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International School of Monagas:  Principal

Chris Irvin


Chris Irvin joined International School of Monagas as the school-wide Principal effective July 2017. He has been known affectionately as Coach Irvin on campus for 19 years at Colegio Internacional de Puerto La Cruz - Venezuela, where he served the following roles: Dean of Students, Athletic Director and Physical Education Teacher.

Modern American Academy:  Deputy Director

Mary Hurley


American School of Valencia:  High School Principal

Christopher Johnson


Christopher Johnson has been appointed as the High School Principal at the American School of Valencia. Mr. Johnson comes to the American School of Valencia after serving as the Principal and Assistant Principal at the Academy of Math and Science in Phoenix, Arizona (USA). Prior to his work at the Academy of Math and Science, Mr. Johnson served as a Curriculum Coordinator in Abu Dhabi, and as an English teacher and teacher trainer in Sevilla and Salamanca, Spain. Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English and Political Science from the University of Arizona, a Postgraduate Teacher Certification in Secondary Education from Pima Community College, a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction from Plymouth State University, and a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership from the University of Arizona. He holds multiple certifications as a Principal, English and Social Studies Teacher, an International Baccalaureate (IB) Certificate in Teaching and Learning from Bethel University, and a CELTA certification to teach English as a foreign language. In addition, he is proficient in Spanish.

Raffles American School:  Elementary Principal

Timothy Shepherd


Tim Shepherd is the Elementary Principal at Raffles American School, Malaysia. Raffles is growing school in southern peninsular Malaysia. Tim has worked in Switzerland, Thailand, Estonia, Bali and now Malaysia.

United World Colleges:  Director of Education

Proserpina Dhlamini-Fisher


Proserpina Dhlamini-Fisher has been appointed Director of Education for United World Colleges in London, England. She was previously AP at UNIS, Manhattan in New York and Secondary Principal at Strothoff IS in Germany.

American Embassy School:  Director of Technology

Bob Elliott


Bob joins AES from American School of Doha where he served as the Director of Technology for the last six years. Prior to this he was at the Seoul Foreign School, Seoul. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer & Information Science from Univ. of Maryland. He is married to Tracy Willcott who will be joining our MS art team. Their daughter Amaya will be attending Grade 3. Bob is involved extra-curricular activities like Softball, Service Learning, Robotics, Television Production, and Photography.

American Embassy School:  Director Operations and Business

Nishit Gandhi


Nishit is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Diploma in IFRS from ACCA, UK. His last assignment was with the British Council where he served as Director Financial Systems. Prior to that he served as Regional Finance Director-South Asia for 8 years and Assistant Vice President-Finance in Genpact. Nishit has worked in finance leadership roles in Asia, Europe and North America.

American Embassy School:  Director

Jim Laney Jr.


Jim has been Head of School at the International Community School (ICS) of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia since 2010. Prior positions there include Middle and High School Principal (2005-2008) and High School Principal and Deputy Director (2008-2010). Jim began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya followed by two years teaching math and computer science in Brooklyn, New York. His positions in the international arena include the International School of Cyprus as a science and computer teacher (1989-1993); Taipei American School as a teacher and Technology Director (1993-1999); and the American School of Warsaw where he was Elementary Assistant Principal (1999-2002), Interim Finance and Facilities Director (2000) and Elementary Principal (2002-2005). Jim has a BSc, summa cum laude, in Computer Systems Engineering with an Applied Physics minor from the Oregon Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree in Science Education (Physics) from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has Credentials in Physical Sciences 7-12 and K-12 School Administration from New York State.

