Susan Ward

Principal

Bachelor of Arts, RMIT, Australia

PGDE Early Childhood Education, Hong Kong University, HK

Postgraduate Diploma in Management and HR, Victoria University, Australia

15+ Years Experiences in Early Childhood Education

Susan is from Australia and has been living and working in Hong Kong for 15+ years now. She holds a post graduate qualification in leadership and management, with 15+ years of experiences working as manager and coordinator for international kindergartens. She is a strong advocate of inquiry-based learning, with a passion for Reggio inspired environments. She loves teaching children, as well as leading our team of passionate educators.

Jessica Ye Trainor

Supervisor

NAMC Montessori Teaching Diploma (Early Childhood 3-6 Yrs)

Master of Science in Computer Science & Mathematics - New York University, USA

6 Years of Curriculum Research & Development, Teacher Training Experiences; 15 Years of Research and Banking Experiences

Emiko Stewart

Early Years Educator (English)

PGDE Early Childhood Education, University of Sunderland, UK

Bachelor of Arts, University of California, US

14+ Years' Experience in Early Childhood Education

As an educator, Emiko aims to create a classroom atmosphere where students can meet their full potential in a safe and encouraging space. She has recently completed her PGCE and is currently studying a Certificate 3 to be a Forest School Leader. Emiko is passionate about the development of each individual child. The learning space must be inviting for the individual child to take risks, explore and share their ideas.

Becky Tao

Early Years Educator (English)

Bachelor of Arts, Edith Cowan University, Australia

Diploma of Children Services, Sterling Business College, Australia

9+ Years' Experience in Early Childhood Education

Becky grew up in Perth, Western Australia where she has obtained her early childhood qualification and training. She has been teaching in the kindergarten sector for the past 9 years in both Australia and Hong Kong. This experience gives her a solid understanding of both the overseas and Hong Kong schooling systems.

Sarah Lan

Chinese Curriculum Coordinator Early Years Educator (Mandarin)

PGDE Early Childhood Education, The University of Hong Kong, HK

Master of Education Majoring in English, The University of Hong Kong, HK

Bachelor of Education Majoring in English Literature and Education, Central China Normal University, Mainland China

7+ Years' Experience in Early Childhood Education

Sarah is from Jiangxi province in China. She attained her Bachelor of Education – English Literature at the Central China Normal University. Gaining her master’s in education from the University of Hong Kong, Sarah is passionate about teaching, learning and languages. She a lifelong learner and is currently completing her PGDE in Early Childhood Education.

Ciara Saavedra

Early Years Educator (English)

Bachelor of Arts, Clemson University, US

3+ Years' Experience in Early Childhood Education

Ciara is from the United States where she grew up in New Jersey and then moved to South Carolina. After high school, she stayed in South Carolina and attended Clemson University where she majored in English and minored in Political Science. Whilst at College, Ciara was involved in Clemson’s largest philanthropic organization on campus and quickly learned she has a passion for working with children, aiming to provide them with a bright future.

Hattie Xu

Early Years Education (Mandarin)

PGDE Early Childhood Education, University of Hong Kong

Master of Science, University College London, UK

Bachelor of Science, University of Bath, UK

2+ Years Experience in Early Childhood Education

8+ Years Experience in Finance and Research

Hattie completed her secondary and University studies in the UK. Volunteering to teach AS/A2 Mathematics to students with special needs in London helped sow a seed in her heart to work with children and is currently studying her PGDE in Early Childhood Education at the University of Hong Kong. Hattie is a strong advocate of inquiry and play-based learning. She believes that intrinsic motivation is crucial as it drives the children forward to explore and discover their interests and passions, instilling a lifelong love of learning. She particularly enjoys helping children to discover their individuality and giving them the confidence to try new things.

Zerlina BAI

Early Years Educator (Mandarin)

PGDE Early Childhood Education, The Education University of Hong Kong, HK

Master of Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, HK

Bachelor of Arts, Communication University of China, Mainland China

6+ Years Experience in Early Childhood Education

Zerlina is from Nanjing, where she completed her undergraduate studies. She then moved to Hong Kong, finishing her postgraduate studies at the Hong Kong Baptist University and her diploma in Early Childhood Education University of Hong Kong. After graduation, she worked at the Hong Kong International Kindergarten as a Mandarin class teacher. She believes that every child is unique and has their own way of expressing themselves, and enjoys providing every child with the opportunity to develop their full potential as an individual. She is prepared to be the guiding light in each child’s journey, helping them to explore their interests and reach their fullest potential.

April Shang

Early Years Educator (Mandarin)

PGDE Early Childhood Education, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hk

Master of Arts, The Education University of Hong Kong, HK

Bachelor of Arts, Jilin University, Mainland China

8+ Years' Experience in Early Childhood Education

April is from Harbin, China but has been working in HK kindergartens for many years. April thinks that every child is unique and has a lot of potential. She firmly believes that as teachers, we should always encourage children to be the best they can be. She believes that children enter the classroom with countless questions to be answered and it is the teacher’s job to create a stimulating environment where the students can grow physically and mentally. It is her desire to build this type of atmosphere where children can meet their full potential and explore their curiosity.