Brian McManus – High School Assistant Principal
The 2018-2019 school year marks Brian’s thirteenth year an educator. He started his career in education in 2005 working as a high school English teacher at Everglades High School in Miramar, Florida. In 2008, he moved to Beijing where he taught IB Literature, Language and Literature, and Theory of Knowledge at the International School of Beijing. In 2015, he transitioned into the role of Strategic Learning Coordinator, where he focused on incorporating experiential learning opportunities and Chinese cultural elements across all divisions of the school.
Brian earned a Master of Arts in Writing and Literature from Deakin University, as well as a Master of Education and Post-Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership from The College of New Jersey.
Having grown up on the beaches of central New Jersey, Brian spends his summers with his feet in the sand and a fishing rod in his hands.
Brian is excited to join the UAS team as the High School Assistant Principal.
Kyle Coppes – High School Principal
Kyle Coppes is beginning his third year at UAS and is eager to take on his new role as High School Principal after serving as Assistant Principal for the past two years. Kyle began his career in education fourteen years ago at an American international school in Egypt where he taught in the social studies department. Before leaving Cairo, Kyle served as head of the humanities department and taught in the IB Diploma Program. Kyle also proudly served as the IB Diploma Coordinator at an American School in Cyprus prior to joining UAS. During his tenure as a DP Coordinator, his focus on school improvement efforts yielded an increase in the school average from 30 to 34 points overall. Additionally, students scoring two or more core points went from 23% to 100% over the course of his fours years at the school.
Kyle considers himself a lifelong learner and will embark on a journey to earn his EdD in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California beginning this fall. He also holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership from George Washington University.
Education is a family business for Kyle as his lovely wife Dina works at the school as an instructional coach. They have two amazing children, Ramzi and Sophia, who attend school here at UAS. Their greatest joy is random interactions in the library or cafeteria with their kids throughout the work week.
When not working, studying or parenting, Kyle enjoys the occasional round of golf or spending time with friends.
Both Kyle and Brian have been working closely with the Senior Leadership Team since August 5th planning for the 2018/19 school year. They can’t wait for the liveliness that comes with the entire student body walking the halls. They look forward to proudly serving the UAS community in the continued pursuit of educational excellence established by previous administrations.
Upcoming Important Dates:
September 2nd and 3rd – IB Diploma Workshops (all full IB Diploma students must attend from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM). Students are responsible for transportation to/from the school as we are not running buses on these days. Additionally, students can either bring a packed lunch or cash to purchase lunch. A survey will be taken first thing in the morning and those with cash will order from one collectively agreed upon restaurant.
September 3rd – High School Exam Re-sits (for students who finished with a 1 or 2 last year in a core subject – Report to High School Office at 8:30 for 9:00 start). A confirmation email will be sent to specific students and parents later this week.
September 3rd – High School New Student Orientation 10:00 – 12:00 (new students to meet in the Secondary Library – parents also welcome).
September 4th – First Full Day of School for all students