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Board of Trustees

Kevin Glass: AAIE President 2015-2019

Kevin Glass is Headmaster of Atlanta International School. He has a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Framingham State College, Massachusetts, USA; a Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Biology and Chemistry from Cambridge University, UK; and a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) Degree in Bacteriology and Virology from Manchester University, UK. Mr. Glass' career in education includes educational leadership and teaching positions in South and West Africa, Central and North America, and Central Asia. Prior to joining Atlanta International School, Mr. Glass served as Director of Tashkent International School in Uzbekistan for five years. His vocation is international education and he serves on various national and international Boards including the Academy for International School Heads, the IB Heads Council, the European Council of International Schools and the Atlanta Area Association in Independent Schools. Kevin is married to Stefani, a career diplomat with the German Foreign Service, and they have three children (Liam, Lilly and Leanne) who all attend AIS in the German track.

Jeff Paulson: AAIE President Elect 2017-2021

Jeff Paulson is General Director at Zurich International School (ZIS). He has a Doctorate of Education in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota, Minnesota, USA; a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA.

Jeff has 30 years of educational leadership, counseling, and teaching experience in six different international settings (United States, England, Malaysia, Peru, Venezuela and Switzerland). Prior to joining Zurich International School, Jeff served as Superintendent of Escuela Campo Alegre for three years. He is married to Kris, a middle school counselor, and they have two children; Anika, a grade 12 student at ZIS and Kameron, a junior at the University of Arizona.

Christine Brown: AAIE Board Member 2015 - Present

Christine Brown is a Regional Education Officer (REO) in the Office of Overseas Schools, U.S. Department of State. Prior to joining the Department of State in July 2013, she served as an administrator in the Glastonbury Connecticut Public Schools for 28 years, first as the Director of K-12 Foreign Languages and ELL and later as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. Brown has served as a president of state, regional and national language teacher organizations including the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages over her career. She chaired the American Language Standards Task Force sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education as well as served as the consultant to the national Arabic and Korean language standards projects. She served as the only K-12 representative to the Advisory Board of the National Defense Education Program and as a consultant to the Startalk Language Program of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. She has testified before the United States Congress on behalf of language education, and initiated and co-chaired the Year of Language Campaign in the United States.

Lee Fertig: AAIE Board Member 2012-2018

Lee Fertig is currently the Director of the International School of Brussels (ISB) in Belgium. He has more than 30 years of administrative and teaching experience in a wide variety of educational settings including five international schools (in Ethiopia, Brazil, Spain, and Belgium), a private school in New York City, and a voluntary integration public magnet school in Minneapolis. Lee is a trainer for the Principals’ Training Center (PTC), has taught in the College of Education at the University of Minnesota, and is a guest speaker on contemporary educational issues at a wide variety of community events. He provides consulting services for schools and educational organizations around the world in the areas of governance, development and fundraising, learning innovation, and school-based continuous improvement. Lee currently serves as a board trustee for the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE); Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in Europe; Global Issues Network (GIN); and Sao Paulo Education Foundation (SPEF). He also serves on the International Schools Advisory Committee (ISAC) for the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Dr. Greg Hedger: AAIE Board Member 2015-2018

Dr. Gregory Hedger has recently been appointed to be the head of the International School Yangon, in Myanmar, beginning in fall 2016. A native of Minnesota, Greg has served in education for over 25 years, including 13 years in the role of School Director at Cayman International School, Qatar Academy, and most recently as Superintendent at Escuela Campo Alegre in Venezuela. Greg promotes international education through his service on the boards of AAIE, AASSA, and his work with the International Task Force for Child Protection, his contributions to various periodicals, and his work to promote the next generation of leaders through workshops and teaching. Greg’s family includes his wife Kirstin, and daughters Kaija, Sadie, and Anna.

Dr. Ronald Marino: AAIE Board Treasurer 2014-2020

Dr. Ronald J. Marino has been involved with overseas schools since 1975 when the school he headed for 24 years in Illinois established several School to School partnerships in Latin America.Marino specializes in school finance and governance issues and has conducted Board governance workshops in scores of schools around the globe. He has assisted Boards with Head searches and has helped parent groups establish new schools. Ron has been a consultant for the Office of Overseas Schools, the Inter Regional Center, the Inter American Development Bank and other agencies. He has taught on-line leadership courses for overseas educators and graduate level classes as an Adjunct Professor. Marino is the longest serving member of the AAIE Board. He held office from 1988 through 2012, serving as Treasurer for 9 years and rejoined the Board as Treasurer in February 2014. Marino received his B.A. from The University of Detroit, and earned his M.A. & Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

Dr. Fran Prolman: AAIE Board Member 2017-2018

Dr. Fran Prolman, the founder, president and senior consultant of The Learning Collaborative, is an internationally recognized teacher, administrator, author, consultant and keynote speaker. She is known for her depth of knowledge, dynamism, energy, practical application and proven track record of results.

