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Danette Sack

Danette has been a teacher and administrator working with students having special educational needs for over 20 years.  Her undergraduate degree is in special education and her graduate degree is in educational administration and special education.  She worked as a teacher and special education director in Washington State public schools prior to moving overseas.  She has taught at Shanghai American School, American International School in Vienna, Cairo American College, and is currently the Learning Support Coordinator at American School of The Hague.  Danette has been guiding the ASH team in developing an inclusive culture for students and teachers, and most recently opened a special education program for students having intellectual disabilities.  She is a member of the NFI Design Support Team.

Danette can be reached at:  dsack@ash.nl

Gillespie SimonSimon Gillespie 

Simon is the Middle School Principal at International School Manila in the Philippines.  From Canada, he began teaching internationally at Dresden International School in Germany and became the Primary School Principal developing his understanding and passion for an inquiry based integrated learning model with a diverse community of learners.  Simon moved to ISM in 2006 where he has been the Elementary Assistant Principal, Principal and for the past two years the Middle School Principal.  Simon has recently been appointed as the next Superintendent of The American School of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo beginning in July 2015.  Simon is currently working on completing his doctoral dissertation on the topic of Inclusion in International Schools.  Simon is involved as an advisory board member and workshop facilitator with the Common Ground Collaborative.

Simon can be reached at:  gillespies@ismanila.org


Kristel Solomon-Saleem

Kristel Solomon-Saleem is the Director of Learner Support at Hong Kong Academy. She is a graduate of Temple University with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary and Special Education. She also holds a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology. Kristel began her career overseas in 2007 by starting a learner support program in Abuja, Nigeria.  Prior to working in international education, she taught and mentored students in “at risk” populations in Pennsylvania and Maryland.  Kristel’s passion for teaching and learning have led her to work closely with NFI as a workshop leader and Design Support Team member. She has led workshops for the Special Education Needs In Asia Conference (SENIA), the Eastern Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) and contributed to the IB Guidelines for Inclusive Education. In addition to working with other international schools’ learner support programs, Kristel works with the American Chambers of Commerce Education Affairs Group to support international schools in Hong Kong in becoming more inclusive.

Kristel can be reached at:  kristel.solomon-saleem@hkacademy.edu.hk


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