Griffin Morse

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.

Roashima Campbell

Roashima Campbell

Spanish Teacher

Exposure to a second language is as valuable to growing internationally-minded children as fostering inclusivity and open-mindedness. That’s where Roashima Campbell comes in – an inspired educator who specializes in secondary level Spanish and is fluent in both Spanish and French. Miss. Campbell knows that communication is essential to growth and believes that being able to communicate in more than one language gives you a competitive edge, especially when it comes to career advancement. By creating an environment that promotes bilingual learning, she helps students understand and appreciate different cultures, which encourages them to have empathy and open minds towards others.

Miss. Campbell is full of passion to educate well-rounded children and help prepare them for an ever-changing and diverse world. After teaching at Clarendon College, Miss. Campbell moved to Montego Bay to teach at Fundaciones Limited – a bilingual school that teaches children in both Spanish and English. She maintains an engaging class by incorporating audio-visual techniques that keep them interested and foster a deep understanding of the language. Miss. Campbell also loves to travel and hopes that exposure to a foreign language will encourage her students to explore and be willing to embrace new cultures.

Tom Mack

Tom Mack

Science Teacher

Tom Mack brings ample experience teaching Science, Humanities and ESL to Grades 6-9 in places like Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Thailand, and Brazil. His multilingual abilities are paired with a professional background that includes a Master of Education with an emphasis in Science, as well as a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Sociology and Business. Mr. Mack has experience developing science curriculum at the IB level and has also worked in various fields outside of academia

An English, Portuguese and Spanish-speaker who originally became a teacher because he wanted to make a difference, Mr. Mack aims to help children discover the joy in learning. His teaching philosophy centers around creating a safe and fun space where education becomes a choice and not a requirement. This mindset has given Mr. Mack an edge while encouraging his students to strive for greatness. As a lifelong student himself, Mr. Mack consistently augments his credentials by pursuing Professional Development in Education courses and IB Certifications. He is skilled at applying the STEM blended learning approach to show students how scientific methods can be applied to everyday life and demonstrate real-world applications of problem-solving. An explorer-at-heart, Mr. Mack was excited to add Jamaica to his long list of international experiences and feels right at home in yet another part of the world.

Danielle Effs

Danielle Effs

Executive Assistant / Admissions Coordinator

Danielle Effs spreads joy wherever she goes. Originally from Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Miss. Effs found her way to Montego Bay through her studies at the University of the West Indies. In addition to earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Studies and Accounting, this bright light has ample administrative experience. After university and while simultaneously earning a master’s degree, Danielle spent four years at Fundaciones Limited – a bilingual school with a diverse international and local student body. There she provided a personalized touch that assisted to drive and sustain enrollments, and she was eventually promoted to Head of School. In her current role as Administrative Assistant at FIA, Ms. Effs brings a warm and attentive approach, as well as experienced insight and a sharp focus on what it takes to build a school from the ground up.

Ms. Effs has found that the best response from children, parents, and educators comes from truly listening to their needs while emphasizing and maintaining transparency in all efforts to meet those needs. Maintaining a positive, reciprocal relationship with those around her is one of the lessons Ms. Effs hopes to impart on the students of FIA, thereby creating a powerful ripple effect of kindness and openness that will follow them throughout their life. Leading by example, Ms. Effs believes it is fundamental to create a family-like environment that fosters a diverse and tolerant culture.

Latoya Briscoe

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.

Debbie Louw

Debbie Louw

Business Manager

Debbie Louw is a perfect match for FIA in the role of School Business Manager. Ms. Louw volunteered her time in the early stages of the school’s creation, and this exposure resulted in her deep dedication to the mission of the school and the wellbeing of its student body. She now has a unique perspective of the needs and priorities of FIA and strongly believes that “every decision in the school must be centered around what is best for the students.”

Originally from South Africa, Mrs. Louw has 16 years’ experience in the school setting plus 19 years’ experience in the corporate world. As a result, she has acquired a savvy business sense that set she now brings to bear at FIA. In her current role, she oversees the administrative and logistical needs of the school from Finance to HR and premises management. By providing vital support for this growing school, she enables the head of school to focus on the needs of the students, parents, and staff. She has both a certificate and a diploma in School Business Management and a keen interest in improved efficiency. Ms. Louw has worked as a School Bursar at a large private school in South Africa, as well as served as Vice Principal and Business Manager at a special needs school in the south of England. Complementing her professional successes is Ms. Louw’s avid commitment to athletics as a part of her daily routine.

Delano Foster

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

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

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.