Rachel is a passionate school leader and has been working in the field of education for the past twenty-six years providing the inspirational leadership required to build a successful school and ensure a high quality education for pupils. She completed her BEd (Hons) at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) in 1994 followed by her National Qualification for Headship (NPQH) in 2000.
Rachel is an experienced school leader; working as Headteacher in a bilingual primary school in Wales 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.
Lavender Zhong 鍾瑩瑩
Primary Teacher (Grade 1) and Chinese Teacher
Ms Lavender Zhong was born and brought up in Guangdong Province, China. She was awarded qualifications from the Education Ministry of the People’s Republic of China, allowing her to work as a Chinese as well as Japanese secondary school teacher. She 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. Furthermore, she makes the best use of her holiday time by attending a large variety of workshops and symposiums concerning child education and language pedagogy. Lavender is keen to extend her own learning and regularly attends workshops focussed on child education and language pedagogy.
At Chinese Academy, Lavander aspires to create a nurturing and joyful language environment for all her students to enable them to learn Chinese confidently.
Chloe Wei 魏露露
Primary Teacher (Grade 1)
With a passion for visual arts and game design, Ms Chloe Wei seeks to encourage creativity, out-of-the-box thinking, and innovation in her students. Chloe’s background in psychology also brings wellbeing and children’s happiness in school as an important element of her teaching, which comes through as an interdisciplinary approach and integration of continuous mindful practices alongside concepts in literacy, maths, and science.
As a lifelong learner, she is always taking on new challenges (such as learning how to skateboard and how to knit), and is excited to see what students can teach her about their own passions.
Primary Teacher (Grade 2)
Ms. Francesca Wright started her teaching career in the UK. She first worked as a teaching assistant in a secondary school for students who were in care. Here, she obtained a Level 3 special needs teaching assistant qualification. She then went onto studying counselling, coaching and mentoring and was able to directly apply her learning as a teacher in a secondary school for children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Cesca has a BA in Childhood and youth studies.
Cesca was thrilled to be given the opportunity to come to Hong Kong and work at Chinese Academy within the special needs department. She shares her knowledge and expertise with colleagues, leading regular training sessions and runs our nurture programme, supporting students with social and emotional difficulties.
Cesca is passionate about creating the best opportunities for children with special needs. She believes it is important for all children to feel safe and learn in an environment where inclusion is the forefront of any teaching and that all children should be given opportunities to develop at their own pace using inclusive practice.
Jocelyn Au 區穎怡
Primary Teacher (Grade 2)
Ms Jocelyn Au has worked in the Special Needs Education field since 2015, having graduated with a Bachelor in Psychology from the University of Nottingham and a Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education from the University of Hong Kong, as well as obtaining an Advanced certificate after completing BAT courses.
She began her career as an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapist, providing one on one training to enhance students’ communication, language, and social skills. Before joining Chinese Academy, she worked in both international mainstream and special needs schools.
With her extensive teaching experiences she has acquired an in-depth understanding and knowledge of inclusive education. She believes every child is a unique individual with different learning styles and paces. She desires to help students meet their full potential by creating a positive and caring learning environment.
Primary Teacher (Grade 3)
Ms Linda Lai was born and educated in the United Kingdom. After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in Business Computing Systems at London City University she was a systems analyst for more than 8 years. She then became a qualified teacher in Hong Kong with Chinese University. She has experience working with children who have special needs and has been teaching in an international environment for more than 8 years. She is extremely excited to be part of the Chinese Academy team and is dedicated to guiding each student to their fullest potential and to explore the joys of learning.
Jack Tse 謝傑山
Primary Teacher (Grade 3) and Chinese Teacher
Mr. Jack was born and brought up in Hong Kong. He graduated from The University of Hong Kong and studied Master of Speech Therapy in Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Before joining Chinese Academy, he was a Mandarin teacher in IB international school in Cambodia for one and a half years. Jack was chairperson of student union during high school years and chairperson for student club during college. Jack is a lover for Chinese history and philosophy. At Chinese Academy he specializes in early primary Chinese learning and he loves seeing children actively take part in lessons.
