grenoble. She worked as an interpreter and translator for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Italian Consulate in Grenoble and also for the Italian Ministry of Agriculture . Ms. Jacquet has taught French at the American University of Rome and has worked extensively with political refugees and asylum seekers. At St. Stephen's, she is also the faculty supervisor for the school’s club called “Reach Out” which promotes community service through volunteer work. Ms. Jacquet holds a degree from the University of Grenoble in Languages, Civilization and Italian Literature.
After living in Northern Italy for one year, where she taught ESL courses, she relocated to Rome where she joined the science department at St. Stephen's. She currently teaches Biology 1 and IB Biology 2 and 3. A passionate long-distance and marathon runner, Mrs. Johnson-Mottola has been the running coach since 2006, as well as a member of the boarding faculty an advisor to the SUN (Students United for Nature) club, hoping to make St. Stephen's and our local surroundings as 'green' as possible. She is also the IB CAS (Creativity, Action and Service) coordinator and helps organize St. Stephen's service learning program.
Previously, he taught chemistry and earth science at a public charter school in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Koester, also a creative writer, graduated magna cum laude from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science.
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Previously, she was a member of the school’s discipline committee. Having spent her formative years between Ireland and Scotland, Dr. Leckie completed her doctorate at the University of Sheffield and subsequently spent several years at the Università La Sapienza in Rome as a researcher, where she published over 20 papers in academic journals. She has lived in many diverse countries such as Zambia, Nigeria and the United States and brings a wealth of experience to St. Stephen’s challenging academic environment.
Antonio holds a Bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in Physics, as well as a Master’s in Science Communication, training which led him to many years as a science journalist for major Italian newspapers and journals. He also co-founded the first Italian digital magazine of science, technology and global issues.
A native of South Lake Tahoe, California, Erika graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in physics. While she was working on her degree and for nearly two years after, she did research at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the ALS, a synchrotron. She also holds a masters in applied physics from California State University, Long Beach.
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He also serves as English department chair and works within the residential community of St. Stephen's. With a BA from SUNY Fredonia and an MA from SUNY Stony Brook, Leon began his teaching career on Long Island. He has also taught in England, Greece, Switzerland and, for eleven years, in Taiwan.
She currently teaches Environmental Systems and Societies. Prior to joining the staff at St. Stephen’s, she taught science at Mounbatten School in Romsey, UK for three years, spent one year at Castelli International School in Rome and also tutored St. Stephen’s students in biology and math. Born in Rome of Greek-Italian origins, Ms. Mantzarlis spent eight years in the U.K. where she obtained a BSc (Hons) Marine Biology, MSc Coastal and Marine Resource Management and a PGCE in Science.
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She has taught French language and literature at St. Stephen’s since joining the school in 1995. She is also the founding director of St. Stephen's Cultural Center Foundation. Like many of her colleagues, she has also held several administrative positions at the school: head of boarding, CAS coordinator and foreign language coordinator. Before moving to Rome, Ms. Martin taught at the Ecole Active Bilingue from 1991 to 1995, preparing students for the French Baccalaureate, British examinations and American High School Diploma.
Her photographs have been published in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Financial Times, Vogue, the Boston Globe, the Globe and Mail, Repubblica’s “D”, Il Corriere della Sera, l’Espresso and L’Internazionale.
Miuccio teaches photography at St. Stephen’s School in Rome and the Rome campuses of Temple and Cornell University. She has received numerous awards for her photography and videos including the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Italian American Foundation, Grazia Neri’s Yann Geoffrey prize, the MacArthur Foundation Arts Organization in Residence Program, and the Oltre I Libri Video Art award from the Biblioteca Angelica of Rome. Her photographs are in the permanent collection of the Museum of the City of New York.
Miuccio has exhibited her images and videos internationally in museums and galleries around the world. Solo exhibits have included the MACRO Museum/FOTOGRAFIA/Festival Internazionale di Roma, the Ellis Island Immigration Museum in New York, Villa Trabia, Sicily and the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Miuccio has also exhibited at the American Academy in Rome, Sala Uno, Biblioteca Angelica, Casa della Storia e della Memoria, and the Temple University Rome gallery. Liana Miuccio’s website is www.lianaphoto.com
Mathematics & Physics
She now teaches Algebra 2, Math Studies and Physics. Prior to her role at St. Stephen’s, Ms. Monesi worked as a data analyst for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on an international project about rainfall intensity measurements, which won the 2010 VAISALA Award in Helsinki. She also worked at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, France. She holds a PhD in Physics from Università Roma Tre.
