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AXIS Announces New Head of School

April 8, 2022 @ 12:00 am - 5:00 pm

Xiamen, China (April 8th, 2022) – The Achieve Xiamen International School (AXIS) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Mr. Bill Pearson has accepted the Board’s offer to become the next Head of School and his transition has already started. Mr. Pearson has an incredibly strong background and experience in international school leadership and administration, curriculum development, technology integration and class instruction, school facility development, and school finance, to name just a few. He has been working as Head of School as well as in top leadership or consultant roles in multiple IB and AP schools all around the world and for the International Schools Services (ISS) community. Mr. Pearson is succeeding Mr. Matthew Doige, who will remain Director of School Development of ISS Asia Pacific Office and Secondary Principal of Shekou International School (SIS). 


Mr. Greg Smith, the legal representative of AXIS and Vice President of ISS Asia Pacific, shared, “This announcement really gives the whole Board great pleasure. ISS has always brought experience and expertise to international school management. There is no one better than Mr. Bill Pearson to showcase both experience and expertise. The optimism that we all have for AXIS is something that Bill has also seen. He will bring knowledge gained in some of the very best schools in the region. He will also bring great enthusiasm, a love of learning, and lots of energy to grow our school together with the community. I am very excited to welcome Mr. Bill Pearson to the AXIS community and can’t wait to introduce him and his wife, Anita, to you in person. We are working to ensure he is here in Xiamen with us as soon as possible.” 


Mr. Matthew Doige added, “Bill Pearson is well known in the ISS international community and has had a hugely successful career at tier 1 schools across many continents, including Singapore American School and International School of Beijing. I am enormously excited that someone of Bill’s qualifications and experience will join the AXIS team next year. Students, staff and parents will benefit from Bill’s knowledge, stability and warm personality. I feel very heartened knowing that I leave the school in such capable hands. Go Dragons!.”  


As an authentic and licensed K-12 international school, AXIS has benefited greatly from the support of our parents and the local Xiamen community, including the Xiamen government. We are proud to be a top-quality international education provider in this city and China. With its new leadership and a strong supporting community, AXIS will continue to stay true to what it is and be dedicated to being a flagship international school in the ISS family as it has promised. The future is in good hands. 



Achieve Xiamen International School (AXIS) is owned and operated by International School Services (ISS), through a joint venture and will serve the expatriate and international community of the Xiamen region. It is an international school for students in grades K-12. This school is open to students with foreign passports and will follow an international curriculum. AXIS is conveniently located in the heart of Xiamen and will bring ISS values and operating quality to the city. See www.axisschool.org.cn. 



As a nonprofit organization, International Schools Services (ISS) works with more than 800 international schools and tens of thousands of educators each year across its suite of services, creating the largest global footprint in international education support. Since its inception in 1955, ISS has promoted innovative best practices for global education. Core services include starting and operating student-centered, future-oriented schools; recruiting world-class educators and leaders; providing cutting-edge professional learning opportunities; sourcing essential school supplies; administering school foundations; and encouraging more diverse leadership in international schools. With offices in Princeton, NJ USA and Shenzhen, China and staff located across the globe, ISS invites all to join in making a world of difference. For more information, see iss.edu. 


April 8, 2022
12:00 am - 5:00 pm
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