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Marika Farrell

Berlin Brandenburg International School:  Secondary Principal


Marika Farrell is the new Secondary Principal at Berlin Brandenburg International School, in Germany.

Stephanie Henry

Haggonfields Primary:  Head of School


A new head of school has been appointed at Haggonfields Primary, in Rhodesia, who, along with staff, have set about turning around its fortunes.

Stephanie Henry said her and staff are working hard ‘to get the school where is deserves to be’ and are excited about its future.

Bridget Compton-Moen

St Margaret’s College:  Head of School
New Zealand


Bridget joins us from Selwyn House, where she is currently Year 7&8 Dean. With more than 25 years’ experience as an educator in New Zealand and internationally, Bridget has worked with age groups ranging from preschool to Year 8. She brings with her a strong track record in building a community of engaged and thriving students, teaching staff and parents.

Diana Patchett, Executive Principal, comments: “We are thrilled to welcome Bridget to St Margaret’s College. Through her commitment to empowering young girls to become lifelong learners and leaders, and with a strong focus on pastoral care, Bridget shares the values we hold dear here at SMC.”

“Bridget is a future thinker who adopts emerging technologies to enhance teaching practices, and has played a key role in the expansion of Selwyn House’s Future Problem Solving programme, while also using literature to foster inclusiveness and to introduce new ways of thinking into the classroom. She is passionate about instilling leadership skills in young girls, ensuring they are fully prepared for their journey into Middle School and beyond, and we are delighted that she is joining our team.”

Bridget has also demonstrated a strong commitment to service, as Treasurer of the Canterbury Association for Gifted Education, whose mission is to ensure all learners are catered for in Canterbury schools. She is also a founding member of ChchEd, formed following the Christchurch earthquakes in response to the need for educators to support and inspire one another. She and her husband, Dave, have strong connections to the local community. Their daughter Hattie graduated in 2020 as Deputy Head Girl of St Margaret’s and son Oscar is a Year 10 student at Christ’s College.

Bridget Compton-Moen says: “I am excited to officially join the SMC community and embark upon this role in the Junior School. I look forward to working alongside the amazing Junior School staff and families to ensure the girls continue to flourish and achieve their potential. I can’t wait to meet you all.”

Ariane Baer-Harper

Brewster Madrid:  Head of School


Brewster Madrid is proud to announce Ariane Baer-Harper as its Founding Head of School. Ariane will transition to Madrid in July 2022, with the school opening in Fall 2023. Ariane has 23 years of experience in schools and her passion for growing schools has led her to Brewster Madrid. Most recently, she served as Enko Waka International School’s Head of School and Country Director (Superintendent). As their Head of School, Ariane managed multiple campuses, developed a progressive marketing vision for the schools, and retained a team of highly motivated staff and teachers. Ariane earned her BA in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University and holds an MS in Accounting, an MBA and an EdD in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University.

Emily Sargent-Beasley

American College of Sofia:  President


ACS is proud to announce Emily Sargent-Beasley as its next President, effective summer 2022. Since 2016 she has served as Head of Pudong Campus of the Shanghai American School, the longest standing international school in China. Previously she held a six-year tenure at Walworth Barbour American International School in Tel Aviv, Israel, serving respectively as Middle School Principal, Director of Teaching and Learning and Assistant Superintendent. The child of international educators, she grew up attending schools in Lebanon, Iran, Saudi Arabia and India, followed by a professional career in India, Israel and China. As an experienced school administrator, Emily has successfully tackled wide-ranging changes, opportunities and challenges, from strategic plan implementation and accreditation processes to campus expansions, curriculum re-design and health crisis management during the current pandemic. She holds a B.A in Geography from George Mason University, an M.A in Education from James Madison University, a PhD in Literacy from the Curry School of Education at University of Virginia, and is a current Doctoral candidate in International Leadership at the University of San Diego.

