TASIS Introduces New Faculty Members and Leadership Positions
New Faculty Members
We are pleased to introduce the 15 educators who will be joining the TASIS Faculty for the start of the 2020–2021 academic year. Learn a bit about each addition below.
Kelly Burleson, who has taught science in the United States and Malaysia for the past 17 years, will teach Chemistry and Biology in the High School. She also loves theater and has directed one-act plays and forensics solo and duet pieces for competition. Ms. Burleson completed a B.A. in Biology at Abilene Christian University and an M.A. in Secondary Science Education at City College of New York.
William Dalton will teach both English and History in the High School. He spent the past 26 years as an upper school humanities teacher and varsity soccer coach at Beaufort Academy in South Carolina, where he taught several different AP courses and directed more than a dozen school plays. Mr. Dalton comes to TASIS with a B.A. in Literature and Philosophy from American University and an M.A. in History from Indiana University.
Marzia Lecci, who grew up in Zurich and did her high school studies at Institut Montana Zugerberg, will teach Italian in the High School Modern Languages Department. She completed both a B.A. and M.A. in Law at the University of Bologna and earned the Swiss federal certificate for teaching young adults in 2017.
Andrea Parrilla Iriarte will serve as an Administrative and Academic Intern in the High School. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she completed a B.A. in Psychology at American University and an M.S. in Marketing at Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE). Ms. Parrilla Iriarte is already familiar with Lugano, having spent the summer of 2019 as a counselor for the Middle School Program (MSP) in the TASIS Summer Programs.
Marco Roccato will also serve as an Administrative and Academic Intern in the High School. He is Italian but completed his higher education in the United States, earning a B.A. in Global & International Studies at The College of Wooster. There he developed a great interest for international education—both in teaching and in administrative roles.
Tessa Marie Bragger, who earned a B.S. in Mathematics Education from the University of Wisconsin—La Crosse, spent much of her time as an undergraduate supporting under-resourced students through a non-profit organization in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is excited to support TASIS students through her new role as the Middle School Academic Intern.
Michael Clardy will join the Middle School History Department. He has been an educator for 26 years, teaching history, economics, and social studies in the United States, Costa Rica, and Thailand. Mr. Clardy completed a B.A. in Government at Saint Mary's College of California and an M.A. in Education at San Francisco State University.
Anne Marie Maclean will teach Mathematics in the Middle School. She hails from the east coast of Canada and has taught math and science in Canada, Turkey, Estonia, Switzerland, Singapore, and Norway. Ms. Maclean earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Education at St. Francis Xavier University.
Kathy Anderson is passionate about the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and served as the IB Coordinator at three different schools before coming to TASIS, where she will occupy the same role. An avid environmentalist and biologist, Ms. Anderson completed a BSc. in Biology at Mount Allison University and a Bachelor of Education at Queen's University.
Angela Carota will teach Music in both the Middle School and Elementary School. She began her teaching career in the Cincinnati public school system and later was awarded a Fulbright Full Research Grant to study the music education philosophy Orff-Schulwerk at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. She returned to the Cincinnati area in 2011 and has since worked in district leadership to design curriculum, mentor young teachers, and advocate for arts programs in the public schools. Ms. Carota earned a B.S. in Music Education from Xavier University and an M.M. in Music Education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Patricia Mears Clardy will serve as a Learning Resource Center (LRC) Specialist. She has a B.A. in History from UCLA and a Teaching Credential from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has taught in elementary, middle, and high schools in California, Costa Rica, and Thailand over the past two decades.
Johanna Fishbein is the new Director of University and College Counseling. Originally from the Boston area, she has been the Director of University Advising at the UWC of South East Asia in Singapore and the Head of College and Careers Counseling at the International School of Brussels. Before working in college counseling, Ms. Fishbein was the Coordinator of International Recruitment at Barnard College and a New York City public school teacher. She has served on the Executive Board of the International Association of College Admission Counseling in a presidential capacity and has served on several international advisory boards, including the College Board, the University of St Andrews, and the Common Application. Ms. Fishbein completed a B.A. in Criminal Justice from George Washington University and an M.S. in Education from Mercy College.
