Julie Ryan

Julie Ryan

Senior Consultant

15 Scott Place
Greenbrae, CA 94904, USA
415 747 7929

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Region: Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico

Welcome! I joined Search Associates in August 2014 after spending over half of my career in education at international schools as a teacher and administrator. These experiences changed my life and I am eager to work with educators who are seeking a first position abroad or who are looking for another opportunity in international education, whether in a teaching or leadership role.

My adventure began shortly after I earned my MA in Reading and became certified as a Reading Specialist, a position that was just being created at the American School of Paris. As a Francophile and someone eager to work with students experiencing reading difficulties, joining the faculty at ASP was a dream come true. This was followed by a move to California, where I worked as a Reading Specialist, while earning my CA Administrative Services credential. My next roles were principalships in two San Francisco Bay Area schools, one of which was located on the Stanford University campus, serving a very diverse population of international students, including many for whom English was a second or third language. When an opportunity arose to apply for the Lower School Principal position at the American School in London, it seemed like a wonderful chance to return to international education . As is the case for many international educators, my intended "several years abroad" turned into almost two decades!

My favorite role at ASL was recruiting and hiring teachers because I am passionate about the impact that excellent teachers have on students' personal and intellectual development. Many of those teachers were Search candidates, who clearly stood out from candidates in other pools. Even when there were no open positions at our school, I enjoyed counseling teachers at job fairs. I believe strongly that teaching in another culture changes one's view of the world and enriches our impact on students and colleagues. During my tenure at ASL, the Lower School became partners with the Nirvana School in Pondicherry, India. Nirvana was established to provide quality education to the children of the local community. Each year, our children participated in a fund raising project and a team of LS teachers spent their February Break in India providing professional development for the Nirvana faculty. I'm looking forward to my next visit!

Since 1998, I have been proud to be a trainer for the Principals Training Center (the PTC) and have been inspired by the now thousands of committed international school teachers and administrators I have met in these courses. I have also served as a member of the Executive Committee and as a Commissioner for the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA), a major accrediting agency whose mission it is to encourage schools around the world to engage in a process of continuous improvement. I value the many inspiring experiences I have had as a consultant and as a member of MSA Accreditation Teams, where I have observed outstanding international schools from Lithuania to Oman. I have been a frequent presenter at educational conferences such as the European Council of International Schools, the Mediterranean Council of International Schools, and at various reading and curriculum conventions. In 1999, I was honored to be one of two international educators to receive the "National Distinguished Principal Award" from the US State Department and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Recently, I have served as the lead or co-consultant on principal and Head of School searches for a large variety of international schools.  The collaboration with my Search Associates colleagues as we seek outstanding leaders has been a highlight of my career. 

In 2014, my husband, Bill, and I relocated to Marin County, CA, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, to be closer to family. We are enjoying walking our black lab, Riley, on the beautiful trails here in Northern California, and seeing more of our three young grandchildren when we aren't traveling.

I believe that nothing is more important in the world's schools than ensuring that every student is taught by a caring and highly skilled teacher. I look forward to mentoring committed professional candidates as they seek an outstanding international school in which to share their talents.

I will be participating in a panel discussion, Recruiting in a Changing World, sponsored by EARCOS on October 1, 2020, with representatives of ISS and TeacherHorizons. 

For our Virtual Job Fairs this fall, I'm designing a webinar:  Tips for Interviewing and Finding the RIGHT job -- Stay tuned!

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 I really wasn't anticipating getting a job this soon after registering with Search! Thank you for all of your help and always being willing to quickly answer my questions. It was great to know that I had someone who would be there when I didn't know the answers! I will tell more people about you and Search. 

My associate Julie Ryan was terrific.  She was dedicated, thoughtful and accessible when I needed to communicate with her. 

I would just like to say thank you to Julie for all of her help with finding a job through Search Associates. Soon after my account became activated, I was able to find a position within 3 weeks. Thank you for all of your help and I will definitely tell others about Search Associates.

Many thanks to Julie Ryan for assisting me in my job search. I really appreciate the fact that she not only offered her opinion but also took the time to get recommendations from her colleagues to aid in my decision whether to accept a job or not.  I am very happy with the level of professionalism offered by SEARCH associates. 

This was my first experience with Search Associates and I'm so glad my friend recommended me to sign-up.  My Associate, Julie Ryan, was excellent and very knowledgeable about all the schools and different countries. I am excited to begin my first teaching job overseas! 

I am excited to work for SCIS. The Cambridge job fair was a great experience and I am so thankful for Search Associates for arranging this opportunity. Julie Ryan was an amazing mentor and I am thankful for all her advice and help at the fair. I will highly recommend this company to friends in the future. 

It is my sincere pleasure to write you at this time, Julie. From the depth of my heart, I wish to say a big thank you for your professionalism and support towards my search. Your guidance has helped me to quickly find a position just 3 weeks after my registration. I have been able to get my dream job! 

Working with Search Associates was a great experience.  Julie, thank you for working with us and helping us with finding our new jobs! We are looking forward to working for the International School of Dakar.

(2018)I loved using Search Associates. Julie was an incredible resource.I just wanted to thank you for all the help you have given me over the years.  I know that the personal attention you gave to me 100% helped make this happen.  Thank you so much for making me feel like you were my advocate in the things that I wanted to do.  It's a hard process to take on and having someone in my corner has meant a lot to me

Even though I was hired at this school through my own direct contact, I still benefitted GREATLY from Julie Ryan's help. She sent a letter of recommendation to the school's principal on my behalf and through similar acts, has helped me get this job at the school. I have LOVED the time and attention SEARCH has given me over the years. I tried ISS and it was a night and day difference when I made the switch to Search so thank you for everything you do. You are literally giving teachers the opportunity to change the world.


(2019) I am so happy to have Julie Ryan as my associate. She always has my best interests at heart as an individual. Julie gives me excellent feedback and support at any point in my job search or placement. She is an asset to international teachers and Search Associates.


I am so honored and humbled by the positive feedback I have received from all of the schools. I also want to say thank you so much for your help at making this happen. This was my first time using Search and I really didn't know what I was doing nor did I expect the response I got. I would definitely use Search again, and I would hope that I would be able to have you as my Associate. Your help and guidance were greatly appreciated.


As I reflect on my last year, I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you so much for all you did for me.  I have now completed my first semester at the American School of Bombay and it has been wonderful.  I can't believe that this time last year you were helping me get ready for this placement, and your support and willingness to help is so appreciated.


(2020) I appreciate all your help and insights that helped me with this job search. You are a credit to this profession and one of the most caring associates I know. You’re the best!


We would both like to thank you, Julie, for your sound advice and support. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and to seek your counsel at the Cambridge fair. You are greatly, greatly appreciated! 

Thank you for reaching out and for your support over the past couple of years! Search Associates is a quality organization that I recommend to schools and colleagues alike.


Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Dr. Barry Drake has over 40 years' experience in administration and teaching in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South East and East Asia.