Annette Garvey originates from Australia. She has 35 years of experience which includes kindergarten/pre-school, long day care, occasional care and vacation care within Australia. Annette lives and works in Hong Kong for over 13 years and held Early Years teacher, playgroup and leadership roles. Annette has completed a ‘Master of Teaching in Early Childhood’ in Australia. She has a passion for teaching internationally where she has the wonderful opportunity of meeting families from around the globe.
Catriona Briggs originates from the United Kingdom and graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Studies and Psychology. She has spent the last six years working across a diverse range of early years settings in London and Hong Kong. Her most recent role has been Senior Early Years Teacher working alongside the EYFS curriculum. Catriona believes that the EYFS curriculum allows children to be free to learn the way they choose. Outside of work, Catriona is passionate about volunteering and spent the last year in London working with the Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Saturday play club for patients and their siblings. Since moving to Hong Kong, she is proud to have volunteered with a variety of NGOs through the charity ‘HandsOn Hong Kong’.
Katie Langford comes from the United Kingdom and has been in international education for over 15 years, having trained and qualified as a teacher in Hong Kong. Katie has held a variety of roles ranging from classroom teacher, Curriculum Coordinator and Assistant Principal. Most of her experience has been within international schools in Hong Kong, but she has also held positions in New York City and most recently in Dubai. Katie loves to travel, and Malaysia and Thailand are some of her favourite places.
Rachel Frawley is from Ireland and has been living abroad for the last few years including Russia, Poland, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong. Rachel moved to Hong Kong five years ago and decided to focus on studying and further developing her knowledge of Early Years education. She finished her PGCE in 2016 and gained experience teaching in Pre-Schools in Hong Kong. Rachel is continuing her studies with a master’s degree in International Education. Rachel is a strong advocate for play-based learning, and believes that in a stimulating and fun environment, children can truly prosper.
Sharon Maloney is British and was born and raised in Hong Kong, attending the international school system. After completing her university degree in the UK, she started her teaching career in primary in Hong Kong before accepting a teaching role in the UK. After almost a decade, Sharon returned to Hong Kong to focus on her passion of teaching Early Years. She has been a teacher trainer for English for Asia, a course lecturer for the Early Childhood Education course at the Education University and head teacher at a small international kindergarten in Hong Kong. Sharon has been teaching for over 20 years. She loves travelling, cooking, eating and keeping fit. Some of her favourite sports are hiking, weightlifting, cycling and yoga.
Yanmengjiao (Jojo) Cui graduated from the Education University of Hong Kong with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She is also a trilingual speaker (Putonghua, English and Russian), which equips her with good switching skills amongst different languages. Jojo encourages holistic education and, as a naturalist, she believes in the exploration of the natural environment to facilitate children’s language acquisition and perceptual competency. Jojo has previously been a Mandarin Coordinator as well as a Senior Instructor in Gymboree at the Early Childhood Education Institute (Top 10 Global) in Beijing for nearly two years, where she interacted with young children from three months to five years old. Jojo loves drama, art, design and ancient Chinese culture, which she believes plays a significant role in the construction of children’s ‘Hundred Languages’.
Linda Zhou has been working in Mandarin language schools for more than four years in Hong Kong. She has obtained a bachelor’s degree in Arabic from Shanghai International Studies’ University in Mainland China. She then pursued her postgraduate study in Linguistics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, specialising in Language Acquisition. She is experienced in Mandarin teaching for students of different ages, especially non-native learners of Mandarin. She believes that each child is unique and creative. She is devoted to Early Childhood Education, aiming to provide support from all aspects and create a comfortable and safe environment for children to learn, develop and grow.
Nicky Hao is originally from China and has previously lived in the United States before moving to Hong Kong. Nicky has seven years of experience in early childhood education for multicultural pupils, including both native and non-native Chinese speakers. She believes in child-centered and personalised learning. Her goal is to create fun classes using a variety of resources such as games, picture books, cheerful songs, and joyful movement. Nicky promotes multisensory learning through the pupil’s daily life. Nicky obtained her PGDE and master’s training at EDUHK and HKU in Hong Kong.
Shirley Siu is a native Chinese-speaking teacher born and raised in An Hui, China. Shirley moved to Hong Kong 20 years ago and she has been teaching Mandarin for Early Years since then. Shirley holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Years Education from Chaohu University and a qualification in Early Childhood Care and Education Teaching (Chinese) in Hong Kong. Shirley loves to teach Chinese because she believes that the benefits of learning a language not only help the pupils’ linguistic but also their cognitive and creative abilities. Shirley’s background in languages allows her to incorporate all aspects for a well-rounded cultural experience into her classes.
Tina has been working in Early Childhood Education for more than 10 years in China and Hong Kong, serving as both a local school bilingual class teacher and a Mandarin teacher in an international school. Her vast experience in teaching ranges from children one and a half to six years old. She respects every child and believes that all children are unique. Tina enjoys getting to know each child and watching them develop their Mandarin proficiency. Tina graduated from the Domestic Normal School and has gained a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has also achieved inclusion within the Register of Supervisors and Register of Child Care Workers.
Heidi Chan has been a teaching assistant working in international schools in Early Years and lower primary for the past seven years in Hong Kong. She completed her post-secondary studies in the United States where she obtained a Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Arkansas. After completing her formal education, Heidi has continued to participate in ongoing professional development for improving her methods and practice as a teaching assistant. She is dedicated to supporting pupils to foster their creativity, promote caring, arouse their curiosity, and enable them to be confident in their abilities. Her aim is to provide a comfortable and safe environment for pupils to learn and explore through activities that stimulate growth while at the same time are enjoyable. She is the mother of a little boy and likes spending time with her family in Hong Kong.
Sairah Sher graduated in 2018 from Yew Chung Community College with a Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education. She is a Hong Kong-born Pakistani and speaks English, Cantonese and Urdu fluently. In her spare time, she likes to read books, make crafts and draw. Sairah has previously worked as a tutor for primary school pupils. She believes in play-based learning where children have access to a variety of experiences and are encouraged to explore. She is a patient, caring and sociable person. Sairah is passionate about teaching young children and to contribute to their learning and growth.
Suellen Li studied Early Childhood Education and lived in Australia for several years from 2008. She has also had experience working in an accelerated Learning Centre. She returned to Hong Kong in order to study for her Higher Diploma of Early Childhood Education which she successfully obtained from Yew Chung Community College (YCCC). Suellen is an advocate of play-based learning and is keen to put her studies of the Early Years Foundation Stage into practice. She loves to travel, and Switzerland holds a special place in her heart. Reading books and listening to music are also some of her favourite pastimes.
Susan Lam has completed her Higher Diploma of Early Childhood Education at Yew Chung Community College (YCCC).
Susan is a native Putonghua and fluent English speaker. She gained practical experience in her studies in a variety of international settings, including Malvern College Pre-School, where her passion for teaching and talents were immediately noticed as she was invited to join the team. Susan enjoys working as part of a team and assisting in supporting children’s development. In her spare time, Susan likes cooking, crafting and jogging.