Meet the Principal

أهلا و سهلا


Dear WIA Families and Community Members,

On behalf of the staff at Washington International Academy, I am happy to welcome you to the 2023-24 school year! I am excited to start this year as your principal and look forward to a fun year of getting to know all of the WIA students and their families! I am impressed with the dedication and teamwork displayed by the WIA faculty and staff, Alhumdulillah. As a team, we are eager to make those personal connections that help kids succeed. A strong home-school connection is an important component of each child’s success. 

WIA offers a safe, nurturing and faith based educational environment where children can thrive academically as they receive personal attention from our talented and dedicated staff. Our small classroom environments offer a place for children to learn to love our Creator while developing good manners, leadership skills and a solid sense of citizenship for our greater community. We want our students to have confidence in who they are and develop the skills they need to be the best they can be and to develop into the leaders of tomorrow.

The WIA Board, administrators, teachers and staff along with our students and their families take great pride in our school’s “family atmosphere” and our mission “to educate the whole child in a living Islamic atmosphere which facilitates the social intellectual and spiritual development of every student in order for them to fully utilize their unique talents to benefit themselves, their families, their community and all of humanity.

This is going to be a fantastic year Insha’Allah! The faculty is committed to high-quality instruction and focused skill development. This coupled with parent partnership will ensure WIA students will flourish Insha’Allah! I consider it a blessing to work in a place with a shared common vision of academic excellence; a place where children can grow spiritually and socially in a caring and challenging environment where they feel loved. Over my thirty plus years in education I have served as an elementary and high school teacher, an assistant principal, director of education, an IB coordinator and a principal. I can honestly say that my five years at WIA were among my most rewarding and I can’t wait to rejoin this amazing community!

You are invited to be an active participant throughout the year. I look forward to working with all of our students, families and staff. Your ideas, comments and participation are needed and welcomed! Please feel free to reach out to me at any time.

In partnership and with peace,

Principal Maysoon Awad