Jenni Thompson is a School Support & Evaluation Officer with CIS. Jenni initially taught in Australia and briefly in Nigeria before truly beginning her international educational journey in Venezuela. She has wide-ranging experience as a teacher and in administrative positions in schools utilizing inquiry based programs (PYP and IPC) and British and American style curricula in international schools in Belgium, the United States and Saudi Arabia. Jenni has formulated policies and practices for students with learning differences and English language needs and established effective Student Support networks in several schools.
Jenni has also been involved in Admissions – formalizing policies and screening instruments to streamline the process and enhance the information gained pre-entry. Most recently Jenni held the position of Primary Headteacher of a large international school in Saudi Arabia where her focus was to promote international mindedness in young children, equitable, gender neutral access to sport and authentic student leadership and involvement in service activities.
Jenni has been an advocate for the accreditation process as a vehicle for school improvement throughout her career, visiting schools and working with teachers and students in Europe, Asia, India, Africa and the Middle East. She has lived in several developing countries and has had considerable success in the recruitment and retention of high quality staff through her abilities to recognize previously untapped abilities and match the right person with the right role.
Her particular interests are in pastoral care, student empowerment and the implementation of curriculum which allows successful access regardless of ability, gender or cultural background.