Part of our commitment to personalized learning as well as providing a broad and balanced curriculum is to ensure that we have high caliber specialists to deliver our curriculum. When hiring faculty for specialist programs we ensure that every teacher is an expert in their area of instruction. Our faculty have an average of 9 years of teaching experience in their area expertise so our students are learning from the best whether it be PE, the arts, languages or technology. To support our students physical and emotional wellness we have full time counselors and nurses to help ensure our students have a healthy and happy day at Stamford.
Innovation Teaching Team
STEMinn Coordinator, BSc, MEd
Linda has extensive experience teaching STEM subjects in both North America and Asia. Her formal education is focused on science, and her Master’s degree is in Secondary Science Education. She joined Stamford as the STEMinn Coordinator supporting teachers in the delivery of this inspiring program to elementary students. Her keen interests in science, technology, art, music, and sustainability played a key role in enriching the educational endeavors in innovation and the CCA program. She has organized several robotics competitions and directed many showcases of student work in school fairs of which she believes holds immense value for all students of any ability.
Linda says, ”I am passionate about inspiring my students to be caring and innovative citizen scientists by enriching their educational experience through science, technology, art, music, and sustainability.”
Educational Technology Coordinator, BA, PGCE
Tim joined Stamford from Laude Newton College in Spain where he was an ICT and Design teacher specializing in the International Baccalaureate (IB) programs. With his vast international teaching experience, Tim now serves as our Head of Educational Technology to ensure that the delivery of the 1 to 1 technology program is of the highest standard. He is passionate about exploring new technologies and finding inspiring ways to enhance teaching and learning with hands-on experiences. Tim leads a variety of workshops for students, teachers, and parents to ensure that everyone can access all the resources available in a modern classroom.
Tim says, “I am passionate about using technology to support learning and seeing what new technologies can be used in the classroom to improve our student’s experience and drive their learning to the next level.”
Librarian & ICT Teacher, MLIS, MBA, BBA
George joined our Stamford Hong Kong team in 2019. He began his international education career at our sister campus in Singapore, working in the Secondary Library before moving with his family to Paraguay. In Paraguay, he served as the Director of Technology and Technology Integrationist. In addition, he taught tech classes for students in grades 3-12. George created the school’s LEGO Robotics program and coached the competitive team. He also introduced the school to STEAM in Elementary and worked closely with the Head of School to develop plans and programming for the school’s new STEAM building. George has attended many Library and STEM-based conferences and lead teachers through many professional development sessions on these disciplines. He holds both a Master of Library and Information Science and a Master of Business Administration.
George says, “I am inspired every day by my student’s incredible thoughts and ideas. I am extremely privileged to be a part of their growth and journey. I view students as unique individuals, not as just part of a class. I strongly believe that quality teaching and learning only works through developing strong relationships with students and understanding each other. I am a big advocate of research-based and hands-on learning, Makerspaces, open creation, innovation, PBL, and STEM. I believe all of these concepts allow a student to better individualize their education.”
Mandarin and Spanish Teaching Team
Head of Modern Languages, DipED, MA
Qian transferred from our sister campus in Singapore, where she was a Mandarin teacher for elementary students since 2015. With a Master’s degree in teaching Mandarin as a foreign language, Qian has over twelve years’ experience in international schools offering the IB and American curriculum. She has both taught Mandarin and led Mandarin teaching teams. She is passionate about personalized learning, and her students have made significant progress in only one year. Qian also has a strong music background and plays an active role in coordinating after-school and enrichment activities.
Qian says, “I’ve always loved school and loved learning, so it excites me knowing that I will continuously learn in my profession. Not only will I be teaching my students, but I will also learn from them. They will be able to teach me things that I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to learn from anyone else!”
Mandarin and English as an Additional Language Teacher, BEd, BA
Originally from Hunan, China. Yuni studied English Education at Yueyang Teacher’s College and holds Bachelor's Degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Beijing Language and Culture University. Before joining Stamford, Yuni has taught in China and Hong Kong at local and international schools from nursery to senior high school. Yuni is passionate about being a language mentor with a natural approach. She emphasizes interactive teaching and learning, she is dedicated to a student-focused learning environment.
Outside of school, she likes to explore nature by hiking or just taking walks on the beach with her family.
Yuni says, “The journey of teaching continues to give me fulfillment and happiness. I'm thrived to be on this journey present and future.”
Mandarin Teacher, BEd (Hons), MEd
Before joining Stamford in 2019, Merry had over 5 years of experience teaching English and Mandarin to students from ages 5 to 14 at both local and international schools in Hong Kong. She had worked with children as a subject teacher and a class teacher. She also led a Chinese team in her previous school. Skilled in curriculum design, she enjoys teaching in the inquiry-based approach. Merry holds a BEd (Hons) degree from The Education University of Hong Kong and an MEd in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from The University of Hong Kong, which is an IBO-authorised program that included IB DP training. Originally from Anhui province, Merry speaks native Mandarin as well as near-native English and fluent Cantonese.
