Georgina Michaelides

Senior School Headteacher

American Academy Larnaca
Having spent over 15 years in education in the UK (in Cambridge, Essex and Inner London), Georgina moved to Larnaca, Cyprus in September 2020 to lead the American Academy Larnaca.  The school is a British curriculum school that caters to both local and international students and is widely recognised as one of the top private schools in the country.
With several years experience in leadership, a MEd from the University of Cambridge in International Education and an ethnic background rooted in Cyprus, Georgina was confident that she would be able to transition seamlessly into the new role.  Her first years at the school were successful, but not without their challenges.  Alongside a supportive leadership team, gifted teaching staff and incredible students, Georgina faced issues arising from the ongoing pandemic and economic crisis, as well as cultural differences and at times, a resistance to change. 
The school is now flourishing as the staff, leadership team and Board collaborate to grow and improve all aspects of the school, working together to meet all targets in their 5 year plan. 

Growth Mindset

16 November 2022 | 16:00 - 16:20 | English | Surviving your first years as a new headteacher in an international school

The first years as a new headteacher in an international school will be filled with new challenges and unfamiliar situations. At times it can also be lonely. Starting a new role in a new school is always a transition but when it involves a new country and culture too, the move can be even more complex. This session is aimed at new and aspiring headteachers in an international setting - how to prepare for your first year, things to ask for in advance, a basic to do (and not to do) list and what to prioritise (and overlook!) to ensure your first years are successful and enjoyable. As a third year headteacher at an international school in Cyprus, I will draw from my own experiences and lessons, as well as wider reading on leadership theory.