Speakers

EARCOS Member Presenters

Margaret Alvarez

Head of School at ISS International School, Singapore

Margaret is currently head of ISS International School, Singapore. She has over 25 years experience in international education, ranging from international school teacher, middle leader, principal, head of school, and associate director of accreditation for the Council of International Schools (CIS). Dr Alvarez is currently president of the EARCOS board.

Gavin Ailes

Dev./Marketing Dir. at The International School Yangon

Gavin’s most recent work experience was as a project manager working for a website design and build company specializing in WordPress. ISY are in the process of moving platforms to WordPress and in this presentation Gavin will be giving a top-line overview of the platform showing how it can be used with little prior experience.

Brad Augustine

Secondary Vice Principal at International School Ho Chi Minh City

Brad Augustine is currently Secondary Vice Principal at International School Ho Chi Minh City. He has previously worked at British International School, Phuket, International School Bangkok, Carol Morgan School, and Ibn Khuldoon National School. He is currently completing a Doctor of Education in Social and Emotional Learning.

Praxia Apostle

Director of Learning at ISKL / The International School of Kuala Lumpur

Praxia Apostle is the Director of Learning at the International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior she served as the Associate Director of Learning at the American School of Dubai. As leader Praxia believes that each member of a school community holds as equal and inherent value. In her role, she works to bring such statements to life through the development of shared purpose, intentional design of learning systems, and a commitment to build capacity with others. Before serving in leadership roles, Praxia taught high school English Language Arts and Social Studies, both in the US and overseas. She holds a doctorate degree from Northeastern University where her research focused on adolescent literacy practices and identity development within international school settings.

Kevin Baker

Director at American International School of Guangzhou

Kevin, the new Director at the American International School Guangzhou, China, began working in international education in 1988. Kevin’s many years of leadership experience stretch from the United States, to Hong Kong, Korea, and now China.

Mark Baker

Elementary Principal at International School of Myanmar

Mark Baker’s 20+ year administrative career has been split between being a curriculum director and an elementary school principal. He was part of the original US State Department’s AERO curriculum writing project and was selected to be a teacher trainer for the program for 5 summer sessions. He has worked extensively with Middle State’s Accreditation for Growth protocol, Understanding by Design, and Fieldwork personnel striving to develop more efficient and impactful curriculum implementation, teacher development and evaluation procedures for the school’s he has been fortunate to work for. He is currently the elementary principal at the International School of Myanmar.

Peter Baron

Chief Member Relations Officer at The Enrollment Management Association

Peter is responsible for the creation and oversight of EMA's external programs as well as its membership promise. He oversees EMA's marketing and communications, member recruitment and retention, and outreach functions, as well as its leadership training programs, research, and other related strategic initiatives. With a career spent in product development, sales, relationship development, and marketing, Peter's success has been built on listening to schools' and families' needs. Peter joins EMA from Blackbaud, where he served as a member of the K-12 executive committee and led the business development of its K-12 partner network, working with schools, associations, and other partners to increase the value of Blackbaud products across the entire school community. Prior to his work at Blackbaud, Peter served as the chief evangelist at WhippleHill, a cloud-based software provider to independent schools, where he developed and implemented the organization's inbound marketing strategy. He is also the founder of edSocialMedia, a community-driven site dedicated to exploring the role of social media in education, and AdmissionsOuest, an online resource connecting independent schools and families via a range of social media-inspired tools. Peter has also served as the vice president of sales at inResonance, a company that provides data and web solutions for independent schools. Peter serves as a trustee for Wolfeboro, The Summer Boarding School, and participated on the Executive Committee of The Association of Boarding Schools' (TABS) North American Boarding Initiative. He is a graduate of Brewster Academy, Skidmore College (BA), and Tufts University (MAT).

Sonia Blanford

Founder and CEO/ Professor of Education and Social Enterprise at Achievement for All, UCL IOE

Sonia has been a music teacher since 1980, working in primary and secondary schools across England. She is currently founder and CEO of the award winning educational charity Achievement for All, which provides programmes to improve outcomes for children and young people aged two to 19 years, vulnerable to underachievement, in 4,000 early-years, school and post-16 settings in England and Wales; and visiting professor of education and social enterprise at UCL Institute of Education. Sonia is author of 200 articles and books written for teachers, leaders, parents and carers, and children and young people, most recently publishing with John Catt and Bloomsbury. Sonia was named in Debrett's 2015 and 2016 list of the Top 500 Most Influential People in the UK, and was 2016 Women of the Year. She is Chair also a Founding Trustee and Vice Chair of the Chartered College of Teaching. Professor Sonia Blandford DSc, EdD, MPhil, MA, BEd, Cert Ed, FRSA, FCollT

Elliott Bowyer

Director of Outdoor Education at International School Bangkok

Elliott Bowyer is in his 4th year at International School Bangkok as Director of Outdoor Education, having previously filled the same role at Western Academy of Beijing for 11 years. Elliott has worked in Outdoor Education for more than 20 years, from New Zealand, to Sri Lanka to China and now Thailand. Elliott believes students need to learn and solve real life problems in the outdoors with a major connection to the environmental issues specific to their location, forming a true connection between people and the land. Elliott has a great deal of experience in designing and implementing Outdoor Education programs as part of the core MS curriculum, as well as the design and operations of facilities.

Chris Boyle

HS/Upper School Principal at Dalian American International School

Chris Boyle is the secondary principal at Dalian American International School in Dalian, China and has been at DAIS for five years. Chris graduated from Colorado State University in 2003 with a degree in history and a secondary social studies teaching certification. After teaching for eight years in Fort Collins, Colorado and earning a Master of Science in sport administration from the University of Northern Colorado and a MEd in educational leadership from Colorado State his love of travel brought him overseas. Before joining DAIS in 2014, Chris was the Vice Principal at Pledge Harbor School and Sports Academy outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Chris is passionate about active pedagogy and experiential learning and some of his favorite memories as an educator involve taking students out on field studies, adventure trips and on international travel experiences.

Genta Branstetter

Elem. Asst. Principal at The American School in Japan

Genta Branstetter has been the elementary associate principal for the past four years. Genta brings over 20 years of classroom teaching experience in the United States and internationally. She most recently worked at the Washington International School. Prior to that, she taught in New Delhi, Tunis, Sanaa, Wellington, Tianjin, and Phoenix.

Darren Brews

Director of Marketing and Communications at Mont’Kiara International School

Darren Brews lives and breaths marketing and communications. A Masters Degree Holders in Integrated Strategic Marketing with over 11 years international marketing experience, Darren has moved into the education sector in Malaysia as the Director of Marketing and Communications for Mont'Kiara International School. Before moving to Malaysia, Darren headed up the retail marketing and communications for brands like GoPro, Oakley, and Rip Curl in the Middle East. Having also worked in various sectors including tourism, professional services, fitness, and retail, Darren brings a unique perspective to marketing and communications within schools.

Scott Brown

Human Resources Manager at Korea International School, Jeju Campus

Scott Brown is currently the Human Resources Coordinator at Korea International School, Jeju Campus. Prior to coming to South Korea, he held international positions in both Madagascar and Taiwan. While embracing the challenge of coordinating the hiring of 40 new staff, along with balancing other leadership obligations, he developed a systemic process that is both efficient in vetting applicants and establishes a school culture of child protection. Having experiences from both small (75 total students) to large schools (1100 total students), he intimately understands that additional responsibilities and challenges that school leadership absorb within each particular context.

Peter Burnside

HS/Upper School Principal / Secondary Principal MYP & DP at Xiamen International School

Dr. Peter Burnside is currently the secondary principal at Xiamen International School. He has worked as a teacher and administrator in overseas schools for the past 20 years and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota's Leadership for International and Intercultural Education program

Nathan Burton

HS/Upper School Asst. Principal at Dalian American International School

DAIS Senior Leadership Team

Sonia Bustamante

HS/Upper School Principal / High School Principal at Brent International School Manila

Sonia Bustamante is in her fifth year as Upper School Principal at Brent International School Manila. She taught Mathematics at the secondary level in the Texas public education system where she worked in some of the best districts in the State. As a teacher, Sonia was trained to work with various forms of technology in the classroom to improve student engagement and to meet the needs of all learners. As a principal, Sonia continues to rely on her teaching principles and has successfully incorporated them beyond the classroom. Her curiosity with technology continues to improve the effectiveness of her day, and she has fun trying to keep up with the latest trends. Recently, Sonia started her doctoral studies at the University of Vanderbilt. Returning to the classroom has only inspired her to share her knowledge with her peers near and far.

Nel Capadona

Head of School at Chiang Mai International School

Nel is currently the head of Chiang Mai International School, Thailand. Originally from the U.K., she has over 20 years experience in international education. Nel is a member of the EARCOS board and sees herself first and foremost as a learner who enjoys listening to and sharing ideas with other educators.

Chris Capadona

Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Chiang Mai International School

After spending over 20 years in various teaching and curriculum positions in Arizona, Chris is currently the director of learning and curriculum at Chiang Mai International School. He has had fortunate opportunity to consult with different schools in Thailand, Vietnam, and in the US.

Stephen Cathers

Head of School at International School Suva

Stephen Cathers is the Head of School of International School Suva. Previously, he was Director of Korea International School, a school district superintendent of three US school systems, and professor at George Fox University in Portland, Oregon. His work has focused on student engagement, hands-on learning, and effective leadership.

Nitasha Crishna Chadhuri

Deputy Principal, Lower Elementary at UNIS, Hanoi

Nitasha Crishna and Stephen Lush are Deputy Principal's at UNIS Hanoi. They are in their fifth year at the school and bring together their varied and extensive experience of elementary schools together with a sense of humour and gratitude for being able to learn and work together.

David Chadwell

Curriculum Director at Saigon South International School

David is the Curriculum Director at Saigon South International School. This is his third international school and his 27th year in education. David is an advocate of building systems that empower, provide choice, are informative, and are accountable.

Ben Chen

International School of Tianjin

Benny Chen is a grade 12 student at the International School of Tianjin and one of the Literacy Lab’s four student managers. This is Benny’s fourth year volunteering in the lab. Benny has presented at several international teacher conferences in the last year.

David Chojnacki

Carney Sandoe

David Chojnacki (pronounced “hoy-NOT-ski”) has had a lifetime of engagement in and leadership of and networking with independent schools around the world. His headships include stints at the International School of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (1981-1984); the Karachi American School (1984-1988); the American Embassy School in New Delhi (1988-1992); and Cairo American College (1992-1996). In 1996 David was appointed executive director of NESA, the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools, leading that organization to international prominence and serving the member schools in numerous ways, especially providing valued services in networking, professional development, and executive coaching of school leaders, serving for 21 years in that capacity until his retirement in 2017. David’s board service has included the following: The Association of International Schools in Africa, “AISA” (1982-1984); Near East South Council of Overseas Schools, “NESA” (1985-1996; president, 1992-1995, Trustee); The Schutz American School-Alexandria, Egypt (1993-1996); the Association for the Advancement of International Education, “AAIE” (1996- 2017); the National Association of Independent Schools, “NAIS”, (2005-2011); and the US Fulbright Commission in Greece (2011-2014) The boards David has trained are numerous and the outreach global, including: International School of Islamabad; International School of Kenya; American Community Schools (Athens); Walworth Barbour American International School (Tel Aviv); American Cooperative School of Tunis; International School of Beijing; American School of Dubai; American Community School (Amman); American School of Doha; American School in Japan; International School of Aberdeen; Overseas School of Colombo; American International School (Dhaka); International Community School (Addis Ababa); American Community School (Abu Dhabi); The American International School of Muscat; American School of Warsaw; Heads Workshop of the Central & Eastern European Schools Association (“CEESA); American International School (Vienna). His other relevant experience includes editing the international edition of the NAIS Trustee Handbook; training in non-profit governance by "BoardSource"; training in executive coaching by “The Newfield Network”; and training in “Adaptive Schools” facilitation.

Phil Clark

Director Of Communications at BCIS ay Beijing City International School

Phil Clark is originally from the UK, Phil has spent over twenty-five years in international education in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He has taught across the elementary and secondary school age-ranges and held a variety of leadership positions including MYP coordinator, assistant principal and middle school principal. Phil is currently Director of Communications at Beijing City International School. The leadership team at BCIS is building deeper understanding and appreciation between the academic and non-academic teams to strengthen relationships and build a truly outstanding whole-school team.

Susie Clifford

Director Of Learning at Yokohama Internation School

Susie Clifford is the Director of Learning at YIS. She has worked in various schools and roles in Australia, England and Asia. Her focus is always on improving learning for each student and supporting teachers and leaders to choose actions that have the greatest impact.

David Coleman

Curr./Learning Coordinator at Seoul International School

David Coleman has been at Seoul International School for seven of his 25 years in education. He is a longtime AP English and Journalism teacher and is currently SIS' Director of Curriculum and Professional Development. Marc Montague is SIS' Educational Technology Coordinator and a 10-year veteran Computer Science teacher. Both enjoy bicycling international travel and the subtle notes and tones of a great single malt scotch.

Sim Cook

Activities Director at Canadian Academy

Formally a physical Education teacher Sim has spent the last 10 years as an Athletics & Activities Director in International Schools. He has a Master’s Degree in Sports Science with a specialty in sports psychology and sports injuries in women athletes. Sim has presented on topics such as the prevalence of knee injuries in women and on coach bullying.

Matthew Corbett

Head of Secondary School at Garden International School

Matt Corbett is currently the Head of Secondary at Garden International School in Kuala Lumpur, and has over a decade's worth of experience in school leadership in international schools in New Zealand, Hong Kong and Malaysia. His daily motivation is to ensure his school is 'better than before' and he strives to continuously find new ways to enhance student outcomes. Matt has a particular passion for connecting business theory with school leadership in order to positively impact leadership and learning.

Craig Coutts

Head Of School at Yokohama International school

Craig Coutts has been involved in international education for over 20 years in Asia, working in Indonesia, Singapore and Japan. In his 6th year as head of Yokohama International School, Craig is passionate about developing leadership in schools, service and developing programmes for personal growth of students and faculty.

Veena D'Silva

Director of Research and Learning at Oberoi International School

Veena is the Deputy Head of Primary at Oberoi International School, India. She has served as a PYP coordinator and has been involved in the planning, support and implementation of inquiry based and concept driven curriculum.

Andy Davies

Head of School at International School Bangkok

Andy Davies is currently the Head of School at the International School Bangkok and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English & Philosophy (University of Keele), Master’s Degree in Educational Administration (University of Sydney) and a Doctorate in International Education (University of Bath). Andy’s interests are developing international mindedness and improving student learning.

Glenn Davies

Elementary Principal at Cebu International School

Glenn is the elementary principal at Cebu International School, Philippines. His previous roles include elementary vice principal at IST, Tanganyika, and 18 years as a classroom teacher at NIST Bangkok, ISB Korea and in New Zealand. Glenn is involved in doctoral studies through the University of Kentucky. His studies and work have provided him with the opportunity to deeply explore the organizational leadership practices that leverage learning at all levels of 21st Century organizations. Glenn is married to Marianne and they have two sons, Caleb and Jacob. Glenn is also an IB workshop leader, school visitor and school consultant.

Abigail Delessio

Senior Consultant at Triangle Associates

An experienced senior executive with over 15 years of success in educational leadership and board relations, Abbi DeLessio focuses on leadership searches and governance and organizational development to support international schools in achieving their mission and vision. Through facilitated workshops and direct leadership, Abbi provides strategic planning, focus and insight, enabling schools to develop short and long-term sustainable goals. Abbi has led boards in Europe and Asia in policy, standards, and process for continuous improvement in identification, recruitment, and cultivation of future institutional leaders. Abbi obtained a B.A. in Economics from Clark University and holds a Certified FT Non-Executive Director Diploma (Level 7). She has served as chair or member of numerous boards including Hong Kong International School; the Asian University for Women Hong Kong Support Foundation; and the Child Development Centre.

Mercia De Souza

Development Director at Dominican International School

Mercia de Souza holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, and Master’s degrees in Applied Linguistics and Marketing Management. She started as a High School teacher, but later held senior executive positions at the South African Institute of Marketing Management, and the Institute of Administration and Commerce of Southern Africa. She relocated to South Korea and worked for Samsung Corporation’s Globalization Team until she became International Relations Manager at a Korean university. Mercia now lives in Taiwan where she is Dominican International School’s Professional Development Coordinator, Head of the Communication Arts Department, and the Chairperson of the school’s Recruitment, and Steering Committees.

Grace Dodge

Deputy Head of School at Taipei American School

Grace is the former Director of Admission at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, USA. Prior to joining Wellesley, she was an Associate Director of Admissions at Harvard, having first joined the Harvard Undergraduate Admissions Office in 2002. In 2009-2012, she took a professional leave from Harvard and spent three years here at Taipei American School as a college counselor and Director of College Counseling. For three years, Grace was a US State Department/College Board Overseas Schools Program traveler to western Europe. In this capacity, she spoke at various international schools and conferences abroad, presenting to communities on developing the whole child, mastering the building blocks to being a successful student in an American school system, and trends in US college admissions. Grace has been a presenter at the EARCOS Teachers' Conference on the subject of college application essay writing, and she has also presented at various National Association of College Admission Counseling conferences and national College Board Forums. She was Chair-Elect of the New England College Board Regional Council before relocating to Taiwan. As a 1997 graduate of Harvard University with a cum laude degree in applied mathematics, Grace also holds an MS in accounting, MBA, and EdD from Northeastern University. She is certified as a PreK-12 administrator by the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education. Prior to entering the field of education, she was an auditor employed by PwC LLP and she remains a licensed CPA in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Born and raised in the US, she is fluent in Taiwanese. Almost seen on Season 4 of MasterChef USA, Grace enjoys cooking with her husband, TAS Director of Facilities, Mike Dodge.

Elsa Donohue

Head of School at Vientiane International School

Recognized as a 2017 National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the State Department Office of Overseas Schools, Elsa is currently serving the Vientiane International School (VIS) community as a Head of School. Elsa's love of inquiry-based learning guides her daily work. Her devotion to teaching and learning has led Elsa to continuously inquire into what constitutes a quality experience for all learners. Elsa’s latest passion focuses on supporting the expansion of leadership capacity throughout the school, with special attention to growing diverse teacher leaders, middle-level leadership and highly effective teams. Her work with the Board of Trustees at reflects her commitment to that passion. And the journey continues…

Liz Duffy

President at International Schools Services (ISS)

Liz Duff can think of few endeavors more significant than educating students to become thoughtful, global citizen in today’s interconnected world. Before joining ISS in July 2015 to help support this mission, she served for twelve years as Head Master of The Lawrenceville School (NJ), a boarding school founded in 1810 with students and faculty from more than 40 countries and 40 states. She also previously worked for three educational foundations and led a college-based community service program. Liz majored in molecular biology at Princeton University, and later pursued master’s degrees in both education and business at Stanford University. When not leading ISS, serving on a variety of nonprofit and education boards, or mentoring school leaders, Liz enjoys reading, writing, running, traveling, design thinking, and watching her two teen-aged children play sports.

Megan Eddington

Curr./Learning Coordinator / IDEATE Coordinator at Beijing City International School / BCIS

Megan Eddington is currently the IDEATE Coordinator at Beijing City International School. She was a part of the original research and development team that took the program from concept to implementation. Her passion for future orientated education was ignited through the IDEATE development and this passion continues as the program grows.

Bill Elman

Director of School at International School of Ulaanbaatar

Bill has been teaching for 29 years, with 22 of them spent overseas. He is currently the Director of the International School of Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. He has 17 prior years of administrative experience working variously as a Director, a Deputy Director, a Secondary Principal, an Academic Dean and an IBDP Coordinator, in schools in Morocco, China, Latvia and Turkey. He has two children – one in grade 12 and one in grade 9.

Thomas English

HS Principal at Thai-Chinese International School

Thomas English serves as the high school principal for the Thai-Chinese International School in Bangkok, Thailand after retiring from a distinguished career in public education in Michigan, where he served as a superintendent, director of instructional services, principal and teacher. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate at East Carolina University.

Genevieve Emerling

Assistant Head of School - Teaching and Learning at Concordia International School Shanghai

Genevieve, Anne, Lisa, and Billy are educators at Concordia International School Shanghai. Each one of them brings a unique perspective to the presentation as teacher, instructional coach, divisional administrator, and school-wide administrator. Through their work with facilitators from the K-12 Lab at Stanford's d.school, they have become passionate users of the design thinking process - and more importantly - actively seek opportunities to develop the mindsets and abilities fostered by Design Thinking in themselves, their colleagues, their students, and the community at large.

John Everett

Middle School SEL Coordinator/ School Counselor at Hong Kong International School

John Everett coordinates MS approach to SEL at HKIS. He takes a servant leadership approach while working with the members of the MS's SEL Team, which is a group comprised of teachers, administrators, and counselors.

Joe Fonseca

Assistant Legal Attache at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Ryan Foreman

Special Agent at Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security Service (DSS)

Ryan Foreman joined the Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) as a Special Agent in 2013. Ryan began his career at the Washington Field Office. He then managed law enforcement, safety and security programs as an Assistant Regional Security Officer in U.S. Embassies Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Currently, Ryan is serving a two-year tour as the Department of State’s Representative to the FBI’s Violent Crimes against Children Section. He serves as the Diplomatic Security’s Liaison Agent to the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Office of Children’s Issues, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children within Family Abductions-Hague Countries. He has a BS in Global Affairs from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Roderick Fraser

Chairman, Round Square at Round Square

Rod has over forty years’ experience in school education, as a respected Principal of two well-known day and boarding schools in Australia and as an academic. He has undertaken extensive curriculum work in international education, developing hands-on experience as a tool for improving international understanding amongst staff and students in schools. Rod is currently Chair of the Round Square Board and past Chair of the International Baccalaureate’s Regional Council for the Asia Pacific. As Principal of Ivanhoe Grammar School, Rod developed a commercial platform for the school’s international activities, making it a provider of transnational education through the delivery of senior high school programs in partnership with a number of Chinese schools. Rod is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and the Council for Educational Leadership. His work in schools and in international education has been recognised by the Australian Government with his appointment to the Order of Australia. He is currently working as consultant to schools in China, the USA, Canada and the UK as founding partner of Arcadia Consultants China.

Josh Fritts

Elementary Principal at Ruamrudee International School

Dr. Joshua Fritts is the Elementary Principal at Ruamrudee International School in Bangkok, Thailand. He has also served as an administrator in Washington, D.C., Qatar, and in his home state of Oregon in the U.S. He earned his doctorate from Northeastern University in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership, with a focus on the teaching of reading for struggling learners through culturally responsive practices. He has worked with schools around the world, sharing his commitment to the success of all students and families. With over thirty years experience as an educator, he offers many insights into creating truly inclusive multicultural educational settings.