Merry says, “Learning different languages has opened a number of doors for me to see the world. Discovering new cultures and gaining new understandings are not only exciting but empowering. I would not be where I am today if my English teacher in middle school did not arouse my interest in learning. Now, as an educator myself, I believe every child has an innate curiosity about the world, and I will strive to develop this seed into a desire to inquire, and eventually, a lasting love for learning. At the same time, I endeavor to play a role in students’ whole-person development and nurture the best in who the person really is.”
Mandarin Teacher, BA, PGDE, MEd, MEd
Caroline has tremendous teaching experience in primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong. She is skilled in curriculum design and teaching in the inquiry-based approach. Caroline has taught Chinese language and music in international schools in Hong Kong. She has the experience of working with students of diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds as a homeroom teacher and a specialist teacher. She also has the experience of leading a Chinese language team as a subject coordinator. Caroline holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Music from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and two Master’s degrees in Education from the University of Hong Kong specializing in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language and Comparative and Global Studies in Education and Development. She holds a PGDE in secondary education.
Caroline is an International Baccalaureate (IB) certified teacher of the IB Diploma Programme (DP). She holds the IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning (DP Chinese Language Acquisition and DP Teaching Chinese Studies in Language & Literature). Caroline was awarded the Language Proficiency Requirement Certificate of Merit (Putonghua) by the Hong Kong Education Bureau. She holds a first-class certificate in the National Putonghua Proficiency Test. Originally from Hong Kong, Caroline is a native speaker of both Cantonese and Mandarin.
Caroline says, “I have always been passionate about teaching not only the Chinese language but also in developing a love for Chinese culture. I get immense satisfaction in seeing my students reach their goals and even go beyond what they thought they could accomplish. I aim to combine my experience with my ability to be a compassionate and enthusiastic teacher who will make a positive impact on my students.”
Mandarin Teacher, BA, PGDE, MA
Sherry joined Stamford after relocating back to Hong Kong from New Zealand. Sherry has over ten years of teaching experience and has taught at international schools in Hong Kong and in New Zealand. Sherry has worked with children from kindergarten to grade 12 and has many years of experience teaching IB Chinese Language courses. Sherry has always had a keen interest in languages. She first obtained a Bachelor’s in English Linguistics and Literature and further pursued a PGDE and a Master’s of Teaching in Chinese as a Foreign Language.
Sherry says, “I am passionate about developing confidence in my students, I love when they can feel their progress and become more excited to speak Mandarin. When teaching, I want to develop not only a love for the language but also a love for Chinese culture to inspire lifelong learning.”
Mandarin Teacher, BEd, PGDE, MA
Flora had over ten years of both local and international teaching experience. Originally from Fujian province, she has been working in Hong Kong since she graduated. She holds a Master’s degree in English Studies, double Bachelor’s degrees of Education specializing in both English Education and Chinese Language & Literature, and a PGDE in secondary education. She is also licensed and certified in language teaching by both the Mainland and Hong Kong Education Bureau. She was awarded the Language Proficiency Requirement Certificate of Merit (Putonghua) by the Hong Kong Education Bureau and got the First-class Certificate in the National Putonghua Proficiency Test. Having served as a Chinese subject panel head in a private school using an American-based curriculum, she has many years of experience in teaching and Chinese curriculum planning. She also has a keen interest in Chinese calligraphy, piano, and Chinese Literature. She has also got ABRSM Grade 8 music theory and piano performance certificates with merit.
Flora says, “I think language is like a brush. I want to teach my students to use their own ‘brush’ to make their world more colorful and make the journey of Chinese studies more enjoyable.”
Mandarin Teacher, BA, MEd
Ashleigh transferred from our sister campus in Singapore and is a highly experienced bilingual (Mandarin & English) homeroom teacher. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language & Literature, and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Sydney specializing in Management & Leadership. Ashleigh has experience teaching and curriculum planning for K1 to secondary classes in schools in Singapore, Australia, and China; she excels at curriculum planning and teaching for international student bodies, especially within inquiry-based frameworks.
Ashleigh says, “One of the rewarding feelings is seeing the spark on my students’ faces when they finally understand a concept or a word. Every day, I have the opportunity to instill knowledge and skills in my students for their future. In elementary school, they learn how to forge relationships, social skills, patience, and many other skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. Whether they realize it or not, their personality and character are shaped throughout elementary school, and I hope that I can make a positive impact throughout that process.”
