Staff Profiles

We have an incredible team of faculty members at Canadian International School of Hong Kong. Our staff are passionate about inspiring academic and personal growth in students by encouraging inquiry, and stimulating creativity and innovation. Our faculty come to us from around the world and are experienced in teaching the International Baccalaureate and Ontario Secondary School Curriculums. Take a moment to learn more about our amazing team of educators by clicking on their images below.

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Pre Reception

Reception

Preparatory

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

  • Andrea Uhlir
    Grade 5A Teacher

    Andrea Uhlir

    Grade 5A Teacher

    Andrea Uhlir is from Ohio, USA, living and teaching internationally since 2000. After five years in London, her family joined the CDNIS community in 2005. She holds a BA Urban Planning (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Science in Education (Literacy, Summa Cum Laude) from the University of New England, as well as TESOL Certification from Oxford Trinity. She joined the CDNIS faculty in 2011, teaching across various grade levels from 2-6. Andrea is dedicated to leveraging individual excellence, curiosity and creativity, serving as Learning Leader for the Lower School Learning Services Team. She is the proud parent of two alumni (2013 & 2017).

  • Laura Liguori
    Grade 5B Teacher

    Laura Liguori

    Grade 5B Teacher

    Laura Liguori hails from the United States and Cyprus. She has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, a Master of Science from Cornell University, a Master of Education, a PGCE, and a CELTA. She has over ten years experience as a Primary Classroom Teacher, Learning Enhanced Technology Manager, Literacy Specialist and she also taught ESL at the start of her teaching career. Prior to joining CDNIS, Laura taught at two world-class schools in Bangkok and Cairo, Egypt. Laura believes in inspiring her students by creating an engaging, supportive and warm learning environment where they can thrive in all aspects of their school life. Laura speaks three languages, English, Spanish and French. She enjoys travel, world politics and cooking.

  • Robert Minor
    Grade Leader/Grade 5C Teacher

    Robert Minor

    Grade Leader/Grade 5C Teacher

    Robert Minor is a Canadian and the Grade 5 Team Leader. He holds a Hons BA in History from Western University, a Diploma in Education from McGill University and a Masters of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies from Buffalo State University. He has spent his entire teaching career in Asia, with the last 20 years being at CDNIS where he has taught from Grades 3-6. A passionate educator, he is always looking for innovative ways to engage young learners and prepare them for life-long learning in a rapidly changing world. Robert is a self-taught designer, builder and handyman who is very keen to help develop young innovators, problem solvers, designers and makers who are ready to change the world. His interests outside the classroom include building things, renovating flats, hiking, fitness, and travelling.

  • Christine Miller
    Grade 5D Teacher

    Christine Miller

    Grade 5D Teacher

    Christine Miller is originally from New Zealand and has been teaching since 1996, having graduated University with both a B.Ed. and a Diploma in Teaching. She is a qualified teacher in New Zealand, England and Hong Kong having worked as a classroom teacher in New Zealand until 2001 and then in London until 2011 when she moved to Hong Kong. She is currently working towards obtaining her Masters of Science and Technology and is passionate about providing a supportive, safe and stimulating environment that encourages children’s learning and provides opportunities for all children to experience success. When not working, Christine enjoys spending time with her family here in Hong Kong, the UK and New Zealand.

  • Roel Roberts
    Grade 5E Teacher

    Roel Roberts

    Grade 5E Teacher

    Roel Roberts is from Toronto, Canada and has travelled the majority of Asia over the past few years. He is currently working towards obtaining a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management. Roel enjoys teaching and believes education is the key to building and preserving a better future. Teaching grade 5 and having experience working with elementary and high school students alike, has granted Roel a unique insight with his teaching style in a variety of ways. Enjoying extracurricular activities such as basketball, football, volleyball and weight training along with coaching U14 Boys basketball as well. When coaching, Roel is not only working on development of basketball skills but development of life skills. Teaching students how to work as a team, which leads to collaboration. Working on developing social skills and building independent learners along the way. As an educator these skills are pertinent to Roel's philosophy of education; being the key to building and preserving a better future.