Brian Garner

Director of Instruction at Quality Schools International - Shenzhen

Dr. Garner has 5 years of experience in the California public school system and 15 years of experience in overseas education for QSI which include Ukraine, China, and Slovakia. For the past 12 years, Dr. Garner has worked as Director of Instruction for QSI. During his time as an administrator for QSI, he led the MSA re-accreditation process, trained teachers on how to use student MAP results for instruction, guided the experiential learning writing committee in creating Week Without Walls curriculum, facilitated the implementation of a 800 square meter Maker Space, and trained teachers on Keeping Safe curriculum designed to educate and protect children.

Peter Garnhum

HS/Upper School Asst. Principal at Dulwich International High School Suzhou

Peter Garnhum, Head of Student Life, are part of a CLT hailing from seven countries, leading a faculty from 18 countries to provide a truly international high school education to predominantly local students in Suzhou, China. Redefining the traditional A-Level curriculum, they aim to truly prepare students as responsible global citizens in a world full of uncertainty - developing students to ‘Graduate Worldwise’, ready to thrive at university and in life.

Richard Gaskell

Schools Director at ISC Research Limited

Since the early 1990’s Richard has worked with schools and education, firstly in South Africa, then joining Scholastic in 1997 where he started working with the international schools. Since then, Richard has become an integral part of the K-12, English-medium international school scene, spending 11 years with Scholastic’s education division before joining ISC Research (ISC) in 2008. As Schools Director at ISC Research, Richard is often seen presenting at regional association conferences and at global investment events about data and trends within the market. He personally visits many leading international schools and groups each year supporting them with key development decisions. Richard manages all ISC research projects outside the UK and is frequently quoted in the national and international media. Richard is based in Thailand with his wife, three children and three Jack Russell terriers. ISC Research is the leading provider of data and intelligence on the world’s international schools market. www.iscresearch.com

Michael Gassner

Program Lead - Tourism Recreation and Adventure Leadership Oregon State University Cascades

Michael Gassner teaches and conducts research in the area of outdoor recreation, outdoor adventure education and outdoor leadership. His specific research interests are the long-term benefits of outdoor adventure programs and the history of outdoor adventure education programs in Asia and Southeast Asia. He teaches courses in outdoor and adventure education, experiential education, and risk management. He has been involved with outdoor adventure education programs for over 15 years and has lived and worked in the U.S.A., Sabah, East Malaysia and Hong Kong as well as travelled extensively in Asia and Southeast Asia. Michael has a Ph.D. in Education (Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Studies) with an emphasis in outdoor education and a minor in international education.

Marilyn George

WASC

Marilyn George has been the vice president of the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC), since 1987. In addition to her knowledge of international accreditation and ongoing school improvement her areas of expertise are school curriculum/instruction/assessment and professional development. As the vice president, her responsibilities for the entire ACS WASC region include: working with international, national and state governments, ACS WASC partner associations, school districts and individual schools in developing and refinement of overall policies, understandings, and detailed procedures; creating/ refining accreditation criteria, materials and processes; developing/ conducting/ facilitating training for all visiting committees/school leaders; training of trainers; supervising and organizing visiting committees and improving related office operations; advising and working with educators and professional associations; and assisting.

Mark Geraets

Dwight Korea

A teacher of many years! The past 17 in an International setting encompassing Bangladesh, Switzerland and South Korea. Have held positions as Principal in both Secondary and Primary schools, also HoD, Dean of students and number of other PORs. The longer I have been in the profession, and after raising three daughters, the more I have come to realise that so much of what a child gains from school lies outside of the subjects taught. Thus my passion for pastoral care and wellbeing. Both my wife (also a teacher) and I have a passion for traveling, beaches, good food and wine. I am never as happy as when perched on my longboard out the back of a gentle swell, on a hot summer's day.

Edward Greene

Executive Director at East Asia Regional Council of Schools

Ed has enjoyed an impressive career in international education, having held several teacher and leadership positions that span several continent. These include positions in Sao Paulo, Brazil, New Delhi, India, La Paz, Bolivia and Kobe, Japan and most recently, Director in Amsterdam for the past 14 years. In addition to school based positions, Ed has extensive experience with membership organisations. he served on the ECIS Board of Trustees from 2006-2017, hold the position of Chairman from 2010-2017. He also served as Treasurer and Vice Chair. In addition, Ed was President of the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) from 2009-2011 and was recently inducted into the AAIE Hall of Fame. Ed is also well known on the conference circuit as a presenter, keynoter and as the founding editor of International Quarterly.

Dave Han

Elementary School Assistant Principal at American International School, Hong Kong

Jim Hardin

Head of School at The American School in Japan

Jim Hardin’s career has included teaching and leadership positions at schools in Nebraska and Colorado as well as overseas in Scotland and the United Arab Emirates. Jim began teaching in rural Nebraska in 1989 and later joined the US Peace Corps and served two years in Poland. Jim was superintendent of Dubai American Academy before joining The American School in Japan in 2017 as its Head of School.

Dennis Harter

Middle School Principal at International School Bangkok

Dennis Harter is currently in his 5th year as MS Principal at International School Bangkok. Prior to that he was HS Principal at American International School Vienna. After 25+ years as an international educator (and having grown up as a TCK), Dennis believes international schools have the opportunity and obligation to prepare students to be leaders for a better future through the development of empathy and efficacy, confidence and competence, and global-mindedness and social-intelligence.

Lisa Hawkins

MS STEM Instructional Coach at Concordia International School Shanghai

Greg Hedger

Director of School at The International School Yangon (ISY)

Dr. Gregory Hedger has been Director of The International School Yangon, since 2016, following his tenures as school director at Cayman International School, at Qatar Academy, and as superintendent at ECA in Venezuela. Greg has been involved in international education through his service on the boards of Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE), the Association of American Schools in South America (AASSA,) his work with the International Task Force for Child Protection, and contributions to periodicals. Greg has taught several university level courses, including site-based leadership for SUNY, and strategies for change in international schools for Endicott College.

Sharon Hennessy

Head of School at Taipei American School

Dr. Sharon Hennessy, currently the longest serving head at Taipei American School, has forty years of experience working with governing boards and serving on them. For eight years she was a member of the Department of Defense School Board, joining educational leaders from across the US in overseeing the hundreds of DOD schools for military children around the world. Appointed jointly by the US Secretary of Education and the Secretary of Defense, the assignment found her traveling the world to hear from educators, parents and students before reporting back at bi-annual board meetings in Washington DC. She was a trustee at the renowned Roxbury Latin School, where a self-perpetuating board worked hard to add value to a truly outstanding independent school. She has experience working with and for boards as well, at St. Paul’s School where the board was self- perpetuating and at TAS where the board is predominantly parent elected with four additional appointed board members. In her days as High School Principal in Maine and Massachusetts she worked with parent elected boards, thus gaining experience with all types of governing entities. Dr. Hennessy looks forward to sharing her experiences as part of the panel on Governance that EARCOS has arranged.

Jeff Holcomb

HS/Upper School Principal at Seoul Foreign School

Angela Hollington

Head of Primary School at Canadian International School in Singapore

Angela has been an administrator in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and now Asia. She has a background in learning support and language learning and has developed programmes in schools, taught graduate students and instructional assistants and is an IB educator.

James Honey

Year 3 Learning Community Team Leader at Yew Chung International School of Beijing

James Honey is leader for the Year Three Learning Community. Originally from England, he has taught internationally for four years. He works to establish Learning Communities at various year levels.

David Hoss

Elementary Principal at Singapore American School

David Hoss has served as an Administrator at the Singapore American School for the past 30 years. In 2010 David was named a "National Distinguished Principal", by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. He has was also awarded a commendation for his educational work by the United States Department of State Overseas Office of Schools. David has been instrumental in having his school recognized as a Model PLC (Professional Learning Community) School by the Solution Tree Organization.

Scott Hossack

Activities Director at Shanghai American School

Scott Hossack, originally from Canada, has been working in the field of Education for 24 years. He has been a classroom teacher, a specialist in Outdoor Education and Physical Education. He now works as the Activities Director at Shanghai American School. Scott holds a BPHE (Concentration on Outdoor Education), A PGCE from Goldsmith’s College, a Masters of Education from Plymouth State University and is an NIAAA certified Athletic Administrator.

Patrick Hurworth

Head of School at International School of Beijing

Patrick Hurworth has served as the Head of School at the International School of Beijing since July 2017. Patrick served as High School Principal at HKIS from 2014-2017, Secondary Principal at Atlanta International School, Head of Department at the International School of Geneva and began his career in the UK teaching Geography at Reigate Grammar School.

Liz Hutchison

Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at International Christian School, Hong Kong

Liz is the Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at International Christian School (ICS), Hong Kong. She is in her 12th year at ICS and has served in a variety of positions, including Cognitive Coach and Academic Dean, prior to her current role. Liz has a Masters in Educational Leadership. She values Christian education, teaching and learning, mentoring, and curriculum development. Liz enjoys fine-tuning systems, and supporting others to see individuals and groups grow.

Kedra Ishop

Vice Provost for Enrollment Management at University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Kedra Ishop, PhD, serves as Vice Provost for Enrollment Management at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. She is a nationally recognized expert, speaker and advisor on issues in higher education related to diversity, affordability, assessment, admissions, and enrollment. She has served on various domestic and international boards for the College Board, ACT, Coalition for College Access, NCAA and others. In overseeing undergraduate admissions, financial aid, new student programs, registrar, marketing and communications, technology and enrollment research, Dr. Ishop leads a dynamic team in Michigan’s enrollment effort and strategic initiatives. The Office of Enrollment Management orients these centrally-administered units to lead the University of Michigan’s enrollment functions in a student-centered effort across the institution, utilizing data and analysis to shape strategic directions to the benefit of the institution and the students they serve. Prior to her tenure at Michigan, she served for 17 years at the University of Texas at Austin, departing as Vice Provost and Director of Admissions. She holds three degrees from UT Austin: a bachelor of arts in sociology, a master of education in higher education administration, and a doctorate in educational administration.

Jane Kang

Curr./Learning Coordinator at Yew Chung International School of Beijing

Jane Martuneac Kang has taught internationally for thirteen years and is the Year Five Learning Community leader at the Yew Chung International School of Beijing. She was integral in establishing the Learning Community model.

Matthew Kelsey

Director Of Educational Technology at Nansha College Preparatory Academy

Matt is the Director of Educational Technology at Nansha College Preparatory Academy. He worked in South Korea, Kuwait, and Mali as a teacher and tech coordinator before joining NCPA in Guangzhou, China. Matt drives his Ducati to work, where he enjoys data analysis, process optimization and developing school communications and culture.

Daniel Kilback

Principal of Technology Innovation & Strategic Planning (HR) at Korea International School

Daniel is the Principal of Technology Innovation & Strategic Planning (HR) at Korea International School. He has worked in Canada, Taiwan, and Kuwait as a teacher at all school levels. Prior to joining the faculty at KIS in the Fall of 2015, he served as the Tech Director and High School Assistant Principal at the American School of Kuwait. He is a self-admitted Apple fanboy, enjoys a diverse selection of podcasts, and is eager to see schools use technology to make small changes that yield big results.

Penelope Kim

Attorney (U.S.) at Yulchon LLC

Penelope Richey Kim is currently in her fourth year as Chair of the Board of Governors at Seoul Foreign School in South Korea, and has served on the school’s Board since 2013. A former third-culture child herself, she spent formative school years across the U.S. and in South Korea and Germany. Ms. Kim has lived and worked in Korea with her husband and three sons for over 18 years, and is fluent in Korean. She is a U.S. attorney currently with Korean law firm Yulchon LLC.

Carol Koran

Director of Learning at Nishimachi International School

Carol Koran is the Director of Learning at Nishimachi International School in Tokyo. Carol’s experiences in education include being a Professional Development Instructor for the Alberta Teachers’ Association in Canada, teaching and mentoring interns and student teachers in the Education faculty at the University of Lethbridge, and 35 years in teaching and administration at the middle school and high school level. The value of understanding and applying what we know about the brain to classroom practice is one of her favourite topics, and working directly with schools and teachers is her favourite way to share expertise and to be part of the collaborative journey of fostering excellence in student learning.

Kevin Krembs

MS Asst. Principal at Hong Kong International School

Kevin serves as Associate Principal of Hong Kong International School. He has 21 years experience at international schools around the world. He believes we need to reimagine, redefine, and redesign our current structure of school.

Celeste Krochak

PYP _ ( Primary Years Program) Elementary School Vice Principal at Canadian International School in Singapore

Celeste is a Canadian working in Singapore for the last 11 years as teacher, PYP Coordinator and Vice Principal across the Primary School. She has taught in Canada and New Zealand and has a Masters in Educational leadership. She is passionate about literacy, social justice and music and has written programmes in all of these areas for children

Marc L'Heureux

IT Coordinator/IT teacher at Singapore American School

Marc L’Heureux currently is the elementary principal at ASIJ for the past four years. Before coming to ASIJ Marc worked at Singapore American School as the deputy principal. Marc brings over 32 years of administrative and classroom experience while working in the United States and Internationally. Prior to working at Singapore American School, Marc worked in Germany, Scotland, and Maine.

Kelly Jo Larson

Executive Management Consultant, President and Co-founder at Dramabrig Consulting Inc

Kelly Jo Larson As Senior Director for Strategic Planning & Communications at Concordia International School Shanghai, Kelly Jo Larson employed the same techniques she used in the business world to lead a team of school admin, faculty, parents and board members on a strategic planning journey over the past three years–it's been an exciting (and transformational) ride. Kelly Jo holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and previously worked as a management consultant for companies such as Cadbury Schwepps, Ford Motor Company, and AXA Insurance in the areas of change management, strategic planning, operations and execution.

Jane Larsson

Executive Director at Council of International Schools (CIS)

Jane Larsson has led the Council of International Schools (CIS) as Executive Director since her appointment in 2010. CIS is a global non-profit membership organization focused on the development of global citizenship, providing International Accreditation, Career & Recruitment, University Admission Guidance and Research Services to schools and universities internationally, now including 1,365 institutions across 116 countries. She currently serves as Chair of the International Taskforce on Child Protection and as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Commission Advancing Independent School Accreditation (ICAISA).

Anna Laurenson

Elementary Principal at Shen Wai International School

Anna Laurenson is a seasoned educational leader. She has led teams in Italy, China and India, learning with many wonderful educators what does and does not work in a learning community. A lifelong learner, who always looks for the best in everything and everyone, she is committed to making the world a better place for everyone. Herself included!

Gavin Lazaro

Assistant Principal Development at The Alice Smith School

Gavin worked in the UK chemical industry for 5 years during which time he also studied for a degree with the Royal Society of Chemistry. Following that he studied at the University of Oxford for his postgraduate degree in education and thereafter taught in the UK for three years. He has now spent nearly 25 years in international education and has been a senior leader at two leading British international schools in the region. In addition to his current administration role, he also supports CIS as a visiting team member for accreditation visits.

Jennifer Le Varge

Seoul Campus Principal at Korea International School

Jennifer Le Varge is the Seoul Campus Principal at Korea International School. Jennifer holds a BS in Elementary Education and MA in Cultural Anthropology. She also co-wrote a book, The Reggio Emilia Experience in Early Childhood (published in Arabic) and is a PYP Workshop Leader, School Visit Team Leader and PYP Consultant. Her areas of research include the Reggio Emilia Approach and makerspaces.

Blair Lee

Head Of School at Dalian American International School

Blair Lee has over 25 years of experience in school administration. He is currently the Head of School at Dalian American International School located in North-East China. His previous international experience includes positions at the American International School of Kuwait, Mount Zaagham International School, and Seoul Foreign School. He has learned that in order to create strong learning communities you must develop a healthy organization. Blair holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University, an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of Regina, Canada and a B.Ed. from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. His true passion is being a husband to his wife Kim, and father to his two teenage boys, Hudson and Maguire.

Sharon Leung

HKIS

Sharon Leung is the Athletic Director at Hong Kong International School. This is her 22nd year at HKIS, with the first thirteen teaching Physical Education before taking the AD role. She has served as APAC Chair(2016-2018) and ISSFHK President (2012-2016). Before coming to Hong Kong, Sharon coached and taught in Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina. Sharon continues coaching volleyball and loves those connections with kids. She completed her CAA in 2014 and is looking forward to taking the International Certification later this year. This is the third LTC she has taught at EARCOS.

Anne Love

Academic Innovation Coordinator at Concordia International School Shanghai

Anne, Lisa, Billy, and Genevieve are educators at Concordia International School Shanghai. Each one of them brings a unique perspective to the presentation as teacher, instructional coach, divisional administrator, and school-wide administrator. Through their work with facilitators from the K-12 Lab at Stanford's d.school, they have become passionate users of the design thinking process - and more importantly - actively seek opportunities to develop the mindsets and abilities fostered by Design Thinking in themselves, their colleagues, their students, and the community at large.

David Lovelin

HS/Upper School Principal at Hong Kong International School

Dr. David Lovelin has been an administrator for the past 15 years in a number of different roles and is currently the High School Principal for Hong Kong International School. Previously, Dr. Lovelin worked at Korea International School and in the US with a continued commitment for developing education programs that are innovative, promote a positive culture, and grounded in supporting all learners.

James Leung

HS/Upper School Principal at Concordian International School

James Leung is presently Director of Academics/Secondary Principal/DP Coordinator at Concordian International School. He taught in an IB school in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada and has spent 20 years internationally. In addition to administrative duties, he continues to teach IB SL/HL Biology.

Kevin Lynch

Dev./Marketing Dir. at Shanghai American School

Kevin Lynch, Director of Marketing + Communications at Shanghai American School, is not only insightful, he’s also entertaining. He has spoken at TEDx, Pecha Kucha, CASE, ACAMIS, and Creative Mornings, the latter of which sold out in under nine minutes. Previous speaking topics include that time he derailed Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympics (https://vimeo.com/17678826) and that time he slept in 146 different Airbnbs in Hong Kong (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPAw3C3CkVg).

Paul Martindale

Director of Quality & Performance Improvement at British School Jakarta (formerly British International School)

Strong consulting and management professional with a demonstrated history of working in International Education, both as a teacher and operational manager. I am a Chartered Quality Institute Practitioner (PCQI) and member of the International Registry of Certified Auditors (IRCA). Lead Auditor in ISO 27001, ISO 20000, and ISO 9001 standards. Six Sigma Black Belt and Certified Kaizen Facilitator. Agile practitioner, Professional Scrum Master. and PRINCE2 Practitioner. Certified Prosci Change Management Trainer. Apple Certified Support Professional (ACSP).

Cherie Mar

Dwight

Cherie Mar M.Ed is currently Dean of Student Life at Dwight School Seoul. Cherie is originally from New Zealand and has over 25 years experience in teaching and education and is an enthusiastic educator who has a passion for providing both quality education and educational innovation. With a background in pastoral support, behavior management and previous SENCO roles she is a strong advocate of student well-being and the impact it has on the many aspects of student life.

Stuart McLay

Director of International Accreditation Services at Council of International Schools (CIS)

Stuart McLay is the Director of CIS International Accreditation Services. He joined CIS in 2015 as an Associate Director of School Support & Evaluation Services following a 20-year career of international school leadership in Thailand, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, India and El Salvador and Malaysia. For 15 of those years he served as a peer volunteer on CIS international accreditation teams. Stuart brings a depth of perspective across a range of school communities, cultures and educational programmes to his leadership role at CIS, ensuring the rigour and effectiveness of the CIS International Accreditation protocol, as he leads a team of 27 to work in partnership with schools, volunteer evaluators and partner agencies to strengthen leading practice in international education.

Jane McGee

Head of School at United Nations International School of Hanoi

Jane McGee (UNIS Head of School since August 2018) has over twenty years experience in international schools in the role of Director, Assistant Superintendent, High School Principal, IB Coordinator, College Counselor and Teacher in Vientiane, Mumbai, Warsaw, Bangkok and Rome. Presentations and publications have looked at restructuring a school, using technology to support learning anytime, anywhere and differentiation in the mathematics classroom. Recent professional development has spanned the areas of School Governance, Visible Learning, and Cognitive Coaching.

Marta Medved

Director / Head of School at Western Academy of Beijing

With almost two decades of academic experience, Dr. Marta Medved Krajnovic brings demonstrated leadership skills, a deep understanding, passion, and appreciation for international education to Western Academy of Beijing. Before joining WAB in 2018, Marta served as the director of Stockholm International School for five years. She previously worked as Associate Professor at the University of Zagreb, and was also director of the Postgraduate Programme in Applied Linguistics there. Marta has authored books and research articles on second language acquisition and multilingualism. After living in Croatia, England, Ireland, Japan, Hungary and Sweden, Marta has rich international experience with different countries, people and cultures. She has served as a board member of the American International School of Budapest and as a chair and member of various Croatian and international educational committees and projects.

Ted Mockrish

Head of School at Canadian International School Bangalore

Dr. Ted Mockrish is the Head of School at Canadian International School Bangalore. Ted has served as a K-12, secondary, and elementary principal after a career of teaching early childhood, elementary classroom, IT, and TOK.

Aaron Moniz

Co-founder at Inspire Citizens

After being the teacher team leader for the innovative ISB Futures Academy in Beijing and now a global TeachSDGs ambassador, Aaron envisions education as empowering students to desire active citizenship in our world, equipped with knowledge, skills, and perspectives that will contribute to a sustainable future and counter social inequality and environmental degradation. Through providing teachers and students with effective global competence thinking frameworks, as well as tools such as media literacy strategies and action planning in all curricular environments, he strives to help schools, students, and communities be change agents to positively impact our world. Learn more about Aaron's work at inspirecitizens.org

Marc Montague

IT Integration Specialist at Seoul International School

Marc Montague is SIS' Educational Technology Coordinator and a 10-year veteran Computer Science teacher. Both enjoy bicycling, international travel, and the subtle notes and tones of a great single malt scotch.

Catriona Moran

Head of School at Saigon South International School

David Munro

HS/Upper School Principal at International School of Beijing

David Munro is an international educator who has worked around the world for more than 20 years. David was born and raised in a small town in Alberta Canada where he attended the University of Alberta and received a Bachelors Degree in Education. More recently David has spent eight years working at Mont' Kiara International School in Kuala Lumpur as an IB Coordinator and Assistant Secondary Principal at the school. Currently David is the High School Principal at the International School of Beijing. He is passionate about student wellness and using research to push the boundaries of the modern classroom.

Myong Hwan Eiselstein

Elementary Principal at St. Paul American School Hanoi

Myong Hwan "Moo" Eiselstein is from the northern Virginia area of the United States. He has a BA degree, two Masters degrees, an Education Specialist degree, and is currently working on an Ed.D. degree in Leadership. Moo is in his fourth year as the Elementary Principal at St. Paul American School Hanoi. In his spare time, Moo can be found chasing his two young children or working on his doctoral dissertation, titled A Qualitative Study on the Perceptions of Teachers as Armed Personnel.

