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In June of 2022, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Maya Nelson as Head of School for Jakarta Intercultural School. Maya enters the position with over three decades of educational experience, most recently as the Interim Head of School at Jakarta Intercultural School. She is the first JIS Alumna to hold this position.

A Message From Our Head of School

Dear JIS Community/Dear Dragons,

It is my great honor to be serving JIS students and the entire Dragon community as your Head of School. I’ve had the pleasure of filling several roles during my many years at JIS: teacher, Elementary School Principal, Deputy Head of School and Interim Head of School. But at heart, I am a JIS alumna and a proud JIS parent. 

My journey so far as a lifelong learner and international educator grew from the indelible experiences I received from JIS. I remember the many enriching lessons and activities, the service projects, the experiential learning both on campus and off and the talented teachers who supported my development as a student many decades ago in the inclusive classrooms of this school. 

My passion for the study of neurodiversities and inclusive education took root here with the invaluable service-learning projects that opened my eyes to the needs of others. I am thrilled to have come full circle and back to JIS and Jakarta to be part of this multicultural Dragon family once again.

JIS is a unique community. Not only does JIS provide a stellar education, but its motto of being Best for the World reflects a broader, forward-thinking mission of inspiring positive changes and making a difference both in and outside of school.

Time and time again, people who have connected with JIS speak to the kindness, compassion, and care that this community demonstrates. I have always admired and been so proud of how JIS Dragons support one another and others in need during challenging times. 

It is a privilege for me now to be Head of School, and I will do my utmost to ensure that JIS continues to thrive, promote rigorous and joyful learning, and develop each child to their fullest potential.

Maya Nelson 
Head of School

A Message From Board of Trustees

June 5, 2022

Dear JIS Community,

I am writing to share exciting news regarding the Head of School search and transition. The recruitment process has now concluded, and after a thorough process, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Maya Nelson as the next Head of School for Jakarta Intercultural School beginning with the 2022-2023 school year.

In addition to her time at JIS, Maya has served as a teacher and educational leader in Asia beginning in the 1980s. In 1987, she joined Taipei American School as the Student Support Services Coordinator and moved on to become the Lower Primary Principal at Hong Kong International School in 2007. At JIS she served as a teacher early on in her career and then in 2018, she was appointed Elementary Principal (Pondok Indah & Pattimura). Two years later, Maya was named Deputy Head of School. This year Maya served as JIS Interim Head of School. Maya’s educational accomplishments include a Certificate of Advanced Leadership from Harvard University, a Master’s in Education from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from University of Northern Colorado. Fluent in English and German, and conversational in Bahasa, Maya is also a gifted writer and presenter. 

On behalf of the Board, I want to extend our utmost appreciation to the entire JIS community for all the support, participation, and feedback from parents, students, faculty, and staff with respect to this process over the last several months. I would also like to recognize and thank my fellow board members for their time, effort, and dedication to the search process.

 Best regards,

Phil Rickard
Chair, Board of Trustees

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