I am originally from San Diego, California. This is my first year as Head of Primary at KICS. I have been a Primary School Principal for 6 years, previously in Rwanda as well as in the United States, where I was also a PYP Coordinator. Before this, I taught in various international schools in Uganda and California. I hold a M.A. in Education and a teaching credential with an emphasis on cross-cultural language acquisition. I believe in equipping children to be creative, self-motivated, life-long learners who are prepared to be citizens of a global world. My hobbies include quality time with family and friends, walking, traveling, reading and spending time at the beach. I look forward to an exciting year at KICS!
Junior Section Office Manager
My name is Rula Ghazal. I am the Office Manager in the Junior section. I have started working at...
My name is Rula Ghazal. I am the Office Manager in the Junior section. I have started working at KICS when it was without windows and ACs in 2005!
My home country is Iraq but I have resided in Sudan for the last 19 years. I have a daughter named Rula and a son named Obaida in the Secondary section.
I am honored and proud to be part of KICS which embraces a multicultural and a globally diverse community.
This is my second time to be a PYP/Curriculum Coordinator and my first year here at KICS. I hold a degree of Bachelor of Secondary Education from the Philippines and a Master of International Education Administration from Massachusetts, USA. I have been part of schools in countries such as Indonesia, Philippines and at present Sudan since August 2015. I am also a member of the International Baccalaureate Educators Network (IBEN) which brought me to different places conducting workshops to international school teachers and evaluating schools. I have a passion for learning and experiencing different cultures as well as watching documentaries about civilizations and societies.
Little KICS Teacher
My name is Noura Katerji. I was born and raised in Lebanon. I am an enthusiastic and self-motiva...
My name is Noura Katerji. I was born and raised in Lebanon. I am an enthusiastic and self-motivated professional with BA in Early Childhood Education and 1 year of experience working at an international school in Lebanon. I am thrilled to be working at KICS and enriching my experience in education. I aim to provide a positive and productive classroom whilst demonstrating a safe emotional, physical, cognitive, and social environment for children to nurture in. I find reading, singing, dancing, cooking, socializing with family and friends, and going to the gym very interesting and amusing to me.
Little KICS Teacher
My name is Chris Fadera and I'm from the Philippines. I am thrilled to be a part of the diverse ...
My name is Chris Fadera and I'm from the Philippines. I am thrilled to be a part of the diverse KICS learning community and to be immersed in the culture of Sudan. International school teaching has brought me to exciting places from Manila, Philippines to Jakarta, Indonesia and now Khartoum, Sudan. Aside from teaching I love to learn new things, sing, swim, run, cook, yoga, read, watch movies, drink coffee, chat with friends, travel, surf the net and much more!
My name is Bex Jeffery and I am excited to be joining the KICS community this year. I am from N...
My name is Bex Jeffery and I am excited to be joining the KICS community this year. I am from New Zealand and have been living and teaching there for a number of years now. I have had the privilege of teaching children from early childhood, primary and the secondary sector. I am passionate about encouraging young children to discover a love for learning through their own play and creativity. Prior to teaching I worked as an archaeologist and spent extensive time in Cyprus, Turkey and Egypt on archaeological digs. Outside of teaching, I enjoy having adventures with my family – including camping, hiking, biking, star-gazing and story-telling!
Anne Swar El Dahab
I am originally from the North of England and have the sense of humour and unmistakable accent t...
I am originally from the North of England and have the sense of humour and unmistakable accent to prove it! After meeting and marrying my Sudanese husband, I moved down to London, where I have spent most of my adult life. My teaching experience has involved various age groups and I have the opportunity to work with very diverse students. I am a mother of 4 and have enjoyed a long relationship with Sudan, dating back to 1987 which was my first visit. In 2016, after completing a PGCE at the UCL in London, I decided to return, yet again, and have just spent 2 years at Unity High School. I am very passionate about working with children; and I feel so excited to be a part of the amazing team at KICS. Looking forward to a fantastic year ahead
Tswelelo M. Gambule
Year 1 Teacher
My name is Tswelelo Gambule. I come from Botswana where I graduated from the University of Botsw...
My name is Tswelelo Gambule. I come from Botswana where I graduated from the University of Botswana with a Bachelor Degree in Education with a specialism in Special Education and Mathematics. I worked within the Botswana education system then Westwood International School, a PYP school. My last job was in Nagoya Japan at Nagoya International School, also a PYP school. I have worked with grades 1, 2 and 3. I have had opportunities to do a variety of professional development courses and am currently working on becoming a Level 1 Google Educator. Outside the classroom, I love to coach students sports; among my favorite sports to coach are softball and soccer. In my free time, I am currently teaching myself how to use chopsticks and I am proud to say I can finish my meals only using them. I am happy to be a part of the KICS team.
