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Our Team

ADMINISTRATION:

Robert Beach - Head of School

I have been working in education for almost 30 years at all levels from Preschool through the University level as a teacher and as an administrator. For the past three years I worked at the American International School in Abuja, Nigeria. While in Nigeria I was an Elementary Principal for two years and was then asked to take on the duties as Middle School and High School Principal. It was an amazing experience and I grew very attached to the students, parents, teachers and the Nigerian people. Prior to that I worked for the Hernando County School System located in Spring Hill, Florida.

 

While I will admit working on an island is a new adventure for me I am most looking forward to being able to explore all that Anguilla has to offer. I am not a typical “Beach” person but I love the ocean. I am a Padi Divemaster for over 30 years, competitive sailor and I love to eat fresh seafood. Three great reasons to live in Anguilla. As I am discovering perhaps the best reason to live here is the people.

Lorraine Thompson - Deputy Principal, PYP Coordinator

I am Lorraine Shakespeare Thompson, currently serving as the Vice Principal, PYP Coordinator and ICT Coordinator.  I am from the island of Jamaica where I received most of my training, certification and professional experiences in education in both public and private schools.

I have been an Educator at OIS for the past 5 years, teaching various grade levels while leading and initiating numerous co-curricular programs to further enhance students’ holistic development. I have been the PYP Coordinator for 2 years. Prior to that time, I was Head Teacher at the Blossom Centre, an Educational Institution for children with special needs.  There I led a small team of teachers and specialist volunteers, worked with and counselled parents, designed daily programs to stimulate the students and implement programs to sensitize the community on special education needs.

Teaching has become a part of my life, having spent 13 years in education I realize such passion coupled with my natural leadership abilities have shaped my path into administration.  I hold a Master of Science Degree in Educational Leadership and certifications in Special Education, Educational Psychology and Counseling along with numerous awards and recognition for my dedicated service in education and leadership initiatives. I enjoy the challenges of the field of education; working with other administrators, teachers, parents, and students, and the opportunities to make education happen for each student through effective leadership. 

I am easy to talk to and I always try to find the positive side of things. I am a spiritual person who is guided by the premise that we are all of one big human race enriched by each others uniqueness. I have been living in Anguilla for the past 9 years and most of those years were spent at OIS. I feel honored to be apart of the Omololu family and sharing a portion of this 35 square miles piece of rock.

Samantha Alfred-Derrick - Office Administrator

Samantha Alfred-Derrick joined the Omololu team in 2013 as a Volunteer and has now officially Joined OIS in 2014 as the Office Administrator. Mrs. Alfred-Derrick has had extensive experience in organisational support, project management, human resources, personnel supervision and office management in various service settings. In her leisure time, Mrs. Alfred-Derrick also assists the youth and other individuals in the community through mentorship, counseling and motivational speaking, her passion. Samantha’s solid attributes facilitate her exceptional ability to establish an excellent rapport with students, parents, teachers, Omololu partners and the Anguillian/International Community. Mrs. Alfred-Derrick is passionate about education and personal development and welcomes the position in this vibrant school setting.

PRIMARY SCHOOL:

Aretha Morgan - GRADE 6

Althea Aretha Morgan migrated to Anguilla from the country of Guyana where she received her Diploma in Elementary Education at the Cyril Potter College of Education and a Bachelor of Social Sciences Degree from the University of Guyana.
With over 18 years of experience in education she instills a love and a passion for learning in her students. Over the years she has prided herself in creating a nurturing, safe, child friendly and a positive learning environment where she encourages creativity and high-order thinking to increase her students’ performance.

Throughout her teaching career she resided and taught in Guyana, The British Virgin Islands and Anguilla. The exposure and experience gained have enriched her teaching career.
Because of her love for nature and interest in the development of the young people of Anguilla she is currently a member of the Anguilla Scout Association and a leader of the Duke of Edinburgh Award program where she plans and coordinates activities for young people whether on adventurous journey in their home country or overseas.
When she is not in the classroom inspiring and challenging her students to work towards their fullest potential she is out in the community escorting and guiding groups of young people on adventurous journeys both locally and overseas.
She is undoubtedly looking forward to a great, adventurous and remarkable time at OIS.

