Our School Director, Olavi Otepalu

This week our focus is on the school management and we take the opportunity to introduce you to our school director:

Olavi Otepalu

Director, International School of Tallinn (IST) 
I am honoured to have been chosen by Mainor as the founding director of the International School of Tallinn (since 2016). I have been working at top management level in the Ministry of Education and Research, being responsible for coordination of the issues related to the international education and visiting various international schools (mostly IB) across Europe.

My experience in International Education was anchored when I was afforded the opportunity to become the Founding Director of Tallinn European School, building it up from its very foundations to a successful school in Tallinn.

I have gained experience in the field of innovation and technology as an Estonian Biotechnology Programme Manager at Enterprise Estonia, establishing and implementing a national strategy to support the development of biotechnology in Estonia in collaboration with entrepreneurs, research institutions, governmental and international organisations. Previously I was involved in school management and teaching at several Estonian high schools.

I hold a Master´s Degree in Sociology and have a pedagogical qualification from Tartu University. I also went through the Master´s studies of a joint programme of various Estonian universities in the field of International Relations. I have taken many courses in school management including two full-time programmes in Educational Administration, led by the British Council (partly in the UK) and University of Tallinn. I obtained strong expertise in quality management system assessing the schools, companies and public organisations.

My educational philosophy emphasises the following principles: an individual approach to every child, technology use and entrepreneurship mindedness, use of best pedagogical practices.