Katie is originally from Buffalo, New York. She has a Master’s degree from Duquesne University in ESL, and Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She brings enthusiasm and excitement with her experience student teaching in Ireland and in multiple schools throughout Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Katie is passionate about collaborative learning and building a strong core of knowledge.
“I’m very excited to move to Hong Kong, to learn a new culture, and to join the Stamford school community! I am motivated each and every day by the teachers and students around me. I had a very enthusiastic and creative teacher in third grade that inspired me to become a teacher myself. She made learning hands-on and applicable to everyday life. I hope to do the same with my own students at Stamford.”
Rachel Goss joins the Stamford team with a wealth of knowledge in working with English as and additional language learners (EAL). She received her BA from Indiana University in the USA and her MA from Heidelberg University in Germany. In addition to earning her TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification, Rachel became a Teach for America corps member, where she got her licensed teacher certification specifically focused on teaching English as an addtitional language. After 2 years of teaching in Nashville, Tennessee, she moved to Beijing, China, where she taught Mandarin speaking students from first to sixth grade. She also has experience with leading school-wide charity events, primary school cultural events, soccer club, and environment club.
“I’ve always been curious and passionate about learning new information by exploring the world around me. I make it my goal as a teacher to create that 'spark' for curiosity and questioning in order to help foster lifelong learners.”
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 Masters of Arts in Teaching from Hamline University in addition to a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations from Augsburg University. Jeremy has experience both as a classroom teacher and as a learning support specialist. As a learning support specialist Jeremy utilizes small group instruction to help students achieve success in the areas of literacy and mathematics in their second language.
"I believe that all students can learn at a high level, some just need 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."
Carmen joins our Stamford team with 7 years of public high school teaching experience in the U.S. in addition to a year teaching English in Taipei, Taiwan. She received her Master's Degree in Secondary Education in Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor's Degree in Math and Chinese. Although she was born in the states, she found it important to keep up her Cantonese and Mandarin and finds learning languages fascinating. During the year she was living in Taiwan, she travelled to over 10 different countries to compete in ultimate frisbee tournaments and explore. She loves culture and has always dreamed of continuing her travels and teaching abroad, never ceasing to learn and discover new things.
"Some of the most impactful role models in my life have been teachers. So, I hope to help and inspire my students in the same way as I was inspired."
Flora joins 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.
“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.”
Helene is originally from Montreal, Canada, where she completed a Bachelor of Education in Kindergarten and Elementary Education and a Masters of Education in Educational Psychology at McGill University. She was a French Immersion Kindergarten Teacher in Victoria, Canada for one year before moving to Hong Kong in 2016. She taught two years in a Preschool, where she learned more about the Reggio-Emilia philosophy and inquiry-based learning. Helene played competitive basketball in Canada for many years, and now plays high-level netball in Hong Kong. As a child, she lived 6 years abroad in Morocco, Uruguay and Mexico, where she attended American international schools.
"My passion for education stems from the opportunity of contributing to the holistic development of children and observing as they grow into inquisitive, independent and creative individuals. I am excited about teaching at Stamford American School next school year and I am very much inspired by its culture of excellence, and sense of belonging and community."
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 from young children to adults with diverse backgrounds; and organizing cultural events and activities in different communities. She is passionate about working with children, and love to see their changes and improvements, which inspires her to devote to their learning and growth.
"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."
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.”
Elizabeth joins Stamford with three years of teaching experience in grades 1, 2, and 3. She recently completed her Master of Education in elementary education from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. Additionally, Elizabeth holds a license to teach English Language learners. Elizabeth has taught in both private and public schools in San Francisco and Nashville.
"I am passionate creating communities and safe spaces where all students will have the opportunity to take risks and succeed. By integrating social emotional learning into the curriculum and into all classroom activities, I can foster an accepting and open community where students can flourish academically, socially, and emotionally."
Eva joins Stamford with extensive experience in teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) to students of all backgrounds, ranging from k-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.
"I have always been fascinated by the power of language and education. My cultural exchange experience at University of Warwick, a liberal arts college in Maine, and University of Pennsylvania has 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.”
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.
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 encourage students to learn and have fun at the same time.
