The AISB Times
May 17th, 2022
Dear AISB Community Members,
As we wind down the year, I would like to take this opportunity to wish our grade 12 students a fond farewell prom, graduation ceremony and success as they move on to new academic opportunities in college. I would also like to acknowledge staff who will be leaving AISB at the end of the school year. I wish you the best of luck and thank you for the lasting impact you’ve had on the staff and students at AISB.
Best wishes to all students and families who will be moving away from Brazzaville and leaving our school community. As we prepare for the next school year, we are excited to welcome our incoming teachers. In addition to our returning staff, there will also be new faces on staff next year. Our hope is that we can get back to the level of normalcy that will allow us to thrive together in 2022-2023.
Parents, I want to thank you specially for bringing your children to our school and trusting us with their fate. All of you did have other options, yet you picked this team to help you with the most important responsibility you have which is to raise a child. So we appreciate your trust in us.
Staff : This is not just for our classroom teachers that have taught these students, but it is about the collective effort of ALL of you. Everyone, from the kitchen, clinic, reception, to assistants and volunteers in the school believe in always doing what is best for the students.
Teachers: I like to take it upon myself to thank our wonderful teachers and their assistants again. Without question, teachers shape the minds of our children and, thus, their futures. It is nearly impossible to capture the gratitude they deserve.
Hopefully, we will all get the opportunity to spend quality time together during the up-coming events marking the end of the year.
The AISB PTA is Organizing a Book Drive!
AISB Community Invitation
The Class of 2022 students cordially invite you to their High School Diploma Awards ceremony on June 8, 2022 at the AISB Gym. The time is 9:00 AM. Come and join AISB to celebrate!
High School Graduation
Wed, Jun 8, 2022, 09:00 AM
American International School of Brazzaville, Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
AISB Promotion Ceremony
AISB celebrates transition classes that move up to new levels in their academic journey. The promotion ceremony will take place on June 9 as from 1:00PM.
Grade 8 Moving up from Middle School to High School.
Thu, Jun 9, 2022, 01:00 PM
American International School of Brazzaville, Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
Grade 5 Moving up from Elementary School to Middle School
Thu, Jun 9, 2022, 01:00 PM
American International School of Brazzaville, Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
Kindergarten Moving up to Elementary School.
Pre-K4 Moving up to Kindergarten
Sat, Jun 18, 2022, 01:00 PM
American International School of Brazzaville, Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
AISB's 2022/2023 Team
Mr. Sean Neary: MYP Humanities Teacher
Mr. Sean grew up near San Francisco, California, as the son of two teachers. He completed one year of each high school and university in South Africa, then received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study history at the University of Namibia. His Master of Education degree was earned from The College of New Jersey.
Mr. Sean spent much of his working life at Internet companies in San Francisco. Since obtaining a teaching credential he has taught in the United States, South Africa, Denmark, Egypt, Vietnam, and Guinea. He is excited to be a Social Studies teacher next year.
Mr. Sean is accompanied in Brazzaville by the love of his life, Makeme, and their two energetic children. His family is honored to be members of the AISB community.
Mr. Albert Authority: PYP & MYP Music Teacher
Albert Authority, feels delighted to teach music and to do so in a way that each student under his teaching feels special, valued and encouraged. He is a very positive fellow who believes that every child under his tutelage has something to offer, if provided with the right information, motivation and opportunity.
Prior to his joining the AISB’s team of achievers, Albert Authority was the (expatriate) Head of Music Department at Singapore International School, Mumbai, India. Mr. Authority is a committed and versatile music educator and director. He completed a Diploma in Music Education and Bachelor of Arts in music (Composition Major) from the University of Nigeria Nsukka in 1998 and 2000 respectively. He further also got a certificate in Advanced Diploma in Human Resources and Personnel Management and Master of Arts degree in Musicology (Theory and Composition) from the University of Lagos in 2010 and 2011.
Authority as an astute scholar got several certificates from high-ranking global universities these include Certificate in Teaching and Leadership (CTL) from Robinson College Cambridge University, 2012, Certificate in Arts of Choral Direction (CACD) from Sherborn School of Music, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, 2013, and Certificate in Choral Conducting (CCC) University of Buffalo USA 2016.
Albert is a multi-instrumentalist who teaches instruments such as piano, saxophone, trombone, euphonium; directs choirs, raising and coordinating orchestras and bands. He travels far and wide in Nigeria, Ghana, England, Scotland, Wales, Spain, UAE, USA (i.e., Maryland, New York, Atlanta Georgia, Texas, Washington D.C., Delaware, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Virginia etc), The Netherlands, Australia, India and several oversea countries for music shows, music conferences, performances and workshops.
Albert has attended well over 18 Career Professional Development (CPD) courses in the United Kingdom with certifications and has published in a handful of international Music Journals. Mr. Authority has got over Twenty-Three (23) years of experience working professionally as a music director, fourteen (14) out of the Twenty-Three years in middle management positions (i.e., head of faculty / department).
