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Leadership

Established in 1961 as a not-for-profit organization, ASM is the first American school in Spain. Our long history of success is underpinned by decades of continuity of governance and leadership. 
Our governance structure, a tradition of a strong relationship between the Board of Trustees and the school’s Leadership, as well as a willingness regularly to actively listen to our community, is what ensures continuous progress towards a shared vision and resilience in the face of challenges.

Educational Leadership Team

Ben Weinberg, Headmaster

Today's students face unprecedented challenges and amazing opportunities. It is our role as educational leaders to ensure they have the resilience, skills, hope, and courage to make the most of the opportunities and to imagine solutions that have eluded us.  Using the ASM Mission as our compass, it is our aim to ensure that ASM provides academic excellence in the context of a thriving community so that all students experience ASM as a source of inspiration, belonging, and wonder.

Jesus Iravedra
Jesus Iravedra, Director of Administrative Services

The ASM campus is like a small town where students and their families spend a very important part of their lives. We try to keep everything running smoothly, from the facilities to the cafeteria, from security to cleanliness. Our goal is for you to get the best experience out of your time at ASM.
 

Claire Pryde
Claire Pryde, Director of Communications

My team is proud to be part of a community that prioritizes belonging and our job is to ensure that everyone, from new families to alumni, feels connected and supported. We bring people together at community events, share news and stories, and use a variety of platforms to showcase and celebrate individual, group, and school-wide achievements. 
 

Félim Bolster, US Director

In a complex world, our students need an array of skills to be able to successfully and healthily navigate the opportunities and challenges they face. Schools, such as ours, should play a vital role in embedding skills for life-long learning, global citizenship, ethical living, and personal well-being. I believe that great schools successfully combine all of these aspects in service to our students, developing young citizens who will make a positive impact on their world.

Mike Nugent, Middle School Director

We believe that Middle School students are in a unique developmental stage that requires a special program tailored to their social, cognitive, physical, and emotional needs.  To this end, we provide a safe, supportive climate that enhances the personal development of each student while providing an academic environment that stresses high standards and provides the foundation for our students to be life-long learners. Through diverse studies and activities, the Middle School provides opportunities for students to reach their full potential as individuals, community members, and as contributing members of a global society.  

Jen Munnerlyn, LS Director

I’ve worked with young children for over 20 years and I believe in the importance of childhood. Having the space and time to develop skills, investigate interests, and test their thinking ensures children are actively engaged in their own learning. At ASM we are continuously developing our programs and practices to ensure our students and their interests are at the forefront of our work. 

April Stout, Teaching and Learning Director

Throughout our lives, we never cease to learn, grow and have the opportunity to actively engage our inclination toward curiosity. Yet, we do not thrive alone and depend on communities where belonging, equity and collaboration are the foundation.  I am privileged to facilitate learning opportunities and be part of a community that harnesses this human potential for all staff and students at ASM. 
 

Lori Livesay, Ed Tech Director

Technology can redefine how we engage, assess, and provide feedback to students and how our students can showcase their understanding.  In my last 20 years, whether in special education, assistive technology, or as an educational technology coordinator, I've seen the awesome power that technology can have when it comes to teaching and learning.  And with that power comes the responsibility to make sure we are a community of digitally literate learners and citizens.

Jason Davis, PK-12 Curriculum Coordinator

A curriculum that is deep, meaningful, and relevant to our learners has the power to expand horizons and prepare them to transfer knowledge, skills, and attitudes to the challenges and opportunities they encounter in life. It is my privilege to work with forward-thinking, creative, and caring educators to develop engaging, authentic, and memorable learning experiences that empower learners to think critically about how to make a positive impact in the world.
 

The American School of Madrid is governed by a diverse, self-perpetuating Board of Trustees, substantially all of whom are parents of current ASM students. Guided by ASM's foundational documents, the Board focuses on long-term strategy, developing school policy, and ensuring the school is both sound and strong financially. The Board is also responsible for hiring the Head of School, and delegates to the Headmaster the responsibility for day-to-day administration, program development, and implementing policies set by the Board. Together, we believe that a strong and dynamic partnership between the Board of Trustees and the ASM Administration is critical in achieving the ASM Mission.

Board of Trustees

OFFICERS

Michael Willisch, Chairman

Dr. Luis Seijo, Vice-Chairman

José Miguel Knoell, Treasurer

Faraday De La Camara, Secretary
 
TRUSTEES

Yemi Adesokan, Chresten Christensen, Laure Fullerton Headrick,

Matt Mittino, Norman Kurtis, Steve Schaver, Nicole Warin