grew up in a multi-cultural environment in Singapore until she
was 15 and then returned to her
passport country Australia for a few years before going overseas to St Andrews University Scotland to study History.
returned to Australia and completed a Dip.
d at Monash University
then began her
career of more than thirty years as a teacher and administrator in schools.
worked at all girls, all boys and co-ed schools in Australia, USA, Oman, Thailand, India and Turkey, all the while using her
experience and understanding of being a TCK (Third Culture Kid) to help her
students understand themselves, whether from one culture or mixed cultures and backgrounds.
Her own interest and research into international education developed an academic side as she pursued a Masters in Education at Bath University which then morfed into an EdD, where she is currently focused on research into culture and educational leadership in an international context.
These studies provide an academic underpinning to the experiential nature of the knowledge and understanding she
brings to educational leadership.
She has been an administrator in Oman, Thailand and India and most recently Director of Enka Schools for 6 years in Istanbul, Turkey.
While working in international schools for the past 15 years, Darlene
has been closely involved with the IB programmes as an examiner, workshop leader and consultant.
leadership roles in schools, she
has supported and trained teachers from a variety of cultures who are developing their skills working with international curriculum as well as students, parents and colleagues of many different nationalities.
Darlene is currently working at ECIS supporting the development of their educational programmes and as a consultant.
manages the ITC programme for ECIS
and is responsible for the academic oversight of the ITC Discussion Forum
will facilitate some course content, in particular the inter-cultural training, and is there to assist and support participants with questions about the course content and to lead on-line discussion in areas of interest to the ITC