Faculty & Staff - AISN
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Faculty & Staff

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.  Contact: director@aisnmauritania.com

 

Meghan Anderton, Academic Manager, English – Middle and High School: 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 from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and is a U.S. certified teacher with a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Currently, she is pursuing a licensure and Master’s Degree in Education Leadership. Being an experienced and dedicated teacher, Ms. Meghan has taught various levels over the past 20 years and also serves as Academic Manager of AISN.  Her interests outside of school include: her family, healthy eating, running, organization, reading, and the beach.  Contact: meghan@aisnmauritania.com

 

Bradley (Brad) McDonald, Social Studies/English – Middle and High School: This will be Mr. Brad‘s first year at AISN. He is from Michigan, USA and joins us after teaching in Albania the past two years. Mr. Brad is a U.S. certified teacher, licensed in Washington, D.C.  He graduated from Michigan State University with his Bachelors of Arts degree in International Relations.  He received his Master’s degree in Cross-Cultural and International Education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Additionally, he served as an International Student Advisor at Kansas State University.  In his free time, Mr. Brad enjoys reading, playing card games and following the news.  Contact: brad.mcdonald@aisnmauritania.com

 

Todd Eiholzer, Math/Science – Middle and High School: Todd joins the AISN staff in 2020 as a well traveled and experienced math teacher (20 years) having taught in the US, Jordan, Skopje and Abidjan. His 10 years of US institution work includes teaching High School Mathematics, Computer Science (Curriculum developer) and soccer coach in the state of Maryland where he is currently certified. He has been employed at several international schools in American systems and IB programs. He has sporadically tutored internationally and in virtual environments for the past 10 years. Todd’s degree is in Mathematics with a minor in Theatre Direction and he has recent course work in (and is a proponent of) blended learning. Additionally, he headed up the Environmental Program at his last school. His interests outside of school include: family, sports, theatre, film, traveling, cooking and music.  Contact: todd.eiholzer@aisnmauritania.com                 

 

Alex Datsyuk, Science/Robotics/Technology – 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 12 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!  Contact: alex.datsiuk@aisnmauritania.com

 

 

 

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 third year in Mauritania and working to deliver excellence in education.  Contact: dave.przekurat@aisnmauritania.com

 

Christine Icarangal, Grades 2-3: Christine Icarangal, or Miss Cookie as she is called by her students and colleagues, joined AISN in August of 2018. She recently completed a U.S. Teacher Training Program and is a U.S. certified teacher.  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.  She has over 10 years of teaching experience, focused on children aged 3 to 8.  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.  Contact: cookie.icarangal@aisnmauritania.com

 

Amel Kheloui, Kindergarten – Grade 1: Ms. Amel has been teaching at AISN since 2000.   She recently completed a U.S. Teacher Training Program and is a U.S. certified teacher.  Ms. Amel holds an International Teacher Certificate from the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and the University of Cambridge as well as a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering with a concentration in Animal Science from Algeria. Ms. Amel is a dedicated teacher that has 20 years of Early Childhood teaching experience. Her daughter, a recent AISN graduate, began her schooling with her mom as her PreK teacher. Ms. Amel has lived in Mauritania for 23 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. Contact: amel@aisnmauritania.com  

 

 

Specials

Mohamed Sidi Ali Francois, French,  K-12/Technology : Mr. Sidi has been teaching for 35 years, 29 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.  Contact: sidi@aisnmauritania.com  

 

Moussa Mamadou Diarra (Papis), Music, K-12: Mr. Papis has been part of our AISN community for 11 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.  Contact: papis@aisnmauritania.com

 

 

Sidi Mouhemed Ahmedou Yahya,  Art, 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 19 years and managed 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.  Mr. Sidi Yahya received the United Nations Arts Initiative (UNARTS) 2020 Mauritanian Award for his artistic and humanitarian achievements. Contact: sidiyahya@aisnmauritania.com

 

 

 

Basma Najjar, Physical Education, K-12Ms. 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 and zumba 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 a national champion of various 10 km and 21 km competitions held in Mauritania.  Contact: basma-najjar@aisnmauritania.com

 

Khin May Linn, Librarian, Permanent Substitute Teacher: Ms. May joined the AISN community in 2016.  She recently completed a U.S. Teacher Training Program and is U.S. certified teacher.  Additionally, she holds a CELTA (ESOL) – Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages – from Cambridge (British Council, Ukraine). She is also certified through Cambridge’s TKT from British Council, Myanmar and holds a diploma in English Language as well as a Bachelor Degree in Physiotherapy.  Before coming to AISN, she worked for six years as an educator in language centers and international schools in Myanmar.  Her husband, Mr. Alex, is the secondary school Science teacher at AISN. While not at work, Ms. May is interested in her family, volunteering as a physiotherapist, cooking, gardening, googling, and taking road trips. Contact: may.linn@aisnmauritania.com

 

Classroom Assistants

Haboussa Mamad, Teacher Assistant, K-1: Ms. Haboussa has worked at AISN for 17 years as a PreK classroom aide.  She holds a Diploma for International Teaching Assistants from the Council of British International Schools.  Before coming to AISN, she provided daycare services 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, K-1: Ms. Hawa joined our Early Childhood Department in 2015. Before joining our team, she worked at Notairy as a secretary and has additional experience working with various types of technology.  During her free time, Ms. Hawa enjoys reading.

 

 

 

 

Olga Ntumbamuadi, Teacher Assistant, Grades 2-3:  Ms. Olga, originally from the Congo, became a part of our Early Childhood Program in 2017.  She holds a diploma for International Teaching Assistants from the Council of British International Schools as well as 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, Grades 2-3: Ms. Rama 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, Grades 4-5:  Ms. Sophia, who is from Ghana, first came to Mauritania in 2008.  She became a member of our Early Childhood team in 2016.  Ms. Sophia hold a diploma for International Teaching Assistants from the Council of British International Schools.  Before coming to AISN, she studied Business Management in the Gambia while teaching English to children part time.  Additionally, she has experience providing child-care services in Nouakchott.

 

 

Office Staff

 

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.  He is also 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 15 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.  Contact: thierno-djigo@aisnmauritania.com

 

 

 

Aicha Fall, Administrative Assistant and Activities Coordinator: Ms. Aicha joined AISN in 2016.  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.  Contact: aicha.fall@aisnmauritania.com

 

 

 

Support Staff

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.