Elementary Principal at International School of Phnom Penh in Cambodia
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Elementary Principal
International School of Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

Appointed - Paula Baxter
Dec 2, 13
Dec 31, 13




Effective August of 2014



ISPP is fully authorized as an IB World School, offering the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma programmes, and is accredited by the Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). ISPP is also a member of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS), the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS), and the Mekong River International Schools Association (MRISA).


The International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP) is a private, non-profit, coeducational, English-language day school with programmes from Early Years to Grade 12. The school was established in 1989 by a group of parents to offer an education to the children of expatriates and local families residing in Phnom Penh. The ISPP Community currently has 693 students enrolled with 370 students in Elementary and 323 in Secondary. ISPP is governed by a 9-member hybrid Board of Trustees, five of whom are elected and four of whom are appointed. The Director reports directly to the Board of Trustees.



The school currently has 693 students, with 366 students in the Elementary Campus (Early Years - Grade 5) and 327 students in the Secondary Campus (Grades 6 - 12) with steady growth each year. With over 50 different nationalities represented, the student body is truly “international”. The top ten countries represented are Cambodia, United States, Korea, Australia, United Kingdom, India, Netherlands, Japan, Germany and Philippines. ISPP has a strict nationality cap in place to ensure its internationalism. The diversity of student nationalities, together with reasonable class sizes, provides a wonderful environment for students to receive considerable individualized attention within the classroom and to gain an appreciation and understanding of other cultures



The ISPP Administration and Faculty reflect the diversity of the student population. Currently, we have 78 faculty members representing 18 countries with the majority coming from the

United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. All full-time teachers and administrators are fully certified and qualified in their various fields, with many having advanced degrees in education. They are specially trained to teach the IB programme, and a number of our teachers are also IB workshop leaders, visiting team members and leaders,

moderators and examiners.Our teachers have a strong work ethic, a positive outlook on life and are dedicated to creating a professional learning community at ISPP.


Profile of a Successful Teacher at ISPP

  • qualified and certified in their teaching area
  • knowledgeable in their subject area
  • values collaboration and teamwork
  • understands the power of community
  • healthy, active and energetic
  • good sense of humour
  • patient and flexible
  • genuinely interested in teaching and learning
  • genuinely interested in child development
  • positive outlook on the world
  • strong work ethic
  • committed to becoming a better teacher
  • criminal record clearance



The Admin Team comprises the Director, Administration Manager, Elementary and Secondary Principals and Assistant Principals. The Leadership Team is the Admin Team plus the School Counselor, the PYP, MYP and DP coordinators and a faculty representative from Elementary.


The individual academic programmes are managed by a PYP coordinator, MYP coordinator, DP coordinator, while academic departments, organized according to the curriculum design of the relevant IB programs, are managed by Elementary Leadership Team leaders for each grade and by Vertical and Grade Level Leaders in the Secondary.



ISPP is located on two campuses within close proximity on the main thor­oughfare of Norodom Boulevard, south of Independence Monument. The Elementary School houses the Kindergarten Programme through Grade 5. Several residences have been renovated into classrooms and the playground includes a swimming pool and attractive play areas. We have a large Early Years Center in a beautiful villa across the street from the Elementary Campus.


The Secondary School houses Grades 6 through 12. Again, residences have been renovated into classrooms plus several other purpose- built rooms have been constructed within the premises. A very attractive courtyard is located in the center of the campus and a basketball / volleyball court is located at the back of the facility. An auditorium, a small playing field and a multipurpose dance studio are also located on the Secondary Campus.

Each campus includes a library, computer rooms, science labs/areas, and specialist classrooms including technology labs, art and music rooms. The school also has access to a sports field located at a nearby local school and hosts its own basketball and volleyball courts.


In June 2014, the Secondary moves to our new purpose-built facility to the south of our current location and the Elementary Campus will follow in December 2014.



IB PYP The Elementary school received full authorization to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP) by the International Baccalaureate (IB) in October 2004. The PYP is designed for students aged 3 to 12 (EY1 - Grade 5). It is a transdisciplinary programme of international education designed to foster the development of the whole child. It offers a comprehensive approach to both teaching and learning. The PYP curriculum framework allows for students to develop meaningful understanding through inquiry. Students are provided with opportunities to acquire knowledge, concepts and skills. Students’ needs in the academic, social, physical, emotional, and cultural are identified and catered for. The PYP curriculum is broad-based and transcends into all disciplines.


