Welcome Message from our New Deputy Head of Primary and Leader of Soi 20
Updated: May 14, 2021
Dear Members of the AISB Community,
I am very excited to be joining the AISB Community as the Leader of Soi 20 and
Deputy Head of Primary.
I am an American who enjoyed an amazing childhood in Hawaii. I left Oahu, my home island to attend college in Washington State, where I earned a BA in Elementary Education, a Master’s in Administrative Leadership, and my Superintendent’s Certificate. I raised my children in Washington and enjoyed a fulfilling career as an elementary classroom teacher for 12 years, followed by 18 years as an administrator. I had always wanted to work internationally, but waited until my children were grown before I followed my adventurous spirit.
I began my international career as the Elementary Principal of the American
International School of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, which was an amazing experience. I worked with the nursery to Gr 5 students (Yr. 6) and found that serving a highly diverse community strengthened my professional skills and deepened my understanding and appreciation of different cultures. I then moved on to serve as the Primary Principal (4-8-year old’s) of Dubai American Academy in the UAE, where we did great work in promoting inquiry-based learning and the PYP Learner Profile Traits. My next position was working with nursery to Gr 6 (Yr. 7) students as the Elementary Principal of the International Montessori School of Beijing. I absolutely loved working within a Montessori learning environment. My most recent experience was at the Schutz American Academy in Alexandria, Egypt serving as the Elementary/Middle School Principal.
As a school leader, I have a high commitment to creating a welcoming and
inclusive learning school environment. For our younger students, I feel it is
especially important that we provide them the experiences which are intentionally designed to build a strong foundation of the learner profile traits such as collaboration, perseverance, risk-taking and compassion.
The passion that I felt as a teacher for my students’ learning has continued to
fuel my work as an administrator. I am committed to nurturing a school environment where students love coming to school and every child feels safe, supported, understood, and valued.
In my free time, I am passionate about sewing, enjoy losing myself in a good
book, and find outdoor activities spiritually and physically rewarding. I am also
the very proud grandmother of a 3-year-old granddaughter, whom I treasure
Laura King, New Deputy Head of Primary and Leader of Soi 20