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Our Lower Elementary Teachers

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 our Stamford campus in Singapore, where she has been teaching our Nursery and Kindergarten classes for the past 4 years. She has extensive experience in teaching the U.S. AERO and IB curriculum and has held middle leadership positions in curriculum planning and creation. Prior to joining Stamford in Singapore, Natalia taught at international schools in Hong Kong and Dubai (Abu Dhabi). 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 Masters 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 am able to share knowledge 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 U.S. and in Asia including using 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 a develop a passion for learning. I teach to build love, kindness, honesty, and strength in students".

 

 

 

Jennifer Harrison

Pre-Primary School Teacher ,BA, M.Ed

Jennifer Harrison

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

Jennifer says, "Too often we give students answers to remember rather than problems to solve." - R. Lewin. 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 joins us with significant international school experience, having taught lower elementary students in the United States, Spain, and Taiwan before joining the Stamford Hong Kong team. She earned a Bachelors 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 (Bilingual), BA, MSc

Amelie Sun

Amelie is one of our highly experienced bilingual teachers from our Stamford 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 inner curiosity and inspire diverse thoughts, so that students could fully explore their potential and interests."

 

Kathleen Parsons

Grade 1 School Teacher, BA,MSC

Kathleen Parsons

Kathleen joins 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 experienced 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 joins us with a wealth of teaching experience in Elementary schools in South Africa,
excelling as a teacher of math and literacy. Outside of teaching, Ms. Bowker is also a passionate singer, dancer and ultra-marathon runner. Ms. Bowker has earned a Bachelors 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 Masters 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. Helene played competitive basketball in Canada for many years, and now plays high-level netball in Hong Kong. As a child, she lived 6 years abroad in Morocco, Uruguay, and Mexico, where she attended American international schools.

"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 American School next school year and I am very much inspired by its culture of excellence, and a sense of belonging and community."

Sherina Lachmanda

Grade 1 School Teacher, BA, MEd

Sherina Lachmanda

Sherina joins the Stamford team with experience teaching elementary school for nine years. Sherina is passionate about developing literacy strategies, building a strong foundation of core competencies, integrating technology and using interactive teaching approaches. Sherina has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New England, Australia and a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Bristol. She also has special training in teaching English.

Sherina says, "I am passionate about student-centered learning, I love the opportunity to interact with students each day and build their curiosity of learning through engaging activities and technology."

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. I have my 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. I have 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 'lightbulb' 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."

June Chen

Grade 2 School Teacher (Bilingual), BEd

June Chen

June Chen has worked as an English teacher in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Houston, Texas(USA).  Since returning to Hong Kong in 2009, she has been teaching Chinese in various international schools.  June holds a Bachelor's of Education Degree.  Besides teaching, June has also worked as an editor as well as an author for Oxford University Press.

"To empower lives through teaching is a privilege I have enjoyed over the past 20 years.  I view it as a life-long lesson to be humble in front of my students, to learn with them while teaching them.  I believe positive relationships are crucial to successful teaching and motivating students.  My experience as an editor has trained me to be attentive to details and accuracy.  Book-writing projects have taught me to be persistent and patient.  Being multilingual and raising multilingual children have widened my outlook and given me many positive intercultural experiences, and in turn, I look forward to preparing my students for effective global citizenship and the wonderful opportunities that will come their way."

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 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 who to deliver personalized education. She is trained in STEM education. Lisa is enthusiastic about soccer and dance and supports drama performances.

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. Lifelong learning will prove vital in shaping and developing the future of each student."

Nina Buckton

Lower Elementary School Teacher, BA

Nina Buckton

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 and passionate about helping children overcome challenges and build confidence through language acquisition.

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 teaching. 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."