mrs. Laura Brown (Australia) Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Laura Brown joined ISS in July, 2014. She has over 10 years of international teaching experience in China, Guatemala and Vietnam with grades K to 3. She holds a Masters of International Education from the College of New Jersey, a Bachelor of Communications with a major in journalism from Monash University, Australia and a certificate of ESL in the Mainstream. Over the years Laura has held many workshops for parents and colleagues and looks forward to sharing her knowledge with the ISS community. She moved to the Domincan Republic with her husband and two daughters who are all happy to call it 'home'. Laura is a dedicated teacher and a life-long learner who feels fortunate to be part of the ISS team!
Mrs. Sarah Roth (Usa) Grade 1 teacher
Mrs. Sarah Roth has been with ISS since July, 2015. Prior to ISS, she had 6 years of teaching experience as a Dual Language (Spanish/English) K – 2nd teacher in New York City. She earned her B.A. at the University of Notre Dame and M.A. at Teachers College, Columbia University. Sarah was born and raised in Panama and is very excited to move back to the tropics! She has relished her international living experiences in Spain, as a student, and Bolivia, as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Sarah loves teaching and is excited to become part of the ISS community along with her husband and two children!
Ms. Tanya Reynolds (USA) Grade 2 Teacher
Tanya Reynolds is excited to be joining the students and teachers of ISS in July 2017. She attained a double major in Elementary Education and Spanish from the College of St. Benedict and went on to receive a Master’s degree in Education at St. Mary’s University. Tanya, from Minnesota, has taught for twenty years, been a Mentor Teacher and has a wealth of teaching experiences in first and second grade at a much sought out Spanish Immersion school. Tanya has loved her overseas experiences as a student, traveler and Peace Corps volunteer in Panama. She is passionate about helping students and her school excel. Ms. Reynolds is looking forward to learning new things and sharing her experience with a new staff and community. Tanya and her daughter can’t wait to call the Dominican Republic their new home.
Mr. alex bakker (USA) GRADE 3 TEACHER
Alex Bakker has been teaching the past four years at an American international school in northern Mexico. While in Mexico he taught first grade, third grade, and fourth grade. Before that, he attended college at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay where he received his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. He also holds a Master’s Degree of Interdisciplinary Studies from the State University of New York, Buffalo. Alex is excited to join the ISS team with his wife Rachel in July and to explore the DR with their two dogs.
Ms. Jean Farrell-Bourgeois (USa) Grade 4 Teacher
Ms. Jean Bourgeois is entering her third year at ISS. She brings a wealth of experience having taught at both the primary and intermediate levels in the United States and internationally. Her Masters Degree is in Curriculum and Technology, from Framingham State University. While teaching, she has developed a passion for working with children in the areas of critical thinking and creativity. She is thoroughly enjoying the Dominican Republic and working at ISS.
Ms. Lindsay zika (Usa) Grade 5 Teacher
Ms. Lindsay Zika will be joining ISS in July, 2016. Lindsay was born in San Francisco, California, and has B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a M.S. in International Education from Oxford University. Her ten years of teaching experience include time in the United States, Belize, and Mexico; she is very excited to call the Dominican Republic her new home! In the classroom, Lindsay is passionate about student-centered learning and fostering cultural competency. Outside of school, Lindsay loves sports, dogs, and any excuse to be outdoors!
Ms. Legisel Pérez (D.R.) Grade k-2 Spanish Teacher
Ms. Legisel is from the Dominican Republic. She has a Bachelors Degree in Spanish and Literature from O y M. She also holds a specialist certificate in Montessori from INTEC. She has studied English in an English Immersion Program. Legisel has worked in PreK for eight years, including two years at ISS where she led Spanish classes.
Ms. Milka Morel (D.R.) Grade 3-6 Spanish/Sociales
Sra. Morel joined ISS in 2013 after 6 years of successful teaching at the New Horizons School in Santo Domingo. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Humanities Education from the Universidad Catolica Santo Domingo and recently completed her Masters in Early Childhood Education.