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Fred Schafer

Beijing City International School:  Principal


BCIS would like to extend a friendly welcome to our new Elementary School principal, Fred Schafer. Hailing from Ohio, USA, Fred brings many years of teaching and leadership experience, and he will spice up our school with his unique perspectives on culture and education. He has spent the last 8 years here in China, leading international schools and diving into the rich traditions of the nation, including cooking. His wife and her family taught him recipes, and now he can often be found in the kitchen whipping up a Chinese meal, even at 4:30 am! He appreciates the unique position BCIS enjoys as an international school that values Chinese cultural heritage in its approach, and he will bring all the ingredients here together to concoct a future-focused learning environment with a distinct Chinese flavor for all our students in the ES.

After completing his bachelor's degree in education, Fred began his teaching career in the United States. However, after hearing about the possibilities to learn about other societies, see new sights, and gain professional development, Fred decided to turn to international education. He has always been curious about other cultures, and especially keen to learn about his favorite subject: ancient civilizations. "I was very interested in ancient civilization growing up, and even as a teacher," Fred describes. This interest made working in China a perfect fit. Fred is excited to begin his new role here at BCIS, as it allows him to utilize his leadership and communication skills, while still being close to the young learners he is so passionate about instructing.

Graham Howell

PACE Modern British School:  Founding Principal
United Arab Emirates


I am incredibly proud to have the privilege and responsibility of being the founding Principal of PACE Modern British School. I bring with me 23 years leadership and teaching experience at outstanding schools both in the UK and the Middle East. Born and bred in London, I would describe myself as a hardworking, positive, contingent leader. At PACE Modern British School, we have an opportunity to shape the leaders of tomorrow and I am excited to work with these flourishing young people here at our school.

Justin Kilcullen-Nichols

Leonardo da Vinci Academy:  Principal
Czech Republic


Justin Kilcullen-Nichols has been appointed principal of the newly established Leonardo da Vinci Academy.

Dominic Maher

Lolland International School:  Founding Principal


Dom is the founding principal employed in January 2021. He has over twenty-five years in education, as a teacher and school leader, having previously been involved in opening, running and developing schools in Denmark and Australia.

David Ottaviano

International School of Florence:  Head of School


Ottaviano has been a public school superintendent in New Jersey and a head of private international schools in Serbia, Italy, Japan, Romania and the UAE, as well as President of the International Baccalaureate for North Asia. With his educational background and passion for Psychology, for which he holds a professional doctorate (Ed.D.), Ottaviano believes that relationships between teachers and students are paramount. He has written and published articles on the adjustment of children, psychology and on the education of students. Most recently, Ottaviano has served as director for the Accrediting Commission for Schools, where he fostered excellence in elementary, secondary, adult and postsecondary institutions. Prior to this, he was Head at GEMS International School-Al Khail in Dubai.

Ottaviano is no stranger to adversity, having led the International School of Belgrade during the Yugoslavian War. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, international recruitment, board training, as well as educational and operations management. In his leisure time, he is embracing Florence by taking classes in sculpture.

The new Head of School at ISF brings an analytical perspective in his quest to help schools improve. He will be instrumental in ISF’s CIS and IB re-accreditation, priorities for the year ahead, and also in driving opportunities for school expansion, so that more students can benefit from a unique international education in Florence.

Arden Tyoschin

Harare International School:  Director


Arden Tyoschin has become The Director of Harare International School for August 2022

Adrian Moody

Bishop Mackenzie International School:  Director


I am delighted to serve as Director of Bishop Mackenzie International School. BMIS provides a rich experience for our students. I believe the education of children is a collaborative effort that involves the school, teachers, parents and the community. We are a diverse and international community with a strong community sense. I look forward to greeting you to the new school year.

Anthony Pascoe

The International School of Florence:  Junior School Principal


On behalf of The International School of Florence ( ISF ) we are pleased to announce the selection of Anthony ( Tony ) Pascoe as their new Junior School Principal, effective January 2022.

Tony brings international experience to the position, as Technology Integrationist at Shanghai Community International School and as Assistant Elementary Principal at Magen David Academy in Panama. Since returning to the United States in 2017 Tony has been the Elementary Principal at King-Murphy Elementary School in Evergreen Colorado, a school that has offered the IB Primary Years program since 2011. As teacher and school leader Tony brings the vision and innovation that strongly align with ISF values, a foundation that he hopes will enable him to be a contributor to the ISF team and community.

