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International School of Amsterdam:  Head of Lower School

Susan Loban


Susan Loban has been appointed as the new Head of Lower School for the International School of Amsterdam, after having previously served as Assistant Head of Lower School, Lower School Curriculum Coordinator and Grade-level Coordinator. Susan has worked in schools in her native Canada, the U.K., and Romania before teaching in the Netherlands.

International School of Amsterdam:  Head of Upper School

Matthew Sipple


Matt Sipple joins ISA as the new Head of Upper School for the International School of Amsterdam, having previously served in leadership positions in Latvia, India, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and the United States. Matt comes to ISA with several years of experience in Leadership and Design Thinking.

International School of Amsterdam:  Associate Director for Teaching and Learning

Sarah Grace


Sarah Grace has been appointed as the new Associate Director for Teaching and Learning at the International school of Amsterdam, where she has been for the last 19 years, serving first as Assistant Head and, for the past decade as Head of Lower School. Sarah previously taught in schools in the U.K. and Japan before coming to the Netherlands.

American School in Japan:  Middle School Principal

Pip Curtis


Pip Curtis will be the new Middle School Principal at the American School In Japan beginning July 2017. She is currently the Middle School Principal at the American School in Bombay, India.

International School of Panama:  Director of Technology

Jim Stratton


Jim Stratton joined International School of Panama as the new Director of Technology in July 2016. He previously served as Technology Director at Academia Cotopaxi in Ecuador, ICT coordinator and integrationist at the Anglo-American School of Moscow, as well as ICT teacher/coordinator in Shanghai, Casablanca, and Warsaw in his 20 year career as an international educator.

International College in Beirut:  Secondary School Director

Bruce Knox


Bruce Knox has been selected as the new Secondary School Director at International College in Beirut, Lebanon. He is currently Elementary School Principal at the Asia Pacific International School in Seoul, Korea.

American School of Paris:  Lower School Director

Dan Kerr


Dan Kerr will be the new Lower School Director at the American School of Paris beginning July 2017. He is currently Intermediate Division Principal at Academia Cotopaxi American International School in Quito, Ecuador.

Sreenidhi International School:  Head of School

Bruce Ferguson


Bruce Ferguson was appointed Head of School for Sreenidhi International School in Hyderabad, India. He has served for 22 years in 8 countries as a teacher, athletic director, MYP coordinator and MS Principal.

Medan Independent School:  Head of School

Gerald Donovan


Gerald Donovan started his new role as Head of School at Medan Independent School, the only IB and WASC accredited school in Sumatra, in August last year. He previously held the role of Director at Sekolah Bogor Raya, an IB World School on the island of Java - also in Indonesia - for six years and is a graduate of the EARCOS combined M.Ed and International School Leadership Certificate through the University of San Francisco and Washington State."

International School of Zug and Luzern:  Director

Barry Dequanne


Barry Dequanne will join the International School of Zug and Luzern in Switzerland as Director effective July 2017. Prior to this, he was Head of School at the American School of Brasilia.

Haugesund International School:  Head of School

Fabio Corvaglia


Fabio Corvaglia is currently the Head of School at Haugesund International School (Gr. 1-10), a new IB school on the west coast of Norway. He has held leadership positions in Thailand, China, Lebanon, Guatemala, and Spain.

American School of Yaounde:  Director

Brad Bell


Brad Bell has been appointed Director of the American School of Yaounde in Cameroon. He is currently Secondary Principal at the International School of Dakar in Senegal, having served in Egypt and in the US.

International School of Ouagadougou:  Director

Jean-Luc Aupoix


Following 3 years in Gabon as founding Director setting up a brand new international school, Jean-Luc now in his fifteenth year in Africa, is joining ISO in Burkina Faso.

Costa Rica Country Day School:  Director

Scott Adams


Scott Adams will join Costa Rica Country Day School as Director in July, 2017. He's currently Middle School Principal at The American School in Japan, and has previous experience in England, Cyprus, Hawaii and both coasts of the US.

Pan American School of Bahia:  Elementary Principal

Kareen Simpson


Kareen Simpson has been appointed the Elementary Principal at the Pan American School of Bahia in Salvador, Brazil starting July 2017. Prior to this appointment Kareen served as principal & PYP Coordinator in Russia, China & The Bahamas. She also served as a classroom teacher in South Korea, China, The Bahamas & Jamaica.

American School of Rio de Janeiro:  Lower School Principal

Nate Swenson


Nate will be assuming this post in August 2107. He was previously Elementary Principal at Busan International Foreign School, Korea and MS Principal at AIS Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Stamford American School, Hong Kong:  Head of School

Karrie Dietz


Karrie Dietz has been appointed Head of School at Stamford American School in Hong Kong, a new school opening in September 2017. Karrie is currently a Principal at Stamford's sister school in Singapore, and she has also led and taught in schools in Thailand, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan and the United States.

