Our lower elementary team of passionate educators embrace the challenge of supporting our students in developing a strong foundation of both academic and socio-emotional skills. Our experienced team fosters our student's natural curiosity and encourages them to embraces challenges both in and out of the classroom.

Pre-Primary Teaching Team

Talia Ritz

Pre-Primary School Teacher, BA, BEd, MEd

Talia Ritz

Talia is one of our highly qualified early childhood teachers from the sister campus in Singapore, where she has been teaching our Nursery and Kindergarten classes for 4 years. She has extensive experience in teaching the US AERO and IB curriculum and has held middle leadership positions in curriculum planning and creation. Prior to joining Stamford in Singapore, Talia taught at international schools in Hong Kong and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Drama; a Bachelor of Education with an Elementary and Early Childhood focus as well as a Master’s in Special Education (and is working on both a Master’s in Special Education and in International Educational Leadership).

Talia says, "I love empowering children to become independent learners and develop skills that will serve them through their whole lives. I think learning should be fun, exciting, and promote further questioning from children, and to promote these things, I advocate for developmentally appropriate practice. I believe that school should be filled with hands-on experiences that expose children to a wide variety of new topics.”

Mandy Yang

Pre-Primary School Teacher, BEd, MEd

Mandy Yang

Mandy has experience in bilingual curriculum planning and teaching English and Mandarin as a second language at schools in Hong Kong and China. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language Education, a Master of Education in Educational Psychology and is also certified in Montessori Early Childhood Teaching. Mandy is well trained in Apple Education and has a strong passion for incorporating technology to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom.

“I am passionate about education because I believe it shapes the future of our world. Being a teacher, I can share knowledge and thoughts, morals and love for the next generation and incubate dreams.”

Jessica Lau

Pre-Primary School Teacher, BS, MSc

Jessica Lau

Jessica’s education training was at University in New York, where she received her Master’s in Education. Her Bachelor’s degree was in Early Childhood Education with a Mathematics concentration. She has taught in the US and in Asia including using the Common Core standards. She also has a TEFL/TESOL certification and experience in teaching in a dual language environment.

Jessica says, ”I teach to inspire and to encourage. I teach so students can create dreams and develop a passion for learning. I teach to build love, kindness, honesty, and strength in students”.

Jennifer Harrison

Pre-Primary School Teacher, BA, MEd

Jennifer Harrison

Jennifer has experience teaching and curriculum planning for Kindergarten and Elementary classes at international schools in Hong Kong and the US, and she is an expert at using the International Baccalaureate inquiry-based framework. She has a Master of Education specializing in Elementary education, and she is also certified in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). Jennifer is multi-talented as she is fluent in both English and Cantonese and plays various instruments including the piano, flute, and French horn.

Jennifer says, “R. Lewin once said, ‘Too often we give students answers to remember rather than problems to solve.’ Empowering students with tools for learning and inspiring them to care for others are my goals as an educator. Witnessing their growth and getting to know each individual is rewarding for me each year. I am constantly reminded that students are at the center of all that I do each day, for them to feel successful in their learning, joy through the process, and belonging within the classroom.”

Grade 1 Teaching Team

Sharon Perez

Grade 1 School Teacher, BA

Sharon Perez

Sharon joined Stamford with significant international school experience teaching lower elementary students in the US, Spain, and Taiwan. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, along with an ESOL endorsement and TEFL certification. Sharon is bilingual in both English and Spanish.

Sharon says, “Learning a new language can be intimidating, difficult, or even scary. I love being able to help students overcome these fears and transform into bilingual individuals. Since I began teaching in 2011, all of my experience has been with EAL students, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to watch them grow. I am passionate about helping children overcome challenges and build confidence through language acquisition.”

Amelie Sun

Grade 1 School Teacher, BA, MSc

Amelie Sun

Amelie is one of our highly experienced bilingual teachers from the sister campus in Singapore. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics, and she has earned her TESOL/TCSOL Bilingual Teaching Qualification from Columbia University. Amelie is experienced teaching the Common Core Plus standards and inquiry-based International Baccalaureate framework, and she is also a promoter of developing individualized learning plans for each child based on MAP® assessments.

Amelie says, “I’m passionate about teaching because it is exciting to ignite the inner curiosity and inspire diverse thoughts, so students could fully explore their potential and interests.”

Caroline Kim

Grade 1 School Teacher, BA

Caroline Kim

Caroline was born in South Korea, raised in New York City, and has been living in Hong Kong for 13 years. She has first-hand experience in learning English as a second language and adapting to new cultures. Caroline has taught literature and reading to international school students across the territory for the past 6 years. Prior to teaching, she worked in journalism and media.

She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and also obtained TEFL certification. Caroline is bilingual in both English and Korean. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, playing squash and spending time with her three sons.

Caroline says, “As a lifelong learner, educator, and mother, I am passionate about making learning fun for students and watching them thrive both academically and socially. My goal is to inspire students to dream and help them develop learning skills that would prepare them for the next step in their lives."

