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Olivia (Liv) Symons

Junior & Senior Pre-K (Mini Mantas) Teacher


Olivia is originally from New Zealand and joined UWC Thailand in 2014 as an Early Childhood Center teacher. She holds a BSc in Psychology, a GDP in Primary Teaching and a Steiner Certificate in Early Childhood Education. She helped to set up a Community Kindergarten in New Zealand in 2012. As an educator, she enjoys facilitating play, teaching through songs, movement and nature. Olivia is passionate about supporting student wellbeing and also that of staff. She is currently the Wellbeing Coordinator for the Primary School, as well as being staff co-chair for the Food Committee.

Olivia is married to Ned, a fellow teacher, and they have three children who have all been through UWC Thailand, her eldest graduating in June 2021. Olivia enjoys practicing yoga and mindfulness, walking/running on forest trails with her dog Archie (also a Therapy Dog at UWC Thailand) and spending time with friends and family.