Tony earned a B.Sc. in Elementary Education, an M.Ed. in Educational Technology, a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership, and is currently enrolled in an Ed.D. program at the University of Colorado which he hopes to complete in 2021. Tony and his wife Cesy have a three year old son Tony Jr. ; they will be joining Tony in Florence.

Shaysann Kaun

Pan American School - Porto Alegre:  Superintendent


Lesley Tait

Lincoln Community School - Ghana:  Head of School


Lesley joined Lincoln Community School, Accra, Ghana in July from the American School of Brasilia, in Brazil where she served as the Interim Head of School.

Christopher Frost

GEMS Dubai American Academy (DAA):  Head of Teaching, Learning and Innovation
United Arab Emirates


Christopher joins DAA from Tokyo International School where he most recently served as Deputy Head of School. Christopher's career has taken him to international schools across Europe, Asia and Africa. His passions include Project Zero's Teaching for Understanding, Columbia University's (NY) Reading and Writing Project and Learning Leadership.

Michael Hibbeln

International School of Krakow:  Director


Congratulations to Michael Hibbeln for accepting the position, beginning August 2022! He is currently the Elementary School Principal at the Shanghai American School.

Michael’s career in education has taken him to Thailand, Paraguay, the USA (Michigan), Italy, and China. He holds a Ph.D. in Education Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development from the University of Minnesota, as well as a M.Ed. in K-12 Education Administration and Leadership from Michigan State University. Michael also holds a B.S. from Georgia State University and B.A. from Michigan State University.

In this feature below, learn about Michael’s journey in international education, what guides his school leadership vision, and why he’s excited to join the ISK community.

Cole Maddox

Hong Kong International School:  Director of Technology
Hong Kong


Cole Maddox is Hong Kong International School’s new Director of Technology. He joins from Pomona College in California, where he served as the Chief Information Security Officer and Deputy Chief Information Officer for Enterprise Services. Before this, Cole was the Chief Technology Officer at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta and Chief Information Officer and Director of IT Services at Oglethorpe University in Georgia, USA.

Stephen Conroy

Hong Kong International School:  Middle School Associate Principal
Hong Kong


Stephen Conroy joins Hong Kong International School as a Middle School Associate Principal. He came to HKIS from Concordia International School in Hanoi, where he was Middle School Principal. Before that, he served as their Secondary Assistant Principal for three years and a Humanities teacher for two years. Prior to moving overseas, Stephen taught Language Arts at Louis Pasteur Middle School in New York.

Kevin Chang

Hong Kong International School:  Director of Chinese Studies and World Languages
Hong Kong


Kevin Chang is Hong Kong International School’s new Director of Chinese Studies and World Languages. He comes to HKIS from the Chinese American International School in San Francisco, where he served as the Chinese Program Director for ten years, prior to which he held several roles including Lower School Director. He also started two national-level Chinese language conferences in the USA.

Jason McBride

IGB International School:  Head of School


Mr. Jason McBride has been appointed as the new Head of School at IGB International School beginning August 2021. Jason is an international and Canadian-experienced Head of School who acts with integrity, compassion and agility to keep students and the mission at the core. In his previous headship, Jason led United World College Thailand through a successful transition to become the 16th member of the UWC movement. Prior to this, his headships of IB continuum schools included Stratford Hall (Vancouver), GEMS World Academy (Dubai) and GEMS American Academy (Abu Dhabi). Mr McBride holds qualifications from Queens, McMaster and Michigan State Universities, with doctoral coursework work in educational leadership also completed at the University of Calgary. Jason, his wife Samantha and his two daughters are very excited about their move to Malaysia and to a school like IGBIS that cultivates a learning environment that inspires learners to make a positive impact on the world as empowered, caring, global citizens.

Maya Nelson

Jakarta Intercultural School:  Interim Head of School


I am so honored to be appointed Interim Head of School at Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS). I have held various positions at JIS, including Deputy Head of School (2020-2021) and Elementary Principal for both Pondok Indah Elementary and Pattimura Elementary (2018-2020). Prior to this, I served as the JIS Elementary Principal of both Pondok Indah and Pattimura Elementary (2018-2020). I have had the pleasure of working in several distinguished schools overseas as a teacher, a Student Services Director, an Associate Principal, and a Principal. Prior to Jakarta, I was at Hong Kong International School for 11 years as the Elementary Principal. I am also grateful to have worked at the American School in Japan (teacher), Taipei American School (teacher, Student Services Director), and in various schools in both the United States. I am an advocate for students. I am passionate about learning and growing in my understanding of brain development, mental health issues, and social-emotional wellbeing. I have served as a consultant in various schools around the world presenting and collaborating on topics such as student support services, teaching children with neuro-diversities, literacy practices, and inclusion. As an alumna of JIS, I am thrilled to be back at my beloved school, with a strong, dedicated leadership team, faculty, and staff.

