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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. 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) and is a member of the Academy for International School Heads (AISH) and the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE). She is currently the President of the Kosovo International Schools’ Association (KISA) and also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for an 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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Rebecca Bowery – Head of Secondary(MYP and DP Coordinator)

Ms. Rebecca Bowery has been teaching French for 26 years. She is from the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States and has a Bachelor’s Degree in French from Radford University in Virginia. Ms. Bowery taught middle school and high school French for 14 years in the US before she decided to teach overseas. Overseas she has taught French for two years in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, four years in Dubai at GEMS World Academy Dubai (where she gained my experience in MYP French Language Acquisition and DP French B and French Ab Initio), one year in Mexico (Grade 3), and she is currently in her fifth year at Albanian College Durres. Ms. Bowery’s experience at ACD includes PYP and MYP French Language Acquisition, and DP French B. She is also TEFL/TESOL certified and is certified to teach English to young learners, online learning, business and resort English, and English for standardized examinations. Ms. Bowery’s love of French language and culture started at a very young age. As soon as she could she started studying the language, and in university she decided that she wanted to share her love of the language and culture with others and completed her university studies as a teacher.

Ms. Bowery has completed a summer undergraduate course and a teacher course at l’Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France. In the US she was very active in French activities with her students, and promoting the study of French in her region, which lead to an invitation to a thank you dinner at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. by the ambassador.

Ms. Bowery has also been involved in a sister-city program between Fréjus, France and Fredericksburg, Virginia. She is still friends with her sister-city host family and has visited them every year for the past 19 years. I love to travel and decided that I wanted to teach overseas in 2008 and have been traveling all over the world since then. I have had the pleasure of leading students on several Week Without Walls trips to Vietnam, the United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka, France, and China. At her current school, Ms. Bowery was part of the PYP, MYP, and DP teams which achieved all three authorizations in one year in 2017. This is an endeavor that not many schools dare try and of which she is very proud. She is so excited to be joining the team at ILG for the 2020-21 school year!

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Melena Slaven – Special Educational Needs Coordinator/Counsellor

Meet our new Counselor and Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Melena Slaven! Ms. Slaven is from the United States, but has been living abroad for almost 15 years. For the past four years she has been living and working in Beijing, China where she is a mental health counselor for a local NGO. She also teaches English and psychology. Before Beijing she lived in Seoul, South Korea and on the pacific islands of Tinian, Saipan, and Guam.

Ms. Slaven is a board certified mental health counselor (NCC) and certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC). NCCs have voluntarily met high national standards for the practice of counseling. They are competent in skills such as human growth and development, social and cultural foundations, helping relationships, group counseling, career counseling, assessment, research and program evaluation, and professional counseling.

The CRC is the premier credential designed specifically for rehabilitation counselors and have advanced education and work experience specific to serving individuals with disabilities. Ms. Slaven loves to travel and meet new people. She has friends from all over the world! She has a positive and fun attitude! She is extremely excited to start her role at ILG and can’t wait to meet you all!

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Christine Dervishi – Head of Elementary/PYP Coordinator

Christine (Christy) Dervishi is from the United States of America and has a Master’s Degree in International Education from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She has both Primary and Secondary teaching credentials in several subjects. She is a workshop leader and school visitor for the International Baccalaureate in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. She has taught Primary, Middle and High School classes over the last 25 years and has been in leadership and curriculum development for over 10 years in the US, Thailand and Egypt. She speaks Spanish and Thai fluently, but still considers her Albanian language skills to be ‘evolving.’ 

Christy was previously the IB Curriculum Director at ILG School for the school year 2019-2020, and in that time launched and supervised the Candidacy for the PYP, MYP and DP.  However, much like many families around the world, her family was impacted by the extenuating circumstances related to the COVID 19 and the disruptive ripples that extended from this extraordinary world event. For the past year she served as a member of the Senior Leadership Team at an international school in Cairo, Egypt and we welcome her and her children back to our community this year. 

She is married and has three children. Her oldest child will be attending George Washington University in the fall, carrying on the tradition of being a GW Colonial. Her second oldest son is in our Grade 10 cohort, a new grade level at ILG School that will be the first cohort to complete the IB Middle Years Programme. Her youngest daughter is in Grade 8.

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Besiana Pllana – Finance and Administrative Manager

Ms. Besiana Pllana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Informatics, and is in the process of getting her Master’s Degree in Financial Markets and Banks in Riinvest College, Prishtine. 

Ms. Pllana joined ILG School in August 2017, in the position of Administrative and Finance Assistant. In August 2020 she took on a new role as the Administration Coordinator and most recently was promoted to the position of Finance and Administrative Manager.

She enjoys reading, traveling, beekeeping and cooking. 

What she loves the most about ILG is its diversity and for her ILG feels like home!