Our Specialist Teachers
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 joins Stamford Hong Kong as our STEMinn Coordinator supporting our teachers in the delivery of this important program to our elementary students. Her keen interests in science, technology, art, music, and sustainability will allow her to enrich our educational endeavors in innovation and our extracurricular program. She has organized several robotics competitions and directed many showcases of student work in school fairs of which she believes hold 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 works as the Head of Education Technology at Stamford to ensure that the delivery of the 1 to 1 technology program is of the highest standard. He is always searching for new technologies and finding interesting ways to enhance teaching and learning with hands-on experiences. Tim also leads a variety of workshops for students, teachers, and parents to ensure that everyone is able to access all the resources available in the modern classroom.
He has a variety of international experience and joins us from Laude Newton College in Spain where he was an ICT and Design teacher specializing in the International Baccalaureate programs.
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."
Qian transferred from the Stamford campus in Singapore, where she was a Mandarin teacher for our Elementary students since 2015. With a Master’s degree in teaching Mandarin as a foreign language, Qian has over 13 years of experience in international schools offering the IB and American curriculums. She has both taught Mandarin and has led Mandarin teaching teams. She is passionate about personalized learning and our 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 future profession. Not only I will be teaching my students, but I will also learn from my students. They will be able to teach me things that I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to learn from anyone else!"
Ashleigh transferred from our Singapore campus last year and is a highly experienced bilingual Mandarin & English homeroom teacher. Her Bachelor’s is in Chinese Language & Literature, and her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Sydney specialized in Management & Leadership. Ashleigh has experience teaching, and curriculum planning for K1 to secondary classes in schools in Singapore, Australia, and China, Ashleigh 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, a word, etc. Every day, I have the opportunity to give my students knowledge and skills for their future. I’m so excited to shape the next generation and to teach them the necessary skills that will help them later on. In elementary school, they’ll learn how to form 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 be a positive impact throughout that process."
Caroline joined Stamford with a wealth of teaching experience in elementary and middle schools in Hong Kong, in which she has engaged in curriculum design, lesson planning and coordination of co-curricular activities. She holds a degree of Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a degree of Master in Education from the University of Hong Kong specializing in Comparative and Global Studies in Education and Development. Caroline was awarded the Language Proficiency Requirement Certificate of Merit (Putonghua) by the Hong Kong Education Bureau due to her excellent result in the Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers (Putonghua) conducted by Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority. 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 developing a love for Chinese culture. I get real satisfaction in seeing my students reach their goals and even go beyond what they thought they could accomplish. It is my aim to combine my experience with my ability to be a compassionate and enthusiastic teacher who will make a positive contribution to my students.”
Flora joined Stamford with over six 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. Having served as 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 catering for both local Hong Kong and international learners who are studying from Grade 1 all the way to Grade 12.
Flora says, “I think language is like a brush. When I was a child, I had a big imagination. My grandfather taught me how to use language as a brush to make my thoughts more meaningful and expressive. Then when I grew up, I became a teacher. I want to teach my students how to use their own "brush" to make their world more colorful and make the journey of Chinese studies more enjoyable.”
Huan is originally from Hubei, China and has 7 years of teaching experience. She has worked as a Mandarin teacher in China, South Korea, Canada, USA, and Singapore with experience in teaching Mandarin to young children to adults with diverse backgrounds; and organizing cultural events and activities in different communities. She is passionate about working with children to see their progress which inspires her to find ways to further their growth.
Huan says, "I love to teach because our students can make a difference in the world with our help and support, which always inspires me to be a caring, knowledgeable, and reflective person."
Ivy has a tremendous experience base in teaching Mandarin and English as a Second Language at schools in the U.S offering the IB curriculum. Ivy graduated with a BA in Environmental Studies from Mount Holyoke College and recently completed her Master’s TESOL program at Columbia University. Ivy is skilled at teaching various age levels and has taught children from the lower Elementary grades all the way to university students. Ivy is also fluent in Spanish and is an expert in STEM programs.
Ivy says, "Many teachers have shaped my life and aroused my curiosity in linguistics and the sciences. I would like to be this kind of teacher who can inspire students and accompany them in their lifelong learning journey. I am also passionate about preparing my students to be global citizens for the future."
Rayne has experience teaching in an IB World school in Mainland China for five years. She specializes in inquiry-based programs, guided reading programs and Mandarin teaching across various grade levels. Recently completing her Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong and she has aligned her teaching strategies to the pedagogical and linguistic theories. She is also licensed and certified in language teaching by the Chinese Educational Bureau and the College of Chinese Language and Culture of Jinan University.
Rayne says, “I’m passionate about language teaching and education. At the start of my second language learning journey, I experienced great frustration. However, a sudden breakthrough happened after one semester. I learned one strategy which allowed me to learn the concept being taught. The magic wasn't the strategy itself, but in the fact that it suited me. Learning is incremental and the strategy which best fits the individual learner matters greatly. What motivates me as a teacher and educator is my belief in finding the suitable teaching strategies to help each of my students learn and grow.”