Rabat American School:  Curriculum Coordinator

Jennifer Kang


Jennifer Kang will serve as Curriculum Coordinator, a newly created position, at Rabat American School. Jen has focused on re-framing the teaching of math in schools in Beirut and Myanmar, and will now broaden this systems-level perspective to the whole K-12 curriculum.

United Nations International School:  High School Principal

Scott Schaffner


Scott Schaffner will be joining the United Nations International School in Hanoi, Vietnam as the new High School Principal. He is currently the HS principal at Dubai American Academy and has also worked in Warsaw, Poland and New York City.

ACS American Cooperative School:  Superintendent

Jamie Otis


Jamie Otis has been appointed Superintendent of AEA (ACS-American Cooperative School) in La Paz, Bolivia. He is currently the High School Principal of North Broward Preparatory School in Florida with stints in Ghana, Korea and San Diego.

El Alsson British International School:  Principal

Lee Chalkly


After eight years serving as the Director of the International School of Riga Lee Chalkly will be relocating to Egypt with his family to take up his appointment as Principal of El Alsson British International School. He joins the school at an exciting time in its history as the school is in the process of relocating to a brand new campus in New Giza.

Sreenidhi International School:  DP Coordinator

Wil Crabtree


Wil Crabtree has been appointed Diploma Programme Coordinator and Member of the Pedagogical Leadership Team at Sreenidhi International School. He has previously taught in Egypt, Zambia, Hong Kong, China, Germany, and the United States. He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society.

Sreenidhi International School:  MYP Coordinator

Ingur Shefalika


Ingur Shefalika has been appointed MYP Coordinator and Member of the Pedagogical Leadership Team. Ingur returns to her native India after teaching in Malaysia.

Lincoln Community School:  Head of School

Sheena Nabholz


Sheena Nabholz has been appointed Head of Lincoln Community School, Ghana to start July 2017. She is presently Director of the American School of Yaounde, Cameroon. Other stints include Jordan, Syria and Egypt.

Fukuoka International School:  Head of School

Robin Schneider


Robin Schneider has been appointed as the Head of School at Fukuoka International School in Fukuoka, Japan. Previously, Robin was Deputy Head of School at the International School of Helsinki for the past 6 years.

American School in Japan:  Director of Early Learning Center

Christy Carrillo


Christy Carrillo has been appointed Director of Early Learning Center at American School in Japan beginning in fall 2017. She is currently Director of the Early Childhood Center at Shekou International School.

American School of Brasilia:  Director

Allan Bredy


Allan Bredy has been appointed Head of School at the American School of Brasilia, beginning in July 2017. He is currently serving in his seventh year as the Director of the American Cooperative School of Tunis.

American International School of Yaounde:  Elementary School Principal & ES PYP Coordinator

Michael Sciocchetti


Michael Sciocchetti has joined the American International School of Yaounde as its Elementary School Principal & ES PYP Coordinator. He previously served as ES Principal at Taejon Christian International School.

Colegio Albania in La Guajira, Colombia:  Director

Eron Strong


Eron Strong is the newly appointed Director at Colegio Albania in La Guajira, Colombia. Prior to this, he was Principal at Mildmay-Carrick School in Ontario, Canada. Eron returns to Colombia where he once taught.

Escuela Las Morochas:  Director

Ercel Mireles


Ercel Mireles is the new director at Escuela Las Morochas. She has been working in Venezuela for the past three years. Prior to this, she worked as a coordinator at The Technological Institute of Monterrey in Mexico.

International School of Havana:  Director

Michael Lees


Michael Lees is the new Director of the International School of Havana after serving as a consultant with ISS and as founding Director of the International School of Dongguan.

Aitchison College:  Headmistress at Senior School

Amina Kamran


Amina Kamran is now Senior School Headmistress at Aitchison College, Lahore, Pakistan. Aitchison is an all boys school that is more than 130 years old. Amina is the Senior School's first woman Head.

Lincoln Community School:  Interim Head of School

Joe Stucker


Joe Stucker is Interim Head at Lincoln Community School in Accra, Ghana. His experience as Head includes the American International School of Guangzhou, Vientiane International School, and Academia Cotopaxi.

American Overseas School of Rome:  Head of School

Michael Callan


Michael Callan is currently Head of School at the American Overseas School of Rome. He served as middle school principal in Ankara, Abu Dhabi, and Kuala Lumpur before moving to Rome.

American School of Warsaw:  Interim Director

Jon Zurfluh


Jon Zurfluh was recently selected as the Interim Director at the American School of Warsaw after completing a successful 5 year run at the Anglo-American School of Moscow. Mr. Zurfluh's past experience includes leadership roles in Washington State, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Moscow. Mr. Z reports that becoming a Warsaw Warrior has been a smooth and seamless transition as he embraces a vibrant and friendly community in Poland.

