Karen List

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Karen List joined ASIJ in the fall 2023. Karen and her husband are originally from Texas (Go Cowboys!), and relocated to the Shenandoah Valley in Southwest Virginia where they have lived for about 20 years. Prior to ASIJ Karen was the DFO at the Anglo-American School in Moscow, Russia for four years. Before working overseas, Karen was the CFO/Assistant Head of School at a private school in Virginia for nine years, and caught the international school bug after visiting our sister school in Shanghai, China. Karen holds an active CPA license, an MBA in Finance, and a BA in Psychology.

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How does the work of the business office impact the ASIJ classroom and the experience of families attending ASIJ?

The business office facilitates tuition and other receivables and payments for families and staff. The team strives to provide timely and accurate support to families regarding payments. ASIJ teachers are also supported by the business office with supplier payments and vendor selection/management to ensure each classroom is equipped to the best of our ability to deliver quality instruction.

How do you like to spend your free time?

My husband and I both love to travel and hope to explore many beautiful places in Asia, and immerse ourselves in Japanese culture. Robert is an avid music lover (Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin genre) and enjoys playing guitar and/or bass with others. I like to go for runs in the morning and enjoy reading historical fiction and cooking TexMex food.

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