Faculty (Specialty)


Fern Eckstein, Learning Specialist / Counselor

Ms. Eckstein is originally from Bangor, Maine. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in education. She taught remedial reading and special education in 7 States in the USA before relocating to work in Hong Kong.

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Helen Bendall-Hughes, Pre-K to 7th Grade Music Teacher

Mrs. Bendall-Hughes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a Masters in Elementary Education. She has 25 years of experience teaching music to children from preschool to Middle school ages. She has lived and worked at schools in 4 different countries: Belgium, Saudi Arabia, China, Indonesia (Java and Bali).

Helen Bendall-Hughes - Music Teacher


Herve Aka, Physical Education Teacher

Mr. Aka is a Physical Education teacher, certified by the French Ministry of Youth and Sports and trained at the National Institute of Sports and Physical Expertise (INSEP). He has extensive experience teaching Physical Education and in Sports Management. He has worked both as a teacher and Judo coach. Mr. Aka served as a Head of Sports in France and also participated in many championships and international tournaments as a member of the Judo French Olympic team. He is now also certified as a national member of USA Judo.

Herve Aka - Physical Education Teacher


Sofia Alvarez, Lunch Coordinator, Floating Teacher Assistant and EC After School Assistant

Mrs. Alvarez is a native Spanish speaker from Mexico. She speaks English and Spanish and has twelve years of childcare experience. Mrs. Alvarez started at ISA in 2009. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, and CDA in Child Development.

Sofia Alvarez - Lunch and Custodial Assistant


Alma Guttierez, Lunch Coordinator Assistant, Before School Assistant and floor Assistant

Mrs. Alma speaks Spanish and English; she is in her second year at ISA. She has her associates in accounting.


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