Nicholas May – Head of Primary
Bachelor of Teaching - Deakin University
Bachelor of Education - Deakin University
Masters School Leadership - Monash University
As the Head of Primary in an International school in Paris, I discovered the International Baccalaureate and the Primary Years Program. The value and approach to children's learning is amazing. I quickly sought out a new position in an international school that held the same beliefs and values about student's learning that I do. I arrived at LIS in 2015 and have been overwhelmed by the wonderful students, staff and parents. The community really believes in this school and it is my pleasure and honour to be a part of its leadership team. I try to continue learning, traveling and discovering the amazing world around me. In education, teachers often talk about trying to help students become life long learners. The inquiry-based approach at LIS prepares students for their future and provides opportunities for every individual to become life long learners and to follow their dreams.
Pre-Kindergarten – Ms. Nikki Rose
I was born in the UK but my home has always been The Bahamas. At 8 years old, like many of the ex pat kids on the island I was sent to boarding school in England. After I completed my A Levels at 18 I spent 7 months living in Florence, Italy, where I learned the language and immersed myself in the amazing culture..... a truly unforgettable experience. I then moved back to London having won a place at a well known drama school called "The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts" (ALRA). After 2 years at ALRA and what seemed like a life time away, I decided I wanted to move home and needed to rethink my career as movie star\film director wouldn't have had the same ring to it here in Freeport. Teaching found me and I have never looked back! I am married to a man I have known since I was a little girl (and always had a crush on) and we have two little boys both attending LIS. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development and adore teaching Early Childhood. My teaching philosophy is that young children learn best through play and hands on experiences and I love that the inquiry based learning of the PYP supports that.
Kindergarten – Ms. Rachelle Reynolds
I grew up in a small town in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia Canada. After high school I attended St. Francis Xavier University where I studied Biology and Psychology during my undergrad followed by my Bachelor of Education. Following my passion for skiing I moved to Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. Continuing my education I studied The Montessori Method of education later becoming owner/operator of my own small private school in BC. Prior to joining the team here at L.I.S., I was teaching at The Metropolitan School of Panama, an I.B school in Central America. In addition to teaching, I enjoy spending time in the mountains and on the water, boating, golfing, surfing, skiing and traveling. My first impression of L.I.S. is that of a vibrant and dynamic community where children love to learn. The school’s commitment to the PYP has clearly paid dividends as the children are prospering in such a positive and supportive learning environment.
Year 1 – Mrs. Adivije May
From a very young age in Australia I have wanted to be a teacher. I worked through my high school and university years with one goal in mind, to help children learn and grow. During my career I have continued to push myself with professional development and personal career goals. I have been a Leading Teacher, Year Level Coordinator, an International Presenter and a member of several innovative educational teams, all of which have helped me build wonderful social and professional networks.
Working within the IB and PYP, I have come to realize the importance of respecting, valuing, understanding and honouring international differences. I believe that an inquiry based curriculum, where students can question and explore the world around them, solve problems, apply a range skills and knowledge, and discover answers and solutions for themselves, empowers each individual for the future. After twelve years of teaching in both Melbourne, Australia and Paris, France, I start the next chapter of my career here at Lucaya International School. I could not be more excited and inspired by the students I have in my class and by the beautiful environment in which we all live.
Year 2 – Sharron Waterhouse
After graduating with a BA Hons Degree and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Hull University, I began my teaching journey in the UK. It wasn't long before my career path took me all over the world! I have worked in Asia (where I received my TEFL Certificate), Europe, New Zealand, U.S.A. and South America. In 2004, I decided to hang up my rucksack and settle at LIS - where the world now comes to me!
