Our Teachers

Our Teachers

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

Primary Leaders

Staff Image Adam McGuigan
Acting Principal
BTeach (Primary), MEd (Leadership and Management) | Australia


Adam McGuigan has been involved with international education for 13 years. He began as a primary teacher in Australia before working in various countries including Japan, Singapore and Germany. Adam's current educational interests lies in developing strong learning cultures, play-based education and neuroscience. He enjoys travelling, running and cooking. Adam has been in educational leadership for six years. He holds a Masters of Education in Leadership and Management.
Staff Image Katie Saunter
Deputy Principal
BSc (Hons) Early Childhood and Combined Science, PGCE (Primary), HND (Early Childhood and Pyschology | United Kingdom


Katie grew up and went to school in Hong Kong before studying for her teaching degree in the UK. She has 14 years experience teaching Reception-Year 2, has acted as Year 1 and 2 phase leader, Lower School Leader and is the current Deputy Principal at ICHK-HLY. Katie particularly enjoys helping children to discover their individuality and giving them the confidence to try new things. Her passion for the ICHK-HLY community is evident is her willingness to help organise all activities. In Katie’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, yoga, cooking and travelling.
Staff Image Jamie Stark
Learning Technologies Leader
BSc (Exercise Science), PGDE (Primary), MSc [IT in Education] | Canada


Jamie has studied in Canada and Hong Kong and has over 10 years of teaching experience in Canada, Korea and Hong Kong. He is the Learning Technologies Leader at ICHK-HLY and brings a broad knowledge of technology and its impact on the classroom to the school. Jamie is a lifelong learner and is currently in his second year as an EdD student. In his spare time Jamie plays ice hockey and ball hockey and has captained the Hong Kong team at the World Ball Hockey Championships twice.

Primary Chinese Teachers

Staff Image Jenny Luk
Chinese Studies Leader
BA, Certificate of Teaching | China


Jenny Luk was born and educated in China. She gained a BA in English language, Certificate of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language and ESL in the Mainstream for the Early Learner. She also has the Certificate of Programming of Cambridge Information Technology. Jenny has been working at the Hong Kong International School for more than 26 years. She is an experienced Chinese language teacher using creative and diverse teaching methodology. She has served in several leadership positions as Chinese divisional curriculum team leader and Chinese Studies department head.
Staff Image Wei Wang
Chinese Studies Teacher
BEd | China


My name is Wei Wang and I was born in China. I have worked in the education field for the past 20 years, working in three international schools in Hong Kong. I have vast knowledge and experience of teaching students from different ages and different background. I am sure my knowledge and experience will benefit students in Hong Lok Yuen International School here. In my spare time, I enjoy dancing, singing, yoga, tennis and hiking.
Staff Image Myra Li
Chinese Studies Teacher
BA (Chinese Language and Literature) | China


Myra is a passionate educator with wide experience in teaching children of different ages and backgrounds in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Myra works to build strong relationships with her students based on respect and establishing classrooms that are interesting and challenging. She takes a keen interest in different languages and cultures and shares her love of Chinese culture with her students. Outside the classroom, Myra enjoys singing, cooking, travelling and scuba diving.
Staff Image Phoebe Lung
Chinese Studies Teacher
BEd (Hons) Primary Education, Putonghua Proficiency Test | China


Phoebe brings great experience to her role, having worked in IB and local schools in Hong kong, Brazil and Vancouver over the past 10 years. She enjoys working with students from different backgrounds and is excited about the challenges ahead in her new position at ICHK-HLY. Phoebe enjoys painting, singing, hiking and fishing with her family.
Staff Image Pui Ling Sun
Chinese Studies Teacher
BA (Hons) Chinese Language and Literature, CTPPS | China


Pauline completed her Chinese Language and Literature Degree from the Open University of Hong Kong, whilst working as a language assistant to a pastor. She began working as a supply teacher at ICHK-HLY five years ago and in 2013 she had become a full time teacher. Pauline has already got her Diploma of Education. She enjoys reading, listening to music and dancing.
Staff Image Christina Wei
Chinese Studies Teacher
BTeach (LOTE). Putonghua Proficiency Test (Grade A, Level 2) | China


Christina is an experienced teacher who has taught children and adults from all over the world during her 14 year career. At ICHK-HLY she delights in the challenge of teaching students with various backgrounds. In this role Christina not only inspires her students to become interested in learning the Chinese language, but also to appreciate Chinese culture. Christina is passionate about her work and brings a strong skill set to the classroom. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, cooking and watching movies.

