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The International School Announces New Leadership
Posted 05/07/2021 02:03PM


—The Portland, Oregon, independent school, which provides an innovative global education through its full language immersion and International Baccalaureate program, has named Bodo Heiliger as Head of School and Dr. Pamela Chandler as Head of Elementary, starting July 1, 2021—

May 4, 2021 (PORTLAND, Ore.) – The International School, a leader in language immersion and International Baccalaureate education for grades preschool through fifth, has announced two new leadership appointments. Bodo Heiliger, who currently holds the role of Head of Elementary at The International School, will become the new Head of School, and Dr. Pamela Chandler will join the school as Head of Elementary. Both appointments take effect on July 1, 2021.

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Heiliger has been with The International School as Head of Elementary since July 2016. He succeeds Robert Woods, who led The International School for nine years.  

“Bodo is a demonstrated leader with infectious enthusiasm for the values of our community—developing global citizens and providing exceptional academics, all while nurturing the whole child,” said Owen Pike, The International School board president. “During his tenure as Head of Elementary, Bodo has guided the school in the implementation of playful inquiry across all age levels, and he has been instrumental in leading our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. We are thrilled to have him lead The International School as we continue to deepen and expand our educational impact in the Portland metro region and beyond.” 

Said Heiliger, “I love teaching. I love learning. And I love working with others to create transformative learning experiences for all students. Instilling a global perspective has never been more important, and I am honored to be guiding The International School during its next chapter.” 

Heiliger has also been instrumental in the creation of the Doloris A. Spear Center for Teaching Excellence, an outgrowth of the school focused on international educational innovation and professional learning in the Pacific Northwest. The Spear Center provides opportunities for educators to share best practices in multicultural teaching and develop a network of highly skilled professionals who are invested in immersion and inquiry-based education.

Prior to joining The International School, Heiliger was with the Munich International School for seven years, serving the school in several roles including Primary Years Programme (PYP) Coordinator and PYP Language Curriculum Coordinator.

Succeeding Heiliger as Head of Elementary is Dr. Pamela Chandler. A longtime elementary educator and leader, Dr. Chander comes to The International School with more than 20 years of educational experience both domestically and abroad. Most recently, Dr. Chandler was the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme Coordinator at the Stamford American International School in Singapore. She has also taught and led elementary programs in Boston, Abu Dhabi and the state of Georgia. 

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“Our community—parents, teachers and administrators alike—overwhelmingly selected Pamela as our next Head of Elementary,” said Heiliger. “Her deep experience in and dedication to inquiry-based teaching, student academic and emotional growth, and teacher coaching and professional development shines through, and we are honored and excited to welcome her to The International School family.” 

“I am passionate about nurturing a positive school culture, one that embraces sharing, growth and empowerment,” said Dr. Chandler. “I also know firsthand of the profound impact that a global, immersive language education, together with the International Baccalaureate program, has on students, and I am thrilled to be a part of this unique and innovative school.” 

The International School is currently enrolling for its 2021-2022 school year, as well as registrations for its 2021 summer camp program. Both the school and the summer camp serve kids ages 3-4 (Early Childhood program) through fifth grade (Elementary program). For more information, visit intlschool.org.

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