Myco Doan-Tran, Admissions Director (maternity cover)

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I am immensely proud and delighted to join the Halcyon community as the Admissions Director, covering for our wonderful Maria, who goes on Maternity Leave "as we speak".

A seventies child who received what the rest of the world would compare to a 19th Century style education, my standard classroom housed 40+ children, where we would only ever get noticed if our end of year grades ranked us in the top 5. Whilst we were not caned for forgetting our timetable and national poems, our motivation for memorising was only to avoid public humiliation if we were called to recite to the rest of the class. Our most exciting homework was the opportunity to write about a unanimous topic, such as 'describe a black cat' or ‘describe your teacher’! I can't remember any of my essays ever being marked but it was the rare opportunity to be able to share our own thoughts and dump any creativity we had in us on paper.

My uninspiring experience of education - having grown up in the Vietnam - propelled me to specialise in psychology and education in my later academic career, to understand how we best learn and re-programme myself from my earlier educational experiences. One of the things that drew me to Halcyon was the belief that every child is already a somebody, who just needs a support structure to nurture (and draw out) their unique potential.

Having worked at five different international schools in the last 10 years, I am excited to be in a position to promote our innovative and student-centred education to prospective families. I have not seen creativity and passion operating in education quite to this level until I arrived at Halcyon.

I look forward to meeting you all.