Leadership Team

Tini Bennett

Head of School

A 20-year veteran in international education, Tini brings to the task a wealth of classroom, administrative, and multicultural experiences and accomplishments. From 2012 to 2018, Tini was at the Dar es Salaam International Academy in Tanzania (DIA), a 300-student school, where she first served as the Primary Year Programme Coordinator (an International Baccalaureate curriculum) for two years before being promoted in 2014 to the Head of School position.  During her time in Tanzania, Tini also sat on the Board of Directors of the Association of International Schools in Africa.  Prior to her work at DIA, Tini co-founded and managed the construction of the Starehe Nursery School in Mwanza, Tanzania. Recognizing and responding to a void in educational opportunities for the children at the orphanage, she began in 2003 to design, plan, and fundraise to build the school, ultimately bringing the project to fruition in 2007. Along the way Tini managed all areas of the school including business logistics and operations, developing curriculum and extracurricular activities, and staff recruitment and training. While not at school, Tini cares for her animals on their family farm and spends time with her family and two child who attend the ISC.

Sybil Hasson

Assistant Head of School

Sybil was born and raised in France. She earned a Master's Degree in sociology from the University of Paris, and completed teacher training at the IUFM (Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maitres) of Bordeaux in 1996. She taught in schools in Paris for 7 years before joining ISC as the French JK/Kindergarten Head Teacher in the fall of 2003. In that time, she has become a master designer of interdisciplinary, child-guided project-based learning experiences.  In addition to her responsibilities as the Assistant Head, she also supports the French JK/K class and teaches 3rd and 4th grade French. When not working, Sybil loves to cook and experiment with new recipes.

Alejandra Newell

Student Support Coordinator

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Alejandra holds her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Special Education.  She has worked extensively with both children and adults with disabilities.  She moved to Charlottesville in 2003, and joined the teaching faculty of the ISC in 2007.  Besides supporting children in all of our programs, she also supports our Spanish JK/K class and teaches 3rd and 4th grade Spanish. Alejandra continues to take coursework in education, and in her free time enjoys yoga, crafting, and spending time with her family.

Adriana Collazos-Gil

Director of Administration and Operations

Adriana has a degree in textile design from her country of origin, Colombia, and a second degree in Languages and French Civilization from Switzerland. Her personal characteristics served as the basis to guide her professional development in the area of logistics in various international organizations. For more than 15 years she worked as a Logistics Director in companies in Colombia and Venezuela. In 2013, she arrived with her family in the United States. In 2016 she started working at the International School of Charlottesville. At the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, the Logistics and Compliance position opened and she was selected to take this place. Her knowledge in Spanish, French and English languages have served to create a good link and support between teachers and parents/representatives.

Danielle Schaeber

Director of Admissions and Development

Danielle was an ISC parent for 6 years and joined the support staff in 2016. Although her degree in Chemical Engineering has not translated directly to the position she has, her interpersonal skills and love for the school have helped her support new families (and returning families) through the admissions process and beyond. When not at school, Danielle loves spending time with her husband and two boys who are alumni of the ISC, and enjoying a good meal.