Educated in New Zealand, where I taught for 4 years before heading out to see the world, and get my OE (Overseas Experience). While living in London I replied to an advert for teachers for the International School of Geneva. This began my career in international education as a teacher, principal and director. It took me to Vienna International School, to opening and developing Bonn International School in Germany, as well as 4 schools in Switzerland. I have been involved in accreditation teams as a member and a team chair for CIS and NEASC. I was part of the team that developed the ISCP, which became the IBPYP.
I was a member of the SGIS Board for 6 years while I was Elementary School Principal at College du Leman, and Chair of the ECIS Committee for Elementary School Principals. I was a member of the Board of ECIS for 6 years while I was Director of ISBerne, and a member of the Board of The Academy of International School Heads, also while I was Director of ISBerne.

Since my retirement from ISBerne I have continued my involvement in international education.

I was acting as a consultant to the A-JIS Group in Tokyo, helping them develop their first international school while I was at ISBerne.  I have continued working with them on their IB programmes and developing their bilingual early learning centres. I am a member of the Advisory Board for the Aoba/Southern Cross University Online teacher professional development programme and the IB Consortium which works with Japanese Ministry of Education to bring IB programmes to Japanese state and private schools. I am also a member of the Advisory Board for Tandem International Multilingual School, Zurich.
I have been involved in 5 year and preliminary visits for NEASC during this time as well as being Director, Head Searches for Compass Education Consultancy.

Newsflash

FROM URGENCY TO AGENCY – Sustainability at the Heart of Learning

Sustainability Workshop 26th & 27th November 2021

The UN has called ‘Code Red for Humanity’ in its most recent IPCC report. How do we as educators mitigate the climate anxiety our students may experience (and staff, we might add) and use it as an opportunity to forge local actions? In this workshop we base ourselves on the conviction that schools are capable of, and obligated to, play an important role in mitigating Climate Change.

In our view, schools should reinvent themselves to become learning communities that go beyond preparing for the future; instead they should help shape that future, by allowing students and educators to prototype solutions for today’s challenges. By allowing students to actively engage with the local impacts of Climate Change, they could learn about the SDGs, Systems Thinking, Design Thinking, collaboration, etc - all skills which will serve them well in their further lives. In that way, sustainability can become a core driver of education, very much in line with IBO’s vision about student agency. It will allow for learning to be challenge-based, relevant, local and utterly engaging. It will give students a voice and allow them to make necessary changes in their school environment, at home and beyond.

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