American Nicaraguan School

High School

Welcome to High School

Welcome from the Secondary Principal

On behalf of the Secondary Program, I would like to welcome you to the American Nicaraguan School in Managua, Nicaragua. We are a campus that serves the needs of the local and expat community through a balanced, global approach of creativity, innovation and knowledge.

The American Nicaraguan School is committed to offering students a world-class education focused on a student-centered, constructivist approach to learning with a global lens.  Students have an assortment of options to choose from to develop critical thinking and 21st century problem-solving skills.  Currently, we offer 19 Advanced Placement courses either in person or on-line to better fit the needs of our students.  Students may also apply for our distinguished Global Studies Academy, which allows each student to delve deeper into what it means to be a citizen of the world.  In addition to these options, our school has a rich tradition of competing in Model United Nations (MUN), HACIA Democracy and AASCA Knowledge Bowl, to name a few.  If students want to push themselves on the pitch, court, or in the pool, we offer a variety of sports, which include soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming, track and field and cross-country to provide each student with a well-rounded education.

At ANS, we are not just dedicated to rigorous academics. We also encourage students to become integral parts of the global community by instilling a love for learning and a passion for service. Throughout the year, each grade level commits to serving others in a variety of ways.  This connection to service allows our students to grow as leaders and flourish as stewards of Nicaragua and beyond.  In addition to our service days, many students take advantage of a plethora of clubs and activities such as Operation Smile, National Honor Society, Pink Club, and Un Techo Para mi Pais to balance out the ANS experience. Whether students are heading to a university or joining the work force upon graduation, each student will have the skills necessary to compete in a global economy.

It is truly my pleasure to lead such a historic program like ANS, and I am excited about all the possibilities we have before us.  I look forward to getting to know each one of you personally, and if I can do anything to make this journey more pleasant, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Preston Emerton
Secondary School Principal
[email protected]

Welcome from the Secondary Curriculum Coordinator

Dear Secondary Community,

I am excited to join the secondary team in welcoming the 2016-2017 school year. With our team and goals, it promises to be an invigorating year of learning and growth. I look forward to learning from each class about its work in secondary courses, and to supporting our staff to ensure world-class curriculum and alignment across throughout our school.

At ANS, we are committed to engagement through rigorous instruction and assessment. Students at ANS take ownership of the content to integrate true understanding with applicable knowledge. I hope to draw from my 11 years in the classroom, and experience designing specific, relevant curriculum in teacher teams, to help offer an engaging and rigorous education for our diverse community of learners. Please visit us in the new Students and Teachers Resource Center located on the first floor of the secondary building. There, you can get up to speed on the latest educational research and find out what is happening around the world in current events, and in our learning engagements at ANS.

Kathryn Meyer
Secondary Curriculum Coordinator
[email protected]

Supply List (Secondary)

In an effort to help students develop into globally aware and environmentally responsible citizens, Middle and High School are dedicated to using technology to better serve our students. With that in mind, each student is required to have either a tablet or a laptop computer during class each day. This tablet/laptop should also have a charger for students to use during the day if their battery runs out.

In addition to a tablet/laptop, we also request that students bring the following to class on the first day of school:

  • Sharpened Pencils
  • Notebook – one for each course (or notebook paper)
  • Folder- 1 per course or Binder with dividers for each course
  • Time Management System (either a written planner or an electronic strategy such as Google Calendar)

During the first week of school, teachers of each class may also request that students have additional materials. In these classes, teachers will allow students ample time to get these supplies.

Corryn Smith

Born and raised in Minnesota, this is my fourth international school. I received my M.A. in teaching from the University of Alaska Southeast and went on to teach through the Bering Strait School District in several remote, Inuit fly-in communities bordering the Russian Far East. In addition to teaching American Literature and AP English Language and Composition, I enjoy collaborating with colleagues in Secondary School after having recently completed my certification in instructional literacy coaching from Iowa State University.

Nick Creal

I studied literature at a liberal arts college in Mount Vernon, Iowa called Cornell College. Upon graduating, I realized that teaching was a desire of mine, so I returned to Northern Illinois University to complete a teaching license. I’m learning that teaching is as much being humbled by your students as it is growing their knowledge– it is great work!

