| Sarah Quinn, Director |
Sarah is the Director of the American School Language Institute. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Georgia in Art History and Fine Arts and a Master’s Degree from Harvard University in Education. Prior to joining ASLI, Sarah taught English in rural Morocco as a United States Peace Corps volunteer. She has several years of experience working as a museum educator, designing educational programs and materials for a variety of audiences at the Georgia Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Harvard Art Museums. Sarah currently resides in Fes with her husband, the math instructor for the middle and high school students at American School of Fes.
| Lisa Smith, Program Manager|
Lisa graduated with a B.A. in History, Creative Studies, and Literature from the University of California Santa Barbara. She worked for many years as a paralegal in a law firm before becoming an educator. Lisa has experience teaching middle school students in Texas and working with English language learners as an interventionist. Since joining Amicitia in 2015, Lisa has taught 3rd grade, AP English, and has served as the Library Resources Coordinator.
| Oussama Alaoui Ismaili |
Oussama Alaoui Ismaili has been teaching English since 2010. He has experience in both public and private schools in and around Fes, which has made him aware of different learners’ backgrounds. Oussama holds a bachelor’s degree in English studies and a masters’ degree in cross-cultural studies from Fes-Saiss University. He completed a one year teacher-trainee certificate from the CRMEF of Fes. Oussama is a new member of the FEZ MATE BRANCH Association. In his free time, Oussama is a basketball player and assistant coach. He also enjoys reading and traveling.
| Zahra Allam |
Zahra recently graduated from the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences in Saiss-Fes. Prior to that, Zahra spent one year studying economics and management studies in the Faculty of Economics and Law in Dhar-lmehraz Fes. She is a co-founder of the voluntary organization “Step” and is a member of the International Organization of Human Rights Amnesty in Morocco. In her free time, Zahra enjoys writing poetry, reading, and swimming. She loves teaching and working with others.
| Sanae Amor |
Sanae is enthusiastic about teaching. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in General Engineering, Networks Communications specialty from Al Akhawayyn University in Ifrane, Morocco. Before joining the American School Language Institute, she taught holders of the Baccalauréat degree, and she also served as the representative of the project “e - FES / e – GOV” for Fes’s Registry Offices. She enjoys listening to music and discovering new technologies and new cultures.
| Ikram Aouinate |
Ikram is a recent graduate from the University of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah in Fes. She studied in the Saiss Faculty of Literature and Human Sciences and received a Bachelor’s degree in English Studies with a focus on Literature. Currently, Ikram interns at the American School of Fes during the day and assists with a Petit-level class in the evenings.
| Salim Madani Benjelloun |
Salim is an English teacher who has been working at the Language Institute since 2015. He has recently started teaching Arabic to the 6th and 7th grades at the American School of Fes and is excited to share his knowledge and experience with his new students. In his free time, Salim enjoys playing music, swimming, and reading books in Arabic and English.
| Khalid Bourrouk |
Khalid Bourrouk is passionate about the world of Academia. He was invited to sit on panels to give presentations at several conferences in Morocco. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Linguistics from Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University (Fes, Morocco) as well as a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from Moulay Smail University (Meknes, Morocco). Currently, he is writing his PhD proposal on Public Relations. Before joining City Language School at Amicitia, he was tutoring University students helping them understand complex concepts in Cultural Studies, Media Studies, and Cross-Cultural Studies. He enjoys reading and watching documentaries in his free time
| Malika El Idrissi |
Malika has an extensive background as both an English language learner and teacher. She graduated from the American School of Tangier in 1980. At the University of Fes, Malika earned her Bachelor’s degrees in English Literature, French Literature, and Moroccan History. Since the early 1990s, Malika has been teaching a variety of subjects at both Moroccan and American schools. She is currently a middle school instructor at the Amicitia American School of Fes, where she teaches English, History, and Moroccan history to students.
