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Introducing the New TASIS Faculty Members and Leadership Roles

We are pleased to introduce the talented group of educators who have joined the TASIS Faculty for the 2022–2023 academic year!

High School

Martina Cano will serve as an academic and administrative intern in the High School. She studied Psychology at the University of Granada, did an Erasmus at the University of Oslo, and is working toward a Master's Degree in Teaching at the University of Cádiz. She previously completed internships in the field of educational psychology in two public schools, where she worked with adolescents between the ages of 12–18. 
Francesca Mboup will teach French in the High School. She has traveled widely throughout her career and speaks five languages, and her educational background includes a B.A. in Language Mediation and Intercultural Communication and an M.A. in Foreign Languages and Cultures for International Communication and Cooperation—both from the University of Milan.
Chrissie Wild will be the new High School photography teacher. She most recently worked at an international school in Thailand and comes to TASIS with a B.A. (Hons) in Photography from Manchester School of Art, a PGCE in Secondary Art & Design from Manchester Metropolitan University, and an M.A. in Photography from Birmingham City University.

Middle School

Rich Cramp, who has 12 years of experience teaching English and history in secondary schools and most recently served as Head of the Humanities Faculty at an international school in Thailand, will be an interim English teacher in the Middle School. He earned a B.A. in English at Goldsmiths University of London and a PGCEI at Keele University.

Elementary School

Rachelle Hugg will be joining the TASIS community as the Elementary School music maternity cover for the fall semester. She has been teaching music for 25 years and completed a Bachelor of Music in Music Education at the University of Saskatchewan and an Orff Level 1 and 2 Certification in Music Education at the University of Alberta. 
Michelle Johnson, who earned a B.A. in English at George Mason University and an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education at Arizona State University, will teach second grade in the Elementary School. She started her career teaching first grade in Bangkok, Thailand, and has since taught students from two years old up to Kindergarten at independent schools in Miami and West Palm Beach, Florida. 
Beverly Minard will serve as a third grade maternity cover in the Elementary School beginning this winter. She has taught in Oregon, Kazakhstan, and Italy and comes to TASIS with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies/Liberal Arts from Western Colorado University and an M.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies from State University of New York at Buffalo. 

Jacob Rose will teach fourth grade in the Elementary School. He has taught at the elementary-school level for 10 years—most recently at the American Overseas School of Rome—and completed a B.S. in Elementary Education and Middle School Education/Social Studies at Huntington University. 


Multiple Divisions

Marta Alcaraz Martinez, who has a background in teaching at the elementary school level with a specialization in English as an Additional Language, will be an intern in both the Elementary School and Middle School. She earned a B.A. in Elementary Education at the University of Murcia and West Virginia University. 
Alexandra Anghel Teodora will also serve as an intern in the Elementary School and Middle School. She recently completed a B.A. in Pedagogy of Primary and Preschool Education at the University of Bucharest and has tutored children in mathematics for the past six years. 
Carolyn Annett will join the Health Center as a health and wellness educator. She has primarily worked as a nurse for the past 25+ years in various settings, including hospitals, clinical research organizations, and boarding schools in Switzerland and Italy. 

Erika Cramp, who has a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from University of Pretoria and completed the Graduate Teacher Programme at Roehampton University, is the new Performing Arts Department Chair. She has led large creative and performing arts faculties in the UK and in Thailand and has directed and produced many elementary, middle, and high school productions and concerts over the span of her career in education.


Amy Hutchison, who earned a B.A. in Health and Physical Education at the University of Notre Dame, will be a physical education teacher in both the Elementary School and High School. She has a decade of experience teaching health and physical education and has a special interest in cheerleading and dance.


Jaime Lorite will serve as an intern for the Athletic Department. He has worked as a physical trainer and as a surfing and handball coach and holds a B.Sc. in Sport Science and an M.Ed. in High School Education from the University of Cádiz.


Anastazja Puzina, who completed a B.A. in Philology at the University of Natural Sciences and Humanities, will be an intern for the Elementary and Middle School. She comes to TASIS with a background in foreign language philology and computer science. 


Alexander van Iperen will oversee a number of key operations at TASIS—including security, IT, health services, reception, food service, student safeguarding, safety, risk management, and campus scheduling—in his role as Director of Operations. His extensive experience in school operations includes recent stints as Chief Operations Officer for the International Schools Group in Saudi Arabia and Technical Director at the International School of Manila. He did his studies at the Process Engineering Educational Institute in the Netherlands and also earned a Certificate in School Management and Leadership from Harvard Business School.


Leadership Positions

In addition to introducing the incoming faculty members, we’d also like to inform our community about several current members of the TASIS Faculty who have taken on new leadership roles.

Patricia Clardy, who has worked in the Learning Resource Center since 2020 and has a great deal of service experience both at TASIS and in her previous schools, has taken over as the Opsahl Global Service Program Director. We thank Danny Schiff and Borana Sarcevic for doing a wonderful job leading this signature TASIS program over the past four years.


Isaac Carey is now serving as the New Faculty Coordinator, filling another void created by Mr. Schiff’s departure. Mr. Carey will continue to teach in the High School Math Department, serve as the AP Lead Teacher, and work as a dorm parent. 


Nancy McDonald has officially replaced Adele McLeod, who was on a leave of absence last year and has decided to retire, as the Director of the Health Center. We are grateful to Ms. McLeod for her dedicated service, lasting contributions, and positive spirit to the TASIS community over the course of many years.


Sonia Yo has replaced the retiring Elide Scurio as TASIS Registrar. Ms. Yo comes to her new role with experience in several areas at TASIS, including as an EAL teacher and duty administrator (DA). We thank Ms. Scurio for her many years of service in multiple capacities.

Joe Dusing has replaced Todd Bearden as Multimedia Coordinator. Mr. Dusing comes to this role with a technical and mechanical background and a range of other relevant experience. We thank Mr. Bearden for his invaluable contributions to TASIS over the years.

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The following appointments were announced last spring, but we’ve included them below to serve as a reminder for our community.

Fabrizio Appiani took over as the Head of Finance and Accounting at TASIS on March 1. Mr. Appiani Fabrizio brings a wealth of leadership experience in finance and accounting, most recently at Medacta, and holds a degree in Economics with a specialization in Administration and Control from Bocconi University. 

Director of Counseling Tanya Jovanovich is now also serving as TASIS’s Student Safeguarding Officer.  She will work closely with the Director of Operations and the administration, faculty, and staff to ensure that all of our safeguarding training, procedures, protocols, and professional development are the best they can be and that we continue to provide a safe and secure environment for our students. 


High School Academic Coordinator Kari Fritz will assist the whole school community in its work on both accreditation initiatives and the Strategic Plan in her new role as TASIS Accreditation Coordinator. Ms. Fritz gained extensive experience in accreditation, strategic planning, and school improvement through her work at Claremont McKenna, an outstanding university in the United States.


Michelle Arslanian Naroyan has replaced Yvonne Procyk as Associate Director of Development and Alumni Relations. Ms. Arslanian Naroyan has filled a number of roles since starting at TASIS in 1996, including helping with website management, serving as a public relations liaison with local and national Swiss media, and providing assistance to the Alumni Office. We thank Ms. Procyk for her decades of service to TASIS and the important role she played in keeping our alumni community engaged and informed.


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