Title: Academic Director
Company: Kirov Academy of Washington DC
Location: Hyattsville, Maryland, United States
Alexander Stephen Gabb, Academic Director at Kirov Academy of Washington DC, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in educational leadership.
For more than two decades, Mr. Gabb has been an educator and academic administrator in a variety of settings around the globe. A former property manager, sea captain, and pastor, he brings a diverse perspective and range of experience to academia after being drawn to the field for the opportunities it afforded to make a difference on the lives of children and youth. He was awarded a Master of Science in education from Duquesne University in 1997, and began his educational career in 2000 as an instructor at the Quan Ju Foreign School, departing in 2002 to teach English literature at the high school level at the Korean Kent Foreign School. Mr. Gabb transitioned into an administrative role in 2006 as the Global Affairs Director and Global Program Director for CheongShim International Academy, one of South Korea’s most competitive and prestigious private high schools. He continued to lead the school until 2017, when he returned to the United States to accept his current position as the Academic Director of the Kirov Academy of Ballet and the Universal Ballet Foundation.
Mr. Gabb is known for fostering a culture of independence, self-determination, and academic discipline in the schools he manages, and for placing an emphasis on students’ need for in-person social interactions and balanced emotional growth. He has been presented with the highly exclusive CheonBo Award, received by only 3,200 people globally, for his work in faith-based community building and community support in foreign service. In addition to his other roles, Mr. Gabb has been a family educator for the Family Federation of the Philippines since 2013, is active in the Family Federation for World Peace, and serves as an ambassador to Israel and Palestine for the Universal Peace Federation. He attributes his success to the support of his wife, and takes great pride in her ability and willingness to travel across the world and become fluent in numerous languages and cultures over the past 20 years.
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