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.

Miriam Buckley (BS, MED, QTS, TESOL)

Head of Primary and PYP Coordinator, SEK International School Riyadh.

Over the past 16 years, Miriam has been serving as an educator and administrator for schools in the USA and abroad. She received her undergraduate education with a specialization in Cross-Cultural Studies and TESOL. She then completed her Master of Education in Teaching and Learning from Southeastern University and is currently a certified educator in multiple US states (Arizona, Georgia, and Kansas) as well as holding Qualified Teacher Status for England.

Miriam has been working in Saudi Arabia for five years, where she has served as a Kindergarten and Primary educator, and as a Kindergarten to Grade 12 administrator. Miriam brings a wealth of experience from the USA and international schools in Malawi, Kenya, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia. These educational experiences have provided her with the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of people to meet the common goal of increasing student achievement and well-being through innovation and personalized learning experiences.

Miriam is passionate about holistic education and helping to meet the learning and socio-emotional needs of every child. She has been trained and served as an Academic Facilitator and an Instructional Coach. This sparked her passion into individualized education and hands-on learning.

Miriam has also worked with renowned US student support systems and has applied them to international student’s learning needs. Miriam loves to explore Saudi Arabia with her husband and three young children.

Joan Blázquez

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.