| Lamyae Elkahri|
Lamyae is a high school teacher of English. She received her B.A in English studies in 2008 and subsequently moved to Rabat, where she completed a one year of psycho-pedagogical training at l'Ecole Normale Superieure. She has worked as an EFL teacher for almost a decade both at private and public schools. Lamyae believes that an EFL classroom is an interactive space where learners, in addition to using the language fluidly, should grow personally. In her spare time, Lamyae loves to leisure read and listen to classical music.
| Hafida Elkatrani|
Hafida is a native of Fes who lived for many years in Orlando, Florida. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from Fes – Saiss University and is certified in both TKT Module 1 and 3. Hafida has worked in several private schools in both Fes and in Orlando as an English instructor. She is currently employed during the day at the newly-opened Magellan School of Fes. .
| Zakia Elyoubi |
Zakia fell in love with English in her last year of secondary school. After graduating from high school and getting her Baccalaureate in Life and Earth Sciences, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in English literature. In 2013, Zakia completed the TKT1 and TKT2 courses through the British Council. She has done volunteer work teaching English to both children and adults and also has experience teaching English to high school students in Turkey. In her free time, Zakia works with an organization that she started called Friends of Fez Orphans and is a storyteller at Café Clock Fes.
| Melanie Gulino|
Melanie attended the University at Buffalo in New York for her undergraduate studies in Speech Pathology. Afterwards, she studied Elementary Education with a specialization in teaching students who are deaf and hard of hearing at the Teachers College of Columbia University. While working on her M.Ed., Melanie was part-time 3rd grade elementary teacher. She moved to Bangkok, Thailand upon graduation and worked as an English language teacher to kindergarteners. In her free time, Melanie enjoys traveling, reading, running, and baking. She is a scuba diving instructor and loves to explore the open ocean as much as she can.
| Scott Haynes|
Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a Master’s degree in Community Counseling from American universities. Scott completed his TEFL certification coursework in the summer of 2017. Most recently, he worked in student development at a private liberal arts college in the American south, spending much of his time working with student leaders across the campus while also teaching freshmen seminars. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters as well as reading, enjoying comedy, learning Darija and exploring Morocco.
| Samia Hmimid |
Samia has been teaching English for several years, beginning with a tutoring position while she was studying in university. She is now in her second year teaching with the Language Institute. Samia is an active member of the Community Service Club in ALC-ALIF (American Language Center – Arabic Language Institute in Fez) and has demonstrated leadership abilities in different activities and local community-oriented programs. She frequently assists with a variety of other activities through the center, including leading student groups who are studying abroad in Fes.
| Driss Laayadi|
Driss is a high school teacher of English. In 2008, he graduated from L' Ecole Normale Supérieure in Rabat, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in psycho-pedagogical secondary level teaching. Driss currently teaches Technical English (Business English - English for Computer Science and Engineering) at L' Ecole Supérieure de Technologie in Fes. He holds a Master's degree in Multilingual Specialized Translation (USMBA), and he has recently set out to fulfill his PhD project on "Critical Reproduction Theory inherent in the Moroccan Academic Discourse.” He was an assistant to United States Peace Corps volunteers in the province of Boulmane from 2010-2012, during which time he offered Moroccan dialectal Arabic courses, and co-led several cross-cultural workshops. In his spare time, Driss enjoys listening to music, watching thrillers, and going out jogging.
| Bochra Laghsaiss|
Bochra has her B.A. in English Language and Literature at Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakech, Morocco. She studied abroad for a semester at the University of West Bohemia in the Czech Republic with the Erasmus+ Program. Bochra had the opportunity to work with former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama on her Let Girls Learn initiative in Morocco. Bochra was formerly employed as a Field Coordinator for Project Soar, a non-profit organization in Marrakech, where she taught girls’ empowerment and life skills workshops alongside United States Peace Corps volunteers.
| Safae Lahjouji |
Safae studied at Oum Al Banin high school in Fes, Morocco and received her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Sidi Mohammed Ibn Abdellah University. She is currently a Master’s degree candidate in the Cultural Studies program at the Faculty of Arts in Dhar El Mahraze. Safae coordinates the Cooking Club at the American Language Center of Fes. She loves teaching, being with kids, spending time in nature, and serving her community.
