Dedicated to Meeting the Demands of an Interconnected World
Austin International School’s educators, paraeducators, and staff members are committed to developing students who have the academic foundations, lifelong social skills, and international perspective needed to succeed in our global community.
Meet the Administrative Team
Jacques A. Weber, Head of School
Jacques serves as the Head of School of Austin International School after more than a decade of experience in small and large schools in the United States, India, Saudi Arabia, and Malta. His most recent position prior to joining AIS in 2016 was at Verdala International School, where he worked as High School Principal. Jacques started his career in education as a French and Spanish teacher at the Awty International School in Houston, Texas from where he also graduated. He completed his undergraduate degree in linguistics and anthropology in Canada and his masters in educational administration in Texas. He is a certified teacher and administrator in the State of Texas and he holds an advanced training certificate in international school leadership from the Principal’s Training Center. Jacques is a highly experienced trainer for teacher and school administrators having worked with well over a thousand educators in over sixty different countries. A native of Strasbourg, France and Houston, Texas, Jacques grew up in multilingual households in France and the USA. He was educated in the French national system through CM2 and then continued in a multilingual educational program through high school. By the time he graduated from the IB Diploma Programme with a bilingual diploma (English and Spanish), he was fully fluent in French, English, and Spanish and had developed working knowledge of several other languages. In addition to these, Jacques is now conversant in Portuguese, German, Hindi, Urdu, and Arabic. He has traveled through nearly one hundred countries and he maintains a passion for languages and learning new cultures through full language immersion. Jacques lives by the Nelson Mandela quote “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
Conrad Wildsmith, Director of Primary
Conrad joins AIS after spending the last seven years founding and growing The French School in St. Louis Missouri. As the Head of School, Conrad recruited and retained a quality international teaching staff, and grew student enrollment from zero to nearly 300 students in grades K-5. His guiding mission was to build and make available a thriving International School in the heart of the country. He leaves The French School serving students from every postal code in St. Louis City and numerous neighboring counties. With over 20 years of teaching and school leadership experience, Conrad is passionate about teaching and learning. He earned Lifetime Certification in elementary teaching, Gifted education and Principalship. He holds a Masters degree in Gifted Education and an Educational Specialist degree in School Administration and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri. Conrad attended St. John’s International School in Belgium, setting the foundation for his commitment to International Education. He taught at the International School of Paris and focused on in-depth training with the Primary Years Program. In St. Louis, as the Head of School for The French School, he led his school to achieve World School status authorized by International Baccalaureate Organization in three short years. Conrad is an expert trainer of teachers in Gifted education, differentiation, inquiry, immersion, classroom management and multi-tiered intervention. Conrad believes that teaching and learning is based on positive relationships that respect the child as a capable and authentic individual.
April O'Quinn, Chief Operating Officer
April joined AIS in 2015 with 17 years’ experience in non-profit management including Austin Museum of Art and Austin Humane Society. She most recently spent ten years at the former Austin Children’s Museum and was instrumental in the leadership, capital campaign, and transformation to the Thinkery as Director of Finance and Administration. She has a passion for community service and a background in finance, staff management, operations, and human resources. April served as a founding board member of a K-12 private school, Smyrna Academy of Excellence (The SAE School), and Treasurer of Covered Bridge Montessori PTO in Georgia. April has a passion for museum studies, art, and making, and has a BA in Art History from the University of Texas, a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University, advanced studies with a Master’s Certificate in Human Resources program from Cornell University, and received her Society of Human Resource Management- SCP, Senior Certified Professional designation in 2015. She is an active member of the Austin Human Resource Association, Central Texas Compensation and Benefits Association, and Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Austin Chapter. She enjoys spending time with her son and his cub scout den and is Treasurer-Elect for Central Texas Pack 162.
Laurence Raud, Executive Administrative Assistant and Positive Discipline Coordinator
Laurence assists the Director of Primary School and leads the Positive Discipline Program at AIS. After five years of working with students and families on discipline issues, she discovered a new passion. She underwent training on implementing the principles of Positive Discipline and is also now facilitating parent and teacher workshops. Laurence joined AIS in 2010 and until recently worked as the coordinator of extra-curricular activities, developing the after-school program and expanding the fall, spring and summer camps which are now taught in three languages. Prior to joining AIS, Laurence lived in Chicago for nineteen years and worked as an interior designer in high-end projects. In her free time, she enjoys making handicrafts using recycled materials, and spends many a Texas weekend hiking or sauntering in art galleries. She enjoys traveling abroad; she is at home within the international environment of AIS, its cultural diversity, and its spirit of community. Laurence holds a BA in interior design from the Academy of Applied Arts, Poitiers (France). She is a certified interior designer by the National Council for Interior Design and a certified youth counselor by BAFA (French Ministry of Health and Sports).
