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Jaime Brianna Pustis

Western Academy of Beijing:  High School Principal


Jan Stipek

Regent International School:  Head of school
United Arab Emirates


Jan Stipek has been appointed Principal (Head of school) at Regent International School in Dubai starting August 2023.

Julie Strait

Ayeyarwaddy International School:  Elementary and Middle School PE


David "Cal" Callaway

International School of Prague:  Deputy Head of School
Czech Republic


We are pleased to announce that David "Cal" Callaway will start at The International School of Prague in August as the Deputy Head of School following five years at The International Community School of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He will be accompanied by his wife who takes on a library position and his two sons who continue in high school. Cal and Colleagues have just released a book supporting PLCs in the IB PYP. Look out for that book review coming soon.

Ricardo Vieira

Shenzhen Foreign Language School:  Deputy Head of Primary


Mr. Ricardo Vieira is an educator committed to collaborative learning that engages students, staff, families, and the community in meaningful experiences. Creativity, compassion, and critical thinking are three values that Ricardo instills in his students every day. He has a Bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Santo Amaro and a Master’s degree in education from Framingham State University. Ricardo is a Certified Athletics Administrator from NIAAA. Ricardo also holds a certification for International School Leadership from the Principals’ Training Center (PTC), and he is currently pursuing doctoral studies in International School Leadership. Ricardo is passionate about developing the best strategies to support teachers in building exceptional teaching and learning environments to enhance students’ experiences and achieve their full potential in school settings. Ricardo taught physical education at Graded School in Brazil and served as head of department and Athletics Director. He also served at an IB international school in Guangzhou before coming to Shenzhen as part of a founding team at BASIS. Ricardo is a distinguished leader who recognizes every child's potential; he believes that all kids can learn based on the stimulus and the environment. Ricardo is excited to bring more than two decades of international school experience to SGA, including teaching and leadership roles. Ricardo and his wife Tatiana are passionate about cooking, traveling, reading, and sports. They raise their boys Bruno and Felipe with a strong family foundation, growth mindset, and international mindedness.

Michael Cascianelli

La Scuola:  Head of School


La Scuola d’Italia New York is a Pre-K to High School established institution in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The school offers IB DP and is part of NYSAIS.

Following an extensive global search led by Search Associates, Dr Michael Cascianelli has been appointed as the new Head of School starting June 2023.

Mark McCallum

International School of Dongguan:  Director


Mark McCallum has been appointed Director of the International School of Dongguan in China.

Liam Hammer

International School of Lusaka:  Head of School


International School of Lusaka is an international school in Ridgeway, Lusaka, Zambia. It is equivalent to an American PK-12 school, and it serves levels preschool through IGCSE/IB Diploma/ISL diploma courses. The school serves a population of over 700 students originating from 50 countries.

Katherine Gendy

Al-Bayan Bilingual School:  High School Principal


Katherine Gendy has been appointed High School Principal of Al-Bayan Bilingual School in Kuwait.

Jeff Paulson

Academy for International School Heads:  CEO


Daniel Kerr

Saigon South International School:  Middle School Principal


Gregory Brunton

IGB International School:  Head of School


After several rounds of interviews and discussions with the Search Committee, the Management Board are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Gregory Brunton as IGBIS’ next Head of School, commencing in the 2023/24 academic year. With 13 years of senior leadership experience in full-continuum IB schools in Asia, and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership focusing on intercultural collaboration, his broad training and experiences will support Greg in successfully leading the growth of IGBIS as the next Head of School.

As a Head, he oversaw all academic, organisational, and business operations for a school of 800 students and 300 staff. Greg focuses on learning, and his decisions consider what is best for a holistic education, preparing students for life after school. He believes rigorous academics, individualised student pathways with support, and extracurricular activities form the foundation. Greg also believes that learning should not stop with the students, but should be a part of the community's culture. He advocates for high-quality international education, and Greg uses the accreditation process to lead continuous, quality improvement for a school.

