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.

carry-ekeyCarrie Ekey has more than 40 years of experience in education – spanning teaching, curriculum development, literacy coaching and consulting, and professional development.

cathy-ottavianoCathy Ottaviano has lived internationally for 19 years as the spouse of a Head of School, David Ottaviano.

chris-mottChris is the current Athletic and Activities Director and a member of the Senior Leadership Team at GEMS American Academy, Abu Dhabi.

david-cobbDavid Cobb retired in 2011 from being the Executive Director of CEESA after nineteen years of stewardship.

David-Gleason2Dr. David Gleason is a clinical psychologist with over 25 years of providing counseling, consulting and neuropsychological assessment services within independent schools.

david-ottavianoDavid A. Ottaviano, Ed.D. is a Senior Consultant at Triangle Associates.

Elizabeth-ImendeElizabeth Imende-Cooney is founder and director of Advancing Educators, a design firm that guides and supports high-quality teaching in schools. She earned her B.A. in English from Wake Forest University and her Ed.M in Teaching & Learning and Adult Development from Harvard University.

erma-andersonErma Anderson is a former high school physics and mathematics teacher and Albert Einstein Distinguished Fellow in the United States Senate.

Ewan-McIntosh2Ewan McIntosh is the founder of NoTosh Limited, a Scotland and Australia-basedcompany with  a global reputation for researching and delivering new learning opportunities for some of the world’s top creative companies and school districts.

Fran-ProlmanThe founder, president and senior consultant of The Learning Colalborative21, Fran Prolman is an internationally recognized teacher, administrator, author, consultant and keynote speaker.  She is known for her depth of knowledge, dynamism, energy, practical application and proven track record of results.

Graham-RangerGraham Ranger is Director of School Support & Evaluation at The Council of International Schools (CIS), where he has overall responsibility for the evaluation and accreditation of CIS member schools, around 450 of which are accredited or in the process of accreditation.

Heidi-Hayes-JacobsDr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Executive Director of the Curriculum Mapping Institute and President of Curriculum Designers, Inc., is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of curriculum and instruction having consulted  nationally and internationally on issues and practices pertaining to:  curriculum mapping, dynamic instruction,  and  21st century strategic planning.

jane-larssonJane Larsson is the Executive Director of the Council of International Schools (CIS), a membership community of over 650 schools and 500 universities and colleges working collaboratively for the continuous improvement of international education.

jim-matterJim has been an International Athletics Director for 20 years in a variety of settings.  For the past fifteen years, he has been the Athletic Director at the American School of Warsaw.

joe-barderJoseph Barder is the current ICT Coordinator at the International School of Helsinki where he is engaged in both the technical and educational sides of implementing technology in a variety ways at school.

kenny-macaulayKenny is the Director of Athletics and Activities at the American Community School of Abu Dhabi and part of the ACS Leadership Team.

matt-flemingMatt Fleming is currently the Athletic Director at the American International School of Budapest, Hungary since 2008.

Michael-FurdykMichael Furdyk is the Co-founder of TakingITGlobal (, which provides innovative global education programs that empower youth to understand and act on the world's greatest challenges.

Peggy-PelonisPeggy Pelonis, a transnational psychologist and educator, is Dean of Student Affairs at the American Community Schools (ACS) of Athens (Greece), and founder of the ISOS Counseling and Education Center (Athens, Greece).

rick-nelsonRick Nelson is the Manager of Safety and Prevention for the International School Bangkok.  Rick brings extensive experience working internationally with school and experiential education programs.

Shannon-StantonShannon Stanton is currently the proud principal of Alki Elementary School in Seattle, Washington.