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Leadership

About Our Principal

 

Woodstock School has announced the appointment of Dr Craig Cook as Principal Designate. Dr Cook will join Woodstock in the new academic year starting in July 2019.

 

Dr Cook brings to the position a wealth of experience in educational leadership, having worked at schools in and in higher education in the USA, the Philippines and Indonesia. He has a PhD in Sociology from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, a BA degree in intercultural studies and a M.Div. in Theology, both from Biola University, California. He currently serves as President of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Sociology of the Body.

Learn More About Dr Craig Cook

Craig has family connections with Asia which stretch back over five generations. His great grandfather was involved with the famous Chefoo School in northern China.

 

Craig earned his BA degree in intercultural studies at Biola University, California, in 1984. He completed his M.Div. in Theology from the same university in 1986. He has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. His doctoral dissertation focused on the introduction of women’s basketball to the Philippines by American educators, entitled The Social Construction of Bodies through Basketball during the American Occupation: 1906-1922, and was awarded the John F. Doherty, S.J. Award for Social Justice. Craig’s research interests lie at the intersection of sociology of the body, gender, and sport.  He currently serves as President of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Sociology of the Body.

 

He started his teaching career as a High School Teacher in La Habra, California.

 

From 1988-1992 he worked in community development in a Muslim majority area of the southern Philippines, where he learned both Tagalog and the local language. From 1992 until 2004 he worked at Faith Academy, Manila, Philippines, first teaching Social Science in the High School, then as High School Principal and, for five years, as Superintendent of the entire school, guiding a team of  130 faculty staff and 700 students in K-12, one third of whom were boarders.

 

From 2004 until 2012 he was Chair of the Social Sciences and Humanities Departments at Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minnesota.

 

He returned to Asia 2012-2016 to work as Deputy Dean and High School Principal at UPH University and High School, a flagship Christian institution in Jakarta, Indonesia with some 15,000 students at High School and University.

 

Since 2016, he has been Dean of the School of Education at Simpson University, Redding, California, where he successfully led the school through complex accreditation procedures.

 

Dr. Cook is married to Jamie Williams, J.D.  They met in Indonesia, where she was teaching international law in the Faculty of Law at Universitas Pelita Harapan.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Literature and Letters from the University of Oklahoma and her Juris Doctorate from Vermont Law School.  A licensed attorney in the states of New York and Texas, she has practiced family, criminal, and commercial law.  She is currently a professor in the History and Political Science Department at Simpson University in Redding, California, where she teaches political science and criminal law.  She is also an adjunct professor teaching restorative justice and international law at Le Tourneau University in Longview, Texas.  In addition, she serves as Program Coordinator for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a nonprofit organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the foster care system.

 

 In Craig’s own words: “I have been an athlete and participant in vigorous physical exercise for the whole of my adult life, being a regular basketball and tennis player and a tennis coach for many years. We live at present in a mountainous area of Northern California, where we enjoy hiking on the many beautiful trails… The heart of Christian leadership is being a servant to others, as evidenced by Jesus’ washing the disciples’ feet and commanding us to do the same.”

Woodstock School's Educational Philosophy

The much-quoted African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” is indeed true at Woodstock.

 

We are a community of teachers, students, residence and administrative staff, and local employees, many of whose families have served Woodstock for generations. In all, the Woodstock ‘village’ contains more than 1000 people living and working together. Read more below about those who have the responsibility for leading our community and for ensuring that the education we offer is of the highest standard.

Administration

  • Sanjeev Puri, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

    Sanjeev Puri, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

    Born and raised in Dehradun, Sanjeev spent 16 years in IT Consulting in the US with a Fortune 500 firm. He returns home to pursue something inspiring and truly unique. Sanjeev leads operations in pursuit of Woodstock's 2020 Vision, overseeing the Strategic Master Plan, HR, IT and infrastructure. Sanjeev is married to Shivani. Their sons, Arush and Arin, attend Woodstock.

  • Ethan van Drunen, VICE PRINCIPAL - EDUCATION

    Ethan van Drunen, VICE PRINCIPAL - EDUCATION

    Ethan has an Ed.M in International Education Policy from Harvard University. He was Director of Myanmar International School, and worked at the International School of Belgrade and at Woodstock from 2004–2007. He has a BS in Social Studies Education from Taylor University and Principal Certification through the Universities of San Francisco and Washington State.

  • Jeff Doerfler, DEAN OF STUDENT SERVICES

    Jeff Doerfler, DEAN OF STUDENT SERVICES

    Jeff worked in US schools for 22 years as a teacher, counsellor and coach. He has a BS degree in Education and MS degree in Counselling/Psychology from the University of Kansas. Jeff came to Woodstock as a counsellor in July 2009, and was appointed as Director of Student Services from July 2010. Jeff enjoys coaching basketball and spending quality time with students.