He is an individual member of European Community of International Schools (ECIS) and also Council of British International Schools (COBIS). He is a trained and certified COBIS middle manager. Currently, he is enrolled in the Education Certificate for American Teachers Licensure with the Teach-Now Graduate School of Education, Washington D.C. 20006 USA.
Albert is experienced in the IGCSE, Montessori and IPC curricula, including the International Baccalaureate Programmes – PYP, MYP, DP. He is well equipped with the knowledge of latest trends in education thinking & pedagogy, students learning styles and assessments. He has got experiences teaching and supervising Music Extended Essay (EE), CAS and Theory of Knowledge (TOK).
Albert is a prolific composer with well over a thousand and fifteen (1015) musical compositions. He is a skilful arranger, seasoned vocalist and a virtuoso conductor. He is an author with an eloquent pen, having eighteen (18) books to his credit, published also on Amazon.
Mr. Brandon Clemmons: Middle Years Program (MYP) Coordinator/Teacher
Greetings to the AISB Family! My name is Brandon Clemmons and I am American from Virginia. I hold a Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Social Science with Secondary Education.
I have spent 10 years living and teaching and leading internationally. I hold a teaching qualification from my home state of Virginia as well as QTS from the Department for Education in England. I have experience teaching in American, IB and British programs in four different countries. In addition, I have previously served as an MYP coordinator, personal project coordinator and department head.
My passions are reading, cycling, discussing current events and traveling. I hope that I will be able to grow along with the students and staff at AISB and to truly become a member of the community.
Mr. Chris Magambo: HS MYP Math & Physics Teacher
I am a flexible and organized math teacher with over ten years of teaching experience. I have taught math in various international schools across the region. I consider myself a proactive, flexible, and open-minded person. I am good at developing self -awareness and culturally sensitive attitudes.
Through communication and collaboration, I build a positive working relationship with my students. I find a lot of peace and focus on striving to improve as an educator, but I can be reasonably competitive. As a math teacher, I focus on creating an equitable learning environment that sensitively accommodates multiple intelligences.
My pedagogical approaches also critically embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. In this way, my students are able to acquire mathematical knowledge, visualize and explore mathematical patterns, communicate mathematical understanding and draw their conclusions, and apply the mathematical knowledge to solve everyday life problems.
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS: M.Ed. in Advanced learning(Mathematics), United States of America, BSc. Education (Mathematics & physics), Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education, and Ordinary Certificate of Education. ACHIEVEMENTS: OISE University of Toronto TEFL- 150-hour curriculum, certification in A level Cambridge and IGCSE Mathematics, Certification in IB DP & MYP curriculum & Certification in Effective Usage of Teaching Materials.
Ms. Gunjan Bhagchandani: PYP Early Years /Foundation (K4/KG) Teacher
Mrs. Gunjan Bhagchandani, known as Ms. Gunjan, has been teaching for over seven years at various levels (both National and International schools) in elementary grades, including, Preschool and Kindergarten.
She came to Brazzaville with her husband four years back, and since then, she has been part of this inspiring community, ASIB. She truly values the AISB experience.
She has earned a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Education. In 2017, alongside on-campus teaching, she worked as a part-time online English teacher in Albert Learning, a renowned International online learning platform. She has a certificate in Virtual Learning for Early Years Educators conducted by ISS. She has an active role in extracurricular activities like dance, creative art, and graphic designing.
Ms. Gunjan believes every child is unique and deserves a caring, inspiring, and engaging atmosphere to grow emotionally, intellectually, and socially. As an educator, she wants to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing a safe, risk-taking, and collaborative environment.
In her 4th year returning to AISB, Ms. Gunjan wholeheartedly commits to the school community. She will be the Pre-K 4 and Kindergarten teacher next year, 2022/2023.
She is excited to accompany each child in her class on their learning journeys!
Ms. Vania Gulston: MYP Math & Technology Teacher
Vania Gulston has taught in the areas of social studies and STEM for almost 20 years. She is interested in creating dynamic educational spaces via broadcast media and within brick and mortar classrooms. She has been involved in public media and education since the 1990s.
Her journey in education started after she had an epiphany one day while riding her bicycle through New York City after deciding to leave college after a year. She loved the projects she was involved in as a volunteer radio producer, but she was not earning a living from it. It was the power that access to the radio waves provided her to open people’s horizons about their world and help them to interact more respectfully with others around them that excited her about her work in public media. At some point during that bike ride, she realized that she would be able to have a comparable effect as a social studies teacher. With that thought, she re-enrolled with enthusiasm in college, subsequently earning a BA with honors in history and folklore and a masters in education in 2004. She has been teaching in public and private school classrooms ever since.
She is currently an online graduate student at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering’s Integrated Design and Media Program. She also founded WJYN Radio, a low power FM radio station in Philadelphia Before that, she was involved in several public radio stations as a producer and a member of their management teams.
Her involvement in media projects over the years has made her aware of the obstacles that exist for women to learn technology. She has experienced being actively blocked from learning important media tech skills while seeking them out as a volunteer with a community radio station. Because of that and other experiences, she is passionate about opening up the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Technology & Maths (STEM) to students from social groups that have historically been underrepresented in it as innovators and pioneers..