Ben Fisher - GRADE 5

Mr. Benjamin Fisher joins the Omololu team this year from Ontario, Canada. He graduated from McGill University in 2005 where he studied Political Science and Philosophy, and later completed his Primary/Junior teaching certification at Queen’s University in 2007. Since then, he has taught English in Seoul, South Korea, as well as world history and music in the Dominican Republic. This will be Mr. Fisher’s eighth year teaching, and he is very much looking forward to spending it here in beautiful Anguilla!

Mr. Fisher’s mission is to instill a love of learning in his students so that each can realize his or her full potential. He teaches with a passion for the subject matter so that his students develop a drive to become life-long learners. Mr. Fisher also teaches music at OIS. He plays guitar, ukulele, ocarina, and a number of other instruments, and is excited to bring some new rhythms and sounds to school concerts and events. Mr. Fisher can’t wait for the learning, fun, and adventure that this year has in store at Omololu International School!

Siddiqah Ottley - GRADE 4

My name is Siddiqah Ottley and I am excited to join the Omololu International School family. Teaching in a new country offers so many opportunities to share and learn new pedagogy. I’ve taught 11 years in the District of Columbia Public Schools as an elementary school teacher. The grades I’ve taught range from Pre-kindergarten all the way up to 4th grade. As a general education teacher, I’ve taught all core subjects, but English/Language Arts is my absolute favorite. Teaching in a large urban school district had its challenges but was a very rewarding experience. It has motivated me to branch out and share my love of teaching and learning in a new country not too different from my own.

I was born on the small island of Grenada, and even as a very young child I knew that teaching was my passion. I remember begging my siblings to play school every chance I got. They would oblige until learning that I made them do actual schoolwork. After moving to the United States, it was difficult to adjust. Thankfully, I had many teachers who saw my potential and inspired me to reach high academic goals. This confirmed my belief that teaching was the path for me. After graduating from the University of the District of Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, I set out to share my love of learning. I hope to inspire my future students the way so many of my former teachers have done for me. I look forward to the new experience at Omololu International School!

Collette Jones-Chin - GRADE 3

Mrs. Collette Jones-Chin is the newest addition to the Omololu team. Originally from Guyana, Mrs. Jones-Chin has over 30 years of experience in education, starting from the time she was just out of high school when she became an apprentice teacher. From there she went into the arts, pursuing a life-long passion for both visual and performing arts. Collette has lived in many countries throughout her career, broadening and deepening her educational experience with every move. In addition to teaching Grade 3 at Omololu International, Mrs. Jones-Chin leads a local youth theatre group and writes and directs her own performing arts productions.

Kourtney Smith - GRADE 2

Kourtney Smith is from Kings Park, New York. She has worked with 1st, 2nd and 6th graders of varying abilities, levels, learning styles, cultures and languages. She aspires to create a meaningful and exciting experience for students by challenging them to think beyond the norm and work with passion. She looks to drive her students intrinsically, by teaching them what it means to be an individual with the power to decide their destiny. More importantly, she would like to the spread awareness that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible. As an educator, she embraces the opportunity to serve as an advocate for her students, reaching out to faculty members, administration, parents, and the community.

Marquita Mills - GRADE 1

My career in teaching was initiated out of a passion for kids. After having completed secondary education, I went on to pursue my passion at the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College where I completed a Diploma course in Special Education in 2009. Following the completion of the course, I started my craft and have been working with children at the primary level either as a part time substitute or a full-time classroom teacher since then. I later went on to compete a Bachelor of Science in Primary Education at the International University of the Caribbean.

I am very excited to have started this new chapter in my career as a first-grade teacher and I feel very privileged to work in such a dynamic school, one that seeks to provide the absolute best not just for their children’s academic development but their holistic well-being.

Noemi Proulx - Kindergarten

Hello! My name is Noemi Proulx Rivera and I am very excited to work at Omololu International School. I was born in Santo Domingo but I was raised in a small town called Sosua, 5 hours from the city. I discovered my passion for teaching at a very young age because my father was a teacher throughout his life.  He always did the best he could to help his students. He was that motivation that people sometimes need to seek a better life. As I grew, I eventually followed in his footsteps. I am the youngest sister of five; in our family, we have three teachers.

