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Mel Bland

International School of Zug and Luzern:  Primary School Principal
Switzerland

25-Feb-24

Ms Mel Bland has accepted the position of Primary School Principal for the 2024-25 academic year at the International School of Zug and Luzern, Switzerland. Mel’s experience spans from New Zealand to international schools globally, to early childhood centres, to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme, to leading a school from its foundation to an enrolment of over 1,000 students. Her journey has fostered a deep understanding of community building and collaborative education. She resonates with ISZL’s mission and values, and her leadership style underscores respect, motivation, and achievement, focusing on inclusive learning. Melissa's approach to education is centred around leading learning for everyone in the community, understanding the essence of quality learning and teaching, and maintaining visibility and engagement with those she leads. Mel is a bonafide "Fiwi" - Fijian Kiwi - embracing both her unique Fijian and New Zealand heritage. She is a proud Pasifika woman, hoping she can support other Pasifika peoples to embrace international school leadership.


Tom Pado

TH School:  Superintendent cum Chua Boc Secondary Principal
Vietnam

19-Feb-24

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Mr. Tom Pado as our new Superintendent cum Chua Boc Secondary Principal beginning August 2024. The recruitment process attracted substantial interest from highly accomplished educational leaders from schools worldwide, a fact that genuinely fills us with gratitude and pride. Mr. Tom holds a Bachelor's degree in History/Economics and a Master's in Educational Leadership. With an impressive 30 years of experience in education, including 22 years in leadership roles, with the last 12 years headship (American International School of Lusaka, Escola Americana de Campinas, and currently American International School of Lagos), he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our School. We are truly excited about having Tom on board and working closely with the team to shape the future of the School that we all love.


Jamie Green

American School of Belo Horizonte:  Upper School Principal
Brazil

18-Jan-24

Mr. Jamie Green has accepted the position of Upper School Principal for the 2024-25 academic year at the American School of Belo Horizonte (EABH), Brazil. Mr. Jamie comes to EABH with an impressive background as a High School Principal, showcasing a strong commitment to academic excellence, student-centered leadership, and the fostering of positive school cultures. His passion for collaboration with teachers, parents, and community stakeholders aligns seamlessly with EABH values. While Jamie is a native of the UK, he also holds an American passport due to his numerous years of experience living and working in the USA.


Kerry Timmerman

American School of Belo Horizonte:  Head of School
Brazil

18-Jan-24

Mr. Kerry Timmerman has accepted the position of Head of School at the American School of Belo Horizonte (EABH), Brazil, starting in January 2024. Mr. Kerry is uniquely positioned to carry forward the ongoing work as EABH expands and develops. With over 20 years of experience in education, Mr. Kerry brings a wealth of international and stateside expertise. He has served as an administrator in various schools, ranging from small to medium-sized international schools in the UK, China, and the UAE to large urban and suburban U.S. schools. With over two years of experience at EABH, most recently as Deputy Head of School, Mr. Kerry is well-equipped to continue and enhance the positive trajectory of EABH’s growth and evolution.


Rachel Caldwell

AAIE Association for the Advancement of International Education:  AAIE Superintendent of the Year 2024
USA

17-Jan-24


Paola Torres de Pereira

American School of Paris:  Lower School Director
France

17-Jan-24


APRAJITA RALLI

Sreenidhi International School:  Secondary School Prinicipal
India

27-Dec-23

Aprajita Ralli assumed the role of Secondary School Principal at Sreenidhi International School very recently , embarking on a continuous learning journey. In her educational journey she acquired several certifications, including Microsoft in Education as an Expert and Trainer, Certified Educator for Technology Integration from TISS and Microsoft Education, and certifications from platforms like Penpals Schools, Adobe, Seesaw, Wakelet, and Flipgrid. Taking an active role in mentoring new teachers within the school, she has guided them through MIE certification training and has encouraged advancement to MIEE certification. Her dedication to mentorship extended beyond her workspace, she has been conducting training sessions, securing the MIE Trainer status, and offering professional learning and instructional design support to schools nationwide. She is driven by her passion for amplifying students' voices and fostering engagement in global goals became evident through the role as a TeachSDG Ambassador, where she trained multiple groups of teachers and students. Over an 18-year span in education, Aprajitya has always emphasized the significance of community service and global perspectives.Advocating staunchly for student-centered learning, she believes in placing students at the nucleus of educational endeavors. Her different leadership roles have provided opportunities to create diverse learning experiences, ensuring students are engaged profoundly in their educational journey.


