Canadian International School Vietnam: Head of School
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Pete Corcoran as the Head of the Canadian International School System (CISS) beginning in May 2023, to lead CISS.
CISS is an inclusive learning community committed to the development of future leaders. Built on academic achievement, service learning, global citizenship, inquiry, reflection, and the balance of mind and body, we challenge all members of our community to be active, lifelong learners.
Harare International School: Director
DR. Gregory J. Moncada has been appointed the director of Harare International School, Zimbabwe.
George Washington Academy: Chief Academic Director/Principal
ASI - Al Akhawayn School of Ifrane: Head of School
Al Akhawayn School of Ifrane (ASI) is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Emmanuel Lacoste as the new Director and Head of School, effective May 22, 2023. Mr. Lacoste is a highly capable and experienced leader who has just completed several years as Head of School in California.
Mr. Lacoste, who holds dual U.S. and French citizenship, was born in France to an American mother and a French father. He has extensive experience as a teacher and administrator in international schools all over the world, including Spain, China, Mongolia, Indonesia, and Japan. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served as an infantry squad leader during peacekeeping operations in Haiti.
Mr. Lacoste's teaching philosophy emphasizes creating a safe environment for students to be challenged and inspired, with a focus on discovery learning and hands-on activities. He believes that schools are small communities where all stakeholders contribute to a shared vision, and he places a strong emphasis on building a sense of community and mutual trust.
Mr. Lacoste will be arriving in Ifrane with his family, including two children who will be students at ASI, on Thursday, May 18th. He is looking forward to exploring the natural beauty of Morocco and the Atlas Mountains.
ASI is delighted to welcome Mr. Lacoste and his family to our community, and we look forward to the many contributions he will make as our new Director and Head of School.
Capital Tokyo International School: Head of School
Gustav Helman has been appointed Head of School at Capital Tokyo International School, here in Tokyo in April 2023. Mr Helman comes to our school with a vast experience in IB schools in Malaysia, Brazil, Indonesia, Zambia, the US, and China, where he worked in different capacities in international schools for the past 30 years.
Sir Manasseh Meyer International School (Singapore): Vice Principal/Head of Primary
Eugene Low will be assuming the role of Vice Principal/ Head of Primary at the Sir Manasseh Meyer International School (SMMIS) of Singapore from August 2023, after holding previous leadership positions in large and small schools.
Sir Manasseh Meyer International School (SMMIS) is a not-for-profit, child-centred school that offers a rigorous International Education, imbued with the vibrancy of Jewish values, tradition and culture. We are a diverse community that welcomes students of all denominations and those of other faiths.
Our educational philosophy is one that teaches resilience, collaboration, independence and perseverance. We are a smaller school by design which allows us to tailor learning to each child, enabling each child to flourish and reach their full potential. Skills acquisition, knowledge and understanding, is at the heart of our teaching, giving the children the best possible start in life.
At SMMIS we have a strong ethical foundation and engender a commitment to social action, healing the world. Our children are encouraged to see themselves as global citizens, with charity and volunteering a strong aspect of school life.
Eugene Low is an experienced international educator and has worked extensively with IB Asia Pacific PYP schools and Fieldwork Education IEYC/IPC/IMYC schools in areas of school consultancy, accreditation and teacher training. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in educational leadership, curriculum development, and community engagement.
Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong: Principal
NEW PRINCIPAL OF LI PO CHUN UNITED WORLD COLLEGE OF HONG KONG
It is with great pleasure that on behalf of the Board of Directors of Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong I am announcing the appointment of Dr Spencer A. Fowler as our Principal of the College as from 1 August 2023.
Spencer is currently the Deputy Head and Vice President for Education and Learning in Pearson College. Prior to that, he has served in many different education roles in Spain, South Africa, Egypt, Thailand, Germany, Vietnam, and Chile before taking up the headship in Yang Guang Qing International School of Beijing and later the role of Chief Executive Officer & Superintendent in the Affiliated High School of Peking University’s Dalton Academy. In this latter role, he was instrumental in establishing exchange programmes with prominent schools such as the Phillips Exeter Academy. He supported student start-ups/companies like Moon Shot Academy and other student-led experiential learning. Working actively with the United Nations, Jordanian and Chinese governments, he established Access Scholarships for refugees and marginalized youth. He will bring to Li Po Chun new ideas and deep China knowledge and is eager to confront the challenges to keep our students’ learning relevant in this digital age and will not be shy to champion for the world’s most disaffected.
As a Canadian with extensive connections and experience in China and in Asia, Spencer, his wife and his three children are extremely excited to live and work in Hong Kong. Their joining of the LPC family will no doubt add colour, diversity and vibrancy to the community. It is relevant to mention that Spencer was selected by the Search Committee after an extremely rigorous process that began in June 2022 with more than 329 prominent educators being approached, 36% of which were women and more than half from outside Europe and North America. Ultimately, more than 70 applicants applied, who were short-listed, the top candidates being interviewed twice, and the whole process culminating in a final review by all Board Members and alumni representation in a face-to-face meeting as well as informal interactions with students and teachers on campus before a final decision was made.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Principal Dr Arnett Edwards for his extensive contribution in developing Li Po Chun from strength to strength. His dedication, prudence, integrity and values-driven leadership, particularly during these few years under the threat of the Covid Pandemic as well as our 30th Anniversary is much appreciated by all and his legacy will long be remembered.
Anthony KH Tong
Board of Directors
Musashi International School of Tokyo (MIST): Head of School
Dr. Emerson Keung will be assuming the role of Head of School at Musashi International School of Tokyo (MIST) in August 2023, after holding previous leadership positions in Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea. MIST is a Cambridge International registered K-12 integrated school from 2 year-old kindergarten to high school founded in 2002.
Zhuhai International School: Head of School
Zhuhai International School is pleased to announce that Paul McKenzie has been appointed as the new Head of School, effective from the 2023-2024 academic year.
Mr McKenzie is an experienced international educator and has led IB schools and programmes in various parts of the world. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in educational leadership, curriculum development, community engagement and capital projects.
Jaime Brianna Pustis
Western Academy of Beijing: High School Principal
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.
Ayeyarwaddy International School: Elementary and Middle School PE
David "Cal" Callaway
International School of Prague: Deputy Head of School
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.
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.
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.
International School of Dongguan: Director
Mark McCallum has been appointed Director of the International School of Dongguan in China.
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.
Al-Bayan Bilingual School: High School Principal
Katherine Gendy has been appointed High School Principal of Al-Bayan Bilingual School in Kuwait.
Academy for International School Heads: CEO
Saigon South International School: Middle School Principal
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.
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.
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. https://lnkd.in/gSnE8E9P https://www.isps.edu.tt/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Malvern College Hong Kong: Head of Senior School
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.