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  • Highest Quality Learning

    Our personalized approach engages and challenges students, empowering them to reach their highest potential.

    High Quality Learning

  • Join Us

    We welcome you to join our vibrant, international community of learners.

    Campus

  • Ask Us Anything

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

    Early Years Learning

  • Exceptional Teachers

    Our highly qualified, energetic and experienced staff is focused on developing children's unique learning styles.

    BISC-SL Teacher

  • Our Unique School Day

    BISC-SL students love coming to school, the day is always inspiring.

    Be Ambitious!

  • Join Our Family

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

    BISC-SL Community

  • Go, Bulldogs!

    Our varied athletics programming fosters sportsmanship, competition and discipline.

    BISC-SL Athletics

  • Join a Virtual Discovery Meeting

    Nothing can replace a face-to-face visit and tour of our school – but with school closures and travel restrictions around the world, a Virtual Discovery meeting is the next best thing.

    Virtual School

Academic Leadership Team

Our Academic Leadership Team guides students and staff using their extensive experience and passion for education.

  • Mike Henderson Principal

    Mike Henderson

    Principal

    Mike Henderson

    Coming from a family of teachers, there was a certain inevitability about me joining the profession. Although I graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Computer Science I trained to become a mathematics teacher. I began my career in 1995 at a large secondary school in Middlesbrough and spent the next twenty years working in state schools in North East England, taking on a post of greater responsibility each time I moved establishments.

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  • John Biggs

    John Biggs

    Head of Primary School

    John Biggs

    British International School of Chicago, South Loop is an exciting and unique place to work; each and every day there is a constant buzz around the school. The children, parents and staff make such a concerted effort at all times to better themselves and to be the very best they can be! 

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  • Kate Kaplun

    Kate Kaplun

    Assistant Head of Primary School, Pastoral

    Kate Kaplun

    Having gained a breadth of experience of teaching in the UK, I was highly motivated about the next challenge of continuing my professional development internationally, and so pursued the exciting opportunity at British International School of Chicago, South Loop. I have been teaching here since 2010 and I am especially enjoying my role as Year 2 teacher, working collaboratively with a talented team of teachers.

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  • Rebecca Allister

    Rebecca Allister

    Head of Middle School

    Rebecca Allister

    As a staff, I believe that we all aim to make school so much more than just the academics involved in the school day with the extracurricular programs and activities we provide. I also really like that we are allowed to run with and develop our ideas to improve these programs year after year.

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  • Melissa Arana

    Melissa Arana

    Assistant Head of Primary School, Academics & Professional Dev...

    Melissa Arana

    I really enjoy working at British International School of Chicago, South Loop and feel it offers a unique experience for students. Developing and inspiring learning for each and every student is the number one priority of the school; lessons are differentiated and students are inspired through fun, challenging and interactive learning opportunities. 

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  • Russell Potepa Biology Specialist

    Russell Potepa

    Head of High School

    Russell Potepa

    After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I moved to Manchester University where I researched methods for investigating how muscle cells are produced in mammals. A thesis of my research led to the award of an MPhil before I then began my PGCE to become a high school biology, and middle school science teacher. I started my teaching career in Salford and Bristol in the UK, including several years focusing on post-16 education. I have also taught in international schools in the United States, and France. I have been involved with the IB Diploma Programme for 6 years, including 4 as an IBDP Coordinator.

    Outside of school I like to explore new places through travel and hiking. I’m an avid follower of current affairs, bringing this interest to my roles with various MUN groups. In addition, I can often be found in the concert hall or the opera house indulging my love of live music and theatre.

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  • Lindsay Kafitz - Director of Counseling

    Lindsay Kafitz

    Director of Counseling and Student Support

    Lindsay Kafitz

    Ms. Kafitz joins us with over thirteen years of experience in college counseling and college admissions. She spent the first seven years of her career working in selective college admissions at Bucknell University, New York University and Northwestern University. After leaving Northwestern University, she transitioned to college counseling and served as Associate Director of College Counseling at Lake Forest Academy. Lindsay most recently served as Director of Counseling at Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund.

    Lindsay grew up in the North Shore of Chicago. She graduated from Bowdoin College with a Bachelors degree in Gender and Women Studies and earned her Masters degree in Higher Education Administration and College Student Personnel from New York University. 

    Lindsay lives in Lakeview with her husband and two children. 

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