Jane has been working in the field of education for the past twenty-eight years completing her first degree a BEd ( Hons) at The College of Ripon & York St.John ( Leeds University) in 1992 , followed by her Masters at Cambridge University in 2002 in Curriculum Design. She has also completed her National Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and is a member of The British Psychological Society holding the Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing and Assessment (CCET).
Her teaching career began as a Primary teacher at Kimbolton School , a private school in Cambridgeshire , England.
In 1995 Jane established and ran a 68 place Kindergaten in the U.K. which focussed on the development of a holistic “child-centred ‘ learning approach . She then worked for three years as an HMI Section 10 inspector for the U.K. government inspecting Early Years provision alongside working as an Early Years Advisor to Bedfordshire County Council and Tutor at Huntingdon Regional College in education.
In 2002 Jane was appointed to The Senior Leadership Team of Pilgrims School in Bedford to oversee the development of Little Pilgrims a 120 place Kindergarten and Nursery for children between the ages of 6 months to 3 years and a sixty place Foundation Stage ages 5-6 years.
Jane was subsequently appointed as Head of School at Great Houghton in Northamptonshire a Co-Educational Private School for children between the ages of 5-16 years where she also established a 100 place Nursery School for children from 6 months to 4 years of age. Great Houghton worked as a teaching school alongside both Northampton and Buckingham Universities where Jane assisted as a tutor and mentor for the Child and Youth Studies Degree and Bachelor of Education.
Over the past four years Jane has held two positions at therapeutically informed schools , as Head of Education for Oracle Care and Education where she established two schools for young people whom have faced significant trauma in their lives aged 11-18 years and her last position as Head of TBAP Unity Special Academy in Cambridgeshire a specialist provision for young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs. During this post Jane acted as a consultant for the building of a new Special School in Cambridgeshire and also to ACES Academy Trust to improve SEND provision across both Primary and Secondary phases with 1800 students.
Betty Fang 方慧儒
Vice Principal and Primary Teacher (Year 2)
Ms Betty Fang is a native New Yorker, who has made Hong Kong her home for the past two decades. She received a bachelor’s degree from The State University of New York and a Master’s Degree in Education from Columbia University, both whilst living in the United States. She has taught in both local and international schools in Hong Kong, from kindergarten to secondary school. Betty believes in nurturing and developing the whole child, focusing not only on skills and knowledge, but also on actions and attitudes. She feels that it is vital to cultivate a passion for learning within students, as it will motivate them to pursue lifelong learning. In class, Betty encourages students to explore, investigate and inquire about their learning. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting new countries and spending time with her family. She is excited to work with students at Chinese Academy.
Amanda Choi 蔡曼丹
Primary Teacher (Year 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.
Primary Teacher (Year 5)/ STEM/ Mathematics Coordinator
Mr. Benson Lee joins Chinese Academy with 8 years of teaching experience in Hong Kong, among which 4 years of experience focusing on international curriculum teaching. 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 which has been demonstrated in his persistent charity work including acting as mentor to young children, Sunday School Teacher at an international church, and volunteering to serve an orphanage in Shijiazhuang, China.
Benson is originally from Hong Kong and can speak fluent Cantonese, Mandarin and English.
Lavender Zhong 鍾瑩瑩
Primary Teacher (Year 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. Her relentless efforts have eventually paid off as she acquired many certificates, and recently she obtained the certificate of completion of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL) issued by Teachers College, Columbia University and Beijing Language and Culture University jointly, to name one of them. As a bilingual speaker of Cantonese and Putonghua, who majored in Japanese Language and Literature during her undergraduate years at university located in Beijing, Lavender was granted full financial support from the Japanese Government to study in Tokyo, Japan for one year. She has immense interest in interdisciplinary studies and Inter-Asia Cultural Studies and pursued a Master’s Degree in Social Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She truly believes in the power of multi-lingual education and sincerely looks forward to achieving her education aspiration by practicing the principles of lifelong learning with the students at Chinese Academy.
Primary Teacher (Year 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 (Year 3)
Ms Linda Lai was born and educated from 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 under an international environment for more than 8 years. She is extremely excited in joining 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 (Year 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 south east Asia for 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.
Chloe Wei 魏露露
Primary Teacher (Year 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 always excited to see what students can teach her about their own passions.
Jocelyn Au 區穎怡
Primary Teacher (Year 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 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.
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.
English Teaching Assistant / SEND
Francesca has worked as a teaching assistant in the UK previously for four years. She holds a level 3 qualification in special needs and also her Higher Diploma in Child and Youth Studies. She specialises in learning support and running Nurture Groups for young people with ASD. She is passionate about supporting young people in education and helping them to develop their full potential.
English Teaching Assistant / SEND
Zachary comes from the UK , following a gap year in Australia as a teaching assistant, he studied his Higher Diploma in Child and Youth Studies in the UK. He has worked for four years as a specialist teaching assistant in the UK and specialises in behaviour support management and teaching sport.
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