Carole Nickle

Middle School Associate Principal at The American School in Japan

Carole Nickle joined the American School in Japan in 2015 as the Middle School Associate Principal. Prior to ASIJ, Carole was an associate principal in the United Arab Emirates and Turkey and also taught English at the secondary level in Taiwan and Vietnam and post-secondary level in China. Carole is currently pursuing her doctorate through the University of Bath, UK researching leadership within international school settings.

Hieu Nguyen

Board Member at Unis Hanoi

Richard Nunns

Deputy Head of School at Dulwich International High School Suzhou

Richard Nunns, Deputy Director, and Peter Garnhum, Head of Student Life, are part of a CLT hailing from seven countries, leading a faculty from 18 countries to provide a truly international high school education to predominantly local students in Suzhou, China. Redefining the traditional A-Level curriculum, they aim to truly prepare students as responsible global citizens in a world full of uncertainty - developing students to ‘Graduate Worldwise’, ready to thrive at university and in life.

Kristie O'Brien

Vice Principal of Lower School (Hongqiao Main Campus) at Shanghai Community International School

I’ve been the Vice Principal of Shanghai Community International School (SCIS) at Hongqiao Lower School in Shanghai, China since 2015. I also am the English as an Additional Language (EAL) Coordinator for the SCIS System. I am from Minnesota, USA, where I earned an Education degree from Macalester College; a Master of Arts in English as a Second Language from Hamline University; and a Master of Education in Leadership in Education from the University of Minnesota in USA. My career in education also includes teaching elementary general education, elementary EAL, and high school EAL in Minnesota, USA and Puerto Rico. I was also EAL coordinator for a Minneapolis, Minnesota area school district.

Maeve O'Donovan

Board of Directors Administrator at UNIS Hanoi

Maeve O’Donovan has worked as the Board of Directors Administrator with United Nations International School Hanoi since January 2015. Her work provides an executive operational link between the activities of the Board (and all of its committees) and the senior administration of the school. Prior to UNIS, Maeve has worked in Marketing and Communications for both private and NGO organisations in Vietnam and Belgium, has lectured in Marketing with St Louis University, Madrid and has worked for government and volunteer positions in Ghana, Venezuela and the Ivory Coast.

Rick Odum

Director of Teaching and Learning at Korea International School, Jeju Campus

Originally from Houston, TX, Rick Odum, PhD, has worked in education since 2001 as a college instructor, high school teacher, curriculum coordinator, school district administrator and most recently as the Director of Teaching and Learning at Korea International School, Jeju. Dr. Odum received a PhD in School Improvement and an MA in Literature from Texas State University; and a BA in History from Texas A&M University. His areas of interest are whole school improvement programs and the development of professional standards for international educators.

Adam Olenn

CEO at Rustle & Spark

As founder of Rustle & Spark there are two things Adam loves most about this business: One is when clients say"finally, somebody gets us!" The other is putting talented people in situations that let their gifts shine. With 25 years of branding marketing and story-based communications experience for companies like Mercedes-Benz Kellogg’s Haagen-Dazs Berklee College of Music and Moses Brown School-and many more-Adam loves few things more than applying familiar principles to a new industry. With 20 years of branding, marketing, and story-based communications experience for companies like Mercedes-Benz, Kellogg’s, Haagen-Dazs, Berklee College of Music, and Moses Brown School–and many more–Adam loves few things more than applying to a new industry.

Julie Olson

Elementary Principal at International School of Kuala Lumpur

Julie is the ES Principal at the International School of Kuala Lumpur. She's always been interested in leadership in her role as administrator, counselor and classroom teacher.

Mark Orchison

Managing Director at 9ine

Mark Orchison, Founder and Managing Director of 9ine, is an experienced management consultant with expertise in data protection, cybersecurity, technology, project and programme management in education. He began his career with Sun Microsystems before moving into management consultancy, where he was the technical consultancy lead for overseeing the requirements, procurement and installation of technology systems for new build schools. Mark then joined the Heathrow Terminal 5 Programme Leadership Team to drive the completion of technology infrastructure and systems for terminal commissioning. Mark led a global operations programme for the largest carrier-neutral data centre group to streamline operating processes across seven data centres, create efficiencies, generate new revenue streams and to contribute a minimum £100 million to the company valuation through the implementation of these initiatives. In 2009, at the tender age of 28, Mark started 9ine from his kitchen table in Greenwich, London. Over the course of the next ten years, Mark has led the business to become the leading independent K-12 technology and compliance consultancy in the UK and now internationally. With a team of twenty multi-disciplinary and specialist consultants in-house, 9ine are forecasted to grow by almost 50% by the end of 2021, with their client base expanding across Africa, the Middle East, Russia, India, Asia and the Americas.

Craig Ortner

HS Assistant Principal and DP Coordinator at Shekou International School

Craig currently serves as HS Assistant Principal and DP Coordinator at Shekou International School (SIS) and holds a J.D., cum laude, from The University of Michigan Law School.

Catherine Tanco-Ong

Director for Student Activities at Brent International School Manila

Director for Student Activities Brent International School Manila

TK Ostrom

Director of Enrollment Management & Marketing at United Nations International School of Hanoi (UNIS Hanoi)

T.K. began her career in corporate industries advancing mission and helping these organizations understand customer service including telling a story about their vision. Her expertise bridged across multiple stakeholders throughout various companies and organizations. Since leaving the corporate sector, T.K. Ostrom has spent the past 14 years honing her skills in admission and related fields in large non-profit schools in the United States, China, Korea, and Guatemala. She has also provided her expertise as a consultant in the areas of Enrollment Management and Advancement for the Lincoln Community School of Ghana, Carol Morgan School in the Dominican Republic, International School of Havana and the Anglo-American School of Moscow. T.K. first served as the Advancement Consultant on the American School of Guatemala’s Stragetic Planning Committee before taking on the role as the lead officer for the Advancement Office. T.K. has led, defined, and modeled a centralized admissions approach and supports the messaging of the Value Propostion to add context and refocus in the alignment process.

Caleb Lott, Athletic Trainer

Shanghai American School

Caleb is currently in his 6th year as the Athletic Trainer at Shanghai American School, Pudong. He has been a Board Certified Athletic Trainer since 2009. Prior to coming to the International School system Caleb worked in clinical outreach, high schools, and collegiate settings providing sports medicine care to a variety of ages, backgrounds and athletic abilities. He has earned multiple continuing education certifications in evidence-based concussion management programs, and he routinely participates in a variety of concussion workshops and conferences.

Todd Parham

Director of Athletics at Ruamrudee International School

Todd Parham, originally from Northern California, has spent 17 of his 24 years in education living and working outside the US as an Athletic/Activities Director. Prior to moving overseas he taught Elementary School, Middle School, and High School Physical Education and Health in the United States. Todd has an M.Ed in Physical Education and a Bachelor of Science degree in K-12 Physical Education and Health. Most recently he completed the Certified Athletic Administrator program with the NIAAA. For the past 15 years he has worked in Asia, the first 11 years of this as the Activities Director for Shanghai American School-Pudong and the past 4 years as the Director of Athletics at Ruamrudee International School (RIS) in Bangkok, Thailand.

Brenda Perkins

MS Health & Wellness Teacher at International School Bangkok

Brenda Perkins has been an International School teacher for more than 20 years in both the fields of science and of well-being. Brenda is certified to teach the US-based Mindful Schools Curriculum, the “.b Curriculum” from the UK-based Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) and the “.b Foundations” course to teachers and parents. Having completed both Mindful Schools Year-Long Certification and MiSP School Lead training, she is passionate about integrating mindfulness into school communities.

Beth Pfannl

Vice President Admin Searches at International Schools Services (ISS)

Dr. Beth Pfannl, ISS Vice President for Administrative Searches and Governance Services, has 30 years of experience in international education. She was most recently the long-standing head of the American Overseas School of Rome. Beth has served on numerous boards and committees including ECIS, the International Schools Advisory Committee of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Paraguayan-American Cultural Center. She is past president of AAIE and the Rome International Schools Association (RISA), and currently serves as a trustee of The American University of Rome. In 2014, Beth was inducted into AAIE's Hall of Fame and in 2003, she received the National Distinguished Principal Award from the Office of Overseas Schools. Beth earned her doctorate from the Sorbonne in Paris and her BA from McGill University. She holds a CAGS in School Administration from Rhode Island College.

Azra Pathan

Elem. Asst. Principal at International School of Kuala Lumpur

Azra is the ES Assistant Principal where she has used her past roles as ES Teaching & Learning Coordinator and classroom teacher to continue to build capacity in schools. Together they make up the ES Administration Team.

Patricia Podorsek

Teaching and Learning Coordinator at International School of Kuala Lumpur

Patricia Podorsek is currently a Teaching and Learning Coordinator at the International School of Kuala Lumpur. She has been a learning geek for nearly 25 years, including work at international schools in India, Kenya and Ecuador. She feels passionately about setting up students for holistic success and the development of lifelong learning.

Christie Powell

Curr./Learning Coordinator at Stamford American International School

Christie Powell currently serves as the Director of Curriculum and Assessment at Stamford American International School in Singapore. Her twenty-six year journey in international school education has taken her to Cameroon, Indonesia, Thailand and Nepal prior to Singapore. As she began to witness the significant shift and growth in international schools, her wonder about how well we were equitably providing high quality learning to the growing diversity of students led her to complete her doctoral dissertation at East Carolina University through a significant action research project over the 2017-2019 school years. That wonder continues. If you are grappling with this in your school, this session will be an opportunity to interact, share, and learn from one another in the EARCOS Leadership Community.

Wes Przybylski

Learning Data and Assessment Specialist at The American School in Japan

Wes Przybylski is the Learning Data and Assessment Specialist at The American School in Japan. He is a creator, innovator, leader, motivator, and an enthusiastic, passionate educator. While his roots and education come from Boston, Wes’ collective passion for travel and education has lured him into the international teaching world working at schools in the Czech Republic, Thailand, and currently Japan.

Renee Rehfeldt

Curr./Learning Coordinator at Canadian Academy

Renee Rehfeldt is currently the Director of Learning at Canadian Academy, Kobe, Japan, having worked previously at Suzhou Singapore International School in Suzhou, China. She leads workshops around the Asia-Pacific region in the areas of teaching and learning, language development, and professional development. She has worked in the area of professional development and learning for more than 7 years, working closely with IB networks in the Shanghai and East Asia regions. Renee is passionate about supporting and promoting collaboration within and between schools in support of learning for all our students.

Blake Roberts

Middle School Learning Specialist at Chadwick International School

Blake has been in education for 7 years, 3 of which working internationally. He has worked as a content teacher, inclusion teacher, and co-teacher picking up small "golden nuggets" that improves collaboration methods. As education is constantly changing and evolving, Blake has spent time trying to stay ahead of the curve to provide the best opportunity for his students to learn at their highest potential.

Erin Robinson

Middle School Principal at United World College South East Asia / UWC South East Asia

Erin Robinson holds a PhD in educational leadership and currently serves as middle school principal at the United World College of Southeast Asia's East Campus. With a passion for global mindedness, social justice and equity issues, Erin's doctoral work focused on cultural competency in education. She is currently the UWCSEA lead in a seven-year longitudinal study on outdoor education in collaboration with Oregon State University Cascades. In addition, Erin consults with schools on competency-based learning environments; is involved in developing social entrepreneurship curriculum; led research in student voice at the secondary level; and provides professional development in equity and cultural competency.

Peter Row

Elementary Principal at Dalian American International School

DAIS Senior Leadership Team

Nate Rudd

IT Director at Christian Academy in Japan

Nate Rudd has been the IT Director at Christian Academy in Japan for the last four years, and has worked in IT at the school for a total of 16 years. He met his wife at CAJ and they now have three kids attending the school. Before working at CAJ, he developed databases for the editorial and ad sales teams of TIME magazine in New York City.

J. Eileen Rueth

Student Life Coordinator at International School of Beijing

J. Eileen Rueth has been in education for the past 20 years in such capacities as a mentor, after-school coordinator, coach, learning specialist, teacher, Activities Director and in her current role as Student Life Coordinator at the International School of Beijing (ISB). After earning her MA in Education she taught for seven years in Charleston, SC and joined the international teaching community in 2012 with the American International School of Kuwait (AISK). In 2015 she moved to Beijing to be the director of the BEIMUN Model United Nations conference. While in the classroom Eileen specialized in high school history and social sciences, her passion has always been working with students in a social-emotional capacity, a role she is now fulfilling in her current position at ISB.

Phil Rogers

Secondary School Principal at Shenzhen Shekou International School

Phil Rogers has recently become the Secondary Principal at Shekou International School, prior to that he was the Secondary Principal at rInternational School Ho Chi Minh City. He has previously worked at International School Bangkok, Kampala International School, New Cairo British International School, Blackhearth and Thornburgh College, and UWC Southern Africa.

Joe Schaaf

Curriculum Coordinator at International School of Tianjin

Joe Schaaf currently teaches IB Language and Literature at the International School of Tianjin and serves as the school’s Curriculum Coordinator. He is responsible for developing the program that transformed IST’s Literacy Lab from a small, teacher-driven writing center into an entirely student-staffed and managed learning center. The lab is managed by five student-managers and over 40 student coaches and last year recorded over 900 visits by students seeking support—nearly four times the number of students currently enrolled in the school’s secondary division. Joe has over 15 years of experience researching, developing and implementing literacy-based programs. He has worked with a wide range of students and professionals in elementary, secondary and post-secondary learning environments.

Mary Scott

Head Of School at Concordia International School Shanghai

Before accepting the call to become Head of School at Concordia International School Shanghai, Mary spent 30 years in administration at Concordia University-Irvine where she most recently served as Executive Vice President and Provost. While at CUI, she also served as VP for Administration and University Relations, VP of University Services, Athletic Director, Dean of Campus Life and Assistant professor of Education-PE. Mary has also worked as a teacher and coach in high schools in the US. She received her B.A. from Concordia University-Chicago, her M.A. from Adelphi University and her Ed.D in Institutional Management from Pepperdine University.

Sandra Seadstedt

Board Chair at Vientiane International Schools

Sandra currently serves as the Chair of Vientiane International Schools Board of Trustees. She joined the board in 2015 as Vice Chair, and was elected to serve as the board’s chair in 2016. She has enjoyed learning about good board governance to help create an environment where board members collaborate effectively with the Head of School to support the schools’ vision and mission. As the mother of two VIS graduates, and one secondary student, she is dedicated to help make VIS the best it can be for all its students. In addition to serving as the board chair, she is also a practicing psychotherapist in Vientiane.

Jan-Mark Seewald

Assstant Head of School - Academics - at Seoul Foreign School

Jan-Mark Seewald is the Assistant Head of School for Academics at Seoul Foreign School. He has been involved in international education as a classroom teacher and leader in Asia, Australia, and Europe for twenty years. In addition to his role at SFS, he works with schools and educational professionals as an IB Workshop Leader, Consultant, Field Representative, and School Visit Team Leader.

Monita Sen

PYP Authorization Manager at International Baccalaureate Organization

Monita Sen has over 19 years’ experience working in teaching and leadership positions. She currently works with the IB as the PYP Authorization Manager. Monita holds a Masters degree in Education and English Literature and is currently undertaking an Ed.D with The University of Bath. Her areas of interest and research include early childhood, creativity, STEAM and transdisciplinary learning.

Dave Shepherd

Principal and Founder at Shepherd Consulting Group

Dave Shepherd recently established a bespoke consultancy practice after 30 years’ experience in the schools’ sector, as both an educator and senior administrator. Dave specializes in the full range of Advancement disciplines, volunteer management and senior strategic leadership training for International and Independent schools globally. In 2006 Dave established the Development, Alumni Relations and Marketing and Communications Office as Director of Advancement at United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA); a K1 – Grade 12 non-profit International school in Singapore. The Advancement team has raised over S$30 million, connected with over 15,000 alumni representing 140 countries and is supported by over 100 Parent Ambassadors and senior volunteer leaders. Dave has taught and presented regularly at CASE institutes, commissions and events. He chaired the 10th Asia-Pacific Advancement Conference in 2017 and is currently a trustee of the CASE Asia Pacific Board.

Kevin Skeoch

Head of School at Dwight School Seoul

Kevin Skeoch obtained his Masters in Education in 2006. He is Founding Head of Dwight School Seoul, a position he has held since opening in 2012. Originally from Toronto, Canada Kevin has held positions of responsibility in the Slovak Republic, Switzerland, the UK and Seoul where he currently resides. A strong supporter of international education and the International Baccalaureate, Kevin has developed schools at all stages of development and supported students on their educational journey through systems with years of experience and a fundamental belief that children who possess ability and motivation to learn (or even just one of those areas) can and have succeeded in the IB. Kevin has two school aged children in international education. He has watch them grow and develop according to the values inherent in most of our school’s missions. Creating life-long learners capable of making it in the 21st Century means equipping young people to understand and perform across all walks of life. Through an inclusive lens, children not only grow to achieve at their own pace, the world is brought closer with the knowledge that the builders of tomorrow, our next generation of world leaders are better prepared if they are taught not to fear challenge, change or difference but to and understand the world in which we live.

Darren Skov

Athletic/Activities Dir. at Beijing City International School

Canadian born Australian raised educator passionate about the importance of relationships in learning. Relentless dreamer about the possibilities for education and in awe of the potential in all of us.

Greg Smith

Head of School at Shenzhen Shekou International School

Greg Smith, is the Head of School at Shekou International School and Vice President of ISS Asia Pacific. Greg is originally from Western Australia where he was a teacher, a principal, a curriculum advisor and superintendent. He considers himself fortunate to have held senior administrative roles in schools in Beijing and Vientiane prior to returning to China and Shenzhen in 2018. His two children have graduated from international schools and his wife has been an international educator, so his family’s commitment and connection to education is strong. He is particularly interested in building networks between schools and communities so that learning is relevant and prepares students for the world they will inherit.

Mark Sullivan

HS/Upper School Principal at Beijing City International School

Mark is a product of international education and graduated high school from Cairo American College where he later returned to work. After Cairo Mark spent six years in Saudi Arabia as an Assistant Principal and then High School Principal. As Secondary School Principal at BCIS Mark is a proponent of experiential learning, student voice, and committed to empowering students and staff to think forward and imagine possibilities.

Barry Sutherland

Head of School at American International School Vietnam

Barry Sutherland is the Head of School at American International School Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City. Previously he has been Director at schools in Cambodia, Tanzania and Thailand and has been an administrator and teacher in schools in Singapore and Canada. Barry also serves on the EARCOS Board of Trustees.

Ian Sutherland

HS/Upper School Principal at Concordia International School Hanoi

Dr. Ian Sutherland has worked as a teacher and administrator in international schools, and as a professor and researcher of educational leadership. He currently works at Concordia International School Hanoi where he enjoys the diversity of his work as a principal, as well as the opportunity to continue his active research program.

Jim Sweeney

Elementary Principal at Yew Chung International School of Beijing

James Sweeney is from Birmingham, England and has worked overseas for six years. He is Vice-Principal, Head of Primary at Yew Chung International School of Beijing where he has implemented the bilingual Learning Community model.

Billy Thomas

MS Asst. Principal at Concordia International School Shanghai

Billy, Anne, Lisa, and Genevieve are educators at Concordia International School Shanghai. Each one of them brings a unique perspective to the presentation as teacher, instructional coach, divisional administrator, and school-wide administrator. Through their work with facilitators from the K-12 Lab at Stanford's d.school, they have become passionate users of the design thinking process - and more importantly - actively seek opportunities to develop the mindsets and abilities fostered by Design Thinking in themselves, their colleagues, their students, and the community at large.

David Trajtenberg

Deputy Head of School at St. Paul American School Hanoi

Dr. David Trajtenberg was born in Philadelphia, PA. He earned his BA degree from Franklin and Marshall College as a chemistry major. David also holds an MA degree from Harvard University in Teaching and curriculum and an MA degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in School Leadership. David’s PhD was completed at the University of Colorado. His doctoral dissertation was titled A reflective self-study: Using evidence based conceptual frameworks and multi-rater feedback to identify, align, and improve school leadership practices. David has taught and served in a variety of teaching and leadership roles ranging from preschool all the way through high school; he has worked in the USA in Virginia and Colorado, as well as internationally in Japan, Peru, and now Hanoi. He is extremely proud to be part of the St. Paul American School Hanoi community with his wife and three children. In his spare time, David is an avid distance runner, magician, cyclist, surfer and photographer, but not all at the same time.

Sarah Verdaguer

Elementary Principal at Global Jaya School

Sarah has fulfilled the role of primary school principal at Global Jaya School in Indonesia for the past eight years. Sarah is familiar with the challenges facing school leadership and enjoys developing creative solutions through shared leadership strategies and teacher voice, choice and ownership. As an active member of IBEN and an instigator of professional development opportunities in her own school, Sarah is always looking for and implementing innovative teaching and learning opportunities for her school's teachers.

Frank Vink

Dean of Technology and Innovation at Dwight School Seoul

Frank was born and raised in the Netherlands as a true lifelong learner. He graduated from universities in The Hague, Amsterdam and Rotterdam, and spent a semester abroad in Dublin. Currently in his sixth year at Dwight School Seoul, Frank is Whole School Dean of Technology & Innovation, as well as teacher in the Diploma Programme. He supports students, teachers and parents to use technology meaningfully: to enhance personalized learning and creativity, and to communicate and collaborate responsibly with the local and global community. He has previously worked in the Netherlands, Germany, Cambodia and Azerbaijan.

Frank Volpe

Upper School Principal at Shanghai Community International School Pudong Campus

Dr. Frank Volpe is currently the Upper School Principal at Shanghai Community International School’s Pudong campus. Frank holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, an M.A. in Counseling and Educational Psychology, and an M.A. in Multicultural Special Education. Frank has held administrative roles across K-12 settings, has worked as a school counselor, and learning support teacher.

Lisa Wan

Curr./Learning Coordinator at Singapore American School

Lisa is a curriculum, assessment and data specialist who works closely with teachers, coaches, and school leaders to personalize the learning journey for students at the lower elementary. Before joining the office of learning at the Singapore American School, Lisa served as a Kindergarten teacher and team leader for over a decade. Lisa holds a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor’s Degrees in Early Childhood Education and Psychology from the University of British Columbia.

Dana Specker Watts, Ph.D.

Director of Research and Development at International Schools Services

Dana has recently joined International School Services (ISS) as the Director of Research and Development. Dana was most recently employed at Hong Kong International School where she served as a Schoolwide Curriculum Leader for the past four years. Previously, she has worked internationally at American Embassy School (AES), New Delhi and the International School of Bangkok (ISB) in Thailand. In her spare time, she continues to build the professional capital of others through professional development. Most recently, she served as the Director of Innovation at 21st Century Learning International. Additionally, Dana is the Executive Director of WLead, an organization that seeks to create opportunities for systemic change by building awareness, belonging, empowerment, networking, and equity to school leadership models throughout the world. Dana is an ISTE certified educator and trainer and has worked as a Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy (COETAIL) Instructor through SUNY Buffalo, a Google Certified Educator, and an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE).