She is very excited about continuing her work in the field of education with the students at the American International School of Brazzaville.
Ms. Simone Tchagou: PYP (Grade 1& 2) Teacher
Originally from Georgetown, Guyana, Ms. Simone Tchagou is a traditional teacher who believes teaching is her calling. Known to everyone as “Ms. T,” Simone Tchagou has been at AISB for seven years. In addition to being the Lead Elementary teacher, Ms. T will be teaching First and Second Grade.
Ms. T, has over 25 years of classroom experience at 6 different schools. Before joining the staff of AISB in 2015, she has previously worked in the United States for over 11 years and Yaoundé Cameroon for four years. As an elementary teacher, she has taught kindergarten to fourth grade. She started teaching in 1996 after graduating from Pensacola Christian College with a Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Writing and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education.
Ms. T came to Brazzaville with her son Joshua who is currently in high school.
Mr. Antonio Ramirez: MYP English Language Arts & Spanish Teacher
Mr. Ramirez is from Hammond, Indiana (next to Chicago, IL) and is a 1st generation Mexican-American. His first passion is teaching.He received a B.A. in Spanish Literature with 3 minors in History, Global Studies, and Latino Studies from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.
He continued to pursue his education at Calumet College of St. Joseph to earn his Masters of Teaching in English. He currently holds an Indiana Professional Educator's License for English Language Arts and Spanish. He loves his career and is motivated to continue growing professionally.
His second passion is traveling. He loves to interact with different cultures and is a "globe trotter". The things he enjoys most is being surrounded by nature; whether it be relaxing on the beach, going on long hikes in the mountains, or just simply going on a stroll around the city.
Mr. Djerston Nkou: IT Coordinator
Mr. Djerston Manon Nkou Omona is the IT Coordinator at the American International School of Brazzaville. He moved from Brazzaville to Pointe Noire in 2007 where he graduated in 2008 with the A level. He studied electronics at EST Littoral (University) for one year, and traveled to Ghana to pursue his studies for 6 years.
He studied IT for 5 years, got a bachelor's degree in Information Technology (IT) at Sikkim Manipal University and Advanced Diploma in Hardware and Networking (CCNA) at IPMC. Back to Congo in 2015, he worked for almost 2 years at Ingéneri et Services des Equipements Industriels et Petroliers (ISEIP) as IT Technician and for 6 months at AVERDA as a Dispatcher (Logistics). He has been working at AISB as IT Coordinator for 6 years.
Mr. Shawn Sandefur: PYP Grade 4 Teacher
I am a third-generation teacher with my grandmother and mother and father all being teachers. I grew up mostly overseas as my parents taught abroad. My first teaching experience was when I was in 5th grade, and my mother came in and found me teaching the class. I knew I had found my role in life, educating others, and helping kids to be the best they can be.
I returned to the US to finish my high school and get my graduate and post graduate degrees before returning to Latin America and Eastern, Central and Southern Asia. I have taught in 6 countries and have visited and lived in more than 50. I speak English and Spanish, mother tongues, and am conversant in Korean, Chinese and French with some Russian. I truly understand what it’s like to be a third culture kid and the challenges that come with adapting to new countries and making new friends. I have been learning new cultures and languages my whole life. Education is my life.
I am serious about sports and am an avid fitness enthusiast. Having been in the gym or on the field or pitch daily since I was a child, being fit is an integral part of my life. I love it.
I am very enthusiastic about being a part of the AISB community and family, as is my wife, Ms. Janet, and our baby, Sandra. I look forward to a great school year.
Mr. Shawn, New, American, M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education, BA English/Spanish, 20+ years of experience, US certification
Mr. Charles Olomo: MYP Science Teacher/Primary Years Program (PYP) Coordinator
Mr. Charles Olomo will be the High School Science Teacher and the PYP curriculum
Coordinator come August 2022. For over five years, he served at Acorns International School, Kampala- Uganda, which is an IB World school offering PYP, MYP and DP in
addition to Cambridge A levels.
He is currently working at Kabojja International School, Kampala offering the Cambridge Assessment International Education and had previously taught Science at Dr. John Garang International School Juba, South Sudan for six years
He is at the completion phase of a Master's degree in Education Management & Administration and holds the following:
- Bachelor of Science Degree
- IB Diploma Program in Biology Category 1
- Has numerous IB Coordinator workshop certificates for both the PYP and MYP.
He successfully applied for and coordinated the authorization process which resulted in Acorns International School becoming a Cambridge School offering Cambridge AS and A Levels and IGCSE, and was part of the authorization process which resulted in Acorns International School becoming authorized to offer the IB DP and MYP (January 2019 – May 2020).
He looks forward to a wonderful beginning with AISB.
