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Head of School

Portia Moursy is a British trained educational professional with over a decade of experience in teaching and school leadership. She has an Honors degree in Politics from the University of Leeds and gained her Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Canterbury Christ Church College in the UK. Portia has been proud to lead Island Academy since January 2014.

Before Portia moved to Antigua she was deputy head teacher at a large multi-cultural high school in London where she trained with the UK’s National College of School Leadership. In 2015 she attended courses at New York University and Rice University in Houston. In 2016 she represented Island Academy at the International Baccalaureate Global Conference in Toronto. She has also written for the global publication International School and contributed to a Harvard Business Review feature on Antigua and Barbuda.


Head of Administration & Bursar

Jane Jack completed her CMA. She worked as a controller in the plastics manufacturing industry for several years. In 2004 she moved to Antigua with her family and joined Island Academy in 2007. Besides working at Island Academy Jane is part of an organization that feeds the homeless every Sunday. She also enjoys scuba diving and horseback riding.



Denise Matthew studied Business and gained a diploma in Business Operations Management. She also received a distinction in Business Ethics and Philosophy while studying at the Macedonia School of Business. When not working at the school, she is very active with volunteering for various Not for Profit organizations and assisting persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.


Administrative Officer

Sariaya received a BA in Communication Studies and International Relations from the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine campus in Trinidad. She then completed an MSc in International Management at UWI’s Barbados campus in Cave Hill before going to Sweden on scholarship to pursue an MA in Leadership and Organization at Malmö University and has recently become CELTA certified. She has worked within the public, private and NGO sectors in marketing, communication, administration and programme management and has been a private tutor. Sariaya enjoys reading, films, travelling and nature.


Education and Communications Coordinator

A member of the first graduating class of Island Academy in 2004, Gabrielle has returned to the school as the Education and Communications Coordinator. After studying at George Brown College in Toronto, she continued living and working in there until returning home in 2013. Gabrielle enjoys relaxing at the beach with a good book, hikes on weekends and is an avid trivia participant.



Ahd Fahra has been in Antigua for nearly 6 years. He is originally from Homms in Syria. He has been with Island Academy for five years and assists parents, teachers and students with all kind of activities from painting the building, to landscaping the campus.

Primary School Teachers



Arnolyn Goodwin has a Certificate in Early Childhood Education with Honours. She has been teaching in Antigua at the Pre-K to Grade 1 levels for the past thirteen years.



Samantha Gonsalves holds a BA with Honours in Law (including business and travel & tourism modules) from the University of Luton, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education through the Graduate Teacher Programme, and a certificate from the University of Bedford as a Primary Teacher/Trainer Mentor. From 2006 – 2012, Samantha taught children, aged 4 to 12, with a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties including ADHD, ADD, Autism & and Aspergers. Before coming to Antigua, she was Head of Years 4 and 6 in primary/middle schools in Luton and Milton Keynes, England..


Grade 1

Lily Simmons-Williams holds a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Lesley University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She was selected for an intense one-year collaborative program in which she student taught first and third graders at the Hillside Elementary school in Needham, Massachusetts, while simultaneously acquiring her Master’s Degree. She has special interest and training in the areas of reading instruction, Culturally Responsive Teaching, and the Responsive Classroom. Outside of school, Mrs. Williams can be found spending time with her family, enjoying a good book, and baking sweet treats.


Grade 1 Assistant

Lily, originally from the UK, moved to Antigua when she was 11 years old. She completed her secondary education at Island Academy, where she excelled in the IB program one year after it began at IA, graduating in May 2012 when she was 16 years of age. Lily received multiple educational awards whilst at Island Academy, including salutatorian, Humanities and the Principal’s award. She was accepted into the College of Idaho as a Sophomore due to her IB results. Lily is passionate about children and learning, and is focusing on a distance learning program where she will complete her Bachelors. She has tutored students of all levels for the past four years, gaining knowledge in the various curricula. Lily, with a background in admin, serves as a committee member of the Rohrman Triathlon, IronKrew Marathon, and multiple other sporting events. For the past nine years Lily has volunteered with the Adele School for Children with Special Needs.