Mandarin Teacher, BA, MA
Huan came from Hubei, China and has seven years of teaching experience as a Mandarin teacher in China, South Korea, Canada, the US, and Singapore. She is experienced in teaching Mandarin for young children and adults with diverse backgrounds; and in organizing cultural events and activities in different communities. Huan is passionate about working with children and loves to see their changes and improvements, which inspires her to devote more to their learning and growth.
Huan says, “I love to teach because I know our students can make a difference in the world with our help and support; in return, they always inspire me to be a caring, knowledgeable, and reflective person.”
Mandarin & EAL Teacher, BA, CertEd, DipEd, MA, MA, EdD Candidate
Justin is an experienced international educator in Chinese and English language teaching. He had international teaching experience in multiple global cities, Beijing, Seoul, San Diego, Barcelona, and Hong Kong. Justin has taught in secondary and tertiary sections. He also has ample experience in Chinese language curriculum development and teacher training. Before joining Stamford, Justin worked at The University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Justin holds a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Broadcasting, one Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics, and another Master's Degree in Chinese Language Education (CLE); currently, he is pursuing the Doctor of Education (EdD) degree.
Justin says, "Aspire to inspire; my educational philosophy falls into positive education, inclusive education, and fostering students' 21st-century skills. Teaching is not just instructing; I encourage my students to enquire, reflect, and build on their knowledge. I am willing to see them be inspired and inspire others. I incorporate the latest educational philosophy from academia into real teaching practice, employing CLT, TBLT, PBL, inquiry-based learning, and educational technologies to provide students with great learning experiences."
Mandarin Teacher, BEd, BSocSc, MA
Seren was born and raised in Nanjing, China. She earned her double Bachelor’s degree of Education and Psychology and a Master’s degree of English Studies from the University of Hong Kong. Before joining Stamford, Seren taught Mandarin to students from pre-primary to secondary classes in several local and international schools in Hong Kong. She is also an International Baccalaureate (IB) certified teacher of the IB Diploma Programme (DP) who has experience in teaching IBDP Chinese A and B. As a passionate educator, Seren loves working with children and embraces inquiry-based learning. Out of school, Seren loves Chinese calligraphy, reading, and traveling.
Seren says, “I love to work with students of all backgrounds and learning abilities. I believe education is not only about academic needs but also about developing students into self-learners and critical thinkers. When teaching Mandarin, I want my students to enjoy the language and to appreciate Chinese culture.”
Spanish Teacher, BA, TESOL
Marcela was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. After graduating from La Salle University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish, English, and French Teaching, she moved to Brazil to teach English and learn Portuguese. For some years, she dedicated herself to deepen her knowledge in teaching Spanish as a foreign language at the Sergio Arboleda University to work as a teacher in Hong Kong. She is also certified in EFL teaching material design, TESOL, and DELE examiner from Instituto Cervantes.
Marcela enjoys traditional Latin American dance, embroidery, and spending time with her friends in her free time. She looks forward to sharing her love of languages – Spanish especially –
Marcela says, “Teaching is my main passion since through it I can inculcate values and principles to inspire students to be more confident, open mind, compassionate and assertive.”
Spanish Teacher, BA, MA
Originally from Spain, Andrés joined Stamford after 6 years of teaching Spanish in Hong Kong and Spain. He has been working as a Spanish teacher for children, teenagers, and adults in schools and universities. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, a Master’s Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, and an International Postgraduate Certificate in Education. He is a joyful and enthusiastic language teacher, and he firmly believes that every member of a school community must be a model for students. He loves motivating children and sharing his passion for learning through playful, engaging, and meaningful lessons every day. He also has a background as a costume designer and puppet master.
Andrés says, “I am passionate about sharing my culture and language with students. I firmly believe that students benefit the most when they are in the care of teachers who teach with heart and will be encouraged to explore another language.”
Spanish Teacher, MA, PGCE
Maite joined us from our sister campus in Singapore and ignited a love for Spanish in Stamford’s students over the past years. She has over ten years of teaching experience and taught in Martinique, France and Spain. She is highly experienced in the delivery of quality Spanish language programs and has a Master’s degree in teaching Spanish as a Foreign language as well as a PGCE in Teaching French as a Second Language for Secondary Education. Maite has led the development of our Spanish program at Stamford Hong Kong.
Maite says, “I am passionate about cultivating an understanding of a new language and developing competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing, beyond immediate needs and interests through the integration of technologies.”
Arts Teaching Team
Head of Arts, BA (Hons), PGCE, MEd
Amy joined Stamford from the sister campus in Singapore as a Drama Teacher in 2017. She holds a BA (Hons) in Acting, PGCE in Primary and Secondary Drama Education, PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Arts Education, LCM in Acting from London College of Music, TEFL Certificate with Merit, and has completed her Masters in Education Degree in Learning and Teaching in Performing Arts, specializing in Drama and Drama Education.
