Our Teachers

Our Teachers

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

Primary Leaders

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Derek Pinchbeck
Head of School
United Kingdom


Derek has been teaching for 30 years. Having begun his teaching career at an inner city school in the UK and he has been involved in international education since 1993. As well as Hong Kong Derek has worked in Dominican Republic, Papua New Guinea, Brunei, Italy, China and Singapore. In addition to his teaching and leadership roles in schools Derek is a global consultant for the IB and has presented at a number of international education conferences. Derek strongly believes that the purpose of education is to empower children to think and act creatively and ethically to improve the world for themselves and others. Derek enjoys spending time with his family, exploring the walking trails of Hong Kong, golfing very badly and playing squash.
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Katie Saunter
Deputy Head of School Primary & Kindergarten Principal
BSc (Hons) Early Childhood & Combined Studies | United Kingdom


Katie grew up and went to school in Hong Kong before studying for her teaching degree in the UK. She has over 15 years experience teaching in international schools. Katie particularly enjoys helping children to discover their individuality through play and giving them the confidence to try new things. She is also a member of the Child Safeguarding Team and the Crisis Response Team. Katie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, yoga and cooking
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Charlie Beard
Director of Learning
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.
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Irene teRaa
Director of Inclusion
PGDE (Special Education), BA, CYC Dip, TESOL Cert | Canada


Irene leads the Learning Support Department, which supports students from Pre-Nursery to Year 6. She began her career in Canada where she worked with students with severe learning difficulties and attention challenges. She has worked in Hong Kong since 2000 and joined ICHK Kindergarten & Primary in 2010. Irene works closely with the on-site Speech and Language Therapist and Occupational Therapist as well as other service providers. She is a member of the Child Safeguarding Team and the Crisis Response Team. Irene also assists the Admissions & Student Service Officer with organising admission assessments.

Primary Chinese Teachers

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Fiona Cao
Chinese Teacher
BA/BEd (Chinese Language and Literature),BA(English Studies) | China


Fiona was born and grew up in 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.
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Donna Pan
Chinese Teacher


Donna was born in China and was very happy to join ICHK last year. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in Chinese language and literature, she continued at the HKU and the EdUHK, obtaining two master degrees. Before joining ICHK, she has been the Chinese homeroom teacher at IB school for four years, in her Chinese lesson, she strives to integrate the Chinese language materials with inquiring units through creative and fun teaching activities. She also values students’ agency and differentiation very much. In her spare time, she enjoys movies, writing and music.
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Julie Xiao
Chinese Teacher
Master of Arts in Teaching Chinese as an International Language | China


Julie was born and grew up in China. She gained her Master degree from the Education University of Hong Kong and before joining ICHK HLY, she has been working as a homeroom teacher at an IB school for seven years. Julie has wide experience in teaching children from different ages and backgrounds, from primary to middle schools. She is a passionate educator who enjoys creating fun and engaging teaching activities. In her spare time, she enjoys Chinese painting, reading, movies and travel.
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Kerry Xu
Chinese Teacher


Kerry Xu is a registered teacher both in HK and Mainland China.She was born and grew up in Mainland China. In addition to having a Bachelor’s degree of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature, a Master degree of Arts in Chinese Linguistics and Language Acquisition,she has 10 years teaching experience in Mainland China,Overseas and HK at Kindergarten,elementary and middle school levels,as well as in activities outside of the traditional classroom. She has a diverse background with much to offer.
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Candice Zhang
Chinese Teacher
BA, Certificate of TCFL, PSC | China


Candice was 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

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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
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Glenn Bogador
Y6B Teacher
PGCE, BA Communication, Digital Animation and Creative Media | Hong Kong


Glenn grew up in the Philippines and relocated to Hong Kong in his early teens. He began his career in education back in 2004 where he met his wife Heather. Glenn is a true life long learner and continues to learn and grow as an educator. He loves spending time with his two kids, Ciana and Matteo. In his spare time, he enjoys writing and playing heavy metal music with his band, playing golf with his friends and singing STYX tunes in the shower.
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Miranda Bundy
Y2B Teacher
BSc (Hons) Primary Mathematics (QTS) | United Kingdom


Miranda is an experienced teacher, originally from England. She completed her teaching degree in Bristol and has since been teaching in the UK and Hong Kong for over 15 years. During this time, many enjoyable years have been at ICHK and have included responsibilities for leading Maths and the Year 1 and 2 team, as well as teaching across several age groups. She is currently teaching in year 2 and has three children, who also attend the school. She is a passionate classroom teacher, with particular interests in Maths, creativity, Forest School, Physical Education and inquiry based learning. In addition to teaching, she set up her own swimming company and loves to teach the essential life-long skill of swimming to many children from the school. Miranda is a keen sportsperson herself and enjoys many sports such as swimming, waterpolo, tennis and running. Hiking the beautiful Hong Kong trails with her family is a weekend favorite
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Rachel Chan
Y5C Teacher
MBA, PGDE | United Kingdom