In addition to leading the accreditation process for his school, he serves on WASC and CIS accreditation teams, evaluating other schools for accreditation. As an Adjunct Professor, Greg has taught classes to Masters and Doctoral students in the educational leadership programme at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, USA, in subjects such as supervision and professional development, and data-based decision making.

Outside of work, Greg most enjoys spending time with his wife, his daughter, and their four rescued pets. The Board is thrilled to welcome Greg and his family to IGBIS, and over the next few months leading up to the school year's end, Greg and current Head of School Jason McBride will be working together to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for the school.

Carrie Turunen

International School of Stuttgart:  Upper School Principal


Carrie Turunen is excited to be joining the International School of Stuttgart as Upper School Principal in August 2023.

Chad Schwaberow

International School Port of Spain:  Secondary Principal
Trinidad and Tobago


I am incredibly honored to announce that the Schwaberow Family United will join the amazing team at International School Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago for the 2022-2023 school year! Chad will be the Secondary Principal, working alongside co-PTC alum, Dr. Suzette Julien. Kat Schwaberow will lead EC-12 Student Support Services.

Diego Sanchez

La Moderna International School:  Head of School


La Moderna offers young people a stimulating, world-class environment to develop their scientific knowledge and enhance their cognitive and critical thinking skills. Upon graduation from La Moderna, young people can expect to be successful, global-minded citizens who promote positive social and environmental values. As a school, La Moderna seeks to educate and inspire their students in an environment of freedom and responsibility. This combined with an intercultural world view promotes respect, compassion and tolerance, and ensures La Moderna graduates enter a new chapter of life as active participants, competent leaders and agents of social change. Values of environmental awareness are promoted at all educational levels, to encourage students to see themselves as part of the natural world and instil a sense of accountability and caring for the planet they share with their companions.

Leigh Miller

Munich International School e.V.:  Deputy Head of School


Leigh Miller, Ed.D, is excited to join Munich International School as the new Deputy Head of School in August, 2023.

Tim Bray

American STEM Prep Daegu:  Principal


American STEM Prep has appointment Mr. Tim Bray to be the founding principal for the ASP Daegu campus that will open in March of 2023. Mr. Bray joins ASP Daegu with over 22 years of experience in international education.

Bojana Borovic Džogazovic

American International School of Guangzhou:  Director of Admissions


We are pleased to announce that Borovic Džogazovic has been appointed to assume the role of Director of Admissions at AISG in July 2023. Bojana has over 15 years of experience in an international school environment and is a long-serving professional in the field of international education, admissions, communications and marketing.

Trae Holland

Pechersk School International, Kyiv:  Director


Trae Holland will be taking the position of Director of Pechersk School International (PSI) in July of 2023. A warm and inclusive learning community historically based in Kyiv, PSI has held IB World School Status for more than 20 years. Trae offers over three decades of experience as a teacher and educational leader in seven countries ranging over four continents. Currently, due to the conflict, Pechersk School International is temporarily operating in Warsaw, where it continues to offer in-person education to students forced to relocate to Poland, or via its online learning program, students in other global locations, including Ukraine. Plans are presently to return full or partial operations to Kyiv this summer, as conditions permit.

Matt Manfredi

Sandnes International School:  Head of School


It is with great excitement and anticipation that I am able to share that I have accepted the position of Head of School/Director at Sandnes International School located in Sandnes, Norway. SDIS is an International Baccalaureate World School and a proud member of both the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO) and the Norwegian International Baccalaureate Schools (NIBS). SDIS is also approved by the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training. I am looking forward to leading an amazing community of passionate people through our next phase of development and advancement.

Steve Ellis

Malvern College Hong Kong:  Head of Senior School
Hong Kong


I am excited to begin my new role as the Head of Senior at Malvern College Hong Kong. An IB World School offering the PYP, MYP and DP.

Jacques Weber

Dallas International School:  Head of School


The Dallas International School Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jacques Weber as our next Head of School. Mr. Weber’s cultural agility as an experienced educator, business administrator, and his ability to navigate the American and French accreditation process is recognized as a tremendous asset that will greatly benefit the next phase of growth for Dallas International School. We are delighted to welcome Mr. Weber to our community in July 2023.

