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Welcome from the Head of School

Dr. Sasha Heckmann

I am delighted to join ISB as Head of School this year. Our vision to enrich communities through the intellectual, humanitarian, and creative thoughts and actions of our learners is bold. We believe that education extends beyond the boundaries of the classroom, and it is our purpose to empower our learners to become compassionate and globally-minded people who make a positive impact in their communities and the world.

ISB is more than just a school; it is a vibrant and interconnected community. I was told recently: “We are a school within a community and a community within a school.”  Our students, teachers, parents, and staff form a tight-knit network united by common values - the ISB values - as we support, inspire, and learn from one another.  

We provide a rigorous curriculum that challenges our students to be curious and encourages them to wonder about the world around them. We strive to create an environment where students think critically and engage respectfully as they explore diverse perspectives. By cultivating an environment that values intellectual curiosity and the willingness to grapple with complex ideas, we aim to develop learners that can thrive in this dynamic and ever-changing world.

Transitions can be both exciting and challenging, and I understand the importance of a smooth and intentional transition. I am grateful for the experienced leadership team, accomplished faculty, skillful staff, and supportive Board of Trustees that will guide me during this transition.  ISB is a magnificent school due to the collective efforts of these dedicated people.

To support a smooth integration, I have crafted an entry plan designed to actively engage all stakeholders.  The plan will support me in listening to stakeholder perspectives and learning from the rich experiences of our diverse community. The plan will help me in gaining a deeper understanding of our school's unique culture, strengths, and areas for growth, enabling me to lead with clarity and purpose. Please click here to access the plan.

On behalf of the entire ISB community, we welcome you to our school. I hope you will enjoy browsing these pages and find out more about us and our wonderful school community. 

Dr. Sascha Heckmann
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Meet Dr. Sascha Heckmann

Dr. Sascha Heckmann arrives as our new Head of School with over 20 years of experience in American public schools and international private schools. Sascha’s teaching journey began in 1999 in California where he started working with at-risk youth before becoming a social studies teacher and soccer coach in comprehensive high schools.  Throughout his career, he has held various leadership positions, showcasing his success in diverse educational programs.  From serving as special programs director, vice principal, and principal, Dr. Heckmann’s leadership has consistently improved the quality of learning and success of students.   

Sascha’s international experience commenced when he was appointed as High School Principal at Shanghai American School in China.  He transitioned to the role of Head of School at the International School of Mozambique.  These experiences have provided him with an understanding of global education and a multicultural perspective that informs his approach to education and leadership.  

Sascha holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from California State University, Fresno, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from California State University, Bakersfield, and Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from the University of LaVerne.  He is a lifelong learner and has actively pursued additional certifications, including School Business Official and Human Resources certificates from the California School Business Officials Association, as well as a Redesigning Instruction from Harvard University.  Furthermore, he has co-authored the book Personalized Learning in a PLC at Work through Solution Tree Press and has worked as an educational consultant, showcasing his commitment to innovative educational practices.

Dr. Heckmann is joined by his wife Nola, an accomplished teacher and instructional coach, who will teach science in middle school.  Their two children, Maggie, a 9th grader, and Sutton, a 6th grader, will also be attending ISB.  As a family, the Heckmanns enjoy culinary exploration, social gatherings, playing games, and discovering new people and places.  The Heckmann’s furry family includes Princess Buttercup, a 10-year old Schnoodle, Xiamen, a 7-year old African rescue dog, and Belle, a 3-year old ragdoll siamese cat adopted during their COVID quarantine.  

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