Rachel is a passionate educator who is committed to child-centred learning. She has been teaching and learning at ICHK since 2012 and worked with a broad spectrum of children, from nursery to Year 6. She believes that children work best when they are happy and secure, in this sense, wellbeing is at the heart of their personal education. She develops active, creative, multidisciplinary learning activities to help children to become independent inquirers and learners. Having two children of her own in primary and secondary school, help Rachel to appreciate and understand child development at its different stages.
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Kate Chang
Nursery Teacher


Kate Chang is a passionate Chinese teacher and early childhood educator. She grew up in the wild grassland of Inner Mongolian and loves nature. After obtaining the Master degree of International Language Education from HKUST and PGDE in Early CHildhood Education. She has an extraordinary performance in play-based learning. She is also dedicated to helping students develop their own learning habits. Kate is an outgoing and caring individual. In her spare time, she likes to watch movies and hang out with friends.
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Jennifer Empson
Y3E Teacher
PGDE (English) | United Kingdom


Jennifer was born in the UK, moved overseas for university and never looked back! After studying in France and Germany, she found her love of teaching in Shanghai and found home in Hong Kong. This is her first year at ICHK, after eight years working in HK public schools. She is passionate about languages, especially the written word, and loves helping children become confident readers, writers and thinkers. When she's not teaching, she leads a community garden project, and enjoys travelling, reading and (unfortunately for the neighbours) playing the Chinese zither.
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June Gibbard
Y4G Teacher
BA (Hons) Accountancy, PGCE (Primary) | United Kingdom


Suzie is an experienced teacher from New Zealand who has 12 years teaching experience with children of various ages from nursery up to Y5. She gained her teaching qualifications in New Zealand and has taught in various International schools around the world, including the United Arab Emirates, China and Hong Kong, delivering the IB PYP curriculum. Her method of teaching revolves around her belief that education should be child-centred, inquiry based, challenging, exciting, and collaborative. Suzie strives to help every child reach their maximum potential by becoming inquisitive learners and risk takers. Out of school Suzie enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 young children, as well as travelling, exploring different hikes around Hong Kong, running.
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Suzie John
Y3J Teacher
Bachelor of Education - Primary Teacher | New Zealand


Suzanne is an experienced teacher from New Zealand who has 10 years teaching experience with children of various ages from Y1 up to Y5. She gained her teaching qualifications in New Zealand and has taught in various International schools around the world, including the United Arab Emirates, China and most recently Hong Kong, delivering the IB PYP curriculum. Her method of teaching revolves around her belief that education should be child-centred, inquiry based, challenging, exciting, and collaborative. Suzanne strives to help every child reach their maximum potential by becoming inquisitive learners and risk takers. Out of school Suzanne enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter as well as exploring different hikes around Hong Kong, yoga and running.
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Sue Keelty
Y1K Teacher
Bacherlor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) | New Zealand


Sue is an experienced teacher from New Zealand who has spent more than twenty years teaching Early Childhood, many of them at ICHK Hong Lok Yuen. Sue is committed to a play-based approach which involves both child-initiated and teacher-supported learning. She encourages children’s learning and inquiry through interactions that aim to stretch children’s thinking to higher levels. Out of school Sue enjoys spending time with her family, reading and travelling
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Anna Kuiti
Reception Teacher


Anna is from New Zealand, and has spent the last 10 years living and teaching in early years education overseas. Fiercely creative, family focused and a mother of two, Anna graduated with academic honours from her Bachelors of Education majoring in Early Childhood. She is passionate about creating engaging environments that encourage children to explore , play and develop relationships with the world around them. With a passion for music and performance Anna enjoys helping young children become confident and caring learners and loves bringing creativity into the kindergarten space, creating exciting adventures for our littlest students. She believes learning should be holistic, explorative and most importantly fun.
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Angela Lloyd
Y1L Teacher
PGDE (Early Childhood Studies) | United Kingdom


Angela was born and brought up in the U.K. She moved to Hong Kong ten 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 an 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.
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Kate Mahon
Y6M Teacher
BSc, PGDE | New Zealand


Kate Mahon grew up in New Zealand and has worked in education for 8 years. She taught at Primary and Middle Schools in New Zealand, before moving to Hong Kong in 2016. Kate is a passionate primary practitioner with a special interest in wellbeing. She enjoys hiking, travelling, and sitting down with a cup of tea and a good book.
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Jacinda McLeod
Reception Teacher
New Zealand


Jacinda grew up in Whangarei, New Zealand and studied a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education at Boston University, USA. A lifelong learner, she has continued her own education recently completing a Graduate Diploma in Educational Psychology and a brief introductory course on the Autism Spectrum Disorder. She believes that creating a safe nurturing environment for children in the early years will provide the foundations for children to confidently take risks and try new things, develop interests and learn more about the world around them. In her spare time she plays hockey, reads a lot of books, bakes and travels.
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Alex Ranck
Y2R Teacher
United States


