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What is AISH? 

... for Heads, by Heads

A Message from the CEO

If you are the Head or Deputy Head of an International School, then the Academy for International School Heads (AISH) is a vital organization for you to join because of the support given to you to succeed in your position.

As a former deputy head and head of international schools, I can sincerely say that the affiliation with a group of peers is essential. All individual members are virtually connected via a forum on our internal website. Averaging five questions out to the community/day during the school year, colleagues post responses and members get “just in time” information from trusted resources.

Responses are posted, along with other valuable resources such as sample policies and procedures, on a members’ only internal resource bank with a powerful search engine.

Our Professional Development Seminars, such as OASIS Day and Summer Seminar, are on the cutting edge of learning and leading and customized for the International School Head.

AISH developed research-based "Standards of Excellence and Threads of Practice" which describe the knowledge and skills leaders need to reach their potential. In January 2020, we will launch AISH's Leadership Skills and Impact Series, online courses that are mapped to the Standards and Threads.

We take the responsibility of preparing future Heads of school seriously by sponsoring mentor/mentee and coaching programs, and aligning the ”Standards of Excellence and Threads of Practice" to these programs.

As a nonprofit organization created in 1999, by heads and for heads, we have a self-perpetuating board drawn from our individual members.

And it is the membership that makes this organization what it is. Heads of different nationalities, spread across the world, linked together with a common purpose of helping one another succeed as leaders of schools to make a positive difference in the world. The spirit in the organization is one of support, wisdom and warmth. I encourage you to check us out and experience the benefits of being affiliated with a group of peers who share the same vision and commitment to international education and will support you to succeed.

Andy Page Smith
CEO, Academy for International School Heads



Executive Committee


Chrissie Sorenson, Bavaria International School, Germany

Vice President

Rachel Hovington, International School of Hannover, Germany


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


Alan Knobloch, International School of Dakar, Senegal

Chair, Committee on Trustees

Audrey Peverelli, Beacon School, Brazil


Charles Barder, Retired, United Nations School of Hanoi, Vietnam

Richard Boerner, Graded School, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Forrest Broman, The International Educator, US

Tim Carr, Avenues School, US

Catarina Song Chen, Escola Americana de Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Kevin Glass, Atlanta International School, US

Thomas Hawkins, American School of Doha, Qatar

Vladimir Kuskovski, EF International Academy, New York


Anu Monga, Bangalore International School, India

Sheena Nabholz, Lincoln Community School, Accra Ghana

Eileen Niederman, Mercedes-Benz International School, India

Tarek Razik, Jakarta Intercultural School, Indonesia


Jeff Trudeau, American International School of Monrovia, Liberia

Martin van der Linde, Lusaka International Community School, Zambia



Dr. Andy Page-Smith joins AISH as the new CEO, effective July 2020. Andy brings almost 40 years of service as a professional educator, including 18 years as a Head of School in Kuwait, Hong Kong, and currently in Johannesburg.

In addition to his time and commitment as a teacher, principal, and Head of School, Andy has served as a professional learning consultant in a variety of schools offering a wide range of expertise and support. AISH is extremely fortunate to have such an accomplished and distinguished international school leader as its next CEO.

Andy is described by others as an internationalist, an innovator, and a leader who thinks strategically and implements with integrity. A visitor to his school in Johannesburg described the learning climate and connected community in this way: "There is unmistakable integrity in how the AISJ community speaks with one voice, has set strategic direction and seeks to live the vision and mission. The School's aspirations are vivid and highly accessible, completely focused on teaching, learning and the student experience."

In February 2020, Andy was named Superintendent of the Year by the AAIE Board of Trustees. This annual award recognizes the significant contribution of the Head of an international school worldwide.

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 Administrator 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.