MYP Principal (Grades 6-9)
Chris is originally from Ottawa, Ontario; it is the nation's capital and like Chris is very much a city of doers. After 22 years and 3 different international schools in beautiful Venezuela Chris his wife Ama (K5 teacher) and two teenage boys (Brandon and Dion) decided it was time for a change. Both Chris and Ama were impressed with the school (the knowledgeable staff, the well-resourced classrooms, the respectful children, and the welcoming parents and atmosphere of ISNS) when they visited in October of 2018. All four of them are extremely pleased to be joining the Phoenix community.
Chris studied Outdoor Adventure Leadership at Laurentian University. This unique experience allowed Chris to work in many different careers such as: white water guide, skiing and snowboarding instructor, biking, hiking and backcountry guide for several years before returning to school for his BEd at Queen’s University. He jumped at the opportunity to teach overseas and went to Venezuela for his first international teaching experience. He has taught many subjects over the years and held many roles but has a very strong background in physical & health education and school leadership. He believes in both lifelong learning and sharing what he has learned and is proud of both his Master’s in Athletic Administration, his International School Leadership Certificate and the many presentations and workshops he has given in education and leadership over the years.
Chris is a passionate, caring, and dedicated leader; he believes strongly in having balance or harmony in his life. He strives to be the best he can at everything: being a father, husband, leader, educator, coach, friend, athlete, mentor etc. while trying to enjoy both work and play, planning and preparing for the future while trying to travel and experience life at its fullest along the way. Chris hopes that his passions and "joi de vie" are contagious and that can enrich the lives of those around him. Chris is especially excited to be working in an IB school with a Canadian curriculum, he believes this aligns well with his personal/educational philosophies and will offer the best education for his own children. Chris and his family are looking forward to meeting you and he would love to have a Conversation with you about ISNS’s Caring, Creative and Connected Community!