A+ World Academy


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Julian Villaquiran

Science Teacher

Mr. Villaquirán is originally from South America. He has a Bachelors in Systems and Computational Engineer and is currently working on his Masters in STEM Leadership. He has worked as a Science department chair and taught middle and high school. Mr. Villaquiran’s experience in designing science curriculum with problem-based learning supports A+ World Academy’s mission and vision.

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Laryssa Kurjewicz

Maths Teacher

Ms. Kurjewicz is originally from North America and holds a Masters in Medical Biophysics from the University of Western Ontario, in addition to her Physics and teaching degrees. She has a wide range of teaching experience, having taught middle school to university level classes. Through over a decade of science outreach, she has developed a skill for making math and science principles applicable to everyday life.

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Erik Burton

Social Studies Teacher

Mr. Burton is originally from North America. He earned his Bachelors in Social Studies from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. He brings 5 years of experience, 2 years as a teacher of History, Geography and Government at a small private school in the Republic of the Marshall Islands and 3 years of teaching English Language Learners in Minnesota. He has worked with many subcultures, so understanding cultural differences and English language learners is second nature to him.

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Gabriela Delgado

World Languages Teacher

Gabriela Delgado is originally from South America. She holds a Bachelors in Modern Languages and two degrees both in legal and general translation Spanish-English-Spanish. Gabriela believes in experimental education and society involvement, she knows that the only way to be a positive leader is through education, knowledge and experience.

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Dr. Lacey Jurnigan

Assistant Head of School

Dr. Lacey Jurnigan is originally from North America. She holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and has a background in curriculum development and instructional coaching. Her educational focus has been developing teachers and curriculum to meet the needs of all students. Her experience in education and curriculum supports A+ World Academy’s mission and focus.


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Dr. Kevin E. Kessler

Head of School

Dr. Kessler is originally from North America. He holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and is a Senior Educational Adviser for Johns Hopkins University's School of Education. He has 14 years of experience in education as both a teacher and a leader. His educational focus has been on Personalized & Blended Learning strategies to meet the needs of learners at every level. His breadth of experience in education and the depth of his care and concern for academic excellence supports the A+ World Academy's mission and focus.




Dean of School

Ms. Waugh is originally from North America and came to the field of education following 5 years in the United States Navy. She graduated from Annapolis as an Officer with a degree in English literature and has pursued certification in the teaching of English & ESL at Boston Academy of English. Since then, Ms. Waugh has taught in Hong Kong, Thailand, and the United States. She also successfully completed, as part of her naval training, the rigorous National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Ms. Waugh is excited to explore connections between literature and our culturally diverse itinerary; the opportunity to unite three of her passions: the sea, travel, and teaching.


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Alex Wiltshire


Alex is originally from North America. Alex has over 7 years of experience in the health industry after studying business and paramedicine. She has worked for different institutions including the government of Nova Scotia, the University Health Network in Toronto, and others. Alex takes pride in caring for the students’ physical as well as emotional health and takes the time to develop a strong connection with each student.