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

Linda Cheung

Elementary STEMinn Coordinator, BS, MEd

Linda Cheung

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.”

Tim Evans

Educational Technology Coordinator, BA, PGCE

Tim Evans

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.”

George Aiello

Librarian & ICT Teacher, MLIS, MBA, BBA

George Aiello

George began his international career in education at our sister campus in Singapore and spent two school years there before moving with his family to Paraguay. In Paraguay, he served as the Director of Technology and Technology Integrationist. In addition, he taught technology classes for students in grades 3-12. George created the school’s LEGO Robotics program and coached the competitive team. George also introduced the school to STEAM in Elementary and worked closely with the Director to develop plans and programming for the schools new STEAM building. George has attended many STEM/STEAM based conferences and lead teachers through many professional development sessions on this interdisciplinary approach.

George says, “I am inspired every day as an educator by my student’s thoughts and ideas. I am privileged to be a part of their growth. I view students as individuals, not as just part of a class. I strongly believe that teaching and learning are based around developing strong relationships with those individuals and understanding each other. I also believe that encouraging meaningful inquiry and helping to develop advanced inquiry skills in students allows them to successfully enhance their understanding. Another crucial part of learning is the application of information and concepts. For this reason, I am a big supporter of 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

Qian Wang

Head of Modern Languages, DipED, MA

Qian Wang

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!”

Ashleigh Shi

Mandarin Teacher, BA, MEd

Ashleigh Shi

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.”

Sherry Lau

Mandarin Teacher, BA, PGDE, MA

Sherry Lau

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.”

Huan Wong

Mandarin Teacher, BA, MA

Huan Wong

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.”

Flora Lin

Mandarin Teacher, BEd, PGDE, MA

Flora Lin

Flora had over nine years of both local and international teaching experience in Hong Kong and Mainland China. She is originally from Fujian province and 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 was awarded the Language Proficiency Requirement Certificate of Merit (Putonghua) by the Hong Kong Education Bureau and got 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.

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.”

Caroline Lam

Mandarin Teacher, BA, PGDE, MEd, MEd

Caroline Lam

Caroline has tremendous teaching experience in primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong, in which she has engaged in curriculum design, lesson planning and coordination of co-curricular activities. She has taught at international schools and worked with students of diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. She has the experience of working as a specialist teacher, a homeroom teacher and a coordinator to lead a Chinese language team. Caroline holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree 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 & Teaching Chinese Studies in Language and Literature). Caroline was awarded the Language Proficiency Requirement Certificate of Merit (Putonghua) by the Hong Kong Education Bureau. She holds a Level 1-B 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.”

Ruth Wang

Mandarin & English as an Additional Language Teacher, AA, BA, MEd

Ruth Wang

Ruth has taught as a full-time teacher for 18 years in American public school districts and international schools in the U.S., Hong Kong, and mainland China. As a certified homeroom bilingual teacher,  she taught dual-language programs in some American public school districts and one school in Hong Kong for 8 years. On top of teaching dual-language programs, she also served as the math-led teacher, the 3rd grade team leader, and Chinese program coordinator on different campuses. Ruth was one of the pioneer-teachers in dual-language programs, and she was skilful with creating and building up inquiry-based curriculums. She received SOPA & ELLOPA assessment training and conducted a state-wide SOPA & ELLOPA testing for dual-language programs in Minnesota, USA. Ruth graduated with a Master degree in Education focusing on curriculum and instruction in America. She holds two valid teaching licenses from two states in the U.S. on EC-6, bilingual K-12th, ESL K-12th, and Mandarin K-12th. Since Ruth graduated in 2008, she has continuously attending graduate schools and professional development training to enrich and upgrade her professional practices in the teaching fields. Learning is a lifelong activity in her life and she hopes each of her students will become a lifelong learner as well.

Ruth says, “Teaching is in my blood. I love children and always enjoy being around them. To my students, I am a gardener, a care-giver, a coach, an instructor, an advisor, a student… I always encourage my students to take the initiative to learn for themselves. It makes me very content and happy whenever I see individual students’ making efforts, learning from their mistakes, making progress, and gaining growth. As a teacher, my students’ success is my success.”

Merry Ding

Mandarin & English as an Additional Language Teacher, BEd (Hons), MEd

Merry Ding

Before joining Stamford, Merry had over 5 years of experience teaching English and Mandarin to students age 5 to 14 at both local and international schools in Hong Kong. She worked with children as a subject teacher and a homeroom 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. 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 understanding 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.”

Maite Rodriguez

Spanish Teacher, MA, PGCE

Maite Rodriguez

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.”

Andrés González

Spanish Teacher, BA, MA

Andrés González

Originally from Spain, Andrés joined Stamford after six 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 university. He holds a Master’s degree in teaching Spanish as a foreign language and a Bachelor of Arts 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 Spanish drama teacher.

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.”

