Kevin Jackson was appointed Pedagogical Director of Aseica in January 2010.
Kevin comes to ASEICA with twenty-plus years of progressive teaching experience at the middle school, secondary school, and higher education levels. He also taught for several years in the classes prépas.
Just before joining ASEICA, Kevin was a professor (for fifteen years) and Head of the Language and Communication Studies Department (for five years) at a French Grande Ecole de Commerce.
He has taught a wide array of courses including English Language and Literature, English as a Second Language, Language Arts, Composition and Rhetoric, United States History, World History and Business Communication.
Apart from his interest in teaching, his other areas of professional interest are applied linguistics and language acquisition, discourse analysis, the writing process and new technologies in education.
A native of Chicago, Kevin Jackson has resided on the French Riviera since 1994. He is married and has two children.
The administrative team functions as the nerve center of the association and is the first point of contact for parents wishing to enroll their children in the International Anglophone Section.
Some of its key tasks are:
- Information for parents of prospective students on registration procedures
- Administrative and Financial management of the student base: registrations, re-registrations and departures
- Administration of extra-curricular activities including theatre, English on Wednesdays and school trips
- Communications to parents throughout the year
- Payroll and social
- Accounting and Financial Management
- Administrative management of the teachers including replacements
- Management of secretariat and office space (orders, maintenance)
- Support to Board committees (Communication, Exchanges, IT, etc.)
ASEICA employs over 40 teachers of varying nationalities but all have English as mother tongue and are qualified as teachers in their fields of expertise in their countries. Together, they make up the primary team, the English and Humanities departments and the Guidance Department.
The Humanities Department comprises teachers coming from UK, Australia, Ireland, South Africa, Canada and the USA. All put together, we have well over a hundred years of experience teaching in countries like America, UK, Greece, Switzerland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia, Kenya, and of course, France. Students also benefit from the fact that we have taught a variety of national and international exams, including the IB, British A-levels, GCSE, IGCSE, and American Advanced Placement, as well as the French OIB. Furthermore, some of us have also been examiners for the IB and OIB for many years and have experience in working for The European Council of International Schools accreditation teams.
We focus on preparing our students as broadly as possible for the International Brevet at collège level and the "Option Internationale du Baccalauréat" in the lycée. The program is supplemented with Model United Nations (MUN) debate groups in both collège and lycée. During the last week of January, our lycée students participate in The Hague International MUN conference. We also strongly support activities like the annual International Day.
We enjoy our diversity, we enjoy our teaching and we enjoy our schools. We look forward to adding to our numbers - both students and teachers - as our international section grows.
ASEICA’s English teachers are key elements in our well-established and successful bilingual program. We add to the students’ already rich linguistic experience with the French education system by teaching non-English speakers to speak English and by maintaining national system English programs for our native English speakers.
We are a successful group, proud of our ability to bring all students to similar high levels of English that allow them an academic use of the language, giving them not only proficiency but also an understanding and appreciation of literature. Several of us also teach theatre across the age range and manage stage productions for ASEICA students of all ages from 6 to 19!
We come from the United States, England, Canada, Ireland and Australia and our years in France have been preceded, for many of us, by periods in other international schools in many countries. Experiences in Turkey, Venezuela, Italy, Holland, Malta and Switzerland, among others, have helped us form a strong understanding of our students’ own international experiences. We have taught English in other OIB programs, IB programs and in our many national systems. We are a dynamic department, continually evaluating and building our program, in order to ensure its growth and success.
Jonathon Syson is British. He was appointed as Primary Coordinator in September 2011 and has worked for ASEICA since September 2010. Trained in the UK, he has gained international experience through positions at Prior's Mill Primary School in the UK, Cité Scolaire International de Lyon (OIB School) and The European School of Brussels. His new responsibilities include developing the Primary schools English programs, coordination of the team of teachers, teacher training, the organization of resources and liaising with Education Nationale.