Faculty & Staff Directory

Note that the default format for faculty and staff email addresses is firstname.lastname@wis.edu, but it's always best to look up an address to check on spelling before sending an email.

Rita Adhikari

Titles: MS Teacher, History/Geo
Departments: Humanities

Blanca "Nubia" Aguilera

Titles: Spanish Teacher Asst
Nickname: Nubia
Departments: Kindergarten, Spanish

Ouahiba Akkache

Titles: Kindergarten French Teacher Asst
Departments: Pre-K, French

Mariell Aleman-Lee

Titles: PS Spanish Teacher Asst
Departments: Pre-K, Spanish
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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 & Interim Primary School Principal


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 Information Services


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 Systems


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.

DAVID MARKUS | Upper School Principal


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.

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.

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.

DAVID SARPAL | Director of Auxiliary Programs


Prior to his arrival at WIS in 2014, Mr. Sarpal spent six years working for the Campagna Center. During his tenure at Campagna, he served as Site Director for Campagna Kids at William Ramsay Elementary School, as well as Community Outreach & Engagement Coordinator and the Director of Marketing & Communications. He earned an MBA from University of Maryland and received his Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College; he also has completed coursework in Early Childhood Education. Mr. Sarpal is fluent in Spanish and French and is conversant in Italian.

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.