Board of Trustees

School Organization

ASH is divided into three schools, Elementary School from Preschool to Grade 4, Middle School from Grade 5 to Grade 8, and High School from Grade 9 to Grade 12. Each of the schools have their own support services, specialist staff, and libraries, but these are also integrated across all schools to ensure the highest possible standards.
We have one primary goal: to ensure that our students make the maximum learning progress during their time at ASH. The expertise of our teachers, and the relationships they have with our students, are key. The School Board, the Leadership Team, and our Support Staff exist to make sure our teachers have the resources they need to work effectively with the students.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of the American School of The Hague is responsible for the long-term educational and financial health of the school. The committee is composed of thirteen members who serve three-year terms. When a vacancy arises, the Board asks parents to nominate themselves or others for membership. The Nominating Committee, consisting of two Board members and three parents, interviews all candidates. The prospective candidate then comes before the full committee for an interview. Once a candidate is selected, his or her name is communicated to the parent body. If there are no objections, the nominee can begin his or her term. Objections must take the form of a petition with twenty-five or more signatures, after which an election is held. 
Much of the work of the Board of Trustees is done in our four standing committees. They are the Trustees, Finance and Facilities, Nominating, and Strategic Planning Committee. Members serve three-year terms.

Board of Trustees and Officers

  • Matthew Bott - Chair
  • Marie-Christine Schroeder - Vice Chair
  • Jennifer Bartsch
  • Neal Costello
  • Emir Deldag
  • Bob Drake
  • Sivaram Gollakota
  • Bernhard Hufenbach
  • Joy Marino
  • Masha Novikova
  • Eric Strom

Interested in Joining our Meetings?

Interest in joining the Board of Trustees is usually high among parents. The outstanding level of educational and professional achievement among ASH parents ensures that our Board includes members from the business, scientific, engineering, and educational fields. Further, a cross section of nationalities ensures that the diverse population of our school is well represented, with a minimum of four members being American.

The Board holds open meetings several times per year, in the High School Room 1.45/1.46 at 19:00. All members of the American School community are invited to attend. Open Session Board minutes and agendas are posted on the Board link of the ASH website. The Board also posts notices in the weekly school newsletter, the Flash.


ASH has an exceptionally dedicated and knowledgeable faculty. With its excellent reputation and attractive location in the Netherlands, ASH has been able to recruit quality teachers with a wide range of nationalities and educational backgrounds.
The majority of our teachers come from the US, but we have teachers from many countries, including the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. We also have teachers from The Netherlands, especially teaching Dutch and physical education. More than 80 percent of our teachers have Master's degrees and more than 30 of our teachers have been at ASH for more than fifteen years.
ASH believes in developing teachers, and has an active professional development program for faculty members. All teachers have an annual professional development plan in which they identify their own learning aims. Professional development activities include working with consultants who come to campus, internet courses, conference attendance, and, what teachers clearly indicate as the best learning opportunity, working with colleagues.

List of 11 members.

  • Jennifer Bartsch 

  • Matthew Bott 

  • Neal Costello 

  • Emir Deldag 

  • Bob Drake 

  • Sivaram Gollakota 

  • Bernhard Hufenbach 

  • Joy Marino 

  • Masha Novikova 

  • Marie-Christine Schroeder-van Waes 

  • Eric Strom 

University preparatory program for ages 3-18. Fully accredited by the Council of International Schools and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

American School of The Hague