TAS students benefit from a caring and skillful teaching faculty, an excellent curriculum, and tremendous facilities in an environment that helps them foster a life-long love of learning.
All of us at the Lower School recognize that we have been given a tremendous responsibility. Students arrive at our school so young. Each day is an opportunity to spark their curiosity and support every step of their learning. Working as partners with parents, our faculty and administrators are committed to see that those same students will one day leave our school as well-rounded and confident young men and women, prepared for the next steps in their lives.
Students learn best when they are surrounded by individuals who listen, care, and encourage them to achieve more than they could ever first imagine. At TAS we place students among thoughtful, caring, and well-trained teachers in an impressive academic and moral environment, and thus they become more engaged and invested in their learning. We value the talents of each student – the poet, mathematician, scientist – and provide a balanced educational program to enable them to flourish in a complex world. Each child is recognized as a unique individual with his or her own learning style, interests, strengths, challenges, and experiences.
Learning is a lifelong process. I myself am committed to lifelong learning and improvement. As I learn more about the TAS community, I am ever more impressed by the commitment to kindness, respect, responsibility, courage, and honesty, which is so apparent everywhere in this special place.
Again, welcome to the Lower School!
Prior to coming to TAS, Ms. Simeonidis served as the Lower School Head of Ridgefield Academy, a PreK-8 school located near Danbury, Connecticut, for fourteen years. There, she was instrumental in developing a high quality elementary school. During her career, she has implemented and managed lower school programs, developed vertically and horizontally aligned curriculum appropriate for all students, and established annual professional development training and goals for her faculty.
Prior to becoming an administrator, she taught at Ridgefield in Grades, 4, 2, 1, and KA. She grew up in New York City and received her BA in elementary education from Queens College and her Masters in Curriculum Development from Western Connecticut State University. Ms. Simeonidis is an avid traveler, reader, and runner, and has completed in numerous marathons. She and her husband have two adult children.
Mr. Rick Rabon
Rick Rabon joined the TAS lower school faculty in 1999. A native of North Dakota, Rick earned his BA in elementary education from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota. He began his career teaching third grade at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, ND. After earning his MEd in administration from the University of North Dakota, he moved to Europe where he taught for five years at the Frankfurt International School in Germany and developed a passion for working in international education. Rick started at TAS as a Grade 5 teacher. Since 2004, he has served as a lower school associate principal. He has played an active role in lower school initiatives and in schoolwide improvement plans, most recently with math education and character education. A frequent traveler, Rick enjoys scuba diving and exploring Asian culture.
Ms. Becky Klar
Prior to joining TAS, Ms. Klar served as Director of the Lower School at Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, U.S. for seven years. During her seventeen year career at Laurel, she played an instrumental role in curriculum development, implemented new programs in foreign language, reading, and mathematics, and served as the Dean of Students, sixth grade team leader, a middle school advisor, a sixth grade language arts teacher, and a fourth grade homeroom teacher. In addition, Ms. Klar taught ESL in Nara, Japan and Madrid, Spain.
Born and educated in England, she received her Bachelor of Arts with honors in Business Economics and Organizational Studies from the University of Reading and her Masters of Arts in Education from the University School Teacher Apprentice Program at Ursuline College. Ms. Klar loves to run, practice yoga, and read. She and her husband have two sons who attend TAS.