GREETINGS FROM THE HEAD OF SECONDARY
Dear DIS Community,
It is with great pleasure that I step into the role of Head of Secondary at Dallas International School, and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to those of you I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting personally. We moved from Cape Town to Dallas in 2000, and I started teaching at Dallas International School that same year. I have taught all the grades in the Upper School, from 5th -12th, and have been in education for 29 years, assuming many leadership roles along the way. It is fitting that my 30th anniversary in education and the 30th anniversary of DIS fall in the same year!
With experience teaching in the French Baccalaureate Program, as well as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, I have a first-hand understanding of the two rigorous academic tracks at our school. The examination results of the class of 2021 were outstanding, and in several cases, our students earned a full year of college credit. We are extremely proud of our students as they spread their wings across the globe, with DIS as their foundation.
A double major in English and French at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a minor in Afrikaans and Nederlands, also gave me an appreciation for the value of languages as the key to being open-minded, global citizens, opening doors to opportunities that may otherwise have remained out of reach. In 2019, I was awarded the honor of Knight in the Order of Academic Palms by the French Ministry of Education (les Palmes Academiques) for my many years of service to education.
I am excited about this new year with new possibilities for our students and community.
Patty de Villiers