on Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Welcome to New Members of the AISB Community

Lauren McBroom will be coordinating the Internship Program (see more below) at AISB and has also been substituting. 

Lauren earned her B.A. in French and M.A. in Curriculum Development from Michigan State University. She has six years of experience teaching in the United States and in France, for three of which she coordinated a successful high school internship program in Washington, DC. Lauren recently arrived in Bamako with her husband, Michael, who works for USAID's Program Office. Lauren enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking, and spending time with her dog, Gatsby.

Mrs. Mary Beth Bechtel recently moved to Bamako with her husband Brigham who is assigned to the U.S. Embassy.   She has taught off and on for the past 28 years while her family has lived around the world.  Mary Beth holds a Bachelors degree in early childhood education and a Masters degree in special education.  

Mary Beth and Brigham have three grown children - all living back in the U.S.  Only their dog Bismarck will join them here in Bamako.  Mary Beth just moved from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where they lived for two years.  Before that the Bechtels lived in Germany, Greece, and Austria.  Mary Beth will be the part time learning support teacher at AISB, working with teachers and students.

Miss Patsie, volunteer teacher's aide 

Miss Patsie is a recent high school graduate from Upstate New York in the United States. Her father is the Medical Officer for the Peace Corps, and she is staying here in Bamako with her family for 1 year in between high school and university. At AISB she is learning as much as she is teaching, and is really getting a feel for what primary and secondary education is like. She is currently assisting Mr. Young with middle school math, Mme Fabré with high school French, Miss O'Brien with Kindergarten, and Miss Navin with 2nd grade. 


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