A twenty-year veteran of the classroom, Stephen was a journalist and publisher in New York City and Washington, DC, before embarking on a career as a teacher. Prior to moving to Rome with his wife and daughter, he taught in the USA, Morocco, China and Jordan. In Jordan, in addition to teaching English classes, Stephen was the founding Director of Arabic Year at King’s Academy, a program that annually invites twenty high school students from the USA to the Middle East for intensive language study, cultural immersion and travel. At St. Stephen’s, he teaches English and serves as a boarding faculty member. In addition, Stephen is a contributing editor to Poets & Writers Magazine in NYC and the published author of short stories and poems.
Head of Boarding
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A Rhode Island native and dual Italian-U.S. citizen, Michael Mottola joined the St. Stephen’s School community in the fall of 2006 as a member of the boarding faculty with his wife Biology teacher, Elizabeth Johnson-Mottola. He has held many positions at St. Stephen’s including boys’ hall coordinator, and is currently the Head of Boarding and assistant librarian. A passionate soccer player and fan of AS Roma, Mike has also been coaching the boys’ soccer team since the fall of 2010. He holds a BS in Biology from Providence College, as well as an associate’s degree from Johnson and Wales University in culinary arts.
Director of Admissions
She is Director of Admissions at St. Stephen’s and also teaches English. She has been an examiner for both the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, and has co-chaired several school evaluations for the Council of International Schools. She loves teaching, cooking, Italy, eighteenth-century literature and her two Persian cats, Zoro and Astro.
Following her early studies in France, she graduated from the Università La Sapienza, earning a degree in cultures and languages of the Islamic world (Middle East and Western Africa), areas of the world Ms. Musili is very passionate about. Previously, she worked as a translator and interpreter at the "Chambre Française de Commerce et d'Industrie en Italie" from 2002 to 2004.
She pursued studies in English and History at the C.W. Post Campus on Long Island, NY. Prior to joining St. Stephen’s in 1989, she taught Italian at various agencies and embassies, as well as at other international schools such as the New School, St. Francis and AOSR.
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In his current role at St. Stephen's, he works with 9th and 10th graders, providing them with a stimulating and challenging new physical education curriculum. Prior to moving to Rome, he taught in the Arlington Public School system for three years as a gym instructor. While teaching grades K through 5, he also pursued his interests in music and creative arts during the production of school plays in an enriching theatre program.
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She earned her PhD in Mathematics at the Universita' di Firenze, in collaboration with the University of East Anglia (UK), with a thesis on algebra and logic, and subsequently obtained a Master of Education in Mathematics from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) in 2006. Prior to joining St. Stephen’s, Ms. Pastori taught high school math in Spain and in Italy, as well as courses in Logic, Calculus and Group Theory at the Universities of Torino, Firenze and Trento.
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She taught Latin and Ancient World History at Stoneleigh Burnham School in Massachusetts. In 2004 she has returned to her Alma Mater, and has been teaching Roman Topography and Latin since then.
Director of the Lyceum, Latin
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She has been actively involved in the IB Latin program since its inception and has served on two IB Latin committees. Her interest in expanding, as well as sharing her knowledge of this historical period often extends outside the classroom with excursions to the Middle East and Africa, and most recently to Syria where she studied the Arabic and Roman occupation of the East. Dr. Pope has also made television appearances as a historian and expert. Her most recent appearance was in a BBC documentary. Before relocating to Rome, Dr. Pope taught at Monash University in Australia for five years, where she is from. She holds a BA (Hons) and a PhD in Latin.
Arts, Drama, Opera
Her extensive professional experience includes performances as a singer in several shows as a member of Equity summer stock companies and work as an assistant to the opera director at N.E.C., where she toured the U.S. for a year with the Metropolitan Opera National Company. Before moving to Italy, she was the director of the Opera Department of the Boston Conservatory of Music. Ms. Provost joined the St. Stephen’s School community shortly after she moved to Rome many years ago. She is the founder and director of the Rome Savoyards, a semi-professional theatrical company which, since 1981, has performed everything from Gilbert and Sullivan to Pinter and which now presents three plays a year at the Teatro San Genesio. You can find out more information abot Sandra Provost by visiting her website at http://www.romesavoyards.it/
Dr. Sacchetti received a degree in humanities (summa cum laude) and a PhD in English Literature from La Sapienza University. Before joining the St. Stephen's community, she worked at Marymount International School and at the American University of Rome, where she taught English and Advanced Academic and Creative Writing respectively. She also worked as a translator in the film industry for many years. She has lived in London and Berlin; she is bilingual (Italian and English) and speaks French fluently.
