Section VI. Who Are The Teachers And Administrators Who Work With My Child Every Day?

A. Who is our staff?

PSI recruits teachers from around the world. All of our teachers have college degrees in the areas of their teaching assignment and nearly two-thirds have advanced degrees. Candidates go through a rigorous selection process that includes multiple interviews, reference checks and policy security clearances.

B. School Leadership

Rachel CaldwellUK / IrelandDirector
  • MA International Leadership and Change (Hong Kong Institute of Education - Hong Kong)

  • PGCE in Education / Multiculturalism (Avery Hill College, London)

  • BA - English and Drama (University of London, UK)
Jan HumblebyUKPrimary Principal
Erika OlsonUSAPYP Coordinator
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education Towson University, Towson, MD USA
Jessica KruegerUSASecondary Principal
  • Doctor of Education (Northeastern University, Boston, USA)
La MorUK

Assistant Secondary Principal /

MYP Coordinator

  • Currently enrolled at Bath University - MA Educational Leadership and Management

  • Central School of Speech and Drama, London - MA Theatre Education, Distinction 2010
David FreemanUSA

IB Diploma Coordinator /

DP English

  • D.Ed Educational Leadership

(University of South Mississippi, USA)

  • MA English, BA Spanish (Florida

Atlantic University, USA
Ric FloydAustraliaAthletic Director
  • Bachelor of Teaching, PE Major

(University of Central Queensland,

Peter BullAustraliaIT Director
  • Graduate Certificate in Education, Digital Learning (Melbourne University, Australia)

  • Bachelor of Teaching, Primary (Deakin University, Australia)
Cindy BealsUSADirector of Learning
  • Master of Educational Leadership (High Tech High Graduate School of Education)

Primary Teaching Staff

Anna BelokonUkraineArt
  • MEd (Framingham State College,


  • MA (Kyiv Linguistic University)
Garrett BlomstedtUSALearning Support Grades 4 - 6
  • Bachelor of Science- Elementary and Special Education Concordia University (Seward, Nebraska, U.S.A)
Annie ButkusAustraliaCounsellor
  • Certificate in International School Counseling (Lehigh University, USA)
David GocentasAustraliaGrade 2
  • BA in Education (University of Canberra, Australia)
Amelia Dallen HallUSAPrimary Music
  • Bachelor of Arts, Music, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington, USA
Melissa HuttonUK / TurkeyGrade 1
  • BA in Early Childhood (Boston College, USA)
Olga IvanovaUkraineUkrainian
  • MA in Teaching Foreign Languages and Literature (Taras Shevchenko National University, Ukraine)
Kendall JacksonUSAKindergarten
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary

Education, University of Illinois at

Urbana-Champaign, USA
Bree KraftUSAGrade 1
  • MA Education: Emphasis in

National University

  • Teaching Credential (Sonoma State University)

  • BA English (University of California, Los Angeles)
Laura LambUSAGrade 1
  • Masters of Elementary Education

(The University of Southern

Jennifer LemeryUSAEAL
  • Masters Degree

Grand Canyon University, USA, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Jane LeudersUSAGrade 4
  • M.A. in Critical and Creative

Thinking, (University of

Massachusetts, Boston, MA, USA)
Jemma LinkAustraliaEAL
  • Graduate Diploma of Education, Cowan University, Australia

  • M.A. of Applied Linguistics, (University of New England, USA
Debbie McWhorterUSAGrade 4
  • MA of Science in Education (The City University of New York, USA)
Laura MooreNew ZealandEC3
  • BA of Education (Massey University, New Zealand)

  • Pending MA in International Education (University of Sunderland, United Kingdom)
Mikie O’SheaIrelandGrade 5
  • Bachelor of Education, Mary Immaculate College, University Of Limerick, Ireland
Alla PolianskaUkraineRussian
  • BA, 2011, Kiev National Pedagogical University of Dragomanova, World Literature and English Language

  • MA, 2012, Kiev National Pedagogical University of Dragomanova, German and English Language, World Literature
Bryan ReardonNew ZealandGrade 4
  • BEd (Auckland University. New Zealand)
Courtney RoweUSAEC4
  • Bachelor of Science - Integrated Early Childhood/Special Education

