“The happiest man in the world is the one who makes the most people happy”
For the well-being of the children, the different actors in the school’s day-to-day operations (staff, parents, external parties) need to get along and work in harmony. The focus is on mutual respect and team spirit.
Director of the group La Petite Ecole
Maria Lamrani Alaoui
My professional life is rich and made up of many experiences in different countries, all sources of discoveries and encounters.
Indeed, after studies in Literature (‘Lettres’) in Bordeaux 3 and in Sciences of Education in Paris, I found my passion for teaching, first with older children, and then with Early Childhood – which, to me, is a beautiful age.
After working in Africa at the Lycée Louis Massignon in Casablanca and in Australia at the Lycée Franco-Australien in Canberra, I moved to the Asian continent.
My first contact with Singapore was as a coach for an AEFE (Agency for French Education Abroad) training programme offered in the area. Indeed, I had the pleasure of co-facilitating the “Innovative Practices in Kindergarten” training session at the Lycée Français in Singapore as well as in Australia – first with the Canberra team, then the Melbourne team.
I had the opportunity to share and reflect with several colleagues on the contribution of neurosciences and their impact on the posture and daily practices of educational teams.
Questioning our practices allows us both to be as close as possible to the needs of our children but also to be ambitious with them and for them.
I was School Principal at La Petite Ecole in Singapore for five consecutive years, before becoming the Pedagogical Director of La Petite Ecole group in South-East Asia. Today, I devote myself exclusively to the management of the La Petite Ecole group: I support the teams by being as close as possible to their needs in order to ensure the smooth functioning of our 4 establishments at every level.
Since the beginning of the year, La Petite Ecole has become a part of the Odyssey educational network, a specialist in French education abroad. I work closely with the Odyssey team to ensure our common mission: that of leading each student on the path to success and personal development.
For more information on La Petite Ecole's methods, you are welcome to visit this page: Our Pedagogy.
School Principal at La Petite Ecole Bangkok
French, mother of 3 children, living in Bangkok since 1993, with more than 25 years of experience in teaching, in French and international systems
My parents transferred to Tunisia when I was a child, and I had the chance, through my education, to get a real feel of the world. I was deeply marked by this experience.
A few years later, I joined the teaching team of an international nursery school in Bangkok, inspired by the Reggio philosophy (pedagogy that gives free rein to creativity, imagination, art, experimentation ). I truly enjoyed this universe. Subsequently, I worked in a small English-speaking nursery, where I immersed myself in the world of early childhood. In 2004, I joined the Lycée Français International de Bangkok, where I had the pleasure of setting up a bilingual pedagogy in coordination with my English counterpart.
Based on these experiences, I had the opportunity to open in 2014 a small business school in Malaysia, on behalf of a large French company. All these experiences inspired me to choose the teaching style that I want to develop in a nursery school.
The opening of La Petite Ecole in Bangkok then seemed obvious to me: a school organised in workshops, allowing each child to move freely indoors and outdoors, offering a direct contact with nature and real, living, free spaces ... In a nutshell, an environment allowing better development for the children, while respecting the framework of the French curriculum and the accreditation by the Ministry of Education.
I am convinced that immersion in a bilingual school combined with a multicultural environment cultivates respect for others, tolerance, flexibility and adaptability.
I also believe that a stimulating and innovative curriculum forges critical and creative thinking, a desire to learn and a curiosity about the world.
Finally, I am sure that an encouraging and positive environment allows children to acquire integrity, fairness, trust and generosity. Convinced of the positive development that children can acquire through all these values, I invest myself fully and with great conviction in La Petite Ecole.