RE: It is good to be back. Trudeau returns from Travels

AISM Community,

During the “Year of the Wildebeest”, our school continues to tenaciously change and adapt to best meet our students’ needs.

Last week, I had the pleasure to represent the American International School of Monrovia at the annual Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) in San Francisco. AAIE is a global community that helps support high quality American-accredited education worldwide.

In addition to being able to meet with both the Office of Overseas Schools and the Middle States Association (our accreditation agency), I was also kept current on how International educational programs continue to develop and evolve to meet individual students’ needs.

I also had meetings to ensure that we are in good standing with our vendors and educational suppliers. Last week, on behalf of the school, I met with several of our educational partners to ensure our continued collaboration in our work together to support our students’ education.

Additionally, the AAIE conference also gave me the opportunity to work with several other school Directors from other American Schools in both our region, and beyond! Like us, they face complex and difficult challenges in putting student education first. However, also like us, they are committed and dedicated to meeting that challenge and ensuring that all students can and do succeed!

It is great to be back, and I look forward to joining our extended school community at our annual PTA fundraiser dinner this Friday at 8:00pm. (Tickets on sale through the front office until 4:30p.m today)


To our ACS alumni who have students enrolled in our school, I need to report: this year at AAIE “I was all by myself.” Over the past seven years, I have been able to send pictures of former Directors of the American Cooperative School (which occupied this historic school site until 1990, when it was closed due to civil unrest) and myself. Each year, at AAIE, I would send a note that says:

“Jeff Trudeau and the Directors from ACS send their best”

Jeff Trudeau, Ralph Jahr, Rob Ambrogi, David Cramer

This year, however, I was not able to do so, as all former “known” Directors of ACS have retired since my tenure here at the American International School of Monrovia began.

Instead of our annual picture…I have a collage of memories from both Dr. Ralph Jahr, who was Director of ACS from 1983-1987, and Rob Ambrogi who was Director from 1987-1990 (David Cramer was contracted in 1990, when ACS ceased operations).

On a personal note, I want to thank Ralph, Rob Ambrogi and David Cramer for their unwavering support over the years, and for always providing me with sage advice in helping to advance the educational program on this school site forward.

On behalf of all the ACS alumni, who now call AISM home, we wish you all the best in your well-deserved retirement from International Education. Thank you for the memories of your time here, and for sharing them with our new (and your former) school community.

The PowerPoint collage can be found at the following site: be which is a private, non-registered site, and will be available, for 48 hours, to enjoy some: Reflections of ACS.

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