Towson University, Towson, MD
Claudia RibeyroUSASpanish
  • MA in Intercultural Communication

(University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA)

  • BA in Modern Languages and Linguistic (University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA)
Andres RodriguezColumbiaPHE
  • MA Business Administration – Sports Management ( Barcelona, Spain)

  • BA Physical Education and Sport

(Bogota, Colombia)
Skye SalvesonUSAGrade 5
  • M. Ed International Education Administration, Endicott College

2014, Leysin, Switzerland

Kimberly ShannonUSALiteracy Coach
  • MA of Arts in Education

(University of Colorado, USA)

  • BA of Arts (Metropolitan State

College of Denver, USA)
Ciara ShaughnessyCanadaGrade 2
  • BA in Sociology, Trent University, Canada-

  • Bachelor of Education, Queen's University, Canada

Kerry SimpsonGrade 4Canada-Masters of Science Degree in Education, D’Youville College, Buffalo, New York,
Natalya SosunovaUkraineRussian
  • Masters Degree

(Pedagogical University, Kyiv)

  • Master of education

(Framingham State College, USA)
Anouk TryonCanadaEAL
  • Master of Education, ​ESL

(The College of New Jersey, USA)
Valeria YermolenkoUkrainePhysical and Health Education (PHE)
  • Masters Degree

(European University, Kyiv)

  • Bachelor Degree

(Pedagogical University, Kyiv)

A DP student works with his Ukrainian Language teacher.

Secondary Staff

Tulika BathijaIndianSecondary EAL
  • M.Phil in English Language Teaching, The English and Foreign Languages University, India
Olga Berezhna*Ukraine

MYP/DP French

Languages HOD*

  • MA French and English Languages,Gorlovka State Linguistic

University, Ukraine
Alexander Best*USA

MYP / DP Language & Literature


Schoolwide ATL Coordinator

  • BS, English Literature, Towson State University (USA)

  • MA Liberal Arts, Johns Hopkins University (USA)
Olga BusenkoUkraineMYP/DP Russian
  • MA Russian Language and Literature(Taras Shevchenko National

University of Kyiv)
Nicholas De Dios*USA

G10-12 MYP/DP Design

Secondary Tech Integration Coach

  • MA, Ed Tech and Leadership (Lamar University, USA)

  • BA, Business Management (CUNY, USA)
Anne DirilgenUSAMYP / DP Art

- BA, Art Education (Northern Vermont University, USA)

MA - Painting, Art History (New York University USA)
Christel DroulezFranceG6-12 MYP/DP French
  • PGCE, Modern Languages (Lancaster University, England)

  • MA, French (University Lumiere, France)

  • BA, English (University Lumiere, France)
Rona DuranPhillipines

MYP Maths

DP Maths

  • MA in Mathematics, Ateneo de Zamboanga University, the Phillippines
Cory HagenauUSA

MYP Individuals & Socieites

DP Geography

  • BS, Secondary Education, University of Nebraska Omaha, USA
Peter HauszHungary

Physical and Health Education (PHE)

Assistant Athletic Director

  • Master of Physical education (Semmelweis University, Hungary)
Mark HelmanUSA

MYP Individuals & Societies

DP Economics

Grade 7 Homeroom

  • MA, Ed Leadership (University of Illinois, USA)

  • BA, History (Lycoming College, USA)
Michael HollandUSA

MYP Science

DP Environmental Systems

  • BA, University of California, USA
Melissa HooperCanada

Secondary Learning Resource Teacher

Grade 6 Panther’s Den

  • BA, Fine Arts and Education, University of Lethbridge (Canada)
Tatiana IsakovaUkraine

DP Mathematics

Maths HOD


  • PhD Mathematics

(Academy of Science, Ukraine)

  • MA English, MA Mathematics

(Taras Shevchenko National

University of Kyiv)
Matthew Jason*USA

MYP Individuals & Societies

DP Business Management

  • B.Science - Anthropology (Michigan State University, USA)
Meredith Klein*USAMYP / DP English
  • BA - English and Spanish, University of Delaware (USA)

