Board of Directors

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Stephanie Hughes

Stephanie received her bachelor’s degree in finance from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business and is currently an active member and board member of the Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO). She is a true entrepreneur and involved in many different businesses and opportunities. She believes you should always be learning and is committed to investing in personal and professional growth. As she strives to be a teaching leader, she genuinely hopes to have an impact on people that inspires their growth, dedication, and perseverance. She is a 4th generation native to Arizona, has a loving family with 4 kids, and loves to travel, and be outdoors creating amazing life experiences. She has three boys attending ISA in the Spanish track and has been a family at the school for 7 years.

Gurpreet Takher

His most recent journey has led him to found Happy Lab Media, a company focused on creating stories that represent underrepresented children and families so that every child can see themselves in the books, shows and movies they see.

Gurpreet has worked in education by teaching middle school in Baltimore City and by working with disadvantaged youth to help them graduate high school and get into college. He is committed to the idea that giving back and helping others is one of the most noble actions humans can do. He has put this into practice by continuously volunteering and advocating for families and children at risk and in need as well as having raising guide dogs for the blind.

He and his wife have two children at ISA in the French Track.

Heath Whetsel

Heath has worked in the financial services industry since 2000. Prior to that, he served 5 years in the U.S. Army with the Armored Cavalry in Germany and California – along with 2 deployments to former Yugoslavia. Heath received his bachelor’s degree in Business Finance from Western International University. He is also a lifetime member of Disabled Veterans of America.  

Heath resides in Phoenix and in his spare time he enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife Theresa, son Christian, daughter Sarah and son-in-law Peter.

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Eric Glass

 Eric has a BS in Finance and Accounting from Iowa State University (Ivy College of Business) and an MBA in Finance from the University of Minnesota (Carlson School of Business). He also holds the CFA, CPA, and CAIA designations. 

Eric is a Board member for the John “Jack” Trice Foundation and has been an active volunteer with the Boys & Girls Club, Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity, and Feed My Starving Children. Eric and his wife Vanessa are also the proud parents of two young boys.

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Kyle Edrington

Kyle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and has a passion for understanding how to most effectively utilize data to engage all stakeholders and inform broader operational decisions. The strongest analytics are only as reasonable as the stories they can tell and the direct solutions they can offer.

Kyle and his wife, Jamie, have two daughters who have attended ISA in the French track since early childhood. 

William Ko

William Ko and his wife, Rene’, have three children at ISA and they both have love and passion for the continued growth and progress of the school and the children ISA develops and matures.

Anya Lewis

Anya Lewis and her husband, Ilia, have two children at ISA who are trilingual. Their international background drives their desire to see ISA prosper.

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Kyle Edrington

Kyle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and has a passion for understanding how to most effectively utilize data to engage all stakeholders and inform broader operational decisions. The strongest analytics are only as reasonable as the stories they can tell and the direct solutions they can offer.

Kyle and his wife, Jamie, have two daughters who have attended ISA in the French track since early childhood. 

Gurpreet Takher

His most recent journey has led him to found Happy Lab Media, a company focused on creating stories that represent underrepresented children and families so that every child can see themselves in the books, shows and movies they see.

Gurpreet has worked in education by teaching middle school in Baltimore City and by working with disadvantaged youth to help them graduate high school and get into college. He is committed to the idea that giving back and helping others is one of the most noble actions humans can do. He has put this into practice by continuously volunteering and advocating for families and children at risk and in need as well as having raising guide dogs for the blind.

He and his wife have two children at ISA in the French Track.

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Jim Kuykendall

Errin holds a BS in Psychology from Howard University and a JD from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. Errin is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.  She and her husband have two daughters who are enrolled in ISA in the French track and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Charlotte.

  • ACE Coach Accelerator™ Enhanced Practitioner, 2021
  • Myers-Briggs® personality type assessment certified, 2019
  • University training and certification in Professional and Personal Coaching in accordance with the ICF (PPCC), 2015 
  • Certified in leadership Organizational , HEC Montreal, Canada, 2012
  • Certified in business management, HEC Montreal, Canada, 2015
  • Minor in psychology, UdeM, Montreal, Canada, 2015
  • Bachelor Es Science HEC Montreal (UdeM)
  • Interior Design Certification
  • J.D., University of San Diego
  • MBA, University of San Diego
  • B.S., Business Administration-Finance, University of Arizona

Jim and his wife have three children who are enrolled in ISA in the Spanish track.

ISA Board of Trustees

As the ISA is a 501(c)(3) corporation, it has a governing board of directors. We encourage interested parties to learn more about the responsibilities of the Board and how to get involved.

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Responsibilities of the Board of Directors

The Board consists of up to fourteen (14) members, who meet regularly and serve without compensation and is dedicated to the school’s mission of providing academic excellence through second language immersion. The Board has fiduciary responsibility for governance, policy-making, and strategic planning for our independent, private school.

The Board has 5 Specific Responsibilities:

Now Enrolling for 2022-2023

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Kyle Edrington

Kyle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and has a passion for understanding how to most effectively utilize data to engage all stakeholders and inform broader operational decisions. The strongest analytics are only as reasonable as the stories they can tell and the direct solutions they can offer.

Kyle and his wife, Jamie, have two daughters who have attended ISA in the French track since early childhood. 

Gurpreet Takher

His most recent journey has led him to found Happy Lab Media, a company focused on creating stories that represent underrepresented children and families so that every child can see themselves in the books, shows and movies they see.

Gurpreet has worked in education by teaching middle school in Baltimore City and by working with disadvantaged youth to help them graduate high school and get into college. He is committed to the idea that giving back and helping others is one of the most noble actions humans can do. He has put this into practice by continuously volunteering and advocating for families and children at risk and in need as well as having raising guide dogs for the blind.

He and his wife have two children at ISA in the French Track.

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