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International School of Ulaanbaatar:  Head of Primary

Colin Powell


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.

Frankfurt International School:  Assistant Head of School

Michael Johnston


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!

Branksome Hall Asia:  Director of Enrollment Management

Barbara Lonczak


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.

Branksome Hall Asia:  Deputy Principal

Michael Schreider


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.

CIS:  Head of School

MaryKay Smith-Gudkova


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.

Colegio Interamericano Guatemala:  Early Childhood Principal

Corinna Krocker


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.

Educational Aspirations:  Founding Director

Proserpina Dhlamini-Fisher


Global Educational Consultancy

EAV:  Principal

Teresa Fry


American International School Chennai:  Elementary School Principal

Lynn Schneider


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.

Colegio Bolívar:  Middle School Principal

Jon Roberts


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.

Daegu International School:  Director of Teaching and Learning

William Seward


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.

Georgia School Ningbo:  Secondary School Coordinator

Darcie Flansburg


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.

ILG School:  Executive Director

Rachel MacKinnon


Utahloy Language Centre:  Head of School

Tim Shepherd


Yangon International School:  Kindergarten Teacher

Lori Mulligan


Kindergarten Teacher at Yangon International School beginning July 2019.

Banjul American International School:  Director

Myna Anderson


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.

ABA:  Head of School

Craig Williamson


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.

Bavarian International School gAG:  Principal Primary School City Campus

Dr. April Yetsko


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).

Bavarian International School gAG:  Deputy Head of School

Shary Marshall


Shary Marshall has been appointed Deputy Head of School at Bavarian International School gAG in Haimhausen and Munich (Germany). Previously, Shary Marshall headed the Primary School at Walworth Barbour American International School in Even Yehuda (Israel).

American International School of Abuja:  PE Teacher/Department Coordinator

Julie Strait


Middle and High School PE and Health

Colegio Americano de Torreón:  Deputy Director

Jessyca K. Lucero-Flores


Jessyca K. Lucero-Flores is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico where she served the educational community in capacities ranging from a substitute to an instructional coach. After being licensed and certified, she moved to Medellín, Colombia where she worked at The Columbus School from 2012-2015 in the capacity as Director of Learning under Susan Jaramillo.

In 2015, Jessyca moved to Torreón, Mexico to Colegio Americano de Torreón where she has served as the Secondary Principal for the past four years. She has been promoted to Deputy Director, N-12 with a focus on academics. She will work closely with Strategic Planning among other things.

She is excited to start this new adventure and hopes to see you at recruiting fairs and international conferences!

The International Community School:  Middle School Principal

Kristie Adelsboell


Kristine Adelsboell is the new Middle School Principal at ICS Addis. Kristine joins ICS this year from Tokyo International School in Japan.

The International Community School:  Executive Director of Learning

Holly Reardon


Holly Reardon is the new Executive Director of Learning at ICS Addis. Holly joins ICS this year from the International School of Eastern Seaboard in Thailand.

American International School of Lagos:  Interim Superintendent

Sean Areias


Sean Areias has been appointed Interim Superintendent at the American International School of Lagos for the 2019-20 school year, and he will serve as Deputy Superintendent for 2020-21 in support of Superintendent-elect Tom Pado. He had been the Elementary Principal at AIS Lagos for the past five years. Sean is looking forward to serving the AIS Lagos community for another two years.

Beijing City International School:  Deputy Principal / PYP Coordinator

Lucila Zornosa-Sanchez


Lucila is originally from Bogota, Colombia. She spent her early years in Colombia and moved to the United States at age 17. She speaks Spanish, English, and she is always interested in learning more languages. She moved to Beijing with her husband Ilich, who is also a teacher at BCIS. Outside of work, she enjoys dancing, traveling, exercising and kite surfing.

Lucila graduated with honors from Texas Wesleyan University in 2008 with a Major in Bilingual Education in Early Childhood through Grade 4 and a Minor in Spanish. She then obtained a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction Design with emphasis on Mathematics from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has been in the teaching field for 16 years and has had the opportunity to work in public, private, and international schools around the world since 2008.

Lucila joined BCIS in 2014 and has been part of the Early Childhood Center since it was open. She has enjoyed seeing the fantastic journey and development our ECC has gone through the past few years and looks forward to continuing to provide a safe, playful, and loving environment for children at BCIS.

Hong Kong International School:  Chief Advancement Officer

Ann Wardwell


Ann Wardwell joins Hong Kong International School as its Chief Advancement Officer. Ann comes to HKIS from The Fay School in Southborough, MA, USA, where she served as Director of Advancement.

