Austin, TX – June 5, 2018 – The Magellan International School, an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in Central Austin, has announced that Scott Hibbard, will become its new Head of School on August 1, 2018. Hibbard has over 25 years of experience in education, serving institutions across the world.

As Head of School at The Magellan International School, Hibbard will serve as chief executive of the non-profit International Baccalaureate School serving students in PreK-3 through 8th grade, providing leadership and strategic direction to the school community.  “I’m honored to join the Magellan International School community as the next Head of School” said Hibbard. “The Magellan community is uniquely multicultural, and I’m looking forward to leading a school that is committed to creating a better world one child at a time.  My family and I are also very excited about moving to a beautiful, dynamic and forward-thinking city like Austin.”

His current school, Colegio Menor – with campuses in Quito and Samborondón, Ecuador – is a private bilingual school educating 2,190 students in grades PreK3 through 12th grade in English and Spanish.“Scott Hibbard was our first choice for the job because of his deep experience leading incredible international schools, said Scott Francis, President of Magellan’s Board of Directors and CEO of BP3 Global.  “He understands the Magellan community, and he knows how to build on what we’ve started here: an innovative educational program that relies on proven best practices in international schools and a school that is a perfect fit for the Austin community. We are creating the talent that will drive our future.”

Hibbard will succeed The Magellan International School’s founding Head of School, Maria Isabel “Marisa” Leon, who successfully established the school in 2009. She grew the school over 450 students from the original 47. Leon will join the Stockholm International School in Sweden as Director this fall.  “Scott Hibbard is a dedicated educator, committed to internationalism, inquiry-based learning and best practices in teaching and learning” said Leon. “He is not only a visionary educational leader, but also an open-minded human being, making him the perfect fit for our MIS community.”

Scott Francis shared his thoughts on Magellan’s future: “In my opinion, Magellan sets the standard for language acquisition in Austin, whether it is Spanish, Mandarin, Math, Music, or Design.  We have a goal to extend that language acquisition to include tech, entrepreneurship, and innovation. We are just beginning to fulfill the dreams we have for the new i.Lab for Design + Making, with a goal of Entrepreneurship, Design, and Innovation becoming a core part of the curriculum. Scott Hibbard is exactly the right leader to take Magellan to the next phase.”

About The Magellan International School  

The Magellan International School is an independent, not-­‐for-­‐profit school educating students in preschool through 8th Grade. The School prepares students for a rapidly changing and increasingly competitive world while inspiring creative thinking, passion and purposeful action.     Magellan features the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program curriculum with immersion language learning in English and Spanish and instruction in Mandarin during the elementary years. Magellan’s middle school offers the IB Middle Years Program and is open to students regardless of prior foreign language experience.  For more information visit

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About the International Baccalaureate Organization

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-­‐profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student. The IBO’s three programs for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Founded in 1968, IBO currently works with 3,019 schools in 139 countries to develop and offer three challenging programs to over 845,000 students aged 3 to 19 years. To learn more about the International Baccalaureate Organization, visit Information about the Texas International Baccalaureate Schools Organization can be found at

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