International School Manila

Integrity - Service - Merit

Meet the Counselors

 

Eric Swan 
Program Leader 

Originally from California, Eric grew up crisscrossing the United States, moving from California to Indiana, and then back to California during high school. Eric spent his college years studying psychology and competing on the basketball court at Cal State University San Bernardino. Immediately after completing his undergraduate studies, Eric pursued his master’s degree in Educational Counseling at Cal State San Bernardino & National University. It was only two years after completing his graduate studies that Eric found himself working as the Director of College Counseling at International Bilingual School of Hsinchu Science Park in Hsinchu (Taiwan) and Varsity Head Basketball Coach for four years. From there, he served as the Head of Counseling at Shanghai American School – Pudong and Varsity Head Basketball Coach for three years. Most recently, completed a one-year contract at Taipei European School. Outside of school, Eric can be found on any given basketball court, surfing, or listening to live music. He can be reached at swane@ismanila.org.

Kim Cheah
Grade 11 and 12 

Kim is in her third year at International School Manila. Hailing from Malaysia, she left her homeland to attend Colby College in the US where she earned her BA in International Studies. She also holds her MA in Higher Education from the University of Maine. Kim started her career as an analyst in New York City, but after a three-year stint, has been in the education field for the last fifteen years, working in high schools and college campuses. Most recently, she served as the Associate Dean of Students at Yale-NUS College in Singapore, and prior to that as one of the guidance counselors at the International School of Kuala Lumpur. Kim has worked in college Admissions departments and with the Dean of Students, where she has also enjoyed advising student organizations, coaching racket sports and leading student leadership workshops. At the high school level, Kim has worked with the Development Office and served as a college counselor and thrives in such living-learning communities.  Kim is in Manila with Erik (who teaches MS PE), their toddler Steffi in Preschool 4 and rambunctious dog, Roxie. Kim admits that she is a rackets and outdoor activities junkie and enjoys scaling mountains in Colorado in the summers. She can be reached at cheahk@ismanila.org.

Issa Daoud
Grade 11 and 12

Issa is on his second year at International School Manila. Originally from Palestine, he and his family moved to Chicago as a child.  Issa attended Illinois State University where he earned a BS in Business Teacher Education. He began his career in education as a Business Teacher in the south side suburbs of Chicago for three years.  It is there he realized his real niche in education is in counseling.  He returned back to school getting his MA in School Counseling and Guidance from Lewis University.  He worked as a counselor in Chicago and Tulsa before beginning his international career as a college counselor in China.  He has spent four years as the Director of Student Services and Personnel and college counselor at Al-Bayan Bilingual School in Kuwait.  Issa is a member of the International Associations for College Admission Counselors (IACAC).  He is really excited about living in Manila and getting back to city life.  He is looking forward to the tropical environment filled with all the greens.  He can be reached at daoudi@ismanila.org.

Karen Sagall
Grade 11 and 12

Karen is excited to join the International School of Manila community this year! Originally from New York and Northern Virginia, Karen graduated from Columbia University with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics. Not ready to leave academia, she worked in the Undergraduate Admissions at both Dartmouth College and Columbia University.  While at Columbia, she completed her M.A. in Higher and Postsecondary Education followed by a Certificate Program in International Counseling at Lehigh University. Karen made the transition to “the other side of the desk” and began university counseling at the Potomac School, outside Washington, DC.  With an avid love of travel and adventure, Karen found she was spending every summer exploring new countries and cultures, which influenced her decision to move to Belgium to join the International School of Brussels counseling team. Karen is a member of the International Associations for College Admission Counselors (IACAC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS), attending conferences and university programs when possible. After three years of enjoying the European lifestyle, Karen is excited to move to Southeast Asia and join the ISM community. In her free time, Karen can be found scuba diving, working on a crossword puzzle, or simply wandering a new city. She can be reached at sagallk@ismanila.org

Scott Lassey
Grade 9 (Surnames Km-Z)
Grade 10 (Surnames Li-Z)

