A New Halcyon Trustee

Halcyon’s Founders are pleased to announce their first external Trustee appointment. Julia Alden joins the Board bringing years of international teaching and leadership experience.

Speaking about her new position as a Halcyon Trustee, she said: “Working in international schools and promoting internationalism and international mindedness has been a major importance in my life. I believe it is essential to our collective future. I look forward to contributing my professional skills to such a progressive and holistic model of international education.”

Julia began her teaching career in the United States in 1978. She has taught all Grade levels at the elementary school during her classroom experience in the USA, public schools and in international schools.  She has also been a curriculum co-ordinator, a Head of a small international school in Italy and an elementary school Principal in London, Dhaka and in Singapore. She holds a Masters in School Leadership from the US. Her experience in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) began back in the early 90’s when the programme had its roots in the International School Curriculum Project (ISCP) in Europe. Since that time she has been an IBPYP workshop leader and participated as an IBO authorization team member. She has also carried out team visits for both Council of International Schools (CIS) and New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). She presently serves on IB teams for school verifications here in Europe and in North Africa.

Ms. Alden has a firm commitment to lifelong learning for all. During a sabbatical year she worked in a local school for marginalized children in Nepal. This experience and her work in an international school in Bangladesh motivated her to pursue a degree in International Development and Education here in London in 2010. She has a keen interest in learning about education in all countries and its impact on children and their development around the world. Most recently, she volunteered as a local teacher trainer in Cambodia. Here in London, she volunteers for the charity, Chain of Hope (heart interventions for children from developing nations). In October she begins a new part-time position as a School Inspector in Dubai.