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


MELISSA SUSAN O'LEARY

CIS Secondary Principal, Grades 9-12

Ms. Melissa

  • Bachelor of Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, 2007
  • Master of Arts, Criminology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, 2000
  • Baccalaureate in Social Science, Honours, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, 1996
  • Principal’s Qualifications, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, 2015, 2016
  • Ontario College of Teachers Additional Qualifications: Special Education, Part 1 and Part 2, 2008, 2009 and Guidance and Career Education, 2013
  • “Outstanding Teacher Award”, Oxstand International School, Shenzhen, China, 2012, 2013, 2015
  • “Leadership Excellence”, Honorary Credential, Oxstand International School Shenzhen, China, 2016

Teaching and Guidance Experience: 15 years

Administrative Experience: 4 years

CIS Experience: 4 years


JOANNE VALERE-MEREDITH

CIS Elementary Principal, Grades K - 8

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 - 8

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


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