Meet the Coordinator

Patricia Suarez

Patricia Suarez

International Student Coordinator

Dear International Parents,

Thank you for considering The International School of Minnesota (ISM) for your child. I have been a staff member at ISM for over 20 years and enjoy working with students and families who join our vibrant, diverse, and rigorous academic community. I have had the great privilege to witness the evolution of one of the most prestigious and unique college-preparatory schools that the Twin Cities offers.

"My family chose ISM because they knew that it was better for me and it was going to help further my education."-- International Student, Grade 10, Liberian

As an International Admission and Student Coordinator, my mission is to be a guide to international students and their families as they explore education options in the United States. I help families through the admissions process, assist in navigating steps for obtaining a student visa, and coordinate a student’s transition to starting school at ISM. My work does not end there, as I also serve as a mentor and resource for current international students, monitor their academic performance and provide guidance and support when challenges arise. 

"Patricia helped me a lot when I studied at ISM. She cares about students' feelings and provides support."-- International Student, Grade 12, Chinese

For students who wish to live outside of our residence hall, I have relationships with a number of host families equipped to support their social and emotional needs.

If you would like to learn more about student life at ISM for an international student, or have any questions on the admissions process, please feel free to reach out to me.

I look forward to working with you and your children!

Patricia Suarez

International Admission and International Student Coordinator

Contact Details:


  • Master of Arts, Educational Leadership / Concordia University, St. Paul, USA.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Bilingual and Bicultural Education / Hamline University Bachelor of Arts, Education / Pedagogico Lima Peru

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