Abram Cosby is returning to international teaching after spending a year studying forest stewardship and managing his privately owned timber/recreational forest in northeastern Washington state. He has previously taught in Venezuela, Uzbekistan and Sierra Leone and has an M.S. from SUNY Buffalo and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Washington State University. He is greatly looking forward to returning to the classroom and the international community.
For fun, Abram enjoys walking and meditating in the forest, river raft trips, skydiving, as well as learning and experiencing new things.
Allwyn comes to AISB after travelling around the world and is from the exotic land of India. After starting his career with a leading IT consulting company, Allwyn chose to travel around the world and work with people from all walks of life. His first assignment outside India was to lead the IT infrastructure team for an International School in China. This is where he started to interact with students and decided that he would work with students for the rest of his life, and empower them to be world leaders who will change the world.
After helping a small international school in Brazil to build their technology program from scratch, Allwyn is happy to move to Mali and be part of the AISB family and lead the technology program. He looks forward to learn more about the people and explore the rich culture in Mali.
Elmeka Henderson joins us from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her son, Chris. She will be serving as the new Learning Support Coordinator and Counselor. Elmeka is a certified school psychologist who also is a mindfulness instructor.
Elmeka believes in learning by doing, connecting with nature, and asking lots of questions. She thinks young people have important opinions, loud voices, and can make great changes in our world. She loves introducing simple tools that can help individual students and help classrooms run smoothly while meeting students’ unique needs.
Elmeka has had the opportunity to work with individuals with special needs in various school settings, which has helped her to develop unique ways to assist students academically, socially, and emotionally. Elmeka is eager to begin building relationships with the students, teachers, and parents at AISB to provide a whole-student approach to student support.
When Elmeka is not working, she enjoys spending time in nature, exploring local cuisine, cooking, dancing and traveling. Elmeka is excited to get started in her new role and make Mali her new home.
Thomas (T) Darcy
In 1979 I began my teaching career in Southern Africa. Now 40 years later I find myself in West Africa. I am a graduate of Rutgers University (BS Chemistry ‘79) and The College of New Jersey (M.Ed. ‘90). I have taught science and math students from seventh to twelfth grades in New Jersey public schools for 25 years and internationally for nearly 10 years and regardless of where or when I have taught, I find students have changed little over the years. Private, Public, Parochial, International, or a small village in southern Africa…students are learners who need teachers who are also learners. Each day when I’m having my morning coffee I am surprised as to how very happy I am to begin the day and I am very excited about teaching here at the American International School Bamako here in Mali.