Ms. Caldwell was one of many candidates applying for the position from around the world. In addition to her teaching certification in Multiculturalism, Rachel holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Change, as well as an IB Certificate in Leadership Practice, the latter both from the Hong Kong Institute of Education.
Ms. Caldwell comes to PSI with a wealth of experience from 7 schools in 6 different countries over her 27 years in the field of education. Most notably, she has been the Principal of the Pretoria Campus of the American International School of Johannesburg, South Africa; the Deputy Head of School / Head of Primary at Utahloy International School in Guangzhou, China; the School Principal at the International School of Milan- Monza Section; and the Dean of Elementary School and PYP Coordinator at the International School of Turin, Italy.
Joining PSI with experience in workshop leading, guiding schools through authorisation and accreditation processes, strategic planning, fiscal responsibility and oversight, Board and Governance Committee participation, Rachel also remains very passionate about teaching.
In a series of interviews held on the PSI campus with Board members, teachers, students and parents, Ms. Caldwell demonstrated strong communication skills, a clear vision for 21st century learning, and a deep understanding of the IB curriculum.
Ms. Caldwell will replace our current Director, Mr. John Burns, who has been at PSI for five years. Rachel will be arriving at a very exciting time for PSI: less than a year beyond the completion of its campus building project, a visit from the synchronised CIS / NEASC / IB accreditation visiting team, and the launch of the school’s new five-year strategic plan.
The School Board and the PSI administration will be working to ensure a smooth transition for this important role over the next twelve months. We look forward to welcoming Ms. Caldwell to the PSI community in August 2018.