Primary Class Teachers

Staff Image Holly Ayonote
Nursery Teacher
PGDE Early Childhood | Hong Kong


Holly was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Sai Kung. After several years studying in the UK Holly returned to Hong Kong in 2009 and completed her PGDE (Early Childhood) at the Hong Kong institute of education. Holly has been teaching early years ever since and joined ICHK HLY in 2015, she enjoys thinking up new and creative activities and arts and crafts to encourage children’s learning and imagination.
Staff Image Sara Beattie
Y6 Teacher (Guided Reading Leader)
BEd (Hons) | United Kingdom


Sara is an experienced teacher who studied in the UK and has been living and working in Asia for the past 20 years. During her career, she has taught all year groups from Nursery to Year Six. She has successfully led PYP Exhibitions, enjoying the challenges and highlights that they bring. Sara works with ICHK to strengthen ties and smooth the transition from primary to secondary school. Sara is helping to guide the school in its adoption of Positive Education and is delighted to see the impact this is having across all areas. As a singer and creative soul, she loves to produce the school musical each year and already has exciting plans for this year!
Staff Image Miranda Bundy
Class Teacher
BSc (Hons) Primary Mathematics (QTS) | United Kingdom


Miranda has been teaching in the UK and Hong Kong for the past 10 years, and gained leadership experience in Design Technology and Maths in the UK. During her time at ICHK-HLY she has acted as phase leader for Years 1 and 2, and as maths leader with responsibility for developing the curriculum and teacher training. Miranda is a keen sportsperson and enjoys swimming, waterpolo and running. She has played water polo for Bristol in the National League and Hong Kong. She also ran the school netball team for a number of years.
Staff Image Rachel Chan
Y3 Teacher
MBA, PGDE | United Kingdom


I love working with children of all ages and supporting their learning both inside and outside the classroom. I have been working at ICHKHLY for five years now. I worked as Assistant Teacher for two years in Nursery, two years with Year 1 and one year in Year 3. I received my Post-Graduate Certificate in Education with the University of Sunderland last year. I am also a qualified yoga teacher and enjoy bringing this into the classroom whenever I can. I have 2 children aged 7 and 9, and love spending time with my family, especially enjoying music and outdoor activities together.
Staff Image Ho Mei Chau
Forest School Leader
BA (Hons) English and Geography, PGDE (Primary) | Hong Kong


Ho Mei grew up in Hong Kong and is an alumnus of ICHK-HLY. After graduating with an IB Diploma at Li Po Chun United World College of HK, he continued his university studies at Berklee College of Music (USA) and University of Toronto (Canada). He then returned to HK and completed his Masters of Education from the Education University of HK. Ho Mei has been teaching at ICHK-HLY since 2007 and he is excited to take on the new role of Outdoor Learning and Forest School Leader this year.
Staff Image Jayne Ellis
Y4 Teacher
BA (Hons), History and Sociology, PGCE | United Kingdom


Jayne has more than 20 years of teaching experience in the UK and Hong Kong. She is the lead teacher for coaching and mentoring. In this role, Jayne is working closely with colleagues to embed coaching within our Personal and Professional Development System. Jayne is also a classroom teacher where she can apply her advanced knowledge of formative assessment strategies to improve learner outcomes.
Staff Image June Gibbard
Reception Teacher (Guided Reading Leader)
BA (Hons) Accountancy, PGCE (Primary) | United Kingdom


June was born in Hong Kong and grew up in the UK. She worked as a management accountant for six years before retraining as a teacher 15 years ago. During her time at ICHK HLY she has led the development of maths in the school and acted as phase leader. Outside of school she enjoys cooking, hiking and yoga.
Staff Image Susanne Keelty
Reception Teacher
Bacherlor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) | New Zealand


Sue is an experienced teacher who has spent more than twenty years teaching Early Childhood, many of them at ICHK Hong Lok Yuen. Sue enjoys spending time with her family, reading and travelling.
Staff Image Brendan Lee
Y6 Teacher
BEd (Hons) Primary | New Zealand


