As I have mentioned in previous articles, it is the time of year when many of our international staff are making decisions about next steps in their lives. We always start with the core leadership team and after a number of years of stability, we find ourselves seeing some natural progression in their careers. International education is as challenging as any expatriate lifestyle. The tugs of home, the lure of the next adventure, and the desire for professional advancement are all factors in the decision. Such as it is, I can now share with you some of our changes for the 2016-2017 school year:
First, Mr. George Dolesch, Elementary Principal, has confirmed his selection as the new principal of the International School of Basel, Switzerland. After 6 years with us, George is taking his family to a new environment and his next adventure after a wonderful sojourn with us.
Mr. Robert Doyle, Assistant Principal at the High School was recently named as High School Principal at the American International School of Dhaka. After 8 years with AAS, Rob has been a fixture and tremendous component of our success in recent years. Moving from IB Diploma Programme coordination and wearing of many other hats, Mr. Doyle is excited about taking on his first key leadership role in a highly regarded school.
For family reasons, our Middle School Principal, Mike Johnson, will be departing at the conclusion of the 2015-2016 school year. Mr. Johnson is very disappointed to be leaving, as he believes strongly in the mission of our school and enjoys greatly being a part of this community. However, he is confident that a smooth leadership transition will occur and that the professional faculty in the Middle School will continue to provide increasingly powerful educational opportunities for all of our students.
Finally, and to that end, it is our additional pleasure to announce that Mr. Johnson’s replacement for 2016-2019 school years has been named. Mr. Noah Bohnen, current Assistant Principal, will be promoted to the role of principal and will provide leadership to the Middle School division for the next three years. Noah has already been with us for 4 years and has held many roles in the Middle School. We believe that this will foster a smooth transition for the division and a consistency of service for students and families.
Other processes for open positions will emerge in the coming days. We again encourage referrals from parents for potential staff members here and around that world that might be eligible for the positions we have open now and that will continue to open in the weeks ahead. Please direct all interested candidates to our website at http://www.aas.ru/employment.