American School of Bahrain appoints new senior leaders for 2022 IB rollout


Highly experienced International Baccalaureate educators join the American School of Bahrain’s leadership team.

Recently authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), the American School of Bahrain (ASB) onboarded Dr. Juan Saavedra as the Middle & High School Principal, and Ms. Casey Bucheler as the new coordinator of the school’s Early Childhood Center.

Dr. Saavedra has over 28 years of educational experience, with 18 years as a High School principal. Formerly an IB Biology teacher and IB coordinator, he has worked around the world in countries including the UK, Kuwait, China, Columbia and the Ivory Coast. Importantly for the school, Dr. Saavedra has served, multiple times, on accreditation teams for the Council of International Schools (CIS), a body which performs rigorous school-wide evaluations to ensure that schools align with internationally benchmarked standards, and would thus be able to strategically guide the school and upgrade its quality standards.

His role at the school will be to provide guidance towards achieving several strategic objectives, including academic growth and further improving the student experience.

As an early childhood educator with over 30 years of experience, Ms. Bucheler has extensive knowledge of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) and the Reggio Emilia approach. Both these programmes emphasise self-directed and experiential learning, therefore aligning her experience with ASB’s own ‘experiential learning’ philosophy that allows young children to be agents of their own education.

ASB focuses on empowering students to become independent thinkers. Both Dr. Saavedra and Ms. Bucheler, being so closely aligned with the school’s philosophy, will add to the its growing momentum towards being one of the best in the region, Dave McMaster, the Founding Director said.

As an Esol Education school, ASB provides holistic American and International education to its students. It aims to create ideal learning environments and attract the right educators to develop a strong international curriculum, as well as guarantee a diverse range of activities and opportunities to enable students to be well balanced individuals.

ASB is currently accepting applications for the new academic year. For more information, contact the school admissions office at 1721 1800 or visit their website.

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