Mike Russell retired in 2019 after 10 years as Head of Bridge House in Franschhoek. He has over 40 years’ experience in education, having taught at Rondebosch Boys’ High, Abbott’s College, and Pinelands High School. Prior to his appointment at Bridge House in 2010, Mike was Head of Redhill School in Johannesburg for seven years.
For just over two years, Mike spent time in the educational publishing sector with Via Afrika, where his responsibilities were the design and facilitation of education-related workshops across the country in schools, departments and teachers’ centres.
Mike holds BA and BEd degrees from UCT, and an Educational Leadership and Management diploma from Henley-on-Thames. Mike was a successful graduate in the inaugural class of the Wits ISASA/Wits Graduate School of Business LDP, during which the final dissertation work was focused on strategic planning.
Since the mid-1990s, Mike has been a key member of the NAPTOSA Professional Growth (Progro) workshop team, offering weekend seminars on a wide-ranging array of educational topics including classroom management, cooperative learning, alternative discipline, authentic assessment and motivating apathetic learners. He has also presented management and leadership seminars for senior management. Mike has facilitated workshops for a wide range of individual schools on request.
Central to Mike’s work has been a focus on the importance of shared vision, mission and strategy. Using an interactive, experiential process, he has successfully led several state and independent schools through strategic planning processes over the years.