Ms. Karrie Dietz joined Stamford American School Hong Kong after more than 25 years of teaching and school leadership experience in 5 countries. Most recently, Karrie served as a Principal at our sister campus, Stamford American International School in Singapore, where she oversaw the growth of the Elementary School division from 450 to 800 students.
In this role, she was instrumental in implementing digital literacy programs and managing the development of language programs, including Stamford’s Mandarin/English Bilingual Program. Since opening Ms. Dietz has been instrumental in building a caring community and a strong partnership with parents.
Her leadership and curriculum experience extends beyond that of her time in Singapore, as she was previously a Principal of the Prem Tinsulanonda International School in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she facilitated school-wide curriculum development across four International Baccalaureate (IB) programs. This included the use of standards, benchmarks and curriculum mapping software. 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 located 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."
Upper School Principal (Grade 4 to 9)
Neil joined Stamford in August 2018 and leads the development of the high school and oversees the higher grades as the school grows. He has over 25 years of teaching experience of which the last 15 years focused on Middle / High School roles. Most recently, Neil was the Principal of The American School of Bangkok overseeing a K-12 day-school. He has also worked in the Philippines and has a Masters in Education from New Jersey, USA.
Neil says, “It’s about kids! Those simple, straightforward yet incredibly complex beings that pass through our hallways should be the daily focus of all our efforts as educators. I believe that a school should be a place where attending each day is enjoyable and enlightening – where students look forward to coming to school and want to learn. To that end, I am committed to creating a positive learning atmosphere that is student-centered and inclusive. I believe that students learn best when they are in a safe, supportive environment that allows freedom to explore and builds confidence by making ALL feel welcome and important.”
Lower School Principal (Pre-Primary to Grade 4)
Rose 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 been teaching internationally for the last 14 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 joined Stamford Hong Kong as the Athletics and CCA Director from the Australian International School in Singapore in 2017. He has delivered high-quality teaching programs over the past 25 years in Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Alan has been instrumental in providing opportunities for our students to thrive outside the classroom by developing our CCA programs, organizing various athletic events as well as leading the Outdoor Education Camps here at school.
These learning opportunities have provided a lasting impact on all our students as well as the school community as a whole. He will continue to ensure our students enjoy a safe and happy school experience during their time at Stamford Hong Kong.
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.