The Board of Directors of the International School of Indiana is pleased to announce the third Head of School and first female head in the school’s 25-year history. Elizabeth Head, currently General Director of the Pan-American School (Costa Rica), will assume her new duties at the International School of Indiana on January 2, 2019.
“I’m honored to be the incoming Head of School, and as the first female in this role, I recognize that women have been central to the school and its success since its inception,” stated Ms. Head. “With enthusiasm and preparation, I offer to contribute my knowledge and vision for the future growth of the International School of Indiana in the years ahead.”
Head’s arrival in Indianapolis will coincide with the school’s 25th anniversary year and initiatives to ensure that students and the school remain ever ready for the world stage. During her tenure, she will work to unite the school on the Michigan Road campus through a fundraising campaign for a new lower school facility, continue recruitment of faculty from around the world, and increase enrollment in both the Lower and Upper Schools. She will succeed the school’s second Head of School, David Garner, who retired in June of this year.
“We are pleased to introduce Elizabeth Head to the International School of Indiana and central Indiana communities,” Board Chair Scott Weaver said. “Raised in Colorado, but bringing more than 20 years of international experience and bilingual leadership, Elizabeth will help us to unify our campuses, continue our strong academics and take our school into its new chapter after 25 years and build our school for the next 25.”
Founded in 1994 by state leaders, International School of Indiana is the only school in central Indiana offering all enrolled students access to certified full-continuum International Baccalaureate (IB) programming and language immersion opportunities in three languages. ISI has nearly 600 students, 3-year-old through High School, and is known for its distinctive education. Over the School’s 25-year history, 14 graduating classes totaling more than 400 graduates have left the school prepared to be responsible citizens and effective leaders in a rapidly globalizing and interdependent world.
The announcement of Head concludes a thorough, five-month search for the School’s next leader, which included more than 30 candidates from around the world. A 6-member Head of School Search Committee, chaired by Craig P. Anderson, member of the Board of Directors and a two-time ISI alumni parent was aided by search firm Littleford & Associates. The process included on-campus listening sessions, meetings with Parent and Faculty/Staff Advisory committees, the development of a detailed leadership profile, and an intense screening and interview process with over ten qualified candidates and three finalists.
“We offer our sincere thanks to all the members of our school community who assisted with the search process. The hard work of all those involved ensured a successful outcome to our worldwide search,” said Anderson. “We also want to thank our community for your patience during this process, and the confidence you placed in the Head of School Search Committee and the Parent Advisory and Faculty/Staff Advisory Committees.”
This new appointment expands Head’s leadership in education. She has spent nearly 20 years in education in both leadership and the classroom connecting with students and teaching. She holds two Master’s Degrees from Framingham State College, one in Educational Leadership and the other in International Education, and a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Northern Colorado, with a Teaching License from the State of Colorado. In addition, she is certified as an IB Director and a University Placement Counselor. She has experience as a High School English teacher, a University Placement Counselor, a Vice-Principal for a Pre-School and Primary School, as well as the Co-Founder and General Director of an international school in Costa Rica. In her current role, she is the General Director of the Pan-American School, which enrolls approximately 600 students in their Pre-K-grade 12 program. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. She will be joined in Indianapolis by her children, Emma (age 8) and Liam (age 5); both will be in Spanish track.
Until Head’s arrival in January 2019, Craig P. Anderson will continue to lead all school activities as Interim Head of School as previously announced in the Interim Leadership Plan released in June 2018.
For more information on Ms. Head and the Head of School search process, visit https://www.isind.org/head-of-school-transition-page/.