Faculty

Joshua Miller

Dean of Students

Joshua Miller has been an educator in the United States(Florida) for 9 years. He holds a bachelors degree from the University of Florida in Sports Management with a minor in Business Administration. Joshua recently graduated from the American College of Education in June 2017 with a Masters in Educational Leadership. His Florida teaching certifications include K-12 Physical Education, Middle Grades Mathematics, and Business. Joshua has worked as a Dean of Students at Lake Placid High School the last 4 years and has coached football, wrestling, and track & field during his 9 years in the educational field.

Joshua is an American citizen who loves sports and traveling. He has been to 21 countries and every continent except Antarctica. Joshua believes the application of life long learning is just as important as the knowledge we gain. Whether theoretical or practical academia, we must strive to support others with the information we acquire. There must be trust that the journey towards lifelong learning is worth the variables and for it to be fruitful we must be resilient in our efforts. Joshua supports our efforts at ASA in that he believes we must empower the leaders of tomorrow by instilling conviction in the progression, perseverance, creativity, and most importantly self-management.

 

Kidan Asgedom

Teacher

  Kidan is originally from Eritrea, but was raised in Indianapolis.  She graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a bachelor’s degree. For the past 4 years, Kidan has taught ESL students.  She is certified to teach Language Arts as well as TEFL.  While in college, she did an internship in India and a study abroad in France. She has also visited Curacao and Ethiopia.  She enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and traveling. She believes that educators play an important role in providing students with knowledge and communication skills to be successful adults. Kidan is excited to join the ASA faculty and is looking forward to living in Angola!

 

 

 Tony Barros

Angolan History, Geography, Culture Instructor

Tony is originally from Angola.  Mr. Barros  teaches Angolan Geography, History and Culture. He graduated from Louisiana State University in the United States with a bachelor’s of science degree in Geology.  Tony recenlty retired from Chevron Angola Corporation, where he worked as a geologist for 35 years. He believes that educators play an important role in providing students with knowledge and enthusiastically  shares his love of Angolan Geography, History and Culture with the ASA students. Tony is excited to be part of the ASA faculty.

 

 Jeff Bronson

Teacher

Jeff is an experienced Florida certified teacher with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in History from University of South Florida.  During his career, he has been honored with the Excellence in Education Award (2015-16), Innovative Classroom Grant Winner (2016-17) and nominated for the Congressional Teaching Award (2016-17).  During his teaching career, he has taught gifted and ESE students, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Science. He is excited about being a part of this cutting-edge school and supporting the ASA pledge to offer the best 21st century high tech school. During his summers, Jeff works in Africa or Central America – working with educational programs. 

 

Ryan Evans

Teacher 

 

Mr. Ryan Shug Evans joins the ASA team as a science teacher. Mr. Evans brings over five years of educational experience, teaching biology, chemistry, and physics at the middle school, high school, and college level in the US and abroad. A Southwestern University graduate, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. In his teaching certification exam, Mr. Evans was in the 91st percentile for science content mastery, and 98th percentile for pedagogy and professional responsibilities. He has been recognized for helping students achieve the second highest scores in the “Best of Texas” in Biology in 2016. Mr. Evans rocks at science and our ASA students will too!

 

Miguel Gabriel

Language Liaison and English Instructor for Angolan Employees

 

Miguel is currently a student of Agostinho Neto University at ISCED-Luanda studying English Language Teaching (ELT) methodology. He will finish his bachelor’s degree in December of 2018. During the last five years, he has been teaching and tutoring in English, music, biology, Portuguese, mathematics, and graphic design. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing sports, and learning about different cultures. Miguel currently serves as a Language Liaison for the ASA Marginal school site and works in the ASA English Institute as an English language tutor.

 

Elroy Holsopple

Teacher

 

Elroy comes to ASA from the U.S. with 30 years of educational development experience. With a Master’s of Science degree in Technical Education from Purdue University he brings a variety of skills and experience to ASA. He is a certified teacher with an administrative license. He believes education is to help young people to reach their full potential, find their passion in life, and prepare them to be productive caring citizens of the world. Elroy and family lived in Uganda, Swaziland, and Mozambique teaching, running a carpentry workshop, and working in development. He has many interests including basketball, ice hockey, reading and woodworking.

