Katherine Dinh, Head of School

Stories from Katherine

Letting Our Students Flourish

At the first Kindergarten Parent Coffee every year, I ask parents to respond to the following question, “As far as education is concerned, what is your long-term goal or hope for your child?” We go around the room and hear from everyone. I’ve collected hundreds of answers. They often sound like this: For my child to develop a love of learning. For my child to make friends and feel comfortable in social settings. For my child to be happy. Not once have I heard a parent say, “For my child to get into an Ivy League...

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A Life of Courage and Forgiveness

40 Years After “Napalm Girl” Last week, I had the honor of meeting and spending time with Kim Phuc Phan Thi, an extraordinary living example of courage, perseverance, and faith. While you may not know her by name, you likely know her image—that is, the image of her as a child. Kim is the “girl in the picture,” who was photographed by Pulitzer Prize winner Nick Ut, as she ran from her napalm-bombed village in Vietnam. As a 9-year-old, Kim’s life was forever changed when her family’s village was destroyed, killing two of...

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Screen Your Children’s Screens

The cover of the July 23 issue of The New Yorker depicts a family on vacation, each in their own electronic world. Sound familiar? Most of us parents (myself included) haven’t stayed ahead of the technology enough to fully monitor what all this screen time and social media is doing to our children. We need to turn that around.

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On Turning 30 …

The first day of school is like no other. Every opening day evokes for me memories of new shoes, awkward hairstyles, anxiety, and excitement. Yet school now is quite different than it was back in the day. I wonder what it would be like to start all over and grow up as a Prospect Sierra student in the 21st century. This year Prospect Sierra celebrates 30 years. In honor of that, I consider what it means to be 30 in today’s world. For my “research,” I spoke with Jonah Klein, Prospect School alumnus and 5th grade homeroom teacher, who is a...

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The Power and the Challenge of Gender Stereotypes

In the past few months, I have been paying more attention to messages that are delivered through popular culture and media. Take for instance, one night when I was watching an NBA game with my 8-year-old son. An avid sports fan, he is enthralled by games—with male or female players. But when he saw a halftime show with under-clothed women dancing on stage, he was stunned and confused. “Mom, I don’t get what those girls are doing,” he said. Indeed, I was rather stumped by what to tell him. I don’t get it either. Ever since I saw the...

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