Christine Blackburn, in her role of Middle School Principal, is committed to meeting the social, emotional, and academic needs of Middle School students. Christine is a Third Culture Kid (TCK) herself, which allows her to understand and advocate for the unique needs of TCKs. Christine’s children are second generation TCKs, which enables her to have a parent perspective for these particular needs, as well. As a student, she lived in the U.S., India, The Netherlands and Sudan. Christine earned her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Texas and her Master of Education from the University of Houston. She has worked in education in both inner city and rural U.S. schools as well as international schools in Tunisia, Russia, Qatar, and Jordan. Christine is honored to have returned to her alma mater to work with Middle School students and their families.
Arnoud Hirs is the Human Resources Manager at the American School of The Hague. He has worked in various HR roles for several international companies including Shell, IKEA and ASH, where he worked as HR officer for several years prior to joining IKEA. Together with the rest of the Human Resources team he is committed to enabling all ASH staff to perform at an excellent level. Arnoud holds a degree in Human Resources Management from The Hague University of Applied Sciences.
Kili Lay is the Director of Curriculum and Staff Development at American School of The Hague. She is passionate about school improvement through the use of data and regularly participates in international school accreditations to validate a schools’ commitment to its mission, vision and school standards through CIS and MSA. She is a current member of the ECIS Curriculum and Assessment Committee and works to bring best practices in curriculum development and assessment to international schools. Kili holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Bucknell University and a Master's degree in International Educational Leadership from Lehigh University.
Originally from the USA, Dr. Lowe has spent 20 years in international education in Asia, including Kyrgyzstan, Japan and Hong Kong. Immediately before joining American School of the Hague (ASH) he was the school Director at Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) and previous to that he worked at Hong Kong International School (HKIS) as a teacher and administrator. Dr. Lowe holds a Bachelor's degree in English, a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics - Teaching English as a Second Language, a Master's degree in Library and Information Science, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.
In his over 22 years as a principal and 11 years as principal of American School of the Hague (ASH), Tim Messick has focused on fostering a collaborative “we” mentality within staff, students, and parents. With a leadership style described by colleagues as resilient, empathetic, and patient, he helmed the transition from one to two campuses when ASH created a self-contained special education program for high needs students, while still fostering a sense of cohesion and school identity. This new special education program, along with the opening of an Early Childhood Center, means that ASH is now a truly inclusive school. Under his leadership, the elementary school has experienced an increase in standardized testing across all curricula, with fall 2016 MAP data showing elementary students performing above U.S. and international standards. Tim has taken the lead in rolling out a special fourth-grade leadership curriculum, which he instructs, providing individualized mentorship to students, resulting in positive feedback from students, teachers and parents. Promoting teacher swap programs, regular peer visitations to classroom and and instilling a collaborate spirit within the division, he helps grow empathy and a strong culture of professional development among instructors. During the summer, he serves as an adjunct professor with Trenton College as part of their summer abroad program for post-graduate students. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science from Concordia University, a Master of Education from University of Oregon-Eugene, a Certificate of Advanced International School Leadership from Principals’ Training Center, and an Educational Leadership Certificate from The College of New Jersey.
Dutch native Ton Ravensbergen is the Business Manager at American School of The Hague (ASH). Prior to joining ASH in May 2002, Ton held several international finance positions with the Royal Dutch Airline, KLM. He also served as the Chief Financial Officer for an international airline component manufacturing and maintenance company for three years. Ton holds a degree in Economics from the University of The Hague.
Joanne Reykdal is delighted to be a member of the ASH community this year. She has been an educator for 38 years with international experience as a High School chemistry and maths teacher at the Jakarta International School, the Singapore American School, and Cairo American College where she was also the IB Coordinator. She entered her administrative career as a High School Principal at the American School of Kuwait for 3 years followed by a K-12 Principalship at the American Overseas School of Rome for 4 years. Her most recent administrative position was at the American School of Madrid where she was a Middle/High School Principal for 7 years, and as enrollment increased, a High School Principal for 6 years. In all of these positions, she has sought to focus on developing curricular and co-curricular programs to ensure that students can achieve their goals and become educated world citizens. Ms. Reykdal looks forward to working with the ASH community this year to make this academic year a positive educational experience for all ASH High School students and their parents.
Franne's career spans education, research, and sustainable development. She brings a track record in operational leadership and institutional advancement, including strategic communications, marketing and admissions management, alumni engagement, and resource development. She comes to ASH from Keystone Academy in Beijing, where she served on its Marketing Communications team. Between 2010 and 2016, Franne was part of a Johns Hopkins University faculty team conducting public health research in rural Zimbabwe. She has also contributed to the development of sustainable growth programs for Catholic Relief Services in the US, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Franne holds a Master's Degree in Linguistics from KUL (BC), and post graduate certificates in International Marketing from the American University in Cairo and in Business Leadership from Cornell University. Franne is a certified K-12 educational media specialist and National Geographic educator.
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