A Tribute to Robert Dunseth

Robert Dunseth, whose international education career spanned three decades including 22 years in Asia, passed away on July 28th after an accident at his home in Phuket, Thailand.   He was surrounded by family and friends. 

Bob was born in 1950 and started his teaching career in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.  As a young teacher, he embarked on his first international position in Sao Paolo, Brazil at The Graded School.  After a stint in South America, Bob took a teaching position in the Asir in Saudi Arabia, staying for five years.  This was a favorite place where he loved to watch the falcons soaring on thermals over the escarpment.

Bob taught again in Cincinnati before accepting a position at IS Bangkok where he spent the next 12 years as a teacher and administrator and where he married Treena Casey. Following Bangkok, Bob served as the K-8 Principal at Nagoya International School in Japan before being appointed as Director of Shekou International School (SIS), in Shekou-Shenzhen, China in 2003.

SIS quadrupled in size during Bob’s six year tenure as Director, 2003 to 2009. He led in the development of the High school program, several exceptional new facilities, the introduction of the IB Diploma Program and most importantly, the establishment of a world class model of curriculum and learning.   In 2009, Bob assumed the role of Vice President of International School Services (ISS) for the Asia Pacific region.

Some of the many reflections about Bob from friends and colleagues included:  You could always count on Bob’s warmth and quick humor and his presence…He so readily welcomed people into his life and was always there for you with a ready answer and a joke…We will always remember his vibrancy and love of life, he just made the best of everything…He was the man for all occasions!

Having been a leader who significantly shaped SIS and with a substantial long-term role in the SIS and wider Shenzhen and international education communities, Bob has the friendship and deep respect of many.  He is survived by Treena and his three children Zachary, Chelsea and Maddy.

There will be a memorial held this Sunday at 4pm at the SIS Bayside campus to farewell Bob and reflect on a man who has touched the lives of many. We invite any of you who knew Bob to join us this Sunday.

1 Comment for “A Tribute to Robert Dunseth”

  1. Antoinette Davis

    I am an ex-student of Mr. Dunseth. He was my teacher in Cincinnati, OH in the 5th-6th grades. I was not an easy child to deal with at that time, but Mr. Dunseth saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself. I ended up being the most improved student in the 6th grade, and I’m sure that he had a lot to do with that accomplishment. He told me when I was in the 6th grade that I was born to be a writer, and he was sure he would hear my name out there one day. Not sure what he saw, but I am an aspiring writer today. I went’ on-line to try to find him and thank him for everything he did for me, and to tell him that he was right about so many things. I’m so late with this, but I had no idea he has already passed. I hope that if nothing else, his family gets to see this message, and it makes them smile to know what a difference he made in the lives of this students. RIP Mr. Dunseth ♥

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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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