A native of Paris, France, Laurent Ditmann came to the United States in 1986. He studied American history at the University of Paris at Nanterre, English and American literatures at Portland State University, Oregon and the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Fontenay-Saint Cloud, France. He holds a Ph.D. in French studies from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.
After a career in Academe during which he published on topics ranging from film studies to corporate history and received tenure at Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, he spent several years in business, marketing, and consulting.
In 2006, Dr. Ditmann joined the staff of the International Community School and began serving as Principal in July 2008.