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What is AISH? 

... for Heads, by Heads

A Message from the CEO

Dear AISH Membership,

It is an honor to serve as CEO of the Academy for International School Heads (AISH) and support the collective growth and success of international school leadership. When I reflect on the incredible results of past CEO’s and the Board of Trustees, it is evident considerable effort has been made by AISH leadership to support International School Heads. As an international educator, I bring close to 30 years of experience serving schools in England, Malaysia, Peru, Venezuela, Switzerland, and the United States. I have long believed the greatest gift we can give our children is the gift of a global, bilingual, and multicultural education.


Serving as AISH’s CEO represents my unwavering appreciation of the organization’s commitment to leadership excellence and student learning. I believe there has never been a more exciting time to support and advocate for the International School Head. This is what membership deserves to meet future opportunities head-on and thrive in an increasingly globalized and complex world. As a strengths-based educator, my top strengths in the Gallup’s Strengths Finder program are responsibility, futuristic, learner, achiever, and restorative. I use these strengths to lead and work with others, especially in ways that honor the diversity of voice and opinion. I believe that our collective expertise and diverse perspectives will enable international school leadership to tackle the challenges and seize the opportunities that lie ahead and amplify our voices on a global scale. Together, we can shape the future of international education and empower our students to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world.


As CEO, I am committed to living AISH’s founding purpose as an organization created By Heads, For Heads. I look forward to connecting with each one of you, both personally and virtually, in the coming months. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions, suggestions, or initiatives you would like to discuss. Together, we will continue to elevate the standards of international leadership and lead our schools with vision and excitement for the future.

Warm regards,


Jeffrey Paulson
CEO, Academy for International School Heads



Executive Committee


Chrissie Sorenson, Bavarian International School, Germany

Vice President

Marta Medved-Krajnovic, Western Academy of Beijing, China


Richard Boerner, Graded School, Sao Paulo, Brazil


Alan Knobloch, International School of Hamburg, Germany

Chair, Committee on Trustees

Audrey Peverelli, Beacon School, Brazil


Charles Barder, Governance Training Center (GTC), U.S.

Rachel Caldwell, American International School of Bucharest, Romania


Tim Carr, Avenues World School, U.S.

Catarina Song Chen (Ex-Officio)  Office of Overseas Schools, U.S.

Nada Collins, Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln, Argentina

Kevin Glass, Atlanta International School, U.S.

Coreen Hester, Resource Group 175 (RG175), U.S.

Rachel Hovington, Benjamin Franklin International School, Spain

Dylan Hughes, Luanda International School, Angola

Vladimir Kuskovski, EF International Academy, U.S.

Cinde Lock, Pickering College, Canada

Anu Monga,
Head in Transition, India


Sheena Nabholz, Search Associates, Canada

Eileen Niederman, International School of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Jay Teston, Nibris International School, UAE


Jeff Trudeau, International School of Ougadagagou, Burkina Faso




Jeff Paulson has been highly involved in international education throughout his career and has over 30 years of educational leadership, counseling, and teaching experience in six different international settings (United States, England, Malaysia, Peru, Venezuela and Switzerland). He has 15 years of Head of School experience serving schools in Venezuela, Switzerland, and the USA. 


Jeff has a Doctor of Education in Educational Policy and Administration (Ed.D.) from the University of Minnesota, Minnesota, USA; a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology (Ed.M.) from Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics (B.A.) from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA. In addition, Jeff attended the Klingenstein Head of School Program for international school Heads at Columbia University and is an Executive Scholar with the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Jeff was recently recognized for life-long service to international education by the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE).

Administrative Coordinator


Shere Holleman, M.Ed., is the Administrative Coordinator for AISH. Prior to working for AISH, Shere was the Program and Operations Manager at the Learning for Living Institute in Boulder, which offers life skills programs to college students. She was also a Grant Officer for the Hemera Foundation, which supports mindfulness programs for K-12 educators. For 12 years, Shere served as a Program Manager for Boulder Valley School District, for the Lifelong Learning Program that offered over 600 classes per year to 4500 students. Shere has a Master’s degree in Adult Learning and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She continues to create works of art from her studio in Dolores, Colorado.