Alex grew up in Hong Kong but left for her tertiary education in the United States. She received a master’s degree in Childhood Education and Gifted Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and has multiple years of teaching experience in New York City. Alex returned to Hong Kong in 2020 to be closer to family. She enjoys rediscovering the things she already loved about Hong Kong as well as experiencing new ones. Alex is passionate about learning new things and always strives to guide her students in this same endeavour whether it is in the classroom or in other environments.
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Lynda Sze
Reception Teacher & Kindergarten Leader
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 Lower school team who will be strengthening and designing play based learning spaces for all of the children. In her spare time she enjoys reading for her studies and for pleasure, spending time with family and friends, cooking and travelling.
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Jenny Tang
Nursery Teacher


Jenny was born and raised in the UK where she completed her BA Honors Surface Design degree at the University of the Arts London. After relocating to Hong Kong she completed her PGCE with Sunderland University and this will be her eighth year at ICHK. She brings creativity and passion to her teaching and enjoys engaging children in a fun and expressive learning environment. As an educator she feels it is important for a child to develop their own individuality, and is fully committed to helping and supporting the children in exploring their various capabilities through play based learning. In her spare time she enjoys travelling and exploring new cultures, hiking with her husband and singing badly at karaoke.
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Natalie Turner
Y5T 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.
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Chloe Wei
Y4W Teacher
United States


Chloe grew up in Hong Kong and graduated with the IBDP, then studied Psychology in sunny Southern California and finished the PGCE with University of Sunderland. She has a passion for creative, innovative and project-based learning, and as an avid visual artist and comic artist, she has enjoyed teaching students to apply their passions and interests alongside building academic confidence and competence. As a life-long learner, she always looks forward to learning as much from the students' passions and skills as much as they learn from her.

Primary Learning Assistants

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Hannah Abbotts
Y6 Learning Assistant


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Jane Chan
Chinese Learning Assistant


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Victor Chan
Y3E Learning Assistant


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Bibi Chen
Y1L Learning Assistant


Bibi has been working in ICHK HLY for more than four years as an assistant teacher. She holds a Bachelor degree in Commerce and a Master degree in Communications in Toronto and Hong Kong respectively. She is currently studying PGDE (Early Childhood) with the goal to becoming a teacher. Outside school, she enjoys reading, travelling and spending time with her two children. She is looking forward to a fun and interesting year with all year 2 students.
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Sharon Chiu
Chinese Learning Assistant


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Vivian Ding
Kindergarten Learning Assistant (Chinese)


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Nicole Gelaudie
Kindergarten Learning Assistant


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Susana Gutierrez
Y4 Learning Assistant


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Sathi Hanson
Library Assistant


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Suzy Henderson
Kindergarten Learning Assistant


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Sue Howard
Y1K Learning Assistant


Sue was born in the U.K. to an army family, and moved around the world to complete her education. She decided to try HK for a ‘couple of years’ in 1985 and has been enjoying living here ever since. Sue is married and has three adult children who now reside in the U.K. Sue has happily worked in various schools around HK mostly as an Educational Assistant or English teacher with ages ranging from 10 months to 10 years. In her spare time, Sue especially enjoys spending time with her family, reading and socialising with young and old alike.
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Charmaine Kennedy
Y5 Learning Assistant


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Dawn Leo
Library Assistant


Dawn studied in the UK. She has an LLB (Hons), degree in law and is a qualified Lawyer. Dawn has been living in Hong Kong since the beginning of 2015 and is currently one of the School's Library Assistant Teachers. At ICHK Hong Lok Yuen, Dawn is assisting in the development of students information literacy skills and providing training on how to search for resources.
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Momoko Ng
Y3J Learning Assistant


Momoko worked in the Media industry for fifteen years. She started to turn towards her passion in Education with a Masters degree in Cultural Studies, and completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Education through the University of Sunderland in 2017. She is deeply interested in exploring the Humanities side of education and believes ICHKHLY is a great place to put this into practice. Momoko enjoys writing, reading and playing tennis in her free time.
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Sarah Ng
Y2B Learning Assistant


Originally from New Zealand, Sarah moved to Hong Kong in 2009. She loves children and gets her energy from being around children. She is passionate about inspiring children to become eager learners and hopes to find ways to make sure each and every child is enjoying their learning experience and wanting to learn more at ICHK-HLY. She also enjoys teaching Bible stories to children at church and other Christian organisations, and babysitting for her friends’ children.
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Mike Salcedo
Kindergarten Learning Assistant


Michael Salcedo (Mr Mike) has taught music in many schools across Hong Kong, he has worked and managed restaurants in Hong Kong. Mike is a passionate musician and a lifelong learner, who hopes to grow professionally in an educational institution that promotes compassion, respect and curiosity.
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Sophy Song
Y1 Learning Assistant


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Mia Sung
Kindergarten Learning Assistant


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Veronica Wang
Kindergarten Learning Assistant


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Mandy Wong
Y2R Learning Assistant


Mandy has worked in ICHK HLY as an assistant teacher for six years. She has a BA Communication and Media graduated from UK. She has worked with students from different year groups, ranging from Nursery to Year 4. Out of school, Mandy enjoys art, baking, badminton and yoga.

