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Eileen Beckman

Concordia International School Shanghai:  High School Principal


Eileen has been appointed the new High School Principal. She previously served Concordia Shanghai as the Assistant Principal of the High School.

Tim Winterstein

Concordia International School Shanghai:  Senior Director of Operations


Tim is joining Concordia Shanghai as the Senior Director of Operations. He has previous experience in the US and in Vietnam.

Angela Beach

Concordia International School Shanghai:  Elementary School Assistant Principal


Angela joins Concordia Shanghai as the Elementary School Assistant Principal. She has previously worked in the US and in China.

Carla Marschall

Dresden International School:  Director


Spencer Fowler

Pearson College UWC:  Deputy Head and Vice President, Education and Programming


Dr. Spencer Fowler is Pearson College UWC's new Deputy Head and Vice President for Education and Learning. Spencer and his family joined our Victoria, Canada campus community over the summer. He was most recently CEO and Superintendent of the Affiliated High School of Peking University’s Dalton Academy and prior to that held leadership positions with schools in Chile, China, Egypt, Germany, South Africa, Spain, Thailand and Vietnam. Spencer holds a BA and BEd from Queen’s University (Canada), an MEd from the College of New Jersey (U.S.A.), and an EdD from Western University (Canada).

Christopher Coates

American School Hong Kong:  School Director
Hong Kong


Christopher Coates has taken on the role of School Director at American School Hong Kong (ASHK) in August 2022. He has three decades of teaching and leadership experience in Canada, Hong Kong and Macau. ASHK is an Esol Education school which has 45 years of running schools in the Middle East and SE Asia. ASHK offers the American Common Core and the IBDP.

Jacqui Patrick

Nanjing International School:  Primary Principal


Dr Steffen Sommer

MiSK International School:  Director General
Saudi Arabia


Misk Schools announces the appointment of Dr Steffen Sommer as its new Director General

Dr Sommer joined Misk Schools in August 2022 from Doha College in Qatar, where he had been Principal since 2015. During his seven-year tenure, Doha College became the first school in the world to receive the highly prestigious title of ‘High Performance Learning World Class School’ and grew to be one of the largest and most successful schools in the region. A fluent speaker of many languages, Dr Sommer has a strong understanding of and love for the Middle East and its culture, as well as for the Arabic language.

Commenting on his new role, Dr Sommer said: “I am privileged to be taking on one of the most compelling opportunities anywhere in the international K-12 sector. My overriding goal is to deliver on the vision of our Founder, His Royal Highness, Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, to educate the future leaders of society, nurturing globally minded enterprising learners, advanced performers, and accomplished leaders.

“One of my first priorities will be to oversee the move to our brand new, state-of-the-art campus in Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Nonprofit City – a very significant and exciting milestone for the entire Misk Schools community.”

Born in Germany, Dr Sommer gained his first degree in Language and Linguistics at the University of Leipzig. After a period of military service and teacher training, he left to work in business in France with the car maker Peugeot, and studied for a PhD in Birmingham, UK, before finding his vocation in teaching.

His educational career has been stellar. He has led top international schools in The Hague, Paris, Champittet Switzerland, and most recently, in Doha. He also has deep experience of life in a British boarding school having been Head of Languages and a Housemaster at Rugby School in England, one of the country’s top independent boarding schools.

Dr Sommer is a board member of the Outstanding Schools of the Middle East, Vice Chairman of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and a Fellow of High Performance Learning.


About Misk Schools

Misk Schools is a pioneering not-for-profit private PreK–12 day school in Riyadh for both male and female students. We are proud to be setting a new standard for education in Saudi Arabia, actively supporting Vision 2030.

Founded in 2016 by HRH Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Bin Salman Al Saud, we focus on leadership education, empowering our students to become creative innovators, so they can chart their own unique paths in serving and leading society.

Our curriculum is modern with a strong Saudi cultural heart. Every student has a personalized timetable designed to maximize his or her potential. We embrace project-based and experiential learning, alongside traditional academic teaching, to ensure our students develop the character and skills required to effectively apply their education in a real-world context, locally and internationally.

Jennifer Le Varge

Luanda International School:  Primary Principal


Luanda International School is an IB World School in Angola, fully accredited with the IB, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). and the Council of International Schools (CIS). Jennifer will join Luanda International School as Primary Principal, after leading elementary schools in Korea and China. To the role, Jennifer brings her knowledge of the joys of the elementary years as well as an extensive background in the IB PYP.

