Ms. Karrie Dietz

Head of School

Ms. Karrie Dietz

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 Director of Teaching and Learning 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 received Executive Certificates of Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Stanford University, MBA Essentials from the London School of Economics, and International School Leadership from the Principals’ Training Center. She completed her MA in Education from Hamline University, Minnesota, USA.

Teresa Foard

Secondary School Principal (Grade 6 to 12)

Teresa Foard

Ms. Teresa Foard joined Stamford in 2020 from the International School, Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) in Vietnam, a Cognita school, where she served as the Assistant Principal and IB DP Coordinator. Originally from Australia, she has held leadership positions in Australia, England, Vietnam, Lao PDR and Germany.

She has rich experience in leading, planning, administering, and teaching the IBDP in secondary schools. Under her leadership, students have celebrated perfect IB DP scores of 45 points. She is also an IB workshop leader who trains IB educators and leaders in the Asia Pacific region. 

Teresa is a future-focused and people-oriented educational leader committed to fostering a culture of respect and collaboration. She is a graduate of the Principal Training Center and holds a Masters of Education from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in educational leadership at James Cook University, Australia

Teresa says, "I'm committed 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."

Rose Chambers

Elementary School Principal (Pre-Primary to Grade 5)

Rose Chambers

Ms. Rose Chambers Joined Stamford as a founding member in 2017. Originally from New Zealand, Rose has taught internationally for over 18 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 about the students feeling cared for, valued, and leading their learning. As a Stamford founding teacher, I feel very proud of what we have built during our first years and look forward to continuing to build upon this strong foundation with the help of our families. Our school community is a caring one where real learning happens."

Alan Erickson

Student Welfare and Safety Principal

Alan Erickson

Alan has been working at Stamford American School Hong Kong since we first opened back 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 here. 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 support the Health and Safety of our Stamford School Community. Alan has been responsible for developing our Co-Curricular Programs here at school during these last four years. He has helped to plan and organize the Outdoor Education Camps that all of our Grade 3 – Grade 11 students enjoy each year. These learning opportunities have provided a lasting impact on all of 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 his time spent here with Stamford American School Hong Kong, Alan is originally from California and he spent twenty years living in Australia.