Primary Specialist Teachers

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Tiffany Au
Outdoor Learning Facilitator
PGCE, BA Architecture | United Kingdom


Tiffany grew up in the UK, studying Architecture before relocating to Hong Kong where she completed her PGCE. She is passionate about getting children outdoors for play and learning. As well as providing students with some of the experiences she had as a child whilst growing up. In Tiffany’s free time enjoys the outdoors and travelling.
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Jennie Chan
Learning Support Facilitator


Jennie Chan was born and brought up in Hong Kong before moving to England for fourteen years. She has eight years of experience in working with children of different needs and abilities. Jennie obtained her Psychology Degree and Criminology Master’s Degree in London and her teaching qualification (PGDE in Special Education) from The University of Hong Kong. She was also a writer and an illustrator of two published books covering parenting and relationships, she loves to encourage her students to think creatively and dream BIG! Jennie has great enthusiasm for her job and she is passionate about supporting children to develop a positive learning attitude, while helping them to reach their full potential.
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Ho Mei Chau
Outdoor Learning Leader
MEd, BA (Hons), PGDE (Primary) | Hong Kong


Ho Mei has taught at ICHK for over 10 years and currently leads the Forest School and outdoor learning programme. Born in the UK but raised in Tai Po, he earns the rare distinction of being both an alumnus as well as teacher at the school. Ho Mei is a firm believer that learning should extend beyond the classroom walls and this was evident during his years as a homeroom teacher where study trips, gardening, science projects and camps were a regular part of his students' learning. To further develop his outdoor learning expertise, Ho Mei completed his Forest Schools Level 3 qualification in the UK in 2016 and he has helped lead the development of the school's outdoor learning programme ever since. Ho Mei is also a multi-talented musician and photographer and loves to take his children hiking and travelling in his spare time.
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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 certificates for First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege. 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, First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege in Guangzhou, Macao and the Philippines. Nobel’s knowledge, experience and passion for music benefit our students tremendously.
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Kate Kam
School Counsellor


Kate grew up and received her education in Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Education and M.A in Guidance and Counselling. She always appreciates working with children and young people. She has embarked on a continuous journey of discovery and transformation for herself, worked at different positions and roles in the education field ranging from primary school to university, from NGO to commercial setting. Kate enjoys both indoor and outdoor activities. But her favourite is always dancing. She dreamed about being a ballerina when she was three and she is still trying to achieve it in her thirties!
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Gretha Lee
Learning Support Facilitator


Gretha is a passionate educator and researcher who aspires to implement education research to inform classroom teaching (and vice versa). She completed her degree in Psychology from the University of Nottingham (UK), and earned her PGDE (EduHK) and Master of Education (HKU) in Hong Kong. Her contribution in research in the psychology and education fields resulted in peer-reviewed journal publication. Professionally, Gretha has taught in mainstream settings, as well as working with young children and adults with special learning needs. She strongly believes that each learner, when given the space and opportunity to be creative, can flourish and positively impact the world. In her spare time, Gretha enjoys hiking, parasailing, listening to classical music, and discovering the latest life hacks!
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Cassandra Li
Learning Support Facilitator


Born and raised in Hong Kong. Cassandra has been working for more than 16 years in the hospitality industry before. When her daughter went to school, she started to help out and found her passion in education. She was trained as a special needs educational assistant. She works with students with learning and attention difficulties. She helps them become confident, pick up skills they need when they go to higher grades and prepares themselves to turn into lively teenagers.
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Kelsey Long
Primary Visual Arts Teacher


Kelsey is an enthusiastic arts educator who believes the visual arts are an essential tool for teaching students how to express themselves and connect with their community. She received her BA in Art Education from the College of New Jersey and taught in NJ public schools before moving to Hong Kong in 2015. She is trained and experienced in Teaching Artistic Behaviour (TAB), project-based learning, and design thinking. She loves creating interdisciplinary and community art projects that teach students about contemporary artists and art practices. In her personal practice, Kelsey enjoys printmaking and fiber arts. She is also active in the rollerskating community and plays for the Hong Kong Roller Derby team.
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Susanna Lynam
Library 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 NGO 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!
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Anita Ngan
School Nurse


