My name is Kathleen McLennan, and I am the principal of the International and Manitoba programs at Clifford International School. This is my ninth year working at Clifford, and and my third as school principal.
I am a Manitoba certified teacher with a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta and a Master of Mathematics for Teachers from the University of Waterloo. I have over 20 years experience in education, including teaching in Canada, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates in addition to China.
My educational philosophy is based in a strong emphasis on community. I believe that students need to have the opportunity to develop critical thinking and analytic skills in order to prepare them for an overseas post-secondary education. I am proud to be part of this process at Clifford.
My name is Matthew Brown. I am the associate principal at Clifford International School. This is my tenth year working at Clifford School and my third year as associate principal.
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of British Columbia. I also have a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Management from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. I have over ten years of leadership experience in education.
I believe authentic success is more than just academic achievement. At Clifford, we want to develop well-rounded students who are connected to each other, care about their community, and give back as contributing citizens. As a school leader, I care deeply about student success.
My name is Dr. Terrance Kurtz, and I’m the Dean of Students at Clifford International School. I am in my 20th year of education and my 2nd year as Dean.
I have earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Azusa Pacific University, a Master’s degree in English as a Second Language, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education.
My educational philosophy involves the notion that each student has the capacity to be taught. An educator must get to know their students to educate them best. As each student is unique, so are their learning processes.
Hello! My name is June Vandermeulen and I am the new Dean of Curriculum at Clifford International School. This is my 7th year working at CIS where I have had the opportunity to teach grades two, three and four so far. In my new position, I will be working to mentor staff and students and to provide curriculum support, resource support and guidance where needed. As well, I will be working in our International Language Center where I will be supporting students who need more focused English language learning opportunities.
I have obtained a Bachelor of Education Degree specializing in Early Years Education from the University of Manitoba and have over fifteen years of experience teaching under the Manitoba curriculum.
I believe that learning should be a lifelong pursuit. We are all constantly learning new things as the world changes around us. As learners, we need to be flexible, take risks, persevere, ask questions and think critically. These skills, coupled with a growth mindset perspective, help us to be lifelong learners.