Leadership Team


BRENDA J. WILLIAMSON

Head of School

Dr. Brenda

  • Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Doctorate in Education Administration, Bethel University
  • Master’s Degree in Teaching, Columbia International University
  • Graduate Certificate in Theology, Columbia International University,
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Central Connecticut State University
  • K-12 Educational Administrator License, State of Minnesota, USA

Areas of expertise:

  • Active WASC Visiting Committee Member
  • Policy development
  • Active coaching, goal-setting and development of school leaders
  • Cognitive Coaching, WIDA, IB Continuum, CIE, IGCSE
  • Leadership for curriculum alignment
  • Implementation of 21st Century Learning Skills (Approaches to Learning) and Professional Learning Communities
  • Recruitment, hiring, and orientation of teachers
  • Outstanding Professional Development strategic planning and presentation skills

Select Achievements

  • Data Driven and results-oriented leadership:

IBDP Scores 2019 average: 35; highest earned: 45 (highest possible)
IBDP Scores 2018 average: 35; highest earned: 45 (highest possible)

  • Response To Intervention 2017-18 High School Reading Levels: below grade-level readers raised to grade level: 43%
  • Advancement of Inclusive and Special Needs education to serve 40% more identified students
  • Publication: Williamson, B. (2010) The Influence of Neurocognitive Professional Development on Teacher Self-Reported Constructivist Teaching Practices

Professional Experience:

  • Director of Academic Affairs (Chief Academic Officer, International School), Grades K-12, Taejeon Christian International School (IB Continuum school), Daejeon, South Korea (2017-2019)
  • Academic Principal (Chief Academic Officer, International School), Grades K-12, Sekolah Pelita Harapan Kemang Village (IB DP program; Cambridge Primary, Secondary, and IGCSE), Jakarta, Indonesia (2012-2017)
  • Primary Department Chair (International University Administrator and Lecturer in Teacher Education), Universitas Pelita Harapan
    Jakarta, Indonesia (2011-2012)
  • Principal (Elementary/Primary Principal), K-6 (American Curriculum), Northlake School, Covington, Louisiana (2008-2011)
  • Director of Curriculum K-12 Charis National Academy Malang, Indonesia (2005-2008)
  • Teacher, Upper Elementary, Palmetto Academy; Mt. Pleasant, SC (2001-2005)
  • Teacher, Upper Elementary, Charleston County School District; Charleston, SC (2000-2001)
  • Teacher, Middle School Math, Richland District One; Columbia, SC (1996-1998)

Years of Experience: Nearly 25 years experience as classroom teacher and school administrator


PETER EMBLETON

CIS Secondary Principal, Grades 7 - 12

Mr. Peter

Degrees:

  • Masters of Education, Organization Studies, University of Ottawa, 2001 - 2006
  • Bachelor of Education, Secondary Science, St. Francis Xavier University, 1982 – 1983
  • Bachelor of Science Chemistry, St. Francis Xavier University, 1978 - 1982

Working experience:

  • High School Principal, Village School Guatemala, Common Core, Project-Based Learning and Advanced Placement, 2018 - present
  • Maple Leaf Educational Systems, British Columbia Curriculum

- Principal, Maple Leaf International School Tianjin-TEDA, China, 2016 – 2018

  • Ottawa Catholic School Board, Ontario Curriculum

- St. Nicholas Adult High School, 2014 - 2016 

- Vice-Principal Grades 7 – 12, Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School, 2009 – 2014

- Vice-Principal Grades 7 to 12, St. Matthew Catholic High School, 2004 - 2009

- Vice-Principal Grades 7 to 12, St. Paul Catholic High School, 2000 - 2004

  • Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

- Department Head Science Grades 9 –12, St. Marguerite d’Youville Secondary School, 1995 - 2000

- Science Teacher Grades 9 - 12, Father Michael Goetz Secondary School, 1987 - 1995

- Vice-Principal/Principal, Continuing Education Summer School, 1996 - 2000

  • Exploits Valley – Green Bay Catholic School Board

- Science/Math Teacher Grades 8 – 12, St. Michael Regional High School, 1983 - 1987


JOANNE VALERE-MEREDITH

CIS Elementary Principal, Grades K - 6

Ms. Joanne
- Master of Education, Educational Administration, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, 1995
- Bachelor of Education, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario,1986
- Bachelor of Arts, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, 1986 
- Site Administrator and Principal of International Schools
- Supervisory Officer Certificate, 2003
- Principal's Qualifications,1995,1996
- ELL Part 1,1986, ELL Part 2, 1995
- Ottawa Citizen Literacy Foundation Award, 2003
Teaching Experience: 11 years
Administrative Experience: 22 years


MARK BELL

CIS Elementary Vice Principal, Grades K - 6

Mr. Mark
- Master of Education, Teaching and Learning, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, 2012
- Master of Divinity, University of Toronto, 1989
- Bachelor of Sacred Theology, St. Paul University, Ontario, 1989
- Bachelor of Education, University of Toronto, 1988
- Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto, 1982
- Principal Qualifications, 1997, 1998
Teaching Experience: 25 years
Administrative Experience: 7 years