Greetings Parents, Children, Staff, and the Community,
It is with high expectations that I have joined Him Lam International School as the Head of School in Bac Ninh. 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, Head of School, and Principal. Additionally, I have extensive experience in Human Resources.
Him Lam International School’s mission is dedicated to inspiring a passion for learning and encouraging emotional and intellectual vitality. Together, I will be working with the fantastic staffs 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 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 solid academic preparation with opportunities for students to succeed 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 interests 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 person and on paper. I understand the concept of the “whole child fully,” 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 in growing 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 firmly believe that it is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. The person who makes a successful living sees their goals steadily and aims for them unswervingly. This is what I call dedication. My philosophy of life is that if we make up our minds on what we will make of our lives and work hard towards that goal, we will 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 the 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 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 educators should execute lessons that are not just appropriate, but also that instill in our students an excitement towards learning. I genuinely believe that without encouragement, the best powers of the mind remain dormant.
In closing, I look forward to the 2022-2023 academic school year. I encourage you to stop by the school and meet with me. Parents are an essential part of a child’s life. Together, you, the parents, myself, and the school will help each child reach their full potential and reach success.
Mr. Dwayne Lehman
Director of Him Lam International School Bac Ninh