Amaya Norton-Scherer ’24 interviewed High School Academic Travel Director and Weekend Activities Coordinator Ms. Natalie Philpot, who believes that the robust TASIS travel program sets students up for success in all areas of their lives.
Faculty excellence is the core of the TASIS experience. Our student writers have interviewed some of the many exceptional teachers at TASIS, and we look forward to adding more faculty features soon.
Ilana Uribe Zuluaga ’24 interviewed Opsahl Global Service Program Director Ms. Patty Clardy, who has worked as a learning specialist in the TASIS Learning Resource Center since 2020 and started her new role in the fall of 2022.
Alex Gabriel ’23 interviewed High School English and History Teacher Mr. Bill Dalton, who has also made significant contributions to the TASIS Theater Program since coming aboard in the fall of 2020.
Tiara Azimova ’24 interviewed Ms. Federica De Bianchi, who has taught Italian Language and Literature in the TASIS Middle School since 2006 and was the recipient of the 2022 Khan-Page Master Teacher Award.
Joy Wang ’25 interviewed Performing Arts Department Chair Ms. Erika Cramp, who started at TASIS this fall and is aiming to provide more opportunities for students of all ages to be involved in music, theater, and dance.
Marc Feng ’24 interviewed Elementary School Language and Literacy Leader Ms. Melissa Fogal, who has worked closely with students and teachers in grades Pre-Kindergarten through five since she arrived at TASIS in 2021.
Andrea Rossini ’23 interviewed High School IB Economics Teacher Mr. Michael Clardy, who has also taught history, coached a number of sports, and led many Academic Travel trips since arriving at TASIS in 2020.
Haya Hamzah ’25 interviewed Elementary School Art Teacher Ms. Caroline Rossi, who has been helping young TASIS students develop their creativity, passion, and independent thinking skills since 2005.
Wexler Brodie ’24 interviewed High School English Teacher Ms. Emily Clark, who has contributed to the TASIS community in a number of meaningful ways since coming to the school in 2021.
Kaan Kartal ’23 interviewed Middle School Physical Education and Health Teacher Mr. Jack Morton, who also coaches the Varsity Soccer Team, serves as a dorm parent, and runs several clubs that promote student wellness.
Mariaurora Rosso ’24 interviewed her former Middle School Italian Teacher Ms. Camilla Perani, who started at TASIS in 2015 and currently teaches Italian language, literature, and history in the Middle School.
Sakura Tanaka ’24 interviewed Ms. Gigi Diane Guarnieri Rosso, who has been a member of the TASIS Faculty since 1990.
Lily Moore ’23 crafted this engaging profile after speaking with Middle School and High School Dorm Parent and Middle School Advisor Ms. Olymar Brown—the “Mother of Balmelli”—about finding one’s passion.
Ella Budenbender '23 interviewed Physical Education Department Chair and Director of Residential Life Mr. Tom Lill, who has been associated with TASIS since 2010 and has juggled these two important roles since 2019.
Chongyi Feng '23 interviewed Athletic Director Mr. Masa Yo ’04, whose long association with TASIS included stints as a student, Summer Program administrator, teacher, coach, dorm head, and duty administrator before he took charge of athletics in 2019.
Alex Gabriel '23 interviewed AP Calculus and AP Computer Science Teacher Mr. Isaac Carey, who has worked hard to grow the School’s Computer Science Program since starting at TASIS in 2019.
Susanna Campbell ’23 interviewed High School Biology Teacher Gillian Sawyer-Price, who completeda Ph.D. in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Glasgow and taught pharmacology and anesthesiology at several European and American universities before coming to TASIS in 2011.
Wexler Brodie ’24 interviewed High School Science Department Chair Alec Ogilvie, who teaches IB Chemistry Higher Level and Standard Level and has seen the Science Program grow tremendously since he started at TASIS in 2008.
Elizaveta Semasheva ’22 interviewed Mr. James Shields, who has served as the High School Math Department Chair for more than 20 years and believes that students shouldn’t be overly reliant on technology as they build a solid foundation in mathematics.
