KIS Senior Management Team

 


Corleigh “Corey” Stixrud (Class of 1986)
Principal

“For me, servant leadership entails the fundamental practice of putting the student first. Ultimately, we teach individuals just as much as we teach subjects. Understanding our students as people is crucial in helping them develop to their full potential. As an educator, every vision I pursue…must be informed by its ultimate impact on student success. The concept of service also implies a willingness to share my vision, energy, and sense of purpose with others; to lead by example and to motivate through a desire to have a positive and lasting impact on the world.”

Corey is an energetic leader and community-minded individual with over 18 years of professional experience in education. He serves as Principal of KIS, where he attended as a student from 1977 through his graduation in 1986. He returned to KIS in 2012 as Vice Principal and he took up the role of Principal in 2013.

As Principal, Corey is responsible for all aspects of administration and management of the school, including academic programs, staffing, student services, finance, and facilities. He engages extensively with students, teachers, staff, and the broader KIS community of alumni and parents across the world.

Corey has been in the field of shaping young minds and inspiring them to be lifelong learners for almost two decades. His wealth of experience in education includes being a classroom teacher, curriculum planner, literacy consultant, writing mentor, and youth program coordinator.

Before joining KIS as an administrator, Corey lived in Portland, Oregon, where he served as a consultant for curriculum development and instruction and as an adjunct faculty member for the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark College. He gained valuable leadership experience as a coordinator, facilitator and board member at Willamette Writers, a non-profit organization.

Corey holds a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching from Concordia College, Portland, where he received the Outstanding Student Award for Elementary Education in 2000. He also holds a Certificate in the Teaching of Writing from Lewis & Clark College’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling. He completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Lewis & Clark College, Portland, specializing in International Affairs.

 


Santhosh Cherian Punnoose
Academic Vice Principal

“The objective of education is not just to create scientists or doctors or engineers, but to develop a child physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically, so that he/she can make a positive contribution to the community. I believe that every student has something to teach me. Students should know that their thoughts and opinions are valued. Children are our future; each and every child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world.”

Santhosh has been the Academic Vice Principal at KIS from October 2017 and leads all the academic programs at the school, the KIS Diploma and International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma programs. His responsibilities involve managing teachers, professional development of teachers, engaging parents and solving student disciplinary issues. He has been teaching for over 27 years with 14 years of administrative experience.

Since joining in 2005 as a Math Teacher for Grades 7 to 12, Santhosh has held different academic and administrative roles at KIS, including High School Coordinator and the IB Diploma Program Coordinator. He was a key member of the Steering Committee for KIS’ accreditation to the Council of International Schools (CIS) and Middle States Association (MSA).

Before joining KIS, Santhosh was the Head of the Math Department at the Sharjah Public School in Sharjah from 1995 to 2005. Prior to that, he has had stints outside the educational sphere of work, in roles of an Accounts Assistant and Customer Relations Officer in United Arab Emirates and Dubai.

Santhosh holds a Bachelor of Education in Math from Kerala University and a Master of Science Degree in Math from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala. He has been a part of the IB Regional Conferences, Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA) Conferences and attended IB workshops for Math, Middle Years Program (MYP), Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS).

 

 


Rev. Raja Krishnamoorthy
Dean of Religious Life

Rev. Krishnamoorthy is primarily responsible for Religious Life within the KIS community, which has students and staff from over 25 countries, hailing from a variety of cultures and religions. He is the Chaplain for the school and is involved in counseling and mediation for staff and students. Additionally, he teaches Religious Education and IB Tamil.

Raja joined KIS in 2008 as the Associate Dean of Religious Life and took up the role of Dean of Religious Life from January 2009. During his tenure at KIS, he has held a number of roles in teaching and administration, including the Acting Dean of Residential Life.

Prior to joining KIS, Raja worked at the Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Dehradun, Uttarakand from 1999 to 2008, first as a Residential Assistant and then as a member of the Faculty and Dean of Students. He was a part of Blessing Youth Mission from 1986 to 1999, working among students by organizing student camps, publishing books and counseling. His pastoral experience includes leading the Good Shepherd Fellowship International church in Dehradun, Uttarakand.

Originally from Tamil Nadu, Raja is an ordained minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of India. He holds a Masters in Divinity from Asian Institute of Theology in Bengaluru, a Master of Arts Degree from Annamalai University and completed his Bachelors of Theology Degree from Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Dehradun, Uttarakand.

 


Dr. Samraj Ganga Christus
Director of Finance, Property and Legal

“Education is the key to economic development and social equality.  A great educational institution does not teach students ‘why’ but provokes them to think ‘why not.’  This is even more important today, when the environment is showing its distress globally, through climate change and needs to be addressed globally with new solutions.”

Dr. Ganga is responsible for the entire financial operations of the school including financial planning and budgeting, tax management, investment management, property management, handling of legal issues, serving as trustee for the Provident Fund, assisting the Principal with administration and major infrastructure projects.

Ganga joined KIS in 2004 as the Director of Finance, playing a key role in the administration of the school. Prior to joining KIS, she was the Accounts Officer at Lady Doak College in Madurai, Tamil Nadu from 1996 to 2004. In addition to her administrative role at the college, she taught various subjects pertaining to Financial Services, Investment Management and Taxes.

Ganga’s pursuit of knowledge has led her to gain qualifications as a Chartered Accountant (CA), Company Secretary (CS) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) from the relevant Government of India-recognized organizations. She holds a Ph.D. in Corporate Secretaryship specializing in Finance from the Alagappa University, Tamil Nadu and studied her Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) from the University of Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir. Additionally, she was a certified Lead Auditor for ISO 9000:2000 and has also completed her State Level Educational Testing (SLET) certification.

 


Cdr. Ashwin Fernandes
Executive Administrative Manager

“It indeed is a privilege to serve at KIS. It is a community like no other. Every new morning adds fresh purpose and renews our strength, with the possibilities of adding value to young and impressionable lives that are entrusted in our care. Every new day encourages us to live out the true meaning of our creed, that is ‘to be a school the world needs’ and make this world a better place.”

Commander Ashwin joined KIS in May 2016 and currently serves as the Executive Administrative Manager and is responsible for the smooth functioning of the non-academic departments. His responsibilities cover the areas of Physical Security, Maintenance & Infrastructure, Food Services, Projects, Travel Department, Staff Housing and Procurement.

Prior to joining the KIS community, Ashwin served in the Indian Navy for 26 years and was part of the Indian Naval Submarine arm. From 2005 to 2007 and subsequently from 2010 to 2012, he was trained at the Russian Federation in St. Petersburg and Vladivostok, as part of the first batch of Nuclear Reactor operators for India’s first Nuclear Submarine, INS Chakra. During his time with the Indian Navy, he was deputed to a number of missions, both on-shore and on-ship. He was also a member of the Indo-Russian Inspection Team for auditing and ensuring Nuclear and Radiation Safety on board nuclear submarines. He has been a member of official Indian Navy delegations to Japan, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam.

Ashwin holds a Master of Science Degree in Defense Studies from the Defense Services Staff College in Wellington, Tamil Nadu. He completed his Bachelor of Technology Degree in Mechanical Engineering, followed by a Specialization in Marine Engineering. In addition to his vast service experience and educational qualifications, he continues to learn about the environment and subjects related to his role at KIS.

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