Mr. Womack-O’Neil is a dedicated, globally-minded international educator, who has worked both overseas and in the American independent school system. He has more than nine years of educational experience in various capacities: Middle School Dean, English Head of Department, Athletics Director, and Dean of Student Affairs. He is currently employed as the Middle School Dean at Campbell Hall Episcopal in North Hollywood, California, USA. Prior to this position, he was the Dean of Student Affairs at Fudan International School in Shanghai, China. Mr. Womack-O’Neil holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and a global MBA from Thunderbird University. He has a certification in Educational Leadership, and is currently pursuing a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the College of New Jersey. He is conversant in Spanish and Mandarin.

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With more than 75 nationalities represented on campus, and an academic body of more than 30 nationalities, it’s fair to say SAIS has a diverse make-up of both students and staff. Then, of course, there’s the curriculum. “As an International Baccalaureate (IB) school, celebrating diversity is fundamental in our approach,” says Avreeayl Womack, Deputy High School Principal at SAIS. “The IB Program promotes the importance of international-mindedness and intercultural understanding, while emphasising multilingualism and engaging on a global scale.”

The school community also benefits from the opportunity to learn from one another. “We are grateful to have a true appreciation for not only different perspectives, but also rich cultural experiences, exchanges and traditions,” explains Avreeayl. “The school’s rich and diverse cultural environment also urges a robust creative and intellectual exchange and stimulates open minds and viewpoints. Students have an opportunity to connect on a deeper level as they are preparing for global engagement as current and future leaders.

“Additionally, our classroom without walls (Field Studies) provides our students with global opportunities of service within Asia and other parts of the world. The PTA, too, has done a wonderful job of creating diversity and intercultural understanding through numerous annual activities that involve the whole school and in all grades – like organising the International Fiesta annually for our students (pictured above).”

quick get to know me from Stamford

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗿𝗼𝗹𝗲 𝗮𝘁 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗺𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗱?
Deputy High School Principal. I support the High School Principal in leading the academic and pastoral program of the high school in conjunction with the school’s strategic plan.
𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗯𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗲 – 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗱𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴?
I was in Los Angeles, California, USA where I worked for a Christian independent day school that served families from the Hollywood Industry. I served as a Middle School Dean and taught the following courses: Chinese, Human Development, Global Citizens, and World Cultures.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗷𝗼𝗯?
I started selling candy at age 7. At age 16, I worked officially at a grocery store.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗲?
Singapore has a rich cultural history and delicious food at every turn. I enjoy walking around and exploring all the gems that await every corner.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗵𝗼𝗺𝗲?
I have been overseas the last 9 out of 12 years and consider the whole world as my home. Specifically, for my hometown (Los Angeles, CA), I miss the beach and Mexican food.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁’𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗺𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗱?
We have some of the most hardworking and dedicated teachers on the planet. The care and commitment to learning is unparalleled. Additionally, the level of academic and social-emotional support that our teachers provide each and every day to their students is inspiring. Furthermore, I worked with a great group of individuals which make coming to work fantastic. Last, but definitely not least, the students are awesome. I learn so much from them everyday.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁’𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 (𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗮 𝗼𝗳 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗶𝘀𝗲)?
The best advice that I could give students is to go for your dreams. Work hard, dream big, and make it happen. I truly believe that our students can live their unique future.

Mr. Avreeayl Womack-O’Neil appointed as HS Deputy Principal

After conducting a global search with more than 40 applicants expressing interest in the High School Deputy Principal position, we are happy to announce that we have appointed Mr. Avreeayl Womack-O’Neil for the position commencing with the 2018-2019 academic year.

Mr. Womack-O’Neil is a dedicated, globally-minded international educator, who has worked both overseas and in the American independent school system. He has more than nine years of educational experience in various capacities: Middle School Dean, English Head of Department, Athletics Director, and Dean of Student Affairs. He is currently employed as the Middle School Dean at Campbell Hall Episcopal in North Hollywood, California, USA. Prior to this position, he was the Dean of Student Affairs at Fudan International School in Shanghai, China. Mr. Womack-O’Neil holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and a global MBA from Thunderbird University. He has a certification in Educational Leadership, and is currently pursuing a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the College of New Jersey. He is conversant in Spanish and Mandarin. 

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Stamford American International School and to the wider Stamford community for allowing me to serve as the new Deputy High School Principal for the 2018-2019 school year. I am honored to join a wonderful team of educators and staff that are not only committed to academic excellence for each student, but also imbibe the essence of what it means to be a productive, compassionate global citizen. I look forward to partnering with you in the upcoming school year and supporting your children as they move happily towards their academic goals. I am excited to see what we can accomplish together and to be a part of this remarkable community. On behalf of my family and I, we would like to wish you a wonderful finish to the school year.”  

– Mr. Womack-O’Neil

We would like to thank the Deputy High School Principal Search Committee – chaired by Middle School Principal, Ms. Sheila Klein, for providing Superintendent Dr. Eric Sands and incoming High School Principal Mr. Ocki Fernandes a highly qualified pool of candidates from which to appoint the next Deputy High School Principal.

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