Ms. Nadia Kirwan is our PK3 Homeroom Teacher and this is her first year working with us. And we are really excited to have such an amazing worker and passionate about her profession. Ms. Nadia is from Ireland and she studied Early Years Education and Special Needs Education. Nadia has been working as a teacher for 6 years including a volunteer program in Thailand working in a school of disadvantaged children. Now we leave you with a little interview to let you know more about an excellent educator member of our marvelous team.
Why did you want to be a teacher?
It was always been clear to me that I wanted to work with children in some capacity. A child’s formative years are a special time in their lives and being a part of that growth is a unique experience. I wanted to work as a teacher so I could be a part of this journey and teach children about the world around them.
What is the indispensable key that is necessary to know to educate at these ages?
One word: patience! At this age everything is a learning curve they are still learning the difference between right and wrong and how to form relationships. By being patient, we are allowing them to develop at their own speed while also showing them how to treat other people.
In your opinion, as a teacher, what is the most important goal that you aim for when you work with children?
It’s difficult to have one specific aim as everyone, especially at this age, has unique traits and personalities. So, for me, teaching the children that it’s ok to have different strengths and weakness is very important. To treat them as individuals and recognize that people learn in different ways is essential to teaching. Like Einstein said you can’t judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree. You can’t expect everyone to learn in the same way, you’ve got to use different methods to give every child the opportunity to learn.
What would you highlight about the education given at Gresol?
The thing that drew me to Gresol was the ability to be creative and have dynamic lessons, since we are lucky to have small group sizes this is a possibility. This also allows us to focus more on children as individuals and for them to know the staff, which creates a safe and familiar environment especially as they’re just starting school for the first time.
Why would you recommend bringing the children to Gresol?
For children to be completely immersed in an English-speaking environment at a young age is such an advantage to them as their not necessarily learning the language but acquiring it. Another huge advantage of Gresol is the peaceful location and huge open spaces outside for the children to explore and play and of course a fantastic team of teachers that always go above and beyond so that the children get the best possible experience.