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Managing Directors of the Most Expensive Schools in Kenya

Kenya boasts some of the most exclusive schools in the country and the region, some of which charge tuition fees equivalent to the annual salary of a middle-income earner.

These schools are renowned for academic excellence and boast students from around the world.

The management of these schools have ensured continued success, maintaining a global image that keeps students coming. In this article, WoK profiles directors and heads of some of the most expensive schools in Kenya.

International School of Kenya (ISK)

Michael (Mike) Callan joined ISK as Director in July of 2021. The Canadian national has strived to make a positive impact on the lives of children for more than three decades.

International School of Kenya (ISK) MD Michael Callan. |Photo| Courtesy|
International School of Kenya (ISK) MD Michael Callan. |Photo| Courtesy|

He has led teams of talented educators in Italy, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi, Turkey, and Hong Kong. He began his teaching career in Japan.

St Andrew’s Turi

Geert Simons is the Director and Chief Executive Officer at St Andrew’s International School in Turi, Nakuru County.

St Andrew's Turi MD and CEO Geert Simons. |Photo| Courtesy|
St Andrew’s Turi MD and CEO Geert Simons. |Photo| Courtesy|

He holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Professional Education Limburg, and a Master of Science (MS) in International Management from the University of Liverpool.

Simons boasts vast experience in education, having served in different capacities in several international schools globally.

He joined St. Andrew’s Turi as CEO in February 2023.

Brookhouse Schools Kenya

John O’Connor is the Managing Director of Brookhouse Schools in Nairobi, Kenya.

John graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelors Degree in Literature and a Diploma in Education.

Brookhouse Schools MD John O'Connor. |Photo| Courtesy|
Brookhouse Schools MD John O’Connor. |Photo| Courtesy|

Peponi School

Mark Durston is the Headmaster at Peponi School. He first came to Kenya to fulfill his passion and interest in the natural world.

He was appointed to the leadership of Peponi School in 2009. He is ambitious for the school and views the opportunities provided by the international sector in Kenya, and particularly, Peponi School as equal and often better than contemporary schools in the United Kingdom.

Peponi Schools Headmaster Mark Durston. |Photo| Courtesy|
Peponi Schools Headmaster Mark Durston. |Photo| Courtesy|