Secondary Staff

Katherine Lewiston

MS/HS Drama

Katherine Lewiston is thrilled to be joining the AISA school community in the 2019-2020 school year! She teaches MS/HS Drama. She is married to John Christensen, who will teach Design Technology. Katherine has spent the last five years as the Secondary Music Director at Yangon International School in Yangon, Myanmar. She is excited to move to Abuja and experience a new rhythm of life in Nigeria!

 

Katherine is originally from small-town western Wisconsin, but she also claims Minnesota as home. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Education Credential from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and she will begin her Masters in Music Education through the University of St. Thomas in the summer of 2019. Her passion for international teaching began after she graduated from college, when she traveled to India to student teach at an international school in the central Himalayan foothills. 

 

Katherine is a voracious reader, loves to make music of all kinds, and loves to cook. She plays Ultimate Disc and is also a yoga practitioner. She loves their two cats, Weasley and Kink, almost more than her husband.

Gabby Wojkovich

MS English

Gabby Wojkovich grew up near the city of Chicago, in Merrillville, Indiana. It was at Purdue University she received her BA in English with her teaching license. While at Purdue, she had the unique opportunity to complete her student teaching at Ramstein Air Base in Southwestern Germany, thus igniting a passion for international teaching. After working as a sixth grade English Language Arts instructor and track, basketball, and soccer coach near her hometown in Valparaiso, Indiana, she decided it was time to broaden her horizons once again. AISA came along as the perfect fit and opportunity to do so. With that, she is eager to join the AISA community and get involved in all it offers in terms of community, travel, and growth. 

Growing up along Lake Michigan's uniquely diverse waterfront, Gabby has a great appreciation and respect for nature and all the adventures it holds. She spends much of her time hiking, running, swimming, or doing any form of physical activity outdoors. Naturally, she is looking forward to taking advantage of all that Africa offers in terms of exploration and cannot wait to learn about its various and distinct cultures.

Chris Moore

MS/HS Math

Chris was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada and earned his Honours Bachelor of Arts from Lakehead University, a Masters of Urban Planning from Queens University, and a Masters of International Education through Framingham State University.  He has worked overseas for 12 years as a middle school, high school, and IB Mathematics teacher, and also as a middle and high school physical education teacher.

 

Joining him will be his two amazing children, Kaylex and Braxton Moore.  He is an avid hockey player and golfer, loves to workout, and finds his peace in the kitchen or around the barbecue.

Claire Crossnoe

MS/HS Science Teacher

Claire Crossnoe is from Missouri in the United States. She has Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from Trinity University, an Associate of Science from Northwest Missouri State University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and has experience in teaching science from grades 6-12 including AP Biology and Neurobiology.

 

She also went on a week-long experiential learning trip with ISA, chaperoning 120 freshmen in Arkansas where they participated in a poverty simulation with Heifer International.

Marc Desilets

English and History

After graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor's of Political Science from the University of Victoria, Marc decided to continue his passion for lifelong learning and inspiring youth by pursuing a Master's of Teaching.  For his Master's, Marc focused on humanities (English and Social Studies) through the University of Calgary.  Following his Master's, Marc taught in Calgary, Alberta, Canada at Bow Valley College, in grades 10-12 English and Social Studies. He helped ELL Learners attain high school diplomas to gain entrance to North American Colleges and Universities.  After this Marc worked abroad in Cairo, Egypt at the Canadian International School of Egypt for two years.  He taught grades 9 to 11 English, with a focus on helping students understand critical themes in literature and improving their literary analysis writing.​

Troy Wiggins

English and Social Studies

Troy Wiggins is the English and Social Studies teacher for 7th and 8th grade. He hails from Virginia Beach, Virginia, but arrived in Abuja from Connecticut where he recently earned a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from the University of New Haven to go with a Bachelor’s Degree in History, and the Cambridge ESL Certification. Troy began teaching in 2009 in Seoul, South Korea where he met his fiancée, Ms. Phillips. Together they taught in Malaysia, in Saudi Arabia briefly, and most recently in Shanghai, China. Troy is quite eager to continue sharing his expertise with such wonderful students and is excited to learn from the strong professional community here at AISA.