Kathleen Parsons

Grade 1 School Teacher, BA, MSC

Kathleen Parsons

Kathleen joined Stamford as a highly experienced elementary school teacher. Her training includes a Master’s degree in Multidisciplinary Skills, and she is licensed in both ESOL and Elementary K-6 Education. She has international experience teaching in Vietnam and Turkey. She is a certified Google Educator and is highly skilled at bringing technology into the classroom.

Kathleen says, “One thing I love about working with lower elementary students is the thirst for learning they have. Their curiosity is boundless, and it propels them to constantly reach new heights. As educators, we work with them to either activate their interest in different areas or help them realize how much potential is inside them waiting to be discovered. To be a part of their learning journey is a special experience, and is one that is unique and memorable with each and every student.”

Taryn Bowker

Grade 1 School Teacher, BEd

Taryn Bowker

Taryn joined Stamford with a wealth of teaching experience in Elementary schools in South Africa, excelling as a teacher of math and literacy. Outside of teaching, Taryn is also a passionate singer, dancer and ultra-marathon runner. She has earned a Bachelor of Education degree with a specialization in early childhood development.

Taryn says, “I am passionate about teaching because I love the feeling of being surrounded by individuals that are decades younger than me and knowing at the end of the day when I return home with color stained hands, that somewhere in their day I made some kind of impact on them. Whether it was laughing together, painting together or making that connection when they have finally understood a concept.”

Helene Bibeau

Grade 1 School Teacher, BEd, MEd

Helene Bibeau

Helene is originally from Montreal, Canada, where she completed a Bachelor of Education in Kindergarten and Elementary Education and a Master of Education in Educational Psychology at McGill University. She was a French Immersion Kindergarten Teacher in Victoria, Canada for one year before moving to Hong Kong in 2016. She taught early learners for two years in Hong Kong where she learned more about the Reggio-Emilia philosophy and inquiry-based learning.

“My passion for education stems from the opportunity of contributing to the holistic development of children and observing as they grow into inquisitive, independent and creative individuals. I am excited about teaching at Stamford next school year, and much inspired by its culture of excellence, and a sense of belonging and community.”

Grade 2 Teaching Team

Lynn Mitchell

Grade 2 School Teacher, BEd, QKT

Lynn Mitchell

Lynn has been a teacher for over 14 years with 10 years of Kindergarten experience. She has her QKT (Qualified Kindergarten Teacher) from the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education, with a strong focus on EAL and phonemic development. Lynn also has a Bachelor of Education (Primary) with a curriculum focus on Mathematics from the University of Tasmania. She has worked in a number of International schools in Hong Kong where she designed and implemented the EAL program. She has a strong passion for supporting students with special needs and through professional development courses in Dyslexia, ADHD, and Autism.

Lynn says, “I am passionate about teaching because I love to see the ‘light bulb’ moment when students understand what is being taught and also the confidence and self-efficacy this develops in the child. I am passionate about supporting and making learning accessible to all students.”

Ivy Li

Grade 2 School Teacher, BEd

Ivy Li

Ivy has a tremendous experience base in teaching Mandarin and English as a Second Language at schools in the US offering the IB curriculum. Ivy graduated with a BA in Environmental Studies from Mount Holyoke College and recently completed her Master’s TESOL program at Columbia University. Ivy is skilled at teaching various age levels and has taught children from the lower elementary grades all the way to university students. Ivy is also fluent in Spanish and is an expert in the STEM program.

Ivy says, “Many teachers have shaped my life and aroused my curiosity in linguistics and the sciences. I would like to be this kind of teacher who can inspire students and accompany them in their lifelong learning journey. I am passionate about preparing my students to be global citizens for the future.”

Lisa O'Mahony

Grade 2 School Teacher, BA, PGCE

Lisa O'Mahony

Lisa is an internationally experienced elementary school teacher who has extensive knowledge of how to use the Common Core standards and MAP® testing effectively in an American international school environment. She has effectively developed Student Learning Plans and Individual Education Plans and understands whom to deliver personalized education. She is trained in STEM education.

Lisa says, “Teaching is a passion of mine, and throughout my learning journey, I have gained immense satisfaction in seeing the pupils in my care learn in different ways, gain confidence and self-esteem and share their views and ideas. I like using innovative teaching strategies that improve student engagement. I like to empower students so that they can become independent learners. I hope that my passion for education promotes a love of learning in my students, which in turn promotes lifelong learning, which has been proved vital in shaping and developing the future of each student.”

Nina Buckton

Lower Elementary School Teacher, BA

Nina Buckton

Nina is a highly experienced elementary school educator with international experience focusing on inquiry-based learning. She specializes in differentiating her learning programs to suit individual student’s need. Nina has taught in Talented and Gifted programs and is experienced in the delivery of the Apple education model including using iPads in the classroom.

Nina says, “I love being a teacher because I love the impact that an amazing teacher can have on a child’s life. As a child, I had many teachers who inspired me and made me believe in myself, and this is what led me to teach. I love seeing students grow in confidence over the course of the year and feel lucky to be able to help mold our future generation into caring global citizens.”