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Leadership

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 B.A in Intercultural Studies, and an 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

Dr Cook has family connections with Asia that stretch back over five generations. His great grandmother was involved with the famous Chefoo School in northern China.

 

He 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. Dr Cook has a PhD 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. Dr Cook’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.

 

Dr Cook 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 as a Humanities teacher in the high school, next as High School Principal, and then 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 Dr Cook was Chair of the Social Sciences and Humanities Departments at Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minnesota. He then returned to Asia from 2012 to 2016 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 to June 2019, he 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 Jamie was teaching International Law in the Faculty of Law at Universitas Pelita Harapan. She earned her B.A. 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, Jamie practiced civil and criminal law before moving into education. Prior to joining Woodstock, she 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 organisation that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the foster care system.

 

In Dr Cook’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 formerly lived in a mountainous area of Northern California where we enjoyed hiking on the many beautiful trails. We now thoroughly enjoy these Himalayas with the same passion. 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

  • Bradford Barnhardt, HEAD OF EARLY AND MIDDLE YEARS

    Brad 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 Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from Harvard University, a B.A. in Anthropology from Franklin & Marshal College, and principal certification in Massachusetts.

  • Dr Arvindanabha Shukla, Head of Upper Years

    Arvindanabha is a passionate educator with more than 25 years' experience in residential schools as Teacher, Housemaster, Head of Department, and Director of Sports and Outdoor Pursuits. Previously Dr Shukla worked at Doon School. He holds a PhD in Sanskrit and is also an avid mountaineer and outdoor education leader.

  • SANJAYA MARK, CHAPLAIN

    As Chaplain and with BA (Hons), BS (ED), and CISl qualifications, Sanjaya is at the heart of spiritual life at Woodstock and regularly engages with people both locally and nationally. At St Joseph's College in Kalimpong she graduated with honours in English Literature and Political Science. Assigned Interim Chaplain in July 2020, Sanjaya took the role on permanently at the start of the 2021-22 academic year.

  • Jamie Williams, Director, Centre for Imagination

    Jamie has more than ten years of experience teaching at schools and universities. After studying law in the US, she practiced civil and criminal law before moving into 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's association with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is that of 13 engaging years. She discovered her fervour 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

    An IB graduate, Imtiaz is ideally placed to support students with MYP's goals, principles, and practices. 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 international school experience, she has worked in curriculum development in rural India.

  • Shailesh Garg, Director of Finance and Operations

    Shailesh has dual Bachelor’s degrees in Commerce and Law and 20 years’ experience in the field of financial and operational management. Responsible for operational functions including Finance, Food Services, Security, ICT, Legal, and Travel and Liaison, he joined Woodstock in 2004 and heads the Business Office team.

  • Vidur Kapur, DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS

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

  • KENTON BEACHY, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

    Born in India, Kenton is a Woodstock alumnus class of ’78 and has nearly 30 years' experience in executive management and international communications. He brings a Master's in Journalism/Public Relations from The Ohio State University, an MPA from Wright State University, and a B.A. in English from Goshen College.

  • RAVEESH DOGRA, DIRECTOR OF ESTATES AND FACILITIES

    Raveesh gives shape to Woodstock's ambitious campus master plan. With 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 recognised with a UNESCO Asia-Pacific award for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

  • Akshay Shah, Director, Hanifl Centre

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

  • KATIE JO WALTER, DIRECTOR ADVANCEMENT AND ALUMNI RELATIONS

    Before Woodstock, Katie Jo was Director of International Alumni Academic Engagement at University of Oregon. An awardee of Fulbright and Kathryn Wassermann Davis grants, she studied Hindi at Landour Language School. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs from Lewis & Clark College and a Master’s in International Education from SIT.

Board of Directors

  • Hugh Bradby, President

    Hugh 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 through leadership positions across various airline services and technology. He is Executive Director Strategic Growth at Netherlands-based Xebia IT Architect. Ashok has a track record of helping organisations grow by blending business fundamentals with technology and has a passion for leadership and people development.

  • Moria Little

    Moria works in the United Nations supporting international humanitarian coordination. Based in New York for the past 15 years, she has served in a number of global crises including in 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 Cook joined Woodstock as Principal in July 2019. He brings a wealth of experience in educational leadership, having worked at schools and in higher education in the USA, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Dr Cook has a PhD in Sociology from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines.

  • JONAKE BOSE

    Jonake grew up in India and studied at Woodstock. She holds a B.A. from Mt. Holyoke College and a Master’s in International Economics from the University of South Carolina. For more than 25 years she served as a Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank, holding a range of commercial roles. Prior to becoming Executive Director of Dream Catchers in 2019, Jonake volunteered there and joined the Dream Catchers Board in 2018.

  • Vivek Harinarain

    Vivek joined the Indian Administrative Service in1980 and led assignments for various state government departments, Ministry of Commerce, Excise, Revenue and Survey, and Information Technology. In 2015 he set up the niche firm Tennex Consulting, which focuses on employability enhancement keeping with the national initiatives of Skill India, Make in India, Start Up India, and Stand Up India.

  • Rita Wilson

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

  • Kathy Hoffman

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

  • DR. GEORGE CLARENCE

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

  • Dr Leishiwon Kumrah

    Dr Leishiwon Kumrah is Senior Consultant in Dermatology, Venereology, Leprology and Cosmetology at the Christian Institute of Health Sciences and Research (CIHSR) in Dimapur, Nagaland. Dr Leishiwon is parent to two recent Woodstock graduates and is appreciative of the innovative ways that Woodstock makes education relevant and interesting for students.

  • Junias Venugopal

    Junias Venugopal serves as the Director of the M.A. in Global Leadership, Associate Professor of Evangelism & Leadership, and Associate Dean at the Litfin School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership at Wheaton College, Illinois, USA. He served on the Woodstock School board during the early 2000s and is an experienced educator.

  • Rachna Peter

    Rachna has been a cornerstone of Woodstock’s residential team for more than 25 years. During this time she has served in a teaching capacity for four years and as a staff supervisor and Head of Boarding for girls and boys for over 22 years. As the primary staff representative to the Board, Rachna is the voice of Woodstock’s academic, residential, and administrative staff members.