The Education Zone: “Exploring Educational Leadership, a Conversation with Mike Russell”

We had the pleasure of speaking with Mike Russell, a retired principal whose journey in education spans nearly four decades. Mike’s rich experience includes serving as an English and French teacher at Rondebosch Boys High for over 16 years before transitioning to the private sector as an education consultant with Media24. He later ventured back into school leadership, notably as the head of Red Hill in Morningside, Johannesburg, where he oversaw significant initiatives such as the development of a multi-purpose space for the school community. Mike’s keen eye for innovation and dedication to fostering meaningful educational environments led him to author ‘Matters of Principal’, a book he completed during the challenging times of the Covid-19 lockdown. Today, we delve into his insights, gleaned from decades of experience and encapsulated within the pages of his book, which undoubtedly offer valuable perspectives on educational leadership and navigating adversity. Welcome, Mike.

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