Stephanie Jones

Stephanie Jones

Head of DISA


  • B Mus (Music) Cardiff University, Wales
  • PGDE (Education) Leeds University, England
  • NPQH (Headship), University College London, England

As a teacher of children (3-18) and teachers since 1979, in the UK, Thailand, India, Romania and Armenia I have enjoyed a range of leadership roles including Head of Department, Head of Year, Deputy Head, Head, Director of Marketing and International Admissions, Governor. Through these experiences I have contributed significantly to the development of children and staff in different cultures and environments. I feel most privileged to have had the opportunities to learn so much and especially now to be in my 7th year in Armenia: a country of such beauty and integrity, as I share the vision of the UWC movement and lead the development of the Preparatory Years Centre Dilijan.  

What is the favourite part of the course you teach?
Watching children and teachers grow in confidence as they take risks, develop by making mistakes and take responsibility for their own learning.    

Which teaching method do you prefer and why?
Where all are excited by discoveries as we follow the children's lead.    

What advice would you give to a student of your subject?
The more you tell a child the less s/he learns.    

Who is your role model or mentor or who inspires you?
Dame Alison Peacock    

What is your life motto?
Find solutions, based on love and respect.    

What are the three things you can't imagine your life without?
Family, teaching, friends.    

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Dancing/playing/singing, walking, travelling, reading, eating