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Timothy Stroh, M.Sc Selected as International School of Indiana’s New Lower School Principal 

Following a comprehensive and extensive search process that engaged more than 30 international candidates, the International School of Indiana is thrilled to announce that Timothy Stroh, M.Sc has been selected by Head of School Elizabeth Head and has accepted the position of Lower School Principal, effective July 1, 2023.

Stroh, a native of Indiana, will return to the state with extensive teaching and leadership experience in both independent and international schools. He currently serves as Vice Principal - Academic Achievement and Wellbeing at Berlin Metropolitan School (BMS) in Berlin, Germany. 

Stroh began his tenure at Berlin Metropolitan School in 2014, serving as the school’s Primary Years Programme Curriculum Coordinator and teacher before transitioning to the role of Vice Principal. BMS has more than 1,100 students, and Stroh is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Primary School, which serves roughly half of the student population. In serving as a Vice Principal, he has provided knowledge and expertise in various campus-wide initiatives, including long-term planning of curriculum and staffing efforts and the creation of an IT Committee, Diversity Team, and Hiring Panel. Stroh also played a role in developing whole school resources like Educational Philosophy statements, was a chairperson for the CIS/NEASC accreditation process, and successfully navigated International Baccalaureate PYP Evaluation Visits. Stroh also has a long-standing, proven ability to work collaboratively in developing and improving policies, assessment overviews, communication processes with parents, and structures to support students’ well-being, academics, and enrichment.

"Our search led us to two highly qualified finalists, each with specific and extensive expertise in International education, the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, and serving the diverse needs of student, parent, and employee groups," Head of School Elizabeth Head said. "However, during the campus visit it became clear to us that Timothy Stroh was absolutely the right leader to take the helm of the Lower School at this unique point in time. Timothy’s two decades of experience teaching and leading in International Schools in Germany, Cyprus, Italy, and the United Kingdom, coupled with his understanding of U.S. culture, and Indiana in particular, will be an unquestionable asset for ISI. As an IB Consultant, and former PYP coordinator, he is well versed in the steps needed to move forward, strategically plan and put in place a comprehensive programme that is academically challenging, socially responsible and meets the needs of each Lower School student.”

Stroh comes from an institution that is similar to ISI in age, and he understands the unique needs and opportunities that exist for a maturing school. Continuing to grow and strengthen the school is a challenge well-matched to his versatile skillset, experience, and temperament. With his sound judgment and inclusive-minded approach, he is expected to foster a strong Lower School community.

Stroh double majored at Ball State University in Journalism and Environmental Science before transferring to Indiana University where he received his B.A. with Honorary Distinction in Elementary Education and an M.Sc in Educational Management and Leadership from Cyprus International Institute of Management.

His professional qualifications include a Certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he remains a part of the CAEL Alumni Ambassador Program. Since 2015, he has been an IB Primary Years Programme Consultant in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. He has been a member of the International Baccalaureate Educator Network (IBEN) since 2015. He’s a certified Concept Based Instructor and Presenter for H. Lynne Erikson & Lois Lanning Concept-Based Curriculum Institute. Also, he has a State of Indiana Teacher's License for Kindergarten through Grade 8.

Outside of school, he enjoys being in nature as well as making and building things. When he returns to the United States he will join us with his wife, Jennifer, and two sons, Tyler and Cole.

“As someone who was raised in Indiana and kept my eye on the International School of Indiana from afar, I was thrilled to see this Lower School Principal position become available,” Stroh said. “I strongly believe that I have the relevant experience, expertise, drive, and dynamism needed to lead the school forward into its next phase of success and development.” 

We look forward to working with Stroh as ISI embarks on this exciting new chapter for the Lower School!

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