Grade 2 & College Counselor

Charmaine Dominguez holds a BA in Liberal Studies and a Teaching Credential from San Diego State University. She has also earned a Masters in Human Relations from Oklahoma University, and most recently earned her Masters in Higher Education Administration at National University, which allowed her to become IA’s College Counselor. Charmaine has experience teaching primary school and English as a Second Language in several different countries, as well as online. She has taught in schools in Los Angeles and San Diego, California; Okinawa, Japan; Rota, Spain; and Abu Dhabi, UAE. She loves the outdoors, is passionate about travel, and enjoys reading good novels.


Grade 3

Jennifer is from the United States. She graduated with a BS, Cum Laude (hons) in Equine Science with a minor in Business Management from Post University in New York City before completing over 50 graduate credits in School Counseling at Central Connecticut State University. During this time she worked as a special education paraprofessional and a long term classroom substitute teacher. Before coming to Island Academy, she helped to create The Inspire Program to support children living with Spectrum disorders and Down Syndrome, as well as running an after school “homework club.” Jennifer has taught all ages, from 5 years old to 18 years old. Outside of school she is interested in animal rescue, fitness, and spending time with her family.


Grade 4

Natalie Dixon graduated with a BSc (hons) in Physiology from Glasgow University before completing her PhD in Health Science at the University of Bath. She then went on to work in scientific research and as a university lecturer. She completed her PGCE in primary education at London South Bank University, training in several London primary schools as well as teaching in a remote part of Uganda. Before coming to Island Academy, she worked at an “outstanding” inner-London school for four years, where she gained a wealth of experience teaching various age groups from year 1 to year 6. Natalie loves being a teacher and seeing her children learn and develop. Outside of work she is interested in fitness, sport and well-being.


Grade 5 and IB French Coordinator

Jacqueline Khouly has a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University. Whilst at college Jacqueline began her teaching career leading classes in Business Administration that were underpinned by her excellent subject knowledg, particularly in Maths and English. Jacqueline is passionate about student literacy development and has introduced the www.razkids.com program into the Grade 5 classroom. She is also overseeing the newly added IB French course at Island Academy. Further, Jacqueline is looking forward to completing a Primary Years Programme course with the International Baccalaureate Organization over the summer of 2018.


Grade 6

Emily Wiegand graduated with high honors from Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, with a degree in English, specializing in Secondary Education and Latin American and Caribbean studies. While studying, she conducted research on the emotional and educational benefits a multicultural literature curriculum has for students. This research led her to travel to Jamaica and present in Haiti, Seattle, New Orleans, and the Bahamas. Emily completed her teacher training at an inner city school in Brockton, Massachusetts, and later taught at the International Bilingual school in Quito, Ecuador. Through her diverse range of classroom experiences, she has grown as a teacher and in her ability to work with students from various backgrounds. Although she loves to teach and watch her students grow, outside of school she loves to hike, volunteer in the communities around her, and explore new places.



Eve Opperman graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas College with a Bachelors degree in the Social Sciences. She was then accepted into the NYC Teaching Fellows Program where she acquired a Masters degree in the Science of Education, while teaching in a high need school. Eve then spent the next seven years teaching students with special educational needs (grades 1-6) in New York City. From there she moved to Phuket, Thailand, where she has spent the last two years teaching grade 4 and developing the Special Educational Needs Department.


Primary Art

Jolene West is originally from the UK. Jo is a graduate of several University of the Arts Colleges in London including Chelsea College of Art & Design, Camberwell College of Art and Central St Martins. She was a freelance animator for MTV and Cartoon Network before she began her teaching career. Before moving to Barbados in 2012, Jo taught in London schools for 10 years and assisted A Level students with portfolio preparations for entry into some of the most prestigious art colleges in the UK. Since moving to the Caribbean, Jo has been raising her two children while teaching part-time at a private art school on the island.


