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Carma Elliot CMG OBE
College President

Carma joined UWCSEA in August 2019 as the first College President. A career British diplomat for 23 years until 2010, Carma worked in a wide variety of roles and across continents, including bilateral politics, trade and investment, immigration and protocol. Her final three postings were as Consul-General in Chongqing (China), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and finally Shanghai (China).

Carma has spent much of her adult life in China; 2019 marked the 35th anniversary of Carma first going to China, as a student at Fudan University in Shanghai. After leaving the Foreign Office, Carma became Executive Director at China’s single largest international NGO, the Half the Sky Foundation (2010-2013), focused on enriching the lives of China’s orphaned children, before joining the British Council in 2013 as Director China, and concurrently Minister for Culture and Education in the British Embassy Beijing, a member of the Ambassador’s senior leadership team. Throughout her professional life, Carma has affected meaningful change in the government, international education and development sectors in several countries, most recently completing a complex business transformation at the British Council in China.

Carma is originally from Scotland, and is proud to call herself a global citizen. A ‘third culture kid’ herself, she grew up living in multiple countries as her family moved around with her father’s job. Through her professional life, she has developed a deep knowledge of the cultural nuances required to successfully navigate and create intercultural understanding and an appreciation of the importance of respecting diverse perspectives when working towards peace between people. Carma has been honoured twice by Her Majesty The Queen, for her service to the UK abroad.

She is single and has two adopted daughters.

A letter from the College President
Carma Elliot CMG OBE
College President

Carma joined UWCSEA in August 2019 as the first College President. A career British diplomat for 23 years until 2010, Carma worked in a wide variety of roles and across continents, including bilateral politics, trade and investment, immigration and protocol. Her final three postings were as Consul-General in Chongqing (China), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and finally Shanghai (China).

Carma has spent much of her adult life in China; 2019 marked the 35th anniversary of Carma first going to China, as a student at Fudan University in Shanghai. After leaving the Foreign Office, Carma became Executive Director at China’s single largest international NGO, the Half the Sky Foundation (2010-2013), focused on enriching the lives of China’s orphaned children, before joining the British Council in 2013 as Director China, and concurrently Minister for Culture and Education in the British Embassy Beijing, a member of the Ambassador’s senior leadership team. Throughout her professional life, Carma has affected meaningful change in the government, international education and development sectors in several countries, most recently completing a complex business transformation at the British Council in China.

Carma is originally from Scotland, and is proud to call herself a global citizen. A ‘third culture kid’ herself, she grew up living in multiple countries as her family moved around with her father’s job. Through her professional life, she has developed a deep knowledge of the cultural nuances required to successfully navigate and create intercultural understanding and an appreciation of the importance of respecting diverse perspectives when working towards peace between people. Carma has been honoured twice by Her Majesty The Queen, for her service to the UK abroad.

She is single and has two adopted daughters.


Leadership, Opinion, UWC
Carma Elliot CMG OBE joins UWCSEA in August 2019 
Kate Woodford
Senior Manager, Marketing and Business Development

Kate is a marketing and communications professional whose passion lies in creating personal meaning and connections for an audience - which is why she has extensive experience in the highly personal sectors of tourism and education. Skilled in corporate and strategic communications, with proven expertise in translating industry and consumer data into communication plans and marketing and content strategy, Kate is now helping to lead the further development of the customer experience strategy for UWCSEA. Part of the team that opened UWCSEA's East Campus, Kate has worked at the College for 12 years in a variety of communications and marketing roles on all three campuses. Prior to UWCSEA, Kate worked at Tourism Australia in a Trade Development role and started her career in tourism at Tourism Queensland, supervising a highly successful sales team based in the Sydney CDB, back in the days of the Queensland Travel Centres! 

Kate has a Master’s in Communications and Public Relations from the University of Technology Sydney and a Business Degree in Tourism Management from what is now Southern Cross University in Australia. 


Leadership
On becoming an ally 
Gemma Dawson
IBDP English Language and Literature and Theory of Knowledge (ToK) teacher, East Campus

Gemma Dawson is an IBDP English Language and Literature and Theory of Knowledge (ToK) teacher in the UWCSEA East High School in Singapore. For the past 10 years, she has also been an Associate Examiner for the IB in English Literature Part 1 and World Studies EE. Previously, Gemma taught IGCSE and IBDP Language and Literature at the International School of Geneva,

At UWCSEA, she is also a staff facilitator of Initiative for Peace (IFP), a leadership programme to develop students as peace-builders, and of Voices for Refugees, a student-led advocacy group.

