Dear Pinewood Community & Friends,
On behalf of the Pinewood Board of Directors, I am honored to announce the appointment of Dr. Roxanne Giampapa for a second term as Director of Pinewood – The American International School of Thessaloniki, Greece. The Board’s decision, which was unanimous, is an exciting and significant step in securing the dynamic future of our school.
Dr. Giampapa is an accomplished independent school educator with a strong leadership record at Pinewood. In the last three years, she has led our school through a multitude of contemporary transformations in order to establish Pinewood as a vibrant, healthy and growing international school.
Prior to Dr. Giampapa’s first appointment as Director in 2010, she served as a member of the Faculty and Coordinator of Curriculum and Studies at Pinewood for four years; thus, establishing her knowledge and experience in all areas of instruction and management at the school. Prior to her arrival in Greece, she taught for 11 years at Columbus School for Girls, a rigorous private school in the USA.
In addition to her professional experience, Dr. Giampapa brings a solid academic background, earning her B.S. and M.A. in Education, with specializations in Literature and History, from The Ohio State University, continuing her M.A. studies at Yale University in British Literature and completing her Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Giampapa’s appointment comes at a time of great excitement and invention at Pinewood as we begin preparations for our comprehensive 5-year strategic plan next year and for our 10-year re-accreditation with Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in 2016. Under the leadership of Dr. Giampapa, both processes are expected to contribute to Pinewood’s progressive ethos for children in our Early Years, Elementary, Secondary and IB Diploma Programs.
The decision to select a Head of school is the most important duty of the Board of Directors. Dr. Giampapa is an educator of vision, warmth and integrity and she understands the culture and sense of community that are at the center of all that Pinewood represents. We are delighted that she will be continuing her work with your children and all of us.
President, Board of Directors