Our school is home to a fine, professional family of faculty and staff members dedicated to serving our students.
Faculty and Staff
MaryAnn Przekurat, Director: MaryAnn Przekurat joined AISN in August 2018. As a 25 year educator, Ms. MaryAnn is passionate about student learning and educational leadership. She has worked in schools in the United States, Mozambique, Uganda, Ghana, Dominican Republic and Saudi Arabia. Ms. MaryAnn holds a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics and two Masters Degrees in Business and Administration from United States universities. Certified as a Secondary Education Math and Science Teacher as well as a PreK-12 Principal, Ms. MaryAnn has taught in both American curriculum schools as well as International Baccalaureate (IB) schools. Ms. MaryAnn and her husband, Dave, raised their two children at international schools and are pleased both have chosen careers in Education. Ms. MaryAnn brings to AISN the perspective of Teacher, Principal, Business and Operations Manager, Executive Director, and importantly as a parent. While not at school, Ms. MaryAnn likes to read, play games, and golf.
Meghan Anderton, Curriculum Coordinator, Middle School Science, College Guidance: Meghan Anderton joined the AISN community in 2002, after having served 2 years as an Education Peace Corps Volunteer in Kiffa, Mauritania – 600 kilometers east of Nouakchott. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and French and is a certified teacher with a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Currently, she is pursuing a licensure and Master’s Degree in School Administration. Being an experienced and dedicated teacher, Ms. Meghan has taught all levels from Kindergarten – 8th grade over her the past 19 years and serves as AISN’s curriculum coordinator and college counselor. Ms. Meghan’s interests outside of school include: her family, healthy eating, running, organization, reading, and the beach.
Barbara Schmidt, English – Middle/High School: Barbara Schmidt is currently in her third year at AISN. She studied English and French at Michigan State University, USA, where she also earned her U.S. teaching certificate. After teaching in the United States for three years, she headed to Mauritania with her husband, Mr. Andrew. Currently Ms. Barbara is pursuing her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University in the United States. Some things Ms. Barbara enjoys are reading, board games, and swimming.
Andrew Gac, Social Studies – Middle and High School: Andrew Gac is a sixth year teacher who hails from Michigan, USA. Mr. Andrew graduated from Central Michigan University with his Bachelors of Science degree in Education with endorsements in English and Special Education for Students with Emotional Impairments. He recently obtained a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. In his free time, Mr. Andrew enjoys playing sports and board games along with reading. Mr. Andrew tried to ensure AISN students have an opportunity to share in his passion by coaching sports and opening up a portion of his board game collection (like Pandemic and Codenames) during after school activities.
Inés Mourino, Mathematics – Middle and High School: Inés Mouriño joined AISN in August of 2017 to teach Math at the secondary level, grades 6-12. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the United States as well as Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Uruguay. Ms. Inés is a passionate and energetic teacher with almost 30 years of experience; she taught Math at the secondary level and Chemistry at the university level for 15 years in Michigan, USA. She also brings to AISN her international teaching experience after working for almost 15 years in Uruguay and Venezuela. Ms. Inés loves her family (her husband, and their three children along with two granddaughters) and enjoys walking, cooking/eating and watching sports (tennis and soccer games); she is a “super” fan of Rafa Nadal and Real Madrid! She feels very fortunate to be part of the AISN staff and to do what she likes the most in life: learning and teaching.
Alex Datsyuk, Science/Robotics – Middle and High School: Alex Datsiuk joined the AISN staff in 2016 to teach Middle School and High School Science. He holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Biotechnology from the Technical University of Ukraine and is currently pursuing his teaching license. Mr. Alex has 11 years of experience of making Science fun at international schools in Mauritania, Ukraine, and Myanmar. His wife, Ms. May is AISN’s Librarian. Mr. Alex is wholeheartedly a Science guy and loves to inspire others through his passion!
David Przekurat, Grades 4-5 : David Przekurat joined the AISN Elementary School in August of 2018. He brings with him 25 years of teaching and educational experience. Mr. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education and a Master of Science Degree in Science Education. He has taught a wide variety of Math, Science, and Design Technology courses at 5 different international schools as well as teaching elementary school in the United States. In addition to his Education degrees, Mr. Dave also holds a degree in Occupational Therapy and worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in rehab facilities and public schools in the United States. In 2016 he opened a new site for a non-profit organization in the United States that serves urban youth through education and outdoor experiences centering on bicycles. Mr. Dave, a passionate mountain biker, is enthusiastically looking forward to his second year in Mauritania and working to deliver excellence in education.
Sally Spellman, Grades 2-3 : Ms. Sally AISN joined AISN in 2019. She comes to us with over 30 years of teaching and is a life-long learner herself; she hopes to inspire her students to share her joy and love of learning. Ms. Sally has worked in schools in the United States (including the inner city and the remote Alaskan bush), as well as international schools in China, Afghanistan, Egypt, Republic of Georgia, and Turkey. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master of Science in Reading Education. Ms. Sally is certified as as an Elementary Teacher, Reading Teacher and Reading Specialist. She has taught in both American and British curriculum schools, as well as International Baccalaureate (IB) schools. While not at school, Ms. Sally enjoys reading, dabbling in art, cooking, and traveling. She is excitedly looking forward to life in Mauritania and getting to know her new AISN family.
