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 Head of School
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 Head of School
BSc (Hons) Early Childhood & Combined Science | 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 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 Pauline 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 Fiona Cao
Chinese Studies Teacher
BA/BEd (Chinese Language and Literature),BA(English Studies) | China


Fiona is originally from Wuhan, China. She has a BA/BEd (Hons) degree in Chinese Language and Literature as well as a second BA degree in English Studies before moving to Hong Kong. After graduating with her Master degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and before joining ICHK HLY, she has been working as a Chinese teacher at different IB schools in Hong Kong since 2011. She loves being a Chinese teacher and enjoys using different teaching strategies to motivate and inspire her students. Her favorite hobby is drawing. She also likes Chinese calligraphy, reading, jogging and traveling.
Staff Image Yoye Ho
Chinese Studies Teacher
BEd (Hons) Early Childhood Education | Hong Kong


Yoye is thrilled to be a part of ICHK HLY community. She has a Bachelor Degree (Hons) in Early Childhood Education from Hong Kong Education University and a Diploma in Early Childhood Education from United Kingdom. Yoye has worked in several international schools throughout Hong Kong, teaching both non-native and near native Chinese students. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.
Staff Image Candice Zhang
Chinese Studies Teacher
BA, Certificate of TCFL, PSC | China


Born and raised in China, she gained her BA in Teaching English as a Second Language from Hong Kong Baptist University as well as certificate of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. Candice is a passionate educator and she has wide experience in teaching children from different ages and background that she has taught in a local primary school, ICHK secondary and Montessori pre-school. During her spare time, she loves singing and she also sang a theme song for a published mini-movie.

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 Miranda Bundy
Supply 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
Learning & Teaching Coordinator
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 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 Sue 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 Angela Lloyd
Y2 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
Y4 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 Jennie 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
Y6 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
Y3 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 Neil O'Hagan
Year 6 Teacher
BA Primary Education, MA Creative Writing | United Kingdom


Neil has spent 14 years in education, having graduated with a BA in Primary Education from St. Mary’s University, London, in 2004. As well as teaching in the UK, Neil has worked in international schools in Germany, Switzerland, USA, and Hong Kong. Neil particularly enjoys composing and performing music both inside and out of the classroom. In his spare time, he can usually be found reading musty smelling comic books and listening to scratched vinyl.
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
Y1 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.
Staff Image Natalie Turner
Y5 Teacher
Bachelor of Education | South Africa


Natalie grew up in South Africa. She studied a Bachelor of Education at the University of Pretoria. She met her husband at university and together they completed their education degrees and took up their first international teaching jobs in Shanghai. Natalie has had the opportunity to teach in many schools all over Hong Kong, and started up her own children’s gym in Central called, Kiddynastix. Natalie has a positive outlook on life and enjoys a challenge. She loves traveling with her family and being exposed to different cultures and experiences.

Primary Specialist Teachers

Staff Image Charlie Beard
Library Teacher
BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance Studies, PGCE (Primary) | United Kingdom


Charlie grew up in the UK. She studied Theatre as literature at university, going on to train as a primary school teacher. She has taught at schools in London, Cairo and Hong Kong, with a keen interest in developing children’s critical literacy skills. Charlie has always enjoyed performing and organising performances in schools. Now, she has two young children to keep her busy but she finds time to read (often children’s books), and sing.
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 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.