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About Our Principal


Our Principal, Dr Craig Cook, joined Woodstock in July 2019.


Dr Cook has a wealth of experience in educational leadership, having worked at schools 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 grandmother 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, Maguindanao. From 1992 until 2004 he worked at Faith Academy, Manila, Philippines, first teaching Humanities 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 boarding students.


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.


From 2016-June 2019, Dr Cook was 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. Prior to joining Woodstock, Jamie was a professor in the History and Political Science Department at Simpson University in Redding, California, where she taught Political Science and Criminology. She was also an adjunct professor teaching Restorative Justice and International Law at Le Tourneau University in Longview, Texas. In addition, she served 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.



    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 2009, and has been Dean of Student Life since 2010 and Head of Upper Years since 2020.

  • Bradford Barnhardt, HEAD OF EARLY AND MIDDLE YEARS

    Bradford has been a teacher, researcher, and senior administrator in international schools since 2001. He has a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Sydney, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Harvard University, a BA in Anthropology from Franklin & Marshal College, and principal certification in Massachusetts.


    As Chaplain, Sanjaya, BA (Hons), BS (Ed), CISL, is at the heart of spiritual life at Woodstock, as well as engaging with people locally and nationally. She studied in Kalimpong and graduated with honours in English Literature and Political Science from St Joseph's College. Sanjaya became interim Chaplain in July 2020, and took the role on permanently at the start of the 2021-22 academic year.

  • Jamie Williams, Director, Centre for Imagination and Distance Learning Leader

    Jamie has more than ten years of experience of teaching at schools and universities. After studying law in the US, she practiced family, criminal, and child protection law before moving to education. She has taught law, social sciences, and humanities in high schools and universities in Indonesia and the United States.

  • Mousumi Basu, IB DP & Academic Coordinator

    Mousumi Basu's association with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is that of 13 engaging years. She discovered her fervor to cultivate the spirit of inquiry through teaching Theory of Knowledge, while her passion remains in English Literature. She holds an MA in English along with a PG Diploma in Education Management.

  • Imtiaz Rai, MYP Coordinator

    Herself an IB graduate, Imtiaz is ideally placed to support students with the goals, principles and practice of the MYP. She joined Woodstock to teach MYP Science in 2019 and became MYP Coordinator the following year. She holds a B.Ed. and previously taught the IB in Delhi. Along with her International school experience, she worked in curriculum development in rural India.

  • 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.


    Vidur Joined Woodstock in 2021, after 19 years in the Hospitality Industry working among diverse teams in South Africa, UK, and India. An alumni of the class 2000, Woodstock had a profound impact on his life and really shaped his principles, values, friendships, and relational skills. Vidur is passionate about showcasing the rich and unique experience Woodstock School has to offer.


    Shivani is a career HR professional. Before joining Woodstock, she worked in the US with Fortune 500 firms such as Southern California Edison and Bank of America, as well as with regional financial institutions. Shivani is SPHR certified, holds a Professional Designation in HR from UCLA and a Six Sigma Green Belt certification from UC, Irvine.


    Raveesh is giving shape to our ambitious campus master plan. He has over 25 years' experience leading flawless execution of complex projects in India and internationally. Raveesh is passionate about working with heritage buildings – in 2016, his work on a project was awarded an UNESCO Asia-Pacific award for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

  • Anil Jain, DIRECTOR OF ICT

    With over 20 years of experience leading IT programmes and projects at Fortune 100 companies in the US, Anil dons the technology thought-leader’s hat at Woodstock. As the Director of ICT, he dreams, defines and drives digital transformation at the school. Anil is in his seventh year at Woodstock, spread over two stints.

  • Akshay Shah, Director, Hanifl Centre

    Akshay joined Hanifl Centre in 2015 and became Director in 2021. With more than two decades of experience in the outdoors, Akshay is an experienced and passionate trek leader and has vast experience of working on conservation and rural development projects in the Himalaya. Previously, he founded and managed NGO Lok Chetna Manch and consulted for NOLS India.

Board of Directors

  • Hugh Bradby, President

    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.

  • Ashok Fenn, Vice President

    Ashok has over 30 years' experience in the corporate world having held leadership positions across airline services and technology. He is presently Executive Director Strategic Growth at Netherlands-based Xebia IT Architect. He has a track record of helping organisations grow by blending business fundamentals with technology, and a passion for leadership and people development.

  • 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.

  • Dr Craig Cook

    Dr Craig Cook joined Woodstock as Principal in July 2019. Dr Cook brings to the position a wealth of experience in educational leadership, having worked at schools 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.


    Jonake Bose grew up in India and studied at Woodstock. She received a BA from Mt. Holyoke College, and a MA in International Economics from the University of S Carolina. For over 25 years, she served as a Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank, holding a range of commercial roles. Prior to becoming Executive Director in Feb. 2019, Jonake volunteered at Dream Catchers and joined their board in 2018.

  • 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 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”.

  • Kathy Hoffman

    Kathy Hoffmann taught English for more than 30 years at high schools in India, the US, UK and Australia, 22 years of which were at Woodstock, including five as Academic Dean. Upon her return to the US in 2009, Kathy taught in the Education Department of St. Olaf College. She now volunteers with AmeriCorps in literacy tutoring in elementary schools in St. Paul, MN where she resides.

  • 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.

  • Stephen Alter

    Stephen Alter attended Woodstock School from first grade through graduation in 1974. He is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. Much of his work focuses on the Himalaya, particularly the natural history and lore of mountains. As a teacher of writing, he worked at the American University in Cairo for seven years and at MIT for ten years. He and his wife, Ameeta, live in Landour.

  • 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.