7 Questions with Leaders in the Education Sector
Read insights and thoughts on leadership from Leaders in the Education Sector around the world.
Thank you to the amazing leaders in the Education Sector who have answered our 7 questions so far, we hope you find their answers helpful for you in your leadership journey!
7 Questions with David A Wells
Name: Dr. David A. Wells
Current title: Principal and Executive Consultant
Current organisation: GLOBAL School Consulting Group
David and his wife Lois live in the mountains of Ecuador, near the village of Nono, just a few miles from Quito. David devotes his time to consulting for school owners, boards, and executive leaders in international and national schools throughout Latin America, and beyond. David’s experience in educational and organizational leadership spans forty years, and includes serving as the head of schools in Puerto Rico, New York, and Ecuador, as well as management of a not-for-profit social services agency and a real estate group. In addition to consulting, David leads and manages a consulting group of twenty consultants based around the globe.
7 Questions with Timothy Kelley
Name: Timothy Kelley
Current title: Director (Head of School)
Current organisation: International School of Stuttgart
Timothy Kelley, the Director of the International School of Stuttgart, an International Baccalaureate World School, has been an educator for 30 years. Formerly the Head of Ross School in East Hampton New York, Tim has also served as the Headmaster for the Leysin American School in Switzerland. He began his career at the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham Massachusetts (USA) where he was an award-winning teacher and served as Department Chair for both the History and Performing Arts departments. He subsequently became an international educator, visiting schools all over the world as both an advocate for 21st century education, an accreditation officer for the Commission on American and International Schools Abroad, and as the Director of Admissions, prior to his becoming Headmaster, in Leysin.
While at Ross School, Tim was privileged to work with some of the world’s leading educational experts including Howard Gardner and Kurt Fischer. In Switzerland, as a member of the Executive Committee for the Swiss Group of International Schools, he directed conferences and was responsible for in-depth studies of technology integration in the classroom and mother tongue proficiency. Some years ago, Tim was elected to the Board of the Association of German International Schools and currently serves as the Chair of the Board. He is also a member of the Board for the Educational Collaborative for International Schools (formerly the European Council of International Schools.) He is a member of the Academy for International School Heads and is a recipient of a Klingenstein Fellowship on Educational Leadership. Tim has been a speaker and presenter for TAISI (India), AAIE and AGIS conferences. He also frequently presents in schools throughout Europe and for the American Chamber of Commerce in Stuttgart and Atlanta GA. He is a founding member of the Stuttgart International Rotary Club and has worked with the International School of Stuttgart for nearly 12 years.
7 Questions with Nathan Eva
Name: Nathan Eva
Current title: Senior Lecturer
Current organisation: Monash Business School
Dr Nathan Eva is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management at the Monash Business School. His research focuses on changing the conversation with respect to how people lead within organisations, by challenging dominant ego-centric leadership paradigms using the servant leadership framework. His work demonstrates that inclusive approaches to leadership have more profound and lasting effects on follower and organisational in-role and extra-role behaviours, than dominant paradigms of ego-centric leadership.
7 Questions with Cathy Dotson
Name: Cathy Dotson, Ed.D.
Current title: Elementary Principal
Current organisation: Wilmington Christian Academy
Dr. Cathy Dotson has been in education as a teacher and principal for 28 years. She is currently the Elementary Principal at Wilmington Christian Academy in Wilmington, NC. Her degrees include a BS in Elementary Education from Pensacola Christian College, a MS in Educational Leadership from the University of Memphis, and an Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She enjoys teaching, administrating, serving on accreditation teams, and training teachers. Dr. Dotson has been married for 26 years to a high school math teacher.
7 Questions with Marie Gordon
Name: Marie Gordon
Current title: Principal
Current organisation: Hamilton Girls’ High School
Experienced Principal with a demonstrated history of working in the New Zealand Secondary School sector. Skilled in Curriculum Leadership, Pastoral and Guidance, Human Resource Management, Property and Financial Management. Strong education professional with a Master's degree focused in Educational Leadership and Administration, from Massey University.
