Director & Upper School Principal
Growing up abroad as the son of a Norwegian diplomat working for the United Nations, he began his own history with international schools as a child in Kenya attending ISK. His family moved to Austria for his secondary education. After graduating from high school as an IB student from The American International School of Vienna, having lived all of his life abroad, he moved to his home country of Norway to attend University. There, he received a Cand. Magister from the University of Oslo. In addition, he earned a second master’s degree in K-12 Educational Administration from Michigan State University.
After an extensive career in international schools in China, Austria, Argentina, Ethiopia, and as an associate professor at Webster University, he was most recently at Skagerak International School in Norway. He has a well-rounded background in a variety of roles with the IBO, as a workshop leader for Administrators, TOK, IBDP Coordination, and History, a school consultant and has been a team-member/leader and Chair on a number of authorization/evaluation visits. He has also been an Examiner for History and TOK. He has a personal and academic interest in international education and leadership and is continuously involved in authorization visits and leading workshops for IBAEM, IB Americas and IB Asia Pacific.
He is an avid traveller and enjoys learning about new cultures. Mr: Glittenberg is very excited to be here at ASOY and looks forward to getting to know everyone in the community.
Elementary Principal & Deputy Director
Mr Barlow has been an educator for 23 years. He began his career in Brazil teaching in Year 3 and Year 5 for seven years. He then returned to England and spent a year teaching Year 6. After spending many years abroad Mr Barlow had the desire to move away from England again and he accepted a position back in Brazil. He would spend 9 years at this International School as the PYP coordinator and then Elementary Principal. He then moved to China as founding Elementary Principal for 3 years and then onto Yaounde. This is now Mr Barlow's 13th year as an Elementary Principal and third year at ASOY.
Mr Barlow is joined by his twins who now enter Grade 5. He is an avid sports fan and follows most of the major sports. His passion is football and he supports Manchester United and his hometown team Plymouth Argyle. Mr Barlow is an amateur photographer and loves to travel. Mr Barlow has become somewhat of a baker and chef and has been experimenting with his new recipes on his children. Mr Barlow also enjoys playing video games in his spare time.
Technology Director/Upper School Vice-Principal/IB DP Coordinator
Mr. Doig started teaching in a small rural bilingual school in Northern Alberta, Canada 29 years ago. Since then, he has taught in Vancouver, BC, Kuwait, Yellowknife (brrr...way up North!), England, Saudi Arabia, Mongolia, and now, in the temperate climes of Yaoundé, Cameroon. This is his third year at ASOY and after successfully leading the MYP through authorization and taking on the role of Technology Director, he is thrilled to continue learning and developing his skills as the Upper School Vice-Principal and the DP Coordinator for grades 11 and 12.
Mr. Doig likes to read, exercise, drink coffee, travel, read, listen to all kinds of music, go for walks and hikes, read, play squash, and read.
MYP Coordinator and DP/MYP Math and Science
Jacob began his teaching career in a Public School in 1997 as a Physics teacher. He joined the Rain Forest International School in July 2005 and has been teaching Third Culture Kids ever since. This academic year is Jacob’s 8th at ASOY.
Jacob enjoys working on the farm and doing basic electrical maintenance and plumbing work in his free time.
Ella Mona Persson
Ms. Ella Mona has lived and worked on four continents and she has worked at four IB schools. She has been an educator for 16 years but has also dabbled in other things such as accounting and small business management.
Ms. Ella Mona is joined by her 6-year old daughter Zoë. When they are off they read, swim, eat mango, drink tea, or travel. Their last trip, to Kenya, ended up with a detour around Sweden. Now they are happy to finally be back in Yaoundé and are eagerly looking forward to a new exciting year at ASOY.
