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Important Announcement

Mr. Cameron Fox, Head of School

Dear members of the AIS community,

I am pleased to inform you that after a comprehensive and extensive search process, a formal offer to become the next Head of School at AIS has been made, and accepted. Anita Simpson will join AIS on 1 August 2019,  assuming the role of Head of School on an initial 3-year contract.

Anita was a standout candidate throughout the entire search process. Our conversations during the initial interview stage were engaging, rich and illuminating. Anita is a proven educational leader, award-winning innovator, and experienced international educator. She has worked extensively in international education with the renowned Dr. Michael Fullan as the Canadian Cluster Leader for New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL), a global learning lab that involved students and teachers in seven countries around the world including Finland, Uruguay, The Netherlands, USA, Australia, and New Zealand. During her recent school visit, Anita met with all stakeholder groups, including students from across the school. Anita impressed everyone with her passion for teaching and learning. She exuded the confidence of an experienced educational leader and left parents and teachers feeling excited and inspired by her vision for AIS. Anita Simpson is simply an outstanding choice for the next Head of School.

In the months ahead I will be working closely with Anita as we prepare to welcome her to Hong Kong. I am looking forward to sharing our school’s story and helping Anita understand more about the work we do now, as well as the ambitious vision we are setting for the future. In the meantime, I want to thank the AIS parents who volunteered their time to participate in the candidate review panel, as well as the teachers and students from across the school who met with our two finalists on their recent school visits. Both candidates left AIS deeply impressed by the strength of the community here. I am very grateful to everyone who assisted throughout this process. Your counsel, your insights and your comments were incredibly valuable to the decision-making process. As a community, we can now look forward with great excitement to the next stage of our school’s journey.

Sincerely,


Mr. Cameron Fox
Head of School

My sincerest thanks to the American International School of Hong Kong students, parents, faculty, and staff for selecting me as your new Head of School. It was a privilege to meet so many of you during my recent site visit, and I am truly looking forward to joining this wonderful learning community. Your warm welcome and overwhelming kindness made my introduction to AIS and Hong Kong incredibly inspiring.  

As your next Head of School, I am committed to honoring AIS’s rich heritage, to celebrating its many successes, and to co-creating our preferred future. I am confident that we will do great things together, on behalf of the students we serve, and I eagerly await the opportunity to join you in the fall of 2019, as we join forces to achieve our ambitious vision.

Until then, I wish you and yours all the very best.

Sincerely,

Anita Simpson

Anita Simpson – Biography

Anita is a proven educational leader, award-winning innovator, and experienced international educator. She has been a Superintendent, Head of School, and Principal for over 15 years in schools from K-12, each offering a wide range of curricula and programs including AP, IB, American and Canadian curricula. Her work as a Superintendent of Program and Innovation included the development, implementation, and supervision of curricula from K-12 for 104 schools and over 51,000 students in a large district in Canada.

Anita brings a rich skill-set, and, most important, an unwavering commitment to students and what is best for their learning and well-being to everything she does. Building positive relationships is the foundation of her leadership style, and her ability to make a difference has been continuously acknowledged throughout her career. The programs she has introduced and districts she has led have been featured in fourteen leading educational publications between 2015 and 2018. She is especially honoured to have been selected amongst all educators across Ontario, Canada to receive the ORION Leadership Award for Innovation in Education, K-12, in 2017. Her experience with creating opportunities for student-driven inquiry, leveraging technology, transforming learning spaces, and for developing future-fluent, global, digital citizens has been the focus of her leadership and is perfectly aligned with AIS’s mission and vision. She is passionate about ensuring that students are prepared for a bright future and inspired by the possibilities.

Prior to moving to Dubai, where she has been leading the amalgamation of two elementary schools in a new, purpose-built campus, she worked extensively in international education with Dr. Michael Fullan, as Canadian Cluster Lead for New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL), a global learning lab involving seven countries from around the world, including Finland, Uruguay, The Netherlands, USA, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.

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