Sally WEN

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Sally Wen has been working in both public schools and international schools more than two decades. She works mostly with teachers to support their professional growth through various opportunities. Sally is passionate about staff growth, curriculum development and the actual implementation.

Rachael Westgarth

Chief Executive at Round Square

As Round Square CEO, Rachael Westgarth leads a global network of more than 200 schools in 50 countries that share a passion for character education and real-world learning. Under Rachael’s leadership, the Round Square network has expanded into new territories and the organisation has developed implemented a new and ambitions strategic plan. This has seen Round Square create and launch a new teaching and learning “Discovery Framework” for character education - now in active use in over 100 schools worldwide - and engage member schools in international research, working with some of the world’s leading Universities. Prior to joining Round Square in 2013, Rachael was Deputy CEO of Young Enterprise, part of the Junior Achievement Worldwide movement, where she created and implemented a portfolio of enterprise education programs across the K-12 age range. A graduate of Oxford University, her career spans leadership roles in both the non-profit and commercial sectors, through which she has built extensive experience in research, marketing, fundraising, curriculum design and education program development.

Scott Wilcox

Deputy Head of School at The American School in Japan

Scott Wilcox has been fortunate to lead, teach, and learn extensively both in public schools in Upstate New York and overseas in Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, and now Japan. Before joining ASIJ as the new Deputy Head of School for Learning Scott served and led as a K-12 Curriculum Director, elementary principal, secondary assistant principal, and teacher of social studies, Humanities, math, and PE in Grades 3-12.

Aaron Willette

Secondary Principal at Chiang Mai international School

Chelsea Wilson-Kelsey

English Department Chair at Nansha College Preparatory Academy

Mrs. Wilson is NCPA’s English Head of Department and a key collaborator with its EAL Department.

Amanda Zhang

Director of Operations at Beijing City International School

Amanda graduated from the University of Wollongong, Australia, where she received her Master of Strategic Human Resource Management. She possesses more than 20 years of work experience in the Human Resource and administrative fields, having worked at various multinational companies in the Automotive, Optoelectronics, Investment, and Government areas. Before she joined BCIS, she was the Senior Human Resource and Admin Manager of IEE China, being responsible for HR, Administration, PR, PM, and other departments for the Asia region. She also has rich cross culture management experience and was a part-time internal trainer. She is passionate about leadership, personality assessments, and strategic thinking development. She has dedicated herself to properly lead and coach teams, as well as emphasize cross-function communication. She has acquired SPA Certification (Sales Performance Assessment), Soft Skill Trainer Certification (TFT from Schouten), MBTI Step I and Step II Certifications, and China Human Resources Professionals Designation (CHRP LEVEL 1).

Leah Zhao

Student at International School of Tianjin

Leah Zhao is a grade 12 student at the International School of Tianjin and the current supervisor for the Literacy Lab. She supervises the managers and coaches, overseas all aspects of the lab’s management and liaises with the teacher-advisor and principal. This is Leah’s fourth year volunteering in the lab. Leah has presented at several international teacher conferences in the last year.

Katie Rigney-Zimmermann

Director of Admissions & Marketing at Saigon South International School

Katie has been the Admissions and Marketing Director at Saigon South International School for the past 10 years. She has an MBA in International Business and an MA in Secondary Education she entered the Admissions world by chance when the head of her children’s school chased her down in the parking lot and begged her to take on the role at a school in Malaysia. She has not looked back since. Being an expat parent has helped her bring a different perspective to her role at SSIS and to the administrative team.

Special Presenter

Harvey Alvy

Harvey Alvy served as an international school principal at the American International School in Israel, the American Embassy School in New Delhi, and Singapore American School. He was selected as a NAESP National Distinguished Principal for American Overseas Schools, and is a founding member of the Principals’ Training Center for International Schools. In 2004 Harvey received the Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence at Eastern Washington University, where he held the William C. Shreeve Endowed Professorship in Educational Leadership. Harvey’s most recent book is Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance (ASCD, 2017). He has co-authored, with Pam Robbins, Learning From Lincoln, The Principal’s Companion, The New Principal’s Fieldbook, and If I Only Knew. With Dr. Jane Liu, Harvey co-authored a Mandarin only book The Principal Management Handbook (2007) for Chinese school leaders; Harvey and Jane are presently working on an updated version of that book. He conducts presentations on the principalship, educational fads vs. ideas of substance, and the leadership of Abraham Lincoln.

Graham Brown-Martin

Author & Broadcaster at Learning {Re}imagined

For many years, Graham Brown-Martin has been building fast growth technology businesses in the entertainment, education and publishing sectors. Today he works with commercial and social sector enterprises from large corporations to start-ups to help them identify their innovation immune system and unleash their own creativity. As a serial disruptor, Graham draws on his experiences of creating startups and organisations that challenged the status quo across the digital, creative and education sectors. He designed mobile computers in the 1980s, interactive digital music systems in the 1990s and cloud-based storage systems in the early 2000s. He takes his audience on a journey that challenges them to think differently about the future. Inspired by a chance meeting with artificial intelligence pioneer Seymour Papert, Graham has been working with AI systems for nearly 30 years with a particular interest in its potential to transform education. During the last year Graham has created an agile learning experience for the senior leadership of a FTSE 100 financial services company, designed a science programme for primary school children using the Internet of Things and an experiential learning experience for children to learn about working with autonomous humanoid robots. Graham founded Learning Without Frontiers (LWF), a global movement that brought together renowned educators, technologists and creatives to share provocative and challenging ideas about the future of learning. He left LWF in 2013 to pursue new programmes and ideas designed to transform the way we learn, communicate and live. His book, Learning {Re}imagined, was published by Bloomsbury in 2015. Graham was the Chief Education and Product officer for Pi-Top until 2019. Pi-Top enables users to build and understand their own Raspberry Pi powered laptops. Pi-top is the only STEM platform to be endorsed by a national exam awarding body (OCR) for use in the Computer Science curriculum in the UK. “Given the nature of global change, transforming education around the world is one of the deepest, most urgent challenges we now face. With his open but penetrating gaze, Graham Brown-Martin is an ideal guide through the complex terrain of ideas and innovations that might just create the new forms of education that we really need.” — Sir Ken Robinson

Carlene Firmin

Senior Research Fellow at University of Bedfordshire

Carlene Firmin MBE is a British social researcher and writer specialising in violence between young people, and founder of the MsUnderstood Partnership. She is a senior research fellow at the University of Bedfordshire. Firmin was senior policy officer at Race on the Agenda (ROTA), and founded the GAG project (Girls Against Gangs, or Girls Affected by Gangs, or Gendered Action on Gangs). She has held positions of assistant director of policy and research at Barnardos, specialising in youth justice and sexual exploitation of children; principal policy adviser at the Office of the Children's Commissioner; and head of the secretariat for the Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Groups and Gangs. Between 2011 and 2014 she wrote a regular column "Girl in the Corner" in The Guardian. In 2013 she founded the MsUnderstood Partnership, a joint project between Girls in Gangs, Imkaan and the University of Bedfordshire. The project "aims to improve local and national responses to young people's experiences of inequality". Firmin is a senior research fellow in the Institute of Applied Research of the Department of Applied Social Studies at the University of Bedfordshire. Firmin was awarded an MBE in the 2011 New Year Honours for "services to girls' and women's issues", and was the youngest black woman to have received this honour.

Marc Frankel

Senior Consultant and Partner at Triangle Associates

Dr. Marc Frankel, Ph. D. is a Senior Consultant and partner in Triangle Associates, an international consultancy specializing in higher, independent and international education. A psychologist by training, Dr. Frankel facilitates governance workshops, leadership development programs, and strategic planning in the United States and around the world, and coaches numerous senior leaders in universities and independent schools. His clients include schools in Europe, Asia and North America, including large and small institutions and Tier 1 universities. Among his accomplishments are the development of evaluation methodologies for governing boards and senior academic and administrative leaders, co-founding the School Leadership Institute for the National Association of Independent Schools, and authoring or co-authoring numerous articles and white papers on issues in governance and leadership of schools and universities. Dr. Frankel is a member of the governing board at the Wildwood School (Los Angeles), and he lives in St. Louis with his wife, Jacqueline. Their son, Alex, lives and works in Los Angeles. Dr. Frankel's undergraduate degree is from the University of Utah, and he completed his Masters and Ph.D. at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Frankel has been part of Triangle Associates for over 18 years. Dr. Frankel can be reached via e-mail at marc@ta-stl.com

Chris Jansen

Director and Senior Consultant at Leadership Lab Ltd

Chris is a senior consultant with Leadership Lab www.leadershiplab.co.nz where he works alongside organisations in the education, health, social services and community sectors in a range of projects. These include design and delivery of leadership development programmes, change management initiatives, organisational capability and strategic planning. In particular Chris is involved with the Grow Waitaha programme where 150 schools across Greater Christchurch have partnered with Ministry of Education, Ngāi Tahu, and 4 providers over the last 4 years to explore future focussed pedagogy including student agency, collaborative teaching, flexible learning spaces, cultural narratives, authentic curriculum and diverse partnerships. www.growwaitaha.co.nz This process includes individual coaching and mentoring of school leaders, facilitation of collaboration between schools to share innovation, and the curation of successful case studies to benefit the wider public sector. Chris is a Senior Fellow at the University of Canterbury, where he teaches and supervises leaders studying in the Masters of Business Management and Post Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership. Chris is also involved in executive coaching and regularly facilitates workshops and presentations at conferences and with a range of organisations around New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific and Asia. He is currently facilitating leadership programmes with international schools in Singapore, Bangkok and Taiwan. His qualifications include a PhD in Management and Master’s degree in Education (Counselling).

Lee Ann Jung

CEO at Lead Inclusion

Lee Ann Jung, Ph.D, is clinical professor of educational leadership and founder of Lead Inclusion, a company that facilitates research-based equitable opportunities for all students. In a partnership between SDSU and Lead Inclusion, Jung directs the International Inclusive Leadership Program. She is a consultant to schools worldwide in the areas of inclusion, assessment and grading, intervention, and measuring progress; and is past chair for the Classroom Assessment special interest group for the American Educational Research Association. Jung is a former special education teacher, case manager, and administrator. She came to SDSU in 2018 after 15 years at the University of Kentucky, where she was full professor and director of International School Partnerships. She has authored six books and more than 45 journal articles and chapters. Most recently, she authored From Goals to Growth: Intervention and Support in Every Classroom, available from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Douglas Killgore

The Bow Tie AD Professional Development

Doug Killgore, CMAA, recently retired after 29 years in education, 18 of which were in administration as an assistant principal and athletic director. He continues as The Bow Tie AD, a professional development presenter targeting leaders of education-based athletics and activities. Killgore, the Past Board Secretary of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) has presented in 13 states as well as at multiple NIAAA national conferences and the EARCOS Leadership Conference in Bangkok in 2017. He has received the NFHS Citation Award as well as the NIAAA Section 6 Kovaleski Professional Development Award, the NIAAA State Award of Merit and the NIAAA Thomas E. Frederick Award of Excellence. Killgore is a member of the Arkansas High School Athletic Directors Hall of Fame.

John Littleford

Senior Partner at Littleford & Associates

John Littleford served as teacher, trustee and head of school for over 25 years. For the past 28 years he has been a consultant to over 5000 independent and international schools. His clients also include corporations, foundations, universities and a range of other non-profit organizations. Mr. Littleford's areas of expertise include: board governance, strategic planning, executive and faculty compensation and evaluation; executive searches; marketing strategies including admissions; fund raising, managing change; school climate; institutional and financial audits; and team building. His widely read landmark book, "Faculty Salary Systems in Independent Schools" was published by the National Association of Independent Schools for 20 years. John Littleford speaks and leads workshops at Conferences all over the world. Littleford & Associates' Newsletter is published four times a year and is widely read by 25,000 trustees and school and not for profit leaders.

Rami Madani

Head of School at International School of Kuala Lumpur

Rami Madani is the Head of the International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to that he worked in international schools in Yemen, Zambia, and India, serving students and faculty at all school levels. He has taught subjects ranging from Mathematics to Music to Theory of Knowledge. He served as a secondary school principal, dean of students, and department head in various international schools. Rami has designed a variety of professional development and training programs for administrators and teachers. In addition, he is an IB Diploma consultant and is passionate about aligning a school's systems with its mission, and ensuring that teaching and learning is the focus of what schools do. Rami presents at conferences and works with schools on areas related to strategic planning, growth & evaluation, curriculum, assessment and instruction. His primary focus is on nurturing minds, empowering educators, refining systems and tools to support student holistic growth.

Ellen Mahoney

CEO at Sea Change Mentoring

Ellen Mahoney, M.Ed., is the CEO of Sea Change Mentoring which provides support for international schools developing social and emotional learning, mentoring, advisory, and transitions programs as well as blended learning opportunities and certification for school staff in adult social and emotional learning competencies. Ellen has served on several boards including Families in Global Transitions and is a Council of International Schools Affiliated Consultant. She was awarded a New York City Council Citation for her work supporting mentoring programs and named a David Pollock Scholar and an Echoing Green Semifinalist for her groundbreaking work with international schools and third culture kids. Ellen has contributed her expertise to the National Mentoring Partnership’s work on e-mentoring best practices and her work has been featured in publications like The Chronicle for Evidence-Based Mentoring and Ruth Van Reken and David Pollock’s ​Third Culture Kids, Growing up Among Worlds

Jon Nordmeyer

International Program Director at WIDA

Jon Nordmeyer is the International Programs Director at WIDA. He has been an international educator and consultant for 25 years, teaching at international schools in Quito, The Hague, Taipei, Istanbul, Shanghai and Bangkok. Jon has presented at international conferences in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America and has taught graduate seminars at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Tibet University. He has written articles for International Schools Journal and Journal of Staff Development, co-edited the book Integrating Language and Content (TESOL 2010) and serves on the editorial review board of Globally Informed, a peer-reviewed journal for international educators.

Adam Olenn

CEO at Rustle & Spark

As founder of Rustle & Spark there are two things Adam loves most about this business: One is when clients say"finally, somebody gets us!" The other is putting talented people in situations that let their gifts shine. With 25 years of branding marketing and story-based communications experience for companies like Mercedes-Benz Kellogg’s Haagen-Dazs Berklee College of Music and Moses Brown School-and many more-Adam loves few things more than applying familiar principles to a new industry. With 20 years of branding, marketing, and story-based communications experience for companies like Mercedes-Benz, Kellogg’s, Haagen-Dazs, Berklee College of Music, and Moses Brown School–and many more–Adam loves few things more than applying to a new industry.

Will Richardson

Co-Founder at Modern Learner Media

A former public school educator of 22 years, Will has spent the last 15 years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of social online learning networks, education, and systemic change. Will is a co-founder of Modern Learner Media and co-publisher of ModernLearners.com which is a site dedicated to helping educational leaders and policy makers develop new contexts for new conversations around education. Most recently, Will co-founded Change School and, in addition, the Modern Learners Community, two online destinations for educational leaders interested in creating relevant, sustainable change in schools using a coaching, curation, and community approach.

Tom Schimmer

Solution Tree

Tom Schimmer is an education author, speaker, and consultant from Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada). He is recognized as a leader and expert in the areas of classroom assessment, sound grading practices, educational leadership, and RTI.

Dave Shepherd

Principal and Founder at Shepherd Consulting Group

Dave Shepherd recently established a bespoke consultancy practice after 30 years’ experience in the schools’ sector, as both an educator and senior administrator. Dave specializes in the full range of Advancement disciplines, volunteer management and senior strategic leadership training for International and Independent schools globally. In 2006 Dave established the Development, Alumni Relations and Marketing and Communications Office as Director of Advancement at United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA); a K1 – Grade 12 non-profit International school in Singapore. The Advancement team has raised over S$30 million, connected with over 15,000 alumni representing 140 countries and is supported by over 100 Parent Ambassadors and senior volunteer leaders. Dave has taught and presented regularly at CASE institutes, commissions and events. He chaired the 10th Asia-Pacific Advancement Conference in 2017 and is currently a trustee of the CASE Asia Pacific Board.

Jennifer Sparrow

Deputy Superintendent at Singapore American School

Jennifer Sparrow serves as the deputy superintendent of Singapore American School (SAS) and has previously had the roles of MS humanities teacher, director of assessment and educational data, and executive director of teaching and learning. In addition to her work at SAS, Jennifer has facilitated over ten EARCOS regional workshops and dozens of EARCOS leadership conference sessions on the topics of quality assessment, use of data, and change leadership. Jennifer is also an Associate Presenter in the areas of assessment and professional learning communities for Solution Tree. She recently received her doctorate from the University of Southern California in organizational change and leadership.

Ann Straub

International Advisor at Council of International Schools (CIS)

Ann Straub is an International Advisor for the Council of International Schools (CIS). She is a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and trains teachers and educational leaders who are strategically focused on developing intercultural competency and global citizens, intercultural leadership, and intercultural learning to promote diversity and inclusion. Ann was previously the Director of Curriculum and Staff Development at the International School of Bangkok and a trainer for the Principals' Training Center. She trains teachers and administrators in the United States and internationally who are strategically focused on developing intercultural competency and global citizens. Ann currently resides in Middlebury, VT with her husband Peter and their new Westie puppy, Daks.

James Warnock

Senior Consultant at Research for Better Teaching

James Warnock is a consultant with the Boston-based consulting firm Research for Better Teaching and has over 30 years of experience in education. His consulting work centers on instructional leadership, classroom instruction, supporting schools and districts in developing standards-based supervision/ evaluation systems and working with principals of underperforming schools. He has provided technical assistance to schools in Russia as part of a U.S. Department of State Community Connections program and has conducted teacher training in Australia. For fifteen years Jim directed the Sino-American Seminar on Educational Leadership for the University of Vermont's Asian Studies Outreach Program and has traveled and worked extensively throughout China. Recent and current clients include the Buffalo (NY) Public Schools, the KIPP School Leadership Program, Socorro ISD in El Paso TX, the University Liggett School, the Michigan State University sponsored Michigan Fellowship of Instructional Leaders, Fresno (CA) Unified School District and the Ministry of Education in Singapore. Prior to working with Research for Better Teaching, Jim was Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the city of Burlington, Vermont, and has also served as a secondary principal, K-12 staff developer and teacher. He is a co-author of The Skillful Leader II: Confronting Conditions that Undermine Learning (2008) and completed his undergraduate and graduate work at Brown University and the University of Vermont. Jim is the father of two grown children and lives with his wife, Carol, in Lincoln, Vermont.

Kendall Zoller

Author, Educator, Researcher, and International Presenter

Kendall Zoller, EdD, is an author, educator, researcher, and international presenter in communicative intelligence, presentation and facilitation skills, leadership and adaptive schools. He is co-author of Voices Leading From the Ecotone (2019) and The Choreography of Presenting: The 7 Essential Abilities of Effective Presenters (Corwin Press, 2010). Kendall is president of Sierra Training Associates and graduate faculty at California State University, Dominguez Hills and The University of Maine. He has authored over three dozen reviewed book chapters and journal articles on topics of communication, community, and leadership for educators and law enforcement. His work on leadership and presentation skills takes him to schools, districts, universities, state agencies, and corporations across the United States, Canada, Europe, China, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Europe. His lectures, presentations, and paper presentations include the campuses of Harvard, UC Berkeley, St. Anselm College, Boston University, University of Chicago, and Loyola University Maryland. Kendall has a doctorate in Educational Leadership a Masters in Educational Management. Kendall can be reached at kvzollerci@gmail.com

All Speakers

Gavin Ailes

Dev./Marketing Dir. at The International School Yangon

Gavin’s most recent work experience was as a project manager working for a website design and build company specializing in WordPress. ISY are in the process of moving platforms to WordPress and in this presentation Gavin will be giving a top-line overview of the platform showing how it can be used with little prior experience.

Vanessa Allepuz

Dev./Marketing Dir. at Busan Foreign School

Ms. Allepuz, a native of Barcelona, is the Marketing and Communications head at Busan Foreign School; a department she put in place in 2014. After graduating from Brussels, she started working for an American consultancy firm while pursuing her Masters in International Management. Ms. Allepuz further developed managing complex projects, working within intercultural teams, coaching, and training staff in customer service organizations while becoming an expert in a in a wide array of industries. Having lived and worked on three continents and being a mother of four children, she knows how important the school community is for expatriate parents.

Margaret Alvarez

Head of School at ISS International School, Singapore

Margaret is currently head of ISS International School, Singapore. She has over 25 years experience in international education, ranging from international school teacher, middle leader, principal, head of school, and associate director of accreditation for the Council of International Schools (CIS). Dr Alvarez is currently president of the EARCOS board.

Harvey Alvy

Harvey Alvy served as an international school principal at the American International School in Israel, the American Embassy School in New Delhi, and Singapore American School. He was selected as a NAESP National Distinguished Principal for American Overseas Schools, and is a founding member of the Principals’ Training Center for International Schools. In 2004 Harvey received the Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence at Eastern Washington University, where he held the William C. Shreeve Endowed Professorship in Educational Leadership. Harvey’s most recent book is Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance (ASCD, 2017). He has co-authored, with Pam Robbins, Learning From Lincoln, The Principal’s Companion, The New Principal’s Fieldbook, and If I Only Knew. With Dr. Jane Liu, Harvey co-authored a Mandarin only book The Principal Management Handbook (2007) for Chinese school leaders; Harvey and Jane are presently working on an updated version of that book. He conducts presentations on the principalship, educational fads vs. ideas of substance, and the leadership of Abraham Lincoln.

Waren Apel

Director of Technology at The American School in Japan

Warren Apel is the Director of Technology at The American School in Japan. He has worked in international education for over 20 years, including positions at Cairo American College, the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India and the International School of Amsterdam. He is a Google for Education Certified Innovator, an Apple Distinguished Educator, and a National Board Certified Teacher. The EdTech company he co-founded, Scholastico, helps dozens of international school offices make running their school easier. He frequently works with the Google for Education team as a lead learner or mentor at the Google Teacher Academy. He has conducted workshops at conferences such as ISTE, ECIS, NESA and at Google Summits around the world.

Praxia Apostle

Director of Learning at ISKL / The International School of Kuala Lumpur

Praxia Apostle is the Director of Learning at the International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior she served as the Associate Director of Learning at the American School of Dubai. As leader Praxia believes that each member of a school community holds as equal and inherent value. In her role, she works to bring such statements to life through the development of shared purpose, intentional design of learning systems, and a commitment to build capacity with others. Before serving in leadership roles, Praxia taught high school English Language Arts and Social Studies, both in the US and overseas. She holds a doctorate degree from Northeastern University where her research focused on adolescent literacy practices and identity development within international school settings.

Brad Augustine

Secondary Vice Principal at International School Ho Chi Minh City

Brad Augustine is currently Secondary Vice Principal at International School Ho Chi Minh City. He has previously worked at British International School, Phuket, International School Bangkok, Carol Morgan School, and Ibn Khuldoon National School. He is currently completing a Doctor of Education in Social and Emotional Learning.

