AISF Faculty

Becky James
Early Childhood Center
PreK and Kindergarten
Becky Fayose James
Joined the AISF Community in November 2015
Mrs. James joined AISF as the teaching assistant for English and Social Studies in grades 3 through 8. Mrs. James has worked in partnership with teacher Moira Henderson for three extremely productive years. Before leaving Nigeria with her husband, Mrs. James served as the full time class 1 teacher at the Jolice Montessori School in Ore, Ondo State. Early childhood and primary education are a long term interest. Mrs. James earned a BS degree in Biology at the University of Abuja. During her time at AISF Mrs. James has completed her US teacher certification for grades KG through 8 through the Teach Now program, one of the newest and most prestigious certification courses in the US.  She is US certified anywhere in the US with original certification in Washington DC. Mrs. James earned an MA degree in education also with Teach Now.
Kimberley Gardner
Grade 1&2
Kimberley Jane Gardner
Joined the AISF Community September 2016

Ms. Gardner has 12 years of teaching experience in the primary grades. She was most recently the teacher for children from PreK4 to Grade 1 at the Sunshine School in Jerusalem. Previously she taught Year 1 at Rygaards International School in Copenhagen, Denmark and Kindergarten and Grade 1 at the Bemerton St. John Primary School in Salisbury England.  Mrs. Gardner has a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of Winchester in the UK. In addition she earned a BA with Honors in Modern European Studies from Ealing College London. In the 2018/2019 school year Mrs. Gardner will take on a leadership role with teaching and learning at AISF in addition to her current classroom teaching.

Temilyn Tilly
Grade 3&4
Temilyn T. Tilly
Joined the AISF Community September 2016
Ms. Tilly has 6 years of teaching experience and one year as a School Counseling Intern. She taught most recently in Guatemala City where she worked with children in grades 3 and 4. Ms. Tilly served as a Special Education teacher in an elementary classroom in the Lummi Nation School in Bellingham, Washington in the US and as a school counselor at Centennial Elementary in Mt. Vernon, Washington. Ms. Tilly holds a BA in Education in Elementary and Special Needs from Western Washington University and an MA in Education in School Counseling also from Western Washington University. This June, Miss Tilly completed a workshop in teaching English Language Learners (ELL) run by international ELL expert Dr. Virginia Rojas in Rome, Italy.
Derrick Zamzow
Math and Science
Grades 5&6 and Grads 7&8
Derrick Zamzow
Joined the AISF Community in September 2017
Mr. Zamzow taught science and math as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone in 2013 and 2014. He returned to Sierra Leone as a Response Volunteer in 2016 again teaching science and math while also collaborating with counterparts to implement best teaching practices. In September 2017 Mr. Zamzow served as one of our two teachers in the Grade 9 Pilot program. He designed and implemented both the service learning and the community exploration portions of the program. He also supported our grade 9 students in Biology and Algebra. Mr. Zamzow earned a BS in Biology from the University of Wisconsin 2012 and worked as a phlebotomist before joining the Peace Corps. In July 2018 Mr. Zamzow completed US teacher certification in grades 5 through 12 for math and science through the Teach Now program, one of the newest and most prestigious certification courses in the US. He is certified to teach anywhere in the US with original certification in Washington DC. Mr. Zamzow earned his MA degree in education also with Teach Now. He worked regularly in the classroom with Abram Cosby in the 2017/18 year.
Benjamin DeCoste
English and Social Studies
Grades 5&6 and Grades 7&8
Benjamin Thomas DeCoste
Joined the AISF Community September 2018
Mr. DeCoste taught English at the Ayeyarwaddy International School in Mandalay, Myanmar for two years from 2016 through 2018. His previous experience teaching was in the US, first as a writing tutor at the Calderwood Writing Center in Boston and then as a grade 11 English teacher at Chelsea High School also in the Boston area. Mr. DeCoste earned his BA degree in English at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and is certified in English grades 5 through 12. He is also qualified in English Language Learning (ELL) and will be a good support for our students for whom English is their second or third language
Laura Kircough
Grade 9 and 10
University of Nebraska High School Proctor
Laura Kircough
Joined AISF Community in September 2018
Ms. Kircough was the Head Teacher at Freetown Cheshire Primary School in the 2017/2018 school year. As the main administrator, her chief focus was training the teaching staff in order to raise the quality of curriculum and instruction at the school. Ms. Kircough installed a completely new library at Cheshire and also served as their coordinator of vocational education. Before her move to Freetown, Ms. Kircough taught upper and lower primary in the UK for 15 years. She served as a member of senior leadership in several schools and was a designer of curriculum and teacher supervisor. At AISF Ms. Kircough supervises five high school students, three in grade 9, one in grade 10, and one in grade twelve. Ms. Kircough has an avid interest in music and was one of the founding members of the Freetown International Singers.
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Director
Irene Epp
Joined AISF in August 2015
Dr. Epp has been a Head of School in Africa since 2000. She began as director in Bamako, Mali and served subsequently as director at the American International School of Lusaka, the American School of Kinshasa, and now here at AISF. Previously Dr. Epp served as a high school administrator at the International School of Kuala Lumpur and at Cairo American College. She taught AP English at the American International School of Dhaka. Dr. Epp served five years as Deputy Head of School at the Santa Fe Preparatory School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She earned a PhD in Literature at the University of Colorado in Boulder.