Brendan studied and taught in Auckland before joining ICHK-HLY. At Auckland Normal Intermediate, he played a key role in a team developing the PYP curriculum and helping the school gain International Baccalaureate authorisation. Brendan also acted as a mentor to less experienced teachers. This is his fifth year at ICHK - HLY. During this time, he is proud to have led an overseas trip to a rural school in Bario, Malaysia and develop the Legacy Challenge Award. The award is a young person’s award that links to many aspects of the IB as well as giving students’ the opportunity to become ’trailblazers’ - inspirational young people who redefine what is possible. In 2017 - 2018, he is excited about putting his new learning in place from the Concept Based Curriculum Instruction course where he qualified as a workshop leader. Creativity, excitement, adventure and challenge are always waiting for the students that step into his class.
Staff Image Angela Lloyd
Y1 Teacher
PGDE (Early Childhood Studies) | United Kingdom


Angela was born and brought up in the U.K. She moved to Hong Kong eight years ago and accidently fell into the love of teaching. Whilst working full-time she successfully graduated with a PGDE in early childhood studies from the University of Hong Kong. Angela’s seven years of experience at ICHK Hong Lok Yuen has incorporated a miscellany of roles; starting as a resource assistant, working across the school as a assistant teacher and class teacher. Angela has a passion for creativity, incorporating fun and invigorating ideas in and out of the classroom. In her spare time, Angela enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, travelling to new places and taking photos of interesting things.
Staff Image Susanna Lynam
Y2 Teacher
BEd, BA(English and History) | Australia


Susanna Lynam comes from Australia and is married to Glen Lynam with four children. She has over 16 years teaching experience, working in both primary and secondary school settings. She has also worked for 6 years as an Assistant Nurse and 6 years as the Director of Member Care for an International Charity which has given her a passion for engaging her students in real-world issues and encouraging them to think, ask questions and make a difference. She loves the outdoors, sports, music, singing, reading, traveling, art and engaging in anything creative and adventurous!
Staff Image Kate Mahon
Y4 Teacher
BSc, PGDE | New Zealand


Kate Mahon grew up in Hamilton New Zealand. She completed a Bachelor of Science degree from Massey University in 2005, and a PGDE (Primary Teaching) in 2011. Kate taught at Primary and Middle Schools in New Zealand, before moving to Hong Kong in 2016. She is a passionate primary practitioner with a special interest in Mathematics and Physical Education. She enjoys playing and coaching hockey, spending time with family, and hiking.
Staff Image Jennifer Martin
Y1 Teacher (Trinity Exams)
BEd | United Kingdom


Jennie is a highly experienced teacher, having worked at international schools in U.A.E, Bahrain and Thailand. She has been at ICHK-HLY for more than 10 years, teaching in all areas of the school. Jennie’s leadership strengths are in the fields of speech, drama, personal, social and emotional development and helping to lead the implementation of these in our curriculum. Her work in these areas benefits our students enormously. Each year, Jennie leads the Trinity Speech exams and mentors the Year 6 students in preparation for their final examination, giving them invaluable experience in public speaking.
Staff Image Krista Matich
Y5 Teacher
Bachelor of Education | New Zealand


Krista Matich joins us for her third year in Year 5 and second year leading Mathematics at ICHK HLY. Coming to Hong Kong, from New Zealand three years ago, she gained her degree from the University of Otago. She then moved to the capital and worked for 6 years at a primary school in Wellington. She has taught many year levels from Nursery to Year 8. Krista has experience running the PE and Health Curriculum as well as ICT. She is very interested in using Technology in the classroom. When not at school, Krista enjoys cooking, hiking the Hong Kong trails and drinking good coffee.
Staff Image Nadia Munoz
Y5 Teacher
GDTL | Australia


Nadia Munoz was born and grew up in Australia, completing her studies in Psychological Science at the University of Queensland. Upon graduation in 2011 she relocated to Hong Kong where she began working with special needs children and adults. Working in this area sparked a love for teaching and she went on to complete a Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning via the University of Southern Queensland. This will be her second year teaching year 5 at ICHK. Nadia enjoys all aspects of health and fitness and is currently a member of the Hong Kong Football Club squash team.
Staff Image May Simpson
Y6 Teacher
Bachelor of Education | Australia


May completed her Bachelor Degree at James Cook University in her hometown of Townsville, in Australia. She began teaching in a Pre-prep classroom 6 years ago, and also worked on a remote Indigenous island called Palm Island for 3 years. May says that it was an extremely rewarding experience to work with underprivileged children in such a close community. She then left her island home of 3000 people and moved to the booming city of Shenzhen to teach in an Additional Needs International School. Her passion is about providing individualised education to all children, particularly concerning early literacy. May loves photography, beaches and music when she's not working. May is extremely excited about teaching Year 3 at ICHK, and is keen to continue getting to know the ICHKHLY family this year.
Staff Image Lynda Sze
Nursery Teacher
NNEB, Yoga Kids certified | United Kingdom


