Bangkok Faces: Meredith Alexander of Harrow International School

19 May 2014, BKK Kids

Your Name: Mrs Meredith Alexander
Job Title: Head of Early Years, Harrow International School Bangkok

What is your nationality and background?  I spent my early and primary years in Perth, Western Australia. My family relocated to Brisbane, Queensland where I attended both high school and university. I studied Education, specialising in Early Childhood Studies. During this time I met my husband and we began our family before heading off to teach overseas. We spent 4 years in Brunei where we also had two more children, and then spent 3 years teaching in Budapest. We have now lived in Bangkok for eight years with our four children attending Harrow Bangkok.

What is your profession? I am an Early Childhood Teacher and currently hold the position of Head of Early Years at Harrow Bangkok.

What are the key skills and responsibilities of this role? My role is to manage and develop a thriving international Early Years Centre that caters for over 200 children between the ages of 16 months and 5 years.

How did you get involved in your profession? My Mother kept a piece of my writing that I did as a 6 year old. I had written that “I wanted to be a Kindergarten teacher in the countryside.” So from a very early age I knew what I wanted to do and I have never looked back. Working in the area of Early Childhood Education is an extremely rewarding experience and I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to follow my dreams, and end up working in the incredible country of Thailand.

How does your role enhance the well-being or experience of children? Working within the Early Years Centre at Harrow Bangkok enables us the opportunity to give children a rich and meaningful experience in their formative years, a chance to enjoy their childhood by learning and discovering the world around them through play.

What challenges do your face in this role? There are many challenges faced with working with young children, however these are exciting challenges as each child is given a chance to grow and develop.

What do you hope to achieve within your industry? As a Centre we hope to give children a chance to reach their potential in an ever changing world. We hope to connect with and involve families in the development of their children and in preparing their children for a positive school experience.

Who or what inspires you? My Early Years Staff inspire me with their vision, dedication and selflessness and care towards the children that they work with. They always have the attitude of doing what is best for each individual child and the family that they belong too.

Only a Bangkok local would know… that the “Baan Rabiang Nam” or “River Tree Restaurant” in Nonthaburi, serve the most delicious Thai food whilst enjoying the ambience of being by the river. A truly relaxing and yummy experience for the whole family!

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