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Dr. Scott Adams

Country Day School - Scott Adams

General Director

I’ve been lucky to be involved in international education for most of my career, including these last few years at Country Day School, where I am blessed to be the Director General. Before moving to Costa Rica, I worked as a Principal at The American School in Japan in Tokyo, and also worked at international schools in London and Cyprus, as a teacher and Principal. In the USA, I worked in California, North Carolina and Hawaii.


I had an itinerant childhood given my father’s US Navy career, which included living on islands like Bermuda and Hawaii. Eventually, I settled in San Diego, California, where I attended college at San Diego State University, earning my B.A. I then attended graduate school at the University of California at Berkeley, where I earned a M.A.T. degree and teaching certification.

After working as a teacher and department head, I returned to graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I received an Ed.D. degree in Educational Leadership. Three degrees at three different schools, plus more than 30 years as an educator, pretty clearly demonstrate that I really like learning.

With my wife, who is also a teacher—and innovation coach—I have three kids: two adult men who live and work in Los Angeles and New York City, and a daughter who is in High School. On weekends and in my spare time, I try to keep fit by cycling and swimming, and I enjoy going to the beach and surfing. I’m trying to improve my golf game, become better at Spanish, and learn how to salsa dance—not at the same time, of course.