Meet the Team
Meet the Founder
DR. JORGE R. DIAZ is President & CEO of ISSTA and brings 30 years of experience in education.
Before founding ISSTA, Dr. Diaz was Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at Higher Education Management Associates, an international educational consulting firm with offices in the US, Europe, and Latin America. In his executive role he worked effortlessly to improve efficiency and effectiveness at several educational institutions nationally and internationally. As a result, Dr. Diaz successfully introduced a number of interventions culminating in improved performance leadership, and through technological innovation, provided links to untapped organizational knowledge resulting in improved quality of education. Dr. Diaz has also served in leadership capacities at Florida International University, the US Department of Education, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Throughout his leadership Dr. Diaz has had a keen ability to anticipate and respond to many organizational challenges, and has made numerous presentations to discuss the current and future state of education along with new trends in education. He has been recognized by his peers with numerous awards, and is fully bilingual in English, Spanish and speaks basic French. His interests include the arts, cultural diplomacy, and outdoor activities.
Dr. Diaz holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations, Master's degree in Public Administration, Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative Theology, and a completed dissertation for a Doctor of Educational Administration. Along with his academic credentials, Dr. Diaz brings professional expertise in teaching, mentoring, organizational development, strategic planning, staff development, policy, research, public speaking, program and leadership development, team building, negotiation, organizational leadership, international relations, resolution, and budget management.
"At ISSTA, we will constantly evolve as a school and family unit. We work together to bring the utmost respected and qualified faculty, as well as ensure operations, improvement, credentials, and all processes are consistently followed. These challenging day to day operations utilize the great talent of so many individuals specially our Executive Team. While ISSTA currently seeks additional C-Level Executives as we move forward, we have been successful in leveraging the expertise of our esteemed BOARD OF TRUSTEES to help on this amazing journey.
It will be our greatest privilege and honor to serve our students and by extension, their parents. We welcome the opportunity to take the educational experience of ALL our students to the next level, and without a doubt our incoming K-5 and 9th grade students and parents will say: ISSTA is "the school of tomorrow, TODAY!"
Board of Trustees
The ISSTA Board of Trustees is a group of individuals who volunteer their time to offer their unique talents and experiences to ensure the school's success. The Board members play a very significant role through their involvement and leadership. Their contributions shape ISSTA as a major educational, cultural, and economic resource, while serving the educational needs of all our students.
The Executive Leadership play a very significant role through their involvement as their contributions shape ISSTA as a major educational, cultural, and economic resource, while serving the educational needs of all our students. The ISSTA Leadership Team is directly responsible for managing the school’s day-to-day operations.
MR. AVINASH MITTAPALLI, MS
Chief Information Officer
Chief Security Officer
Facilities Planning, Construction & Operations
Faculty and Staff
The faculty at the International School of Science, Technology and the Arts are highly qualified, award-winning scholars, and leaders in their professional communities. Many are published and have achieved Masters, Doctoral, and in some cases, Post Doctoral degrees.
Each of our faculty members maintains a web page, where you can learn more about their experiences, teaching and research interests, and publications. You can access their web pages for more information or contact the faculty member via email.
Read the latest news about our faculty, or visit our Innovation Incubation program to learn more about their research projects.
Although our part-time faculty bring a wealth of professional and scholarly knowledge to the courses they teach, only full-time faculty act as academic advisors.
In addition to receiving numerous awards handed out by leading professional organizations, our school honors our outstanding faculty with special awards in recognition of their teaching excellence, outstanding achievements, exemplary service, and overall hard work and dedication to ourhigh school students and the community. The Faculty and Staff Awards are announced each year in the spring for the exceptional dedication and service each member provides. Both students, and staff are able to vote for these awards motivating our faculty to achieve greater heights, be recognized for their services, and the students to feel they have an opinion on the constructs of their teaching environment.
Students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement or AICE track at ISSTA live in the community, reside in nearly all 50 U.S. states, and multiple countries across the globe. They pursue an academic program at ISSTA that encompasses diversity, integrity, and academic excellence.
Each student enjoys innovative programs with an emphasis in science, technology, and the arts. It is not uncommon to find students performing science experiments through virtual goggles or corroborate with peers in an augmented reality art project. These students understand the value of technology, academics and the fusion of the two. They also understand the rigorous academic requirements needed to fulfill the IB and AICE diplomas. Students at ISSTA engage with each other as well as their instructors through various social media platforms, and are eager to fulfill other opportunities that result in philanthropic community engagement. Whether the students are helping bring clean water to the African plaines, or volunteering in a food pantry mission for the indigent, they are not only evolving academically but as productive members of society.
The great majority of the ISSTA student population go on to attend highly ranked colleges and universities, and often study abroad. By graduation, each student has a well thought out road map for their future, often ranging from medicine, to politics, business, engineering, and the like. Students in the art program seek to attend highly recognized institutions such as Juilliard and Tisch at New York University, where some of the brightest and talented artists have come from.