Arts Teaching Team

Tina Batchelder-Schwab

Heads of Arts, BA, MA

Tina Batchelder-Schwab

Tina transferred from our sister campus in Singapore as Head of Arts. Her education at Ithaca College School of Music includes a Master’s degree in Music Education and Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Opera Performance. She also trained in the Orff-Schulwerk, Dalcroze, and Kodaly methods and the World Music Drumming and Gamelan curricula at Eastman School of Music. She brings with her a wealth of experience in delivering high-quality music programs in an international context. Her ability to produce outstanding vocal performances is well known. She has directed many exceptional musicals, including students across all age and ability ranges. She has 25 years of teaching experience and taught in four IB schools, including the International School of Berne, in Switzerland. She is a practiced guest lecturer in schools and colleges.

Tina says, “I knew from an early age that music would be a big part of my life. I was so fortunate to have passionate, dedicated and generous Music teachers for the many ensembles, casts, and competitions that I was lucky enough to participate in throughout my learning experiences. These teachers guided me and instilled a love of learning and teaching music that I have carried with me throughout my nearly 25 years of teaching. I am passionate about teaching, and I hope that is communicated every day, to my students, through my energy,  enthusiasm, and positivity about their gifts and contributions. I always tell them, ‘Louder is not better, better is better.’ I hope to inspire my students to achieve more than they believe they can, in Music and as part of the Stamford community, by emulating the good example I had in my own Music education experience.”

Christine Chan

Music Teacher, BA, MA

Christine Chan

Christine graduated from the University of California in Santa Barbara with a Bachelor’s degree in music and also holds a Master’s degree. She has always had an interest in music, but her passion for medicine was strong, and she started her career first as a research associate conducting cancer research in a medical school and pharmaceutical company. After she spent several years working in the medical field in the US, her passion for music remained, and she came back to Hong Kong as an IB music specialist teacher. In the leisure time, Christine enjoys reading and hiking as well as playing the piano and singing.

Christine says, “Having both disciplines (medicine and teaching) shape how I think and this has broadened my perspectives (empirical, artistic). Just like a medical doctor toward his/her patients, I feel that teachers should be effective diagnosticians of student’s interests, abilities, and prior knowledge, as well as their weaknesses and to design learning plans with these in mind. Each child I work with is unique, and it is my job as an educator to prepare them cognitively, socially and emotionally for their lives ahead. It is my passion to develop their love for music and to share music with others within our communities and the world.”

Mario Colbacchini

Music Teacher, BA, MA

Mario Colbacchini

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.”

Amy Percival

Drama Teacher, BA (Hons), PGCE

Amy Percival

Amy joined Stamford from the sister campus in Singapore as the drama teacher. She holds a BA (Hons) in Acting, PGCE in Primary and Secondary Drama Education, PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Arts Education and an LCM in Acting from London College of Music. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Performing Arts and has already achieved TEFL with merit.

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 performed in Hong Kong with the HK Theatre Association. Amy has been featured professionally in over 20 performances, and 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 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.”

Tom McLean

Drama & English as an Additional Language Teacher, BEd, DIP

Tom McLean

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.”

Erin Wesely

Art Teacher, BS, MA

Erin Wesely

Erin has taught Art within the US and also internationally. Her Master’s degree is specifically in Art Education, and she specializes in drawing, ceramics, and painting. Her educational experience includes the International Baccalaureate program, and she is well versed in inquiry-based education. Erin is TEFL certified. She is excited about producing regular displays of student work throughout the school.

Erin says, “I am passionate about teaching because I am fortunate to have found my passion through art and educating our next generation. I enjoy getting to know each and every student! I strive to promote their engagement and achievement in my classroom by fostering their creativity, as well as furthering their critical thinking skills through art. It excites me when students feel a great sense of accomplishment in their work and get to explore their creativity in art class.”

Joanna Tutjini

Visual Arts Teacher, BA, MA

Joanna Tutjini

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.”

Gabrielle Gray

Art Teacher, BA (Hon.), MEd

Gabrielle Gray

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.”

Physical Education / Athletics Teaching Team

Lee McQuade

Physical Education Coordinator, BA (HONS), PGCE

Lee McQuade

Lee joined the Stamford team with a wealth of experience in both physical education and as a teacher. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Physical education from St Mary’s University Belfast in the U.K. and later went on to complete a PGCE in primary teaching from the University of Cumbria Carlisle also in the UK. He has since taught P.E. in Ireland, Qatar, and Spain.

Lee says, “The reason I chose to follow a career in P.E. teaching is my love of sport and coaching. I love being able to give a student the opportunity to try a sport that they have never seen or even heard of. I believe it is essential to provide a wide range of sports in the P.E. curriculum as it gives students an opportunity to explore what they are best at and more importantly what sport they are passionate about. Stamford is the perfect environment for any young sportsperson as they will have the chance to grow and learn in an encouraging atmosphere and hopefully, they can discover a sport that they love and can gain confidence from.”

Jake Carey

Physical Education Teacher, BSc, PGCE

Jake Carey

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.”

