Facilitator: Simon Gillespie

Contact: sgillespie@tasok.net

Simon Gillespie is the Director at The American School of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Simon began teaching Elementary School in Canada and then moved to Dresden International School becoming the Primary School Principal developing his understanding and support for an inquiry based integrated learning model with a diverse community of learners.  Simon then moved on to International School Manila as the Elementary Principal and then Middle School Principal.  At ISM Simon worked as a member of a team involved in creating a school wide curriculum framework aligning subject areas with trans-disciplinary skills in a conceptual based unit approach.  Simon recently completed his doctoral dissertation on the topic of inclusion in International Schools and is a design support team member and regional coordinator for Africa of the Next Frontier Inclusion organization focusing on the development of Inclusive International Schools.  Simon is a board member with the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) and was the recipient of the 2014 National Distinguished Principal award representing the US State Department Office of Overseas Schools.