Ann St. John is an Individuals and Societies teacher and the Year Level Coordinator for Year 8. She is coming here having worked in Colombia, Japan, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong. She has experience in both the MYP and DP and has a passion for the pastoral care of the students. Ann comes to Angola with her husband, who is leading the Mathematics team, and their 10 year old son. She’s looking forward to being a member of the LIS community and to seeing more of Angola.
Brian Perkins is one of our MYP Design teachers. He has over 20 years experience working in various fields of technology and engineering. He has a degree in Electronics as well as an honours degree in Linguistics. He is currently working toward his MEd in Curriculum Development and Technology Integration. LIS is his third IB school and he has taught in the United States, Kuwait and China before coming to Angola. His interests include bicycling, camping, hiking, skiing, fishing and couch-surfing, but is also interested in learning to scuba dive and aircraft piloting.
Dave Pulger-Frame is joining LIS as the leader of learning for Mathematics. He’s half Scottish, half Indian, was born in Darjeeling, India and raised in Hong Kong. He was educated in international schools, which is why he wants to teach internationally. For the last 20 years he’s taught in Turkey, Colombia, Japan, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong. He’s been an MYP mathematics moderator for several years. He enjoys tennis, trivia quizzes, bowling and gaming. Dave hopes to spend a lot of time outdoors with his wife, Ann and son, Adam. He’s looking forward to being part of the vibrant school community at LIS.
Ellie Kupchik is excited to teach MYP Language Acquisition English for Years 7 and 8, and support EAL students throughout the secondary school. She began her career teaching in Taipei, Taiwan. After earning her Masters in Education, she taught English Literature, AP English Literature and Composition, and Film Criticism for several years in Baltimore, Maryland. Traveling is her greatest passion, but she also enjoys film, literature, music, sushi, and yoga.
James Bennett teaches MYP Language Acquisition English and provides support for English learners in the school community. He has experience teaching English and Spanish in the United States and Taiwan. He grew up attending an international school, and holds a Masters in Teaching, and in Spanish Literature. His interests include travel, food, philosophy and tennis. He is looking forward to exploring Angola’s culture, food and language.
Michelle is joining the learning support team, as the leader of learning. She has experience working with students in the PYP, MYP, and the Dipolma programmes. Originally from the USA, she has spent the past seven years at international schools in Thailand. She is here, at LIS, with her husband and their eleven year old daughter. In her free time she enjoys practicing yoga, jogging and planning the family’s next travel adventure.
Mîro Bakurî will be teaching MYP Design and Visual Arts. He has a Masters in Illustration and comes to Luanda having worked in Turkey and Venezuela. He enjoys reading, drawing and cooking Kurdish food. Outside of school, he likes exploring wildlife habitats, hiking and swimming. He has a great interest in indigenous arts and cultures and is excited to be in Angola where he hopes to learn about the local art scene.
Oscar Sala is excited to join LIS as the school-wide Technology Integration Coordinator. Originally from Canada, Oscar has coached teachers and students, in all divisions, on using educational technology in schools from California to Thailand. When not travelling or watching movies with his wife and daughter, Oscar enjoys basketball, comic books and generally being nerdy!
Randall is in his first year at LIS as the whole school Co-Curricular Coordinator. While originally from Canada, he has taught internationally since 1998 in Korea, Colombia, China, the Bahamas, Thailand the UK across the PYP, MYP and Diploma programmes. He likes doing anything active or creative as well as reading, playing guitar and trying to keep up with his 2 young boys. He is looking forward to exploring Angola with his family and learning Portuguese.
Ray Stafford has been teaching for over 10 years. He has worked in Thailand, Japan, Kazakhstan and Germany. His interests include visual theatre, analogue synthesizers and cooking new dishes. Ray has experiences in all three IB programmes and is a DP examiner for Theatre. He is keen to get involved in the theatrical scene in Luanda and develop connections with the wider Angolan community.
Rebecca Nichols is joining LIS as the leader of learning of language and literature from the International School of Kenya. Previously she has worked at a number of international schools in very different contexts including Sweden, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Hong Kong and the UK. She has taught English, Drama and Theatre and is an IB Diploma senior examiner for English A Literature. Outside of school she loves to explore, swim and read. She is already enjoying being part of the vibrant LIS community and getting out to explore Angola.
Taha Anjarwalla was born in Mombasa, Kenya but makes his home in Nanaimo, Canada where he can often be found outdoors, hiking, camping, or on the golf course. He attended the University of Toronto and Vancouver Island University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Mathematics in 2010. Taha went on to attend the University of British Columbia and completed his Bachelor of Education in Secondary Education in 2011 and he is currently working on his Masters Degree in Education. Taha began his teaching career in Dalian, China and is now happy to be beginning his first year here in Luanda. His favourite books include Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and Gregory David Roberts’ Shantaram.