Celebrating the 25th Annual CEESA Conference is a good opportunity to reflect on the events that brought the association to its current position and think about where it might go in the future.
Alan Conkey, former director at the American International School of Zagreb and the International School of Prague, was one of the founding directors and David Cobb, former director of the American School of Warsaw and Executive Director of CEESA lived through most of the ins and out of CEESA's journey. They will present a short history of the association with the intent of showing how its past shaped its present and prepares it for the future.
Come relive the wild and unforeseen path the region took since the ‘80s or just learn why things are so different from the "good old days".
David Cobb retired in 2011 from being the Executive Director of CEESA after nineteen years of stewardship.
Prior to that he was the director of the American School of Warsaw, administrator in Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He took great pleasure working with the CEESA directors, teachers and students over the years and is currently enjoying life in the slow lane while living in the Bay Islands of Honduras.
After teaching 12 years in Oregon, Alan began his overseas career teaching at the John F. Kennedy Schule in West Berlin in 1980. He then spent the next nineteen years as head of four international school: The American School of Zagreb in Croatia, The International School of Prague, Czech Republic, Academia Cotopaxi in Quito, Ecuador and The American International School of Rotterdam in The Netherlands. He holds a B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Oregon and is A.B.D. from Boston University.
Alan was one of the founding member and president of the Central and Eastern European Schools Association, served on the European Council of International Schools board and on the board of the Academy for International School Heads. He has served as a board consultant to two boards in the UAE.
He was a full-time Senior Governance Consultant with the Council of International Schools (CIS) for seven years, he traveled worldwide presenting On-Site Governance and Partnership Governance Workshops for schools and boards. He then spent one year as Senior Consultant for Leadership Searches for CIS. He also worked with schools on special projects especially in the areas of policy development and leadership.
He is now self-employed with his own consulting firm, Educational Consultants International, and continues to present Board workshops but now on a limited basis. He also assists schools with policy issues and leadership. He serves as a mentor for school heads under the auspices of AAIE and Wilkes University.
When not working, he enjoys time at home in Florida playing golf - lots of golf.