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Leadership Team

Head of School - Dr. Jason Walter

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Dr. Walter joined the DSC family in 1998 as a grade 4 homeroom teacher. Since joining DSC, Dr. Walter has held positions at all levels of leadership including Grade Team Leader, Division Leader, Head Teacher, IT Manager, Director of IT, Deputy Principal, Principal, and Head of School. During this 23-year journey, Dr. Walter has witnessed the development and transformation of DSC into one of the top educational providers in Hong Kong. He can speak to the quality of programming from the lens of an educator and a parent. Dr. Walter's son is an alumnus of DSC and was enrolled in DSC from PG1B to grade 12. His daughter is entering grade 12 in September 2021 with her sites set on post-secondary studies in Canada in 2022.
 
Dr. Walter is committed to lifelong learning, the acquisition of futureproof skills, and maintaining a passion for creativity and innovation. As a true believer and champion of DSC's motto "Canadian Curriculum: Global Pathways", Dr. Walter ensured that even after joining DSC he continued to follow his passion for learning by studying at various universities globally. He holds academic and professional degrees from universities in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. In 2021-22, Dr. Walter will lead the DSC@Harvard Initiative which will see two cohorts of educators from DSC enter Harvard University's "Certificate in School Management and Leadership" program.
 
Dr. Walter's academic background is reflective of 21st-century learning and includes multiple disciplines such as the Arts, Education (teacher training and certification), Information Technology, Business, and Educational Leadership. In his most recent academic works, Dr. Walter has focused his research on leadership, staff retention in international schools, and international school student admissions. In addition to academic qualifications, Dr. Walter is a qualified and registered teacher in Ontario, Alberta, Nova Scotia, and Hong Kong. He also holds Canadian principal certification and is the School's registered Principal with Hong Kong Education Bureau.
 
Dr. Walter is a firm believer in educating students for the future, where they will live and work. The future work environment will require individuals to have a keen understanding of entrepreneurship and the value of creating, developing, and inventing. This means embracing 22nd Century Learning and ensuring that every student finds their passion for learning and a drive to create, collaborate and contribute. 

Principal (Secondary) - Mr. Allan Morrison 

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Mr. Morrison joined the leadership team at DSC in 2013. Prior to this, he was a teacher in Ontario (Canada) and a teacher/Senior Leadership Team member in Tokyo (Japan). At DSC, he has held the position of Deputy Principal in both the Elementary and Secondary sections - providing him with a clear understanding of the educational needs of students from PG1 to Grade 12.   

Mr. Morrison is an Ontario certified teacher, holds the credentials of a fully qualified Principal from the province of Ontario, and is a firm believer in the importance of lifelong learning. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Guelph, a Master of Arts (Political Science) from McGill University, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Business Administration from Keele University (UK) with a specialization in Education Leadership. In addition, he has completed a Certificate in School Management and Leadership from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Mr. Morrison is currently working on his doctoral degree in Education from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. He has had academic articles on leadership studies published in leading peer-reviewed education journals. 

On a personal note, Mr. Morrison is from Ottawa, Ontario. He has been married for over 30 years to his wife Natalia and has one son. His son, a DSC alumnus, completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto and is now working on his Master’s degree from SOAS, University of London. Evidence of the power of the OSSD and benefits of a DSC education!

Principal (Elementary) - Ms. Adrianna Mahoney

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Adrianna Mahoney has worked at DSC International School since 2011. She started her educational career as a teacher at DSC and has taught English, Drama and Dance at 5 different grade levels. Adrianna has engaged with the DSC community as a teacher leader for nine of her years here. As an OCT certified Dramatic Arts Specialist, Adrianna led DSC’s Secondary Arts Department, and spent an additional 5 years as DSC’s Middle School Team Leader. 

Although Adrianna’s passion for education originated in the classroom, Adrianna follows in her grandmother’s footsteps as an Elementary School Principal. Adrianna is an Ontario certified principal and an advocate for equity and diversity in education. She holds a Master of Education (Med) in Leadership and Learning and focused her thesis on diversity in international education. Adrianna’s passion lies in the arts, literature, mental well-being and tailoring education to meet the diverse needs of each child. Additionally, Adrianna earned her Bachelor of Education from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, holds a Bachelor of Arts (honours) from the University of Windsor, is a Dramatic Arts Specialist and an IB certified educator. 

Vice Principal (Secondary) - Dr. Jonathan Comeau

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Dr. Comeau began his career in scientific research, publishing eight peer-reviewed articles on topics ranging from cellular biophysics to chemical thermodynamics. He earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry at McGill University where he won an award for best undergraduate laboratory teacher, igniting his passion for education. Throughout his graduate studies, he played for the McGill Redbirds baseball team winning a national championship and All-Canadian second baseman honours. He continues to be a dedicated leader in the Hong Kong baseball community. 