Lynda is an experienced teacher, who has spent more than 20 years teaching Early Childhood, many of them at ICHK Hong Lok Yuen. She is passionate about helping children to discover their individuality and is enthusiastic about learning through play. Lynda is committed to providing a quality environment filled with stimulating experiences designed for the children to develop to their full potential. This year is very exciting for Lynda and the Nursery team who will be introducing the children to yoga, mindfulness and outdoor learning. In her own time, Lynda enjoys reading for her studies and for pleasure, spending time with family and friends, cooking and travelling.
Staff Image Lawrence Thompson
Y3 Teacher
| United Kingdom


Working within education in a wide variety of roles for the past 12 years, Lawrence has previously specialised in Individual Needs and Early Development. In London he set up and ran a Behaviour Support Unit, and has developed expertise in behaviour for learning. He is passionate about the benefits of child-centric approaches in creating interactive learning environments for pupils. Lawrence enjoys the challenge of keeping learning relevant to the modern world, and for the children to develop skills within the classroom that remain entirely relevant to their life outside school.

Primary Specialist Teachers

Staff Image Nobleto Gabasan
Music Teacher
BM Mus Ed; Kodaly Certificate | Philippines


Nobel is a gifted musician who obtained his Music Education degree in Manila before undertaking further studies in the USA. Nobel is a certified Kodaly Teacher and also received certificate of teaching First Steps in Music. He also holds training in Dalcroze Eurhythmics. Nobel completed his Master of Arts in Music at the Hong Kong Baptist University. Before embarking on his teaching career in Hong Kong in 1995, he was the musical director and conductor of the University of Santo Tomas Action Singers in Manila. Nobel has conducted local and international choirs, and for eight years, was a singer and keyboardist in a professional showband, performing in Manila, Japan and Macau. As a music educator, Nobel has presented workshops in Kodaly, Dalcroze and Conversational Solfege in China and the Philippines. Nobel’s knowledge, experience and passion for music benefit our students tremendously.
Staff Image Nina Shek
English Language Leader
MA (Hons) Sociology, PGCE (Primary), MEd, Cert.TESOL | United Kingdom


Nina leads the improvement of all aspects of teaching language and is an expert in her field. She heads the EAL programme, which supports individual students in developing and improving their English language skills.She is a fluent Cantonese speaker who also reads and writes in Chinese.
Staff Image Irene teRaa
Learning Support Leader
PGDE (Special Education), BA, CYC Dip, TESOL Cert | Canada


Irene leads the Learning Support Department, which supports students from Pre-Nursery to Year 6, and brings huge experience to the role. She began her career in Canada where she worked with students with severe learning difficulties and attention issues. She has worked in Hong Kong since 2000 and joined ICHK-HLY in 2010. At ICHK-HLY Irene works closely with the on-site Speech and Language Therapist and Occupational Therapist as well as other service providers. She supports teachers to implement the phonics programme and is responsible for Parent Information Mornings about phonics and reading. Irene also assists the Admissions & Students Service Officer with organising admission assessments.
Staff Image Rowan Turner
Physical Education Teacher
BA (Sports Science), PGCE | South Africa


Rowan began his teaching career in South Africa and was Head of PE at the Shanghai United International High School before joining ICHK Hong Lok Yuen. He runs a comprehensive sports programme and many of his students have been proud to represent the school in events across Hong Kong. Rowan also heads up the upper school PE program and is in charge of the school’s PSHE program, which teaches children Personal, Social and Health Education. He has a real passion for sport and his goal is to motivate all children to live healthy and active lives and help them achieve their educational and sporting goals.
Staff Image Rhys Baker
Physical Education Teacher
MSc Coaching Science, BSc (Hons) in Sport Management | United Kingdom


Rhys Baker has been involved with International College Hong Kong since 2012 running the swimming and gymnastics programmes. From 2012-2015, Rhys was employed by a local sports company delivering a range of sporting activities in various sporting venues and international schools in Hong Kong. He graduated from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff with Honours in Sport Management and a Master’s Degree in Coaching Science of which he attained Grade Distinction. In 2016, he graduated his Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Sunderland University. Prior to employment in Hong Kong, Rhys delivered soccer coaching programmes for 5 years in the United States and Canada, and was employed by Burlington FC in Boston to deliver their youth program in 2011. In his spare time, he enjoys participating in sporting activities, hiking and travel.

