ISD - The International School of Dakar


Paul Olson - Director

Mr. Paul Olson is the Director at ISD. He will be serving in an interim capacity during the 2013 – 2014 school year. Prior to this, he has served as a teacher, principal and director in many international schools, mostly in Africa. He has worked in schools in the Congo, Tanzania, El Salvador, the United States, Rwanda, Brazil, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe. The schools in Ethiopia and Harare both offer the IB Diploma. Since retiring, he has taken on interim positions. Last semester he served as principal at the American School of Kinshasa, which is his alma mater. His wife Margie, an ESL teacher, will accompany him. Their daughter Lena has just graduated from the University of Arizona. Paul received his B.A. in Philosophy at North Park College in Chicago. He holds an M.Ed. from Boston University and an M.F.A. from the University of Arizona.

Dr. Ian Clark - ES Principal

Dr. Ian Clark is the Elementary School Principal at ISD. Prior to this, he was Middle School Assistant Principal at the American Embassy School, New Delhi, where he worked for 6 years. He has been in education for over 20 years, initially as a classroom teacher in the UK public school system. He then moved to Nairobi, Kenya where he taught for 4 years, and following a move to teach in London for 3 years, he moved to New York to work at the Town School for 5 years. This is where he met Sarah, also a teacher and now his wife with whom he has two young children. He received his B.Ed. (Hons) in Elementary Education from Leeds University, UK, an M.A. in Educational Management from Bath University, UK, and a doctorate in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota.

Brad Bell - MSHS Principal

Mr. Brad Bell is the Middle and High School Principal at ISD as of August 2012. Prior to Dakar, Brad served as an assistant principal at Hamilton High School in Chandler Arizona, USA for the past 4 years. His other international posting was at the American International School in Egypt. Brad has been in education for 24 years.  He received his B.A. in Physics from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee USA. He received his M.S. in Physical Education from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Brad is married to Wendy Welander (IB Coordinator and Art teacher at ISD). Brad has two grown children living in California.

Rick Park - Director of Technology

Rick began his career in education in 1992 as an Art, Technology, and Math teacher. Since that time, he has been a Technology Specialist for a large school district in Washington State and a Director of Technology in Redmond, Seattle and in Tunis, Tunisia. Rick received a BA from San Francisco State and an MA from Endicott University.

Murray Te Huki - Director of Athletics & Activities

Mr. Murray Te Huki has been the Athletic and Activities Director at ISD since August 2010. Prior to this position, he was the Athletic and Activities Director at The Anglo American School of Sofia, Bulgaria for 11 years and prior to that the Athletic Director and Grade 6 teacher at The ICARDA International School of Aleppo, Syria for 4 years and he taught Grade 6 and 7 students in Hawera, New Zealand for 12 years. He will be the current Co Chair of the West African International Schools' Athletic League. Mr. Te Huki is entering his 27th year of teaching and 13th year serving with school administration. He holds a B. ED in Education. Raised in New Zealand, Mr. Te Huki is an avid sportsman and is especially passionate about rugby. Mr. Te Huki’s family accompanies him at ISD, including his wife Jennifer, and his sons Taine and Kairangi.