Year 2 Teacher
My name is Saima Sardar and I am from Pakistan. I hold a masters degree in Computer Science and ...
My name is Saima Sardar and I am from Pakistan. I hold a masters degree in Computer Science and PGCE in International Education from The University of Nottingham. Recently , I have completed International Educator Certification for IB Qualification from Windsor University , Canada. I have lived and worked in China , Sierra Leone ,UK and currently based in Sudan with my husband and two daughters. I am very passionate about teaching and it has been a great journey so far. In my spare time I enjoy traveling , reading and cooking. I am very excited to be a part of KICS community and I look forward to an exciting academic year ahead
Year 2 Teacher
My name is Rosanne (Rosie) Kwiecien and I am originally from Ontario, Canada. My family and I h...
My name is Rosanne (Rosie) Kwiecien and I am originally from Ontario, Canada. My family and I have been living overseas for the past 11 years, 4 in South Korea and the last 7 in Jakarta, Indonesia. During our time in Jakarta both of our daughters graduated secondary school with IB Diplomas and are currently living back in Canada. For the past 6 years I have been a Primary school teacher, with my main focus being mostly in Year 2. I believe that deeper learning will be achieved by providing opportunities, embracing curiosity, and inspiring exploration. I enjoy travelling and learning about local culture, reading, sewing, sudoku puzzles and going for long walks. I am very excited to be joining the KICS community.
Year 3 Teacher
My name is Jo Butler and I am from Australia. I have a husband who has recently retired and two ...
My name is Jo Butler and I am from Australia. I have a husband who has recently retired and two grown up children; one studying in Australia and one teaching in Ireland. I enjoy travelling, reading, swimming and crafting but most of all spending quality time with my family and friends. For the last 10 years I have been teaching PYP in
International schools in Europe, Asia and Africa. The first two of these years was spent right here at KICS which was the beginning of a wonderful adventure. I was very happy to rejoin KICS again in August
Year 3 Teacher
Hello, my name is Abby Cross. Born in Arizona, but raised in Florida, I have been on the move w...
Hello, my name is Abby Cross. Born in Arizona, but raised in Florida, I have been on the move with my husband Michael and daughter Quinn. I started teaching in 2007, first on the US border of Mexico in Tucson, and most recently on the other side of the globe in Saigon, Vietnam. My 12 years also has included positions in the Middle East and Latin America, with experience in years 2, 3, 5 and 6. I strongly value inquiry and literacy at the heart of authentic learning. I’m excited for my family’s next adventure in Khartoum, and the strong community that forms with a resilient vision for teaching.
Year 4 Teacher
My name is Kari Rwenzo and I am American. I have lived in many different states within the Unite...
My name is Kari Rwenzo and I am American. I have lived in many different states within the United States, but I call Minneapolis, Minnesota my home. I have been a teacher for 24 years and an IB teacher for the last 15 years. I taught at The International School of Uganda for 6 years and met my husband there. We were fellow teachers at the school and surprised everyone with our engagement. That was 6 years ago and we are still loving being married and traveling the world. We love experiencing new cultures and making new friends. I especially love warm climates where I can enjoy an ocean, a lake or a river. I love swimming, paddle boarding and being out on or near the water. I love to read, cook and to spend time laughing with friends. I am very excited about being a part of the KICS community!
I am originally from South Africa and have been an educator for 17 years in SA, South Korea, the UK, the Philippines, India and across SE Asia. My 11 years as a classroom teacher, especially the 2 years as an Elementary Service Learning Coordinator at an IB school, led me to join the Design For Change movement that promotes learner agency. In 2011, I founded eduSOIL, a social enterprise that provides Mindfulness, Yoga and Change-maker interventions and teacher development, primarily in underserved communities. I love yoga, meditation, running, reading, art, gardening, traveling, volunteering and hugging trees! I am excited to be returning to full time class teaching and to embarking on a new adventure in Sudan with the KICS community.
Year 5 Teacher
My name is Brian McDaid and I am originally from Derry, Northern Ireland. I have been living in ...
My name is Brian McDaid and I am originally from Derry, Northern Ireland. I have been living in Sudan since 2007. After deciding on a change of career, I spent time completing my TEFL qualification and taught English for a short period before commencing my PGCEi in 2014. I spent the 2014/15 academic year training at KICS and have now completed my studies to become a fully fledged class teacher. I am excited about my new career and
look forward to preparing the next generation for the ever changing world around us.
Year 6 Teacher
I'm originally from Cheshire in the UK, and have taught in seven different countries during my 3...
