Hi, I’m Dina

A passionate educator, I create and deliver fun, inspirational and transformational Education for Life programmes that foster personal growth, wellbeing and success.

Hi, I’m Dina

A passionate educator, I create and deliver fun, inspirational and transformational Education for Life programmes that foster personal growth, wellbeing and success.

‘Why you?’  (I hear you ask) Why me? (I hear myself ask) – well, aside from my formal credentials, I’m a learner of life’s lessons.

Burning out physically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually THREE times, I started my personal growth journey by learning to understand myself, my place in the world, learning and applying tools into my life to help me move forward.  Having personally experienced the impact of mental health and where it could lead, I asked myself:    

 “Why aren’t we teaching core life skills at school? Why wait until you’re an adult to discover about your Self, and to have tools that can help you on the journey of life?”

And that is how Lessons-in-Self – Education for Life was born.

 

Life’s Snippets

  • Founder of Lessons-in-Self, I’m a professional English Language Teacher, teacher educator and trainer with over 23 years’ experience. I ingeniously combine my passion for education, personal growth, positive psychology, wellbeing and success to create unique education programmes.
  • Teacher Trainer and Educator of English Language Methodology for Secondary School Teachers at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW).
  • Graduated with a BA (Hons) and a MEd in English Language Teaching from the University of Manchester, UK – a big deal for me having left school at 16 with only 3 GCSEs to my name and the belief that I wouldn’t amount to anything. The first female member of my family to go to university.
  • Following my burnout, I wanted to learn more about personal growth, wellbeing and success. I have personally trained with Jack Canfield. I am a Certified Trainer in The Success Principles and the Jack Canfield Methodology.
  • Love learning and currently in the process of completing a Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing, aiming to graduate in May 2020.
  • Lead teacher training workshops, seminars and talks in schools in Switzerland and national and international conferences including HEP, HES, IATEFL, ETAS, and on behalf of Cambridge Assessment English and Pearson.
  • Given talks and various workshops in corporate settings and for professional organisations e.g. PMI, DisruptHR, DrivenWoman.
  • Author of a number-one selling book called Success University for Women in Leadership.
  • Won the audience’s vote, I ended up doing an ‘accidental’ 3-minute TEDX talk about burnout, called a Sofa day, on the mainstage in Basel.
  • Through my own life experiences, and life’s lessons I show that no matter your educational background, culture and gender the life you rightly deserve is yours.

 

Oh, in case you’re wondering…

Born in London to Greek-Cypriot parents, I’m now based in Switzerland.  I left school at 16 with no real qualifications but dreams.

dreams + thirst and curiosity for learning = where I am today.

I love teaching and learning even more, I love books and the smell books have (truthfully I do!), my visual-spatial awareness is to pee on and as for distances (no idea!). That’s the reason I happily hiked 170km from Schwarzenburg to Geneva in 6 days in July 2017 all in aid of Girls Education raising over $2600 for the Malala Fund. Yay!

I’m  finally at a place where I’m so happily ecstatic to be Dina.  I love taking her out on dates (table for one please) and enjoy her company, love running, hiking and sharing her energy and spirit with those I love.  She rocks! (I talk about myself in the 3rd person for a very good reason…why? That’s something else I teach about in Lessons-in-Self)