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JOY EL Appoints Principal of the Elementary and ECC

May, 2017
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 joy-el-es-and-ecc-principalMichael P. Donaldson joins JOY EL International Academy as the Principal of the Elementary and Early Childhood Center sections. His years of experience both in Canada and China are unique and that makes him an excellent choice to lead these important parts of the school program. He completed the first ten years of his professional education career in British Columbia, Canada before beginning the first of 16 consecutive years in China in 2001. He served as a teacher, Vice-Principal, Principal and Head of School in British Columbia as well as in China’s two largest and most important cities, Shanghai and Beijing.  As a principal, he worked directly with teachers to implement programs for students that included the IB Diploma, the Primary Years Program (PYP) and the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC), as well as spending two years as principal of a Montessori Kindergarten. In addition, Donaldson has served on and led accreditation teams in British Columbia schools as well as in International schools seeking accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Donaldson leads a team of talented and experienced educators who’ve come to JOY EL from English speaking countries around the world as well as from right here in Beijing, the Heart and Soul of Chinese culture and education. The vast majority of the staff team holds Bachelor’s and Masters Degrees from their home countries in fields related to education. While JOY EL is still a new school, Director Ms. Vivian Gao has assembled a strong team to complement the new state of the art teaching and learning facility. Upon opening, it will immediately become one of the most innovative and modern purpose built schools in China. 

Under Donaldson’s leadership of the Early Childhood Center and the Elementary School, JOY EL is confident to become the school of choice for parents who wish to provide their child with the best chance for academic, personal and social excellence.  In July 2017, Michael Donaldson will officially join Joy El International Academy in the new role as the Principal of the Elementary and Early Childhood Center. According to the school, the academic leadership positions have been completed and the school will officially open in August 2017.


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