Hong Kong International School:  Middle School Principal

Connie Kim


Connie Kim joins Hong Kong International School as Middle School Principal. Connie joins HKIS from Chadwick International in South Korea, where she was Head of the Middle School.

Hong Kong International School:  Upper Primary Principal

Ben Hart


Ben Hart is Hong Kong International School’s new Upper Primary School Principal. Ben returns to HKIS from American International School of Johannesburg, South Africa, where he served as Elementary Principal.

Beijing City International School:  Early Childhood Center Principal

Debra Cota


Debra was born in Minnesota, United States of America. Debra has spent her life surrounded by children, being one of eight siblings. Debra graduated from Saint Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She earned a Master’s in Early Childhood and Leadership from Walden University. Debra has taught grades 2, 5 and 6 in Minnesota and Texas. When Debra had her own children she realized the early years was her specialty. She opened her own preschool program in Minnesota and ran that until she and her family moved to Ankara, Turkey. Debra learned the PYP while teaching and Turkey and specifically PYP in the Early Years.

Debra is joining BCIS after spending 9 years in Santiago, Chile where she was a kindergarten teacher and most recently Principal of the Early Years School for the past 4 years. Debra is very excited to share her passion and experiences of working with young learners with the BCIS community.

Beijing City International School:  PYP Coordinator

Chantelle Parsons


Recently appointed as the PYP Coordinator at Beijing City International School, beginning August 2019, after teaching grade 5 for three years at the school. Chantelle previously worked in an IB setting in Kiev teaching grades 2 - 4.

Beijing City International School:  Director of Communications

Phil Clark


Phil is originally from the UK where he gained his Bachelor of Education (Honours) degree from the University of Lancaster and later gained his Master of Education degree from the University of Sheffield. He also holds a Certificate in Educational Leadership from the Principal’s Training Center.

Phil is passionate about the power of education to inspire others to make a positive impact. He has wide ranging experience in international education as a teacher and has held a variety of leadership roles. He has worked in schools in the UK, Turkey, Kuwait, China, Indonesia and Malaysia. Phil is also a consultant, workshop leader and visiting team leader for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. Originally joining BCIS from 2009-2012 as Middle School Principal. Phil was delighted to return to the BCIS community in August 2019 as Director of Communications. When not working, Phil enjoys running, walking the dog, reading and listening to music.

Thalun International School:  Early Childhood Principal

Tamara Doak


Thalun International School, Yangon, is excited to announce that Ms. Tamara Doak will be joining our leadership team in 2019-20. She will be taking on the role of early childhood Principal at our early childhood campus. Ms. Doak is a seasoned international educator and school leader, with extensive Early Childhood experience.

Bishop Mackenzie International School:  Head of Primary

Eloise Engel


Eloïse Engel is the new Head of Primary at Bishop Mackenzie International School in Malawi. She has previously worked in seven countries, most recently at Harare International School in Zimbabwe. She is joined at BMIS by her two young boys and her husband, who will teach in secondary school and be the college counselor.

Oasis International School - Kuala Lumpur:  Secondary Principal

Dr. Jessica Hale


Dr. Jessica Hale has been appointed Secondary Principal at Oasis International School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, effective August 2019. After serving as the Director of Learning Innovation for the establishment of the school, Dr. Hale is excited to transition to leading the Secondary School at OIS!

UWC East Africa:  Deputy Head of Campus

Florian Ciprian Baciu, Ed.D


Ciprian will serve as Deputy Head of Campus at UWC East Africa in Arusha starting in August, after three successful years as consultant with the Ministry of Education in Oman.He is excited to become part of the UWC movement!

American International School of Abuja:  Middle and High School PE and Health

Julie Strait


Stella Maris School:  DP Extended Essay Coordinator /CORE Facillitator

Edgardo De Castro


Reporting to the IB Coordinator and works with the academic leaders in support to TOK , EE and CAS supervisors/teachers in ensuring components will be met before the deadline to wit: -To support and monitor the progress of the candidates and supervisors/mentors. -To discuss in general the guidelines in choosing topic with the candidates starting in Year 1 and, in particular, help them to formulate, plans a well-focused research question and activities that satisfies appropriate legal and ethical standards of TOK and CAS (including health and safety, confidentiality, human rights, animal welfare, and environmental issues) as well as upholding that the research conforms to the regulations as outlined in the Extended Essay, TOK and CAS Guide relating in the subject areas. -To encourage and support the candidates throughout the research and writing of the extended essay, including advice and guidance of the Extended Essay. -Works collaboratively with the TOK , EE and CAS mentors.

