Misha Simmonds
Director

Misha Simmonds, Director

Misha Simmonds
Director

Welcome to the American International School in Cyprus! AISC offers students a world-class K-12 educational program in the heart of the Cypriot capital, Nicosia.

For over 30 years our community has been educating each child with the character, academic, and leadership skills necessary for success in life, university, and community:

• Our school culture, based on our core beliefs, develops lifelong character that values integrity, respects differences, cares for others and strives for excellence.
• Our academic program, taking the best from Αmerican and international curriculums, both challenges students and meets their diverse needs, so that they are fully prepared for the university of their choice.
• Our entire community works together to provides opportunities, whether through service, activities, or competitions, for each child to become leaders ready to serve the world.

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


WITH BOTH AMERICAN AND ΑUSTRIAN CITIZENSHIP, MISHA SIMMONDS BRINGS OVER 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN EDUCATION, BOTH IN THE UNITED STATES AND IN NEPAL. DURING HIS CAREER HE HAS SERVED AS A TEACHER, ADMINISTRATOR, CONSULTANT, AND PHILANTHROPIST. FOR EIGHT YEARS AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS CHARTER SCHOOL IN NEWARK, NEW JERSEY, MISHA SUCCESSFULLY INCREASED STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND ENROLLMENT, AS WELL AS ADDED A NEW 3000 SQUARE METER BUILDING TO THE CAMPUS. THE SCHOOL WAS NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED WITH THE EPIC SILVER-GAIN AWARD FOR BREAKTHROUGH STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT GAINS, AND HE WAS PERSONALLY RECOGNIZED AS THE NEW JERSEY 2016 CHARTER CHAMPION ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR. MISHA HOLDS A BACHELOR OF ΑRTS DEGREE IN HISTORY FROM PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, A MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DEGREE FROM HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL, AND A MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP DEGREE FROM BARUCH COLLEGE.

Amy Clerides, Principal

Amy Clerides Principal

Amy Clerides

Principal

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, A MASTER’S DEGREE IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION AT SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY IN 1998, AND A MASTER’S DEGREE IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AT LEHIGH UNIVERSITY IN PENNSYLVANIA, USA IN 2015. SHE IS A CERTIFIED TRAINER FOR CONCEPT-BASED CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION AND HAS LED WORKSHOPS AND HELPED TO IMPLEMENT A STUDENT-LED CONFERENCE MODEL USING PORTFOLIOS IN SEVERAL SCHOOLS. SHE HAS SERVED ON SEVERAL VISITING ACCREDITATION TEAMS FOR MIDDLE STATES ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS (MSA) AND THE COUNCIL OF INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS (CIS).