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Asmara International Community School (AICS), Eritrea

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Pre-K – Grade 6)

Mr. Daniel Mehari
Mr. Daniel Mehari

Elementary Principal and ESL Teacher - year(s) in AICS: 6


Daniel has a Bsc. in English from the University of Asmara, Eritrea. Formerly, he has worked at REESHCO, Asmara English School and ETSS as a teacher and Social Studies department head. Daniel has 19 years of teaching experience for different age groups before joining AICS.

Ms. Almaz Tesfamariam
Ms. Almaz Tesfamariam

Early Childhood Teacher - Year(s) at AICS: 13


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. Magda Botes
Ms. Magda Botes

Grade 1 & 2 Teacher - Year(s) at AICS: 3


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. Shikara Shahrin
Ms. Shikara Shahrin

Grade 3 & 4 Teacher & International Primary Curriculum Coordinator - Year(s) at AICS: 3


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.


 

 
Mr. Justin Rankin
Mr. Justin Rankin

Grade 5 & 6 Teacher - Year(s) at AICS: 1


Justin Rankin is an international educator who is originally from Northern Ontario, Canada. He holds a B.A.(Hons) in Criminology from the University of Windsor, a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) from the University of the West of Scotland, and a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in International Education Administration from Endicott College. Justin has worked as both a teacher and an administrator over his career in Canada, South Korea, Myanmar, China, and now in Eritrea.

Ms. Shewit Berhane Tekeste
Ms. Shewit Berhane Tekeste

ESL Teacher - Year(s) at AICS: 5


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. Fortuna Gebremeskel Weldeslassie
Ms. Fortuna Gebremeskel Weldeslassie

Grade 5 & 6 Educational Assistant - Year(s) at AICS: 4


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.

 

SPECIALISTS SUBJECTS

Sofanias
Sofanias
Mr. Fithawi Ghebrehiwet
Mr. Fithawi Ghebrehiwet

Music & CAS Coordinator - Year(s) at AICS: 8


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. Ruth Simon
Ms. Ruth Simon

High School French & International Middle Years Coordinator - Year(s) at AICS: 7


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.

Ms. Lewam Hagos
Ms. Lewam Hagos

Elementary & Middle School French - Year(s) at AICS: 3


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. Meron Teklemariam
Ms. Meron Teklemariam

ICT - Year(s) at AICS: 3


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. Berhan Kebede
Ms. Berhan Kebede

Librarian - Year(s) at AICS: 8


Berhan 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 holds an award from the U.N 21, 2003 from the Secretary General Kofi A. Anan, a Meritorious honor Award from the department of states of America, UNMEE Mine action 2006. She also speaks German, French, Italian, Amharic and Arabic.

 
 

SECONDARY SCHOOL (Grade 7 – Grade 12)

Mr. Matthew Holborow
Mr. Matthew Holborow

Secondary Principal and DP English Teacher - year(s) in AICS: 1


Matthew is from the UK. He has a BA (Hons) in Literature and History, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education(specializing in English and Drama), and a Master’s of Education. He has worked in the UK, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Egypt, Costa Rica, Bangladesh, and most recently in Uganda where he was employed as Assistant Principal (IB DP Coordinator and College Counsellor).

Mrs. Kate Shanks
Mrs. Kate Shanks

High School Social Studies & IBDP Coordinator - Year(s) at AICS: 3


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 the IB Diploma Programme Coordinator (DPC) at AICS.

 
Ms. Kimberley Comeau
Ms. Kimberley Comeau

Secondary English and History Teacher - Year(s) at AICS: 1


Kim is from New Brunswick, Canada and has been living and teaching internationally for the past 24 years. She has always been passionate about teaching reading and writing, with an added interest in history. Kim has a BA in English Literature and History, BLS in Language Arts, and an MAED with a concentration in secondary literary. Complementing her education, Kim is also TESOL certified (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), is an Executive Function Coach (planning, organizing, and time management), and is IB-MYP certified in Language & Literature. Throughout the course of her career, she has also served as department head, NHS coordinator, and various other roles. Kim has a great deal of cultural experiences that she brings to AICS; she has lived in France, South Korea, USA, Turkey, Kuwait, China, Costa Rica, making Eritrea here 8th academic posting.

Mr. Tom Shanks
Mr. Tom Shanks

Social Studies & Theory of Knowledge Teacher - Year(s) at AICS: 3


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).

 
Mr. Mehari Ghebremichael
Mr. Mehari Ghebremichael

Secondary Math Teacher - Year(s) at AICS: 1


Mehari has a Bsc. in Mathematics Education from the University of Asmara. Formerly, he has worked at REESHCO, Selam Elementary and Junior School and Harnet Secondary School as a teacher, department head, team leader and after school activity coordinator. Mehari has 18 years of teaching experience for different age groups before joining AICS.

Mr. Sergey Kotelnikov
Mr. Sergey Kotelnikov

Secondary Mathematics and Physics Teacher- Year(s) at AICS: 5


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.

 
Ms. Cindy Powell
Ms. Cindy Powell

Secondary Biology Teacher - Year(s) at AICS:1


An IB-DP and MYP certified instructor in Chemistry and Biology. She is originally from U.S. and has a B.S. degree in Biology/English and a M.S. degree in Biology/Biochemistry. She has worked at Sigma Chemical as a biochemist, taught at universities in the U.S. for 14 years and this is her 17th year teaching secondary science. Her three adult children live in the U.S. and this is her 3rd international assignment as she taught in Poland and South Korea prior to Eritrea. Her hobbies include ceramics, archery and hiking.

Mr. Abraham Tekeste
Mr. Abraham Tekeste

Secondary Chemistry Teacher - Year(s) at AICS: 6


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.

 
 

Departments & Administration

Mr. Eseyas Abraham – Finance Department

Ms. Sham Tesfay – Health Department

Mr. Alex Biniam – IT Department

Ms. Mihret Tekie – Head Administrator

Ms. Hermon Yemane – Administrator & After School Coordinator

Ms. Marta Negash - Administrator

Service & Maintenance

Ms. Abeba Tesfay – Cleaners

Ms. Askalu Ghebrehannes – Cleaners

Ms. Guey Kifleyesus – Cleaners

Ms. Nitshit Adhanom – Cleaners

Ms. Tsigereda Tekle – Cleaners

Ms. Tsega Efrem – Cleaners

Mr. Semere Yemane – Security

Mr. Marikos Ermias – Security

Mr. Yonas Haile – Maintenance

Mr. Okbamichael Tekle – Security

Mr. Tesfamariam Tekle – Security