  • Shaila Lambert
    Grade 5 Educational Assistant

    Shaila Lambert

    Grade 5 Educational Assistant

    Shaila Lambert has lived in Hong Kong on-and-off since 1995, spending some years back in England when her children were schooling there. Ms. Lambert was born in Uganda, and raised and educated in the UK. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and then transferred to finance. Although her background is in finance, whilst raising her children she became involved with various schools and community groups, holding a range of different positions. Ms. Lambert has always being interested in education and her experience with children has evolved through being involved in a range of activities, including setting up a mother and toddler activity group, coaching mini-hockey and football, volunteering with the Scouts and acting as Governor to a primary school. In her spare time, Ms. Lambert enjoys yoga, hiking, tennis, hockey, reading and, of course, Dragon Boat Racing with the CDNIS team!

Grade 6

Chinese Studies

Guidance

  • Shelly Chutke
    Pre Reception to Grade 2 Guidance Counsellor

    Shelly Chutke

    Pre Reception to Grade 2 Guidance Counsellor

    Shelly Chutke is from India and lives with her husband and one daughter who is a student at CDNIS. She has worked with children with special needs, counselling and helping people learn about mindfulness and meditation techniques for more than 10 years. Shelly’s background is in Psychology and she holds a BA in Social Sciences from University of Delhi, India and Master’s degree in Counselling from Monash University, Australia. She has further training in Parent Coaching, Anxiety and Depression Counselling and Emotional Literacy. As a counsellor, her aim is to facilitate the learning and well-being of her students and empowering them with life skills. Shelly enjoys travelling and meeting new people. ‘Being Mindful’ is her mantra!

  • Lora Lee
    Grade 3 to 6 Guidance Counsellor

    Lora Lee

    Grade 3 to 6 Guidance Counsellor

    Lora Lee holds a BA in Psychology from York University, Canada. After graduating, she worked in Hong Kong before moving to London where she earned her MSc in Developmental Psychology from The Anna Freud Centre, in conjunction with UCL, UK. After working in private practice for a number of years, she further expanded her therapeutic repertoire by completing her MA in Play Therapy from Roehampton University, UK. She is a registered child psychologist in Hong Kong with a private practice in Central. Additionally, she has worked in a number of international schools before joining CDNIS. She lives with her son, and when she isn't working, hiking or climbing challenging mountains or out-rigging, she also enjoys cooking.

Learning Support

Library

LTT

Physical Education

  • Marc Steiner
    Physical Education Teacher

    Marc Steiner

    Physical Education Teacher

    Marc Steiner has Honours degrees in Kinesiology and Education from the Western University and Queen’s University. He is a former two-time All-Canadian Track and Field athlete with the University of Western Ontario, and has competed at a high level in Hong Kong and in 2008 won two gold medals at the China Masters’ Track and Field Championships. Mr. Steiner has been actively involved in sports and coaching since he was a child and has a keen interest in seeing future generations gain a better understanding of the importance physical education and health play in the overall well being of the individual. He is now in his 17th year of teaching at CDNIS.

  • Justin Wah
    Physical Education Teacher

    Justin Wah

    Physical Education Teacher

    Justin Wah was born and raised in London, England. He has a Masters Degree (high honors) in Elementary Education, as well as a Physical Education teaching certification. Justin has been teaching overseas for the past 20 years. He has worked as a Physical Education teacher in Malaysia and The Netherlands; in addition Justin has worked as an Athletic Director in Kuala Lumpur (Mont'Kiara International School) and Community Activities Director in Bangkok (International School Bangkok). Justin is also an avid soccer coach. Along with working at various age levels, he has also worked as an assistant at two professional clubs in Asia. In addition to coaching, Justin enjoys singing and has been lucky enough to play in a few different bands in Asia. Justin is married to Suzi Wah who works as a learning support teacher at CDNIS.