He left in 1971 to found and, for ten years direct, the Forum School in Rome together with former St. Stephen’s headmaster, Phil Allen. Before returning to St. Stephen's in 1996 to teach economics and English, he directed the Gaumont Film School, taught at the Rhode Island School of Design's Rome program, and served as director of the Lacoste School of the Arts in France. An author, his book The Vines of San Lorenzo has been translated into Italian (Slow Food Editore) and several other languages. Born and bred in Montgomery, Alabama, Edward Steinberg studied at Harvard University, where he was a tutor in History and Literature (Italian and French) and a teaching fellow in social sciences until 1966, with a break to teach history at Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama.
Food, garden & Sustainability Coordinator, Alumni Relations Coordinator, RA
She also spent 2 years teaching math and science in Italian public high schools. Through her time at the American Academy's Rome Sustainable Food Project and years spent as a farmer in New England and Italy, she has developed an unwavering passion for food, farming and nutritious food. She is a an advocate for food and environmental education, bringing her expertise as a teacher, cook and farmer to St. Stephen's new edible education and sustainability program. At St. Stephen's she serves as a Residential Assistant in Boarding , Alumni Relations Coordinator and a Health & Wellness teacher. In her spare time she teaches cooking classes to travelers and students and invests her time in traveling, yoga and eating. She holds a BA in International Affairs & Environmental Studies from Northeastern University.
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Prior to moving to Italy, she taught in Canada for fourteen years where she was recognized for innovative approaches to student leadership and was the winner of numerous national theater awards.
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In both roles, he brings exceptionally rich, cultural experiences that range from living with a Kikuyu family in highland central Kenya to exploring the diverse landscapes of Italy and the Near East. Born in the United States to English parents, Mr. Treherne is a dual U.S. and British citizen. He received a BA in Anthropology (summa cum laude) from UCLA and an MPhil and PhD in Archaeology from Trinity College, Cambridge. He holds an honorary MA from Oxford, where he was a fellow of Trinity College from 1997-2000, and is currently an international fellow of the Explorer's Club of New York.
Arts Department Chair,
The third year into his fellowship, he began teaching music at a recently founded American school by the name of St. Stephen's and has been imparting his knowledge and talent with students ever since. Over the past four decades he has taught a range of courses that have included Music Appreciation, Music History and Music Theory. Having founded the school’s instrumental program, he has also directed the St. Stephen’s School chorus. Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, educated at the University of Tennessee (BM), Princeton University (MFA), and the Hochschule für Musik, Berlin, Trythall also received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and numerous composition commissions. As a concert pianist he won First Prize in the "Kranichsteiner Competition" (Darmstadt, Germany, 1969), and has had an active performing and recording career for the past 40 years. In addition to his role at St. Stephen’s, he also teaches "Twentieth Century Music Theory" for New York University in Florence and is Music Consultant for the American Academy in Rome. For more information about Richard Trythall, please visit his website at http://www.richardtrythall.com/
Classics Department Chair, Latin, Greek & Roman Topography
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Besides her interest in Greek and Latin literature, Ms. Weustink has a special interest in Roman archaeology, particularly in Roman wall painting. Her MA thesis was a study on the decorative arts of atria in Pompeii. She came to Rome in 2002 where she taught undergraduates Greek and Latin at several American study abroad programmes. Since 2013, she has worked at St Stephen's School as a Classics teacher. She is also Chair of the Classics department. In her free time, she is involved in speleo-archaeology: the exploration of tunnels, cisterns, aqueducts, and other man-made underground spaces.
Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning
Alex has been an international school educator since 1999, a profession that has taken him to Japan, Austria, Germany, Australia and the UK. He has taught English A, German A, Spanish ab initio, TOK and Theatre and also works for the IBO as workshop leader, examiner and school inspector. Before becoming a teacher, he briefly worked in corporate communication as well as editing a bilingual learner's dictionary for Oxford University Press. He holds degrees from the University of Cambridge, Frankfurt University and the Central School of Speech and Drama, London.
Head of Boarding & College Counselor
Ms. Young has held positions in international schools in London, Athens, Lugano and Taipei, and many of her years in education have been in residential communities where she has served as teacher, counselor and administrator. Ms. Young invests her time outside the classroom on issues concerning the environment, sustainable living, travel and yoga, and she spends the summers in New England. She holds a BA from Colorado College and an MA from Michigan State University.