Emily McCarren

Keystone Academy of Beijing:  Head of School


Keystone Academy of Beijing is excited to announce Emily McCarren as their next Head of School, starting July 2022. Emily will be leaving her current position as Academy Principal (grades 9-12) at the Punahou School in Honolulu, HI. She started at Punahou in 2006 as a Spanish Teacher and later served as their Director of the Wo International Center from 2012 to 2015. She has also held teaching positions at Thacher School in Ojai, CA, and at Swiss Semester in Zermatt, Switzerland. Emily serves on the boards of the Global Online Academy and the Mastery Transcript Consortium. She earned her BA in Spanish from Colby College and holds master’s degrees in Spanish Literature and Educational Leadership from St. Louis University and Columbia University Emily also earned a PhD in Learning Design and Technology from the University of Hawai’i.

Whittney Preston

Foxcroft School:  Dean


Whittney Preston has been selected as Foxcroft School’s inaugural Dean of Inclusive Excellence. As a member of the school’s administrative team, the Dean of Inclusive Excellence carries primary responsibility for supporting faculty as they work with students and in refining Foxcroft’s curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment through the lens of equity and inclusion. Since 2013, Whittney has served at Heritage Hall School where she first began as a Spanish teacher before transitioning to the Specials’ Team Leader for the Lower School and most recently serving as the Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Whittney earned an undergraduate degree in Spanish from the University of Oklahoma, an MA in Educational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University, and is currently working towards her Ed.D.

Bryan Bordelon

The American School of São Paulo:  High School Principal


Location São Paulo, Brazil Bryan Bordelon has been selected as Graded’s next High School Principal, beginning July 2022. Bryan will bring a student-centered philosophy to prepare students for future success as he joins the Graded Community. Since 2016, Bryan has served as Sharpstown International School’s Principal in Houston. Bryan is working towards his Ed.D. in K-12 Leadership from University of Houston (December 2021) and has an MEd in Education Administration and BA in English & Psychology, both awarded from the University of Texas.

James O'Malley

Ruamrudee International School:  Head of School


RIS is proud to announce Dr. James O'Malley as our official Head of School! Dr. Jim, who has been with RIS as high school principal since 2018, has also been serving as Interim Head of School since 2020.

Ana Catalina (Caty) Romero

MYIS - Magic Years International School:  Director of Teaching & Learning / IB Programs Coordinator (August 2022)


ANA CATALINA (CATY) ROMERO is an early childhood, elementary and middle school curriculum, instruction, and assessment instructional leader passionate about learning and teaching through the lens of inquiry, modeling, reasoning, and communicating. Caty looks forward to her new role as Director of Teaching and Learning & IB Programs Coordinator at Magic Years International School (MYIS) in Bangkok. Caty has had various teaching and instructional leadership roles in international schools including International School Bangkok in Thailand, Shanghai American School in China, International School Nido de Aguilas in Chile, and ISR International Schools in Mexico. She serves as a contracted consultant at international schools in the South East Asia and Middle East regions. In addition, she has facilitated workshops for international school teachers and leaders at various AASSA, NESA, EARCOS and ACAMIS regional conferences.


International School of London Qatar:  Head of School


Sean Areias is the new Head of School at the International School of London Qatar. Before arriving to ISL Qatar, Sean spent the previous 7 years at the American International School of Lagos in leadership roles including Elementary Principal, Deputy Superintendent, and Interim Superintendent.

Barbara Vollrath

Woodford International School:  Head of School
Solomon Islands


My personal aim here at Woodford is to draw on the Japanese idea of Kaizen, which translates roughly to "good change," it is a Japanese productivity philosophy that helps you organize everything you do. In short, it means "constant, continuous improvement," and fosters in schools, a culture of where the quality of teaching and learning underpins all positive change.

Abi Lewis

Nobel Algarve British International School:  Head of School


Head of School at Nobel Algarve British International School, Abi Lewis, is bringing traditional British methods to the school while embracing integration and multiculturalism.

Tim Jefferis

Malvern College Qingdao:  Headmaster


As a senior leader with great insight into the essence of a British boarding school education, Dr Tim Jefferis is the ideal candidate to become the founding Headmaster of Malvern College Switzerland and to oversee the development and growth of the newest member of the Malvern College Family of Schools. Dr Jefferis brings with him extensive experience of boarding school education, joining us from his role as Senior Deputy Head at Harrow International Bangkok and prior to that, senior roles at Oswestry and Uppingham Schools in the UK.