" 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 a 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. "
Trishna has been living in Hong Kong for 12 years with three years teaching experience at international schools in Hong Kong. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Education at the University of Nottingham, and is currently doing her Masters in Science in Digital Age Learning at Johns Hopkins University. Trishna initiated a “Childs Right to Education” programme, where she supports over 10 childrens education in India.
"Growing up in Nigeria and then moving to Hong Kong, I observed the inequality in education. This motivated me to pursue this as a career, with the intention to ensure that every child has the opportunity to receive a quality education. Having been exposed to several different cultures, I believe in the importance of embracing diversity and being compassionate and open-minded towards uniqueness and identity."
Rayne joins Stamford with experience teaching in an IB World school in Mainland China for five years. She specializes in inquiry-based program, guided reading program and Mandarin teaching across various grade levels. Having recently completed her Master program of Arts in Applied Linguistics in University of Hong Kong, 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.
“I’m passionate about language teaching and education. At the start of my second language learning journey, I experienced great frustration. However, a sudden enlightment just occurred to me after one semester’s learning. The trigger point was that I learnt one strategy which magically connects my cognitive network. The magic does not lie in that strategy itself, but in the fact that it suits me. Learning is incremental, however, important strategies which fit the individual learner matter greatly. What propels me along as a teacher and educator is my belief in finding the suitable teaching strategies to help everyone of my students learn and grow.”
June Chen has worked as an English teacher in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Houston, Texas(USA). Since returning to Hong Kong in 2009, she has been teaching Chinese in various international schools. June holds a Bachelor's of Education Degree. Besides teaching, June has also worked as an editor as well as author for Oxford University Press.
"To empower lives through teaching is a privilege I have enjoyed over the past 20 years. I view it a life-long lesson to be humble in front of my students, to learn with them whilst teaching them. I believe positive relationships are crucial to successful teaching and motivating students. My experience as an editor has trained me to be attentive to details and accuracy. Book-writing projects have taught me to be persistent and patient. Being multilingual and raising multilingual children have widened my outlook and given me many positive intercultural experiences, and in turn I look forward to preparing my students for effective global citizenship and the wonderful opportunities that will come their way."
Megan joins Stamford with experience teaching at an Elementary School in the United States. Originally from England, Megan moved to America during her teenage years. She has both a Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Studies and a Master’s of Education from George Mason University. Megan is passionate about student-centered, inquiry-based instructional methods, building a strong community and integrating hands-on experiences into her lessons. She is trained in Apple Education, Project Based Learning, Dyslexia Awareness and the Lucy Calkins Literacy program. In addition to teaching, Megan enjoys traveling, yoga and spending time with her friends and family.
“Teaching internationally has always been a big dream of mine, so I am beyond excited to be joining the Stamford community. Teaching brings me joy because I love being able to witness the progress that students make from the beginning of the school year to the end. I understand the challenges that students face entering a new culture, school environment or even just a new classroom; therefore, I strive to build a strong community to ensure that students feel comfortable and safe at school. I cannot wait to see what this year will bring and all the fun that we will have together at Stamford!”
Jim has been teaching for 10 years, 6 of which have been in Hong Kong. He holds a Bachelor of Education degree and a Masters in Psychology. He comes from Northern Ireland and first started learning Chinese as an exchange during his teacher training.
“I find it fascinating how each child is so unique, not only in how they learn, but also how they develop their personalities and discover what they are passionate about. All these factors influence my teaching and I find that I can learn a lot from my students by finding out how they experience the world.”
Aidan joins Stamford after gaining international teaching experience in the UK, Tanzania, the United States, and Spain. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education and he was awarded a scholarship to study in the USA through the British Council due to academic excellence in his home university. In his latest role Aidan acted as an English Literature and Business Management teacher in Madrid, Spain. Aidan stresses diversity, mutual understanding, and active learning in his lessons to promote a positive learning environment for all learners.
In addition to his formal teaching experience, Aidan has worked alongside one of the USA's leading financial literacy teacher training programmes, "The National Institute of Financial and Economic Literacy." This formed one of Aidan's passions as an educator; to teach and educate students about effective personal finance management and informed consumerism.