Staff

Leadership & Administrative Staff

Mirlinda Boshnjaku
President

Nancy Sanderson Swartz
Head of School

Gladiola Dona
Head of Administration

Hegla Duro
Head of Finance

Alena Namotu
DP Coordinator / MYP Coordinator

John Jaques
Dean of Students

Shikha Ahuja
PYP Coordinator


 

Primary School Teaching Staff


Melissa Haver
PYP Early Years Programme

Melissa Haver originates from the US, and this will be her fourth year at WAT. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from the University of Nebraska. She has eight years of experience working with children of different ages, mainly in a Pre-Elementary/Elementary setting. She likes to facilitate creative and critical thinking opportunities for her students, and loves to incorporate music, art, and science into her PYP Units of Inquiry. Melissa is a qualified teacher and has completed two IB workshops: Making the PYP Happen (Category 1) and Inquiry in the Classroom (Category 3). She enjoys teaching at WAT and looks forward to the new school year.


Amanda Doll
Grade 2

Amanda Turici grew up in North Carolina in the US, but has lived in Albania for 9 years. This will be her sixth year of teaching at WAT. Amanda was a member of the teaching team who developed and implemented the PYP curriculum at WAT, leading the school to PYP authorization in 2014 to become Albania’s first IB World School. Amanda attended Western Carolina University and is a K-12 qualified teacher. Amanda has completed 3 IB workshops: An Introduction to the Curriculum Model and Making the PYP Happen (Category 1), and Inquiry (Category 3). In addition to spending time with her sons 3-year-old Maks and 1-month-old Oliver, Amanda creates inquiry-based, differentiated exploration activities to engage her students’ diverse interests, talents and personalities and make PYP happen in the classroom.


Maria Josel Arce
Grade 3

Maria is from the Philippines and holds a Bachelor Degree in Education and Psychology as well as a Master Degree in Special Education. She has 10 years of teaching experience, and has been an IB PYP teacher for the past 4 years for Grades 1 and 3, here at WAT and at her previous IB World School in Manilla. Maria has completed IB workshops for Teaching and Learning in PYP (Category 2), Assessment in PYP (Category 2), and Reading and Writing through Inquiry in PYP (Category 3). Maria facilitates inquiry-based learning experiences that are purposeful and fun in her classroom, making thinking visible through collaboration and encouraging students to ask questions, make choices and take action. Maria is the team leader for Grade 3 this year at WAT. She looks forward to work together with her new colleagues, students and their parents to ensure her students’ learning experience is as remarkable as possible.


Laurice Rodrigues
Grade 4

Laurice grew up in the Philippines, but lived in US, Africa and India before coming to Albania. She studied at the University of North Texas and started her teaching career in an American Missionary School in Nigeria. This is her eighth year as a PYP teacher. Laurice has completed three IB workshops: Making The PYP Happen (Category 1), The Written Curriculum (Category 2), and Transdisciplinary Teaching and Learning in PYP (Category 3). She has also participated in a professional development workshop conducted by TAISI - Learning To Learn: How Teachers Can Facilitate Students Metacognition. Laurice creates a classroom environment that inspires and empowers her students’ thinking, risk-taking and independent learning; an environment that honors individuality and student voice. Laurice will be the team leader for Grade 4 this year.


Shikha Ahuja
Grade 5

Shikha Ahuja is from New Delhi, India, and studied Honours English at Delhi University. She holds a Bachelors of Education degree and has taught for 7 years. Shikha is extremely passionate about providing holistic education for her students. Having taught in PYP and MYP, Shikha has experience of making inquiry based learning meaningful in the classroom. She has been an IB educator at the prestigious Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, DPS International School in Gurgaon and Ecole Ruban Vert in Libreville Gabon before coming to WAT last year. Shikha has completed four IB workshops: Making the PYP Happen (Category 1), Reading and Writing through Inquiry in PYP (Category 3), Concept-based Learning (Category 3), and Launching the MYP (Category 1). As the new PYP Coordinator at WAT, Shikha will be tasked with helping our teachers develop creative Units of Inquiry and authentic student evaluations. She will lead PYP teachers through the school’s first PYP Evaluation process by the IB in April 2018.


