Tashkent International School is excited to welcome to its staff David G. Henry, new director, and his wife, Maria Ramilo, grade 3 teacher.
David and Maria arrived in Tashkent in mid-July with their three daughters, Maguiña, grade 10, Caroline, grade 8, and Ana Sofia, grade 5.
Originally from California, David holds a Bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and a Master’s of Education Degree in International Development Education from Howard University in Washington, D.C. His second Master’s degree is in Educational Leadership.
Before joining the TIS community, David was director at Lucaya International School in the Bahamas. Overall, he brings with him two decades of international education experience, including various teaching positions and administrative roles. David considers his most rewarding experience as an educator thus far to be the four-plus years he spent as director at the American International School of Bamako, Mali.
This is David’s first position at a school in Central Asia and it fits in well with his philosophy regarding international education and multiculturalism.
“The naturally stimulating environment of international schools drives my desire to live and work overseas,” he said. “My family, as well as my wife, is multicultural and I believe the benefits of raising our daughters in a multicultural setting are tremendous.”
As for the students, families and staff at TIS, David said he is excited to be a part of the school and its vision to be an exemplary international learning community.
“My experiences have helped me confirm that school-wide achievement improves when school communities work together and do the right thing in a trusting atmosphere,” he said. “I believe that students, faculty, staff and community members need to celebrate their commonalities and be allowed to nourish their sense of individuality and ownership in their institution.
“This is an exciting time for Tashkent International School and I look forward to working collaboratively with the school community to continue to produce results through acting together,” he said.
Before becoming an educator, David was a volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, West Africa. He also helped spearhead the co-founding of Saudi Arabia’s first Habitat for Humanity chapter while working as the professional development coordinator and technology coordinator at the Dhahran High School in Saudi Arabia.
For more information, contact David Henry.