Phone: (520) 696-5592
Degrees and Certifications:
Arizona State University M.Ed. Educational Leadership Principal’s Training Center Certificate of International School Leadership Northern Arizona University M.Ed. Education, Educational Technology State University of New York at Albany BA History, with a minor in Psychology Licensed Principal (K-12) Arizona Department of Education Standard Secondary Education 6-12, History, Psychology, Social Studies
Mr. Stephen Rothkopf
International Baccalaureate Diploma Coordinator
I have held a variety of positions related specifically to IB education prior to joining CDO in August 2016. This includes working in schools offering the full IB continuum of programs, which include primary, middle and high school levels. These experiences have included being an IB Diploma Psychology teacher since 2006 along with teaching IB Middle Year’s Individuals and Society (social studies) since 2002. Previous positions have included being a Director of IB Curriculum, MYP Curriculum Coordinator and a Secondary School Principal. I am also an active workshop leader and school visiting team member for authorizations and evaluations of IB programmes.
Perhaps what makes my past experience most unique is that it includes working directly at IB World Schools abroad for 14 years in Sweden, China, Thailand, Japan and Norway. In all these locations I have seen students challenged and as a result thrive from their collective IB experiences. In my personal IB journey as an educator, I have tried to follow and model attributes of the IB Learner profile. This perhaps most importantly includes being reflective in which I endeavor to add much to our community.
I believe students can develop abilities through experience, hard work and dedication. Knowledge and skills are not fixed but instead nurtured with a positive growth mindset. As educators we need to encourage creativity, promote inquiry, experiential learning and foster a desire to be life long learners.