Lisa Finegan: Academic Leadership I Director.
Lisa grew up in Ireland and attended an all-girls Catholic school where she developed a passion for academics and athletics. She focused on developing a career in sport and education and graduated from St Mary's University, London completing a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (Honors). She went onto attend Graduate School at Brunel University, London to pursue a Postgraduate Degree in Teaching and Masters in Education. In her first year of teaching, she was responsible for leading as Head of Department at Guernsey Grammar School before returning to work at Harris Academy for Girls, London. Lisa has worked all over the world; England, Guernsey, Australia, the East Coast of the United States and is now finally settled on the West Coast in Los Angeles, California.
From a playing perspective, Lisa has represented in rugby 7s, 15s and touch rugby at club, regional and international level in Ireland, England, Guernsey, and now for the USA. Currently, Lisa plays with Los Angeles Royals, captaining the side in 2016 and are currently ranked #2 in the USA. Additionally, Lisa was selected on Team USA and finished seventh at the World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2019. Lisa has been named on the Women's High Performance Squad for the USA after the recent USA Nationals and post tournament development camp.
Lisa has been able to develop her career in sport and education as part of ICEF Public Schools Academic Team as the Director of K-12 PE, View Park Preparatory High School Head of Department and as an ICEF Rugby Coach. Responsibilities include the educational leadership and management of PE across the federation of seven ICEF charter schools. She coaches View Park Prep High School Girls Rugby and is the Director of ICEF Middle School Rugby managing over 20 high school rugby players who act as intern coaches for an extensive co-educational 5th-8th grade rugby program.
She is passionate about unlocking potential and transforming lives through quality education and is committed to driving excellence in education, using a blended learning approach and a college-ready model, focusing on ICEF's 3 A's; Academics, Arts and Athletics. Educational areas of interest include the development of social emotional learning, project-based learning and inquiry based teaching.
As a recently certified World Rugby Educator, Lisa is excited to provide opportunities for ICEF students to acquire the necessary coaching qualifications too.
Lisa loves traveling the world, health and fitness, and is looking forward to the LA2028 Olympic Games here in Los Angeles!