Our Leadership

At ISHCMC we have a dedicated & professional leadership team from all corners of the world, whose role is to help students become the best they can be in all aspects of their lives.

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Adrian Watts

Head of School

P.G.C.E., Loughborough University
B.A. Economics, History and Sociology, Durham University
M.A. Educational Management, Bath University (in progress)
COETAILS Masters, SUNY University (in progress)


  • Deputy Head and Director of Academic studies at New International School of Thailand (NIST) in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 30 years IB experience.
  • Head of Secondary School and Deputy Director at International College of Spain in Madridd
“Having lived and worked internationally for over thirty years my philosophy of education has been strongly influenced by the different schools I have been fortunate to work in. I have learned that it is important for students to be educated and prepared for the challenges of the global society of the twenty-first century through a balanced approach that encompasses both academics and social and emotional student growth. Our fast changing world demands that students are critical thinkers and able to communicate, connect and collaborate effectively with others. Schools need to be producing students who are resilient and creative innovators who will become the entrepreneurs and employers for a sustainable world.”
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Douglas Balzer

Deputy Head of School

Bachelor of Education (Secondary Science), The University of Melbourne
Senior Executive Leadership Training Programme, Associate of Independent School, NSW


  • Assistant Head of Secondary, Administration and Operations at the Australian International School (AIS), Singapore
  • Schools Daily Academic Operations Manager (AIS), Singapore
  • Head of Technology (AIS), Singapore
  • Over 18+ years of international education experience

“After 25+ years in education, it has become obvious that a successful modern school has a unique obligation to not only instill the essential academic knowledge, cultural awareness and global mindset for students to develop, but also prepare them for the wider twenty-first century challenges they are yet to face. My overarching passion as an educator is in the development and guidance of well rounded, socially and emotionally balanced, young persons that are equipped with the academic skill sets, personal attributes and global awareness needed to achieve their dreams and meet their challenges. My hope is that my students not only engage in the wider global community but go on to thrive and be outstanding fervent moral leaders, well beyond the academics time they have spent at school and develop into the best versions of who they can be.”


Will Hurtado

Secondary School Principal (Grades 6-12)

M.Ed. Education Leadership and Management, University of Bath
P.G.C.E.Secondary Education, Brunel University
B.Sc. (Hons) in Environment Science, University of Hertfordshire


  • High School Vice Principal at the American International School of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Dean of Studies at Emirates Internaltional School, Dubai, UAE
  • Head of Humanities at Markham College, Lima, Peru
  • Head of Geography at Westfield Community Technology College, UK
  • Teacher of Geography at Whitmore High School, UK
  • IBDP examiner and workshop leader
“Learning has to happen in students, not to them” - Carol Ann Tomlinson
“ISHCMC has a rich, diverse and culturally heterogenous community. I embrace that this diversity affords us as an educational organisation, license to challenge a one-sit fits all approach to learning. I firmly believe that we must strive to foster ‘student agency’ by empowering students to act in the learning process, whereby learning is the product of both their action and initiative. This involves providing opportunities to bridge the ‘knowing-doing’ gap through personalized learning so that students can activate deep, contextual learning. I am a strong advocate for creating conditions in which students feel safe and have the freedom to learn without fear or barriers. Within this ‘culture of care’, support programmes proactively develop essential skills and dispositions: courage, resilience and grit that serve students well in both their learning and navigating an increasingly complex, social landscape.”

Teresa Foard

Assistant Principal
IB DP Coordinator


M.Ed., The University of Melbourne
B.Ed. - Arts, The University of Melbourne


  • IB DP Coordinator, Vientiane International School, Lao PDR
  • IB DP Asia Pacific Workshop Leader
  • IB CAS/MYP Action & Service Coordinator, Bonn International School, Germany
  • Curriculum Coordinator, ACG, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Head of Humanities, North Westminster Community School, London, UK
  • Humanities Curriculum Coordinator, Princess Hill Secondary College, Melbourne, Australia
  • Lecturer Post Graduate Diploma of Education, The University of Melbourne, Australia
"My 20+ years in education have taught me that building relationships is at the heart of being an effective educator. I am committed to supporting students to identify and pursue their own unique individual passions, talents and pathways. I view my role at ISHCMC as one of enabling students to thrive holistically in our rich and diverse community and to prepare them to better understand and manage the complexities of life in the 21st century."

