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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 Honours degree in Politics from the University of Leeds and gained her Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Canterbury Christ Church College. In addition to teaching and school management Portia is an examiner for AQA, the leading provider of GCSE and A Level qualifications in England.

Portia’s career began in 2003 when she was accepted onto the prestigious UK government ‘Fast Track Teacher’ scheme renowned for its rigorous selection process and high academic requirements. She has a proven track record for improving the outcomes and academic results in the schools that she worked with. When she left London for Antigua in 2011 Portia was a deputy head teacher at a large, multi-cultural high school just a few miles away from the 2012 Olympic site in London. At just 29 this made her one of the youngest school leaders in the UK. Portia trained with the UK’s National College of School Leadership and is delighted to be transferring this valuable experience to IA.


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.


Administrative Assistant & School Secretary

Denise Matthew studied Business. She additionally received a distinction in Business Ethics and Philosophy while studying at the Macedonia School of Business Ethics. She has over thirteen years of experience in administration. When not working at the school she plays an active role as a volunteer assisting organizations serving persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.



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



Katherine Hutchinson has a Three-Year Early Childhood Education Diploma from Humber College, Ontario, Canada. She has her IBO Administrative Co-Ordinator’s Level 1 and PYP Level 1 qualifications and an Applied Behaviour Analysis Trainers (CARD) Certificate. She completed a Jolly Phonics and a Special Education training with CPD College International. Recently, Katherine completed an Aquaponics workshop with Indies Greens.



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.


Grade 1

Lily 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, differentiation in instruction, and classroom management.


Grade 2

Charmaine Dominguez holds a BA in Liberal Studies and a Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential from San Diego State University. While living in Spain, she earned a Masters with honors in Human Relations from Oklahoma University-Extended Studies. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration. Charmaine has experience teaching primary school and English as a Second Language in several different countries as well as online, including 1st and 2nd grade in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Charmaine has also taught in schools in Los Angeles and San Diego, California; Okinawa, Japan; and Rota, Spain. She loves the outdoors, is passionate about travel, and enjoys reading good novels.


Grade 5

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 knowledge particularly in Maths and English. Jacqueline is particularly passionate about student literacy development and has introduced the www.razkids.com programme into the grade 5 classroom. Further, Jacqueline is looking forward to completing a Primary Years Programme course with the International Baccalaureate Organization over the summer of 2015.


Grade 6 & English Grade 7

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.


Music, Grades 1-8

Gilly Hungtington-Rainey received the Diplome D’Aliance Française, Universitè de Nancy. Before becoming Music teacher at Island Academy, she was the school’s administrator for two years. She is the director of the wonderful Island Academy Chamber Choir, The ‘Island Marimba’ ensemble as well as the producer/Director of Elementary musical productions for the school. She believes passionately in the power and importance of performance and feels strongly that class music should be an active, engaged, experiential process. Before she came to Antigua in 1984, she worked in the film industry and as a chef on super yachts.


Spanish, Grades 1-8

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. Jamila will be teaching K-grade 8 Spanish. In coming to Island Academy Ms. Travers is returning to her birth country of Antigua.


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.



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 7 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.

Secondary School Teachers


English, Geography, Social Studies & Drama

Jocelyn Beldman has her bachelors (BMusTh, MTA) in Music Therapy and has 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.


Science & Biology

Luke Moller is a British trained Science teacher with 10 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 has since taught for seven years in England, one year in Guyana and two years in Mongolia. He likes to enthuse and inspire students with the love he has for Science, in particular Biology, with investigations, experiments, demonstrations and imagination. At each of his previous schools he has set up and ran successful STEM extra-curricular clubs to further interest in Sciences. Luke recently completed IBDP training in the summer of 2015. When not teaching he enjoys cooking and sports, he likes to play football and to go sailing and is a keen cricketer.


English & EE

Jenna DiCocco has a B.A. in Political Science from Boston University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa. She lived and taught in rural Zambia, and worked as an attorney in Washington, D.C. before teaching at the college level in Boston, Massachusetts. Before joining Island Academy, Ms. DiCocco was a Lecturer at Boston University. This year Mrs. DiCocco is teaching English at CXC and IB level.



Álvaro Daimiel Martínez is a native Spanish teacher of Madrid, Spain and has lived in Slovakia for 6 years. A graduate of San Pablo CEU University in Mass Media / Journalism, he has been working in public and private schools in Bratislava since 2008. Álvaro turned his passion for teaching Spanish in secondary schools into a business and he is the co-founder of Skola Picasso, one of the few language academies specialized in Spanish language. He recently completed his IB training in Spanish B. Further, Alvaro is an active wildlife enthusiast who participated in several environmental projects in Greece, Spain and Slovakia.


Biology & IBDP Coordinator

Karol Lyn Edwards has a B.Sc. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and a B.Ed. in Biology, Chemistry, Junior High School Science, from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland; and an M.Ed. in Teaching Science to Exceptional Students from Queen’s University, Ontario. Received level 1 & 2 training in IB coordination & level 1 MYP science training. Karol has taught many sciences and math courses including Oceanography and Geology. She additionally taught ESL and was the director of a private language school for 2 years. She is now in her 23nd year of international school teaching and administration, including six years as the IB DP Coordinator at Island Academy.



Mckala 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 her teacher training was complete from the Institute of Education, she worked for three years in a comprehensive London boys’ school. There she taught History, R.E, Government & Politics and Citizenship. In the summer of 2015 Mckala completed IB DP training. Mckala has spent considerable time volunteering in the Caribbean, particularly in the capital of Dominica, Rousseau. She enjoys running, reading, films and history.


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.


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.


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.

Multi-Level Teachers


Information Technology, Princinples 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.


Physical Education

Mark Mitchell holds a BA in Physical Education with Honours from Brock University, St. Catharines, Canada. Mark teaches all grades from Kindergarten to CXC. He holds several coaching certifications, including Level 2 ASCA and FINA certifications. Mark 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 also works with the Antigua and Barbuda Swimming Federation to develop the sport at the national level. He was awarded as the 2012-2013 Antigua and Barbuda “Top Sports Coach of the Year” and most recently acted as Head Coach for team Antigua and Barbuda at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa.