Leadership Spotlight: Steve Lang

ISS Leadership Search was honored to support the Director search for The British School, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Congratulations to Steve Lang for accepting the position, beginning January 2025! Steve most recently served as the Director of Academia Britanica Cuscatleca, El Salvador.

Steve holds a MA (Hons) in English Literature from a University of Aberdeen, and an NPQH at the National College for School Leadership. His career experiences have taken him to El Salvador, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, UK, and Malawi.

In this feature, learn about his early inspiration to join the world of international education, goals as a leader today, and what excites him about this new chapter at The British School, Rio de Janeiro.

What drew you to pursue the world of international education?

A realization that leadership in an international school setting offers a concrete opportunity to make the world a better place.

Please tell us about your education philosophy and your leadership style. What can the community expect?

Leadership is, first and foremost, a form of service. Leadership in an educational setting should recognize that every child is unique and of equal value, and that the goal is in partnership with parents to develop each child to be the best version of themselves.


Congratulations on your upcoming role at The British School, Rio! What are you excited about in this new role?

It is a great privilege to be appointed to lead one of the oldest and largest international schools in Latin America and I am excited to have the opportunity to raise its profile even further to rival the best international schools around the world.

The British School, Rio de Janeiro

What was your experience with ISS Leadership Search like?

I found the preparatory interview with a member of the executive search team at ISS to be a thorough, thought-provoking and enjoyable experience. I had two interactions, each with extremely highly-qualified and very experienced individuals who certainly knew what they were looking for and who were very perceptive.

What is an interesting fact or story about you that you would like to share?

I have had two collections of poetry published in the last 3 years.

Our thanks to Steve for sharing your reflections and insights! We wish him the best in this role and look forward to seeing the positive impact of his leadership in tandem with the school community. You can connect with Steve on LinkedIn.

If you’re interested in pursuing a school leadership position, please check out our current leadership searches or get in touch with the ISS Leadership Search Team.