She is also a member of NATD (National Association for the Teaching of Drama) and IDEA (International Drama and Theatre Education Association) since 2016 and has recently been granted Fellowship with the Royal Society of Arts. Amy has been featured professionally as a performer in over 20 productions internationally and has performed and directed in Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Theatre Association and Hong Kong Players, for which she is also a Committee Member. Some of her accolades include a LAMDA Bronze Acting Medal with Merit and RADA Bronze Shakespeare with Merit. She is also proficient in delivering the International Baccalaureate program and contributes significantly to the CCA Drama and Musical Theatre program. Amy is also very excited to teach the IBDP Theatre program.
Amy says, “I am passionate about teaching as it is a privilege and a pleasure to see students grow from strength to strength and for them to develop into themselves. I feel fortunate to be a part of their learning journey.”
Art Teacher, BA (Hon.), MEd
Originally from Toronto, Gabrielle has been living and working in Hong Kong for the past 5 years. Prior to joining Stamford, Gabrielle taught at international schools in Hong Kong using CCSS, NGSS, AERO, British National and IB curriculums. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Hon.) in Visual Arts, French and Art History from the University of Toronto before moving to the U.S. to complete a Masters of Science in Education and Early Childhood Education at Niagara University. Gabrielle has taught in classrooms in Canada, the U.S. and Hong Kong.
Gabrielle says, “Encouraging students to develop curiosity, creativity and a love of learning while ensuring that students are emotionally supported is at the forefront of my teaching practice. Connecting with my students, families and community is a priority for me, as I strongly believe in a holistic approach to education. Facilitating student learning and observing students develop skills, confidence and self-esteem is something I look forward to each day.”
Visual Arts Teacher, BA, FRSA
Tracey is a talented visual artist and has a rich and exciting background as a practicing artist and visual arts educator. Originally from New York in the USA, Tracey studied art at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the State University of New York. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Tracey has taught in a wide range of school settings in the USA and in bilingual and international schools in China. She has held the Head of Art position and served as a Curriculum Coordinator and Teaching Fellow. She received extensive training at The Juilliard School in New York City. She has enjoyed significant student achievements throughout her career, such as winning numerous awards, scholarships to universities, and having her students' artwork displayed at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.
Tracey says, "I love working with students of all ages, supporting them in their development, teaching them to think like an artist, and I believe that there is an artist in everyone."
Visual Arts Teacher, BA, MA
Ms. Tutjini joins Stamford with a diverse mix of cultural and arts experiences combined with technology. Born in Baghdad and raised in Jordan, Ms. Tutjini moved to Canada, where she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from York University. After graduation, she returned to Amman, where she held two solo art exhibitions and also worked as a junior graphic designer.
She embarked on a career in education shortly after completing her Master's degree in Modern and Contemporary Art History at the renowned art school operated by the prestigious auction house, Christie's Education in London. Ms. Tutjini has worked at King's Academy in Jordan since 2013 as a faculty member in the Department of Art, Design and Technology and is currently the department head.
Aligned with Stamford's ethos, Ms. Tutjini is a champion for interdisciplinary education — particularly where art meets technology, politics, psychology and mathematics. She was instrumental in developing cross-disciplinary course offerings at King's. She also teaches graphic design through the Global Online Academy (GOA). Her experiences combined will be integral in further developing our high school art programs.
Ms. Tutjini says, “I am excited and driven by the magic of art and design. They offer endless possibilities to interpret and decipher our behavior, and context unfolds endlessly to become the measure of our emotion, the depth of our experience and the bearings of our position in history. I have found that art and design are the best vessels to deliver positive change to a community - be it local or global - and positive evolution of oneself. I strive to cultivate curiosity to create a disposition of life-long learning. I believe in grounding the work that I do in social and emotional learning pedagogy and inquiry.”
Drama & English as an Additional Language Teacher, BEd, DIP
Tom has been teaching Drama and English in Hong Kong for the past 5 years, and holds a Bachelor in Primary Education, and a Diploma in Theatre Arts. He has been active in the Hong Kong amateur theatre scene for a number of years, and performed in a variety of educational children’s shows. Tom has extensive experience in inquiry-based education programs from working in schools in Australia, Malaysia, and Hong Kong.
Tom says, “I’m passionate about education because I love helping young minds grow and develop. I enjoy using a range of techniques in the classroom, combining engaging methods to allow students to learn in ways that they can relate to.”
