Social Studies, Head Teacher
My name is Todd Combs and I have been part of the AIS team since 2015. Since January 2016 I have been the Academic Director at AIS. My goal at AIS as the Academic Director is to create a culture of learning that prepares our students to excel at any university in the world. I have strengthened and standardized the curricula to give our students the skills needed to successfully compete not only here in Albania, but against their peers in the global market.
I grew up in the very small town of London, Kentucky, USA. I have one older brother who lives in New Orleans and a younger sister who still lives in Kentucky. I am an OCT certified United States Army instructor and I have taught ESL classes for the US Government from Baghdad, Iraq to Honduras, Central America to New Jersey, USA.
After my government work, I attended Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio to become a state certified teacher. While at university, I served as president of both the History Club and the Rho Sigma chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta International History Honors Society and became the first student to receive Departmental Honors from the Social Science Education program. I graduated with honors and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science Education with a minor in religious studies. Following that, I completed the coursework required to receive my TEFL certificate the same summer.
I was fortunate enough to spend the 2012-2013 school year teaching Social Studies and Conversational English to middle and secondary students in Papa, Hungary. I loved my time there and still keep in touch with many of my former students. In June, 2014 I received my Master of Arts in Education from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky and afterward spent the 2014-2015 school year teaching middle school Social Studies at an international school in Thailand.
I find the dynamic history and culture of Albania fascinating and I want to learn about and experience the culture first-hand, not through a book. While I am teaching your students about the world, they will be teaching me about Albania.