Anita received her nursing training in Hong Kong and became a registered nurse in 1984. She obtained her Bachelor of Nursing Degree (Health Promotion and Health Education) at the University of Hong Kong in 2002. In 2017, she completed her further study at the Hong Kong polytechnic University and graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing Degree. Her extensive nursing experience in various nursing fields, both in private and public sectors, including but not limited to emergency room service at the Caritas Medical Center, pediatric surgical ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital; medical ward at the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital, family medicine at the Hong Kong US Consulate and private practice with family physicians and pediatricians and more recently school nursing at various International Schools. Her wealth of nursing experience also brought her into the nurse educator area. Since 2010, she has become the part time instructor for The Hong Kong Open University, help comprising and teaching relevant nursing related curriculums. In addition to general nursing, she also has a special interest in providing first aid training to health care professionals and lay people. She is a qualified First Aid Instructor with First Aid International (U.K) since 2008 (currently switched over to Nuco Training also based in UK). In the past years, she successfully delivered first aid course to help equip people to deal with various emergency situations pertinent to their needs. Anita is bilingual; her unique multi-faceted working experience in the nursing field enables her to leverage her nursing skills in a dynamic way. In 2017 she received her master degree in Nursing (Child and Adolescent Health) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her previous employment as a school nurse was at the IFS Academy. She was there for eight years.
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Nina Shek
EAL Leader
MA (Hons) Sociology, PGCE (Primary), MEd, Cert.TESOL | United Kingdom


Nina leads the EAL programme which supports students in developing their English language skills and access to the curriculum. Nina was born and educated in Scotland where her parents settled after emigrating from Hong Kong. She taught in Osaka, Japan for two years on the government native English teacher programme before joining ICHK HLY and the world of international education. Her experience living in Japan and growing up as a bilingual Chinese/English learner has given her first-hand insight into adapting to different languages and cultures, as well as the experiences of our EAL students and their families. Nina is a qualified “ESL in the Mainstream” teacher trainer and has delivered courses for staff from ICHKHLY and other schools.
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Melissa Sweeney
Physical Literacy and Outdoor Learning Teacher


Mel hails from Perth, graduating from the University of Western Australia with a degree in Human Movement and Exercise Science and a Diploma of Education. She has worked in a diverse range of pastoral care, Physical, Health, Outdoor Education and Forest school roles in Tanzania, London, Berlin and most recently, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Mel is passionate about getting children outdoors to play, explore, discover, develop and have fun, having completed Forest school training through the Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers in California and is a Level 3 Forest School practitioner through Archimedes Earth. She loves cycling, open water swimming, hiking, gardening, reading, cooking and travelling, and is always up for sharing a laugh, chat and an adventure with family and friends.
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Sean Taylor
PE Teacher
United Kingdom


Sean's from the North West of England and graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Sports Coaching. He worked as a community rugby coach developing the sport across the local community, before moving to London working as a coach, delivering school PE lessons and extracurricular activities. Sean has been in Hong Kong for 3 years playing semi-professional rugby and working most recently for an outdoor activities company called Backyard Gang. Where he has led sessions such as, stream hikes, beach clean ups and nature art in Hong Kong's country parks. Sean is passionate about encouraging children to love leading an active lifestyle. Whether that is through a number of sports, activities or a mixture of both. On top of the rugby that Sean plays for Hong Kong Scottish, he loves to play many other sports that Hong Kong has to offer, such as football, mixed-netball, Aussie rules and tennis to name a few. When Sean is not playing sport in his own time, he loves to explore the country parks and beaches Hong has to offer with his friends and family.
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Kaman Yau
EAL Facilitator


Kaman was born in Hong Kong but grew up in the UK. She studied Accountancy and worked as a Financial and Management Accountant for over 10 years in the UK and Hong Kong. After moving back to Hong Kong with her family, she studied and developed a passion for teaching literacy skills to children, and was then excited to join the EAL team at ICHK. She believes children should be happy in their learning and loves watching them become excited and confident with the skills they have acquired. Kaman is also an avid road and trail runner, and also enjoys a spot of baking too.

Secondary Leaders

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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
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Sean McDermott
Deputy Head of School
Dip. Teaching, Dip. TESOL, BEd, MSc. Educational Leadership | New Zealand


Sean started his career as an Elementary teacher, curriculum and year group leader Hong Kong, and co-authored a series of English workbooks for Middle School students in China. He completed his Master's Degree, and was also appointed to the role of Workshop Leader for The International Baccalaureate, facilitating professional development workshops for over six years. He was then appointed as principal of an at-risk school in New Zealand, the growth and improvement of which became a nationally-celebrated success story. During this time Sean also acted as a teacher and principal mentor, and was a member of various regional and national policy reference and working groups. He then moved to Malaysia to take up a whole-school pastoral and leadership position at a four-programme IB International School, and during this time also founded an initiative titled 'The Future Learning Project'. He also enjoys keeping fit and active, and likes to spend his time trail running, mountain biking, doing crossfit and anything that involves being outdoors.
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Douglas Kidd
Director of Out of Class and Experiential Education
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.
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Flora Lai
Director of Upper School: IB Coordinator
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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Phil Morgan
Director of Creativity: 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.
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Ross Parker
Director of Technology & Assessment
Master of Teaching, B.Sc.(Hons) | Hong Kong


