Vikki Purvis - IB CoordinatorEdinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
• BSc in Applicable Mathematics - Dundee, Scotland
• Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education, Mathematics - Strathclyde University, Scotland
As well as being the IB Coordinator, I currently teaching IGCSE Mathematics and IB Mathematical Studies. I love working at LIS because it creates global citizens and prepares our students to follow the IB Diploma Programme which is not only academically challenging, but produces well-balanced young adults who are well prepared for success at university and life beyond.
My children, aged 14 and 15, have attended L.I.S from Pre-Kindergarten and we have all benefited enormously by sharing the learning and teaching experiences with a diverse range of staff and students from around the world.
My interests revolve principally around my family and I enjoy helping out at various organizations on the island. My hobbies are largely artistic based - I enjoy photography, DIY and craft work and love a long, quiet walk on the island's beautiful beaches.
Stephanie Doland - College and Guidance Counselor
- Rochester, New York USA
- BS Studio Art and Art History, SUNY Brockport
- MS Ed, Counseling, Alfred University
I came to the island of Grand Bahama for a one year teaching experience eleven years ago and never left! I have been working at LIS for six of those eleven years. I am originally from wine country in beautiful upstate New York where I received my B.S. in Art with a minor in Art History from SUNY Brockport. I furthered my education at Alfred University where I received my M.S. in School Counseling and New York State certification as a Counselor. It is great to be part of the international community at LIS. I love working in an environment where new ideas and creativity are so welcomed. I currently serve as the School Counselor, Primary Art Teacher, IGCSE Coordinator and Extended Essay Coordinator.
Anthony Hoyle - IGCSE and IB English Teacher
- Nottingham, England
- BS Secondary English Nova South Eastern University
- PGCSE Bedford College
Although I have spent many happy years living with my wife in the Bahamas, we have also lived in the US and India. My hobbies include yoga, Tai Chi and meditation. While my globe-trotting days are winding down I have visited close to 50 countries.
Nadege Flusin - Middle School, IGCSE and IB French Teacher
- Cherbourg, France
- BA Law, Universite de Caen in Normandie
I like gardening, a way to be closer to nature and to relax. I have developed a new interest: painting with acrylic. I am happy that both my daughters attended LIS and graduated successfully.
Garrett O’Sullivan - IGCSE and IB History Teacher
- Dundalk, Ireland
- Honors Degree in History and Geography, Dublin City University
- Postgraduate Degree in Secondary Education, University College Dublin
I have a keen interest in music, reading and travelling, preferably all at the same time. I have spent much of my adult life living and travelling in foreign countries and hope to continue to do so for many years to come. I also enjoy water-sports, snorkeling here in the Bahamas is fantastic and when possible I love to surf. I have been with my wife Jenny for 13 years and she is an academic author and editor.
Dr. Sylvia Bateman - IGCSE and IB Biology Teacher
- Wells, England
- BS Science- University of Newcastle upon Tyne
- PHD Animal Production, Nottingham University
- PGCSE Science- Loughborough University
I was brought up in rural England in a farming family of 6 children. My activities are based on the outdoors where I run, walk, cycle, scuba dive and fly.
Peter Lilley - IGCSE and IB Chemistry Teacher
- New Zealand
- BS Chemistry, Victoria University
I arrived in Freeport on the 11th of August 2014. I have a 32 year old son who works as a Programming Engineer in Seattle. During my spare time I enjoy all beach activities, down hill skiing, cooking Italian and Asian food, reading and traveling to explore places and countries near my current location. I plan to obtain my open water divers certificate during my stay on Grand Bahama.
Mr. Martin Suarez ENG - IGCSE and IB Physics Teacher
Early in life I discovered that I wanted to be a teacher. I studied ten years of engineering and graduated at the UBA (Universidad de Buenos Aires), while I worked at my own school and took courses to become a teacher in Argentina. I now have over 30 years of experience teaching different subjects (mainly Maths and Science) in various places; from maximum security prisons to Universities, and at all levels at school. I later discovered in India the science of Ayurveda and decided to become also a Yoga teacher. So I took post graduate courses of Sanskrit (at UBA) and Teacher Training Courses for Yoga (Art of Living Foundation) For the last 20 years I have been teaching Physics and Meditation together in what is now known as Mindfulness in Education. I am a happy teacher because I love to teach and I love what I teach...Physics is love.
Cath Hindley - Middle School English and Humanities
- London England
- BA Education, Bedford College
I try to keep fit by going to Crossfit most days and also enjoy running, although no longer do long-distance runs! I enjoy listening to classical music, going to the theatre and reading. I am married and our children - twins, have just graduated from LIS with their IB Diplomas and are both at University in the U.K. I have lived in Freeport for over 30 years and have worked at LIS from the first year of the schools existence.
Juliet Drackett-Hall - Middle School Math and Science
- Santa Cruz, Jamaica
- BS Mat and Sciences, University of West Indies
I miss performing and travelling with the world renowned Carifolk Singers of Jamaica but I enjoy singing with The Apple Elliot Band here in The Bahamas. I enjoy painting and playing the guitar but I need to make time to further develop these skills. At the moment I am content crawling around and exploring the world with my precious baby girl Sara.
