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David Jeffery appointed new Woodstock principal

Mr. David Jeffery, Principal of the Anglican International School in Jerusalem, was appointed principal of Woodstock School by the Board of Directors in Mussoorie at the end of February.

Mr. Jeffery is from Sussex, England. He has a BA (Honors) in English and an MA in Education from London University. Prior to working in Israel, Jeffery worked in several British school in the fields of English, compensatory education, curriculum development and on the Technical and Vocational Education Initiative. From 1990-1992 he was a senior adviser on secondary education for Cambridgeshire district schools.

Mr. Jeffery has been head of the Anglican International School in Jerusalem since 1992. During his tenure he guided the accreditation renewal effort through the Middle States Association (MSA), [page 3] oversaw the complete renovation of the physical plant, insitituted major curricular changes and re-organized administrative and financial management.

Woodstock's long range plan contains dynamic ideas about revitalizing the curriculum, says Jeffery. He admits that it is easy for an administrator to lose perspective and to feel that finance, relationships with parents or the building program are more important than curriculum, "Clearly," he adds, "The program, what you do with students is the height of your work in a school."

Jeffery is fond of poetry and photography. He likes going for walks, scuba diving, loves to travel and is looking forward to discovering India with his wife, Denise, and their two children, George (grade 6) and Tom (grade 4). "That possibility about learning about society from the inside is one of the great things about this kind of work," he says.

What strikes him most about Woodstock School is the feeling of community. "If you're trying to work to serve God in an institution like this, the key is to do what you do prayerfully." -- AG

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