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.
Joining us in July 2022
Katherine Krom, Head of Secondary School
It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I will be joining you as Head of Secondary in July. In just the few interactions I’ve had with staff and students it’s abundantly clear that ISWA is a unique and special place. It is my goal to continue the wonderful things that are taking place at ISWA, and I hope to provide an atmosphere of trust, consistency and collaboration.
I believe it is one of the most exciting times to be involved in education, particularly international schools. Clearly we are facing many challenges as global citizens, yet we have some of the best opportunities to engage young learners, the community, and each other to shape a more positive future.
One of the most important aspects of my work at ISWA will be promoting strong relationships with students, teachers and families. You’ll find me in the hallways, on the playground, in classrooms and at special activities. I will have an open door policy and rely on your feedback and ideas to ensure that the Secondary School at ISWA is a vibrant place to learn, and where our students well being is a priority.
We all know that young adults want to be heard, have fun and be challenged. As they navigate their identity, beliefs, futures and relationships, It is our responsibility as teachers to listen, support and guide them. We also need to stretch and develop them to their maximum potential, and to equip them with the crucial socio-emotional, academic, and behavioural skills to thrive.