Churchill Campus


Dear DIS Community,

I hope that everyone had a great and restful summer. It is an honor to start my third year as the Head of Primary at Dallas International School.
I would like to welcome everyone back to school and all of our new families in our wonderful DIS community.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to those of you I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting personally, my name is Franck Philipp. I have been working at DIS for 11 years.
In 2010, I accepted a position as an elementary school teacher at DIS where I spent the first three years at the Churchill campus. In 2014, I helped move and integrate our CM2/5th-grade students to the Waterview Campus.
I held the positions of Staff and Faculty representative for five years and Cycle 3 coordinator for two years. I was responsible for organizing the class and campus bridging projects and events, pedagogical meetings, and the DELF exam.

Regarding my educational background,  I received my Bachelor’s degree at Trinity College in Dublin, a Master’s degree in Sociology at the University of Lille in France, and a master in Anthropology. I was awarded my teacher certification from the French Ministry of Education in 2006 and began the first three years of my teaching career in the North of France.

This new school year is especially exciting for me as my son Hugo is starting his journey at DIS in Pre-K2, which makes me a DIS parent as well!

We look forward to seeing our students back on campus!

Franck Philipp

Waterview Campus


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.

Warm regards,
Patty de Villiers

Lower School Campus

6039 Churchill Way, Dallas, TX 75230
Tel: (972) 991-6379; Fax: (972) 991-6608

Upper School Campus

17811 Waterview Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75252
Tel: (469) 250-0001; Fax: (214) 570-4900