North Woods
International School
2541 Sablewood Rd | La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601 | Phone: 608-789-7000 | Fax: 608-789-7010


Welcome to North Woods!


My name is Sandy Brauer, and I have been the principal of North Woods International School since the summer of 2009. In addition to serving as your principal, I also serve as the supervisor of K-12 Social Studies, and our district World Languages program. Both of these areas are helpful to me in internationalizing our curriculum at North Woods International.

On a personal note, I live on a 27 acre hobby farm overlooking the Mississippi River.  My husband, Bill Brauer, is a Florida state harbor pilot, and brings all ocean going ships in and out of port in Jacksonville, Florida for 3 weeks at a time, and then returns home for three weeks. We have four adult children: Nathan, farming in La Crescent, MN; Trevor,( and his wife, Ying) teaching English to first and second graders at Shanghai International Studies University Bilingual School in Shanghai, China; Clay, pursuing a degree in nursing at Viterbo University, and Alivia, attending the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

I am very proud to be principal of North Woods International, an International Baccalaureate Candidate choice school offering Spanish language instruction. The Fall of 2019 will mark the 2nd year of our IB Candidate School Status with a goal of being  fully accredited as an IB school by December of 2020.  As we continue on our IB journey, we are merging our Global and Spanish Partial Immersion strands, one grade at a time.  Next fall, all of our Kindergarten, first and second grade students will receive instruction in Spanish for part of the day through a team-teaching approach between English and Spanish teachers, and through the support of our Spanish speaking Amity Interns.  Our third, fourth and fifth grade students will continue in their current Global or Spanish Partial Immersion strand; however both strands will be receiving instruction using the International Baccalaureate curriculum.

I enjoy partnering with our families in each child’s International education journey. I truly believe that the global education your child receives at our school will open many doors for him/her in the future!

Please call me any time for additional information. I love giving tours of our school!