| Naguib Lahlou|
Naguib is a Strathclyde University graduate. He has previously tutored at Université de Grenoble, London & Strathclyde Universities. He is currently teaching at Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University and at the Royal Military Academy. His academic interests include Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), translation and cross-cultural studies. In his spare time he enjoys listening to music, reading poetry and experimenting with cooking.
| Khadija Loukili|
Khadija is a senior at Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah, Sais University. In June 2016, she will obtain her B.A in English studies, major in Linguistics. Khadija has worked as an intern at CLS since September 2014. Prior to that she worked as an assistant teacher in an English class for 5-6 year old children during Summer School 2014 and 2015. Khadija has a strong desire to learn about other cultures and explore new ideas.
| Nadia Machkour|
Nadia recently obtained her Bachelor’s degree in English studies and Literature at the faculty of letters and human sciences. After graduation, she joined The American School of Fes as an intern in September 2016. Nadia loves to play sports, being around kids and enjoys helping others.
| Katarina Maruskinova |
Katarina is originally from Central European country of Slovakia. After finishing her university studies in Prague, Czech Republic, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature, as well as her Master’s in Territorial Studies, she traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, working as an English teacher and a tourism circuits travel director. She settled in Fes in 2014. Katarina is currently working on her Master’s degree in Arabo-islamic civilization while teaching English to adults and university students.
| Jim Mitts |
Jim earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering to begin his first career in the automotive industry and his Master of Art in Teaching in April 2016 at Wayne State University in Michigan. Two years before that, he received his certification to teach sixth through twelfth grade mathematics and science, also from WSU. Over the past three years, he taught adult education, which included all high school mathematics and sciences. During the 2016-17 school year, he was the mathematics tutor at Smith Middle School assisting students to reach their full potential in the math classes. He also loves to travel and become familiar with many cultures and looks forward to living in Morocco and becoming acquainted with many new friends.
| Abdelkarim Oubbkou|
Abdelkarim has been teaching English at public and private high schools since 2004. Abdelkarim has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, a diploma of English Teaching and Psychopedagogy from the Pedagogical Center of Fez, and a diploma of Teaching Excellence and Achievement from Montana State University, in the United States. He also taught English for communication and business in addition to offering TOEFL and TOEIC preparation courses in various language centers. In 2013, he worked as an intern at Bozeman High School in Bozeman, Montana (USA). Abdelkarim loves to play sports, engage in community services, and strongly believes that, together, we can make our world a better place.
| Salma Oubbkou |
Salma received her Bachelor’s degree in English Literary Studies from Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University in Fes. She then received a Master’s degree in Moroccan Cultural Studies at the same university. Salma’s MA thesis was about diaspora, mainly the Arab-American one and the process of borders crossings. She has been working with teenagers at the Artisanal Center in Batha (CFQMA) as an English instructor while also participating in teacher training courses at the university under the supervision of a Fulbright American professor. She is fond of sports, reading, traveling, and meeting new people.
| Lisa Rhondali|
Lisa holds her undergraduate degree in Behavioral Science from Western International University and her Master’s Degree in Education from Arizona State University. Prior to joining American School of Fes in 2017, Lisa taught English in both Casablanca and Meknes. She has many years of experience working as an educator with both adults and children. Lisa has designed curriculum for University of Phoenix, Dysart Unified School District, and Vicki Romero High School. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new places and cultures, meeting new people, and reading and writing.
| Anne Saunders |
comes to Morocco by way of Benin (a tiny country in West Africa) where she was a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English. Having cut her teeth in West African public schools, Anne continues to spread the student-centered, creativity-heavy teaching methods of the Peace Corps to Moroccan students of all ages. She originally hails from Athens, GA and has a B.A. in Philosophy and Literature from Marlboro College. Her last home in America was New York City.