My biggest aim in the classroom is to encourage my children to feel comfortable, secure and happy in their working environment. Once this is achieved, then their potential knows no bounds! I expect my students to work and play hard - after all, ‘play is the work of children’ is it not? At the end of the day, if my students have had an opportunity to learn, inquire, create, imagine, construct and at the same time have fun, then I can go home feeling satisfied. I love the Primary Years Program for not only encouraging all the above, but for allowing the students to be responsible for their own learning, and to follow their bliss. Moreover, I am most passionate about the 'action' component of the Program, which inspires the children to make their world a better place. LIS is a melting pot of nationalities and therefore, I believe, the perfect breeding ground for such world changing action!
Year 3 – Mr. Rashad Godet
I was born and grew up in Freeport on the quiet island of Grand Bahama, to loving parents who taught me through their diligence, sacrifice and hard-work that nothing of value was ever accomplished in life without planning, discipline and determination.
I received my formal education from Sunland Lutheran School, Mary Star of The Sea and, finally, Grand Bahama Catholic High from which I earned my Diploma in the summer of 1991. I then relocated to Florida and attended Florida Bible College in Kissimmee, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. After teaching 3rd grade for eight years at Florida Bible Christian School in Miramar, Florida I returned to Freeport with my family. It was here at Lucaya International School where I found my “2nd home” and was introduced to the philosophy and teaching practice of the Primary Years Program. A vast difference from the traditional pedagogy and conventional curriculum I was accustomed to, I quickly developed a genuine respect and appreciation for the PYP outlook and its exciting approach to life and learning.
Now, when I look back on the 15 years that my professional career as an educator has spanned, I can see how this most-noble of professions has shaped and matured me into a more effective, knowledgeable, critically-minded, caring human being. I look forward to the next fifteen with the certainty that when all is said and done, I will have spent my life well- investing into the future of my country and world… one child at a time.
Year 4 – Ms. Tara Doherty
My name is Tara Doherty and I am the Year 4 teacher at LIS. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, I attended Acadia University and received an undergraduate degree in Sociology and English. The following year, I returned to Acadia’s education program where I completed my Bachelors of Education degree specializing in assessment and inclusive education. I moved to Freeport 12 years ago with my husband and we now have two children who attend LIS. In my free time, I enjoy travelling, exercising and relaxing on the beach with my family. I believe the high standards and quality education that students receive at LIS offers endless opportunities for them to compete on an International level and I feel it is a privilege for me to come here to work with children every day. The PYP’s inquiry approach is, in my opinion, the most effective way for a student to develop everything they need for a successful future.
Year 5 – Mrs. Erin Cordes
Hello, my name is Erin Cordes. I am originally from a rural town in New York called Pine Plains. I attended SUNY Dutchess and earned an A.A. in Liberal Arts, Humanities and Sciences. Later, I attended the University of Massachusetts in Boston and earned a B.A. in English and UMASS’ School of Education where I obtained my teacher certification. I am currently enrolled in M.A.Ed. at NOVA University. I moved to Grand Bahama in 2003 to teach at a local school here and later met my husband who is originally from Freeport. We now have two little amazing red headed boys who both attend LIS. Robbie is currently in Year 1 and Christopher just started Pre-K. I enjoy spending time with my family, especially boating or at the beach. I have played on the local basketball, volleyball and soccer teams on Grand Bahama and I enjoy skiing when we travel north to colder climates. I also have a passion for art and music. I love working at Lucaya International School because it aligns so closely with my own teaching philosophy. My goal is to teach students how to think for themselves, to become active learners and become responsible for their own learning through the inquiry process. It is important for me to develop the whole child academically, socially and emotionally. I love working at LIS because it creates global citizens who are able to react to real-life situations by taking action to create a better world.
Year 6 – Ms. Joanna Wilkinson
Born and raised in England, my family’s roots hail from Southern Ireland. Educated through the Oxbridge ‘A’ Level system, I studied at the University of Manchester. I majored in Social Sciences, holding modular Combined Honours in Education Policy/Health Policy, Economics and Mathematics, gaining a BA ECON (Hons).
