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Leadership

About Our Principal


Dr Jonathan Long has a wealth of experience in education and learning after more than 30 years working in schools in South Africa, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and India. Prior to his arrival at Woodstock in January 2012, Dr Long was Principal of Mahindra United World College India, an international school in Pune, which he joined in January 2009.

 

Before that, he was Associate Director of Columba 1400, an award-winning charity on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, which works with young people from underprivileged backgrounds to develop their potential for leadership and change. Dr Long sums up his personal philosophy in the words of the famous Scottish historian and novelist, John Buchan:

Our task is not to put the greatness back into humanity — but to elicit it — for the greatness is there already.
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From 1998 to 2007 Dr Long served as both Principal and Chaplain at Aiglon College, an international boarding school in Switzerland, where he was responsible for seeing the school through a significant period of transformation, growth and consolidation. This included the major restructuring of the school, both in financial planning and expanding resources and facilities.

 

Before Aiglon, Dr Long spent 12 years at the Dragon School in Oxford, England, a leading independent day and boarding preparatory school where he worked as Chaplain, Housemaster, and Head of Department. During this time Dr Long held additional responsibility as the National Coordinator for Personal and Social Education within the UK’s independent-school sector, and was extensively involved in the development of values education and community building in schools and colleges across the country.

 

In 1996 Dr Long won a Social and Economic Research Council award to undertake research at Oxford University looking into the factors that influence the moral and spiritual development of young people in a secular society. This culminated in a Doctorate of Philosophy from the university.

 

Born in 1959 in Plymouth, England, Dr Long has lived in Ghana, Zambia, South Africa, England, Switzerland, Scotland and India. He is married to Sue, who is Head of the English as a Second Language Department at Woodstock. They have two adult daughters, Zoë and Alice.

 

Dr Long attended schools in the UK and South Africa and has received a number of educational and theological qualifications from the universities of Natal, South Africa; Nottingham, Sheffield; Oxford; and Trinity College, Bristol.

 

Both Dr and Mrs Long share Woodstock’s commitment to excellence in all areas and have grown to love living and working in India. Dr Long is committed to creating an educational experience at Woodstock that will enable young people to thrive in a world of enormous economic, environmental, technological, social and political change, all of which will challenge the values and beliefs of institutions and communities.

 

“My hope is that the education that Woodstock offers will always go well beyond the traditional goals of academic and exam success to develop the whole person and not just a part, to help each individual to become, in the words of our mission statement, ‘visionary, articulate and ethical, equipped to achieve their full potential in leadership and in life’.”

 

Dr Long also recognises the strategic importance of India in a global context in the 21st century, and how Woodstock’s educational approach, rooted in a clear sense of location, tradition, values and community, “must be relevant, innovative and inspiring – combining the finest examples of best practice with the latest insights into how we learn and the nature of intelligence”.

 

His ultimate vision is for Woodstock graduates to be young people whose resilience, creativity and curiosity sustain ongoing inquiry and reflection, whose interest in others and the world around them transcends their self-interest, and who can act as courageous catalysts of change in an ever-changing world.

 

“I hope Woodstock students will be known as far-sighted, empathetic and influential in shaping future frontiers of possibility. In this way, one on one, one by one, and then in partnerships, we will extend our influence for good in India and beyond – holding out an educational vision of hope which is at the same time supremely relevant and uniquely effective.”

 

Dr Long has a wide range of hobbies and interests. He holds a pilot’s licence, has flown light aircraft to many destinations in Europe, and has sailed extensively in the Ionian Sea off Greece. He is passionate about motorcycles and owns a 1968 Jawa 250, which he restored himself, as well as the inevitable Enfield! He enjoys fitness training and running, and has completed three Ironman triathlons, the Comrades 100-km ultra-marathon in South Africa, and a 4000-km trek across the Sahara desert in a Land Rover. He has also extensively explored the deserts of North Africa over a 12-year period, both by camel and vehicle. One of his ambitions is to visit the remote Gilf Kebir plateau in southwest Egypt to see the Cave of Swimmers rock carvings, featured in the novel and film The English Patient.

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.

  • Richard Davies, HEAD OF UPPER YEARS

    Richard Davies, HEAD OF UPPER YEARS

    Richard joins us from the UK via Australia. Starting his teaching career in Scotland, he moved to Australia to teach at St Stephen’s School in Perth, where his most recent role was Deputy Head. He has a MA(hons) in Philosophy and Mathematics and a MSc in Performance Psychology from The University of Edinburgh, and is currently studying for his MBA.

  • 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 served as a Foreign Service Officer for the US Departments of State.

  • Dr. Jonathan Long

    Dr. Jonathan Long

    Jonathan has a wealth of experience in education and learning after more than 30 years working in schools in South Africa, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and India. Prior to his arrival at Woodstock in January 2012, Jonathan was Principal of Mahindra United World College India, an international school in Pune, which he joined in January 2009.

  • 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 also serves 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.