Board of Trustees
May 20, 2024
Dear American School of Warsaw Community,

On behalf of the American School of Warsaw Board of Trustees, and with great excitement, I announce Dr. Michelle Kleiss as the new Director of the American School of Warsaw, starting the school year 2025-2026. Dr. Kleiss brings with her a wealth of experience, passion for education, and a commitment to fostering a vibrant learning community.

Dr. Michelle Kleiss is an experienced, caring, and inclusive school leader committed to promoting multicultural education, equity and empowering learner-focused environments while driving positive change. Her strengths are in building and nurturing relationships, school improvement processes, designing high-quality teaching and learning experiences, capacity building and systems thinking. Please click on the link below to read Dr. Kleiss’ leadership statement and educational philosophy.

With 22 years of headship experience and a deep understanding of international and IB continuum education, Dr. Kleiss is poised to lead our school into its next chapter of excellence. Her dedication to student-centered learning, innovative teaching methods, and fostering a culture of inclusivity align perfectly with ASW’s mission, vision and core values.
Dr. Kleiss's leadership will undoubtedly inspire our students, faculty, and staff to reach new heights of achievement and success, all while fostering community. Her leadership will guide ASW as we continue to provide a world-class learning experience that prepares students for success in an ever-changing global landscape.

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Dr. Michelle Kleiss as she embarks on this exciting journey with us. Together, let us embrace the opportunities and challenges ahead as we work towards realizing our shared educational and American School of Warsaw community goals. 

In closing, I would like to thank our current Director, Jon Zurfluh, for his 8 year tenure with ASW. I know he is looking forward to a year of smooth transition with Dr. Michelle Kleiss. I also would be remiss not to mention and thank all of our community stakeholders for their participation and feedback during this Director search. Your assistance and voices were extremely valuable to our Director Search Committee process. 

Warm regards,

Sarah Kyle
Chair, Board of Trustees
American School of Warsaw