Viki Stiebert

Head of School
Netherlands

18-Dec-23

I am very happy to share that I will be joining UWC Maastricht in the Netherlands as their new Head of College for the coming school year. UWCM is a K-12 school which offers all four IB programmes.


RUAIRI CUNNINGHAM

KIS International School:  Secondary School Vice-Principal
Thailand

10-Dec-23

After nine fantastic years working in various senior leadership positions at world class educational institutions in the Middle East & China, namely GEMS Education, Nanjing International School & Qatar Foundation - Ruairi is delighted to have accepted the Vice-Principal position at KIS International School, Bangkok. He is accompanied by his wife, May Cunningham, who will join as an Early Year’s Teacher!

An educational leader who places the utmost importance on trust, empathy and respect, Ruairi is certain it will be an absolute privilege & honour to serve this inspiring IB community.


Zachery Brooks

QSI International School of Shenzhen:  Academic Coordinator
China

28-Nov-23

Mr. Zachery Brooks has accepted the Academic Coordinator position at QSI’s school in Shenzhen, China. He has been teaching in China since 2017 before moving into administration this year.


Michael Kempenich

QSI International School of El Tigre:  Director
Venezuela

28-Nov-23

Michael Kempenich has accepted the Director position at the QSI International School of El Tigre.


Micaiah Landrus

QSI International School of Zhuhai:  Director of Instruction
China

28-Nov-23

Mr. Micaiah Landrus has accepted the Director of Instructor position at QSI’s school in Zhuhai, China. Growing up as a third-culture individual, he has felt right at home in the international school community. This will be his fourth school with QSI after China, Turkmenistan, and Malta.


Mark Mason

QSI International School of Shenyang:  Director
China

28-Nov-23

Mr. Mark Mason has accepted the position of Director at QSI International School of Shenyang, China. He will be accompanied by his wife Maggie and their two children. They are moving from QSI International School of Zhuhai where Mr. Mason has served for 10-years.


Jessica Hu

QSI International School of Shenzhen:  Academic Coordinator
China

28-Nov-23

Ms Jessica Hu has accepted the Academic Coordinator position at QSI Shenzhen, Main Campus, where her husband, Stuart Brown, will be teaching at Secondary, also at QSI Shenzhen. They have one child who will start the two-year-old program in the coming academic year. With her master's degree and years of experience in education, Ms Hu is committed to facilitating a student-centered atmosphere that inspires life-long learning, character development and academic progress with parents, teachers, and staff.


Rachel Geary

Kyiv International School:  Director
Ukraine

28-Nov-23

Rachel Geary has accepted the position of Director at QSI’s school in Kyiv, Ukraine. She has worked in international education for 30 years in Taiwan, Thailand and Ukraine.


Clark Dauner

QSI International School of Kosovo:  Director of Instruction
Kosovo

28-Nov-23

Mr. Clark Dauner has accepted the Director of Instruction position at QSI’s school in Prishtina, Kosovo. Mr. Dauner has been in education for 24 years, 9 of which have been as a building administrator. His wife, Chelsy, is also an educator, and is currently staying at home with their 1-year old daughter. The couple have previously worked in the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, Egypt and Mexico.


Christopher Konitz

QSI International School of Astana:  Director of Instruction
Kazakhstan

28-Nov-23

Mr. Christopher Konitz has accepted the Director of Instruction position at QSI’s school in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. With almost three decades of experience in schools and/or education-including the US, Thailand, China and Africa, We warmly welcome him to the QSI family.


Jeff Hart

Hangzhou International School:  Lower School Principal
China

22-Nov-23

Jeff Hart has accepted the position of Lower School Principal at Hangzhou International School in China, effective July 2024. He has over 25 years of experience as an international educator and senior leader. Jeff has clear depth in PYP and international school experience and strong interpersonal skills, collegiality, and rapport with students, faculty, and parents.


