Griffin Morse Head Principal Mr. Morse comes to Fairfield from a broad range of globally-minded private schools in the United States, Europe, China and Mexico, where he was known for his energy, fiscal management, creative problem-solving, team building, passion for learning, and tireless support for his students. An honors graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Northwestern University and the University of Virginia, Mr. Morse looks forward to these early stages of building Fairfield’s foundation with his experience in leadership of highly selective schools, exceptional programing, college counseling and a deep commitment to community partnerships. Having been a teacher, coach, college counselor writer, dean, division head and school head in his decades of educating, Mr. Morse appreciates all stages of students’ growth and development, in the class room and in all facets of these critical teen years. Griffin uses English, Spanish and French interchangeably and looks forward to using them all, immersing himself completely in the Montego Bay, Jamaican and Caribbean cultures, representing Fairfield students, our families, staff and the Governing Board’s dynamic vision for the promising future of Fairfield International Academy. Latoya Briscoe History As a young girl growing up on the south coast of Jamaica, Ms. Briscoe always knew that she was destined for a career that would place her in a position to impact the lives of others, and teaching has undoubtedly fulfilled that vision. She is a graduate of The University of the West Indies, Mona, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literatures in English. Currently, Ms. Briscoe was known at Wolmer’s Boys School as a dynamic, resourceful and goal-driven educator with a solid commitment to the social and academic growth of every child. With nearly three years of formal experience in the classroom, she is excited about being in a multicultural environment, especially one that emphasizes inclusion. Ms. Briscoe is looking forward to this new journey with the Fairfield family. When not planning and creating innovative and unique ways to teach and connect with students, you will find her reading or fine tuning her graphic design skills. Delano Foster Music / Physical Education Teacher Everyone knows Jamaica has musical talent – whether it’s Bob Marley or Beres Hammond – but all talent needs nurturing, and that’s where teachers like Delano Foster come in. He firmly believes that “music is one of the most important tools to change the world.” With 9 years of teaching under his belt, Mr. Foster is a multi-instrumental musician that can train students in singing, music theory, and an array of instruments, including recorder, keyboard, guitar, and saxophone. Mr. Foster’s approach produces results as his students have won 18 gold medals at national music competitions held by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC). For Mr. Foster though, it is more about building children’s self-esteem than it is about winning trophies. He applies classical rigor and modern techniques to unlock his students’ potential. This year, we are fortunate to draw from Mr. Foster’s other passions, in sports and physical education as he leads the practical instruction in Physical Education, in concert with Ms. Cummings who teaches the Health and relates topics in the classroom. Kerrian Thompson Art Teacher / Talented And Gifted Specialist Kerrian Thompson facilitates her students’ discovery of their talents and appreciation for the visual arts through active and engaged learning. She enjoys seeing students explore who they are through pencils, paint, clay, ink, and other mediums. She loves seeing students express their thoughts and desires using various materials, concepts and themes. Before FIA, Ms. Thompson lived in Japan, teaching English as a Second Language at a senior high school. As a 21st century educator, Ms. Thompson believes in a blended approach that integrates technology and Project-Based Learning. This is no surprise given her depth of experience in graphic design and educational technology. Ms. Thompson completed her undergraduate studies at the Edna Manley College, where she specialized in Art Education and minored in Visual Communications. She is currently pursuing a M.Ed. in Educational/Instructional Technology with Northern Arizona University. In addition to her three years in Japan, she has served as a visual arts teacher across several high schools in Jamaica and Grenada. Kerrian’s distinctive local and international accomplishments, combined with her personal desire to inspire and develop youth through art, give FIA’s students a unique opportunity to unearth their creative genius, and she feels honored to be a part of their journey as the Talented and Gifted Specialist. Jodi-Gaye Cummings English Ms. Cummings comes to Fairfield after serving as the English Language and English Literature teacher at Godfrey Stewart High School. She attended Sam Sharpe Teachers College specializing in teaching English Language and English Literature at the secondary level. Her experience covers the secondary level grades (7-11) with over seven years in the classroom. Concurrently, Ms. Cummings taught adult learners and tutored students, ages 9 and up for four years. Jodi appreciates that Fairfield understands the need for small class sizes, which enables individualized attention and the ability to cater to the different learning styles. This ensures every child learns leadership, agency and self-advocacy, which resonates with her own professional philosophy. Ms. Cummings is a life-long learner who enjoys her spare time, exploring different countries, cuisines, lifestyles and languages whether through real-world experiences or vicariously.