Mr. Michel Kadaba: PYP Grade 5 Co-Teacher
Mr. Michel Kadaba has worked at the American International School of Brazzaville since 2012. He is a Congolese national, who attended the Teacher Training College (E.N.S) at Marien Ngouabi University, in Congo-Brazzaville. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Teaching English and French. In 2020, Mr. Michel earned his Upper Elementary Teaching Diploma from the North American Montessori Center(NAMC).
Mr. Kadaba believes that AISB has helped him improve as a teacher, gain knowledge about international best practices in teaching and learning, and has given him the opportunity to be qualified as an international associate supervisor and proctor for the PSAT, SAT, and TOEFL exams.
After spending an amazing School year with Grade 2 and 3 as a Co-Teacher, Mr. Michel is excited to Co-teach grade 5 next school year.
As an educator, Mr. Michel Kadaba believes that every child is unique, and all children learn in different ways.
He looks forward to next year at AISB!
Ms. Temilyn Tilly: PYP Grade 5 Teacher/Counselor
This will be my second year as the fifth grade teacher and school counselor at AISB and I am loving it here. My two girls and I arrived from Sierra Leone with about three words of French between us and knowing no one. The welcome we received and our experience at AISB have made us all want to spend more time here.
Before Sierra Leone, I taught in Guatemala which was my first international teaching post. Before that, I was working at a tribal school on a Native American reservation in Washington state in the USA. I've always loved intercultural experiences and learning more about other peoples and their cultures. This year I am looking forward to having more time to focus on the counseling aspect of my job here at AISB and getting to know and serve the entire student body better.
Mr. Boukas: IT Department/PYP Technology Teacher
My name is BOUKAS and I am a father of 3 children. I have a Master's degree in Telecommunication and Networks and a Bachelor's degree in IT. I worked as the head of the IT department in a bank in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and as sales team leader at MTN Congo.
As a youth educator for 15 years at the baobab foundation, I have also taught technology in several vocational training schools and hosted several conferences on technology.
Meeting new people, passing on my knowledge and learning from others is what motivates me. I am happy to be in a school that promotes diversity, equality, equity and justice.
Ms. Perpetua Ngembane: PYP Early Years (K3) CO-Teacher
Hello, I am Ms. Perpetua Ngembane. I come from Cameroon and hold a teacher's training Diploma for elementary school and a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education. I earned an International teaching diploma for lower elementary from North American Montessori Training School. I currently serve as a co-teacher for Pre-K 3 & 4.
This will be my 9th year at AISB. In the past, I’ve assisted in Pre-K, through third grade. I have also previously been the elementary art teacher. I am super excited to begin a journey with the very little ones (Pre-K3) next year at AISB. My goal is to make learning fun as I work with the children and help them develop in all areas of life
Ms. Ebone Been: PYP Grade 3 Teacher
Ms. Eboné Mae Been is from the sunny shores of The Bahamas. She is an enthusiastic elementary teacher with over 6 years of experience teaching Pre-K to Grade 4.
She currently is the Co-teacher for Second and Third Grade. next year, she will be the 3rd grade homeroom teacher. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree (first class) from Staffordshire University and a Master’s Degree (with distinction) from the University of Liverpool. Additionally, she is certified in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Education in Early Childhood and Washington D.C. State Teaching License.
As an educator she believes one of her greatest strengths is meeting each student’s unique needs by building rapport and personal understanding. She is also dedicated to providing innovative, engaging, safe and positive educational environments where her students are free to express themselves, blossom and grow.
Mr. Colin Hauck: MYP Humanities (Social Studies) Teacher
Mr. Hauck has over ten years teaching experience in many social studies subjects to both middle and high school, and in both the International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs.
He has previously taught in Eritrea, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Venezuela. He has two MA degrees in International Relations/Diplomacy and History, in addition to a BA in Anthropology & History.
This will be Colin’s second year at AISB where he will be teaching courses in both the middle and high schools.
Ms. Yvonne Fola: Accountant /Cashier
Ms. Yvonne is a graduate from the University of Buea, Cameroon with a degree in Banking and Finance and a minor in Accounting. Before she came to AISB in January 2020 as an Accountant/Cashier, she had been working in the same role for 9 years in a Mineral Water production Company and for two years in an Insurance Company.
Working in AISB is a complete fulfillment of her dream because she has always wanted to work in an Institution with diverse cultures and backgrounds. Apart from the passion she has for her career, she also enjoys working for Youths and Women Empowerment. As a result, she joined an NGO called Women for a change (WFAC), Cameroon, where she participates with grass root communities to empower women and girls through Education and Forum discussions amongst others.
During period in which she has been at AISB, she has grown tremendously especially in meeting her career goals, thus a great accomplishment. Given that learning is a continuous process, in 2021, she enrolled in a Master’s program in Accounting with the American Inter-Continental University in order to improve her Career prospects and enhance her abilities.
She hopes to learn more and to contribute to the growth of the school. She is excited for next Academic year.
Mr. Ronny Endzandza: Receptionist
Mr. Ronny ENDZANDZA started working at AISB in the 2015-16 school year as a teacher assistant and Community center overseer.
