The Director's Hub

Welcome to the American Embassy School, New Delhi

At the American Embassy School, we are inspired by our students. They are our most precious resource, our guiding lights, and our motivation. Our students push us to pull together, collaborate and engage in healthy, productive relationships throughout all of our organization.

Almost 70 years ago, the American Embassy School was established to serve the expatriate and diplomatic community in New Delhi.  That service to the community has continued these many years. It has expanded to be known as an educational institution that stands behind the motto “Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve.”  We did not have the insights nor ideas of what the world wide web would ever be, and thought of learning in distance education modes was utterly impossible.  A few years ago, a multi-person video conference was a resource only available to just a few.  The scope of change has been profound and, at times, breathtaking. The beauty of the AES program is that it and the school have thrived.

With this history and the strengths founded in the community values, the mission and the school’s focus on our culture of belonging will drive us all forward through the next 70 years, and to continual renewal and improvement.  I hope you can join us at AES.  I think you will be impressed by our beautiful campus, and highly qualified faculty and staff, and I know you will be impressed with our dynamic students.  When you visit you will enter a space where children are known and valued as learners, where exceptional educators co-design learning experiences each day that challenge children to reach their highest potential, and where each and every member of our school community joyfully pursues excellence in their own educational journey.

David Perry- Director

About Mr. Perry:

David Perry joined the American Embassy School community in July of 2022 as the school's director.

David has been an educator for nearly three decades and has held senior leadership, counseling, and teaching positions in Chile, China, and the United States. He has a bachelor’s degree in geography from Clark University, a master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a law degree from Suffolk University.

When asked what he is most looking forward to about joining AES, David says, “I am excited to live on campus, to get to know the people, to work collaboratively with the Board and the senior leadership team, and for all the new tastes, sights, scents, and sounds of India!”

Director's Blogs

Blog #1—Go get em tiger!

#1- Go get 'em, tiger!
Mr. David Perry

Welcome back, Tigers! I love this mascot and felt a connection to it for the first time when I jumped into the cab to leave for the airport for my flight to New Delhi:As I was about to drive away, my wife, who will join me soon, and my adult children, who will hopefully soon visit, proclaimed: Go get ‘em, tiger!

Blog #3—The ONE thing!

#3—The ONE Thing
Mr. David Perry

Having just returned from NESA’s (Near East South Asia’s) Council of Overseas Schools Fall Leadership Conference, I feel fortified by connecting with other school leaders from our diverse region and by the opportunity to reflect with my AES colleagues about how the speakers and sessions might inspire progress within our wonderful school. 

Blog #2 Creative community of teachers

#2- Creative community of teachers and learners
Mr. David Perry

I recently came across this McKinsey & Company sponsored “Author Talk” in which Rich Diviney, a retired Navy SEAL, talks about his book: The Attributes: 25 Hidden Drivers of Optimal Performance (Random House, January 2021). 

Blog #4—The Future of Smart

#4—The Future of Smart
Mr. David Perry

One of the joys of school leadership is getting to work as part of a school leadership team. This year at AES, my team is focused on making progress on our school-wide goals especially as they relate to a shared vision around learning and around encouraging a sustainable ethos of belonging for all. 

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