Since her arrival on the island as part of the “Phuket Sandbox”, Lural has since been a familiar face on the UWCT campus after safely quarantining and enjoying local Phuketian culture, with visits to Thalang Street, local beaches and the Big Buddha.
Having long hoped to make her way to Southeast Asia after several life-changing experiences in North and Central America, Lural is especially pleased to be living in Phuket because it fulfils a life-long dream. “I have always wanted to live on an island and I feel very fortunate to call such a beautiful place, with very kind people, my new home.”
A Hopeful Vision
With the academic year in full swing, Lural believes strongly that the UWC movement provides unparalleled pedagogical underpinnings and a vision for the teaching and learning experience that presents students with the opportunities needed to become admirable and well-balanced human
beings, prepared to go out in the world and to become the change-makers our world needs.
As an experienced director with a demonstrated history of working in the field of preschool, primary and secondary education Lural is skilled in nonprofit organizations, fundraising, change management, and program implementation. Her aim is to become part of the school and the broader community by committing to a long enough tenure to ensure that goals are achieved, progress is made and a lasting impact is felt throughout the school culture.
Unified and Committed Community
Lural notes that successful schools all have one thing in common- a unified and committed school community. She exclaims that, “UWC Thailand is blessed to have teachers and staff who are exceptional in their field, students who are unparalleled in their curiosity for life and for learning and parents who are willing to be true partners in the teaching and learning process. Joining our school means belonging to a broader community committed to doing anything it takes to ensure our students are supported, our teachers are cared for and that our future is bright!”
Globally, as schools try to navigate the uncertainty of dealing with the ongoing COVID pandemic, campus closures and online learning, Lural admits that there is quite a bit of change fatigue we are all facing as we live with such continual uncertainty. She is grateful to be at UWCT where the structures and procedures in place continue to support students in their academic, social-emotional and general wellbeing no matter the modality for learning – be it in-person or online – at any given point of time.
Commitment to a Transformational Education
As the new academic year begins, Lural sees multiple opportunities on the horizon as we all come together in our joint desire to keep ourselves, our community and our world safe while also ensuring the best learning conditions possible given our circumstances.