Rachel strongly believes Chinese Academy is the happiest school she has ever worked in. The staff team works well together to create a supportive community, which nurtures each and every individual child.
Rachel is an experienced school leader, working as Headteacher in a bilingual primary school in the UK for eleven years and as Vice Principal and then Principal at Discovery Mind Primary School in Hong Kong for seven years. She has a proven track record of successfully enabling teachers and students to excel within and beyond the classroom. More recently Rachel has been working as an Educational Consultant, supporting new schools in their startup in Hong Kong, building learning communities that value and celebrate personal excellence and diversity.
Rachel has the vision, drive and adaptability necessary to create, lead and manage an inclusive, global, learning community. She is delighted to be leading Chinese Academy through its next stage of growth and development, and is committed to empowering each member to achieve their very best.
When not at school Rachel is a very keen rower, taking part in local and international races. Keeping healthy and fit in mind and body is very important to her.
Lavender Zhong 鍾瑩瑩
Bilingual Teacher (Upper school) and Chinese Teacher
Lavender creates a nurturing and happy language environment for all her students. Her positive energy and constant encouragement creates a secure class setting which enables each child to learn confidently.
Lavender was born and brought up in Guangdong Province, China. She first taught in China and more recently has become a registered teacher in HK after graduating from the PGDE Programme of The University of Hong Kong. She also has an IB PYP Certificate in Teaching and Learning. Lavender is committed to developing her own learning and regularly attends workshops focussed on child education and language pedagogy.
Primary Teacher Upper Class
Mark is committed to enriching student engagement and creativity through the immersive application of literature. It is his belief that student success can be greatly improved by providing access to the wonderful world of books and his stimulating classroom and creative approach to learning reflects this.
Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Mark moved to Hong Kong after completing a Master’s degree in Music from the University of Bristol. He has been awarded an IPGCE through the University of East London and has been working as a Key Stage 2 Primary Teacher for the past 2 years.
When not in the classroom, Mark loves exploring Hong Kong through a range of hiking, rock climbing and sailing activities. As such, he is eager to involve all families of Chinese Academy in experiencing the wonders of the outdoors through collaborative events.
Primary Teacher Lower Class
Marlize is passionate about supporting individual needs. She creates a classroom environment of warmth and inclusion and seeks to develop the confidence of each individual child.
Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Marlize has lived in Hong Kong for 5 years. She brings with her a wealth of education experience, particularly working with students with additional learning needs.
Marlize’s classroom is fun, student centred and has a lively buzz of purposeful activity.
When Marlize is not in the classroom, she enjoys travelling and spending time with friends and family.
Bilingual Teacher (Lower school) and Chinese Teacher
Wendy is a holistic teacher whose teaching philosophy is to encourage students to become independent, open-minded and inclusive lifelong learners.Wendy is from Chengdu. She graduated from the Hong Kong Education University and has an IB PYP Educator Certificate from the University of Windsor. She has eight years of primary education experience, including five years teaching in Hong Kong, and loves reading, swimming and traveling. She enjoys the happy and diverse campus culture of Chinese Academy and is committed to building nurturing relationships with students.
Ms Katherine is our amazing administrator. She is always available to answer any queries via telephone or email and works hard to keep our school operating smoothly without any issues. When not in school, Katherine is actively involved in supporting youth groups in her church and has a secret weakness for ice cream!!!
Mr Sam is our wonderful security guard. Always ready to greet each visitor to CAPS with a warm welcome and a genuine smile. He enjoys checking in with the children each morning and chatting to parents and helpers at drop off and pick up time. We are very fortunate to have Sam keeping us safe!
Mr Ken is our Janitor and works tirelessly to keep our school safe and attractive for our learning.
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