He took on the position of school store manager in the year 2017-2018 school year in addition to his teaching assistant position. The year 2018-2019 was his first as the administrative receptionist as well as head coach of the AISB Hawks, the school’s basketball team. In the year 2020-2021 he took on the position of secondary school Physical Education teacher as well activities coordinator.
He is currently studying for a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. He is thrilled and honored to continue the AISB adventure in the year 2022-2023 and help provide a nurturing and positive experience for the AISB students and community at large.
Ms. Crystalyn Davies: MYP English Language Arts Teacher
I am originally from Houston, Texas. I graduated from the University of St. Thomas-Houston with a bachelor's of Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information systems.
I also hold a master's degree in Education-English Language Learners. I have six years of experience teaching English as a second language and seven years total teaching English. My passion is educating the youth of the future.
My focus is reading with comprehension and academic writing. When I am not teaching, I spend time with my two children and take long rides around the city of Houston.
Ms. Andrea Bavouidi: PYP Grade 1&2 Assistant
Ms. Andrea Bavouidi Mbombolo has been the Kg and 1st grade Teacher Assistant, is happily married and has three lovely kids.
She is a Pilot by training. In 2016, she graduated from the CAE Oxford Academy (Phoenix Arizona, USA), Mediterrane Air Training in Montpelier, and Aerosim in Paris. She also obtained a certificate and Pilot License from PPL, MCC, France. In 2014, she studied Aviation and obtained a diploma from CAE Oxford Academy in Brussels, Belgium after her Air Hostess training in 2012.
Apart from aviation, Ms. Andrea also has a passion and potential for teaching, and customer service. Before joining AISB in January, she was teaching preschoolers and later elementary students at the American Day Care.
She joined AISB school in January, 2019 as a third Grade Assistant Teacher and is very happy because of the way she was welcomed to the school. The interaction and the working environment with Ms Travis, her homeroom teacher and all the staff was very positive. This made her work easy, lovely, and encouraged her to dedicate herself even more.
Also the support and the assistance from Dr. Laura and all the team helped to integrate her well in the school. She appreciates everyone and is sometimes overwhelmed by the parents' understanding , cooperation and engagement or involvement in their kids' education. All these made her love the community so much. These experiences made her give all her best as Mr Sean's assistant for this year.
Ms. Andrea will love to continue with the AISB community to offer all her support to the school, to educate, to guide, and develop the students to their maximum potential.
Ms. Janet Liang: PYP/MYP PE Teacher
Ms. Janet is Chinese, she was born and raised in China. Her mother tongue is Chinese mandarin, and she speaks fluent English, different Chinese dialogues and some Russian. She began to be a professional sports person since high school. She studied both her bachelor and master’s degrees in China in Physical Education teaching and training. When she was in the university, she participated in many sports competitions, such as traditional Chinese martial arts, gymnastics and aerobics, basketball, and table tennis.
She started her teaching career in 2017 as a PE teacher an international school in China. She has been teaching the whole school staged K-1 to Grade 12 PE lessons, doing exam training, and organizing school sports tournaments. Ms. Janet has always worked hard to improve herself as well. She also achieved her teaching qualification for teaching Chinese mandarin as a second language when she was on maternity leave in 2019 and started to be a Chinese teacher also since 2021. She is currently studying her iPGCE (International Postgraduate Certificate of Education) course, and will be finishing in Jan 2023.
Ms. Janet is full of passion in her teaching career, staying positive and being caring to the students. She believes that PE lessons are the time for students to learn to move and move to learn, should be safe, fun, and educational which is called ‘happy learning’. She is open-minded, humble, positive, and energetic, and very excited to join a new family and to work with people from a new culture and background.
Ms. Janet, New, Chinese, MA Physical Education and Training, BA Physical Education, International Teacher Certification, 4+ years experience
Mr. Thony Samba: PYP/MYP Music Assistant
Mr Thony Samba is the AISB Elementary Music teacher. He has been teaching at AISB for the past 6 years. He completed his studies at the National School of Arts in Brazzaville and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Study and Arts. He is a holder of the DEMA degree which is a Diploma of Music and Art. He studied English in Accra, Ghana where he also built his capacity to instruct students.
Mr. Samba often says that music is his life and he enjoys working as a professional musician, and has music contracts with his band, ULTRASOUND…performed at the Jazz Festival in Kinshasa. in 2012, Mr. Samba’s band was invited to perform in Equatorial Guinea for the African Union Summit in Malabo City. In his personal time he is an active member of his church, where he is responsible for conducting the gospel choir and other church activities.
He comes from a large family and enjoys working with children. He recently had the opportunity to work in the USA, where he performed as an invited guest at the Jazz Bar, Harlem, New York City.
Ms. Jadmire Feret: PYP Early Years (K3) Co-Teacher
Ms. Feret is committed and passionate about learning, discovering, inspiring kids and youth education. Her online Master’s degree in Education at Funiber University is ongoing. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accountability and Finance Management.
She has been teaching in local and international schools of Brazzaville. Her assignment as the early childhood and elementary assistant reinforced her teaching leadership abilities especially on self-esteem and confidence.