Cynthia Wissman

Hangzhou International School:  Upper School Principal
China

22-Nov-23

Cynthia Wissman has accepted the position of Upper School Principal at Hangzhou International School in China, effective July 2024. Cynthia has over 23 years of experience as an international educator, counselor, school psychologist, and senior administrator. She has significant depth with MYP and DP curriculum, depth in counseling and wellness, and strong skills with process, building relationships, and nurturing professional growth.


Aprajita Ralli

Sreenidhi International School:  Principal
India

22-Nov-23

I lead the secondary school ,grades 6 to 12. Having been in the teaching field for 30 years ,I recently moved to join Sreenidhi as the secondary school principal.


Antoine Delaitre

International School of Paris:  Head of School
France

16-Nov-23

Mr Antoine Delaitre has accepted the position of Head of School at the International School of Paris (ISP) in France, effective July 2024. Antoine has occupied various leadership positions in IB schools over the past 27 years in the United States. He has spent the last 9 years leading the high school at the United Nations International School (UNIS) in New York City, and is very excited to lead ISP, an IB World School, starting next summer, as the school celebrates 60 years of international education.


Audra Phelps

QSI International School of Dili:  Director
East Timor

09-Nov-23

Mrs. Audra Phelps has accepted the Director position at QSI’s school in Dili, East Timor. She is accompanied by her husband, Keith Phelps, who will be teaching Secondary Mathematics, and their son who will be a senior in high school. Audra has worked for QSI for 10 years as a Secondary Science teacher in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan and as Director of Instruction in Kosovo.


Annabel Brown

QSI International School of Chengdu:  Academic Coordinator
China

09-Nov-23

Ms. Annabel Brown has accepted the Academic Coordinator position at QSI Chengdu, China, where her partner, Joseph, is the current Athletic Director. Ms. Brown has been working at the school for the past 3 years and has a certificate in Educational Leadership from Leeds University and a certificate in Special Educational Needs Coordination (SENCO).


Angela Warner

QSI International School of Dili:  Academic Coordinator
East Timor

09-Nov-23

Mrs. Angela Warner has accepted the Academic Coordinator position at QSI’s school in Dili, East Timor. She is accompanied by her husband, Andrew Warner, who will be teaching Middle School and Secondary classes. Angela has worked for QSI for 7 years as an Elementary teacher in Shenzhen, Ashgabat, and Yerevan.


Alicia Grinsteinner

QSI International School of Bishkek:  Academic Coordinator
Kyrgyzstan

09-Nov-23

Ms. Alicia Grinsteinner has accepted the Academic Coordinator position at QSI’s school in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan where she will also teach the 8-year-old class. She is joined by her husband, Ripul Sharma, who will also be teaching in the school. Ms. Grinsteinner has worked in education since 2012 in both South Korea and Kyrgyzstan.


Dr. Megan Banerjee

Beanstalk International Bilingual School (BIBS) Upper East Side Beijing:  Vice Principal- Elementary (PYP)
China

02-Nov-23

Dr. Megan Banerjee has been appointed as the new Elementary School Vice Principal at the Beanstalk International Bilingual School Beijing (Upper East Side campus). Dr. Banerjee holds a terminal degree from Vanderbilt University Peabody College of Education and Human Development and is a licensed American Principal. She possesses over a decade of classroom and pedagogical leadership experience in American, Canadian, British and IB curricula in schools across China.


Lori Marek

American International School of Guangzhou:  Secondary Principal
China

28-Sep-23

We are pleased to announce that Ms. Lori Marek has been appointed as the Secondary Principal at AISG, effective July 2024. Ms. Marek has over 30 years in education with over 20 of those years in leadership positions, including High School Principal and Middle School Principal. Besides Costa Rica, she has also held several positions in well-known international schools in Kuwait, Trinidad & Tobago, and most notably opening a third campus of YK Pao School in Shanghai, China. Ms. Marek brings a wealth of expertise and a passion for student-centered learning to our diverse community. We look forward to working with her to continue providing exceptional education to our students.


