Gecko Garden School 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 School students are taught by a group of dedicated and inspiring individuals. The kindergarten classes are taught by international teachers. The preschool classes are taught by experienced local teachers. Our local teachers have a combined total of more than 60 years with the school and our 12 Teacher Assistants have more than 80 years of service between them.
We consider the ongoing training and development of our staff as vital. Gecko Garden School sends teachers for Waldorf training internationally every year, and invites Waldorf teaching experts and mentors to visit our school and provide training in Cambodia. These trainings are open to the community and anyone who is interested in learning more about Waldorf education.
Introducing Mary Velasco, School Director
Mary Velasco joined Gecko Garden School 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. She has been inspired by Waldorf education since learning of it during her undergraduate studies.
“I have been lucky to witness and experience first-hand how Gecko Garden School 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 School, 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 and kindergartens in Phnom Penh.”