Our School

Principal’s Welcome

Welcome Message

Welcome to EtonHouse E-Maison International Pre-School – Thao Dien

I am honored to collaborate everyday with a group of highly passionate, caring, and dedicated International Educators and parents. Our school finds inspiration from the Reggio Emilia approach and embraces the principles that guide it. We believe strongly that all children are competent and capable and we strive to create a community founded on the idea of respect – respect for ourselves, respect for each other, and respect for the environment.

As Principal of EtonHouse Thao Dien, it is my goal to create an environment where children feel empowered to explore and where every child’s voice is represented. Our teachers are here to listen to the children and facilitate opportunities that help them find answers to their questions and guide them both as individuals and as members of a community.

Pre-School years are foundational years and at EtonHouse E-Maison International Pre-School Thao Dien you will find a program that sets the stage for continued and future growth. Our emergent, Reggio inspired play-base curriculum allows us to address the whole child, preparing them emotionally, physically, and cognitively for the next steps, all while maintaining a joy for learning.

With exciting classrooms, interactive outdoor playground and garden, art and light studio just waiting to be explored, I invite you to come and experience the wonderment of childhood.

Come and join us at EtonHouse E-Maison International Pre-School Thao Dien.


Ms Karen Kean.


Ms. Karen Kean has been involved in International Early Childhood Education as a teacher and administrator for over 40 years, in Canada, USA, Mexico and the Middle East.

Throughout her career, Ms. Kean has been developing and implementing language, art and music programs.

Inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, she believes that children are infinitely creative, inquisitive, confident, imaginative thinkers and capable of making connections between ideas, feelings and relationships.

She is a firm believer of the idea that “Childhood is not a race to see who can read, write and count but a small window of time to imagine, to experience, to explore, to create, to play, to have fun and to learn. Our Reggio Inspired classrooms create wonder and find joy at every turn”.

Ms. Kean is the recipient of regional and national awards in Canada for her innovative approach to second language learning in Early Childhood and is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

She is looking forward to working with each and every one of you to make these first years of school a positive, stimulating and caring experience.

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