Andrew A. Hoover (Membership: SLT)

Head of School

Andrew is originally from Boston, Massachusetts and now calls Oregon home. He joined AISC as head of school in 2011. Prior to his tenure in Chennai, he spent six years at the American School of Bombay (ASB) as founding Middle School Principal and Director of Strategic Planning and Implementation. He taught social studies and served in several leadership roles at The American School in Japan (Tokyo, Japan) from 1994-2005, and began his career as a high school history teacher at the Poughkeepsie Day School (Poughkeepsie, New York). Andrew has a B.A. in history and English literature from Macalester College (St. Paul, Minnesota), an M.A. in political-economic geography from the University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), and has a lifetime teaching credential from New York State. In 2002-2003, he completed the educational leadership program at The University of Oregon. Andrew currently serves on the NESA Board of Trustees and as a Commissioner of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).

Great schools are good schools that always strive to get better. We take improvement, innovation, and the process of excellence very seriously here at AISC.

Joelle Basnight (Membership: SLT, LT4, LT)

Deputy Head of School

Joelle grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and now calls Austin, Texas, home in the summers. She joined AISC as the High School Principal in 2014, moving into the Deputy Head of School role in 2021. Prior to Chennai, she served as the High School Principal at Cairo American College and the Lincoln School in Buenos Aires, Argentina as well as the High School Assistant Principal at Shanghai American School. Prior to moving into Administration, Joelle was a social/emotional, college and academic counselor at Shanghai American School and the American Embassy School, New Delhi. Prior to that she taught IB Psychology, IB TOK and Chemistry at Colegio Americano de Quito in Ecuador. Joelle has her B.Sc. in Biology and History of Art (Oxford Brookes University), an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling (Webster University), an M.A. in International Administration (Lehigh University) and an M.B.A. (Endicott College). She is a National Board Certified Counselor as well as a licensed K-12 Counselor and K-12 Principal in the State of New Mexico. In 2019, Joelle was chosen by the U.S. Department of State - Office of Overseas Schools (DoSOS) to be one of two Principals of the Year, an award conferred by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

AISC is a very special place... the halls are filled with joyful and dedicated students, the faculty is forward looking and student centered and India is an inspiring country filled with warm and wonderful people. There is no where else I would rather be!

Lynn Schneider (Membership: SLT, LT4, LT)

Elementary Principal

Lynn Schneider joined AISC in July 2020. Prior to her joining us, she spent the last three years as the Elementary School Associate Principal at Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt, American School in Lima, Peru. Lynn has also worked as the Lower School Head (Principal) at Harbor Country Day School in St. James, New York. She has experience as a teacher across virtually all grades in the elementary school, having taught at the American Embassy School in New Delhi, Khartoum American School (Sudan), Nishimachi International School (Tokyo, Japan), and Taipei American School. She has also been an Instructional Technology Coordinator. Lynn has a Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership from Harvard University, a Master’s degree in Technology for Educators from Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from American University, Washington, DC. Lynn joins us with her husband, Greg Clinton, Director of Technology, and their two elementary aged sons, Soren and Blake.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
-- Maya Angelou

Jennifer Bertram (Membership: SLT, LT4, LT)

Middle School Principal

Jennifer is joining us from the American International School Dhaka (AISD) where she was the Middle School Principal. Prior to joining the AISD team in 2016, Jennifer has served in numerous roles. From 1993–2016, she was a teacher and administrator at Escola Americana de Campinas in Campinas, Brazil. She was the Upper School information technology teacher before becoming the Upper School Dean of Students and then later, the Middle School Assistant Principal. Jennifer hails from Canada where she grew up outside of Toronto. She received her Bachelor’s degree in applied studies and history at the University of Waterloo and she has earned two Master's degrees in Education and International Education Administration from the College of New Jersey (USA) and Endicott College (USA), respectively. Jennifer will join us with her husband, Agnaldo, a travel entrepreneur, and son Luca (age 15). Jennifer’s oldest child, Kiara, is a first-year university student in Canada.

"The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds."
- John F. Kennedy

Mike Malone (Membership: SLT, LT4, LT)

High School Principal

Michael Malone joined AISC in 2015 as an English as Additional Language (EAL) and English teacher. Before joining AISC, Mike had been working in the United States where was the Assistant Principal at Amherst Regional Middle School in Amherst, Massachusetts. In 2016, Mike became Associate Principal in the High School here at AISC. Mike has previously served as an IB/AP Coordinator at Lincoln International School, Buenos Aires, Argentina; social studies teacher at the American Embassy School, New Delhi; and EAL instructor in School Number 1, Slovakia. Mike has a B.A. degree in political science from the University of Rochester, New York, and an M.A. in social studies education from the University of Albany, New York, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Education Administration from the University of Albany.

