Effective July, 2017
In February, 2016, the NESA Board of Directors announced the appointment of Madeleine ("Maddy") Hewitt to succeed David Chojnacki as the next NESA Executive Director, effective July, 2017.
Maddy was the Director and a founding member of The KAUST School, which serves King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, a research university community in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia and one of the largest schools in the NESA region with 1460 students and 300 staff. She has previously served in four other international schools: The International School of Tanganyika-Dar es Salaam, Taipei American School, Cairo American College, and the American International School of Johannesburg.
Maddy holds a BA in English Literature from Mount Holyoke College, and an M.Ed. in Teaching, Curriculum and Learning Environments from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is interested in diverse outdoor activities, acting and directing, discussing books and philosophy, travel, entertaining and spending time with family. Maddy has run four marathons (one in Athens, Greece) and has led students twice to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Having worked in Saudi Arabia and Egypt for 15 years, Maddy knows the NESA region well, appreciates the vital role that NESA plays in international schools, and has felt first-hand the power of NESA's mission, vision and values. She also has a deep knowledge of the cultures and geopolitics of the region.
Maddy believes in leadership that is "transformative, unifying and social", and that embraces a growth mindset of reflection, adaptability and "learning forward toward success" with others.She is committed to NESA's mission of "keeping student learning and well-being at the center of all we do". Her vision for NESA as a service organization and agent of change focuses on continuing the productive, collaborative relationships that are the core of NESA's work.
David, the NESA Board and NESA Staff have worked closely with Maddy for a smooth transition this summer to ensure NESA stays mission/vision-focused and continues to provide sustained, systemic, and research-based professional learning opportunities for NESA educators.
We know the entire NESA Family will warmly welcome Maddy as our new Executive Director!