She’s ready to dedicate herself towards the learning growth of Pre-K3 next year.
Ms. Grace Arreneke: PYP/MYP English Language Support (ELL) & Drama Teacher
My name is Grace Arreneke. I’m married and a mother of five. I am an English Language Support (ELL) teacher for Elementary, Middle and High school. I also teach Middle and High School Drama at the American International School of Brazzaville.
I have taught drama and ELL for 12 years. I have a Diploma in the Performing Arts, B.A in English and a teaching Certification from the European Council of International Schools. I am currently studying for my Master's in Education at the University of Essex Online.
In addition to weaving yarns, I love beading, cooking, sewing and gardening.
My two kids, Rosamond and Julius Sumelong will be in grade 6 and 12 respectively in the academic year 22/23.
Ms. Bienvenue Exaucee Bissangui: MYP Chinese Teacher
Ms. Bienvenue Exaucée BISSANGUI B. has been at the American International School of Brazzaville for 1 year. Excited to work at AISB, she has taught in some schools (Confucius Institute, Chinese International School, La Paix High, Les Elites High and AISB) in Brazzaville and has almost 5 years of teaching experience as an English and Chinese teacher.
She is a graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (2015) from Marien Ngouabi University and Chinese language and literature (2018) from the Communication University of China.
Ms. BISSANGUI is happy about being one of next year's Chinese teachers at AISB because she thinks that Chinese is a language of the future, and giving our students the opportunity to learn it is an invaluable asset.
Mr. Desire Essis: MYP Science Teacher
Mr. Desiré Essis teaches MS/HS Science, Mathematics, and Technology. He has two master’s degrees in Biochemistry and in Clinical Laboratory Science. In addition, he earned a graduate certificate in Organic Chemistry.
Mr. Desiré Essis taught in middle schools, high schools, and college in the United States for more than a decade before venturing into international education that took him to China, Qatar, Georgia (Eastern Europe), and Congo. He joined AISB seven years ago with A-Levels and IB Sciences / Mathematics experiences.
Mr. Desiré Essis uses his rewarding research skills acquired at Brown University, one of the leading research institutions in the United States, to teach Sciences and Mathematics with technology in a way that is related to its direct applications.
Mr. Essis has been a teacher for more than 20 years since his first appointment with Denver Public Schools in Colorado.
Ms. Gladys Tabe: Language Support (ELL) Assistant
Ms. Tabe Gladys is a Nigerian and a mother of two lovely kids. She joined AISB in 2022 in the second semester as a teacher assistant in the English language department. She was born in Nigeria and partly raised in Cameroon where her entire family currently resides. She has taught in some schools in Cameroon both in elementary and in middle school.
She holds a Grade 1 Teacher's Training Diploma and joined the AISB community with her experience that she hopes to share with the students in the next academic year.
Dr. Rebecca: English Language Support (ELL) Assistant
Rebecca Naigum was born in Mauritius where she did her Primary and secondary school education. After having brightly succeeded her Higher School Certificate of Cambridge (HSC – scientific side), she worked in a french owned call center for two years and she also helped her father who is a teacher with his private lessons by teaching his students Math and English.
In 2013 she flew to Russia to pursue her college education and graduated in 2019 as a Doctor in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS). She came to Congo as her husband works here. She worked in a few public hospitals in Brazzaville before joining AISB community. She is grade 8 teaching assistant and ELL assistant. She enjoyed working with Ms Grace, from whom she learned a lot about teaching and Mr. Essis who made her feel comfortable in her new environment.
She loves teaching as much as working in the hospital and she wants to acquire more experience in teaching. She is passionate about sports, reading and spending quality time with her family. She is thankful to AISB community for her integration.
Mr. Hermann Bankoussou: MYP Spanish Teacher
I have been at the American International School
of Brazzaville for 3 years. Before working at AISB,
I taught in several schools in Brazzaville and I
have 4 years of experience teaching Spanish and
I hold a Master's degree in Business Law
from Marien Ngouabi University (2017) and a
diploma in teaching, translation and interpretation
of the Spanish language from the Hugo Chavez
Frias Intercultural Training Center (Embassy of
I like to interact with my students and play soccer.
Mr. Alioune Diagne: PYP/MYP French Teacher
My name is Alioune DIAGNE. I am from Senegal but have been living in The Republic of Congo for a while. I have about 16 years in total of teaching experience. I hold a Certificate of Aptitude for Secondary Education, a Master's degree in French as a Foreign Language and a BA of Modern Letters. For the past 9 years, I have taught students from elementary to high school in French language and culture at the American International School of Brazzaville.
What made me decide to be a teacher?
One main reason for me to become a teacher is to impact the education system. I believe that teachers have the potential to interact with students at all stages of development and from all walks of life. As a teacher, I have the opportunity to help students along this path and to play a part in shaping the person they will ultimately become. I am always glad to help children who struggle with low self-esteem, encouraging and pushing them to realize their potential. Becoming a teacher lets me impart life lessons my students will never forget and puts me in a position to influence their decisions, behaviors, strengths, weaknesses and imagination. Becoming a teacher lets me take part in shaping the next generation.
