International College Hong Kong

Our Teachers

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

Best Possible Teacher

ICHK is a community in which all teachers think of themselves as leaders of learning.

Through pooling and drawing on our strengths and expertise, we create the conditions for a professional learning community, and meet the challenges of modelling learning and leading for our students.

The Council of International Schools says: “ICHK is an exciting school for teachers as they are encouraged to seek opportunities and programmes to enhance the learning experience for all students.

The school embraces innovation in educational practice, and its staff are encouraged to explore opportunities beyond usual school practices.”

Our teachers work in partnership to create the best environment for learning, and create both the time and opportunities for students to experience a diverse range of activities and ideas.

They value and foster excitement, they challenge, guide and support, they believe in the power of a Growth Mindset and Positive Psychology.

At ICHK, our educators strive to be the best possible teachers, helping to establish and maintain an environment where all students thrive.

Find out more about joining our dynamic team or learn more about our teaching team by visiting our staff directory below or our series of Staff Sketches.

Our Teachers

Leadership Team

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

Sean McDermott

Deputy Head of School

Dip. Teaching, Dip. TESOL, BEd, MSc. Educational Leadership | New Zealand

Sean started his career as a teacher, curriculum and year group leader Hong Kong, and during this time co-authored a series of English workbooks for Middle School students in China. He completed his Master's Degree, and was appointed to the role of Workshop Leader for The International Baccalaureate, facilitating professional development workshops for over six years. Sean was then appointed as principal of an at-risk school in New Zealand, the improvement of which became a nationally-celebrated story. During this time Sean also acted as a teacher and principal mentor, and was a member of several regional and national policy reference and working groups. He then moved to Malaysia to take up a whole-school leadership position at a four-programme IB International School, before returning to Hong Kong to join ICHK. Sean enjoys keeping fit and active, and likes to spend his time trail running, mountain biking, doing crossfit and anything that involves being outdoors.

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 (Natural Sciences) at Cambridge University before completing her PGDE at the Chinese University in Hong Kong. Flora has been a Science teacher at ICHK for more than 10 years and thoroughly enjoys exploring the Sciences through hands-on activities with her students. As the Director of Upper School and IB Coordinator at ICHK, Flora supports students through the challenges of the IB Diploma Programme, and provides help in preparing them for university and life beyond school. Flora is a strong believer in ICHK’s 5+1 pastoral model, believing that by encouraging students to adopt a growth mindset, it can help them identify new opportunities and successfully pursue them.

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 IT, Ross has developed our school management system, Gibbon, and the innovative pedagogy Free Learning, both of which are open source and used by many other schools around the world.

Kathryn Lung

Head of Learning Support and Teacher of English

M.A. (English Studies), B.A. Hons., PGCE (English), iSENCO Award | 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 managing and supporting students with a range of individual needs, including SpLDs in reading, writing and numeracy, ADHD, ASD, Global Delays and English as an additional language. Kathryn enjoys supporting and building trusting relationships with students and their families in both their personal and academic journeys. She is committed to ICHK’s inclusive ethos and environment, which is reflected in the size and strength of the learning support department.

+1 Centre

Emma Kent-Jones

Head of +1 Centre

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. Before joining ICHK, as the +1 Centre Lead SEN Teacher, she worked in two other International Schools in Hong Kong within the SEN departments teaching students from Early Years to Secondary. Emma strongly believes in a holistic and skills-based approach to teaching students, emphasising real-life situations. Outside of school, Emma enjoys dragonboating, playing hockey and cooking.

Sydney Li

Teacher of SEN

PGDE, MEd, BSc | Hong Kong

Sydney graduated from the University of Nottingham, UK, with a BSc in Psychology. He finished an MEd in Educational Psychology from CUHK and a PGDE in Special Education from HKU after he moved back from the UK. He has worked in an SEN Setting for many years and is skilled in differentiating academic work to the appropriate level. He is also experienced in working with children with a range of social and behavioral needs.

Catherine Kiss

Teacher of SEN

MA | Canada

Catherine was born in Canada and completed an MA in English Language and Teaching at the University of Pecs, Hungary. She has taught a wide range of students internationally, ranging between the ages of 2 to 18 in Hungary, the UK and Hong Kong. She has worked in differentiated and supported learning environments with students of different learning abilities and has completed courses in Applied Behaviour Analysis. She is currently working as an SEN teacher in the +1 Centre. She plans to continue her professional growth in studying and working with Students with Special Needs with a focus on learners with ASD, ADHD and Dyslexia. She strives to bring the best out of her students, enabling them to achieve their full potential and preparing them to be able to take initiative in a world full of surprises and the unknown.