Simon Scoones

Assistant Principal
IB MYP Coordinator


M.A. in Environment, Development & Policy, Sussex University
P.G.C.E., Sussex University
B.A. (Hon) in Geography, Sussex University


  • MYP Coordinator/Head of Individuals & Societies, Antwerp International School, Belgium
  • Head of Individuals & Societies, NIST International School, Bangkok, Thailand
  • PGCE/’Fast Track’ tutor, Institute of Education/University College London, UK
  • Education Project Manager, Worldaware NGO, UK
  • Head of Humanities, ISS International School, Singapore
  • Beacon Community College, Crowborough, UK
“Despite the profound changes to education (and the world) since I started my career 30 years ago, my priority has always been to be student-centred. For me, learning should be inclusive, active, challenging and fun. The learning environment at ISHCMC clearly fosters a culture of collaboration and innovation amongst colleagues and students to make this happen. I am really excited by the opportunities presented by the new secondary campus to take authentic inquiry-based learning for all of us to a new, higher level.“

Dylan Citrin

Assistant Principal/Well-being Grades 8-10

M.A. Teaching History, Bard College
Bachelor of Politics and Latin American Studies, Bard College
Associates Degree, Hutchinson School of Liberal Studies, Sonoma State University


  • House Leader, Teacher and Instructional Coach, ISHCMC
  • Program Coordinator and Teacher, American School of Milan, Italy
  • Head of Social Studies and Grade-Level Leader, School for Law Government and Justice, New York City, USA
  • History, Woodburn Maximum Security Prison, New York, USA
“I believe in a simple approach to education: celebrate today’s successes and make honest, thoughtful, deliberate action steps to get better tomorrow. Key to that approach is looking at each situation with Carol Dweck’s “growth-mindset” model and emphasizing a positive, “can do” attitude, regardless of the challenge. Student and teacher collaboration is at the heart of creating a culture where people feel safe to take risks with their learning. My goal is to model this by working with students and teachers in classrooms as much as possible. In doing so, I find others see me as a teacher leader who wants to learn from them and with them."

Joanne Smith

Assistant Principal/Well-being Grades 6-7

B.A. Physical Education (Secondary), University of Cumbria
Qualified Teacher Status


  • Learning support, Central Lancaster High school, UK
  • Head of Department for Physical and Health Education, American International School of Kuwait, Kuwaitt
“I believe that it is our role as educators to teach our students to become adaptive thinkers in an ever-changing world. Students now have access to the world at their fingertips. Teaching them the life skills to deal with the information overload of the 21st century will allow them to achieve not only in school but in the real world. I am committed to creating a welcoming, challenging and inspiring environment which encourages students to become develop into individual learners. I view my role at ISHCMC as helping our students to engage in principled reflection to help build a collaborative learning community. It is imperative that we put the students at the heart of every decision and that meaningful relationships are created to empower our young people to be open-minded global citizens.“

Laney Rweyemamu

Projects Coordinator

M.Sc. University of Arkansas
B.Sc. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
English Teaching Credential, Chapman University


  • 22 years in teaching in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the United States
  • Personal Project Coordinator and MYP/DP Literature teacher at The KAUST School, Saudi Arabia
  • IB MYP Personal Project, Interdisciplinary and English Language & Literature Examiner
  • Head of English Department, Mt. Diablo Unified School District, USA
“Focusing on connections and relationships is the cornerstone in any opportunity for growth. Allowing students to make connections between one another, with those around them, and within themselves is what allows for perspectives to be seeded, cultivated and flourish. These perspectives empower students to be adaptable and conscious of the ever-changing needs of society. My role, in conjunction with students, parents, and the school, is to facilitate students in a community of collaboration that allows for a student’s development of confidence and the acquisition and refinement of skill development so they can forge their way in the uncertain world in front of them.”

