Find Yourself at ISKL – Leadership in Education Edition

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At The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL), our mission and vision statements are the bedrock of everything we do. We believe our holistic education promotes student agency that produces self-directed students who explore and pursue their interests with passion and successfully manage the complexities of our evolving world. Hence, the same level of agency is also expected from our educators to make the right decisions that will help our students grow. 

The ‘Find Yourself At ISKL’ series is an opportunity to listen to our community members as they share their journey of self-discovery, how they explored or discovered their passions and competencies while at ISKL. 

Today we invite you to hear from inspirational individuals who are passionate advocates for ensuring all students have access to learning that meets their needs and aspirations. 

Rami Madani, Head of School

“As leaders, if we were to leave a legacy, that legacy should be about people, to help them be better citizens to improve the world for themselves, others, and the environment.”

Julie Olson, Elementary School Principal

‘‘I find it enormously inspiring every day to see students fully participating in everything that we offer here at ISKL. All of the experiences, co-curricular, athletic, and education-wise — it inspires me, too!”

Azra Pathan, Elementary School Assistant Principal

‘‘I recognize other unique perspectives my colleagues bring and their backgrounds. These individuals have transformed the community into a more inclusive one that cultivates this sense of belonging. That’s the essence of shared leadership, and I discovered it here at ISKL.”

Peter Casey, Middle School Principal 

‘‘As a school leader, I want to ensure that we have excellent teachers, facilities, and programs to help every child be the person they can be, to reach their potential, and be all they are. I’m incredibly proud to be a leader here, and I am always inspired by the kids I teach and the teachers I work with. I feel fortunate, very fortunate to be a part of this community.”

Doug Woodward, Middle School Assistant Principal

‘‘A fun memory at ISKL is a tradition that builds on the community is – the Clap Out! Just remembering the students, the hugs, tears, and connections they made are pretty unique at ISKL. I think that’s something that made me find myself, which I want to guard and keep for the rest of my life.”

Jeff Farrington, High School Principal

‘‘Students take risks – being in a safe environment to take those risks, and when things don’t go perfectly, other students support them, pick them up, help them out, celebrate them, and cheer them on. In this environment and through the diversity we have, we don’t just appreciate diversity. We seek it out!” 

Jeff Harwood, High School Assistant Principal

“We know that ISKL has high academic rigor, but we’re so much more than that as a school. And the fact that our students have the opportunity to connect and take pride in our school beyond the classroom in that way is something special. And it makes me very proud to work at a place like ISKL, where students have so many different opportunities.”

We invite you to also come on this journey with us to Find Yourself at ISKL. Head over here to watch the series on our YouTube channel.

About ISKL

Established in 1965, The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) has become known as a center of excellence in the world of international education. ISKL is a co-educational, private, not-for-profit school responsible for the learning journey of 1,500 students aged 3-18 years representing more than 65 nationalities at its campus in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

ISKL offers a robust international curriculum which combines leading North American educational frameworks with global best practice.  The curriculum recognizes that students are on a lifelong learning journey and is driven by ISKL’s mission to challenge each student to “Be All You Are” and develop the attitudes, skills, knowledge, and understanding to become a highly successful, spirited, socially responsible global citizen.

ISKL is accredited internationally through the Council of International Schools (CIS), and in the United States through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). There is a strong focus on service and sustainability across its divisions and is a member of the Eco-Schools organization and the Green Schools Alliance.

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