Meet Our Upper School Director

Lisa Webster
Upper School Director

B.S., Ursinus College

“We see our Upper School students as already-active participants in the world that they will shape after their years in a school setting”
Lisa Webster

Over the course of her 21 years at AIS, Lisa has served as a math teacher in Middle and Upper Schools, coordinator for community service in Upper School, and as Math Department Chair and Dean of Students — twice. Her extraordinary commitment to our School has been marked by a singular purpose: the well-being of the students in her care. After serving as interim director, she became Upper School Director in Spring 2019.  


A Letter from the Director

How will you lead? What will you change? Who do you want to become? These are the questions we ask of our upper school students. By nurturing an environment rich in inquiry, discovery, growth, expectation, and self-reflection, our students learn to uncover passions they may not have even known they held.
 

At the core of this seeking lies a deep and rigorous curriculum: one that balances the skills necessary to master a liberal arts program with the expectation of studying widely, and encouraging flexibility to pursue individual interests. Founded in research about how girls learn best, our academic and co-curricular programs engage students in opportunities that cultivate creative problem-solving, leadership, innovation, digital competence, community involvement, collaboration and global perspective.

The dynamic relationships our students and teachers share is visible everywhere you look. In our small-group advisories and our science labs, from the sidelines to the art studios, our teachers hold the highest expectations for our students and encourage them to reach past self-imposed limits. It is in the nurturing hold of these relationships that our students learn to soar: they take risks, ask questions, and learn that success comes in many iterations and with many definitions.

We see our Upper School students as already-active participants in the world that they will shape after their years in a school setting — and that world is one that demands ingenuity, resilience, empathy, and joy in the unknown.

Lisa Webster
Upper School Director