Jan Stipek is the Secondary Years Principal and joined GEMS World Academy (Singapore) in July 2016. His role is to oversee the strategic development and daily operations of the division by placing student learning and 21st century skills as the central focus of the division. Jan has been an international educator and leader since 1998 with experience in classroom teaching, curriculum development, educational leadership both in a school setting as in a global non-for-profit educational management organization.
Jan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Teaching ESL, a Master’s degree in Education, Certification in Management and Leadership, and is still active in a number of IB Educator network roles, leading workshops and participating in IB authorization/evaluation schools visits around SE Asia and Europe.
Jan started his career as an English as an Additional Language (EAL) teacher at the International School of Prague and for the next 13 years gained experience in prominent IB international schools in four different countries, having served as EAL and TOK teacher, head of department and a curriculum coordinator. Throughout this time, he continued to seek additional external IB roles, and became an DP examiner, MYP moderator, and workshop leader. He joined the International Baccalaureate (IB) in 2011 and, as a Curriculum Manager, was initially responsible for leading the developments of all Language acquisition DP Subject guides before being promoted to a Head of Global Professional Development (DP and CP). In this role, Jan strategically identified needs and created long term plans for global professional development and managed a team who oversaw annual development pipelines of DP/CP new workshop titles as well as revision of existing titles. During his time at the IB, Jan was also directly involved in a number of global projects, such as creating and launching Approaches to Teaching and Learning in the DP, and rebuilding IB’s Online Curriculum Centre and Workshop Resource Centre platforms. As the Head of Global Professional Development, he affected the operations and shaped the future of IB’s Diploma and Career-related programmes as member of IB Diploma Programme committee, DP and CP core business group, and schools division leadership team.
Jan is married to Katerina, and their boys are both proud GEMS students in the Early and Primary Years. In his free time, he enjoys playing bass guitar in bands, traveling and spending time with family.