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  • Authentically International

    "International" is more than a label here. It is at the very core of everything we do and how we do it.

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  • Transferable Curriculum

    A curriculum handpicked for its international focus and global recognition, culminating in the IB Program.

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  • Inspiring Each Other

    Our students will embrace your child with open arms. Our students inspire each other to succeed.

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  • Dedicated and Inspiring

    Our teachers are recruited for their ability to nurture lifelong learners and inspire excellence.

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  • Your New Community

    We welcome you to our inclusive community. From day one you and your child will feel at home with us.

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  • Every Day is Different

    Your child will experience something new every day. Find out what's happening and connect with each other.

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  • Ask Anything

    Speaking directly with us is the best way to get your questions answered quickly. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Monica Nelsen

Monica Nelsen

Director of Sport and PE Teacher

Monica Nelsen is a qualified PE Teacher with experise in fitness and mindfulness whose career has spanned universities, non-profit work, and now international education across two continents.

I have come into the world of teaching late in life and am so happy I finally found my way here.

For many years I worked with international students at multiple US universities. I then pursued a Master’s Degree in International Communication and Education at the School of International Service at American University. A move to the United Kingdom in 2004 and Canada in 2014 found me volunteering my time for fundraising and fitness purposes in numerous non-profit organizations. 

Upon my return to the DC area 16 years later, with a husband, two cats and two kids, I decided to change my career route and become a primary Physical Education Teacher. I completed a certificate in Primary Education through the OPEN University and am now enrolled in a Master’s in Physical Education Teaching at West Virginia University.

I am also working to incorporate a healthy mind into our young people through mindfulness education. I continue to train through Mindful Schools, a non-profit mindfulness for educators organization. 

I love being a teacher as I can instill a love of movement and fitness into our students. I can give them the knowledge  to build on their locomotor skills and  then watch their confidence soar as they transfer these skills into real life. I am a firm believer in living a healthy lifestyle outside of the school walls, I want to help all families lead a healthy and happy life. It is for this purpose I am working with our PE department to incorporate a Community Approach to Physical Activity and Sport.