Brian Kissman

Interim Head of Kalamazoo Country Day School

A native Michigan educator and school administrator, Brian spent half of his career on the international school circuit, including Qatar, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Spain, Switzerland, France, Japan, and Liberia, West Africa.

“I consider myself fortunate to have gained a sense of international mindfulness living so many years abroad.  Having experienced so many diverse cultures, I have gained a greater sense of our shared humanity,” reflects Brian.

Across his career, Brian has served as a Principal, Deputy Head of School for Learning and Instruction, Curriculum Coordinator, and Teacher.  He has also worked with adult learners via workshops and courses.

His recent work and positions have centered on instructional leadership and teacher training.  In particular, from 2009 to 2011, he served as literacy specialist and instructional coach for Hong Kong International School training teachers in all things literacy and learning best practice, including formative assessments and differentiated instruction.  From 2011 to 2013, he served as Deputy Head of School for Learning and Instruction for the English Modern School of Doha, Qatar.  Over the past three years, he has had the unique opportunity to further his educational understanding as an international consultant / teacher trainer, researcher and author.  He has a Masters’ Degree in Educational Leadership, Western Michigan University.

Brian is passionate about education and its importance to society.  With expertise in literacy and learning best practice, he has authored two books: PhonicsThings and Literacy Mats.

Brian’s wife, Simendea, teaches middle school humanities and serves as Dean of Faculty at KCDS.  They have two wonderful daughters, Ashly and Amanda, both happily married.

“Kalamazoo Country Day School is a wonderful school.  KCDS is committed to the importance of community, collaboration, open communication, and serving the greater good.  It is a school committed to educational excellence and differentiated instruction in order to meet the needs of each and every student. During this transitional year, first and foremost, we aim to strengthen our sense of community and continue our commitment to educational excellence.  Together, we will make the 2016-2017 school year exceptional,” comments Brian.