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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.

Kristi Granquist

Hong Kong International School:  Upper Primary School Associate Principal
Hong Kong


Kristi Granquist has changed roles at Hong Kong International School from Grade 4 Team Leader to Upper Primary Associate Principal. Kristi began her career at The Montessori School of Bemis in Tennessee and then moved overseas to the American School of Brasilia where she taught Grade 5 and served as a Math Learning Leader and MAP Coordinator.

Genta Branstetter

Hong Kong International School:  Upper Primary School Associate Principal
Hong Kong


Genta Branstetter joins Hong Kong International School as an Upper Primary School Associate Principal from the American School in Japan where she was an Associate Principal of the Elementary School. Prior to ASIJ, she was a mathematics instructional coach and a classroom teacher for over 20 years.

Carrie Bennett

Hong Kong International School:  High School Associate Principal for Academics
Hong Kong


Carrie Bennett comes to Hong Kong International School from the American School in Japan, where she was a high school Associate Principal for four years and a high school English teacher for four years. Previous to Japan, she was an high school Assistant Principal at the American International School in Kuwait and a high school English teacher in both Kuwait and Canada.

Fay Leong

Hong Kong International School:  Director of Curriculum and Assessment
Hong Kong


Fay Leong is Hong Kong International School’s new Director of Curriculum and Assessment. Fay joins HKIS from Shanghai American School, where she was the Associate Director of Educational Programs at their Pudong campus for six years and secondary school social studies teacher for eight.

Gustav Helman

The American School of Belo Horizonte:  Interim Upper School Principal and MYP Coordinator


Gustav Helman has taken the post of Interim Upper School Principal and MYP Coordinator at The American School of Belo Horizonte. His previous post was DP and CAS Coordinator at Chiyoda International School Tokyo, Japan, where he took the school to authorization and started the programme. Prior to that, he was Whole School Languages Coordinator, MFL Head of Faculty, and Spanish teacher in international schools in Zambia, Argentina, Indonesia, China, and Malaysia.

sania khurshid

elementary:  classroom teacher


Elizabeth Phillips

Casablanca American School:  Lower School Principal


Elizabeth L. Phillips has been appointed the Lower School Principal at Casablanca American School in Morocco, where she most recently served as acting Lower School Principal and prior to that, Vice Principal. Before joining CAS, she was Director of Teaching and Learning and MYP Coordinator at the International School of Latvia. She began her international journey in Beirut, Lebanon after having spent several years serving in South Carolina public schools.

James Mattiace

American School in Taichung:  Secondary School Principal


James comes to Taiwan having previously been an administrator at the International School of Panama. With 23 years in education, over half of it in international schools, James is excited to lead this small progressive school with a global lens as it tackles assessment reform, restorative practices, and improves the rigor and critical thinking skills schoolwide. Go Eagles!

Philippe Caron-Audet

International School of Boston:  Secondary School Director


Philippe Caron-Audet has been appointed Secondary School Director at the International School of Boston/Lycée International de Boston. Graduate of McGill in French language, culture and literature, Philippe is also Lead Educator in the IB educators network.

Audrey Menard

International School of Panama:  Director


Dr. Audrey C. Menard was appointed as the School Director of the International School of Panama in July 2020. Dr. Menard is excited to lead this first-tier school which holds non-profit status and educates about 1200 students annually. Previously, Dr. Menard was the Head of School at George Washington Academy, in Casablanca Morocco. She has also served as the Head of School at two additional institutions.

Michael Arcidiacono

Escola Americana de Campinas:  Head of School


Dr. Michael Arcidiacono has been appointed as the Head of School for the Escola Americana de Campinas (EAC). Previously, Michael worked in senior administration positions in schools in Malaysia, China and other schools in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Mark Pleasants

American School of Recife:  Superintendent


Thank you for contacting me. I am thrilled to be the new Superintendent at the American School of Recife. I was the Secondary School Principal at Escuela Campo Alegre in Caracas, Venezuela for four years and the Secondary School Principal at TCIS in Daejeon, South Korea for six years.

