Pathways To Learning Hong Kong Registered School 566985 & 600733

Kanchan Dandwani
English and History teacher

Qualifications: B.Sc., M.Sc., LSE

After finishing high school, Kanchan went to the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) to complete a Bachelor’s degree in International History. Due to her parents' relocation to Dubai, she visited the UAE during all her holiday breaks and did some work experience there, developing a fascination with the local culture. Upon completing her degree, due to her love for London and History, she went to further pursue a Master’s degree in History of International Relations at LSE as well, specialising in subjects such as Middle Eastern and American Foreign Policy. Upon moving back to Hong Kong, she worked at a few corporate companies before settling into teaching.

On becoming a teacher:
I only really excelled in the last couple years of high school. I think I was able to do this for a number of reasons, but my History teacher was a signi ficant source of inspiration. He never fed us answers, but directed us, and it was his ardent interest in History that helped me fully discover mine. I didn’t know it then, but I realised that teaching simply by example has a powerful impact on students. I enjoy witnessing a student’s development, both in their interest in the subject and their skills. Even though it is hard work, it’s a rewarding learning experience to witness a student grow into their full potential.

Not many people know this - but I am developing my own baking business! I make all kinds of gluten-free, organic, vegan cakes. I used to love Art when I was in high school, and this is simply an area where I’m able to express creativity. I use flavours from other cultures as inspiration for my cakes. I also have my own travel and lifestyle blog where I record all my explorative experiences. Whilst these interests don’t obviously tie in with History, they reflect a creativity within me that I try to bring to my lessons.

An admirable person:
My field of study has always been History and International Relations - so I’d really have to say Barack Obama, the 44th American president. Whilst many disagree on how successful his presidency was, he certainly made history. His speeches, actions and ideology is always thrilling to examine.

An inspirational person:
Steve Jobs. He had serious ups and downs but what he achieved was astounding. He stood firm on his own ground. The commencement speech he delivered at Stanford in 2005 still makes me feel like I can do anything, anywhere.

Top tip to younger self:
Work hard, but relax and enjoy yourself. By enjoyment, I’m not referring to partying. I mean really take the time to delve into your hobbies and the things that give you joy. Right now you don’t really need to worry about bills and being independent, and this is the perfect time to discover who you are and what you love.

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