BAIS has an outstanding team of teachers dedicated to providing a warm, welcoming environment with rigorous, authentic, and engaging learning experiences for every child.
Director: Caleb Steindam
This is Caleb Steindam’s second year as Director of the Banjul American International School. Caleb has spent 14 years in the field of education as a teacher, teacher educator, and educational administrator. He is passionate about teaching and learning in small school communities like BAIS where all students have the opportunity to learn with and from one another. His most recent work before joining BAIS was in teacher education at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Education. Caleb loves living and working in West Africa, having previously spent four years at the American International School of Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Business Manager: Leah John
This is Leah's 19th year at BAIS. Leah manages the school's financial transactions and records and also takes on many other roles related to operations of the school. Leah's son David goes to kindergarten at BAIS, and her daughter Lydia is in the BAIS Pre-K class.
Administrative Assistant: Madline Ashcroft
This is Madline's 4th year at BAIS. As Administrative Assistant, Madline manages school records, materials and resources, attendance, the hot lunch program, and numerous other tasks. This year Madline completed her Bachelor of Business Administration with CIML Business School.
Cassie received her Master in Educational Leadership and Administration from Concordia University and her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at Concordia College. She taught second grade in the US in Poplar Bridge Elementary School, Minnesota, before moving to The Gambia. Cassie is a skilled educator and a dedicated long-time member of the BAIS family, having previously taught kindergarten, first, and second grades at BAIS, then serving as a leader of the PTO for a few years before rejoining our faculty to teach Pre-K.
Kindergarten Teacher - Elin Jacobson
Elin is a Swedish citizen and has a Master’s in education. She has been in the teaching field for over 10 years, and is currently teaching Kindergarten at BAIS.
Grade 1 - Vanessa Sanyang
Mrs. Sanyang has been a teacher at BAIS since its founding in 1984. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education, English and Art, but has taught a wide variety of grade levels over the years and currently teaches Grades 2 and 3. She has several years of teaching experience in the United States and had the pleasure of teaching at St. Augustine’s High School in 1983 before joining BAIS.
Grades 2-3 - James Keeghan
James is in his fourth year of teaching after graduating with a Bachelor of Primary Education in Australia. Previously he taught Grade 2 in Doha, Qatar, Grade 3 in Amman, Jordan and Grade 1 at BAIS. Currently he is team teaching Grades 2-5 with Ms. Stacy.
Grades 4-5 - Stacy York
Stacy York is in her ninth year of teaching. She graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Primary Education. She taught for six years in the Australian Public School System working with students from a variety of cultural backgrounds, many with English as their second language. Stacy has been teaching internationally for three years including in Doha, Qatar and Amman, Jordan. She is currently teaching Grades 2-5 with Mr. James.
Middle & High School Math/IT - Amal Abou-Alfa
Amal has been teaching Information Technology in grades K-8 and Mathematics in grades 6-HS for over 25 years. She has a BSc. in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Evansville, Indiana (USA) and MA in Education, University of Bath (UK).
Middle & High School Humanities - Scott Hemsey
An educator since 2008, Scott has taught English in South Korea, math and ELA in Chicago, and now teaches humanities at BAIS where the students' work combines reading, writing, social studies, and history. After initially changing career paths to enter the teaching profession, he's since received his Masters in Teaching and hasn't looked back.
Middle & High School Science- Stephanie Budd
Stephanie received her Master of Education, in Youth Development, from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Bachelor of Science, in Biological Sciences, from the University of Kentucky. A passionate and creative science educator, Stephanie has spent the last six years designing and leading educational programming for primary and middle school students at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm in Chicago, Illinois.
Music - Daniel Twum
Daniel is a keyboardist and organist at the Trinity Methodist Church for many years. He had a great passion for music in middle school and upon completion attended the One Fold School of Music where he learned to play the piano. Daniel spent many years teaching regular and special musical classes in schools and homes. Over the years he has played in various musical concerts around the country.
French - Diantrec Edward Badjie
Diantrec is a Gambian who did his teacher training at Gambia College. He also holds a BA (Hons) from UTG and an MA in French Studies from Limoges University (France). He has two decades of teaching experience and has taught in various institutions in the Gambia, including Alliance Française and the University of The Gambia.
Art/Library - Leah Woldman
Leah has over twelve years of experience in arts and literacy education, and is currently the art and library teacher for all grade levels here at BAIS. With undergraduate studies in studio art and creative writing and her M.Ed. in youth educational development, Leah is a firm believer in the powerful impact of the arts on student learning. She has worked to promote creative arts and writing curriculum with youth and educators in schools, public agencies, and non-profit organizations in the United States and South Korea.
Physical Education - Stephen Wright
Stephen, has taught all grades and age levels, from 3 to 20 years of age, both in the public and private school. He has taught Math, English Phonics and Writing, Computer Literacy Graphic Art & and currently Physical Education. His teaching started in 2006, at age 16, and he has been in and out of it ever since.
Jessica graduated from Marina International School and started working at BAIS as a teaching assistant the same year because she loves teaching children and helping them with school work. She has also assisted at a kids’ summer camp for the past three summers. Jessica really enjoys teaching and hopes to gain more knowledge from it as it prepares her for future jobs in the education field.
Valentine is a Gambian who graduated from Gambia Methodist Academy three years ago. His first year of teaching was at Home to Home School. There he taught as a subject teacher and a Grade two class teacher. He taught Social studies & Religious studies from Grades 2-4. Currently at BAIS, he works with the early childhood department as a teaching assistant.
Ms. Awa has been part of the BAIS family for 20 years! As our "Pre-K Nanny," she is a mainstay of the BAIS Early Childhood Program, having supported the learning and well-being of hundreds of BAIS students over the years.
BAIS Security Team
BAIS Maintenance Team
Philip Jarju, Supervisor of Maintenance & Security