Diana Pai

HEAD OF LAN­GUAGES DEPART­MENT

The Kids Post - - Private Education Guide 2014 -

O ne of the things I re­mem­ber most about my teach­ers was their abil­ity to share their in­ter­ests and ex­per­tise with their stu­dents, and to ig­nite in us a pas­sion for dis­cov­ery and learn­ing.”

Diana Pai is the Head of the Lan­guages Depart­ment at St. Cle­ment’s and teaches Latin, Clas­si­cal Greek, Clas­si­cal Civ­i­liza­tion and French. Her road to be­com­ing an ed­u­ca­tor was paved with many amaz­ing teach­ers who had a great in­flu­ence on her own teach­ing ca­reer.

In her own class­room, the aim is to help each stu­dent dis­cover a pas­sion for clas­si­cal lan­guages and cul­tures; and the par­al­lels between the clas­si­cal and mod­ern worlds. “We have so much in com­mon - both lin­guis­ti­cally and cul­tur­ally - with the Greeks and Ro­mans,” she says. She is also of­ten busy con­tribut­ing to school life – par­tic­u­larly its in­volve­ment in Clas­sics com­pe­ti­tions. “By tak­ing part in school life, we also get to see the stu­dent be­yond the class­room. I have en­joyed help­ing stu­dents dis­cover and de­velop their lead­er­ship skills, and I have learned a lot from them as well.”

“Ul­ti­mately, it is my goal as an ed­u­ca­tor to en­cour­age my stu­dents to ap­proach th­ese op­por­tu­ni­ties for dis­cov­ery with the cu­rios­ity to ex­plore them fur­ther, the courage to ask ques­tions, and the pas­sion

to con­tinue learn­ing.”

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