Mr. Wexler on Respect Motivate Achieve

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We have all heard of the school’s mantra: “Respect, Motivate, Achieve”, but what do these three words really mean to our community? This is the first of many interviews with members of ISZL that aims to understand the values behind our mission statement and how these beliefs bring us all together. This week, Mr. Wexler shares his view.


Who do you respect? Why do you respect this person?

Obviously there are countless people I respect. My wife first and foremost, my colleagues, my grandfather who escaped Germany before WWII to allow for my existence, and numerous people throughout history, particularly those who fall beneath the proverbial radar and pride themselves on their making positive contributions to their surroundings. That said, recently I’ve been focused on Brad Stevens, coach of the Boston Celtics. He never criticises players publicly, cares deeply about the personal and professional wellbeing of his players, demands excellences of his team but in an especially encouraging way, and has abundant expertise about the game. He spends countless hours preparing, teaching, reviewing video clips, and always–always!–conducts himself with great integrity and character. I greatly respect his poise and presence.


What motivates you? Why is this your motivation?

I am primarily motivated to be a calm and caring father and husband, a supportive professional, and dedicated educational leader who helps cultivate a context in which teachers and students can maximise their potential, take risks, and innovate. These are among the areas that define me. I am motivated to grow every day, to ensure I never reach the standards I set for myself, to practice what I preach, and–in general–tread gently and compassionately on the earth.


What do you feel that you have achieved in your lifetime? What would you like to achieve in the future?

Tough question. I would argue that I haven’t really achieved anything, I am continually in the process of achieving. The difference is that one is more fixed and one more fluid. In the future, I would like to find the magic balance–a life in which I carve out valuable time with my children, spouse, colleagues, and myself, the latter goal seems to elude me more often than not. A work in progress, like all of us.


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