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Cycle 1 Teaching Teams

Meet our Cycle 1 Teaching Teams

 

Petite Section (Pre-K3) - Classe homologuée

Ms. Mélanie Vincent (French) completed her bachelors of arts degree at the University of Rouen in France. After earning her teaching certificate at the IUFM Batignolles, she embarked on a teaching career that brought her to Austin International School in 2008. She is a proud mother of three AIS students who are growing up to be trilingual contributors to the world.

Ms. Judith Kay Cureton (English) first joined AIS in 2008 from East Kilbride, Scotland, where she worked as a first grade teacher. A champion of play-based learning, independence-building, and differentiated instruction, Judith pours compassion and innovation into her teaching. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree from the Glasgow School of Art and her teaching certificate from Glasgow University. 

Ms. Wilnelia Iglesias (Spanish), originally from Puerto Rico, joined AIS as the PS/MS Spanish teacher. Wilnelia has taught in pre-kindergarten and elementary school programs in both Texas and Puerto Rico for well over a decade, and has extensive experience in the development of materials and methodologies to engage students in their learning. She holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling and Mental Health, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Elementary Education.

Ms. Marine Johnson (Assistant Teacher) joined Austin International School from a career at the Dallas International School, where she supported her community in French and English. A native of France, Marine is passionate about sharing her language and culture with her students every day. She is a proud mother of three AIS students.
 

Moyenne Setction (Pre-K4) - Classe homologuée

Ms. Amira Chihi Oudji (French, MS1) holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Civilization and a Masters degree in European Interdisciplinary Relations. Hailing from Tunisia, she worked as an educator in her home country, India, and Saudi Arabia before moving to Austin to begin working with early childhood learners. Passionate about education and student success, Amira completed a Fulbright Teaching program through the University of California Santa Barbara. In addition to her native languages of French, Arabic, and English, Amira enjoys practicing her Italian and Spanish on a regular basis.

Ms. Geneviève Rheault (French, MS2) began her teaching career in her home province of Québec, Canada. After completing her Bachelors degree in developmental education, she went on to earn her teaching certificate through the Ministry of Education of Québec. Since embarking on a career to passionately serve the needs of young learners, Geneviève taught at a number of schools across Québec and British Columbia, before first joining AIS's team in 2006. She is passionate about Latin dance, outdoor activities, and environmental conservation. She is also a proud parent of two amazing AIS students.

Ms. Judith Kay Cureton (English) first joined AIS in 2008 from East Kilbride, Scotland, where she worked as a first grade teacher. A champion of play-based learning, independence-building, and differentiated instruction, Judith pours compassion and innovation into her teaching. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree from the Glasgow School of Art and her teaching certificate from Glasgow University. 

Ms. Wilnelia Iglesias (Spanish), originally from Puerto Rico, joined AIS as the PS/MS Spanish teacher. Wilnelia has taught in pre-kindergarten and elementary school programs in both Texas and Puerto Rico for well over a decade, and has extensive experience in the development of materials and methodologies to engage students in their learning. She holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling and Mental Health, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Elementary Education.

Ms. Géraldine Grousset (Assistant Teacher, MS1) joined Austin International School after a successful career as a certified assistant teacher in schools in France. She is passionate about sharing her language and culture with our youngest AIS students, while supporting both their personal and academic growth in a safe and nurturing environment. 

Ms. Houda Benchekroun (Assistant Teacher, MS2) was happy and excited to discover the school in 2006, and very much enjoys working at the school – a world of diversity and richness of cultures. “I like helping children discover the world and to teach them important values such as respect, work, and honesty,” she says. She is amazed at how children see the wonder in everyday things, and how their imaginations know no limits. The innocence and eagerness of the children makes her look forward to seeing their progress and positive results. Houda has worked during our summer camp as well, which she values for seeing the pleasure children take in drawing, painting, and learning foreign languages. She has been at AIS since 2006. Houda enjoys interior design, cooking Moroccan food and pastries, and teaching belly dancing.
 

Grande Section (Kindergarten) - Classe homologuée

Ms. Pénylène Rysak (French, GS1) joined AIS’s teaching team from the Lycée Français de Medellín in Colombia. Prior to this, Pénylène taught in overseas French schools in Cameroon, Malaysia, Thailand, and St. Martin. She was an elementary school teacher at Dallas International School for a number of years and is excited to be back in Texas! She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and French Language Education and a Master’s degree in Teaching. She has engaged in extensive ongoing professional development, with focuses on tech integration, writing, reading, and mathematics.

Ms. Aline Andriaça (French, GS2) will join AIS from the Lycée Molière in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Driven by a keen interest in languages and cultures, Aline earned a Bachelors degree in Portuguese and French before completing a Masters of Research in Language, Literature, and Civilizations at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III. She earned her teaching certificate in elementary education and special needs education in Niterói, Brazil. Since embarking on her career in education, she has supported young learners in achieving their best—both inside and outside the classroom. A key emphasis in her classroom is inclusion, equity, and social justice.

Ms. Audrey Collec (French, GS2 Sub) joined AIS's pedagogical team as a long-term substitute in the GS2 class. She earned a bachelors degree in foreign languages, literature, and civilizations in Brest, France, and a Masters in Latin American Literature at Purdue University. Audrey is a certified teacher of Spanish through the Institut de Formation des Maîtres in France. Prior to joining the team at AIS, she taught in schools in France, the UK, Indiana, and California. She is the proud parent of two AIS students who are growing up to be trilingual like their parents.

Ms. Laura Grant-Mills (English) earned her bachelors degree in Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and her teaching certificate in England. She has worked as an elementary school educator at schools in the UK and in Austin, with a focus on students with varying educational needs. Laura enjoys engaging students in authentic, hands-on learning and works to always provide a warm, welcoming, and inclusive classroom community for her students. As a passionate early childhood teacher, she creates academically challenging experiences for her students in a safe learning environment.

Ms. Isabel Ruíz (Spanish), originally from Spain, joined AIS in 2018. As a certified classroom teacher, she has taught a range of students around the globe, supporting them in becoming passionate agents of their own learning. She is a proud mother of two AIS students who have attended AIS since PS.

Ms. Sylvie Rozak (Assistant Teacher) joined AIS as the GS Assistant Teacher to support her students during their day-to-day personal and academic growth. Originally from France, she is passionate about sharing her language and culture with her students. Sylvie is the mother of an AIS graduate who has grown up to be a trilingual global citizen.