Igli Nako
Music Teacher

As a composer, pianist, and theory teacher, Igli joined the school 7 years ago as its Music teacher. He graduated from the Fine Arts Academy of Tirana and teaches many different musical styles. Igli has completed 3 IB workshops: An Introduction to the Curriculum Model (Category 1), Making the PYP Happen (Category 1), Inquiry (Category 3). He is very enthusiastic about teaching music to children and contributes music for class celebrations and graduation.


Danjela Çakuli
Dance Teacher

Danjela is a dancer, teacher and choreographer from Tirana. She has taught dance at WAT for seven years, offering co-curricular classes in Ballet, Jazz, Acro and Hip Hop for all ages. Her specialty is ballet and her annual end-of-year Dance Recital is always a sell-out. Danjela has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Choreograpy from the University of Arts in Tirana and has completed 3 IB workshops: An Introduction to the Curriculum Model (Category 1), Making the PYP Happen (Category 1), and Inquiry (Category 3). Danjela is very enthusiastic about sharing her love of dance with her students because she believes everyone needs daily exercise to lead a healthy and active life.


Eris Bushati
Arts Teacher

Eris originates from Shkodra in Northern Albania, but she has been living in Tirana, where she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts. Eris has participated in many art exhibitions, competitions and symposiums. She has been teaching for 4 years, and this is her third year at WAT. Eris shares her art experience and knowledge with students, offering the Arts and Crafts co-curricular activity for PYP students, and Digital Photography for our MYP students.


Alketa Nuhu
Albanian Language Teacher

Alketa Nuhu is a qualified teacher from Tirana, with a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education, Masters in Primary Education, and years of experience teaching at public and private schools in Albania. Alketa also taught early years in Greece. She has completed three IB workshops: An Introduction to the Curriculum Model (Category 1), Making the PYP Happen (Category 1), and Inquiry (Category 3). This is her 5th year teaching Albanian Language at WAT.


Anjeza Shatku
Albanian Language and Literature

Anjeza graduated in Albanian Language and Literature at the University of Tirana, and studied Political Science at the University of Genoa in Italy. She worked as a journalist and interpreter before becoming a teacher. This is Anjeza’s third year at WAT. With interests in music, visual arts and sports, she leads the Italian Culture Club as a co-curricular activity. Anjeza has completed two IB trainings: Making the PYP Happen (Category 1) and Inquiry (Category 3). Her quote “Learn while you are teaching” is her mantra for teaching.


Anxhela Kllogjeri
French Language Teacher

Anxhela has studied French for 16 years, graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Education and French, then earning a Scientific Master in Teaching French. Anxhela has worked with children across all age groups and has been teaching for 4 years. Anxhela is in her second year of teaching at WAT, and is very enthusiastic to ensure her students enjoy learning French and discover the wonders of French culture.


Zhao Zhiyuan
Mandarin Chinese Teacher

Zhao has finished his Master and Bachelor Degree in “Arts of English Language”. He has a long experience in teaching Mandarin Chinese in the University of New Mexico, State University, and Confucius Institute in Nigeria. Zhao came to Albania in 2015 and started teaching mandarin Chinese at the University of Tirana / Confucius Institute. He joined World Academy of Tirana in September 2016 teaching Mandarin to all interested students as a co-curricular class.


Clemens Kienzle
German Language Teacher

Clemens Kienzle is originally from southwest Germany near the German-Swiss border. Like many of our students, he is a third culture kid and has lived abroad since childhood, including a few years spent in Tirana. He holds a Bachelor degree in Applied Linguistics from Brock University in Canada, and a Master in Multi-lingualism Studies and Foreign Language Teaching from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. Before coming to Albania Clemens taught German and English for four years at an international school in Chengdu in China. In his second year at WAT, Clemens will be teaching German for native speakers and as a foreign language for students who want to learn the language.


