Dear American International School of Monrovia Community Members,
Last week we had on our historic school site Dr. Stacy Rosie and Dr. Bobbi McDaniel. The Board of Trustees, working in collaboration with International School Services, identified both candidates as the two finalists to take the helm of the American International School of Monrovia in July of 2020.
This school year, since October 2018, the Board of Trustees has taken 100% of this Governance role under their belt, and has been working tirelessly (in a volunteer role) to help identify and recruit a school Director who will successfully lead AISM into the third decade of our new century.
Last week, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, those efforts brought their two finalists directly to Monrovia to meet what both candidates described as a fantastic school community.
In the words of Dr. McDaniel:
“Dear American International School of Monrovia Community,
It is with sincere gratitude and appreciation that I send each of you a big thank you for all your kindness shown to me during my visit. Truly, I felt most welcomed by all of your smiles, handshakes and hugs. AISM is a warm and vibrant community; which is evident in your classrooms, the happy faces of students entering the school in the morning, and mostly in your individual and collective dedication to the students of AISM.
It was my pleasure, to listen and learn about the growth and success of the school, and the hopes for the future. To quote Mr. Trudeau “AISM belongs to the community” and it was clear to see that was indeed true, as I have learned during my trip that you have created a strong community of which everybody is proud to be a part of.”
In the words of Dr. Stacy Rosie:
“I am truly touched by your pride in Liberia, your pride in the school, and pride in yourselves for being dedicated members of a community that focuses on the learning of children first and foremost. Be assured that your joy in learning shines above all else. And second to your joy in learning is your sense of hospitality. You planned for and welcomed me above and beyond everything I could imagine. Thank you.
I learned a lot from all of you and am blessed to have the opportunity to know you. Thank you for everything extra you have done in the last few weeks and especially in the last few days as you strove to help me understand the AISM community. I have learned a lot from you.
Have a lovely week as you continue to help children grow and learn.”
It is clear that the Board has an extremely consequential decision to make. That said, whoever the Board of Trustees selects as the 2020 Director Appointee of the American International School of Monrovia, we know that the next stage, the transitional year, needs to have a great succession plan in place. This is needed to ensure the Director Appointee will be have all the knowledge and skills needed to provide a long lasting degree of success to our students, faculty, staff and families of the American International School of Monrovia.
It was great to see the two candidates in person last week. It provided both Director candidates with an opportunity to meet all our stakeholders personally. As you can see from their message above, it was an opportunity we all made the most of!!
Last week, we looked to the future of the American International School of Monrovia; this week, we return firmly to the present with Ms. Suba Srikumar’s 12th annual American International School of Monrovia Science Fair this Friday afternoon. …. And …
In the words of Ms. Srikumar:
After being present for all the first 11 Science Fairs at AISM, I know this one is going to be the best! The students have all selected great topics and projects, and the venue in the newly retiled Single Purpose Room is clearly the best location we have ever held a Science Fair afternoon.
I look forward to seeing our community in action, once again, this Friday for our annual Science Fair. As you can see, we have been making steady progress in reaching our objectives for this month’s aggressive calendar.
Have a great afternoon,