The Western Academy of Beijing is led by a dedicated team of experienced, child-centered educators.

Our leadership focuses on learning, ensuring that every student receives the highest quality education.

The Head of School is responsible for managing the daily operations of the school, leading the educational administration by example through the constitution of the Western Academy of Beijing. Leadership at WAB is overseen by the all-volunteer WAB Board of Trustees.

WAB is proud to be the best American international school Beijing China has to offer.
WAB board governance

Meet our Leadership Team

Stephen Taylor

Stephen Taylor

Director of Innovation in Learning and Teaching
Marina Frias

Marina Frias

Middle School Principal, 7-4
Melanie Vrba

Melanie Vrba

High School Principal, Grade 11 Mentor Group, 11-11
Michael Christiansen

Michael Christiansen

Chief Financial and Operations Officer
Irina Mach

Irina Mach

Director of Marketing, Communications & Admissions

Dr. Kajnovic leads WAB, one the top American Schools in Beijing

Professionally I am thrilled to be at WAB, a school that in many aspects is at the forefront of international education. I am very excited for the further implementation of FLoW21 and its transformational effect on student learning.

Dr. Marta Medved Krajnovic, Head of School


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WAB is governed by a board of international leaders with the best interests of students, teachers and staff.


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WAB doesn't just involve the community. We ARE a community!

Parent Link

Our volunteer parent organization – connecting, supporting, and enriching our WAB community.



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