Kevin Baker

Director at American International School of Guangzhou

Kevin, the new Director at the American International School Guangzhou, China, began working in international education in 1988. Kevin’s many years of leadership experience stretch from the United States, to Hong Kong, Korea, and now China.

Mark Baker

Elementary Principal at International School of Myanmar

Mark Baker’s 20+ year administrative career has been split between being a curriculum director and an elementary school principal. He was part of the original US State Department’s AERO curriculum writing project and was selected to be a teacher trainer for the program for 5 summer sessions. He has worked extensively with Middle State’s Accreditation for Growth protocol, Understanding by Design, and Fieldwork personnel striving to develop more efficient and impactful curriculum implementation, teacher development and evaluation procedures for the school’s he has been fortunate to work for. He is currently the elementary principal at the International School of Myanmar.

Peter Baron

Chief Member Relations Officer at The Enrollment Management Association

Peter is responsible for the creation and oversight of EMA's external programs as well as its membership promise. He oversees EMA's marketing and communications, member recruitment and retention, and outreach functions, as well as its leadership training programs, research, and other related strategic initiatives. With a career spent in product development, sales, relationship development, and marketing, Peter's success has been built on listening to schools' and families' needs. Peter joins EMA from Blackbaud, where he served as a member of the K-12 executive committee and led the business development of its K-12 partner network, working with schools, associations, and other partners to increase the value of Blackbaud products across the entire school community. Prior to his work at Blackbaud, Peter served as the chief evangelist at WhippleHill, a cloud-based software provider to independent schools, where he developed and implemented the organization's inbound marketing strategy. He is also the founder of edSocialMedia, a community-driven site dedicated to exploring the role of social media in education, and AdmissionsOuest, an online resource connecting independent schools and families via a range of social media-inspired tools. Peter has also served as the vice president of sales at inResonance, a company that provides data and web solutions for independent schools. Peter serves as a trustee for Wolfeboro, The Summer Boarding School, and participated on the Executive Committee of The Association of Boarding Schools' (TABS) North American Boarding Initiative. He is a graduate of Brewster Academy, Skidmore College (BA), and Tufts University (MAT).

Sonia Blanford

Founder and CEO/ Professor of Education and Social Enterprise at Achievement for All, UCL IOE

Sonia has been a music teacher since 1980, working in primary and secondary schools across England. She is currently founder and CEO of the award winning educational charity Achievement for All, which provides programmes to improve outcomes for children and young people aged two to 19 years, vulnerable to underachievement, in 4,000 early-years, school and post-16 settings in England and Wales; and visiting professor of education and social enterprise at UCL Institute of Education. Sonia is author of 200 articles and books written for teachers, leaders, parents and carers, and children and young people, most recently publishing with John Catt and Bloomsbury. Sonia was named in Debrett's 2015 and 2016 list of the Top 500 Most Influential People in the UK, and was 2016 Women of the Year. She is Chair also a Founding Trustee and Vice Chair of the Chartered College of Teaching. Professor Sonia Blandford DSc, EdD, MPhil, MA, BEd, Cert Ed, FRSA, FCollT

Elliott Bowyer

Director of Outdoor Education at International School Bangkok

Elliott Bowyer is in his 4th year at International School Bangkok as Director of Outdoor Education, having previously filled the same role at Western Academy of Beijing for 11 years. Elliott has worked in Outdoor Education for more than 20 years, from New Zealand, to Sri Lanka to China and now Thailand. Elliott believes students need to learn and solve real life problems in the outdoors with a major connection to the environmental issues specific to their location, forming a true connection between people and the land. Elliott has a great deal of experience in designing and implementing Outdoor Education programs as part of the core MS curriculum, as well as the design and operations of facilities.

Chris Boyle

HS/Upper School Principal at Dalian American International School

Chris Boyle is the secondary principal at Dalian American International School in Dalian, China and has been at DAIS for five years. Chris graduated from Colorado State University in 2003 with a degree in history and a secondary social studies teaching certification. After teaching for eight years in Fort Collins, Colorado and earning a Master of Science in sport administration from the University of Northern Colorado and a MEd in educational leadership from Colorado State his love of travel brought him overseas. Before joining DAIS in 2014, Chris was the Vice Principal at Pledge Harbor School and Sports Academy outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Chris is passionate about active pedagogy and experiential learning and some of his favorite memories as an educator involve taking students out on field studies, adventure trips and on international travel experiences.

Genta Branstetter

Elem. Asst. Principal at The American School in Japan

Genta Branstetter has been the elementary associate principal for the past four years. Genta brings over 20 years of classroom teaching experience in the United States and internationally. She most recently worked at the Washington International School. Prior to that, she taught in New Delhi, Tunis, Sanaa, Wellington, Tianjin, and Phoenix.

Darren Brews

Director of Marketing and Communications at Mont’Kiara International School

Darren Brews lives and breaths marketing and communications. A Masters Degree Holders in Integrated Strategic Marketing with over 11 years international marketing experience, Darren has moved into the education sector in Malaysia as the Director of Marketing and Communications for Mont'Kiara International School. Before moving to Malaysia, Darren headed up the retail marketing and communications for brands like GoPro, Oakley, and Rip Curl in the Middle East. Having also worked in various sectors including tourism, professional services, fitness, and retail, Darren brings a unique perspective to marketing and communications within schools.

Scott Brown

Human Resources Manager at Korea International School, Jeju Campus

Scott Brown is currently the Human Resources Coordinator at Korea International School, Jeju Campus. Prior to coming to South Korea, he held international positions in both Madagascar and Taiwan. While embracing the challenge of coordinating the hiring of 40 new staff, along with balancing other leadership obligations, he developed a systemic process that is both efficient in vetting applicants and establishes a school culture of child protection. Having experiences from both small (75 total students) to large schools (1100 total students), he intimately understands that additional responsibilities and challenges that school leadership absorb within each particular context.

Graham Brown-Martin

Author & Broadcaster at Learning {Re}imagined

For many years, Graham Brown-Martin has been building fast growth technology businesses in the entertainment, education and publishing sectors. Today he works with commercial and social sector enterprises from large corporations to start-ups to help them identify their innovation immune system and unleash their own creativity. As a serial disruptor, Graham draws on his experiences of creating startups and organisations that challenged the status quo across the digital, creative and education sectors. He designed mobile computers in the 1980s, interactive digital music systems in the 1990s and cloud-based storage systems in the early 2000s. He takes his audience on a journey that challenges them to think differently about the future. Inspired by a chance meeting with artificial intelligence pioneer Seymour Papert, Graham has been working with AI systems for nearly 30 years with a particular interest in its potential to transform education. During the last year Graham has created an agile learning experience for the senior leadership of a FTSE 100 financial services company, designed a science programme for primary school children using the Internet of Things and an experiential learning experience for children to learn about working with autonomous humanoid robots. Graham founded Learning Without Frontiers (LWF), a global movement that brought together renowned educators, technologists and creatives to share provocative and challenging ideas about the future of learning. He left LWF in 2013 to pursue new programmes and ideas designed to transform the way we learn, communicate and live. His book, Learning {Re}imagined, was published by Bloomsbury in 2015. Graham was the Chief Education and Product officer for Pi-Top until 2019. Pi-Top enables users to build and understand their own Raspberry Pi powered laptops. Pi-top is the only STEM platform to be endorsed by a national exam awarding body (OCR) for use in the Computer Science curriculum in the UK. “Given the nature of global change, transforming education around the world is one of the deepest, most urgent challenges we now face. With his open but penetrating gaze, Graham Brown-Martin is an ideal guide through the complex terrain of ideas and innovations that might just create the new forms of education that we really need.” — Sir Ken Robinson

Peter Burnside

HS/Upper School Principal / Secondary Principal MYP & DP at Xiamen International School

Dr. Peter Burnside is currently the secondary principal at Xiamen International School. He has worked as a teacher and administrator in overseas schools for the past 20 years and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota's Leadership for International and Intercultural Education program

Nathan Burton

HS/Upper School Asst. Principal at Dalian American International School

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Sonia Bustamante

HS/Upper School Principal / High School Principal at Brent International School Manila

Sonia Bustamante is in her fifth year as Upper School Principal at Brent International School Manila. She taught Mathematics at the secondary level in the Texas public education system where she worked in some of the best districts in the State. As a teacher, Sonia was trained to work with various forms of technology in the classroom to improve student engagement and to meet the needs of all learners. As a principal, Sonia continues to rely on her teaching principles and has successfully incorporated them beyond the classroom. Her curiosity with technology continues to improve the effectiveness of her day, and she has fun trying to keep up with the latest trends. Recently, Sonia started her doctoral studies at the University of Vanderbilt. Returning to the classroom has only inspired her to share her knowledge with her peers near and far.

Chris Capadona

Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Chiang Mai International School

After spending over 20 years in various teaching and curriculum positions in Arizona, Chris is currently the director of learning and curriculum at Chiang Mai International School. He has had fortunate opportunity to consult with different schools in Thailand, Vietnam, and in the US.

Nel Capadona

Head of School at Chiang Mai International School

Nel is currently the head of Chiang Mai International School, Thailand. Originally from the U.K., she has over 20 years experience in international education. Nel is a member of the EARCOS board and sees herself first and foremost as a learner who enjoys listening to and sharing ideas with other educators.

Stephen Cathers

Head of School at International School Suva

Stephen Cathers is the Head of School of International School Suva. Previously, he was Director of Korea International School, a school district superintendent of three US school systems, and professor at George Fox University in Portland, Oregon. His work has focused on student engagement, hands-on learning, and effective leadership.

Nitasha Crishna Chadhuri

Deputy Principal, Lower Elementary at UNIS, Hanoi

Nitasha Crishna and Stephen Lush are Deputy Principal's at UNIS Hanoi. They are in their fifth year at the school and bring together their varied and extensive experience of elementary schools together with a sense of humour and gratitude for being able to learn and work together.

David Chadwell

Curriculum Director at Saigon South International School

David is the Curriculum Director at Saigon South International School. This is his third international school and his 27th year in education. David is an advocate of building systems that empower, provide choice, are informative, and are accountable.

Ben Chen

International School of Tianjin

Benny Chen is a grade 12 student at the International School of Tianjin and one of the Literacy Lab’s four student managers. This is Benny’s fourth year volunteering in the lab. Benny has presented at several international teacher conferences in the last year.

David Chojnacki

Carney Sandoe

David Chojnacki (pronounced “hoy-NOT-ski”) has had a lifetime of engagement in and leadership of and networking with independent schools around the world. His headships include stints at the International School of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (1981-1984); the Karachi American School (1984-1988); the American Embassy School in New Delhi (1988-1992); and Cairo American College (1992-1996). In 1996 David was appointed executive director of NESA, the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools, leading that organization to international prominence and serving the member schools in numerous ways, especially providing valued services in networking, professional development, and executive coaching of school leaders, serving for 21 years in that capacity until his retirement in 2017. David’s board service has included the following: The Association of International Schools in Africa, “AISA” (1982-1984); Near East South Council of Overseas Schools, “NESA” (1985-1996; president, 1992-1995, Trustee); The Schutz American School-Alexandria, Egypt (1993-1996); the Association for the Advancement of International Education, “AAIE” (1996- 2017); the National Association of Independent Schools, “NAIS”, (2005-2011); and the US Fulbright Commission in Greece (2011-2014) The boards David has trained are numerous and the outreach global, including: International School of Islamabad; International School of Kenya; American Community Schools (Athens); Walworth Barbour American International School (Tel Aviv); American Cooperative School of Tunis; International School of Beijing; American School of Dubai; American Community School (Amman); American School of Doha; American School in Japan; International School of Aberdeen; Overseas School of Colombo; American International School (Dhaka); International Community School (Addis Ababa); American Community School (Abu Dhabi); The American International School of Muscat; American School of Warsaw; Heads Workshop of the Central & Eastern European Schools Association (“CEESA); American International School (Vienna). His other relevant experience includes editing the international edition of the NAIS Trustee Handbook; training in non-profit governance by "BoardSource"; training in executive coaching by “The Newfield Network”; and training in “Adaptive Schools” facilitation.

Phil Clark

Director Of Communications at BCIS ay Beijing City International School

Phil Clark is originally from the UK, Phil has spent over twenty-five years in international education in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He has taught across the elementary and secondary school age-ranges and held a variety of leadership positions including MYP coordinator, assistant principal and middle school principal. Phil is currently Director of Communications at Beijing City International School. The leadership team at BCIS is building deeper understanding and appreciation between the academic and non-academic teams to strengthen relationships and build a truly outstanding whole-school team.

Susie Clifford

Director Of Learning at Yokohama Internation School

Susie Clifford is the Director of Learning at YIS. She has worked in various schools and roles in Australia, England and Asia. Her focus is always on improving learning for each student and supporting teachers and leaders to choose actions that have the greatest impact.

David Coleman

Curr./Learning Coordinator at Seoul International School

David Coleman has been at Seoul International School for seven of his 25 years in education. He is a longtime AP English and Journalism teacher and is currently SIS' Director of Curriculum and Professional Development. Marc Montague is SIS' Educational Technology Coordinator and a 10-year veteran Computer Science teacher. Both enjoy bicycling international travel and the subtle notes and tones of a great single malt scotch.

Sim Cook

Activities Director at Canadian Academy

Formally a physical Education teacher Sim has spent the last 10 years as an Athletics & Activities Director in International Schools. He has a Master’s Degree in Sports Science with a specialty in sports psychology and sports injuries in women athletes. Sim has presented on topics such as the prevalence of knee injuries in women and on coach bullying.

Matthew Corbett

Head of Secondary School at Garden International School

Matt Corbett is currently the Head of Secondary at Garden International School in Kuala Lumpur, and has over a decade's worth of experience in school leadership in international schools in New Zealand, Hong Kong and Malaysia. His daily motivation is to ensure his school is 'better than before' and he strives to continuously find new ways to enhance student outcomes. Matt has a particular passion for connecting business theory with school leadership in order to positively impact leadership and learning.

Craig Coutts

Head Of School at Yokohama International school

Craig Coutts has been involved in international education for over 20 years in Asia, working in Indonesia, Singapore and Japan. In his 6th year as head of Yokohama International School, Craig is passionate about developing leadership in schools, service and developing programmes for personal growth of students and faculty.

Veena D'Silva

Director of Research and Learning at Oberoi International School

Veena is the Deputy Head of Primary at Oberoi International School, India. She has served as a PYP coordinator and has been involved in the planning, support and implementation of inquiry based and concept driven curriculum.

Andy Davies

Head of School at International School Bangkok

Andy Davies is currently the Head of School at the International School Bangkok and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English & Philosophy (University of Keele), Master’s Degree in Educational Administration (University of Sydney) and a Doctorate in International Education (University of Bath). Andy’s interests are developing international mindedness and improving student learning.

Glenn Davies

Elementary Principal at Cebu International School

Glenn is the elementary principal at Cebu International School, Philippines. His previous roles include elementary vice principal at IST, Tanganyika, and 18 years as a classroom teacher at NIST Bangkok, ISB Korea and in New Zealand. Glenn is involved in doctoral studies through the University of Kentucky. His studies and work have provided him with the opportunity to deeply explore the organizational leadership practices that leverage learning at all levels of 21st Century organizations. Glenn is married to Marianne and they have two sons, Caleb and Jacob. Glenn is also an IB workshop leader, school visitor and school consultant.

Abigail Delessio

Senior Consultant at Triangle Associates

An experienced senior executive with over 15 years of success in educational leadership and board relations, Abbi DeLessio focuses on leadership searches and governance and organizational development to support international schools in achieving their mission and vision. Through facilitated workshops and direct leadership, Abbi provides strategic planning, focus and insight, enabling schools to develop short and long-term sustainable goals. Abbi has led boards in Europe and Asia in policy, standards, and process for continuous improvement in identification, recruitment, and cultivation of future institutional leaders. Abbi obtained a B.A. in Economics from Clark University and holds a Certified FT Non-Executive Director Diploma (Level 7). She has served as chair or member of numerous boards including Hong Kong International School; the Asian University for Women Hong Kong Support Foundation; and the Child Development Centre.

Grace Dodge

Deputy Head of School at Taipei American School

Grace is the former Director of Admission at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, USA. Prior to joining Wellesley, she was an Associate Director of Admissions at Harvard, having first joined the Harvard Undergraduate Admissions Office in 2002. In 2009-2012, she took a professional leave from Harvard and spent three years here at Taipei American School as a college counselor and Director of College Counseling. For three years, Grace was a US State Department/College Board Overseas Schools Program traveler to western Europe. In this capacity, she spoke at various international schools and conferences abroad, presenting to communities on developing the whole child, mastering the building blocks to being a successful student in an American school system, and trends in US college admissions. Grace has been a presenter at the EARCOS Teachers' Conference on the subject of college application essay writing, and she has also presented at various National Association of College Admission Counseling conferences and national College Board Forums. She was Chair-Elect of the New England College Board Regional Council before relocating to Taiwan. As a 1997 graduate of Harvard University with a cum laude degree in applied mathematics, Grace also holds an MS in accounting, MBA, and EdD from Northeastern University. She is certified as a PreK-12 administrator by the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education. Prior to entering the field of education, she was an auditor employed by PwC LLP and she remains a licensed CPA in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Born and raised in the US, she is fluent in Taiwanese. Almost seen on Season 4 of MasterChef USA, Grace enjoys cooking with her husband, TAS Director of Facilities, Mike Dodge.

Elsa Donohue

Head of School at Vientiane International School

Recognized as a 2017 National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the State Department Office of Overseas Schools, Elsa is currently serving the Vientiane International School (VIS) community as a Head of School. Elsa's love of inquiry-based learning guides her daily work. Her devotion to teaching and learning has led Elsa to continuously inquire into what constitutes a quality experience for all learners. Elsa’s latest passion focuses on supporting the expansion of leadership capacity throughout the school, with special attention to growing diverse teacher leaders, middle-level leadership and highly effective teams. Her work with the Board of Trustees at reflects her commitment to that passion. And the journey continues…

Liz Duffy

President at International Schools Services (ISS)

Liz Duff can think of few endeavors more significant than educating students to become thoughtful, global citizen in today’s interconnected world. Before joining ISS in July 2015 to help support this mission, she served for twelve years as Head Master of The Lawrenceville School (NJ), a boarding school founded in 1810 with students and faculty from more than 40 countries and 40 states. She also previously worked for three educational foundations and led a college-based community service program. Liz majored in molecular biology at Princeton University, and later pursued master’s degrees in both education and business at Stanford University. When not leading ISS, serving on a variety of nonprofit and education boards, or mentoring school leaders, Liz enjoys reading, writing, running, traveling, design thinking, and watching her two teen-aged children play sports.

Megan Eddington

Curr./Learning Coordinator / IDEATE Coordinator at Beijing City International School / BCIS

Megan Eddington is currently the IDEATE Coordinator at Beijing City International School. She was a part of the original research and development team that took the program from concept to implementation. Her passion for future orientated education was ignited through the IDEATE development and this passion continues as the program grows.

Myong Hwan Eiselstein

Elementary Principal at St. Paul American School Hanoi

Myong Hwan "Moo" Eiselstein is from the northern Virginia area of the United States. He has a BA degree, two Masters degrees, an Education Specialist degree, and is currently working on an Ed.D. degree in Leadership. Moo is in his fourth year as the Elementary Principal at St. Paul American School Hanoi. In his spare time, Moo can be found chasing his two young children or working on his doctoral dissertation, titled A Qualitative Study on the Perceptions of Teachers as Armed Personnel.

Bill Elman

Director of School at International School of Ulaanbaatar

Bill has been teaching for 29 years, with 22 of them spent overseas. He is currently the Director of the International School of Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. He has 17 prior years of administrative experience working variously as a Director, a Deputy Director, a Secondary Principal, an Academic Dean and an IBDP Coordinator, in schools in Morocco, China, Latvia and Turkey. He has two children – one in grade 12 and one in grade 9.

Genevieve Emerling

Assistant Head of School - Teaching and Learning at Concordia International School Shanghai

Genevieve, Anne, Lisa, and Billy are educators at Concordia International School Shanghai. Each one of them brings a unique perspective to the presentation as teacher, instructional coach, divisional administrator, and school-wide administrator. Through their work with facilitators from the K-12 Lab at Stanford's d.school, they have become passionate users of the design thinking process - and more importantly - actively seek opportunities to develop the mindsets and abilities fostered by Design Thinking in themselves, their colleagues, their students, and the community at large.

Thomas English

HS Principal at Thai-Chinese International School

Thomas English serves as the high school principal for the Thai-Chinese International School in Bangkok, Thailand after retiring from a distinguished career in public education in Michigan, where he served as a superintendent, director of instructional services, principal and teacher. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate at East Carolina University.

John Everett

Middle School SEL Coordinator/ School Counselor at Hong Kong International School

John Everett coordinates MS approach to SEL at HKIS. He takes a servant leadership approach while working with the members of the MS's SEL Team, which is a group comprised of teachers, administrators, and counselors.

Carlene Firmin

Senior Research Fellow at University of Bedfordshire

Carlene Firmin MBE is a British social researcher and writer specialising in violence between young people, and founder of the MsUnderstood Partnership. She is a senior research fellow at the University of Bedfordshire. Firmin was senior policy officer at Race on the Agenda (ROTA), and founded the GAG project (Girls Against Gangs, or Girls Affected by Gangs, or Gendered Action on Gangs). She has held positions of assistant director of policy and research at Barnardos, specialising in youth justice and sexual exploitation of children; principal policy adviser at the Office of the Children's Commissioner; and head of the secretariat for the Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Groups and Gangs. Between 2011 and 2014 she wrote a regular column "Girl in the Corner" in The Guardian. In 2013 she founded the MsUnderstood Partnership, a joint project between Girls in Gangs, Imkaan and the University of Bedfordshire. The project "aims to improve local and national responses to young people's experiences of inequality". Firmin is a senior research fellow in the Institute of Applied Research of the Department of Applied Social Studies at the University of Bedfordshire. Firmin was awarded an MBE in the 2011 New Year Honours for "services to girls' and women's issues", and was the youngest black woman to have received this honour.