Christine Icarangal, Grade 1: Christine Icarangal, or Miss Cookie as she is called by her students and colleagues, joined AISN in August of 2018 to teach Kindergarteners and First Graders. She has 30 credits towards a Master’s in Education, with a specialty in Teaching the Early Grades and also holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics. Her eleven years of teaching experience has always focused on children aged 3 to 7. She has taught in the Philippines, Mexico and Myanmar. Miss Cookie believes that having a positive relationship with her students is the first step to help them achieve their potential. She makes sure that her students feel safe in their learning environment. She loves to inspire them to be responsible for their actions and help them achieve continued success, not just in academics but also socially and emotionally. When Miss Cookie is not in the classroom, you can find her catching up on her readings, exercising, Skyping with family and friends, and doing some Pinterest-ing.
Amel Kheloui, Kindergarten: Ms. Amel joined the AISN community in 2000 after teaching at the Mission Catholic School in Nouakchott. She holds an International Teacher Certificate from the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and the University of Cambridge as well as a Baccalaureate of Science and Agronomist Engineer diploma from Algeria. Ms. Amel is a dedicated teacher that has 19 years of Pre-Kindergarten teaching experience. Her daughter, now in high school at AISN, began her schooling with her mom as her PreK teacher. Ms. Amel has lived in Mauritania for 22 years, and while not busy challenging her students at school, she enjoys running, swimming and traveling the world to discover new places and learn about different cultures.
Mohamed Sidi Ali Francois, French & IT, Grades 4-12: Mr. Sidi has been teaching for 34 years, 27 of them at AISN where he has taught French, English as a Second Language (ESL), Mauritanian Studies, Physical Education and IT. He coaches the school’s swimming and soccer teams. He worked for the Peace Corps Education Program to train new volunteers in teaching in Mauritanian schools. Mr. Sidi holds a Bachelor’s degree in education, a certification in ESL/EFL from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, a certification in American curriculum Advanced Placement (AP) French and Culture from Texas Christian University, and a certification in teaching foreign languages (French and English) from the Teachers’ Training College in Mauritania. He is also certified in teaching Windows/Microsoft Office.
Jamila Aissaoui, French, Grades PreK-3: Ms. Jamila Aissaoui joined AISN in 2019 to teach French. She holds a teaching degree and a French Language teaching certificate from Morocco. She taught the Baccalaureate in Modern Literature for several years in Rabat. Before joining AISN, Ms. Jamila was the manager of EBS in Nouakchott for more than ten years; she also has been an advisor for the Permanent Mauritanian Mission of the United Nations in New York. Ms Jamila, a native speaker of French and Arabic, is also fluent in English and speaks Spanish, along with several other languages. In addition to being professional, conscientious and enthusiastic in her work, she is also a perfectionist in everything she does. To her, teaching is more than a job; it is a vocation with a huge responsibility. Ms. Jamila’s educational philosophy is embedded in the following quote, “The best teachers don’t show you how to follow the path. They teach you how to create a path of your own.” Outside of work, Ms. Jamila is the very proud mother of four wonderful children. She also enjoys entertaining relatives and friends as well as cooking, gardening, reading and writing.
Moussa Mamadou Diarra (Papis), Music, Pre-K-12: Mr. Papis has been part of our AISN community for 10 years and has a total of 28 years of music experience, including taking specialized courses in music teaching and music conducting. Before working at AISN, he collaborated with local schools to provide musical and storytelling presentations to students. During his free time, Mr. Papis enjoys playing in his own pop band and staying active by participating in a variety of sports . Additionally, he provides guidance and support to local musicians, helping to advance their careers.
Sidi Mouhemed Ahmedou Yahya, Art, Grades Pre-K-12: Mr. Sidi Yahya, an accomplished Mauritanian artist, has been teaching at AISN since 2006. In total, he has been teaching art for a total of 18 years and had his own art school for children before joining our community. Since 1987, his artwork has been exhibited in Mauritania as well as in several European and African countries. Additionally, Mr. Sidi Yahya holds a B.A. in Arabic Literature. His favorite hobbies include being creative and making new discoveries about the world.
Basma Najjar, Physical Education, Pre-K-12: Ms. Basma has been living in Mauritania for almost 25 years and is originally from Tunisia. Before joining the AISN community in 2014, Ms. Basma was the manager of the Racing Club, a local sports and cultural organization, for 19 years. She has 15 years experience teaching fitness classes and aerobics and is a certified tennis instructor. She holds a Baccalaureate in Literature and spent 2 years studying literature and civilization at Sousse University in Tunisia. In addition, she also has a Masters in English Language and Literature from Nouakchott University. In her free time, Ms. Basma enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 daughters, playing tennis, going to the movies, and traveling. Furthermore, for more than 13 years, she was the national champion of various 10 km and 21 km competitions held in Mauritania.
