A Letter from the Chair

Dear Awty Family and Friends:

I am honored to serve The Awty International School as Chair of the Board of Trustees. I believe deeply in enriching the lives of young people through education and experiences that build character and leadership. The Awty International School inspires learners through academic excellence, cultural diversity, and multilingual fluency to prepare students for a life of global impact. It serves a unique niche for its families, our city, and the world, and I am proud to serve on this board and be a part of this important mission.

My term as chair began on July 1, 2019, though I have served on the board since July of 2017. Alumna Niloufar Molavi chaired the board last year; on her behalf and that of the full board, I am delighted to recount accomplishments from the 2018-2019 year for our annual report.

The 2018-2019 academic and fiscal year saw the school’s successful re-accreditation by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, along with a record-breaking Awty Annual Fund, a 100% pass rate for the Class of 2019 taking the French Baccalauréat with seven rare congratulations from the Academic Jury, a 94% pass rate on the International Baccalaureate, and a record enrollment. We also welcomed one new Senior Administrator, Thomas Oden, as Dean of Faculty in Secondary, as a part of our commitment to supporting the professional growth of our already excellent faculty.

As many members of the community know, the school is well along in completing a Master Facilities Plan, comprised of seven building projects. Already completed are Awty Field (athletics stadium), the Levant Foundation Building, the parking garage, the Lower School addition, and the Early Learning Campus. Next on the list in the plan is a Campus Center. The board spent much of its time last school year researching a facility that would better serve 21st century teaching and learning, community building, and our already successful STEAM programs. We are seeking to provide needed space for our students and teachers, but more so, are looking to enhance the campus with future-oriented and future-proofed spaces that will foster and support innovation. We believe a facility that achieves this is the next step in enhancing an Awty education for all of our students. In addition to working on the design of this project, we have been quietly seeking financial support from Awty families, corporations who partner with our school, and generous Houston foundations to make it possible. I hope very much that in next year’s annual report, I am able to narrate more fully on this project and the early support from some of our most generous donors.

On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees, I want to share how incredibly proud we are to serve this school and wonderful community. We thank all of you for the many ways in which you support Awty including your financial commitment in both tuition and philanthropic dollars, your time and engagement as volunteers, and your positive promotion of the school when you share your Awty story with others. All of this directly benefits Awty’s teachers and students. Awty’s impact on Houston and on the world is significant and will only grow greater with our combined efforts to equip our students for a life of global impact.


Maryann Mannen
Chair, Board of Trustees