Liliana Rodrigues Martins

Physical Education Teacher, BEd, MEd

Liliana Rodrigues Martins

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. Originally from Portugal, she has been teaching PE and swimming 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. She encourages students to learn and have fun at the same time.

Liliana says, “I’ve 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 have the responsibility to facilitate children in thinking for themselves and making their own decisions. It is our job to inspire and challenge students to love learning, so they see it as something they want to do instead of something they have to do.”

Edward Styles

Physical Education Teacher, BSc (Hons), PGCE

Edward Styles

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

Adrianne Wilson

Head of Student Support, BA, MEd

Adrianne Wilson

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.”

Leah Conrad

Learning Support Teacher, BA, MA

Leah Conrad

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.”

Divina Ancheta

Behavior Interventionist, B.Ed, MA

Divina Ancheta

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.”

Anna Aiello

English as an Additional Language Teacher, BSc, M.Ed, CAGS

Anna Aiello

Anna has over 16 years experience working in education in the U.S., Singapore, and South America. She taught elementary school level for the majority of her teaching career and most recently has worked as a Reading Specialist and Literacy Coach for kindergarten through 8th grade. In this role Anna helped teachers by supporting them through professional development and training sessions, classroom modeling, and co-teaching on reading intervention strategies and literacy development. Anna has a strong background and extensive experience in Reader’s and Writer’s workshop. She has attended several international conferences world-wide, served as a guest presenter at an international conference in Brazil, and attended two institutes from Teacher’s College at Columbia University in New York City.

Anna says, “I love helping students develop and grow their personal interests. I feel strongly about encouraging them to speak about things that matter to them and encouraging them to feel empowered to be the best version of themselves. To me, teaching is more about building relationships. With positive relationships and a growth mindset, anything is possible regardless of who you are, where you come from and what you know.”

Monica Williams

English as as Additional Language Teacher, BEd, MBA

Monica Williams

Monica is a certified American teacher in Elementary Education and English as a Second Language. She brings to Stamford 16 years of teaching experience in both the U.S. and internationally. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. For the past seven years, Monica has exclusively taught English Language Learners in Hong Kong, the Middle East and the U.S.

Monica says, “Global citizenship is the by-product of global education. Through Second Language Acquisition we will create lifelong learners and global citizens while building capacity in our English Language Learners.”

Leona Cai

English as as Additional Language Teacher, BA, MEd

Leona Cai

Leona joined Stamford with experience teaching Mandarin across various grade levels, from kindergarten to grade 12, at schools in the US and China. With a Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Leona also has extensive research experience and has developed publications and presentations on linguistics and communicating in multi-ethnic communities.

Leona says, “I am passionate about teaching because I love to help students from different language and cultural backgrounds to be successful in school. One of the most rewarding feelings for me is to see the spark in my students’ when they understand something new. Teaching gives me unique chances to learn new things from a students’ perspective every day. It helps me become a better person.”

Jeremy Conrad

English as as Additional Language Teacher, BA, MA

Jeremy Conrad

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.”

Eva Li

English as as Additional Language Teacher, MEd

Eva Li

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.”

Jean McBride

English as as Additional Language Teacher, BA, MA, Ph.D.

Jean McBride

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.”

Guia Carreon

English as an Additional Language Teacher, BA, MA

Guia Carreon

Guia transferred from our sister campus in Singapore, the Stamford Early Learning Village. She taught Pre-kindergarten for 9 years there and has invaluable knowledge and experience in inquirybased learning and early years curriculum development. Prior to joining the Stamford family, Guia taught at international schools in Shanghai, China and the Philippines. She has a total of 17 years teaching experience and considers herself a lifelong learner. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, and is currently pursuing further education. Throughout her teaching career, she has helped and supported many English Language Learners of varying abilities and wishes to focus on this area of education.

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 capacity to learn. What inspires me and ignites my passion for teaching? The children that I encounter every day, their sense of wonder and curiosity, their resilience, and their joy. It’s amazing to be part of that learning journey.”

Mia Nortje

School Counselor, BEd

Mia Nortje

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 and is completing her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology. 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 individual 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.”

Russell Duncombe

School Counselor, BA, PGDE, MoC

Russell Duncombe

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.”

Christina Meherg

University Counselor, BSc, MEd

Christina Meherg

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 during where she had the opportunity to teach collegiate English in rural Thailand and then history to high school students in an under-resourced, urban school district.

Christina says, “I realized that my favorite part of teaching was empowering students to become confident and caring leaders in their communities. I earned my M.Ed in school counseling, and have been a school counselor in Chiang Mai, Thailand and in San Antonio, Texas, because I wanted to be in a role in which I can focus on students’ overall wellness, personal growth, and social emotional education.”

Michael Galligan

Academic Coordinator, BS, MA

Michael Galligan

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” 

School Nurses

Susanna Chan

School Nurse

Susanna Chan

Jess Luk

School Nurse

Jess Luk