Head of School
I am a passionate educator, coach, speaker, and consultant. I am an advocate for sustainability, CSR, cultural intelligence, and humane education.
I have nearly 30 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗲𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, training and leadership. Having worked and consulted in 𝟯𝟬+ 𝘀𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹𝘀, 𝗶𝗻 𝟭𝟮 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝟰 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀, I am totally at ease in diverse cultures and social backgrounds – from at-risk youth in low-income suburbs to work in rural settings in the United States to Top Tier international schools in Africa and Asia. Wherever I go, I immerse myself in the culture, its people, and their language. English is my native language, and I understand Spanish, Chinese, Kiswahili, Thai, and Khmer.
I have experience in a variety of grade levels and leadership positions – as a PYP coordinator, Principal and Head of School. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and my Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction, both from Michigan State University. I am currently pursuing a Certificate of School Management and Leadership through Harvard Business School and Harvard Graduate School of Education.
I am an IBPYP and Compass Education Workshop Leader who regularly leads workshops for teachers throughout Asia-Pacific. Online I have coached courses through Harvard Graduate School of Education’s WIDE World.
I am a fervent believer in 𝗵𝘂𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗲 𝗲𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, which encourages cognitive, affective, and behavioral growth through the development of critical thinking, problem-posing and solving and above all – the development of EMPATHY.
My educational Leadership philosophy is based on three key points:
IMPACT: Educational leaders hold transformational power to positively influence societies and their environment by skilfully creating deep and meaningful learning experiences that students will remember for the rest of their lives.
COLLABORATE: Leading with empathy and compassion are essential to cultivating the trusting relationships needed with all stakeholders of the school community, to inspire others towards action and impact.
INNOVATE: learning institutions need to see opportunities and create systems for clear expectations, transparent communication and student-centered decision-making.
𝗜 𝗮𝗺 𝘂𝗻𝗮𝗽𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗽𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗲𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝘄𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗲.