May 20, 2011
Donohue to join Merbach, Welsh in Tunisian school By Viraj Bindra A nine-year veteran of Singapore American School, math teacher Andrew Donahue, who just moved up to the high school after teaching for eight years in the middle school, will be moving in August to teach in the American Cooperative School of Tunisia. He and his wife, nurse Shelly Donahue, see the transition as an opportunity “to experience North Africa, the Middle East and have a different adventure as a family.” Donahue sees many potential opportunities in the new location. “I’m looking forward to traveling in Africa and traveling in Europe,” Donahue said. “It’s an hour flight from Rome, it’s an hour and a half from Barcelona, and a few hours from the Middle East.” There is also a historic component
to his interest in Tunisia. Donahue says that he is intrigued by ancient European and African influence in the area. “I’ve never lived in any place really historic,” Donahue said. “Singapore has got some great things to offer, but I think Tunisia might be a bit more exciting historically and culturally.” At the same time, Donahue acknowledges that he will miss certain aspects of SAS, namely the connections he made with individual people here. “I’ll miss the students, I’ll miss the teachers, I mean, I’ll miss the people here, definitely,” Donahue said. “[I will miss] the people that I’ve worked with here, how much I’ve grown as an educator and a professional here with my colleagues.”
Courtesy of Facilities and Planning. ON TASK. Math teacher Jo Lingle subjects senior Julia MacMeekin’s desktop to the sort of scrutiny required in a one-to-one world. Photo by Leo Del Velez
Fourteen-year math veteran looking for change, adventure By Phil Anderson Math teacher Joe Lingle, will be moving to Bangladesh after 14 years of teaching at SAS. He first began teaching in 1987 in Southern California, where he taught for three years before moving to northern California. He taught in northern California for seven years, and then moved to Singapore to teach math in SAS. He taught in the middle school for six years before moving to the high school, where he taught mathematics for the last eight years. “It’s been an incredible professional growth, in all seriousness,” Lingle said. “I don’t think I had a bad day at teaching, in my classroom, with my students. I’ve had bad days in SAS, but never in my classroom, with my students.” Lingle will be moving to the International School in Dhaka, where
he will continue to teach high school mathematics. Lingle’s wife, Joanie, will teach Joanie Lingle will teach pre-kindergarten and their twin sons, Ben and Sam will start third grade. “I’m excited for a new adventure,” Lingle said. “I’ve been here for 14 years, and I’ve never had a job, previous to this, for more than five years. The International School in Dhaka is a small school and Lingle is looking forward to “an environment where everyone knows each other a little better.” Lingle says he will miss the students and teachers the most, but that he will keep in contact with his friends, like Mr. Tomlinson and Mr. Zitur, though Facebook and Skype. “Even though we won’t be able to just walk across the hall and visit with each other like we’ve been able to, we’ll still be able to be friends.”
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Big A** changes, renovations over summer to improve school Summer renovations will improve PE facilities, middle school caf, library, theater By Greyson Harness and Felicity Dunbar Major summer improvements are hardly a rarity in SAS, but this year there will be a big a** improvement with the middle school cafeteria among other things. In the middle school cafeteria, the ceiling is being lowered and air conditioning removed. Replacing this will be an installation of fans by the company Big Ass. “Part of it is the flow to get students served more quickly and more efficiently,” Middle School Principal Brian Combs said. “Part of it is being more environmental, being more green.” The middle school will also undergo renovations and updates to the 6th and 7th grade science classrooms, and the digital and computing rooms will be piloting new movable furniture so as to better suit the one-to-one learning environment. In the high school, most improvements are being done to the PE facilities. On the track, the light posts will be upgraded, as the current posts are getting dim. On either side of the field, a net will be placed so that when playing games on the grass inside the track, the ball will not go onto the track. On the boundary on the opposing side of the bleachers, netting will be added to prevent the ball from sliding down the slope.
There will be “a total refurbishing for the swimming pool,” as Projects Manager Francis Ang described it. The pool will be re-tiled and there will be new diving boards. In all the gyms, middle school, high school and auxiliary, the court lines are being redrawn to current standards, as the current lines in use are out of date. In the dance rooms, the floors are being revarnished. “If you look at the dance floor, it’s all wear and tear. I think the dancers have a problem trying to slide with the surface,” Ang explained. The Drama Theatre’s lighting system is being completely renewed, with every light bulb removed and replaced with a new one. “Last summer we replaced the dimmer, this summer everything from dimmers out is new,” said Paul Koebnick. Also, the theatre will receive a new stage lighting desk, and the theatre floors will be sanded down. In the high school Library, echoes are a nuissance for students trying to study and so measures will be taken to reduce the echoes produced. “We have acoustic wall panels. We are going to hang some panels and alter the fan patterns. There’s the culprit of the acoustics,” Ang said.
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