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Asmara International Community School (AICS), Eritrea

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Pre-K – Grade 6)

Mr. Daniel Mehari
Mr. Daniel Mehari

Elementary Principal & ELL Teacher - Year(s) at AICS: 5


'Danny' has a BA in English from Asmara University. He has taught at Semhar Junior
and Secondary School, ETSS, Asmara English School, and Cathedral Computer School
as an English and classroom teacher. Previously at AICS, Mr. Daniel was the Social
Studies Teacher for Grade 7 and at Rainbow International School, the Head of Social
Studies for Elementary. Mr. Daniel has been in the education field for 18 years.

Ms. Shewit Berhane Tekeste
Ms. Shewit Berhane Tekeste

Early Childhood Teacher - Year(s) at AICS: 4


Shewit has a BA in English from Asmara University. She has worked as an English teacher at Warsay Ykealo Secondary School, Tsaeda Christian School, MCS School and Rainbow International School. At Rainbow International School, Ms. Shewit was Planning Coordinator, overseeing reports and curriculum for 8 Elementary teachers. Ms. Shewit has 15 years in education.

 
Ms. Almaz Tesfamariam
Ms. Almaz Tesfamariam

Early Childhood Teacher - Year(s) at AICS: 12


Almaz has a Certificate from the Asmara Teacher Training Institute in Early Childhood Education. She has been with the Early Childhood Program at AICS for 12 years.

Ms. Leilani Greene
Ms. Leilani Greene

Grade 1 & 2 Teacher & Middle States Accreditation Coordinator - Year(s) at AICS: 2


Leilani is from the United States. She has taught in Nashville as both a Grade 1 & 2 teacher. Her previous educational experience was in Costa Rica where she started as an elementary school teacher before becoming the National Field Director of WorldTeach. As National Director, she managed 50 elementary school teachers instructing English in rural public schools. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Government and History from Georgetown University, a Master of Arts in International Development from The George Washington University, and a Master of Education in Instructional Practice from Lipscomb University.

 
Ms. Rahwa Daniel Bitow
Ms. Rahwa Daniel Bitow

Grade 1 & 2 Educational Assistant - Year(s) at AICS: 2


Rahwa has a Diploma in General Education. She has worked at Seret Kindergarten, Megarh Junior School and Lalimba Junior School. Ms. Rahwa has 7 years in education.

Ms. Magda Botes
Ms. Magda Botes

Grade 3 Teacher - Year(s) at AICS: 1


Magda is from South Africa. She has worked as a teacher in Oman, Libya, Rwanda and the UAE teaching Kindergarten, Grade 2 and Grade 3. She has a BA in Social Work from the University of Pretoria and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Primary Education from the University of South Africa. She taught for 11 years before joining AICS.

 
Ms. Fortuna Gebremeskel Weldeslassie
Ms. Fortuna Gebremeskel Weldeslassie

Grade 3 Educational Assistant - Year(s) at AICS: 3


Fortuna has a Diploma in Fine Arts. She has worked as a teacher at Geshnashim Junior School and was previously Assistant Director at Angel Kindergarten. She also holds a Diploma of Desktop Publishing, Graphics and Advanced Video and Music Editing.

Ms. Shikara Shahrin
Ms. Shikara Shahrin

Grade 4 Teacher & International Primary Curriculum Coordinator - Year(s) at AICS: 1


Shikara is Malaysian. She has a B.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Hawaii. Previously, she worked in Malaysia at the International School of Kuala Lumpur and at Nexus International School where she taught the IPC to Pre-K to Grade 6. She spent her formative years attending international schools in Libya, South Africa, Canada, Australia, Thailand and India. In addition to her duties at AICS, Ms. Shikara is the teacher representative for the PTO and coaches the High School Girls Football Team.


 

 
Ms. Ariam Bereket Habte
Ms. Ariam Bereket Habte

Grade 4 Educational Assistant - Year(s) at AICS: 2


Ariam was a practising accountant for 2 years before discovering her passion for education. She has an Advanced Diploma of Accounting and an Associates in Human Sciences (in addition to a Diploma of Desktop Publishing, Graphics and Advanced Video and Music Editing). She has worked at Hagos International School, the Asmara English School and Ideal Kindergarten. She is also certified by Cambridge to teach English as a foreign language.

