Faculty & Staff Directory

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Blanca "Nubia" Aguilera

Titles: Primary School Spanish Teacher Assistant
Nickname: Nubia
Departments: Kindergarten, Spanish

Ouahiba Akkache

Titles: Primary School French Teacher Assistant
Departments: Kindergarten, French

Mariell Aleman-Lee

Titles: Primary School Spanish Teacher Assistant
Departments: Spanish, Preschool

Marisa Alford

Titles: Director of Advancement
Departments: Advancement
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Senior Administration

SUZANNA JEMSBY | Head of School


Ms. Jemsby comes to WIS after six years serving as Head of School at The Galloway School in Atlanta. At Galloway, she was recognized for strengthening the academic program and enrollment, and upgrading the school’s fundraising, marketing, and fiscal planning.

Prior to Galloway, Ms. Jemsby was Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE), an educational non-profit that provides professional development training to independent and public schools across North America. Altogether, she has 21 years of experience at international and independent schools in the U.S. and Europe—including Frankfurt International School, Internationale Schule Frankfurt-Rhein-Main, and Atlanta International School—and deep knowledge of the IB program. In addition to her native English, she speaks Swedish, German, and French—and looks forward to increasing her proficiency in Spanish.

Ms. Jemsby earned BA and MA degrees in Modern and Medieval Languages at the University of Cambridge, U.K. In 2015, she became a Fellow in the Head of School Program of the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University. Suzanna also attended the London College of Music, and is an avid cellist. She and husband Bjoern have three daughters enrolled at WIS: Sophia '24, Tindra '26, Freja '28.

NATASHA BHALLA | Associate Head of School


Ms. Bhalla attended WIS for her primary school years, after her family moved to the United States from India. She earned a BA in English education at Virginia Tech and an MEd 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.

MARISA ALFORD | Director of Advancement


Marisa Alford ‘01 joined the Advancement team in 2014. This alumna returned to WIS with nearly ten years of development experience, first at the Manhattan Theatre Club, then at New York City Center and most recently at Studio Theatre. She obtained her BA in American Studies from Yale University.

RANDY ALTHAUS | Middle School Principal


Mr. 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 BA from University of California, Berkeley in Linguistics, and an MA from Georgetown University in Teaching English as a Second Language.

RICHARD ANDERSON | Director of Academic Technology


Mr. Anderson earned a BA in Spanish/Portuguese and Latin American studies from the University of Minnesota and a Master of library and information science from the College of St. Catherine, in Minnesota. He also studied at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica, in Brazil. Before coming to WIS in 2006, Mr. Anderson served as a Peace Corps volunteer librarian at the Universite Adventiste-Cosendai, in Cameroon.

KIMBERLY A. BENNETT | Director of Marketing and Communications


Ms. Bennett earned her BA with distinction in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and her MBA 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.

MARY HASTINGS MOORE | Director of Admissions and Financial Aid


Ms. Hastings Moore holds a BA and MA in art history from George Washington University. Before joining the WIS staff in 2003, she worked for over 12 years in marketing and sales for two telecommunications service companies. She also worked for five years in the membership office of the American Association of Museums.

JAVID MAJDI | Director of Information Technology


Mr. Majdi earned his BS from George Mason University. Prior to joining WIS in 2017, he worked as a Cloud Support Engineer at Amazon Web Services. Previously, he worked in various positions at different IT firms as a Senior Network Engineer, Solutions Architect, and IT Manager. He holds numerous industry-standard IT certifications such as Microsoft, Cisco, AWS, IBM, and Jamf.

LISA MCNEILL | Director of Co-Curricular Programs


Mrs. McNeill came to WIS in 2019. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Wake Forest and Master of Arts in Teaching at American University. Prior to joining the WIS community, she served as the Director of Extended Learning for DC Public Schools. In this role, Mrs. McNeill led the vision, planning, and implementation of the Extended Day, After School, and Summer School Programs. 

LYNDA MILLER | Primary School Principal


Mrs. Miller joined WIS in 2019 after four years as Lower Primary Principal at Atlanta International School. Prior to AIS, she was Deputy Primary Principal at Vienna International School in Austria for eight years and spent thirteen years teaching in public primary schools in her home country of Australia. 

Mrs. Miller earned a Diploma of Teaching and a Bachelor of Education from Charles Darwin University in Australia and a Masters of Education (Leadership and Management) from the Open University in the United Kingdom. She has also earned a Certificate in International School Leadership from the Principal's Training Centre and was awarded Teacher of Exemplary Practice in Australia. 

BETHANY NEUMANN | Chief Financial Officer


Prior to her arrival at WIS in 2018, Ms. Neumann worked at The George Washington University where she held roles as the Finance Director for the School of Business and Finance Director for the Graduate School of Education and Human Development. Her career has spanned the public and private sectors, including stints at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; Corporate Finance Group, Inc.; and the Department of Justice. Ms. Neumann received both of her degrees from Boston College’s Wallace E. Carroll School of Management: a BS in Management and a MS in Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

SARAH POLLAND | Upper School Principal


Sarah is excited to be back serving the WIS community as the Upper School Principal, after serving as the Dean of Students in the 2016-17 school year.

Prior to WIS, Sarah was the Head of Upper School at Léman Manhattan Prepatory School in New York City. She was at Léman for over a decade, where she served in a variety of roles, including World Language Department Chair, IB Coordinator, Assistant High School Principal.

Sarah earned her BA in Political Science and French from the University of Michigan and her Masters in International Studies at New York University. She is fluent in French and lived in France for two years. She and her husband Sam have two young daughters; one is a member of WIS Class of 2034.

JIM REESE | Director of the PDC @WIS


Dr. Reese earned his BA in English from Davidson College and his MEd in secondary English education from The George Washington University (GWU), where he also completed his PhD in curriculum and instruction. He is formerly the head of the English department at the International School of Brussels and has served since 2001 as a faculty member at the Project Zero Classroom summer institute, held annually in the Graduate School of Education, Harvard University. He also serves as an adjunct instructor at George Washington University.

DALE TEMPLE | Director of Facilities and Operations


Mr. Temple served as Facilities Director at the Seattle Country Day School from 1999-2010, where he supervised all aspects of the daily facility operations while also managing the school's large capital projects. Prior to his arrival at WIS in 2013, he became Facilities Director of the Association of American Medical College in Washington, DC. Earlier in his career, he worked for the IKEA N.A. Group and for the University of Idaho. He received his BS from West Chester University and his CFM from the University of Washington.

CAROLINE WOOD | Director of Human Resources


Ms. Wood came to WIS in 2019 after more than four years at the Galloway School in Atlanta, GA, where she served as director of Human Resources. Ms. Wood previously worked at the City Schools of Decatur in Decatur, GA, where she managed all aspects of human resources for nine schools and more than 700 employees. Ms. Wood began her career in education in the classroom as a second-grade teacher. She earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Emory University and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from the University of Rochester. Her work experience also includes working in investor services for Morgan Stanley in New York City and a firm in Washington, DC.