Richard Barnes

Head 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.

Erin Loges

Director of Student Welfare, Teacher of English

B.Sc. (Education), Masters (Liberal Studies), Ed.Sp. (Mental Health in Schools) | United States

Erin completed her undergraduate 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. She also taught secondary school English and Mathematics in the United States. Erin is a marathon runner, avid hiker, and yoga instructor.

Jon Rees

Sustainability Coordinator

Masters Education | United Kingdom

Jon is passionate about connecting students with nature through his role as Sustainability Coordinator. He works with our student environmental team, our Outdoor Educators, as well as classroom teachers to promote students' positive engagement with our planet. While on his many dog walks around Hong Kong, Jon is often struck by how vital contact with nature is to sustain ourselves, and how, then, we must do our best to care for our world.

Brooke Amnuaychoke

Teacher of Transition and English

Bachelor in Education | Thailand

Brooke graduated in Education from Hawaii, USA. She was born in Bangkok, Thailand and grew up in Hong Kong. She has been teaching in various International Baccalaureate World Schools before joining ICHK Secondary. Brooke is a motivated, enthusiastic and dedicated educator who wants all children to be successful learners. She also values and is committed to students' well-being, personal growth and in becoming a life-long learner.

Sky Clarke

Teacher of English

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.

Doug Kane

BA (Hons), PGCE | United Kingdom

Doug has taught English, Theory of Knowledge and Film for many years, after graduating with a degree in English and History of Ideas. Following 6 years in English Sixth Form Colleges, Doug subsequently gained a wide range of experience in classroom and leadership roles in schools in Dubai and Vietnam, before arriving in Hong Kong. He continued to gain experience in prominent Hong Kong international schools and is now delighted to return to ICHK for the second time.

Isabel Khine

Assistant Head of Y12 and Y13, Teacher of English and SEN

M.A. (Hons) in English Literature, University of Glasgow | Myanmar

Isabel studied English Literature at the University of Glasgow before completing a PGCE. She grew up in Hong Kong, and values the diversity of experiences and perspectives that students bring to the classroom. Isabel has experience with teaching English Language and Literature to students across all age groups at ICHK, including the +1 Centre. She is also looking forward to working with and delivering the IBDP Theory of Knowledge curriculum this year. Furthermore, Isabel is committed to the holistic development of principled and reflective students, who engage with language, literature, and the world around them in meaningful ways.

Nelly Loi-Fong

Head of Year 7, Teacher of English, Transitions Facilitator

B.A., J.D., TEFL, PGDE (Distinction) | United States

Nelly is a passionate educator, teaching at various International Baccalaureate World schools in Hong Kong before joining ICHK Secondary. She has extensive experience teaching and implementing ESL instructional programs to a range of English language learners including adults. Nelly has taught and created inquiry-based classrooms and developed 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.

Emma White

Teacher of English

BA, MA, PGCE | United Kingdom

Emma is originally from West Sussex, England and has been teaching in Hong Kong for four years. She graduated from the University of Swansea with a Masters Degree in English Teaching and Linguistics and previously studied a Bachelors in French and Media. She spent a year teaching English in France before coming to Hong Kong, here she has attained her PGCE in Secondary Education with the University of Sunderland. In her spare time, Emma enjoys hiking, cycling, reading classical literature, travelling the world to experience different cultures and learning new languages.

Human Technologies

Natalie Bailey

Head of Human Technologies & Teacher of English

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.

Sandra Kuipers

Teacher of Free Learning and Learning Systems Specialist

MA Learning and Technology, PGCE | Canada

Sandra is a software developer who has discovered a passion for education. She joined ICHK in August 2020 as Learning Systems Specialist and has a Master of Arts in Learning and Technology and a PGCE in Secondary Education. 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 teaches Free Learning in Year 7, 8 and 9, and leads the Enrichment & Flow program.


Alex Hall

Head of Humanities

BA (Hons), PGCE, MA Ed. | 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.

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, IB ESS, and Theory of Knowledge. Martin has extensive experience in preparing students for Model United Nations and Junior Achievement, and has helped organize the Global Issues Network held in Hong Kong. At ICHK, Martin is also one of our Higher Education advisors.

