20 years of experience as an international educator and leader in schools worldwide on 3 continents
My name is Anders Hjelm, and I am Head of School of SNA. Since I moved from his native country of Sweden about 20 years ago, I have been an international educator and leader in schools worldwide on 3 continents; with extensive experiences of the IB Diploma, Middle and Primary Years Programmes. I have held positions at UNIS Hanoi, Bali Island School, International School of Havana, International School of Monagas, International School of Helsingborg, St Dominic’s International School of Lisbon, and Hangzhou Wahaha International School, before joining SNA as the Head of School.
As an IB examiner, field representative, as well as workshop leader for teachers, coordinators, and administrators; I have enjoyed working with the IB and grown with the organization. I have also served on visiting teams for CIS and NEASC school accreditations, which could be very helpful going for the prestigious WASC accreditation. I also enjoy being involved in music as a trumpet player – playing with symphony orchestras and jazz bands. And I am a keen player of football, tennis, badminton and ping-pong; and love scuba diving.
I believe that SNA provides a caring and supportive learning environment with a culture that encourages students to ask questions, be innovative, while respectfully accepting each individual for who they are. We cultivate responsible, independent, lifelong learners with good character, empathy and leadership qualities. To meet the high demands of information intense societies, where new technologies and digital communications are constantly created and modified, and coexisting well within economic and cultural globalization; certain transferable skills and attitudes would be required:
- Creativity and Innovation
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
- Communication and Collaboration
- Flexibility and Adaptability
- Initiative and Self-Direction
- Social and Cross-Cultural Dexterity
- Productivity and Accountability
- Leadership and Responsibility.
I am very inspired to be part of such a hard-working, professional and growing school as SNA, and look forward to a successful partnership with everyone involved – preparing all students for the future!