Tobin Bechtel

Head, Fairmont Anaheim Hills

With 25+ years of shaping and elevating the educational experience at renowned independent and international schools, Tobin Bechtel is committed to the mission of delivering a world-class education focused on the whole child.

Tobin’s resume extends beyond American independent schools to international education – spanning IB schools in Switzerland and the Netherlands, and at Atlanta International School – where he has worked in several roles including teacher (history, literature, philosophy), curriculum coordinator, principal, head of school, and board member. He also has served as a faculty member at Harvard Graduate School of Education for Project Zero’s Teaching for Understanding and Future of Education programs.

A strong advocate for international education, Tobin volunteers with the International Baccalaureate as a curriculum and professional training developer, workshop leader, site visitor, and consultant – all with the goal of creating a better world through education.

Tobin holds BAs in History and Literature from The American University and spent a Junior Year Abroad at St. Andrews University in Scotland. He also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from The College of New Jersey and has done graduate work with The University of Toronto (Canada) and University of Bath (UK).

An adventurer at heart, Tobin loves hiking, skiing, and traveling, and enjoys exploring new cultures and experiencing history firsthand. He seeks creativity in cooking, photography, and woodwork, and loves discussing literature, education, leadership, and current

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