Faculty Friday: Dinu Lakhiani

Dinu is originally from India but became a Singapore citizen after marrying an Indian- Singaporean.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Mithibai College in Mumbai and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Mumbai. Dinu came to Korea in 1992 and was an early childhood teacher at an international kindergarten for 23 years.  She further advanced her learning by completing her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Monash University.  She was a Grade 2 teacher for 4 years at Dwight prior to transitioning to teaching art and music in ECD at Dwight.

What is your role at Dwight School Seoul? 
I am currently working as an art and music teacher in Dwight’s Early Childhood Development.
In art class, students display their artistic talent and learn how to manipulate a variety of art tools. In music class, we focused on exploration of music through singing, dancing and playing musical instruments. We learn about different cultures, and explore their art, music and dance.

What made you decide to work in an education setting? And what is your philosophy?
I have a Masters in Clinical Psychology and I wanted to become a counselor but after coming to Korea in 1992, I got a job as a teacher at ECLC International Kindergarten and decided to pursue a career in teaching. My method of teaching may seem a little unconventional to some, as I do not focus only on academics. I meticulously work towards providing a complete package of wholesome education and not just learning from the books. We need to make our children independent learners by blending learning with fun and offering them a positive space to grow. For me, the emotional wellbeing of my students is a priority. They must go back home from school, feeling happy. My students and I not only work together as a team but also love each other as one big family. I have been training my students with various life skills like self-discipline, maintaining order in the classroom, and respecting each other. Throughout my teaching journey of 30 years, I have been more of a mother than a teacher. I share a deep connection with my students and go the extra mile to bring a smile on their face. Sometimes, I consider going back to the world of clinical psychology, after I retire from the school. Still, I wonder if counseling adults would be as satisfying as being with my little  students.

What do you like the most about working at DSS?
Dwight is like my second home. I like being around my students and I believe that I can deal best with children. We have an excellent team of teachers with whom I get along well and have learnt a lot. I adore the IB curriculum that fosters diversity, curiosity and a healthy appetite for learning.  Dwight is very international minded and accepts and appreciates all cultures and encourages us to express ourselves. I am so fortunate to get the opportunity to direct the Indian epic called Ramayana, performed by my Grade 2 students for the Festival of Lights Celebration which was highly appreciated.

What are your interests and or hobbies?
Apart from teaching, I enjoy cooking, traveling, classical Indian dancing and art. I believe in good karma and  I am a strict vegetarian and get excited whenever I find good vegetarian food in Seoul.

Who inspires you and how?
Mother Theresa is my inspiration. She was compassionate, empathetic and caring and tried to make this world a better place for the under privileged. I plan to do some charity work after I retire from teaching.

What is the best book or production that you have read, watched, or listened to lately?
I loved watching the web series ‘Squid Game’ because it teaches you the realities of life. Life is all about love, patience, hard work, trust, kindness, opportunities, and luck,  and we should understand that money isn’t everything in life. I like the end when the main character realizes that money is not important.

What global challenge would you like to see tackled and how do you see yourself
contributing to the positive change that you desire? 

One thing that bothers me the most is the wastage of resources, food, water and energy. I do my best to finish my food, use less resources, water and electricity.

What is one fun fact about you that others may not know or may surprise them? Or if
you were given one wish, what would it be?

I am a big fan of Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee and I have a red belt in Taekwondo.

Why would you tell a prospective family to choose DSS?
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