Dr. Eric Sands
Dr. Sands is an experienced strategic education administration leader with 23 years’ experience in 6 international schools, across 4 continents. He has set and implemented strong strategic plans, designed and built educational models, and been instrumental as an accreditation officer for his schools. The foundation for his experience, is a Doctorate of Philosophy Education Administration from the University of South Carolina, USA.
Dr. Sands joined Stamford following a 4-year term as Director of the Qatar Academy in Doha, Qatar. During his time there, he was responsible for the development of their Middle School educational model which also included working with Qatar Foundation Capital Projects on the design of their new purpose built Middle School construction. Eric spearheaded the 5-year strategic plan, and reaccreditation process for the Institution from Council of International Schools, International Baccalaureate Organization and National Educational Association of Schools and Colleges.
Prior to his time in Qatar, he served as Director of the International School of Belgrade in Belgrade, Serbia. There he led two consecutive 5-Year strategic plans and worked with a representative group of constituents in developing a master site plan for the High School campus, which included a significant grant from the US Embassy for security.
His administration experience began with the role of Upper School Principal at Taipei American School, Taipei, Taiwan. He designed the master schedule for High School and led the Upper School in strategic planning, while supervising instructional activities and the co-curricular program.
In addition to his doctorate, he is also a Master’s graduate of Missouri University in Educational Specialist in Educational Administration. His tertiary learning pathway started with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa Studying Arts in Political Science.
Dr. Sands arrived in the fall of 2016 and is accompanied by his wife, Patricia. Together they have 2 adult children, Andrea and Nicholas. Eric is an avid sportsman and has a keen interest in music.
Mr. Andrew Hancock
Mr. Andrew Hancock was appointed Deputy Superintendent of Stamford in 2014. His educational career spans 20 years in six countries and he has administered international schools for the last 10 years.
As Deputy Head-Middle School at Tokyo International School in Japan, Mr. Hancock collaborated with the World Assistance for Cambodia (WAFC) in establishing a school in Cambodia. In addition, but in a different role as Academic Dean, DP & MYP Coordinator at Stamford, he collaborated with WAFC and the Parent Teacher Association to establish a second school in Cambodia.
At Stamford, Mr. Hancock brought the Global Issues Network to our Community, enabling 250 students from 20 schools and 12 different countries to come together to help make the world a better place. He is passionate about empowering students and believes fervently in opening students' minds and hearts to other cultures, customs and different ways of thinking which embodies one of Stamford’s values of international mindedness. He works closely with the school to offer the students a rigorous curriculum that allows them to develop their problem-solving abilities, social/emotional skills, resilient mind-set, and leadership attributes.
Mr. Hancock holds B.A. and B.Ed. degrees from the University of Windsor (Ontario, USA), an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Iowa State University (USA), a certificate from the Principals' Training Center and MBAs from both the Anderson School of Business (UCLA) and the National University of Singapore. Mr. Hancock is married with three children.
Director of Curriculum
Ms. Christine Powell
Ms. Christine Powell has a career spanning over 20 years with international schools in the region that has fuelled her passion for teaching and distilled her professional ability to do so. Ms. Powell takes on this new role to her existing one as International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program Coordinator at Stamford American.
Ms. Powell started her career as a teacher at the American School of Yaounde in Cameroon where she taught Middle and High School English. She then moved onto teaching at the Jakarta International School in Indonesia where she served as the chair of the English Department and played a significant role in developing a school-wide service program, amongst her other responsibilities. Before joining Stamford American, she was the Curriculum Director and Elementary School Principal at the Lincoln School in Kathmandu, Nepal. Here Ms. Powell continued her efforts with faculty development but also strived for constant curriculum improvement while ensuring students gained a holistic education through experiential and service learning.
Ms. Powell’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Masters in Organizational Communication and an Education Administration Certification K-12 from the Washington State University.
Ms. Powell is a mother to two beautiful boys and when not working enjoys running, the outdoors, reading, writing, and cooking for others.
Secondary School Principal
Mr. Stephen Dexter
Mr. Stephen Dexter believes that students learn best when they find ways to apply their learning to the community and demonstrate what they have learned. With 20 years of combined teaching and leadership experience with the Advanced Placement Program and the IB Diploma Program, Steve leads Stamford’s Grade 6 through Grade 12's education program.
He has served as Principal of the Leysin American School in Switzerland and as Visiting Professor on the subject of Leadership Across Cultures, at the Swiss Hotel Management School. Prior to Switzerland, Mr. Dexter served as the Assistant Principal of a large Boston, USA, suburban high school and was awarded Massachusetts Assistant Principal of the Year in 2007.
