Welcome to Stonehill
Head of School
Welcome to a learning community dedicated to the development of knowledgeable, caring, confident and responsible global citizens. We are a co-educational, secular, non-selective day and boarding school located in the north of Bangalore close to the international airport.
Our impressive, state-of-the-art, purpose-built campus covers 34 acres and includes extensive sports fields and facilities, swimming pools, boarding houses, libraries, and a cafeteria. We serve the internationally-minded, local and expatriate population of Bangalore with a school population of almost 500 students between the ages of 3 and 18. Our students and teachers come from India as well as over 35 different countries spanning the globe.
Glen Herbert Johnson
Acting Head of Boarding
Stonehill’s Guiding Statements
We are an internationally-minded community of spirited learners, dedicated to the development of knowledgeable, caring, confident and responsible global citizens.
Our mission is to provide stimulating, engaging academics integrated with enhanced opportunities for technological innovation, sports and the arts.
- We learn through challenging, relevant, significant and engaging curricula.
- We create inspiring, innovative, differentiated learning experiences.
- We share our understandings and apply knowledge to real-life situations.
- We maximize our academic potential.
- We understand that balance is essential for a healthy, fulfilling life
- We provide an inclusive, compassionate and caring learning environment.
- We nurture the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development of our students.
- We encourage students to reflect and take risks in their learning.
- We create an environment where learners are happy, safe and valued.
- We build relationships founded on trust, empathy and respect
- We are effective communicators who engage in collaborative and innovative learning.
- We are lifelong learners equipped with the skills to adapt and interact within a constantly changing world.
- We enable students to be resilient, happy and independent.
- We are critical, creative thinkers, confident in the application of a variety of approaches to learning.
- We nurture curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research.
- We are principled, respectful global citizens.
- We effect positive change in our relationships, our community, and the environment.
- We are open-minded to the views, cultures, values and traditions of others.
- We seek opportunities to grow and challenge ourselves.
- We are active participants in the learning process.
Governance and Leadership
Stonehill is a not-for-profit school and is proud to be an education initiative of Embassy Group. The school is governed by a five-member, appointed Governing Council consisting of prominent business leaders, former parents, and the owner’s representative. The Governing Council acts under the delegated authority of the Board of Stonehill Education Foundation. The Head of School and the Business Manager are also part of the Governing Council, and are supported by the Educational Leadership Team and Admin Team, respectively.
Ex – Officio members of the Governing Council (GC)
Head of School, Stonehill International School
Originally from the UK, Simon earned a BA (Hons) Degree from Lancaster University, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Plymouth University and an MEd in International Educational Leadership from Endicott College. Simon has been working in international education for almost twenty years and has held school leadership roles at international schools in Tanzania, Malawi, Thailand and Sudan. He joined Stonehill in 2014. Over the past decade he has served as an Accreditation Team Chair and Visiting Team Member for the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) leading evaluation teams at international schools in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Simon believes that schools have a role not only to ensure that students reach their full academic potential, but that they also understand how to contribute positively to society and live a balanced, healthy and fulfilling life. He is fascinated by the way technology is increasingly influencing how we connect, collaborate and learn. Simon is a proponent of authentic leadership, grounded in clear communication, positive relationships, honesty and trust. He believes that students learn best when they are happy, engaged, challenged, supported and respected as individuals. He is an avid Arsenal FC fan and scuba diver. He is married with two children who both attend the school.
Business Manager, Stonehill International School
Catherine Charles has a Master’s Degree in Commerce and started her career as a Secretary to an Aviation Consulting Company in February 1994 while pursuing the Post Graduate Diploma in Business Studies in St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore.
Catherine was a member of the start-up team of one of the International Schools in Bangalore. She grew to the position of Business Manager with sincere efforts and dedication. She is a good administrator, highly competent in all of the skills necessary to successfully manage the non-academic team, which supports the academics.