Sherry joined Stamford after relocating back to Hong Kong from New Zealand. Sherry has over ten years of teaching experience and has taught in international schools in Hong Kong and New Zealand. Sherry has worked with children from kindergarten to Grade 12 and has many years of experience teaching IB Chinese language courses. Originally from the Yunan province, Sherry has always had a keen interest in languages, she first obtained a Bachelor's in English Linguistics and Literature before pursuing a PGDE and Masters 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 Chinese culture to inspire life-long learning."
Maite joined us from our Stamford Singapore campus and ignited a love for Spanish in our students over the past year at Stamford Hong Kong. She is highly experienced in the delivery of quality Spanish language programs and has a Master’s degree in teaching Spanish as a Second Foreign language. Maite has led the development of our Spanish program at Stamford Hong Kong. Her interests when supporting our extracurricular program include Zumba, fabric painting, textile craft, and trekking.
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."
Maria joined Stamford with four years teaching in Spain and the UK. She has a Degree in Law from Salamanca University and a Masters in teaching Spanish from Alicante University, both based in Spain.
She went on to work at Hock School in the UK where she introduced students at the elementary level to Spanish. After a year there, she returned to Spain where she worked for nearly two years at Newtown College. Whilst there she taught English as an additional language and also Spanish to Elementary and Middle School students.
Maria says, "As I studied languages in school and always found learning them exciting, I wanted to continue this as I moved onto university and into the professional world. I understand how to help students use the skills they already possess to pick up a new language, as I have gone through that process myself. I love the freedom of learning a language gives you. As it gets easier and easier to travel and work abroad, a foreign language can open so many doors for you, both personally and professionally. Outside of Stamford, I enjoy traveling and learning about new cultures, and I always try and find the time to go for a run or hike to escape the hustle and bustle of town down Hong Kong.”
Tina transferred from our Stamford Singapore campus, as our Head of Performing Arts. Her education at Ithaca College of Music includes a Masters of Music Education and Bachelors in Music Education and Opera Performance. She has also trained in the Orff-Schulwerk, Dalcroze, and Kodaly methods and the World Music Drumming curriculum 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, and she has directed many exceptional musicals, including students across all age and ability ranges. She has taught in three IB schools, including the International School of Berne, in Switzerland, and has 23 years of teaching experience. 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 elementary and secondary learning experiences. These teachers guided me and instilled love of learning about 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."
Jennifer studied a BMus (Hons) at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in the UK and completed her Master of Music Degree at CUHK in 2016 after she moved back to Hong Kong. She has also been trained in the Kodály method by the director of the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music in Hungary and is proficient in the Dalcroze method. She has a strong musical performance background and more than eight years’ experience in teaching piano. Jennifer is committed to a high standard of musical education both in individual and group lessons. Her passion for music does not just include piano, but has also branched out to other instruments such as organ and harp where she has also achieved high levels of performance.
Jennifer says, " I’m passionate about teaching, because music has had a deep effect on my life, and I want to share this life-affirming skill with students. I look forward to guiding my students to have their own music experiences and journeys, with each of their individual and creative perspectives able to blossom along the way.”
Christine graduated from the University of California in Santa Barbara with a Bachelor degree of music and also holds a Master 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 U.S, 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 has given me a broad range of perspectives (empirical, artistic). Just like a medical doctor toward his/her patients, I feel that teacher should be an effective diagnostician of student’s interests, abilities, and prior knowledge, as well as their weak areas and to design learning opportunities that will work on their weaknesses and their strengths. Each child I work with every day is unique, and it is my job as an educator to prepare them cognitively, socially and emotionally for their lives ahead. It is particularly my passion to develop their love and joy for music and to share music with others within our communities and the world.”
Amy joined us from Stamford Singapore as our key 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. She will be performing in Hong Kong with the HK Theatre Association this year. 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. Her teaching skills have developed to include proficiency in delivering the International Baccalaureate program. She will contribute significantly to our extracurricular 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 educational journey."
Erin has taught Art within the U.S. 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 looks forward to 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."
Povis holds a Bachelor Degree of Design with major in Communication Design in Vancouver, Canada and completed a practical course for Teaching Art in Primary School at CUHK. Povis has been teaching Art in various art centers, and before becoming an Art teacher, she was a manager in the graphics department at one of the toy developing organizations in HK.
Povis says, "Picasso’s famous quote has always inspired me: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remind an artist once he grows up.” Therefore, I believe there is no untalented child in art; we need to encourage them to keep trying.
I liked art since I was a child and thanks to all my art/design teachers, I learned that art is not just a vision of beauty, it also helps us to see the beauty of our world and humanity. Learning about art is not only a reflection on how well you can draw and paint; it also requires communication, problem-solving and execution skills. Through the creative process, we train ourselves to become self-aware, observant, cogitative, and innovative. As a teacher, I would like to bring my experience to share with my students and hope they can enjoy art as much as I do."