I studied in Santo Domingo, and I have a degree in Elementary Education. I have worked in schools such as New Horizons and Colegio Dominico Americano, where I was involved in the teaching of third grade American curriculum based on Common Core State Standards. I have also volunteered to help small public schools in rural areas near Santo Domingo. My last job was at ISLA Academy where I was introduced to the IB learning method. It was an amazing year and I learned so much and fell in love with this new way of teaching. Watching students get the chance to take command of their learning was eye-opening and I loved being able to give them the tools they need to achieve their goals.

In my free time, I enjoy teaching, yoga, running, reading and going to the beach and trying new things. I am looking forward to my new adventure in Anguilla!

Jamie DuBois- Pre K

My name is Jaime DuBois and I am excited to be living here in Anguilla!   I grew up in New Jersey in the US.   I have been teaching Pre K- grade 2 for the last 13 years.  I have been lucky enough to teach in so many places all over the world!  I have lived and worked in Tokyo Japan, Okinawa, South Carolina and Albania.  I came to Anguilla with my two Japanese cats, Nani and Momo.  I enjoy spending time at the beach, bike riding, and yoga.  I am looking forward to this new adventure!

MIDDLE SCHOOL:

Amethyst Davis - Language Arts and Social Studies

Amethyst Davis graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Philosophy with a pre law concentration. She also obtained Disciplinary Honors in Philosophy through the Lloyds International Honors College at her University. In 2015, Miss Davis completed her Masters in English Language with the University of the West Indies, Open Campus.

Her fascination with the English Language impresses upon her love for poetry. Miss Davis is a local spoken word artist and uses this talent to compile pieces that inspire and empower. Miss Davis was featured as a guest speaker at the 2014 Anguilla Literary Festival and a piece of her work has been published in the 2015 anthology of Anguillian poetry entitled “Where I see the Sun”.

As a former Miss Anguilla, Miss Davis stood on the platform of youth development and empowerment propelled by her passion for education. At present, Amethyst Davis is the President of the Optimist Club of Anguilla and also functions as the Chairperson of the Oratorical Speech Contest and the Junior Optimist (JOI) Club advisor of the Innocent Minds JOI Club at the Orelia Kelly Primary School. Amethyst Davis has served as a Graduate Teacher of English and Humanities at the Albena Lake Hodge Comprehensive School from 2011 to 2017 and has also taught English at the Comprehensive Learning Centre for the past school year (2016-2017). Miss Davis is extremely excited to continue her journey towards becoming a Teacher of Excellence as she joins the team at the Omolulu International School for the 2017-2018 schoolyear.

Gudis Hodge - Math and Science

Gudis Hodge was born and raised on the island of Anguilla. Following her graduation from sixth form she continued her studies in Canada at the University of Toronto completing her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry. With the love she has for her island she returned following the completion of her studies to further transfer this love of science to the younger generation. She taught at the Albena Lake-Hodge Comprehensive School for 6 years teaching numerous science subjects, from Form 1 to 6, with students of varying capabilities. She holds a wealth of knowledge in the subjects of Science, Mathematics and Health.

Gudis enjoys listening to music, reading and spending time with her son. She is looking forward to starting this new venture at the Omolulu International School.

SPECIALISTS:

Natalie Volchek - Visual Arts & ICT

Mrs. Natalie Volchek-Alvarez has always been an artist and painter. Raising two girls, she realized the power of using art in working with children and she joined the Omololu International team to put that belief into practice. Now in her third year, she has opened the eyes of many of Anguilla’s future artists to the beauty and diversity of art. Her philosophy is that teaching them to express their ideas, thoughts and views through the use of paint and paintbrush, will allow them to be more open and honest about what they think and believe in.

