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Patrick Alava Named 2018 Khan-Page Master Teacher

Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff has announced that Patrick Alava, who has taught Math and History for the TASIS Middle School since 2011, is the recipient of the 2018 Khan-Page Master Teacher Award. Mr. Nikoloff announced the selection at the School’s final All-Faculty Meeting on the morning of June 8 and delivered the following citation:


This year’s Kahn-Page Master Teacher Award winner is a humble person who would never boast or comment on the extensive amounts of work he does for the TASIS community. He is motivated not by recognition. He is motivated by his genuine passion for teaching and love of children.

This year’s recipient embodies the Mission and Vision of TASIS. Committed to academic excellence, he spends an enormous amount of time and energy in tailoring his preparation to each class to ensure his students have the best chance of retaining the information. His students look forward to their time with him, both inside and outside the classroom. The students appreciate him, and the feedback from parents has always been very positive.

He is a dedicated and caring teacher and dorm parent. TASIS expects its teachers and administrators to assume in loco parentis responsibility for students, and our recipient is sensitive to the needs of his students along with being empathetic and compassionate. He truly wants his students to succeed academically and socially, and this is reflected in his teaching and interactions with both his present and former students.

He is an educator in all aspects of the word. He takes his responsibilities seriously and ensures he gives his all to every role he plays at TASIS. As a dorm parent, he is an excellent role model for our students. Even when taking students on weekend climbing or skiing trips, he also uses this time for teachable moments to help our students learn to be better people and learn new skills. His impressive style of preparing his advisees for Academic Travel ensures they face their destinations with knowledge of the places we visit and confidence in their ability to travel abroad without their parents.

TASIS recognizes the importance of teaching fitness and healthy habits of living. Our recipient encourages students to participate in a wide range of outdoor and physical activities, leading clubs and activities that challenge and stretch students physically and emotionally.

On top of everything else, our recipient is a wonderful colleague. He is flexible, collaborative, and positive—three traits that reflect his commitment to education and to boarding school life.

It is my honor to announce the 2018 Khan-Page Master Teacher Award winner, Patrick Alava.



Bestowed annually since 2009, the Khan-Page Master Teacher Award is named after two outstanding teachers who taught for many years in both TASIS schools: the late Akbar Khan in Mathematics and Max P. Page in English. The award recognizes an exceptional teacher who represents a high standard of professional pedagogy, possesses advanced subject-area knowledge, has a capacity to convey the joy and importance of learning to students, and demonstrates a fundamental sympathy with the aims and goals of TASIS as expressed in the Paideia.

The Akbar Khan-Max Page Master Teacher Award is an initiative supported by the M. Crist Fleming Endowment and was proposed by the TASIS Foundation in 2009. The award is funded by the TASIS Board of Directors as part of its broader efforts to support and encourage the faculty as the heart of the TASIS experience and the center of the School’s improvement in the coming years. Candidates may teach in any grade level but must have taught at TASIS for at least five years to be eligible for the Khan-Page Award, which comes with a monetary award of CHF 5,000.

Previous recipients of the award are Chair of the English as an Additional Language Department Carolyn Heard (2009), Art History and Architecture & Design teacher Mark Aeschliman (2010), retired Chair of the English Department Cynthia Whisenant (2011), French teacher Brigitte Cazebonne (2012), Physical Education teacher Giorgio Volpi (2013), Chair of the Middle School Science Department Brett Merritt (2014), Italian teacher Mario D’Azzo (2015), Science teacher Amy Bloodworth (2016), and Math teacher Kerry Venchus (2017).

Akbar Khan Max P. Page

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