Doruk Gurkan

Shanghai:  Advisor to Shanghai United International School (IBDP & Recruitment)
China

11-Sep-23

Doruk Gurkan will provide guidance and support to Shanghai United International School in their journey towards IBDP accreditation and recruitment. As a Remote Advisor, he will play a crucial role in helping the school achieve and maintain its International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) accreditation. He will work closely with the school's leadership team, providing expert advice on the accreditation process, ensuring compliance with IB standards, and assisting with necessary documentation and preparation.In addition to accreditation support, he will also be responsible for developing and implementing effective recruitment strategies to attract talented teachers from around the world.


Yasmine Sadri

International School of Geneva:  I-DEA Lead
Switzerland

28-Aug-23

After 3 years of co-founding the I-DEA department with former Director General David Hawley, I have been taken on as I-DEA Lead for the foundation of International Schools of Geneva, under new Director General Conrad Hughes. I will be overseeing all of our Inclusion through Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism initiatives and ensuring the themes are central to all of our work, in all levels, from K-13, for teaching and non-teaching staff, middle managers, senior managers, our board, our parents, and our alumni community.


Dr. Salma Waly

International School of London-Qatar:  Head of Multilingualism
Qatar

20-Aug-23

Through this role, I will be supporting a wonderful team of teachers and coordinators of 12 mother tongue languages in addition to a big Arabic language and acquisition program. Our goal is to empower all students with the skills needed to be global citizens while, at the same time, humanizing their experiences and celebrating who they are and where they come from. This will be achieved by creating immersive and authentic linguistic and cultural experiences in which learning and teaching is directly connected to the world outside the classroom.


Devendra Siilwal

A'Takamul International School:  Teacher
Nepal

16-Aug-23

ICT Teacher


Winsome Saldanha

Thalun International School:  Director
Myanmar

16-Aug-23

I am in my second year as head of school for ThaLun international school Yangon Myanmar


Christopher Manning

Silk Road International School Chicago:  Head of School
USA

09-Aug-23

Silk is Road International School - Chicago is the US-based Sister School of SRIS Bishkek, a premier K-12 international school located in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan that has been providing a quality private education to families since 1997. Dr. Manning is the founding Head of School for SRIS Chicago, which features a daycare and an elementary school.


Tracy France

KIS International School:  KIS International School Reignwood Park Founding Secondary Principal
Thailand

07-Aug-23

KIS International School Reignwood Park is pleased to announce the appointment of Tracy France as Founding Secondary School Principal. KIS International School's exciting expansion plan to a second campus - KIS Reignwood Park, is built on the solid foundation that the current KIS Bangkok community provides, and will expand the KIS education to offer more students locally and globally the best possible learning experience. The Reignwood Park campus offers state-of-the-art facilities across 60 acres and will open its doors to children aged 3 to 14 from Early Years 1 through to Grade 9 in August 2024, then gradually grow adding a grade level each year. KIS Reignwood Park also offers a boarding option to children Grade 4 and above in a dedicated boarding village on campus.


Anita McCallum

KIS International School:  KIS International School Reignwood Park Founding Primary Principal
Thailand

07-Aug-23

I am embarking on a new chapter and am very excited to join the KIS team as the Founding Primary School Principal at KIS International School Reignwood Park.

It is great to be back in Thailand and I feel very fortunate to have the honor of working with an exceptional team of educators, staff, and administrators.

It is a great privilege to be part of the team preparing to open in August 2024.

Watch this space for updates throughout the year! https://www.kisrp.com/


Jennifer Swinehart

American School of Bombay:  Deputy Head of School
India

07-Aug-23

American School of Bombay is thrilled to announce that Jennifer Swinehart has joined our community as the Deputy Head of School. Jennifer will play a pivotal role in fostering a nurturing environment where our students can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. Her dedication to fostering a positive and inclusive learning environment aligns perfectly with our mission to provide the best education possible for every student. Jennifer brings with her a wealth of experience and expertise in the field of education, having worked in various teaching and leadership roles over the years. With a strong background in promoting student well-being, academic excellence, and professional growth, she is the perfect addition to our school community during the year of 'Well-Being.'


