Mr. Lewis was appointed head of school in 2007. He has administered international schools for nearly four decades, formerly as director of the International School of Luxembourg, and as high school principal at the American School in London and the American School of The Hague. Mr. Lewis is recognized as the founder of the Global Issues Network, now involving over 200 schools around the world, and was honored by the National Association of Independent Schools with the first Leadership Award for Global Initiatives. He holds a B.A. in history from Rhodes College and an M.S. in educational administration from the George Peabody School of Education at Vanderbilt University. Mr. Lewis has served as a trustee of the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington, the Association for the Advancement of International Education, the European Council of International Schools and the Tregaron Conservancy. He is married with three grown children.
(202) 495-7332Mr. Althaus came to WIS in 2014, after seven years at Jefferson Middle School in Arlington, VA. He is a Spanish speaker and was chosen to be a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar in Ethiopia. His education credentials include a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley in Linguistics, and an M.A. from Georgetown University in Teaching English as a Second Language.
(202) 243-1878Ms. Badoux earned a B.S. in French and Spanish from Georgetown University. She was a human resources administrator for 23 years before coming to WIS in 2004.
Ms. Bennett earned her B.A. with distinction in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and her M.B.A. from Georgetown University. Prior to joining WIS in 2008, she worked in international education at the US-China Education Trust and in strategic communications at The Kamber Group. While employed by the U.S. Department of Defense, she lived in East and South Asia. Ms. Bennett is reasonably fluent in Mandarin Chinese and has also studied French, Hindi, Russian and Spanish.
Ms. Bhalla attended WIS for her primary school years, after her family moved to the United States from India. She earned a B.A. in English education at Virginia Tech and an M.Ed. in social foundations of education at the University of Virginia. Before returning to WIS in 1999 to teach English, Ms. Bhalla spent three years teaching English in the Alexandria City Public School system. She was the WIS Middle School Principal from 2010-2016, after serving as the Assistant Principal for several years.
Prior to his arrival at WIS in 2013, Mr. Bokman served as the CFO at Smithsonian Enterprises, where he was responsible for all financial functions within media, retail, licensed consumer products and shared corporate services in support of the educational mission of the Smithsonian Institution. From 1999 until 2005 he was at America Online, primarily as a finance director, including three years in the AOL International organization; prior to that he held various financial roles at Black & Decker Corporation, including financial controller. He began his professional career as an auditor at Deloitte & Touche. A CPA in Maryland, Mr. Bokman holds a B.S. in business administration and accounting from the University of Maryland.
(202) 243-1856Ms. Dunaway earned her B.A. in economics from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and her Master’s in higher education administration from the Teacher’s College at Columbia University. She joined our staff in 2010, after nearly five years of serving as the Director of Leadership gifts at St. Alban's School. Previously, she served in the development office at Johns Hopkins University – School of Advanced International Studies, and as an alumni relations officer at Columbia University in New York.
Mr. Markus is a graduate of Tufts University, where he majored in international relations and studied Russian. He holds masters degrees from the School for International Training in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and from the Kennedy School, Harvard University in public administration. His career includes teaching history and Russian at the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts, chairing the history department at Durham Academy in North Carolina and senior administrative roles in DC public and charter schools.