Head Of School

 



Ms Nancy Sanderson Swartz has served in leadership roles at various educational institutions for 30 years in Canada, England, India, Norway, China, Netherlands, Palestine and Albania, leading schools through the IB’s rigorous authorization and evaluation processes. First as a middle and upper school Math teacher in Canada, Nancy also taught Year 6 (G5) for two years at Clerkenwel Primary School in London England, while participating in the Commonwealth Teaching Exchange Program. She then served as Deputy Head of Grey Gables JK-10 independent school in Canada for 5 years and later was named as Interim Head to lead the school through IB authorization to become Ontario’s first MYP World School.
 
Ms Nancy is well versed in digital literacy and online learning platforms that enhance 21st century learning, through differentiated instruction and formative assessment with feedback to drive academic achievement. As an IB workshop leader and long-time presenter at IB Heads’ Conferences, Ms Nancy continues to share her expertise of best pedagogical practices with IB colleagues worldwide. A lifelong learner, she is pursuing her doctorate in education through distance learning at Bath University and sharing current research to advance her teachers’ knowledge of impactful, engaging teaching and learning practices for students.
Ms Nancy promotes a constructivist Socratic approach to inquiry, concept-driven and problem-based learning, which promotes understanding and develops students’ higher order thinking and reasoning skills. She champions holistic education to nurture intellectual, physical, aesthetic, social and emotional growth through co-curricular activities, student clubs, House activities, Advisors, character-building challenges and inter-school participation in collaborative, competitive, conference and performance opportunities.
 
Student admissions, alumni relations, advancement and marketing are also areas of Ms Nancy’s expertise. She executed a $100 million capital campaign while Executive Director for the Schulich School of Business at York University. As President and CEO of Junior Achievement, Ms Nancy reorganized and reenergized this youth entrepreneurship training program. She later volunteered her networking and fundraising acumen while serving as a Board member for Katimavik, Canada’s national youth volunteer service organization.
 
Ms Nancy’s journey in international school leadership began in 2006 at India’s top-ranked Kodaikanal International School where, as Director of External and Community Relations and Foundation Officer, she helped the school gain MYP authorization and qualify for 10-year re-accreditation by the US Middle States Association (MSA). She served as Interim Principal of an IB World School in Norway, then moved to China to become Founding Head of a school in Ningbo, which became Zhejiang Province’s first IB World School.
 
Recruited by a JK-12 international school in Beijing, Ms Nancy led the school through IB authorization for the Diploma Programme and accreditation by the Western Association for Schools and Colleges (WASC), while gaining IB candidate status to implement both the Primary and Middle Years Programmes. For the past 5 years, she has headed IB World Schools in the Netherlands, Palestine and Albania through DP and MYP authorization and evaluation, as well as PYP candidacy. Her extensive record of IB professional development includes Pedagogical Leadership for both the DP and MYP.

Ms Nancy will work with the Board, teachers, parents and students at Sreenidhi International School to continue its growth and development while ensuring intellectual inquiry and excellence flourish school-wide.
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Testimonials


PARENT REFLECTION


1) Very nice presentation by kids.

 P/ o-Siri Aahlada (PYP5D)

2) The experience today was extremely amazing volunteered at the food counter and was pleased to  see children curious, well informed and polite. The presentation by the children in PYP1 was well researched and presented.  Thank you!

(P/o: Joshua V- PYP1 B)
 
3) I loved the children’s excitement and the curiosity they showed. This event is an amazing learning  experience for the children to get introduced to different cultures, countries, food etc. My child was excited to research on the topic.
 
Debica (P/o: Joshua.S-PYP1B)
     
4) Fabulous concept-ISD.The kids get to learn much more about different Nations, their history, culture, food, economy, and tourism and so much more. It’s so much informative when done this way through activities rather than just reading. This is almost one of my favorite days in the entire
annual academic year: Love the concept of passports and stamping. Beautiful simply.
 
Pragnya Gupta (P/o: Aaryaveer Gupta—PYP5 D)
 
5) Very nice, loved the excitement of children. Awesome experience. Great learning for the children.

Rajeshwari Bandari (P/o Akshainie Bandari—PYP3 A)


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