Athletics Director/After School Activities Coordinator/ MYP PE
Edgar and Sherry (and their children Eva and Hugh) have been teaching-the-world for a dozen years. They have taught at international schools in Shanghai, Casablanca, Seoul, Frankfurt, Cairo and Cameroon. Edgar began his teaching career the year Hugh was born, in China - this after a dot-com-boom post-MBA career in new media. Edgar holds an MEd from TCNJ. Toronto born and bred, he naturally went to McGill for undergrad. He played a lot of frisbee in those days! Pedagogically, Edgar ascribes to a movement-based curriculum in PE, and has taught PYP and MYP PE since getting the first of his IBO qualifications in 2010. Recognising the developmental value of an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to learning directly working with their own children through from PYP2 to DP2 - Eva having graduated in 2018 in the top 3% worldwide from the DP - Edgar and Sherry work hard to provide a student-centred and creative learning environment for their students while promoting the “sporty skills” in their extracurricular lives. Besides teaching MYP PE, Edgar is Activities Coordinator and Athletic Director and is fully committed to life beyond the classroom for teachers, students and other members of the broader ASOY community. Edgar has taught all strands of the IB framework, from Early Years through to DP (TOK) and coaches (Sports) at all levels.
Edgar enjoys playing Frisbee, Kitesurfing, Running, Tennis, Virtual Yoga... and coaching Volleyball!
Susan began her teaching career in a remote village in Northern Nigeria where she had no electricity or running water. This was before the internet or cellphones. Luckily she'd brought a lot of books. Since then she has spent fifteen years teaching and counselling in international schools in Moscow, Pakistan, the Philippines, Taiwan and Indonesia. She has also worked for many years as a clinical counsellor in community and mental health settings in Canada, as well as overseas. In many countries, she has provided training to parents and educators on child and adolescent development and mental health issues.
Susan loves to read and write. She has published three award-winning Young Adult novels and spoken at schools and conferences where her books are taught. Susan is passionate about social justice issues. Her third book was based on the two and a half years she volunteered in Mumbai's red-light district, working with the daughters of sex workers to prevent second-generation trafficking. Since coming to Cameroon, Susan has travelled to Maroua as part of a UN visit to witness the effect of war and violence on vulnerable women. She has also provided counselling to Humanitarian workers and families in the Southwest region. Susan is working on her fourth book.
Learning Support Teacher
Mrs. Scales has been teaching for 15 years. She has previous overseas experience living and working in Bahrain.
Mrs. Scales enjoys travelling with her husband. Her hobbies include reading, running, yoga, and knitting.
Elizabeth Esi Mensah
Learning Support - Math
Mrs Mensah has taught for the past 4 years. She was a teacher in Bangladesh, Asia and now in Yaoundé -Cameroon teaching for the past 2 years.
Mrs Mensah likes to do various crafts in her free time. She loves to sing and do different works of art as well.
Ms. Dawn was a clinical audiologist for 23 years and provided services to patients in different parts of Canada, Kuwait, England and Saudi Arabia. She made a career change to education in 2013 and this is her seventh year teaching ELL internationally. She taught ELL to Grades 1 to 4 for four years in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. This is her third year at ASOY. As part of the Student Support Team, she works with English language learners in all grade levels who demonstrate a need for support.
Ms. Dawn loves to travel and experience new cultures. She is the published author (and illustrator) of several children's picture books, many of which can be found in the ASOY school library. Ms. Dawn is a passionate baker and enjoys sharing her homemade goodies with others. She also enjoys spending her free time playing games, with a particular affinity for the card game 'Hand and Boot'.
Library Media Specialist
Ms. Atem has been working in this position for sixteen years. This is her tenth year in ASOY.
She likes spending with her family and friends, travelling, singing, reading and cooking.
Pre-Kindergarten Bilingual Teacher
Ms. Talambe has been teaching in the early years at ASOY for the past 29 years. She was one of the first teachers to start the Early Childhood Department Program in the school back in 1991. Ms. Talambe is also experienced in teaching multiage classes in the early years.