Mari Hawes
Grade 4

Mari is originally from San Diego, California but has lived in 14 US states. Travelling has been part of her life and a reason she chose to teach abroad. Mari has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with specialties in both science and TESOL. This is her 5th year as a licensed teacher, though she has worked and volunteered in schools around the US for over 15 years. She has taught in Taiwan, Czech Republic, and Turkey before coming to Albania. She works hard to help students understand what they are trying to learn, using Whole Brain techniques, Interactive Notebooks, chants, songs, and movement. Mari is also the mother of 3 children and enjoys riding motorcycles, painting, reading and dancing.


Jenn Lear Espinosa
Kindergarten

Jenn Lear embarks on her 8th year of teaching as she joins us at WAT. She is passionate about Inquiry-based learning and had her first encounter with PYP while completing her elementary teaching certification (Pre-Kindergarten to 6th Grade) in the US. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the Philippines. Jenn also has a Masters Degree in International Education from George Mason University, Virginia. Having taught in IB World Schools in the Philippines and Japan, she is both certified and experienced in TESL. Jenn has completed the following IB trainings: Making the PYP Happen in the Classroom - with a focus on Inquiry (Category 1), Elementary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in International Schools (Category 3) and Teaching and Learning in the International Baccalaureate Program (Category 3). After a year of teaching in Australia, Jenn decided to seek out an international school which aligns more with her teaching and learning philosophy. She endeavors to provide her students with learning experiences that are authentic, useful and empowering. Jenn and her family come from Australia and are excited to be a part of WAT's vibrant international school community and explore this part of the world.


Katie Wilson
Grade 4

Katie Wilson is originally from South Dakota. She received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Dordt College in Iowa. Her previous teaching experiences took her to Afghanistan, where she taught 3rd and 5th grades, and Arizona, where she has been teaching 5th grade. This will be Katie's first year at WAT, and she is excited to share her passion about fostering an atmosphere of lifelong learning. She enjoys creating varied learning experiences that engage all parts of the mind. She is thankful for the opportunity to bring her strengths to WAT while continuing to learn from the wide array of experiences brought to WAT by other staff and teachers. Katie has received two IB trainings: Making the PYP happen (Cat. 1) and Inquiry based teaching (Cat.3).


Mary Harwood
Grade 1

Mary Harwood is from Canada, where she attended the University of Ottawa to earn her Bachelor degree in English and Geography before pursuing an Education degree in Primary Education at the University of New Brunswick. Mary taught in South Korea and for 4 years at a PYP classroom teacher at an IB World School in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, before moving to Albania. This will be Mary's eighth year of teaching, and her first year at WAT. She has completed three IB workshops: Making the PYP Happen (Category 1), Concept-Based Learning (Category 3) and Assessment (Category 3). Mary creatively plans her lessons and units to incorporate the interests and needs of her students into each day's learning. She enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, scuba diving and hiking, and is always eager to explore new corners of the world. Mary looks forward to building relationships at WAT and calling Tirana home!


Tyler Smet
PE Teacher

Tyler Smet is from Canada, and has taught in South Korea and Malaysia before moving to Albania. This will be Tyler's seventh year teaching, and his first year at WAT. Tyler attended St. Thomas University, Fredericton before completing a TEFL course. Tyler has experience in PYP, and has completed workshops on Making The PYP Happen (Category 1) and Assessment (Category 3). Tyler has worked in EAL as a support teacher and a college lecturer - including development of EAL assessments and offering parent workshops. He enjoys outdoor activities such as cycling, scuba diving and hiking, and has an interest in experiential learning. Tyler looks forward to being a part of the WAT and Tirana communities.


Thelma Ginsberg
Grade 1

Thelma is originally from Nicaragua. She has her Master’s Degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction. She has over 12 years teaching experience. She’s taught preschool, first and second grade in the US, Nicaragua and Morocco. She loves to travel and she loves yoga. She has two children, aged 24 and 19! Hobbes is a photographer in Los Angeles, CA and Zoey is studying in the University of Nice, France. She is married to Mr. Ginsberg (MS Math and Bus. Ed. teacher) Thelma is a life-long learner who loves to inspire her students to be curious and have fun while working hard. She has completed the IB trainings - Making the PYP Happen (Category1) and Concept-Based Learning (Category 3).


