Footprints International School (FIS)

Toul Tompoung Market, Saint 440, Phnom Penh, Cambodia



Footprints International School (FIS) is a school dedicated to raising the quality of education in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Established in 2007, the school has grown from just 10 students to more than 1000 students. We now have seven branches around Phnom Penh, and offer classes from Nursery to Grade 12. Each year we add one additional level at each branch.  

Footprints International School is dedicated to inspiring a passion for learning and encouraging emotional and intellectual vitality. Together, I will be working with the already amazing staff to empower our students with the confidence and courage to contribute to the global community and supply them with the tools necessary to achieve their dreams.

Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire. We as educators aspire to be that spark that lights the flame. In the classrooms and as a school, I will continue to pursue the balance that provides strong academic preparation with opportunities for students to be successful on their educational journey.

As an educator, I understand the students are individuals who learn in varied ways, develop at different paces, and bring a wide variety of talents and interests to the classroom. My goal is to foster the relationship between the students and their teachers by maintaining a constant stream of information between them in the person and on paper. I understand fully the concept of the “whole child” and I will continue to support the teaching staff, enrich the curriculum as well as the ongoing professional development.

As an educator, I am devoted to assisting each child to grow intellectually, socially, physically, and with a sense of civic pride. I have a deep appreciation for the philosophy of life and what constitutes real happiness; I strongly believe that it is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. The person who makes a success of living is one who sees their goals steadily and aims for it unswervingly. This is what I call dedication. My philosophy of life is that if we make up our minds on what we are going to make of our lives and work hard towards that goal, we never lose and somehow will win.

From my point of view, this philosophy also applies to education. Our heritage and ideals, our codes and standards, and the things we live by and teach our children are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings. We must have the vision to share with our students, but the vision is not enough; it must be combined with venture. As a philosopher once said, “It is not enough to stare up the steps – we must step up the stairs”. Children need excitement and drive to move forward in order to succeed and learn. Without motivation, children begin to lose interest, and the result is they lose the motivation to succeed.

I believe that knowledge is power, and we should empower children with knowledge of their potential. I believe that education should be global in its scope and broad-based in its implementation. With the diversity in the world in which we live, we as the educator should execute lessons that are not just appropriate, but also that instill in our students an excitement towards learning. I truly believe that without encouragement, the best powers of the mind remain dormant.



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