Welcome to the Elementary School

Our Elementary School program is housed in three adjacent buildings, serving students from the Child Development Center (3 year olds) through Grade Five. The Elementary Staff consists of certified and talented teachers from the United States, Canada, and New Zealand, supported by instructional assistants, technology support staff, guidance counselors, secretaries, two assistant principals, and one principal.

The Child Development Center program is four hours (8:30am to 12:30pm), whereas, the Kindergarten I and Kindergarten II students remain until 1:45 PM. The instructional program in Grades 1 through 5 is an outstanding integrated American curriculum, based on the Common Core State Standards. Our students’ educational experience is strengthened by special offerings in Arabic, Library, Computers, Science Lab, Art, Drama, Music, and Physical Education and concludes at 2:50 PM. In the Elementary School, we are committed to developing the whole child through a rigorous academic and social curriculum.

In the regular classroom, students are given opportunities to develop the skills necessary to be successful in the global community of the 21st century. Students are asked to apply this knowledge in the classroom and beyond. Students also have opportunities to participate in a range of educational opportunities through field trips, school-wide events, and a variety of after-school activities. We work to ensure that the Elementary School is a safe, secure, and educationally enriching environment for children.

The Elementary Faculty is characterized by compassion, caring and commitment to the education of our children. We believe that children learn in many ways and, therefore, employ a variety of teaching methods and styles. We also believe in the intrinsic value of learning and that children learn best when actively applying concepts in real-life situations. We are a community of learners who practice compassion, make a difference, and learn for life.

Elementary School Administration

Steven Caley, Principal

Welcome to the Elementary School webpage! Our mission is to inspire life-long learners to excel in American Higher Education and the global community as innovative, compassionate citizens.

I look forward to working with you to ensure that all of our students are to achieve academic and social success. Our future is founded not only upon the civility and compassion that we can stimulate in today’s students but in their ability to adapt, change and grow in light of rapidly changing realities.

To be successful, students need to be critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, lifelong learners and effective communicators. So too, will the adults who work with them. Education is a continual process of reimagining and refining a vision of who we are as individuals and how we relate to one another. Our office is always open for you to come in and share your hopes for your children.

Teachers impact student learning and success. Great teaching can inspire and sustain a student for many years, even a lifetime. Our caring and dedicated faculty encourages students to learn for life, make a difference and practice compassion. They teach our rigorous school curriculum, based on the Common Core State Standards, providing the foundation that prepares our students for American higher education.

During and after school we offer students a broad range of opportunities to express creativity, performance, athletics and inclusion. We believe in finding and developing every student’s unique talents. A strong sense of community with an emphasis on the arts, sports and a social curriculum reinforces our rigorous academic goals.

Steven Caley has been working at the American School of Kuwait since 2010. In that time, he has been a classroom teacher, assistant principal, and Director of Student Life and Communications. Prior to Kuwait, he taught in Canada and Australia. Steven holds a Bachelor of Science, Master of Teaching, Master of Education, and Principal’s Qualifications. Steven earned his Doctorate of Education from the University of Southern California.

Salma Taha, Assistant Principal

I am thrilled to be part of a learning community that consists of compassionate, energetic, and dedicated educators, students, and parents. I hope to develop and nurture a learning community, where all stakeholders feel valued, included, and respected.

As an Assistant Principal, I am devoted to assisting your child in growing academically, socially, and emotionally. Through lessons both in and out of the classroom, our students will continuously be faced with opportunities for learning and growth. I hope to inspire your child to be an inquisitive lifelong learner and compassionate citizen. I believe students need to develop the skills necessary to become intrinsically motivated and discover a joy for learning through the guidance and support of educators.

I am excited to work with our educators, students, and parents to ensure that all of our students thrive in a safe, loving, and exciting environment. I look forward to ensuring that your child’s experience at ASK is an influential, impactful, and memorable one that paves the way for their love and joy of learning.

Katie Wichser, Assistant Principal

I am delighted to be joining the ASK family, specifically working alongside a caring and dedicated team of teachers and administrators, who strive to make sure your child becomes a lifelong learner. I am passionate about helping all children grow and develop into their best self by supporting their academic, social, and emotional needs.

We will inspire your students to follow their dreams, while allowing them to inspire us to do the same. I look forward to engaging with your students in a positive, caring manner while actively engaging them in a wonderful year full of fun and learning.

As an Assistant Principal I look forward to working with you and your child to ensure that our program provides the best possible experience for your child’s educational journey. I am here to work with you throughout this journey, so if I can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Alice Clisby, Counselor

As the upper guidance counselor, my goal is to help students find success academically, emotionally, and socially. It is important for students to learn who they are and how they can have an impact in the world around them.

During the year, I will go into classrooms providing instruction based on the Responsive Classroom social-emotional competencies: CARES (Cooperation, Assertiveness, Responsibility, Empathy and Self Control). I will also work with students in small groups that build on the concepts of friendship, self-confidence, anger management, organization, and responsibility. I look forward to seeing what positive contributions our students can make in the ASK community this year.

Noor Mortage, Counselor

As the lower elementary counselor, my goal is to help students succeed academically, as well as assist with their social and emotional development. Children require all aspects of their being looked after to be truly successful in both school and life.

I look forward to providing instruction based on the Responsive Classroom social-emotional competencies: CARES (Cooperation, Assertiveness, Responsibility, Empathy and Self Control). As well, I will assist with each child's emotional growth by helping them identify and express feelings, nurture empathy, and develop meaningful friendships. I look forward to help build a positive, safe, and caring community.

Lusia Zietsman, Counselor

It is my hope to make a difference in your child’s social and emotional well being at school. I am passionate about the American School of Kuwait, and believe that you are giving your child the best path to success in life. I hope to assist your child to have pride in their ability to effectively communicate their needs and wants.

I understand that children are continually evolving and developing and issues and concerns that must be addressed in order to promote their well-being and success at school. I will work hard to ensure that their voices are heard. I will provide support and guidance to students, teachers and parents on a one to one basis or in a group. I look forward to a year fill with joy!

Lindsay Parkinson, Counselor

As I transition to the Elementary school this year, I am fortunate to be joining many former students, but also to be meeting those I didn’t have the opportunity to teach! I look forward to serving our school community in my new role, with a continued emphasis on student encouragement and positive relationships between faculty, students, and their families. Let’s do this!

Lindsay Parkinson is from Ontario, Canada and has been a proud member of the Falcon Family for four years. After 10 years of teaching science at both the middle school and high school levels, she is excited to continue her journey in education as a member of the Counseling Department at ASK. She has a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University and is on the pathway to becoming a Guidance and Career Education Specialist. In her free time, she loves crafting, baking, and playing with her two daughters.