American Embassy School:  Director of Curriculum and Professional learning

Shirley Droese


Shirley has been the Associate Director of Academics Affairs for the past 2 years at the Qatar Foundation, Doha. Prior to that, she was the Director of Curriculum & Instruction (IB) in Shekou International School and Deputy Head of School at Seoul Foreign School. She has been an Administrator at Yorkville Elementary School and Fort Atkinson High School. In addition she also taught overseas at ISB, Bangkok; ISOI, Islamabad, ISG, Al Khobar. Shirley earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Carthage College, Wisconsin, Master of Studies (Elem. Ed.) and PhD degrees from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

American Embassy School:  Middle School Assistant Principal

Melissa Gamette


Melissa comes to us after five years at the International School of Dusseldorf where she has served as a grade level leader, trip planner, and conference presenter at the European League of Middle Level Educators and the IBO. Overall, she has 15 years of teaching experience. Melissa has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the California State University, Chico and a Master’s degree in International Educational Administration from Endicott College in Switzerland. Melissa has taught in five schools in California as well as two in Montana and at the Medan International School in Indonesia.

American Embassy School:  Middle School Principal

Karen Dunmire


Karen has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, a Master’s degree in English/ESL from Michigan State University, and another Master’s degree in Education from Cleveland State University as well as training with the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has a Lifetime Principal Certification from NY state. She was the Middle School Principal at the American School of Warsaw for 10 years and the lower school director of the American School in Madrid for four years. Karen also served as an interim Middle School Principal at the American International School in Vienna (AISV).

Escuela John F Kennedy, The American School of Querétaro:  Assistant General Director

Debra Giles


Debra Giles has been named Assistant General Director at Escuela John F Kennedy, The American School of Querétaro in México. Previously she served as General Director at The American School of Asunción in Paraguay.

Canadian International School of Hefei:  English Language Arts Teacher

Theresa Candelaria


MYP Language Acquisition teacher for grades 7, 8, 9 and 10

Ajial Bilingual School:  Kindergarten Principal

Bianca Alexander


Daegu International School:  Headmaster

Christopher Murphy


Chris was previously the principal at DIS for two years. He is honored to be promoted as headmaster and will lead DIS to continued success.

Frankfurt International School:  Elementary School Principal

Grace McCallum


Grace McCallum has been appointed the new Elementary School Principal at Frankfurt International School. Grace has moved with her family after 11 years in Beijing from her position there as Preschool & Elementary School Principal.

Chadwick International:  Director of Secondary Studies

Barbara Wrightson


Barbara Wrightson has been appointed as Director of Secondary Studies (IB MYP & IB DP Coordinator) at Chadwick International. Barbara has 20 years of experience in education, with 16 years in IB programs. Prior to working at Chadwick, she was served as the Director of Academic Affairs at Taejon Christian International School in the Republic of Korea.

Chadwick International:  Village School Assistant Principal

Geoff Dumelie


Geoff Dumelie is starting his new role as Village School Assistant Principal at Chadwick International Shcool. Previously, he was Village School Counselor at the school.

Chadwick International:  Principal of Student Well-Being

Bobby Fagogenis


Bobby Fagogenis has been appointed as Principal of Student Well-Being at Chadwick International School in Incheon, Republic of Korea after serving as Village School Assistant Principal and Director of Athletics.

Guangzhou Nanfang International School:  IB/Primary and Secondary PE Teacher

Ricardo Vieira


It has been an honor of joining the GNIS team and contributes to this vibrant community of life-long learners.

Rokkasho International School:  Headmaster



Rokkasho International School is run on a commission by the Aomori Prefectural Government to offer an international education primarily for the children of researchers and technicians for the Broader Approach (BA) Activities. It is located in Rokkasho Village, Aomori Prefecture in Northern Japan. Children at Rokkasho International School follow an international style of education based in the English language, setting the groundwork for success wherever their families decide to relocate to after their time in Japan. The school offers a preschool section, for children between the ages of three and five, and elementary and middle school sections that run from grades 1 through 9. Rokkasho International School implements the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) in the Elementary School Section and the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) in the Middle School Section when these sections are offered. The IPC is a comprehensive thematic creative curriculum that is used in more than 90 countries worldwide. The IMYC is a challenging, engaging, internationally-minded, concept-focused curriculum designed for middle school students.

