Shannon Bruce Ramaka has served as the Head of School of the American School of Kosova since July 2015. At ASK she has been involved in all aspects of school improvement. From establishing the CAS, Advisory, and AP programs in the high school, to facilitating the move into the new purpose built campus and establishing the Academic Leadership Team that is comprised of both Kosovar and American teacher/leaders. Prior to joining ASK, Ms. Ramaka, served as an international high school principal at BLIS in Ankara, Turkey and the upper school assistant principal, at George Washington Academy, in Casablanca, Morocco. In 1998 she was the co-founder of the Renaissance Charter School in Eagle Point, Oregon, that integrated the arts and project based learning for students grades 5-8 that resulted in exceptional academic achievement. While living in Eagle Point, she lead the Mattie Brown community playground project, resurrected a homestay program with Showa Mura Japan, and was elected to the city council.
Ms. Ramaka considers herself a teacher at heart as she has taught children in all grades; preschool to grade 12, and most subjects, for 22 years. She began her teaching career in Oregon as a first grade teacher and then moved to middle school and taught math, English, humanities, drama, art, and creative problem solving. Later she became a physical education teacher for grades 1-5 and worked on the district p.e curriculum committee. From 2007-09 she taught and supervised graduate students at Southern Oregon University while creating an after school arts program with her middle school art class. In 2007 she began teaching abroad for the first time and taught IB theatre in Zambia, Morocco and Hungary.
Ms. Ramaka holds a B.S. in Business Administration, with a major in Management and Marketing, Minor Political Science, and a Master’s degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Supervision, from Southern Oregon University, in Ashland, Oregon. She is currently working on her Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership with Wilkes University. She has published one book on Amazon.com titled “Breaking Free in Zambia-Tales of a Western Woman”.