Her skills include multi-tasking, financial reports, human resource, budget management, supervision of various departments and negotiating the best for the institution. She values loyalty and dedication and believes strongly in hard work and sincerity. The line that she loves is ‘Honesty is the best practice’. She always practices honesty and expects the same from everybody!
Catherine is married and has a son and a daughter. As a very homely person, she spends all her free time cooking, baking, stitching and embroidering for her family.
Executive members of the Governing Council (GC)
Vikram Shah (Governing Council Chairperson)
Investor, Mentor, Board Member and Advisor
Vikram Shah was the President and Director of NetApp operations in India. Based in Bangalore, Vikram’s key focus is on organizational expansion. He has been instrumental in delivering business value to global functions in NetApp including software engineering and product management, IT, global support, strategic marketing, web and media services, global procurement, global network operations centre and collaborative sourcing.
Vikram’s illustrious management career exceeds three decades across several countries. He has held senior management positions with NetApp, Novell, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata InfoTech Ltd, Tech Mahindra and Tata-IBM.
A past Chairman of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce and an active member of the American Chamber of Commerce, Vikram is a well-respected member of the Indian IT world. He has been an active member of the Karnataka Chief Minister’s Task Force on Information Technology and a member of Board for IT Education Standards (BITES). Vikram is the honorary board member of start-up companies, mentoring entrepreneurs.
Vikram has an Electric and Electronics engineering degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani. In 1975, he acquired an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, USA.
Shaina Ganapathy (Nominee member – Foundation’s representative)
Head – Education and Corporate Outreach, Embassy Group
Shaina is a part of the leadership team of the Embassy Group and heads the Group’s Education & Community Outreach initiatives.
She has been with the Embassy Group for over 15 years. During her time with the Group, she has been a part of the Residential Sales and Marketing function and has worked as a liaison for the design and development in the capacity of the Owner’s Representative for the Hilton Residences Project, Stonehill International School and the Embassy Corporate Office at Embassy Golf Links Business Park.
As part of the Governing Council of Stonehill International School, a world class IB school, Shaina has been an integral part of the team that founded the school since 2006.
As head of the Embassy Groups community outreach initiatives, she is responsible for the overall development of 17 government schools and all sustainable initiatives of the Group.
Shaina is passionate about education and believes that every citizen should be entitled to basic health care, sanitation and Education. She advocates collective eradication of illiteracy and believes collaborative and sustainable partnerships between the government and private sector can lead the way.
Maureen Stewart-Nordberg (Governor)
Principal PM of Prime International
Maureen Stewart is from the US and lives in Seattle, WA she has spent the last 20 years minus her 2.5 years here in Bangalore. She grew up as an Airforce Brat and moved around every two years to the next adventure with her family. She was fortunate enough to have lived and traveled to many places like Germany (where she was born), Indonesia, Turkey and Spain. Within the US, she spent most of her time in the Midwest and East coast living in New York State, Ohio and Oklahoma. She did her undergrad in Spanish and Linguistics at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and her Masters in Software Engineering at Seattle University when she finally found out what it was that she liked the most.
She is currently working at Amazon in Seattle as Principal PM of Prime International, specifically focused on countries outside of North America. . Prior to that, she has worked with great people in Deloitte & Touche and Boeing. She has been “Having Fun, Working Hard and Making History” since 1999 at Amazon. She has been involved in a number of projects and roles throughout Amazon’s growth and enjoys d to using some of her tools attained over that time while in service on this body.
In addition to that, she has 3 beautiful girls Thalia, Stella and Macie and a great husband Jeff. In her spare time, she likes to cook, read, and gets involved with anything with textiles. She knits, crochets and even spins wool!
Stefano De Napoli (Governor)
CEO and Director, Indever Corporate Consultants Pvt. Ltd
After ten years of experience in Italy, Stefano relocated to India, in the year 2000 as CEO and Executive Director for the Orlandi Group, a multibillion diversified Italian Industrial Conglomerate. In 2005, he set up his own firm in Bangalore which advises cross border projects.