Ms. Talambe likes African dance and learning about other cultures. She enjoys farming and soccer.
Pre-Kindergarten Bilingual Teacher
Anne has been teaching internationally for 15 years : Riga, France, Berlin, New York. She started working at ASOY in 2015. She is accompanied by her 4 children who are aged from 8 to 15 years old. Anne is the prek3 homeroom teacher for the second year. She also taught French in elementary and middle school.
Anne enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, discovering new cultures. She also likes baking, watching movies and spending time with friends.
Kindergarten Homeroom Teacher
Ms. Meka is originally from Southern California and has been teaching internationally for 10 years. She began her teaching career in Asia working in Japan, South Korea and Vietnam. Before joining ASOY she taught kindergarten for 3 years in Burkina Faso, West Africa.
Ms. Meka loves listening to music and she is working to improve her French. She enjoys travelling, live music, yoga, meditation, dancing, soccer, Muay Thai, horseback riding, cooking, the outdoors, karaoke, food adventures, new experiences and hanging out with her cat, Newton.
Grade 1 Homeroom Teacher
Ms Carter's first international teaching position was in Hokkaido, Japan. After that, she taught EFL in Europe - in Italy and the UK. Once she decided to become a school teacher she moved to the Gulf region to teach in the UAE. Following that she returned to Africa to teach in Eritrea.
Ms Carter enjoys reading and baking, but not simultaneously. She'd also like to be a better tennis player. She can be found watching tv or movies quite often. She tries to explore the places she's living in and learn more about the culture.
Beh Cyprain Goh
Grade 2 Homeroom Teacher
Mr. Beh has been in the teaching field for almost two decades. He has worked as an assistant Librarian, an ESL teacher (English as a Second Language) program, PYP French teacher for beginners, taught middle school social studies and high school world history. Mr. Beh gained all his experience within ASOY.
Mr. Beh loves outdoor activities such as hiking and working in the garden. When he is not in the garden, you can find him in the kitchen helping out or trying new recipes. He is also a book worm, he is scared of heights and swimming.
Sherry Pielsticker Wedig
Grade 3 Homeroom Teacher
Sherry taught in Canada for years before moving abroad. She has taught in Asia, Europe and Africa. She is a keen believer in the PYP which provides opportunities for students to engage in the curriculum in ways which promote their own sense of purpose and agency and provides them with the skills they will need to be successful in the 21st century. Sherry holds a BA from McGill University, Teaching Certification from the Institute of Child Study (University of Toronto), and a Master's degree from Queen's University. Sherry comes to Yaounde with her husband Edgar and her son, Hugh.
Sherry has used sports to develop international connections and friendships. She has played Ultimate Frisbee and Rugby on teams around the world and enjoys running to relax. In the winter, she enjoys snowboarding, and in the summer months, she has taken up kite-surfing.
Grade 4 Homeroom Teacher
Mr Richard Nyugha has been teaching at The American School of Yaounde, Cameroon for 18 years. This will be his 19th year. Currently, he is teaching 4th grade. He has experience teaching split classes in the upper elementary.
Mr. Nyugha loves reading, hiking, cooking, and watching movies when he is free.
Grade 5 Homeroom Teacher
Ms. Gaul has been teaching internationally for 8 years. After finishing her Peace Corps service in South Africa she worked as a Teaching Assistant in Tunis and after she got certified she taught in Iraq, the USA (California and Georgia) and now Cameroon.
In her free time, Ms. Gaul enjoys running, reading fiction (currently Elif Shafak and Alaa Al Aswany ), and watching murder mysteries on Netflix. She also enjoys eating the food her husband Mr. Bouzina cooks as well as spending time with her twins and cats.
Elementary Teaching Assistant
Ms Florence has been teaching for the past thirteen years at ASOY.
Ms Florence likes singing, walking and playing with children.
Elementary Teaching assistant
Ms Sarita has been teaching for a year at ASOY.