Joe Fonseca

Assistant Legal Attache at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Ryan Foreman

Special Agent at Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security Service (DSS)

Ryan Foreman joined the Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) as a Special Agent in 2013. Ryan began his career at the Washington Field Office. He then managed law enforcement, safety and security programs as an Assistant Regional Security Officer in U.S. Embassies Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Currently, Ryan is serving a two-year tour as the Department of State’s Representative to the FBI’s Violent Crimes against Children Section. He serves as the Diplomatic Security’s Liaison Agent to the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Office of Children’s Issues, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children within Family Abductions-Hague Countries. He has a BS in Global Affairs from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Marc Frankel

Senior Consultant and Partner at Triangle Associates

Dr. Marc Frankel, Ph. D. is a Senior Consultant and partner in Triangle Associates, an international consultancy specializing in higher, independent and international education. A psychologist by training, Dr. Frankel facilitates governance workshops, leadership development programs, and strategic planning in the United States and around the world, and coaches numerous senior leaders in universities and independent schools. His clients include schools in Europe, Asia and North America, including large and small institutions and Tier 1 universities. Among his accomplishments are the development of evaluation methodologies for governing boards and senior academic and administrative leaders, co-founding the School Leadership Institute for the National Association of Independent Schools, and authoring or co-authoring numerous articles and white papers on issues in governance and leadership of schools and universities. Dr. Frankel is a member of the governing board at the Wildwood School (Los Angeles), and he lives in St. Louis with his wife, Jacqueline. Their son, Alex, lives and works in Los Angeles. Dr. Frankel's undergraduate degree is from the University of Utah, and he completed his Masters and Ph.D. at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Frankel has been part of Triangle Associates for over 18 years. Dr. Frankel can be reached via e-mail at marc@ta-stl.com

Roderick Fraser

Chairman, Round Square at Round Square

Rod has over forty years’ experience in school education, as a respected Principal of two well-known day and boarding schools in Australia and as an academic. He has undertaken extensive curriculum work in international education, developing hands-on experience as a tool for improving international understanding amongst staff and students in schools. Rod is currently Chair of the Round Square Board and past Chair of the International Baccalaureate’s Regional Council for the Asia Pacific. As Principal of Ivanhoe Grammar School, Rod developed a commercial platform for the school’s international activities, making it a provider of transnational education through the delivery of senior high school programs in partnership with a number of Chinese schools. Rod is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and the Council for Educational Leadership. His work in schools and in international education has been recognised by the Australian Government with his appointment to the Order of Australia. He is currently working as consultant to schools in China, the USA, Canada and the UK as founding partner of Arcadia Consultants China.

Mei-Lyn Freeman

IB Coordinator at Chadwick International School

Of Indian and Chinese descent, Mei-Lyn is a true Third Culture Adult. She was born in Canada, grew up in Toronto and holds a British passport. Her first teaching experience was in Madagascar while working in a leper colony as a microbiologist, Mei-Lyn opened a school to teach English to doctors. Medical outreach and education with Pfizer Canada launched her second career. While she was ready to”go out to the Congo to fight Ebola", her high school classmate, now husband, asked her to marry her, getting her to reflect that perhaps "life isn't just about me..." With that, she entered the world of international education and fell in love. Pedagogical teaching through inquiry in the PYP ignited a passion for further learning and led to the completion of her Masters in International Education, Curriculum and Instruction. Lifelong learning has since become a part of who she is and three big ideas motivate her to continue to learn, share, and inspire others: 1. Schools are habitats for creativity and wonder. 2. Her belief that all learners can explore, understand and grow. 3. Communities are for people to belong, share, and build intentional relationships. Making a difference in teaching and learning is how she contributes to the world. Balance is created for Mei-Lyn through CrossFit, Mindfulness, and Parenting.

Josh Fritts

Elementary Principal at Ruamrudee International School

Dr. Joshua Fritts is the Elementary Principal at Ruamrudee International School in Bangkok, Thailand. He has also served as an administrator in Washington, D.C., Qatar, and in his home state of Oregon in the U.S. He earned his doctorate from Northeastern University in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership, with a focus on the teaching of reading for struggling learners through culturally responsive practices. He has worked with schools around the world, sharing his commitment to the success of all students and families. With over thirty years experience as an educator, he offers many insights into creating truly inclusive multicultural educational settings.

Brian Garner

Director of Instruction at Quality Schools International - Shenzhen

Dr. Garner has 5 years of experience in the California public school system and 15 years of experience in overseas education for QSI which include Ukraine, China, and Slovakia. For the past 12 years, Dr. Garner has worked as Director of Instruction for QSI. During his time as an administrator for QSI, he led the MSA re-accreditation process, trained teachers on how to use student MAP results for instruction, guided the experiential learning writing committee in creating Week Without Walls curriculum, facilitated the implementation of a 800 square meter Maker Space, and trained teachers on Keeping Safe curriculum designed to educate and protect children.

Peter Garnhum

HS/Upper School Asst. Principal at Dulwich International High School Suzhou

Peter Garnhum, Head of Student Life, are part of a CLT hailing from seven countries, leading a faculty from 18 countries to provide a truly international high school education to predominantly local students in Suzhou, China. Redefining the traditional A-Level curriculum, they aim to truly prepare students as responsible global citizens in a world full of uncertainty - developing students to ‘Graduate Worldwise’, ready to thrive at university and in life.

Richard Gaskell

Schools Director at ISC Research Limited

Since the early 1990’s Richard has worked with schools and education, firstly in South Africa, then joining Scholastic in 1997 where he started working with the international schools. Since then, Richard has become an integral part of the K-12, English-medium international school scene, spending 11 years with Scholastic’s education division before joining ISC Research (ISC) in 2008. As Schools Director at ISC Research, Richard is often seen presenting at regional association conferences and at global investment events about data and trends within the market. He personally visits many leading international schools and groups each year supporting them with key development decisions. Richard manages all ISC research projects outside the UK and is frequently quoted in the national and international media. Richard is based in Thailand with his wife, three children and three Jack Russell terriers. ISC Research is the leading provider of data and intelligence on the world’s international schools market. www.iscresearch.com

Michael Gassner

Program Lead - Tourism Recreation and Adventure Leadership Oregon State University Cascades

Michael Gassner teaches and conducts research in the area of outdoor recreation, outdoor adventure education and outdoor leadership. His specific research interests are the long-term benefits of outdoor adventure programs and the history of outdoor adventure education programs in Asia and Southeast Asia. He teaches courses in outdoor and adventure education, experiential education, and risk management. He has been involved with outdoor adventure education programs for over 15 years and has lived and worked in the U.S.A., Sabah, East Malaysia and Hong Kong as well as travelled extensively in Asia and Southeast Asia. Michael has a Ph.D. in Education (Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Studies) with an emphasis in outdoor education and a minor in international education.

Marilyn George

WASC

Marilyn George has been the vice president of the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC), since 1987. In addition to her knowledge of international accreditation and ongoing school improvement her areas of expertise are school curriculum/instruction/assessment and professional development. As the vice president, her responsibilities for the entire ACS WASC region include: working with international, national and state governments, ACS WASC partner associations, school districts and individual schools in developing and refinement of overall policies, understandings, and detailed procedures; creating/ refining accreditation criteria, materials and processes; developing/ conducting/ facilitating training for all visiting committees/school leaders; training of trainers; supervising and organizing visiting committees and improving related office operations; advising and working with educators and professional associations; and assisting.

Mark Geraets

Dwight Korea

A teacher of many years! The past 17 in an International setting encompassing Bangladesh, Switzerland and South Korea. Have held positions as Principal in both Secondary and Primary schools, also HoD, Dean of students and number of other PORs. The longer I have been in the profession, and after raising three daughters, the more I have come to realise that so much of what a child gains from school lies outside of the subjects taught. Thus my passion for pastoral care and wellbeing. Both my wife (also a teacher) and I have a passion for traveling, beaches, good food and wine. I am never as happy as when perched on my longboard out the back of a gentle swell, on a hot summer's day.

Edward Greene

Executive Director at East Asia Regional Council of Schools

Ed has enjoyed an impressive career in international education, having held several teacher and leadership positions that span several continent. These include positions in Sao Paulo, Brazil, New Delhi, India, La Paz, Bolivia and Kobe, Japan and most recently, Director in Amsterdam for the past 14 years. In addition to school based positions, Ed has extensive experience with membership organisations. he served on the ECIS Board of Trustees from 2006-2017, hold the position of Chairman from 2010-2017. He also served as Treasurer and Vice Chair. In addition, Ed was President of the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) from 2009-2011 and was recently inducted into the AAIE Hall of Fame. Ed is also well known on the conference circuit as a presenter, keynoter and as the founding editor of International Quarterly.

Dave Han

Elementary School Assistant Principal at American International School, Hong Kong

Jim Hardin

Head of School at The American School in Japan

Jim Hardin’s career has included teaching and leadership positions at schools in Nebraska and Colorado as well as overseas in Scotland and the United Arab Emirates. Jim began teaching in rural Nebraska in 1989 and later joined the US Peace Corps and served two years in Poland. Jim was superintendent of Dubai American Academy before joining The American School in Japan in 2017 as its Head of School.

Dennis Harter

Middle School Principal at International School Bangkok

Dennis Harter is currently in his 5th year as MS Principal at International School Bangkok. Prior to that he was HS Principal at American International School Vienna. After 25+ years as an international educator (and having grown up as a TCK), Dennis believes international schools have the opportunity and obligation to prepare students to be leaders for a better future through the development of empathy and efficacy, confidence and competence, and global-mindedness and social-intelligence.

Lisa Hawkins

MS STEM Instructional Coach at Concordia International School Shanghai

Greg Hedger

Director of School at The International School Yangon (ISY)

Dr. Gregory Hedger has been Director of The International School Yangon, since 2016, following his tenures as school director at Cayman International School, at Qatar Academy, and as superintendent at ECA in Venezuela. Greg has been involved in international education through his service on the boards of Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE), the Association of American Schools in South America (AASSA,) his work with the International Task Force for Child Protection, and contributions to periodicals. Greg has taught several university level courses, including site-based leadership for SUNY, and strategies for change in international schools for Endicott College.

Sharon Hennessy

Head of School at Taipei American School

Dr. Sharon Hennessy, currently the longest serving head at Taipei American School, has forty years of experience working with governing boards and serving on them. For eight years she was a member of the Department of Defense School Board, joining educational leaders from across the US in overseeing the hundreds of DOD schools for military children around the world. Appointed jointly by the US Secretary of Education and the Secretary of Defense, the assignment found her traveling the world to hear from educators, parents and students before reporting back at bi-annual board meetings in Washington DC. She was a trustee at the renowned Roxbury Latin School, where a self-perpetuating board worked hard to add value to a truly outstanding independent school. She has experience working with and for boards as well, at St. Paul’s School where the board was self- perpetuating and at TAS where the board is predominantly parent elected with four additional appointed board members. In her days as High School Principal in Maine and Massachusetts she worked with parent elected boards, thus gaining experience with all types of governing entities. Dr. Hennessy looks forward to sharing her experiences as part of the panel on Governance that EARCOS has arranged.

Jeff Holcomb

HS/Upper School Principal at Seoul Foreign School

Angela Hollington

Head of Primary School at Canadian International School in Singapore

Angela has been an administrator in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and now Asia. She has a background in learning support and language learning and has developed programmes in schools, taught graduate students and instructional assistants and is an IB educator.

James Honey

Year 3 Learning Community Team Leader at Yew Chung International School of Beijing

James Honey is leader for the Year Three Learning Community. Originally from England, he has taught internationally for four years. He works to establish Learning Communities at various year levels.

David Hoss

Elementary Principal at Singapore American School

David Hoss has served as an Administrator at the Singapore American School for the past 30 years. In 2010 David was named a "National Distinguished Principal", by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. He has was also awarded a commendation for his educational work by the United States Department of State Overseas Office of Schools. David has been instrumental in having his school recognized as a Model PLC (Professional Learning Community) School by the Solution Tree Organization.

Scott Hossack

Activities Director at Shanghai American School

Scott Hossack, originally from Canada, has been working in the field of Education for 24 years. He has been a classroom teacher, a specialist in Outdoor Education and Physical Education. He now works as the Activities Director at Shanghai American School. Scott holds a BPHE (Concentration on Outdoor Education), A PGCE from Goldsmith’s College, a Masters of Education from Plymouth State University and is an NIAAA certified Athletic Administrator.

Patrick Hurworth

Head of School at International School of Beijing

Patrick Hurworth has served as the Head of School at the International School of Beijing since July 2017. Patrick served as High School Principal at HKIS from 2014-2017, Secondary Principal at Atlanta International School, Head of Department at the International School of Geneva and began his career in the UK teaching Geography at Reigate Grammar School.

Liz Hutchison

Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at International Christian School, Hong Kong

Liz is the Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at International Christian School (ICS), Hong Kong. She is in her 12th year at ICS and has served in a variety of positions, including Cognitive Coach and Academic Dean, prior to her current role. Liz has a Masters in Educational Leadership. She values Christian education, teaching and learning, mentoring, and curriculum development. Liz enjoys fine-tuning systems, and supporting others to see individuals and groups grow.

Kedra Ishop

Vice Provost for Enrollment Management at University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Kedra Ishop, PhD, serves as Vice Provost for Enrollment Management at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. She is a nationally recognized expert, speaker and advisor on issues in higher education related to diversity, affordability, assessment, admissions, and enrollment. She has served on various domestic and international boards for the College Board, ACT, Coalition for College Access, NCAA and others. In overseeing undergraduate admissions, financial aid, new student programs, registrar, marketing and communications, technology and enrollment research, Dr. Ishop leads a dynamic team in Michigan’s enrollment effort and strategic initiatives. The Office of Enrollment Management orients these centrally-administered units to lead the University of Michigan’s enrollment functions in a student-centered effort across the institution, utilizing data and analysis to shape strategic directions to the benefit of the institution and the students they serve. Prior to her tenure at Michigan, she served for 17 years at the University of Texas at Austin, departing as Vice Provost and Director of Admissions. She holds three degrees from UT Austin: a bachelor of arts in sociology, a master of education in higher education administration, and a doctorate in educational administration.

Chris Jansen

Director and Senior Consultant at Leadership Lab Ltd

Chris is a senior consultant with Leadership Lab www.leadershiplab.co.nz where he works alongside organisations in the education, health, social services and community sectors in a range of projects. These include design and delivery of leadership development programmes, change management initiatives, organisational capability and strategic planning. In particular Chris is involved with the Grow Waitaha programme where 150 schools across Greater Christchurch have partnered with Ministry of Education, Ngāi Tahu, and 4 providers over the last 4 years to explore future focussed pedagogy including student agency, collaborative teaching, flexible learning spaces, cultural narratives, authentic curriculum and diverse partnerships. www.growwaitaha.co.nz This process includes individual coaching and mentoring of school leaders, facilitation of collaboration between schools to share innovation, and the curation of successful case studies to benefit the wider public sector. Chris is a Senior Fellow at the University of Canterbury, where he teaches and supervises leaders studying in the Masters of Business Management and Post Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership. Chris is also involved in executive coaching and regularly facilitates workshops and presentations at conferences and with a range of organisations around New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific and Asia. He is currently facilitating leadership programmes with international schools in Singapore, Bangkok and Taiwan. His qualifications include a PhD in Management and Master’s degree in Education (Counselling).

Barry Jenkin

Athletic/Activities Dir. at Shenzhen Shekou International School

Barry Jenkin originates from Queensland, Australia, where he completed his Bachelor of Education with a double major in Human Movements and Business Communications and Technology at the Queensland University of Technology in 2000. Barry worked for Education Queensland for 7 years as Head of PE, Sports Master, Head of Boarding and Queensland Studies Authority representative before leaving Australia to pursue international teaching. Since 2008, Barry has worked in Brunei, South Korea and now China with experience in Head of Boys Boarding, Head of PE, Aquatics Director and Athletics and Activities Director. Barry currently serves on the leadership team as Athletics and Activities Director at Shekou International School in Shenzhen, China. He has completed a Masters in Education through the University of Queensland with an extended double major in Educational Leadership and Mathematics. Barry has enjoyed more than a decade of international teaching and the adventures, challenges and experiences it provides with his wife and 3 children.

Lee Ann Jung

CEO at Lead Inclusion

Lee Ann Jung, Ph.D, is clinical professor of educational leadership and founder of Lead Inclusion, a company that facilitates research-based equitable opportunities for all students. In a partnership between SDSU and Lead Inclusion, Jung directs the International Inclusive Leadership Program. She is a consultant to schools worldwide in the areas of inclusion, assessment and grading, intervention, and measuring progress; and is past chair for the Classroom Assessment special interest group for the American Educational Research Association. Jung is a former special education teacher, case manager, and administrator. She came to SDSU in 2018 after 15 years at the University of Kentucky, where she was full professor and director of International School Partnerships. She has authored six books and more than 45 journal articles and chapters. Most recently, she authored From Goals to Growth: Intervention and Support in Every Classroom, available from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Jane Kang

Curr./Learning Coordinator at Yew Chung International School of Beijing

Jane Martuneac Kang has taught internationally for thirteen years and is the Year Five Learning Community leader at the Yew Chung International School of Beijing. She was integral in establishing the Learning Community model.

Anthony Keen

Director at American School in Taichung

Anthony Keen is an innovative educator with fifteen years of experience. He is currently the Director of the American School in Taichung.

Matthew Kelsey

Director Of Educational Technology at Nansha College Preparatory Academy

Matt is the Director of Educational Technology at Nansha College Preparatory Academy. He worked in South Korea, Kuwait, and Mali as a teacher and tech coordinator before joining NCPA in Guangzhou, China. Matt drives his Ducati to work, where he enjoys data analysis, process optimization and developing school communications and culture.

Noel Khng

Noel Khng has more than 20 years' experience in the Human Resources field working for the Shell Group of Companies. He has taken on roles as a generalist as well as specialist roles in Recruitment, Staff Administration, Industrial Relations, HR Information Systems and Learning and Development. He also worked as the Group HR Manager for Mewah International Inc., one of the largest palm oil refiners and traders in the world, headquartered in Singapore with 3 refineries in Malaysia and marketing offices in China, Australia, Russia, Rumania, Poland, Brazil and Argentina. Leading a team of 28 HR professionals, he was charged with setting the overall direction for HR policies and practices across the Mewah Group. By way of academic achievements, Noel holds a Master's of Science (UK) majoring in HRM and a Diploma in Industrial Relations. He also successfully completed the Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA).

Daniel Kilback

Principal of Technology Innovation & Strategic Planning (HR) at Korea International School

Daniel is the Principal of Technology Innovation & Strategic Planning (HR) at Korea International School. He has worked in Canada, Taiwan, and Kuwait as a teacher at all school levels. Prior to joining the faculty at KIS in the Fall of 2015, he served as the Tech Director and High School Assistant Principal at the American School of Kuwait. He is a self-admitted Apple fanboy, enjoys a diverse selection of podcasts, and is eager to see schools use technology to make small changes that yield big results.

Douglas Killgore

The Bow Tie AD Professional Development

Doug Killgore, CMAA, recently retired after 29 years in education, 18 of which were in administration as an assistant principal and athletic director. He continues as The Bow Tie AD, a professional development presenter targeting leaders of education-based athletics and activities. Killgore, the Past Board Secretary of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) has presented in 13 states as well as at multiple NIAAA national conferences and the EARCOS Leadership Conference in Bangkok in 2017. He has received the NFHS Citation Award as well as the NIAAA Section 6 Kovaleski Professional Development Award, the NIAAA State Award of Merit and the NIAAA Thomas E. Frederick Award of Excellence. Killgore is a member of the Arkansas High School Athletic Directors Hall of Fame.

Penelope Kim

Attorney (U.S.) at Yulchon LLC

Penelope Richey Kim is currently in her fourth year as Chair of the Board of Governors at Seoul Foreign School in South Korea, and has served on the school’s Board since 2013. A former third-culture child herself, she spent formative school years across the U.S. and in South Korea and Germany. Ms. Kim has lived and worked in Korea with her husband and three sons for over 18 years, and is fluent in Korean. She is a U.S. attorney currently with Korean law firm Yulchon LLC.

Carol Koran

Director of Learning at Nishimachi International School

Carol Koran is the Director of Learning at Nishimachi International School in Tokyo. Carol’s experiences in education include being a Professional Development Instructor for the Alberta Teachers’ Association in Canada, teaching and mentoring interns and student teachers in the Education faculty at the University of Lethbridge, and 35 years in teaching and administration at the middle school and high school level. The value of understanding and applying what we know about the brain to classroom practice is one of her favourite topics, and working directly with schools and teachers is her favourite way to share expertise and to be part of the collaborative journey of fostering excellence in student learning.

Kevin Krembs

MS Asst. Principal at Hong Kong International School

Kevin serves as Associate Principal of Hong Kong International School. He has 21 years experience at international schools around the world. He believes we need to reimagine, redefine, and redesign our current structure of school.

Celeste Krochak

PYP _ ( Primary Years Program) Elementary School Vice Principal at Canadian International School in Singapore

Celeste is a Canadian working in Singapore for the last 11 years as teacher, PYP Coordinator and Vice Principal across the Primary School. She has taught in Canada and New Zealand and has a Masters in Educational leadership. She is passionate about literacy, social justice and music and has written programmes in all of these areas for children

Marc L'Heureux

IT Coordinator/IT teacher at Singapore American School

Marc L’Heureux currently is the elementary principal at ASIJ for the past four years. Before coming to ASIJ Marc worked at Singapore American School as the deputy principal. Marc brings over 32 years of administrative and classroom experience while working in the United States and Internationally. Prior to working at Singapore American School, Marc worked in Germany, Scotland, and Maine.

Kelly Jo Larson

Executive Management Consultant, President and Co-founder at Dramabrig Consulting Inc

Kelly Jo Larson As Senior Director for Strategic Planning & Communications at Concordia International School Shanghai, Kelly Jo Larson employed the same techniques she used in the business world to lead a team of school admin, faculty, parents and board members on a strategic planning journey over the past three years–it's been an exciting (and transformational) ride. Kelly Jo holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and previously worked as a management consultant for companies such as Cadbury Schwepps, Ford Motor Company, and AXA Insurance in the areas of change management, strategic planning, operations and execution.

Jane Larsson

Executive Director at Council of International Schools (CIS)

Jane Larsson has led the Council of International Schools (CIS) as Executive Director since her appointment in 2010. CIS is a global non-profit membership organization focused on the development of global citizenship, providing International Accreditation, Career & Recruitment, University Admission Guidance and Research Services to schools and universities internationally, now including 1,365 institutions across 116 countries. She currently serves as Chair of the International Taskforce on Child Protection and as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Commission Advancing Independent School Accreditation (ICAISA).

Anna Laurenson

Elementary Principal at Shen Wai International School

Anna Laurenson is a seasoned educational leader. She has led teams in Italy, China and India, learning with many wonderful educators what does and does not work in a learning community. A lifelong learner, who always looks for the best in everything and everyone, she is committed to making the world a better place for everyone. Herself included!

Gavin Lazaro

Assistant Principal Development at The Alice Smith School

Gavin worked in the UK chemical industry for 5 years during which time he also studied for a degree with the Royal Society of Chemistry. Following that he studied at the University of Oxford for his postgraduate degree in education and thereafter taught in the UK for three years. He has now spent nearly 25 years in international education and has been a senior leader at two leading British international schools in the region. In addition to his current administration role, he also supports CIS as a visiting team member for accreditation visits.

