District Leadership Team

Eddie Liptrot - District Superintendent

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Eddie Liptrot

Eddie Liptrot joined International Schools Group (ISG) in the fall of 2013 as Principal of Dhahran British Grammar School and is now the District Superintendent. He has held substantial headships in the UK and the Middle East. In addition, Eddie was adviser and development partner to a range of international schools, as part of a commercial international schools group, prior to joining ISG. Within this role he led in the founding of new international schools and acted as founding principal of a school in Moscow. Eddie has worked extensively in building school leadership capacity; as an employee of the University of Manchester, he trained and assessed headteachers and middle leaders in the UK, through partnership with the National College for School Leadership.

Eddie is an established member of a large education network in the UK and internationally. He is currently Chairman of the Executive Board of British Schools in the Middle East Headteachers’ Conference (BSME). He is a registered BSME schools inspector and was on the inaugural accrediting team. Until recently, he was Chairman of the Board of Governors for a state school in Cheshire, UK.

Tracy Kennedy - Director of Human Resources

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Tracy Kennedy

Prior to joining ISG in January 2016, Tracy was an operations management consultant who assisted small to medium size companies with improving their operational processes. Her passion for customer service paired with her knowledge as a certified Professional in Human Resources - International™ (PHRi) has allowed Tracy the opportunity to proudly provide leadership and support to a talented, dedicated team of HR specialists who continually strive to deliver the best service, consultancy and operational support to 800 ISG school district employees.

Dr. Eric Brown - Director for Learning

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Eric Brown

Dr. Eric Brown has worked in international education for the past 10 years and is passionate about student learning and helping educators with their professional growth. As an educator at DEMS, he taught Grade 7 math and science, guided the school in standards-based learning and coached teams through implementation of new standards in numerous content areas. Prior to international teaching, Eric taught social studies for seven years in U.S. public schools. He holds an M.S. in education administration and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction. He and his wife Jamie (DHS teacher) have two sons, James (6) and Alex (4). Eric’s goals for 2018-19 are moving forward with the strategic goals that support ISG’s mission, namely to lead the learning and provide support to ISG schools in their work around the guiding principles, school improvement, curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional learning.

Waleed H. Al-Groon - Director of Government Relations

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Waleed H. Al-Groon

Waleed Al-Groon comes to ISG with over 22 years of local and international experience. He has held various senior positions in industries such as technology, trading, construction and services. Throughout his career, he has managed key departments including human resources, personnel, administration and government relations. Waleed is an expert in Saudi Local labor laws.

Alexander van Iperen - Director of Operations and Facilities

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Alexander van Iperen

Alexander van Iperen is from the Netherlands and studied (information technology) engineering in Groningen, the Netherlands. Prior to joining ISG in August 2015, Alexander held the position of Director of Information Technology at the International School Manila, Philippines. At ISG, he handles all aspects of information technology and digital learning.

Current initiatives:

  • Facilitate 21st century learning among students.
  • Create a robust support system to meet the technological needs for the school district.
  • Work with the Superintendent's office on district-wide IT improvements.

Dirk de Jager - Director of Finance

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Dirk de Jager

Dirk de Jager is from the Netherlands. His educational background includes both a bachelor and master's degree in business administration. Prior to joining ISG, Dirk held the position of Director of Finance and Administration at the Council of International Schools (CIS). He has more than 30 years of professional experience in various international corporate companies, serving in a leadership position during most of this time, including 10 years as Finance Director of a leading international law firm. Dirk has an interest in leading change management and financial restructuring projects. He also served on the boards of several membership organizations with social interests.

Tracy Murphy - Director of Student Support Services

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Tracy Murphy

Tracy Murphy joined ISG in August 2016 and served her first two years as District Psychologist. Originally from Canada, Tracy grew up as a third culture kid in Dubai, UAE. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary and her graduate degree at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Tracy is a registered psychologist in the province of Alberta and has spent her entire career within the international school system. Previously she worked in the UAE, Indonesia and China.

Susan Markle - Director of Admissions

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Susan Markle

Susan comes to ISG after spending 20 years at TFS – Canada’s International School, a bilingual IB world school in Toronto. She began there as a guidance counsellor, then spent nine years as Executive Director of Enrollment Management, overseeing all admissions functions and providing thought leadership with respect to community engagement strategies. She led her team to record enrollment numbers, making TFS the largest independent school in Canada today. Prior to TFS, Susan worked as the Director of Girls’ Residence and ESL Coordinator at Sedbergh School in Quebec. Susan holds a master’s degree in psychology, a theatre arts diploma and, more recently, a creative writing certificate from the University of Toronto.