The PYP curriculum model provides guidelines for:

  • a written curriculum with learning outcomes (what do we want students to learn)
  • teaching methodology (how best will students learn)
  • effective assessment (how will we know what students have learned)


The PYP strives for balance between understanding of concepts, the acquisition of knowledge and skills, the development of positive attitudes and the opportunity for positive action. The programme identifies a body of knowledge for all students in all cultures, in six subject areas: Languages, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Technology, and Personal, Social, Physical

Education. Teachers and students use key questions that are concept-based to structure the units of inquiry. Students acquire and apply transdisciplinary skills while developing an understanding of these important concepts



Take a jour­ney and see what life is like at the International School of Phnom. http://www.ispp.edu.kh/AboutUS/LifeatISPPVideos.aspx


For further information visit www.ispp.edu.kh


Phnom Penh 

Like any good Southeast Asian capital, Phnom Penh offers superb din­ing, lively nightlife, and plenty of attractions for the visitor – including the Royal Palace, National Museum, cafés and restaurants, and a host of an­cient temples and picturesque natural spots easily reachable as daytrips. Yet, there is something that sets Phnom Penh apart from its counterparts in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia.


Phnom Penh doesn’t overwhelm the visitor like the steamy metropolises of skyscrapers, traffic jams, and pollution in neighbouring countries. It welcomes you with its small number of major arteries, quiet side streets laid out in a numbered grid, and many small parks, monuments, and easy-going locals who congregate to play badminton, fly kites, or sit on the grass with a cob of corn or sour mango from a roadside vendor. This is, however, a capital city on the rise. Today, construction can be seen on every corner and the Wat Lanka area near ISPP welcomes more tourists every year to its trendy new bars, hotels, and restaurants. Fortunately, it’s still a charmingly old-fashioned city with classic colonial architecture and gold and white temples (wats) at every turn.


Phnom Penh represents a fusion of all that is old and new in Cambodia. Every year another shopping mall opens; the first international fast food franchise recently arrived; and SUVs are in abundance. The people still do their shopping in local markets; and cyclo drivers still glide down the streets, as they have been doing for decades. It’s this combination of the old and the new, the modern and the traditional, all wrapped up in a city that is too small to be a proper Southeast Asian metropolis and too big to be a small town that makes Phnom Penh so captivating. Cambodia also hosts the temples of Angkor, Cambodia’s eighth wonder of the world, located in Siem Reap just an hour’s flight from Phnom and is a must to see. 

The Position

The successful candidate will be an outstanding elementary school leader who uses his/her effective communication skills to achieve understanding of and commitment to all stakeholders in the school’s community.  He/she will bring their individual strengths to bear on ensuring that the school delivers on its Guiding Statements. Team building and faculty professional growth are essential to success in this position.



 The successful candidate will have:

  • PYP training and leadership experience in a PYP school
  • Graduate degree in education (preferred, but not essential)
  • Proven track record of success as a school leader
  • Extensive experience working in a culturally diverse school environment
  • Experience in building and cultivating teams


Essential qualities and skills

  • A love of children
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • An understanding of technology integration in the Primary
  • An understanding of scheduling
  • Patience and flexibility
  • A sense of humor
  • An optimistic world view
  • A strong work ethic
  • Approachable interpersonal style
  • Ability to organize and follow-through on tasks in a timely manner
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with parents, staff and community members


Terms and Conditions

The Board seeks to appoint an Elementary Principal for a two-year contract in the first instance.  Salary and benefits are competitive and will reflect the successful candidate’s experience and qualifications.


Application Procedures

Interested candidates should send an application at the earliest  but no later than December 31, 2013. (The review of files will begin as soon as applications are received.)


Candidates should note that, in the event an outstanding applicant is identified early in the search process, ISPP reserves the right to make an appointment before the deadline mentioned above and to bring the search to an early close.  For this reason it is very important that interested candidates apply at the earliest possible time.


To apply, candidates should send a CV, a covering letter together with a recent photograph and the names and email addresses of three referees. The entire application package should be combined in a single pdf file.


Applications are to be sent to



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