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Staff Profile: Grainne Mallon

Grainne Mallon

Reception Class Teacher

Gráinne trained to be a Teacher in Saint Nicolas Montessori College in Dublin. Following four years of college she received a B.A Honours degree in Montessori Education for children aged 3-12 years. After college Gráinne went on to open her own Montessori pre-school in Dublin. Her school was called ‘Oideachas le Grá Montessori’, which in English translates to ‘Education with love’. This name directly relates to her teaching style, which is quality education with loving care.

In August 2012 Gráinne came to Shanghai to work at the Montessori School of Shanghai. She spent the past three years there helping to develop their 6-9 programme. The decision to leave the Montessori school was not made lightly. As a teacher, changing schools is more than just changing where you go to work each morning. However, it was apparent to her that moving to BISS was the right decision. She is excited to get started within the fast paced international environment and eager to progress further in her career, surrounded by teachers of the highest quality.

Parents often ask Gráinne why she decided to become a teacher. She had always wanted to be a teacher and there was never any doubt that it was the only profession she was going to end up in. Gráinne believes this is for three reasons:

First, when she was younger her mother always told her of the importance of being independent. She used to say, “While it is nice to be able to rely on others, you should never be left where you must rely on others”. This, Gráinne believes, is what drives her to succeed and is the foundation of Early Years education. Second, her father always speaks of the importance of doing what you love, how life is too short to waste on tasks that are irrelevant to your happiness. So while a career in the areas of law or medicine may have made  Gráinne a lot more money, it was education where her heart belonged. Finally, Gráinne’s grandmother was a teacher. Her grandmother taught in secondary schools, students aged 12-18, and it was always clear that she loved her job. Her Granny used to speak of the joy of watching a student move from confusion to understanding and the pride that comes with this transition. This image has always remained with Gráinne and now she gets to see it taking place daily.