IPSEF Speakers

Karen McClymont

Founding School Principal, Woodlands International School

Originally from the historical city of York in the UK and having humble beginnings in Yorkshire, England; Karen has a firm sense of family values whilst possessing a wholesome and practical philosophy towards life.

Her early teaching career, 20 + years ago, took her from the North to the South East of England, where she spent her initial years as a class teacher, and Head of Physical Education in the independent school sector within the ‘garden county’ of Kent.

Her experiences since that point have lead her to educational and pastoral leadership postings overseas; initially in Egypt, and most recently in Lagos, Nigeria in West Africa for 14 years, during which time , she had the opportunity of developing a new school from root level and aiding its growth as regards marketing potential, school populous and in developing its ethos, philosophy and its identity both in an international sense whilst also being culturally sensitive to its local heritage…

After spending the majority of her career in Africa, she is now presently based in Asia and is passionately helping establish Sibu’s first international school. From opening its doors in June 2013 it is has already doubled its enrolment and is looking forward to a bright future with a global vision for its students and families, whilst valuing the diverse heritage attributed to the school’s locality.

In holding an innately international perspective, a central aspect of this successful beginning has been to ensure the development and sustainment of wholesome home/school relationships where parents, as well as students, have a clear understanding of the learning taking place, where a sense of being a part of the school’s life blood is paramount…

Karen is deeply passionate as regards the rights of all to access holistic education in order to gain equality on the global stage; and maintains balance in the ideals in which she lives through travel, amateur wildlife photography and animal conservation which compliments her empathetic nature as regards the maintenance of cultural world heritage.