Music Teacher, BA, MA
Mr. Colbacchini joins Stamford as an accomplished musician with over 20 years of teaching experience. Mr. Colbacchini studied Music at the B.Marcello Conservatory in Venice (Italy) and obtained a Masters of Arts 1 in Music Education at the Paris 8 University. Trained in the Orff-Schulwerk approach, World Music Drumming and music technology, he is an accomplished choir conductor, piano accompanist for opera singers and composer. He has taught music in international schools in France, India and Italy and is passionate about developing performance opportunities for students. In his roles he has produced very successful student concerts and musicals, organized tours in Europe as well as performances on TV shows. Mr. Colbacchini joins our passionate arts team and we look forward to seeing and hearing all the wonderful results of guidance and the positive impact the arts have on our student’s development.
Mr. Colbacchini says, “I feel very privileged and lucky to be able to share my passion for music in my work. As an educator, I firstly aim to help and guide the students to become mature and responsible people. Secondly, I encourage them to include the wonderful world of music and art in their lives. Finally, I strive to inspire them to be the best musicians that they can be.”
Music Teacher, MEd, BMus (Hons), PGCE, FRSA
Tim is a passionate music and arts education specialist and educational leader with over 20 years of experience teaching in a variety of schools in England, Australia, the USA, and China. He is a dual citizen (British & American) and started his musical career as a chorister at York Minster in England. He is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. Tim has a B.Mus (Hons) in composition from the London College of Music, a PGCE from Durham University, a M.Ed in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Tim is committed to professional development, and in recent years he has also received extensive training in music education at The Juilliard School in New York City.
Tim says, "a music classroom should be a happy and creative space, and that music is a vital component of a well-rounded and enriching education. I enjoy creating opportunities for students to develop a life-long appreciation of music, and I feel successful when I help students realize their potential as creative musicians."
Music Teacher, BMus (Hons), PGCE, FRSA, MA
Jaime joins Stamford with over 11 years of teaching experience in primary and secondary music education. He is originally from the United Kingdom and, since graduating with a PGCE, has worked in schools both in the U.K. and South Korea, where he has worked as head of department, specialists coordinator, coordination of whole-school gifted and talented provision, and, most recently, coordinator of student support services. Jaime’s education includes a Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning, a PGCE (QTS) in Music Education, and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition. His music education philosophy is about facilitating hands-on, experiential learning grounded in the Orff Schulwerk and Kodaly methods. He has taught music across the K12 spectrum and is a very successful teacher of AP Music, Music Technology, and World Music Programs.
Jaime says, “Being invited to join students as they begin to define, redefine, and understand themselves and their place in the world is a privilege. I aspire to enable students to enjoy a long-lasting relationship with music both during their time at school and beyond. To achieve this, I believe in offering students opportunities to inquire and explore and acquire and develop transferable skills within global musical contexts where they are encouraged to perform, produce, respond, and evaluate musically. This is possible when we foster and harness the musical curiosity of every child against the backdrop of a challenging and culturally engaging curriculum.”
Physical Education / Athletics Teaching Team
Liliana Rodrigues Martins
PE & Outdoor Education Coordinator, BEd, MEd
Liliana has a Master’s Degree in Teaching Physical Education in Elementary and Secondary Schools, a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Sports, and QTS by UK Government. She is also a qualified Swimming Coach ASCA Level 4 and has the Sport Climbing Level 1 Certificate by CHKMCU. Originally from Portugal, she has been teaching in different countries around the world, such as Thailand, Qatar, Norway, and Portugal. Liliana enjoys teaching children from a range of backgrounds and believes that children should be given the opportunity to find enjoyment throughout their participation in education.
Liliana says, “I have always had a passion for teaching and have focused my studies and career in this direction. I adopt an inquiry-based learning style where students are actively involved in lessons because I believe that we as educators are responsible for facilitating children in thinking for themselves and making their own decisions. I hope to inspire my students to achieve more than they believe they can in PE by encouraging sportsmanship, teamwork, and personal growth, over a must-win attitude.”
Physical Education Teacher, BSc, PGCE
Jake joined the Stamford team with over twelve years of international teaching and coaching experience. Jake worked with a swimming school in Phuket, Thailand before achieving his Bachelor of Science in Sport and Physical Education through The University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. For the past four years, he has worked in Hong Kong as a physical education teacher, where he also received his PGCE through the University of Sunderland, UK.
Jake says, “I have always been passionate about sport and exercise. Growing up, I was always happiest playing a variety of sports with kids from different backgrounds. It exposed me to both success and failure; taught me the importance of teamwork and allowed me to make great friends. I now have the opportunity to educate children in a discipline that I feel passionate about, and that is pretty amazing. I want to create an environment where every student can enjoy and feel rewarded when participating in their PE lessons.”
