Michelle Kleiss, Ed.D
Head of School


Michelle Kleiss, Ed.D
Head of School

Welcome to the American International School in Cyprus. AISC offers students an enriching K-12 educational program in the heart of the Cypriot capital, Nicosia.

With an emphasis on international reach and local excellence, for more than 25 years AISC has provided students with an exceptional university preparatory program in a healthy environment promoting a love for learning, self-esteem, appreciation for differences, service learning experiences, while ensuring high academic standards.

Our educational programs are cognitively demanding and develop the whole child by nurturing sense of worth, leadership, academic excellence and independence. Our middle and high school students give back to the community through school organized service learning activities and participate in athletic competitions, clubs and character-building life experiences, locally and abroad. An AISC education is academically rich and challenging – preparing students for their university of choice. We offer diverse learning experiences and opportunities for personal achievements.

We look forward to supporting you and your child as we build on past successes and work toward an even brighter future.

A native of Toronto, Canada, Dr. Michelle Kleiss came to AISC in 2009. Michelle has been with Esol Education for 15 years. She completed her B.A. Ed at The American University in Washington D.C., her Master’s in School Administration and K-12 Supervision from Bowie State – University of Maryland Colleges and Schools, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University, P.A., USA. Before coming to AISC in Cyprus, she had 16 years of international teaching and school leadership experience in The Dominican Republic, Brazil, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. She has conducted numerous workshops at regional conferences such as ECIS and ASSAA and has been a team member and Chair of several accreditation teams for Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) and Council of International Schools (CIS). She was the recipient of the AAIE Ernie Mannino Scholarship Award for her contribution to international education awarded by the Association for the Advancement of International Education in year 2000.

Amy Clerides, Principal

Amy Clerides Principal

Amy Clerides


I am proud to be a member of the dynamic multi-cultural learning community at AISC. Having been at AISC since 1998 I have played a variety of roles. In addition to having been a classroom teacher, I served as Middle School Co-Coordinator, Assessment Coordinator, and Internal Coordinator for our re-accreditation process.

AISC teachers and support staff are world class. It is a privilege to work with such dedicated, talented, warm and caring people. And AISC students…well, they are the reason I love coming to school every single day! Our students truly are creative, critical thinkers and socially responsible world citizens as we boast in our Mission Statement.

Over the years, I have watched AISC continuously grow and improve. Our ethos of planning is evident in everything we do, from curriculum development to assessment practices to current best instructional methods. Our systematic reflection on our practice has become second nature. We are a small school, offering a family atmosphere, but at the same time, our curriculum and course offerings are rich, diverse and rigorous.

I greatly look forward to working closely with you and your child this year.

A US citizen, born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Amy Clerides was a Middle School teacher in public and private schools in Wisconsin, Connecticut and at AISC for twenty-two years before becoming AISC’s Principal in 2013. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991 and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education at Southern Connecticut State University in 1998. Amy recently completed a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, USA in 2014 and will receive Principal Certification in the State of Pennsylvania in the summer of 2015. She has led workshops and helped to implement a student-led conference model using portfolios in several schools and she has served on several visiting accreditation teams for Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.