Marylou Casillas comes to you from the Golden State of California. She is joining AISB as a Kindergarten teacher. Marylou received her Elementary Teacher License from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her career as a teacher started in the United States before she decided to teach internationally. Since then her adventurous spirit has taken her to teach in Honduras and China.
One of the many things Marylou enjoys about being a teacher is witnessing those moments where her students are curious and completely engaged with the task at hand. She is looking forward to getting to know her Kindergarteners and their families this school year.
When she is not in the classroom, Marylou enjoys exploring nature, coaching soccer, and trying new things. She is excited to be immersed in the Malian culture and for the many adventures to come at AISB!
Famida Daud Aly joins us from Malawi with her husband and two boys. She is proud to call AISB her new home and looks forward to working with the PreK 4 class. She has been an early childhood teacher since 2014 with experience and training in Montessori. She creates a natural, fun and yet challenging way for the children to learn using hands on, individualized materials and methods that allow the child to understand classroom and real-world concepts.
Apart from early childhood education she has worked in administration, marketing and events planning. She has organized and led children's activities such as reading, dancing and cooking classes. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, meeting new people, traveling, dancing, poetry and cooking.
Fernando García-Valiño Carbó is Spanish. He arrived in Bamako is September 2017 to take up a position as Spanish Teacher at the Université des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines de Bamako (ULSHB). He has Master's degrees in both Hispanic Philology and Teaching in High School and has been working as a Spanish teacher since 2011. He has taught Spanish as a foreign language at both the high school and university level since 2014 in various countries and environments and he will be teaching Spanish to AISB high school students.
He likes teaching, learning, languages, literature, cinema, music and practicing sports, and he is very pleased and honored to join the AISB team during the academic year 2018-2019, teaching internediate and advanced Spanish to high schoolers.
Vivek Gupta joins us from Nepal along with his wife, Kirti and son, Krishank; he will be teaching middle school math and sciences. Vivek holds a Bachelor of Education in Mathematics from Tribhuvan University. He has over seventeen years of classroom experience, including the last thirteen with Lincoln School, Kathmandu. Most recently he has taught Grade 7 science, exploratory science and tech classes for middle school and Engineering-Robotics to the seniors.
Vivek is passionate about teaching, and is excited to be the middle school math/science teacher at AISB. He is looking forward to make the academic year a fun-filled learning experience for the students. Apart from that, he is always on a quest to explore new places, meet new people and learn about their language and culture.
Moira Henderson is Scottish, and has been an international teacher for ten years. She is enthusiastically looking forward to teaching the grade 4/5 students. Moira has previously taught elementary and middle school students in American International Schools in Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Egypt, Venezuela and Uzbekistan.She holds three masters degrees, including a MEd in International Teaching from Framingham State University in Massachusetts.
She enjoys learning about each country she lives in, and her main interests are history and politics. Having had several friends previously work at AISB, Moira is eagerly looking forward to her experience in Mali. In her spare time Moira can often be found walking her very well travelled little dog.
Rodney Hill joins us from the greater Washington, DC area. Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Rodney attended Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania – graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a concentration in marketing. He will be assisting Moira Henderson in the grade 4/5 classroom here at AISB. Rodney has spent the last two years working for the administration at Washington, DC charter school with a classical mission and a focus on the Latin language and its history. While at Washington Latin, Rodney also assisted with classroom coverage and coaching basketball to middle school girls. Some of Rodney’s passions include writing, illustrating, and cultural exploration.
Rodney is looking forward to spending his time in the classroom and engaging with students from all walks. He is hoping that his experience with students in an urban environment will provide a new perspective for the students at AISB, while also learning about the many cultures associated with AISB. Rodney is also a trainee teacher, working towards his teacher certification.
Mariam Keita is a 33-year old Malian, married and a mother of two. She was born in Lome and moved to Orlando, Florida at the age of 9. She graduated from William R. Bonne High School and attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York before moving to Paris to learn French in order to pursue her studies in both French and English. She obtained her Master's degree in Advertising and Public Relations at an American-Moroccan school in Rabat. She has worked at Wani Tour Travel Agency, NSIA Mali Insurance, Lux-Dev, UNOPS, and has some experience working with the Ministry of Investment in Mali. She joins us in the office as the new administrative assistant and registrar.
Besides singing & dancing, Mariam has a passion for musical theater. She loves to read any book written by Amadou Hampate Ba or Danielle Steel and is a self-confessed cinema freak.
Mariam is so happy to be part of the AISB's family, she thinks the school is full of positive energy which develops a passion for learning. She agrees with Nelson Mandela, that: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Dámarys del Rey Mustelier is from Havana, Cuba. She has studied music formally since elementary school and has taught music since 2005 - including a Montessori-based special introductory music course for children, choir and piano. She has also played in a number of Cuban pop, house, salsa, reggae and rap groups. She will be teaching secondary music at AISB.
She makes use of a number of resources in her music lessons, from educational games to classical music, to help her students recognize and understand musical patterns and rhythms which, among other things, helps children to better understand Math.
Justin Sinkpon is Ivorian but has most recently been living in Thailand. He started teaching in Ivory Coast before moving to Gabon where he taught at Lycee de l'Amitie (Libreville). He also taught at Robert Goddard French Immersion School, Maryland for three years before teaching at Bowie High School, Maryland for seven years.
He began his International school experience in Cairo where he taught for two years before moving to Thailand. In Thailand, he worked at Chiang Mai International School. Justin joins us as our new K-12 Standard French teacher.