With the 2019 year already underway, we are excited to announce the International School of Nanshan Shenzhen (ISNS) Leadership Team for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Returning Leadership Team Members:
Head of School
Mr. David Swanson will be continuing his role as Head of School for the fourth consecutive year. He looks forward to building upon the strong foundation of academic excellence and continuing to foster a caring environment throughout ISNS.
Director of Operations and Finance
Mr. Plato Leung continues in his role to keep ISNS operating at its finest. He and his team look forward to maximizing their behind-the-scenes role and helping greater things happen at ISNS.
Diploma Programme Principal
Mr. Patrick Boekhoud will be entering his seventh year in leadership and ninth year at ISNS. He will be adjusting to a new role as the DP Principal for Grades 10 to 12. He will be focused on strengthening the ISNS Diploma Programme.
Lower Primary Principal
Mr. Wayne Russell is continuing his role as Lower Primary Principal for grades K4 to Grade 2. Wayne is looking forward to guiding his team in making a great impact upon the learning and growing that happens each day at ISNS.
Mrs. Addie Loy will be entering her ninth year in leadership at ISNS and directs her focus towards school improvement and procedures development. She is excited to continue to support the coordinators through upcoming accreditations and self-study initiatives.
Upper PYP Coordinator
Mrs. Purti Singh will continue her leadership role as PYP Coordinator with a more focused role working with Grades 3 to 5. Purti is excited for how this focused attention will impact learning in each classroom.
Mr. Ernald Boyd will continue his leadership role as MYP Coordinator for Grades 6 to 10. He is excited to deepen the programme and guide ISNS students in becoming compassionate young people who are active and inquiring learners.
After two successful years in charge of the Diploma Programme, Mr. Brian Kelley will continue his role as coordinator for Grades 11 to 12 and look to take the DP to new heights. The DP Programme at ISNS continually strives to enhance student learning within an international context and empower students to make important decisions about their future.
New Leadership Team Members:
Upper Primary Principal
We are pleased to announce the promotion of Ms. Ashley Simpson to Upper Primary Principal for Grades 3 to 5. Ashley has been with ISNS for over four years, during which time she has been a homeroom teacher and involved in many other aspects of the school. Ashley is well respected in the ISNS community and brings with her energy and enthusiasm that will be an inspiration to her division. Her effectiveness as a teacher and her dedication to students, both inside and outside the classroom, has led to her career success. Ashley is a kind, caring and capable individual which makes her an ideal leader. ISNS is excited to have Ashley join the leadereship team.
In response to the rapid growth in the ISNS MYP division, we are excited to announce that the position of MYP Principal for Grades 6 to 9 has been added to the ISNS school leadership team and will be filled by Mr. Chris Irvin. Chris will join ISNS from Venezuela where he is currently serving as a Principal at the International School of Monagas (ISM). With over 20 years of leadership experience, Chris is a Canadian at heart but has been working with excellence in the international school community for many years. His background in leadership and education gives him an outstanding understanding of how to bring best practices into the classroom, and his ability to motivate others has led to his success. Chris and his family will be joining ISNS in the fall of 2019.
Lower PYP Coordinator
We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Ms. Blessy Monica to Lower PYP Coordinator for grades K4 to Grade 2. She will be working alongside Mr. Wayne Russell as they lead their division. Blessy joined ISNS two years ago and has shown great dedication and commitment to not only the growth of her students and team members but to the overall ISNS community. Blessy brings a wealth of experience to PYP, and ISNS is excited about her new role.
More About The ISNS Leadership Team
The ISNS Leadership Team aims to provide ISNS students with the best that education can offer. We challenge our students by providing a level of academic rigor that will prepare them for any future endeavor they wish to undertake. We desire to create a familial atmosphere at ISNS and for our community to experience and exemplify the caring and compassionate spirit of the school. We yearn for our students to aspire to great heights, creating new ideas and seeking to transform the world they live in so that it will be a better place for all humanity. We are building an academic program that seeks to inspire the good in our students in addition to producing confident scholars. We believe in the power of human relationships and invest a great deal in building strong connections that will foster happiness and success. The ISNS Leadership Team is here to serve the students of ISNS and to support them on their path to achieving their goals.