Dr. Dil Uswatte | How the Power of a Penny Can Teach Our Kids and Ourselves About Positive Inspiration and Leadership

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Dr. Dil Uswatte | How the Power of a Penny Can Teach Our Kids and Ourselves About Positive Inspiration and Leadership

Dr. Dilhani Uswatte

Posted on August 18, 2020

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With boundless energy and enthusiasm for positivity, Dr. Dilhani Uswatte has become a nationally recognized educator for good reason. She’s more than an inspiration to her students and her team in Hoover, Alabama. As a 2020 National Distinguished Principal, Dr. Dil encourages others to become inspirations themselves. This mentality has helped her build a culture of happiness and togetherness at her school.

Dr. Dil’s wisdom also goes far beyond education. Her universal insights on positive leadership and supporting others with compassion and kindness will resonate with anyone in any industry.

In this episode, you’ll also learn:

  • How to inspire positivity out of anyone
  • What inspires Dr. Dil, her team, and her students
  • Why we need to be intentional about inspiration
  • How to pass inspiration onto others
  • Dr. Dil’s thoughts on students coming back to the classroom during COVID
  • What the Power of a Penny is
  • Why pennies spread love and positivity at Dr. Dil’s school
  • Tips on minimizing distractions so we can better appreciate our world
  • How teachers can compete with today’s many distractions
  • Why we have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable
  • Advice on teaching happiness, compassion, and empathy to kids
  • How to promote healthy emotional wellbeing while social distancing
  • Why we should promote mosaics rather than melting pots
  • And so much more!

More About Dr. Dil

Born in Germany to parents of Sri Lankan descent, Dr. Dilhani Uswatte immigrated to Canada at the age of two and moved to Hoover, Alabama in 2000. She’s been an educator for the past 24 years. For the last six years, she’s been the principal of Rocky Ridge Elementary School.

Dr. Dill has been inducted into the Alabama Teacher Hall of Fame, received the Milken National Educator Award, the Alabama Educational Leader of the Year award, and was named National Distinguished Principal in 2020. Her school was also one of the first elementary schools in Alabama to earn the international STEM accreditation through AdvancEd.

She’s married to Dr. Gitendra Uswatte, a clinical psychologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Dil is the mother to two teenage boys, Suman and Asel.

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