Secondary Leaders

Staff Image Toby Newton
Head of School
M.Res, M.A., B.A.(Hons), PGCE | United Kingdom


Toby has worked in senior leadership in schools since 2002, initially in London and, since 2008, in Hong Kong. He joined ICHK as Deputy Head in 2012 and acted as Head of School for a year and a half before making the move permanent in 2016. Toby has been at the forefront of innovation around curriculum and pedagogy throughout his teaching career. He was Assistant Principal Examiner for Media Studies at AQA between 2004 to 2008,where he was responsible for developing academic and vocational courses and leading teams of examiners. While an Assistant Head in London, he wrote a new "learning to learn" course, widely feted by the local education authority, and which has been built on at his subsequent schools. At ICHK, Toby continues this focus on developing a truly 21st century education, supportive of learning for all students in a rapidly changing world, in which qualities of character and self-belief are so central to success
Staff Image Russell Duncombe
Dean of Students
BA, BSc, PGDE | Australia


Russell is a rare and valuable commodity - a teacher with degrees in both Arts and Science. He is an international teacher with extensive experience of both A Level and IBDP Psychology and English, as well as middle school science. In his previous school, in Vietnam, Russell held a variety of roles as Student Welfare Officer, University Adviser, and IB Extended Essay Coordinator. In his native Australia, he took responsibility as Head of International Programs, Coordinator for English, Student Exchange Coordinator and Year 9 Coordinator. At ICHK, Russell has overall responsibility for pastoral care: heading up our team of Form Tutors, and leading all other aspects of student support and guidance within the school.
Staff Image Douglas Kidd
Deputy Head of School
M.Ed, NPQH, B.A.(Hons), PGCE | United Kingdom


Douglas spent 20 years in the UK working in the Primary sector, the last six as a Headteacher in a primary school in rural Sussex. More recently he has worked in Hong Kong as an Education Consultant focusing on curriculum development, assessment, gifted education, Special Needs and pastoral care and management training. He has also worked in the Outdoor Education sector developing service learning, environmental and adventurous education packages and delivering trips and activity weeks.
Staff Image Phil Morgan
Creativity, Professional Development and Innovation
B.A. (Hons), P.G.C.E. | United Kingdom


Phil has worked in International Schools for the last twenty years. Teaching and learning has taken him to Prague, Istanbul, London, Singapore and Hong Kong. He has worked as an English Teacher, Head of Languages, Head of English, ToK-Co-ordinator, and most recently as a Head of Year. He is also an IB-Examiner for English Literature. Phil is currently studying Creative Thinking with UCLAN and has research interests in designing tools, processes and environments that help teachers and students tap into the creativity that everyone has.
Staff Image Ross Parker
Director of Technology, Pedagogy & Assessment
Master of Teaching, B.Sc.(Hons) | Hong Kong


Ross works across our Primary and Secondary campuses with the aim of using technology to improve teaching and learning in the classroom. He brings to ICHK a broad knowledge of technology and its impact on the classroom and beyond. He has a passion for introducing students to the ever-developing role of technology in relation to local and global issues. Previously Ross was an advisor and training course developer for the English Schools Foundation. Along with teaching ICT, Ross has developed our school management system (Gibbon), which is used also at our feeder primary school, ICHK (Hong Lok Yuen), and by other schools around the world.

Secondary English

Staff Image Victoria Lee
Head of English
B.A. (Hons), PGCE | United Kingdom


Victoria studied in both England and Austria, and has taught in the UK, Japan and China. Prior to joining ICHK she was a teacher of English Literature at Dulwich College, Beijing. She has considerable experience with both IB English and IGCSE and, in her previous two schools, mentored less experienced teachers – a position of responsibility reflecting the quality and passion she brings to her role. Victoria also dabbles in the world of blogging, and launched 'The Peek' at ICHK, an ever-expanding platform for students to showcase their written work. She encourages students to experiment and become involved with writing, wherever their passions may lie.
Staff Image Erin Loges
Teacher of English
B.Sc. (Education), Masters (Liberal Studies) | United States


Erin completed her under-graduate and graduate studies in the United States. Prior to joining ICHK she was a Teacher of IB English Literature and TOK at an international school in Portugal. Erin is a marathon runner, has taught in the United States, and is one of a select brand of teachers who have taught both English and Mathematics at secondary school level.
Staff Image Jon Rees
Teacher of English
M.A., B.A., PG-Dip, PGCE | United Kingdom


Jon has taught in Africa, Europe, South America and now Asia, completing marathons in each destination. He has taught secondary English for nine years, as well as one year as head of P.E. He followed his English B.A. with a PG-Dip in Journalism and also completed his M.A. in Education and International Development. He will be teaching secondary English through Years 7-11, as well as delivering the Theory of Knowledge curriculum to Year 11. He is passionate about displaying students’ achievements in creativity, action and service through various media.