Simon Tasker

Teacher of Economics, Exams Coordinator

BSc, MSc, PGCE | Hong Kong

Simon possesses extensive corporate experience spanning over a decade and made a successful transition into the field of education in 2018. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, a Master of Science degree in Marketing and Management from Loughborough University, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Simon's unwavering dedication lies in fostering student achievement within the academic environment and beyond. He adeptly integrates a distinctive amalgamation of practical real-world experiences and illustrative teaching methodologies, thereby enriching the classroom learning experience for his students.

Christina Hayes

BA Honours History with English Literature & PGCE History | United Kingdom

Christina started her teaching career in Bath, UK as a History teacher before diversifying into the field of Special Education. She moved to Hong Kong in 2019 seeking to broaden her horizons in the world of International Education. In her spare time she can be found baking, reading, hiking and hunting for castles.


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, editor, teacher-trainer and IB Workshop Leader as well as 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. He is President of HKSSCF, organizer of the annual Hispanic Culture Festival.

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).

Scarlette Leung

Teacher of Chinese

M.A., B.A., PGDE | Hong Kong

Scarlette joined ICHK in 2013. In addition to being a teacher of Chinese, Scarlette also has a BA in Japanese and MA in translation. She is also ICHK's Volleyball coach and higher education advisor focusing on HK universities. Scarlette’s talent for languages, combined with her prowess as a sportswoman, are a great asset to ICHK.

Amanda Luk

Teacher of Chinese

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. While doing that, she completed her Masters Degree in Chinese Teaching. Her enthusiasm for teaching Chinese, combined with her interactive approach, is a model of engagement for all Language learners. Amanda is an experienced IBDP Chinese teacher and is now a qualified IBDP Chinese Examiner. Amanda’s passion in Chinese teaching extends beyond the traditional curricula - she particularly enjoys organizing language immersive activities for her students. The Exchange Program between ICHK and Nengren Middle School in China is an example of the many projects Amanda has initiated and coordinated during her time here.

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.

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.

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,Singapore and HK. This is Jessy’s third time working in HK since 2007. She is an influencer who has published a few books for children, textbooks for Secondary Chinese students and three books for teachers to guide towards becoming better teachers. A genuine life-long learner with an IB spirit who is renowned as a workshop leader in Asia.

Vincent Wang

Teacher of Chinese

PGDE(Chinese), M.A.(TCSL) B.A.(Language and literature) B.A.(Korean) | China

Having dedicated close to ten years of his life to teaching in Hong Kong, Vincent has come to appreciate the transformative power of education. In his opinion, one of the most crucial aspects of education is the act of accompanying students on their journey of growth. As Teachers guide them through this transformative process, Teachers also find themselves growing and engaging in lifelong learning.The opportunity to once again contribute to the Ichk community, to collaborate with fellow educators, and to inspire students is a privilege that Vincent embraces with gratitude.

Lyrica Xu

Teacher of Chinese

B.A. (Chinese Language and Literature), M.A., PGDE | China

Lyrica earned her bachelor's degree in Chinese language and literature in Mainland China. She completed her MA in Thailand and PGDE at the University of Hong Kong. Before joining ICHK, she worked as a Mandarin teacher in other international schools. She is a passionate teacher and believes that teaching is one of the most rewarding jobs that a person can do, especially when students make great progress.

Learning Support

Sammi Chan

Assistant Head of Learning Support & Teacher of IB Psychology

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 SEN settings. 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.

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.


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.

Mico Wong

Co-Head of Mathematics

BEng. Electronic Engineering, PhD Electronic Engineering | Hong Kong

Mico Wong has been teaching in IB schools and International schools in Hong Kong for more than 10 years. She is experienced in teaching IBDP Mathematics courses, IGCSE Mathematics syllabuses including Additional Mathematics, Extended Mathematics and International Mathematics. She has also been a form tutor in different year levels and provided 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 and obtained her PGDE with Distinction from the same university. Through her years of teaching, Mico has put effort into engaging and supporting students in their learning journey and helping them understand the power and beauty of Mathematics in the real world.

Chris Holland

Teacher of Science, Mathematics, & Physical Education

B.Sc., Teacher of Secondary Math and Science, 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, Science, and English in Seoul, Bangkok and Taipei. His diverse experiences, including preparing students for SATs, teaching yoga, coaching rock climbing and fitness, and teaching EAL, make a great contribution to his role as a teacher at ICHK.