I'm originally from Cheshire in the UK, and have taught in seven different countries during my 30 year teaching career. I call Northland in New Zealand my home, but have lived and worked for the last six years in the beautiful country of Taiwan. I have a son, Zac, who is a former KICS student and is now studying at
university in England. I taught previously at KICS when he was just 9 years old! When not teaching I enjoy travel, reading, swimming, walking and watching films. I am very excited about my return to teach at KICS and living in Sudan.
Year 6 Teacher
I grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts before moving to the beautiful mountains of New Hamps...
I grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts before moving to the beautiful mountains of New Hampshire to finish middle and high school. I have been a classroom teacher in elementary school for 13 years, starting off my career as a public school teacher in the southwestern United States and then moving on to teach internationally in the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. I am an accomplished musician and DIY enthusiast with a knack for science and technology. I enjoy spending time outdoors and relaxing with my wife Abby, Daughter Quinn and Husky Juno.
Student Support Service
I am Irish Mexican and have lived in Sudan since 2018. I have always been passionate about lear...
I am Irish Mexican and have lived in Sudan since 2018. I have always been passionate about learning and I am studying for my Masters in Education, specialising in the IB programme. I am very excited about joining the KICS team and community. Having lived in Mexico, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, I am very familiar with different cultures and speak five languages. I look forward to encouraging students to be global and critical thinkers. I absolutely love travelling and exploring new places! I enjoy reading, swimming and anything related to beaches and sunshine. I am also an avid boardgame player and have a predilection for 1000 piece puzzles!
Early Childhood Reading Support
My name is Sawsan Elsayed Daoud. In school I am known as Suna; I graduated from the University o...
My name is Sawsan Elsayed Daoud. In school I am known as Suna; I graduated from the University of Khartoum, Faculty Of Education, with a BSC in Pre-school education and social work. I have a diploma in teaching English as a second language from The London Montesorri centre. i have been at KICS from the very beginning (Over 13 years) and before that at Hai Elmatar infant school. Currently I am working in our Student Support Service unit as a Learning support and EAL teacher. Before that I was an early years teacher for more than 25 years. I have 4 daughters and two grand children. KICS has and always will be my second home.
Being born in Northern California and raised in Southern California provided me with the chance ...
Being born in Northern California and raised in Southern California provided me with the chance to develop international mindedness at an early age. I went to school with and befriended children from Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, Argentina, Poland, Ireland, England, and America. Likewise, I learned from adults from all over the world too. I guess that I’ve had a wanderlust to learn from and about people from different cultures since childhood. As a family, my wife—Chie—and my daughter—Luna—are multi-lingual and multi-cultural. I feel fortunate to have chosen a career within international education and, thus far, I’ve worked at international schools in America, Japan, and China. Professionally, I’m most interested in how students with behavioral, cognitive, and language needs are supported to become more self-directed learners. To balance the grit it takes to succeed as an international educator, I have recently hiked many sections of the Great Wall, through grasslands, and over sand dunes in China, trekked in a few regions in Nepal, backpacked in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in America, and ran a few mountain trails in Japan. I look forward to my time in Sudan at KICS.
I am Fadwa Fathi Elmasri. I have been working at KICS for more than years, and before that in Ha...
I am Fadwa Fathi Elmasri. I have been working at KICS for more than years, and before that in Hai El Matar School. I graduated from the Faculty of Education, University of Khartoum. I also have a Montessori Diploma in teaching English as a Foreign Language. I used to work in the Junior and Infant Libraries as I enjoy reading and getting students to love reading too.
My name is Durrar, or you can call me Ms. D. I am a Sudanese Arabic teacher with 8 years as teac...
My name is Durrar, or you can call me Ms. D. I am a Sudanese Arabic teacher with 8 years as teaching assistant for the Arts department at KICS. I obtained my BA in Management from Ahfad university for women and my Preschool Teaching Certificate from Ministry of Education in 2007. I started with KICS as a volunteer in 2009 helping teaching Arabic and in 2011 joined the Arts Department. I love arts and teaching Arabic. I spend most of my time with family.
I am originally from New Brunswick, Canada and hold graduate degrees in music performance and e...
I am originally from New Brunswick, Canada and hold graduate degrees in music performance and education. I have been teaching music in Canada and in Africa for the past 10 years and am delighted to now be teaching in Sudan!
I am passionate about singing and believe that we do not sing because we are happy, but we are happy because we sing. My objective is to create an environment that fosters a lifelong love of music by engaging children to explore many areas of music, discover their unique gifts, and develop their sense of confidence.
