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Kristine Stamp-Jerabek, Academic Head of School

Kristine Stamp-Jerabek is from the United States and has lived in Georgia, Minnesota, Florida, Texas, and Wisconsin. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of North Texas, a master’s degree in Special Education and Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, a Texas 6-12 Secondary Teaching License in English, and a Texas K-12 Principal License. Kristine was a founding member of KISJ in 2011.

I think everyone should read… Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, a simple story of friendship that shows how small things can make a big difference in someone’s life.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… exploring.

I’m inspired by… poetry. In the words of Walt Whitman, “Be curious and not judgmental.”

Ty Riddick, Athletic Director

Ty Riddick is from Whitby, Ontario. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and a Bachelor of Education from Brock University and is currently pursuing a Masters degree with University of Alberta. Ty joined KISJ in 2016.

I think everyone should read… Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain or The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Dodige.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… hiking and being in nature, playing hockey or rugby and reading any historical fiction.

I’m inspired by… the resilience shown by individuals when faced with unique challenges such as Joe Simpson (Touching the Void), Team Hoyt and Derek Redmond.

Dana Sherwood, Aquatics Director

Dana Sherwood is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation and Aquatics, a bachelor’s degree in Education, a master’s degree in Special Education, and over 10 active certifications with the American Red Cross and other health and safety organizations. Dana is currently undertaking a doctorate in Educational Leadership, and joined KISJ in 2013.

I think everyone should read… Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… ocean swimming, biking, hiking, and art.

I’m inspired by… this quote from Jimmy Dean, “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

Amos Stamp-Jerabek, Director of Human Resources, Professional Learning, and Student Affairs

Amos Stamp-Jerabek is from many places, notably Prague and Liverpool. He holds a Master of Education in International Counseling from Lehigh University, a Professional Certification in Secondary Social Studies from The College of New Jersey, a master’s degree in Social Policy from the University of York, and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Liverpool Hope University. Amos is a doctoral student in Mind, Brain and Teaching at Johns Hopkins University, and was a founding member of KISJ in 2011.

I think everyone should read… The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… doing instead of having, and running.

I’m inspired by… John Dewey’s words, “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

Araceli Hampton, ELL Coordinator

Araceli Hampton is from Austin, Texas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas State University as well as an ELL/Bilingual Education degree from the University of Texas. Araceli has over 20 years experience in linguistics, and joined KISJ in 2016-17.

I think everyone should read… The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… traveling, sewing, cooking, reading, camping, dancing, and going on hikes.

I’m inspired by… Nick Vujicic: “I am happy—why aren’t you?” Nick was born with no limbs and has inspired thousands of individuals to take a closer look at all the precious gifts of life.

Dr. George Richard "Rick" Odum, Director of Teaching and Learning

Dr. Rick Odum is from Houston, Texas, but most recently worked as the Director of Advanced Academics at Hays Consolidated Independent School District in the suburbs of Austin, Texas. He holds a PhD in Education and an MA in Literature from Texas State University. He also holds a BA in History from Texas A&M University. Dr. Odum joined KISJ in 2018.

I think everyone should read The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences by Michel Foucault

Outside of School, I most enjoy hiking, watching movies and having adventures with my wife and kids.

I am inspired by acts of loving kindness in the face of oppressive indifference.

Scott Brown, HR/Recruitment/Substitute Coordinator & HS Math

Scott Brown is from Seattle, Washington, but most recently worked in Madagascar and Taiwan. He holds master's degrees in Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction from the American College of Education, and a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Washington. Scott joined KISJ in 2018-2019.

I think everyone should read "Cosmos" or "Pale Blue Dot" by Carl Sagan to better appreciate the wonders of the universe.

Outside of school, I most enjoy playing tennis, basketball and exploring new places with my wife and two sons.

I'm inspired by the creativity, resilience and hopefulness that is found in the minds of children.

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