Tim is joined by his wife Jo in Leysin where they have already made the most of the spectacular landscape which surrounds them, taking on challenging hikes and bike rides around the mountain environment. In true Malvern style, Tim has already started to excite the pupils with talk of a community-sponsored bike ride from Malvern, UK to Leysin in Switzerland, which will more than make up for the planned ride from Bangkok to his home in North Wales which was cancelled last year due to the pandemic.

Iain Ruck

Malvern College Qingdao:  Headmaster


Colleagues in Qingdao are excited to welcome Mr Iain Ruck their new Headmaster. Iain takes up post as Malvern College Qingdao enters an exciting phase of its development, with preparations already underway to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the school, which was founded in 2012 and now hosts nearly 1000 students in its boarding school environment, in the shadow of the Laoshan Mountains in China’s Shandong province. Mr Ruck is no stranger to China as he previously worked at The British School of Guangzhou, where he held various leadership positions, including Head of School, during his eight year tenure. Mr Ruck credits his time in Guangzhou for his love of China, which was the motivation for applying for his new post.

Neal Oats

Star International School Mirdif:  Principal
United Arab Emirates


Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Star Education, a bespoke English Curriculum school, has appointed Neal Joseph Oates as the new Principal of Star International School Mirdif, effective for the new school year.

Mike Gilmour

Knightsbridge House International School, Sentosa Campus:  Principal


Mike Gilmour has been appointed Principal and Head of School.

Grant Gillies

British School of Bucharest:  Head of School


For the Gillies’, it’s their third international posting after Thailand, where Grant was for two years Head of Primary and Acting Principal and after his three years in Qatar as Senior Vice Principal at Doha College.

William Webb

Salisbury School:  Head of School


William Webb has been appointed by its Board of Trustees to serve as Salisbury’s next Head of School, effective July 1, 2022.

Gustavo Sever

Colegio Internacional De Caracas:  Superintendent


Gustavo Sever has recently been appointed as superintendent at Colegio Internacional de Caracas in Caracas, Venezuela.

Thomas Cangiano

American Community School Beirut:  Head of School


On Tuesday, September 21st 2021, ACS Beirut students, faculty, parents, alumnae, trustees, friends and distinguished members of the community officially welcomed Thomas Cangiano as the 116 year-old institution's 14th Head of School.

Fred Schafer

Beijing City International School:  Principal


BCIS would like to extend a friendly welcome to our new Elementary School principal, Fred Schafer. Hailing from Ohio, USA, Fred brings many years of teaching and leadership experience, and he will spice up our school with his unique perspectives on culture and education. He has spent the last 8 years here in China, leading international schools and diving into the rich traditions of the nation, including cooking. His wife and her family taught him recipes, and now he can often be found in the kitchen whipping up a Chinese meal, even at 4:30 am! He appreciates the unique position BCIS enjoys as an international school that values Chinese cultural heritage in its approach, and he will bring all the ingredients here together to concoct a future-focused learning environment with a distinct Chinese flavor for all our students in the ES.

After completing his bachelor's degree in education, Fred began his teaching career in the United States. However, after hearing about the possibilities to learn about other societies, see new sights, and gain professional development, Fred decided to turn to international education. He has always been curious about other cultures, and especially keen to learn about his favorite subject: ancient civilizations. "I was very interested in ancient civilization growing up, and even as a teacher," Fred describes. This interest made working in China a perfect fit. Fred is excited to begin his new role here at BCIS, as it allows him to utilize his leadership and communication skills, while still being close to the young learners he is so passionate about instructing.

Graham Howell

PACE Modern British School:  Founding Principal
United Arab Emirates


I am incredibly proud to have the privilege and responsibility of being the founding Principal of PACE Modern British School. I bring with me 23 years leadership and teaching experience at outstanding schools both in the UK and the Middle East. Born and bred in London, I would describe myself as a hardworking, positive, contingent leader. At PACE Modern British School, we have an opportunity to shape the leaders of tomorrow and I am excited to work with these flourishing young people here at our school.

Justin Kilcullen-Nichols

Leonardo da Vinci Academy:  Principal
Czech Republic


Justin Kilcullen-Nichols has been appointed principal of the newly established Leonardo da Vinci Academy.

