Maryssa OConnor

Principal & CEO and Vice President Education-GEMS Education

Maryssa O’Connor was appointed as the Principal and Chief Executive Officer of GEMS Wellington International School in 2018. Maryssa has strengthened the school through sustainable systems and deep transformation in all aspects of its performance and GEMS Wellington International School is now a globally recognised World Class School, delivering an outstanding educational experience for all students regardless of ability. This achievement has been recognised by the BSO and DSIB, Maryssa will be leading the school to COBIS Patrons membership in November 2022. Maryssa works extensively with worldwide educational partners to promote high quality and inclusive education for all schools. 

As an HPL Fellowship Principal, Maryssa is an expert coach in contemporary learning sciences, shaping educational futures with fellow ambitious, like-minded educationalists. She sets the standard for other schools to follow, supporting HPL in developing their brand and her voice provides thought leadership at a global level 

Maryssa is also an associate member of the Association of Education Advisers and Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and collaborates with leaders across the world to create a cohesive, consistent and quality support system providing rigour, integrity and gravitas to systems, improving coherence and consistency throughout schools. 

Maryssa graduated with a BA (Hons) in English Literature, holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship and is currently working towards the National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership; the gold standard for educational leadership.