We’re pleased to announce the appointment of John Jalsevac as School Director of American
School Hong Kong. Most recently, John was Head of School at Mission Hills International
School in Shenzhen, China. John previously worked in Hong Kong from 2004 – 2014 as
Principal of the Upper School at the Canadian International School Hong Kong where, as
Chair of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Steering Committee, he led the school in the
development and implementation of the IB Program.
John is a keen advocate of a balanced, holistic approach to education. He places great value
on academic excellence but will also ensure that a school under his stewardship places
significant emphasis on pure and applied arts programs, clubs, leadership activities,
community service ventures, and sports. John was the co-founder of the International School
Sports Federation of Hong Kong, which is now comprised of 33 International Schools in the
region. He also was the Chair of the South East Asia Schools’ Activity Conference
(SEASAC) from 2009 – 2014.
Prior to his arrival in Hong Kong, John was employed as an educator in Toronto where he
served as Principal of three High Schools and as a Curriculum Coordinator and
Superintendent of Education for a large school district.
John obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from York University, Bachelor of Education from
the University of Toronto, and Master of Science in Education from Niagara University in
New York State.
American School Hong Kong (ASHK) is a non-profit, non-denominational college preparatory school offering a holistic American education taught by North American teachers. The school is operated by Esol Education, a leading education organization with 40 years of experience in establishing and operating K-12 international schools, currently educating 11,000 pupils in nine schools across three continents. ASHK will deliver a rigorous curriculum, focused on developing well-rounded, motivated, and thoughtful global citizens. It will equip students with the academic, social, and entrepreneurial skills required for success in the 21st century. ASHK is incorporated as Universal American School Hong Kong Limited.