I am writing in regards to the International School of —–. The school was founded a few years ago by a small group of expat parents. Since then, it has grown tremendously. I was the Head Mistress for a few years before I decided to move on years ago. I remained in the area and now I have been hired to be the Pedagogical Director to assist with a number of problems due to the growth of the school.
As I am the only educator on the School Board, I battle sometimes about prioritizing the school’s needs. As a result, I have been requested to write an analysis of the qualities of a successful international school, mainly the characteristics of a successful international school principal — in particular: Is it more common for the Principal to be a native citizen or a foreigner?
The issue of the principal being a host national as opposed to foreigner is a BIG debate here. We teach Cambridge curriculum and I tend to stress the need for a native English speaker and a qualified foreigner in that position, solely because we haven’t found a host national who fulfills the leadership role properly AND speaks competent English.
Some details I’d like to know are: What qualities are most valuable in a principal? (e.g. nationality, language silks, educational background, leadership skills, competing skills, academic knowledge, social networking, good relations with the teachers, business registration skills and administration skills?) If you can give me a prioritized list or general description, I would really appreciate it.
I look forward to hearing from you.