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.
Natalie Judelson, Assistant Head of School
Natalie manages daily operations and the advancement work of the school including fundraising, marketing and outreach, and other strategic initiatives. Natalie holds a BA from Tufts University and a J.D. from Boston College. She also completed the NAIS Aspiring Heads of School program in 2018. Prior to joining ISB, Natalie practiced corporate finance law for several years in New York as an Associate at Chadbourne & Parke and Shearman & Sterling, and as VP and Assistant General Counsel at Société Générale. As the mother of three New York City independent school graduates and from her experience serving on the Executive Committee and as a Trustee at Village Community school for eight years, Natalie brings a deep knowledge of independent school life to her work. Natalie has also served on three additional not-for-profit boards in education and the arts in New York City.
Natalie joined ISB in 2010 and has helped to usher the school from its emerging stages to its current position of a leading independent school in Brooklyn. She has introduced countless initiatives at the school, including the school’s revised branding and mission statement, as well as stewarding the fundraising and construction of the school’s larger capital projects, such as renovation of the North Building and the Learning Commons as well as the new play yard. She has served and continues to serve on various committees at ISB, including the Strategic Planning Committee, Development Committee, and the 2020 Reopening Committee.
Rosa Torres, Director of Preschool
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 Enchiment 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.
Delphine Michaud, Director of Lower School
Delphine manages the daily life of the Lower School, overseeing student life and progress, curriculum implementation, faculty, professional development, and parent interactions. Delphine holds an M.A. in Education from Bank Street College and has over 20 years of teaching experience, including teaching elementary grades at LREI and Trevor Day School. Prior to joining ISB, she served as Assistant Head of Lower School at Trevor Day School.
Delphine joined ISB in 2007, and she enjoys working at a school where the students are educated holistically and the teachers are equally passionate for languages and IB methodologies. For Delphine, building strong relationships with students is key to creating a space for them to feel safe to explore, take risks, and make mistakes. She aims to create a school environment where students are actively engaged in the process of learning how to learn through inquiry, research, trial, and error. Her goal is to encourage an open mind for all perspectives and for students to build resilience so they are able to tackle what doesn't come easily. She believes that if you raise the bar high, students will rise to it. Delphine is a native French speaker and enjoys being immersed in an environment where she can also continue to grow her Spanish. Outside of her work at ISB, Delphine is a struggling but eager acoustic guitar player. She enjoys cooking, running, and traveling both locally and abroad to discover and immerse herself in other communities and cultures.
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.
Torsie Judkins, Director of Admissions and Enrollment
Torsie manages admissions and enrollment at ISB. He holds a M.A. in Educational Leadership from Manhattanville College and a B.A. in Business Administration from North Carolina’s Wesleyan College. Prior to joining ISB in 2018, Torsie held positions in Admissions and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Town School, Rye Country Day School in Rye, and Durham Academy. He has been an administrator, educator, advisor, coach, and mentor and is passionate about creating strong and inclusive communities within independent schools.
Torsie recognizes that educators serve a purpose larger than themselves and have significant opportunities and responsibilities to shape the world and the future through their work with students. He believes the future is in the hands of our students, and school communities are where our students can learn to change the world and build towards a better future. Torsie loves being part of the community of engaged and caring educators and families at ISB and witnessing how the students discover so much about the world through languages each day. He sees firsthand how ISB students are motivated to become catalysts for change, and the passionate team of educators are there to help guide them in leading the way. Outside of his work at ISB, Torsie coaches youth soccer for his daughters and enjoys traveling and exploring the world with his family. He and his family enjoy visiting national parks and spending time in the outdoors. He sits on a number of non-profit boards, including Theorem Media, Rivertowns Episcopal Parishes Action on Inclusion and Race (REPAIR), and the Alumni Board for Durham Academy.