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
Primary Teacher (Grade 1) 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.
Kay Wu 吳瑕
Primary Teacher (Grade 2)
Kay has a lovely gentle manner and creates a bilingual, student-centred classroom that encourages inquiry, creativity, empathy and independence.
Before joining Chinese Academy, Kay served as a homeroom teacher in an international school in Hong Kong for four years adopting the Montessori pedagogy to students with diverse backgrounds and language proficiencies. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in English at Beijing Language and Culture University, she pursued further studies, finished Master of Arts in Language Studies in City University of Hong Kong, did her teacher training PGDE at the Education University of Hong Kong, and attained Master of Education in Chinese teaching from the University of Hong Kong. She has taught in a wide range of schools in Hong Kong over the past 10 years.
As a firm believer in positive values and life-long learning, she attends a variety of educational workshops in her spare time to sharpen her teaching skills and she is currently studying the IB PYP Certificate in Teaching and Learning programme from University of Windsor.
Primary Teacher (Grade 3)
Debbie is a maths whizz and enjoys challenging the children in her class to develop their thinking and problem solving skills. Her approach to learning is holistic, promoting the development of values, social and emotional well-being and character development. She creates a bilingual culture of care and mutual respect in her classroom, where students learn to appreciate diversity. She aspires to bring out the best in each of her students so that they are empowered to live life to the fullest, participate activity and contribute to our positivity globalized world.
Debbie was born and raised in Singapore. She graduated from National Institute of Education (NIE) in Singapore, with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and holds a diploma in Early Childhood Education. She has worked as a local primary school teacher in Singapore from 2011-2015 before moving to Hong Kong, where she was teaching primary Maths and Science to international students.
Primary Teacher (Grade 4)
Therese creates a wonderful, inclusive class community that promotes student voice and confidence.
Passionate about promoting students’ life-long learning, she provides opportunities for ‘Enquiry’, developing creativity, collaboration and problem solving skills.
Therese was born in the Philippines, and raised in Hong Kong where she received an international education in primary and secondary. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Arts at the University of Hong Kong and obtained her PGCE from the University of Sunderland. She started her career in education as a teaching assistant and a librarian in an international school.
In her spare time, Therese is very creative. She enjoys reading novels, creative writing and producing works of art.
Primary Teacher (Grade 5 / 6)
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.
Amanda Choi 蔡曼丹
Primary Teacher / Chinese Coordinator
Amanda creates wonderful close relationships with her students based on mutual respect. She empowers a growth mindset and encourages children to believe in themselves and take responsibility for their learning.
Born in the Guangdong province in China but having moved to Hong Kong as a teenager, Amanda received her bachelor’s degree from the City University of Hong Kong, as well as her PGDE and Masters degree in teaching Chinese as a second language from the University of Hong Kong. She is a qualified registered teacher in Hong Kong and has been certified to teach IBO. Amanda has taught in both private and international schools for nearly a decade.
In her free time, Amanda enjoys going for walks in the countryside with her family and friends, as well as jogging along the beach and watching sunsets at dusk.
Special Needs Teacher
Cesca is passionate about providing the best opportunities for children with additional learning needs. She creates a safe and inclusive learning environment throughout the school to ensure that all children’s needs are met and they are given opportunities to develop at their own pace; being challenged and supported as needed.
Cesca started her teaching career in the UK. She has a BA in Childhood and youth studies and has studied counselling, coaching and mentoring. She has worked in a range of Primary and Secondary schools in the UK, supporting children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Cesca shares her knowledge and expertise with colleagues, leading regular training sessions and runs our nurture programme, assisting students needing social and emotional support.
Special Needs Teacher
Zach has the amazing ability to be in more than one place at once! He promotes an active, healthy lifestyle for the children at Chinese Academy through a range of ‘in school’ sports and extra curricular activities. Zach has an inclusive approach to all lessons, ensuring children reach their full potential through appropriate teaching, support and encouragement.
Originally from the U.K., Zach first discovered his passion for working with children with special needs during his gap year in Australia and experienced the real power of teacher-student connection. After returning to the U.K., Zach worked in schools focussed on Social Emotional and Mental Health as a specialist teaching assistant and sports teacher. As Head of Behaviour Management at Unity Academy, Cambridge, Zach was responsible for supporting and assisting pupils in managing their behaviour and in achieving their social and behavioural targets both in and outside the classroom.
Zach has a level 3 qualification in special needs and a degree in Childhood and Youth studies.
In his spare time, Zach enjoys playing football and cricket, he loves to go hiking and explore the amazing opportunities here in Hong Kong.
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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