Spanish, Grades K-7, Grade 8 English

Jamila Johnson Travers graduated from Grinnell College, Iowa, with a B.A. in Elementary Education and Spanish. She holds endorsements for Bilingual/Multicultural Education and an E.S.O.L. Endorsement. Jamila taught a 3rd grade bilingual class, English as a Second Language, and was a reading interventionist during her 32 year career in Kansas. She has taught Kindergarten through Grade 8 Spanish at Island Academy for three years and this year will teach Kindergarten through Grade 7 Spanish and Grade 8 English.


Music, Grades K-8

Jocelyn Beldman has her bachelors (BMusTh, MTA) in Music Therapy and her Canadian Accreditation as a Music Therapist. She has experience teaching music and language arts across the age groups and specializes in special education. She has taught high school Media Studies, Music and English as well as grades K-8 Music classes. She has worked as a music therapist with a wide variety of clientele from small children with special needs, to adolescents, to working in palliative care. She currently plays keyboard professionally around Antigua in the band Itchy Feet.


PE & Academic Support Teacher

Marcus Dominguez holds an A.S. degree in Health Sciences. Prior to coming
to Antigua, he served for 8 years as a United States Navy Medic. He was a
certified paramedic for four years. During his time in the service Marcus
was the lead instructor in basic emergency medicine courses; this included
teaching basic life support classes, ambulance operations, and test
preparation for EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) licensure. He is
married to Charmaine Dominguez, the 2nd grade teacher and is excited to be
member of the Island Academy family.

Secondary School Teachers


English and English Literature

Jenna DiCocco teaches CSEC English A and English B, as well as International Baccalaureate English Literature. Beginning this year, she is also teaching a new IB course, Global Politics. She has completed two IB training courses and attends all relevant regional and virtual CSEC Curriculum Workshops. She has a B.A. in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate. Before joining Island Academy, she was a Lecturer at Boston University, published articles in The International Lawyer and The Iowa Review, and guest-lectured at Bunker Hill Community College and Tufts University. She remains a licensed attorney.


Science, Physics, Chemistry & CAS

Shannon Mendes completed her primary and high school education in Antigua and then continued her studies in Toronto, Ontario. She studied at Ryerson University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology. She then continued her studies at the University of Toronto, where she attended OISE (Teacher’s College). She obtained her Bachelor of Education at University of Toronto and completed her internship in London, England. Shannon has completed her IB training in Chemistry and is also the IB CAS Coordinator. Outside of school life, Shannon is passionate about the ocean, the environment, and is an animal lover.



Sophie graduated from Newcastle University, a prestigious Russell Group Institution in the UK. She then completed ‘TeachFirst’ -a two year teacher training programme which aims to target educational disadvantage by placing top graduates in challenging school across the UK. Teachfirst maintains a rigorous selection process and is currently rated in the ‘Top Ten’ of graduate employers as rated by ‘The Times’ newspaper in the UK. Throughout secondary school and university Sophie worked at a Maths and English tuition centre for pupils ages 4-16. Sophie is currently enrolled in a distance-learning programme studying part-time towards a Masters in Educational Leadership, from the University of Warwick. She recently completed IB DP training in the summer of 2015.



Junior Campbell has gained all his qualifications in Nottingham in the UK. His first degree is a BSc in Production Engineering, used in the manufacture of CDs and videodiscs. His second career was in the Biotechnology industry manufacturing and validating pharmaceuticals, during which he obtained his MBA. Over 10 years ago, he made his career change into teaching and has since worked in three schools, teaching across all grades up to and including A level. He positively encourages extra-curricular activities, previously organising lunchtime clubs, running sports teams and outward bound trips, and leading a trip to the London Olympics. His key interests are predominantly in sports, primarily football, cricket and golf. His interest in football is supported by having completed his Level 1 & 2 coaching badge courses.


