Dr. Dennis Larkin
Dr. Dennis Larkin
Head of School
An Experienced Leader
Dennis Larkin, Lincoln’s internationally-accomplished Head of School, had a problem. Though he’s always wanted to live in Africa, he’d never even stepped onto the continent.
But Dennis is a problem solver, and when LCS called, he saw Lincoln offering the perfect solution: come to West Africa and help an already excellent school expand to keep pace with a rapidly growing Ghana.
Though he might be new to the African continent, Dennis is no newcomer to the world of international education. From Malaysia to Manila, Saudi Arabia to Shanghai, he’s worked in nine different international schools, including holding three head of school positions.
Having started his three-decade career in education at the head of a classroom on the eastern coast of the United States, “I still see teaching as part of my Head of School role,” he says. Though he’s not instructing a classroom any more, he’s still educating – articulating the school’s vision to the LCS community, motivating staff and parents to be excited about their communal goals, leading his team by example.
While management duties might have replaced his classroom position, Dennis still makes time to experience school life. To him, getting out of the office to yell a cheer with students at a pep rally or join a service trip to advance literacy in a local school is just as important as setting priorities with the school’s board or going over the budget with the finance director.
“It’s important to stay connected to the rhythm of the school,” he says, “to go see what the kids are doing and join in the fun. If I miss that, I might as well go work in an office in a bank or sell insurance.”
Luckily for Lincoln, Dennis won’t be leaving LCS to be an insurance salesman any time soon.
You’ll find him in Accra: eating a dosa at the open-air South Indian restaurant behind a gas station near the downtown
The upside of downsizing: previously directing a school of 3,000 students, finds Lincoln’s smaller student body and family atmosphere extremely enjoyable
Lincoln is like: a good old-fashioned family picnic, with parents chatting under the trees and kids playing games together