Muna Kaya, who will teach Mathematics in both the High School and Middle School, has spent 27 years working in international schools in Singapore, Turkey, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Greece, and Switzerland. She has lived in Geneva since 2017 and is an active member of the UN Women's Guild, volunteering her time to raise funds for disadvantaged children around the world. Ms. Kaya earned both a BSc. and DipEd in Mathematics and Chemistry from National University of Singapore.
Kirk Mitchell will be a University and College Counselor. Originally from Canada, he has committed more than two decades of his professional life to international education, working at schools in South Korea, Ecuador, Bangladesh, and China. Mr. Mitchell comes to TASIS with a B.F.A. in Theatre Production and Directing from University of Victoria, a B.Ed. with an English and Drama specialization from Queen's University, and an M.A. in School Counseling from Goddard College.
Graham Pearsall is excited to return to TASIS in the role of Creative Assistant after spending three summers as a photographer for the TASIS Summer Programs. He spent the past two years as the Communication Manager at Waring School in Massachusetts, and prior to that he taught and worked in communications at Foxcroft Academy in Maine and completed photography internships at Harvard University, Boston University, and the Massachusetts State House. Mr. Pearsall earned a B.A. in English from Bates College and an M.S. in Journalism from Boston University.
The following faculty members will be filling new leadership roles this year.
Hermione Fadlon and Mary Baxter will take over as Co-Directors of the Learning Resource Center (LRC) following the departure of Dr. Andrew Rhein. Ms. Fadlon and Ms. Baxter have served as Learning Specialists in the LRC since 2007 and 2017, respectively.
Antony Shelley will replace Nilda Lucchini, who has retired after a distinguished 34-year career at TASIS, as PK–12 Curriculum Coordinator. Mr. Shelley joined the TASIS Faculty last fall and will continue to teach History in both the High School and Middle School.
Ania Barciak, who has taught German in the TASIS High School since 2017, will take over as Modern Languages Department Chair, filling another important opening created by Ms. Lucchini's retirement.
Holly Wiens, who has taught English and EAL at TASIS since 2008, will now also serve as the Middle School English Coordinator. Dr. Christopher Love will continue to oversee the High School English Department.
Tamara Schumacher will fill in as Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) Coordinator for Mara Bernasconi this year. Ms. Schumacher has taught EAL in the TASIS High School since 2006 and will continue to do so.
Hope Schlicht, who has taught EAL in the TASIS High School since 2012 and served as the Dorm Head of Lanterna the past two years, will join the Duty Administrator team. A Duty Administrator serves as the point person for the oversight of the TASIS community outside of the classroom and the academic day.
Gertrude Dudley will replace Ms. Schlicht as the Lanterna Dorm Head and will also serve as the Lead Advisor for grade ten. Ms. Dudley joined the TASIS community last fall and was a member of the Villa de Nobili Dorm Parent team.
The Cum Laude Society aims to promote learning and sound scholarship in secondary schools while recognizing exceptional scholastic achievement. With the addition of six exceptional scholars from the Class of 2023, the TASIS chapter now totals 44 members.
Athletic Director Masa Yo hosted a Spring Athletic Awards assembly for all High School students and faculty members on the afternoon of May 16. Learn about all the award recipients—including the Male and Female Athlete of the Year—and hear from the spring coaches.
Coach Amy Bloodworth and the inspiring all-female team of Mariaurora Rosso ’24, Maddy Costa Felix ’26, Serafina Ballerini ’26, Olivia Canga ’26, and Diana Xiao ’26 were one of just 108 teams in the world to compete at the 2022 FIRST Championship World Festival in Houston, Texas, over the course of April 20–23. Watch them discuss this journey of a lifetime.