Ross works alongside staff and students, with the aim of using a range of tools to improve teaching and learning. 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 their development as learners and individuals. 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

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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.
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Natalie Bailey
Teacher of English & Human Technologies
B.A (Hons) and PGCE | United Kingdom


Natalie has taught English Language and Literature in the UK, Mainland China, as well as several schools in Hong Kong. She has considerable experience teaching a range of curriculums, and throughout her 10 years of teaching practice, she has enjoyed varying roles in education. She is a qualified yoga instructor and seeks to integrate mindfulness in to students' educational experience. This year, she looks forward to helping develop the Human Technologies curriculum.
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Richard Barnes
Teacher of English
Master of Teaching, B.Sc. (Hons) | United Kingdom


Richard qualified through the TeachFirst programme in the UK and has subsequently taught English Language and Literature, a role he will continue at ICHK. Prior to this he has taught English as a Second Language in both Russia and Poland as well as a year spent football coaching in the US. He has recently completed a Masters in Educational Leadership, specialising in methods of inclusive education.
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Erin Loges
Director of Student Welfare, 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.
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Jon Rees
Head of Year 12/13, 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.
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Sky Clarke
BEd - English Language (Hon) | Hong Kong


Sky completed her English Language teacher training in Hong Kong with first class honours and a special focus in international education. Sky currently teaches lower year English and is developing and supporting the Human Technologies and Humanities department at ICHK. She has experience teaching to students across varying age groups and ability levels. She subscribes to the notion that a happy learner is an effective learner and is dedicated to creating a learning environment that is not only intellectually stimulating, but injected with fun and student-centred activities that give value and purpose to students' school experience here at ICHK.
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Alyson Donaldson
BA (Education) | United States


Alyson has fifteen years teaching experience, having taught at international schools in the Middle East and China before moving to Hong Kong. Predominantly an English teacher, she has also taught Drama and Humanities in international curriculums and the MYP framework. More recently she has completed Cognitive Coaching training. Alyson's goals as a teacher include facilitating a passion for reading and writing and encouraging young people to feel excited about their learning. Outside of teaching, she has two young daughters keeping her on her toes.
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Nelly Loi-Fong
B.A., J.D., TEFL, PGDE (Distinction) | United States


Nelly has been a passionate educator since 2011, teaching at various International Baccalaureate World schools in Hong Kong before joining ICHK Secondary. Previously, she has taught ESL to a range of learners, from pre-school aged children, primary and secondary children to adults. She has developed and implemented inquiry-based curriculum and effective pedagogical approaches in the areas of literacy, mathematics, ICT and social sciences. Nelly values and is deeply committed to students' pastoral care, welfare, and academic progress that encourages intrinsic motivation and a growth mindset.

Secondary Human Technologies

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Ryan Warriner
PGDE and BCom (Business Administration) | Canada


Ryan is a big believer in experiential learning and learning by 'doing'. That is why he is extremely excited about teaching Human Technologies, Free Learning and Enrichment and Flow at ICHK. Ryan has taught for 13 years and most recently just finished 7 years at KGV School in Hong Kong, teaching IGCSE, BTEC and IBDP Economics and Business alongside being a Head of College and CAS Advisor in the senior school to support students development and pastoral needs. Ryan's own experiential learning has also taken him to China, Australia and the UK through his teaching career. He also is an avid sportsmen who enjoys basketball, football, cycling, running and pretty much any outdoor activity.
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Sandra Kuipers
Learning Systems Specialist
MA Learning and Technology | Canada


Sandra is a software developer who has discovered a passion for education. She joined ICHK in August 2020 as Learning Systems Specialist and is currently completing a Master of Arts in Learning and Technology. Sandra works in the intersection between education and software development and has worked with a number of international schools to help them establish open source solutions and build sustainable web-based applications. At ICHK, Sandra is actively involved in developing Gibbon, our school management system, and co-teaches Free Learning in Year 7.

Secondary Humanities

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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.
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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.
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Simon Tasker
Teacher of Economics, and Humanities
BSc, MSc, PGCE | Hong Kong


Simon Tasker is committed to student success inside the classroom and in life. After graduating from Loughborough University in 2006 with an MSc in Marketing and Management, Simon went straight into the corporate world and had a successful career for more than a decade in various HR functions with global financial institutions and global insurance firms. Simon transitioned into teaching in 2018 and believes that student success is created through meaningful relationships. Simon brings a unique blend of his real-world experiences and examples, as well as, sound teaching practice into his classroom, and he aims to provide a memorial learning experience to all his students.

