Dr. Colleen Boyett brings a rich background to her new position as Secondary Principal at B.D. Somani. Initially, she began her career as an Arabic linguist in the U.S. Army after graduating from the rigorous Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. Upon transitioning to civilian life, she began teaching history in one of the top IB diploma programs in the United States. Seven years later she was invited to assume the leadership of that program as the Diploma Coordinator.
As an educator, Dr. Boyett was among the first teachers in her field to achieve National Board Certification (NBCT), and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship which enabled her to conduct research into bedouin schools in the Negev, and Palestinian refugee schools operated by UNRWA in Jordan. She holds a BA, MA, and Ph.D. in history, with the latter degree granted by Florida State University, where she taught for three years.
She comes to B.D. Somani after serving for four years as an administrator in an international boarding school on the South Korean island of Jeju. In her leisure time, Dr. Boyett enjoys reading travel essays, scuba diving, and listening to Dvořák.