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Liam Browne

Advanced Learning Schools , Riyadh:  Superintendendt
Saudi Arabia


Advanced Learning Schools is delighted to announce the appointment of Liam as our new Superintendent. Liam brings a wealth of experience in international education, having dedicated nearly three decades to this field. This appointment marks his third headship and adds to a career spanning Germany, Brazil, and Norway, where he has led exclusively International Baccalaureate (IB) schools.

Liam is currently the Head of the Franconian International School in Germany, a role he has held with distinction for the past three years. His career also includes teaching IB Diploma Programme history, Theory of Knowledge, Business Management, and various Middle Years Programme courses.

As he prepares to leave the Franconian International School, Liam is excited about the opportunity to contribute to the dynamic community at Advanced Learning Schools and is looking forward to the new learning experiences that await.

Nicola Zulu

Verdala International School:  MYP Coordinator


I am looking forward to joining Verdala International School as the MYP coordinator in the new academic year. The opportunity to be part of a school that celebrates diversity, empowers and inspires individuals to discover their true potential is super exciting.

Samantha Olson=Wyman

Colegio Maya:  Elementary Principal


Dr. Samantha Olson-Wyman has been appointed Elementary School Principal of Colegio Maya (American International School of Guatemala) in Guatemala.

shadrack kyalo

eastlands nobility academy:  headteacher


serving the community in impacting the lives of young ones is my delight

Ken Fernandez

XCL American Academy:  Superintendent


We are delighted to announce that Ken Fernandez has accepted the role of Superintendent at XCL American Academy in Singapore. Ken's twenty-five-plus years as an international school leader and educator have focused on building collaborative and inclusive structures and programs in schools. His wide-ranging experiences in both small and large schools in Guatemala, Nepal, India, UAE, Morrocco, and Brazil bring expertise and perspective to the XCL American Academy, now in its third year as a new school in Singapore.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bray

Amala:  Director of Education Programmes


We are delighted to announce that senior educational leader Lizzie Bray has been appointed as Amala’s Director of Education Programmes. Lizzie is the former Head of the Dover Campus at United World College of South East Asia, Amala’s founding partner school which played a pivotal role in supporting the development of the curriculum for the Amal Global Secondary Diploma programme.. Lizzie has been working with the Amala team as a consultant since September 2022, collaborating closely with our team to build capacity within the organisation to achieve accreditation. Since then she has been working on a project to ensure that we are able to continue to deliver on the promise of our transformative education whilst reaching greater numbers of refugee and conflicted affected youth. Lizzie joins Amala at an exciting time: having received accredited status from the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), we are currently looking to the next three years of Amala’s development. The coming years will focus on creating more impact through the expansion of our programmes, as well as through sharing Amala’s transformative education model more widely. The role of Director of Education Programmes will be critical as we grow and scale our work. With over 30 years of experience, Lizzie’s extensive background in teaching and leadership in international schools across the globe and deep understanding of what a world class education looks like will be invaluable on this journey.

Derek Dalasta

Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln:  Elementary School Principal


Lincoln is excited to introduce Derek Dalasta as the new elementary school principal beginning August 2024. Mr. Dalasta has a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Minnesota and 18 years of experience as an international educator. He has served as a Principal in the United States and a teacher in the Czech Republic, South Korea, and Mexico. While in leadership roles, Derek has used data, research, and reflection to lead school change and meet the individual needs of students and their families. He is dedicated to fostering an inclusive atmosphere that promotes both academic excellence and personal growth among students. He has worked with dual language models both in México and in the United States. During his time as an administrator, Derek led two schools through the design and construction process of a new school building and facility modernization project. Mr. Dalasta's experience, and his commitment to educational innovation, will also play a crucial role in shaping the future of Lincoln’s school community.

David Nelson

Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln:  High School Principal


Lincoln is thrilled to welcome Dr. David Nelson as the new high school principal for the 2024-2025 school year. He has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Wilkes University and 34 years of experience as an international educator. He has served as the High School Principal and Coordinator of Professional Development and Growth in Greece and previously worked as an educator in the United States. Dr. Nelson has experience in service learning, research, project-based learning, expansion of course options, AI and Conscious Citizenship frameworks, contingency planning, adult learning, and professional development. As an Oregon native and former history teacher, he has traveled through Central America and lived in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua to study Spanish. He also founded the Equity Maps app: an educational technology tool to help make classrooms more inclusive with more equitable dialogue, more collaboration, and deeper reflection. Over 60 countries around the world use this tool. As Lincoln embraces the exciting opportunities ahead, Dr. Nelson's visionary leadership and dedication to professional development will inspire our community to reach new heights of excellence.

Mel Bland

International School of Zug and Luzern:  Primary School Principal


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


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


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


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


Paola Torres de Pereira

American School of Paris:  Lower School Director



Sreenidhi International School:  Secondary School Prinicipal


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


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.


KIS International School:  Secondary School Vice-Principal


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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)


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


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)


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


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


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


ICT Teacher

Winsome Saldanha

Thalun International School:  Director


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


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


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


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!

Jennifer Swinehart

American School of Bombay:  Deputy Head of School


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


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


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


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


Kristie Nguyen

Ruamrudee International School:  Elementary School Assistant Principal


David Esch

Colegio Granadino:  General Director / Head of School


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.