Rachel strongly believes Chinese Academy is the happiest school she has ever worked in. The staff team works so 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在中國廣東省出生和長大。她最初在中國任教，最近從香港大學 PGDE 課程畢業後，成為香港註冊教師。她還擁有 IB PYP 教學和學習證書。 Lavender 致力學習提升自己，並定期參加以兒童教育和語言教學法為重點的研討會。
Kay Wu 吳瑕
Primary Teacher (Grade 2)
作為一位熱衷於正向價值觀和終身學習的堅信者，她在業餘時間參加各種教育研討會以提高她的教學技能，目前她正在攻讀溫莎大學的 IB PYP 教學和學習課程證書。
Primary Teacher (Grade 3)
Debbie 在新加坡出生和長大。她畢業於新加坡國立教育學院 (NIE)，獲得教育文學學士學位，並持有幼兒教育文憑。她於 2011 年至 2015 年在新加坡擔任當地小學教師，然後移居香港，在來香港前，在新加坡曾教授過國際小學生的數學和科學。
Primary Teacher (Grade 4)
Therese creates a wonderful, inclusive class community that promotes student voice and confidence.
Passionate about promoting student’s life-long learning, she provides opportunities for ‘Enquiry’ developing creativity, collaboration and problem solving skills.
Therese was born in the Philippines, She was 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 creating art.
Primary Teacher (Grade 5 / 6)
Mark’s 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, Mr. Mark O’Donoghue 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
曼丹 出生於中國廣東省，十幾歲時移居香港，獲得香港城市大學學士學位，以及香港大學中文作為第二語言教學的 PGDE 和碩士學位。她是一名合資格的香港註冊教師，並已獲得IBO教學資格。曼丹分別在私立學校和國際學校任教近十年。
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, supporting 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 experiencing 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.
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