Principal, Hamilton Girls’ High School - 2013-present
Deputy Principal, Palmerston North Girls’ High - 2002-2012
Assistant Principal-HOS, Middle Manager, Freyberg High School - 1994-2001
Teacher, Dean - Waiopehu College, 1991-1993
7 Questions with Kaye Gillies
Name: Kaye Gillies
Current title: Mrs
Current organisation: Miramar Christian School
It has long been a dream of mine to lead a Christian school. After many years of teaching in secular then Catholic Schools I now have the privilege of leading Miramar Christian School. I am passionate about Christian Education - faith and quality student learning. I take pleasure in watching and supporting students as they gain new knowledge and skills. I have extensive knowledge of teaching and learning and the New Zealand Curriculum. This includes close to 30 years’ classroom teaching experience and 12 years senior management experience. I have taught in a range of schools, city, country, multi-cultural and not, Montessori, state and state-integrated.
I am always looking for ways to expand and grow my knowledge as a teacher and as a leader. As well as listening to audiobooks and podcasts and reading I have gained new insights through professional development and courses e.g. ‘Te Aro Reo Māori’ course and my ‘Masters in Educational Leadership’.
7 Questions with Gareth Schuth
Name: Gareth Schuth
Current title: Headmaster
Current organisation: The Christian School of Grace Baptist Church
Gareth Schuth grew up in upstate New York near Rochester, NY, attending a mid-size high school and determined to teach instrumental music to high school students. Earning a B.S. in Music Education from Messiah College (now Messiah University in Grantham, PA) in 2005, he found himself enjoying life coaching volleyball, taking on some varied jobs in and out of education, and getting to know his beautiful wife Annie whom he married in 2007. After a single year of using his degree to teach music to elementary school students, Schuth transitioned to a middle school position at his church's Christian school teaching a broad range of subjects, with a focus on math and science. After 10 years loving the variety of the "jack-of-all-trades" teaching stint, Schuth was hired as the school's headmaster and continues to teach math.
7 Questions with Clark Wight
Name: Clark Wight
Current title: Project Lead: innovation and Transformation
Current organisation: Guildford Grammar School
I have taught from Years 1 -12 in both the US and Australia. I have been Head of Primary at two schools in Perth and a Head of Campus (K - Yr 9) in the US.
7 Questions with Jeff McMaster
Name: Jeff McMaster
Current title: Headmaster
Current organisation: Brazos Christian School
I have been married since 1988 to my beautiful wife, Nora, and we have two children and one grandchild. We met on a Christian school senior trip to Europe, and then attended the same college, Liberty University, where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Christian Thought. I received my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Mission Seminary, and my Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Andrews University.
My experiences include marriage and family counseling in both private and church practice, instructor of counseling in higher education, and - for the last 30 years - serving as a Christian school teacher, guidance counselor, principal, and headmaster, leading Christian schools through meaningful change and growth. I have served in five different Christian schools during that time, with over 20 years at a senior management/leadership level, and I currently serve as the headmaster of Brazos Christian School in Bryan, Texas.
7 Questions with Dave Mullen
Name: Dave Mullen
Current title: Interim Head of School
Current organisation: Wye River Upper School
In my 42 years in education I have served 30 as a Head of School in addition to serving as an Admissions Director, Band Director, Fine Arts Chair, and teacher of music, religion, photography, digital art, and psychology to students grade 4 through adulthood.
7 Questions with Maurie Abraham
Name: Maurie Abraham
Current title: Principal
Current organisation: Hobsonville Point Secondary School
Maurie started his role as Foundation Principal at Hobsonville Point Secondary School in October 2012. Prior to that he was Principal of Opotiki College for 10 years after being Deputy Principal for 10 years. His teaching areas have been in the Social Sciences. Maurie has been involved in leading the implementation of restorative practice within schools and has run workshops on this topic throughout NZ and overseas. This, along with his passion for exploring new ways to engage teachers and students, resulted in Opotiki College achieving the kinds of results equal to those achieved by more economically advantaged schools. The commitment to academic excellence and strong, positive relationships with students is what he brings to his role as Principal. At Hobsonville Point Secondary School he has helped lead the development of an innovative curriculum and pedagogy designed to better prepare today’s young people for their current and future worlds. He is firmly of the view that student wellbeing must be at the heart of all decision-making in a school and that schools must put as much effort into the front end of the New Zealand Curriculum as they do for the back end.
7 Questions with Dannon Stock
Name: Dannon Stock
Current title: elementary principal
Current organisation: Lake Center Christian School
I am a wife and mother of four. I grew up in Northeast Ohio and received my Bachelor's in Special Education before moving out west for 12 years. There I received a Master's degree in education. Upon returning to Ohio I began working at a Christian school and received my Principal's license. This is my fourth year as an administrator.