IAE is a public, tuition-free high school of choice (105c) for students living in the Troy School District as well as students who are serviced by intermediate school districts (IDSs) that border the Oakland Intermediate School District. These districts include ISDs servicing Macomb, Genesee, Lapeer, Washtenaw, Wayne, and Livingston counties. The IA East opened in August of 2008 with a 9th grade class of 125 students. The school occupies the former Baker Middle School, located at 1291 Torpey Drive in Troy.
Lynne Gibson began serving as principal of the International Academy’s three campuses in 2009. With over fifteen years of educational experience, she has served as International Baccalaureate coordinator, assistant principal and counselor at the IA, and also taught middle school and high school English in the Bloomfield Hills School District.
Her interest in creating a support network for educators involved with all levels of the IB program led to her involvement with and creation of the regional IB association of Michigan (IBSOM), and currently serves as the president. As a site visitor and consultant for the IBO, Ms. Gibson travels nationally to high schools to help facilitate the IB authorization process.
Ms. Gibson has also served as a guest instructor in the IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning at Oakland University, teaching courses on internationalism. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University, a Master of Arts in school counseling and an Education Specialist in educational leadership, both from Oakland University.
Ms. Gibson is dedicated to the highest standards of academic achievement for all students and makes it her daily work to ensure students have the support they need to achieve those standards.
Ryan Brinks began serving as the Principal at the International Academy’s East campus in 2013. Prior to joining the IA, Mr. Brinks taught Mathematics at Clawson High School.
Mr. Brinks graduated from Hope College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social studies and mathematics. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics Education at Eastern Michigan University and his Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership at Saginaw Valley State University.
A major focus for Mr. Brinks continues to be on improving teaching and learning in the classroom. He has many years of experience leading school improvement teams, delivering professional development, integrating technology into the classroom, and serving as an instructional coach to improve classroom instruction and student achievement.
Before joining the IA, Mr. Brinks served as a FIRST robotics mentor for several years. He believes in the importance of applying classroom knowledge to solve real-world problems and continues to encourage students to take advantage of the IA’s many clubs and enrichments.
Joanne Juco was hired as the IB coordinator in 2019 after three years of teaching English at the IA’s Okma campus. Prior to coming to the IA, Joanne taught in North Carolina where she coached staff on Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol instructional strategies. She also served as a guest instructor for curriculum leadership at the Carolina New Schools Project Summer Institute.
During her last four years in NC, she also served as the Gifted Program Coordinator, having earned her Gifted and Talented Licensure. She graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor's degree in English and a Master's of Art in Teaching. She is also a National Board Certified teacher and is currently pursuing her administrative certificate.
Joanne works across all three campuses as a part of the administrative team. She educates students on the diploma requirements and works collaboratively with staff members to implement the IB program of study here at the IA.