Principal's Welcome

Greetings and Mingalabar!

While it might be presumptuous of me in my first year at Yangon International School to welcome everyone to our school, I certainly will share that I welcome our Secondary School students every morning!  I try to say hi as they come into the building (one of my favorite times of the day), and that usually gets me started on a very positive note.  It’s my sincere pleasure to be working with your children, our students at YIS.

I come to YIS with twenty-seven years of overseas experience in administration, as both a principal and as a director of student activities.  With my wife, Karen (Grade 3C), I have had the privilege of working at American Embassy School New Delhi, Taipei American School, International School of Prague, and International School of Beijing.  During those years we raised our two sons, Erik and Brad, who graduated from ISB in 2008 and 2012, respectively.  Certainly our twenty consecutive years as international school parents gives us our most valuable experience as we begin our time here in Yangon.

Karen and I call California, USA, our home–splitting our time between San Francisco and the small town of Arnold, in Calaveras County.  We enjoy travel, golf, biking, skiing, and all things outdoors–when we’re not spending time with family and friends at either of our locations.

Again, it’s great to be here at YIS, and I look forward to meeting as many school families as possible this year!

With all good wishes,

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Jeff Johanson