Outside of school I love spending time with my husband Anwaz, and my dog Willoughby. I also enjoy reading and taking nature walks. I look forward to creating music with our KICS students and guiding them along in their musical journey.
My name is Victoria Zafirova and I'm from Sofia,Bulgaria. I was a professional volleyball player...
My name is Victoria Zafirova and I'm from Sofia,Bulgaria. I was a professional volleyball player for 11 years, member of the National team of Bulgaria. I hold a Bachelor Degree of Physical Education and a qualified volleyball coach with 13 years of teaching experience. I live in Sudan with my husband and our three kids. In my free time I enjoy going to yoga class, playing tennis and other sports. I joined KICS in January 2019. Looking forward to an active school year.
My name is Ehsan, I'm a graduate of the University of Khartoum with a bachelor's degree in Arabi...
My name is Ehsan, I'm a graduate of the University of Khartoum with a bachelor's degree in Arabic Language along with multiple certifications/diplomas from the UAE and USA. Most of my teaching experience has been in international schools, 18 years being in Abudhabi. I love swimming and i'm very family oriented. I am very optimistic about change in Sudan, looking forward to a bright future ahead.
Marie de Peyrecave
After a career in business and marketing in Paris, I relocated to the Sultanate of Oman to run a...
After a career in business and marketing in Paris, I relocated to the Sultanate of Oman to run an adventure tourism company. Having developed numerous adventurous and educational ‘Week Without Walls’ excursions in Oman for international schools worldwide, I was inspired to take on a new challenge and qualify as a professional school teacher.
I moved with my husband to Ethiopia, where I obtained an iPGCE from Nottingham University in the UK. Since then I have been teaching French as a foreign language and GILA (Global Issues Local Action). I believe in the importance of developing strong relationships with students to enable them to thrive in today's challenging educational environments.
During my free time, I enjoy the outdoors, reading, cooking, travelling and going to the opera whenever I can! I am looking forward to learning Arabic!
I am a visual artist and art teacher. I did my degree in Industrial Art and Design in Uganda and...
I am a visual artist and art teacher. I did my degree in Industrial Art and Design in Uganda and my PGCE with the University of Sunderland. I have worked at the International School of Uganda and did my teaching placement at Stonehill International India. I love the arts and this has broadened the way I see the world and different cultures. I like exploring a variety of arts from drawing, painting, sculpting, photography and contemporary dance. I was a
member of the Uganda National contemporary dance team and performed at the Uganda National theatre for three years. In my free time I love to read, swim, cook, dance, go to art exhibitions and spend time with my friends and family.
Before coming to KICS in August 2017 I spent the prior 3 years teaching in India. Before that, I...
Before coming to KICS in August 2017 I spent the prior 3 years teaching in India. Before that, I taught in Uganda and the USA. I hold a bachelor's in Political Science from Makerere University in Uganda, a double masters in Education from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and The Ohio State University (OSU), and a Ph.D, also from OSU with a focus on teaching and learning. I am interested in learning about different cultures. I have taught at primary, secondary and university level, but I am enjoying elementary school teaching at the moment. I was a national swimmer for Uganda, and represented the country up to Olympic level. Other than reading, I enjoy watching and playing football and basketball. When I am not supporting Arsenal, I also like to watch local sports and participate in charity causes.
I am your primary school librarian. Born and raised in the Caribbean on a small island called Tr...
I am your primary school librarian. Born and raised in the Caribbean on a small island called Trinidad, I have enjoyed working with children in an International school library for the past seven years. Working on movie sets influenced my desire to get a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design. After earning my degree, I had the opportunity to work at an international school, and I fell in love with teaching and the library. I got a Master's Degree in library and information science and continue to encourage children to explore the wonderful fictional and non-fictional worlds that reading offers. Some of my hobbies are baking, yoga, reading, watching movies and tv shows, traveling and sewing. I enjoy drinking tea and coffee.
PYP Arabic Teacher
I am Sudanese, born and raised in Sudan. I studied Economics and Development Studies in the Am...
I am Sudanese, born and raised in Sudan. I studied Economics and Development Studies in the American University in Cairo. I have been at KICS for more than 13 years and I teach Arabic in the primary section. In 2012 I got my Masters degree in International Education from Endicott College in Massachusetts. I love to travel, read and shop.
PYP Arabic Teacher
My name is Wadiaa Elshareif and I am Sudanese. I was a lecturer at Sudan University College for...
My name is Wadiaa Elshareif and I am Sudanese. I was a lecturer at Sudan University College for Girls. I have been at KICS for more than 7 years now, teaching Arabic in the Primary Section. I hold a PhD in Business Administration.
Hello everyone! I am very excited to be joining the KICS community. I am originally from the Uni...
