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Beijing City International School:  Deputy Principal / PYP Coordinator

Lucila Zornosa-Sanchez

08/16/2019

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

08/15/2019

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

08/15/2019

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

08/15/2019

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

08/07/2019

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

07/29/2019

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

07/29/2019

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

07/22/2019

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

07/20/2019

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

07/16/2019

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

07/10/2019

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

07/07/2019

Stella Maris School:  DP Extended Essay Coordinator /CORE Facillitator

Edgardo De Castro

07/05/2019

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

MOHAMMED NASEEM

06/28/2019

Frankfurt International School:  Upper School Principal

John Switzer

06/26/2019

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

06/08/2019

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

05/30/2019

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

05/25/2019

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

05/22/2019

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

05/17/2019

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

04/30/2019

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

04/28/2019

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

04/17/2019

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

04/14/2019

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

03/31/2019

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

03/28/2019

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.

Maarif International School:  Visual Art/Design Teacher

Zeynep USTA

03/28/2019

International Community School Addis Ababa:  Executive Director of Learning

Holly Reardon

03/25/2019

Holly Bowen Reardon has been appointed as Executive Director of Learning at the International Community School Addis Ababa commencing August, 2019. Holly has over 19 years of experience in education and was most recently the Elementary and Middle School Principal at the International School Eastern Seaboard.

American International School of Guangzhou:  Director

Kevin Baker

03/06/2019

Kevin Baker has been appointed as Director of the American International School of Guangzhou commencing 30 June, 2019. Kevin has over 30 years of experience in education and has worked at Hong Kong International School, Seoul Foreign School, and has been Head of School at several independent schools in the United States prior to joining International School of Busan (formerly Busan International Foreign School), where he is currently Head of School. Kevin has a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Concordia University Nebraska, a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Washington State University, and is completing his Doctorate degree in Human Capital Management. In his free time Kevin enjoys his family, presenting, reading, grilling, golfing, and supporting the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

YGQ International School of Beijing:  Principal

John Healey

03/05/2019

Yang Guang Qing International School of Beijing is a private boarding school, accredited by the Ministry of Education in Manitoba, Canada to run and offer two curricular tracks and diplomas. YGQ is a dynamic school that focuses on wellness, student led seminars and project based learning. Our school is located in Yizhuang a suburb of Beijing.

American School of Antananarivo:  middle school social studies teacher

Caitilin Christensen

02/24/2019

British School in Colombo:  Director of Technology

David Boehm

02/08/2019

David Boehm has been appointed Director of Technology at The British School in Colombo, Sri Lanka. starting Aug 2018. David comes to the role after 8 years at the Inwood Academy for Leadership, where as a co-founder of the school, initially served as Director of Finance & Operations before moving on to become Director of Technology & Innovation.

Korea International School, Jeju:  Middle School Principal

Patrick Carroll

01/21/2019

Patrick M. Carroll has accepted the role of Middle School Principal at Korea International School, Jeju beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. For the past eleven years he has served the SMIC Private School community in Shanghai in diverse roles from teacher, to department head, to Vice Principal of Secondary.

Medan Independent School:  Head of School

Darren Acomb

01/15/2019

Darren Acomb will take over as Head of School at Medan Independent School, Indonesia, from August 2019. Darren has been at International School Moshi since 2015, where he is currently Deputy Head of Campus.

ICS Addis Ababa:  Elementary Principal

David Callaway

01/12/2019

David "Cal" Callaway has been appointed Elementary School Principal at The International Community School of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, starting August 2018. Cal comes to the position after 9 years at the International School of Latvia, where he most recently served as Deputy Director.

North Jakarta Intercultural School:  Head of School

Gerald Donavan

12/19/2018

Chadwick International School:  Middle School Principal

Jacqueline Cameron

12/13/2018

Jacqueline Cameron will be the next Middle School Principal at Chadwick International School in Seoul, Korea starting 2019. She will leave Chadwick School in California where she has been the Assist. Lower School Head since 2014

Colegio Interamericano Guatemala:  Elementary Principal

Paul Wicks

12/07/2018

Mr. Wicks is the new Elementary Principal of Colegio Interamericano Guatemala. He brings with him his experience from International schools in Italy, Qatar, Mexico and China.

Colegio Interamericano Guatemala:  ECE Principal

Alyssa Veith

12/07/2018

Ms. Veith is the new Early Childhood Principal at Colegio Interamericano Guatemala. She previously held the role of ECE Instructional Coach at the school.

Colegio Interamericano Guatemala:  High School Principal

Dave Krocker

12/07/2018

is the new High School Principal of Colegio Interamericano Guatemala. He has previously held Leadership roles in both Canada and Thailand.

Colegio Interamericano:  Middle School Principal

Odette Pretty

12/07/2018

Is the new Middle School Principal at Colegio Interamericano Guatemala. She previously served as Curriculum Director and Principal in the Bahamas.

Colegio Interamericano:  General Director

Sharon Canadine

12/07/2018

is the new General Director of Colegio Interamericano Guatemala. Prior to this position, she served as the schools´ Interim General Director and Academic Director.

American School of Bombay:  High School Principal

Justin Wild

12/03/2018

Justin Wild will join the American School of Bombay as the High School Principal from the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. Justin is currently serving as the High School Vice Principal at the Shanghai American School, Pudong Campus and has worked in Chile, Republic of Korea, and the US.

International College, Beirut:  President

Joel Peinado

11/30/2018

Joel Peinado has been appointed the next President for International College in Beirut.

International School of Phnom Penh:  Head of School

Gareth Jones

11/30/2018

Gareth Jones has been appointed the next Head of School for 2019.

Zurich International School:  Director

Lisa Lyle

11/30/2018

International School of Amsterdam:  Director

Bernadette Carmody

11/29/2018

Bernadette Carmody has been named International School of Amsterdam's next Director. Bernadette leaves Riffa Views International School in Bahrain where she serves as Director. She holds a BA from Griffith University in Australia, and MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from University of London, and an MA in International & Overseas Administration from The College of New Jersey, as well as a PHD in Education from University of Southern Queensland in Australia.

Utahloy International School Zengcheng:  Director of Musi, MYP and PYP Music teacher

SIHUN KIM

11/28/2018

I am a highly qualified Music teacher and director with over 15 years of experience with students in all age groups. I hold a Bachelor of Music, a Master of Music degrees and a Graduate Diploma in Conducting. I can teach any music-related classes and direct choirs, orchestras, and, musicals for K-12 students. Subjects I taught at international schools over the last ten years are MYP Music, PYP Music, K-5 General Music, MS/HS Choir, MS/HS Orchestra, and HS Advanced Music Theory.

I believe that music is a universal language and is for everyone. I am confident that my wide range of teaching, personal and professional experiences in Music make me a great addition to the music department of your school.

South Hills Academy:  Head of School

Emmanuel Lacoste

11/25/2018

South Hills Academy is a PreK to 12th Grade College Preparatory School with 300 students and 15 nationalities.

The American School of Vietnam:  MSHS PE Teacher

Rasul II Buisan

10/31/2018

Mr. Rasul Buisan II has been named TAS Middle-High School Physical Education (PE) and Dance Teacher since August 2009. He has been a part of the TAS family since its opening for more than seven years. Mr. Buisan has extensive knowledge in Physical Education (Sports, Dance, Health Education, Recreational and Sports Management) with a graduate of Master of Arts in Teaching Physical Education. He has more than 17 years of teaching experience.