Dominic Maher

Lolland International School:  Founding Principal


Dom is the founding principal employed in January 2021. He has over twenty-five years in education, as a teacher and school leader, having previously been involved in opening, running and developing schools in Denmark and Australia.

David Ottaviano

International School of Florence:  Head of School


Ottaviano has been a public school superintendent in New Jersey and a head of private international schools in Serbia, Italy, Japan, Romania and the UAE, as well as President of the International Baccalaureate for North Asia. With his educational background and passion for Psychology, for which he holds a professional doctorate (Ed.D.), Ottaviano believes that relationships between teachers and students are paramount. He has written and published articles on the adjustment of children, psychology and on the education of students. Most recently, Ottaviano has served as director for the Accrediting Commission for Schools, where he fostered excellence in elementary, secondary, adult and postsecondary institutions. Prior to this, he was Head at GEMS International School-Al Khail in Dubai.

Ottaviano is no stranger to adversity, having led the International School of Belgrade during the Yugoslavian War. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, international recruitment, board training, as well as educational and operations management. In his leisure time, he is embracing Florence by taking classes in sculpture.

The new Head of School at ISF brings an analytical perspective in his quest to help schools improve. He will be instrumental in ISF’s CIS and IB re-accreditation, priorities for the year ahead, and also in driving opportunities for school expansion, so that more students can benefit from a unique international education in Florence.

Arden Tyoschin

Harare International School:  Director


Arden Tyoschin has become The Director of Harare International School for August 2022

Adrian Moody

Bishop Mackenzie International School:  Director


I am delighted to serve as Director of Bishop Mackenzie International School. BMIS provides a rich experience for our students. I believe the education of children is a collaborative effort that involves the school, teachers, parents and the community. We are a diverse and international community with a strong community sense. I look forward to greeting you to the new school year.

Anthony Pascoe

The International School of Florence:  Junior School Principal


On behalf of The International School of Florence ( ISF ) we are pleased to announce the selection of Anthony ( Tony ) Pascoe as their new Junior School Principal, effective January 2022.

Tony brings international experience to the position, as Technology Integrationist at Shanghai Community International School and as Assistant Elementary Principal at Magen David Academy in Panama. Since returning to the United States in 2017 Tony has been the Elementary Principal at King-Murphy Elementary School in Evergreen Colorado, a school that has offered the IB Primary Years program since 2011. As teacher and school leader Tony brings the vision and innovation that strongly align with ISF values, a foundation that he hopes will enable him to be a contributor to the ISF team and community.

Tony earned a B.Sc. in Elementary Education, an M.Ed. in Educational Technology, a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership, and is currently enrolled in an Ed.D. program at the University of Colorado which he hopes to complete in 2021. Tony and his wife Cesy have a three year old son Tony Jr. ; they will be joining Tony in Florence.

Viki Stiebert

International School of Bergen:  Director


Viki Stiebert is now Director of the International School of Bergen (ISB) in Bergen, Norway. Prior to her role at ISB, Viki was the Director at the International School Panama. Her previous experiences include leadership roles in Switzerland and New Zealand, as well as time in Austria, Germany, and Scotland.

Mel Curtis

ISN Nice:  Head of School


Mel Curtis is the new Head of School at ISN Nice. She has been a teacher, an academic director, and Principal across Europe, the Middle East, and North America for over 30 years. Her most recent leadership role was with Nord Anglia Education as Principal in Switzerland, Czech Republic, and before that, in the USA.

Lief Erickson

Canadian International School of Hong Kong:  Lower School Principal
Hong Kong


Lief Erickson has been appointed Lower School Principal at Canadian International School of Hong Kong. Lief brings over 20 years of experience to the role and most recently served as the Primary School Principal at the International School of Lausanne, Switzerland for 13 years.

Michael Adams

The Association of American Schools of Central America:  Executive Director


Michael Adams has accepted a position beginning in August 2021 as Executive Director of The Association of American Schools of Central America, Colombia-Caribbean and Mexico (Tri-Association). He has been the Superintendent of The American School Foundation of Monterrey (ASFM), Mexico, since 2013.

