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. Mark Richardson

Mr. Mark Richardson

Teacher
B.A., Rice University
M.B.A., University of Texas
M.P.Aff., University of Texas
Social Studies
Dr. Robin Riehl

Dr. Robin Riehl

Department Chair, Teacher
B.A., Dartmouth College
M.A., University of Texas
Ph.D., University of Texas
English
Mrs. Molly Sawyer

Mrs. Molly Sawyer

Department Chair, Teacher
B.A., Western Washington University
Social Studies, World Languages
Ms. Casey Scott

Ms. Casey Scott

Registrar, Teacher
B.S., Stephen F. Austin
Administration, Science
Mrs. Sarah Sheppard

Mrs. Sarah Sheppard

B.A., Southwestern University
M.Ed., University of St. Thomas
Admissions
Ms. Kristan Siegel

Ms. Kristan Siegel

Teacher
B.S., Trinity University
Math, World Languages
Ms. Carmel Tajonera '08

Ms. Carmel Tajonera '08

Annual Fund & Alumnae Coordinator
B.A., Trinity University
M.B.A., St. Mary's University
Advancement
Mrs. Catherine Thedinger

Mrs. Catherine Thedinger

Director of Marketing & Communications
B.A., College of the Holy Cross
Advancement, Marketing
Ms. Emma Thompson

Ms. Emma Thompson

Counselor
B.S.W., University of Texas
M.S.W., University of North Carolina
Counseling
Mrs. Rachael Valka

Mrs. Rachael Valka

Campus Minister, Teacher
B.A., University of St. Thomas
M.Ed., University of St. Thomas
Theology
Mr. Binh Vuong

Mr. Binh Vuong

Director of Operations
Facilities
Ms. Christine Westman

Ms. Christine Westman

Teacher
B.A., University of St. Thomas
M.Ed., University of Houston
M.A., Boston College
Science
Mr. Josh Wilson

Mr. Josh Wilson

Teacher
B.A., Houston Baptist University
M.Ed., Grand Canyon University
Fine Arts
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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."