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Juan Jacobs Sheblak

United Nations International School - Hanoi:  Secondary School Deputy Principal - Middle School


After 5 years in Korea, being a founding member at St Johnsbury Academy Jeju it is with excitement, gratitude, and humility that I formally accepted the position of Secondary Deputy Principal - Middle School at UNIS Hanoi beginning in August 2022. I am excited to be part of the team at UNIS Hanoi and look forward to working with the students, teachers, and community.

Emmanuel Niyibizi

:  Senior School Principal


After four incredible years at Khartoum International Community School, I am thrilled to announce that I have accepted the position of Senior School Principal at the Aga Khan Academy Maputo in Mozambique. I am grateful to the team at KICS for an amazing experience and for what we have achieved together. I am equally excited to join the team at the AKA Maputo and look forward to working with the academies to move forward the mission and the vision of this great organisation.

Osama Salah

Modern American Schools of Egypt:  Head of the school


American curriculum (K-G12)

Patrick Hurworth

UWC South East Asia:  Head of Dover campus


Megel Barker

TASIS The American School in England:  Head of Middle School
United Kingdom


Daun Yorke

Hanoi International School:  Principal/ Head of School


Daun has been leading learning in Asia for the past 18 years at IB schools. Daun was an IB teacher and DP Coordinator at YCIS Shanghai, followed by CDNIS Hong Kong and a Curriculum Director of 3 programs at ISB Busan. For the past 6 years, Daun has been the Secondary Principal (with stints as MYP Coordinator) at XLIS in Xi'an, China. Daun looks forward to joining the dynamic team of IB teachers and leaders in Hanoi, Vietnam in August where the focus is on community, excellence and inclusion.

Estelle Baroung Hughes

International School of Dakar:  Head of Secondary


Bengt Rosberg

Oberoi International School:  Deputy Head of School


Bengt has accepted the role of Deputy Head of School at Oberoi International School - JVLR campus in Mumbai, India, effective July 2022. For the past 23 years, Bengt has held various leadership positions in Sweden, Qatar, Malaysia, and currently Russia, where he is the Secondary School Principal at the International School of Kazan. Bengt will be joined by his wife Diana, who will be working side by side with teachers, designing pedagogical enhancement in the Primary section.

Diana Pacheco

Nord Anglia: The Village School:  Assistant Director of Elementary


After 18 years as a classroom teacher and teacher leader, 12 of which were spent overseas, Diana Pacheco is transitioning into administration with this role at the Nord Anglia's Village School in Houston, Texas.

Mark Wilson

ACS Egham:  Head of School
United Kingdom


ACS International School Egham has announced that Mark Wilson will take up the position of Head of School from August 2022. Wilson has over two decades of leadership experience in British and international education at top International Baccalaureate (IB) schools across Asia and the US. He will be coming to the school from his current position as Head of School at the British International School Houston, Texas. Prior to this role, Wilson was Headteacher at The British International School Shanghai. Wilson’s teaching background is rooted in Drama and the Arts, and he holds a BA Hons Degree in Drama/Dance and a PGCE teaching qualification in Education (Drama) from Middlesex University.

Mathew Rose

Colegio Interamericano:  High School Principal


We are excited to welcome Mr. Mathew Rose to the High school as our new Principal. While Mr. Rose calls Virginia his home, he comes to us with his wife Bethany and their children from Doha, Qatar, where he has been a school leader for many years.

Kim Philot

Colegio Interamericano:  Middle School Principal


We are excited to welcome Kim, her husband Andre (HS teacher), and their 2 year old daughter Ivy to our community. Ms. Philot comes to us from Yangon Academy International School (Myanmar) with 16 years of experience in education, 14 of which have been in International settings.

Christian Choquette

Hsinchu International School:  Interim Principal


In February 2022, Mr. Christian Choquette accepted the position of Interim Principal at Hsinchu International School (HIS), Taiwan. During the semester ahead, Mr. Choquette looks forward to visiting classrooms and working together with teachers and parents to support learning for HIS students.

Rebecca Beauchamp

Pearson College UWC:  Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Engagement


Ms. Beauchamp was appointed Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Engagement at Pearson College UWC, Canada's only United World College on 1 April. She will oversee continuing implementation of the College's Indigenous Reconciliation Action Plan and strengthen Indigenous education support and outreach to Indigenous Nations and Peoples.

Ruth Sanderson

The British School of Amsterdam:  Principal
United Kingdom


Ruth has been appointed as Principal at The British School of Amsterdam from August 2022. She thanks the whole Doha College community for their support over the past four years.

