Richard Parker joined ISL in 2017 as Principal. Prior to his appointment, he was Principal at ISL Surrey and has previously held various leadership roles in Hong Kong, Portugal, Brunei and Spain. He is an IB Workshop Leader for administrators new to the Middle Years Programme and MYP Humanities, and is active in the Alliance of International Education. He holds an MA and BA in history from Cambridge University.
Kathryn Firebrace has extensive experience in international teaching and was the Assistant Principal at ACS Cobham. Amongst her many achievements, she has participated and presented at conferences around the world, such as Harvard's Project Zero. Kathryn holds a Certificate of International School Leadership through the International Principals' Training Centre. She has also received a Golden Apple Award for outstanding teaching in her career. She joins ISL with the role of Primary Principal.
Paul Rose has over 20 years of experience in international education with a focus on the IB Middle Years and IB Diploma Programmes. He has held a number of leadership roles in Australia and Thailand, and most recently as the Deputy Head – Academic at the International School of Penang, Uplands in Malaysia. Paul is also an experienced IB workshop leader and examiner, as well as a TOK and Chemistry teacher. He enjoys coaching and playing football, ornithological pursuits around the globe, and is pleased to have made personalised learning, student voice and the expansion of an already rich MYP and DP programme at ISL his focus over the past two years as Secondary Principal.
Prior to joining ISL London, Iliana Gutierrez served as an instructional coach for Harvard University's educational research centre, Project Zero. She taught both kindergarten and fifth grade at an International Baccalaureate school in Texas, where she also helped students through the fifth grade exhibition process. She holds an Ed.M. in Arts in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Hyun Jung Owen has extensive experience in teaching in international education and has written educational texts for the IB DP English B course. She completed the ECIS International Teacher Certificate course with distinction and was awarded the IB certificate in teaching and learning. She has a strong belief in concept-based learning. Hyun Jung Owen was the Head of Language Acquisition at ISL before she became the MYP Coordinator.
Paul Morris has broad experience of the IB Middle Years and Diploma programmes and has also taught in France, Mexico and Spain. He teaches Theory of Knowledge and Physics and is also responsible for higher education guidance for Grades 11 and 12 students. Mr Morris is has written curriculum materials for the IBMYP, has led IB teacher workshops internationally, and is an author of educational texts. Mr Morris has been with ISL since 2006.
Max Hull joins ISL London from the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore, where he was an IB History teacher, Director of Boarding and member of the leadership team. Prior to working in Singapore, he was a Head of History, Houseparent and pastoral leader in the United Kingdom. An experienced educator, Max is a great believer in learning through the IB curriculum and the transformational power of international education.
Benoît completed a BA in Literature and Theatre in Lyon before moving to London to assist a director of drama for two years.
Since then he has lived and worked as an actor, a theatre director and drama teacher in the UK, France, Italy and Greece.
He holds a PGCE and an MA in Theatre and Sociology from UCL and has taught the IB for several years.
He is currently completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Child, Adolescent and Family Wellbeing at the Tavistock and Portman centre, which will prove beneficial in his role as the Head of Student Wellbeing.
Benoît’s expertise lies in promoting emotional, physical and creative wellbeing to enable young people to gain a wider understanding of others and themselves.
Susan has lived and worked in Thailand, the UAE, South Africa, Belgium, Oman, Sweden and the UK. She holds a degree in French & Linguistics from the University of South Africa and is currently completing a Masters in Applied Linguistics & Communication from Birkbeck, University of London. Susan's role focuses on developing an understanding of students' languages and cultural experiences, and then developing these further within and beyond the curriculum. Susan is the chair of the ECIS Multilingual Learning in International Education (MLIE) committee.
Claudine joined ISL Surrey in 2009 as one of the founding Heads and led the school through the MYP and DP authorisations. She has now joined ISL London as Dean of Students and the ISL UK Schools Learning Support and Transitions Coordinator. Claudine has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Management from the Institute of Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Counselling. Claudine is originally from Lebanon but spent most of her childhood in Ghana. Claudine is very passionate about international education and has over 20 years’ experience in the field of special educational needs, both as a Head of School and as a special needs consultant. Claudine is one of the founding members of the ECIS Admissions committee and is a School Governor.
Susan joined ISL in 2011 and in this current role she focuses on the efficient daily running of the school, events, staff scheduling, as well as enhancing the creative and flexible use of space by the school community. Susan enjoys connecting ISL with the wider local and international community and is also involved with charities and organisations working with the visually impaired.
Johanna joined ISL London in 2015 with past experience including admin, HR and teaching. She has a degree in Italian and French from Royal Holloway, University of London. Her Erasmus year spent in Tuscany led to a 7 year stay there, working first as an English language teacher and PA to the Principal of a private language school in Florence. She then went onto work for a family-run company in the olive oil and wine industry before coming back to the UK. Johanna started at ISL London as Middle School Secretary and then became PA to the Principal before moving to Head of Admin in early 2018.