Jean-Marie Khan

Frankfurt International School:  Elementary Principal


Frankfurt International School (FIS) has appointed Jean-Marie Khan as the Elementary School Principal at the main Oberursel campus. She currently serves as Principal of AIS Kuwait's large middle school. Her first Principalship was at Carlton Innovation School in Salem, MA.

Nancy Le Nezet

Seoul Foreign School:  High School Principal


Nancy Le Nezet has been named High School Principal at The Seoul Foreign School. Currently serving as Interim Head of the Swiss International School in Qatar, she has extensive experience in International Baccalaureate education and excellence in pedagogical skills.

Jason McBride

IGB International School:  Head of School


Jason McBride will be moving to Kuala Lumpur in July to join the team at IGB International School (IGBIS) in Malaysia. Jason is currently serving as Head of School at UWC Thailand after having previously been with schools in Canada, Mexico, England and the UAE.

Lural Ramírez

United World College:  Head of School
Costa Rica


Lural Ramírez has been appointed Head of School at UWC Thailand in Phuket after seven years leading Futuro Verde in Costa Rica. She is an experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in the field of preschool, primary and secondary education.

Robert Doyle

Istanbul International Community School:  Secondary Principal


Robert Doyle has been named Secondary Principal at Istanbul International Community School, Turkey beginning August 2021! He is currently High School Principal at the American International School Dhaka, Bangladesh. He previously served as Assistant High School Principal at the Anglo-American School Moscow.

Grace McCallum

Frankfurt International School:  Head of School


Grace McCallum will become Head of School at the American School of Brasilia. She is currently Elementary School Principal at Frankfurt International School in Germany.

Jeremy Majeski

Frankfurt International School:  Head of School


Jeremy Majeski will take the reins at Frankfurt International School's satellite campus in Wiesbaden. He joins FIS Wiesbaden from the American School of Barcelona, where for the past four years he has been Elementary Principal.

Bodo Heiliger

The International School – Portland:  Head of School


Bodo Heiliger has been appointed Head of School at The International School – Portland, Oregon, USA. He previously served as Head of Elementary.

Emily MacLean

Branksome Hall:  Head of Junior Schol


Emily MacLean has been named Head of the Junior School at Branksome Hall, effective July 1, 2021. She began her teaching career here a decade ago, before taking on a number of international leadership roles.

Kelly Grogan

Achieve Xiamen International School:  Head of School


Kelly Grogan has been appointed Head of School at Achieve Xiamen International School, China, beginning May 2021. Kelly holds a Doctorate in Education, Global Leadership from Lamar University.

George Stewart

American School Foundation of Monterrey:  Superintendent


George Stewart has been named Superintendent at the American School Foundation Monterrey in Mexico, beginning July 2021. He is currently the Head of Education Strategy at EF Education First.

Jeff Aitken

Upper Canada College:  Head of School


Jeff Aitken has been named Head of the Upper School at Upper Canada College, effective August 1, 2021. He joins UCC from Dulwich College, Singapore, where he currently serves as Head of the Senior School.

Glen Radojkovich

Taaleem Schools:  Head of School
United Arab Emirates


Glen Radojkovich has been appointed Head of School Improvement for Taaleem Education in the United Arab Emirates. He was formerly Head of School at GEMS International School, Dubai.

Eileen Niedermann

International School of Phnom Penh:  Director


Eileen Niedermann has been named Director of the International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP), Cambodia beginning July 2022. Eileen is currently the Director of Mahindra International School, India.

Pamela Chandler

The International School - Portland:  Head of School


Pamela Chandler is the new Head of Elementary at The International School - Portland, in Portland, Oregon. Most recently, Pamela was the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme Coordinator at the Stamford American International School in Singapore.

Dominique Velociter

French American International School:  Interim Head of School


Dominique Velociter has been named Interim Head of School for the French-American School of Princeton, USA. She has led in Head of School roles since 1994. Most recently, Dominique served as Superintendent of Dar Jana International School, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Kevin Fullbrook

Al-Bayan Bilingual School:  Director


Kevin Fullbrook has been appointed the Director of the Al-Bayan Bilingual School.