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
      • Vice-President
      • Secretary
      • Treasurer
      • Event Coordinator
      • Lower School Representative
      • Middle School Representative
      • Upper School Representative

                Andrena Weir

                Physical Ed teacher

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                My name is Andrena Weir, I currently work as a physical Ed teacher at the American School of Marrakech. I’ve taught for over 15 years, and I’m heavenly grateful for each and every day spent on this wonderful campus. I teach mostly elementary school children K-5. Fortunately I had the pleasure, to work around the world as a summer camp counselor in the year of 1998. Location Camp River Ranch, located within the city of Seattle. The kids had the opportunity to horse ride, participate in swimming events, canoeing, dance, and create skits by productively using their imagination and self-creation. After I perused a career within the fitness industry as a personal coach on cruise lines around the world, offering fitness workouts of many fitness trends to Television celebrities and singers from all over. It is incredibly rewarding, to experience cultural differences after traveling from city to city. Marrakech is by far, where my heart belongs. Moroccan mint tea so delicious, souks, and meeting with the Moroccan community is an experience I treasure. My passion is dance, Home coaching clients, and helping to encourage positive mind sets to the school community.

                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.

                Sean Bell

                Mathematics Teacher

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                Born and raised in Southern California, Sean Bell graduated with a bachelor of science in pure mathematics and a minor in history from Cal Poly Pomona University. He has been teaching students math for 3 years and has been a head soccer coach for a volunteer organization and the assistant soccer coach at his previous school. Hi aim to continue the tradition of hospitality by caring for the students, parents, and staff of ASM through his role as a middle school mathematics teacher.

                Nabil

                Mathematics Teacher

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                Nabil is a Mathematics Teacher who served as State of New Jersey Certified Supervisor, State of New Jersey Certified Teacher, Former Zoning Board Commissioner, Hudson County Democratic Organization Committeeman, Former City Council Candidate, Former Board of Education Candidate and Community Activist

                Mounia

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                After graduating from an American University in District of Columbia, Mounia Karrakchou holds runs manages her own business in both Morocco USA. Mounia was a PTO Officer of the previous PTO Team.

                Hicham

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                After graduating from the University with a BA in Linguistics, Hicham took several enriching training in Special Educational Needs, Public Relations, Coping with Multilevel Classes and Differentiation in Action . Hicham has a true passion for working with youngest learners and helping each child progress in all areas of their development.

                Priti Paul

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                Educated at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and Architectural Association School of Architecture, UK, Royal Institute of British Architects, Priti Paul has been at the forefront of taking over the business of the century old Apeejay Surrendra Group post her father’s assassination in 1990. Since then, she has spearheaded the real estate division of the Group which included expanding the business of the Oxford Bookstore in India and abroad, launched India’s first gallery on new media art – Apeejay Media Gallery, conceptualized, designed and launched a range of projects in India and abroad and set up the London Office of Apeejay Shipping Limited. Priti Paul is a member of prestigious organizations like Royal Institute of British Architects, Women in Shipping and Trade Association (WISTA), England, India Committee of American Bureau of Shipping, USA, FICCI Committee of Art and Business of Art, India, Harvard Club India, MIT Club India.

                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.