  • Bob Smith, HEAD OF MIDDLE YEARS

    Bob Smith, HEAD OF MIDDLE YEARS

    Bob Smith graduated from the University of California with a BA in History and received his teaching credential from California State University. He has a passion for learning, and has taught from elementary level to high school. Bob has been involved with IB programmes as an administrator, coordinator and teacher.

  • Renee Bowling, HEAD OF UPPER YEARS

    Renee Bowling, HEAD OF UPPER YEARS

    Formerly Head of College and Career Counseling, Renee Bowling became Head of Upper Years in January 2019. Renee is a small town Ohioan at heart with a passion for student advocacy. She holds a MA in School Counseling and is completing a PG Certificate in Religious Studies and Education from Harvard University. She serves on the International ACAC Admissions Practices committee.

  • Reverend Simon Paul, CHAPLAIN

    Reverend Simon Paul, CHAPLAIN

    Simon has been involved in education for over 21 years. He is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church, spending time in pastoral ministry before being appointed as a school chaplain. Most recently he has been Chaplain of Chigwell School near London for eight years, during which he visited India on a number of occasions and fell in love with the country and its people.

  • Mou Maiti, ACADEMIC COORDINATOR

    Mou Maiti, ACADEMIC COORDINATOR

    Mou Maiti has been associated with International Schools and the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum for the past 16 years, in a wide range of roles from IB Diploma Coordinator to physics teacher. Passionate about international education, Mou enjoys inspiring young minds to think critically, solve problems and develop a lifelong enthusiasm for learning.

  • Jane Paul, HEAD OF EARLY YEARS

    Jane Paul, HEAD OF EARLY YEARS

    Jane Paul has over 35 years of progressive responsibilities teaching and leading schools as a classroom teacher, special educational needs coordinator, and Head of Learning Support. In addition to her Head of Early Years responsibilities, Jane teaches in Woodstock’s Learning Support Department.

  • Amy Seefeldt

    Amy Seefeldt '93, DIRECTOR, CENTRE FOR IMAGINATION

    After six years serving as Academic Dean and sixteen years teaching History, Amy moved into starting up the Centre for Imagination, dedicated to exploring new pathways of learning to better prepare our young people for the future. In 2016 Amy took a sabbatical to study Ecological Design Thinking (MA) at Schumacher College in the UK.

  • Ajay Mark

    Ajay Mark '71, STUDENT LIFE COORDINATOR

    Ajay majored in Sports Medicine at Bethel College (Kansas) and has a Masters in PE from Laxmibai National College (Gwalior). Ajay has served in many areas during his tenure of over 30 years as a Woodstock staff member. In addition to his current role as Head of Sports, Ajay serves as Student Life Coordinator. Ajay's passions are to capture wildlife on camera and to ride motorcycles!

  • Nazneen Nagarwalla, ENRICHMENT COORDINATOR

    Nazneen Nagarwalla, ENRICHMENT COORDINATOR

    Originally from Kashmir, Naz joined Woodstock in 1996. She has used her administrative talents in many roles, including work in Admissions, Student Life and Academics. Naz enjoys seeing students explore their passions through the PASSAGE programme. Naz, her husband Darab, and their daughter Vanu enjoy hiking around Mussoorie.

  • Marcus Shaw

    Marcus Shaw '87, DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS

    Marcus' favorite part about coming to work each day is finding amazing kids from around the world to bring into our learning community. His previous work with Woodstock alumni provides a strong network to help find bright young men and women from all over the globe. Marcus and his wife Fabi enjoy having students in their home to cook and spend time together.

  • Shailesh Garg, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

    Shailesh Garg, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

    Shailesh was born and raised in Dehradun. He has a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and Law and 15 years’ experience in the field of financial and operational management. He joined Woodstock School in 2004 and currently heads the Business Office team along with other support departments and functions.

  • Lauri Coulter

    Lauri Coulter '81, DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI AFFAIRS

    Lauri Coulter joins Woodstock School in September 2016 as the Director of Alumni Affairs. Lauri has recently been Alumni Relations Director at Singapore American School. Prior to that, she spent 23 years in college publishing and communications in NYC and Boston. She has a degree in International Relations from Simmons College.

  • Sanjaya Mark, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

    Sanjaya Mark, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

    Sanjaya, BA (Hons), BS (Ed), CISL, leads the Woodstock community to engage with people locally and nationally. She studied in Kalimpong and graduated with honours in English Literature and Political Science from St Joseph's College.