Mr. Dexter is married to Stephanie, whom he met while serving in the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa the late 1980’s. They have two children, who attend Stamford. Mr. Dexter enjoys the outdoors, bike touring, barbecue and the joy that comes from loving what he does.
Middle School Principal
Ms. Shiela Klein
Ms Shiela believes that students learn best through hands-on experience, quick technological access, essential questions and focus, a spiral curriculum that is transparent and well organized, and with clear learning goals and standards. Each lesson should begin with clear, visible standards so students can see the big picture and know that there are a variety of ways to achieve the standards. Differentiation and student input are also essential.
Although Ms Shiela is energetic, experienced, involved, flexible, knowledgeable, passionate, approachable, and organized, she is also demanding with high expectations for student-centered learning. Because of her background and experience in ELA, EAL, Drama, Social Studies, Math, Science, directing, and coaching, she is a firm believer in the integrated approach to teaching and learning so students make connections from subject to subject and live what they learn. Learning how to ask and answer questions is also essential. As for Reading, she has experience and training in Balanced Literacy, Star Reader, MAP, WIDA, Fountas & Pinnell, AIMSweb, and Accelerated Reader, and she is familiar with the necessity for proper training and follow through so the results inform continued instruction.
Upper Elementary School Principal
Ms. Clare Johnstone
Ms. Clare Johnstone has been with the Upper Elementary teaching team since she joined Stamford and has worked closely with Dr. Guest in a leadership role last year in the development and management of the Upper Elementary Division.
Originally from Australia, Ms. Johnstone has been in education for more than 30 years. She has spent the majority of her education career in the Elementary grade levels. Ms. Johnstone has experience as a literacy and numeracy coach, curriculum coordinator, reading recovery teacher, teacher trainer and educator and head of various educational departments. She is also a certified teacher trainer for Kagan Summer Academy in Florida, which delivers professional development for teachers in using cooperative learning in their classrooms.
Ms. Johnstone enjoys working with children and watching them grow and develop as learners and seeing them happy and excited to come to school each day.
Lower Elementary School Principal
Ms. Elena De La Rosa
Ms. Elena De La Rosa has been part of the American public school system for over 25 years and has spent her whole career working in schools with a high number of English Language Learners. She strongly believes in supporting English Language Learners with a curriculum and strategies that will best meet their needs. She believes in creating a safe and nurturing environment in order for all students to succeed. She strives to create a school culture that is safe, where all members are respectful, responsibility and kind.
Early Years Principal
Mr. Michael Day
Mr. Michael Day has held leadership positions over the last 10 years in a wide variety of schools. Prior to taking up the role as Early Years Principal, Mr. Day was the Deputy Director to the Elementary Principal here at Stamford American. In addition to his experience here at Stamford American, Mr. Day has also worked as Deputy Principal of large P-12 and Elementary schools in Brisbane, Australia and has also been the Teaching Principal of country schools in regional Australia.
He has a Masters of Education, with a focus on Education Management from Northern Territory University in Darwin, Australia and a Graduate Diploma of Teacher with a focus on Pre-Service Primary from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.
Mr. Day is married to Heather, who is an Elementary teacher. They have two young children, who attend Stamford American. Mr. Day enjoys bushwalking, swimming, yoga and scuba diving and exploring new places with his family.
Managing Director - Operations
Mrs. Gwendolene Yeo
Mrs. Yeo is an intrinsically motivated leader with more than 18 years of experience in Business Development and Sales and Marketing in the Medical and Biomedical Sectors and has previously been with Radiology Division at Radlink (Asia) as a Managing Director. She has a Masters in Business Administration in Global Finance from Manchester Business School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts (Mass Communications) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Singapore. Mrs. Yeo joined Stamford in February 2018 and will work closely with various stakeholders to maximize the school’s operational excellence and support the school’s strategic goals towards achieving our new Mission and Vision.
A firm believer in the power of diversity in groups, Mrs. Yeo has a proven track record in assembling diverse and effective teams that drive execution and deliver sustainable operational excellence. As Managing Director of Operations, Mrs. Yeo will be part of the Senior Leadership team which will oversee the cross functional alignment between the different operations teams as well as between the operations and academics, which is key to Stamford’s success. She will also work very closely with Dr. Sands and the Academic and Support leadership teams on the various strategic initiatives the school will be rolling out within the new Strategic Plan.
Mrs. Yeo is a mother to two young children and is excited to become a part of the Education sector which aligns to her personal ethos of connecting her work to her life, to help achieve a greater purpose.
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