Laurence Stellman - Meet our Teachers - Bangkok Prep

Laurence Stellman – Meet our Teachers

As a Year 5 Teacher, what exciting things do you have planned for your class this year?   

Having taught Year 5 last year, I was delighted that the children seemed to enjoy the wide range of learning opportunities I offered to them. I must say, it boils down to teamwork. This year, as a team of dedicated teachers, we have planned lots of exciting lessons, inspired by interesting Thematic Topics. For me, I would like to think that some of the exciting highlights coming up this year will include sharing the wonderful social experience of going on our Year 5 Residential in Term 2.

Also, I have lots of exciting science investigations planned for the rest of the year, and I know the students will enjoy these and relate their learning of how and why things happen in everyday life. I love reading to my students and I relish the opportunity to share the rich English language through books of all types of genres. I truly believe that modelling reading can enthuse children to read, and for me, this is exciting!

 What were your first impressions when you initially arrived at and started working at Bangkok Prep? How long have you worked at Bangkok Prep?

I have been lucky enough to have worked here at Bangkok Prep for almost 15 years. I worked in London for 18 years as a teacher before moving to Thailand.

I still remember my first impressions of the school as I walked in through the doors. It was a much smaller school then. The children all greeted me politely and everyone I met was just so friendly and positive. The vibe I got was like nowhere else I have worked. I am happy to say this fantastic feeling of internationalism and everyone being part of a community, has not been lost!

What was the reason you initially decided to start teaching?

They say teaching is a vocation and for me this is certainly true. I wanted to be a teacher from the age of about 11. It was because I was inspired by teachers myself. As a youngster, I was lucky to have truly great teachers, so good were they, that I can remember their names to this day! These teachers gave me the desire to find out things, they gave me confidence and they allowed me to make the right decisions. They were like ‘an extra group of parents!’

Through my own experiences of being at school, I wanted to do the same for others when I grew up. This is why I have enjoyed staying in the profession for all these years. It always thrills me to see children I teach make progress and for them to ask questions and search for answers.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Finding time outside of work is very important to me. Spending time with friends and family are paramount. I love to travel, especially to places that have different cultures for me to sample. Korea, Japan, Nepal and India are among my favourite places so far, but there are many more places I really want to visit. One of my passions is to take time out to explore cities and landscapes with my camera. I am always discovering new things in Thailand as well as abroad. I have always had a real interest in natural history and science generally. More recently, I have rekindled my hobby of photography and invested in some new lenses. I particularly enjoy capturing landscapes, wildlife and close ups of small creatures. Listening to a diverse range of music is another important facet to my time, when not working.

Please can you give me a summary of your qualifications and previous work experience?

Qualifications after A-levels: Bachelor of Education Degree with Honours (French Studies and Psychology of Education – Hertfordshire University, England).

TEFL Certificate (2005 Bangkok)

Previously, I worked in another International School in Bangkok and before that I worked for 18 years, teaching from Year 2 to Year 6 in a Primary School in North West London.

Our Campus

BANGKOK PREP ADDRESS

77 SUKHUMVIT 77, VADHANA
BANGKOK, 10110

77 สุขุมวิท 77 วัฒนา
กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110

02-700-5858

Primary School

The Head of Primary at Bangkok Prep emphasizes the importance of primary education in shaping students’ lives academically and socially. The school aims to prepare global citizens capable of facing life’s challenges in an ever-changing world. With a dedicated team of educators, Bangkok Prep sets high standards, encouraging students to dream big and work hard towards their goals.

Aligned with the National Curriculum of England and Wales, the school’s curriculum is adapted to reflect Thai culture and society. Teaching follows an innovative thematic approach, integrating real-life contexts with academic rigor to develop well-rounded individuals. Learning is personalized to cater to diverse abilities and talents, fostering mutual respect, trust, and inclusivity.

Bangkok Prep’s primary curriculum extends beyond statutory requirements, focusing on engaging cross-curricular themes to facilitate high-quality learning. Emphasizing active and interactive learning experiences, the curriculum encourages exploration, questioning, and collaboration. The school aims to nurture students’ curiosity, helping them discover lifelong passions and talents while preparing them for a fulfilling future.

Admissions Procedure

When choosing Bangkok Prep for your child, you’re welcomed into the school family, ensuring a warm and supportive environment. The admissions process begins with completing a brief enquiry form, followed by an invitation for an introductory visit and tour. Conveniently located on Sukhumvit 77, Bangkok Prep offers both Primary and Secondary campuses. Upon deciding on Bangkok Prep, applicants submit their application form and required documents. Assessment sessions are then scheduled based on the applicant’s year level, ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours. The assessment includes various activities and tests tailored to different age groups. After assessment, the admissions team evaluates the application and notifies the family of the decision within 1-2 weeks. Successful applicants receive a formal offer letter and an invoice for initial fees, including placement, security, and registration fees, which must be paid within the specified timeframe to secure the child’s place.

Early Years

At Bangkok Prep, the Early Years curriculum follows the Early Years Foundation Stage framework of England, emphasizing thematic topics and child-led learning for a stimulating and enjoyable school experience. It nurtures learning through play and focuses on developing concepts, skills, and positive attitudes across various areas including personal, social, emotional, communication, language, physical, literacy, mathematics, understanding of the world, and expressive arts and design. The curriculum prioritizes individualized learning, ensuring continuous progress while maintaining confidence and a can-do attitude. Specialist sessions in Thai language and culture, music, library, physical education, and swimming further enhance learning opportunities. Supervised by native English teachers and Thai-speaking teaching assistants, children immerse in language acquisition through the immersion method, preparing them for the international community. The Early Years program prioritizes outdoor learning environments, valuing them as essential for children’s wellbeing and development. It serves as ideal preparation for the transition into primary school and provides resources for parents on the Foundation Years website.

Secondary School

Bangkok Prep prides itself on being a distinct international secondary school in Bangkok, prioritizing student needs and providing a stimulating learning environment. Central to this is the pastoral system, where each student is assigned to a tutor group led by a Form Tutor, ensuring personalized care and support. The curriculum evolves to meet students’ changing needs, offering a core curriculum supplemented by option subjects as students mature. Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) focuses on a broad curriculum adapted from the English National Curriculum, fostering personal growth. In Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11), students choose option subjects alongside a core curriculum, culminating in IGCSE examinations. Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) sees students specialize in Advanced Level courses while also engaging in a core curriculum and receiving support for university applications. Bangkok Prep fosters a warm, inclusive community and actively participates in regional competitions and events. The school encourages student involvement and leadership, ensuring a thriving learning environment. Contact information is provided for further inquiries.

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