What am I excited about for the upcoming school year?
I am very excited to be teaching at A.I.S.B and be able to make learning fun and exciting for my students. As an International Educator, I believe that children can be successful if there is a teacher who believes in them! I work to create a learning environment where students feel safe to take risks, to make mistakes, and try each day to do better and be better. I look forward to working with all of the families and building a wonderful community together and believe that 2022-2023 is going to be a successful year!
Ms. Eunice Mbangowah: PYP Assistant Teacher
My name is Eunice Ngwebi Mbangowah. I am a holder of a Second Cycle Technical School Teacher Diploma in ICT from the Higher Technical Teacher Training College (HTTTC) of the University of Bamenda in Cameroon. I have over seven years of teaching experience in Cameroon and Brazzaville.
I equally hold a master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Douala-Cameroon. I look forward to joining AISB next year. Prior to this, I worked as an elementary teacher in the American Daycare School Brazzaville.
Mr. Regis Zoula: Business Manager
Mr. Regis Zoula is the Business Manager at American International School of Brazzaville (AISB).
Raised in a multicultural environment, he was born in Brazzaville, grew up in Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia, where he attended French school Lycée Guebre-Mariam. He pursued his College Education in Daytona Beach, Florida, majoring in Business Management, then graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic College where he obtained a bachelor degree in International Business, and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Strategic Management.
A staunch believer in Global citizenry, he strongly adheres to AISB vision, mission and core beliefs, to which he is committed to fostering and imparting to all who will be willing to share the AISB experience.
Mr. Regis has a growing passion for Basketball and overall healthcare that he enjoys sharing with colleagues and students. His hobbies include entrepreneurship, African Affairs and reading. With hybrid learning and a mild addiction to technology, he is currently self-learning computer programing language Python while benefiting from the knowledge-rich environment of AISB.
Miss Louisa Jivirnyuy: PYP Assistant Teacher
Ms. Louisa Jivirnyuy hails from Cameroon. She has a Higher National Diploma in Business Management from the Catholic University Institute of Buea. She also has a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Biaka University Institute of Buea.
Despite my previous experience with children, being in AISB for these past few months has been a wonderful experience for her .She is passionate about learning, teaching, and being around kids.
Mr. Bertrand Mbioko: PYP/MYP Physical Education (PE) Assistant
Mr. Bertrand Mbioko started his professional career as a swimming instructor. He’s been the technical director of the ‘Avenir’ swimming club since the year 2000. Moreover, he’s trained the national swimming team of Congo from the year 2008 to 2012. He started working at AISB in 2012 as the physical education teacher assistant as well as swimming instructor.
Five years ago, he also took on the responsibility of swimming pool maintenance at AISB. His professional experiences abroad includes interning in the swimming and triathlon teachers' programs in Morocco, Algeria and Cameroon. He’s travelled with the national swimming team to the DRC, Gabon, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Angola and Nigeria for swimming competitions.
His experience so far at AISB has been nothing short of pleasant. He enjoys the diversity and collegiality at AISB and looks forward to the future with a positive mindset and
seriousness of purpose.
Mr. Delmas Louvoumina: PYP/MYP French Teacher
Mr. Delmas Louvoumina Nzaou has been at the American International School of Brazzaville for 7 years. Prior to working at AISB, he has taught in several schools in Brazzaville and has 12 years of teaching experience in both English and French.
He graduated with both Bachelor of Arts in English (2012) and Professional Master’s degree in Translation and Interpretation (2015) from Marien Ngouabi University. In addition to these degrees from the same university, he obtained an associate degree (DEUG) on Literature and Social Studies of English-speaking countries. He also obtained his International Elementary Teaching Diploma from North American Montessori Training School. Furthermore, he successfully completed a Child Protection Training held at AISB.
Mr. Louvoumina is excited about being one of next year’s French teachers at AISB. He has not only benefitted from obtaining lots of professional development and experience in an enriched American international curriculum school, but he also qualified as an administrator and proctor for PSAT, SAT, and TOEFL exams at AISB. With his basic principle of determination to achieve excellence, he has enrolled in the IB Middle Year Program.
He always believes that better education is the best legacy to bequeath to our children.
Ms. Sonia Essis: School Store/Support Staff Coordinator
Mrs Sonia Maryse Essis is from “La Perle des Lagunes” Abidjan, Ivory Coast and has a diploma in Marketing and Management.
Sonia has more than 15 years of professional experience in the commercial, communication and advertising fields. Before joining AISB, in 2019 she held the office of the sale representatives of Onro Chemicals in Abidjan. This is her fourth year at the American International School of Brazzaville as the Stores Accountant and Support Staff Coordinator.