Visual & Performing Arts

  • Sunny Yeung
    Chinese & Performing Arts Educational Assistant

    Sunny Yeung

    Chinese & Performing Arts Educational Assistant

    Sunny Yeung is from Taiwan. She has a BA and an MA from National Chengchi University in Taiwan and an MA degree in Educational Studies from Sheffield University, England. After graduating, she worked at Chinese International School in Hong Kong and Shanghai American School as a Chinese Teacher for 13 years. She took some time off to become a full-time mom and after a few years she began working as a substitute teacher. When her family moved to Hong Kong from Shanghai, she joined CDNIS and has been very happy to be part of the CDNIS community ever since.

  • Tim Brown
    Visual Arts Teacher

    Tim Brown

    Visual Arts Teacher

    Tim Brown is from Hong Kong. After completing a BA (Business and Marketing) from the University of Hull and a PGCE from the University of Sunderland, Tim discovered a passion for education working as an after-school English teacher across Hong Kong, before joining CDNIS as an Educational Assistant. Tim has been at CDNIS for over five years, and strives to develop a sense of wonder and a love of learning in students. He is excited to take on his new role in the Visual Arts Department. Happiest when he’s creating, you’ll find Tim writing or crafting when he isn’t teaching.

  • Ashley Benusa
    Performing Arts Teacher

    Ashley Benusa

    Performing Arts Teacher

    Ashley Benusa is from Norwalk, Connecticut, USA. She completed her Bachelor of Music Education degree (Hons) at Valparaiso University in Indiana, USA and her Master of Music in Music Education from Boston University where she specialized in multicultural music education in international schools. She has been a primary school arts educator in international schools in Asia for over 10 years, teaching in Hong Kong, China and Thailand. An educator passionate about performance, Ashley is also a cellist who regularly engages in music making with various ensembles around Hong Kong.

  • Kimberly Butler
    Department Head & Performing Arts Teacher

    Kimberly Butler

    Department Head & Performing Arts Teacher

    Kimberly Butler is from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and teaches performing arts and band. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree at Sir Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario), a Bachelor of Education degree at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) and a Masters in Curriculum and Learning at the University of Toronto. After three years of teaching grades 6, 7 and 8 as a homeroom teacher and band director, she and her husband headed off to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where she worked as a band director and Grade 8 humanities teacher for 13 years. She has taught students from Grade 4 to 12, produced and directed several musicals and conducted at music festivals in KSA. Her interests outside the classroom are baking, crafts and travelling.

  • Jennifer Salvador
    Early Years Music & Movement Teacher

    Jennifer Salvador

    Early Years Music & Movement Teacher

    In 2013, Jennifer Salvador acquired her Early Childhood Education Diploma and QKT recognition. She also studied Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies, which she completed in 2016. She completed courses on early childhood education, curriculum planning, special education and educational management. Her passion for music and playing instruments comes from her childhood school experiences and having a family background of Musicians. Ms. Salvador believe that through music and movement children develop a sense of cooperation and togetherness, creativity, confidence, resiliency, and other developmental life skills. She would like to instill this love of creative movement, drama, singing and appreciation of music to young students.

  • Carole Saunders
    Dance Teacher

    Carole Saunders

    Dance Teacher

    Carole Saunders is an adult Third Culture Kid. Born in Australia, she grew up in Papua New Guinea and attended university in the United States where she gained her degree in English as well as in Elementary/Primary Teaching. Although Carole’s family returned to Australia she chose to stay abroad, working in the USA, Papua New Guinea, China, a brief stint in Australia and most recently the Sultanate of Oman. A strong background in ballet led Carole to become certified to teach in the 90s, when she served as second teacher in two schools and eventually managed her own school as a second job. While in Oman she used her skills to create, develop and run a school wide dance programme, including teaching IGCSE Dance and IBDP Dance. Carole’s personal interests range from animal rights to Star Wars.

