APP Staff

Rachel Gresk, Director of the Academic Preparatory Program

Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln (In progress)
M.A. American University
B.A. St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Rachel Laribee Gresk joined APP in the Fall 2009 as a teacher in the Level 1 pilot program. She has previously served as deputy director of APP and assumed the position of director in September 2013. She is a 2009 graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., where she earned a master’s degree in international development; she has a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese from St. Mary’s College in Maryland.  Rachel is currently earning a Ph.D in Higher Education Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

Katherine Yaw, Deputy Director of APP

M.A. American University
B.A. University of Pittsburgh

Katherine Yaw came to AUIS in 2011. She was an APP instructor for two years before taking on the role of deputy director in Fall 2013. She holds a master's degree in TESOL from the American University in Washington, D.C., and a bachelor's degree in anthropology and Spanish from the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently pursuing an International Diploma in Language Teaching Management (IDLTM). Prior to joining the APP team, she worked as a teacher and teacher trainer in the U.S. and locally at Soran University.

Rachel Ramey, Deputy Director of APP

M.A. The American University in Cairo
B.S. Virginia Commonwealth University


Rachel Ramey joined AUIS in 2012. She was an APP instructor for five years before taking on the role of deputy director in Summer 2017. She holds a master's degree in TEFL from the American University in Cairo, and a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to joining the APP team, she worked as a teacher in the U.S.
Russell, Barbara, and Rachel Ramey. 'Exploring Grammar Across Disciplines For Sustained Success'. The Proceedings Of The 20th TESOL Arabia Conference: Methods And Means In ELT. Peter McLaren. 1st ed. Dubai: TESOL Arabia, 2015.

Kazho Muhsin, APP Students Records Coordinator

B.S. American University of Iraq, Sulaimani

Kazho Muhsin joined APP as students records coordinator in September 2015. She is primary responsible for providing support for APP students, faculty and administration, while also maintaining data records in Topschool. Though her position reports directly to the APP Director, she also works closely with the Registrar’s office, Admissions, Testing Center and Finance. Kazho graduated from AUIS in June, 2015, with a degree in business administration.  During her time at AUIS, she was the Features Editor for AUIS Voice, and served as assistant director for AUIS Drama Club's productions of 12 Angry Women and Medea.

Lana Khalid, APP Student Record Coordinator

Lana Khalid graduated from the American University of Iraq- Sulaimani in 2016, obtaining her BA in English Journalism. She has received the Dean’s Award twice and the President’s Award once for her high GPA in the semesters.  She has taught the English language at different English institutes, in Sulaimani city. In 2015, she worked with Ms. Alana Marie Labrosse on Jamil Siddqi al-Zahawi and chose 7 poems out of about 700 pages of his collection of poems to translated. She has also worked with a PhD candidate at Johns Hopkins on interviewing cancer patients on how they seek cancer treatment despite the ongoing conflict and wars in Iraq. She also translated and transcribed Arabic interviews, surveys, and documents for him. She worked as a translation officer at SREO Consulting, translating as well as transcribing interviews and documents from Arabic and Kurdish to English.

Aveen Bestun Qader, APP Intern

Aveen Bestun Qader is a business student with a minor in economics at AUIS. She has volunteered for Orientation days, the AUIS Career Fair, and the TAG group.  Aveen worked with Kurdistan Save the Children, and recently she took an internship at Asiacell. She became a part of the APP team as an intern in September 2016.



Raz Rizgar Haydar, APP Intern

Raz is a construction engineering major and literature minor at AUIS. She has been part of the Drama Club, the Latin Dance Club and The Action Group since spring 2016. She has volunteered for Kurdistan Save the Children, the AUIS "Ezidis Beyond ISIS" conference, Shakespeare Lives conference, CIMPA conference and Orientation days. Raz joined the APP department as an intern in September 2016.



Danar Kamaran, APP Intern

Danar Kamaran currently studies construction engineering at AUIS. He has been a volunteer for the orientation week of new students three times. He served as an APP teacher’s assistant and worked as a reporter at the AUIS Voice. He was a tutor at both APP Listening & Speaking Center and the AUIS Math & Science Center. Danar is now an intern with the APP department at AUIS.


Mustafa Jasim, APP Intern
Mustafa Jasim is a business student.  He is in his fifth semester. Mustafa is a member of the Unity Club, and he has participated in the AUIS Orientations.  These activities gave him a lot of experience. Mustafa became an intern in the APP department in September 2016.