Nuestro equipo de liderazgo
Notre équipe de direction
Joe Santos, Head of School
Joe manages daily operations at the school including admissions, fundraising, and strategic development. Joe was born and raised in Gibraltar. He is a native Spanish speaker and was educated in English. After earning a BSc Honours degree in Zoology at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, Joe returned to Gibraltar to undertake a teaching internship in an elementary school and two secondary schools. He completed his Postgraduate General Certificate of Education at Christchurch College, Canterbury, and then taught science at a state secondary school in North Kent for five years. After the UK, Joe started as Head of the Science Faculty at the Greengates School in Mexico City, where he became an IB Diploma Programme Biology teacher and worked as an IBO Examiner and Moderator. Six years later, Joe moved to the Beijing BISS International School, becoming the school’s IB Diploma Coordinator. At this school, he helped introduce the Middle Years Programme to the community and taught Diploma Programme Biology and Chemistry, as well as MYP Science. From Beijing he moved to the American School of Rio de Janeiro, where he started as the IB Diploma Coordinator, teaching IB Biology and Theory of Knowledge, and then quickly rose to become the Principal of the High School. After Rio, Joe served as Middle and High School Principal at the Benjamin Franklin International School in Barcelona. During his tenure in Barcelona, Joe completed his MA in Educational Management at the University of Bath, with a dissertation entitled “The Effect of Distributed Leadership on Teacher Engagement”.
Joe joined ISB as the Director of Middle School in 2013, overseeing the growth of the Middle School and leading his team through the Middle Years Programme IB authorization and the commencement of the school’s first graduating class in 2015. He was appointed Assistant Head of School in 2017 and Head of School in 2018.
Rosa Torres, Director of Preschool and Interim Director of Lower School
Rosa manages the daily life of the Preschool, overseeing faculty, professional development, student life and progress, curriculum implementation, and parent interactions. Rosa holds a B.A. in Early Childhood Education and is working on her M.A. in education at Hunter College. In 2011, she received a Blackboard Award for excellence in teaching. Rosa joined ISB in 2005 as part of the founding teaching team, and so many ISB students and Alumni have blossomed under her love and care. After spending 13 years teaching in the Spanish early childhood education classrooms, Rosa expanded her role at ISB, first as Preschool IB Coordinator and Assistant Director of the Lower School, and now as Director of Preschool.
Rosa is committed to providing students with a strong foundation for a lifetime of active participation in their own learning. She believes that relationships are the key to quality teaching and learning, and she takes a holistic approach to education believing that sound academic knowledge and skills are most achievable when a student's social and emotional well-being is looked after and cared for. Rosa is also a strong believer that play is a child's most important work, and she strives to create and maintain an environment where students can grow and thrive emotionally, socially, and academically, while exploring the world around them. Serving the ISB community is one of the greatest joys in Rosa’s life, and one of the most rewarding aspects of this work is the culture of agency and action-taking that is fostered at ISB. Outside of her duties as Director of Preschool, Rosa is committed to supporting students outside of their classroom doors; she works closely with the Enrichment Programs Director and is one of the pioneers of ISB’s first student of color affinity group. In her spare time, Rosa enjoys connecting with nature, long strolls in the park, as well as spending time with her family.
Richard Brownstone, Director of Middle School
Richard runs the daily operations of the Middle School, managing student life, curriculum implementation, and professional development. Richard earned a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from SUNY Empire State College and an MA in the Teaching of English from Columbia University, Teachers College. He taught high school English at The Packer Collegiate Institute for eleven years while also serving as Upper School Dean and supervising the Senior Thesis and Final Exam programs. He then served as Head of Middle and Upper School at The Kew-Forest School, where he also taught creative writing. Richard entered the education arena at a late age. He grew up in a theater family and performed professionally as a ballet dancer with the Washington Ballet Company; as an actor, playing the lead in the European tour of the musical HAIR; and as a singer/songwriter with his own rock band. Subsequently, Richard had a long career in technology as a computer programmer and database designer for a Wall Street law firm and a major financial firm. He then began his career in education as adjunct professor and then Chair of the Systems Analysis & Software Engineering Program at Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education. Outside of his work at ISB, Richard is a writer and recently published his first novel.
Richard joined ISB in 2018. At ISB, Richard particularly appreciates that the entire school works toward not just imparting knowledge but truly teaching students how to learn. Richard also loves that ISB is such a close-knit community, a place where students, faculty, and staff all support one another in all endeavors. He is particularly proud that ISB students are such grand communicators who are able to express themselves so powerfully in multiple languages.