About our Superintendent

Ruth Allen, Ed. D., is currently the Superintendent at The Columbus School, Medellín, Colombia. She holds a Doctorate degree in education from the University of Bath, UK, where she received the Jeff Thompson Award for International Education for her thesis. In addition, she has a Master’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies, a Master’s degree in Language and Linguistics, and a Bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education. With over thirty years of experience as an educator, she began her career as a teacher in the UK before moving to Colombia in 1997 where she has worked at a number of different schools in a variety of roles including teacher, curriculum coordinator, higher education, Director and Superintendent. In total, she has more than 17 years of experience in managerial positions in bilingual schools in Colombia.

She also has extensive knowledge of the American curriculum as well as Colombian legislation, issued by the Ministry of National Education. She has knowledge in the implementation of International Baccalaureate (IB) programs and experience in strategic planning, budgeting, and accreditation processes. Over the past 15 years, she has had the opportunity to participate as a team member and as a lead evaluator in review teams for AdvancED (now Cognia), at a global scope. She has also been the director of the AdvancED Latin American Council. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.