Heidi Cavanagh

American International School of Nouakchott:  Director


Heidi Cavanagh is delighted to be the incoming American International School of Nouakchott Director. Currently completing her doctoral research in the area of school reform and student voice, Heidi is a curious and creative learner who seeks to include diverse voices to build better schools and a better school experience for the entire school community. Heidi believes that to achieve big dreams in small schools, leaders need to bring people together, nurture and build community, listen to and embrace diverse perspectives, and lead with unwavering positivity and optimism. With over 20 years as an international school leader and teacher, Heidi has experience from Preschool to High School, visited nearly 90 countries, and worked in Canada, Turkey, California. Cuba, Niger, and Botswana. Her interests outside of school include travel, creative and artistic endeavours, and spending time with her husband and their 4 dogs.

Sandy Mackenzie

International School of Dakar:  Director


Susan Omernik

Academia Cotopaxi:  High School Math Teacher


Valencia Holmes

GEMS World Academy - Dubai:  Special Education teacher
United Arab Emirates


Adam Brown

Utahloy International School - ZengCheng:  Teacher


Jessica O'Neill

Lincoln School- Buenos Aires:  Grade 1 Teacher


Hello Lincoln Community! My name is Jessica O’Neill and I am excited to be transitioning to a Grade 1 homeroom teacher for the upcoming 2021 - 2022 school year! This will be my 12th year of teaching, and throughout that time, I have held positions as a classroom teacher, Learning Support teacher, and Literacy Coach. I also have a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Most recently, I worked at Academia Cotopaxi in Quito, Ecuador, where my love of the Andes Mountains began. I was lucky enough to join the Lincoln Community last year as part of the Learning Support Department, and am excited to continue supporting the growth of our Inclusive Education program! I am originally from the Midwest of the United States (Michigan and Wisconsin), so I have a strong relationship with beautiful lakes and cheese :). In my freetime, I enjoy traveling, cooking, hiking, kayaking, crafts, game nights, and spending time with family and friends. With me in Buenos Aires are my husband, Patrick, and our two Ecuadorian cats, Bandido and Stella.

Rebekah Madrid

Lincoln School- Buenos Aires:  Director of Teaching and Learning


Hello! I am Rebekah Madrid, the new Director of Teaching and Learning. I’m currently the Middle School Vice Principal and Curriculum Coordinator at Yokohama International School. Before that, I have been a high school and middle school social studies and Theory of Knowledge teacher. I am absolutely thrilled to be joining Lincoln, as I have heard so much about the warm community and the deep commitment to learning. Some things to know about me: Traveling - growing up a military brat overseas, travel has always been an important part of my life. I went to 7 different schools before I graduated high school. After graduating, I moved to Texas, Washington D.C and Munich. I currently live in Yokohama, Japan, which has been my base for exploring Asia for the past eleven years. My most prized possession is my passport and I am looking forward to exploring a new part of the world in Argentina. Third Culture Kid - I am lucky enough to call both Albuquerque, New Mexico and London, England home. I split my vacations between the two, depending on where my parents happen to be that time of year. I can happily eat green chile enchiladas or fish and chips to feel like I’m at home. Notre Dame Football - graduating with my BA in History and MEd from the University Notre Dame, I’ve spent years cheering the Fighting Irish. It hasn’t always been easy to be a fan, but Notre Dame is one of my favorite places in the world and there is something special about finding other Fighting Irish fans throughout the world.

Peter Finkel

Lincoln School- Buenos Aires:  Music Teacher


Hello! My name is Peter Finkel and I am coming to Lincoln from Chicago, Illinois. Chicago has been my home since 2005 and I completed my undergraduate degree at a small school on the northwest side of the city, Northeastern Illinois University. I currently teach elementary band and general music in the suburbs of Chicago, and before that I was the general music teacher at an inner city k-8 public school in La villita, a neighborhood on the southwest side of the city. The school did not have the resources to start an instrumental program, but through fundraising and donations I was able to start both a concert band and a rock band program. I am excited to be part of the Lincoln community and contribute my skills to help the students become self-sufficient and inquisitive musicians. This is my first international job, so the opportunity to teach a subject I love at an esteemed school, in Buenos Aires, is a dream come true. I am excited to be part of a forward thinking and inclusive educational community. Some of my hobbies include cooking, drawing, hiking, solo travel, creating all types of music, and my cat Lola (who is coming along). Ask me about the children’s book, with accompanying songs, I wrote about her!

