Meet the New Teacher: Rebecca Fricsay


Rebecca Fricsay is the new Learning Support teacher in Year 2.

Learning Support Teacher (Year 2)

Rebecca Fricsay is the new Learning Support Teacher in Year 2. She earned her Bachelor’s in Spanish Studies at Cardiff University, her PGCE at De Montford University before returning back to school to hear a Masters in Printmaking at Anglia Ruskin University.

“This is an ideal school for me for professional development, there are a lot of opportunities, I have already had a couple of training sessions and I’ve only been here for three weeks. The school actively encourages professional learning, which I really like.”

Experiences in Thailand

“I first came to Thailand right after the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004. I had already decided I wanted to work in Phuket and then the tsunami hit just before I went so I wasn’t sure if I should go or not. But I did, and I loved it. It is an interesting comparison with this time, which is actually the next time I have come to work in Thailand, with a world-wide pandemic that also almost scuppered my plans.”

“I’ve actually visited Bangkok Patana when I lived in Thailand before. Funnily enough I came here on a training course from my school in Phuket. I remember flying up for a one-day conference here at school. Ever since, I thought that Bangkok Patana would be a nice place to work. Now that I have been here for a while it’s amazing. It’s unlike any other school I’ve ever worked in. I’ve been very impressed so far. I like the outdoor areas, the fishponds and the giant lilies in the pond by the Sala. It doesn’t feel like a school when you come from an under-resourced school in Britain.”

Journey to Bangkok Patana

“I decided to move internationally again as after living in Dubai I returned to the UK for ten years where I worked at a more difficult school. I thought that now is a good time for my daughter to have new experiences before she got too settled and it wouldn’t disrupt her life too much.”

“I am looking forward to getting to know my departments; learning support and Year 2 team. I am getting to grips with working in such a big school, it’s very different from my old school which was quite small.”

“I have a degree in print making, when I have time I would like to get back into art and print making. I had exhibitions on my work and even sold pieces of my work.”