Senior Leadership Team
Craig Coutts - Head of School (center)
Craig Coutts joined YIS as Head of School at the start of the 2013-14 school year after working for 12 years in Singapore at United World College of South East Asia, including eight years as primary school principal. He has been involved in international education for more than 20 years, having also worked in Indonesia and the UK. Craig's passion is service in schools. He has been heavily involved in the leadership and development of service projects around Asia and is working with students, staff and others in the community to develop the service program at YIS. Craig is originally from New Zealand, where he studied and qualified as a teacher, and he later completed a Diploma in Management and a Masters in Business Administration through Henley College in the UK. Craig and his wife Angela live in Yokohama with their children, who attend YIS.
Susie Clifford - Director of Learning (left)
Susie Clifford is the Director of Learning, a school-wide position overseeing academic programs from ELC through high school. She completed her Bachelor of Teaching at the University of South Australia. She has has been teaching for over 20 years and has taught all years from Grade 1 to Grade 12, as well as serving as middle school vice-principal and MYP coordinator. Her passion lies in teaching literature and fostering the love of reading and writing in all students. She has taught in Australia, China and England, joining YIS in 2008. Susie's husband, Alex Thomas, teaches Physical Education in the middle and high school, and their two sons are in elementary school at YIS.
Bob Pomeroy - Head of Operations (right)
Bob Pomeroy is the Head of Operations. He joined YIS in 2007 after more than 20 years working in public relations and corporate communications in New York and Tokyo, including several years managing Fujitsu Limited’s global PR function at its Tokyo headquarters prior to joining YIS. A U.S. citizen, Bob is fluent in Japanese, holds an undergraduate degree in East Asian Studies from Colby College and a Masters Degree in Intercultural Education from University of Massachusetts. In 2008 he saw his son walk across the graduation stage at YIS and his daughter do the same in 2014. Bob has been leading the YIS Cambodia Service Activity since 2010, helping to build schools in impoverished rural communities in Cambodia.
Jacqueline Pender - Elementary Principal
Jacqueline Pender, the Elementary Principal, holds dual citizenship of the U.K. and Australia and joined YIS at the start of the 2011-12 school year. Jacquie is an experienced international educator and leader, with her two most recent posts as the Elementary Principal at Bonn International School in Germany and previously as the Elementary Principal at the International School of Manila in the Philippines. Jacquie began her career as an Early Childhood Educator and was a director of two Early Childhood Centers in Melbourne for ten years. She has served on a number of accreditation and authorization teams in the past, and she holds an undergraduate degree in Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Deakin University in Australia.
Jocelyn Hartley - Elementary Vice Principal and PYP Co-ordinator
Jocelyn Hartley is the Elementary Vice Principal and PYP Coordinator, responsible for providing leadership and coordination for ELC to Grade 5 at YIS. She completed her Bachelor of (Primary) Teaching and Masters of Education at Deakin University, Melbourne. Jocelyn has been teaching in PYP schools for over 16 years, in Australia, Germany and Singapore. She also served as the Head of Teaching and Learning at an independent school in Melbourne and PYP Coordinator at an international school in Singapore. Jocelyn is an IB School Consultant, Evaluation Visitor and Workshop Leader.
Liz Andrews - Secondary Principal (right)
Liz Andrews joined YIS as Secondary School Principal at the start of the 2019-20 school year. Prior to joining YIS, Liz worked in Kobe, Japan; Tanzania, Thailand and Australia. Having worked in international education for over 20 years, Liz has been an MYP Coordinator, Grade level leader, department head, Vice Principal and Principal. Through the varied experiences of these roles, she has developed a keen interest in exploring inclusive classroom and community practices that support diverse learners.
Liz is originally from Australia where she qualified as an English literature and Science/Biology teacher. She lated completed a Masters of Education at the University of Melbourne and a Master of Arts in International School Leadership at the University of Bath in England. Liz and her husband Steve live in Yokohama with their two children who both attend YIS.
Mark Redlich - High School Vice Principal and IB Diploma Coordinator (center)
Mark Redlich is the High School Vice Principal and IB Diploma Coordinator. He joined YIS in 2010 and as a career international school teacher, and has worked for over 20 years at international schools in Egypt, Thailand and Japan. An English Literature teacher by training, Mark earned a Bachelors Degree (Honors) and Education Degree from Queen's University, Canada and his Masters in Educational Leadership and Curriculum Design from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Mark teaches Theory of Knowledge and English at YIS. Mark's wife, Zoe Page, teaches in the Early Learning Center.
Rebekah Madrid - Middle School Vice Principal and MYP Coordinator (left)
Rebekah Madrid is the Middle School Vice Principal and MYP Coordinator, where she is privileged to serve YIS students in their middle years. Rebekah is a Third Culture Kid, who attended seven different schools in four different countries and calls London, England and Albuquerque, New Mexico home. She received both her Bachelor of Arts (History) and Masters In Education from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. She is an experienced IBMYP and IBDP Individuals and Societies and Theory of Knowledge teacher, both internationally and in the US. Rebekah came to YIS in 2010 and has served in a number of roles, including In-school Professional Development Coordinator, Team Leader for Individuals and Societies, middle school student council advisor, and, most importantly, as a classroom teacher.