Leadership Team

The formal responsibility of managing ISH lies with ICRISAT. The Director General of ICRISAT has delegated the day to day operation of ISH to the Head of School. ICRISAT has created an Advisory Board to guide the Principal in managing the school.

The school is divided into Elementary School and  Secondary School divisions. The Elementary School comprises 
KG 1 through Grade 5 and the Secondary School comprises Grades 6-12 (with coordinators for middles school, 9-10th grades and 11-12th grades).



Linda LaPine

Head of School



Born and raised in Westchester County in New York, Linda began her teaching career working in public and private schools. She moved abroad and embarked on her international career in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Linda went on to work at the Singapore American School,the Anglo-American School of Moscow, the International School of Panama, ACS Hillingdon International School in London and GEMS World Academy in Abu Dhabi. 

While living in Singapore, Linda adopted her two daughters, both from China. Raising her daughters in five different countries, Linda knows first-hand the advantages that the international school environment provides in developing true global citizens. The eldest now works internationally as a freelance artist and her youngest is attending university in the U.S. studying to be an elementary teacher. 

The power of education to change lives drew Linda to teaching and from the day she stepped into her first classroom, she knew she had taken the right path.  Linda is immensely excited to be a member of the  ISH community. The September reopening of the beautiful campus has allowed her to engage face to face with students and teachers to develop the relationships that are so important in a learning environment.

Linda holds an MPS in Special Education from Manhattanville University as well as a BA in Urban Studies from the State University of New York - College at Purchase. She has completed extensive postgraduate coursework in education including certification in International School Leadership through the Principal’s Training Center.



Mr. Andrew Nicholson

Head of Secondary




Andrew is Australian by birth – but international in outlook. He joined ISH in August 2015, having previously been working in international schools in Sudan, Peru, Sri Lanka, Romania, Qatar, and Australia.

Andrew obtained his BSc degree many years ago in Melbourne – and was an aspiring marine biologist. He subsequently worked in hospitality, traveled for a year and gained the realisation that education was more of a passion. He returned to university to complete his Graduate Diploma. Andrew has completed several leadership courses – including the Certificate of International School Leadership from the PTC; worked as an IBDP Biology examiner for many years; and held positions in previous schools such as Head of Department (Science and Maths), Activities Coordinator, IB Coordinator, and Curriculum Coordinator.

Andrew is also an avid coach/player of many sports, and also enjoys working with students in service learning activities and drama productions.



Mr. Nick Neubert

Head of Elementary


Nick has been an educator for the past 24 years and has worked in both the elementary and middle school divisions. Prior to his position here at ISH, he was a principal in Auckland, New Zealand. Nick brings to ISH extensive experience in curriculum and assessment design, particularly in the areas of critical literacy and thinking-based learning. He brings a deep passion for and commitment to elementary education focused on building global perspectives and thinking citizens.


Tony Bellew


Mr. Tony Bellew

Head of Teaching & Learning



Tony was previously a high school Deputy Principal, also an experienced Curriculum Director with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Skilled in both secondary and elementary education, Tony is a strong education professional with a Master of Arts (M.A.) focused in International and Comparative Education from Oxford Brookes University.

In his spare time, Tony likes to follow his wife Jan on Twitter.