Emmanuel Bonin

French International School of Hong Kong (FIS):  Head of School
Hong Kong


With over 2,500 students and 450 employees, French International School of Hong Kong is a bilingual, dual stream K-12 school offering the French curriculum leading to the baccalaureate, and the international British curriculum leading to IGCSE and IB.

Jerrill Adams

Colegio Panamericano:  High School Principal


Christian Choquette

Hsinchu International Academy:  Founding Principal


Mr. Christian Choquette is honored and excited to be joining Hsinchu International Academy (HIA) as its Founding Principal. Previously, Christian had served as the Secondary Principal at Hsinchu International School. The 2022-2023 academic year will be a development and recruitment year in which the energetic and focused founding team will collaborate to bring the HIA learning community to life!

Tanusankar Chakraborty

The International School of Penang ( Uplands):  Assistant Head of School


Paul Ducharme

Oberoi International School:  Head of School


The 2022-23 academic year marks the start of Oberoi International School’s 15th year of operation, and what a journey it has been to this point! The school opened its doors in August 2008 to an original, founding cohort of 38 students and by August 2020, the number of students enrolled at OIS had grown to over 2650 students from Nursery to Grade 12. From a first graduating class of just 15 students in 2011, 114 members of the Class of 2021 OIS has become one of the best IB schools in Mumbai.

Stacy Molnar

Pan American School of Bahia:  Elementary School Principal


Liz Gale

Taipei American School:  Deputy Head of School


Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Gale is thrilled to be joining Taipei American School (TAS) as the Deputy Head of School. Previously, Liz served as the Deputy Director of Schools for Shanghai Community International School (SCIS), as well as the Head of School for the SCIS-Pudong Campus in Shanghai, China. As a leader in education, Liz strives for excellence, values diversity of thought, and is constantly looking for opportunities to build capacity and ensure the development of an inclusive and innovative learning community committed to making the world a better place. Liz is excited to work with, and learn from the incredible TAS community, and is looking forward to being part of TAS’ ongoing growth and development.

Dean Croy

Utahloy International School Guangzhou:  Head of School


Utahloy International School Guangzhou is an IB World School with children from over 50 countries and staff from over 30 countries. A truly international community, UISG has built its hard-earned reputation by offering an inclusive learning environment to the expat communities of Guangzhou for 25 years. Incoming head of school, Dean Croy remarked, "I am excited to lead this diverse community of learners and staff; it's a dream job for an international educator!"

Timothy Veale

Copenhagen International School:  Director


As a naturalised Danish citizen, Tim is very excited to return to Denmark and lead CIS as its next Director.

Riley DuBois

International School of Tanganyika:  Elementary School Vice Principal


Mary Noble

American Community School Beirut:  MS Principal


Mary Noble has been appointed MS principal at the American Community School, Beirut.

Shwetangna Chakrabarty

Utahloy International School Guangzhou:  Assistant Head of Secondary


Paulina Aguilera

International School of Hamburg:  Secondary School Principal (6-12)


After 8 years at Keystone Academy in Beijing, Paulina will relocate to Germany to serve as the new Secondary School Principal.

Mirna Raslan

Qatar Academy:  Principal


Eileen Niedermann

International School of Phnom Penh:  Director


Eileen joins ISPP after six years of service as head of Mahindra International School in Pune, India. She will continue the important work of furthering ISPP's objectives against our strategic pillars of Learning, Environment, Community and Well-being.

Tania Mansfield

American International School of Guangzhou:  Director of Teaching and Learning / PYP C


Tania joins AISG as Director of Teaching and Learning working closely with our learning community to coordinate, plan and implement the PYP curriculum throughout the Elementary school, providing active and dynamic leadership to support teaching and learning at AISGZ.

Andy Pontius

International Community School Abidjan:  Principal of Upper School
Cote d Ivoire-Ivory Coast


Erin Threlfall

Panyaden International School:  Primary School Principal


Panyaden International School is an international bilingual school for preschool, primary, and secondary children in Chiang Mai. The school was founded to deliver a holistic education that integrates Buddhist principles and green awareness with the International Primary Curriculum and IB DP Programme.