Travis Piper

I am a New Hampshire native who has been teaching in international schools abroad for the last 8 years. I have an M.A. in English Literature and an M.Ed. in 5-12 English Education. I’m passionate about exploring the mysteries of the human experience through literature.

Lisa Lippay

Nicaragua has been my home for more than ten years. My husband and I met in Philadelphia where I graduated with honors in English from the University of Pennsylvania. I’ve been teaching internationally for ten years, seven of those at ANS, and have an M.Ed. in International Education. Besides being a proud mother of two boys, I’m an avid reader and enjoy the art of writing.

Emily Petersen

Originally from Sacramento, California, I received both my undergraduate degree and my California teaching credential from California State University, Monterey Bay.  After receiving my teaching credential in 2014, I took off for the land of lakes and volcanoes!  I served in the Peace Corps in Nandaime, Granada from 2014-2016 teaching English in public high schools alongside Nicaraguan counterparts.  I love cooking, reading, gallo pinto, and learning something new everyday!

Olivia Gunn

I am walking into my first year at ANS fresh from completing my teaching credentials, focusing on cultural difference in the classroom at Queen’s University in Canada. I spent four years studying Literature and History prior to this, at a wonderful, small University tucked away in the forest North of my hometown. This will be my first time living outside of Canada and I cannot wait to set down my hockey stick and pick up a surfboard as I dive into this new chapter!

Belinda López

I have taught at ANS for 20 years.  I hold a B.A. in Economics from the University of Alabama and a Master’s in Education from Framingham State University.  I believe education is the key to the future.  If we want our students to be the leaders of tomorrow we must provide them with a strong educational foundation today.

Karen Meléndez

I earned a bachelor’s degree from UCEM in Nicaragua, and have been at ANS for 20 years.  I strongly believe that the aim of education is not the knowledge of facts but the development of values. We must teach students how to think intensively and critically, because education is not preparation for life, but is life itself.

Richard Meléndez

I am honored to be your child’s sixth grade social studies teacher. This is my seventeenth year at ANS and my eighth year teaching sixth grade. I hold a bachelor’s degree from UCEM Managua. I am looking forward to helping the sixth graders to reach full academic potential. We will have many wonderful experiences and opportunities to learn and grow in the days ahead.

Ester Palacios

Tengo 11 años laborando en ANS, pero llevo más de 15 trabajando en educación. Tengo dos títulos universitarios, una licenciatura en Español y otra en Ciencias Sociales, ambas las obtuve en la  Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua (UNAN – Managua). Pienso que es deber de los adultos de hoy dotar de las herramientas necesarias para enfrentar los retos de las sociedades futuras, a los que serán los adultos del mañana. La principal herramienta para su éxito personal y profesional será su educación. 

Thelma Flores

Máster en Comunicación y Educación por la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. Licenciada en Administración de Empresas por la Universidad Centroamericana. He tenido el placer de trabajar en ANS desde hace 3 años y en el área de educación desde hace 5 años. Creo firmemente en una educación integral, tanto en conocimientos como en virtudes, ética y moral. Individuos formados en valores, pensamiento crítico y libertad es la mezcla perfecta de un futuro exitoso y pleno. 

Nora Rivas

I have a B.A. in Marketing from University of Mobile of Alabama and a Master’s of Education from Framingham State University.  This will be my seventh year teaching at ANS.  I believe in educating our students to become critical thinkers and active citizens of our global society.

Will Buker

I am thrilled to be teaching US History, AP US History, and Sociology at ANS. My wife and I are joining ANS from Seattle, Washington where I have taught at a large comprehensive high school for three years. I earned my bachelor’s degree in History and Social Studies at Western Washington University where I also received my Secondary Education Certification in 2013. I strongly believe that education must foster empathy, creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking in order to prepare students for the ever changing world. 