Blair Lee

Head Of School at Dalian American International School

Blair Lee has over 25 years of experience in school administration. He is currently the Head of School at Dalian American International School located in North-East China. His previous international experience includes positions at the American International School of Kuwait, Mount Zaagham International School, and Seoul Foreign School. He has learned that in order to create strong learning communities you must develop a healthy organization. Blair holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University, an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of Regina, Canada and a B.Ed. from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. His true passion is being a husband to his wife Kim, and father to his two teenage boys, Hudson and Maguire.

Daniel Legault

Deputy Head of School at Shen Wai International School

Daniel Legault serves Shen Wai International School (SWIS), Shenzhen as the Deputy Director of Academics. Prior to his six years at SWIS, Daniel served a number of distinguished EARCOS member schools as a teacher, coordinator and school leader. Daniel is passionate about creating collaborative school cultures that promote student learning and well-being. Daniel is originally from Ottawa, Canada. When he is not at school, he pretends that he is an accomplished mountain biker.

James Leung

HS/Upper School Principal at Concordian International School

James Leung is presently Director of Academics/Secondary Principal/DP Coordinator at Concordian International School. He taught in an IB school in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada and has spent 20 years internationally. In addition to administrative duties, he continues to teach IB SL/HL Biology.

Sharon Leung

HKIS

Sharon Leung is the Athletic Director at Hong Kong International School. This is her 22nd year at HKIS, with the first thirteen teaching Physical Education before taking the AD role. She has served as APAC Chair(2016-2018) and ISSFHK President (2012-2016). Before coming to Hong Kong, Sharon coached and taught in Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina. Sharon continues coaching volleyball and loves those connections with kids. She completed her CAA in 2014 and is looking forward to taking the International Certification later this year. This is the third LTC she has taught at EARCOS.

John Littleford

Senior Partner at Littleford & Associates

John Littleford served as teacher, trustee and head of school for over 25 years. For the past 28 years he has been a consultant to over 5000 independent and international schools. His clients also include corporations, foundations, universities and a range of other non-profit organizations. Mr. Littleford's areas of expertise include: board governance, strategic planning, executive and faculty compensation and evaluation; executive searches; marketing strategies including admissions; fund raising, managing change; school climate; institutional and financial audits; and team building. His widely read landmark book, "Faculty Salary Systems in Independent Schools" was published by the National Association of Independent Schools for 20 years. John Littleford speaks and leads workshops at Conferences all over the world. Littleford & Associates' Newsletter is published four times a year and is widely read by 25,000 trustees and school and not for profit leaders.

Caleb Lott, Athletic Trainer

Shanghai American School

Caleb is currently in his 6th year as the Athletic Trainer at Shanghai American School, Pudong. He has been a Board Certified Athletic Trainer since 2009. Prior to coming to the International School system Caleb worked in clinical outreach, high schools, and collegiate settings providing sports medicine care to a variety of ages, backgrounds and athletic abilities. He has earned multiple continuing education certifications in evidence-based concussion management programs, and he routinely participates in a variety of concussion workshops and conferences.

Anne Love

Academic Innovation Coordinator at Concordia International School Shanghai

Anne, Lisa, Billy, and Genevieve are educators at Concordia International School Shanghai. Each one of them brings a unique perspective to the presentation as teacher, instructional coach, divisional administrator, and school-wide administrator. Through their work with facilitators from the K-12 Lab at Stanford's d.school, they have become passionate users of the design thinking process - and more importantly - actively seek opportunities to develop the mindsets and abilities fostered by Design Thinking in themselves, their colleagues, their students, and the community at large.

Julia Love

Director of Admissions at International School of Kuala Lumpur

International School Kuala Lumpur

David Lovelin

HS/Upper School Principal at Hong Kong International School

Dr. David Lovelin has been an administrator for the past 15 years in a number of different roles and is currently the High School Principal for Hong Kong International School. Previously, Dr. Lovelin worked at Korea International School and in the US with a continued commitment for developing education programs that are innovative, promote a positive culture, and grounded in supporting all learners.

Kevin Lynch

Dev./Marketing Dir. at Shanghai American School

Kevin Lynch, Director of Marketing + Communications at Shanghai American School, is not only insightful, he’s also entertaining. He has spoken at TEDx, Pecha Kucha, CASE, ACAMIS, and Creative Mornings, the latter of which sold out in under nine minutes. Previous speaking topics include that time he derailed Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympics (https://vimeo.com/17678826) and that time he slept in 146 different Airbnbs in Hong Kong (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPAw3C3CkVg).

Rami Madani

Head of School at International School of Kuala Lumpur

Rami Madani is the Head of the International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to that he worked in international schools in Yemen, Zambia, and India, serving students and faculty at all school levels. He has taught subjects ranging from Mathematics to Music to Theory of Knowledge. He served as a secondary school principal, dean of students, and department head in various international schools. Rami has designed a variety of professional development and training programs for administrators and teachers. In addition, he is an IB Diploma consultant and is passionate about aligning a school's systems with its mission, and ensuring that teaching and learning is the focus of what schools do. Rami presents at conferences and works with schools on areas related to strategic planning, growth & evaluation, curriculum, assessment and instruction. His primary focus is on nurturing minds, empowering educators, refining systems and tools to support student holistic growth.

Ellen Mahoney

CEO at Sea Change Mentoring

Ellen Mahoney, M.Ed., is the CEO of Sea Change Mentoring which provides support for international schools developing social and emotional learning, mentoring, advisory, and transitions programs as well as blended learning opportunities and certification for school staff in adult social and emotional learning competencies. Ellen has served on several boards including Families in Global Transitions and is a Council of International Schools Affiliated Consultant. She was awarded a New York City Council Citation for her work supporting mentoring programs and named a David Pollock Scholar and an Echoing Green Semifinalist for her groundbreaking work with international schools and third culture kids. Ellen has contributed her expertise to the National Mentoring Partnership’s work on e-mentoring best practices and her work has been featured in publications like The Chronicle for Evidence-Based Mentoring and Ruth Van Reken and David Pollock’s ​Third Culture Kids, Growing up Among Worlds

Cherie Mar

Dwight

Cherie Mar M.Ed is currently Dean of Student Life at Dwight School Seoul. Cherie is originally from New Zealand and has over 25 years experience in teaching and education and is an enthusiastic educator who has a passion for providing both quality education and educational innovation. With a background in pastoral support, behavior management and previous SENCO roles she is a strong advocate of student well-being and the impact it has on the many aspects of student life.

Jeff Marquis

HS/Upper School Principal at Prem Tinsulanonda International School

Hailing originally from London, Ontario Canada, Jeff has been living internationally (Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Brazil, Korea, Bulgaria and now Thailand) for 25 years since he received his Bachelor degree from the University of Waterloo and teaching certification from Western University in Canada. Jeff also holds Master of Educational Leadership – School Principal degree. Jeff’s career in international education includes teaching IB DP Geography, Computer Science, Information Technology in a Global Society, and TOK, as well as Computer Graphics, Service Learning and Virtual High School classes. Additionally, he has served in the roles of Athletic Director, Assistant Middle and High School Principals, Secondary Principal and most recently Senior School Principal. With his wife, Angela and 3 teenagers, the Marquis’ have enjoyed learning during their international experiences at every turn. Jeff’s passions include his family, cottage life on the shores of Lake Huron, developing teams, tending to his ever expanding perennial garden, distance running, golf, and watching baseball preferably in a stadium he hasn’t visited before. Jeff keeps active, loves to coach, and plays various sports when time permits.

Paul Martindale

Director of Quality & Performance Improvement at British School Jakarta (formerly British International School)

Strong consulting and management professional with a demonstrated history of working in International Education, both as a teacher and operational manager. I am a Chartered Quality Institute Practitioner (PCQI) and member of the International Registry of Certified Auditors (IRCA). Lead Auditor in ISO 27001, ISO 20000, and ISO 9001 standards. Six Sigma Black Belt and Certified Kaizen Facilitator. Agile practitioner, Professional Scrum Master. and PRINCE2 Practitioner. Certified Prosci Change Management Trainer. Apple Certified Support Professional (ACSP).

Jane McGee

Head of School at United Nations International School of Hanoi

Jane McGee (UNIS Head of School since August 2018) has over twenty years experience in international schools in the role of Director, Assistant Superintendent, High School Principal, IB Coordinator, College Counselor and Teacher in Vientiane, Mumbai, Warsaw, Bangkok and Rome. Presentations and publications have looked at restructuring a school, using technology to support learning anytime, anywhere and differentiation in the mathematics classroom. Recent professional development has spanned the areas of School Governance, Visible Learning, and Cognitive Coaching.

Stuart McLay

Director of International Accreditation Services at Council of International Schools (CIS)

Stuart McLay is the Director of CIS International Accreditation Services. He joined CIS in 2015 as an Associate Director of School Support & Evaluation Services following a 20-year career of international school leadership in Thailand, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, India and El Salvador and Malaysia. For 15 of those years he served as a peer volunteer on CIS international accreditation teams. Stuart brings a depth of perspective across a range of school communities, cultures and educational programmes to his leadership role at CIS, ensuring the rigour and effectiveness of the CIS International Accreditation protocol, as he leads a team of 27 to work in partnership with schools, volunteer evaluators and partner agencies to strengthen leading practice in international education.

Marta Medved

Director / Head of School at Western Academy of Beijing

With almost two decades of academic experience, Dr. Marta Medved Krajnovic brings demonstrated leadership skills, a deep understanding, passion, and appreciation for international education to Western Academy of Beijing. Before joining WAB in 2018, Marta served as the director of Stockholm International School for five years. She previously worked as Associate Professor at the University of Zagreb, and was also director of the Postgraduate Programme in Applied Linguistics there. Marta has authored books and research articles on second language acquisition and multilingualism. After living in Croatia, England, Ireland, Japan, Hungary and Sweden, Marta has rich international experience with different countries, people and cultures. She has served as a board member of the American International School of Budapest and as a chair and member of various Croatian and international educational committees and projects.

Ted Mockrish

Head of School at Canadian International School Bangalore

Dr. Ted Mockrish is the Head of School at Canadian International School Bangalore. Ted has served as a K-12, secondary, and elementary principal after a career of teaching early childhood, elementary classroom, IT, and TOK.

Aaron Moniz

Co-founder at Inspire Citizens

After being the teacher team leader for the innovative ISB Futures Academy in Beijing and now a global TeachSDGs ambassador, Aaron envisions education as empowering students to desire active citizenship in our world, equipped with knowledge, skills, and perspectives that will contribute to a sustainable future and counter social inequality and environmental degradation. Through providing teachers and students with effective global competence thinking frameworks, as well as tools such as media literacy strategies and action planning in all curricular environments, he strives to help schools, students, and communities be change agents to positively impact our world. Learn more about Aaron's work at inspirecitizens.org

Marc Montague

IT Integration Specialist at Seoul International School

Marc Montague is SIS' Educational Technology Coordinator and a 10-year veteran Computer Science teacher. Both enjoy bicycling, international travel, and the subtle notes and tones of a great single malt scotch.

Catriona Moran

Head of School at Saigon South International School

David Munro

HS/Upper School Principal at International School of Beijing

David Munro is an international educator who has worked around the world for more than 20 years. David was born and raised in a small town in Alberta Canada where he attended the University of Alberta and received a Bachelors Degree in Education. More recently David has spent eight years working at Mont' Kiara International School in Kuala Lumpur as an IB Coordinator and Assistant Secondary Principal at the school. Currently David is the High School Principal at the International School of Beijing. He is passionate about student wellness and using research to push the boundaries of the modern classroom.

Hieu Nguyen

Board Member at Unis Hanoi

Carole Nickle

Middle School Associate Principal at The American School in Japan

Carole Nickle joined the American School in Japan in 2015 as the Middle School Associate Principal. Prior to ASIJ, Carole was an associate principal in the United Arab Emirates and Turkey and also taught English at the secondary level in Taiwan and Vietnam and post-secondary level in China. Carole is currently pursuing her doctorate through the University of Bath, UK researching leadership within international school settings.

Jon Nordmeyer

International Program Director at WIDA

Jon Nordmeyer is the International Programs Director at WIDA. He has been an international educator and consultant for 25 years, teaching at international schools in Quito, The Hague, Taipei, Istanbul, Shanghai and Bangkok. Jon has presented at international conferences in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America and has taught graduate seminars at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Tibet University. He has written articles for International Schools Journal and Journal of Staff Development, co-edited the book Integrating Language and Content (TESOL 2010) and serves on the editorial review board of Globally Informed, a peer-reviewed journal for international educators.

Richard Nunns

Deputy Head of School at Dulwich International High School Suzhou

Richard Nunns, Deputy Director, and Peter Garnhum, Head of Student Life, are part of a CLT hailing from seven countries, leading a faculty from 18 countries to provide a truly international high school education to predominantly local students in Suzhou, China. Redefining the traditional A-Level curriculum, they aim to truly prepare students as responsible global citizens in a world full of uncertainty - developing students to ‘Graduate Worldwise’, ready to thrive at university and in life.

Kristie O'Brien

Vice Principal of Lower School (Hongqiao Main Campus) at Shanghai Community International School

I’ve been the Vice Principal of Shanghai Community International School (SCIS) at Hongqiao Lower School in Shanghai, China since 2015. I also am the English as an Additional Language (EAL) Coordinator for the SCIS System. I am from Minnesota, USA, where I earned an Education degree from Macalester College; a Master of Arts in English as a Second Language from Hamline University; and a Master of Education in Leadership in Education from the University of Minnesota in USA. My career in education also includes teaching elementary general education, elementary EAL, and high school EAL in Minnesota, USA and Puerto Rico. I was also EAL coordinator for a Minneapolis, Minnesota area school district.

Maeve O'Donovan

Board of Directors Administrator at UNIS Hanoi

Maeve O’Donovan has worked as the Board of Directors Administrator with United Nations International School Hanoi since January 2015. Her work provides an executive operational link between the activities of the Board (and all of its committees) and the senior administration of the school. Prior to UNIS, Maeve has worked in Marketing and Communications for both private and NGO organisations in Vietnam and Belgium, has lectured in Marketing with St Louis University, Madrid and has worked for government and volunteer positions in Ghana, Venezuela and the Ivory Coast.

Rick Odum

Director of Teaching and Learning at Korea International School, Jeju Campus

Originally from Houston, TX, Rick Odum, PhD, has worked in education since 2001 as a college instructor, high school teacher, curriculum coordinator, school district administrator and most recently as the Director of Teaching and Learning at Korea International School, Jeju. Dr. Odum received a PhD in School Improvement and an MA in Literature from Texas State University; and a BA in History from Texas A&M University. His areas of interest are whole school improvement programs and the development of professional standards for international educators.

Adam Olenn

CEO at Rustle & Spark

As founder of Rustle & Spark there are two things Adam loves most about this business: One is when clients say"finally, somebody gets us!" The other is putting talented people in situations that let their gifts shine. With 25 years of branding marketing and story-based communications experience for companies like Mercedes-Benz Kellogg’s Haagen-Dazs Berklee College of Music and Moses Brown School-and many more-Adam loves few things more than applying familiar principles to a new industry. With 20 years of branding, marketing, and story-based communications experience for companies like Mercedes-Benz, Kellogg’s, Haagen-Dazs, Berklee College of Music, and Moses Brown School–and many more–Adam loves few things more than applying to a new industry.

Julie Olson

Elementary Principal at International School of Kuala Lumpur

Julie is the ES Principal at the International School of Kuala Lumpur. She's always been interested in leadership in her role as administrator, counselor and classroom teacher.

Mark Orchison

Managing Director at 9ine

Mark Orchison, Founder and Managing Director of 9ine, is an experienced management consultant with expertise in data protection, cybersecurity, technology, project and programme management in education. He began his career with Sun Microsystems before moving into management consultancy, where he was the technical consultancy lead for overseeing the requirements, procurement and installation of technology systems for new build schools. Mark then joined the Heathrow Terminal 5 Programme Leadership Team to drive the completion of technology infrastructure and systems for terminal commissioning. Mark led a global operations programme for the largest carrier-neutral data centre group to streamline operating processes across seven data centres, create efficiencies, generate new revenue streams and to contribute a minimum £100 million to the company valuation through the implementation of these initiatives. In 2009, at the tender age of 28, Mark started 9ine from his kitchen table in Greenwich, London. Over the course of the next ten years, Mark has led the business to become the leading independent K-12 technology and compliance consultancy in the UK and now internationally. With a team of twenty multi-disciplinary and specialist consultants in-house, 9ine are forecasted to grow by almost 50% by the end of 2021, with their client base expanding across Africa, the Middle East, Russia, India, Asia and the Americas.

Craig Ortner

HS Assistant Principal and DP Coordinator at Shekou International School

Craig currently serves as HS Assistant Principal and DP Coordinator at Shekou International School (SIS) and holds a J.D., cum laude, from The University of Michigan Law School.

TK Ostrom

Director of Enrollment Management & Marketing at United Nations International School of Hanoi (UNIS Hanoi)

T.K. began her career in corporate industries advancing mission and helping these organizations understand customer service including telling a story about their vision. Her expertise bridged across multiple stakeholders throughout various companies and organizations. Since leaving the corporate sector, T.K. Ostrom has spent the past 14 years honing her skills in admission and related fields in large non-profit schools in the United States, China, Korea, and Guatemala. She has also provided her expertise as a consultant in the areas of Enrollment Management and Advancement for the Lincoln Community School of Ghana, Carol Morgan School in the Dominican Republic, International School of Havana and the Anglo-American School of Moscow. T.K. first served as the Advancement Consultant on the American School of Guatemala’s Stragetic Planning Committee before taking on the role as the lead officer for the Advancement Office. T.K. has led, defined, and modeled a centralized admissions approach and supports the messaging of the Value Propostion to add context and refocus in the alignment process.

Werner Paetzold

Chadwick International

As Director of Professional Learning he has formalized the Chadwick New Teacher (Intern) Program. He has been an IB MYP Coordinator in three schools. For the IB he is a Workshop leader, Consultant and School Visit Team Leader. Werner began his career as an English teacher in 1993. He has taught in South Africa, Taiwan, China, Indonesia, Hong Kong and now South Korea. He has an MA in English Education from the University of the Witwatersrand. He is passionately pursuing answers to the question: what is the purpose of education?

Todd Parham

Director of Athletics at Ruamrudee International School

Todd Parham, originally from Northern California, has spent 17 of his 24 years in education living and working outside the US as an Athletic/Activities Director. Prior to moving overseas he taught Elementary School, Middle School, and High School Physical Education and Health in the United States. Todd has an M.Ed in Physical Education and a Bachelor of Science degree in K-12 Physical Education and Health. Most recently he completed the Certified Athletic Administrator program with the NIAAA. For the past 15 years he has worked in Asia, the first 11 years of this as the Activities Director for Shanghai American School-Pudong and the past 4 years as the Director of Athletics at Ruamrudee International School (RIS) in Bangkok, Thailand.

Simon Parker

Athletic/Activities Dir. at International School of Beijing

Simon hails from northern England but is currently in his 24th year outside the UK. Having graduated from Warwick University, he kicked off his teaching career in Physical Education in south London, before spending several years working in football in the UK and Japan. He is now in his 18th year in athletic and activities administration in international schools, and is currently in his fifth year as Director of Student Activities at the International School of Beijing.

Azra Pathan

Elem. Asst. Principal at International School of Kuala Lumpur

Azra is the ES Assistant Principal where she has used her past roles as ES Teaching & Learning Coordinator and classroom teacher to continue to build capacity in schools. Together they make up the ES Administration Team.

Amanda Pekin

International School Manila

Brenda Perkins

MS Health & Wellness Teacher at International School Bangkok

Brenda Perkins has been an International School teacher for more than 20 years in both the fields of science and of well-being. Brenda is certified to teach the US-based Mindful Schools Curriculum, the “.b Curriculum” from the UK-based Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) and the “.b Foundations” course to teachers and parents. Having completed both Mindful Schools Year-Long Certification and MiSP School Lead training, she is passionate about integrating mindfulness into school communities.

Beth Pfannl

Vice President Admin Searches at International Schools Services (ISS)

Dr. Beth Pfannl, ISS Vice President for Administrative Searches and Governance Services, has 30 years of experience in international education. She was most recently the long-standing head of the American Overseas School of Rome. Beth has served on numerous boards and committees including ECIS, the International Schools Advisory Committee of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Paraguayan-American Cultural Center. She is past president of AAIE and the Rome International Schools Association (RISA), and currently serves as a trustee of The American University of Rome. In 2014, Beth was inducted into AAIE's Hall of Fame and in 2003, she received the National Distinguished Principal Award from the Office of Overseas Schools. Beth earned her doctorate from the Sorbonne in Paris and her BA from McGill University. She holds a CAGS in School Administration from Rhode Island College.

Patricia Podorsek

Teaching and Learning Coordinator at International School of Kuala Lumpur

Patricia Podorsek is currently a Teaching and Learning Coordinator at the International School of Kuala Lumpur. She has been a learning geek for nearly 25 years, including work at international schools in India, Kenya and Ecuador. She feels passionately about setting up students for holistic success and the development of lifelong learning.

Amie Alley Pollack

Board Chair at United Nations International School Hanoi

Amie Alley Pollack PhD, Board Chair- United Nations International School Hanoi, has also served as Chair Committee on Directors, Board Secretary, Chair Head of School Search Task Force and Chair Transition Task Force. Dr. Pollack came to Vietnam as an academic psychologist from Vanderbilt University working in research and development in areas of mental health, children's health and education. Since 2018 Dr. Pollack has served as Director of Research and Development for VinaCapital Foundation.

Christie Powell

Curr./Learning Coordinator at Stamford American International School

Christie Powell currently serves as the Director of Curriculum and Assessment at Stamford American International School in Singapore. Her twenty-six year journey in international school education has taken her to Cameroon, Indonesia, Thailand and Nepal prior to Singapore. As she began to witness the significant shift and growth in international schools, her wonder about how well we were equitably providing high quality learning to the growing diversity of students led her to complete her doctoral dissertation at East Carolina University through a significant action research project over the 2017-2019 school years. That wonder continues. If you are grappling with this in your school, this session will be an opportunity to interact, share, and learn from one another in the EARCOS Leadership Community.

Wes Przybylski

Learning Data and Assessment Specialist at The American School in Japan

Wes Przybylski is the Learning Data and Assessment Specialist at The American School in Japan. He is a creator, innovator, leader, motivator, and an enthusiastic, passionate educator. While his roots and education come from Boston, Wes’ collective passion for travel and education has lured him into the international teaching world working at schools in the Czech Republic, Thailand, and currently Japan.

Renee Rehfeldt

Curr./Learning Coordinator at Canadian Academy

Renee Rehfeldt is currently the Director of Learning at Canadian Academy, Kobe, Japan, having worked previously at Suzhou Singapore International School in Suzhou, China. She leads workshops around the Asia-Pacific region in the areas of teaching and learning, language development, and professional development. She has worked in the area of professional development and learning for more than 7 years, working closely with IB networks in the Shanghai and East Asia regions. Renee is passionate about supporting and promoting collaboration within and between schools in support of learning for all our students.

