A letter from the Director

Dear parents,

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you with a brief profile of who I am and where I hail from!

My journey to Spain, which began in Central Africa, has taken me through three continents and a myriad of rich multi-cultural experiences.  These experiences have provided me with many a learning curve and have come to shape the teacher, manager and person that I have become today.  Along the way I have learnt tolerance, patience and understanding of the diversity that exists in our world, as well as the challenges that face young people as they strive to find their individuality and place in an ever changing society.

Twenty years ago, I was a teacher and Head of the Mathematics department at the very first of the International English schools in Stockholm, Sweden. Since then I have watched with fascination as the company has grown and expanded in Sweden. From 2010 to 2016 I was the Principal of one of these schools in Stockholm, and have a deep understanding of the ethos, principles and goals of these International English Schools. Today I find myself on the doorstep of Elian’s British School, a part of the International English Partnership, which is a sister company to the organization in Sweden. I am honored to be chosen to lead this school and will rely on my many years of teaching and management experience within the Swedish organization to impart the educational values, vision and ethos that these sister companies share. This will be to ensure that the students at Elian’s continue to be provided with a safe and calm environment in which to learn and grow as individuals, and to be the best version of themselves that they can be.

My vision for our school is based on respect. Respect for our environment, the planet, and the people who inhabit it. I see a school in which students and staff show respect for themselves and for others on a daily basis. I firmly believe that the essence of good discipline is respect, and that discipline is essential to achieve academic achievement. My belief is that respect is an attitude that begins at home, is reinforced at school and is applied throughout life.

 

Sandy Schafer

School Director