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Our Team

 

 

Teaching Team

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Catriona Briggs

Early Years Teacher – English (Island West)

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’.

Emma Webber

Early Years Teacher – English (Island West)

Emma Webber has been working with children for the past 16 years in various roles. After gaining an honours degree in Marketing and Communication management, she decided to follow her true passion, teaching. She obtained her PGCE through the University of Sunderland and has been working in Early Years settings in Hong Kong for the past six years. Emma has a strong passion for mindfulness in the classroom and for ensuring children’s emotional wellbeing. She believes that no two children are the same and that each child has a unique way of learning and understanding. Emma is South African and is currently learning to speak Mandarin.

Jeannelle Condame

Early Years Teacher – English (Island West)

Jeannelle is an experienced Kindergarten teacher having taught in both Hong Kong and the USA. She completed her Bachelor of Science at Concordia University in Nebraska, majoring in Early Childhood Inclusive Education. Jeannelle is passionate about building the foundations of children as they grow as people and as academics. In addition to teaching English, phonics, and many other skills through songs, rhymes, and games, her goal is for each child to become confident, social, and independent.

Rachel Rawcliffe

Early Years Teacher – English (Island West)

Rachel Rawcliffe comes from England but for the past few years has been working in Bangkok. She is looking forward to working in Hong Kong where she can get outside in the fresh air for long walks and travelling to new places. She grew up in the outdoors and believes that being involved with the natural world from an early age is very important. Rachel is in the process of completing her Post Graduate Diploma in Special and Additional Educational Needs and aims to deliver an inclusive environment where all children can strive to meet their potential. She strongly believes in the Reggio Emilia approach, which supports children to become independent problem solvers with a lifelong love for learning.

Emma Wang

Early Years Teacher – Mandarin (Island West)

Emma Wang has been working in Shanghai for four years as an English teacher for Early Childhood. In 2014, she came to Hong Kong and completed a master’s degree at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Emma has been teaching Early Years for five years in Hong Kong and her experience has been in teaching both native and non-native speakers. She believes children form their own personality during the early years of development and that they are endowed with “a hundred languages”, through which they can express their ideas. To be a teacher is to teach children how to use these symbolic languages in everyday life.

Christine Chen

Early Years Teacher – Mandarin (Island West)

Christine Chen is from Mainland China and moved to Hong Kong after her graduation. She has dedicated herself to the early childhood education field and found that she has a great passion in this area. Seeing children’s improvements in different areas brings her joy. Christine has been teaching in traditional kindergartens and international pre-schools for seven years. She believes that children learn best through playing. She creates imaginative and engaging environments, incorporating diverse materials and toys in her teaching, including songs, puppets, stories, exciting games and art activities. Christine likes to use a variety of ways to stimulate pupils’ interest to learn.

Fiona Chum

Early Years Teacher – Mandarin (Island West)

Fiona Chum was born and raised in Hong Kong. She studied in the United Kingdom and is proficient in both Chinese and English. Her aspiration to become a Mandarin teacher stems from her enthusiasm for languages. Early childhood is the best time to learn any language and helps building a solid foundation for lifelong learning. Fiona strives to create a nurturing, home-like environment that supports the holistic development of pupils and leads them to reach their full potential. She aims to establish a unique and positive reciprocal relationship with her pupils by devoting herself to their well-being.

Nicki Hao

Early Years Teacher – Mandarin (Island West)

Nicki Hao is a resident of Hong Kong, as well as the United States. She has lived in Hong Kong for eight years. Nicki has eight years of experience in teaching early childhood education to multicultural pupils. Her experience includes teaching both native Chinese speakers and non-Chinese speakers. She believes in child-centered learning because every child has their own talents and strengths. Her goal is to create fun classes with games, picture books, cheerful songs, and joyful movement. Nicki wants to promote multisensory learning through the pupil’s daily life. Nicki had her PGDE and Master’s training at EDUHK and HKU in Hong Kong. Her learning journey has previously offered her a chance of internship at an International School here in Hong Kong.

Emma Wang

Early Years Teacher – Mandarin (Island West)

Emma Wang has been working in Shanghai for four years as an English teacher for Early Childhood. In 2014, she came to Hong Kong and completed a master’s degree at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Emma has been teaching Early Years for five years in Hong Kong and her experience has been in teaching both native and non-native speakers. She believes children form their own personality during the early years of development and that they are endowed with “a hundred languages”, through which they can express their ideas. To be a teacher is to teach children how to use these symbolic languages in everyday life.

Jackie Cheung

Early Years Teacher – Mandarin (Island West)

Ms. Cheung was born in China but raised in Hong Kong where she completed her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She is an experienced kindergarten teacher with nine years’ experience teaching children from a variety of backgrounds and she believes that early childhood is a pivotal stage of developing a child’s personality and hobbies. Jackie enjoys the serenity of nature and loves trekking and camping. She has hiked in many countries including New Zealand, Norway, and Indonesia and once spent 13 days hiking a 5,500m high mountain in Nepal.

Charlotte Tse

Early Years Teachers Assistant (Island West)

Charlotte Tse graduated with a Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education from Yew Chung College. She is eager to learn from senior teachers and growing by immersing herself in a practical setting. Charlotte is also continuing her further studies to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English. Charlotte is very excited about working at Malvern College Pre-School and is looking forward to seeing the children growing, day by day, and mastering new skills and knowledge.

Starry Yip

Early Years Teachers Assistant (Island West)

Starry completed her Higher Diploma at Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education. She has previously worked as a tutor for kindergarten and primary school children. She believes strongly that learning through play stimulates children’s creativity, imagination, and their curiosity about their surroundings. She also thinks that when children take the initiative in their learning path, they enrich their learning experiences.

Milo Tsang

Early Years Teachers Assistant (Island West)

Mr Tsang is a fully qualified teacher who completed his Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education in Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education. Milo first realised his passion for teaching after volunteering at a summer holiday camp for children from different backgrounds several years ago. He has been working towards his goal of becoming a teacher ever since and has several years’ experience as a personal tutor and as a youth leader at The Vine’s Youth Group.

Ariel Lee

Early Years Teachers Assistant (Island West)

After obtaining a Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Ms. Lee completed a bachelor’s degree in Special Needs Education. She is also a fully qualified Kindergarten Teacher, Child Care Worker and Child Care Supervisor. Ariel is passionate about teaching and has previously worked in various school settings gaining experience of dealing with children of different ages, needs and abilities. As an educator, she always ensures the safety and well-being of her pupils and believes that every child should grow in an environment which is full of love. She thinks it is important to be a positive role model and to show how we care for others and the things that surround us. She also believes that, with her encouragement, pupils can explore the environment, even the entire world, autonomously!

Natalie Lau

Early Years Teachers Assistant (Island West)

Ms. Lau obtained a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and worked in the airline and hospitality industry for 13 years before deciding to become a teacher. She completed her Diploma in Early Childhood Education at The Open University of Hong Kong where she received an ‘Outstanding Student Award’ As a fully qualified Teacher, Child Care Worker and Child Care Supervisor, Natalie has worked in the nursery section of a local kindergarten for the past 3 years. She has also had numerous opportunities to support children from different backgrounds through her many volunteering activities and firmly believes that Early Years education is vital for a child’s future development as it provides a strong base for lifelong learning.