Hello. My name is Rowena Mercado and I am from Manila in the Philippines. This is my 2nd year at HeadStart as a deputy teacher for Year 6. I’ve been living and teaching in Phuket for almost 9 years now and I could say that my experience has exposed me to different challenges and opportunities in teaching. After my Bachelor of Arts degree in management, I took up my degree in Early Childhood Education and qualified as a professional teacher. As a well-rounded educator I have had the chance to teach and assist different levels of students, including those challenged by autism, learning disabilities and children who functioned on and above their year level. I encourage students’ learning by incorporating creative and fun activities, hands on discovery and through various materials. These methods prove to stimulate students’ social, emotional, physical, and academic growth. I am excited and looking forward to fun learning experiences in this new academic year.