Tom Burton

Colegio Anglo Colombiano (Search Associates):  Head of Primary


Tom Burton has accepted the position of Head of Primary at Colegio Anglo Colombiano in Bogota. Tom has been in international education for twenty years and a school principal for the last fifteen. This will Tom’s second period at Colegio Anglo and he is thrilled to be joining a great school!

Richard Carl Wieburg

QSI International School of Guyana:  Director


Mr. Richard Carl Wieburg has accepted the Director position at QSI’s newest school in Georgetown, Guyana. Mr. Wieburg has an extremely long tenure as an education professional. He was an English teacher and basketball coach in the U.S. for thirty years, and then served as a High School principal for ten years. He started his international service as a Director in Bolivia for two years, then in Guatemala for five years before he started the QSI school in Suriname. From there, he served as Director for QSI in Kyrgyzstan for three years before agreeing to start a QSI school in Guyana. His wife, Joeline, is a professional artist and always helps establish art workshops and gives seminars and art lectures in the countries where he works.

Craig Johnston

QSI International School of Togo:  Director


Mr. Craig Johnston has accepted the Director position at QSI’s school in Lomé, Togo, where his wife, Debbie, will be teaching elementary students. Mr. Johnston has previously served as a director in both Venezuela and Kazakhstan, though not at QSI schools. They have been working in international education for the past thirty-one years.

Jason McBride

Pearson College UWC:  President and Head of College


The Board of Directors of Pearson College UWC is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason McBride as President and Head of College effective August 2023. Jason is currently Head of IGB International School in Malaysia and is deeply familiar with and passionate about the UWC movement through his time as Head of College at UWC Thailand. With more than 20 years experience in highly diverse, CIS accredited and International Baccalaureate continuum schools, he will bring extensive and international experience in educational leadership and intercultural understanding to Pearson College UWC

Yaisa Banek

Tirana International School:  Director of Instruction


Mrs. Yaisa Banek has accepted the Elementary Director of Instruction (DI) position at QSI's school in Tirana, Albania, named Tirana International School. Mrs. Banek has served in the DI role for QSI for the last seven years in China and Albania. Mrs. Banek has been in the educational field for the last 15 years, spending seven of those years in primary school administration. Mrs. Banek, and her husband, have three grown children.

Wayne McKelvey

QSI International School of Atyrau:  Academic Coordinator


Mr. Wayne McKelvey has accepted the Academic Coordinator position at QSI’s school in Atyrau, Kazakhstan. His daughter will be enrolled in the 4yo class, and his wife will continue her higher level education. Mr. McKelvey has held many grade level leadership positions in South Korea, Kuwait, and Qatar during his 13 years in international education.

Travis Moore

Almaty International School:  Director of Instruction


Travis Moore is excited to join the team at QSI Almaty International School as the new Elementary Director of Instruction. He is accompanied by his wife Amber, as well as his 14-year-old son Isaac and 8-year-old daughter Keziah. Prior to coming to Almaty, he worked in a number of educational settings, including 3 years at QSI Dongguan. He spent the past 8 years in New York State in a couple of different administrative roles (ESL Coordinator and most recently Assistant Principal).

Sergio Solis

QSI International School of Bishkek:  Director


Mr. Sergio Solis has accepted the Director position at QSI’s school in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. His wife, Aliya, has taught at QSI Bishkek and more recently China. They have two children, a 3-year-old boy and a 3-month-old daughter. This is Mr. Solis’ third year with QSI and 13th year aboard. He is excited about taking on this new role and was formerly the Academic Coordinator and MSA Internal Coordinator for QSI Bishkek.

Scott Legan

QSI International School of Sarajevo:  Director
Bosnia and Herzegovina


Mr. Scott Legan is excited to accept the position of School Director of QSI Savajevo. Scott holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Iowa. Before joining the QSIS community, he was the Director of Instruction (Principal) for the Secondary at Kyiv International School in Ukraine for 8 years. Overall, Scott brings with him more than 20 years of experience in education, including roles as English teacher, IB English and TOK teacher, and IB Coordinator in America, Slovakia, Italy, and Ukraine.