Daniel Patrick

MS/HS SS

Daniel Patrick has been teaching in Myanmar and the United States as a middle school social studies teacher. He holds a Bachelor's in International Studies from Virginia Tech, and a Master's in Education from Augusta University. Teaching is a real pleasure for him and he also enjoys participating in extracurricular activities.

 

Outside of the classroom, he enjoys anything that is outside or new.

Stephen Floro

Secondary English Teacher

Stephen Floro hails from Silverdale, Washington—a small US Navy town in the Puget Sound. He spent his early years moving along the west coast of the United States as well as Naples, Italy. After high school, he attended the University of Miami (FL), earning a BA in English Literature, and New York University, completing a Masters in English Education with Secondary Certification. He taught in NYC for two years but ultimately left the city with his sights set on teaching internationally. Stephen is ecstatic about being able to continue teaching in a diverse setting like Abuja with people who value education and the experiential learning that comes with exposure to the international community. He loves reading, writing, playing sports, learning languages, hiking, and traveling!

Jon Pennington

MS/HS SS

Jon has Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Social Studies and a Masters in Teaching. He has taught a variety of AP and IB social studies courses over the past six years in international schools in Africa and Asia.

 

In his free time, he likes to play and coach sports, or read a good book.

Eze Emmanuel Chijioke

Laboratory Technologist

Eze Emmanuel Chijioke has a Higher National Diploma, a Postgraduate Degree in Education, and a Master in Education (Science Education - ongoing). He worked at Asokoro Hospital Laboratory, as a Laboratory Technologist 2002 to 2003 and has been the Laboratory Technologist at the American International School Abuja since 2005. Emmanuel has always wanted to work with children in an international community like AISA. “AISA is a great community! I like science and love to give knowledge to the students”.

​James O’Conners

MS/HS Math

James O’Conners is from Massachusetts in the United States. He grew up in Wilmington, a suburb of Boston. He began his teaching career in his home state for 12 years including a stint in Plymouth, America’s hometown. For the past 27 years, he has taught in Asia (7 years in Japan, 5 years in China, and the past 15 years in Thailand).

 

James enjoys many sports in different ways. He enjoys being a fan of his home area teams: Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, and New England Patriots. He has decades of coaching basketball. Further he enjoys walking along a golf course (hitting the golf ball is sometimes not so enjoyable).


James feels he is a very fortunate man as he has a career that allows him to do things about which he is passionate: caring for, encouraging, teaching, and learning from others.

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Blake Panting

Music Instructor

Blake Panting was born and raised in a small town in Western Montana. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Montana and also a Master of Music Performance from Arizona State University. Mr. Panting started his teaching career in Los Lunas, New Mexico. In 2011 he moved to Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where he met his wife, Veruska. Their son, Liam, can be found in preschool here at AISA shooting friend and foe alike with his imaginary Spiderman webbing.

John Christensen

MS/HS Design Technology Teacher

John Christensen is a member of the technology faculty at AISA. He started working at the school in 2019 and teaches MS/HS Design Technology. John grew up in South-Eastern Idaho. When he mentions where most people say, “Yeah, I’ve driven through there!” He spent his early years with his family out in nature, camping, and hiking through the western United States. His hobbies include nearly anything digital design, gaming (digital, tabletop, and field), riding bikes (both motorized and not), and spending time with his partner, Katherine Lewiston, and their two cats. He has taught previously in Yangon, Myanmar where he cut his teeth in a place quite the opposite of where he grew up: tropical, urban, and in the developing world. He is dedicated to trying to help make the world a better and more fun place!