  • MA - Liberal Arts, Johns Hopkins University (USA)
Brian LambUSA

MYP Science

DP Chemistry

  • MS (The University of Southern

Mississippi, USA)
Irina LapshinaUkraineMYP Design
  • MsEd - Framingham State College - USA

  • Master of Science in technical education and Industrial Technology Engineering -Pedagogical Academy - Ukraine
Alexandra LyashchenkoUkraineMYP Physical & Health Education
  • BA Biology - Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Ukraine)

  • MA Physical Education - National University of Ukraine, Physical and Sports Education (Ukraine)
Ron Livecchi*USAMYP / DP Mathematics
  • B.S.Ed - Mathematics (Ohio University, USA)
Marta Martinez FerreroSpainMYP / DP Spanish
  • MA - Spanish and Comparative Lit (University Leon, Spain)

  • BA & MA - English Language and Lit (University Leon, Spain)
Claire MonfortUSA

MYP Individuals & Societies

DP History

  • MA, Education, Curriculum & Instruction,

Secondary Social Studies,

College Of William And Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Rory ParsonsUK

MYP Science

DP Biology

  • PGCE - Teaching (Reading University, UK)

  • B.S - Biological Sciences (Reading University, UK)
David RichertUSA


MYP Exploration

Well-being Coordinator
Laís Rudzits Facion e BritoBrazilMYP Lang & Lit EnglishBachelor in Pedagogy, University of Sao Paolo, Brazil
Annahita SartyUSA

MYP/DP Spanish

Extended Essay Coordinator

  • Master of Science, Multidisciplinary

Studies, (Buffalo State University, USA)
James SpencerUKMYP EAL
  • Teaching Diploma, English

Language & German,

(Paedagogische Akademie der

Erzdioezese Wien, Austria)
Chris StapelUK

MYP Maths

DP Distance Learning Coordinator

  • PhD in Sociology, University of Kentucky, USA
Neil TheissenUSAG 6-12 EAL
  • BA Business & Economics (Colorado State University, USA)

  • MA Teaching English as a Second Language (University of Birmingham, UK)
Sylvain VergesFranceMYP Music
  • MA, Music Education (Cefedem Aquitaine, France)

  • PGCE, Music Performance (Conservatoire National de Region de Bordeaux (France)

  • BA - English (Universitée de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (Franc)
Zina VolkovaUkraineMYP/DP Russian
  • MA, History (Taras Shevchenko National

University of Kyiv)
Dan Whalley*Canada

MYP Sciences

DP Physics

  • BSc Physics (Queen’s University, Canada)

  • B.Ed Education (Trent University, Canada)
Erik Zambrano*USA / Mexico

MYP Drama

DP Theatre Arts

  • MA, Performance and Interactive Media - Art (Brooklyn College, USA)

  • BA, Theatre Directing (Fordham University, USA)

*HOD - Head of Department

EC - Grade 12 Learning Support

Garrett BlomstedtUSALearning Support Grades 4 - 6
  • Bachelor of Science- Elementary and Special Education Concordia University (Seward, Nebraska, U.S.A)
Annie ButkusAustraliaCounsellor
  • Certificate in International School Counseling (Lehigh University, USA)
Melissa HooperUSA / CanadaSecondary Learning Resource Teacher
  • BA, Fine Arts and Education, University of Lethbridge (Canada)
Kimberly HollandUSAK - Grade 5 Learning Resource Teacher
  • Master of Education, Special

Education, (University of California,

Santa Barbara, USA)
Polina SpencerRussiaG6 - 12 Teacher Librarian
  • Master Degree in Foreign Philology -German Language and Literature (Moscow National University)
Amy ThompsonUSASecondary Counsellor
  • Master of Education, Counselor Education, The Military College of South Carolina, USA
Pam YorkUKEC - G5 Teacher Librarian
  • Bachelor of Education and Humanities (University of Wales, UK

  • MSc Library and Information Studies (Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen) )