Jhino Medrano, Extracurricular Coordinator
Jhino hails from Houston, TX. He previously pursued a career in the medical field; however, when he was an intern at the Austin Children’s Chest and worked at the Austin Parks and Recreation, Jhino realized that he wanted to work with children, particularly in the after-school program. He joined AIS in 2014 as an After-School Care Counselor, and the following school year, he was named the Extracurricular Activity Coordinator. He is excited to work in this new role as it brings him joy to see children learn and progress together, regardless of age. His goal is to enhance the after-school program by making it a fun learning experience for the children. Jhino was a competitive tennis player in high school and volunteered at the school’s library. When not at work, he loves to explore the outdoors and try different types of cuisine from food trucks and restaurants. Jhino holds a certificate for Medical Assisting from the Everest Institute in Austin.
Ester Muyot-Snodgrass, Business Manager
Since 2002, Ester has been fundamental to the daily operations of the school as the director of administration. She also leads special projects such as accreditation by various educational accrediting bodies. She says she is amazed to witness how the children at AIS develop, and finds it refreshing to see life from their perspective. For her, making a difference in a person’s life is fulfilling work. She previously worked at the consulate of the Kingdom of Morocco in New York City and as the cultural and school coordinator for the Alliance Française de Manille in the Philippines. Education and Associations: BA in European Languages, University of the Philippines. Diplôme de langue française, Alliance Française. Certificate in Interior Design, Sheffield School of Interior Design, New York. Regular training at the Austin Child Care Center Directors’ Symposium.
Mathilde Sonnier, Admissions Coordinator
Mathilde has been with Austin International School almost since day one. As a teacher of Pre-K for more than a decade, she now welcomes potential families and new inquiries, as the admissions officer. With years of travel in Ireland, France, Switzerland and Spain, Mathilde’s own international experiences helped her to open the minds of her students to the world’s cultures from their earliest formative years. She appreciates watching children grow and as a teacher enjoyed being able to provide them with the foundation of knowledge they will have for years into their future. Mathilde has worked as a French tutor at Austin’s Kirby Hall School and as a private tutor. She also enjoys reading, walking, hiking, and, of course, traveling. Mathilde holds an Associates Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix and has completed training in childcare at Austin Community College.
Carol Hickey, Receptionist
Carol joined AIS in 2016 as a receptionist at the front desk. She and her family lived in France for several years where she grew to appreciate different cultures and languages. Since their return to the United States in 2008, she has worked in various settings as a Teacher’s Assistant for special needs students. Working at AIS, she enjoys interacting with the children throughout the day and experiencing their ability to integrate different languages and cultures. A native of Kansas, she earned a Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture degree from Kansas State University and practiced her profession prior to moving to France. Carol enjoys reading, travel, exploring Austin, and spending time with family.
Jamie Kim, Receptionist
Jamie was born in Tacoma, Washington but has lived in Austin throughout her life. She has recently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Sciences, and she would like to continue her education soon. She has been with AIS since 2015 and has learned so much from the students who have attended this great school. Although she has never been to France, she hopes to visit the beautify country that she has learned so much about.
Fabrice Raud, IT Coordinator
Fabrice began first in Paris and later at the French American School of Chicago, at the elementary grades, followed by ten years at the Lycée Français de Chicago as a computer science teacher in the middle school. He founded and directed a live-in full immersion French camp for children in Illinois. He values making the trilingual immersion education environment work for the students, as well as participating in the growth of the unique AIS curriculum. He began at AIS in 2010. Fabrice marries his love of computer science and teaching as a proponent of technology in the classroom and implements this in the curriculum wherever possible. Fabrice holds his French Teaching Certification from the École Normale de Niort (France) and studied at the Université de Paris 7.
Michelle Mundy, Marketing and Events Coordinator
Michelle joined AIS in the fall of 2015. She organizes events and fundraisers while also working on the advertising and marketing plans for the school. Michelle graduated from the University of Texas with a BS in Advertising and previously worked for Texas Monthly Magazine. Michelle is a mentor through Communities in Schools and enjoys volunteering for various organizations through National Charity League. Michelle enjoys seeing the world through the eyes of the students at AIS.
Derek Pierce, Staff Accountant
Derek joined AIS in the summer of 2016. His background includes three years working in public accounting as a Tax Associate and over five years working in finance and accounting at Austin Children’s Museum. Derek received his undergraduate finance degree at Texas Tech University and completed his Masters of Accountancy at Texas State University in 2014. He is a Certified Public Accountant and operates a vinyl record label focusing on bands from the Austin area. In his free time, he enjoys attending live music events and trail running in the hill country.