This year as Esol Education celebrates 45 years, the organization’s story is very much the story of its founder, Chairman and Superintendent, Mr. Walid Abushakra. For the STRIDES anniversary issue, we asked him to reflect on his journey and achievements, and his inspiration for continuous progress.
Excellence in education starts with excellent teachers. Esol Education attracts some of the world’s most exceptional teaching talent, and Esol schools provide them with the right resources, latest teaching methodologies and ongoing professional development to thrive as successful educators.
Joining us primarily from the United States and United Kingdom, as well as other parts of North America, Europe and around the world, our teachers bring a wealth of experience, building on existing curricula to provide a rich, holistic learning experience for our students. Meet some of our teachers below:
Mr. Adam Hall
Science Teacher, Dunecrest American School
Bachelor of Arts, Biology University of Colorado, Boulder
International Teaching Certificate, European Council of International Schools
Master of Science, Environmental Studies, Green Mountain College, Vermont.
Apart from teaching Middle School Science, Mr. Hall is also the Chief Star Organizer of Million Solar Stars, a non-profit organization, dedicated to advancing the knowledge and cause of solar energy around the world.
“I believe education holds the key to solving many global issues we face today. I love the challenges and rewards of inspiring students to learn and grow. Teaching serves as a great creative outlet and it’s an outstanding profession for honing life-long learning skills. I love helping students develop their leadership and critical thinking skills to help solve global issues.”-Adam Hall
Ms. Aimee Thomas
STEM/Design Teacher, Fairgreen International School
SBSc Hons Human Psychology, PGCE Primary
“I really love my current role as STEM teacher because it is so creative and so hands on. I really enjoy seeing the incredible ideas that students are able to come up with and nurturing their ability to try things out, even if they are not sure they will work. I also love the fact that often students who struggle in traditional academic lessons, will frequently thrive and flourish within STEM and help them to see that we all have different strengths and different talents to offer.”-Aimee Thomas
Ms. Anne Neill
ELL Specialist and Instructional Coach – MS & HS, American International School in Egypt, Main Campus
MA in Curriculum and Instruction w/ Literacy Emphasis
University of Montana (BA); University of Texas at Arlington (MA)
“I love the dynamic and creative nature of teaching. I love addressing a challenge and finding a path forward, whether it involves a student’s learning, or a teacher’s practice. [After I started my teaching career] inspiration quickly grew out of the daily experience of interacting with students, finding creative ways to make content accessible to every child, and seeing that I could really have an impact on student growth and success.”-Anne Neill
Mr. Oliver Meyer
Creative Arts Teacher, American School of Bahrain
BA Honors, Visual Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University, School of Arts.
“I love seeing a student's reaction when they've created a piece of work for the first time. Equally, I admire a child's ability to think creatively and problem solve; two skills that are integral in developing children into successful adults.”-Oliver Meyer
Ms. Jill King
Grade 3 Teacher, Dunecrest American School
Bachelor degree from the University of Alberta in Canada. Undergraduate teaching degree from Otago University in New Zealand.
“I became a teacher because I am passionate about building relationships with students and giving them the tools to be lifelong learners. It is an amazing feeling to know that I am playing a direct role in the future of my students and helping to mold them into compassionate, respectful and knowledgeable citizen of our world.”-Jill King
Ms. Helen Pringle
Music Teacher/Head of Performing Arts, Fairgreen International School
Bachelor of Education and a Diploma of Teaching from Otago University in New Zealand
Qualified by Trinity College of Music in London.
“I hope to promote a genuine interest in and love of Music in the students that will stay with them throughout their lives. I love seeing those “lightbulb” moments, when students grasp a concept. I love seeing when students show passion and enjoyment in a subject and share this with others.”-Helen Pringle
Mr. Denny Kuhl
Head of High School Social Studies Department & Business Management Teacher for Grades 11 & 12,
American International School in Egypt, Main Campus
Juris Doctor, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois
Bachelor of Arts, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
“[My teachers] are the primary source of my inspiration to enter education. They introduced me to the wonderful world of reading, writing, thinking, knowledge and the joy of learning, forever changing my life and inspiring me to enter the field of education, with the hope I could follow in their footsteps and inspire others. I love watching the development of students’ critical thinking skills, time management skills, organizational skills, writing skills and their maturation into young adults. But what I love most is the emails and classroom visits from former Business Management students, where I learn they have graduated from prestigious business programs, started their own business or landed their “dream job!”-Denny Kuhl
Ms. Brenda Boehlke
Grade 4 Teacher, American School of Bahrain
Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin
Masters in Educational Technology, Marian
“Great teachers in my past have inspired me…they taught me the power of imagination and the power of "yet". It is an honor to hold a place of reverance in a child's heart and I take that very seriously. I am always searching for another way to present a concept or a skill so that kids can connect with it and make sense out of the new learning. Motivating students to WANT to [take their newfound interests and skills and apply them to a real world situation] is the real craft, and creating something that wasn't there before is what I love about teaching.”-Brenda Boehlke
Mr. Ricky Prince
Computer Science Teacher, Dunecrest American School
BA Hon. Film, Video and Interactive Arts, PGCE in Computer Science with ICT
“There is no better life fulfilling reward than to nature youngsters to reaching their full potential. I enjoy the unpredictability each day brings. As teacher you deal with different variables as to what each student is going to bring to the table on the day. There is nothing better for a teacher than having those outstanding lessons where all students exceed the learning objectives and there is 100% full engagement.”-Ricky Prince
Mrs. Kay Hunter
Head of Department, Middle School Mathematics American International School in Egypt, Main Campus
BA Social Science and Interdisciplinary Studies – Mathematics
California State University Sacramento
“I was inspired to become a teacher because I wanted to give back to my community. I wanted to demonstrate to students that learning done correctly is not only fun but very rewarding. I believe all students have the ability to learn, they just need encouragement and dedication from their teachers to never give up on them. Every student is capable of excelling as long as they are given guidance and the correct tools to learn. I strongly believe in creative and higher level thinking so students can be challenged in the classroom everyday as well as encouraged to explore learning in different ways. I strongly believe in being a facilitator in the classroom and watching students take control of their own learning. Teaching is my calling and my gift.”-Kay Hunter
Mr. Scott Rogal
Music & Band Teacher, American School of Bahrain
Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Mary College, Bismarck, North Dakota, USA
“Education and music are two areas where you never stop learning, and I enjoy being a life-long learner. This year, I have learned a lot about Elementary Music Education, and personally have started learning the Darbuka (Arab drum) and the Oud (similar to a guitar). My passion for music translates into energy and enthusiasm when I work with students.”-Scott Rogal
The Esol Education team is pleased to welcome new (and returning) members of our educational family, collectively bringing over 100 years of educational leadership experience to our schools.
The American University of Bahrain (AUBH) welcomes Dr. Bradley J. Cook as its next President, starting in the summer of 2022 and succeeding Dr. Susan E. Saxton. Dr. Cook joins AUBH with more than thirty years of distinguished international and regional experience in higher education across the U.S. and the Middle East.