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 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.
Staff Image 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 15 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. She is also a member of the Child Safeguarding Team and the Crisis Response Team.
Staff Image Adam McGuigan
Director of Learning
BTeach (Primary), MEd (Leadership and Management) | Australia


Adam McGuigan has been involved with international education for over 10 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, agency and neuroscience. He enjoys travelling, running and cooking. Adam is also a member of the Child Safeguarding Team and the Crisis Response Team.

Primary Chinese Teachers

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 Glenn Bogador
Year 6B 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.
Staff Image Miranda Bundy
Year 2B 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
Year 5C 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.
Staff Image Ho Mei Chau
Learning & Teaching Coordinator
MEd, BA (Hons), 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.
Staff Image June Gibbard
Year 4G Teacher
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 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.
Staff Image Sue Keelty
Y1K 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
Y1L 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
Y4L 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
Y6M 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 Krista Matich
Y3M 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 Lynda Sze
Reception 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 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.
Staff Image Steve West
Y2W Teacher
BBus, Graduate Diploma of Teaching & Learning, MEd Teaching and Instruction | New Zealand


ve West is a New Zealander who has been teaching in international schools over the past five years. Steve enjoys being able to bring fun and enthusiasm into his classroom and recognises the constructive effects it can have on learning. He didn’t always have so much of that, having made a career transformation from finance in 2013! He found inspiration in teaching children and has never looked back, completing his post-graduate teacher training and has taught both Physical Education and homeroom at international schools in Hong Kong and Guangzhou. He furthered his studies with a Master of Education in Mathematics from Concordia University. Steve is a keen sportsman, having played competitive squash and rugby. Most of all though, he likes seeing the best side of people. Chat to him about anything from squash, healthy living, and world politics, to...the development of your children of course!

Primary Specialist Teachers

Staff Image Tiffany Au
Outdoor Education 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.
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
EAL 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
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 issues. 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 Therapists 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.
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 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.
Staff Image 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.
Staff Image 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.
Staff Image 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.
Staff Image 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

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 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.
Staff Image 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.
Staff Image 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.
Staff Image 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.
Staff Image 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.
Staff Image 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.
Staff Image 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

Staff Image 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.
Staff Image Sandra Kuipers
Learning Systems Specialist
MA Learning and Technology (in progress) | 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

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 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

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 Vanessa Afonso
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.
Staff Image 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.
Staff Image 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

Staff Image 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.
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.
Staff Image 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.
Staff Image 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.
Staff Image Diptii Mehta
Teacher of Special Educational Needs
PGDE | India


I have been in Hong Kong for 21 years. I am extremely passionate about working with SEN and different abilities students. I enjoy travelling, painting and doing yoga. I believe we are life long learners. We as educators/ facilitators should nurture our student's well-being. I also believe in parent-students- teacher approach.

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 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.
Staff Image Mico Wong
Teacher 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.
Staff Image 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.
Staff Image 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

Staff Image David Addis
Outdoor 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.
Staff Image Joanna Li
Outdoor Educator
Outdoor Qualifications like Wilderness First Aid, Sea Kayaking, Rope Technician | Hong Kong


Previously worked in Outward Bound HK as an Outdoor Instructor. Passionate in taking people out for an adventure, doing different outdoor activities/challenges, connecting people with nature. Strongly believing in outdoor education could help young people knowing themselves better and build up good personal qualities apply in life. What you feed your mind will lead your life.

Secondary Performing & Visual Arts

Staff Image 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.
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
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.
Staff Image 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.
Staff Image 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

Staff Image Raymond Chan
Director of Creativity: Deep Learning, Head of PE
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.
Staff Image 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.
Staff Image 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

Staff Image 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
Staff Image 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.
Staff Image 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.
Staff Image Jenny Wu
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.


Applications are now being taken for children born in 2018.

These will be for our Pre-Nursery classes starting in January 2021 and Nursery starting in August 2021.

Applications can be made here, or contact admissions@ichkhly.edu.hk