Annie Romano – International Program Director

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 8.06.42 PMAnnie Romano grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah but has lived all over the world. She attended Boston University and Brigham Young University and graduated with a Master of Public Administration (MPA) in 2013. Before joining the international team at AISU, Annie worked as an administrator at an international school in Florence, Italy. Annie is passionate about education and has worked as an Art & Art History Instructor at Legacy Preparatory Academy in North Salt Lake. Other previous education experience includes student coaching at the Hillsborough Education Foundation (Tampa, Florida), recruiting and admissions administration at the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University (Provo, UT), working with the US Department of Education through the Partnership for Public Service (Washington D.C.) as well as nonprofit and education consulting (Ghana, Fiji and Haiti.) Annie is passionate about traveling and trying new things; she is fluent in Italian and is proficient in French and Spanish.

Sara Casaday – International Program Coordinator

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 8.08.12 PMSara Casaday joined the American International School of Utah in it’s early stages of development.  She received her BS in political science from the University of Utah.  Previously Sara worked in Washington D.C. for a United States Congressman and has many years of experience managing accounts for an advertising and marketing firm. Sara fulfills many administrative functions and plays a vital role in providing crucial services to our international study body. Sara is a native Utahan and enjoys the beautiful outdoors. She also has a passion for international relations and enjoys traveling the world to experience the world’s diversity. Sara is proficient in Spanish.

Abbey Wallace – International Student Life Coordinator

apw-2Abbey Wallace comes to AISU after earning her M.A. in International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (California) and she previously received a B.A. in Anthropology and Global Studies from Colby College. At AISU, she coordinates the host family program and cultural activities for international students. Her passion for intercultural exchange began with a semester abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has propelled her around the world. She was a guide in Costa Rica and taught a month long learning skills course in 14 schools throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Bermuda, Mexico, and Australia. She also studied in Spain and is proficient in the Spanish language. Abbey grew up in Potomac, Maryland but loves calling the Utah mountains home now and enjoys fly fishing, skiing and hiking here.

Ariel Chan – International Program Assistant and College Advisor

Ariel Chan attended Brigham Young University and received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Developmental and Clinical Psychology. Prior to joining AISU, she worked at Brigham Young University Career Services with international students. She also has experience teaching life skill courses and advising youth at the Utah State Hospital and Prison. She loves helping our International Students with university admissions and is passionate about their success beyond AISU. Ariel speaks Mandarin and grew up in Singapore and Vancouver, British Columbia. She enjoys eating, traveling, hiking and snowboarding.

Yan Li – International Program Advisor/ Chinese Parent Liaison: (based in Beijing)

Yan (“Carol”) Li received her Master’s Degree in Finance from Birmingham University. She started her career at a large international trading company based in Los Angeles, as a Financial Analyst and Project Manager for Asian and American markets. She returned to China in 2009, to join the start-up team of the international campus of Beijing No. 4, one of the most prestigious schools in China. In her role, she successfully developed the international education program–including the design and implementation of cultural and educational exchange programs for faculty and students. Currently, Yan supports the AISU’s development and expansion in China. She establishes relationships with Chinese schools, acts as the Chinese parent liaison for the AISU International Program and provides translation and communication services. Yan has also been instrumental in developing crucial investment relationships and partnerships for AISU’s growth. Yan is fluent in Chinese and English.

Marianne Judd – ELL Program Coordinator

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 7.57.26 PMMarianne Judd oversees and manages the English Language Learning programs at AISU. In 2014 she began working as an ELL teacher at AISU and continued in the 2015-16 school year. She has taught all ELL levels as well as the College Preparation course for international students. Marianne has been working with the AISU international students since the school opened and prioritizes helping students learn English, prepare for college and understand American Culture. Previously Marianne worked with the English3 company to teach English as a second language to students from around the world as well as teach native English speakers Korean with the same curriculum. She spent time working for Chegg and Zinch International and helped international students successfully apply, gain admission and receive scholarships to many top universities in the United States! Marianne studied German while growing up and studied Korean while living abroad in Asia. Marianne loves connecting languages, cultures and dreams and enjoys directing the ELL program for AISU!

Caprice Bailey-  ELL Teacher

baileyc-2Caprice Bailey enjoys teaching and working with English language learners of all ages. She received her bachelor’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Brigham Young University (BYU)-Hawaii and then a master’s degree, also in TESOL, from BYU-Provo. Her work experience includes teaching English overseas to children in Taiwan. Locally, she has taught at BYU’s English Language Center in Provo, Utah as well as for the English Language Learning Department at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. She also has online teaching experience with BYU-Idaho’s Pathway program. A Utah native, Caprice likes taking walks in the mountains and gardening. She is also fond of traveling and eating delicious ethnic foods.

Katherine Jussaume-  ELL Teacher

Katherine Jussaume grew up in Washington state, where she attended Western Washington University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in both French and Linguistics in 2012. She then attended New York University, spending one year in Paris and one year in New York City, and  graduated with a Master of Arts in TESOL and Teaching French as a Foreign Language in 2014. In Paris, she worked as a English Language Assistant at a French high school, helping to prepare French high schoolers for proficiency exams in English. She comes to AISU now after having worked two years as an ELL Specialist at Excel Academy Charter School, a high performing middle school, in Boston. She spends much of her free time traveling and loves experiencing new cultures and learning new languages. She speaks English, French, Japanese, and Spanish at varying degrees of proficiency.

Mike Ashton – International Student Success Coach

image1-9Mike Ashton grew up in California, Washington and Utah. Upon graduating from High School, Mike Ashton was a recruited as a walk-on Track and Field athlete at Utah Valley University. Shortly thereafter Mike deferred his university enrollment and spent two years in Jamaica and the Bahamas as an LDS missionary. He then returned to Utah Valley University on an athletic scholarship and completed his bachelor’s degree in Public Relations in 2015. Mike came to AISU in 2015 with experience in sales and retail as well as significant athletic coaching experience. Mike loves his job as a Success Coach and an Athletic Coach at AISU and he is pleased to be working with students from all over the world! In his work at AISU he strives to embody and inspire students by living the philosophy, “Success is not owned, it is leased, and payment is due every day.” (JJ Watt)

Jacey Eyre – International Student Success Coach

Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 7.16.45 PMJacey Eyre has a sincere passion to work with and help students from all over the world. Jacey grew up in Sandy, Utah and has always loved everything Utah has to offer. Jacey attended the University of Utah where she received a Bachelor of Science in both Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies. She has over five years of experience in working in an education and hopes to become a School Counselor. Accordingly, Jacey is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in School Counseling at the University of Utah. Jacey started out in education by working as a Preschool Teacher at the Children’s Academy Preschool, where she earned several teaching awards. She later moved to working with older students at Copper Mountain Middle School. Jacey started at a Success Coach (Middle School) at AISU in 2014 and began to specialize in working with international students in 2015.