International School Moshi - Tanzania (Moshi Campus):  Deputy Head of Secondary

Rick Fitzpatrick


Rick Fitzpatrick has taken on the role of Deputy Head of Secondary at the International School Moshi (Tanzania) in addition to his post as IB Diploma Coordinator for the 2017-2018 school year. This is Rick's eighth year at ISM where he also serves as DP History and DP Global Politics teacher. He also coordinates the Extended Essay and Self-Taught Literature Programs and plays a leadership role on the Campus Management Team, the Cross-Campus Curriculum Committee and on the IT Committee.

United World Colleges IO:  Director of Education

Proserpina Dhlamini-Fisher


New Role to bring UWC to the forefront of international education!

Colegio Gran Bretaña:  Director (Head of School)

Robert Tomalin


After six years working at Colegio Gran Bretaña (Bogotá, Colombia) as the Head of Secondary, Robert Tomalin will be assuming the role of Director (Head of School). He is sure that the training he received on his four PTC courses supported his growth and readiness for this exciting new challenge.

Futuraskolan International School of Stockholm:  Principal/Head of International (Gr 1-9)

Corina Rader


Corina has been appointed the Principal/Head of Futuraskolan International School of Stockholm a grade 1-9 school in Stockholm, Sweden. Corina has worked in education for over 14 years in Sweden, Washington D.C., Seattle, WA, Las Vegas, NV and Prescott, AZ.

Escola Americana de Campinas:  Elementary Principal

Shannon McMahon


Shannon McMahon has been appointed as the new Elementary Principal at Escola Americana de Campinas in Brazil starting in August 2017. She was previously the Assistant Primary Principal and PYP Coordinator at Stonehill International School in Bangalore, India.

The Thai-Chinese International School:  Lower School Principal

Betsy Fitch


Dr. Betsy Fitch has been appointed as Lower School Principal at the Thai-Chinese International School in Bangkok. Dr. Fitch recently served as Lead Principal in the Oak Grove School District for six years and before that was a lead teacher and STEM coordinator in the Oak Grove District. Dr. Fitch has over 15 years in numerous educational leadership roles.

Nagoya International School:  Secondary Associate Principal

Marika Farrell


Marika will be moving to the position of Secondary Associate Principal at Nagoya International School. Marika has been MYP Coordinator at NIS and IS Moshi, as well as Athletic Director at PSI Kiev and YCIS Beijing.

Pan American School of Bahia:  Secondary Principal

Fernanda Dillon


Fernanda Dillon has been appointed the Secondary Principal at the Pan American School of Bahia in Salvador, Brazil starting July 2017. She previously served as Director of Teaching and Learning and Math Instructional Coach at PASB after teaching at Shanghai American School - Puxi and Chapel School.

International School Hanover Region:  Head of Lower Primary School

Annette Bauer


Position begins August 2017. Annette is currently the Head of School at AltSchool Dogpatch in San Francisco, and previously held many roles in international and US independent schools.

International School of Latvia:  Secondary Principal

Mark Robertson


Mark Robertson is joining International School of Lativa as the Secondary Principal starting July 2017. He is currently serving at the Shekou International School in China as the IB and HS Coordinator.

International School of Latvia:  Deputy Director

David Callaway


David Callaway has accepted an appointment beginning with the 2017-18 school year as Deputy Director at the International School of Latvia, where he previously served as PYP Coordinator and Elementary School Principal.

Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro:  Headmaster

Nigel Winnard


Nigel Winnard has been appointed Headmaster of Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, commencing July 2017. He has spent the last 12 years in Sudan as Founding Head of Khartoum International Community School.

Myanmar International School:  Academic Director

David Tansey


David Tansey is now Academic Director of Myanmar International School in Yangon. He was Vice Principal of a large school in Kuwait before taking over the leadership of the Multinational School in Bahrain.

Banjul American Embassy School:  Director

Caleb Steindam


Caleb Steindam is now Director of the Banjul American Embassy School in The Gambia. He spent the previous four years as a teacher educator for Loyola University in Chicago. Prior to that, he worked in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

St. Michael's School:  Headmaster

Michael J. Schneider


Michael J. Schneider is now Headmaster at St. Michael's School in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. With over 25 years experience, he recently served as Head of Secondary at Amadeus International School Vienna.