She has a BA in English Lit and an MSt in Women's Studies from the University of Oxford and is currently enrolled in a Masters programme at the University of Glasgow in Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Research.


Opinion
Explore how educators at UWCSEA deliver a concept-based curriculum 
Carla Marschall
Director of Teaching and Learning, UWCSEA East

Carla Marschall was appointed as the Infant School Vice Principal in August 2016, and began working on UWCSEA's curriculum project in 2017, taking on the Dover Campus post of Head of Curriculum Development and Research in addition to her role as Vice Principal. In August 2018, she moved to the full-time position of Head of Curriculum Development and Research for the College. Most recently, in Decmeber 2019, Carla was appointed Director of Teaching and Learning at UWCSEA East Campus.

Prior to joining UWCSEA appointment, she held the role of Assistant Head of Infants at another large international school in Singapore. Carla came to Singapore from Zurich, Switzerland, where she oversaw curriculum development and implementation from Pre-K to Grade 8. Prior to living in Switzerland, she worked in Hong Kong and in Berlin, Germany as a PYP Coordinator and Primary Vice Principal.

Carla holds a Masters in Elementary Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College and has recently finished a second Masters in Applied Educational Leadership and Management with the Institute of Education, University of London. Passionate about curriculum design for young children, she is especially interested in the role of the curriculum to help students develop critical and creative thinking skills. A workshop leader and concept-based curriculum and instruction trainer, she also consults other international schools interested in restructuring their programmes and co-authored Planning for Concept-Based Inquiry which wqas published in 2018. She was instrumental in designing UWCSEA's first micro-credential 'Planning for Concept-Based Teaching and Learning' which is offered through Digital Promise.

In her free time, Carla enjoys traveling, yoga and other outdoor activities. Together with her partner David, she has two young children who keep them busy.

Kate Woodford
Senior Manager, Marketing and Business Development

Kate is a marketing and communications professional whose passion lies in creating personal meaning and connections for an audience - which is why she has extensive experience in the highly personal sectors of tourism and education. Skilled in corporate and strategic communications, with proven expertise in translating industry and consumer data into communication plans and marketing and content strategy, Kate is now helping to lead the further development of the customer experience strategy for UWCSEA. Part of the team that opened UWCSEA's East Campus, Kate has worked at the College for 12 years in a variety of communications and marketing roles on all three campuses. Prior to UWCSEA, Kate worked at Tourism Australia in a Trade Development role and started her career in tourism at Tourism Queensland, supervising a highly successful sales team based in the Sydney CDB, back in the days of the Queensland Travel Centres! 

Kate has a Master’s in Communications and Public Relations from the University of Technology Sydney and a Business Degree in Tourism Management from what is now Southern Cross University in Australia. 


Holistic Learning Programme, Research, Teaching and Learning, UWCSEA concept based curriculum
A Global Perspectives essay 
Zara Curtis
Grade 9 student, East Campus

Zara Curtis is a Grade 9 student on East Campus


Research, Technology
 
Elizabeth Bray
Head of UWCSEA Dover

Elizabeth (Lizzie) took on the role of Head of UWCSEA Dover in August 2018, having been appointed as Principal of Middle School for Dover in August 2015. Elizabeth has held several posts since joining the College as a Science and Mathematics teacher in 1996, one of which was co-leading the Curriculum Articulation Project, working with teachers from K1 to Grade 12 across the Dover and East Campuses to write a K-12 concept-based curriculum encompassing all five elements of the UWCSEA learning programme. She was elected by the teaching staff on Dover to serve on the Board of Governors from 2006-2010. Since leading the Dover Campus through the CIS-WASC Accreditation process in 2010 she has served as a member of CIS-WASC Visiting Teams accrediting international schools in South East Asia. Prior to joining UWCSEA she taught in Canada, the Dominican Republic and Bahrain. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Elizabeth speaks English and French fluently. She holds a BSc (Geological Sciences) from McGill University and an MSc (Science Education) from Oregon State University.

Elizabeth believes passionately in the potential of every child and Middle School students will always be her ‘favourite’ as she enjoys the energy and enthusiasm these young people generate as they strive to understand who they are and how they connect with the world around them.

