Ms. Karrie Dietz, originally from the United States, serves Stamford American School Hong Kong with more than 25 years of teaching and school leadership experience in six countries. As a founding member, she has led its development since 2017. Since opening, Ms. Dietz has been instrumental in building a caring community and a strong partnership with parents.
Before joining Stamford in Hong Kong, Karrie served as a Principal at our sister campus, Stamford American International School in Singapore. In this role, she was instrumental in overseeing growth, implementing digital literacy programs and managing the development of language programs, including Stamford’s Mandarin/English Bilingual Program.
Her leadership and curriculum experience extends beyond that of her time in Singapore, as she was previously a Principal of Prem Tinsulanonda International School in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where she facilitated school-wide curriculum development across four International Baccalaureate (IB) programs. Karrie was also the School-Wide Curriculum Coordinator and a Vice-Principal at the American International School in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Karrie is passionate about collaborating with others to empower children to reach their full potential and make a difference. In addition to being an experienced International Baccalaureate workshop leader, Karrie also serves on and leads Council of International Schools accreditation teams for schools in the Asia Pacific region.
Karrie has a Master of Arts in Education from Hamline University and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from St. Catherine University, both in Minnesota. She also holds an International School Leadership Certificate from the Principals’ Training Center in America and an Executive Certificate of Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Stanford University.
Karrie says, “I am absolutely delighted with the caring community we are creating at Stamford. We have a highly qualified team of faculty and staff who are committed to inspiring students and empowering them to succeed."
Secondary School Principal (Grade 6 to 10)
Ms. Teresa Foard joined Stamford from the International School, Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) in Vietnam, a Cognita school, where she served as the Assistant Principal and IBDP Coordinator. She has rich experience in leading, planning, administering, and teaching the IBDP and secondary. Under her leadership, ISHCMC celebrated students with a perfect IB score of 45 points. We look forward to her leading our first graduating cohort to university destinations globally.
Teresa is passionate about inspiring students to develop holistically and purposefully towards their unique academic pathways. She is a future-focused and people-oriented educational leader committed to fostering a culture of respect and collaboration. Teresa is a graduate of the Principal Training Center in London and holds a Masters of Education from the University of Melbourne. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Educational Leadership at James Cook University.
Teresa says, "I'm delighted to be joining the caring and innovative community at Stamford American School Hong Kong. I look forward to supporting students to find their unique pathway to graduation. I believe all students can be great with the right support and will find happiness by pursuing their interests and talents. I am excited to inspire students to take ownership of creating their futures."
Elementary School Principal (Pre-Primary to Grade 5)
Ms. Rose Chambers taught pre-primary at Stamford for our first academic year and she also served as our Lower Elementary Coordinator. Originally from New Zealand, Rose has taught internationally for over 16 years at schools in Japan, China, and Guatemala. She is highly experienced in early childhood teaching and is a specialist in Reading and Writing Workshop, STEM and EAL. Rose has a Masters of International Education from Framingham State University, USA.
Rose says, "Education to me is all about the students, feeling cared for, valued and leading their learning. As a Stamford founding teacher, I feel very proud of what we built during our first year and look forward to continuing to build upon this strong foundation with the help of new and returning families. Our school community is a caring one where real learning happens."
Student Welfare and Safety Principal
Alan has been working at Stamford American School Hong Kong since our beginning in August of 2017. He joined us from another member of the Cognita Schools Group, The Australian International School in Singapore, where he worked as a Physical Education and Mathematics Teacher for five years. Alan has been involved at Stamford American School in a number of capacities during his time. He started as a Physical Education Teacher and CCA Director and has since moved into his current role of Safety and Student Welfare Principal where his first priority is to help look after the Health and Safety of our Stamford School Community. Alan has also been responsible for developing our Co-Curricular Programs here at school during these past three years. He also helps to plan and organize the Outdoor Education Camps that all of our Grade 3 – Grade 10 students enjoy each year. These learning opportunities have provided a lasting impact on all our students as well as the school community as a whole. Alan will continue to ensure our students enjoy a safe and happy school experience during their time at Stamford Hong Kong.
Prior to his time in Singapore and here with Stamford American School Hong Kong, Alan is originally from California in the United States and he spent twenty years living and working in Australia.
Stamford American School Hong Kong offers an inspiring world of education for students aged 5 to 18 using an inquiry-based learning approach combined with rigorous American academic standards. Graduates receive an American diploma and the option of the IB Diploma, both offering access to top universities worldwide.
To prepare children for the future, starting from the age of 5, our pioneering STEMinn program (science, technology, engineering, math and innovation) develops critical skills needed for the 21st century by combining innovative projects with the latest technology. In addition to core subjects, our broad and balanced curriculum includes athletics, the arts, and a daily world language program (Mandarin or Spanish) or a bilingual option (Mandarin/English) in lower elementary. We offer a wide variety of after-school programs so every child can pursue their passion and interests.