Elementary  School Principal at Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln in Argentina
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Elementary School Principal
Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln (Argentina)

Appointed - Derek Dalasta
Dec 14, 2023
Jan 15, 2024


Dear Search Associates Colleagues:

On behalf of Lincoln School’s community, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Derek Dalasta as the new Elementary School Principal beginning in July 2024. This significant appointment was the result of an extensive global search led by Search Associates.

With a career spanning 18 years, Mr. Dalasta has been a devoted teacher and leader in the US, the Czech Republic, South Korea and Mexico. Currently, he holds the position of Principal at Briarcrest Elementary School in Shoreline, Washington, having served in leadership roles at two previous schools in Washington since 2017. Mr. Dalasta is enthusiastic about returning to international education, and this will be his first leadership role in a school overseas. 

Mr. Dalasta’s educational journey began with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Foundations of Education at the University of Minnesota.  He then earned an M.Ed. at the University of Minnesota and, subsequently, obtained his Principal’s certification and a Post-Master’s Certificate of Educational Leadership from The College of New Jersey. He has worked with dual language models both as a teacher in Guadalajara, México, and as principal in Shoreline Elementary Schools in the United States. During his time as an administrator, Mr. Dalasta led two schools through the design and construction process of a new school building and facility modernization projects.

While in leadership roles, Mr. Dalasta has used data, research, and reflection to lead school change and meet the individual needs of students and their families and cultivate a school culture of belonging and growth.  He is dedicated to fostering an inclusive atmosphere that promotes both academic excellence and personal growth among students.

Mr. Dalasta will be accompanied by his wife, Ms. Sarah Caulfeild Dalasta, a highly skilled elementary school educator with experience teaching in Mexico, South Korea, the Czech Republic, and the United States, and two sons, Vincent and Luca. The whole family is thrilled to join the Lincoln community!

In accepting the position, Mr. Dalasta stated: “Sarah and I are honored and overjoyed to join the Lincoln School community! We have been impressed with all of the community members we met through the search process; the care and commitment to empowering our next generation of leaders and learners is inspiring. I am excited to continue the rich traditions and to help shape the next chapter in the Lincoln story!”

Lincoln School and Search Associates wish to thank each of the candidates who expressed interest in this important position and everyone who contributed to the success of our extensive search process.




Dr. Diana Martelly, Senior Consultant

Mr. Paul Poore, Senior Consultant




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