Middle School Faculty Profiles

Our teachers are highly qualified and passionate about what they do. For the 2015-2016 school year, ISM will have 92 teachers who have come to Yangon from the United States,Canada,Great Britain,Australia, New Zealand, France, China,The Philippines,India and Guatemala. Over 80 Myanmar assistant teachers work to help ensure that all students are engaged in personalized learning.

More than 65% of our high school faculty hold advanced degrees, and all ISM teachers and administrators regularly engage in a range of regular professional development opportunities offered at ISM. ISM is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges(WASC) and is a member of East Asian Regional Council for Overseas Schools (EARCOS), which provides professional development opportunities.

The following is a directory of some of our current middle school teachers and administrators:

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Matt Leishman

Middle School Principal

Master of Arts in Administration and Curriculum, Gonzaga University, Spokane Washington

Bachelor of Arts in Education, Washington State University, Pullman Washington

International Principal Certificate, Principal Training Centre, Miami Florida

Certification: British Columbia Ministry of Education, Vancouver British Columbia



Bonnie Cahusac

Middle School Science

Master of Education in Curriculum Design and Cultural Studies from Queen's University, Kingston,
Ontario, Canada

Bachelor of Education in Intermediate Chemistry and Biology from Queen's University, Kingston,
Ontario, Canada

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Nutrition from Guelph University, Guelph, Ontario, Canada


Elizabeth Braden

Middle School ESOL

University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA, BS Elementary Education Spalding University, Louisville,
KY, USA

MS Library Science, Spalding University, Louisville, KY, USA, Specialist in Computerized Instruction

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA, MA in Education

University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado, USA, TESOL Certification




Gerda Chase

Middle School English

Bachelor of Social Sciences

TESL Certification, Trinity Western University, British Columbia, Canada




Kirsten Stairs

Middle School Counselor

Masters of Education in International Counseling -Leigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Bachelor of Education - Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada.




Laura Johnston

Middle School Mathematics

Master of Science in Mathematics, Imperial College London, UK

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Imperial College London, UK




Nathan Stairs

Middle School Math

Bachelor of Education, Intermediate/Senior Division, Mathematics and Physics, University of
Ottawa, Canada

Bachelor of Science in Forest Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Canada Engineering
Diploma, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada




Cailan Ferguson

Middle School Science Teacher

Bachelor of Education, University of Alberta, Canada

Masters of Education, Framingham State University, U.S.A




Jorge Mario Lopez Ponciano

Middle School Physical Education and Health

Bachelor of Physical Education, University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Guatemala

Certificate of Teaching Spanish as a Second Language, Tia Tula Spanish Language School, Spain




Kait Magee

Middle School Physical Education and Health

Bachelor of Arts, Kinesiology and Physical Education, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario

Bachelor of Education, specialization in Physical and Health Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Ontario

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