Melissa joins Stamford with a unique background as both an active artist and educator. She holds a bachelor degree of fine arts from Colorado State University as well as a specialized license in art education for kindergarten to grade 12. She has several years of teaching experience in both public and private schools including two years teaching internationally in mainland China. She is experienced with many art mediums and currently specializes in various printmaking processes and techniques. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout Denver and the surrounding areas and is part of the permanent collections of work in various universities in the United States and the city hall in Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy.
Melissa says, “I have always loved art and the many possibilities a few art materials can hold. I believe that art is a universal language. Through art we can communicate with each other, we can understand the past and we can imagine the future. I also believe that through the art-making process students learn necessary skills that they will be able to use in all areas of their studies and for the rest of their lives. I am very passionate about visual art education and I love that I get to share my enthusiasm and love of the arts with my students.”
Caitlin is one of our highly experienced teachers from our Stamford campus in Singapore, where she held an academic leadership position in our Middle School. In this role, she has been pivotal in creating dedicated programs to support, manage and assess the progress of students requiring additional learning needs. She has also taught for a number of years in the U.S. where she wrote and implemented various school policies and curricula.
Caitlin says, "I am passionate about teaching because I love helping students become more confident, independent, and excited about learning."
Dan joins us an internationally experienced English teacher and will support students in our school who need support in developing English as the language that allows access to our curriculum. His Master’s degree is in Multidisciplinary Studies for Educators. He is particularly interested in supporting soccer, drama and school publications. He is an expert in 21st century learning models.
Dan says, "I am passionate about teaching because I love watching students make a connection between what they have learned in school with their lives outside the classroom."
Leona joins Stamford with experience teaching Mandarin across various grade levels, from Kindergarten to Grade 12, at schools in the U.S. 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 the unique chances to learn new things from a students’ perspective every day. It helps me to be a better person."
Monica is a certified American teacher in Elementary Education and English as a Second Language. She is excited to join the Stamford family with her 15 years of teaching experience in both the United States and internationally. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. For the past six years, Ms. Monica has exclusively taught English Language Learners in the Middle East and the US.
Monica says, “I believe the key to global education is language. I hope to contribute to ensuring that the children of Stamford are provided the opportunity of reaching their full potential through language development.”
Jeremy Conrad brings to Stamford 10 years of international teaching experience. He has taught in The United States of America, 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."
Growing up in the Nebraska countryside in the United States, 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 taught grade school to university students over the past several decades years. While she has taught a wide range of courses in such fields 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 teaching to 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."
Eva joins Stamford with extensive experience in teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) to students of all backgrounds, ranging from kindergarten to grade 12 learners to adult immigrants in the U.S. 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 student.
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.”
Leah joins Stamford with 10 years of international teaching experience. She has taught in the U.S., Japan, China, and Guatemala. From the U.S., Leah has a Masters 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 differentiated instruction. In her free time, Leah enjoys reading, the outdoors, cooking, traveling and spending time with her husband who is also an educator.
“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.”
Mike is our academic coordinator with 28 years of experience working in a variety of roles. He joined us from our sister school Stamford Singapore where he worked as the IB Diploma Programme coordinator and Advanced Placement program coordinator. Mike has been working abroad for 18 years, including in Singapore, northern Thailand, Bangladesh, and Uzbekistan. Some of his previous roles include activities and athletic director, IB Career-related Programme coordinator, sports management teacher and DP Business Management teacher. Mike is passionate about personalized learning and holistic curriculum development.
Mike says, "I am passionate about personalized learning and holistic curriculum development. I enjoy supporting our teachers so that they can provide the best learning opportunities for our students."
Lee joins the Stamford team with a wealth of experience in both physical education and teacher. He received his degree in Physical education from St Marys University Belfast in the U.K. and later went on to complete a P.G.C.E in primary teaching from the University of Cumbria Carlisle also in the U.K. 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 very important 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 joins the Stamford team with over 12 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 is 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 the ability 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 has a Master’s Degree in Teaching Physical Education in Elementary and Secondary Levels, a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education & Sports and QTS by UK Government. She is also a qualified swimming coach ASCA Levels 1, 2 and 3. 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, therefore 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 find it deeply rewarding to help children thrive and reach their full potential. I always 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. "
Caroline was born in South Korea, raised in New York City, and has been living in Hong Kong for 13 years. She has first-hand experience in learning English as a second language and adapting to new cultures. Caroline has taught literature and reading to international school students across the territory for the past 6 years. Prior to teaching, she worked in journalism and media.
She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and also obtained TEFL certification. Caroline is bilingual in both English and Korean. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, playing squash and spending time with her three sons.
Caroline says, “As a lifelong learner, educator, and mother, I am passionate about making learning fun for students and watching them thrive both academically and socially. My goal is to inspire students to dream and help them develop learning skills that would prepare them for the next step in their lives.”