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Exciting Changes in ISS and Shekou International School



Dale Cox

We are very proud to announce several exciting changes taking place within ISS and our community. Dale Cox, who has been the Head of Shekou International School (SIS) in China since 2012, is now ISS Vice President, Asia-Pacific starting in the 2017-18 school year. Dale has lived and worked in Asia for more than 15 years and is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese. He worked for 25 years as a teacher and administrator in public education in the United States before becoming an international school administrator in Beijing in 2006.

Dale tells his ISS colleagues, “I am honored to have a chance to continue with ISS in this new role. International education is growing and transforming around the world and in the Asia-Pacific region in particular. It will be an exciting opportunity to take on new responsibilities with the ISS team as we expand the organization’s contributions to education in these changing situations.”



Robert Stearns

With Dale changing positions, SIS began their search for a new Head of School. The school has appointed Robert Stearns to be at the helm forthe 2017-18 school year, while Greg Smith has accepted the appointment for 2018-19 and beyond. Both are experienced heads of school who know SIS and the region well, so SIS looks forward to smooth transitions and a sustained community.

Robert is a respected international school head and educational leader who has served as a school leader in Mongolia, Hong Kong, and Germany, as well as in Canada. He currently serves on the board of trustees for the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (where he and Dale have served together for the past three years). Robert left the International School of Ulan Bator to join SIS. He and his wife Yvonne are from Canada and have three adult children living there. We are pleased to have such an experienced leader working together with Dale to lead SIS this year.


Greg Smith

Greg Smith, who will follow Robert's leadership, has spent his life in education. After teaching primary and secondary grades in his native Australia, he has been a principal, school advisor, and superintendent. Over the past ten years, his leadership roles took him to Beijing as an elementary principal and K-12 curriculum director, and Laos as a director of the Vientiane International School. He embraces technology as a great accelerator of learning and productivity and has spent the past two years using his passion to build a school services company. Greg sees SIS as a great match for his skills because of the commitment to excellence in curriculum, pedagogy, diversity and innovation. He will be joined in Shekou, China by his wife, Morven; their adult children are great ambassadors for an international education as well. Greg was most recently the COO of the Schrole Group, a recruitment and educational services company which he co-founded.

ISS is very excited to see the work these leaders will do in China, Asia, and our global community. Dale, Robert, and Greg: we look forward to making a world of difference with you!




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