• Our Lincoln Park Campus

    Our state-of-art facilities will inspire our children to be ambitious.


  • Dedicated and Inspiring

    Our teachers are recruited for their ability to nurture lifelong learners and inspire each and every student


  • Highest Quality Learning

    Our approach to learning gives each individual student the skills to thrive


  • Love to Learn

    Our students love to learn, and our curriculum encourages inquiring minds and to always aim high


  • Join Our Family

    We welcome you to our inclusive community. From day one, you and your child will feel at home with us

    parent and child at British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park

  • Stay Connected

    Speaking directly with us is the best way to get your questions answered quickly. We look forward to hearing from you


  • Keeping Track of Busy Lives

    Find out about the latest activities and developments in our school, including our new campus developments

    girls playing soccer at the British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park

  • Lifelong Values through Skills Development

    The benefits of physical activity extend beyond the gym and work towards children’s inspiration and growth.


Senior Leadership Team

Our private school's principal, key stage leaders, and high-level administration staff form our campus's the Senior Leadership Team. Together, they guide our school using their extensive experience and passion for education.

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    Mel Curtis

    Principal, Lincoln Park Campus

    Mel Curtis

    I believe that teaching and learning must foster and develop what makes us unique – our ability to imagine, to think and to ask demanding questions. It must create the capacity and will to challenge and discover new ideas and theories. Good questions open up new horizons for exploration and discovery.

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    Dale Burr

    Deputy Head, Lincoln Park

    Dale Burr

    My career in education is varied. I grew up and studied for my teaching qualifications in Australia. After graduating from the University of Melbourne, I moved to England and it was my home from 1995-2016.

    I have worked in London and across many towns in the South West of England as a teacher, mathematics adviser, school inspector and, for the last nine years, as a primary school principal of two contrasting schools.

    Between 2013-2015, I was fortunate to take part in educational research in Denmark, France, and Italy, which inspired me to move to an international school. I am passionate about providing high-quality learning opportunities for all children to ensure they accomplish outstanding academic and personal achievement. It is also part of my vision that children are filled with relevant and meaningful learning experiences that challenge their thinking, develop a thirst for knowledge, and create a love of learning.

    I am tremendously excited to be a part of the team at BISC Lincoln Park and sharing in the school’s aspiration to ‘Be Ambitious of Ourselves, of Our Learning and of Our World’.

    In my spare time I enjoy watching and playing sports, particularly tennis, as well as sampling the culinary delights widely available in Chicago.

    I look forward to working together to ensure a memorable and successful educational experience for you and your children.

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    Esther Hunter

    Early Years, Before & After School Care, and Camps Senior ...

    Esther Hunter

    I came to Chicago in 2015 and have loved every minute of life at BISC Lincoln Park! My specialism is Early Years education, and I have really enjoyed watching the children grow and develop over the year and seeing the remodeled learning environment mature into the enabling, interesting space it is today. I am passionate about high-quality, language-rich learning experiences for our children, and I believe we deliver this and much more in our classrooms and all-weather physical development area. At BISC Lincoln Park, we engage our youngest children in an enquiry based curriculum where learning is investigative and motivating. I have worked in Early Years education for 14 years, and every year is a new experience. In my first year here at Lincoln Park, I have appreciated leading a great team of professionals and I am very excited about the year to come. We will be building and extending on the excellent work, which has taken place this year to ensure that we are, as always, ambitious for all of our students.

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    Kirsty Deathe

    Values, Pastoral and Student Leadership Senior Leader

    Kirsty Deathe

    I grew up in Leicestershire, England with my brother, Adam and mum and dad. I always enjoyed playing 'teachers' from an early age and graduated from Chester College in Cheshire in 2000 with a teaching degree. My first years were spent teaching in Birmingham, England until I moved to Chicago in 2009. Here, I am able to continue my love of traveling and playing sports by adding Central America and China to my list of places traveled since living here and even played netball for the U.S.A. squad in 2012 in Trinidad! I have since become a keen Crossfitter and continue to enjoy new challenges as and when I can find them! Chicago is a wonderful city, and it continues to provide me with much happiness. From roller-blading along the lakefront path at sunset, to battling those chilly, wintery storms, Chicago is the place I call 'home'.

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    Erin Woodhams

    Director of Marketing & Admissions

    Erin Woodhams

    I am thrilled to join the team at the British School of Chicago – Lincoln Park and am excited about being part of a vibrant international community of learners and educators.

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    James Haenes

    Director of Communications

    James Haenes

    I moved to Chicago over a decade ago and love everything this city has to offer. I'm an avid reader here, love to travel around the world, and happiest when I've got my headphones plugged in, staring out at the beach somewhere.

    Professionally speaking, I have more than ten years' marketing & communications experience with a specialty in digital & social media as well as web & video production. Through my work, I've had the opportunity to attend youth conferences and festivals from Mexico City to the Czech Republic, inspiring students to become future leaders on the global stage. In addition, I have a MA in humanities (writing, communications, analysis) and a BA in literary studies (minor in education) from the University of Texas at Dallas. As the 2016 to 2017 academic school year approaches, I'm especially proud to be a part of Mrs. Curtis's exceptionally gifted team of senior leaders, teachers, specialists, and support staff. 


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