Elizabeth Head, Head of School

ISI Career: Head of School since 2019, ISI Parent 2019
Nationality: American

  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, University of Northern Colorado, United States
  • Masters degrees in Educational Leadership and International Education, Framingham State College, United States

Elizabeth Head joined International School of Indiana (ISI) as its 3rd Head of School on January 1, 2019. She previously served as General Director of Pan-American School, San Antonio de Belen, Costa Rica, a private, international, bilingual school, offering the full International Baccalaureate Programme, of approximately 600 students from 18 months – Grade 12 in the Central Valley of Costa Rica.

Prior to serving at the General Director, she was Pan-American School’s Vice Principal of Primary & Pre-School. Before joining the Pan-American School, she was Co-Owner, Co-Founder, and General Director of Lighthouse International School in Guachipelin, Costa Rica.

At Lighthouse International School, she had the opportunity to develop the school from its inception, which opened successfully with full enrollment in all grade levels, as well as lead the new campus through the candidacy phase of the IB authorization process.

Head brings to ISI a breadth of experience with the IB, language immersion, and strategic growth. She was drawn to ISI by its innovative approach to education; its potential for growth; and its academic rigor, faculty, students and steadfast commitment to the IB and language immersion.

Trina Haygaru, Lower School Principal

ISI Career: Since 2015
Nationality: American

  • Masters of Science in School Leadership, Baker University, Kansas
  • Bachelors in Theater, University of Missouri
  • Post Graduate Teacher Certification Program, Alverno College, Wisconsin
  • Current K-12 teaching credential and Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development Certification (CA Department of Education)

Trina Haygaru is a Midwesterner who has spent many years in international schools overseas, including Mozambique, Egypt, and Thailand. She joined us from her position as Elementary Principal of an international school in Nigeria. She has a Masters in School Leadership, is certified in cross-cultural, language and academic development is experienced in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program and has a particular interest in children learning in a second language. She has visited over 25 countries and has worked in five. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband John, who comes from Tanzania.

Timothy Veale, Upper School Principal

ISI Career: Since 2017
Nationality: Canadian

  • MA Educational Administration, Michigan State University
  • Bachelor of Education,  University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada)
  • BA History with a minor in Geography, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada)

Tim Veale is a Canadian citizen with teaching and administrative experience in international schools in Russia, Thailand, Pakistan, Turkey, and Denmark. Before coming to the International School of Indiana, he spent eight years as founding head and principal at the Esbjerg International School in Esbjerg, Denmark. He joined the school as not only Upper School Principal, but also as the parent of a nine-year-old in the Lower School. His wife Lizette, who is Danish, came with him to Indiana. Tim has a Bachelor’s in History and Geography, a Bachelor of Education in High School Social Studies and a Masters in Educational Administration. He has worked with all three International Baccalaureate programs and was the Middle Years Program coordinator at his school in Turkey.

James J. Ewing, Vice President of Finance & Operations

ISI Career: Since 2015

Nationality: American

  • Bachelor of Science at Manchester University (formerly Manchester College)

James “Jim” Ewing has 36 years of management experience in finance, operations, and strategic and operational consulting. Jim began his career in public accounting and is a non-practicing certified public accountant. Jim has significant experience in nonprofit, healthcare, health insurance, financial institution, transportation and logistics, manufacturing, service and consulting industries, which gives Jim the well-rounded background to provide executive leadership to ISI.

Jim earned a Bachelor of Science at Manchester University (formerly Manchester College). He and his spouse Deb live in Carmel, Indiana, where they raised three children. Deb is a Manager at PwC and a graduate of St. Joseph’s College.

Tara Evans, Vice President of Enrollment Management

ISI Career: Since 2019, ISI Parent
Nationality: American

  • Ph.D. candidate at Indiana State University

Evans brings 20 years of professional experience to ISI, including leadership positions in the admissions departments for Franklin College, Purdue University, and Butler University as well as service to the city of Indianapolis via roles in the Office of the Mayor and at Employ Indy.

Evans, who left Franklin College as its Director of Admissions in order to join ISI, has generated growth in key enrollment categories in each of her previous positions while managing new processes in such a way that academic quality and student performance remained consistent at the various institutions.

Kristen Kaiser, Vice President of Advancement & External Relations

ISI Career: Since 2017
Nationality: American

  • B.A. in communications from DePauw University

Kristen began her career with Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity in 2000 as an Educational Leadership Consultant. She subsequently served Kappa Alpha Theta in various roles, including Fraternity Assistant Director of Chapter Services and Foundation Director of Development.

Kristen was recruited to serve as the first Director of Business Development for Willow Marketing Management, a marketing firm based in Indianapolis. In 2012 Kristen returned to Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation as the organization’s Director of Marketing. She was charged with establishing the strategic communications and fund development framework for the Foundation’s first major fundraising campaign in more than three decades. The Foundation Board of Trustees selected her as Executive Director in 2013. As Executive Director, Kristen led the Foundation through a history-making campaign that engaged more than 2,400 donors nationwide and secured $5.2 million to establish endowments for two of the organization’s most-pressing funding priorities: the Educational Leadership Consultant program and a new need-based scholarship program.

A native of Indianapolis, Kristen and her husband, Greg Kaiser, reside there with their young sons.

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