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 twenty-third 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 an eighteen-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.

AMY PARISH - PRETORIA CAMPUS PRINCIPAL

Amy joined AISJ as the Pretoria Campus principal in August, 2018. Amy was previously the Elementary School Principal at the American International School of Cape Town and the Director of the American School of Antananarivo in Madagascar. She taught middle and high school global studies for ten years in the U.S. and abroad. Amy completed a Fulbright Teacher Exchange in South Africa and has served as a Board Member of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA). She holds an Ed.D in Education Leadership, a MA in Educational Administration, a BS in History and Secondary Education, and BA in African Languages and Literature.  Amy’s interests include experiencing different cultures and spending time in nature. She and her husband Brian enjoy learning about people and spending as much time outdoors as possible. 

TEBATSO MOGALE - DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Tebatso Mogale holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and an MSc in Environment and Development from the University of Manchester in the UK, as a Nelson Mandela Scholar.

Her career started as an in-service trainee at the Caltex Refinery in Milnerton-Cape Town. Tebatso then joined Unilever in Durban as a management trainee and spent 5 years in various positions such as a Product & Packaging Technologist, Production Unit Manager and a role in Corporate Safety, Health and Environment. 

She has also served as a Deputy Director-Cleaner Production at the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. Tebatso served as Senior Manager: Sustainability Research and Development at the Eskom Research and Innovation Centre for over 10-years, where she was responsible for the management and development of research within the Sustainability Sciences portfolio which includes: Renewable Energy, Air Quality, Climate Change, Health and Safety, Water Resources and Chemistry.  

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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