New School Principal – Jan Gaffney

02 Jun 2017

Dear Montessori Bali Community,

It is with great pleasure that I announce that Jan Gaffney will be joining us from New Zealand in August to take up the role of Principal of Montessori School Bali for the coming 2017-18 school year.

Jan is a well respected, highly experienced and committed Montessorian. She has been involved in Montessori education for over 25 years. For the last 15 years she has held the position of Principal of Wā Ora Montessori School, a flagship Montessori school in New Zealand, which offers an authentic Montessori education to ages from 18 months through to 18 years. Wā Ora Montessori School currently has a role of approximately 380 students, which includes a highly developed Adolescent Community of almost 60 students and a fast growing High School.

As president of the Montessori Association of New Zealand (MANZ) for eight years (and being on the council for many more), Jan worked with Montessori schools and leaders across New Zealand, as well as with the NZ government at a ministerial level. Her achievements and positions of responsibility have also helped her foster strong relationships with the international Montessori community beyond New Zealand’s shores.

Jan is Montessori trained from Preschool through to the Adolescent Community and holds a Masters degree in Montessori Integrated Studies. This makes her extremely well placed to not only lead our community, but also support and guide our wonderful teachers and teaching assistants.

After many years as principal, Jan’s current focus is to move into full time consulting. Given Montessori School Bali’s needs and planned expansion, Jan and the Board have agreed that she will join us for the year ahead in a threefold capacity:

  1. To act as interim Principal of Montessori School Bali for 2017-18.
  2. The direct the search for a long term principal for beyond 2018.
  3. To do a needs analysis on the School and work with the School, Board, and Community to develop a long term strategic plan for Montessori School Bali.

It is intended that Jan will continue to work with us beyond 2018 in the capacity of consultant to help review and secure our strategic plan and goals.

Jan will be joining us around mid-August after she has attended the International Montessori Congress in Prague and discharged other commitments.

It is wonderful to welcome such a capable and enthusiastic leader into our community. I look forward to introducing Jan to you all in the new school year. What wonderful news to end the year on!

David Dobson

Chair of the Board

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