Meet Our New Head of School, Head of Primary and Head of Secondary
Meet Our New Head of School, Head of Primary and Head of Secondary

Starting in August 2018, Sean Lynch, Anne Gardon and Christine Doleman have opened a new chapter in CIS's 35-year history. Learn about the full CIS Leadership Team.

Sean Lynch, Head of School

Sean Lynch joins CIS after seven years as Head of School at the Lycée Français de New York, a leading dual-language independent school in New York City where he was beloved of the community for creating a culture of educational excellence and innovation that placed student wellness, agency and leadership at the heart of its work.

Holding American, French and Irish nationalities, educated in Austria, England, France and the United States, speaking multiple languages, and himself the father of two pluricultural daughters, Mr. Lynch received his undergraduate degree from Yale University, including a year as a Visiting Scholar at Oxford. A lifelong learner, Mr. Lynch has also earned advanced degrees from Sciences Po Paris and Michigan State University, as well as executive certification from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program.

He began his career as a university researcher and lecturer, at respectively Harvard Business School and Sciences Po Paris, before becoming a school educator and leader, for 15 years at the Lycée International de St. Germain-en-Laye, and from 2011 to 2018 at the Lycée Français de New York. Mr. Lynch is the recipient of the Columbia University Klingenstein Fellowship for Heads of School, the French government's "Ordre des Palmes Académiques," and the European Council of International Schools' "Award for the Promotion of International Education." He has been invited to speak at education-related conferences around the globe and volunteers as a trustee for non-profit organizations like the Green Schools Alliance which are empowering young people to improve the world around them.

Anne Gardon, Head of Primary

Anne Gardon has almost 25 years of experience in the world of international education, having worked in Taiwan and Venezuela before moving to South Korea nearly two decades ago, where she spent the past 18 years at Seoul Foreign School (SFS), regarded as one of the paramount international K-12 institutions in East Asia. Her tenure at SFS was remarkable in numerous ways, not least among which were the unusually comprehensive range of responsibilities she fulfilled there and the unanimously high esteem in which the Seoul Foreign School community held her.

After starting as a primary school English language teacher and counsellor, Anne was recruited to join the SFS administrative team, first as a primary school assistant principal and subsequently as a middle school assistant principal, all of which has afforded her a unique perspective on the multifaceted lives which primary students lead today. With Master's degrees in philosophy, counseling and applied linguistics, as well as a knowledge of Chinese language and culture that dates back to her studies at Taiwan National Normal University in the mid-1990s, Anne embodies the lifelong learning and intercultural passion which lie at the heart of the CIS mission. These distinguishing qualities, combined with her impressive record as an educational innovator across all dimensions of primary school leadership, from student programmes and curriculum development to faculty growth and community building, made Ms. Gardon the top choice of the CIS Search Committee in a very competitive pool of qualified candidates from around the globe.

Christine Doleman, Head of Secondary

It is Christine Doleman's deep passion for teaching and learning, combined with her exemplary record of educational excellence and innovation at outstanding schools in New Zealand, the Philippines and China over a period of nearly three decades, which made Ms. Doleman the top choice of the CIS Search Committee.

For the previous 15 years, Ms. Doleman was a highly accomplished educator on the Puxi campus of Shanghai American School (SAS), beloved of students and universally respected for being not only a gifted classroom teacher and co-curricular advisor, but also a remarkable school administrator and educational leader who excelled as Head of the English Department, Secondary School Assistant Principal and, from September 2012, High School Vice Principal. Ms. Doleman unanimously received praise for her transformative contributions to the school, as well as the inspiring inventiveness, integrity and inclusiveness with which she consistently made them.

In addition to earning a Master's degree in education from the State University of New York, Ms. Doleman has remained actively engaged in meaningful learning throughout her career. She has drafted curriculum for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and currently serves as a Principal Examiner for the International Baccalaureate.