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An experienced & talented team

Gecko Garden Preschool has over 20 staff, including internationally qualified and local teachers, teacher assistants and support staff.

The school is led by our Director, Mary Velasco, who is supported by an Operations Manager and an Administration Assistant on the administrative side.

Gecko Garden Preschool students are taught by a group of dedicated and inspiring individuals. The older Gecko and Garden classes are taught by international teachers and the younger Tadpole and Frog classes are taught by a floating international teacher and four local teachers. Our local teachers have a combined total of more than 60 years with the school and our 14 Teacher Assistants have more than 70 years of service between them.

We encourage the ongoing training and development of our staff through regularly scheduled professional development opportunities, mentoring and coaching. A number of our staff also pursue additional formal training in their own time.

Gecko Garden Preschool is unique from other preschools in Phnom Penh in that the school’s governance is overseen by the Parent Management Group, a committee of up to 12 parents. The PMG meets monthly and represents a diverse range of nationalities and professions.

Introducing Mary Velasco, Director

Mary Velasco joined Gecko Garden Preschool as an international teacher in 2009 and commenced as Director in 2017. She completed her Bachelor of Education in 2006 at Philippine Normal University and is completing a Masters in Education Management through the Philippine Women’s University.

“I have been lucky to witness and experience first-hand how Gecko Garden Preschool is a truly wonderful place for nurturing children in their fundamental years. I am a strong advocate for play-based learning. Here at Gecko Garden Preschool, teachers and parents work together to guide children to be the best they can be and at the same time create wonderful memories to cherish. This is what makes us unique compared to other preschools in Phnom Penh.”