Welcoming the new IGS Deputy Principal Academic Operations

Congratulations to IGS Director of Teacher Effectiveness Lisa Kelliher for her promotion to the role of Deputy Principal Academic Operations.

Lisa Kelliher, who joined IGS in the role of Director of Teacher Effectiveness earlier this year, has been teaching in NSW independent schools for over 20 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education, Master of Arts and a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management in Education.

Lisa started her career in the late 1990s at Knox Grammar School as a teacher of English. In her time there she was quickly promoted to the roles of Housemaster and Assistant Year Master while also coaching rugby.

Lisa then moved to St Ignatius’ College, Riverview, where she pioneered extension opportunities for senior English students through a new program in Gifted and Talented education.

Next stop Barker College, where Lisa took on the role of Assistant Head of English in one of the nation’s largest English Departments.

She then moved on to St Joseph’s College Hunters Hill, where she lived and worked in boarding with her husband Den.

Roseville College beckoned, and there, Lisa undertook a range of leadership roles including Year Coordinator and Head of English.

In 2018 Lisa moved to the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) where she worked as a Senior Registration Officer in the Registration and Accreditation Directorate where among other roles, she was a member of the inspection teams that inspected government and non-government schools all over NSW. At NESA Lisa sharpened her educational knowledge and understanding and deepened her leadership capacity, but, she was missing schools and missing teaching.

Lisa took up her Directorship at IGS with energy, integrity, courage and warmth, while also teaching senior English.

Lisa was selected unanimously by the interview panel from a stunning field of candidates from schools here and abroad, from NESA and from the university sector. 

As Deputy Principal Academic Operations, Lisa will continue to champion excellence, shine a light on the wonderful teachers in our school, support those who are struggling, drive effective teaching, learning, assessment and professional development and align all of our academic operations with the aspirations and areas of action expressed in our strategic plan.

“I’m sure you will join me in congratulating Lisa on her exciting new Deputy Principalship!” said IGS Principal Shauna Colnan.

“With eight months under her belt at IGS, we are fortunate that she can hit the ground running as Deputy and she starts next week!”