Andrew A. Hoover

Head of School (Member : LT & TALL)

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.

Lynn Schneider

Elementary Principal (Member : LT & TALL)

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 will be accompanied by her husband, Greg Clinton, who will teach High School Social Studies, 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

Jessica Pechhold

Middle School Principal (Member : LT & TALL)

Jessica Pechhold is joining us from Hiroshima International School (Japan) where she has been the Secondary Vice Principal since 2014. Jessica has also served as the High School Assistant Principal at Chesapeake High School (Maryland, USA) and has other professional educator experiences as a mentor teacher, social studies teacher, IB psychology teacher, and facilitator of smaller learning communities. Jessica holds a Bachelor’s of Science in secondary education from Pennsylvania State University (USA) and a Master’s degree in school improvement and leadership from Goucher College (Maryland, USA). She will be joining us with her husband, Bert, daughter, Monica (age 9), and son, Victor (age 8).

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

Joelle Basnight

High School Principal (Member : LT & TALL)

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. 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!

Dan Love

Director of Teaching & Learning (Member : LT & TALL)

Dan grew up in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and now has a home in New Hampshire with his wife Amy and two sons. Prior to joining AISC in 2016, Dan was the Dean of Faculty (2010-2016) at New Hampton School (NHS) in central New Hampshire. He was also the Global Curriculum Coordinator (2007-2010) responsible for starting the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, reciprocal student exchange, and rethinking service learning. Before his administrative position at NHS, he taught IB history at the American School Foundation in Mexico City (2004-2007). Milan, Italy was where Dan started his international teaching career at the American School (2001-2004). Before teaching internationally Dan was an Outward Bound Instructor in Colorado and Utah, while he was teaching in Arizona. He has earned a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University (California), a Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University, along with a principal’s and teaching credential. Dan most recently co-chaired a re-accreditation visit with New England Association of School and College (NEASC) and has presented at The Association of Independent Boarding Schools (TABS) and Independent Schools of Northern New England (ISANNE) conferences.

“The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration our growth is limited to our own perspectives.”
- Robert John Meehan

Soyeon Lee

Advancement Director

Soyeon’s love for South India began when she moved from Seoul to Bangalore in the early 90s. She attended an international boarding school in Kodaikanal, India. Prior to AISC, Soyeon was at Cornell University studying change management as it relates to shifting the culture of an organization. During her time at Cornell, she partnered with publicly traded businesses, including IBM, Amazon, and General Electric, to understand and forecast the impact of AI on Human Resources. In addition, she worked with Cisco Systems, Inc, on their long-term culture strategy and on recruiting and retaining women in STEM. Prior to graduate school, Soyeon was based in New York City for 8 years. Her experience includes strategy implementation, operations, and logistics at Macy’s corporate. Soyeon also has experience leading primary research analysts to conduct market trend and competitive analysis. Soyeon joined AISC in 2018 as the High School Personalized Learning Coordinator and steps into the Director of Advancement role in July 2019. Soyeon is excited to work more closely with the larger AISC community in living out our mission and values.

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

Alankrit V Arora

Chief Business Officer (Member : LT)

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

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

Elementry School Associate Principal (Member : TALL)

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

Mike Malone

High School Associate Principal (Member : TALL)

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.

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

The Leadership Team (LT)

The Leadership Team at the American International School Chennai fosters a learning culture throughout the school by living our Mission, practicing a growth mindset, supporting all staff and one another, and ensuring effective communication and collaboration school-wide. The Leadership Team is led by the Head of School and meets weekly as the primary decision-making body regarding school management and operations.

Teaching and Learning Leadership Team (TALL)

The Teaching and Learning Leadership Team at the American International School Chennai strives to provide clarity and cohesion on school-wide teaching and learning priorities. The Teaching and Learning Team is led by the Director of Teaching and Learning and meets bi-weekly to ideate, plan, and evaluate priorities that are directly related to our strategic plan, curriculum development process, and professional learning.

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