Physical Education Teacher, BEd, MSc
Kori Thompson has been teaching for eight years and is from the beautiful country of The Bahamas, where she has taught PYP Personal, Social, and Physical Education, and MYP Physical and Health Education over the past seven years in the International Baccalaureate system. In Addition to PE, Kori is a former competitive swimmer and has been coaching the sport of swimming as a FINA and American Swimming Coaches Association certified coach and has worked with national-level swimmers. Kori is looking forward to being a part of Stamford American School, working and growing as a team to innovate and develop the best physical education program. Her academic and
Athletic qualifications include a Bachelor of Education in Primary Education with a major in Special Education from the University of The Bahamas and a Master of Science in Exceptional Student Education from Barry University.
Kori says, “Learning is an ongoing and lifelong journey. There are so many opportunities to seek and lessons that can be learned in everyday activities and routines even if you don’t know you are learning! Not only do my students learn from the skills and concepts being delivered to them, but I learn from them daily as well! This is one of the many reasons I love teaching. The sky's the limit when it comes to developing and witnessing the growth and the milestones each student reaches along the way, which is very rewarding- and I am grateful for each moment and experience. There are so many ways to teach students how to think and learn based on their own strengths and styles of learning.”
Physical Education Teacher, BSc (Hons), PGCE
Mr. Styles joins Stamford with a strong background in athletics. Before moving to Hong Kong, he played professional sport in the UK, where he also graduated from Loughborough University. Mr. Styles has been in Hong Kong for five years and began his consulting career before returning to his passion for athletics. Following his heart, Mr. Styles completed his PGCE from the University of Sunderland, UK. Mr. Styles has taken the skills and knowledge from playing sports professionally and also in his career to help students to develop skills and the resilience they need for successful futures. He has been working as a PE & Outdoor Education Assistant at Stamford for the past year and is excited to transition into a teaching role on the PE team.
Mr. Styles says, “Sport has been a huge influence on my life and I am so grateful for what it has given and taught me. For this reason, I feel very lucky that I have the opportunity to share my passion for sport and exercise with our students in an environment where they can have fun, take risks, learn and grow.”
STUDENT SUPPORT AND EAL TEACHING TEAM
Head of Student Support, BA, MEd
Ms. Wilson comes to Stamford with twelve years of teaching experience in the US, Paraguay, and Colombia. Living abroad has allowed her to grow as an educator by learning about and embracing different cultures and beliefs. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Special Education. To further develop her strong leadership skills, she recently obtained her Principal License which will help her lead Stamford’s learning support team.
As both a general and special education teacher, Ms. Wilson is passionate about differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all learners. She has actively helped to develop policies and procedures to support inclusion in all the school communities that she served.
Ms. Wilson says, “Working in the international setting has made me even more aware of the central role schools play in the community. Schools are not only places where children come to learn but also where they develop as people. Students who feel a sense of belonging are more willing to take risks, make mistakes, and in turn learn from each other. My hope is that students develop compassion and build strong relationships with each other so they can understand that everyone has valuable contributions to make to the community.”
Learning Support Teacher, BA, MA
Leah joined Stamford with ten years of international teaching experience. She has taught in the US, Japan, China, and Guatemala. From the US, Leah has a Master of Arts in Teaching in addition to a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has a wealth of knowledge in literacy and the components of Readers and Writers Workshop, specializing in guided reading. She has taught both as a classroom teacher and as a learning support teacher with expertise in the area of individualized instruction. In her free time, Leah enjoys reading, the outdoors, cooking, traveling and spending time with her husband who is also an educator.
Leah says, “I believe every child can achieve great success. I am passionate about working with children to support them in finding their strengths and building upon those strengths whether they be academic, social or in other areas. I am an advocate for making learning a meaningful, engaging, and personalized experience, which empowers children to achieve their full potential.”
Secondary Learning Support, BSc, PGCE
Naomi joined Stamford with seven years of teaching experience in England and Hong Kong. She has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a National Award in Special Educational Needs. Naomi has specialized in SEN, English, and Mathematics across a range of age groups and abilities.
Naomi says, “I have always admired the positive atmosphere and love of learning that I experienced when working and studying abroad. As a pupil, I lived in Hong Kong and made the decision to return to further develop my career. I enjoy the process of teaching and making learning as interactive and varied as possible.”
Behavior Interventionist, B.Ed, MA
Divina is a committed, student-centered educator who values the potential of each learner. She graduated from her Master of Arts in Education major in Speech Pathology at the University of the Visayas and at St. Theresa’s College with a degree of Bachelor in Elementary Education major in Special Needs Education. Divina has been an educator in California, USA, Philippines and South Korea which has reinforced her beliefs in embracing and celebrating multicultural diversity and equality.
Dan says, “I believe that each child can learn and that instruction must be designed to meet the needs of all learners in order to ensure success.”