Sarah Cornelius

QSI International School of Chengdu:  Director of Instruction


Sarah Cornelius joined the QSI International School of Chengdu in August 2022 as the Elementary Director of Instruction. This is her 15th year in education and has a teaching background in Educational Technology, with experience teaching all grade levels Pre-K to Grade 12. Sarah is a Third Culture Kid, as her parents were international teachers. Sarah is a career international teacher, who previously taught in Costa Rica, South Korea, and Myanmar.

Ryan Steinberg

QSI International School of Shenzhen:  Academic Coordinator


Mr. Ryan Steinberg has accepted the Academic Coordinator position at QSI’s school in Shenzhen, China, where his wife, Siwen, will be teaching Chinese, and his daughter, Luna, will be attending kindergarten. Mr. Steinberg has been in education for over 10 years and was previously the MYP coordinator at a Canadian International school.

Rachel Geary

Kyiv International School:  Director of Instruction


Rachel Geary has accepted the position of Director of Instruction at QSI’s school in Kyiv, Ukraine. She has previously served as the Resource Teacher, IB Coordinator and Athletic/Activities at Kyiv International School. Ms. Geary has previously worked in Thailand and Taiwan; she has worked overseas as an administrator and teacher for 30 years.

MaryKay Gudkova

QSI International School of Yerevan:  Director


MaryKay Gudkova is proud to be the new Director of QSI International School of Yerevan, Armenia. She has served as an international school director since 2002 in Europe and Asia. Most recently she was the Head of School at an international school in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Her credentials include administrative and principal certificates from Harvard Graduate School of Education, the City University of Seattle's Albright School of Education, as well as teacher and administrative licenses from the United States. MaryKay is married and has two school-aged sons.

Martin Curry

QSI International School of Djibouti:  Director


Mr. Martin Curry has accepted the Director position at QSI’s school in Djibouti, Africa, where his wife Oksana will be teaching PE and running the school Library. Martin is in his 16th year with QSI and brings 9 years of administrative experience from his role as an Athletic Director in Kyiv, Bishkek and Almaty, Kazakhstan. Martin has also worked at QSI schools in Shekou, China and Tirana, Albania.

Laura Hayward

QSI International School of Atyrau:  Director


Dr. Laura Hayward has accepted the Director position at QSI’s school in Atyrau, Kazakhstan. With more than 20 years as both an international and provincial educator, she has held leadership positions in Dubai, Shanghai, China; Singapore, Vietnam, Louisiana and Texas. Her husband, Paul, is an officer on a ship, and accompanies her when not at sea.

Joscelyn Benitez

QSI International School of Dongguan:  Director of Instruction


Ms. Joscelyn Benitez has accepted the Director of Instruction (Middle School and Secondary), position at QSI’s school in Dongguan, China. She has been an educator for over 20 years, primarily working with elementary and middle school aged Second Language Learners. She has also served as a Literacy Coach for the Martin County School District in Florida, USA. Ms. Benitez began her international education career as a Middle School Intensive English teacher with QSI Shenzhen.

Jennifer Caires

QSI International School of Dushanbe:  Academic Coordinator


Ms. Jennifer Caires has accepted the Academic Coordinator position at QSI’s school in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. She has been an educator for over 20 years, primarily teaching middle school students. She also served as a Professional Learning Facilitator for the Northwest Region of Nevada. Ms. Caires has worked internationally in Slovakia, Ukraine, China, and Azerbaijan.

Jeanne Baca

QSI International School of Bratislava:  Academic Coordinator


Mrs. Jeanne Baca has been an educator with QSI Bratislava since 2016, and she has most recently served as the Academic Coordinator there since 2020. Before working in administration, she taught a variety of classes and age groups, including 6-year-olds and Intensive English. Originally from Miami, Florida, Mrs. Baca currently lives with her husband and two children just outside of Bratislava where they spend time enjoying the outdoors and visiting family.

