Spotlight on the TASIS Faculty

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.

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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.
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.
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.
Nicolas Jacquemin '20 filmed an interview with High School History Teacher Mr. Brody Fredericksen, who has taught at TASIS since 2007. Mr. Fredericksen discussed his approach to teaching, his previous experience, and the reasons he would recommend TASIS to any student.
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.
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.
Aurelia Dochnal '19 interviewed High School Italian Teacher Mr. Mario D'Azzo, who began teaching at TASIS in 2000 and was the Khan-Page Master Teacher Award recipient in 2015.
Diana Kuznetsova '18 interviewed High School Photography Teacher Mr. Frank Long, who had some very interesting professional experiences before landing at TASIS in 2013.
Shu Ye '18 interviewed High School English Teacher and Associate Dean Mr. Peter Locke, who began teaching at TASIS in 2010 and now also coordinates the School's Senior Humanities and Advanced Placement programs.
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.
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.
Anastasia Kolesnikova '18 interviewed Middle School Science Department Chair Dr. Brett Merritt, who helped develop an Engineering and Invention unit at TASIS and was awarded the Khan-Page Master Teacher Award in 2014.
Diana Kuznetsova '18 sat down with High School Theater Director Valerie Bijur Carlson, who runs the IB Theater program and is responsible for directing and producing a classic play each fall and a musical each spring.
Bryan Soh '18 interviewed Mr. Zach Mulert, who teaches AP US History and has been the director of the School's pioneering Global Service Program since its inception in 2013.
Diana Kuznetsova '18 sat down with High School French Teacher Ms. Brigitte Cazebonne, who has taught at TASIS since 1993 and was the Khan-Page Master Teacher Award recipient in 2012.
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.
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.
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 interviewed Elementary School Physical Education Teacher Mr. Giorgio Volpi, who has a strong background in playing and coaching American football and received the Khan-Page Master Teacher Award in 2013.
Aurelia Dochnal '19 got to know professional musician and Elementary School Music Teacher Ms. Melody Tibbits Zanecchia, whose choir students recorded backup vocals for the 12th studio album of Gotthard, one of the most successful Swiss bands of all time.
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.
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