English as an Additional Language Teacher, BSc, M.Ed, CAGS
Anna has over 18 years of experience working in the US, Singapore, South America, and Hong Kong. She has served in the roles of classroom teacher, EAL teacher, Reading Specialist, and Literacy Coach, as well as other leadership responsibilities. Anna has a strong background and extensive experience in Reader’s and Writer’s workshop, having attended several international conferences worldwide and two institutes at Columbia University from Teachers College. Currently, Anna is further pursuing her education and working towards a certificate in international school leadership.
Anna says, “to me, teaching is about relationships. Building relationships open doors. With positive relationships and a growth mindset, anything is possible regardless of who you are or where you come from.”
English as an Additional Language Teacher, BA, MA
Guia transferred from our sister campus in Singapore, the Stamford Early Learning Village. She has invaluable knowledge and experience in the Primary years Programme, inquiry-based learning, and early years curriculum development. Prior to joining the Stamford family, Guia taught at international schools in the Philippines and Shanghai. She has 19 years of teaching experience and considers herself a lifelong learner. Guia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. Throughout her teaching career, she has helped and supported learners of varying abilities and different learning modalities.
Guia says, “I believe in teaching the whole child. As a teacher, I have a responsibility to ensure all their needs – social, emotional, academic – are being met. I believe I am a co-creator of their learning, and it’s my job to guide them, to make them believe that they can do what they set their minds to do. I also believe in inclusion and that all children have a right to equal educational opportunities, and all of them have the capability to learn. The children and their sense of wonder, their curiosity, their resilience, and their joy inspire me. It is amazing and a privilege to be part of their learning journey.”
English as as Additional Language Teacher, BA, MA
Jeremy brings to Stamford ten years of international teaching experience. He has taught in the US, Japan, China, and Guatemala. Jeremy earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Hamline University in addition to a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Augsburg University. Jeremy has experience as a classroom teacher, learning support specialist and an EAL Teacher. Jeremy utilizes small group instruction to help students achieve success in the areas of literacy, science, and mathematics in their second language.
Jeremy says, “I believe that all students can learn at a high level, some need just a little extra time and support. My role is to help students gain the confidence, skills, and knowledge they need to meet the high expectations I have for them.”
English as as Additional Language Teacher, MEd
Eva joined Stamford with extensive experience in teaching EAL (English as an Additional Language) to students of all backgrounds, ranging from kindergarten to grade 12 learners to adult immigrants in the US. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from University of Pennsylvania and was the recipient of 2017 Teresa Pica Award for Excellence in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Eva is experienced in teaching English with a strong focus on intercultural communication and designing curriculums to suit the diverse needs of individual students.
Eva says, “I have always been fascinated by the power of language and education. My cultural exchange experience at the University of Warwick, a liberal arts college in Maine, and the University of Pennsylvania have contributed greatly to my interest and passion in culture, language, and education. As a Mandarin & English bilingual and lifelong language learner myself, I am committed to helping my students see the connection between language education and global opportunities, to assist them in becoming the new generation of world citizens, and to inspire them in achieving more than they believe they can.”
English as Additional Language Teacher, B.S, M.S
Lisa joined Stamford with a decade of teaching experience in the U.S.A, Macau, and Hong Kong. She has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Inclusive Education and Curriculum and Instruction as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies with specializations in ESOL and Reading Intervention. Her years of classroom experience and education give her a range of teaching strategies that allow children of all abilities to participate in challenging and engaging environments.
Lisa says, ”My decision to pursue a career in education is due, in part, to the many great educators I had growing up. The impact they had on my life made me want to create that same impact on others. I want students to remember me as a truly dedicated teacher that created an engaging environment where they learned, felt safe and respected.”
English as as Additional Language Teacher, BA, MA, Ph.D.
Growing up in the Nebraska countryside in the US, Jean traveled nationally and internationally at every opportunity. As a lifelong learner and teacher, she worked in the federal government, in the corporate world, and has taught from grade school to university students over the past several decades. While she has taught a wide range of courses in fields such as economics, finance, SQL and Oracle database, information technology, math, religion, social studies, history, reading, and literature, she found her niche and joy in teaching English as a Second Language.
Jean says, “I am passionate about continuing my teaching adventures around the world, and have lived in five countries since beginning to teach English language learners. I am thrilled to add Stamford American School Hong Kong to the list, as my daughter also teaches at the school. Along with our four adult girls, my husband and I also have two grandsons, all of whom are the center of our world.”
Secondary EAL teacher, BA, PGDE, MA
Sherryne has over eight years of teaching experience in an international school in Hong Kong, in which she taught primary and secondary school students and worked as the lead teacher of the modern language department. She has engaged in curriculum design, lesson planning, and team coordination in her previous school. She holds a Master’s degree in language studies, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE - ECE), and a Bachelor’s degree in English.
