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Be Intentionally Caring and Present in Relationships

Pearls of Wisdom
By Kustave Heino
Be Intentionally Caring and Present in Relationships

For over 30 years international school leaders, teachers, and counselors have come together for PTC professional learning experiences. Each day of every program begins with a “pearl of wisdom,” a “nugget of knowledge,” or a “gem of inspiration” from one of the participants. We are delighted to offer our readers around the world these powerful stories, insights, and strategies, all dedicated to our shared mission of ever more and better learning for our children.  

In this Pearl, Kustave says that in the fast-paced nature of our work, it’s easy to get caught up in our own thoughts and responsibilities, but our relationships should always be a top priority. He shares his journey and three aspects that he tries to intentionally work on to build relationships: 

  1. Be caring and genuine.
  2. Show your team that you listen.
  3. Be there for your team. Be present.


Professional positions cited were the ones held at the time of recording. The positions and schools of those quoted may have since changed.


Kustave Heino is the Elementary Deputy Principal at Stamford American International School.

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