Previously I have taught in the UK, Antigua and the British Virgin Islands (as IB PYP Co-ordinator). I am thrilled to have arrived here on beautiful Grand Bahama. My welcome to both the island and L.I.S. has been so warm and friendly! I look forward to meeting more of the community and seeing much more of the island, both on and off-shore. My teaching philosophy is student-centred and inquiry based; making it a natural fit for IB/PYProgramme. Encouraging students to become increasingly confident in their learning, enables them to set higher expectations, which they work towards meeting or surpassing. Building social and self-management skills within a nurturing, learning environment helps develop successful students with a lifelong love of learning. I believe in the freedom of the concept-based PYP curriculum in conjunction with the foundations of mathematics, language arts and scientific learning.
Outside of school I enjoy running, swimming, snorkeling, diving, days out/on the water, reading and quizzes! I’m looking forward to a superb year ahead in Year Six!
Art – Ms. Stephanie Doland
Hello! I am Stephanie Doland and I am the School Counselor and Primary Art Teacher at LIS. I am originally from Rochester, NY USA. I have an A.S in Human Services and a B.S in Studio Art with a minor in Art History, both from the State University of New York. I also have a M.S. in Education, School Counseling from Alfred University and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Counseling from Indiana Wesleyan University. I am a licensed counselor in the state of NY. I am pleased to have been able to combine these two rewarding disciplines into one career in an environment where you can really connect with students and their families.
Music – Mr. Wilfred Burrows
Greetings! My name is Wilfred Burrows 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 with Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland. 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!
Spanish – Ms. Gloria Rodriguez
Hola! I’m originally from Veracruz, Mexico and have a wide range of experience teaching at Primary, Secondary and Tertiary level, both locally in Mexico and overseas. I initially graduated with a Bachelor´s Degree in English Language Teaching, and have since earned a TESOL Diploma from ISS of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada. I also have a number of tertiary certificates from the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, including Content Language Integrated Learning, Language Knowledge, and Teaching Knowledge Certificates. My most recent international appointment was at the Dushanbe International School in Tajikistan. I am very happy to be here at LIS. The students are enthusiastic about learning Spanish and the school is very friendly and supportive. I’m sure it will be a great year for everybody.
Teaching Assistant – Ms. Paytrilee Pinder
I’m a native of the soil…a Bahamian, born and raised here in Freeport, Grand Bahama. I attended Sunland Lutheran Primary School and Grand Bahama Catholic High School until the completion of my 10th grade school year. I completed my last two years of high school at Avondale High School, in Georgia, USA. I attended Georgia Perimeter College, where I graduated and then transferred to Georgia State University where I completed my (BSW) Social Work degree. I have worked as a Social Worker with the Bahamas Government before serving as a Guidance Counselor for approximately eight years at a local Primary School. My hobbies include gardening, scrapbooking, baking, traveling and almost any beach activity! I consider myself a ‘people’s person’ and I love children. I have always been impressed with Lucaya International School and the PYP program, since my daughter started attending in 2009. The growth and development that I’ve seen in her not just academically, but also holistically as a person is impressive and speaks volumes about the program here at the school. Now that I am also a part of the team, I hope to contribute as best I can and continue to make LIS one of the best educational institutions in The Bahamas!
Teaching Assistant – Ms. Angela Cooper
My name is Angela Cooper and I’m a teaching assistant in the Early Childhood Department at L.I.S. I was born in Nassau and lived in Foxtown, Abaco for the majority of my early life. I moved to Freeport 15 years ago where I’ve raised my family - two sons and three daughters, with my youngest (twins) having just completed their Secondary schooling. I have been at L.I.S. for three years now and I thoroughly enjoy working with the young children and helping them to learn and develop in the classroom. I enjoy working at L.I.S. because it feels like a team, with all the staff being very supportive and family-oriented in their approach. Outside of school I enjoy gardening and the beach, and fussing over my two beautiful granddaughters.
Max Jones - Primary Support Specialist