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Award-Winning Educators at AAIE’s 51st Annual Conference

By Meadow Hilley, TIE Editor
Award-Winning Educators at AAIE’s 51st Annual Conference

Chip Barder, Ernest Mannino Superintendent of the Year Award
Chip Barder, Head of School at the United Nations School of Hanoi, was selected as the 2017 Dr. Ernest Mannino International Superintendent of the Year. Chip joins a long and distinguished list of outstanding international school directors that have been awarded this prestigious recognition in the past. He will represent AAIE at the AASA National Superintendents Awards events over the coming year.
“It certainly is an honor to have been chosen for this award, particularly since it is from peers which makes it all the more meaningful. I also truly feel a responsibility to represent so many of my colleagues who earn this kind of recognition every day. This is a collective award, representing the work that all of us do each day. We are so lucky to have such amazing peers.”
Barry Déquanne, AASSA International Education Leadership Award
Barry Déquanne received the International Education Leadership Award from the Association of American Schools in South America (AASSA) at this year’s AAIE conference, which took place from 6–8 February in San Francisco, California.
Currently Head of School at the American School of Brasilia, Barry will join the International School of Zug and Luzern in Switzerland as Director effective July 2017. Previously, he served as Head in Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, and Swaziland.
“The first word that comes to mind is gratitude. I am, of course, grateful to have received the award but, more importantly, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as a Head of School in the AASSA region.
A recognition of this nature reminds me of my deep levels of gratitude for the support I have received from mentors and how they guided my growth and learning, which at times has been represented by a very steep curve! I am also grateful for my colleagues who, though collaborative efforts and an inspiring esprit de corps, have made the school improvement process such a rewarding experience. Finally, I am grateful for the network of school directors whose ever-present support, advice, and friendship have made a real difference.
Our achievements and successes are rarely ever realized as isolated individuals. Recognitions such as the AASSA Leadership Award are perhaps more a representation of our collective work rather than the efforts of any one individual. To that end, I feel that this award represents an opportunity to celebrate our shared efforts and accomplishments in addition to the relationships we have developed along the way.
So, while I am deeply honored and appreciative of this recognition, I also believe that any success I may have achieved could not have been realized without the support, guidance, and collective efforts of an impressive group of talented educators and leaders.”
Gilbert C. Brown, Walid Abushakra Award for Impact on International Education
Gilbert Brown was recognized by the Esol-education Board of Trustees for his long career of outstanding service to the international school community. Today “retired,” Gilbert remains a devoted educator, consultant, and writer. He served as Head of School at the American School of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil from 1963 to 1987, and at the Lincoln School of San Jose in Costa Rica from 1989 to 1993.

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