|Ashley Penny- Principal
Mr Ashley Penny has over 30 years of experience as a teacher, leader and education consultant. Nearly 20 years within an Australian context and 12 years of international experience in China, United Kingdom, Indonesia and Nauru Island. As the Principal of an IB World School which offers continuous education from Early Years to Year 13, Mr Penny is currently enjoying the many and varied opportunities of connecting with, supporting and growing the school community. He has worked as an IB PYP coordinator and closely supported the IB MYP coordinator with whole-school management and leadership needs. Mr Penny is familiar with the Early Years programme and the Reggio Emilia approach that we, at Etonhouse International School, use to enhance the learning for our younger students.
Mr Penny is no stranger to China. He has spent 8 years working in Shanghai where he was the Assistant Principal of YK Pao School and the Founding Principal of the Shanghai HD Bilingual School. He is a passionate and committed educator. Previous roles that Mr Penny has held include: Head of Junior School (Years 3-6), Head of Infant School (Years P-2), Head of Curriculum, Deputy Principal (Pastoral Care), Director of Curriculum and the subject coordinator of Math, English and Gifted and Talented Education. He is also a qualified specialist in Reading Recovery and a registered Early Numeracy Trainer with the Victorian Education Department.
Mr Penny strongly believes that a school community should embrace change and support all members. Collaboration is essential for efficient and effective leadership to occur, and to be maintained. Education is a journey and indeed a partnership between students, parents and educators. Mr Penny is proud to be recognised as an active and supportive listener. He enjoys traveling and exploring the many cultures of the world.
|Murray Fowler- Vice Principal
Mr. Fowler is Vice Principal and MYP Coordinator, as well as Cambridge Coordinator. With almost three decades in leadership roles, his initial experience came in a long spell at one of the UK’s most academically successful and forward-looking boarding schools. He led teams as Head of Department, boarding Housemaster, Head of Year, CAS Coordinator and Deputy Director of IB MYP & DP programmes, helping to secure authorization for both programmes. He also led many student field trips to destinations such as the French Alps, Morocco and Brazil. In 2011 he came to China to help lead the opening of his UK school’s first international branch, first as Vice Principal, then as Principal. Student numbers tripled in his time there, and the school quickly established itself as the number one international school in a very competitive market. In order to learn more about the core aspects of Chinese education, Mr. Fowler then spent two years as Head Teacher in a Chinese-Canadian partnership school, before coming to Suzhou in 2018. With a Bachelors degree in Geography, post-graduate education qualification and TEFL training, he has taught both Individuals & Societies as well as English to MYP students here at EtonHouse. His core strength is a relentless determination to look for the silver linings.
|Teaching and Learning Coordinator- Rajesh Kripalani
Mr. Kripalani has been an educator for almost 25 years and has worked at schools in India, Indonesia and China. He holds a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from University of Leicester, UK, and two Bachelor's degrees, in English Literature (Hons.) and Education, from universities in India. During his long teaching career, he has taught many courses in different international curriculum systems, and worn many hats in pedagogical leadership roles. He is an IB Examiner, and, as a member of the IB Educator’s Network (IBEN), Workshop Leader, Course Reader and Site Visit Team Member (SVTM). He is also a Fellow of Facing History Leadership Academy (Brookline, MA, USA), and a qualified NPQSL and NPQML Training Facilitator for the Institute of Education at University College London (UCL) in the UK. He is driven by positive learning outcomes and believes that all students learn, and that they all learn differently. At EtonHouse International School Suzhou, he teaches DP History and Theory of Knowledge (TOK), and, as Teaching and Learning Coordinator, supports students and teachers in capacity building around best practices in education.
| PYP Coordinator- Natasha
Ms. D'Costa has almost 25 years of experience as an educator in India, Indonesia and China. Her calling to education came at a high point in her promising career in HR in the corporate world, and since then she has not looked back. As an educator she has worn many hats as facilitator to thinking skills programmes, learning support teacher and PYP homeroom teacher. As a leader she has served as Head of Elementary School at a reputed international school in Shanghai, China, where she also focused on student well-being and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as being integral to the curriculum. Ms. D'Costa is a firm believer in the power of restorative conversations, positive discipline, and student agency. She has worked on authorization and evaluation teams for IB and WASC accreditation. She is a qualified NPQSL and NPQML Training Facilitator for the Institute of Education at University College London (UCL) in the UK, and holds a PGCE from University of Sunderland, UK. She has worked with Australian, US and Singapore curricula, but her passion has firmly been IB's Primary Years Programme. In her role as Primary Years Programme Coordinator (PYPC) at EtonHouse International School Suzhou she strives to create a culture and community of learning where students and teachers thrive.
|DP Coordinator- Steven Hawkins
Dr. Hawkins has been working in education for over 25 years. He has taught at schools in the USA, India, Costa Rica, and China. He currently teaches DP English B, TOK, and Global Perspectives, as well as supervising the Extended Essay program. His past IB DP teaching experience includes TOK and Peace and Conflict Studies. He has also lectured and taught at the university level in Sociology, Peace Studies, and Experiential Education. His MS Ed is in Special Education and he has many years of experience working and leading Learning Resources/SEN departments. Dr. Hawkins’ doctoral research was into the use of facilitated theatre in communities for conflict transformation. He has led workshops around the world in these techniques, including incorporating this work into sessions with the students and staff at EtonHouse.