LEADERSHIP

 

DR ANDY PAGE-SMITH - SCHOOL DIRECTOR

Andy Page-Smith was born in Britain and immigrated to Tasmania, Australia as a child. He completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Australia teaching at all levels K-12. Before entering international education he worked as a consultant in literacy development and as an Associate Professor of Education. He earned his doctorate degree from the University of Sarasota, Florida, with research on “Mentoring in Cross-Cultural Contexts”. This is his twentieth year overseas – having held leadership positions in Kuwait, Vietnam, Qatar and Hong Kong, as well as serving on the NESA Board and President of ACAMIS for four years. In August 2010 he took up his current appointment as School Director of the American School of Johannesburg. He currently serves on the Board of Academy of International School Heads as well as working as an adjunct professor for Lehigh University. He has a particular interest in leadership, governance, and teaching and learning. He is married with a seventeen-year-old daughter adopted from Vietnam.

RUSSELL LAYTON - DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY

Russell is in his first year as the Director of Technology at AISJ. Prior to this, he served two years at the International School of London as the Director of Technology,  eight years as the Information and Communications Technology Director at The International School of Beijing, seven years as the Information Technology Director at The Taipei American School, and five years as the Elementary Technology Coordinator at The Jakarta International School. He is a New Zealand citizen and has a Bachelor’s degree and two Graduate diplomas from Massey University in New Zealand. He is married to Lee Chadderton.

ANDREW FERGUSON - MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

Andrew entered the world of education as a teacher of outdoor education. This helped to shape his philosophy that learning is an expedition, and that experiential education and learning by doing and through inquiry are essential. His 22-year career in education has taken him, as a teacher and administrator, to California, Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles (where he met his Trinidadian wife, Ingrid), Trinidad and Tobago, Indonesia, Egypt, and now South Africa. He believes deeply in the mission of schools to teach ethical, compassionate and thoughtful behavior while preparing students to help shape their world, and make a difference to those around them. He is passionate about working with Middle School students, who he sees as enthusiastic, inquisitive, and a lot of fun to be around.

Andrew enjoys outdoor recreation, SCUBA diving, cooking, music, traveling, and exercising. Spending time with family provides him with balance, and his two daughters, Maia and Sophie keep him on his toes.

BEN HART - ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

Ben joined AISJ as the Johannesburg Campus Elementary Principal in August, 2013. Prior to moving to South Africa, Ben was the Assistant Principal of the Lower Primary at Hong Kong International School, where he worked for nine years. Ben has experience leading and teaching in Elementary through Middle School.

Ben has had extensive experience in education through schools in Europe, Australasia, Asia and Africa. During this time, he has developed a passion for literacy instruction, curriculum development and educational leadership. He has a Bachelor of Education Degree from Waikato University, New Zealand and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership through the University of Queensland, Australia.

Ben is joined by his wife, Mary-Jane, who is currently the Admissions Coordinator at AISJ. They have three children Jonty, Gabriella, and Harry.

ROBERT EVANS - DIRECTOR OF TEACHING & LEARNING

Robert has served as a principal in every division from early childhood through high school at schools internationally and in the United States.

Robert joins us from The American Community School at Beirut where he was the High School Principal. He has also served as the PK-10 Principal and later Secondary School Principal at The American International School of Egypt, West Campus in Cairo, the Elementary Principal at The American International School in Abu Dhabi, and the Principal at West Ashley Intermediate School in Charleston, South Carolina.

Robert has taught middle school, high school, and undergraduate courses—and worked as a camp counsellor for 13 summers. He holds a doctorate in School Leadership and Supervision from the University of Virginia with his dissertation focused on Cognitive Coaching, an M.Ed. in Health Education from Temple University, and a B.A.E. in Secondary Education: History from Arizona State University.

As Director of Teaching and Learning, he leads a team of instructional coaches who work with 157 teaching staff from PK through grade 12 across two campuses to support teachers in improving their practices. Robert coordinates staff development and professional learning at AISJ through onsite based training and through a partnership with external consultants and AISA.

He is joined by his wife Kim, who is South African, and two young daughters, Reagan and Katelyn. 

GEOFFREY SMITH – JOHANNESBURG HS PRINCIPAL

Geoff is in his 35th year in education and 25th year as a school administrator. He has worked internationally at Lincoln Community School in Ghana (5 years as a HS Principal), Jakarta International School (11 years as a Middle School Principal, 4 years as a MS Vice Principal), American International School of Israel (4 years as a HS Vice Principal), and the American Embassy School in New Delhi (3 years as a Technology Coordinator).  He began his teaching career in the state of Vermont.  He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is married to Rhona who is the MS Librarian. They have two sons who are graduates of Jakarta International School and of Universities in the US.

RACHEL CALDWELL - PRETORIA CAMPUS PRINCIPAL

Prior to joining AISJ’s Pretoria Campus as Principal in July 2013, Rachel worked as Head of Primary/Deputy Head of School in a large international school in Guangzhou, China. Previously, Rachel was Principal of The International School of Milan’s Monza Section; a K-8 campus similar in organization to our own in Pretoria.

Rachel has a BA Combined Honours: English Literature and Drama (London, UK), Post Graduate Certificate of Education (London, UK), MA: International Leadership and Change (Hong Kong).

Her career began over 25 years ago in inner city London. After 2 years she moved into international education, working first in The Dominican Republic (where she met and married her Italian husband) and then Turkey, where their son Max, was born. The family relocated to Italy in 2000 where Rachel worked initially as Dean of Lower School at the International School of Turin. 

Rachel is an experienced practitioner having taught from the Early Years through to Middle School in a wide range of roles including classroom teacher, specialist ELL teacher, Language and Curriculum Coordinator, Campus Coordinator and IB PYP Coordinator. Rachel enjoyed a long period as a very active workshop leader, school visitor and field representative for the International Baccalaureate, and presented in school, in cooperation and regional workshops throughout Europe, Africa, The Middle East and Asia.

Rachel loves to travel, read, eat her husband’s wonderful cooking and enjoy the company of family, friends and her dogs.

SHANE MCLAREN - DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

With no degrees or qualification to his name Shane attributes his success to many mistakes and lots of hard work.

He has always been an avid gardener and environmentalist and has spent most of his life within this framework, originally starting as the grounds and landscape manager at AISJ in 2011.  Shane has a keen understanding of process, systems implementation and project management through experience gained at a military vehicle manufacturing plant and thereafter through cellular and airtime logistics and distribution.

Shane is confident and excited to head up the operations departments and participate in the continued growth and development of AISJ.

He has two daughters Morgan and Tyra.

Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.


Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.


Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.

Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.


Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.


Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.


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