Engage. Be Global. Inspire.
Dear EBI Community,
The year 2020 has been a year like no other. As it comes to a close, I think we can all appreciate the well-deserved need to pause, restore, reflect, enjoy time with our loved ones, and practice self-care. Amidst the incredible challenges and hardships that this year has brought, I continue to find myself profoundly grateful for all that we have accomplished together by supporting and lifting each other up. Even though we could not have predicted in early March what the coming months would bring, we could predict that our amazing community would come together in complete synergy to allow EBI to successfully navigate the challenges ahead and fulfill its mission.
Faculty, staff, students, families, and trustees have worked courageously and admirably to adjust to an ever-changing landscape. Thanks to these extraordinary efforts, we pivoted to distance learning in the spring and to three different teaching and learning modalities in the fall. All with the aim of serving our students to the best of our ability, whether on campus or at home. In a year that has also been defined by change, the unwavering strength and resiliency of our community have been our only constant and source of daily inspiration. Thank you, wholeheartedly, for the sacrifices that everyone has made this past year and for being a part of the EBI community.
As the end of 2020 nears, I also look forward to the promise of tomorrow. Our future is filled with light and hope thanks to our students’ commitment and determination to creating a better world. If nothing else, this year has taught us to follow in our students’ footsteps by being more compassionate, kind, and patient with each other and ourselves. In 2021, we have the opportunity to write another brand new chapter by leading from the heart and remaining rooted in our mission. I have no doubt that by working together, we will continue to not only reach every mountain top that lies ahead but also emerge stronger. After all, the best view always comes after the hardest climb.
May today’s winter solstice serve as a harbinger of hope, knowing that each day going forward will bring more light. Wishing you and your loved ones a bright start to 2021 and all the best this holiday season and always.
Con cariño y de todo corazón,
Paola V. Clark, Ed.D.
Dear EBI Community,
I hope you have had a truly wonderful and joyful holiday break. Thanksgiving is not a holiday we celebrate in Lima, Peru, where I grew up. However, gratitude and thankfulness have always been core values in our family. As such, I have learned to be a more reflective thinker and striven to become more mindful of the present moment. In this way, I am able to consistently recognize and appreciate those around me by letting them know how very grateful I am to have them in my life.
A year ago, on this same holiday weekend, I had the first interview for the Head of School position at EBI. A few weeks later, I had the fantastic opportunity of visiting the school as a finalist, and shortly thereafter, the extraordinary honor of being offered this position. Today, during this time of thanksgiving, I want to express my most heartfelt gratitude for the extraordinary gift of being EBI’s Head of School and a part of this community.
Wholehearted thanks to each and every one of you for so much inspiration and joy these past five months! Thank you very much for your incredible generosity, sincere dedication, and unwavering commitment to working together to advance EBI’s mission to new levels of excellence. I continue to be inspired every day by how students, faculty, staff, trustees, and families embody the EBI values and attributes of the IB Learner Profile. My heart is also filled with deep gratitude because thanks to each of you, every day is a joyful and beautiful day for teaching and learning at EBI.
Most importantly, I am beyond grateful for your continued trust and support, and immensely proud of all that we are accomplishing by working together. I can’t wait to celebrate all the additional successes to come as we continue to collectively write the next chapter of EBI’s story together.
Wishing you and yours joy, love, and happiness today and always. ¡Mil gracias de todo corazón!