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Director's Update January 23, 2017

1670… an auspicious number!

 In my email client on my computer, I have a folder titled “employment”.  All applicants for teaching positions at UAS have their emails routed to this location where I can work to organize and respond to applicants.  Since I arrived at UAS in 2014 that folder has accrued 1670 email messages as of today. It increases in size every day …

Director's Update January 17, 2017

What do you think?

As you well know UAS surveys the parents, students and teachers annually with an internal survey run through the school's data systems.  Most recently though, I was reminded to share the all-new KHDA School of Hearts and Minds survey which is now open. This year KHDA and UAS are doing things a little differently. The KHDA has combined all of our surveys – including …

Director's Update January 9, 2017

International Day 2016-17: 

Date Changed to March 15


Our number one priority at the school is to provide a healthy classroom instructional program.  One of the factors that play into this process is the demands from the local education authority and our testing requirements.  Because of these requirements the administration and the school must remain ready to make changes …

Director's Update January 3, 2017

Resolutions VS. Priorities

I want to be clear. 

I don’t like New Year’s Resolutions. 

They bother me.


I, like just about everybody else on the planet have set these goals and have miserably failed to see them through to fruition, let alone the end of February.  For instance, I have decided this year to stop drinking so much coffee.  I currently only …

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Director's Update December 13, 2016

Last week we had a very fruitful and productive visit from Dr. Russell Quaglia. His time was spent with students and teachers working on the implementation of the Aspirations framework at UAS.  One of the biggest things going at UAS is the fact that we are seeing so much more student action in our school this year. Examples include student councils at all three divisions doing some good …

Director's Update December 6, 2016


If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.

– Martin Luther King Jr. 

Last week I wrote about the large amount of celebrations and gratitude I felt after coming out of one of the most challenging and busy months in UAS history.  Looking back though, I really did have a …

UAS- So Much to be Thankful

November and December are the time of year when people from my part world start to gush and ooze about traveling to grandma’s house or giving thanks to all the great gifts bestowed upon us. 

Today’s blog post is no different for me. 

I am so thankful, so full of gratitude and so humbled by the bounty of what is the UAS community.

In the past …

Director's Update November 14, 2016

All that Noise….

For those of you out there who heard me speak at last year’s graduation, you might recall that I revealed a significant guilty pleasure that I have been trying to hide most of my adult life.

I like to listen to American country music. 

 Guilty as charged.

The particular guilty pleasure has made me a target of many music teachers and aficionados the world…

Director's Update November 8, 2016

Universal American School Recognized as a

“Premier” school by International University Alliance


I am thrilled to announce a new alliance of American universities that Universal American School has been recognized as a “premier” provider of educational services for international students.  The international University Alliance (IUA) is a network higher …

Director's Update October 31, 2016

Accreditation Visit from Council of International Schools and Middle States Association

Last week our school received what can best be described as a “Preparatory” visit for reaccreditation from representatives of the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Middle States Association (MSA).  UAS currently holds accreditation from both of these international …

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