Jaqueline M. Yamada, PDSO ism® Consultant
Jacqui Yamada has worked in the education field for 25 years. As the Director of International Programs and the Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) at the Rocky Hill School, RI, she has worked with the School and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) in keeping her school in strict compliance with U. S. Homeland Security and the Department of State.
Before being charged with building an international program at Rocky Hill to encompass 43 students and 16% of the overall school population, she taught English as a Second Language (ESL) and coordinated the homestay program. Moving into the field of institutional advancement, Jacqui is taking on the challenge of bringing the international families into the philanthropic arena.
Since joining the ISM team in 2016, Jacqui has:
• Advised schools with international programs
• Joined ISM’s International Advisory Team
• Co-presented at a series of workshops in the New England and Washington D.C. areas designed to address current industry concerns and advise independent schools on the risk management of non-compliance
• Led International Enrollment: Knowing Your “Why” and Managing Your Risk, as new course for the 2017 ISM Summer Institute
In her various roles at Rocky Hill School since 1998 , Jacqui has:
• Brought the school to full SEVP/SEVIS compliance
• Implemented faculty/staff professional development and curriculum mapping to create an atmosphere of acceptance over tolerance of the international program and its students
• Created a strategic plan for international enrollment management, working with the Admissions Team and Business Manager
• Chaired a team charged with developing and implementing a Senior Internship Seminar for high school seniors
Jacqui has also served as a Japan American Society board member charged with developing a Youth Homestay Exchange Summer Program between sister cities Newport, RI, and Shimoda Japan, and on the New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation team.
Jacqui was trained by the Sisters of Mercy at Salve Regina University, RI, earning a BS and MS in criminal psychology. She later earned ESL Certification and a Japanese Language certificate from Brown University, RI