I have been living and working in East Africa for most of my life. I grew up in Kenya, and after finishing my Bachelors Degree in Education in the US I returned to Africa, this time to Tanzania, to start my teaching career. Over the years I taught various subjects and age levels in three different international schools in Tanzania, including History, English, PE, Year 3 and 4. In 2017, I moved into administration at ISZ and am now the Primary Principal and Student Services and Learning Support coordinator. I am currently working on my Masters Degree in Special Education. My favorite thing is to see children learning and growing at all stages of life.
Lynda Smith “Ms. Lynda”Secondary
I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in English Language and Literature with a focus in Classical Studies. Having taught in the United States for many years, I have journeyed to teach in Qatar, Uganda, and Moldova too. Of all these teaching and learning experiences, so far, I miss my students, the people, the music, and the beautiful land of Uganda the most. Over the years, I have taught in the Advanced Placement program, International Baccalaureate, and Cambridge studies in both English and Humanities. While I consider myself a citizen of the world, I still call Arkansas “home.” I love to engage in many of the homespun arts of knitting, sewing, cooking, baking, and gardening. I enjoy ballet and classical music, Elizabethan drama, American Jazz, Afro-Pop music, and the visual art of all of the Surrealists. Mostly, I love sitting leisurely by any body of water. And so, I am very happy to be here, in beautiful Zanzibar.
Samuel Levy “Mr. Sam”Secondary
I am entering my thirteenth year of teaching: nine years in Washington, DC (from where I hail), one year in Costa Rica, and my third year here in Zanzibar. I have a BA in Economics from the University of Massachusetts and a Masters in Teaching Secondary Mathematics from American University. I am fluent in Spanish and am working on my Swahili. I am passionate about too many things to list here, but especially teaching and learning, and consider myself a life-long learner! I currently serve as our school’s Cambridge Coordinator.
Mrs. Cassandre Man-Bourdon “Ms. M-B”Secondary
I love science. No matter how much I continue to learn, the ingenuity of the biology of living things never ceases to amaze me. I just never imagined that this curiosity would lead me to teaching. Although I come from a long line of teachers, I spent my early professional life in public health. I obtained a Bachelors in microbiology in my home state of Mississippi, USA, followed by a Master’s in public health at the University of Michigan. My work took me around the world to Sri Lanka, Gabon and eventually Malawi, where I met my husband. By chance, I later took on a part-time teaching position in the USA and discovered that I loved this too. Education and engaging with students is my passion. Their curiosity motivates my own in ways that have now forever committed me to the classroom. I’m thrilled to be back at ISZ for a second year and look forward to nurturing that same love of science among my students.
Mrs. Margreth Kikopa “Ms. Margreth”Primary
I believe that successful students become successful adults. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Dar es Salaam Open University, and in my 20 years of teaching in primary schools, I have worked for many years in Dar es Salaam Independent School. I joined ISZ last year and have been happily teaching Year 2 students. I have a natural love of teaching and enjoy watching children reach different milestones in their development.
Mr. Anthony Mitchell “Mr. Anthony”Secondary
I had the pleasure of joining the ISZ family at the start of the 2019 school year. After living in England until the age of nine, my family then moved to South Africa, where I have spent much of my life. I have a degree in Cultural and Literary Studies and my teaching qualification from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. I am involved in various subjects for the Middle School years and teach IGCSE Geography, one of my passions. I am a firm believer in education with a holistic perspective, seeking to engage students in the learning process and develop meaningful relationships with those I teach.
Mrs. Melissa Scheepers “Ms. Melissa”Primary
I am in my second year of living and teaching in Zanzibar. I am a Cape Town, native, and prior to moving to Zanzibar I was teaching in Cape Town. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Art History and my Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) from the University of Cape Town. I also have an honors in journalism from the University of the Western Cape. I am currently the year 5 and 6 teacher at ISZ. I am passionate about education and strive to create a warm, engaging and interactive learning environment. I am happy to be a part of the wonderful ISZ school community.
Mr. Juma Mbaye “Mr. Juma”Specialist subjects
This is my second year at ISZ, and I am excited about teaching Physical Education and Sports science (P.E.S.S). In addition to P.E , I also offer a screen printing ASA for secondary students. I graduated with a Diploma in Physical Education and Sports science (P.E.S.S) at State University of Zanzibar. I am also honored to have received back to back awards of Most Valuable Player (M.V.P) of basketball in Zanzibar 2016/2017 and 2017/2018. I was even selected as team captain of National team of Zanzibar in 2018. My passion is the physical development of children, and I try to be a good role model.
Mrs. Danielle Geyser “Ms. Danielle”Primary
This year marks my return to ISZ after a year of maternity absence – and I am thrilled to be back! I teach a combined class of Reception and Year 1. In the past, I was already a member of the Early Years Program, and in 2012 I helped set up the Playgroup. I served as the Playgroup and Nursery class teacher for almost 6 years. I studied Foundation Phase education at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and recently completed a course on Child Psychology through Brentwood Open Learning.