Diane Coon
PHE Teacher

Diane Coon is a recent graduate from the United States where she studied Communication, specializing in Sport Communication. Diane has spent the past two years in Albania as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She lived in a small, southern Albanian town where she taught English and soon fell in love with the community and the country. Diane has been coaching for eight years, both leading and developing programs. She has coached at a variety of levels and has experience with many age groups. Diane has also been an active athlete for her entire life. During college, Diane played intercollegiate volleyball and worked for the Sports Information Staff. She looks forward to working at WAT this year and developing opportunity in Sport for the WAT community. Diane is passionate about volunteering, reading, the outdoors, and having fun.


Kayla Baron
Grade 2

Kayla is from the US, holds a Bachelor degree in Sociology with a Minor in Dance, and earned a teaching certificate, licensed by the State of Florida. She previously taught in Korea for five years and has 11 years of experience in dance instruction. Kayla will complete two IB workshops this month: Making the PYP Happen (Category 1) and Concept-based Learning in PYP (Category 3). She loves the challenges and rewards of living abroad and learning about foreign cultures. She anticipates delivering inquiry-based education while sculpting our future global citizens.


Kyle Moye
PYP Substitute and PYP Drama teacher

Kyle Moye is from the US and has lived in Albania for two years. After completing Bachelor degrees in Geography and Community and Regional Planning, Kyle joined the Peace Corps, working closely with World Vision and public schools to provide support for vulnerable children and develop after-school programs. Kyle had previous experience working with youth as a counselor for Boys and Girls Clubs, at summer theatre camps, and teaching English. Kyle will complete two IB workshops this month: Making the PYP Happen (Category 1) and Concept-based Learning in PYP (Category 3). Kyle is passionate about helping youth reach their potential. He practices and teaches Yoga and hikes.


 

Secondary School Teaching Staff


Alena Namotu
MYP Coordinator

Alena hails from Fiji, a beautiful island in the South Pacific. She joined WAT last year as our MYP Coordinator and continues in that role this year, as well as that of DP Coordinator. Alena’s 10 years of IB experience includes teaching DP History and DP Geography, with extensive training and experience in both MYP and DP. Alena completed her Bachelor of Education degree in Geography and History, and Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of the South Pacific. She has completed seven IB workshops: Supervising the DP Extended Essay (Category 2), Implementing DP History (Category 1) Introduction to MYP (Category 1), Developing MYP Units of Work (Category 3) Inter-disciplinary Units in the MYP (Category 3), MYP Personal Project (Category 3), MYP Coordinator (Category 3). Alena has also earned credits from Kent State University for her experience as a DP examiner. She is passionate about History and Geography, and brings that energy into the classroom. Alena will work closely with DP and MYP students and parents to ensure that her teachers provide their students with the best educational experience.


Admir Kellezi
DP Physics, DP Chemistry / MYP Integrated Sciences

Admir Kellezi was born in Tirana and moved to the US as a teenager, earning two degrees from the University of Nebraska, a Bachelor in Biochemistry and Biotechnology, and Masters in Business Administration. He received his teaching qualification from the University of West Florida, and is working on his Ph.D in Biophysical Chemistry. For 10 years, Admir was a researcher at Eppley Institute for Cancer Research at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Before joining WAT 4 years ago, his teaching experience included both university and secondary. Admir anticipates sharing his passion for Science with students in DP Physics and DP Chemistry. He has completed four IB workshops: Supervising the DP Extended Essay (Category 2), Implementing DP Physics (Category 2), Implementing DP Chemistry (Category 1), and Implementing Science in MYP (Category 1).