Melanie Vrba

International School of Tanganyika:  Director
Tanzania

07-Aug-23

Melanie Vrba has been appointed Director at International School of Tanganyika in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Previously, Melanie was HS Principal at Western Academy of Beijing. Melanie has worked overseas for 28 years, including in Lebanon, Thailand, Japan and China.


Craig Davis

Mulgrave, The International School of Vancouver:  Head of School
Canada

06-Aug-23

Overall Head in a pre-K-12 IB Continuum co-ed school of 1100 students. Located on Cypress Mountain overlooking Vancouver and Vancouver Island.


Henry Abbey

International School of Dakar:  Head of Innovation and Technology
Senegal

01-Aug-23

Henry will serve as Head of Innovation & Technology at the International School of Dakar. As a member of the senior leadership team, Henry brings 14 years of experience in the fields of educational technology and systems management. After working internationally in West Africa, North America, and Southeast Asia, Henry is delighted to be joining the ISD community.


Steven Calland-Scoble

International School Dhaka:  Director
Bangladesh

29-Jul-23


Kristie Nguyen

Ruamrudee International School:  Elementary School Assistant Principal
Thailand

28-Jul-23


David Esch

Colegio Granadino:  General Director / Head of School
Colombia

26-Jul-23

David Esch has been appointed as the Head of School at Colegio Granadino in beautiful Manizales, Colombia.

Prior to this position, David served in a wide array of roles at all levels of K-12 education including Middle School Principal, Elementary School Principal, Assistant Principal, High School College Counselor, Educational Programs Coordinator, Middle School Teacher, and Elementary School Teacher.

David feels incredibly blessed and honored to join the special community of learners and the outstanding team of educators at Colegio Granadino.


Luiz Mello

International School of Panama:  HS Assistant Principal for Student Wellbeing
Panama

22-Jul-23


Henrick Oprea

Swiss International School - Brasília:  Executive Director / Head of School
Brazil

22-Jul-23

SIS Brasilia is part of the SIS group, with 17 schools spread around Brazil, Switzerland, and German.


Mohamad Amer

MPBS:  Science and maths
Lebanon

21-Jul-23

Teaching sciences and math for grades 6,7,8 and 9.


Julie Strait

Ayeyarwaddy International School:  Elementary and Middle School PE
Myanmar

19-Jul-23


Nina Y. Cortina

American School of Valencia:  Preschool and Elementary Principal
Spain

19-Jul-23

American School of Valencia is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Nina Y. Cortina to serve as the Preschool and Elementary Principal beginning in September 2023. Ms. Cortina has a wealth of experience with over 20 years in educational in both administrative and instructional roles. Throughout the course of her academic career, she has taught and worked in a variety of learning environments: Montessori schools, Principal of the Miami Children’s Museum Charter School; and as the Bi-Literacy Coach in an Arlington Public Schools Immersion School.


Rick Odum

Canggu Community School:  Secondary School Principal
Indonesia

17-Jul-23

After serving in senior leadership positions in Zambia, South Korea and the United States, Dr. Rick Odum has been appointed the Secondary School Principal at Canggu Community School in Bali starting the 2023-24 school year.


David Lovelin

Jakarta Intercultural School:  Deputy Head of School
Indonesia

28-Jun-23

Dr. Lovelin will be joining the team at Jakarta Intercultural School as the Deputy Head of School. He is moving to Indonesia from Hong Kong where he spent the last six years at Hong Kong International School as the High School Principal. He is looking forward to meeting the JIS community and working alongside the talented educators.


Jame Joubert

Curacao American Preparatory School, The:  Head of School
Curacao

21-Jun-23

We are pleased to announce that Mr. James Joubert has joined Curaçao American Preparatory School as the Head of School, effective from the 2023-2024 academic year. He is accompanied by his spouse, who has joined the CAPS team in an elementary homeroom position. Mr. Joubert is an experienced international educator and school leader, having spent the last 22 years in international schools in Taiwan, Vietnam, and Myanmar. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge in educational leadership, curriculum, and school development, as well as community engagement.