Tanya grew up on a farm in rural Cambridge before studying at Homerton College at the University of Cambridge. She started teaching overseas a year after she graduated living in Egypt and Georgia in the United States.
“I loved living in Egypt for 11 years, spending time in both Alexandria and Cairo. I met my husband, Tom, there and we had our son, Eddie. We moved to an area north of Atlanta, Georgia in 2011 and I have worked for there for the last 4 years as a Kindergarten teacher. We visited Thailand in 2010 and said when the time was right, we knew it was a place we wanted to be.
I like to do yoga, sports, and visit historical sites and go out and about. We love to travel, in the last year we’ve been to the Grand Canyon, Canada, we like to travel and experience new places and meet new people. We are also excited to support Eddie, who is starting Year 7, in his tennis and football accomplishments.
When I was at secondary school I volunteered in a local primary school. I just knew it was something I wanted to do. I wanted to be a facilitator for children’s learning. I love the fact that every day is different and that the children have such a thirst for knowledge, they always want to know more and do things.
I think it is important to be open to new ideas and not have a fixed outlook on life and how you want it to go – because even in the classroom things change and you have to be able to adapt to those changes. I want each child to know that they are important to me, I am very caring. They become “your kids” under the vast umbrella of in locus parentis over the year. They feel needed and fulfill their role to be the best they can be.
It’s amazing, I have never felt so welcomed in an environment before, the smallest details have not been overlooked. We’ve been introduced to things as and when we need them and no information overload, that has been so helpful. Everyone has been ready and willing to answer questions. The school environment is an amazing place, I am so glad my child gets to experience it. The heart of Bangkok Patana is the children and the resources that are put in it. I did do a lot of research before I applied, and I knew it was where I wanted to be, so it has not disappointed me at all.
I want to help children reach their true potential by developing learning experiences that allow them to be critical thinkers and creative citizens in their approach to problem-solving.
My goal is to go on a learning journey with my children to help them and myself become the best that we can be academically, socially and emotionally.”