Welcoming New Teachers
It is with great pleasure we welcome six new additions to the IB Programs teaching staff this year. Welcome to Ermitage!
Iker Fraile is Spanish and has a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Education. He will be teaching MYP Maths & Sciences as well as DP Biology. Before arriving at Ermitage, he taught in Russia. An interesting fact about Mr. Fraile is that he spent this past summer in the Eastern part of Russia, looking for tigers and leopards in the wild. “ You have to stay quiet inside a special hide for a long time to see one!” Mr. Fraile looks forward to exploring Paris (his favorite city) and having a great teaching experience at Ermitage.
Nicholas Lagios is Greek and has a Master of Science from the University of Essex, and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Athens. He is arriving from The American School of Kuwait. He will be teaching PHE in the MYP and will be the DP CAS and School Athletics Coordinator. Mr. Lagios is proud to have led his JV and Varsity Volleyball and Basketball teams at the American School to 5 championships during his tenure. He has worked in Kuwait, UK, Cyprus, & Greece! Mr. Lagios looks forward to providing students with positive experiences in Sports “So I can empower them to lead healthy, active and, most importantly, happy lives”.
Emilie Bateson is Canadian and has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Teaching Degree from University of Victoria in Canada. She arrived at Ermitage from Qatar. She will be teaching MYP English Language and Literature, Reading and DP TOK as well as being a DP 1 coach. Ms. Bateson has taught internationally for the last 17 years in 5 countries: South Korea, China, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. She looks forward to “working with the wonderful group of students and educators that I have met during orientation.”
Gerry McCann, our new DP Economics & Business teacher and MYP Individual & Societies teacher, initially studied Marketing Management and enjoyed a lengthy career in the business world. Gerry later decided to make a career change to teaching. He completed a Master’s degree in Education from the University College Dublin and taught Business & Economics in his home country, Ireland, for 12 years. During this time he discovered the IB. “I very much agreed with the philosophy and its student-focused view of education. Since then I have taught students in Germany, Colombia, and now France.