Julie Cox

Nova International Schools:  Elementary School Principal


Matt Manfredi

Sandnes International School:  Middle School Principal


I am excited to announce I have accepted an offer for Middle School Principal/MYP Coordinator from Sandnes International School located in Norway for 2022-2024. A young and growing progressive school aligned with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. They are the first international independent school established in Rogaland and the only international school in Norway that is both a UN School and a UNESCO School. Amor Fati

Nada Collins

Lincoln School:  Superintendent


Dr. Nada Collins is thrilled to accept the role of Superintendent of Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln in Buenos Aires, Argentina, effective July 2022. Nada has almost twenty years of international school experience, seventeen years of which were in senior leadership positions in Burkina Faso, Egypt, Morocco, Brazil, and India. She is currently the Deputy Director at the American Embassy School in New Delhi. Nada will be joined by her husband Michael, who will work in the high school social studies department, and their children in grades three and eight.

Dr. Zak Palsha

American Cooperative School of Tunis:  Director


Dr. Zak Palsha has been appointed as the Director of the American Cooperative School of Tunis commencing in the summer of 2023.

Nada Collins

Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln:  Superintendent


Following 6 years at the American Embassy School New Delhi, Dr. Nada Collins will join the American International School of Argentina (also known as Asociación Escuelas Lincoln) as the new Superintendent as of July 2022.

Michael Taylor

UIA International School Tokyo:  Head of School


UIA is a Cambridge International School serving Kindergarten to Grade 12 students in Tokyo, Japan

Unite. Inspire. Achieve

Omar Ugalde

American School of Barcelona:  High School Principal


After spending 11 years as IBDP Coordinator, Assistant Principal, and Secondary Principal at the American International School in Abu Dhabi. I'll be joining the talented leadership team at the American School of Barcelona as the new High School Principal.

Christopher Allen

Sekolah Ciputra:  High School Coordinating Principal


Kristen MacConnell

American School of Barcelona:  Elementary School Principal


Kristen is excited to join the ASB community in August of 2022. She has served as the Director of the Teacher Training Center Programs at the PTC for the past 3 years and looks forward to continuing to facilitate courses for the PTC community.

John Liu

UWCSEA:  Vice Principal for Wellness and Wellbeing Gr 11 & 12


Lead and develop wellbeing and wellness programs for all Grade 11 & 12 students

Christopher Muller

Colegio Maya:  Secondary School Principal


Luci Willis

Raha International School:  Head of Secondary School
United Arab Emirates


Raha International School has appointed Luci Willis as the new Head of Secondary at the Khalifa City Campus. She will work alongside a dedicated team of passionate female leaders to develop the new campus in to an innovative community of compassionate learners.

Dr Mike O’Connor

The British International School of Kuala Lumpur:  Principal


Dr Mike O’Connor will be joking BSKL as Principal in August 2022 after three years as Headmaster of Dulwich College Suzhou in China.

Ejaz Ahmad

American International School of Muscat:  A TEFL holder


Fifteen years teaching, management and training experience in Pakistan. As well as a master trainer of British council

Becky Bush

Newton:  Head of Early Years


Newton College (Lima, Peru) has recently appointed their new Head of Early Years, Becky Bush, effective August 2022. Becky rejoins the Newton College community after three years as Assistant Head of Early Years at Dulwich College Beijing. This will be Becky’s first headship in an international school setting, and she is very much looking forward to leading the team as they continue to provide a high quality of teaching and learning to their Early Year’s students.

Fabiano Franklin

:  High School Principal


Dr. Deborah Welch

Carney, Sandoe & Associates:  Practice Leader, International Schools Search Practice


Dr. Deborah Welch will become Practice Leader of the CS&A Search and Consulting Group’s International Schools Practice, succeeding current Practice Leader Art Charles, on January 1, 2022. Deb joined the International Schools Practice as a Senior Consultant in June 2020 and has helped run successful leadership searches for schools around the world. Prior to CS&A, Deb served for five years as CEO of the Academy for International School Heads (AISH). She was also the Director of American School of Doha in Qatar, as well as Director of Curriculum, Assessment, and Professional Development followed by Deputy Head of School at International School Bangkok.