Jane Wilson ’22 interviewed Elementary School Science Teacher Laurent Carsana, who cultivates a love for science in his young students by empowering them, encouraging them to slow down and think deeply about what they’re doing, and building a learning environment defined by honesty and trust.
Olivia De Souza Carneiro ’24 interviewed High School Math Teacher Deborah Tompkins, who started at TASIS in 2018 and currently teaches IB Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches Standard Level and Honors Precalculus.
Mariaurora Rosso ’24 interviewed Anthony Panontin, who started at TASIS in 2019 and currently teaches IB Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches Higher Level and IB Theory of Knowledge to both juniors and seniors.
Katerina Smyslova ’24 interviewed High School Math Teacher Daniel Dudley, who has taught both AP and IB Math since coming to TASIS in 2019.
Susanna Campbell '23 sat down with new Director of University and College Counseling Ms. Johanna Fishbein, who brings a great deal of experience and enthusiasm to TASIS and strives to empower all students to take control of their own college planning process.
Nika Grigorian '23 sat down with Elementary School Teacher Ms. Sarah Hertig, who is teaching second grade this year after spending her first four years at TASIS in the first-grade classroom.
Susanna Campbell '23 interviewed High School Economics and History Teacher Mr. Eric White, who taught at TASIS from 2017–2021 after working in the United States public school system for more than a decade.
Jane Wilson '22 sat down with Middle School EAL Teacher Ms. Perri Sartorelli, who helped launch the TASIS Elementary School in 2005 and has taught EAL in the Middle School since 2011.
Joy Mack '21 interviewed High School Math Teacher Mr. Daniel Schwartz, who has taught all levels of IB Mathematics over the course of his 11 years at TASIS.
Alexia Dochnal '22 interviewed High School English Teacher Ms. Carolyn Rosenberger, who has taught both IB and AP Literature since arriving at TASIS in 2018.
Nicole Abrate Echezarreta '20 interviewed High School German Teacher Ms. Ania Barciak and crafted a thoughtful profile.
Joy Mack '21 interviewed Elementary School Teacher Ms. Natasha Koltypin, who has taught both Kindergarten and first grade since starting at TASIS in 2015 and believes it is essential to forge a personal connection with each student.
Jane Wilson '22 sat down with Elementary School teacher Ms. Sarah Maas Bearden, who started at TASIS in 2013 and currently teaches fourth grade while also serving as Core Knowledge Coordinator. She emphasizes openness and honesty in the classroom and encourages her students to aim high.
Director of Communications Mark Chevalier sat down with Middle School Italian Teacher Ms. Irene Avaldi-Bianchini, who has been at TASIS since 2003 and feels more strongly than ever that this generation of students has a very bright future.
Shu Ye '18 interviewed veteran Architecture & Design and Art History Teacher Mr. Mark Aeschliman, who has degrees in English, Fine Art, Art History, Italian Language & Literature, and Architectural History. Mr. Aeschliman has been at TASIS since 1979 and was the School's second Khan-Page Master Teacher Award recipient in 2010.
Ekaterina Plotnikova '18 sat down with Middle and High School Science Teacher Ms. Amy Bloodworth, who has made coding and robotics a key component of the Middle School Science curriculum and was the recipient of the 2016 Khan-Page Master Teacher Award.
Aurelia Dochnal '19 interviewed High School English Teacher Dr. Christopher Love, who has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan and taught at universities in both the United States and Turkey before coming to TASIS in 2012.
Anastasia Kolesnikova '18 interviewed Middle School Science Teacher Dr. Brett Merritt, who helped develop an Engineering and Invention unit at TASIS and was awarded the Khan-Page Master Teacher Award in 2014.
Bryan Soh '18 interviewed High School Math Teacher Ms. Kerry Venchus, whose contributions to TASIS extend well beyond the classroom. Ms. Venchus has helped her AP Calculus students perform extraordinarily well on their exams in recent years and was the 2017 recipient of the Khan-Page Master Teacher Award.