Dr. Comeau chose to leave scientific research for a career in education because he knew it was in the classroom where he could have the greatest impact on the lives of others. Dr. Comeau empowers teachers by allowing them to explore their own ideas and solve problems in creative ways. He empowers students by modelling kindness and patience. Over the past ten years at DSC, he has learned that education entails much more than curriculum content. He strives every day to foster the inclusive school culture that has positioned DSC as a leader in education and has transformed the lives of countless students who have graced the halls.

Vice Principal (Elementary) - Mrs. Melanie Kirk

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An educator for over 25 years, Mrs. Kirk completed her Bachelor of Arts and her Bachelor of Education degree at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada. Her career began in British Columbia, Canada where she taught grade 11 high school. Hong Kong was her next destination. In 2001, Mrs. Kirk relocated to Hong Kong and began teaching grade one at DSC international School. Four years later, she returned to Canada to teach in Calgary, Alberta. Over the next ten years, Mrs. Kirk continued to teach, got married, welcomed her two sons, and completed several master’s level courses in Neuro Science and Inclusive Education. In 2016, she returned to Hong Kong to once again join the DSC family. Mrs. Kirk is passionate about teaching and learning. She believes in setting very high standards for all students and putting supports in place to ensure every child can be successful. Over the course of her career, she has held several leadership positions including teaching team leader, Language Arts specialist, and Vice-Principal.   

Vice Principal (Admissions & IES Support) - Mrs. Sarah Miles

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Sarah Miles joined DSC as a grade 6 homeroom teacher in 2007. Over the past 15 years, Sarah has taught in both the Elementary and the Secondary Section as a Homeroom teacher, ESL teacher, French Teacher and High School teacher. Sarah has held various leadership positions such as Head of Second Languages, Head Teacher and Vice Principal.

Sarah is a firm believer in lifelong learning.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Anthropology from Dalhousie University, followed by a Bachelor of Education from the University of Windsor. She also received a certificate in Urban Education and Specialist in Inclusive Education from the University of Windsor. Sarah continued her passion for lifelong learning by completing a Master of Education degree in Inclusive Education. Sarah is working towards completing a Certificate in School Management and Leadership from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. 

Sarah’s passion relates to student success with a focus on inclusive education. Sarah is very excited to be joining the Individual Education Team at DSC International this year.  She believes that student success is fostered when students are provided with a safe, caring and supportive learning environment. One of her greatest fulfillments is walking down the halls of DSC where each and every student is uniquely supported and encouraged to be themselves, strive for the best and contribute positively to the world around them. 

Sarah and her family have been living in Hong Kong since 2007 where both of her children attend DSC as Elementary students. Sarah absolutely loves welcoming new families to our school where their children will be supported, encouraged and motivated to be the best they can be and to make the world a better place.

Director of International Languages and Chinese Studies – Dr. Ruth Wong

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Dr. Wong has been working in the education field for 29 years. She began her teaching career as an English teacher in DMS, a local school, after completing her Bachelor of Arts Degree at HK Polytechnic University and then was promoted to a leadership role of overseeing Chinese and English departments, student discipline and extra-curricular activities. In 2009, Dr. Wong joined DSC as an academic and administrative staff. She has held different positions over the time working at DSC including a Program Facilitator for the programs of English as a Second Language and International Languages, an Administrative Officer for office management. Currently she is very excited to return to work with the academic teams as a Director of International Languages and Chinese Studies.

Dr. Wong has a strong passion for language acquisition and education. She obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Teaching of English) from HK Baptist University, a Master of Arts Degree in English Language Studies from HK Polytechnic University, a Master of Education Degree from the University of Hong Kong and a Doctor of Education Degree from University of Bristol in UK.  She believes learning languages is a doorway to wisdom and exposure to different cultures. Thus, she still continues to enhance her language abilities by learning Putonghua and Korean. She loves to share her language acquisition knowledge and skills with the IL teaching team to boost students’ interest in learning second/third languages.

Head Teacher (Elementary) - Mrs. Rebecca Marans

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Mrs. Marans began her formal teaching career in 2004. She spent 15 years as an elementary school teacher in Toronto, Canada, working with students grades four through seven. She was a Division Head and was deeply involved in student leadership and student success initiatives. Having spent time in Hong Kong as a student herself, she made the decision to bring her family back to Asia and has been Head Teacher at DSC since 2018 focusing on community building, student well-being, and teacher growth. 

She holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in English and one in Psychology, from McMaster University (Canada). She earned her Bachelor of Education from York University (Canada) and is currently completing her Masters of Education at University of Dundee (UK). In addition to her degrees, she has a Specialist in Media Literacy and holds teaching qualifications in the Primary, Junior and Intermediate grade levels. She has received leadership certification with the International Baccalaureate. Mrs. Marans is a strong proponent of inquiry-based and cross-curricular learning.

Her husband of 17 years is a photographer and her son is a High School student at DSC. They are an adventurous family who enjoy traveling and, during a year’s sabbatical, visited over twenty countries across three continents together. Mrs. Marans is a fitness and health enthusiast who practices yoga, runs, and hikes in her free time. She is passionate about social justice and aims to use her role as parent, teacher, and leader to develop and mentor global citizens who will promote inclusiveness, equity and justice.