Ms Sarita loves singing and reading.
Charles Ngalim A.
Elementary Teaching Assistant
Mr. Ngalim has been at ASOY since 2002. He started off in the Library. He got his teaching certification from the College of New Jersey. He is PYP trained and has been teaching in the Elementary. Some of his accomplishments include Service Learning Projects with huge impacts for both ASOY and the local community.
Mr. Ngalim spends his free time reading, staying with his children, watching current events, farming, and listening to music.
PYP & MYP Music Specialist
Mr.Royston has been teaching for six years in Mumbai, India. He began teaching in a public school in Mumbai and then moved to an International school where he has been teaching MYP Music & Drama for the last three years.
Mr.Royston enjoys all aspects of music: performance, music production, composition, learning a new instrument and more. He spends his free time drumming, meeting and learning from other musicians and jamming with his band. He also loves to dance, play football and has developed a new found love for cooking.
Maurice Wedjou Ndjouma
Mr Ndjouma has 19 years of teaching experience in Mathematics and Physical Education in both countries, the United States of America and Cameroon.
Mr. Ndjouma enjoys spending time with his family and doing research work.
Nadine Boribon has been in international education for 20 years - with experience as a classroom and specialist teacher. Although she has been teaching another curriculum, like the IPC, Nadine has a marked preference for the PYP. She has been an IBEN member since 2014 helping other IB schools in the AEM region as consultant and site visitor. Before coming here, Nadine was class teaching Grade 4s in Dar es salaam, Tanzania for 6 years. Nadine is in her second year teaching French at ASOY.
Nadine enjoys spending time discussing with her family scattered around the world. She is also fond of baking and completing yoga or indoor workouts. As an authentic island girl, Nadine stands in awe at the sound and sight of oceans. She also has a soft spot for lavender tones and scents. COVID confinement times has made Nadine develop a renewed interest for cross-stitching.
IBDP Biology, MYP Maths & Science Teacher
Ms Henrietta has been teaching for seven years. She began her teaching journey in Mumbai, India. She has spent the last three years teaching in a British Curriculum School in Dubai, UAE.
Ms Henrietta enjoys travelling and learning about new cultures, cuisines, and practices. She loves to read and considers herself a bibliophile. She also enjoys singing, swimming and baking in her free time.
MYP/DP Language and Literature and Theory of Knowledge
Ms Byrd has been a teacher for 30 years: Omaha, Nebraska and Seoul, Korea.
June enjoys hiking, biking, reading and playing all kinds of games!
James (Jim) Milliken
DP History, DP Psychology, MYP I&S
Mr Milliken has been a teacher for 24 years.
Mr. Milliken enjoys playing and watching many sports and keeping up with his 3 daughters (in the USA) and 2 cats (here in Cameroon). He coaches Girls Basketball: Varsity and MS.
This is Ms. Adams' second year teaching and her second year at ASOY, her first international post.
Ms. Adams is the middle school and high school girl's soccer coach and has played many other sports over the years. She enjoys hiking, swimming, playing cards and board games, and really anything else outside!
Ms Erika graduated in May of 2020 after completing her student teaching in Bengaluru, India, where she taught IGCSE Global Perspectives and IB Theory of Knowledge. Previously, she completed an internship in Dongguan, China, where she taught ESL in first grade.
Ms Erika enjoys experimenting with cooking and eating new foods, studying world history from diverse perspectives, contemplating philosophy, and consuming art in all mediums.
She is very excited to continue learning about new cultures and languages in Cameroon and to collaborate with her students and colleagues at ASOY.
MYP/DP Visual Arts
Ms. Durant has been in international education since the early 90s, experienced in teaching the British and American curriculum, and the IB: Pre-K3-Diploma Program: East Africa - Moshi, Tanzania and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, North Africa - Rabat, Morocco, Yaoundé, Cameroon (currently here), United Kingdom - Oxford, England, Europe - Eching, Germany, Asia - Manila, Philippines; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Bangkok, Thailand; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Middle East - Salwa, Kuwait; Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.