Secondary Humanities

Staff Image Alex Hall
Head of Humanities
BA (Hons), PGCE, MA Ed (in progress) | United Kingdom


After working as an archaeologist for Cambridge University, Alex started teaching in the UK in a state secondary school teaching History up to GCSE level. He then moved to Australia where he taught in several different schools including special needs and behavioural referral units before working as an education consultant for a technology company advising schools and regional governments on the integration of interactive technology in the classroom. Upon moving to Hong Kong, Alex taught IB History, Theory of Knowledge and IB MYP Humanities and was Head of Individuals and Societies at his previous school.
Staff Image Martin Clarke
Teacher of Humanities & Higher Education Advisor
B.A. (Hons), M.A. (Geography Ed.) | United Kingdom


Martin taught at the Chinese International School for more than 15 years, rising to Head of Economics. He has also taught MYP Humanities, IB Economics and Theory of Knowledge. Martin has extensive experience in preparing students for Model United Nations and HKAYP, and has helped organize the Global Issues Network held in Hong Kong. At ICHK, Martin is also our Higher Education advisor.
Staff Image Kesham Zawacki
Teacher of Humanities
BA (History/Social Science), Secondary Teaching Credential (California), MS. Ed. | United States


Mr. Zawacki originally specialized in intellectual and legal history before completing his California Secondary Teaching Credential in Social Science with a certificate in Cross Cultural Language Development and a supplement in English. He taught for eleven years in northern California before he transitioned into international education. Wanting to learn more about China’s economy, Mr. Z moved to Beijing in 2014 and taught at two of the top Chinese public schools (Beijing No. 4 High School and The High School Affiliated with Renmin University [RDFZ]). Mr. Z also holds a MS in Education with a focus on online teaching and learning and has attended special programs at Loyola Marymount, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, James Madison University, NYU, Amherst College, University of Nottingham, participated in two programs for the National Endowment for the Humanities, worked with two Nobel Laureate Economists, SIEPR (Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research), and the Federal Reserve. In his free time he enjoys playing guitar, film, and art.

Secondary Languages

Staff Image Nicolas Arriaga
Head of Languages, CAS Coordinator, IBDP Pamoja Site-Based Coordinator
B.A. (Philology), PGDE (Language Education), “Diploma de Estudios Avanzados” (DEA) | Spain


Nicolas has a broad experience as a lecturer, consultant, examiner, teacher-trainer, editor and IB Global Action Team leader. Prior to his focus moving to secondary school education, he taught a range of subjects in several universities in Spain, mainland China and Hong Kong, and was formerly the Coordinator of Spanish Studies in CUHK. Nicolas joined ICHK in 2010, bringing the school through his comprehensive linguistic background. He shares with our community his passion for food & culture, football, and tennis.
Staff Image Yoshie Cresp
Teacher of Japanese
B.Ed | Japan


Yoshie brings a wealth of experience to ICHK. Her first degree was in English, but she has taught both English and Japanese. Prior to joining the school, she was a member of the teaching staff at the Hong Kong Japanese School and has also taught in Australia and Japan. She is a keen fan of winter sports as well as a skilled practitioner of taiko (Japanese drums).
Staff Image Scarlette Leung
Teacher of Chinese
M.A., PGDE | Hong Kong


In addition to being a teacher of Chinese, Scarlette also has a BA in Japanese and is a Japanese Teacher. At her previous school, St. Margaret’s, she was a volleyball coach and has led students in the HKAYP. Scarlette’s talent for languages, combined with her prowess as a sportswoman and her interest in outdoor pursuits, are a great asset to ICHK.
Staff Image Amanda Luk
Teacher of Chinese, Exams Coordinator
M.A. (Chinese as Second Language), B.Ed. (Hon) | China