Douglas Dworak

Lincoln School- Buenos Aires:  High School Counselor


My name is Douglas Dworak and I am thrilled to be joining AEL this coming year as the new high school counselor! Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, I did my undergrad degree down in New Orleans and received my Master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of San Francisco. I’ve lived and worked as a counselor in San Francisco and the Bay Area, my hometown of Omaha, at a boarding school in Turkey, Khartoum, Sudan, and am coming to Buenos Aires after three years here in Lagos, Nigeria at the American International School of Lagos. In my freetime I like to get on a bike and go for day-long rides anywhere the roads are good and the traffic isn’t a deathsport. Once upon a time I competed in triathlons and it would be great after a year locked away in quarantine to get back into some races! As a former baker, I also like to spend time in the kitchen cooking for others and hosting small get-togethers.

Tracy Arnold

Lincoln School- Buenos Aires:  Middle School Principal


Hello AEL Community! Over the last 24 years I have been fortunate to have served in international schools in Venezuela, Romania, Italy, Turkey and Colombia. I began my teaching career as a Wellness teacher, but soon transitioned into the area of IT, working as a tech coordinator and coach, design teacher and IB DP teacher. I have also been a curriculum coordinator, vice principal and principal at the secondary school level, with a total of 9 years in upper administration. My masters degree is from the College of New Jersey and my Ed.D in educational leadership is from Lamar University. I am excited to be joining a community of dedicated educators who have taken on the challenge of personalizing learning and making learning relevant for young people in contemporary times. As a former design teacher I value hands-on learning and the development of design cycle thinking which I feel fits well with Lincoln’s goals for teaching and learning. I also enjoy the magic of working with families and co-workers from all over the globe and recognize that this has greatly enriched my life. In my personal life, I love to travel and visit museums. I enjoy being outdoors, hiking, animal rescue, gardening, reading and spending time with friends and family. I love sci-fi, just about every genre of music, and spicy food. I am currently working in a bilingual school in Cali, Colombia and look forward to my arrival in Buenos Aires. I am eager to have asados, empanadas and alfajores...three of my favorite foods!

Brian Kissman

Vision International School:  Head of School


Brian Kissman returns to Qatar after 8 years as Head of School, Vision International School. He once again teams up with Jean Claude Chalouhi who serves as Superintendent of Schools for the Almuftah Group.

Jullie Allison

Lincoln School- Buenos Aires:  Elementary Counselor


Hello from Vietnam! My name is Julie Allison and I am currently a grade 3-5 counselor at UNIS Hanoi. I have a BA in Journalism from UWMadison, an M.Ed in Social Studies Education from UM-Twin Cities, and an MA in International Counseling from Lehigh. In August, I will graduate from The College of New Jersey with a certificate in Educational Leadership in the first cohort to study exclusively online instead of summers in Mallorca. My husband, Rob, and I raised our family overseas and now our children are settled (somewhat) in the US, with my son, John, in Wisconsin, where I am from, and my daughter, Hannah, in California, where my husband is from. Both kids were born in Thailand and we have also lived in Japan, Egypt, Australia, India, Venezuela, and Lebanon. My husband will be an interim HS principal at ASB in Mumbai and we are hoping to be united again soon. In my free time I love to read, cook, golf, garden, and I am attempting to get back into running.

Katherine Huamani

Cayman International School:  Early Childhood Principal
Cayman Islands


Katherine’s previous experiences and roles include Associate Division Head at Avenues: The World School, Pre-K and Kindergarten teacher at the International School of Brooklyn, and English teacher in South Korea and Morocco. Katherine holds a EdM in Private School Leadership from Columbia University, MA in Language & Literacy from the City College of New York, and a BA in Political Science and Education from Swarthmore College.

Derek Nelson

Tashkent International School:  Elementary Principal


Derek’s career has taken him to the United States, Malaysia, China, Indonesia, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Germany. His prior experiences include Head of Education Development and Outreach at the Education Development Institute of Qatar Foundation, as well as Assistant Primary Principal at Qatar Academy Doha.

Lee Hole

International School of Phnom Penh:  Head of School


In addition to his experience in the UAE, Lee has been immersed in international settings in the USA and Bahrain with the British Council, as part of their International Professional Development Program. Lee holds a BSc (Hons) in Sport & Exercise Sciences from Sheffiield Hallam University, as well as a Masters in Educational Leadership from Walden University.

