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Faculty Friday: Paulo Cohen-Myers

Paulo is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, but lived in many different countries, among them Israel, Kenya, England, and Japan. He joined Dwight School Seoul after working for twelve years at an international school in Suzhou, China.

What is your role at Dwight School Seoul?
I teach in the Quest Department, working with children of all ages who are new to English or who need support in building their language skills.

What made you decide to work in an education setting?  And what is your philosophy?
Before becoming an international school teacher, I worked as a private sign language interpreter for nine years, interpreting for a deaf child who attended an Orthodox Jewish day school. I was with him and his 45 classmates from Grade 4 until their graduation. I loved working in a school, and the best part of it was being surrounded by children. Once my student graduated, I went back to school to get my teaching certification. My teaching philosophy is simple: the classroom should be a safe, fun, and positive place where children feel motivated to learn.

What do you like the most about working at DSS?
I like the laid-back atmosphere at Dwight. The staff members are friendly and the students are AWESOME.

What are your interests and or hobbies?
I enjoy cooking and baking, which is why I started the Bakerspace at Dwight. In addition, I like writing, traveling, taking pictures, and doing graphic design with Photoshop.

Who inspires you and how?
I love movies, and the actor/director Clint Eastwood inspires and amazes me because he’s now in his nineties and he’s still making movies—and even composing music for his films. He has shown that people can be productive and do what they love even late in life.

What is the best book or production that you have read, watched, or listened to lately?
One of my favorite books is Daniel Deronda, a novel written by the 19th century British writer George Eliot. I highly recommend it.

What global challenge would you like to see tackled and how do you see yourself contributing to the positive change that you desire? 
I would love to see the current COVID pandemic end, so that I can once again see the beautiful faces of students at school. As for social issues, censorship and attacks on freedom of speech disturb me. I am determined to speak out when I see it happen.

What is one fun fact about you that others may not know or may surprise them? 
I can juggle and ride a unicycle.

Why would you tell a prospective family to choose DSS?
To quote Tony the Tiger, the staff, students, and the entire school community are GRRREAT!

 

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