Jessica Landa '18 interviewed High School Dean of Students Mr. KC McKee, who also teaches AP United States Government and Politics and coaches Middle School lacrosse.
Diana Kuznetsova '18 interviewed High School Photography Teacher Mr. Frank Long, who had some very interesting professional experiences before landing at TASIS in 2013.
Amelia Panella '18 interviewed High School Fine Arts Department Chair and professional artist Mr. Martyn Dukes, who has taught both AP and IB classes over the course of his 10 years at TASIS.
Anastasia Kolesnikova '18 interviewed High School Science Teacher Ms. Pegeen Crockett, who taught for nearly 40 years in the United States, Saudi Arabia, and China before coming to TASIS in 2016.
Shu Ye '18 interviewed Elementary School Italian Section Teacher Ms. Cecilia Origoni, who currently teaches students in grade three and helped found the School's Italian Section when she started at TASIS in 2006.
Emma Dressler '18 interviewed Elementary and Middle School Theater Director Mr. Matthew Frazier-Smith, who also teaches dance and music during the Academic Year and served as the Director of the Dedicated Performing Arts Team in the TASIS Summer Programs from 2014–2017.
Lilian Angelone '19 sat down with Pre-K to 8 Learning Technologies Coordinator and Elementary School Math Coordinator Mr. Tim Venchus, who has done much to advance the use of technology in the classroom since he started at TASIS in 2010.
Joy Mack '21 sat down with Middle School Math and History Teacher Mr. Patrick Alava, who began teaching at TASIS in 2011 and was honored to receive the Khan-Page Master Teacher Award in 2018.
Joy Mack '21 interviewed Modern European History and AP European History Teacher Mr. Daniel Kirsch, who began teaching at TASIS in 2007 and was appointed High School History Department Chair in the fall of 2018.
Nicole Abrate Echezarreta '20 interviewed Ms. Anna Kavalauskas, who joined the High School English Department in 2011 after serving as a counselor in the TASIS Summer Programs nearly a decade earlier, and crafted a thoughtful profile.
Aurelia Dochnal '19 got to know professional musician and Elementary School Music Teacher Ms. Melody Tibbits Zanecchia, who was recognized as a Khan-Page Master Teacher in 2019.
Anastasia Kolesnikova '18 sat down with Ms. Carolyn Heard, who received the School's inaugural Khan-Page Master Teacher Award in 2009. Ms. Heard chairs the English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department and is known for helping her students achieve exceptional results on the International Baccalaureate (IB) exams.
Nicole Abrate Echezarreta '20 interviewed High School Chemistry and Physics Teacher Mr. Gil Grimm, who taught at TASIS from 1997–2000 and from 2011–2021.
Aurelia Dochnal '19 interviewed High School Italian Teacher Mr. Mario D'Azzo, who taught at TASIS from 2000–2021 and was the Khan-Page Master Teacher Award recipient in 2015.
Diana Kuznetsova ’18 sat down with High School Theater Director Ms. Valerie Bijur Carlson, who ran the IB Theater program and was responsible for directing and producing a classic play each fall and a musical each spring from 2012–2020.
Bryan Soh '18 interviewed Mr. Zach Mulert, who taught AP US History and was the director of the School's pioneering Global Service Program from its inception in 2013 through his departure from TASIS in the spring of 2018.
Diana Kuznetsova ’18 sat down with High School French Teacher Ms. Brigitte Cazebonne, who taught at TASIS from 1993–2021 and was the Khan-Page Master Teacher Award recipient in 2012.
Alexia Dochnal '22 interviewed Middle School English Teacher Ms. Ritta El-Manadily, who taught at TASIS from 2005–2020 and believes that the student should always be at the center of one's teaching universe.
Shu Ye '18 interviewed High School English Teacher and Associate Dean Mr. Peter Locke, who taught at TASIS from 2010–2019.
After being inspired by a speech he gave about gratitude earlier this year, Esma Karuv '19 chose to interview High School Math Teacher Mr. Tommy Manning, who started at TASIS in the fall of 2017.