In her spare time Elizabeth enjoys swimming, yoga and long walks with her husband Peter and their sons, Max and Leo who both attend UWCSEA Dover.

Dr Erin Robinson
Middle School Principal

Dr Erin Robinson joined UWCSEA East as Middle School Principal in August 2015 after moving from Tokyo, Japan. Erin holds a Masters and Doctoral degree in Education from the University of Denver with a focus on curriculum, educational leadership, and cultural competency. In her doctoral dissertation, she examined the relationship between teacher cultural competency and student engagement.

Erin grew up in a family of educators. Her parents, brother, grandparents, and a number of aunts, uncles, cousins are all proud to be working within schools in the USA and abroad. In fact, Erin grew up as a Third Culture Kid (TCK) and international school communities have the familiarity of “home”. She has had the privilege of working in a variety of school settings both as a school leader and as a teacher. This includes primary, middle and high school, urban, progressive, and international schools in the USA, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.

Erin enjoys consulting and leading workshops around assessment, standards-based reporting, and culturally competent practices. She has been involved in school accreditation visits in the EARCOS region as both a visiting team member and a chair. Erin is passionate about student learning, a values-based approach to education, and thoroughly enjoys working with young adolescents. More recently, she’s developed a strong interest in supporting students to become change makers through social entrepreneurship.


Leadership, UWC
UWC's mission isn’t a message of hope: it is a statement of necessity... 
Chris Edwards
Former Head of College

Chris Edwards, Former Head of College, joined UWCSEA in 2014. Educated at Merchant Taylors’ School in Liverpool UK, he went on to study English Language and Literature at Oxford University in 1983 where he later gained a First Class Degree and became a Postmaster (nothing to do with envelopes) at one of Oxford’s oldest colleges, Merton.

Chris then set about travelling the world for two years, paying his way by playing piano, washing dishes and picking no end of fruit. He subsequently began a teaching career that in its first ten years saw him in Australia, South East Asia, Brazil (where he became enamoured of the IB) and the UK. In 1998 he was appointed Deputy and later Acting Head of Stowe School in the UK. 2004 saw Chris become Head of Bromsgrove, one of the UK’s largest independent schools which, during his tenure, established a Foundation, widened its access to young people from all social backgrounds and eventually comprised of a student body from forty three different nations. However, after the happiest of decades in such a forward looking environment, Chris found the lure of UWCSEA’s educational ethos and ambition simply too great. Indeed, philosophically, he believes he has come home.

Chris has an unwavering commitment to and passion for the values-based approach to education that is at the core of the UWC movement and UWCSEA. His career has been driven by a belief in the power of education to transform lives and a belief in the good of young people that mirrors that of our founder, Kurt Hahn.

A lover of music, literature and Everton football club, Chris is passionate about promoting global understanding among young people, and his own love of travel is undiminished. Chris now sits on a number of educational committees but still derives immense pleasure from making constructive mischief in the face of pomposity, parochialism and arrogance. Indeed, some of his articles have appeared under pseudonyms for fear of public uproar. He would have it no other way.

 


Leadership, Opinion, UWC
The impossible is what takes a little longer... 
Brenda Whately
Former Director of Alumni Relations

Alumni, Leadership, Opinion, UWC
Looking outward in order to look inward 
Carla Marschall
Director of Teaching and Learning, UWCSEA East

Carla Marschall was appointed as the Infant School Vice Principal in August 2016, and began working on UWCSEA's curriculum project in 2017, taking on the Dover Campus post of Head of Curriculum Development and Research in addition to her role as Vice Principal. In August 2018, she moved to the full-time position of Head of Curriculum Development and Research for the College. Most recently, in Decmeber 2019, Carla was appointed Director of Teaching and Learning at UWCSEA East Campus.

Prior to joining UWCSEA appointment, she held the role of Assistant Head of Infants at another large international school in Singapore. Carla came to Singapore from Zurich, Switzerland, where she oversaw curriculum development and implementation from Pre-K to Grade 8. Prior to living in Switzerland, she worked in Hong Kong and in Berlin, Germany as a PYP Coordinator and Primary Vice Principal.

