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Biography of Taryn Thorne

My passion for education was first sparked when I had the opportunity to spend a year working as a teaching assistant in the UK. It was during this year that I learnt the importance of early years education and the value of providing learning opportunities where creativity and curiosity are nurtured. After completing a Bachelor of Business Science in my hometown of Cape Town, I decided to take an opportunity to move to Hong Kong to pursue my passion for education.

My journey as an educator in Hong Kong has been an exciting one. During my first years, I had the opportunity to teach English to students aged between 2 to 12 years at an English language center. I then progressed into management where I helped the company expand from five learning centers, when I first joined, to over 50 throughout Hong Kong as well as moving into Macau and mainland China. My role as English Director meant I was responsible for ensuring the success of the English program as a whole. It was a privilege to lead and manage various teams in curriculum design, teacher recruitment and development as well as human resources.

My experience working with young learners inspired me to study a Postgraduate Certificate in Early Years Education which allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the early years learning process. Following my studies, I spent time in the classroom teaching children at playgroup, kindergarten and primary level. I love being a facilitator of each child’s learning journey by working to help provide a fun and engaging learning environment where they feel comfortable to explore and inquire.

I love learning and growing as an individual and hope to have the opportunity to develop myself by studying further in the upcoming years. I also love travelling and have used the opportunity of living in Asia to visit and experience many new countries and cultures. I also love spending time outdoors and being active, whether it be hiking, running or just exploring a new city.

I am extremely excited about the work which Fairchild has been doing and their approach to children's education. It is truly special to welcome families into such a warm and inspiring environment where each child is valued and nurtured. I am thrilled to be part of the exciting journey which Fairchild is undertaking. I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you and your child as we embark on this journey together.