Monika Cieslak

I’m excited to be returning back to the international community after teaching in Canada for a year. At ANS, I’ll be teaching World History and AP Comparative Government and Politics. I’ve taught overseas in Saudi Arabia for four years and, briefly, in Senegal where I joined on after completing my student practicum there. While working in Victoria, BC, Canada, I’ve discovered that inquiry centered teaching creates motivated lifelong learners. I look forward to continuing this practice at ANS.

Bianca Neri

I am originally from the United States but since graduating in 2011 from George Washington University I have lived in Honduras and Qatar. I have a BA in International Affairs from GWU and a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Montana State University. I look forward to working with the students at ANS and encouraging their development as empathetic, globally-conscious critical thinkers and problem solvers. 

María Antonieta Blandón

In 1993-1994, I started teaching middle school science, and six years later I transferred to high school. Prior to coming to ANS to teach Chemistry, I taught at John A. Ferguson HS in Miami, Florida. In addition to teaching, I also worked for several years with a non-profit that made the sport of rowing accessible to minorities and children with disabilities. I have a B.S. in Biology and Education with a minor in Chemistry from Florida International University. 

Vince Hernández

A proud ANS graduate with honors, I am also a former Walton scholar with a B.S. in Chemistry and Math from Harding University, a M.Ed. in International Education, a M.Sc. in Forensics Science and a P.G in College Education. I have been incorporating real world applications of science and math for over 15 years in middle school to college level courses. I am dedicated to preparing my students with proper skills to be successful in their future transition to higher educational levels as global citizens of the 21st century and to thrive as they face the challenges of today’s competitive world. 

Julio Vannini

I have worked as a Information Technology professional and an astronomer. Previously, I taught science at the Pierre and Marie Curie School. I joined the ANS community in 2015 as the middle school’s Life & Physical Science teacher. I enjoy photography and books, and to share astronomy with the public.

Evan Wilke

Although I am a certified Project Management Professional, with 15 years working in construction, I define myself as a professional who attributes most of my success to investing in people. Although born in the United States, I have lived in three different countries in Latin America while working on rural water systems. Most recently I have developed a passion for teaching through observing the meaningful work of my wife, Ms. Kathryn Wilke. A degree in civil engineering from New York University Tandon School of Engineering, combined with real world experience, aids in the construction of a unique classroom environment. Mr. Wilke is most passionate about mentoring and guiding young adults as they navigate a rapidly changing professional arena. 

Martín Casco

Formerly an ANS science teacher, I then lived in Japan for 8 years, during which I completed my Ph.D. in Biological Science. Serving as a professor of Biology at Keiser University, I spend time researching tissue regeneration of salamanders. I have taught multicultural students from middle school to the doctoral level. I strongly believe that students should be exposed to critical thinking, and hands-on, analytical, and problem-based science. At ANS I look forward to promoting a love for science. 

Olivia Blanchette

I lived and taught in Shanghai, China for two years before moving to Managua and joining the ANS community in 2016. With a background in policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, I will be dedicating myself to making environmental issues and solutions accessible to students in Environmental Science. I am passionate about sustainability and economic development, and hope to inspire future activists in these areas. 

Miriam Rojo

Nací en Managua, Nicaragua, de madre nicaragüense y padre español. Estudié la Licenciatura en Lengua y Literatura Hispánicas, y poco tiempo después, una Maestría en Didáctica de la Lengua y la Literatura, y un Diplomado en Enseñanza del Español como Lengua Extranjera. Después de muchos años en la docencia, puedo afirmar que amo lo que hago y que trabajar con niños y adolescentes puede ser tan retador como reconfortante. Trabajar en ANS es, para mí, un placer y un reto diario que espero cumplir con devoción. Amo la naturaleza y creo profundamente en que el ser humano debe recuperar el equilibrio con ella para poder vivir en armonía con su entorno.

