Dr. Beth Pfannl
Head of School
Welcome to AOSR!
The American Overseas School of Rome has a long tradition of academic excellence. Our alumni all over the world have very fond memories of their years spent at our school. This is due not only to the positive learning experience we provide but to the fact that their lives have been enriched by meeting and making friends with classmates from all over the world.
We offer a well-rounded program that is academically challenging and exciting and at the same time it promotes personal growth; encouraging each student to become a proactive member of society. We believe that art, theatre, music and athletics are central components of a good education.
At AOSR, we pride ourselves in our cultural and geographic diversity and take full advantage of the wealth of art, history and culture available to us in Rome and its surroundings. Our faculty is highly trained and qualified, passionate about their teaching and committed to ensuring that all students achieve their full potential.
The entire AOSR community is ready and eager to make our students and their families feel welcome. I look forward to meeting you!
A native New Yorker, who grew up in Madrid, Beth Pfannl received her B.A. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and her doctorate from the Sorbonne. She holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in School Administration from Rhode Island College. In 2003, she received a National Distinguished Principal Award from the US Department of Education and the National Association of Elementary School Principals; one of two selected from American international schools around the world. Fluent in Spanish and French and conversant in Italian, Dr. Pfannl has over twenty five years of experience in the field of education. Prior to joining AOSR in August 2003, she was a school administrator for many years at the American School of Asunción, Paraguay. In addition to numerous positions in administration, she has also worked as an elementary school teacher and a university professor in American literature and social sciences. She presents regularly at professional conferences around the world.
Dr. Pfannl currently holds the following volunteer positions:
President, Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE)
Member of the Board of Trustees, European Council for International Schools (ECIS)
Member, Rome International Schools Association (RISA) - past president 2010-2012