Faculty and Staff

At the heart of our academic program is our greatest resource: our talented and compassionate faculty and staff who facilitate critical thinking and problem solving skills, which inspire students to love learning. 

When recent IWA graduates return to campus, they frequently note that their academic preparedness surpassed their college classmates, and they enthusiastically attribute this to the qualified, dedicated and passionate faculty and staff.

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Mr. James Adams

Mr. James Adams

Teacher
B.A., Hofstra University
M.Ed., University of Houston
Social Studies
Dr. Brian Apicella

Dr. Brian Apicella

Latin teacher
B.A., The Ohio State University
M.A., Duquesne University
Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles
World Languages
Sr. Lauren Beck, C.V.I.

Sr. Lauren Beck, C.V.I.

President
B.A., University of St. Thomas
M.R.E., University of St. Thomas
Administration
Ms. Holly Beretto

Ms. Holly Beretto

Director of Marketing and Communications
B.A., Franklin Pierce University
M.A., St. Louis University
Marketing
Ms. Sue Blackmon

Ms. Sue Blackmon

Publications Teacher
B.A., Sam Houston State University
Master Journalism Educator certification
English
Mr. Jorge Bonilla

Mr. Jorge Bonilla

Building Maintenance
Facilities
Mrs. Sonia Breaux

Mrs. Sonia Breaux

Teacher
B.A., Pontifical Xavierian University, Colombia
World Languages
Ms. Jennifer Calabrese

Ms. Jennifer Calabrese

Teacher
B.A., University of St. Thomas
M.A., University of St. Thomas
Theology
Ms. Jennifer Calabrese

Ms. Jennifer Calabrese

Teacher
Theology
Mrs. Erika Caldera

Mrs. Erika Caldera

Teacher
B.A., Stephen F. Austin University
World Languages
Ms. Cynthia Candelario

Ms. Cynthia Candelario

Receptionist
Staff
Ms. Irma Casares

Ms. Irma Casares

Teacher
B.S., University of Houston
World Languages
Mr. Stephen Comer

Mr. Stephen Comer

Teacher
B.S., Baylor University
M.Ed., Lamar University
Science
Dr. Tim Daponte

Dr. Tim Daponte

Teacher
Ph.D., University of Houston
MPH, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
MPA, Temple University
B.A., University of Bridgeport
Science
Ms. Cristina Dimatulac

Ms. Cristina Dimatulac

Teacher
B.A., University of the East
M.S., De La Salle University
Science
Mrs. Karen Douglass

Mrs. Karen Douglass

Department Chair, Teacher
B.S., Indiana State University
M.A., Michigan State University
Math
Mr. Stephen Edworthy

Mr. Stephen Edworthy

Director of Finance
B.S., North Greenville University
M.B.A., North Greenville University
Finance
Mr. Terrence Figgs

Mr. Terrence Figgs

Staff Accountant
B.B.A., Texas Southern University
Finance
Ms. Cristina Flores '10

Ms. Cristina Flores '10

Advancement Associate
B.A., Texas A&M University
Advancement
Mrs. Heather Frantz

Mrs. Heather Frantz

Teacher
B.A., Louisiana State University
M.A., Louisiana State University
World Languages
Ms. D'Arby Garza

Ms. D'Arby Garza

Teacher
B.A., Purdue University
Science
Mrs. Sarah Gibbons

Mrs. Sarah Gibbons

Department Chair, Teacher
B.A., University of St. Thomas
M.A., University of St. Thomas
English
Mr. Bryan Gonzalez

Mr. Bryan Gonzalez

Assistant Athletic Director
B.S., University of Houston
M.Ed., Concordia University
Athletics
Ms. Amie Gray

Ms. Amie Gray

School Counselor
B.S., Texas State University
M.Ed., Lamar University
Counseling
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We are a Top Workplace!

IWA has been recognized as a 2018 Top Workplaces by The Houston Chronicle. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC.

“Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “It’s an achievement that organizations have worked for and a distinction that gives them a competitive advantage. It’s a big deal.”

President of IWA Sister Lauren Beck, C.V.I. added, "It is my belief that people make deliberate choices when seeking out the best workplaces to use their gifts and skills.  It is great to see that our employees recognize us as a welcoming, caring  and employee supportive environment.  It is also an honor to be recognized throughout the city."