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Leadership

Andy Torris
Andy Torris
Head of School

Andy is a highly experienced school leader who began his career in education in his native Oregon more than 30 years ago. After nearly a decade as a classroom teacher he moved into administrative roles at middle and elementary schools in Oregon before moving overseas.

In 2001, Andy joined International Schools Group-Yanbu International School in Saudi Arabia, where he served as the site director and pre-K through grade 12 principal. Under his leadership, Yanbu International School graduated its first class in 2004.

Andy moved to Shanghai in 2005 to serve as elementary principal at Shanghai American School, Pudong campus. He was promoted to middle school and elementary school principal in 2006, and then deputy superintendent in 2007. Andy’s nine-year tenure marked a period of significant growth at the school, the largest in China at the time. He oversaw the development of both campuses, enrollment growth, the implementation of educational programs and the development and implementation of innovative instructional technology initiatives. Andy also led the school through two accreditation processes with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and oversaw the selection and retention of a highly talented and dedicated faculty.

In 2014, Andy was selected to be the director of the 1500-student Universal American School in Dubai. During his tenure, the school implemented an instructional technology program across all facets of the curriculum, expanded the extracurricular opportunities for all students including the fine and performing arts, and developed and enriched the school’s inquiry and literacy focus.

Andy holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Oregon University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Pacific University and will soon complete his doctorate in organizational and educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Additionally, he holds educational specialist certificates in educational leadership and educational administration from Lewis and Clark College. Andy is married and his adventurous wife, Amanda, and their two school-aged children are excited to return to China and live in Shenzhen.

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