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Ole Bernard Sealey Universal American School at Universal American School

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Ole Bernard Sealey joins UAS as the Director after having served as the High School Principal at UAS for the past two academic years and the High School Assistant Principal before that.  Prior to joining UAS he worked for three years as the Head of Secondary at Greenfield Community School in Dubai. Mr. Sealey has also worked as a Middle School Vice Principal, MYP Coordinator, and has taught IB Diploma History, IB MYP Humanities, IB MYP Physical Education, and Geography.

Mr. Sealey is very proud of his work with the IB; he is a school evaluator, workshop leader, a former executive member of the British Columbia Association of IB World Schools and has been involved in two global curriculum development initiatives.

His other career passions include instructional design and school improvement. Mr. Sealey is experienced in developing plans that improve a school’s KHDA rating.  He was a leader on the team that oversaw the school’s journey from “Good” to “Very Good” and is intent on taking UAS through to “Outstanding”. In his time at UAS, the number of students who successfully completed the IB Diploma have doubled - going from 37 in 2015 to 70 in 2018.  

As passionate as Mr. Sealey is about the IB, he is equally excited about the opportunities developing at UAS in the American Stream.  2018-19 will be the last year that all students in Grade 11 and 12 must take IB Diploma courses; a parallel American stream is under development.  In 2019-20, students entering Grade 11 can choose to take some Advanced Placement (AP) courses, as well as choose from a selection of US Common Core options.  It’s an exciting time!

Mr. Sealey understands the importance of educating the whole child.  He credits the foundations of his success in educational leadership to the skills he learned as a multi-sport athlete in high school. It was on the sports fields that he learned about teamwork, communication, role development, goal-setting and hard work. This knowledge helped him embark on a successful amateur rugby career where he won provincial, state and national championships on teams in Canada, Australia, and Hong Kong from 1997 to 2009. Retired from rugby, these days he enjoys playing golf with his  wife, Kristi. When not at school or on the golf course, Mr. Sealey enjoys reading, writing, cooking, traveling and the symphony.

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