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Meet Chris Hewett 

Learn more about Chris Hewett, ISL Parent 
 


Please introduce yourself briefly.
Hi, I am Chris Hewett. I’m the father of 2 boys, Jack (grade 12) and Beck (grade 8). We moved to Luxembourg from Seattle about 6 1/2 years ago.  My wife, Shannon Tutko, works at Amazon and I’m taking care of the family. My previous careers have been Flight Test Director at Boeing, video game producer at Monolith Productions, and founder/ producer of a company specializing in Health & Wellness applications. When I’m not taking care of the family, I’m playing drums in a new indie/grunge rock band with Jana Bahrich, who graduated from ISL last year. Our band, Francis of Delirium (francisofdelirium.com) won the Screaming Fields contest at Rockhal this last summer for best live performance. About 4 years ago, I started a music “club” for young musicians called Rockclub with my friend and professional guitarist, Fred Barreto. We focus on teaching young musicians (Jana being one of them for 3 years) to play and perform in a rock/pop band environment. A big accomplishment for me recently was getting my Luxembourg nationality! 

How long have you been a parent at ISL?
6 1/2 years

Did you have any previous experience with international schools?
No

What are the most important skills your child(ren) have acquired at ISL?
Building independence and confidence. 
 
What do you think is unique about ISL?
What is unique is having so many students who are not only from all over the world, but speak so many different languages.
 


Describe some of the things that ISL does above and beyond teaching and learning?
ISL offers many sports and after school activities for kids will different interests. What make those more special is that the kids get to travel to different countries to perform in various competitions / events.
 
What advice would you give to families new at ISL?
As the Senior Parent Committee chairperson, I would say make sure to respond to any emails from the school and committees in a TIMELY manner.  That’s the worst part of our job, tracking down parents. Haha! Besides that, I would say get your kids involved in after school activities so they can bond more quickly with other students as well as give parents an opportunity to meet other parents/families. 
 
When recommending ISL to a new family, what first comes to mind?
I usually emphasize the international exposure.  
 
Describe ISL in 5 words
International. Welcoming. Quality. Opportunity. Independence. 
 
Which question did we forget to ask you, that you would like to answer?
I think you got them all. :)

 

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