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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 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.

Administration

  • Sanjeev Puri, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

    Sanjeev Puri, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

    Sanjeev joined Woodstock in November 2014 after spending 16 years in the Technology Consulting industry in the US with a Fortune 200 firm. He is responsible for implementing elements of Woodstock’s strategic vision, which include operational excellence, financial sustainability, academic infrastructure, and maximizing human capital.

  • 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 LIFE AND HEAD OF UPPER YEARS

    Jeff Doerfler, DEAN OF STUDENT LIFE AND HEAD OF UPPER YEARS

    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. He combined the role with Head of Upper Years in 2020.

  • Bradford Barnhardt, HEAD OF EARLY AND MIDDLE YEARS

    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.

  • Mousumi Basu, IB DP & Academic Coordinator

    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

    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 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.

  • Kirsten Bradby Beavan, DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS

    Kirsten Bradby Beavan, DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS

    Kirsten spent her formative years at Woodstock School, before going on to complete her education in the UK. After a number of years working as a corporate lawyer in London, she was drawn back to the beautiful hills of Landour. She worked as Woodstock's Admissions Director for 5 years before stepping into full-time motherhood, and will return to the role in July 2020.

  • Sanjaya Mark, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND INTERIM CHAPLAIN

    Sanjaya Mark, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND INTERIM CHAPLAIN

    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. In July 2020 Sanyaja became Interim Chaplain.

  • Shivani Agarwal, DIRECTOR OF Human Resources

    Shivani Agarwal, DIRECTOR OF Human Resources

    Shivani joined Woodstock in 2017. Beforehand, She was based in the US and worked 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.

  • Anil Jain, DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY

    Anil Jain, DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY

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

  • K. Krishnan Kutty, Interim Director of Development and Alumni Affairs

    K. Krishnan Kutty, Interim Director of Development and Alumni Affairs

    As Executive Director of the Hanifl Centre, Kutty has spearheaded its growth to a nationally and internationally recognized institution of excellence in outdoor education. This year, Kutty is combining this role with leading Woodstock’s efforts in fundraising, alumni relations, marketing and communications.

  • Jamie Williams, Distance Learning Leader

    Jamie Williams, Distance Learning Leader

    Jamie comes to the role of Distance Learning Leader with over ten years of experience designing and teaching online and hybrid courses 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. Jamie will also be teaching in the Individuals and Societies Department at Woodstock.

Board of Directors

  • Hugh Bradby, Acting President

    Hugh Bradby, Acting 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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”.

  • Anil Jain

    Anil Jain

    With over 20 years of experience at Fortune 100 companies in the US, Anil serves as the Director of Technology at Woodstock. He is the staff representative on the Board of Directors and comes with global experience in program management and entrepreneurship. His tenure at Woodstock, spread over two stints, is now in its seventh year.

  • 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.

  • 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.