Jakarta Intercultural School:  Head of School

Tarek Razik


Tarek Razik has been named Head of School at Jarkarta Intercultural School beginning with the 2017-18 school year. Prior to this, he was Head of School at the International School of Beijing.

Danube International School:  Director

Michelle Purghart


Michelle Purghart has been named Director of Danube International School in Vienna, Austria. Previous to this, she served as Principal at Maranatha High School in Pasadena, CA in the United States.

Sturgis Charter Public School Cape COd:  Principal, East Campus

Patrick O'Kane


Patrick O'Kane is the new Principal at Sturgis Charter Public School, East Campus, on Cape Cod (U.S.). Prior to arriving in 2008, he worked as an educator in New York City, New Jersey, Spain and the Netherlands.

Centro Educativo International Anzoategui:  Director

Kristina Nefstead


Kristina Nefstead has been serving as Director of Centro Educativo International Anzoategui in Anaco, Venezuela since fall 2016. Previously, she served as Head of School in Egypt, Nigeria and Mongolia.

Sturgis Chater School on Cape Cod:  Executive Director

Paul Marble


Paul Marble is the new Executive Director of Sturgis Charter Public School on Cape Cod (U.S.), an "IB for All" high school of 850 students. Paul has worked for Sturgis for 13 years and consults regularly for the IB Organization.

The International School of Georgia:  Elementary School Principal

Michael Palmer


Michael Palmer has been appointed as Elementary School Principal at New School: The International School of Georgia in Tbilisi, Georgia. Michael has been an Assistant Primary Principal and PYP Coordinator at Pechersk School International Kyiv Ukraine since 2009. Michael has worked at schools in Canada, Zimbabwe and Turkey.

International School of Monagas:  Principal

John Christopher Irvin


Chris Irvin will join ISM as the school wide Principal effective July 2017. He has been known affectionately as Coach Irvin on campus for 19 years at Colegio Internacional de Puerto La Cruz - Venezuela, where he served the following roles: Dean of Students, Athletic Director and Physical Education Teacher.

American Community School - Amman:  Middle School Principal

Michael Kellison


Michael Kellison was named Middle School Principal of the American Community School, Amman to start in August, 2017. Previously, Michael served as the Superintendent of the Oak Grove Union School District in Sonoma County, California.

International School of Eastern Seaboard:  Athletic Director

Derick Reardon


Derick Reardon has been appointed as the Athletic Director at the International School of Eastern Seaboard. Before joining ISE, Derick was a PE teacher at the Western Academy of Beijing.

International School of Eastern Seaboard:  Elementary Principal

Holly Reardon


Holly Bowen Reardon has been appointed Elementary Principal at ISE. Before joining ISE Holly was the Elementary School Assistant Principal and Head of Early Childhood Education at the Western Academy of Beijing.

International School of Amsterdam:  Head of Lower School

Susan Loban


Susan Loban has been appointed as the new Head of Lower School for the International School of Amsterdam, after having previously served as Assistant Head of Lower School, Lower School Curriculum Coordinator and Grade-level Coordinator. Susan has worked in schools in her native Canada, the U.K., and Romania before teaching in the Netherlands.

International School of Amsterdam:  Head of Upper School

Matthew Sipple


Matt Sipple joins ISA as the new Head of Upper School for the International School of Amsterdam, having previously served in leadership positions in Latvia, India, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and the United States. Matt comes to ISA with several years of experience in Leadership and Design Thinking.

International School of Amsterdam:  Associate Director for Teaching and Learning

Sarah Grace


Sarah Grace has been appointed as the new Associate Director for Teaching and Learning at the International school of Amsterdam, where she has been for the last 19 years, serving first as Assistant Head and, for the past decade as Head of Lower School. Sarah previously taught in schools in the U.K. and Japan before coming to the Netherlands.

American School in Japan:  Middle School Principal

Pip Curtis


Pip Curtis will be the new Middle School Principal at the American School In Japan beginning July 2017. She is currently the Middle School Principal at the American School in Bombay, India.