With over twenty five years of experience in industrial, engineering, and applied technology companies, he has spent the past ten years structuring M&A and Joint Venture projects between European and Indian firms. He has a consolidated knowledge on emerging markets and areas such as Strategic Analysis, International Business, International Negotiations, Business Development and Project Management.
He is now the CEO and Director of Indever Corporate Consultants Pvt. Ltd. He is also on the Board of Directors of several Indian companies.
Stefano was born in Torino, Italy, and has a Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering. He is married and has two children.
Preeti Sawhney (Governor)
Advisor, Mentor, Brand Strategist
Preeti Sawhney is an Advisor, Mentor and Brand Strategist, who sees herself as a perpetual learner.
In addition to her primary work as a Brand Strategist, Preeti is Advisor and Mentor to several startups, entrepreneurs and NGOs on Brand and Business strategy. She is also Catalyst to a women entrepreneurs platform.
Preeti strategically guides brands through all their growth phases and challenges, helping solve brand and business problems with goals and target audiences her lodestar.
She started her career in Lintas (Lowe) Advertising, worked there for 12 years and left as Associate Director running multiple SBUs. Post Lintas, she has been an Independent Brand Strategist for almost 2 decades, working across the spectrum of customer segments, product and service categories and organization types and sizes.
She has studied Mathematical Statistics in Delhi University, followed by a PGDM in IIM Calcutta where she specialized in marketing and consumer behavior- and finally honed her brand strategy skills at Columbia Business School.
Preeti brings a 360˚ perspective which pulls up into visioning and goals and deep dives into issues, contexts, solutions and hurdles. She is passionate about building brands with integrity between purpose and behavior.
Preeti enjoys simplifying the complicated.
She and her husband have 2 boys- a 19 year old reading PPE at Oxford University as well as a 14 year old 9th grader.
Officer of the Governing Council (GC)
GC Project Manager
Sitara Uthappa is the Project Manager – GC, at Stonehill International School in Bangalore, India, since September 2015.
She has previously worked for multinational companies, with experience ranging across Finance, Credit and Commercial Banking operations. Her skills include credit analysis, data reporting, finance operations, quality assurance, customer support and mentoring. She enjoys accepting challenges, exploring opportunities and is driven by constant learning.
She has a range of interests that include nature walks, adventure, travelling, arts and music. Being an avid dog lover she was driven by her passion that had led to an entrepreneurial start up as a professional pet groomer providing specialized services and is also a certified pet trainer.
Her belief “The best way to pursue happiness is to help other people. Nothing else will make you happier” – George Lucas.
Areas of Strategic Focus and Objectives
Learning and Teaching
A collaborative culture of innovation and continuous improvement in learning and teaching to promote spirited learners
Attract, develop and retain the highest caliber of employees which honours our commitment to Stonehill’s Vision
Infrastructure, School Growth and Development
Be a school of choice and a centre for excellence in India
A clear, compelling identity, recognized locally and globally
Responsible planning and management of resources to be financially stable and self-sustaining.
Stable, effective governance and vibrant leadership, which models transparency, trust and accountability
Stonehill Faculty: A global faculty for a multinational student body
The importance of teachers in any academic programme cannot be overemphasized, especially in the IB methodology. All of our faculty members are IB trained and many have significant previous experience in IB schools around the world.
We believe that a diverse faculty goes a long way in preparing students to adapt to a rapidly globalizing world. Most of our teachers have previously lived and worked in many countries and cultures. Not only do they bring a different perspective to the table, but their experience of discovering the pleasures (and puzzles) of living in places quite unlike those they have come from help them empathize with our students – both expatriate children and Indians with global aspirations. Stonehill probably has the most diverse community of teachers in Bangalore with professionals in recent years coming from Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Kenya, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Romania, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, UK, USA, and Venezuela.
As teachers and educators, we are, more than professionals in most other fields, lifelong learners. We invest heavily in the continuous development of our teachers with workshops and seminars, both in school and throughout Asia-Pacific.