Introduction

PTO plays a key role in promoting parental involvement in their child’s schooling, building relationships, and bringing the community together for the betterment of the students’ educational experience at ASM. The organization is an example of ASM’s commitment to involve all stakeholders in the school and to enable each and every one of us to contribute to the development of our institution. The PTO is open to all ASM parents. To become a member, please contact one of the PTO members for more information.

PTO Members

The PTO is made up of the following members:

      • President: Priti Paul Kadiri
      • Secretary: Maria Tedesco
      • Treasurer: Atika El Idrissi
      • Event Coordinator: Tariq Lahdour
      • Lower School Representative: Hanane Ramzi
      • Middle School Representative: Natalie Samake
      • Upper School Representative: Claire Smith
      • Head of School Representative: Dr. Casey Asato

                Priti Paul Kadiri

                President

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                Priti earned her undergraduate degree from MIT and advanced degrees from Harvard University and the Architectural Association School of Architecture. Her leadership spans a variety of industries, including beverage, real estate, shipping and logistics, design, as well as philanthropic work creating and running dozens of schools and libraries. Priti is a member of organizations like the Royal Institute of British Architects, Women in Shipping and Trade Association (WISTA), India Committee of American Bureau of Shipping, FICCI Committee of Art and Business of Art, Harvard Club India, and MIT Club India.

                Atika El Idrissi

                Treasurer

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                After graduating from university, Atika completed many workshops and training in different fields: Administration, Business Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Sales, Public Relationship, Ticketing, Tourism, and College Counseling. Before joining ASM, Atika founded her own book store specializing in early childhood. She has held many positions at ASM during her 18 years of service: from Assistant Business Manager to Interim Business Manager to her current role as the Head of School Executive Assistant. Atika is dynamic and a perfectionist at work and at home. She enjoys working closely with ASM students and assisting both parents & teachers.

                Maria Tedesco

                Secretary

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                Maria is a licensed school psychologist who has been practicing in school systems in Cincinnati, OH for most of her career. She specializes in psycho-educational testing and consulting, counseling students, and consulting with teachers and parents to help students succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. Maria also enjoys painting, yoga, and engaging with arts communities. She is inspired by Moroccan culture and is excited to be a part of the ASM community.

                Tariq Lahdour

                Event Coordinator

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                Tariq is a PE and Health Teacher . He holds a BA in English Literature, TESOL certificate ,FIBA Africa Certified, AD Certified, ib DP sports science ,and ib MYP curriculum mapping 1st degree certified. He has organised several big events for ASM students and families.

                Hanane Ramzi

                Lower School Representative

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                Hanan holds a BA in English literature from Caddy Ayyad University, a TEFL certificate from the American language center, and a TESOL methodology certificate from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She joined ASM in 2009, she helped with grade 1 for 9 years, and currently, she is the ART teacher assistant for the past 3 years. Hanan enjoys working closely with students and making them discover themselves through colors, material, and creativity. Hanan has also been a part-time English teacher at the American language teacher of Marrakech. Hanan Enjoys music, traveling, cooking, and walking by the beach.

                Natalie Samake

                Middle School Representative

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                Claire Smith

                High School Representative

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                Claire is an enthusiastic, innovative and conscientious professional with over twenty-seven years of successful experience in the education sector. Since graduating with a BA English Honors degree and PGCE, she has held a range of teaching and administrative positions in a number of schools in the UK, as well as serving as an Educational Adviser for 10 years in Northamptonshire, where she provided guidance and training for teaching professionals in more than 40 schools. In her first international post, in Slovakia, she served as Deputy Head of the school and Head of Secondary. Since moving to Marrakech five years ago, Claire has served as a teacher of High School English and Theory of Knowledge, Upper School Principal and Librarian at ASM – and she has also embarked on her most important role… as a mom!

                Dr. Casey Asato

                Head of School

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                Dr. Casey Asato was appointed Head of School at the American School of Marrakesh starting July 1, 2020. Previously, he has held administrative and teaching positions in Hawaii, the U.S. Mainland, Japan, and Peru. He holds a BSC in Finance, MA in Asian Studies, MA in the Teaching of Social Studies, and an EdD in Professional Educational Practice.

                PTO Activities

                Please check this page later for more information on PTO activities and upcoming events.

                FAQs

                What’s the purpose of ASM’s American-style parent-teacher organization ?

                Since 1897, the Parent Teacher Organization has been a tradition in American schools. Evolving to meet school’s needs, American-style PTOs are a proven way for parents to be involved in school activities that benefit both students and teachers. The tradition includes parents and teachers collaborating to meet the needs of children, as a supplement to the school’s efforts. The purpose of ASM’s American-style Parent Teacher Organization is for parents and teachers to work together to support our children.

                Why should you as a teacher or parent want to participate in ASM’s American-style parent-teacher organization ?

                By participating in ASM’s American-style parent Teacher Organization you will have an opportunity to better our children’s life at school and play a role in their educational experience. You will be able to build relationships with other parents and teachers, foster community, and build bridges between the many cultures represented at ASM.

                What are examples of tasks that ASM’s American-style parent-Teacher Organization performs?

                ASM’s American-style parent Teacher Organization performs tasks including but not limited to:

                1. Fundraise for special projects or needs that benefit kids
                2. Build Community and Organize Events (Book Week, International Fairs, Career Fairs, Science Fairs, Sports Days, Bake Sales, etc.)
                3. Promote cultural integration and understanding
                4. Create Orientation/Mentorship programs for new families and teachers
                5. Volunteer (chaperones for field trips, in-class assistants, extra curricular program assistants, event volunteers)
                6. Form “Clubs” to support extracurricular programs (Sports, Theatre, Music, Model U.N., Dance, ect.)
                7. Assist with Communications (weekly newsletters, student accomplishments)
                8. Sponsor Teacher appreciation efforts
                9. Transportation (carpool coordination)
                10.  Serve as ambassadors for ASM
                11.  Have Fun!

                What are examples of tasks that ASM’s American-style parent-teacher organization does not perform ?

                ASM’s American-style parent Teacher Organization is not involved with operating ASM. American-style PTO does not get involved in academics/curriculum, administration, hiring, teacher and staff evaluations, discipline policy, or financial/budget allocation decisions.

                Am I required to commit a large portion of my time and energy to ASM’s American-style parent-teacher organization ?

                You may spend as much or as little time and energy in ASM’s American-style parent Teacher Organization as you like. We realize that everyone has different schedules and only some will be able to take on leadership roles. However, even volunteering just a couple hours at a school event or fundraising project will greatly benefit ASM and its community of parents, teachers, and students.

                Who can participate in ASM’s parent-teacher organization ?

                All parents, faculty, and staff are welcome and encouraged to participate in ASM’s American-style parent Teacher Organization. A select group of high school students are also invited to participate.

                Is ASM’s parent-teacher organization a separate entity from ASM ?

                No, ASM’s American-style parent Teacher Organization is a part of ASM and works directly with the ASM headmaster and teachers.

                What defines success for ASM’s parent-teacher organization ?

                When our kids have more resources and opportunities owing to collaboration between parents and teachers and a sense of community around ASM.

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