International School of Luxembourg

School director steps down after 26 years

Nicki Crush, pictured, joined the American School as it was known then in 1995 Photo: ISL

The director of the International School of Luxembourg has retired after 26 years at the private school.

Before passing the baton to DJ Condon, who takes office on 1 August, Nicki Crush paid tribute to the school where she spent most of her career.

She said: “The school is a unique kaleidoscope of opportunities for learning, for that is ISL, a school where students learn for life.”

The British national, who has since acquired dual Luxembourg nationality, came to Luxembourg in 1991 for a five-year plan. She joined the American School, as it was then known, in 1995, when it was based in Limpertsberg and had just 300 students compared to 1,300 today.

Crush became Upper School Principal in 1996 and in 2015 became the school’s first female director.

Her legacy includes the launch of a collaborative strategic reflection concerning the school’s identity, ambitions and purpose, informing the school’s new mission statement and values.

Crush also successfully led the school through the first 18 months of the Sars-CoV-2 pandemic.

The director concluded: “It has been a privilege and a pleasure to be a part of ISL’s growth. I look forward to seeing the school’s continued success and encourage everyone at school to embrace the changes that will come, to encourage and challenge our students to think big and to develop the passions and skills they will need to be future-ready. To keep cultivating the special relationship that exists between students and staff, to focus on the importance of every individual.”