Greetings Parents, Children, Staff and the Community,
It is with high expectations that I have joined Footprints International School as the Director of Schools as well as the secondary principal. I am from the United States, having worked from the classroom to Administration over school districts in the United States. Additionally, my international experience spans from the Middle East, Africa and Asia. I have held the position of Superintendent of Schools, Headmaster, School Director and Principal. Additionally, I have extensive experience in Human Resources.
Footprints International School is dedicated to inspiring a passion for learning and encouraging emotional and intellectual vitality. Together, I will be working with the already amazing staff to empower our students with the confidence and courage to contribute to the global community and supply them with the tools necessary to achieve their dreams.
Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire. We as the educators aspire to be that spark that lights the flame. In the classrooms and as a school, I will continue to pursue the balance that provides strong academic preparation with opportunities for students to be successful on their educational journey.
As an educator I understand the students are individuals who learn in varied ways, develop at different paces, and bring a wide variety of talents and interest to the classroom. My goal is to foster the relationship between the students and their teachers by maintaining a constant stream of information between them in the person and on paper. I understand fully the concept of the “whole child” and I will continue to support the teaching staff, enrich the curriculum as well as the ongoing professional development.
As an educator I am devoted to assisting each child grow intellectually, socially, physically, and with a sense of civic pride. I have a deep appreciation for the philosophy of life and what constitutes real happiness; I strongly believe that it is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. The person who makes a success of living is one who sees their goals steadily and aims for it unswervingly. This is what I call dedication. My philosophy of life is that if we make up our minds on what we are going to make of our lives, and work hard towards that goal, we never lose and somehow will win.
From my point of view, this philosophy also applies to education. Our heritage and ideals, our codes and standards, and the things we live by and teach our children are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings. We must have vision to share with our students, but vision is not enough; it must be combined with venture. As a philosopher once said, “It is not enough to stare up the steps – we must step up the stairs”. Children need excitement and drive to move forward in order to succeed and learn. Without motivation, children begin to lose interest, and the result is they lose the motivation to succeed.
I believe that knowledge is power, and we should empower children with the knowledge of their potential. I believe that education should be global in its scope and broad-based in its implementation. With the diversity in the world in which we live, we as the educator should execute lessons that are not just appropriate, but also that instill in our students an excitement towards learning. I truly believe that without encouragement, the best powers of the mind remain dormant.
In closing, I look forward to the 2019-2020 academic school year. I encourage you to stop by the school and meet with me. Parents are the most important part of a child’s life. Together, you the parents, myself and the school as a whole will help each child to reach their full potential and reach success.
Mr. Dwayne Lehman
The School Director