Ms. Durant has discovered Netflix (better late than never) and has enjoyed watching British comedy (Doc Martin especially) and police thrillers (Shetland, Hinterlands!); Norwegian, Icelandic and Finnish series, Hollywood blockbusters and Christmas movies; Queer Eye makeovers, cooking and fashion shows, and a series on tiny homes and the most extraordinary houses around the world.
She also paints landscapes, collects art materials, grows anything that grows, reads a lot, and practices lifelong learning. Ms. Durant challenges herself by learning different languages and she is now on a 73rd-day-streak for French on Duolingo. Ms. Durant speaks English, Filipino, French and Mongolian.
Aimée Françoise Mekeme Kiam
World Languages Department Head; DP/MYP French Teacher
Ms Mekeme has been an educator at ASOY for 16 years.
She enjoys jogging, coaching volleyball, spending time with her family, cooking, going out with friends, reading and dancing.
MYP/DP French and Spanish teacher
Marie has been teaching for 35 years, she taught in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Mauritius, Europe and Cameroon. She lives here with her husband their daughter that attends ASOY.
In her spare time, Marie loves reading and spending time with her family and friends.
Masee Esther Pondi
MYP/DP French Teacher- ELL Teacher
Esther has been teaching internationally for the past 16 years. She is in her 13th year at ASOY.
Esther likes Music and writing, talking and sharing about culture. She also likes designing clothes.
MYP Science and Math Teacher; Service as Action and CAS Coordinator
Nefertiti has been teaching for close to 15 years at ASOY.
Nefertiti loves learning about different cultures. Loves collecting art pieces from around the world, playing soccer, volunteering, jogging, listening to music, travelling and fashion.
Jamel M Bouzina
MYP Design Teacher
This is Mr. Bouzina's second year teaching MYP Design at ASOY. He worked with elementary age children as a bilingual teaching assistant in Northern Iraq in the past as well as in the financial sector for many years.
Mr. Bouzina is an avid electronics tinkerer and relaxes by playing video games. As a devoted family man, he enjoys spending time with his children and cooking. He also happens to be a fan of Star Wars.
MYP & DP Language & Literature Teacher
Mr. S has been teaching for three and a half years; a semester in Oxford, England; one year in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; one year in the United States; and beginning his second year at ASOY.
Mr. S likes to read autobiographies, create graffiti art pieces, collect vinyl records, and play and record music, especially the saxophone. He swims, plays soccer (futbol), and likes to stay active. If he is ever near the mountains, you will find him at the top having lunch.
Charles Nyarko Kissi
IB DP/MYP Mathematics; IB DP Economics; IB DP Mathematics examiner
Mr. Kissi is in his nineteenth year of teaching experience. He has taught IB DP/MYP Mathematics, IB DP Economics, IGCSE/A-Level Mathematics, and WASSCE Mathematics over the years, both in Ghana and Cameroon. Prior to joining ASOY, he worked with the Lincoln Community School in Ghana as an IB DP/MYP Mathematics teacher. He is currently the IB DP Economics teacher and IB DP/MYP Mathematics teacher at ASOY and he is in his third year.
In his free time, Mr. Kissi prefers reading and watching interesting and educative movies, driving around town and going sightseeing.
Landry Yves Mbarga
MYP PHE Assistant
Mr Landry has been teaching at The American School of Yaounde for 3 years.
Mr. Landry loves swimming, dancing and playing soccer.
Lab Technician / Lifeguard
Nkwoh Manasses joined the Asoy community in 2010 as a Lifeguard/ Swim instructor. In 2014, he was moved to the science Lab where he has been working as the Lab Assistant for the past 6 years.
Nkwoh Manasses loves swimming and playing football for sports. He likes watching movies when he is free.