Merijada Dusha
Individuals & Societies Teacher

Merijada is Albanian. She is has studied History and Geography at the University of Tirana. She has been working as a Humanities teacher in public schools and as a coordinator of preschool education. She has a long experience in education, teaching, supervising the educational program and preparing educational resources. She has organized various trainings for teachers. She has completed the following IB training : Making PYP happen (category 1), Launching the MYP, Implementing the MYP curriculum (category 1), Pedagogy and Psychology for the Early Childhood, Children’s Rights, Strategic Communication, The Role of the Civil Society in social inclusion and equal treatment, Educational Standards of the Ministry of Education, and different training for strategic planning and management. This coming academic year will be her fifth year of teaching at WAT. She has been teaching Individuals and Societies for grade 6-10, Albanian History for grade 9 and Albanian Citizenship for grade 10.


Ervin Dauti
DP Visual Arts / MYP Visual Arts / AP Design

Ervin has a Bachelors and Master of Science degree in Fine Arts. As Assistant Manager of Promenade Gallery, he was responsible for organizing art exhibitions. Ervin has exhibited his own artwork in group exhibitions, festivals and competitions. This is his 4th year teaching at WAT. Ervin has completed four IB workshops: Supervising the DP Extended Essay (Category 2), Launching the MYP (Category 1), Implementing MYP Design (Category 1), and PYP Inquiry (Category 3). He enjoys seeing his students improve their artistic skills and develop confidence.


Ariana Gojani
DP Mathematics HL/SL / MYP Mathematics

Ariana is originally from Kosovo. She earned a Bachelor degree in Teaching Mathematics and Master degree in Mathematics and Technology. Ariana has 11 years of teaching experience with the American School of Kosovo and 3 years at WAT. She has completed four IB workshops: DP Mathematics, Launching the MYP, and Implementing MYP Mathematics (Categories 1 and 2). She encourages students to make connections to develop their meta-cognitive strategies and think about their thinking. Ariana leads the Mathletics co-curricular after-school for MYP students.


Peter Thompson
English Language and Literature Teacher

Peter is from England and he has been teaching English Literature and Language at an Independent boarding school in Bath, England, for 10 years: he has many years experience of teaching the GCSE and A Level qualifications. He has a PGCE in English from Bath University and an English Literature degree from Durham University. He is a big fan of Shakespeare and American Literature. In addition, he is a keen sportsman and particularly likes athletics and rugby. This will be his first year teaching at WAT and he is very excited about the experiences ahead.


Shayna Calkins
MYP English Language and Literature

Shayna was raised in Des Moines, Iowa. She received her Bachelor degree in Secondary English Literature and Language Arts from Simpson College in Indianola Iowa. She taught for four years in America and South Korea before joining WAT three years ago. She has completed two IB workshops: Implementing and Delivering English Language and Literature in MYP (Category 1 and 2). Shayna leads the Creative Writing co-curricular activity for MYP students.


Aurora Manaj
Albanian Language and Literature Teacher

Aurora has studied in Tirana where she graduated in Albanian Language and Foreign Literature in 2004. She has worked for 10 years as a book editor of the Albanian Language and as Albanian Language teacher in a NGO. While working in the NGO, she has been trained with TFM, a program of care for the youth at risk which demonstrate compassionate, considerate, respectful and unconditional positive regard for all children. Teaching education and social skills to kids so they develop the best possible chances to succeed in life is her daily inspiration. Aurora loves teaching, volunteering, reading and rock climbing. She has completed the IB training, Implementing the MYP curriculum, Language and Literature. This upcoming year will be her second exiting year working at WAT.


Mimoza Zeneli
MYP & PYP French

Mimoza earned a Bachelor and Master degrees at the Foreign Languages Faculty of Tirana in Teaching French. She worked for 11 years as a French teacher in public and private schools and at Alliance Française in Tirana. Mimoza was also manager of a private foreign languages centre before joining WAT two years ago. She received training at Alliance Française: "Teaching French to different level students A1-C1", and Institut Français Vien: "Teaching French to a specific public". Mimoza has also completed one IB workshop: Supervising the DP Extended Essay (Category 2). Last year, she helped to chaperone the highly successful Grade 8 Week Without Walls trip to Budapest.