History and Theory of Knowledge

Mckala McCleod graduated with an MA in Caribbean and Latin American Studies in 2011, after finishing a BA in Modern and Contemporary History from Queen Mary University of London. Once she completed her teacher training from the Institute of Education (PGCE History), she worked for three years in a comprehensive London boys’ school. There she taught History, R.E, Government & Politic,s and Citizenship to both GCSE and A Level students. She completed her IB training in the summer of 2015 and has taught the IB History programme and since then has taught the IB Theory of Knowledge course at Island Academy. Outside of school, she enjoys hiking, reading and volunteering.


Biology, Chemistry, & IBDP Coordinator

Karol Lyn Edwards has a B.Sc. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and a B.Ed. in Biology, Chemistry, and Junior High School Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland, as well as an M.Ed. in Teaching Science to Exceptional Students from Queen’s University, Ontario. She has also been trained as an IB DP Coordinator and in MYP science. She has taught in several schools and countries and has taught many sciences and math courses, including Oceanography and Geology. She also taught ESL and was the director of a private language school for two years. She is now in her 30th year of international school teaching and administration, including nine years as the IB DP Coordinator at Island Academy.


Science & Biology

Luke Moller is a British trained Science teacher with 12 years teaching experience both at home in the UK and internationally. He has an Honours degree in Biology from King’s College, London, and completed his Post Graduate Certificate of Education for teaching Secondary Science in 2004. He then taught for seven years in England, one year in Guyana, two years in Mongolia, and two years here at Island Academy. He likes to enthuse and inspire students with the love he has for Science, in particular Biology, with investigations, experiments, demonstrations, and imagination. At all of the schools he has worked at he has set up and run successful STEM extra-curricular clubs to further interest in Sciences. Luke completed IBDP training in the summer of 2015 and has had two classes of great IB Biology results. When not teaching, he enjoys cooking and sports, he loves football, rugby, sailing and is a keen cricketer.



Álvaro Daimiel Martínez is a native Spanish teacher of Madrid, Spain. He graduated in Mass Media/Journalism from San Pablo CEU University and has a Master of Education in Spanish as a Foreign Language from the Universidad a Distancia de Madrid. Before moving to Antigua in 2013, he worked in public and private schools in Slovakia for six years. He completed his IB training in Spanish B and is a IBDP Examiner. Outside of school, Álvaro is an active wildlife enthusiast who has participated in several environmental projects in Greece, Spain, and Slovakia.


Visual Arts

Carol Gouldstone has a Diploma in Art and Design, Cardiff Art College, Wales, as well as City and Guilds qualification in Creative Textiles, Windsor and Eton College, U.K. She has more than forty years’ experience in various fields of the arts, graphic design, fashion design, gallery director, as well as teaching at all levels–primary, secondary and tertiary. Recently completed IB Levels 1 & 2 training in Visual Arts. She has been teaching Visual Arts at Island Academy since 2001.


Physical Education

Mark Mitchell holds a BA in Physical Education with Honours from Brock University, St. Catharines, Canada. Mark teaches Grades 3 to CXC. He holds several coaching certifications, including Level 2 ASCA and FINA certifications. He recently earned his certification as a Youth Fitness Trainer with the International Sports Sciences Association. Outside of school Mark is a keen swimmer and coach. He operates his own swimming school and competitive program and also works with the Antigua and Barbuda Swimming Federation to develop the sport at the national level. He won the 2012-2013 Antigua and Barbuda “Top Sports Coach of the Year” award and most recently acted as Head Coach for team Antigua and Barbuda at the 6th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Indianapolis, USA.


Information Technology, Principles of Business, CXC Coordinator & IT Maintenance

Dorlan James attended Hatfield Polytechnic, Hertfordshire, and Paddington Technical College, U.K. He spent seven years at Brent Information Technology in England as a Training Supervisor/Director. In Antigua, he worked for six years teaching Information Technology and fourteen years as a computer consultant and technician.