Sherryne says, “I am passionate about teaching and learning languages and cultures. I am delighted to join Stamford, support students, and grow together with them as a facilitator of student learning and success in school."
English as Additional Language Teacher, BEd
Este has a few years’ teaching experience at secondary as well as primary level. She has taught in South Africa and China. She has a Bachelor of Education, obtained from the University of Pretoria. Her experience allows her to work with learners on all levels and to provide support and encouragement. She has attended a reading workshop training session and has been teaching and developing reading skills for several years. She has taught at a wide variety of schools and brings that unique skill set with her.
Este says, “I became a teacher because I love reading so much. My goal is to inspire every student to have that same passion for reading that I do. Reading isn’t just about language. It develops critical thinking, stretches endurance and enhances creativity. I hope that every student I work with walks away from the experience with a fondness for reading.”
English as Additional Language Teacher, BA (Hons), PGCE
Natalia joins Stamford with over 16 years’ teaching experience in the UK and China. She holds a 1st class Honours degree in English, Spanish, and Russian with specialization in Linguistics and Intercultural Communication and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. She taught Spanish GCSE and A-level in the UK and English as an Additional Language at the British International School of Shanghai, Puxi. She has successfully prepared secondary students for their Cambridge examinations and led EAL, IGCSE, and English B students to their examinations in which they achieved excellent results. Natalia’s key strengths are her ability to motivate and coach students to fulfill their potential, her personalized approach to teaching, and her capacity to create well-structured, engaging and challenging lessons, which is supported by her excellent subject knowledge as a result of her specialized linguistic background.
Natalia says, “I am passionate about getting my students interested in learning about the structures of the language which I compare to the skeleton in our body. A written or oral enunciation can be truly powerful with the correct use and manipulation of the structures. My favorite aspect of teaching EAL is helping students develop their critical thinking skills and witnessing them defend their opinions in-class debates.”
School Counselor, BEd
Mia joined Stamford with over 15 years of international teaching experience in South Africa, Botswana, and Mauritius. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, an Honor’s degree in Educational Psychology, a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and is a registered Educational Psychologist. Mia has a background of extensive international experience as a teacher, lecturer, student support educator, coordinator and psychologist.
Mia says, “My passion is to provide the highest standards of educational and psychological support, to help individuals and groups of diverse students achieve their full potential. I am excited about joining the Stamford community, working collaboratively in the best interest of each individual student.”
School Counselor, BA, PGDE, MoC
Mr. Duncombe joins Stamford as a highly qualified IBDP secondary teacher and counselor with 18 years of experience in education across 3 countries, holding multiple senior positions. As a teacher he has taught subjects from Psychology, English and Science to Big History, Computer Imagery and Health. He has been a leader in student well-being for multiple year levels, for international student cohorts and the whole schools, managing and has conducted mental well-being services for institutes of 300+ people. Mr. Duncombe has also practiced privately as a counselor and workshop presenter with a number of international companies including Motorola, Allianz Investment and HSBC.
Mr. Duncombe says, "I believe we all need guides, we need to belong and we need to understand ourselves and others. It is this belief that drives me to create an empathic and judgment-free environment for students where they can ‘tell their story’, explore their world and learn to recognize and act on the level of agency available to them. In this, it is essential they are guided safely according to their social, cognitive and behavioral development level. I believe members of a community truly flourish when they have access to positivity, engagement, healthy relationships, personal meaning and self-achievement.”
University Counselor, BSc, MEd
Christina graduated from the University of North Alabama with a degree in Secondary Education and Social Science. She completed fellowship programs with Princeton in Asia and Teach For America and began her career teaching English at a university in Thailand and high school Humanities in the U.S.A. Christina has a M.Ed in School Counseling and has eight years of counseling experience in the states, Thailand, and Hong Kong.
Christina says, "I realized that my favorite part of teaching was empowering students to become confident and caring leaders in their communities. I am passionate about equipping students with the knowledge and skills to prioritize their overall wellbeing and personal growth as they explore future opportunities and prepare for university."
Academic Coordinator, BS, MA
Mike is an experienced academic program developer, having built and managed programs in a range of areas. After teaching physical education for a few years, he became a schoolwide program director, International Baccalaureate coordinator, academic coordinator and department head in multiple schools. Thoughtful and systematic, Mike is particularly passionate about curriculum development, excellence in teaching and helping students become the best they can be. Since 2000, he has worked in schools in Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong. Mike is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education (EdD) degree at the University of Hong Kong with an emphasis on information technology studies.
Mike says, “I believe compassion and service to others are two of the most important character traits we can impart in our children. I enjoy watching children discover the rewards of helping others through meaningful and relevant ways”