Fran earned her Doctorate in Teacher Training, International Education and Organizational Development from George Washington University and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a two-time Fulbright Scholar in both India and Israel, and has presented numerous papers, workshops and keynote speeches nationally and internationally.

Fran brings 30 years of experience providing multifaceted work with organizations and school systems throughout the United States and the world. She was a member of the first Understanding by Design trainer cadre for ASCD designing curriculum training throughout the United States, a faculty member for ASCD and a senior consultant at Research for Better Teaching training trainers and educating thousands of administrators and teachers in effective learning practice. Fran focuses on building human capacity through a variety of avenues. She facilitates leadership retreats for teachers, administrators and executives; delivers organization-wide keynote speeches and workshops, coaches to build highly functional teams; assists organizations and teams in the appropriate use of data, designs professional growth and evaluation systems and brings insight to the change process.

She is a frequent presenter for the U.S. Department of State, Educational Council of International Schools, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Central and Eastern European Schools Association, Near East South Asia Association of International Schools, African International Schools Association, Association of the Tri-Association for the Caribbean and Central America and numerous client school systems in the United States.

Fran is the author of the best-selling books, Building Your Instructional Leadership, and Transforming Schools: Leading and Learning Through Collaboration.

drfranny@aol.com; www.thelearningcollaborative.com


Dr. Beverly Shaklee: AAIE Board Member 2013-2019

Dr. Beverly D. Shaklee is Director of the Center for International Education, Professor and Division Director at George Mason University – College of Education and Human Development. The Center for International Education (CIE) focuses on research and development of K12-university international education. The Center is currently supporting teacher development projects for administrators and teachers from China, Pakistan, Latin America, Russia and Spain. She also serves as Division Director for Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) program which includes international teacher licensure and master’s degree programs that have graduated over 1,400 international teachers who serve in over forty countries. She is the co-author of “Internationalizing U.S. Teacher Education” published by Rowman Littlefield. She currently serves as editor for the AAIE journal, InterEd.

Kathy Stetson:AAIE Board Member 2017 - Present

Kathy Stetson serves as the Executive Director of Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA). In this role she coordinates professional development opportunities for educators in the region and provides leadership for CEESA's Annual Conference. She also provides support for cultural awareness, student activities and athletic programs across countries in the CEESA Region.

Before joining CEESA, Kathy was the Senior Account Executive for International Partners for NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) in Portland, Oregon. In this role, she helped pioneer NWEA's Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) onto the global stage. She coordinated enrollment and professional development activities as well as provided project management services for international schools.

Ms. Stetson has a broad background in K-12 education serving as an elementary teacher, principal, central office administrator, consultant and professional development coordinator. She went to UC Berkeley and Portland State University for her undergraduate studies and has a Master in Education from Lewis and Clark College, where she also received Administration and Superintendent.

Dr. Oli Tooher-Hancock: AAIE Board Member 2015-2018

Dr. Oli Torher - Hancock is a British/Irish national with
28 years experience in education and leadership, 24 years of which have been in international schools in Spain, China, Japan, Sri Lanka Peru and now India. She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University in the U.S. Hancock taught IGCSE, and IBDP History for many years and was an IB Diploma Coordinator for 10 years in the Asia Region. She has been a secondary principal an assistant head of school in two international schools and The International School of Hyderabad is her first headship. She has experience leading curriculum and professional learning and whole school community service, with an emphasis on service learning. Hancock is currently a PTC Trainer.

Mary Russman: A/OS Alternate Board Member 2017 - Present

Mary Russman is the Regional Education Officer (REO) in the Office of Overseas Schools (OOS) for Africa. Most recently, Mary was the Director of the International School of Latvia. She has lived and worked in Greece, Italy, England, Bangladesh, Nepal, Argentina, Zimbabwe and the Netherlands. Mary has been a teacher, counselor, principal and director in international schools with American, British and International Baccalaureate programs. She is now based in Washington, D.C.



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