Santha Kumar

International Community School, Addis Ababa:  Executive Director of Innovation & Technology


Santha Kumar has been appointed as Executive Director of Innovation & Technology at the International Community School Addis Ababa commencing August 2020. Santha has over 22 years of experience in international education and was most recently the Director of Information Services at Cairo American College, Egypt.

Ricardo Vieira

BASIS International Schools:  Dean of Students of Primary School


Dr. Colin Brown

American School in Taichung:  Head of School


Dr. Colin Brown joined AST in July, 2020. He has almost 25 years in the education field and has held administrative positions or taught in China, Guatemala, Hungary and Vietnam. Prior to coming to AST, Dr. Brown spent 6 years as the Director at an international school in the Dominican Republic. He is pleased to be joining his new team and collaborating with them to guide AST's pursuit of excellence. Dr. Brown's wife Laura, who teaches third grade, and his two daughters are happy to be a part of AST's warm community.

John Nelson

Pan American Christian Academy:  Superintendent


John Nelson has been appointed to serve as superintendent of schools for Pan American Christian Academy (PACA) located in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

John comes to PACA after five years in a head-of-school role at Houghton Academy in New York, USA. Prior to that, he served in leadership in international Christian schools in Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong.

Bobbi McDaniel

American International School of Monrovia:  Director


Dr.Bobbi McDaniel was formerly a Principal at Vision International School in Qatar for 3years. She began her new position on July 1,2020 as the Director at the American International School of Monrovia located in Liberia, Africa.

Vickie Swann

American School in Taichung:  Director of Teaching and Learning


Vickie Swann joins the American School in Taichung as Director of Teaching and Learning. Prior to moving to Taiwan, Vickie worked as a principal, curriculum director, and teacher in the USA, Hungary, Vietnam, and Panama.

Dennis Kelly

NUCB International College:  Principal


Scheduled to open in September 2022, NUCB International College (NIC) will be situated on the beautiful 200-acre, wooded grounds of Nagoya University of Commerce in Business located in Nisshin City, which borders the Aichi prefectural capital of Nagoya City and its 2.3 million residents. NIC will be a co-educational boarding school with world-class facilities for a maximum cohort of 225 students from Years 10-12 and run to the European/North American academic school year (Sept-June). The programme will provide an international and Japanese domestic university matriculation pathway for non-Japanese citizens - either based overseas or residing in Japan - as well as Japanese citizens - either returning from overseas or currently residing in Japan. All students will graduate simultaneously with the Japanese High School Diploma and the IB Diploma. The requirements of both diplomas will be met via instruction in English.

Gustavo Páez

Western Australian International School:  Primary School Vice Principal


Gustavo Paez has been appointed Primary School Vice Principal at Western Australian International School in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, effective September 2020. Gustavo joins WASS from Santiago College where he was IB Coordinator for 3 years.

Colin Powell

International School of Ulaanbaatar:  Head of Primary


The International School of Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia is delighted to announce that Colin Powell has been appointed the new Head of Primary. He previously served as the Director of Teaching and Learning at the International School of London Qatar. Before Qatar, he held leadership and teaching positions in Lithuania, Sri Lanka and China. His Wife, Dr. Jenny Wong-Powell and two children, ages 8 and 10 will accompany him. His family is excited about joining ISU and exploring the wonders of Mongolia.

Michael Johnston

Frankfurt International School:  Assistant Head of School


Dr. Michael Johnston joins Frankfurt International School in Oberursel, Germany as the new Assistant Head of School. Previously Mike spent three years as Director General at the American International School in Guatemala as well as in teaching and leadership positions at a host of schools around the world. Dr. Fochtman is thrilled Mike is joining the FIS team!