Steve Cheung

Teacher of Mathematics

BMath (Actuarial Science), MAED, PGDE | Hong Kong

At the University of Waterloo, Steve studied actuarial science, a field that revolves around assessing financial risks in life, property/casual, and health insurance. He then obtained his PGDE at HKU and his MAED at HKUST, whilst teaching IGCSE and IB Maths in international schools. Besides teaching, Steve also enjoys shooting nature behind lenses, tinkering with codes, and lifting ingots. Students had called him a wizard and at ICHK, Steve hopes to conjure fun in student learning and continue to grow as a mathemagician. Algebra-kadabra!

Kirstyn Lowe

Head of Year 9, 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 Years 7 to 13. 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.

Kunal Narwani

Teacher of Mathematics

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

Outdoor Education

Dave Addis

Experiential Educator

M.A. Outdoor Education, B.A. (hons) Adventure Tourism Management | 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.

Arthur Wong

Experiential Educator

| Hong Kong

Arthur has worked in Hong Kong outdoor education companies, like Dragonfly, Treasure Island, and Asia Pacific Adventure, for more than seven years. She has also been qualified as a Stand-Up paddling and Sea Kayaking instructor and holds a Wilderness First Responder certification. Her outdoor education experiences, program management skills, creative ideas for team-building activities, environmental awareness, and local cultural knowledge will stimulate students to enjoy learning in a safe outdoor environment.

Performing & Visual Arts

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 performance, physical theatre and visual art. His practice as an artist and educator specialises in contemporary theatre-making and media-based arts. He has worked with a diverse range of artists and organisations 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. ICHK’s cutting-edge and award-winning creative theatre works are a testament to his experimentation and inquiry as both an educator and artist.

Jennie Davies

Head of Year 10, Drama Teacher

B.A (Hons), PGCE | United Kingdom

Jennie has a passion for theatre and the arts. She studied Theatre and Performance Studies in London. Before starting a career as a teacher, Jennie worked as an actor and playwright. Jennie is strongly interested in supporting student mental health and fostering well-being through the arts. As an educator, Jennie is dedicated to nurturing her students' overall well-being and creative potential.

Alistair Kanaan

Head of Year 11, Teacher Of Film, Media, P.E and 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 teaches Film, Media, and P.E at ICHK.

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. Her work can be seen in collections and museums internationally, including the Corning Museum of Glass and the Shanghai Museum of Glass.

Phoebe Wong

Teacher of Music

B.Ed. (Music) & BA | Hong Kong

Phoebe is a multi-instrumentalist who attained a diploma in Erhu and grade 8 in vocal, recorder and music theory. Besides practising classical music, she enjoys music jamming in a pop band, writing her own songs and exploring instruments from all around the world. She completed her degree in Music Education in Hong Kong with first-class honours and was awarded the Hong Kong Jockey Club Scholarship and outstanding teaching practice award. Her studies also cover international and special needs education. Music has always brought her joy, hence she looks forward to sharing it with her students through exploring, improvising and experiencing music with them.

Physical Education

Raymond Chan

Director of Creativity: Deep Learning, Head of PE

B.A. (Hons), PGCE | United Kingdom

Raymond began his career teaching Humanities and 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.

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.

Saie Ryu Lee

Teacher of Physical Education

B.A. (Hons), PGCE | United Kingdom

Saie Ryu completed his undergraduate studies in History at the University of Warwick, and then started his career teaching English as a second language in Thailand and Hong Kong. He has a passion for physical fitness and creative expression. As an educator, Saie Ryu strives to create a fun, inclusive, challenging yet accessible learning environment for his students. He believes that a student-centered, non-judgmental approach to learning encourages a growth mindset and helps foster a stronger sense of community. In his free time, he enjoys performing in theatre, history, playing music and travelling.


Sharon Wong

Teacher of Science

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.

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.

Alex Yim

Teacher of Science

BSc, PhD in Chemistry, PGDE | Hong Kong

Alex Yim completed his BSc and PhD at the University of Hong Kong. He gained his first teaching experience at an international school during his PGDE. He has taught science to both junior and senior students in various IB World Schools. The most rewarding part in teaching is seeing students proactively contribute to the lesson and own their learning.

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