Mrs. Marian Katunzi “Ms. Marian”Primary
I graduated with a certificate for Early Childhood Development, and before coming to ISZ, I worked at Al-Hassan Mwinyi Elite School for one year and at St. Mary’s International school for five years. I started as a teacher assistant in the Early years program, and now I am in my second year as the Playgroup and Nursery teacher. I have a passion for teaching and love seeing smiles on the children faces when they learn something new. I am a wife and a mother of one beautiful daughter who attends ISZ.
Mrs. Saada Said Kahindi “Ms. Saada”Specialist subjects
Hello, I am the Swahili teacher for beginning and intermediate levels. I have four years of successful experience in teaching Swahili, and my specialty is using different methodologies in teaching Swahili. I have a Master’s in Education in Teaching Kiswahili for the Speakers of Other Languages, and Bachelor degree in Education, both from the State University of Zanzibar. I regularly attend different Swahili forums such as seminars and symposiums. I am also a co- writer of a Swahili Poem book “KILINGE CHA UKOMBOZI” which was published in 2019 by Mwimbe Printers under the State University of Zanzibar.
Mme Astrid Pacque “Mme Pacque”Specialist subjects
Originally, I graduated in Law, and I worked for 10 years as an attorney in Belgium. I have a passion for discovering other cultures and languages and traveling made me change my professional field in order to give a new sense to my work through education. So I went back to university to obtain a certificate in teaching French as a foreign language. In 2018, I had the chance to experiment different types of schools, students and methods around the world. Today, I am happy to be part of ISZ and use those various experiences to practice differentiation in order to reach the best potential of each one of our children.
Mrs. Ashura Mohammed “Ms. Ashura”Specialist subjects
Born in Kilimanjaro raised in Zanzibar, I graduated from Zanzibar’s best teaching University. I hold a Diploma in Education with Foreign Languages and Bachelor of Arts in Education from the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) before joining ISZ as a shadow teacher and assistant. This is my second year as the main Swahili teacher at ISZ. I always strive to have a positive impact and inspire children’s language learning by making new discoveries. I love children and seeing them grow makes my heart fill with joy.
Mrs. Sarah Curry “Ms. Sarah”Primary
Hello, my name is Sarah and I hail from Northumberland, in the UK. I did a four year primary years teaching degree at University College Chester graduating with a Bachelor of Education, specialising in Physical Education and Design and Technology. I began my career teaching in a middle school in Alnwick where I taught Year 5. After a few years, I moved from Primary Years to specialise in teaching Design and Technology and Physical Education. Five years ago, I ventured overseas to work at a boarding school in Kenya where I also taught Design and Technology from Year 3 to Year 11. I was also part of the sports department and coached a range of teams. After visiting Zanzibar on holiday numerous times, I made the decision to move to the island and got the opportunity to join the ISZ community in August 2019. I am currently teaching Year 3 and 4.
Mr. Ben Ellerby “Mr. Ben”Secondary
Born in Scunthorpe in the North of England, I studied History and Politics at Lancaster University, completed a Masters Degree in International Politics, and recieved my Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Sunderland. I have taught history all over the world, including Kathmandu, Romania and Egypt. Outside of teaching, I am a keen musician, regularly performing in several bands as a semi-professional drummer, amateur saxophonist, and most recently, a handpan player. I also enjoy music production, photography and video editing.
Ms. Frances Wild “Ms. Wild”Specialist subjects
I am the primary and secondary art teacher for our IPC and IMYC curricula. This is my 4th year teaching at International School of Zanzibar. I graduated at The Glasgow School of Art with a BA in Sculpture and Environmental Art, and I completed my International Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the university of Nottingham. My art practice mainly consists of mixed media, spanning from video installation to painting, and I am passionate about the healing and community building qualities of art making. Being an International School of Zanzibar Alumni myself and having lived in East Africa, The Caribbean and Scotland has equipped me to empathize with international school student experience. My hobbies include reading, listening to Jazz and spending time in nature.
Mr. Ali Khamis “Mr. Ali”Specialist subjects
I am the P.E teacher for Early Years & the Swimming instructor here at ISZ where I have now worked for 10 years. I used to be a member of the Tanzania swimming team back in the day, and I coached the Tanzania national team in 2013 and participated all African game in Botswana and the Youth Olympic Game in Nanjing. I am a certified emergency responder and have a First Aid award by Zanzibar Dive Centre/One Ocean, hold the Fédération Internationale de Natation levels 1, 2 and 3 awarded by Tanzania Swimming Association, and I hold the Basic Para swimming coach awarded by Tanzania Paralympic committee. I am also a musician and play the electronic keyboard and bass guitar.