Dear Members of the ZIS Community,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Ms. Lisa L. Lyle as the next Director for Zurich International School, effective August 1, 2019. The Board's decision to select Lisa Lyle was taken after a diligent and thoughtful process over several months with consideration of all involved stakeholders.
Dr. Jeff Paulson will continue to lead ZIS until the end of the next school year. During this period, he and his team will work closely with Lisa to ensure a seamless transition of leadership.
Lisa comes to us from Mary Institute - St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS) in St. Louis, Missouri, a PreK - Grade 12 independent school, where she has served as Head of School since 2007. Prior to her arrival at MICDS, Lisa spent five years as Assistant Head of School at the Blake School, a private school in Minneapolis, MN. Lisa started her career as an Instructor of French and Humanities at the Lawrenceville School, a boarding school on the East Coast of the USA.
Our next Director is a graduate of University of Texas at Austin, and received her Masters Degree in French Literature from University of Pennsylvania, where she also completed all the coursework for her PhD. She received a Masters in Private School Leadership from Columbia University, Teachers College, where she was also a Klingenstein Fellow.
Lisa brings over 25 years of experience in working with students, faculty and parents in a range of distinct school settings. Under her leadership at MICDS, the academic program has grown in strength and stature. Most importantly, Lisa's values and vision for education align with our mission - Learn, Care, Challenge, Lead. She matches rigorous, disciplined analysis with an open mind, keen intuition for people, and a strong sense of community. Lisa has demonstrated throughout her career that she is an exceptional listener and thoughtful collaborator, and she works well with all constituents.
In accepting her appointment, Lisa said, " David and I are delighted to be joining the ZIS community. Our visit to Zurich provided us with a wonderful (if brief!) window into the ZIS learning community and led us to believe that both ZIS and Zurich will be a wonderful fit.
At every turn the members of the school community greeted us warmly, asked great -- and probing!-- questions, and responded eagerly and honestly to our own. From students and parents to faculty, staff and board members, each had prepared carefully and demonstrated both great love for what ZIS is today and great excitement about the future. ZIS is truly a community living into the mission of Learn, Care, Challenge, Lead! I feel honored to be invited to join in that inspiring effort and look forward to working with the full community to build on the excellent work led by Jeff Paulson and other leaders in the ZIS community. "
This appointment concludes a worldwide search begun by the Search Committee in February, 2018, with the assistance of our consultant, Carney Sandoe. The whole community was involved and supported this important endeavor. The Search Committee consisted of trustees, faculty, administrators and parents. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to thank all involved and especially the members of the Search Committee for their invaluable contributions that allowed the Board to successfully fulfill one of its most important tasks, the selection of the school's next director.
Please join me in welcoming Lisa Lyle, and her husband, David Sanders, to the ZIS community.
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Chair of the Search Committee