Khin May Linn, Librarian: Khin May Linn joined AISN community in 2016 to work in the Library after having worked for six years as an educator in language centers and international schools in Yangon, Myanmar. She is certified through Cambridge’s Teaching Knowledge Test, holds a diploma in English Language, and is pursuing a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate. In addition to Education, she graduated with a degree in Physiotherapy. Her husband, Mr. Alex, is a science teacher for middle and high school students. While not at work, Ms. May is interested in her family, volunteering as a physiotherapist, cooking, gardening, playing chess, and driving.
Haboussa Mamad, Teacher Assistant Pre-K: Ms. Haboussa has worked at AISN for 16 years as a PreK classroom aide. She did a year of training beyond high school and worked in the day care for the US Embassy. Ms. Haboussa is married and has one child. During her free time, she likes to travel, read and visit with friends.
Hawa Issa Ba, Teacher Assistant Pre-K: Ms. Hawa, who is from Mauritania, has experience working with various types of technology as well as working at Notairy as a secretary. She joined the Early Childhood department at AISN in 2015. During her free time, Ms. Hawa enjoys reading.
Olga Ntumbamuadi, Teacher Assistant: Ms. Olga, originally from the Congo, became a part of our Early Childhood Program in 2017. She holds a BTS2 and a License in Business Management. Before joining our AISN community, she was the Assistant to the Director at a local business, Africatel. Ms. Olga also speaks English, French, and Spanish. When not working, Ms. Olga likes to learn about different cultures.
Ramatoulaye Anne, Teacher Assistant: Ms. Rama, who is from Mauritania, graduated from the University of Nouakchott with a B.E. and a Masters degree in English. Before joining our Early Childhood team in 2018, she was an assistant director at a local Turkish company as well as an assistant director at Ecodev. She also has experience working as a receptionist. Ms. Rama speaks English, French, Arabic and several local languages. After work, she enjoys staying with her family and taking care of her children.
Sophia McKeown Anderson, Teacher Assistant: Ms. Sophia, who is from Ghana, first came to Mauritania in 2008. She became a member of our Early Childhood team in 2016. Before that she studied Business Management in the Gambia, while teaching English to children part time. Additionally, she has experience providing child-care services in Nouakchott. In her spare time, Ms. Sophia likes to rest so she can be and do her best.
Alexa Hanna, Business Manager: BA degree in Geography, certificate in
Teaching English as a Second Language. Ten years experience in Project and
Thierno Djigo, Accountant: Mr. Djigo joined AISN in 2005 as part of the Business Office Staff. He holds a B.A. degree in French Literature and certifications in Accounting and English and is a multi-lingual speaker of Pulaar, Arabic, French, Wolof, Hasiniya, and English. Mr. Djigo taught French in the Mauritanian Education system for 7 years and currently has 14 years accounting experience at AISN. He is passionate about politics and in his free time enjoys spending time with his family and friends, tending his garden, and reading.
Aicha Fall, Administrative Assistant and Activities Coordinator: Ms. Aicha joined AISN in 2016 as the Assistant to the Director. She is an alumnus of the World Learning Program and benefited from a US State Department Scholarship that allowed her to study at Tennessee Tech University in the United States. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering. Her hard work in the community was recognized by the US State Department when her project, SANA for Development, which aims to improve the resilience of rural communities in Gorgol, was awarded a large grant. Ms. Aicha speaks six languages including English, French, Arabic, and 3 local languages.
Mensan Batao, School Driver and Head of Maintenance: Mr. Mensan joined our Support Staff team in 2015 and hails from Togo. Prior to working at AISN, his past experience includes personal security, construction supervision, and transportation services. Mr. Mensan is an active soccer player and enjoys racing and biking in his free time.
Hameth M Sy (Pappis), Office Assistant: Mr. Pappis has been part of our Support Staff since 2001, for a total of 20 years. He taught sign language at a local deaf school before joining us at AISN. He communicates through sign language as well as English, French, and Hassaniya. Mr. Pappis enjoys biking and holds a black belt in karate.
Harouna Camara, Custodian: Mr. Harouna came to Mauritania in 2002 from Sierra Leon. He joined our Support Staff in 2017 after working as a store master at the University of Nouakchott as well as a French to Arabic translator for a local security agency. Mr. Harouna likes to keep active with a variety of sports, including weight-lifting and running.
Binta Mary, Custodian: Ms. Binta, originally from Senegal, came to Mauritania in 2002. She has several years of housekeeping experience from working with the expat community in Nouakchott and is currently in her third year at AISN. In her free time, Binta enjoys spending time with her family and taking care of them.
Alioune Diop, School Driver: Mr. Alioune joined our support staff in 2017. Before working at AISN he was an active member in the local community, participating in training to assist handicapped children. He also received children protection training through Unicef and the Haut Commissariat des Refugees (HCR). Additionally, he has worked with Malian refugees in the camp of Mberra. Mr. Alioun is also a karate teacher and possesses a black belt in this martial art.