As I write this letter today, I am smiling. My whole face is smiling, even though you may not be able to see it. These days, we are all wearing masks, and our facial expressions are now found in the eyes, the brows, and the forehead...
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Welcome to the American Embassy School, New Delhi
At the American Embassy School, we are inspired by our students. They are our most precious resource, our guiding lights, and our motivation. I visited the campus the first time in 2019, and I was introduced to many of these remarkable students, and have found myself continuing to reflect on their words. I was astounded by their focus on being the best versions of themselves while thinking about their contributions to their school and to the world. Our students push us to pull together, collaborate and engage in healthy, productive relationships throughout all of our organization.
Almost 70 years ago, the American Embassy School was established to serve the expatriate and diplomatic community in New Delhi. That service to the community has continued these many years. It has expanded to be known as an educational institution that stands behind the motto “Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve.” It is with that in mind that I joined the AES team. My 30 plus years working in schools and leading teams to build excellent educational programs have allowed me to learn and reflect on the many challenges we have faced in education over these past three decades. When I began my career, the mere idea of a school filled with computers was just a dream. We did not have the insights nor ideas of what the world wide web would ever be, and thought of learning in distance education modes was utterly impossible. A few years ago, a multi-person video conference was a resource only available to just a few. The scope of change has been profound and, at times, breathtaking. The beauty of the AES program is that it and the school have thrived.
With this history and the strengths founded in the community values, the mission and the school’s focus on our culture of belonging will drive us all forward through the next 70 years, and to continual renewal and improvement. I hope you can join us at AES. I think you will be impressed by our beautiful campus, and highly qualified faculty and staff, and I know you will be impressed with our dynamic students. When you visit you will enter a space where children are known and valued as learners, where exceptional educators co-design learning experiences each day that challenge children to reach their highest potential, and where each and every member of our school community joyfully pursues excellence in their own educational journey.
Andrew S. Torris, Ed.D - Director
Today, I ask you to think about our future. As we head into the last month of this gloriously auspicious year—one we will never forget, I ask that we all spend at least half as much time thinking about the future in balance to the present and the past.
Work is a funny thing. Some people live to work, and others work to live. Either way, there is a need for balance, and we duly try to reinforce that idea of balance in our children’s lives. As we have moved toward bringing students back, I urge the community to keep that idea of balance and stress in mind with our own experiences as well as those of our students.
At this time, when we have been “stuck” at home with the ones we love, those big feelings seem to come out of hiding in more significant ways. Those little feelings become big feelings quickly when we don’t get a chance to give them some exercise.
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There is a certain amount of melancholy that weighs on many parents as they watch their children grow. As my children have grown, I don’t think I’ve noticed that very often, but it hits me like a ton of bricks when I do.