From the Secondary Principal: End of one year, on to the next! July 2017

The 2016-2017 school year has come to a successful close, and now we're looking forward to the arrival of some new educators who will join us next month!

Silvia Moreno Tilton: IBDP/IGCSE/Year 9 Spanish

Silvia is a certified teacher in the areas of Spanish (K-12) and English as a Second Language (K-12).  She is a graduate from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia with a Bachelor of Arts in Philology and Languages (Spanish & English). She also has a Master of Arts in Literacy Education from the University of Southern Maine and is a certified International Baccalaureate Educator.

Silvia has served on numerous accreditation committees such as the NEASC and IB, which are the same accreditation organisations which recently visited ISL. Silvia also has considerable experience in the curriculum design of language acquisition programmes. She has numerous IB workshop qualifications in both the PYP and DP. She is an active member of the American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), and the Foreign Languages Association of Maine (FLAME).

Silvia joins us from Stonehill International School in Bangalore, India, where she was teaching DP, MYP, and PYP Spanish classes. Silvia has been assistant coach for the girls football team for the last three years and has directed extracurricular activities such as zumba classes and drama. Silvia joins ISL with her cat and dog here in Lusaka, while her husband is posted in nearby Malawi.

Jillian Zoe Johannsen: IBDP/IGCSE/Year 7 & 9 English

Jillian holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English Literature and a PGCE in Secondary Education from the University of Lancaster, UK. She also holds a Diploma in Spanish from the Institute of Linguists, UK and a Cambridge Certificate in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).

Jillian has extensive teaching experience having taught primary, middle, and high school students in the UK, Denmark, Greece, and Spain. Jillian has supported students with special educational needs, taught ESOL to Chinese students, taught GCSE and A-level Spanish, and most recently taught IBDP English and TOK. As you may know, Jillian spent a number of months here at ISL teaching Mr Chomba’s English classes in Term 2 of the past academic year.

Jillian has been in Lusaka for some time now and has been involved in supporting a variety of health-related organisations and services within the wider community. She has a strong interest in maternal and child health issues. She is learning to play the harp and enjoys reading novels, poetry, current affairs, and history. Jillian also has a sporty side, enjoying squash, tennis, and running. She is very interested in languages and speaks Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Danish, and she is working on Nyanja. She joins ISL with her two children who are in the Early Years, while her husband, Soren Johannsen, is a journalist and the Country Director of BBC Media Action.

Marcus Meadham: IBDP & IGCSE Economics and Business & Management

Marcus has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics from the University of Bradford, UK and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Bath, UK. Marcus holds a PGCE in Economics and History from North Staffordshire Polytechnic, UK.

Marcus is truly an international educator, having taught in China, the Sudan, Colombia, Germany, and Angola. Marcus has extensive teaching experience across a number of subjects within the Humanities and Social Sciences: Business Studies/Management, Economics, Geography, and History.  He has also taught those subjects in a variety of curricula such as the GCSE, IGCSE, MYP, A Levels, and IB Diploma. Apart from his teaching duties, Marcus has also been a Head of Department and an IBDP Coordinator in his previous schools.

Marcus has always been active in extra-curricular programmes such as MUN and the Chess Club, as well as in sports such as football and weight-lifting. He joins ISL with his wife, Dominique, who will be a primary teacher.

Mulyunga Chilele: IGCSE Biology and Year 7 & 8 General Science

One of our own, Mulyunga Chilele has been working at ISL for the past several years as both a Laboratory Technician and a Teacher Assistant, supporting the IBDP, IGCSE, and IMYC programmes. More recently, Mulyunga has been taking on more teaching responsibilities, not only as the full-time science department substitute teacher but also as the lead teacher in specific units in the IMYC science curriculum.

Mulyunga holds a Diploma in Science Laboratory Technology from Evelyn Hone College and a Teaching Certificate from Technical Vocational Teachers' Training College and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Education (Biology/Chemistry) at the University of Zambia. Prior to joining ISL, Mulyunga worked at University Teaching Hospital as a microbiologist in the food chemistry and forensic sections of the Food and Drug Control Department.

Apart from his teaching assignments this coming academic year, Mulyunga will continue in his role as the Award Leader/Trip Organizer for the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award at ISL. His other interests include football, running, hiking, and playing chess, as well as just having fun with mathematics in his free time.

Peter Cunningham: IBDP & IGCSE Physics and Year 9 General Science

Peter has a PGCE from Leeds University, UK, a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Manchester Metropolitan University (Maths-Physics major, Chemistry minor), and an Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Physics from The Queen’s University of Belfast, North Ireland.

Peter has been a lecturer, associate professor, and professor at the Universities of Malawi, Natal (South Africa), and Namibia respectively. He has been a Research Fellow at The Queens University of Belfast and a Visiting Academic at both the University of Berne, Switzerland and the Institute of Space Research in San Hose dos Santos, Brazil. His publications include 29 co-authored papers in international peer-reviewed journals. Peter has vast experience in teaching both the IGCSE and IBDP. He has worked in international schools in South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, and Zimbabwe. He is a qualified CIE and IBDP Examiner.

Peter’s wife Anne, who will join him in January 2018, is a qualified Early Years and Primary teacher. They have two seventeen-year old girls, Eloise and Olivia. Their home is in Whanganui, New Zealand. Peter’s personal interests include mountaineering, skiing, running, bird-watching, scuba diving, bridge, and playing the mandolin.

We wish everyone a wonderful and restful time for the remaining end-of-year holiday and look forward to a productive 2017-2018 school year!

Craig Patterson, Secondary Principal