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.
My name is Margaret Thompson and I am the dean of curriculum and instruction at Clifford International School. This is my sixth year at the school, and my third as dean.
I am certified to teach in the province of Ontario, as well as in Manitoba and Alberta. I have a BAH, BEd and MEd from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. My international teaching career has provided me with the opportunity to live and work in a variety of countries, including China, Bahrain, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Thailand.
My passion for learning is the force that drives my educational philosophy and practice. I am a strong believer in fostering a growth mindset among learners of all ages. I also consider myself extremely privileged to be a part of the learning journeys of all the students I have worked with throughout my career.