Elementary School Principal at American International School of Kingston in Jamaica
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Elementary School Principal
American International School of Kingston (Jamaica)

Nov 16, 20
Dec 11, 20






To inspire confident, critical thinkers to contribute and thrive in a diverse world



Excellence, Integrity, Respect, Empowerment



The American International School of Kingston (AISK) opened its doors in Kingston, Jamaica in September 1994 - the brainchild of five capable women who had collaborated and made their dream school come to life. Alida Vessey, the Dutch wife of the then Deputy Ambassador of the USA, was the  first principal of AISK. The school began with four teachers, a principal, a secretary and a House Master.

AISK is an independent Preschool through Grade 12 school that embraces a US-based education, culminating in the IB Diploma Program. The 3 divisions of our school are: Elementary School (Preschool – Grade 5), Middle School (Grade 6 – Grade 8) and High School (Grade 9 – Grade 12). In 2001, AISK received its initial accreditation with AdvancED now Cognia and reaccredited in 2019 until 2025. In 2008, AISK was authorized to deliver the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP).

Enrollment in the 2020-2021 Academic Year is 278 students – 130 in the Elementary School and 148 in the Middle and High School. By country of birth, 35% of AISK students are Jamaican, 24% are American and 41% are third-country nationals. Approximately 35 nations are represented in our student body. Diversity is reflected not only in the student body but also in the staff/administration. Currently, of the teaching and administrative staff, 56 are Jamaicans, 3 are Americans, 2 are Canadians, 7 are British and there is 1 person from Australia, Germany, The Netherlands and Cuba.

AISK is presently seeking an experienced, dynamic, committed and enthusiastic leader to guide and facilitate its established Elementary School program.




  • Develop a program for the evaluation and improvement of instruction to ensure maximum educational benefits for students
  • Nurture an atmosphere of respect, interest and enthusiasm within the School
  • Communicate openly and effectively with students, staff, administration and community
  • Supervise and provide for the general welfare of students during the school day and extra-curricular activities
  • Maintain effective programs to strengthen and monitor student discipline, attendance and individual progress
  • Select and assign teachers, teaching assistants and administrative assistants
  • Delegate duties for effective staff utilization
  • Encourage the professional growth of teachers by providing advanced training, experimentation and evaluation
  • Maintain school records and file necessary reports
  • Comply with legal and regulatory requirements of the various governmental agencies
  • Plan and organize the school day/year to provide for efficient operation of the school
  • Ensure teachers use student data to guide instruction
  • Participate in the selection of new teachers, teaching assistants and administrative assistants
  • Observe, counsel and motivate professional staff toward performances to attain the educational goals
  • Utilize all available school facilities, materials, and staff
  • Continually evaluate existing programs and practices, curriculum content and pilot our experimental programs
  • Maintain an educational philosophy and school climate which encourages a cooperative and participatory attitude on the part of all teachers and students
  • Maintain a standard of student behavior designed to command respect and minimize school and classroom interruptions
  • Identify intellectual, physical, social and emotional needs affecting students’ success
  • Maintain effective communication to keep staff, students and parents informed
  • Orient new personnel assigned to the Elementary School
  • Have school records available and up to date for ready reference and reporting
  • Plan and conduct faculty meetings
  • Effect or recommend changes which will lead to improved administration, supervision and opportunity for student development
  • Actively participate and encourage staff participation in the PTO and other community groups, as a means of developing understanding, cooperation, and respect for school objectives and endeavors
  • Oversees AISK’s all-school traditional events to ensure that each child has the opportunity to contribute and that subject matter of such events is not repetitive.


  • Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership or Administration OR an Advanced Degree in a related field
  • Experience in a senior school leadership position
  • A proven ability, understanding and commitment to school improvement
  • High degree of cultural sensitivity, flexibility and resourcefulness relevant in the context of a culturally diverse school
  • Experience of an accreditation process
  • Strong HR Leader who can coach and foster professional growth
  • Effective communication skills
  • Fluent in English

Qualified applicants must submit the following to Susan Canobie, Head of School at scanobie@aisk.com by

  • 1- page cover letter
  • Current résumé
  • 1-page statement of educational philosophy and practice
  • The names and contact information of 4 professional referees

The review of applications will begin as soon as applications are received. If an outstanding candidate is identified prior to the deadline, AISK may make an appointment before all applications are received.

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Diana Kerry was an international educator and administrator for 25 years in various countries, including Iran, France, Thailand, and Indonesia.