Secondary Languages

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Nicolas Arriaga
Head of Languages, CAS Coordinator, IBDP Pamoja Site-Based Coordinator
B.A. (Philology), PGDE (Language Ed.), “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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Vanessa Afonso Pérez
M.Res (Philippines), M.A, B.A, PGCE (Spain) | Spain


Vanessa brings a wealth of cross-cultural knowledge from her Spanish language teaching experience in Asia, at all levels. She taught in The University of the Philippines, The University of Santo Tomás and HKU, and served as Coordinator in a language school in Hong Kong before switching her focus to Secondary Education. She has extensive experience guiding students to IGCSE, and as an examiner in DELE exams (Spanish Language Diploma). She is determined in sharing her passion for Hispanic cultures, particularly, Literature and Dance, and motivating the students to get immersed in Spanish language.
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Jessy Tu
BA, PGDE (Adult. Education), PGDE (Secondary), M.Ed | Taiwan


Jessy was born in Taiwan, trained and educated in Sydney. She has taught in Australia, Thailand and Singapore. As a Syllabus and Exam Committee member for NSW Ed. Department, this is Jessy’s 3rd time working in HK since 2007. She is an influencer who has published a few books for Children, textbooks for Secondary Chinese student and a book to guide teachers on how to teach Chinese. A genuine life learner with IB spirit who also is a renown workshop leader in Asia.
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Vincent Wang
MA(TCSL) PGDE(Chinese) BA(Korean) BA(Language Studies) | China


Vincent has studied in China, South Korea and Hong Kong, majoring in foreign language studies and Chinese teaching. He used to an interpreter and also he has taught in South Korea and Hong Kong for a few years. He believes that it is most important for students to have an interest in language learning. At the same time, he also believes that working with students to solve the problems encountered in life can promote mutual learning and life-long growth.

Secondary Learning Support

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Kathryn Lung
Head of Learning Support and Teacher of English
M.A. (English Studies), B.A. Hons., PGCE | United Kingdom


Kathryn began her teaching career over 20 years ago, teaching English and Drama in UK secondary schools. Over the course of her career, Kathryn’s focus turned towards the areas of English as an additional language and special educational needs. She has extensive experience in developing students’ English language skills, as well as managing and supporting students with a range of additional needs, including SpLDs in reading, writing and numeracy, ADHD, ASD and Global Delays. Kathryn enjoys supporting and building trusting relationships with students and their families in both their personal and academic journeys.
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Sammi Chan
Assistant Head of Learning Support
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.
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Christy Tsui
School Counsellor and Wellbeing Educator
MA in Social Work (Family Centered-practice and Family Therapy), BA in Sociology | Canada


Christy was educated in sociology, family studies, and family therapy, but finds her life experiences to be just as important, if not more important, for her counselling work. She has worked in a variety of settings, from NGOs and private organisations to educational settings, and with toddlers all the way to young adults and their families. Christy was based previously in Vancouver, Canada prior to (returning to) Hong Kong.
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Emma Kent-Jones
Teacher of Special Educational Needs
BA Hons. | United Kingdom


Emma graduated from St Mary's University, Twickenham with a BA Hons in Primary Teaching, following this she taught for four years in the UK and then moved to Hong Kong. Previous to joining ICHK, as the +1 Centre Lead SEN Teacher, she has worked in two other International Schools in Hong Kong within the SEN departments teaching students from Early Years to Secondary. Outside of school Emma enjoys dragonboating, playing hockey and cooking and has a strong belief in a holistic approach to teaching students.

Secondary Mathematics

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Jimmy Lam
Co-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.
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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.
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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.
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Dawn Johnston
Head of Year 10, 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.
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Mico Wong
Co-Head of Mathematics
BEng. Electronic Engineering, PhD Electronic Engineering | Hong Kong


Mico Wong has nine years of experience in teaching international curriculum at an IB school and International school in Hong Kong. She teaches IBDP Mathematics, IGCSE Mathematics syllabuses including Additional Mathematics 0606, Extended Mathematics 0580, International Mathematics 0607 as well as courses in the junior secondary levels. She has also been the Form Tutor in different year levels and experienced in providing guidance and pastoral care to students. Mico graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a degree in Electronic Engineering. She further achieved a Ph. D in Electronic Engineering in 2008 and obtained her PGDE with Distinction from the same university. Through the years of teaching, Mico puts efforts to engage and support students and let them understand the application and power of Mathematics in the real world and explore the beauty of Mathematics through their learning journey.
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Kirstyn Lowe
Teacher of Mathematics
BCom, CPA, PGCE | Australia