The only journey is the one within.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

Gregory Clinton (Membership: SLT, LT4, LT)

Director of Technologies

Gregory Clinton joined AISC in the 2020–2021 school year from the Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt, American School in Lima (Peru), where he was the Instructional Design and Technology Coach. Prior to his move to Lima, he worked at Stony Brook University in New York (USA), at the American Embassy School in New Delhi (India), and at the Khartoum American School (Sudan). Greg has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the College of Wooster (USA), a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the KU Leuven (Belgium), and a Doctorate degree in Comparative Literature from Stony Brook University (USA). Greg is here with his wife, Lynn Schneider, the Elementary School Principal, and their two sons, Soren (age 9) and Blake (age 7).

“If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.”
-Carl Sagan

Alankrit V Arora (Membership: SLT)

Chief Business Officer

Alankrit Arora joined AISC in 2012 as the founding Director of Business Affairs and is currently the Chief Business Officer (CBO) of the school where in he oversees all aspects of operations of AISC comprising of Finance, Facility Management, Personnel and HR, Housing, Security, Food Services, Health Office, Transport, Purchase, Projects, Risk Management and Compliance. Prior to joining AISC, Alankrit was the Senior Staff Officer to the Admiralty at the Command and Area Station Headquarters at Mumbai. In his career as a Naval officer Alankrit has held the positions of Staff Officer to Senior Admirals at Naval and Command Headquarters, Assistant Officer in Charge at Ministry of Defense, Head of IT and Training, Chief Ministers Military Liaison, Project In charge and member of audit, operational and governing boards, Officer/Deputy Officer in Charge of various administrative units and was also an airborne Paratrooper. Alankrit also received the Commander in Chiefs Commendation for meritorious and outstanding service in 2011. Alankrit is an alumnus of the Naval Academy, Naval Engineering Course and holds a B.Tech. from the Naval College of Engineering. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Advanced Management Program (AMP) from Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and also holds Executive Certifications in Strategy, Innovation, Technology and Business Management from MIT Sloan.

Geared to excel.

Deborah Allen (Membership: LT)

Director of Admissions and Parent/Alumni Relations

Deb is originally from the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York on the east coast of the United States, but spent most of her adult life living on the west coast in Portland, Oregon. She began her career as an early childhood educator, initially as a teacher and then a program director of a child development center. In 1999, she transitioned into higher education administration working in the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University. For over fifteen years, she served in a myriad of roles related to graduate teacher education and preparation, including program development, licensing and accreditation, recruitment, admissions advising, and student services. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Elementary Education from Gettysburg College (Pennsylvania, USA). She earned her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and her Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Portland State University (Portland, Oregon).

Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.
- Maria Montessori

David Allen (Membership: LT)

Elementary School Associate Principal

Dave Allen joined AISC in 2018. He was previously at Richmond Elementary School (Oregon, USA) where Dave had been the principal from 2016-2018 and was assistant principal from 2014 to 2016. He also worked as Assistant Professor of Special Education at Portland State University and as a Learning Support Specialist in different elementary and high school settings. Dave has international experiences working as a consultant in Bulgaria and English language teacher in Japan. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Educational Psychology and Rhetoric, a Master’s in Special Education from the University of Minnesota (USA), and a Ph.D. in Early Invention from the University of Oregon. He is joined by his wife, Deb, who is the Director of Admissions and Parent/Alumni Relations and their son, Sawyer (age 10).

Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.
- Malala Yousafzai

Chris Galaty (Membership: LT)

HS Associate Principal

Christopher Galaty previously served as the high school math teacher and Assistant Principal at Nanjing International School (China). Before that, he worked at the American International School of Dhaka (AISD) and American School of Warsaw as a high school math teacher. Christopher has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Education from the University of St. Olaf College (USA) and Master’s degrees in International Education and International Development from the American University (USA), and in Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois at Springfield (USA). He is here with his wife, Gretchen Galaty, the Middle School Counselor and sons, Leo (age 11) and Tomie (age 8).

Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.
- Maria Montessori


Senior Leadership Team (SLT)

The Senior Leadership Team empowers our community to engage with complex human relationships and diverse perspectives supporting individuals to live our Mission, Values, and Vision for the AISC Learner.

LT 4

LT 4 provides decision-making oversight for the Leadership Team and Instructional Leadership team in terms of programmatic, professional development, curricular, and extracurricular initiative implementation.

Leadership Team (LT)

The Leadership Team learns together through professional reading and dialogue to ensure a collective understanding of the future of education and its potential impact on our learning ecosystem. Further, the team measures growth and identifies intersections through the student success framework to communicate success and highlight interdependence. Finally, team members mutually support and encourage goal development, implementation, and achievement at all-school and sectional levels.

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