Staff

Meet Gecko Nurs­ery School staff. Our team of pas­sion­ate edu­ca­tors is ded­i­cat­ed to Gecko’s vision of child-cen­tric edu­ca­tion.

Lizzie Law­son

Lizzie is a high­ly qual­i­fied and expe­ri­enced teacher from the UK. She holds a BA Hons degree in Eng­lish lit­er­a­ture and media stud­ies, a Post Grad­u­ate Cer­tifi­cate in Edu­ca­tion and a Post Grad­u­ate Diplo­ma in Spe­cial Edu­ca­tion, all from British Uni­ver­si­ties. She gained a QTS in 2000 and has taught both in the UK and inter­na­tion­al­ly.

Lizzie believes that teach­ing should be about allow­ing chil­dren to con­tin­ue the learn­ing jour­ney they nat­u­ral­ly began at birth and then beyond. “All chil­dren are pro­grammed to want to learn and find out more about the world around them and them­selves, and our job as teach­ers is to allow this to con­tin­ue and to provide oppor­tu­ni­ties to devel­op their pas­sions and cre­ate links with new ideas and con­cepts,” she says.

Lizzie thinks it is vital to build good rela­tion­ships with chil­dren in to help take them on their jour­ney of dis­cov­ery. In her view, edu­ca­tion is about inspir­ing a love of learn­ing and not inter­rupt­ing the­se nat­u­ral desires with tasks that are mean­ing­less to the child.

In a world where we are prepar­ing our chil­dren for pro­fes­sions that are as yet unknown, we must nour­ish their nat­u­ral curiosi­ties and love of learn­ing. Rather than focus­ing on the end result and what the child can pro­duce through given work­sheets or guid­ed activ­i­ties, focus is on the jour­ney and what they are dis­cov­er­ing in the process.“

 

Jas­mine Gurung

272508_10150234887514261_6718942_oBorn in the for­mer British hill sta­tion of Dar­jeel­ing, edu­cat­ed in some of the best uni­ver­si­ties in India and beyond and with a vast teach­ing expe­ri­ence at schools of all lev­els, Jas­mine Gurung is a rare breed of a tru­ly pas­sion­ate teacher who per­ceives teach­ing not sim­ply as a job but as a mis­sion.

She holds of a BA degree in Eng­lish, PG diplo­ma in Jour­nal­ism and a Diplo­ma of Screen from Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, and is cur­rent­ly pur­su­ing a Mas­ters Degree in edu­ca­tion. More than five years of teach­ing expe­ri­ence allowed her to estab­lish her own teach­ing phi­los­o­phy, pil­lars of which are: respect for the child’s indi­vid­u­al­i­ty; inter­ac­tive learn­ing through activ­i­ties and secur­ing a safe and stim­u­lat­ing envi­ron­ment for her stu­dents.

Or in her own words “I believe that every child is a mar­velous indi­vid­u­al with fath­om­less poten­tial and lim­it­less ener­gy. It takes love, care and respect to work with them. If there’s a job that requires pas­sion, this is it.”

Mee

DSCN0564Mee was born in Aud­tara­dit in the north of Thai­land. Pri­or to com­ing to Phuket she worked in Bangkok as a clothes design­er. She has a 9 year old son named Siam. Mee joined Gecko in Sep­tem­ber 2013 and after com­plet­ing her TA course she now works as a teacher assis­tant. The kids love her friend­ly nature and hap­py dis­po­si­tion. Mee loves to read books and exer­cise in her spare time. Mee believes being respon­si­ble and kind is an impor­tant aspect of life. She says the chil­dren make her hap­py!

A nor­mal day at work!

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