Terry Burns

QSI International School of Astana:  Director of Instruction


Dr. Terry Burns has accepted the Director of Instruction position at QSI’s school in Astana, Kazakhstan. Terry's wife, Heather, will be teaching Middle and Secondary School Literature and Cultural Studies. Terry and Heather are from Ottawa, Canada. They have three grown children and five grandchildren. Terry and Heather have served internationally in Ukraine, India, Turkmenistan, Georgia and Kazakhstan.

Natalie Mahon

Almaty International School:  Director of Instruction


Mrs. Natalie Mahon was appointed the Director of Instruction for the Secondary at Almaty International School, where she was previously an AP Chemistry and AP Biology teacher for the past 6 years. Mrs. Mahon has worked overseas in international education since 2004.

Leah Jamele

QSI International School of Shenyang:  Director


Leah Jamele has accepted the Director position at QSI’s school in Shenyang, China for the 2021-2022 school year. Previously, Leah served in various teaching and leadership roles in China, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia. She has two children.

Laura Hayward

QSI International School of Atyrau:  Director of Instruction


Laura Hayward has accepted the director of instruction position at QSI International School of Atyrau. Laura has lived and worked in Vietnam, Singapore, China, the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, and Japan. She has held leadership positions in both the United States and abroad as Coordinator of a US school district Extended Day Program that serviced 3500 students and as Principal of a bilingual school in Vietnam. Laura and her husband have two grown children who live in the United States.

Katie Holmquist

Baku International School:  Director of Instruction
Azerbaijan Republic


Mrs. Katie Holmquist has accepted the position of Director of Instruction at QSI’s school in Baku, Azerbaijan. Her husband, Matt, is the teacher of the ten-year-old class at Baku International School. Mrs. Holmquist has been a teacher with QSI for 8 years, including Kyiv International School and QSI’s school in Dili, East Timor.

Jodi Burnside

Ashgabat International School:  Director


Dr. Jodi Burnside is the Director at QSI’s Ashgabat International School (AIS) in Turkmenistan. This is her fourth year at AIS as she was previously the Director of Instruction. She has 34 years of experience within the field of education and has worked at all classroom levels from preschool through college. In addition, she specializes in curriculum and instruction, early intervention and professional development.

Jason Montgomery

QSI International School of Bishkek:  Director


Jason Montgomery has accepted the Director position at QSI’s school in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, where his wife, Zhanna, will teach upper elementary students. Mr. Montgomery has served in various teaching and leadership roles in Malta, China, India, Kazakhstan, and the USA.

Heather Townsend

QSI International School of Phuket:  Director


Heather Townsend has accepted the Director position at QSI’s school in Phuket, Thailand where her husband, Nate, will also be teaching elementary students. Mrs. Townsend has been in education since 2001 doing various capacities. She has served as a teacher with QSI for 10 years in China, Turkmenistan, East-Timor, and Kazakhstan, and as an administrator for 3 years.

Heather Sherwood

QSI International School of Skopje:  Director


Heather Sherwood joins QSI International School of Skopje in North Macedonia as the new Director for the 2021-22 school year. Previously, Heather spent three years as the Director of Instruction at Baku International School in Baku, Azerbaijan. She has held various teaching and leadership positions at schools in the US, China, and Azerbaijan.

Hafida Becker

QSI International School of Malta:  Director of Instruction


Mrs. Hafida Becker has accepted the Director of Instruction position at QSI International School of Malta. Prior to joining the QSI Malta Administrative team, Mrs. Becker served as the Director of Instruction at QSI International School of Chengdu, China. In her 20+ years of service in education, Mrs. Becker worked as a Preschool to 10 yo Classroom Teacher, ESL Specialist, and Campus Administrator. Joining her is her husband, David Becker, the Educational Technology Coordinator for QSI Headquarters and their two children.

Emily Barbuto

Ashgabat International School:  Director of Instruction


Ms. Emily Barbuto has accepted the Director of Instruction position at QSI’s Ashgabat International School in Turkmenistan where she previously taught lower elementary students. Ms. Barbuto has been an international educator since 2000 and has been with QSI since 2016.

Catherine Sawyer

QSI International School of Shenzhen:  Director of Instruction


Catherine Sawyer has accepted the Director of Instruction position at QSI Shenzhen’s Main Campus. This is Catherine’s 5th year in China and her second administration position. She has been in education for 26 years and has 2 school-aged children.

Eric Johnson

IPS Wroclaw:  Upper Secondary Principal


Eric Johnson has been appointment Upper Secondary Principal at IPS in Wroclaw, Poland.

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 Modern Languages from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and MSed from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

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.