Visionary International School Leader Joins Board of Advisors

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Sea Change Mentoring has created its first Board of Advisors. Made up of visionary international school leaders; entrepreneurs in education and technology; and one of the most respected youth mentoring researchers in the world, this group is pretty spectacular. With the Council of International Schools adding transitions support to their 2016 accreditation requirements, the growing interest in both mentoring and personalization in the international school world and with Sea Change Mentoring landing the Singapore American School partnership, the timing couldn’t be more perfect.

Over the course of the next two weeks, we will be introducing these new members to the rest of our Sea Change Mentoring community.

Sea Change Mentoring welcomes Robert Landau to our new Board of Advisors.

Robert serves as the Executive Director of the Hawai’i Association of Independent Schools, after a long career in International School leadership. Robert came to learn about Sea Change Mentoring when he served as a reference for a mentor. Being both a father and an educator in this community, he understood the value of this work immediately. A few months later, Robert and Sea Change Mentoring’s CEO, Ellen Mahoney, met at the EARCOS Leadership Conference. She explains that they made plans to talk about their work over lunch.

“His consistent vision for the future of international education and his passion for supporting young people’s development was inspiring. We probably could have talked all day.”  

Ellen and Robert had Singapore American School in common. Ellen is an alumna of the school and, years later,  Robert was the deputy superintendent.

“The commonalities continued to accumulate as we learned we shared a similar philosophy of education.

Robert offered his support at that conference and there was never any doubt that Sea Change Mentoring wanted him to serve on the Board of Advisors.

Robert Landau was born and raised in Los Angeles, California to a movie and TV screenwriter father and drama teacher mother. During his college years in San Francisco he had the opportunity to live and study in Sweden for his junior year of college and this experience changed his life. After two more summers working at a summer camp in Switzerland, he returned to California where he received a teaching credential and went right back overseas to become a teacher and administrator in international schools in Switzerland, Indonesia, Czech Republic, China, Cambodia, and Singapore.

In China, Robert had the honor and privilege of directing the Western Academy of Beijing. During that time, he led a complete visioning process that produced an exemplary new kind of mission and vision statement. He also helped create the Jiashan Foundation that continues to support schools and education in the province of Gansu. During his time in China Robert had the opportunity to attend and lead numerous conferences for Chinese teachers and administrators.

After 40 years abroad Robert recently returned to the USA to become the Executive Director of the Hawai’i Association of Independent Schools. He oversees licensing, accreditation, professional development and marketing for 93 schools on all the Hawaiian Islands. He still has a close connection to Cambodia as the founder and board chair of Cambodia’s Future Foundation. CFF gives economically disadvantaged but highly capable high school students a full scholarship to university in Cambodia.

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