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Dr. Scott Adams

Dr. Scott Adams Country Day School Principal

Principal

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’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.