Kirstyn graduated from Curtin University with a BCom in Accounting and worked in both private practice and corporate enterprises as a Management Accountant. She has worked in many industries including mining, retail, hotels and casinos. Kirstyn is also a CPA. Taking a break to raise her children, Kirstyn returned to work as a Learning Support Assistant at ICHK. Completing her PGCE in mathematics she now teaches Year 7 to Yr 11. Kirstyn is patient and understanding of students' needs and brings her experience from many fields to ensure a happy and supportive learning environment at ICHK.
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Kunal Narwani
BEd - Mathematics (P) (Hon) | Hong Kong


Kunal has graduated with a certified degree in teaching Mathematics while minoring in International education. He currently teaches Mathematics to students from Y7 to Y11. Throughout the years, he has taught multiple year groups both Primary and Secondary, including a short term Internship in ICHK a couple of years back. As a new member of the school, he hopes to share his passion for Mathematics and the belief that "Anybody can learn Math". Outside of school, he spends his time doing sports (especially basketball), cooking, playing chess and asking questions

Secondary Outdoor Education

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David Addis
Experiential Educator
United Kingdom


David studied Adventure Tourism Management at The University of Birmingham before embarking on a career in Experiential Education. Since then he has worked for various outdoor education providers, notably Outward Bound in Hong Kong as an instructor and also as the Senior Expedition Manager and Leader for a youth expedition company facilitating young peoples' experiences in exciting destinations. An avid rock climber, sea kayaker and trekker, and a qualified mountain leader and wilderness first aider, he's keen to pass this passion on through the AYP and outdoor education programs at ICHK.

Secondary Performing & Visual Arts

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Liam Greenall
Director of Creativity: Cross-School, 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.
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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.
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Jennie Davies
Head of Year 8, 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.
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Alistair Kanaan
Head of Year 9, 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.
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Amy Thibeault
Teacher of Art
BFA (Glass), MFA (Studio Arts) | United States


Amy has her degree in Glass and Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and her Masters of Fine Arts from Mills College in Oakland, California. Prior to joining ICHK, Amy has taught glassblowing, ceramics, sculpture and visual arts at schools and colleges across the globe and most recently as associate professor at Toyama Institute of Glass Art in Japan. She is a practicing artist and her work can be seen in collections and museums internationally, including the Corning Museum of Glass and the Shanghai Museum of Glass.

Secondary Physical Education

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Raymond Chan
Director of Creativity: Deep Learning, Head of PE
B.A. (Hons), PGCE | United Kingdom


Raymond began his career teaching Humanities, Philosophy, and coaching sport in schools in the UK. He joined ICHK in 2010 bringing a wealth of experience leading all manner of trips and excursions throughout the UK and Europe. As Head of PE he has continued to help increase the participation and number of sports, firmly establishing the reputation of ICHK within the sporting community of the International Schools Sports Federation Hong Kong (ISSFHK). He has also played a key role in founding and developing ICHK's celebrated outdoor programme. More recently, Raymond has played a significant role in developing interdisciplinary learning through Deep Learning, an element of ICHK's Curriculum X, that has attracted attention in international conferences featuring innovation and change in education.
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Ben Blain
Head of Year 7, Teacher of PE and Support
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.
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Matthew Ho
Teacher of PE & Science
BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching, PGCE | United Kingdom


Matthew held previous positions in Hong Kong as a middle school fitness coach at HKIS and high school gym coach for Primal Strength. His personal values as a continual learner, combined with passion for health and fitness to promote a better quality of life.

Secondary Science

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Alex Edwards
Teacher of Science
M.Sci, M.A., PGCE | United Kingdom


Alex has worked in a variety of teaching positions in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo and brings to ICHK a passion for science, language and culture. He studied at a variety of institutions, reading Chemistry (M.Sci) at University College London, then Pacific Asian Studies (M.A.) at SOAS and received his PGCE from Canterbury Christ Church University. In his free time he is found hiking, swimming and exploring Hong Kong and locations further afield. At ICHK he teaches Physics IB, iGCSE and lower school Science
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Michelle Rines
Head of Science, Head of Year 11 & 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.
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Sharon Wong
BSc Hons, MRes, PGCE | United Kingdom


Sharon graduated from the University of Glasgow (UK) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Immunology and also with a Master of Research in Biomedical and Life Sciences. She worked in a research lab before obtaining her PGCE from the University of Sunderland (UK) and switching careers to teach secondary school science. Sharon strongly believes that you can achieve anything you want as long as you set your mind to it. This comes from her personal experience of achieving one of her life goals in completing a full marathon race.
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Jenny Wu
Teacher of Science
BA | United States


Jenny received her degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder and also participated in HHMI research projects there. She has taught in the U.S. and China, and been teaching The International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement for six years. Jenny enjoys taking learning outside the classroom, and doing unique projects with students. She has taken students on Week Without Walls international field trips, and local field studies to examine the water, soil, and geology of the environment. She also enjoys Maker projects with the students such as putting together mouse trap cars and soldering small electronics.