Hello everyone! I am very excited to be joining the KICS community. I am originally from the United
States, grew up in a very rural area of Southern Utah and I have lived the last 12 years in Colorado. I
have a Master’s Degree in Counseling with emphasis in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy and I hold a
professional License in the state of Colorado as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I have been
working as a professional therapist since 2012 but feel I have been a therapist my whole life. I enjoy
helping people process emotions, thoughts, and experiences, honoring whatever is needed in their
journey. My main approach in therapy is Solution Focused, helping clients find and create their own
solutions to life’s challenges. My personal interests include spending time with my family, reading, writing, spending time in nature/outdoor activities, and playing board games. I also love musicals, cooking, meeting new people, and experiencing new things. My family (husband Scott, Science teacher at KICS and daughter, Kingsley, age 2) and I are thrilled to be given the opportunity to be a part of KICS and experience life in Khartoum!
Secondary Guidance Counselor
My name is Lyla Elizabeth Philip and I am an Indian citizen. However, I have been a global nomad...
My name is Lyla Elizabeth Philip and I am an Indian citizen. However, I have been a global nomad for most of my working life, the latest stint was in Tanzania before joining KICS in August 2017. My home base is London where my two children live. As the K-12 counsellor, I am looking forward to getting to know our students. I believe in a work life balance and strive to make the most of the opportunities available. I enjoy traveling, cooking, games, history, current affairs and am eager to explore and learn more about Sudan through experience.
Child Protection Officer / SSS (Special Ed)
My name is Tanya Abdalla; I have been at KICS for more than 10 years. From 2007-16, I was a PYP ...
My name is Tanya Abdalla; I have been at KICS for more than 10 years. From 2007-16, I was a PYP Teacher and prior to that, I taught in London for 7 years. In 2017 I joined KICS again after taking a year off as Child Protection officer. I am looking forward to my new role as Child Protection Officer and working with staff, students and parents school wide. My husband Brian also works at KICS as a PYP teacher and we have two children, Layla and Ayman. In my free time I enjoy walking, swimming, listening to music, relaxing and spending time with family and friends.
Director of Educational Technology
I’m Rich Walrath, originally from the United States now calling the Philippines home. I’ve been ...
I’m Rich Walrath, originally from the United States now calling the Philippines home. I’ve been living the expat life since the mid 1970’s, as a teacher and before that as military. I’ve been teaching with and helping others use Educational Technology since 1994 and can’t see myself ever stopping. I departed the German European School of Manila with mixed emotions after four years where I taught sciences, ICT and Computer Science, Robotics, and Geography. I am extremely excited to be coming to KICS in the Educational Technology role and look forward to many years working in this new environment. My out-of-school activities are quite eclectic: an avid German, Italian, and Portuguese cuisine cook, an Amateur Radio Operator (Extra/top class), and a SCUBA Divemaster. I hold a master’s specializing in Theology and a bachelor’s with History, in addition to extensive course work in many other disciplines including archaeology, history, English literature, environmental sciences, physical sciences, broadcasting/journalism and theatre arts.
Head of PE & ODE teacher
My name is Gerben but go around as Ben (easier to pronounce). I am the whole school Head of PE a...
My name is Gerben but go around as Ben (easier to pronounce). I am the whole school Head of PE and ODE Teacher. I have always had a passion for sports, before I became a PE teacher I played Water Polo and participated in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. I hold a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor degree in Physical Education. I have been teaching now for almost 12 years and have done so in four different countries: The Netherlands, Thailand, Qatar, and Egypt. I enjoy spending time with my family (3 kids) and try to stay in shape by participating in all kinds of sports (running, tennis, golf, swimming, gym, diving, cycling). Looking forward to an active sportive year at KICS!
Head of Student Support Services
I am the Student Support Services Head of Department from Seattle, WA. I have a B.A. and certifi...
I am the Student Support Services Head of Department from Seattle, WA. I have a B.A. and certification in elementary education, and a M.S. and certification in special education. I have extensive training in academics, behavior and autism. I have also served as a mentor teacher, facilitated trainings on classroom management and behavioral support, managed building testing systems, and trained staff from student support to administration on behavioral management.
I am from Wellington, New Zealand but have been fortunate to work as a librarian in Japan, Laos ...
I am from Wellington, New Zealand but have been fortunate to work as a librarian in Japan, Laos and Ecuador. I have also taught English as a Second Language in Japan and New Zealand. I am passionate about reading and information literacy. In my spare time I enjoy reading, travel, swimming, integrating into the local community and learning languages. I've mastered Spanish and Arabic will be my next challenge! I joined KICS in August 2014