The School's Founder
Paul E. DeMuth was born on May 10, 1950 in Deming, New Mexico. He was born the younger of two siblings to Leonard and Irene DeMuth. At the age of two Paul was diagnosed with what was a common disease at that time - polio. His father was also diagnosed with polio at the same time, but unfortunately did not survive.
Although this disease caused paralysis to the lower extremities, requiring a dozen surgical operations throughout his childhood and leaving him permanently wheelchair bound, Paul was determined to succeed in life. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1973. After graduation Paul traveled to Thailand many times, and here he met his wife Surin. He returned to Minnesota with his wife, where he taught Thai at The University of Minnesota, briefly, but made lifetime connections within the Thai community.
Still determined to surpass everyone’s expectation of a person in a wheelchair Paul, in 1981, opened one of the first Thai restaurants in downtown Minneapolis. Not long after opening, the restaurant received rave reviews from local media and customers. After doing so well, Paul and Surin then acquired yet another restaurant. But after three children and many long hours, Paul and Surin decided to sell both businesses and returned to Thailand in 1989.
Paul’s ambition continued in Thailand, where he worked part-time exporting to the United States, but devoted himself fully to spending time with his family. A dedicated father, Paul wanted his children to experience the Thai culture and people which he had grown to love. This love for Thailand and his family inspired the opening of Lanna International School in 1993. After many years of hiring teachers to home-school his oldest child, along with a few other students, Paul felt the need to provide this type of quality education for his two youngest children and other families in the Chiang Mai community. Lanna International School was born.
Just a few months after the opening of Lanna International School, in 1993, Paul became ill and passed away while fundraising for the school in the Unites States. He passed away leaving his wife Surin and his three children; Georgene, Sean and Nick to continue on with his legacy. Since Paul saw no challenge to be too big, and no dream beyond arms reach, his wife and children chose to continue on with Lanna International School in memory of Paul’s spirit and lust for life.
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What They Say
|My 12 year old daughter has been going to Lanna International School since she was 3. She enjoys going to school each day, is getting a first class education and loves the family environment of the school. I like the small class sizes and the robust British-based curriculum. However, I think Lanna’s greatest asset is its dedicated, caring, teachers. I believe that Lanna is now the best international school in Chiang Mai; in many different ways.|
|Pete Train (Parent)|
|Lanna has a very balanced energy. The focus here is not only on academics; it has a more holistic outlook. Teachers see the individual in each student and help them develop in their own ways. At the same time Lanna is like a family and the students know each other across the grades. The teachers and staff are caring, open-minded and approachable for both students and parents, and they go out of their way to accommodate our needs. We feel our daughter is in very good hands.|
|Ulrike Thitasuta (parent)|
|Lanna has been my only school since I was 2 years old and frankly I would not have wanted to go to any other school. This really is a special school and all its students should be thankful to be here.|
|Daniel (Class of 2011 Graduate)|
|LIST is is so much more than a school it is a home and everyone here makes it so!|
|Node (Class of 2011 Valedictorian)|
|LIST helped me to overcome my difficulties and never gave up on me. It has a great atmosphere and I would highly recommend this school to anyone.|
|LinKyi (Class of 2010 Graduate)|
|It was a very small school when I first joined it 13 years ago – I have seen it grow in so many ways but still maintaining its caring and supportive teachers who helped me get to where I am today.|
|Ken (Class of 2010 Valedictorian)|
|It is a school which really looks after all of its students.|
|John (Class of 2009 Graduate)|
|Lanna taught me how to learn, how to self-study, to develop presentation skills, to be more confident in expressing my opinions and thoughts, to always search for meaning in every academic subject and even social activity; to find a place for myself in this complex world and something I could do to make my life meaningful.|
|Ann (Class of 2009 Valedictorian)|
|It is the best school in Chiang Mai – the staff are so supportive and back me up in all I do.|
|Malie (Class of 2008 Graduate)|
|Some schools have great infrastructure but there is no atmosphere; LIST has a great atmosphere in which all students are treated as individuals and encouraged to express themselves and develop their individual talents.|
|Teak (Class of 2007 Valedictorian)|