Dominga Gross

La pasión por la educación empezó desde mi infancia, lo que me llevó a convertirme en Maestra Normalista desde muy joven y años después a estudiar la licenciatura en Ciencias de la Educación, una Maestría en Didáctica Especial de la Lengua y la Literatura y un Diplomado en Enseñanza del Español como Lengua Extranjera. Tengo más de 30 años de experiencia docente de los cuales 24 de ellos han sido en ANS. Estoy convencida que es posible influir en los estudiantes para activar su capacidad de actuar y proponer nuevas ideas, así como prepararlos para ser personas críticas y reflexivas que tomen conciencia de la necesidad de mejorar el mundo que los rodea. Valoro la amistad y la sinceridad como grandes virtudes, así como la perfección del trabajo y el compromiso de entregar lo mejor de uno mismo.

Patricia Castillo

Mi nombre es Patricia Castillo, soy licenciada en Ciencias de la educación con especialidad en español. Considero que ser maestra es acompañar, aprender con mis alumnos y que la educación de ellos es prioritaria en toda sociedad; por ello tengo la enorme responsabilidad de formar para la vida con valores y actitudes que fortalezcan a la comunidad, preparando jóvenes conscientes, competentes, compasivos y comprometidos que transformen el mundo.

Dina González

Soy Lic. en Español; Especialista en Didáctica de la Lengua y actualmente estoy haciendo la tesis de mi Maestría. Imparto la clase de Lengua y Literatura desde el 2010 en ANS. Nací en Chontales y vivo en Managua desde hace 20 años. En mis clases, me gusta trabajar a través de proyectos que pongan en contacto al estudiante con su realidad. Amo a Dios, mi familia y mi trabajo. Me esfuerzo por hacer las cosas de corazón, como para el Señor y no para los hombres.

Sara Román

Siempre he pensado que los maestros tenemos el poder de construir junto con los jóvenes un mundo mejor y desde siempre me he apegado a este pensamiento que me impulsa a hacer día con día la diferencia. Soy una nicaragüense inspirada en Darío con una visión cosmopolita y futurista de la vida.  Soy Lic. en ciencias de la educación con especialidad en inglés y poseo una maestría en educación. Me encanta la naturaleza, los animales, la música y sobre todo amo mi vocación.

Sonia Dávila

Nací en Nicaragua, Río San Juan y tengo 33 años de ser docente. Graduada en la Escuela Normal de Managua de Maestra de Educación Primaria; en la UNAN de Lic. en Ciencias de la Educación en Español y también estudié una Maestría en Filología y Literatura Latinoamericana. Soy una persona alegre, enamorada de mi familia, apasionada por mi trabajo, comprometida con mis estudiantes y estoy muy contenta de ser parte de la comunidad de ANS desde el año 2012. 

Carolina Yun

My Chinese name is Hui-Chen Yun and I graduated from the Department of Chinese Literature, College of Liberal Arts at Providence University in Taiwan in 1987. “To live until old, to learn until old”. This wise, ancient Chinese saying tells us how we should always continue learning. Every single student that I’ve had the pleasure to meet is completely unique; they all have different weaknesses and strengths! And these students are in fact the ones who teach me everyday how to be more creative, how to be a better listener… how to be a real educator.

Agnès Macé

I am native of Brittany, France but I have also lived in different French-speaking countries. In 2011, I earned a Master’s degree from Artois University (France) in teaching French to foreign students.  I teach French to seventh through twelfth graders.  My objective is to help students understand which benefits they can reach learning a new language, and help them develop a drive for learning, and to think for themselves. I also attempt to promote cross-cultural awareness and appreciation.

Norman Huerta

I am Norman Huerta: 100% Nicaraguan. I am an Industrial Engineer from UNI (local university in Nicaragua) and I have been teaching at ANS since 2004. I hold a Master’s Degree in Education from Framingham State University, and I have a lot of experience teaching international students of diverse nationalities.  What I am passionate about is solving those intriguing problems that nobody likes to solve. Mathematics has been my breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a long time.  

Álvaro Cruz

I was born in Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua, and I have a bachelor’s degree in Pedagogy and another in Mathematics from UNICA-Managua.  I have been working in international schools since 2006.  I am excited to start my second year at ANS and to share my passion in educating children; I strongly believe that this assignment of motivating human beings to learn and grow is a never-ending journey. I am a family man who likes to work as a team; let’s be united to lead our kids to success.