Sam Mills

Sias International School:  Head of School


Sam was most recently the Chief of Staff/Staff Attorney at the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. He holds a Ed.D in Educational Leadership from High Point University; Juris Doctorate and Master of Business Administration from Campbell University; and BS in Special Education from Bradley University.

LaKeicia Denson

Riffa Views International School:  Secondary Principal


LaKeicia holds an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S) in Interrelated Education and a Director of Special Education Seal with Administration Certification from Clark Atlanta University. She also hold a Masters of Education (M.Ed) in Special Education and Behavioral Disorders and a Bachelors of Administration (BBA) from the University of West Georgia.

David Longworth

International School Dhaka:  Primary Principal


David holds a BA Honours Degree (with QTS) from Manchester Metropolitan University, as well as a National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL). David is currently the Head of Prep at the British School Alexandria, Egypt. His career has also taken him to South Africa, Kuwait, and Kenya.

Nikolas Bishop

International School of Stavanger, Norway:  Interim Director


Coming from a family of educators, I tried hard to avoid falling into the same path…but was inexorably drawn into teaching. My wife and I are both TCKs, and working internationally actually made us feel at home! I’ve found international educators to be passionate about their trade and the difference they can make in the world.

Rebecca Kramer de Ortiz

Colegio Interamericano:  Early Childhood Education (ECE) Principal


Colegio Interamericano in Guatemala has appointed Rebecca Kramer as our new Early Childhood Education (ECE) Principal. Mrs. Kramer has been with the school for ten years as a teacher, a math coach and as the interim Vice Principal of the Elementary Position.


Innustame:  Director at Innustame


University Guidance and Education Guidance Platform around the world. Based in India and Czech Republic

Aqsa Ijaz

The Spirit School:  teacher in higher section


Biology Teacher in higher section

Donnah Ciempka

Ascot International School:  Head of School


Donnah Ciempka comes to Ascot International School from Mentone Girls' Grammar, Melbourne where she was Head of Primary. She is an experienced educational consultant in the areas of curriculum and strategic innovation and has worked extensively in school across South East Asia. Initially an Early Years teacher, Donnah has over 20 years classroom and leadership experience.

Rich Modica

Leysin American School:  Director of University Advising


Rich Modica has been appointed Director of University Advising at Leysin American School starting in August 2021 after serving as a University and Career Counselor at Zurich International School, Switzerland for four years. Prior to moving to Switzerland, Rich worked as a teacher in the USA and college/university counselor in Oman, Korea and Singapore.

Sarah McCormack

Bangkok Patana School:  Primary School Principal


Sarah McCormack has been appointed as the Primary Principal at Bangkok Patana School. She has been the School Principal at St Andrew’s College Junior School, Dublin since 2017. She was also the founding principal of Discovery Mind Primary School (DMPS) in Hong Kong. We are looking forward to welcoming Sarah to our school!

Matt Seddon

Bangkok Patana School:  Secondary School Principal


Matt Seddon has been appointed Secondary Principal at Bangkok Patana School starting in August 2021 after serving as a Deputy Head of School at Kellett School, Hong Kong for seven years. We look forward to welcoming Matt to our school!

Patricia Londono

Alessandro Volta Italian School:  Elementary ESL Teacher


Yefferson Julio Auza

Eaglebridge International School, Dandong, China:  English, P.E and Science Teacher


Jeff Brickus

Colegió Interamericano:  Elementary Principal


Colegió Interamericano welcomes Mr. Jeff Brickus as their new Elementary Principal. Mr. Brickus has years of experience as an educator and school leader in Maryland, Egypt and Myanmar.

Ron Wilder

Colegió Interamericano:  High School Principal


Colegió Interamericano in Guatemala welcomes Dr. Ron Wilder as their new High School Principal. Dr. Wilder has been in international schools education for 25 years, working as a teacher and administrator in Switzerland, Guam, Bolivia, the United Arab Emirates, Costa Rica, Korea, Nigeria, Kenya, and China prior to returning to the US in 2016.

Derek Nelson

Tashkent International School:  Elementary Principal


I believe in the power of student voice and that adults must listen to and trust students to take a lead role in their learning. As educators, we must cultivate an environment that allows students to flourish and develop the skills needed to succeed in a world we can’t yet imagine. I also fundamentally believe that learning should be fun.

Sadiqua Khan

Oman:  English teacher


Paul Boland

Korea International School, Jeju:  Middle School Associate Principal


Mr. Paul Boland has been promoted to help lead the Korea International School, Jeju's Middle School as its new Associate Principal.