IBSC Ideas Lab

Professional Conversations for Teachers of Color in South African Boys’ Schools



Lester LallaLester Lalla

St. John's Preparatory (South Africa) Headmaster Lester Lalla is a passionate educationalist determined to build strong school communities through collaboration, authenticity, and the pursuit of excellence. Boys and their unique developmental journeys hold his heart and interest.

Lalla led the team that won the South African Apple in Education Award for its submission on inquiry-based learning in 2017. He was involved in the IBSC Action Research Program, where his report placed in the top 10 in 2018. He has been a speaker at a number of conferences, including the Google Summit and the inaugural ResearchEd Africa Conferences and serves as an educationalist on the Summit Education Trust.

Lalla began his teaching career at Briardene Primary, his alma mater in Kwazulu Natal, where he was also a sports coach. He went on to teach IT at Sandown High School and was the deputy head and then headmaster of Summit College Preparatory School before joining St. Stithians Boys’ Prep (South Africa) as deputy head. He holds a bachelor’s of education from the University of Kwazulu Natal.