I was born in a small town in Canada in a lower middle-class family. My first job was as a paperboy when I was 13-years old delivering daily newspapers in my neighborhood. Since then, I have never been unemployed and that has allowed me to pay for all my formal schooling and provided me with a meaningful career where I get to help people around the world. I began teaching English and Science in two large public Canadian secondary schools in1991 after a brief career in banking. I left Canada in 1997 to begin a career in international schools and worked as teacher and Vice-Principal in Singapore, then as Head of School in Thailand, Tanzania, Cambodia and Vietnam.
I am so grateful to be back in Thailand, in a welcoming culture that I love, leading KIS International School Reignwood Park. Both of my daughters are IB graduates who are now successful businesswomen. In my spare time I enjoy reading, cooking and fitness activities: swimming, the gym, cycling, hockey and football.
Area of special interest
I have now served as an international senior school leader for 27 years. I love the challenge of leading and managing international schools because it is work that really matters and provides the opportunity to have a far-reaching impact upon new generations. My intention is that students in my schools will develop the skills, attitudes and understandings about the world to bring about sustainable positive change that will make the world a better place. It may sound cliché, but I believe it.
One professional area that I am very interested in is standards and accreditation systems for international schools. What I love about the school accreditation process is that I get to visit other schools and see how they are organized and how they operate. I have always learned valuable lessons for my own schools through visiting and helping other schools.
I have been participating in and leading accreditation visiting teams for international schools in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and here in S.E. Asia for more than 20 years. These visits have been on behalf of several accreditation agencies: Council of International Schools (CIS), Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and Middle State Association (MSA). I see these volunteer school visits as an opportunity to help other schools on their self-improvement journeys, and I believe that better schools ultimately will lead to positive change in the world. I am also an IBEN Evaluation Leader for the International Baccalaureate.
M.Ed. Leadership and Administration, The College of New Jersey, USA
Guidance and Career Counselling Specialist, Ontario School Counselors’ Association, Canada
School Principalship, Ontario College of Teachers, University of Toronto, Canada
B.Ed. University of Toronto, Canada
M.A. English and Professional Writing, University of Waterloo, Canada
Co-op Honours B.Sc. Earth Sciences, University of Waterloo, Canada
My International Schools Experience
Founding Head of School, KIS International School Reignwood Park
Head of School, American International School Vietnam
Director (Head of School), International School Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Head of School, International School Moshi and Arusha, Tanzania
Head of School, American Pacific International School, Thailand
Vice-Principal, Candian International School, Singapore
I’m from Australia and bring over 20 years of experience in international education as a leader and a teacher in IB Schools across 5 countries: Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Thailand, and Malaysia. Working in partnership with families, I believe that quality learning should be tailored to best suit the needs of each individual child. I believe when children feel safe, happy and respected they are engaged as learners, have greater wellbeing and experience higher rates of academic and personal success and achievement. I have worked in Boarding schools in three different countries and fully understand the importance of boarding and academic teams working closely with families.
Area of special interest
I am an experienced accreditation team member for CIS (Council of International Schools) and a passionate educator who believes that we can inspire, challenge and connect with learners to help them strive for success and make our world a better place. My leadership and teaching experience demonstrates my commitment to building empowering learning communities focused on respect and academic excellence. As a Principal in multiple IB schools, I have utilised my leadership and curriculum experience in facilitating school-wide development across four International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking
Masters in Educational Leadership, Australian Catholic University
Bachelor of Education, Australian Catholic University
My Leadership Experience
KIS International School Reignwood Park Thailand (Founding Primary School Principal)
Raffles American School, Malaysia (Elementary Principal)
Prem Tinsulanonda International School, Thailand (Junior School Principal)
Ajman Academy, United Arab Emirates (Founding Primary School Principal)
The Sultan’s School, Sultanate of Oman (Primary Head of English Subjects/Curriculum Coordinator)
St Thomas More’s Primary School, Canberra, Australia (Deputy Principal)
St Clare of Assisi, Conder, Australia (Literacy Coordinator)