The British School of Chicago, a vibrant international school for children ages 3-18, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mel Curtis as principal of the Lincoln Park campus. Founding British School of Chicago headmaster Mike Horton will lead the school's new campus in the South Loop, which is..

CHICAGO, Jan. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The British School of Chicago, a vibrant international school for children ages 3-18, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mel Curtis as principal of the Lincoln Park campus. Founding British School of Chicago headmaster Mike Horton will lead the school's new campus in the South Loop, which is opening in September.

A passionate educator, Curtis brings to the British School of Chicago more than 15 years of expertise in strategic educational leadership, with international experience at schools in her native England, as well as France and the United Arab Emirates. Prior to joining the British School of Chicago, she led academic integration at Ecole des Roches, one of France's most prestigious private schools, and has been the head teacher at elite primary and K-12 schools in the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East. Curtis' highly successful track record includes expertise in quality assurance, increased student attainment, student-centered learning and curriculum development. She is also experienced in leading efforts to ensure teachers are proficient in enhancing the learning environment through the use of technology and the virtual world. Under Curtis' leadership schools have been deemed "outstanding" by external education and inspection authorities.

"Mel's excellent strategic leadership skills and talent for creating innovative education programs will be a significant asset to the British School of Chicago," Horton said. "Her philosophy that learning should be a unique experience to engender curiosity is on par with the British School's personalized learning approach, which focuses on the individual learning style of each child."

"I am truly inspired by the British School of Chicago's emphasis on individualized and interactive learning to provide students the tools they need to achieve their academic goals," said Curtis. "I am excited to work with such a talented team, which has created a successful educational environment and cultivated a true love of learning in students."

Under Horton's leadership, the British School of Chicago has grown from 12 students to more than 800 since opening in 2001. All students will benefit from the opportunities available at both campuses under the collaborative direction of Horton and Curtis.

About the British School of Chicago

The British School of Chicago is a vibrant independent, private school that follows an acclaimed international curriculum with a personalized approach to learning for over 800 children ages 3-18. Located on two campuses, in Chicago's Lincoln Park and South Loop, British School of Chicago belongs to the family of 31 Nord Anglia Education schools around the world. For more information, please visit the school website here.

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