Iván Martínez Pastor
Principal of SEK International School Riyadh.
Iván is a well-qualified and experienced international educator and leader, who has held teaching and leadership positions in five countries including, most recently, as Principal at SEK Riyadh and Head of Learning and Teaching at SEK Ciudalcampo, giving him an in-depth insight into leadership of SEK International Schools. He also holds a long-standing commitment to SEK values, having been a student, teacher and MYP coordinator at SEK-Ciudalcampo in Madrid and SEK-Les Alpes in France.
With a thorough understanding of international education, Iván has established himself as an accomplished curriculum developer and accreditation expert, and as a respected pedagogical leader, having also served managing sustainable development programs focused on tourism and education in rural Spain and as a teacher and IB MYP Coordinator in Venezuela and Italy. He has had a lasting impact on learning and teaching at all the schools in which he has served.
Head of Learning and Innovation.
Sandra brings to the SEK Riyadh Community more than a decade of experience in education. She has taught from nursery to university level, has developed science curricula, and has held leadership roles in the past few years. Sandra’s educational philosophy centers on nurturing the whole child, which in short means attending to a child’s cognitive, social-emotional, physical, and ethical development while inspiring their curiosity, and creativity.
In her current role as Head of Learning and Innovation, Sandra will work closely with SEK-Riyadh leadership team and the school community to support the school’s continuous growth. She is working closely with all our faculty to ensure that the curriculum, teaching methodologies, and resources align with the IB philosophy to provide the children at our school with an exceptional educational experience.
Sandra has a BA in Chemistry, BS in Biology, MA in Biology education from Brooklyn College(New York), and an M.ed in International Educational Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Head of Finance and Administration
Mr. Joan Blázquez has been a member of the SEK Education Group since 1998, he has worked at SEK International School Catalunya as the Head of Finance and Administration.
He received his undergraduate degree in Economics from The University Abad Oliva in Barcelona in 1997 and an Executive Masters degree from EAE Business School in 2017.
Joan is certified in internal auditing and has a specialist degree in payment and debt collection.
He has over 23 years of experience in the financial sector of the SEK Education Group including supporting all school functions and all administrative areas.
Julie Anne Alonso
School Counselor and Admissions Officer
Mrs. Julie Anne Alonso graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Psychology, in 2002.
She has been working with early years children since 2005, when she began her career as a developmental psychologist in Florida.
She has been a member of the SEK Education Group since 2011 and has worked at SEK International School Ciudalcampo in Madrid and assisted in the opening of SEK International School Qatar and SEK International School Riyadh.
Additionally, Julie has specialized training and certification in supporting learners with difficulties related to reading and writing.
Additionally, she is certified and trained to support talented and gifted learners with personalized learning and the development of intelligence.
Julie takes great joy in guiding all students to reach their personal and academic goals, as well as supporting parents through the different developmental phases.