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Our Team

We are proud of our team. Our teachers, specialists, leadership team, and support staff are some of our best assets, and some of the best in the business.

Accomplished, approachable, experienced, and caring, they are globally-minded innovators dedicated to the ISWA teaching and learning approach, and the latest educational pedagogies.

Dr. Caroline Brokvam, Principal

Caroline joins ISWA with over 20 years experience in diverse and community-minded international schools. Most recently she was the Director of the American School of Antananarivo, an International Baccalaureate World School in Madagascar, and has previously held administrative and teaching posts at International School Stavanger, International School Manila and Copenhagen International School.

As a leader Caroline is driven by a sincere belief in the importance of internationally-minded education. We are living in the midst of unprecedented global change, and education is now recognised as a pathway not just to university entrance and career opportunities, but to being a better person, being healthy and living ethically. We need to develop ways to manage complexity and to understand how technology can enhance our ability to think creatively, work together, sustain the environment and live full, productive and enjoyable lives.

Paul O’Brien, Head of Primary School

Originally from Perth, Paul began his teaching career working in independent schools across WA, before moving to international schools in London and Beijing. Paul has worked in several IB World Schools, in both local and international school contexts.


Paul has a deep knowledge of the beliefs and values and philosophies that underpin the IB programmes, as well as the framework of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and believes this is core to teaching and learning. He believes deeply in the attributes of the IB Learner Profile and its role in developing internationally-minded, open-minded, and culturally-minded citizens who actively work to improve the lives of the people around them. Paul understands that best practice in teaching and learning occurs when students work through a process of inquiry that is conceptual, transdisciplinary and collaborative, reflecting the skills, knowledge and understandings students will need in the future. At the centre of this is student agency in which students have voice and choice in their learning.

Paul has a Bachelor of Education: Primary (Hons) with a Masters in Leadership and Change. He is also an IBO Workshop Leader, working with teachers in international schools to continually develop their pedagogy and teaching practice.

Chris Burch, Head of Secondary School

After completing his degree at Sydney University, Chris travelled to England where he worked for 8 years. Chris joins us following 11 further years teaching in International Schools in Dubai, including three years working at GEMS World Academy – GEMS Education Flag Ship school.

With a wealth of experience and knowledge in school senior management, Chris is passionate about student wellbeing and celebrating student success. Having previously been a consultant for a local authority in England, Chris is committed to establishing and supporting student leadership programs like Peer mentoring and House systems. Chris’ philosophy on teaching and learning is a holistic approach where he believes, if a student feels safe and is happy, they will be more likely to succeed and be more adaptable to change.

Chris believes in life-long learning and enjoys coaching and mentoring middle and senior leaders. Chris is an International Baccalaureate (IB) workshop leader, IB school visitor, and a CIS (Council of International Schools) evaluator. Chris sees the opportunities to complete annual school reviews as an opportunity to gather the best teaching pedagogies and bring these practices back to his institution.

Ian Short

Business Manager

Helen Brand

Principal's Executive Assistant & Office Manager

Joy Barnard

Human Resources Manager

Middle Leaders

Megan DePiazz


Fleur Churton

Deputy Head of Primary & Primary Years Programme (3-6) Coordinator

Faye Mellican

Primary Years Programme (Early Years K-2) Coordinator

Janice Murray

Deputy Head of Secondary & Wellbeing Coordinator

Paul Turner

Middle Years Programme Coordinator

Laura Nicholson

Careers/College Counsellor

Naina Natalwala

Advanced Placement Coordinator

Mini Balachandran

Diploma Programme Coordinator

Niall Bennie

Head of Sport, Co-Curricular & Experiential Learning

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Acknowledgement of Country

We wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we are on, the Whadjuk (Perth region) people and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We acknowledge, respect and seek to learn from their wisdom, continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region. ​

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