Primary Teacher (Grade 4) and Sports Teacher
Miss Jessie Chan was born and raised in Hong Kong. After graduating from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with Degrees in Master and Bachelor of Education, she further enhanced her pedagogies by obtaining TEFL Certification from University of Toronto. She worked in international schools in Shenzhen and Hong Kong before joining Chinese Academy, making her teaching experiences diversified. Deeply passionate about sports, she received the ‘Most Valuable Player Award (Cross Country)’ and ‘Outstanding Athlete Award’ in the university. Meanwhile, she’s also proficient in Chinese music, and had been actively performing in Hong Kong and around the world with amateur orchestras in her study years. With her own experiences and beliefs, she aims at nurturing all-round development of students, to unleash and demonstrate their multi-potentials.
Primary Teacher (Grade 5)/ STEM/ Mathematics Coordinator
Mr. Benson Lee joins Chinese Academy with 8 years of teaching experience in Hong Kong. He received his Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Hong Kong, the PGDE from Baptist University in Hong Kong, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science from City University of New York, USA. He is pursuing the Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education in the University of Hong Kong.
Having served as the STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Education coordinator in a private school using a Singaporean based Mathematics curriculum, he has many years of experience in teaching and planning Mathematics curriculum catering for both local Hong Kong and international learners aging from 5 to 12.
Benson is passionate about contributing to children’s learning and well-being by encouraging inquiry, stimulating innovation and creativity and promoting collaborative learning environments for students of different backgrounds and abilities.
Originally from Hong Kong, Benson is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English.
Amanda Choi 蔡曼丹
Primary Teacher (Grade 5) / Chinese Coordinator
蔡老師出生於中國廣東省，於中學時期定居香港。她畢業於香港城市大學，並於香港大學獲得學位教師 教育文憑以及對外漢語教育碩士學位，成為香港的註冊教師及IB國際文憑組織的認證教師。蔡老師在香 港私立學校及國際學校施教近十年。她認為學習任重而道遠，作為一名教師，因材施教之餘，在課堂上 營造愉快的學習氣氛是極為重要的。這樣不但能建立師生間的良好關係，更能提高學生的學習動機，以 達至學生主導學習的效果，讓學習事半功倍。空閒時，蔡老師喜歡跟家人、朋友到郊外走走，也很享受在 黃昏時段去海邊慢跑和欣賞日落。蔡老師很榮幸能加入晉德學校，期待未來與晉德大家庭的成員們一同 發展及成長。
Ms Amanda Choi was born in the Guangdong province in China and moved to Hong Kong when she was a teenager. She 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.
She believes that, as a teacher, it is important to create an enjoyable learning atmosphere in class whilst teaching students of different abilities, in order to establish a good relationship between teacher and student. An enjoyable atmosphere also achieves successful student-led learning and enhances students motivations.
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. She is honoured to be a part of Chinese Academy and looks forward to developing and growing with the Chinese Academy family.
Mr. Daniel Kam was born and brought up in the United Kingdom, being educated in both London and Hong Kong. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from City University London, moving on to graduate from The University of Hong Kong with a Master’s of Philosophy Degree in Music. He also holds a PGCE from Sunderland University. He moved to Hong Kong many years ago, and continued to explore various musical cultures, namely Chinese, Japanese, and Indonesian gamelan music. Daniel enjoys traveling abroad, playing guitar, hiking, practising martial arts, and playing football in his free time. He strives to cultivate a passion for teaching and learning at Chinese Academy.
Visual Arts Teacher / Marketing
Ms Katie Dowson is a born and bred Hong Konger, who attended both primary and secondary school in Hong Kong before moving abroad to London for university. She was awarded with a BA degree in Fine Art Photography from The University of The Arts London. She joined the Chinese Academy team in 2018, and finds it astounding to watch what students can create when they put their creativity to the test. She is excited to work with the ever growing team at Chinese Academy. Alongside teaching, she continues to work as a freelance illustrator and writer.
Special Needs Teacher
Mr Zach Lancaster-Adlam comes from a small village in the U.K. He first discovered his passion for working with children with special needs during his gap year in Australia when supporting a child in a school setting and he saw 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. Zach is passionate about making sure that every child feels included within school and that children reach their full potential through receiving appropriate teaching and support.
In his spare time, Zach enjoys playing football and cricket, he loves to go hiking and explore the amazing opportunities we have here in Hong Kong.
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