Primary principal retires after 39 years at helm

WELL-KNOWN principal of Lisbellaw Primary School, Ingrid Logan, is set to retire after dedicating thirty-nine years to education.
Ingrid took up the role of principal at Lisbellaw Primary School in September 2009.
Mrs Logan previously taught at the Model Primary School for twenty years, she was vice-principal for her final ten years there. In September 2008 she was seconded to the Education Authority and worked on the Raising Achievement Programme, working in schools helping to raise standards particularly in the field of literacy.
Mrs Logan took up her role at Lisbellaw in the middle of a new build. The official opening in November 2010 was one of the highlights of her career. “I am an organiser at heart and thoroughly enjoyed this event which was a total success. 
“One thing which made the day particularly memorable for me was having the late Mrs Maud Nawn (former vice-principal of Lisbellaw Primary School) to carry out the official opening.”
Mrs Logan was a non-teaching principal in Lisbellaw and has had ten fulfilling years in the role. “I thoroughly enjoyed both the administrative and personal aspects of my role as principal. I especially enjoyed getting to work with the children and providing substitute cover. 
“I have had an outstanding team of staff, both teaching and non-teaching, as well as a vibrant Parent Teacher Association and a knowledgeable and supportive Board of Governors. Our enrolment is excellent. We have almost two hundred pupils in addition to twenty-six in our Nursery.” 
Music has always been a key element of Mrs Logan’s life. She studied music at Stranmillis University in Belfast and led the choir when at the Model and later in Lisbellaw, along with Jenny Foy. 
Mrs Logan paid tribute and thanked the staff at Lisbellaw and her two vice-principals, Ruth Coalter and Jason Kilfedder and Rev Stephanie Woods, chairwoman of the Board of Governors. 
She also paid tribute to her husband Hamish and her daughters Eloise and Judith for their support throughout the years and her late mother, Violet Wood, who, “encouraged me every step of the way right from Primary School days. If ever there was an encourager in life, not only to me but to many, many people, it was my mother. I will always be indebted to her.”

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