Margarita Argüello

My name is Margarita Arguello and I am a proud ANS alumni. I received my bachelor’s degree in Economics from Louisiana State University and my High School Math Teaching Certificate from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. After college, I spent two years as a teacher in inner city schools in North Texas before re-joining the ANS community as a middle school math teacher.

Claudia Genet

My name is Claudia Genet. I was born in Managua, Nicaragua. I have a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education at UNAN-Managua and a master’s degree in International Education from Framingham State University. I have taught algebra and geometry at ANS for about seven years now. Besides my passion for teaching and math, I love spending quality time with my family.

David Leyva

I received my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of San Diego, along with a minor in Mathematics. I am originally from Maryland, just outside of Washington D.C. After high school I moved to San Diego for college and spent three additional years there working in industry, designing electro-mechanical components for printers. I began teaching while volunteering with the Peace Corps in Cameroon as a high school math and physics teacher. I am very happy to be living in Nicaragua and I take every opportunity I can to surf at the many, amazing nearby beaches.

John Spiro

I have a background in both music and education and have taught music at ANS for 12 years.  I firmly believe that a child’s education is not complete without music.  I enjoy sharing my passion for music with students and helping them develop confidence and good work habits that can help them succeed in all their classes. 

Kathia Chica

I have a background in architecture and interior design but my real passion is art. I have also taken courses such as printmaking, bookbinding, photography and model making.  My emphasis in teaching is learning from mistakes and problem solving; I want to instill in my students the love for the arts, not just to be the audience but to be part of the art-making process.

Alecia Maher

I have a degree in Fine Art from Brigham Young University and 12 years of teaching experience. I enjoy making many different types of art, but ceramics is my passion. Some of my hobbies include– roller skating, hiking, reading, listening to music, and spending time with my two daughters.

Aarón Vega

Soy un músico formado en la Escuela Nacional de Nicaragua,  bajo la tutoría de Asako Kawabata y Kumi Horie.  Actualmente terminé el nivel técnico superior en piano, con mi tutora, la pianista Nobuko Yamasaki. Tengo 14 años dirigiendo coros y me encanta enseñar.

Student Life

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Parent-Student Handbook

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Assessment Calendar

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HS Course Handbook

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High School News

Contact Us

American Nicaraguan School
Phone #: (505) 2252-7310-12
From USA: +17862692117

English Language Institute
Phone #: (505) 2252-7319

P.O. Box 2670
Lomas de Monserrat
Managua, Nicaragua

Simple Calendar

October 2017

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • SRT FAIR - 11 UNIVERSITIES (Univ. Europea del Atlantico, Univ. de Monterrey, Univ. Nebrija, Fall Sal Univ., Univ. Catolica del Sacro Cuore, Schiller Ind. Univ., Univ. Camilo Jose Cela, Keiser Univ., Thompson Rivers Univ., Hult Intl. Business School)
  • Conference about Adolescent Substance Abuse
  • SAT Exams
  • Les Roches International School of Hotel Mmt
  • PSAT/NMSQT - Library, Ossi room, rooms: 202, 203
  • PTO Kindess Campaign Meeting with Parents
  • End of First Quarter for Primary School
  • Secondary Parent School, Ossi Room
  • Basket, Tennis & Swimming Pep Rally - CAA
  • Primary School Student-Led Conferences
  • AASCA Tennis Tournament (19-21) at Club Terraza & AASCA Swimming Tournament (20-21) at ANS Pool
  • Parent Conference on Emotional Intelligence, Ossi Room
  • Univ. de Navarra - room: 504
  • AASCA Tennis Inauguration Ceremony - ANS CAA
  • AASCA Swimming Inauguration Ceremony - ANS CAA
  • The George Washington Univ., Brandeis Univ., Univ. of Rochester, Southern Methodist Univ.- ROOM: 504
  • AASCA Tennis & Swimming Closing Ceremony - ANS C.A.A
  • AASCA Basketball Tournament in Guatemala
  • Secondary Student-Led Conferences
  • BAYLOR UNIV. - ROOM: 504
  • ANS Fall Festival, CAA & Soccer Field #1
  • ACT Exams
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