Our Team



Leadership Team



Staff List

Jacqueline McNalty

Founding Principal

Jacqueline has been involved in school leadership and Early Childhood education for 24 years and has worked in Australia, the United Kingdom, China and Singapore. She has held several leadership roles including: Acting Head, Vice Principal, Head of Early Years and Curriculum Coordinator and Workshop Leader and in 2013, she was invited to join the Pre-Operations team helping to set up a SGD $250 million school in Singapore.

Jacqueline holds a Master’s in Education and a Bachelor of Teaching, majoring in Early Childhood and she was also awarded a Certificate in International School Leadership from the Principal Training Center (PTC). Jacqueline has published articles in several early childhood journals and has played a key role in early childhood network groups around the world. She is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy and is passionate about working in partnership with parents to educate their children.

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Catriona Woodward

Assistant Principal

Catriona comes from London where she has worked as a Reception and Year One class teacher, as well as an EYFS Coordinator in a French/English Bilingual School.
She has taught Early Years classes for several years, teaching children who speak English as an additional language, developing excellent communication and language is therefore at the forefront of her teaching. Whilst at university, Catriona focused her research on alternative methods of education and developed a passion for Forest Schools, outdoor learning, and both Montessori and Reggio Emilia techniques. Her interest in these approaches makes her an ideal fit for Malvern College Pre-School. Catriona is half English/half Scottish and loves to hike and to be amongst nature. In her spare time, she enjoys making ceramics, yoga and swimming.

Natalie Gleeson

Assistant Principal

Natalie is passionate about Early Childhood education and has spent most of her 15 years teaching in Kindergarten One and Two classes. Natalie trained in the UK where she specialised in English however, she quickly realised that Early Years was her niche. Since 2011, she has worked in schools in Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah, an Emirate just outside Dubai, and has held the positions of Assistant Principal and Deputy Head with responsibility for Early Years and Key Stage 1. Natalie enjoys the outdoors, reading stories, singing and helping pupils to make progress through playful experiences.

Claire Jones

Early Years Teacher – Forest-Beach School Leader

Claire Jones is our experienced Forest-Beach School Leader and she has a Level Three Diploma in Forest Schools Leadership. Claire has led and developed Forest Schools in the United Kingdom as well as in Dubai- where she has developed ‘Desert Schools’. Claire has a BED (HONS) Degree in Education (4-7 year olds) and has been a Phase Leader/ Assistant Head Teacher of UK Foundation Stage in Dubai. Claire is interested in Eco Education and enjoys art, craft, sewing, horticulture and cooking. She is passionate about enhancing children’s experiences through outdoor learning. Claire has four children, three are grown up and attending university. She enjoys keeping fit and yoga.

Emma Masters

EYFS Coordinator / Early Years Teacher – English

Emma Masters comes from England and was living and working in London before she went to teach near the jungle in Thailand for two years, leading in the Early Years Curriculum. Her experience includes working in an inner-city school and connecting children with nature through practical and engaging activities. Emma’s focus has been on creating a nurturing learning environment, encouraging communication and giving children the confidence to learn and to grow into their own unique selves. Emma enjoys teaching phonics and reading story books; her favourite book is ‘Supertato’. Emma’s lessons and learning environment are all child-centered, creating a mindful and reflective space for the children. In her spare time Emma enjoys Zumba dance class, doing yoga or baking. She likes visiting new places and learning new cultures and bringing these experiences back into the classroom.

Virginia Liao

Mandarin Coordinator / Early Years Teacher – Mandarin

Virginia Liao was born in China and moved to Hong Kong with her family when she was a young child. Virginia has been an Early Years Teacher for more than twenty years and her experience has been in both International and Chinese Traditional Schools. Her extensive experience has led Virginia to take on more challenging roles; such as Lead Teacher and Mandarin Curriculum Coordinator. Virginia believes that every child is unique and learns in different ways. A teacher’s role is to nurture a child’s love for learning and support the ability of self-learning through various channels. Her hobbies include photography, reading and watching movies. Virginia enjoys travelling to different countries.

Laura Marriot

EYFS Coordinator / Early Years Teacher – English

Laura Marriot, a UK native, draws upon her rich experience in teaching both K1 and K2 as well as English as a Foreign Language (EFL) for different age groups. Having trained and worked in the UK for six years, she joined an international school in Borneo to teach FS2 for two years.
Originally qualified as an EFL teacher, Laura spent six years working in different language schools in Spain, Vietnam and Australia. Feeling deeply committed to the Early Years education, she returned to the UK to retrain before starting her new role at Malvern College Pre-School Hong Kong.
Laura loves to travel, experience new cultures and meet new friends.

Viola Choi

Mandarin Coordinator / Early Years Teacher – Mandarin

Viola Choi has been working in Kindergartens in Hong Kong and China for 16 years. She has taken on different roles; including Mandarin Class Teacher, Mandarin Curriculum Coordinator, Chinese Head Teacher, Vice Principal and Principal. Viola has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from The Education University of Hong Kong and teaching experience in a bilingual international kindergarten in Hong Kong for 11 years. Viola likes to design interesting inquiry-based, Literacy activities for the pupils. She views parents, teachers and school as an important partnership to provide the best education and guidance for children.

Chloe Guo

Chinese Programme Development Co-ordinator

Chloe Guo has been involved in education for more than 10 years. She has received a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Maryland, Washington D.C.. Chloe has worked with populations from various age groups and educational settings including university
in China, bilingual programme, U.S. public school and international IB school.
Chloe has taken on different roles including teacher, literacy specialist, teacher mentor, committee leader and Chinese Coordinator. She has successfully led several educational technology teacher workshops at New York University and has presented at US National Chinese Language Conference. Chloe joined Malvern from August 2017 as Mandarin Coordinator at Malvern College Pre-School Hong Kong. She believes that children best learn through play and hope to create a positive environment for children to attain a lifelong love for learning.