Mr. Warner D'Cunha is a servant-leader and steward with more than 20 years of professional Information Technology (IT) experience in financial services and risk management. As a servant first, Mr. D'Cunha's overarching objective is to always enable the growth of individuals and to create environments in which students can excel. As a steward, he holds himself responsible for what has been entrusted to his care, as well as accountable for what he administers on behalf of the true "owners" of the experience i.e. the students, parents, and families.
Mr. D'Cunha graduated from Goa University in Goa, India with a Bachelor's in Computer Science ... so long ago his children refer to it as the "dark ages". Since then he has worked at IBM, American Express, and USAA, spanning the globe in locations like India, Norway, and the USA. Eight years ago, he began teaching part-time in a school-setting that has continued to the present day. During this time, his wife and he started their own STEM education business using LEGO and Python. He also sits on the board of the Southwest Maricopa Region of First Things First — an Arizona voter-initiated, statewide organization that funds early education and health programs to prepare young children to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.
Mr. D'Cunha lives in Litchfield Park, AZ with his wife, their three children, the children's grandmother, two dogs, two turtles, and - come Christmas - a partridge in a pear tree.
The D'Cunha family's perspective on education is summed thusly. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. Our children have the potential to do great and wonderful things. To become anything, they wish to be. They need to be helped, guided, and nurtured. Not in providing them opportunities – but in equipping them to create their own opportunities. Not in clearing paths – but in teaching them how to build their own roads. Not by mapping out a journey – but by empowering them to create their own destiny! And where these roads take them will pleasantly surprise them … and us. Truly, it has been said that it takes a village to raise a child - and we are that village.”
Fun fact about Mr. D’Cunha: Mr. D'Cunha has had the great fortune to visit all the inhabited continents* on the globe, except Africa. On his punch-list is to visit Uganda, where his mother comes from, as well as to visit Portugal, from where his father shares a cultural inheritance. *Antartica doesn't count as "inhabited", it just has tourists. <wink>