Erdi Kuburi
PHE Teacher

Erdi Kuburi is from Tirana. He earned a teaching degree in Physical Education at the The Institute of Physical Education & Sport (Sports University of Tirana). He has experience teaching many different age groups, coaching football. Erdi loves teaching sports and loves sharing his passion with students. He has successfully completed the IB MYP workshop - Physical and Health Education: Implementing the MYP curriculum (Cat.1). Erdi has completed various Physical & Health Education and First aid training's such as (First aid & CPR, Mass casualty training program-M.A.R.C.H). One of his main goals is to build a healthy and physically fit generation together with the parents and students. This will be Erdi’s third year at WAT teaching Physical and Health Education.


Angela Engjellushe Meneri
School Psychologist and Counselor

Angela has completed her education at York University, Faculty of Health, Toronto, Canada, where she obtained a M.Sc in Psychology. At WAT she holds the position of School Psychologist and Counselor and teaches the Advance Placement course in Psychology. A PhD candidate, Angela has also held academic appointments as Professor of Psychology at various universities in Tirana, Albania, where she taught “Cognitive Psychology” and “Psychological Testing and Evaluation”. Angela is a Certified Autism Specialist from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) as well as an associate member of the National Association of School Psychologists in the USA. She has completed a number of specialized trainings in psychology with a focus on the psychotherapy of children and adolescents, including a Diploma in Child Psychology from Thomson Education, Toronto, Canada and a Certificate in Positive Psychotherapy from the Academy of Wiesbaden, Germany. Angela is also a licensed Mediator practicing in Tirana, specializing in family mediation. She has extensive experience providing counselling to children and adolescents both in her private practice and as a Court Appointed Psychologist in the District Court of Tirana. Angela is an associate member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institution of Canada. Angela has worked as a Special Education Teacher with the Toronto District School Board for autistic children and children struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma and grief. Angela provides services in English and Albanian.


Clemens Kienzle
German Language Teacher

Clemens Kienzle is originally from southwestern Germany near the German-Swiss border. Like many of our students, he is a third culture kid and has lived abroad for many years since childhood. He holds a Bachelor degree in Applied Linguistics from Brock University in Canada, and a Master in Multilingualism Studies and Foreign Language Teaching from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. Before moving to Albania, he spent four years in China teaching German and English at an international school in Chengdu. This is his first year at WAT, teaching German for native speakers and as a foreign language.


Zhao Zhiyuan
Mandarin Chinese Teacher

Zhao has finished his Master and Bachelor Degree in “Arts of English Language”. He has a long experience in teaching Mandarin Chinese in the University of New Mexico, State University, and Confucius Institute in Nigeria. Zhao came to Albania in 2015 and started teaching mandarin Chinese at the University of Tirana / Confucius Institute. He joined World Academy of Tirana in September 2016 teaching Mandarin to all interested students as a co-curricular class.


Tyler Smet
French Teacher

Tyler Smet is from Canada, and has taught in South Korea and Malaysia before moving to Albania. This will be Tyler's seventh year teaching, and his first year at WAT. Tyler attended St. Thomas University, Fredericton before completing a TEFL course. Tyler has experience in PYP, and has completed workshops on Making The PYP Happen (Category 1) and Assessment (Category 3). Tyler has worked in EAL as a support teacher and a college lecturer - including development of EAL assessments and offering parent workshops. He enjoys outdoor activities such as cycling, scuba diving and hiking, and has an interest in experiential learning. Tyler looks forward to being a part of the WAT and Tirana communities.


Laurence Ginsberg
DP Business Management / MYP Mathematics

Laurance originates from Florida. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration and Masters in Education Curriculum and Instruction from Peru State College in Nebraska US. He worked in retail and restaurant management for 15 years, owning his own Bistro in Nicaragua. Laurance began his teaching career as a fourth grade and middle school math teacher in Florida and continued teaching Middle School Math in Marrakesh Morocco. He has two grown children, one a photographer in Los Angeles, and the second studying in the University of Nice in France. Laurance has completed two IB workshops: DP Business and Management (Category1) and Supervising the DP Extended Essay (Category 2). He loves to challenge his students to learn through choice, relevance and fun.