Sonia is passionate about helping others. On weekends, she mostly works with a non-profit organization in Makélékélé Hospital providing humanitarian aid towards the patients
Dr. Paule: School Doctor and Chinese Teacher
Dr. Paule Sarah MOMBOULI is the School Doctor at AISB. She has been working at the school since May of 2018 as the School Doctor. Added to her School Doctor responsibilities, was the position of part time Chinese teacher, teaching the Elementary and middle school Chinese 1 for since year 2019 and 2021 respectively.
She was born here in Congo and received most of her elementary to high school education here in Congo, after graduating with high distinction from her final year in high school in 2009, she was awarded by the government with a full funded Chinese Government Scholarship to go study medicine in China where she graduated with a MBBS Degree (Doctor in Medicine and Surgery) with distinction from Dalian Medical University in July 2016.
She has also worked as an ER Physician at the University Teaching Hospital of Brazzaville prior to her coming to AISB. She is very passionate about young people’s mental health advocacy, nutrition, traveling, baking, intercontinental cuisine, books, decoration, and languages. Outside school she enjoys to create new recipes, prepare all types of food using different cooking styles from different parts of the world, caters for private and small events with or without dietary restrictions, hanging out with friends and family, and is an avid reader.
She is blessed with a great family, good health, and a wonderful place to work. AISB is an amazing place for kids to learn and grow, and she loves being a part of it!
Dr. Laura Viban: AISB Director
Dr. Laura Viban is the Director of AISB. She began her teaching career in 2000 after graduating with a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics (ESL) as an English language teacher at the British Council in Douala, Cameroon. She later joined the American School of Douala, where she taught for 10 years before moving to Germany. She has 20 years of teaching experience at international schools, and she served in a number of roles as classroom teacher from Pre-K to High school, as well as English teacher for adults at the Congolese Foundation for Education and at La Congolaise de Banque (LCB). She has been at AISB since 2013 and had been the Elementary Lead Teacher for five years prior to being appointed as School Director in 2018.
Her educational experiences have afforded her the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of educators and curricula including the IB, IPC, Montessori, and the Common Core. Having studied and worked in Africa, Europe, and the USA, Dr. Viban is a visionary leader, problem-solver, and a strategic planner for school improvement. She is responsible for and supervises the implementation and delivery of innovative instructional methods at AISB.
With her team, she wants each child to develop the skills they need to be successful in the 21st century- effective Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity. The 4Cs +Character approach initiated two years ago, supports robust and engaging opportunities for students to experience an interdisciplinary approach to learning, supported by specialized instruction from credentialed teachers.
Her educational philosophy is based on her uncompromising belief that all students can learn, given a positive learning environment, strong and knowledgeable leadership, a committed and focused educational team, an encouraging community and a supportive family, all of which AISB possesses.
Dr. Viban has extensive experience in professional development and has been an active member of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) since 2003 and the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE). She was instrumental in the Accreditation Planning Team that resulted in the school's accreditation in 2017, later championed the K-12 Middle School Association (MSA) Substantive Change Accreditation with the school's addition of grade 11 and 12 after the initial accreditation and also led a Mid-Term Report team, which resulted in very positive feedback from the MSA.
Dr. Viban earned her Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Leadership and Educational Management and her Administrator Certification from William Howard TAFT University Denver, Colorado. She earned her Certificate of School Management and Leadership (CSML) Program with the Harvard Business School in association with Harvard School of Education. She had a 2nd Master's degree in Education as well as her Teaching Certification from The College of New of Jersey (TCNJ), USA. Her Bachelor's degree was in English language & Literature with a minor in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea- Cameroon.
In addition to her extensive teaching and administrative experience, Dr. Viban is married and a mother of four robust boys, 3 of whom are in AISB (Thorsten-Gr.12 Helmut-Gr.10, and Junior-Grade 4.) In her free time, she enjoys a quiet or fun family time, reading, traveling, cooking, and watching a good movie.
Dr. Viban continues to advocate for progressive reforms resulting in enhanced levels of student achievement and creativity. She passionately promotes programs and opportunities that attempt to inspire academic, technological, and athletic excellence. She is excited about the launch of the International Baccalaureate (IB- starting with PYP & MYP) program in the next school year.
She looks forward to a successful end of this year and an eventful 2022/2023.
International Day 2022
If you missed this year's International Day, here's a chance to relive it by watching these videos.
Coming Up! May-June
May 20: 12th Grade Movie Night- Grades 3-5 @4:00-6:00PM & Grades 6-12 @6:00-8:00PM
May 25: Full Day Wednesday/ Swimming Competition from 1;00PM
May 26: Ascension Day Holiday
May 27:- School Holiday- made-up day on Wednesday 25
May 30-June 3- MS/HS Final exams
June 3- Prom- Grade 8-11 are invited
June 6- Whit Monday Holiday
June 8- 12th Grade Graduation
June 9- Promotion- K4, Kg, Grade 5 and Grade 8
June 10- Reconciliation Day Holiday
June 10-11- U18 Soccer tournament in TASOK, Kinshasa
June 9 -Lock-in (Grades 6-12)
June 9- Quarter 4 report cards
June 15- Last day of school