Veronica Kaypaghian

American School Foundation of Monterrey:  Elementary Principal


Kari Doyle

British International School of Brussels:  Headteacher


Kari will be leaving her post as Principal of Viking International School in Copenhagen to return to Brussels where she will be the Headteacher of BISB, an international primary school.

Dominique Dalais

United Nations International School - Hanoi:  Curriculum Lead, Physical and Health Education


Rizwan Khan

King Abdulaziz School:  Head of School
Saudi Arabia


King Abdulaziz school is the first IB continuum world school, authorised to implement the IB primary years, middle years and diploma programmes in one of the most sacred and beautiful locations in the world - the city of Medina.

Nydia Manzanares

Metropolitan School:  Elementary School Principal


Appointed Elementary School Principal at the Metropolitan School of Panama, a Nord Anglia Education School.

Doug Murphy

Uruguayan American School:  Secondary Principal


Fabio Corvaglia

Westminster International School Tashkent:  School Principal


Westminster International School in Tashkent (WIST) is an independent International School housed in a contemporary-designed, purpose-built campus that opened in September 2019. WIST offers the full range of education from 2-18 years of age, using the very best International, British and Uzbek curricula.

Timothy Hicks

Hsinchu International School:  Secondary School Principal


I will be serving as the principal of the secondary school for Hsinchu International School in Hsinchu, Taiwan being in August 2022.


GEMS American Academy (GAA) - Abu Dhabi:  Chemistry teacher


Nilde Pais

United World College:  Director of Primary School


Dan Yamasaki

Del Mar Academy:  Head of School
Costa Rica


Dan Yamasaki has been appointed Head of School at Del Mar Academy starting in July 2022. Dan is coming to Costa Rica from Colegio Panamericano in Bucaramanga, Colombia where he is the general director.

Del Mar Academy provides an academically excellent bilingual education that fosters a love of life and learning, caring for the environment and the community.

Diana Cash

AISN:  Deputy Director


Aubrey Curran

Yoyogi International School:  Head of School


Aubrey Curran has been appointed Head of School at Yoyogi International School in Tokyo.

Mark Osborn

Colegio Americano de Torreon:  Middle and High School Principal


Colegio Americano de Torreón, in Torreón Mexico is pleased to announce that Mr. Mark Osborn has been appointed as Middle and High School Principal effective August of 2022. Mr. Osborn has served as the Curriculum Coordinator at CAT since 2020 and is enthused to assume his new role.

Prior to coming to Torreón, Mark has served as a teacher and curriculum leader in schools in Colombia, Brazil, and Mexico. Mr. Osborn brings 14 years of international schools experience to his new post and will be instrumental in improving the learning experience for our students.

Nina Johnson

Dhahran Elementary/Middle School:  Associate Principal
Saudi Arabia


Sandra Hite

Yew Chung International School of Silicon Valley:  Head of School


Yew Chung International School – Silicon Valley, is part of the larger network of 22 schools under the umbrella of the Yew Chung Education Foundation (YCEF). YCIS-SV is their only school in the US and serves largely a population of American Chinese families living in Silicon Valley—some of whom are native Mandarin speakers at home. Recognizing the highly regarded Yew Chung brand, these families of YCISSV’s 262 students appreciate the East-West approach of lessons taught in both English and Mandarin languages, with typical US PK-8 curricula plus Mandarin language and Chinese culture classes. The Board of Directors of YCIS-SV is pleased to announce that Sandra Hite has been appointed as the Head of School for Yew Chung International School, Silicon Valley (YCIS-SV) to guide the next stage of growth. Sandra has over two decades of experience both as an academic leader and school administrator in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. She is expertly conversant in pedagogy and has successfully implemented academic programs for preschool through middle-school in schools larger than YCIS-SV. Sandra provides a vision for applying her past success to our community. The community appreciates the value she places on using key metrics to track student and staff progress to build successful programs. Sandra’s experience and knowledge launching new schools will undoubtedly prove valuable as YCIS continues to grow. Her background in international education has notably given her insight into how to unite communities that span two languages and cultures. The board is confident that Sandra has the right educational, executive experience and bold passion to build upon the success of past and current administrations. We are excited about the experience and vision that Sandra brings to this new role and we are thrilled that YCIS- SV will be under her skilled leadership moving forward. We welcome Sandra into our Yew Chung Yew Wah family and wish her our very best in this new appointment.

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