Barbara Lonczak

Branksome Hall Asia:  Director of Enrollment Management


Barbara has accepted the Director of Enrollment Management position at Branksome Hall Asia. Barbara established the St. Johnsbury Academy Jeju’s Office of Admissions from a small desk and a big dream. Before coming to Jeju Barbara was the Director of Admissions at Oakwood Friends School, a Quaker Middle and High School in New York.

Michael Schreider

Branksome Hall Asia:  Deputy Principal


Michael Schreider has been appointed Deputy Principal at Branksome Hall Asia. Previously, Michael was a Learning Support teacher at Branksome Hall Asia. Michael comes to us from Canada and is an experienced administrator who has 12 years of experience as Principal. Internationally, Michael worked in Bahrain and was MYP Coordinator at Frankfurt International School.

MaryKay Smith-Gudkova

CIS:  Head of School
Russian Federation


MaryKay is the Head of School for CIS Education Group in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She has been a school director/principal at several international schools in Europe and Asia.

Corinna Krocker

Colegio Interamericano Guatemala:  Early Childhood Principal


Corinna Krocker has accepted the Early Childhood Principal position at the Colegio Interamericano in Guatemala. She is currently serving as Interim principal and held the position as our Early Childhood Academic Coach.

Proserpina Dhlamini-Fisher

Educational Aspirations:  Founding Director
United Kingdom


Global Educational Consultancy

Teresa Fry

EAV:  Principal


Lynn Schneider

American International School Chennai:  Elementary School Principal


Lynn Schneider has accepted the Elementary School Principal position at the American International School Chennai, India. She is currently serving as Elementary Associate Principal at Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt, American School, in Lima, Peru. She has previously worked in the United States, New Delhi, Sudan, Tokyo, and Taipei.

Jon Roberts

Colegio Bolívar:  Middle School Principal


Jon Roberts has been appointed Middle School Principal at Colegio Bolívar in Cali, Colombia. Previously, Jon was a teacher on special assignment at Colegio Bolívar.

William Seward

Daegu International School:  Director of Teaching and Learning


William Seward has joined Daegu International School as the Director of Teaching and Learning. Prior to DIS, William served as the Lower School Principal at the International Community School of Abidjan and as the Associate Principal of Primary/Elementary Schools at Colegio Nueva Granada in Bogota, Colombia.

Darcie Flansburg

Georgia School Ningbo:  Secondary School Coordinator


We are Georgia School Ningbo, a WASC accredited American international school designed to maximize student potential and develop the character and academic capacity of tomorrow’s leaders. We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Darcie Flansburg to the role of Secondary School Coordinator.

Rachel MacKinnon

ILG School:  Executive Director


Tim Shepherd

Utahloy Language Centre:  Head of School


Lori Mulligan

Yangon International School:  Kindergarten Teacher


Kindergarten Teacher at Yangon International School beginning July 2019.

Myna Anderson

Banjul American International School:  Director


The smallest school in the smallest country in Africa has appointed Myna Anderson to lead the school into its 35th year. Myna brings over 30 years of experience from some of the best international schools to BAIS and ensures that the small school maintains its big heart.

Craig Williamson

ABA:  Head of School


Craig Williamson has been appointed Head of School at ABA in Oman. Currently, Craig is the Head of School at the International School of Riga (ISR) in Latvia. Over the past 18 years, Craig has served as the Assistant Head of School at Chadwick International in South Korea and various other teaching and administrative roles in Kuwait, Qatar, the UK and Canada. Craig is privileged to join ABA after Sue Groesbeck who is serving ABA as the Interim Head of School during the 2019-2020 school year.

Dr. April Yetsko

Bavarian International School gAG:  Principal Primary School City Campus


Dr. April Yetsko has been appointed Principal for the Primary School at City Campus of Bavarian International School gAG in Munich (Germany). Previously, Dr. April Yetsko was Head of School at the international school “Magen David Academy” in Panama City (Panama).