Dominic Verwey

CAS Coordinator
South African

P.G.C.E. Biology, General Science and Mathematics, University of Cape Town
B.Sc. Physiology and Psychology, University of Cape Town


  • 7 years in High School Education
  • 3 years as a House Leader
“As an educator entering the teaching world not so long ago, on the cusp of a drastic and rapid change in the workplace environment, I realized that our youth are searching for answers to an unpredictable future. They are desperate for those nearby to understand and engage with their needs. Mentoring young people is something I value, with an emphasis on a sustainable approach to a well-balanced and fulfilling life. So when the world changes, we are all ready to change and thrive with it. Following this outlook allows us to grasp a deeper understanding of ourselves and who we are in context, with an ultimate goal of gaining insight into, and showing empathy towards, our fellow humans and the planet as a whole.”

Kate Grant

Primary School Principal (EE2-Grade 5)
New Zealander

Trained Teachers Certificate,Wellington Teacher’s College
B.Ed. Victoria University Wellington College of Education


  • 3 years as Primary Principal, International School Paris, France
  • 8 years as Deputy Head of Primary and PYP Coordinator, NIST International School, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 6 years as Deputy Head of Elementary and PYP Coordinator, Grade 2 and Grade 5 Homeroom teacher, IS Dhaka, Bangladesh
“Learning is at the centre of all my thinking and decision-making. I bring a high self-efficacy and a passion for life and learning to my work. Having lived in New Zealand, England, Bhutan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Thailand and Paris I value all peoples and thrive in multicultural settings where diversity provides a rich cultural experience and breeds intercultural understanding, open-mindedness and tolerance.”
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Lianne Kalapaca

Primary School Vice Principal (EE2-Grade 5)

Graduate Diploma of Education K-6, University of Western
B.A., University of Guelph


  • 3 years as PYP Coordinator, Cebu International School, Philippines
  • 1 year as PYP Coordinator, International School Antananarivo, Madagascar
  • HLed the IB PYP candidacy application process through successful school PYP authorization
  • 20+ years of International Education experience
  • 18 years IB experience
  • Over 14 years as an IB Workshop Leader
“I believe that we should appreciate our differences but celebrate our commonalities. We are all different from our cultures and beliefs, talents and learning styles, looks and nationalities and it is the differences that set us apart and makes us unique. However, when we celebrate our commonalities, we are united in our philosophy, goals and efforts and it makes our experiences together richer. It’s all about the kids and making ISHCMC the best school in Vietnam through engaging lessons, collaboration, and responsible sustainable action.”

Tania Mansfield

Upper IB PYP Coordinator
New Zealander

M.B.A. Marketing (Distance Learning), Leicester University
Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership & Administration, Massey University
B.Sc. Science & Physical Education, Otago University
Graduate Diploma Programme in Mandarin, Chinese University of Hong Kong


  • 5 years as PYP Coordinator and Deputy Principal, Western International School of Shanghai, China
  • Deputy Principal of Teaching, Learning and Innovation in Middle East, UAE
  • 15 years as an IB PYP Practitioner
  • 5 years as IB Workshop Leader and school visitor and accreditor
  • Independent School Consultant - Teaching and Learning
“I believe that learning takes many subtle forms and happens all the time. Good teachers know what learning looks like and know how to enhance it. When children are empowered and respected, they can achieve great things. As their competencies expand and their understanding of the world becomes more sophisticated, students are equipped with the things they need to become confident and ethical citizens. A powerful education is one that makes this happen.”

Nancy Snyder

Lower IB PYP Coordinator

M.Ed. Elementary Reading, Graduated with Distinction, Northern Arizona University
B.Sc. Early Childhood Education, Boston University
Washington DC dual teacher certification in Early Childhood Education and Reading Specialist


  • 5 years as Literacy Specialist/Language Coordinator, ISHCMC
  • 2 years as Reading Specialist MEF International School (PYP), Turkey
  • Over 20 of Primary/Early Childhood Teacher

"In my years working in many educational settings, I have observed young students’ learning, agency and engagement as a fundamental ingredient to building life-long learners. Seeing young learners as capable and thinking individuals helps us support the best learning possible. By building relationship based on two-way conversations grounded in respectful interchange and collaborative problem solving, I continue to work successfully with teachers and teaching teams to help create environments and learning engagements that supports quality teaching and learning. Above all else, as educators our job is to work together to meet the needs and work towards serving the best interests of the learners."