Dr. Paul Richards considers himself fortunate to lead a district of seven schools and over 4000 students in Saudi Arabia. He has prepared for this challenge by leading high schools in such diverse places as London, Boston, and Nantucket. A teacher at heart, Paul has pushed for excellence in academics, but also for a holistic definition of success. He has written the only doctorate completed on the topic of the academic stress culture in suburban schools. Paul is a believer that mindfulness has an important role in today’s classrooms, and he has developed and taught a course exploring race, culture, and human rights issues.
John Chapman is from the United Kingdom and completed his training as a primary/middle school teacher in 1978. After teaching in the UK for 13 years he moved to Saudi Arabia in 1991 with his wife, an early years teacher, and two young children.
John taught middle school English for six-years at DBGS before being appointed as Deputy Headteacher in 1997. Following a 2-year period back in the UK he was appointed as Headteacher of Dhahran British Grammar School, a position he held from 2002 to 2008, before entering his current role as Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources.
Tara Waudby is pleased to be a part of the ISG district learning team. Passionate about innovation in education, she is committed to ISG’s Vision for 21st Century Excellence. Having grown up overseas, Tara began her teaching career in Phoenix, Arizona before moving into international education, where prior to joining ISG, she spent five years in Taiwan and ten years in Kuwait. Tara has served in numerous roles including principal, assistant principal, professional development coordinator, ESL coordinator and a teacher of special education, ESL and secondary English. She holds an MA in Educational Leadership and an MFA in Poetry.
Dr. Ralph Pruitt is the ISG assistant superintendent of student services. He has been an educator for over 30 years, both internationally and in the U.S., serving in the roles of school director, special services director, curriculum director, elementary principal, adjunct professor, and teacher. He received his doctorate from Lehigh University in educational leadership and holds a masters degree in special education from The University of Oregon. He is married and has five children and ten grandchildren.
Mr. Waleed Al Groon holds an Office Management Diploma. He handled various senior positions for more than 22 years of local and international experience with multiple industries such as Technology, Trading, Construction, and Services. Managing key departments of HR, Personnel, Administration and Government Relation.