Monika Zimmerman, ISS Alumnus



I studied at ISS 2008-2012 (9th grade-12th grade). It was the first time in my expat life I stayed at a school for the duration of ’the school’.

My fondest memories and takeaways of my time at ISS are the people — students, teachers, and admins. I think ISS had adapted and mastered the ever-changing fluctuation of expats and students and knows how to support everyone in the stage of life that brings them to ISS. Coupled with the desire to educate the future minds of the world, there was never a day I did not feel supported in my choices and education. That, and the stairs!  Probably my fondest memory is all 4 years, my homerooms were on the top floor of the building at the top of the hill (building 1). And that ISS was small but the community was powerful.

I’m currently in the DFW Metroplex in Texas. I moved here after completing my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Stage Management from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Post-graduation, I moved to Nacogdoches, Texas to pursue a theatre Bachelors of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Stage Management. Part of my degree plan was to do an apprenticeship, which I completed at Theatre Three in Dallas, Texas. After completing my degree, I moved to the metroplex to continue my theatre career, joining Actors Equity Association as a Stage Manager. Honestly, this was all due to the support of Mr. Allen, my IB Theatre teacher.

Partially due to the pandemic but also coupled with my day job, I have not been stage managing as of late. Currently, I am an Administrative Associate at THEO Executive Group, a professional services firm inspiring leader in the healthcare community to strive for transformational change.