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Welcome from the Lower School Director

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Lower School at the American School of Madrid. Our school is a happy place where children ages 3-11 years old gather together to grow, learn, and have fun. The international school setting at ASM allows students from Spain and around the world to interact and collaborate in a tolerant environment focused on making the most of these important, formative years. 

Our school uses best practice approaches to teach all of the subject areas. Our teachers use standards to inform their unit design and differentiate lessons to ensure every student receives the support they need to be successful. 

In addition, teachers and students are engaged in human development work every day, as we help students learn to manage their feelings, work through problems, take risks, and recover from the disappointments which naturally occur when they are learning how to live and work with other people. 

Children in the Lower School at ASM are provided with a comprehensive academic and social-emotional curriculum from caring teachers who are experts in child development. We aim to partner with parents to ensure that the elementary years at ASM are happy and productive. Welcome to our school!

I am a lifelong member of the international community. As a child, I grew up in schools like ASM, graduating from the International School of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. The opportunity to be part of an international school community encouraged me to return overseas. 

My professional journey has included teaching and leadership roles at Shanghai American School in Shanghai, China, the American Community School of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, and the American School of Warsaw in Poland.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by little kids. How they think, what they choose to do, and how they manage to have so much joy in being alive each day; everything about young students keeps me engaged and interested.

I believe that much as we are called to educate children for a future we cannot see, we are also responsible for delivering on the promise of a high-quality childhood today. In my role as Lower School Director at the American School of Madrid, I work to create the conditions for teachers and other staff to teach the skills and concepts necessary for students to progress, while staying focused on seeing those same children as diverse, capable humans. 


Jen Munnerlyn