Welcome Messages


middle school


Dear parents, families, and friends ,

On behalf of the entire middle school teaching faculty, welcome to the American International School in Egypt- West Campus!  The 2021-2022 school year promises to be an exciting year full of rigor, exploration, creativity ,and hopefully a journey back to normalcy post pandemic. I look forward to partnering with you as we guide our students in reaching their full potential.

This is my third year in Egypt and I am so happy to be here.  My family and I previously lived in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, the tiny island of Majuro in the Marshall Islands and Chicago, Illinois USA. We’ve learned so much through international education and are thrilled to put down some roots in Cairo.  

The staff at AIS-West has welcomed my family with open arms and will do the same for middle school students. Teachers are beyond thrilled to work with you in educating your child. Encourage your children to dive in at AIS.  Experience, not only academics, but extracurricular activities as well. AIS offers a multitude of after school programs including tutoring, sports and clubs.  When a child builds a connection to a school outside of the classroom, he or she is more likely to excel inside the classroom.

I am so excited to watch this school year unfold. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly at any time. My door is always open!

Go Lynx!!

Chelsea Armstrong

Middle School Principal




Greetings!  My name is Mathias Sanders and I will be the new Middle School Assistant Principal. It's exciting to be joining this dynamic, caring, and professional team of educators.  I am originally from Spokane, Washington, USA.  Go Zags!  

Prior to joining AISE, I taught grades 3 - 5 in Seattle, Washington and was the Middle School Assistant Principal at Ruamrudee International School in Bangkok, Thailand.  I am thrilled to be in Egypt and am eager to explore this beautiful and culturally rich country.

We are excited to welcome your children to AIS - West Middle School where we will focus on their social & emotional development and academic excellence.  We will offer all MS students various opportunities to explore their interests and learn new pathways.  Middle School is a time of great change for young people and we will be there to support them every step of the way.  Academic expectations increase over the three years and middle schoolers experience acute changes as they learn about their identities and grow into young adults.  

When I'm not at work I enjoy getting out in the city and exploring with my camera.  I am fan of photography in all its forms.  I also enjoy art and music; I'm looking forward to visiting the galleries, museums, and venues here in Cairo.  Reading is important to me and I make a good amount of time for it in my life.  I love sitting in cafes and reading novels, nonfiction, and news.

Please know that my door is always open for you.  Please feel free to contact me with your questions, comments, and concerns!

I'm looking forward to meeting you all and kicking off a great 2021 - 2022 school year.

Mathias Sanders

Middle School Assistant Principal