It’s been a stop-and-go start since the beginning of the classes in February, but in walking the halls this past week, classes are operating at full speed. Students and teachers returned from the break with batteries fully charged, and look to be picking up right where they left off in mid-December. There is always a sense of rejuvenation as we look towards achieving our annual goals, and begin planning for the next school year.
One of the first major events on the near horizon is our Students Presenting Educational Activities for Knowledge (SPEAK) conference that will take place next Friday 23rd. As many of you know from last year, SPEAK is conference where students, teachers, and parents are invited to create and present workshops based on their passion. Of the 80 workshops developed last year, over 60 were completely student-led. We hope to build on last year’s program by adding grades 4-5 from the elementary into the mix. It promises to be a day where our community can share and celebrate learning.
I will close this week by letting you all know that we have finished the bulk of our hiring for the 2018-19 school year. Our hiring process begins in early October and requires a great amount of time and energy to track down those top candidates. It’s been a collaborative process and I want to applaud staff members and administrators for all those early morning, late night, and in-between skype interviews. It looks like they’ve uncovered some real gems! Below you will find a brief bio for our new faculty. They are an impressive bunch to continue the great work of their departing colleagues.
New Faculty Bios – 2018-19
Name: Carla Abrams
Position: MS Counselor
Bio: My name is Carla Abrams and I am excited about moving to Bs. As. to become the Middle School Counselor. I am originally from Port Hope, Canada. I have a Master in Education from the University of Toronto. I am currently the MIddle School Counselor at the Singapore American School. I have also served as MS Counselor in two other school, the American school of The Hague and at the International School of Manila
Name: Brooke Borsenne
Position: Learning Support Leader
Bio: I am an american from New York City and I will be working in the Elementary School as a Learning Support Leader. I have a Masters in Special Education from Hunter College. I have a daughter Rachelle who is 20 years old and I look forward to living in Buenos Aires and being a part of the Lincoln Community.
Name: Camille Dolmont
Position: HS Biology
Bio: I have been a science teacher for 11 years and I am originally from Edmonton, Canada. I have a Master Of Arts, Environmental Education and Communication from the Royal Roads University. My husband Matthew and I have been at the International School of Phnom Penh for the last 6 years and we are looking forward to moving to Buenos Aires this year. I enjoy taking on large projects related to environmental and community service initiatives and look forward to my time at Lincoln.
Name: Matthew Dolmont
Position:Technology and Innovation
Bio: I am from Canada and look forward to working in Technology and Innovation at Lincoln. I have a Masters in Education and iNformation Technology. I currently work at the International School of Phnom Penh along with my wife Camille. I have also been a Technology Instructor at the College of North Atlantic in Qatar and have organized many technology related extracurricular events focused on Technology including a National Robotics Olympiad.
Name: Christa Eleftherakis
Position: MS & HS Drama
Bio: I am an american, from New Hamshire, USA and have been a Drama teacher for over 8 years. I am currently working on my PhD in Intercultural Theatre in International Education at the University of Hawaii. I have worked at schools in Venezuela, China and Kuwait. I am currently living in Hawaii, and look forward to venturing out internationally once again. I have experience in IB Theater, event planning and integrating Arts with Technology. I look forward to my new position at Lincoln.
Name: David Fitzgerald
Position: HS Physics
Bio: I am from Anaheim, California and I have been a science teacher for over 10 years, having worked mainly in California. I have a Masters in Education from National University. I recently travelled to Argentina and have enjoyed exploring Buenos Aires. I look forward to living in Buenos Aires and working at Lincoln. I have also served as a Dean of students and my interest in the education field also extend to Leadership and Character Development as well as Ethics Education.
Name: Leilani Greene
Position: Grade 2
Bio: I am a 2nd grade teacher from California. I have a Master in Education from Lipscomb University. I am currently living in Eritrea, Africa where I have taught 2nd grade for the last two years. I have also lived in Sri Lanka, Somalia as a 1st and 2nd grade teacher. I look forward to joining Lincoln Elementary School this August and living in Buenos Aires.
Name: Jesica Giusti
Position: ES Spanish
Bio: I am an argentine spanish teacher with 10 years experience. Prior to Lincoln I worked at St. Andrew’s Scots School for 5 years. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the Universidad Abierta Interamericana. I also have experience teaching English and Science and have coordinated projects in these fields. I am very excited about being a part of the Lincoln team.
Name: Heather Onderick
Position: Learning Coach
Bio: I am originally from Tulsa Oklahoma and I currently live in Kuala Lumpur with my husband and 7 month old son. I have been an Elementary teacher for 10 years and a Learning Specialist and Subject Area Leader for the past 7 years. I have a Masters in Education and look forward to moving to Bs. As. and my role as Learning Coach at Lincoln.
Name: Perry Towstick
Position: HS Chemistry
Bio: I am an american Science teacher from Denver, Colorado. I have over 20 years experience as a Science teacher and I have a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado. This is not my first time in Latin America, as I have taught in Costa Rica and Bolivia as well as the Dominican Republic. My son Trenton and I are excited to start our new adventure in Buenos Aires.
Ha sido un proceso lleno de pausas desde el comienzo de las clases en febrero, pero al caminar por los pasillos esta semana, las clases están funcionando a toda velocidad. Los estudiantes y los profesores regresaron del descanso con las baterías cargadas por completo, y parecen estar retomando justo donde lo dejaron a mediados de diciembre. Siempre hay una sensación de rejuvenecimiento al mirar hacia el logro de nuestras metas anuales, y comenzar a planificar para el próximo año escolar.
Uno de los eventos importantes en el horizonte cercano es nuestra conferencia Estudiantes que Presentan Actividades Educativas para el Conocimiento (SPEAK) que tendrá lugar el próximo viernes 23 de abril. Como muchos de ustedes saben del año pasado, SPEAK es una conferencia en la que se invita a los estudiantes, maestros y padres a crear y presentar talleres basados en su pasión. De los 80 talleres desarrollados el año pasado, más de 60 fueron completamente dirigidos por estudiantes. Esperamos construir sobre el programa del año pasado al agregar los grados 4-5 de la primaria a la mezcla. Promete ser un día donde nuestra comunidad pueda compartir y celebrar el aprendizaje.
Cierro esta semana informándoles que hemos terminado la mayor parte de nuestras contrataciones para el año escolar 2018-19. Nuestro proceso de contratación comienza a principios de octubre y requiere una gran cantidad de tiempo y energía para rastrear a los mejores candidatos. Ha sido un proceso colaborativo y quiero aplaudir a los miembros del personal y a los administradores por todas esas entrevistas por la mañana temprano, a última hora de la noche y entre ellos. ¡Parece que han descubierto algunas gemas! A continuación encontrará una breve biografía de nuestros nuevos docentes. Son un grupo impresionante para continuar el gran trabajo de sus colegas que se van.