Schools should provide an opportunity to less fortunate students

Andrew Leathwood, TAC Head of School

Giving Program: Campus Naming 

Can you explain us your connection to TAC?  
I have been the Head of School at TAC for three years and plan to stay here for a while longer.

What does it mean to be a member of TAC Family? How did TAC change your life? 
The TAC family is amazing – once they welcome you in you are a member for life. I have never seen a group of people so dedicated to supporting their alma mater. I think it has changed my life in many ways – the TAC family has been so very warm and supportive and helped me adjust to life in a new culture. I have had the privilege of taking part in many TAC functions and met incredible people. And I have made some lifelong friends.

How did you decide to donate to TAC? Why did you choose the campus naming donation method? 
To be honest, I have been donating to scholarship funds at TAC since I arrived. I decided to donate because I see that the level of education in Turkish schools is far from equal and I believe at TAC we can give a priceless opportunity for students in financial need to get a superior level of education.  It is about the moral purpose of education – providing as many students as we can with the greatest life chance. As far as the campus naming project, it is just another opportunity for donation – I also give to the Tuğla fund.

Your support changes many young people’s lives. How does that make you feel? 
I am not sure what to say on this point. It makes me feel good but I do not do it for that reason – I see it as part of my role as Head of School. I am fortunate to have a job that allows me to give back, so I do.

What is your message to potential donors? 
I would go back to my statement about the moral purpose of education. Our schools should do everything they can to provide an opportunity to students who are less fortunate to have a great education – and TAC provides an excellent high school experience.

Röportaj Tarihi: Ekim 2017