Meet Our Team

Leigh Ann Cahill holds an undergraduate degree from The College of William and Mary and a Masters in Education from George Mason University. Leigh Ann began her teaching career in Fairfax County Public Schools; first as a teacher of English as a Second Language, then as a Middle School Social Studies and Drama teacher. In 1994, Leigh Ann moved to The Potomac School in McLean, Virginia where she was a Technology teacher, Social Studies teacher and student advisor. She was also the Director of the Counselor Intern Program for high school students for many years.


Since October of 2000, Leigh Ann has been working with families and schools as an educational consultant. Leigh Ann is a past president of WISER (Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources). She is also a Professional Member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association) and the ADHD Resource Group of Northern Virginia. Leigh Ann, Dan, and their dog Rooney, live in Alexandria; her son, Alex, graduated from Case Western Reserve Univeristy and now lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

For over 20 years, Cathy has helped families with school placement while working in admissions at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary level. Cathy has worked at both boarding and day schools, including McLean School (MD), Lawrence Academy (MA), The Rectory School (CT) and The Berkshire Center for Independent Living (MA), now CIP. She also spent three years as the Principal of Town and Country School, a preschool and elementary school in Vienna, VA. Much of Cathy's experience has been working with students with different learning styles.  She focuses on advising about boarding and day options for students across the learning spectrum.


As a student, Cathy attended The Key School in Annapolis, MD and Lawrence Academy, Groton, MA. She holds a AB in Classics and Religion from Kenyon College. She is a member of WISER, NATSAP and an Associate Member of IECA. Cathy, her husband Bill, and their Labrador retriever, Buoy live in Annapolis, MD.

Mary’s passion is helping families in the DC metropolitan area to find the right school “fit” for their children. Before joining ISO in 2008, her experience included preparing high school students in Madrid, Spain for entrance to American high schools, acting as the Director of an elementary school in Chimbote, Peru and working at Georgetown University’s Center for Intercultural Education & Development in many roles,  including as a School Placement Specialist. 


Mary is an active member of her three children’s independent school communities. She has an interest in both diversity issues and the needs of the gifted. She is currently the DC liaison for SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted.)


Mary holds an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, a Master’s degree in International Management from the School for International Training’s Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont, and an ICF-accredited Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. Mary is an Associate Member of IECA and WISER. Mary, her husband and three middle school and high school-aged children live in Falls Church with their shitzu, Violet. 


Hayley joins the ISO team as a Learning Needs Specialist and an Orton-Gillingham trained Reading Tutor. She loves working with elementary and middle school students who have language based learning needs and will hold tutoring sessions in the student’s home or at our office in Old Town Alexandria.


Hayley holds an undergraduate degree from Middlesex University in England in Elementary Education and a Masters in Special Education from American University. Hayley began her teaching career in England as a fifth-grade teacher and then moved to the US in 2014 to further her education. After completing her Masters, Hayley began teaching in the Lower School at The McLean School, Potomac, MD. Hayley lives in Rockville, MD with her husband Ethan, their son Max and Border Collie, Brody.

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