Carla holds a Masters in Elementary Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College and has recently finished a second Masters in Applied Educational Leadership and Management with the Institute of Education, University of London. Passionate about curriculum design for young children, she is especially interested in the role of the curriculum to help students develop critical and creative thinking skills. A workshop leader and concept-based curriculum and instruction trainer, she also consults other international schools interested in restructuring their programmes and co-authored Planning for Concept-Based Inquiry which wqas published in 2018. She was instrumental in designing UWCSEA's first micro-credential 'Planning for Concept-Based Teaching and Learning' which is offered through Digital Promise.

In her free time, Carla enjoys traveling, yoga and other outdoor activities. Together with her partner David, she has two young children who keep them busy.


Holistic Learning Programme, Leadership, Opinion, Research, Teaching and Learning, UWCSEA concept based curriculum
Nurturing the next generation of scientists and advocates 
Nathan Hunt
Former Director of Sustainability

Nathan Hunt was Director of Sustainability at UWCSEA, a post recently created to help align to the College's Learning Programme and operations more closely with the UWC mission. Alongside this, he is the Environmental Stewardship Coordinator on Dover Campus and teaches the IB Diploma Environmental Systems and Societies course.

Until 2016 Nathan was Head of the IB Theory of Knowledge course at Dover Campus. Nathan left UWCSEA in Singapore to teach at UWC Maastricht.


Leadership, Research, Sustainability, Teaching and Learning, UWC
Paving the pathway to learning 
Carla Marschall
Director of Teaching and Learning, UWCSEA East

Carla Marschall was appointed as the Infant School Vice Principal in August 2016, and began working on UWCSEA's curriculum project in 2017, taking on the Dover Campus post of Head of Curriculum Development and Research in addition to her role as Vice Principal. In August 2018, she moved to the full-time position of Head of Curriculum Development and Research for the College. Most recently, in Decmeber 2019, Carla was appointed Director of Teaching and Learning at UWCSEA East Campus.

Prior to joining UWCSEA appointment, she held the role of Assistant Head of Infants at another large international school in Singapore. Carla came to Singapore from Zurich, Switzerland, where she oversaw curriculum development and implementation from Pre-K to Grade 8. Prior to living in Switzerland, she worked in Hong Kong and in Berlin, Germany as a PYP Coordinator and Primary Vice Principal.

Carla holds a Masters in Elementary Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College and has recently finished a second Masters in Applied Educational Leadership and Management with the Institute of Education, University of London. Passionate about curriculum design for young children, she is especially interested in the role of the curriculum to help students develop critical and creative thinking skills. A workshop leader and concept-based curriculum and instruction trainer, she also consults other international schools interested in restructuring their programmes and co-authored Planning for Concept-Based Inquiry which wqas published in 2018. She was instrumental in designing UWCSEA's first micro-credential 'Planning for Concept-Based Teaching and Learning' which is offered through Digital Promise.

In her free time, Carla enjoys traveling, yoga and other outdoor activities. Together with her partner David, she has two young children who keep them busy.

Chris Newman
Head of Outdoor Education, East Campus

An adventurous spirit led me to become qualified to work with young and older students for the purpose of personal challenge, team building, skill acquisition and fun! From being a pool lifeguard and activity instructor Calshot Activities Centre in the UK I began travelling the world and held posts on the Isle of Wight, Barbados, Bintan Indonesia and in Nha Trang Vietnam before landing in Singapore. I transitioned to UWCSEA in 2011, after running the after-school dinghy sailing and windsurfing activities through Mana Mana for three years.

Our focus is on progression and personal development for our students, based on the qualities and skills of the learner profile. The level of challenge we present in order to develop confidence and self-awareness in such a wide range of activities and situations is not something I have seen elsewhere.

Oliver Sampson
Head of Outdoor Education, Dover Campus

I joined UWCSEA in 2009 for the opportunity to develop personally and professionally. Our K-12 school environment means I am able to connect with students on a regular basis and foster their development through an extended programme over a number of years. The culmination of the programme in Project Week - the fact that this was what the College was aiming to support our students to do - was the hook for me.

Immediately prior to joining UWCSEA, I was as a Freelance Outdoor Instructor and Expedition Leader based in South Wales, UK, and before that, I worked for a charity in inner-city London that ran outdoor programmes for disaffected youth with the view to supporting them back into education. I studied a BSc Outdoors and Environmental Education at Liverpool John Moores University.


Holistic Learning Programme, Sustainability, Teaching and Learning, UWCSEA concept based curriculum
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