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Board of Directors

The Westwood School, a non-profit organization, is guided by a Board of Directors with one goal in mind: to uphold the MISSION and VISION of The Westwood School so that all students, both current and future, can experience The Westwood Way.

Ms. Pam Butler | Founder of The Westwood School

Pam has over forty-five years of experience in the field of education both in traditional and Montessori classrooms. She has a B.S. degree in Secondary Education, Master’s level work in Montessori education, certifications in the Montessori Method at the Primary, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary and Middle School levels. She has also run Montessori teacher training centers and lectured at local colleges.  She is a speaker at national Montessori conferences and has written articles for Montessori magazines.

Heather Lourcey

Mrs. Heather Lourcey | Head of School | Ex Officio, Non-voting Member

Heather joined Westwood in 1993 from her directorship position at the YMCA. She holds a bachelor’s from Texas Christian University and is a certified Montessori Guide. Heather has conducted training workshops for the International Baccalaureate around the country and has been on authorization teams for schools seeking the IB World School authorization. She has participated as a team member for AdvancEd (SACS), assisting local schools seeking to receive initial or renewal accreditation.


Ms. Lesa Adair | President of the Board | Former Westwood Parent

Lesa is a partner at Pearson Adair. She has over thirty years of experience in the energy sector holding engineering, operations management, and marketing/risk management positions in the industry. She currently consults on technical and commercial issues for clients with interests in the energy sector. Lesa holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Oklahoma State University and an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from the Cox School at Southern Methodist University. Ms. Adair also serves as a Alternate Director on the board for the Advancial Federal Credit Union which provides financial services to over 85,000 members from branches located in five states and online access worldwide. She is a licensed professional engineer in Texas and Oklahoma, and a certified mediator in Texas.

Ms. Susan Duesler

Ms. Susan Duesler

Susan is a local attorney who focuses her practice on family law. She has worked in the Dallas area for several years and owns her own law firm, the Law Office of Susan E. Duesler. She attended private schools during her elementary and high school years in Beaumont, Texas. Susan went to Rhodes College for her undergraduate degree and graduated from Baylor University Law School.

Alex Adiguzel

Ms. Alex Adiguzel | Former Westwood Parent

More information coming soon.


Ms. Sami Schwendeman | Westwood Alum

Sami is a Westwood “lifer”, having started in Westwood at kindergarten age. She graduated from our middle school prior to the creation of the high school, and attended The Episcopal School of Dallas. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Sami has worked for several non-profit organizations in both New York City and Dallas/Ft. Worth. She is currently the Manager of Sponsorships and Corporate Stewardship for United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.


Ms. Tonya Cooper

Tonya is a doctoral student studying higher education leadership. She serves as the UOPX DFW Alumni Chapter President and has over 10 years in education leadership, board development, administration, curriculum development, coaching and training. She is a Midwest native who holds a Master’s in Business Administration and an undergraduate degree in Labor Studies. In her leadership roles Tonya has received an Excellence in Education Award, a Justice Speaks Project Urban Agenda Civic Literacy Award, Dept. of Economics Labor Studies Award, The Mayor’s Award and the Spirit of Detroit Award.


Mary Anne Lucas | Ex Officio Non-Voting Member | Current Westwood Parent

More information coming soon.

Westwood is a fabulous environment for children and families. The school offers singularly unique curriculum that blends Montessori in the lower school with the acclaimed International Baccalaureate program to insure that Westwood graduates meet or exceed academic standards for students in the program worldwide.
– Wes P.