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Rachel MacKinnon – Executive Director.

Ms. Rachel MacKinnon holds a Master of Arts in Education Management: International Schools from Oxford Brookes University and a Bachelor of Education with Honors and Qualified Teacher Status from the University of Plymouth in England, UK. She has experience with three of the four International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes – Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP). Ms. MacKinnon has served as a workshop leader, school visitor, consultant and curriculum connections provider for the IB Educator Network since 2005. 

 

Ms. MacKinnon also has experience with the Cambridge International, British National, and Australian National Curriculums. Officially trained as a CIS/WASC/NCCT accreditation team member, she has served as an Accreditation Officer in schools. She is familiar with Cognia (formerly AdvancED), attended the Academy for International School Heads (AISH) and is a member of the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE). She is currently the President of the Kosovo International Schools’ Association (KISA), a Toddle Ambassador and also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Uptown International School in Cairo, Egypt.

 

Ms. MacKinnon is fortunate enough to have lived in Albania, Australia, China, England, Germany, Greece, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, The Bahamas, USA, Wales, Zambia and now, Kosovo! 

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Sandra Mager – Secretary

Sandra came from Berlin to Kosovo with her husband and three children, two of them attend ILG. She studied cultural sciences and economics and works as a corporate communication manager. At the moment she is on maternity leave with her third child.

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Paddy Siyanga Knudsen – Secretary

Paddy Siyanga Knudsen is from Zambia (Southern Africa) and is a Development Economist by profession. She is currently an independent consultant and researcher as well as serving on various professional boards. She has lived and worked in Zambia, Tanzania, China, Malaysia and now in Kosovo for over a year, with her husband and two children who are both in ILG.

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Kasper Hansen – Treasurer

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Ali Yilderim – Board Chair

Ali was born in Turkey in 1971 and lived in Istanbul, London, Leeds, and now Pristine since 2012. Graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Economics. Worked in the EU, UNDP, USAID entrepreneurship projects, and NATO KFOR Program Manager. He also managed his own private companies before the pandemic.

He has a girl and a boy twin kids who were born in 2014. Doga and Can have been in ILG since 2017 when they were 3 years old. They love ILG, the teachers, and their friends. Love to play piano, listen to music, dance, writings, do readings, do the math, etc. ILG expands their horizons.
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Amanda Morgan – US Embassy Representative.

Amanda Morgan is a member of the U.S. Embassy community.  Before arriving in Kosovo, Ms. Morgan most recently served in Shanghai, China, Caracas, Venezuela and in Beijing, China.  She is posted here with her husband Gary Morgan and their two children Clara (10) and Derek (8) who attend ILG.
Prior to traveling the world as a diplomat,  Amanda was a Restaurant Manager at Panera Bread for seven years in the Maryland and D.C. area.  She is an Indiana native but calls Maryland home and is a graduate from Purdue University.
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Diellza Jakupi – Staff Representative

Ms. Diellza Jakupi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Financial Mathematics Department from the University of Mathematics and Science in Prishtina, currently, she is working on her Master Degree at UoPeople based in California. She is certified for JAVA Fundamentals and JAVA Advance, following this certification at the beginning of her career she was part of the IT Department at the Public Ministry as an intern.

 

Ms. Jakupi has been certified as an International Teacher of English ESOL from Chichester College and certified as TESOL/TEFL from the World TESOL Academy. She was part of different Educational Conferences such as CEESAs summits. Since her third year of university, she has taught Math for Primary and Middle School Students at Private centers and at the same time, she served as a Volunteer Math Teacher for other Institutions. Most recently she worked as a Math Teacher at QSI.

 

Ms.Jakupi is certified for Accounting and Finances and for two years she worked as a Payroll Accountant and Project Accountant for UA Builders and We Work Construction based in New York. Innovation Center of Kosovo ICK was part of her career as well where she worked in Finance Department.

For nearly four years Ms.Jakupi has run her own Math School. Currently, she has 32 Students from different Schools in Prishtina and different countries around the world while teaching them virtually.

 

Ms. Jakupi is also trained in Developing Mathematical Reasoning and implementing the MYP Curriculum from the International Baccalaureate. She has been part of the different Mathematics workshops both in-person and online. She is part of a Yoga group and loves playing Chess!