Hatidza Sadinlija-Jakupovic

QSI International School of Sarajevo:  Academic Coordinator
Bosnia and Herzegovina


Mrs. Hatidza Sadinlija-Jakupovic has been an educator with QSI Sarajevo since 2007. She has taught a wide range of classes, from lower elementary to High School Literature and Writing. Since 2015 she has served as the school’s Academic Coordinator. Originally from Perth, Western Australia, where she taught English and Drama, Ms. Hatidza is joined in Sarajevo by her two children and husband. Together they love to travel and explore the Mediterranean coast.

Fidel Garcia

QSI International School of Montenegro:  Academic Coordinator


Mr. Fidel Garcia has accepted the Academic Coordinator position at QSI’s school in Podgorica, Montenegro, where his wife, Heather will be teaching elementary students. This is their second year with QSI Montenegro. Mr. Garcia also serves as the school’s University Counselor and teaches Cultural Studies. They have worked for 20-plus years in the United States, Malaysia and Montenegro.

Chris Fisher

QSI International School of Phuket:  Director


Mr. Chris Fisher has accepted the Director position at QSI’s School in Phuket, Thailand where is wife also serves as a teacher. Mr. Fisher worked for QSI for four years in the countries of Kosovo and Turkmenistan before assuming this new position.

Cheri Carpenter

QSI International School of Belize:  Director


Mrs. Cheri Carpenter has accepted the Director position at QSI International School of Belize. Her husband, Scott, will continue to support the QSI Resource Department, and their son will begin university in the United States. Mrs. Carpenter has served as an administrator for the QSI schools in both Shenzhen, China and Kyiv, Ukraine. This is her twelfth year as an international educator, and she is thrilled to be serving the QSI Belize community in her new role.

Anna Evans

QSI International School of Skopje:  Academic Coordinator


Mrs. Evans has accepted the Academic Coordinator position with QSI Skopje. She has been a teacher for 18 years, teaching a range of students and subjects in elementary and middle school in the UK and North Macedonia. This is her 7th year with QSI Skopje where she and her family have lived for 13 years. She is thrilled to be serving the QSI Skopje community in her new role.

Adam Boggs

QSI International School of Yerevan:  Academic Coordinator


Mr. Boggs has accepted the Academic Coordinator position with QSI Yerevan. He is a former Archaeologist and Librarian and has been teaching for 10 years. The last three years were with QSI Chisinau, and he has taught in the United States as well as China. His wife has worked as a Pre-school teacher in QSI Chisinau for the past 7 years, and they are very excited about welcoming a new addition to the family in the coming weeks. Mr. Boggs is thrilled to be serving the needs of the international community in Armenia.

Muhammad Younis

American International School of Jeddah:  M.phil physics


I have a five year teaching experiance .i can Teach Mathematics and science upto 8th grade and also Physics and Mathematics for Matriculation and intermediate students.

Anita Brady

International School of Paris:  Primary Vice Principal of Student Wellbeing and Designated Safeguarding Lead


In my rôle as the Primary Vice Principal of Student Wellbeing and Designated Safeguarding Lead, I lead the Primary School wellbeing team and work closely with MS/HS counterparts.

Geeta Jayanth

Bangalore International School:  Head Of School


Excited to rejoin Bangalore International School after a gap of 4 years. The school's Vision of being a Caring Connected community deeply resonates with me and I am committed to ensuring that the we all live by it while we continue to provide high quality learning and experiences for our learners.

Matt Manfredi

Sandnes International School:  Head of School


Mr. Matt Manfredi is appointed as the new Director, starting from 1st January 2023. Mr.Manfredi is from New York. He is an impassioned educator and innovator for over twenty years. He has worked internationally since 2010 in Thailand, China and Austria. He holds a Masters Degree in Secondary Education as well as permanent New York State Certifications in School Administration, Social Studies and Physical Education. He was awarded recognition for Exceptional Teaching from Stanford University’s Teacher Tribute Initiative in 2014. He has also earned a Certificate in School Management and Leadership from Harvard University.