Thank you for your interest in Search Associates. I hope you find some useful information here about me and my team. First, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself (actually, a lot but I have tried to condense). If you would like more information or would like to find out more about teaching abroad, please don't hesitate to contact me.
I was born in Tangier, Morocco while my father, John Magagna, was Head of School of the Tangier American School. My family spent five years in Morocco (where my mother had her first three children), before heading back to the U.S. After spending seven years in the United States, we went back overseas to Tehran, Iran where I attended school at the American Community School.
I have had a wealth of international experience, not only as a student in the international school community, but have visited extensively in Indonesia, while my father was Head of School at Jakarta International School, and have traveled to other countries in Asia, Europe and South America visiting as many international schools as I could along the way. My passion for education (which definitely came from both parents being educators), recruiting and travel led me to begin my career with Search Associates in 2002.
After seven years with the company, I was appointed Vice President of Search Associates in 2009, Executive Vice President in 2011, and President in July of 2013. I diligently work as part of a management committee to continually seek ways to improve the organization and the services we offer. In conjunction with my role as President, I also work with candidates to assist them through the search process as well as with schools and their hiring needs. Additionally, I am one of the fair organizers of the Cambridge, Massachusetts job fair which is considered the "flag ship" fair within our organization.
I attended Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and received a B.A. in Communication Studies. During and after my college years, I worked as an Education Outreach Coordinator for a local organization teaching specific life skills to children in grades K-5 and coordinating their community outreach program. I then changed careers and took a position as an Executive in the Retail Management industry concentrating on recruitment and training for upper level Management positions. I truly enjoyed my ten years in this profession, but eventually decided to leave and join Search Associates as a Senior Associate specializing in candidate recruitment.
I come from a family whose life was and continues to be devoted to education. My mother was an Early Childhood Education teacher who dedicated her life to children and learning. During her teaching career she also spent seven years teaching in the international school community in Egypt, Mali, Beirut and Angola (through Search Associates I might add) and my father has been Head of School in several international and U.S schools and continues to work with schools and candidates through Search Associates.
In my spare time (of which there is little!), I spend as much time as possible with my husband and two small children (2 years old and 5 years old). My husband, Rob Snyder, also works with Search Associates as our Web Developer. We both have a home office so we can be closer to our children before they eventually head off to school.
Keri Crawford, Executive Assistant
Hi! My name is Keri Crawford and I am the Executive Assistant in charge of managing Jessica's office. Although it can be quite a challenge at times as things can get pretty crazy around here, I thoroughly enjoy working with Search Associates and assisting candidates in their job search!
I began working for Search Associates in 2008 and only just recently, accepted the position of Executive Assistant. Prior to my time here, I worked for various companies as both Office Manager and Administrative Assistant. In addition, I spent the last two years working in the public school system as an Educator Co-op in grades 1-6 for children with special needs.
My primary role in Jessica's office (besides keeping her organized) is to assist candidates with all questions pertaining to the registration process and monitoring the status of your application. Therefore, if you have any questions about what to do next, or what did we receive or what is your status, I would be the one to contact. Of course, you can always contact Jessica, especially with questions that fall outside of the registration process, but I am the official "go to" person for questions concerning your application. Please feel free to contact me anytime and I will do my best to assist you.
Rob Snyder, Web Developer
Hello, my name is Rob and I work with Jessica (who also happens to be my wife) running her Search Associates' office. Usually, I am the one fixing all of the technical issues that crop up, however, I also assist her candidates when questions arise and also assist in organizing the Cambridge fair.
I am also the Search Associates Web Developer so most of your technical inquires will eventually end up on my desk. I have a Masters Degree in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and a Masters Degree in Computer Science from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Although I do enjoy instructional design, my true passion is programming and I thoroughly enjoy my role as Web Developer for the company.
If you are a registered candidate with Jessica and have an issue with the web site, you can contact me directly but it is always a good thing to copy Jessica as well.
We look forward to hearing and/or working with you should you wish to pursue international teaching abroad.
I was appointed as Vice President of Search Associates in 2009, and President in 2013 after working for the company for eleven years. I work with our Executive Management Committee (EMC) which includes three other Senior Associates: Michael Williams and David Cope. The EMC works extremely hard in continuing to find ways to improve our company's services to better meet the needs of all candidates and schools we serve.
In my role as President I am responsible for the Search Associates web site to include development strategies, maintenance and future goals. Much of what you see on our web site comes from hundreds of suggestions from both candidates and schools who use our services.Therefore, if you have any suggestions for improvement or wish to share what you like about our web site, please feel free to contact me any time.