The International School of Rhodes - SIFLS, Suzhou, China:  Vice Principal



Frankfurt International School:  Upper School Principal

John Switzer


John Switzer has been appointed Upper School Principal at Frankfurt International School in Oberursel, Germany, effective August 2019. John joins FIS from Zurich International School where he was Upper School Principal for 8 years.

GEMS AKNS:  High School Assistant Principal -Teaching & Learning

Allen McInnis


As part of ongoing strategic planning and school improvement, Allen McInnis has joined GEMS AKNS in the capacity of High School Assistant Principal focusing on Teaching and Learning.

Allen McInnis is an experienced educator, curriculum writer, and school leader. Allen has worked in schools in Canada, Qatar, and the UAE. He holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, and Curriculum and Instruction, has obtained international principal certification and has held leadership positions in both primary and secondary schools. He has acted as Team Leader, MYP Coordinator, Coordinator of Mathematics and Assessment Lead and whole-school Curriculum Coordinator. Allen holds Master’s Degrees in Leadership as well as Curriculum and Instruction.

Academia Cotopaxi, Quito, Ecuador:  Director

Robert van der Eyken


Robert van der Eyken has been appointed as the next Director of Academia Cotopaxi in Quito, Ecuador. During an international career of 26 years, Rob has been a teacher, coordinator, athletic director, principal, and head of school in Namibia, Mexico, China, Morocco, and North Macedonia. Originally drawn to education as a force for positive change in the world, Rob is very excited to join Academia Cotopaxi, an American International School that is fully dedicated to the concepts of inclusion, expanding its student population beyond what is normally the model of international schools, as well as environmental awareness and reducing our impact on the planet.

International School of Nanshan Shenzhen:  MYP Principal

Chris Irvin


Chris Irvin will become the MYP Principal at the International School of Nanshan Shenzhen in August 2019. His wife Ama will be teaching Kindergarten. After many wonderful years in Venezuela they are looking forward to the change!

Stonehill International School:  Secondary Principal

Joe Lumsden


Joe Lumsden will be joining Stonehill International School in Bangalore, as Secondary Principal, starting in August 2019. Joe will be joining the school from Istanbul International Community School where he has been the Secondary Principal since 2014.

European School:  Head of Middle School / MYP Coordinator

Rizwan Khan


Riz Khan joins the leading IB school in Georgia and the region as Head of Middle School / MYP Coordinator at the European School, Tbilisi.

Passionate about 21st Century learning and teaching, Riz is keen to build teaching which reflects authenticity and autonomy. Riz also holds several roles with the IB including workshop leader, site visitor for MYP and DP as well as building quality curriculum reviewer and consultant.

Colegio Americano de Torreón:  Deputy Director K-12 (for Academics)

Jessyca Lucero-Flores


Jessyca will be working with the General Director in a capacity to serve the K-12 community in regards to academics and strategic planning. She has been the High School and Middle School principal at Colegio Americano de Torreón for the past 4 years.

American International School of Abuja:  PE Teacher/Department Coordinator

Julie Strait


Accepted a position at the American International School of Abuja and will be joining the HPE team for Middle and High School PE and Health.

Harvard American Bilingual School:  Director

Andy Mirhaj


Andy Mirhaj joined Harvard American Bilingual School as the school's Director. Andy has over 15 years of experience working in international schools, both as an educator and educational leader.

Stonehill International School:  Head of School

Brian Brumsickle


Brian Brumsickle will be joining Stonehill International School in Bangalore, as Head of School in August 2019. He has previously served at Gyeonggi Suwon International School for the last four years and brings extensive teaching and leadership experience in Asia.

Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln:  Superintendent

Madeleine Maceda Heide


Madeleine Maceda Heide has been appointed the next Superintendent of Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Madeleine served in leadership roles at Taipei American School, the International School of Brussels, Hong Kong International School, the American School of Bombay, and most recently at Academia Cotopaxi in Quito, Ecuador. Madeleine is invested in energizing communities toward innovation, building collaborative relationships, and empowering diverse learners of all ages and abilities.

University of Charleston (WV - USA):  Director of University Bands

John Christian


John Christian was appointed Director of University Bands at the University of Charleston in Charleston, WV USA. Prior to his appointment he served as Director of Instrumental Music at Almaty International School in Almaty, Kazakhstan and Chair of Fine Arts at Rabat American School in Rabat, Morocco.