Ms. Alexandra Carter
Ms. Alexandra Carter

Grade 5 Teacher - Year(s) at AICS: 2


Alexandra holds both South African and UK nationality. She spent twelve years teaching ELL to children and adults before moving into the elementary classroom. She has worked in education in South Africa, Japan, England, Italy, and the UAE. She has a BA in English, Psychology and Political Philosophy, an Honours in English Literature, an MA in English Literature from the University of Stellenbosch, and a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education from Sunderland University.

 
Ms. Eden Bereket Bokre
Ms. Eden Bereket Bokre

Grade 5 Educational Assistant & Student Services - Year(s) at AICS: 2


Eden has a BA in Educational Psychology. She has worked as a child psychologist at Orotta Pedaeatric Hospital and has taught at Hilna Kindergarten. She has also given workshops for the Delasalle Brothers and to the teachers of St. Anna Kindergarten. Prior to her education career, Eden worked as a Radio-Numa host (an Eritrean Radio Show). She is also certified in Basic Mass Media & Communication from UNDP.

Mr. Tom Connelly
Mr. Tom Connelly

Grade 6 Teacher - Year(s) at AICS: 1


Tom is Australian. He has taught Grades 2, 3, 4 and 5 in Australia, Japan and Taiwan. He has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History and Philosophy, a Graduate Diploma of Arts in Development and a Graduate Diploma of Primary Education. He has been a primary teacher for 12 years before joining AICS.

 
Ms. Makda
Ms. Makda

Grade 6 Educational Assistant & After School Activities Coordinator- Year(s) at AICS: 4


Makda has earned a B.A. Degree in Public Administration with a minor in Political Science from the University of Asmara. She worked as a project officer in the Ministry of Labour and Human Welfare and worked as a teacher in Rainbow International School for 4 years.

 

SPECIALISTS SUBJECTS

Ms. Kokob Beyene Asefaw
Ms. Kokob Beyene Asefaw

Art Teacher - Year(s) at AICS: 23


Kokob has a diploma in Early Childhood Development from the University of Addis Ababa. She is a certified Art Teacher for PYP, IPC and IMYC, and has three Early Childhood Education Certificates from the Ministry of Education in Eritrea. She has been at AICS since 1995.

Ms. Senait Fissahaye Tekeste
Ms. Senait Fissahaye Tekeste

Art Assistant - Year(s) at AICS: 2


Senait has a Diploma from the Asmara Art School. She has been a practicing artist having participated in solo and group exhibitions in Asmara (Eritrea), Massawa (Eritrea), and Ottawa (Canada). In addition to this, she has received several awards for her art sculptures. Senait has been an art teacher at Alliance Française. Her art has made also it to galleries in Paris, France.

 
Mr. Fithawi Ghebrehiwet
Mr. Fithawi Ghebrehiwet

Music Teacher - Year(s) at AICS: 7


Fithawi has a Diploma in Classical Music from the Asmara Music School and a Diploma in Classical Music and Voice from the Evangelical Lutheran Church Music School. In addition, to this he is an ORFF trained music educator. At AICS, he coordinates the HS Student Council, Yearbook Community, and is the local staff representative to the school Board of Governors. Fithawi is also certified to teach Music for the IPC and IMYC curriculum.

Ms. Meron Teklemariam
Ms. Meron Teklemariam

ICT Teacher - Year(s) at AICS: 1


Meron has a BSc in Computer Engineering from EIT. She has worked as a software developer and system analyst and has taught at Angel Kindergarten and Barka Secondary School. Ms. Meron has 5 years in the IT and Education sectors.

 
Ms. Berhane Kebede
Ms. Berhane Kebede

Librarian - Year(s) at AICS: 7


Berhane trained as a librarian at the University of Asmara and with the British Council. She holds a degree in History from the University of Addis Ababa. She has worked as a librarian at Black Lion Medical Center, the Eritro-German Association, the Eritrean National Chamber of Commerce, the Library and Information Association of Eritrea, UNMEE MACC, the US Embassy and AICS. She also speaks German, French, Italian, Amharic and Arabic.

Ms. Lewam Hagos
Ms. Lewam Hagos

French Teacher (Elementary & Middle School) - Year(s) at AICS: 1


Lewam was born in France. She has a B.A. in Geography. She has worked as a teacher at Tsaeda Christian Secondary School and at the Alliance Française for five years teaching A1 through to B2 levels.