Scott is new to International School Manila this year. Originally from Northern California, he knew he wanted to become a High School Counselor when he himself was in high school. Scott attended UC Santa Cruz, earning a BA in Psychology with a minor in Education and then went straight to graduate school, earning his MA in School Counseling from Sonoma State University. Upon graduating he moved to Dubai where he worked as an Elementary School Counselor for four years and a High School Counselor for two. He has spent the last two years as a High School Counselor at Shanghai American School. He loves playing, watching, and coaching all sports and is looking forward to earning his PADI certificate sometime this year. Scott is a member of the International School Counseling Association (ISCA). He is extremely excited to be in Manila with his fiancé Amanda, who teaches third grade at ISM. Scott can be reached at lasseys@ismanila.org

Crystal Cappuccio
Grade 9 (Surnames A-Kl)
Grade 10 (Surnames A-Li)

Crystal is excited for her fourth year at ISM! This is her second post as an international school counselor, having previously worked in Kuwait at Al-Bayan Bilingual School. Previous to her school counseling career, she was a health and life skills educator with the Peace Corps serving in the Republic of Moldova, and as a Case Manager for therapeutic foster care, and later worked at Anacortes High School. Crystal graduated with her Masters of Education with a specialization in School Counseling, and is a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC). She is also a member of the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) and the International Associations for College Admission Counselors (IACAC). For this school year, Crystal is looking forward to continuing to be an advisor for the Student Ambassador initiative, as well as carrying on the great tradition that is the Bearcat Career Exploration and Experience!  Crystal hails from the great city of Seattle, Washington and continues to travel as she gets to know the Philippines. She is on the hunt for the best beach in the country. She can be reached at cappuccioc@ismanila.org.

Mike Relf
IB/AP Coordinator

The IB/AP Coordinator, Mike Relf, is also housed within the Guidance Office. For International Baccalaureate students, it is important that you also get to know him. The IB/AP coordinator facilitates all aspects of the IB and AP programs for students and helps students register for exams. To Contact the IB Office, please dial (632) 840-8673 for Mr. Relf and (632) 840-8660 for the IB Secretary, Nyla Caras.

A Message from the IB/AP Coordinator

Hi everyone and welcome to International School Manila for our new arrivals.

I am the International Baccalaureate (IB) and AP coordinator here at International School Manila. I have been at the school since 2010 and prior to that have taught and managed curricula in Amman, Jordan, Caracas, Venezuela and in my home country of the UK.
The IB is the primary high school curriculum for our ISM juniors and seniors with approximately 80% of our students completing the full diploma and the remainder taking a selection of IB courses during their final two years here at ISM. We consider the IB to be the finest college preparatory curriculum available today and our experience has demonstrated it to be a successful in both academic and college matriculation terms.

Here at ISM we pride ourselves on an extremely successful programme with outstanding subject scores and averages, yet we maintain an ‘open door policy’. The programme is non-selective here and we will support all students should they choose to take up the IB challenge. If you would like further information on the IB and its programmes I recommend you visit the website here.

In addition to our IB curriculum we also teach AP US History and support a number of students each year who choose to sit for further AP exam options. These are usually sat by our grade 10 or 11 students as supplementary to their other IB or regular ISM courses. For further information on these options please contact me and I would be happy to discuss them.

Originally from California, Eric grew up crisscrossing the United States, moving from California to Indiana, and then back to California during high school. Eric spent his college years studying psychology and competing on the basketball court at Cal State University San Bernardino. Immediately after completing his undergraduate studies, Eric pursued his master’s degree in Educational Counseling at Cal State San Bernardino & National University. It was only two years after completing his graduate studies that Eric found himself working as the Director of College Counseling at International Bilingual School of Hsinchu Science Park in Hsinchu (Taiwan) and Varsity Head Basketball Coach for four years. From there, he served as the Head of Counseling at Shanghai American School – Pudong and Varsity Head Basketball Coach for three years. Most recently, completed a one-year contract at Taipei European School. Outside of school, Eric can be found on any given basketball court, surfing, or listening to live music. He can be reached at swane@ismanila.org.