Amanda originally trained as an English Teacher and taught in a Middle School in the Shanghai region. After coming to live in Hong Kong, Amanda taught Chinese to corporate clients and students of all ages, meanwhile finished her Master Degree in Teaching Chinese. Her enthusiasm for teaching Chinese, combined with her interactive approach, is a model of engagement for all Second Language learners. She is now an IB Chinese Examiner in Diploma Program. Along with her role as Examination Coordinator in ICHK, she is also the initiate of Exchange Program between ICHK and Nengren Middle School in China.
Staff Image Leah Tsao
Teacher of Chinese
M.Ed. (Chinese as Second Language), Cert (Consecutive) | Taiwan


Leah originally studied at universities in Hong Kong and Taiwan before completing her masters degree in Beijing. She has taught in a number of universities and schools in Hong Kong, including Chinese International School and Australian International School. Along with a major in teaching Chinese as a Second Language, Leah’s diverse studies at university have also included Accounting and Statistics, testament to the wider experience and skill set that she brings to the classroom.
Staff Image Emma Zhang
Teacher of Chinese
M.Ed. (Chinese), B.Ed. (Hons; English) | China


Emma has studied in Beijing, Hong Kong and at Durham University in the UK, majoring in English Literature, and specializing also in teaching Chinese as a Second Language. She has taught in the United States, Thailand, and Hong Kong, where she has continued her professional development by focusing on the use of ICT to advance the learning and teaching of Chinese. Emma’s experience in English, Chinese and ICT are a huge asset at ICHK, both for the Languages department and beyond.

Secondary Learning Support

Staff Image Sammi Chan
Learning Support Teacher
PGDE, MSc, BSc | Hong Kong


Sammi studied at the University of Kent, where she completed a BSc in Psychology with Clinical Psychology and a MSc in Neuropsychology. She has also completed a PGDE major in Special Educational Needs at HKU and has worked in special education settings for four years in Hong Kong, including Beacon Hill School and Hong Kong Academy. She is interested in working with students with diverse learning needs, as well as supporting their individual pathway to success and well-being in ICHK.

Secondary Mathematics

Staff Image Jimmy Lam
Head of Mathematics
B.Sc. (Hon), B.Ed. M.Ed | Canada


Jimmy studied at Waterloo University, the most highly respected of Canada’s universities for Mathematics and Engineering, and has also completed the MEd programme at the University of Bristol. He joins ICHK from the Creative Secondary School where he gained experience teaching mathematics using the MYP’s approach to inquiry-based learning. Prior to this, he taught at the Korean International School, where among his extra-curricular activities, he was responsible for the school’s Year Book.
Staff Image Jamie Holden
Teacher of Mathematics & Outdoors Pursuits Coordinator
B.Sc.(Hons), PGCE | United Kingdom


Jamie is an examiner for IB Studies and was previously Head of Year at Dulwich College, Beijing. His enthusiasm for supporting students in all facets of their school life is a major asset to the school. Jamie has considerable experience of organizing adventure trips and expeditions, and brings his knowledge and expertise to bear when managing and leading CAS Week experiences.
Staff Image Chris Holland
Teacher of Mathematics
B.Sc., M.Ed. | Canada


Chris originally studied Engineering at The University of Windsor in Canada. During the 10 years prior to joining ICHK, he taught Mathematics and Physics in Seoul, Bangkok and Taipei. His diverse experiences, including preparing students for SATs, coaching rock climbing and fitness, and teaching EAL, make a great contribution to his role as a teacher at ICHK.
Staff Image Dawn Johnston
Head of Year 8 and 9, Teacher of Mathematics and Science
B.Sc.(Hons), B.Ed. | Canada


Dawn originally studied Chemistry at Dalhousie University, and then qualified as a teacher of Mathematics and Science at the University of Toronto. She has taught in Canada and Korea, and at ICHK has concentrated her focus on working with younger students and with those who need additional support in Mathematics and Science. Dawn is also dedicated to the development of leadership in young people and contributes to the ICHK community through her position of advisor for the student government, the SRC. She is also our Head of Year 8 and 9.

