Principal and Senior Leadership - Greenfield Community School

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Greenfield Community School provides a high quality, creative and challenging international education, based on the International Baccalaureate Philosophy. We foster within each student, staff member and community member an enduring passion for learning and empowering each individual to become a caring global citizen.

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  • 1. Principal and Senior LeadershipPrincipal, Andrew WoodPrincipal's Welcome Letter August 2014Andrew Wood is an experienced internationalschool Head with a postgraduate qualification inEducation with experience both of the UK andInternational Baccalaureate curricula. He readfor a BA (Hons) and a HDE at the University ofCape Town, South Africa, majoring in English andGeography. He holds a Post-Graduate Diploma inSchool Leadrship from Henley College. Prior tojoining Greenfield he was the Principal of theInternational School of Hout Bay, where he tookthe school through its InternationalBaccalaureate authorization process, oversaw the construction of a new campus, growing theenrolments and lead the young school to produce Diploma Programme results that were above theworld average. He has worked as a consultant advising candidate schools through their IB authorizationprocess. A keen mountaineer, Andrew has been on expeditions to North and South America, Australia,the Alps and the UK. He has run outdoor education programmes and Duke of Edinburgh Awards forlarge numbers of pupils and created leadership training programmes for senior pupils.A volunteer leader of the local mountain rescue team provided extraordinary opportunities for him towork with teams and people in situations that require clear leadership, with many of the principlesrelevant to school leadership.Vice Principal - Mr. Richard DrewRichard was educated in Nottingham, UK before gaining his B Ed from theUniversity of Bedfordshire. He has held a full range of teaching positionsin pastoral and curriculum roles during his 25 year career as a PhysicalEducation specialist as well as playing 1st class Rugby for Bedford in theEnglish Premier league. In 1997 he completed his MSc at LoughboroughUniversity, UK and then his NPQH in 2006. In 2009 he took up the post ofSenior Lead Advisor for Taaleem Edison Learning in Abu Dhabi and wasrecognized by the Abu Dhabi Council as leading the most improved oysschool as part of the PPP project. Richard joined GCS in 2012 as DeputyHead of Secondary and became Vice Principal in January 2014.

2. Head of Primary Years Programme - Mrs. Bridget JustenPrior to joining Greenfield Community School as the Headof Primary in 2012, Ms. Justen earned her Bahelors,Masters, and Educational Specialist degrees at theUniversity of Colorado, Boulder/Denver. Her career ineducation has included being an elementary teacher,Junior High Dean of Students, and an ElementaryAssistant Principal and Principal. Upon moving toGermany, Mrs. Justen served on the Munich InternationalSchool Board of Education and later as the Principal ofthe Junior School. In 1999, she became a Site Visitor andConsultant for the International Baccalaureate. Mrs.Justen has served in these roles for several schools in theUnited States, Europe, Canada, Asia and the Middle East.She has participated in IB/ CIS re-accreditation and NEASCschool accreditation visits and has served as a member ofthe IBPYP North American Report Reading Committeeand the IBPYP Administrator Committee.Head of Secondary Programme - Mr Ole SealeyMr Sealey is a vastly experienced IB educator. After graduating from theUniversity of Alberta in 1999, his teaching career started in the year 2000 asa secondary level History, Geography, and PE teacher in Mississauga,Canada. In 2004 he secured his Masters Degree from Melbourne University,specializing in curriculum development and assessment. Mr Sealey went onto spend two years working as an MYP Humanities teacher in Hong Konguntil 2007 when he returned to Canada, where he spent 5 years working asan MYP Coordinator, MYP and DP History Teacher, and Middle School vicePrincipal. During that time he also became a workshop leader andcurriculum development officer for the MYP and served as the chair of the MYP section of the BritishColumbia Association of IB World Schools. Mr Sealey joined Greenfield Community School in August2012.--www.gcschool.ae