Julie Strait

MS/HS Health and Physical Education

Julie Strait is thrilled to be joining the PE team in secondary at AISA. Originally from Southern California, she began her teaching career at Victor Valley High School in the Mojave desert. Hankering for a change she moved to Hawaii and taught PE at private and public schools. This warm weather educator has since taught in Spain, Taiwan, Tanzania, China and Niger, where she also coached football (soccer), swimming, cross country, softball and basketball. Julie’s passionate about her personal fitness and is always creating different methods and strategies that will entice/motivate students of all ages to get physically fit, lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle, and engage in sports. She has been an avid runner and triathlete and looks forward to getting back on her bike in Abuja. Besides sports, she loves to sing whether it be rock-and-roll, blues, or barbershop harmony.

Bret Campbell

Technology

Bret grew up in a small town west of Madison, Wisconsin in a house filled with dogs, cats, and tropical birds; surrounded by corn fields and horse trails. He studied Philosophy, Political Science, Engineering and Applied Linguistics before finally getting his Bachelor’s from Portland State University. 

 

He enjoys traveling is excited to explore Africa and its myriad cultures while being a part of the excellent and professional team here at AISA.

Robin Pascucci

HS French Teacher

Robin is an English, French, and Spanish teacher in her 25th year of teaching with experience in both AP and IB classes. Robin started her career right next door to Nigeria, as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon. From there, Robin taught in France, Venezuela, Russia, Bolivia, China, Mali, Myanmar, and Malaysia. She has also been very involved with Community Service programs and curriculum work, and Robin has offered after-school programs for both teachers and students in yoga and rock climbing.

 

For fun, Robin enjoys reading and writing fiction, making music, learning languages, and traveling.

Josephine Monthe

French

Madame Josephine Chidinma Monthe is a Cameroonian/Nigerian, married to a Cameroonian. She holds a Master's Degree in Translation Studies (French and English), a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French and Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE). She is an American Certified Educator, licensed by the State of Hawaii to teach Grades 6-12 French. Josephine has so many years of experience during which she has had the privilege of teaching French at various levels of Education: Primary, Secondary & Tertiary. She served as a Graduate Assistant at the Abia State University Uturu, where she taught undergraduates French. This is Josephine’s 18th year as an International Educator at AISA. “FRENCH IS MY PASSION AND TEACHING IS MY CALLING!”

Tatiana Modrisan

HS Spanish Teacher

Tatiana Modrisan has previously taught in Africa, in Ethiopia. Aside from teaching Spanish and French in  Addis Ababa, she has also taught in Myanmar, India, and Oman. She has a Bachelor's in Foreign Language and Literature (Spanish, and French) from the University of Spiru Haret in Bucharest, Romania and Master's in Interdisciplinary Studies from the State University of New York in Buffalo, New York.

Veruska Campoverde

Spanish

Veruska Campoverde was born in Bolivia but also has a Peruvian background. She studied at the American School in Santa Cruz, Bolivia and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from the Private University of Santa Cruz (UPSA). She has worked in several companies from Consulting Firms to Real Estate Business. Her favorite job was at Santa Cruz’s Exporting Chamber where she was in charge of Transport and Logistics. While there, she also worked with the European Commission called AL INVEST, an initiative program that supports the internationalization of SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises). Veruska is married to Blake Panting, and together they have a lovely two-year-old son, Liam. Blake’s job brought them to AISA and thanks to this welcoming community; she now works here as one of the Spanish teachers. They love to experience new cultures and meet people. An interesting part of Veruska is that she has an artistic background, and she got the exposure from her paternal side, which includes painting, writing, composing, and music.

singing and playing guitar especially for her little boy gives her utmost satisfaction.

Chelsea Nooker

MS/HS PE

Chelsea Nooker grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA and graduated from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, with a degree in Health and Physical Education.

 

She enjoys traveling, playing sports, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

Jenny Wencl

MSHS Math Teacher

Jenny Wencl is from Saint Paul, Minnesota in the USA. During the past five years, she has taught students in grades 6-8 and has enjoyed teaching all three grade levels. She has a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with an emphasis in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and has recently completed her Master of Arts in Education.

Juliet Okrobodo

SS Administrative Assistant

Juliet Okrobodo is from Delta state and was raised in Abuja. She holds a Bachelor of Technology in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology Minna, Niger state, with over 5 years of progressive experience in administration

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