  • Arjun Puri, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

    Arjun Puri, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

    Arjun’s passion for education started at La Martiniere, Kolkata, where he was the 167th School Captain. He has a Master of Letters in Business from the University of St. Andrews and has worked across the globe in banking (Merrill Lynch), rural empowerment (ITC) and education. His last role was Director of Admissions & Outreach and Member of Faculty at the O.P. Jindal Global University.

  • K. Krishnan Kutty, DIRECTOR, HANIFL CENTRE

    K. Krishnan Kutty, DIRECTOR, HANIFL CENTRE

    Kutty joined Woodstock after having worked for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) for 20 years. He has been on numerous expeditions in the Himalaya, and lead mountaineering courses in Kenya, Alaska and Chile. Kutty is passionate about experiential education in the outdoors, and is the honorary local secretary of the Himalayan Club.

 

Board of Directors

 

  • Thomas Chandy, President

    Thomas Chandy, President

    Thomas is the founder CEO of Save the Children, India. He has served on the Global CEO’s Steering Group of Save the Children International and has represented civil society at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Prior to his work with Save The Children, he held various senior positions with Coca- Cola.

  • Hugh Bradby

    Hugh Bradby

    Hugh has served as principal of Woodstock School from 1985-1991 and as Headmaster of Kingsmead School in the UK from 1991-2006. He has also been General Secretary of The Independent Schools Christian Alliance, UK for nearly 12 years.

  • Kapil Gupta

    Kapil Gupta

    Kapil is a Woodstock alumnus who pursued his bachelor’s degree from Bard College, master’s in Politics in World Economy from the London School of Economics and Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School. He has worked in consulting, technology, and in a range of positions with the U.S. federal government.

  • Dr Craig Cook

    Dr Craig Cook

    Dr Craig Cook will join Woodstock in the new academic year starting in July 2019. Dr Cook brings to the position a wealth of experience in educational leadership, having worked at schools in and in higher education in the USA, the Philippines and Indonesia. He has a PhD in Sociology from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines.

  • Poonam Bhatia

    Poonam Bhatia

    Poonam has over 26 years of professional experience, including 18+ years in HR leadership positions in India and Japan. She is currently a Senior Partner with Search Value Consultants, a boutique executive search firm. She graduated from Lady Irwin College, New Delhi, and did her MBA at Podar Institute of Management, Jaipur. She has worked as HR Manager at Woodstock School and Kodaikanal International School.

  • Vivek Harinarain

    Vivek Harinarain

    Vivek joined the IAS in 1980 and led assignments for various state government departments, Ministry of Commerce, Excise, Revenue and Survey, and Information Technology. In 2015, he set up a niche consulting firm, Tennex Consulting focussing on employability enhancement, keeping with the national initiatives of Skill India, Make in India and Start up India, Stand Up India.

  •  Rita Wilson

    Rita Wilson

    Rita has served as an educational leader and administrator in India for over four decades. She has been the principal of several schools including Auckland School House in Simla. She was the Chief Executive of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations. She currently manages her own educational consultancy, Develop Schools, and edits a teacher’s magazine “The Progressive Teacher”.

  • Andrew Plonka

    Andrew Plonka

    With an 18-year career in international schools in Mexico, India, Japan, South Korea, the UK and the USA, and as a former journalist, Andrew Plonka brings considerable experience and expertise to this role. From 2008 to 2012, he taught English at Woodstock and was also Head of Senior School for a time. He returned to Woodstock in 2016 and became Head of English in 2017.

  • Rahul Amin

    Rahul Amin

    Rahul is the Chairman and Managing Director Jyoti, a group of companies which specialises in encouraging responsible environmental policy and action, actively promoting nature and the environment and developing renewable energy. He is an active philanthropist and holds an M.S. from the University of Baroda and a Master of Engineering from Cornell University in the USA.

  •  Marlin Schoonmaker

    Marlin Schoonmaker

    Marlin utilised his BA in South Asian Political Economy and MBA from the University of Washington to launch a successful career in maritime logistics. Marlin and his brother David began the Joseph H. Schoonmaker Memorial Scholarship at Woodstock to benefit the children of Christian medical workers. Marlin previously served as President of the FWS Board of Directors.

  • Dr. George Clarence

    Dr. George Clarence

    George is the Senior Administrative Officer and Medical Superintendent at the Landour Community Hospital. After pursuing his MBBS and MD (Orthopaedics) from St. John’s Medical College and Hospital in Bangalore, he worked as an orthopaedic surgeon for 15 years in India and Canada.

  •  Moria Little

    Moria Little

    Moria works in the United Nations supporting international humanitarian coordination. Currently based in New York, over the past 15 years she has served in a number of global crises including Iraq and Afghanistan, both with the United Nations and NGOs. She is a committed advocate of human rights, humanitarian principals, collaboration and responsible international engagement.