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American Embassy School:  Director

Jim Laney Jr.


Jim has been Head of School at the International Community School (ICS) of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia since 2010. Prior positions there include Middle and High School Principal (2005-2008) and High School Principal and Deputy Director (2008-2010). Jim began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya followed by two years teaching math and computer science in Brooklyn, New York. His positions in the international arena include the International School of Cyprus as a science and computer teacher (1989-1993); Taipei American School as a teacher and Technology Director (1993-1999); and the American School of Warsaw where he was Elementary Assistant Principal (1999-2002), Interim Finance and Facilities Director (2000) and Elementary Principal (2002-2005). Jim has a BSc, summa cum laude, in Computer Systems Engineering with an Applied Physics minor from the Oregon Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree in Science Education (Physics) from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has Credentials in Physical Sciences 7-12 and K-12 School Administration from New York State.