  • Aly Trezise
    Learning Leader for Making & Innovation

    Aly Trezise

    Learning Leader for Making & Innovation

    Aly Trezise is originally from Australia and is the Grade 5 & 6 Visual Arts teacher, as well as the Learning Leader for Making & Innovation. She has a Bachelor Degree in Visual Arts, a Bachelor Degree in Arts Education, both through the University of South Australia, and is currently studying a Masters in Educational Leadership through the State University of New York and has recently completed the Makers-centred Classsroom course with other CDNIS colleges, through Harvard. She has been teaching internationally for 14 years in the UK, Malaysia, Tanzania, China, the Philippines and now in Hong Kong for the last three years. She also has two rather lively children in the lower school, (both of whom, are crazy about CDNIS!). A self-confessed change-maker, Aly is passionate about environmental sustainability, creativity in education and inspiring kids to be the re-designers of their world.

  • Sid Dewan
    Visual Arts Educational Assistant

    Sid Dewan

    Visual Arts Educational Assistant

    Born in Scotland to parents of Nepalese and part Maoli descent, Sid Dewan was raised in multiple places before settling down in Hong Kong. Realising his passion for the arts at an early age, Mr. Dewan pursued further studies in Graphic Design and Interior Architecture, eventually earning a degree in the latter course from Raffles International College (Hong Kong).

    Having attained a TEFL/TESOL certification, Mr. Dewan lead his own Saturday programme classes at the Kindergarten Level) at Quarry Bay School.

  • Chloe Lam
    Visual Arts Teacher

    Chloe Lam

    Visual Arts Teacher

    Chloe Lam is an artist and teacher living and working in Hong Kong. Besides her Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication (Graphic Design), she is also a holder of a Master’s degree in Art and Education from Birmingham City University. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Education in Visual Art at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. After graduating she worked in a variety of educational setting using innovative art activities to elicit student’s talent.

Grade 7

Grade 8

Grade 9

Grade 10

  • Isabelle Shortt
    Humanities Department Head & Grade 10A Homeroom Teacher

    Isabelle Shortt

    Humanities Department Head & Grade 10A Homeroom Teacher

    Isabelle Shortt is from France. She has a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree (first class honours) in History from La Sorbonne University as well as a PGCE from Hong Kong University. She has lived and worked in several schools in France, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sudan. In her 17 years of teaching, Isabelle has taught French Language B, History and Geography. In addition to teaching, Isabelle has worked in various roles for the IBO including MYP/DP workshop leader as well as developing the curriculum framework for MYP Language B worldwide. She is a passionate historian, who enjoys sharing this passion with her students. Her interests outside the classroom include hiking, reading, keeping fit and spending time with her family.

  • Danielle Van-De-Broucke
    English, TOK & Grade 10B Homeroom Teacher

    Danielle Van-De-Broucke

    English, TOK & Grade 10B Homeroom Teacher

    Danielle Van-De-Broucke is from England. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from City University of Hong Kong, a M.Ed. in Practitioner Inquiry and a PGCE, both from Newcastle University. Previous teaching roles have included Head of English at HIS Vietnam, KS3 English Coordinator at Yew Chung Shanghai and Lead Teacher of school-wide Critical Thinking approaches in the UK. In her spare time, Danielle is a writer and a keen yogi. She truly loves the literary arts and hopes to engender this same passion within her students.

  • Alexander Wright
    Humanities & Grade 10C Homeroom Teacher

    Alexander Wright

    Humanities & Grade 10C Homeroom Teacher

    Alexander Wright is originally from Oakville, Ontario, Canada. He has a BA in International Development and Political Science, a B.Ed. in History and Politics, and an MA in Conflict Studies and Human Rights. He has been teaching for six years, and before coming to Hong Kong he was a high school history teacher in Bangkok. He has taught Grade 7-12 history, humanities, civics, as well as AP Comparative Politics and US History. Alex has lived in seven different countries and has travelled to over 60. Before teaching, he worked in human rights education for an NGO and UNESCO. He chose teaching because he thought that his experiences in various international fields would be valuable tools for learning about history and politics in the classroom. As such, he strives to instill a passion for learning about the world. He loves travel photography, writing fictional novels, as well as staying physically active through sport.