 

Mary Holsopple

Learning Coach

 

Mary comes to ASA with 15 years of experience in education. She is passionate about student-centered learning. At ASA Mary works as a learning coach. She believes the role of education is to prepare children to be thoughtful citizens and critical thinkers. She is a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program trainer and on the board of the International Bullying Prevention Association. Mary is the co-author of two books (Building Peace: Overcoming Violence in Our Communities and the disability curriculum in More Class Meetings That Matter). She has a Master’s of Science degree from Purdue University. Mary has lived in Uganda, Swaziland, and Mozambique. 

 

Leann Ketchum

Teacher

 

Leanne is a graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in Middle Childhood Education and is finishing her Master’s Degree in Critical Studies in Education. She is certified to teach Language Arts and Social studies in grades 4-9. Leanne is beginning her teaching career and completed her student teaching in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and a teaching fellowship in Athens, Ohio. Leanne was born and raised in Southeastern Ohio but loves to travel and pushes herself to do things outside of her comfort zone. She believes that children should use their own interests to shape their education and feels that ASA offers its students the opportunity to do just that.

 

Charles Koopman

Teacher

 

Charles is an American who possesses a Master's Degree in History and IB certification along with twenty-two heart-felt years of teaching both in the U.S. and abroad. Charles loves most sports along with good conversation. He is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and has written a book, a true "labor of love" dedicated to his father. His connection with Angola lies in his beautiful experiences in Northeast Brazil which is heavily influenced by Africa, and he is truly looking forward to this new adventure. He believes education builds productive, young citizens of the world who can articulate their thoughts, offering love and respect for others and themselves.

 

Carla Sabay

Teacher

 

Carla is from the Philippines holds a bachelor's degree and master's in Mathematics and has been teaching for 15 years. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Education. She has taught in Philippine schools, Cambridge Checkpoint, IGCSE, IB-MYP Mathematics, and prepared students for external assessments at international schools in Indonesia and Kazakhstan. She speaks some Russian, Kazakh, Bahasa Indonesia, English, and her native language Tagalog. Carla leads her students to become innovative, life-long learners. The 21st century methodologies at ASA motivated her to join ASA. She spends her leisure time reading, swimming, bowling, and gardening. 

 

Faith Samundombe

Administrative Assistant

 

Faith holds diplomas in Information Technology and in Managing Business Activities and additional training from Academia BAI Angola, and Get Training Angola, specializing in administrative software and the field of human resource. She brings eight years of experience as an administrator and four years of experience an HR Administrator with a local school. As the Administrative Assistant at American Schools of Angola, she will make a positive impact on the ASA community by contributing towards the achievement of extraordinary students. Ms. Samundombe was born and raised in Zimbabwe. In her time off, Faith enjoys reading, travelling, and spending time with her children.

 

Domingos Sauaia

Language Liaison English Instructor for Angolan Employees

 

Domingos has a Bachelo's Degree in English Language Teaching (ELT) from Instituto Superior De Ciências Da Educação (ISCED) in Luanda. He has been teaching for nine years in various language centers around Luanda. For the last three years, he has also taught at local high schools in grades 10 - 12. Domingos was born and raised in Angola. He believes that we cannot stop learning because life does not stop teaching us. Anyone can learn anything as long as you believe and dedicate yourself to it. In his hobbies, he likes to read novels, be with friends, go to musical concerts, and attend church activities. Domingos currently serves as a Language Liaison for the ASA Talatona school site and works in the ASA English Institute as an English language tutor.

 

Carol Yamarino

Teacher

 

Ms. Yamarino is a certified Earth Science teacher. She has 5 years’ experience as a classroom teacher. She also holds a Master degree in Urban and Regional Planning and has experience as an environmental scientist. Ms. Yamarino recently taught for two years in Kuwait. She has traveled in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Her educational philosophy parallels that of ASAngola - she prefers to facilitate learning rather than direct instruction. When not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her two children pointing out visible planets in the night sky and occasionally quizzing them on the phase of the moon. She has two pets (dog/cat); loves to garden; enjoys live music and theater; and is active with yoga, Aqua Fit, and walking.