Ben Power - Cross Curriculum and Special Needs
- Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
- BS in Parks and Recreation, University of Mississippi
I have been teaching Special Education for the past 12 years in Mississippi, Florida, The Marshall Islands, and Curacao. I try to base the way I live on The 5 Lessons in Life from Dr. Seuss (good rules to live by). When I am not teaching, I often find myself going on road trips finding old friends, good restaurants, music festivals, or golfing it up. Floating in the water is pretty fun as well...
Nigel Kirkby - Pre-K through IGCSE Physical Education Teacher
- Lancashire, England
- BA Human Movement Studies
- PGCSE Education
I have spent my life, living and loving physical activity. These range from activities such as climbing, whitewater rafting and kayaking, snow skiing and snow boarding to scuba diving, boating, sailing, team and individual sports. However my main passion is the sport of rugby which I have played all my life, coached and now manage. I am lucky enough to be married with two wonderful children and of course make my home in the Bahamas which I have done for nearly 25 years. My philosophy is everyone can find a physical activity that they will love and it will positively impact their lives..... they just have to look!
Julie Hoyle - Middle School, IGCSE and IB Art Teacher
- Walsall, England
- BA Art, Saint John's/Saint Benedict's University in Minnesota
- PGCSE Bedford College
I am married and come from a large family. Having lived in an ashram in India, I am a meditator and hatha yogi, which helps me to maintain a relaxed atmosphere in the art room! An avid painter and writer, I am fascinated by cultural influences on creativity and I love to view as much art as possible whenever I travel.
Lillian Rolle - Secondary ICT Teacher
- Nassau, Bahamas
- BA Education, College of The Bahamas
I received my early education on the island of Andros and I have one son. I enjoy reading, listening to music, and collecting recipes. My desire to pursue a career in teaching is due, in part, to wishing to directly affect change and make a positive impact on the lives of children. I believe teachers should be facilitators of the learning process, where students are encouraged to be engaged hands-on, as well as, problem solvers with a global perspective in mind. As a result, students can think of themselves as global citizens with not just a responsibility to their country but the world at large. Hence, educating the student holistically is the key to human civilization and empowerment.
Wilfred Burrows - Secondary Music Teacher
- Nassau Bahamas
- BA Chemistry and Music, University of New Haven
My name is Wilfred Burrows (known around campus as ‘Mr. B.’) and I am the Music/Creative Arts teacher at LIS. I started at the school in 2009 and have been a part of the LIS family now going on six years. I am a native Bahamian born in the city of Nassau. While Music has always been my first love, I have been blessed with the opportunity to study many areas of interests to me in various parts of the world! I started at sixteen having studied Mathematics and Chemistry at the College of the Bahamas, then moving to the University of New Haven in Connecticut, USA where I did studies in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, minoring in Music. I have received advanced diplomas and teaching certification from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music where I studied in Europe mainly in the areas of Music Education, Piano, Organ, and Saxophone. Also, while studying at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, Canada, I received certification in Early Childhood Music Education, studied Kodály and Dalcroze pedagogy and became a fully certified Orff Music Education Specialist. Currently, I am about to complete post-graduate level studies online (Dec ‘14) with Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland.
Outside of LIS, I am the organist and choir pianist at The Pro-Cathedral of Christ the King Church and I am also a member of the Apple Elliott Band. It gives me a great sense of joy to instill a love of music in all and to see students of all different cultures and skill sets achieve success in the music room! I continue to enjoy the sense of community here at LIS as there is a genuine love and support for each other by students, teachers, and parents alike. It has been an enjoyable journey thus far at LIS and the future looks even brighter for our great school!
Mr. Florian Parisod - French and Mathematics Teacher
Nicole St. Pierre - Geography Teacher
- Ontario Canada
- B.A. (Hons) Simon Fraser University, Economic Development and Environmental Issues
- B.Ed. University of British Columbia, Secondary Education - Social Sciences
I have spent most of my life in education, from teaching dance to children, personal finance to low income communities, or social sciences to high school students in rural areas. I love collecting stories and exploring new places with new experiences and challenges. I prefer to be outside in my spare time and swim, hike, yoga, scuba, dive, or snorkel here on the island. I try to focus on promoting student interest in education and in my classroom.
Shaun Loewen - IGCSE IB Math Teacher
- Monument Colorado
- BA Mathematics, Education - University of Colorado, Boulder
- MA Curriculum & Instruction - University of Phoenix
I was born in Denver and grew up in a small town in Colorado. My teaching experience includes stops in San Diego, California, Colorado, and most recently, Berlin, Germany. I enjoy skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and now strolling along the beach, swimming, and scuba diving. My favorite activity is travelling with my wife, Mindi, whenever we get the chance.
Susan Krupica - Library
- Nassau, Bahamas
- BA Education, College of The Bahamas