Secondary Performing & Visual Arts

Staff Image Liam Greenall
Head of The Performing & Visual Arts
B.A. (First), PGDE, MVA - Master of Visual Arts (Studio Art and Media) | United Kingdom


Liam has studied in performance, physical theatre and visual art. His practice as an artist and educator specializes in contemporary theatre making and media based arts. He has worked with a diverse range of artists and organizations on collaborative projects and exhibitions in Europe and Asia and has been a teacher of arts in a number of schools and colleges in England, South Korea and Hong Kong. He has supported students in the Trinity Guildhall Examinations in Speech and Drama and ICHK’s cutting-edge and signature creative performance pieces are testament to his experimentation and inquiry as both an educator and artist.
Staff Image Chris Cook
Teacher of Art and Design
M.A., M.Sc. | United Kingdom


Chris originally studied Art at De Montfort University, Leicester before completing her graduate studies at the Royal Academy Schools of Art and Imperial College in London. She has provided training courses for Art teachers in Hong Kong and worked in schools and colleges both here and in the UK. Chris is also a practising artist.
Staff Image Jennie Davies
Teacher of Expressive Arts
B.A (Hons), PGCE | United Kingdom


Jennie studied Theatre and Performance studies in London. Before embarking on a career in teaching Jennie worked as a actress and playwright in the U.K and Italy, and has written for both the Camden and Edinburgh fringe festivals.Jennie has worked as a Drama teacher and practitioner in several schools across Hong Kong and is a regular performer on Hong Kong stages.
Staff Image Alistair Kanaan
Teacher Of Film & Spanish
MA Hispanic Studies, MA Secondary Education | United Kingdom


Alistair has taught MYP/DP English, TOK, and Film Studies in three different schools in Colombia where he has worked for the past 16 years. Alistair was head of the Film department and the Green Team at his last school and is a current I.B examiner for Film and Extended Essay. He will be teaching Film, Media, Spanish and English at ICHK.

Secondary Physical Education

Staff Image Raymond Chan
Head of PE, Activities & Deep Learning
B.A. (Hons), PGCE | United Kingdom


Ray is a rock climbing instructor, rugby coach and Duke of Edinburgh Award Assessor. He has taught English, Humanities, PE and was an examiner for GCSE Religious Studies and A-Level Ethics. His knowledge and experience of rugby has helped ICHK to become the leading school for Touch Rugby in Hong Kong. Ray speaks English, French, Putonghua and Cantonese and joined us from the UK.
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Teach of PE and Support & Head of Year 7
M.Ed. (Sports Science), TEFL, B.A. (Communications), PGD | Scotland


Ben held previous positions in Hong Kong as the information officer/librarian for the European Bank, British Medical Association and Ernest & Young. He has also worked for the ESF as an EAL Coordinator, is a Scout Leader and instructor for the HKAYP. Ben’s personal values as a sportsman, combined with his studies in using team work to promote sports psychology, have been a touchstone in developing our touch rugby programme. Ben is also our Head of Year 7.

Secondary Science

Staff Image Flora Lai
IB Coordinator, Head of Science
B.A (Hons), PGDE, ESOL | Hong Kong


After completing her schooling in London, Flora went on to read Biology at Cambridge University before completing her PGDE at the Chinese University in Hong Kong. Flora has won a range of awards, including being selected as one of Hong Kong’s Most Outstanding Students. She has also worked with disabled students in Nicaragua, Cambridge and with the Red Cross here in Hong Kong.
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Teacher of Science (Biology)
B.Sc., PGCE | United Kingdom


Stephen has taught in England and in China, with his last position at Dulwich College in Beijing. While Head of House, he supported students in Model United Nations and at an overseas global issues conference. At a previous school, he was appointed Science Gifted and Talented Coordinator. ICHK benefits not only from Stephen’s knowledge of GCSE and the IBDP, but also his passion for Rugby and interest in environmental awareness and action.
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Teacher of Science
BSc, M.A. Ed | United States


Michelle has her degree in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Arlington and her Masters in Education from National University. Her experience has taken her from the United States to the American School of Bombay in Mumbai, India. Over the years she has worked with cohorts such as the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, the Bill Gates Foundation and has led curriculum development for English Language Learners. Her passion for teaching science is evident at all levels as she engages students to see Chemistry in the world around them.
Staff Image Steve Rines
Teacher of Science
B.S. Chemistry, Ph.D. Organic Chemistry | United Kingdom


Steve brings us a wealth of knowledge from industry and testing science. He completed his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in the United States. He worked in the chemical industry for 15 years, holding varied positions from manufacturing chemistry to the executive level. He has taught in 4 year universities and 2 year Community colleges in the US, before transitioning in 2001 to High School. Experience teaching integrated sciences, AP Physics, IB Physics, AP Chemistry and IB Chemistry has enabled Steve to have both a big picture and detail view of our world. He bring this and his industrial experience give a holistic view of the scientific world. His past position, working at the American School of Bombay, India, he acquired their depth of current educational research to apply to his classroom. He is passionate about all students understanding the language of science to enhance their daily lives.