David A. Hoss
Singapore American School
U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Schools
Singapore, Singapore
dhoss@sas.edu.sg

Strong organizational skills are crucial to success in managing a large staff and student body, as David Hoss has demonstrated for two decades. Hoss is a principal at an international school that currently serves 3,800 students. He oversees the pre-kindergarten through grade 2 population of 952 students at Singapore American School. Hoss participated on the planning team that designed a new campus for the school. “My specific responsibility was to ensure the effective design of schools that could ultimately serve the combined primary and intermediate populations of over 1,800 students,” he says. He also reorganized his school’s large grade-level teams of teachers into effective professional learning communities focused on learning. Teachers now have an ongoing forum for discussing individual student progress as well as improving the overall effectiveness of their instruction. The scheduling plan that Hoss created for the combined primary and intermediate schools on his campus has enabled students to receive a balance of instruction in physical education, music, and art. Hoss’s schedule also provides common planning time for all teachers at each grade level so that they can conduct professional discussions each day. Hoss became principal of Singapore American School in 1990. He previously served as a public school leader in Colorado. He was awarded a B.S. from the University of South Dakota and an M.A. from Chadron State University in Nebraska.