Will Richardson

Co-Founder at Modern Learner Media

A former public school educator of 22 years, Will has spent the last 15 years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of social online learning networks, education, and systemic change. Will is a co-founder of Modern Learner Media and co-publisher of ModernLearners.com which is a site dedicated to helping educational leaders and policy makers develop new contexts for new conversations around education. Most recently, Will co-founded Change School and, in addition, the Modern Learners Community, two online destinations for educational leaders interested in creating relevant, sustainable change in schools using a coaching, curation, and community approach.

Katie Rigney-Zimmermann

Director of Admissions & Marketing at Saigon South International School

Katie has been the Admissions and Marketing Director at Saigon South International School for the past 10 years. She has an MBA in International Business and an MA in Secondary Education she entered the Admissions world by chance when the head of her children’s school chased her down in the parking lot and begged her to take on the role at a school in Malaysia. She has not looked back since. Being an expat parent has helped her bring a different perspective to her role at SSIS and to the administrative team.

Blake Roberts

Middle School Learning Specialist at Chadwick International School

Blake has been in education for 7 years, 3 of which working internationally. He has worked as a content teacher, inclusion teacher, and co-teacher picking up small "golden nuggets" that improves collaboration methods. As education is constantly changing and evolving, Blake has spent time trying to stay ahead of the curve to provide the best opportunity for his students to learn at their highest potential.

Erin Robinson

Middle School Principal at United World College South East Asia / UWC South East Asia

Erin Robinson holds a PhD in educational leadership and currently serves as middle school principal at the United World College of Southeast Asia's East Campus. With a passion for global mindedness, social justice and equity issues, Erin's doctoral work focused on cultural competency in education. She is currently the UWCSEA lead in a seven-year longitudinal study on outdoor education in collaboration with Oregon State University Cascades. In addition, Erin consults with schools on competency-based learning environments; is involved in developing social entrepreneurship curriculum; led research in student voice at the secondary level; and provides professional development in equity and cultural competency.

Phil Rogers

Secondary School Principal at Shenzhen Shekou International School

Phil Rogers has recently become the Secondary Principal at Shekou International School, prior to that he was the Secondary Principal at rInternational School Ho Chi Minh City. He has previously worked at International School Bangkok, Kampala International School, New Cairo British International School, Blackhearth and Thornburgh College, and UWC Southern Africa.

Peter Row

Elementary Principal at Dalian American International School

DAIS Senior Leadership Team

Nate Rudd

IT Director at Christian Academy in Japan

Nate Rudd has been the IT Director at Christian Academy in Japan for the last four years, and has worked in IT at the school for a total of 16 years. He met his wife at CAJ and they now have three kids attending the school. Before working at CAJ, he developed databases for the editorial and ad sales teams of TIME magazine in New York City.

J. Eileen Rueth

Student Life Coordinator at International School of Beijing

J. Eileen Rueth has been in education for the past 20 years in such capacities as a mentor, after-school coordinator, coach, learning specialist, teacher, Activities Director and in her current role as Student Life Coordinator at the International School of Beijing (ISB). After earning her MA in Education she taught for seven years in Charleston, SC and joined the international teaching community in 2012 with the American International School of Kuwait (AISK). In 2015 she moved to Beijing to be the director of the BEIMUN Model United Nations conference. While in the classroom Eileen specialized in high school history and social sciences, her passion has always been working with students in a social-emotional capacity, a role she is now fulfilling in her current position at ISB.

Vimi Lima Santos

Deputy Head of Primary at Oberoi International School

Vimi is the Deputy Head of Primary. As an IB Educator, she enjoys working with and visiting different schools in the region to interact with the PYP in various contexts. Her current areas of interest are transformational leadership and cultural intelligence.

Joe Schaaf

Curriculum Coordinator at International School of Tianjin

Joe Schaaf currently teaches IB Language and Literature at the International School of Tianjin and serves as the school’s Curriculum Coordinator. He is responsible for developing the program that transformed IST’s Literacy Lab from a small, teacher-driven writing center into an entirely student-staffed and managed learning center. The lab is managed by five student-managers and over 40 student coaches and last year recorded over 900 visits by students seeking support—nearly four times the number of students currently enrolled in the school’s secondary division. Joe has over 15 years of experience researching, developing and implementing literacy-based programs. He has worked with a wide range of students and professionals in elementary, secondary and post-secondary learning environments.

Tom Schimmer

Solution Tree

Tom Schimmer is an education author, speaker, and consultant from Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada). He is recognized as a leader and expert in the areas of classroom assessment, sound grading practices, educational leadership, and RTI.

Mary Scott

Head Of School at Concordia International School Shanghai

Before accepting the call to become Head of School at Concordia International School Shanghai, Mary spent 30 years in administration at Concordia University-Irvine where she most recently served as Executive Vice President and Provost. While at CUI, she also served as VP for Administration and University Relations, VP of University Services, Athletic Director, Dean of Campus Life and Assistant professor of Education-PE. Mary has also worked as a teacher and coach in high schools in the US. She received her B.A. from Concordia University-Chicago, her M.A. from Adelphi University and her Ed.D in Institutional Management from Pepperdine University.

Sandra Seadstedt

Board Chair at Vientiane International Schools

Sandra currently serves as the Chair of Vientiane International Schools Board of Trustees. She joined the board in 2015 as Vice Chair, and was elected to serve as the board’s chair in 2016. She has enjoyed learning about good board governance to help create an environment where board members collaborate effectively with the Head of School to support the schools’ vision and mission. As the mother of two VIS graduates, and one secondary student, she is dedicated to help make VIS the best it can be for all its students. In addition to serving as the board chair, she is also a practicing psychotherapist in Vientiane.

Jan-Mark Seewald

Assstant Head of School - Academics - at Seoul Foreign School

Jan-Mark Seewald is the Assistant Head of School for Academics at Seoul Foreign School. He has been involved in international education as a classroom teacher and leader in Asia, Australia, and Europe for twenty years. In addition to his role at SFS, he works with schools and educational professionals as an IB Workshop Leader, Consultant, Field Representative, and School Visit Team Leader.

Monita Sen

PYP Authorization Manager at International Baccalaureate Organization

Monita Sen has over 19 years’ experience working in teaching and leadership positions. She currently works with the IB as the PYP Authorization Manager. Monita holds a Masters degree in Education and English Literature and is currently undertaking an Ed.D with The University of Bath. Her areas of interest and research include early childhood, creativity, STEAM and transdisciplinary learning.

Dave Shepherd

Principal and Founder at Shepherd Consulting Group

Dave Shepherd recently established a bespoke consultancy practice after 30 years’ experience in the schools’ sector, as both an educator and senior administrator. Dave specializes in the full range of Advancement disciplines, volunteer management and senior strategic leadership training for International and Independent schools globally. In 2006 Dave established the Development, Alumni Relations and Marketing and Communications Office as Director of Advancement at United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA); a K1 – Grade 12 non-profit International school in Singapore. The Advancement team has raised over S$30 million, connected with over 15,000 alumni representing 140 countries and is supported by over 100 Parent Ambassadors and senior volunteer leaders. Dave has taught and presented regularly at CASE institutes, commissions and events. He chaired the 10th Asia-Pacific Advancement Conference in 2017 and is currently a trustee of the CASE Asia Pacific Board.

Kevin Skeoch

Head of School at Dwight School Seoul

Kevin Skeoch obtained his Masters in Education in 2006. He is Founding Head of Dwight School Seoul, a position he has held since opening in 2012. Originally from Toronto, Canada Kevin has held positions of responsibility in the Slovak Republic, Switzerland, the UK and Seoul where he currently resides. A strong supporter of international education and the International Baccalaureate, Kevin has developed schools at all stages of development and supported students on their educational journey through systems with years of experience and a fundamental belief that children who possess ability and motivation to learn (or even just one of those areas) can and have succeeded in the IB. Kevin has two school aged children in international education. He has watch them grow and develop according to the values inherent in most of our school’s missions. Creating life-long learners capable of making it in the 21st Century means equipping young people to understand and perform across all walks of life. Through an inclusive lens, children not only grow to achieve at their own pace, the world is brought closer with the knowledge that the builders of tomorrow, our next generation of world leaders are better prepared if they are taught not to fear challenge, change or difference but to and understand the world in which we live.

Darren Skov

Athletic/Activities Dir. at Beijing City International School

Canadian born Australian raised educator passionate about the importance of relationships in learning. Relentless dreamer about the possibilities for education and in awe of the potential in all of us.

Greg Smith

Head of School at Shenzhen Shekou International School

Greg Smith, is the Head of School at Shekou International School and Vice President of ISS Asia Pacific. Greg is originally from Western Australia where he was a teacher, a principal, a curriculum advisor and superintendent. He considers himself fortunate to have held senior administrative roles in schools in Beijing and Vientiane prior to returning to China and Shenzhen in 2018. His two children have graduated from international schools and his wife has been an international educator, so his family’s commitment and connection to education is strong. He is particularly interested in building networks between schools and communities so that learning is relevant and prepares students for the world they will inherit.

Steve Sostak

Co-Director at Inspire Citizens, TeachSDGs Ambassador

Following 15 years teaching elementary and middle school on three continents, Steve now specializes in embedding empathy, global competence, and UN SDG targets into whole schools and classrooms that empower students to make local and global community impact. He prepares administrative teams and K-12 teachers to incorporate global competence into project-based learning, curriculum and lesson plans, while remaining sensitive to standards, criteria, competencies, language objectives, and tools for effective and efficient planning, feedback, and assessments. As a global TeachSDGs ambassador, Steve is also lead facilitator for the Inspire Citizens' global student programs: 17 Skills for 17 Goals and Global Youth Media. Learn more about Steve's work at inspirecitizens.org (http://inspirecitizens.org/)

Mercia De Souza

Development Director at Dominican International School

Mercia de Souza holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, and Master’s degrees in Applied Linguistics and Marketing Management. She started as a High School teacher, but later held senior executive positions at the South African Institute of Marketing Management, and the Institute of Administration and Commerce of Southern Africa. She relocated to South Korea and worked for Samsung Corporation’s Globalization Team until she became International Relations Manager at a Korean university. Mercia now lives in Taiwan where she is Dominican International School’s Professional Development Coordinator, Head of the Communication Arts Department, and the Chairperson of the school’s Recruitment, and Steering Committees.

Jennifer Sparrow

Deputy Superintendent at Singapore American School

Jennifer Sparrow serves as the deputy superintendent of Singapore American School (SAS) and has previously had the roles of MS humanities teacher, director of assessment and educational data, and executive director of teaching and learning. In addition to her work at SAS, Jennifer has facilitated over ten EARCOS regional workshops and dozens of EARCOS leadership conference sessions on the topics of quality assessment, use of data, and change leadership. Jennifer is also an Associate Presenter in the areas of assessment and professional learning communities for Solution Tree. She recently received her doctorate from the University of Southern California in organizational change and leadership.

Kristofer Stice

Ocean Science Educator at National Marine Educators Association

Ann Straub

International Advisor at Council of International Schools (CIS)

Ann Straub is an International Advisor for the Council of International Schools (CIS). She is a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and trains teachers and educational leaders who are strategically focused on developing intercultural competency and global citizens, intercultural leadership, and intercultural learning to promote diversity and inclusion. Ann was previously the Director of Curriculum and Staff Development at the International School of Bangkok and a trainer for the Principals' Training Center. She trains teachers and administrators in the United States and internationally who are strategically focused on developing intercultural competency and global citizens. Ann currently resides in Middlebury, VT with her husband Peter and their new Westie puppy, Daks.

Mark Sullivan

HS/Upper School Principal at Beijing City International School

Mark is a product of international education and graduated high school from Cairo American College where he later returned to work. After Cairo Mark spent six years in Saudi Arabia as an Assistant Principal and then High School Principal. As Secondary School Principal at BCIS Mark is a proponent of experiential learning, student voice, and committed to empowering students and staff to think forward and imagine possibilities.

Barry Sutherland

Head of School at American International School Vietnam

Barry Sutherland is the Head of School at American International School Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City. Previously he has been Director at schools in Cambodia, Tanzania and Thailand and has been an administrator and teacher in schools in Singapore and Canada. Barry also serves on the EARCOS Board of Trustees.

Ian Sutherland

HS/Upper School Principal at Concordia International School Hanoi

Dr. Ian Sutherland has worked as a teacher and administrator in international schools, and as a professor and researcher of educational leadership. He currently works at Concordia International School Hanoi where he enjoys the diversity of his work as a principal, as well as the opportunity to continue his active research program.

Jim Sweeney

Elementary Principal at Yew Chung International School of Beijing

James Sweeney is from Birmingham, England and has worked overseas for six years. He is Vice-Principal, Head of Primary at Yew Chung International School of Beijing where he has implemented the bilingual Learning Community model.

Catherine Tanco-Ong

Director for Student Activities at Brent International School Manila

Director for Student Activities Brent International School Manila

Billy Thomas

MS Asst. Principal at Concordia International School Shanghai

Billy, Anne, Lisa, and Genevieve are educators at Concordia International School Shanghai. Each one of them brings a unique perspective to the presentation as teacher, instructional coach, divisional administrator, and school-wide administrator. Through their work with facilitators from the K-12 Lab at Stanford's d.school, they have become passionate users of the design thinking process - and more importantly - actively seek opportunities to develop the mindsets and abilities fostered by Design Thinking in themselves, their colleagues, their students, and the community at large.

David Trajtenberg

Deputy Head of School at St. Paul American School Hanoi

Dr. David Trajtenberg was born in Philadelphia, PA. He earned his BA degree from Franklin and Marshall College as a chemistry major. David also holds an MA degree from Harvard University in Teaching and curriculum and an MA degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in School Leadership. David’s PhD was completed at the University of Colorado. His doctoral dissertation was titled A reflective self-study: Using evidence based conceptual frameworks and multi-rater feedback to identify, align, and improve school leadership practices. David has taught and served in a variety of teaching and leadership roles ranging from preschool all the way through high school; he has worked in the USA in Virginia and Colorado, as well as internationally in Japan, Peru, and now Hanoi. He is extremely proud to be part of the St. Paul American School Hanoi community with his wife and three children. In his spare time, David is an avid distance runner, magician, cyclist, surfer and photographer, but not all at the same time.

Brian Tucker

Human Resource Manager at Canadian International School-Singapore

Brian Tucker has been with the Canadian International School in Singapore since 1999. Over the years he has worked in many roles including secondary school teacher , marketing , IB Coordinator and for 12 years as a Regional Project Manager for the school's Foundation . Currently , Brian is the Human Resources Manager ( Academic) and Management Representative for the school dealing with the Singapore Government's registration and audit system known as 'Edutrust'.

Jennifer Le Varge

Seoul Campus Principal at Korea International School

Jennifer Le Varge is the Seoul Campus Principal at Korea International School. Jennifer holds a BS in Elementary Education and MA in Cultural Anthropology. She also co-wrote a book, The Reggio Emilia Experience in Early Childhood (published in Arabic) and is a PYP Workshop Leader, School Visit Team Leader and PYP Consultant. Her areas of research include the Reggio Emilia Approach and makerspaces.

Sarah Verdaguer

Elementary Principal at Global Jaya School

Sarah has fulfilled the role of primary school principal at Global Jaya School in Indonesia for the past eight years. Sarah is familiar with the challenges facing school leadership and enjoys developing creative solutions through shared leadership strategies and teacher voice, choice and ownership. As an active member of IBEN and an instigator of professional development opportunities in her own school, Sarah is always looking for and implementing innovative teaching and learning opportunities for her school's teachers.

Frank Vink

Dean of Technology and Innovation at Dwight School Seoul

Frank was born and raised in the Netherlands as a true lifelong learner. He graduated from universities in The Hague, Amsterdam and Rotterdam, and spent a semester abroad in Dublin. Currently in his sixth year at Dwight School Seoul, Frank is Whole School Dean of Technology & Innovation, as well as teacher in the Diploma Programme. He supports students, teachers and parents to use technology meaningfully: to enhance personalized learning and creativity, and to communicate and collaborate responsibly with the local and global community. He has previously worked in the Netherlands, Germany, Cambodia and Azerbaijan.

Frank Volpe

Upper School Principal at Shanghai Community International School Pudong Campus

Dr. Frank Volpe is currently the Upper School Principal at Shanghai Community International School’s Pudong campus. Frank holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, an M.A. in Counseling and Educational Psychology, and an M.A. in Multicultural Special Education. Frank has held administrative roles across K-12 settings, has worked as a school counselor, and learning support teacher.

Lisa Wan

Curr./Learning Coordinator at Singapore American School

Lisa is a curriculum, assessment and data specialist who works closely with teachers, coaches, and school leaders to personalize the learning journey for students at the lower elementary. Before joining the office of learning at the Singapore American School, Lisa served as a Kindergarten teacher and team leader for over a decade. Lisa holds a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor’s Degrees in Early Childhood Education and Psychology from the University of British Columbia.

James Warnock

Senior Consultant at Research for Better Teaching

James Warnock is a consultant with the Boston-based consulting firm Research for Better Teaching and has over 30 years of experience in education. His consulting work centers on instructional leadership, classroom instruction, supporting schools and districts in developing standards-based supervision/ evaluation systems and working with principals of underperforming schools. He has provided technical assistance to schools in Russia as part of a U.S. Department of State Community Connections program and has conducted teacher training in Australia. For fifteen years Jim directed the Sino-American Seminar on Educational Leadership for the University of Vermont's Asian Studies Outreach Program and has traveled and worked extensively throughout China. Recent and current clients include the Buffalo (NY) Public Schools, the KIPP School Leadership Program, Socorro ISD in El Paso TX, the University Liggett School, the Michigan State University sponsored Michigan Fellowship of Instructional Leaders, Fresno (CA) Unified School District and the Ministry of Education in Singapore. Prior to working with Research for Better Teaching, Jim was Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the city of Burlington, Vermont, and has also served as a secondary principal, K-12 staff developer and teacher. He is a co-author of The Skillful Leader II: Confronting Conditions that Undermine Learning (2008) and completed his undergraduate and graduate work at Brown University and the University of Vermont. Jim is the father of two grown children and lives with his wife, Carol, in Lincoln, Vermont.

Dana Specker Watts, Ph.D.

Director of Research and Development at International Schools Services

Dana has recently joined International School Services (ISS) as the Director of Research and Development. Dana was most recently employed at Hong Kong International School where she served as a Schoolwide Curriculum Leader for the past four years. Previously, she has worked internationally at American Embassy School (AES), New Delhi and the International School of Bangkok (ISB) in Thailand. In her spare time, she continues to build the professional capital of others through professional development. Most recently, she served as the Director of Innovation at 21st Century Learning International. Additionally, Dana is the Executive Director of WLead, an organization that seeks to create opportunities for systemic change by building awareness, belonging, empowerment, networking, and equity to school leadership models throughout the world. Dana is an ISTE certified educator and trainer and has worked as a Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy (COETAIL) Instructor through SUNY Buffalo, a Google Certified Educator, and an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE).

Sally WEN

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Sally Wen has been working in both public schools and international schools more than two decades. She works mostly with teachers to support their professional growth through various opportunities. Sally is passionate about staff growth, curriculum development and the actual implementation.

Rachael Westgarth

Chief Executive at Round Square

As Round Square CEO, Rachael Westgarth leads a global network of more than 200 schools in 50 countries that share a passion for character education and real-world learning. Under Rachael’s leadership, the Round Square network has expanded into new territories and the organisation has developed implemented a new and ambitions strategic plan. This has seen Round Square create and launch a new teaching and learning “Discovery Framework” for character education - now in active use in over 100 schools worldwide - and engage member schools in international research, working with some of the world’s leading Universities. Prior to joining Round Square in 2013, Rachael was Deputy CEO of Young Enterprise, part of the Junior Achievement Worldwide movement, where she created and implemented a portfolio of enterprise education programs across the K-12 age range. A graduate of Oxford University, her career spans leadership roles in both the non-profit and commercial sectors, through which she has built extensive experience in research, marketing, fundraising, curriculum design and education program development.

Scott Wilcox

Deputy Head of School at The American School in Japan

Scott Wilcox has been fortunate to lead, teach, and learn extensively both in public schools in Upstate New York and overseas in Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, and now Japan. Before joining ASIJ as the new Deputy Head of School for Learning Scott served and led as a K-12 Curriculum Director, elementary principal, secondary assistant principal, and teacher of social studies, Humanities, math, and PE in Grades 3-12.

Aaron Willette

Secondary Principal at Chiang Mai international School

Chelsea Wilson-Kelsey

English Department Chair at Nansha College Preparatory Academy

Mrs. Wilson is NCPA’s English Head of Department and a key collaborator with its EAL Department.

Amanda Zhang

Director of Operations at Beijing City International School

Amanda graduated from the University of Wollongong, Australia, where she received her Master of Strategic Human Resource Management. She possesses more than 20 years of work experience in the Human Resource and administrative fields, having worked at various multinational companies in the Automotive, Optoelectronics, Investment, and Government areas. Before she joined BCIS, she was the Senior Human Resource and Admin Manager of IEE China, being responsible for HR, Administration, PR, PM, and other departments for the Asia region. She also has rich cross culture management experience and was a part-time internal trainer. She is passionate about leadership, personality assessments, and strategic thinking development. She has dedicated herself to properly lead and coach teams, as well as emphasize cross-function communication. She has acquired SPA Certification (Sales Performance Assessment), Soft Skill Trainer Certification (TFT from Schouten), MBTI Step I and Step II Certifications, and China Human Resources Professionals Designation (CHRP LEVEL 1).

Leah Zhao

Student at International School of Tianjin

Leah Zhao is a grade 12 student at the International School of Tianjin and the current supervisor for the Literacy Lab. She supervises the managers and coaches, overseas all aspects of the lab’s management and liaises with the teacher-advisor and principal. This is Leah’s fourth year volunteering in the lab. Leah has presented at several international teacher conferences in the last year.

Kendall Zoller

Author, Educator, Researcher, and International Presenter

Kendall Zoller, EdD, is an author, educator, researcher, and international presenter in communicative intelligence, presentation and facilitation skills, leadership and adaptive schools. He is co-author of Voices Leading From the Ecotone (2019) and The Choreography of Presenting: The 7 Essential Abilities of Effective Presenters (Corwin Press, 2010). Kendall is president of Sierra Training Associates and graduate faculty at California State University, Dominguez Hills and The University of Maine. He has authored over three dozen reviewed book chapters and journal articles on topics of communication, community, and leadership for educators and law enforcement. His work on leadership and presentation skills takes him to schools, districts, universities, state agencies, and corporations across the United States, Canada, Europe, China, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Europe. His lectures, presentations, and paper presentations include the campuses of Harvard, UC Berkeley, St. Anselm College, Boston University, University of Chicago, and Loyola University Maryland. Kendall has a doctorate in Educational Leadership a Masters in Educational Management. Kendall can be reached at kvzollerci@gmail.com