Olivia Gonzalez - Meet the Teacher - Bangkok Prep

Olivia Gonzalez – Meet the Teacher

What do you love about working at Bangkok Prep?

I love working in an inclusive environment where all students have equal opportunities to thrive academically, emotionally and socially. The happiness and wellbeing of both the students and staff are at the core of the school which leads to a really strong sense of community.

What inspired you to apply for the role of Head of Psychology?

I welcomed the opportunity to hold a leading role at Bangkok Prep; my aim is to use my skills and experience to develop a growing department, bringing new ideas to build upon the school’s current effective practice. I’ve been teaching for the past 7 years and I’m looking forward to developing an engaging broad and balanced curriculum that is relevant and accessible to each and every student. The Humanities faculty has an excellent reputation and I couldn’t think of a more supportive environment to develop my leadership and collaboration skills.

As Head of Psychology, what is your vision and what would you like to achieve for this 2020-2021 Academic year?

I want to develop a department which supports students in reaching their full potential by encouraging learning experiences that allow them to be creative and critical thinkers in their approach to problem solving. Psychology is a subject that challenges students and helps them to think in different ways. This is a skill that they can take with them into everyday life in order to become responsible citizens.

What was the reason you initially decided to start teaching?

My own experience in education has reinforced just how influential teachers can be in making a subject enjoyable and engaging. Studying Psychology A-level was the first time I felt passionate about a subject and I want to be a part of creating the same experience for my students.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I enjoy exploring the city, particularly trying a range of cuisines in the many restaurants in Bangkok. I’m currently trying to make my way around every ramen restaurant in town, so any recommendations would be welcome! I also enjoy trying new recipes in my own kitchen. Another interest of mine is musical theatre and I’ve spent time developing skills backstage as a stage manager for a number of shows.


I graduated from Exeter University with a BSc in Psychology. Following this, I spent a year supporting learning in an inner-city school before completing my PGCE in Social Sciences at the Institute of Education in London. I then went on to teach Psychology at a very diverse school in East London. With an urge to travel and a desire to learn more about my mother’s homeland, I made the move to international teaching in Bangkok in 2016 where I co-ordinated whole school learning support and established a Psychology department.


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