Administrative Team

Dr. Bernadette Carmody, ISA Director

Dr. Bernadette Carmody joined the International School of Amsterdam as Director in July 2019. Formerly, she served in similar roles in Guangzhou, China and Riffa, Bahrain. Additionally, Bernadette has worked as an administrator and/or teacher in Dubai, (Shanghai) China, Venezuela, Norway, and Sri Lanka, as well as in her native Australia.

Sarah Grace, Associate Director for Teaching and Learning

Sarah Grace joined ISA in 1998 initially as the Assistant Head of Lower School, assuming the role of Head of Lower School in 2007.  She obtained her first degree from the Froebel Institute College of the Roehampton Institute with a Bachelor of Education (Hons). Subsequently she has achieved an Masters of Education (Educational Leadership and Management) from the University of Bath. 

Starting her teaching career in an inner city school in Peckham, London, she taught grades 2-4, holding a post of responsibility for Library and Resources and serving as a School Governor. Moving overseas for an international experience, Sarah joined the Yokohama International School in Japan. She was a homeroom teacher for grades 3 to 6, and taught 8th grade English, EAL and Learning Support. She held additional positions of responsibility as an Extra-Curricular Activities Coordinator, Elementary Coordinator and Assistant Elementary Principal.  

Since arriving at ISA Sarah has served as the PYP Coordinator for two years. She has been actively involved with the IB Primary Years Programme as a workshop leader and school visitor. She enjoys collaborating with the IB on development of the PYP and supporting other schools’ implementation of the programme. She is invited regularly to join school evaluation teams for the IB and the Council of International Schools.

Susan Loban, Head of Lower School

Susan Loban has been a member of the ISA community since 2002, where she began as a grade 5 teacher and Grade-level Coordinator before being appointed as the ISA Lower School Curriculum Coordinator. Since 2010, she has served as the Assistant Head of Lower School, where she has been responsible for the evaluation of teaching and support staff, overseeing all lower school supervision and management of all aspects of the re-accreditation process at ISA for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), The Council of International Schools (CIS) and the International Baccalaureate (IB). In addition to her administrative role, Susan manages the global events, seminars and conferences for the ISA Centre for Development, Learning & Technology. 

Susan has prior experience working in schools in Canada, the UK and Romania, where she worked as a classroom teacher in grades one through ten, as a district-level curriculum consultant for middle schools, demonstration classroom instructor and an IBPYP coordinator. She is a PYP Workshop and Online Course facilitator, a PYP school authorization and accreditation team member for the IB and has served on curriculum writing teams for the IBPYP, including the Learner Profile and Assessment in the PYP.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary with a double major in French as a Second Language and Social Studies. She completed her coursework for her Masters of Education in Curriculum Studies from the University of Toronto and is currently finalising her Masters of Educational Leadership in International Schools from the College of New Jersey Global Programs.

Scott Schaffner, Head of Upper School

Scott joined ISA as the Head of Upper School in August of 2020. Scott has taught and held a number of leadership roles in schools in New York City, Poland, Dubai, and Vietnam.

Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree in History (University at Albany, SUNY), a Juris Doctor degree (St. Thomas University), and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Administration and Leadership from the College of New Jersey Global Program.

Carolyn Lacey, Assistant Head of Lower School

Carolyn Lacey joined ISA in 1997 initially as a homeroom teacher and Grade Level Coordinator. Carolyn was subsequently appointed as PYP and Curriculum Coordinator, a position that she held for three years. Since 2015 Carolyn has served as Assistant Head of Lower School, where she holds responsibility for the evaluation of teaching, leading professional development of staff, implementation of curriculum and the pastoral care of the younger students in Lower school.

Carolyn obtained her first degree from The University of Warwick, UK with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and subsequently gained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from The University of Warwick. Carolyn holds The Certification of International School Leadership (PTC) and Master of Science (Merit) in Educational Leadership from The University of Leicester UK.

Carolyn began her teaching career in England before working in British International and International Schools in Europe and Africa. Carolyn is a highly experienced and deeply committed educator. She is an Early Childhood specialist and has thorough knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice and philosophies, including child development.

Vicki Watson, Assistant Head of Lower School

Vicki Watson joined ISA as Assistant Head of Lower School in 2019, having returned to ISA after serving as principal at the International School of Siena, Italy, and as a teacher at the International School of Bologna.

Jim Canavan, Assistant Head of Upper School

Jim comes to ISA via a number of international schools. He has worked as an English teacher for students in grades 6 – 12 in the United States, Brazil, Venezuela and Egypt. The administrative leg of his educational journey began in Egypt and continued to Cambodia and Holland and ISA, where he has served as Assistant Head of Upper School for the past 6 years.

Paul Griffiths, Assistant Head of Upper School

Paul Griffiths, originally from Oxford, UK, joined ISA in August 2003 having begun his teaching in middle England. He obtained his Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree from the University of Southampton, before completing his Post Graduate Certificate of Education from Oxford Brookes University. Subsequently, Paul has achieved a Masters in Education (Educational Leadership and Management) from the University of Bath. Paul has served in a number of roles, and he has been our IB MYP Coordinator here at ISA for the last 4 years. He transitioned to become an Assistant Head of Upper School in August 2020. Paul’s greatest passion’s outside of education include being a father to his two young children, running marathons and playing football.

Administration Contact Information

Director’s Office

Dr. Bernadette Carmody, ISA Director
directors_office@isa.nl

Associate Director for Teaching and Learning’s Office

Sarah Grace, Associate Director for Teaching and Learning
associatedirectors_office@isa.nl

Lower School Office

Susan Loban, Head of Lower School
Carolyn Lacey, Assistant Head of Lower School
Vicki Watson, Assistant Head of Lower School
ls_office@isa.nl

Upper School Office

Matt Sipple, Head of Upper School
Jim Canavan, Assistant Head of Upper School
Sybille Harth, Assistant Head of Upper School
us_office@isa.nl