 
Ms. Ruth Simon
Ms. Ruth Simon

French Teacher (High School) & International Middle Years Coordinator - Year(s) at AICS:  6


An IB-Certified educator, Ruth attended a French Lycée from KG through to Secondary. She has an Advanced Diploma in French, a Certificate in Journalism, coursework in pedagogy, and a 4th Level Certificate in Italian from the University of Sienna. She studied journalism and short-story writing at ICS and the United Nations, and worked as a journalist both locally and internationally. She is a prolific publisher and has written novels, children’s books, translations and a French-Tigrinya dictionary. Prior to joining AICS, she taught at Rainbow International School and Guglielmo Marconi High School as a French and Italian teacher. She also previously lectured Africa Literature and Cinematography at SMAP Institute.

 

SECONDARY SCHOOL (Grade 7 – Grade 12)

Ms. Dana Garbely
Ms. Dana Garbely

Secondary Principal & High School English Teacher - Year(s) at AICS: 2


An IB-Certified educator, Dana is from the United States. She taught in China for several years at three different schools. She has a BA in English from Cal Poly Pomona and a MA in Writing from the University of Portland. She spent her formative years attending international schools in Indonesia, Nepal and Romania, graduating from the American International School of Bucharest with the IB Diploma.

Ms. Kate Britton
Ms. Kate Britton

High School Social Studies & IBDP Coordinator - Year(s) at AICS: 1


Kate is from the UK. She has a BSc in Geography and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education. In addition to working in the UK as a geography teacher and as Head of Geography, she has also worked in Nigeria where she was the Acting Head of Humanities and Geography teacher. Most recently she was at King’s College, Madrid where she was Head of Geography. She is now our fully qualified coordinator of the IB programme for Grades 11 and 12 here at AICS.

 
Mr. Aklilu Araya
Mr. Aklilu Araya

Secondary Math Teacher & Creativity, Action and Service Coordinator - Year(s) at AICS: 7


An IB-Certified educator, Aklilu has earned a BSc. Degree in Physics with a minor in Geology from the University of Asmara. He did his teaching practicum at Saghm Secondary School and taught at Semaetat Secondary School and Warsai-Yikealo Secondary School and Rainbow School. He also participated in the Primary School Science Teachers summer-training with the Ministry of Education as a trainer. He has been in the education field for 17 years.

Mr. Sergey Kotelnikov
Mr. Sergey Kotelnikov

Secondary Physics Teacher- Year(s) at AICS: 4


An IB-Certified educator, Sergey is from Russia, but has been living in Eritrea for 21 years. He has a PhD in Mathematical Physics from St. Petersburg State Technical University, where he also taught in the Department of Theoretical Physics there as an Associate Professor. He also held the same title in Physics Department at Addis Ababa University for 4 years, before moving to Eritrea to become a Professor at the Asmara University and Eritrea Institute of Technology teaching Master's Programs.

 
Mr. Abraham Tekeste
Mr. Abraham Tekeste

Secondary Chemistry Teacher - Year(s) at AICS: 5


An IB-Certified educator,Abraham earned a BSc of Chemistry from the University of Asmara. He taught at Mai Nefhi High School shortly before working full-time at the National Drug Quality Control for the Ministry of Health in Eritrea. Prior to the IB Programme, Abraham taught Chemistry for the IMYC and IGSE curriculums.

Mr. Tom Shanks
Mr. Tom Shanks

Middle School English and Social Studies & High School TOK Teacher - Year(s) at AICS: 1


Tom is from the UK. He has a BSc(Hons) in Geography and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd) specializing in Geography. He has worked at two different schools in the UK as a Geography teacher, Geography Coordinator, Senior Teacher and Special Educational Needs Teacher. He also previously worked in Nigeria where he taught Geography, PE, Environmental Management, Middle School English and was the Student Support Programme Coordinator (Special Educational Needs).

 
 

Departments & Administration

Mr. Eseyas Abraham – Finance Department

Ms. Sham Tesfay – Health Department

Mr. Alex Biniam – IT Department

Ms. Mihret Tekie – Administrator

Ms. Winta Emhatsion – Administrator

Ms. Konjit Berhane – Administrator

Service & Maintenance

Ms. Abeba Tesfay – Maintenance

Ms. Askalu Ghebrehannes – Maintenance

Ms. Guey Kifleyesus – Maintenance

Ms. Nitshit Adhanom – Maintenance

Ms. Tsigereda Tekle – Maintenance

Ms. Tsega Efrem – Maintenance

Mr. Semere Yemane – Security

Mr. Marikos Ermias – Security

Mr. Yonas Haile – Security

Mr. Okbamichael Tekle – Security

Mr. Tesfamariam Tekle – Security