Alexa Hysi
MYP Individuals and Societies & MYP Design

Alexa earned her Bachelor degree in Geography and Anthropology and Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada. She is a qualified K-12 teacher with 4 years of experience teaching Social Studies, History and Geography in the US. She previously worked as a curator at the Natural Museum of Las Vegas. As a Google Certified Educator, Alexa integrates technology into her teaching and learning. She has completed one IB workshop: Supervising the DP Extended Essay and looks forward to attending more to expand her MYP practice.


Chris Ostrander
Performing Arts

Chris Ostrander is Canadian but considers himself a global citizen, a concert pianist, an international performing artist, and an IB educator. Chris has led a vibrant career: from performing as a concert pianist, artist-in-residence, and ethnomusicologist for the BBC, working to source and capture original music of Africa and Asia. He has served as an IBDP educator, orchestra leader, choirmaster and theatre coach at the Barbican Theatre in London UK, and international schools in India, China and Nepal to share his love of music and performing arts with students, and to inspire Theory of Knowledge inquiry. For the past 12 years, Chris has served as Performing Arts Coordinator and DP ToK teacher at five IB World Schools. He has also held posts as Music teacher at St. Joseph’s College and Loreto Convent in India, KILU Music School in Bhutan, and Clerkenwell Parochial Primary School in London UK. Chris has shared his love of music and theatre across two generations, advancing students to be selected to perform at the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) festivals in Europe and Asia. Chris earned his BA in Music at Brock University in 1980, his MA Artist Diploma in Performance at Western University in 1983, and his Diploma in Education at Althouse College in 1984. He has completed two IBDP workshops for Music in Brisbane and Beijing, and two IBDP workshops for Theory of Knowledge in Mumbai and Shanghai.


Seval Basaran
MYP, DP and AP Science

Seval is from Turkey. She has worked in USA and Uganda as a science and biology teacher. Seval holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and she also continues her Master Education in Curriculum and Instruction-Science. Seval is a certified teacher of Science, Math and Life science from Texas, USA. She has three years of teaching experience and has worked with students of different ages. She implements instructional technologies and various teaching techniques and is interested in implementing STEM education in her lessons. Seval has received one MYP IB training.


Kadir Karaciga
DP Math Studies / MYP Design

Kadir is from Turkey. He has worked as a teacher in many countries since graduation, including USA, Uganda, and Kenya. This will be his 10th year of teaching. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education and a master’s degree in Computer Science from USA. He also has Math Teaching Certificate K-12 from Texas. He uses educational technology and is passionate about computer science, short films, drones and anything related to technology. He is professional Drone pilot as well. He has taught students from diverse cultural backgrounds. Kadir enjoys teaching robotics and programming as an extracurricular activity to the students who are interested in a career in Computer Science Field. Kadir has received one IB MYP Training .


John Jaques
DP Theory of Knowledge (ToK), AP World History

John is originally from the US. He is new to WAT, but served as a Peace Corps Volunteer at a school in Albania for two years, and has additional experience teaching at a high school in the Slovak Republic. John holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science, International Studies, and History from Iowa State University, and a Master’s degree in International History from the London School of Economics and Political Science. At WAT, John will be instructing the DP Theory of Knowledge course and ensuring that the WAT campus is a positive learning environment for all students.


 

Support Services Staff


Armelle Vioujard Gjoni
College and University Counselor

Armelle is WAT’s College and University Counselor, helping students choose their path towards higher education. She is a French citizen, grew up in Tunisia, is multilingual, holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Languages and International Relations, and has lived and worked internationally all her life. For 5 years, Armelle taught at Colleges in the US and gained international experience teaching French, managing educational services across all age groups. She previously completed PYP curriculum, teaching and administrator workshops, and Supervising the DP Extended Essay (Category 2). Over the past 6 years, Armelle has served WAT as an educator, in administrative roles, and now as College and University Counselor, which makes her a valuable asset to our school’s development.