Cherie R. Litwiller
Experienced Director of Education and school leader, with 22 years of international experience across a range of curricula including US, UK and IB programmes. Strong strategic and operational leadership capabilities with a key focus on school start up projects and acquisitions for multi-national school groups. Proven track record of effective school change management, improved inspection outcomes, staff efficiency, fiscal management and leadership mentoring. Passionate in ensuring every child has the best learning experience in every lesson.
Education: Doctor of Educational Leadership – ABD June 2007
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania USA
Master’s of Arts in Teaching June 1998-May 1999
George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon USA
Bachelor’s of Science, Biology Sept. 1992-Dec. 1996
Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota USA
Leadership Middle East Regional Director of Education and Learning
Experience: International Schools Partnership – Dubai, UAE July 2018-present
Directed the education and learning developments of 6 different schools in 2 different countries (FS/Pre-KG through Grade 12/Year 13 including British, American, IPC, IEYC and IB schools)
Successfully opened a school, in Qatar, from the inception to opening the front doors for students including all aspects of designing curriculum, document approval from the local ministry, writing website content, to ensuring implementation of all academic areas including student progress and attainment data to improve student achievement.
Provided leadership to develop and promote data focused expectations that focus on successful outcomes for the school leaders, ensuring more effective and appropriate teaching and learning
Ensure the schools’ development and review of strategic plans, data reports, school self-evaluations in accordance with the local ministry guidelines, the International Schools Partnership organization and the NEASC organization.
Created systems, in conjunction with HR, for the selection, supervision, development and performance review of all staff in the schools.
Established effective communication strategies including media content to ensure all stakeholders were informed of key developments, school successes, local issues and school decisions.
Conducted school visits including pre-inspection teams of school leaders to assess, identify and support educational initiatives and school improvement in the schools.
Developed, researched and authored all the schools’ reopening plans including onsite, blended, and distance learning
Successfully developed the UAE schools’ distance learning provision to the highest rating of ‘Developed’ for KDHA and ADEK
Implemented a staffing estimator tool that ensured maximum staffing utilization and efficiency in both our American and UK curriculum schools.
Served on the schools’ governance boards as a representative of the ownership company.
Al Najah Private School – Abu Dhabi, UAE September 2015- July 2018
Directed the curricula and teaching processes in a 2400 student population, Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12, British and International Baccalaureate Diploma program school.
Provided a safe and caring environment that fostered well-being, maintained respectful and responsible behavior for each student.
Provided leadership to promote clear, consistent expectations that focused on successful outcomes for the Secondary students on their external exam results including IGCSE, AS, A levels and IB Diploma results.
Facilitated the implementation of various measures to assess the academic achievement of students, including tests administered by GL Assessment.
Provided leadership for the development and review of a multi-year strategic plan, in accordance with ADEK regulations.
Effectively led an ADEK inspection that resulted in the school moving from “Acceptable” to “Good”, being 1 of only 7 schools that moved up a band out of 48 schools
Academic Affairs Senior Coordinator
Qatar Foundation – Doha, Qatar January 2013-January 2016
Assessed, analyzed, evaluated, identified and supported the KG – Grade 12 educational requirements to close any academic gap for eight KG – Grade 12 schools.
Evaluated and recommended various educational programs, curriculums and accreditation for the new Qatar Foundation educational centers
Coordinated with consultants on projects with the Department, the K-12 schools and the new educational centers to ensure the schools were using the current trends in education and research.
Participated in the IB school accreditation process in coordination with the Associated Director of Academic Affairs.
Consolidated policies and procedures across the eight KG – Grade 12 schools.
IB DP Vice Principal and Coordinator, IB DP CAS Coordinator, IB DP Chemistry Teacher, IB MYP Science Teacher
Raha International School – Abu Dhabi, UAE August 2008-August 2011
Prepared and led the school through the IB DP Authorization Process
Facilitated the daily running of the IB DP programme including scheduling, report writing, curriculum and instructional issues, curriculum development and management, student discipline, the pastoral care program, building operations, student admissions, university counseling and school-community relations
IB DP Coordinator, IB DP CAS Coordinator, IB DP Chemistry and Biology Teacher,
IB MYP Science Teacher
Luanda International School – Luanda, Angola August 2005-June 2008
Other Teaching Substitute Teacher
Experience: Mt. Pleasant Community School District – Mt. Pleasant, Iowa August 2011-December 2012
IB DP Chemistry, MYP Chemistry and Science Teacher
The International School of Amsterdam – Amstelveen, The Netherlands August 2003-June 2005
IB DP Chemistry, General Chemistry, Biology and SAT Prep Teacher
Modern Knowledge School – Manama, Bahrain August 2001-June 2003
Advanced Placement Chemistry and General Chemistry Teacher
Abraham Lincoln High School – San Jose, California, USA August 2000-June 2001
Chemistry and Life Science Teacher
Kofa High School – Yuma, Arizona, USA August 1999-May 2000
IB Responsibilities: IB DP Programme Field Representative, IB DP Authorization Visit Team Member, IB Administration, Pedagogical Leadership and DP Chemistry Workshop Leader, IB DP Online Workshop Leader – Introduction to the Diploma Programme, Diploma Coordination, Chemistry, IB DP Chemistry Internal Assessment Examiner,
PD: Guest Speaker and Presenter at Middle East School Leadership Conference, Participant in ADEK workshop – Going from Good to Outstanding, Middle East IB Association Council Secretary
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