Jerome Drecq - Spanish and French

Originally from Paris, I have been teaching for more than 20 years across multiple continents. My students have been of all ages, from kindergarten kids to retired adults, and of many nationalities. Right after a degree in Business and Marketing (which taught me a lot but which I was never able to use) my teaching adventures started in England where I helped middle and high school students practice their conversation skills in French. Back home, I continued my studies in English and then taught the language to elementary classes and to military staff during my mandatory service. I then left for the States and the University of Connecticut where I studied topics as varied as French Literature for my Masters, but also Latin American Cinema, Filming, Drawing, Social Insects, Italian, and anything else I could get my hands on really! There I also taught a French conversation class and a Political Science course. Eager to go back on adventures and improve my Spanish language skills, I headed to Peru, exploring the country and eventually teaching at the Alliance Française and in a tourism school in Arequipa. Back in France, and while writing a book, I took on private tutoring, following some students for years, helping them with their scholar difficulties in all topics: from languages to mathematics and sciences, also helping them to prepare for important exams in English or French Literature. After four years in France, the world was calling me again so I took off for the other side of the planet where I taught in a university and in language schools in Saigon and in Nha Trang, Vietnam. 

After some time in Thailand, I then decided to become another type of teacher: I was drawn to the wonders of the sea and so I became a Dive Instructor (PADI and SSI). The sea opened up my world and my thirst for discoveries even more and it turned out to be a passion to share this new knowledge with my worldwide students. For five years I traveled South East Asia, living in Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia and Bali, occasionally making a few detours through Turkey, the Caribbean and Mexico, getting acquainted on land with the people and their cultures as much as with the many creatures of the underwater worlds. 
 
Last year brought me to a new IB school in the Dominican Republic where I have been helping the directors solidify their vision and program during the second year of the school’s operation. This mission being now over, I am now ready to start discovering what all our students in Anguilla have to offer. 
 
I look forward to helping the students with their language acquisitions, teaching them French and Spanish and to assisting Omololu International School with all the various projects and initiatives that it is undertaking.

I look forward to meeting you all.

Ben Fisher - Music

Mr. Benjamin Fisher joins the Omololu team this year from Ontario, Canada. He graduated from McGill University in 2005 where he studied Political Science and Philosophy, and later completed his Primary/Junior teaching certification at Queen’s University in 2007. Since then, he has taught English in Seoul, South Korea, as well as world history and music in the Dominican Republic. This will be Mr. Fisher’s eighth year teaching, and he is very much looking forward to spending it here in beautiful Anguilla!

Mr. Fisher’s mission is to instill a love of learning in his students so that each can realize his or her full potential. He teaches with a passion for the subject matter so that his students develop a drive to become life-long learners. Mr. Fisher also teaches music at OIS. He plays guitar, ukulele, ocarina, and a number of other instruments, and is excited to bring some new rhythms and sounds to school concerts and events. Mr. Fisher can’t wait for the learning, fun, and adventure that this year has in store at Omololu International School!

Collette Jones-Chin - DRAMA

Mrs. Collette Jones-Chin is the newest addition to the Omololu team. Originally from Guyana, Mrs. Jones-Chin has over 30 years of experience in education, starting from the time she was just out of high school when she became an apprentice teacher. From there she went into the arts, pursuing a life-long passion for both visual and performing arts. Collette has lived in many countries throughout her career, broadening and deepening her educational experience with every move. In addition to teaching Grade 3 at Omololu International, Mrs. Jones-Chin leads a local youth theatre group and writes and directs her own performing arts productions.

Miguel Walker - Physical Education/ Sports Director

Mr. Miguel Walker is no stranger to the athletics programs of Anguilla. Originally from the Island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, he attended the Intermediate High School in St. Vincent. It was during those high school years that he fell in love with sports and competed both in football and track and field. But it was not until he arrived on Anguilla in 1998 that he decided to dedicate himself to coaching football particularly. His first team was the Island Harbor Primary School where he coached for two years, and took them from last position to fourth. He also took part in soccer camps and courses, and obtained certificates in coaching hosted by the Anguilla Football Association (AFA) under Raymond Guishard (president). He worked with many other schools over the years, including Omololu as volunteer games teacher, and recently The Valley Primary School as football coach before leaving for St. Martin. He also worked with the Anguilla Athletics Association, and obtained certificates in track and field. However, he feels his greatest experience was at Central Christian School where he worked for four years as PE Teacher/ Coach/ Sports Director. His job description was to organize a program that would enhance the athletes' development in sports and as a result, the school's sports program became one to contend with in Anguilla. His goal is to do the same with Omololu International School (OIS) and he am very excited to share his expertise and experience with the school and the children of Anguilla.

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