QSI Djibouti:  Director

Taizu Wold


Ms. Taizu Wold has accepted the Director position at QSI’s new school in Djibouti, Djibouti, opening in August of 2016. She is joined by her sister, Ms. Sieneh Wold, who will be teaching early elementary students. They have previously worked in Venezuela and Shenyang, China.

American School in Japan:  Interim Head of School

Areta Williams


Interim Head of School Areta Williams’s extensive career includes various faculty and administrative positions in international schools. She has a total of 18 years of experience as head of school and has also served as division principal, counselor and teacher at international schools in Africa and Asia. Areta most recently served as the Head of The Overseas School of Colombo in Sri Lanka from 2009-2014.

Canadian International School of Hong Kong:  Lower School PYP Coordinator

Viv Wallace


Ms. Viv Wallace has been appointed Lower School PYP Coordinator at Canadian International School of Hong Kong. Before arriving at CDNIS, Viv was the PYP Coordinator at Khartoum International Community School in Sudan.

Concordia International School Shanghai:  Middle School Assistant Principal

Billy Thomas


Billy Thomas will be the new Middle School Assistant Principal at Concordia International School Shanghai for the 2016-2017 school year. Billy has taught in the US, Malaysia and China.

International Community School Addis Ababa:  Head of School

Dr. Tim Stuart


Tim Stuart has been appointed Head of School at the International Community School of Addis Ababa, beginning in 2017. He is currently Executive Director of Strategic Programs at the Singapore American School.

QSI Ashgabat International School:  Director

Dr. Sandy Smith


Dr. Sandy Smith has accepted the Director position at QSI's Ashgabat International School in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Her husband, Andrew, will be teaching science and mathematics to secondary students. Dr. Smith has previously served as Director at QSI schools in Chisinau, Moldova and Astana, Kazakhstan. She is returning to Ashgabat, where she started her international educator career in 2002.

American International School Nouakchott:  Director

Robert Smithberg


Robert Smithberg has been appointed the new Director at the American International School Nouakchott, Mauritania starting in August 2016. Mr. Smithberg is currently the High School Principal at Dipont Education in Shenzhen, China. He has also served as Middle School Principal at St. John’s School in Puerto Rico, the American Community School Hillingdon, UK and at Colegio Albania in Colombia. Other international locations where he has worked include schools in Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Brazil.

Carol Morgan School:  High School Principal

Desmond Sjoquist


Desmond Sjoquist is joining Carol Morgan School as the High School Principal. He comes to CMS with 17 years of experience in school leadership, 7 years in international teaching, and 8 years as a teacher in Canada.

Confucius International School Chengdu:  Headmaster

James McCrory


James has taken up the role of Headmaster of Confucius International School Chengdu after the retirement of the outgoing Head, Dr Gordon Whittlestone. CISCD offers a unique curriculum blending its own International Six Arts program derived from Confucian philosophy, with an International curriculum including IGCSEs and A levels. Previously James worked both as a Leadership Consultant and Interim Principal at the American Creativity Academy in Kuwait, and as the Principal at Yew Wah International Education School in Yantai, also in China.

Oxford International School, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan:  K-12 Principal

Christopher Manning


Chris Manning will join Oxford International School, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan as Principal in 2017. Chris is currently the Founding Head of School at RISE International School, Sylhet, Bangladesh where he has worked since 2015. He is returning to Kyrgyzstan where he started his overseas teaching career in 2012.

IITA International School, Ibadan, Nigeria:  Head of School

George Piacentini


George Piacentini has recently been appointed Head of School at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) International School, Ibadan, Nigeria. Previous to this posting he was Director of Ihsan Dogramaci Bilkent Erbil College, Northern Iraq.

Luanda International School:  Director

Dylan Hughes


Dylan Hughes was appointed as Interim Director to Luanda International School in August 2015. In November 2015 he accepted the full time Directors role.

Pan American School of Bahia:  Director of Teaching and Learning

Fernanda Dillon


Fernanda Dillon was appointed as Director of Teaching and Learning at Pan American School of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil. She previously served as Math Instructional Coach at PASB after teaching at Shanghai American School - Puxi and Chapel School.

International School of Aberdeen:  IBDP Co-ordinator

Jennifer Purpura


Jennifer Purpura has taken responsibility as IBDP Co-ordinator at The International School of Aberdeen, Scotland, since 1 January 2017, in addition to her role as HS/IB Mathematics Teacher.

International School of Aberdeen:  Assistant Principal

Morio Kajiwara


Morio Kajiwara was appointed as Assistant Principal at The International School of Aberdeen, Scotland commencing the 2016/17 academic year. Morio has held the roles of Elementary Classroom Teacher, IT Co-ordinator, and Curriculum Co-ordinator at ISA since re-joining the School in 2009.