  • John Flanagan
    Math & Grade 10D Homeroom Teacher

    John Flanagan

    Math & Grade 10D Homeroom Teacher

    John Flanagan is from Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is an Upper School Mathematics teacher. He attended the University of Toronto and University of Windsor where he received his BA (Math), Masters in Business Administration and Bachelor of Education. He has subsequently lived and worked in Toronto, Melbourne and Hong Kong and has been teaching abroad for more than six years. He taught Ontario curriculum OSSD math (Grades 9 – 12) for 27 years in Toronto. He is passionate about teaching and being able to cultivate a love of learning in students. He coaches cross-country running and is the advisor for the Cooking for a Cause Club. His interests outside the classroom include travelling, hiking and cycling.

  • Beata Monika Patlewicz
    Math & Grade 10E Homeroom Teacher

    Beata Monika Patlewicz

    Math & Grade 10E Homeroom Teacher

    Beata Patlewicz is from Jelenia Góra, Poland. At the age of 22, she moved to Canada, continued her studies, and completed a First Class Honours in Mathematics at the University of New Brunswick, a B.Ed. at St. Thomas University, and a Master of Mathematics for Teachers at the University of Waterloo. Prior to joining CDNIS, she worked at the Canadian International School of Beijing (2007-2016) as the Mathematics Department Head, and taught MYP and DP HL/SL Math and was the Math Enrichment Coordinator at schools in New Brunswick. She has helped to organize several fundraising events to support causes close to her heart including those affected by the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, the 2013 Philippines’ Typhoon Yolanda, and the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Outside of school she has a passion for yoga, hiking, travel, languages and technology. She is the proud mom of two daughters.

  • Lesia Pringle
    Science & Grade 10F Homeroom Teacher

    Lesia Pringle

    Science & Grade 10F Homeroom Teacher

    Lesia Pringle is from Toronto. Although most of her family lives in Ontario, her heart is in Vancouver where she picked up her first dragon boat paddle and spent eight years teaching at St. George’s School. She has always known science was her passion and completed her B.Sc. at the University of Toronto, followed by a B.Ed. from Queen’s, and then a M.Ed. from the University of Calgary. Over her 22 years of teaching she has enjoyed the opportunities of being a Head of Department, Head of Grade, and Director of Academics but is now happiest back in the classroom full-time, sharing the fascinating world of science with her students. The classroom is where the magic happens!

  • Sherina Hathiramani
    Grade 9-12 Educational Assistant and Experience Week Coordinator

    Sherina Hathiramani

    Grade 9-12 Educational Assistant and Experience Week Coordinator

    Sherina Hathiramani-Nandwani is from the sunny and beautiful island of St. Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business, an Associates degree in Computer Information Systems from the Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Canada and a TESOL Teaching Certificate. She has been working at CDNIS for the last eight years and serves as the All School Supply Teacher Coordinator, the Upper School CAS Week Coordinator, and as the Upper School Education Assistant. Her interests outside the classroom include travelling and spending as much time as she can with her four-year-old daughter, husband, and family.

Grade 11

Grade 12

  • Daniel Neville
    Visual Arts & Grade 12A Homeroom Teacher

    Daniel Neville

    Visual Arts & Grade 12A Homeroom Teacher

    Daniel Neville is from Brisbane, Australia and is a Visual Arts MYP and DP Teacher. He graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Fine Arts) and a Bachelor of Education (Secondary). Daniel has taught internationally for the past 10 years, living in Australia and China before moving to Hong Kong to work at CDNIS. Daniel is a passionate educator and loves inspiring creativity and working within the Arts. When he is not in the art studio you can find him traveling to exotic locations, looking for delicious food and exploring amazing architecture.

  • David Kootnikoff
    English, Film Studies & Grade 12B Homeroom Teacher

    David Kootnikoff

    English, Film Studies & Grade 12B Homeroom Teacher

    David hails from White Rock, BC on the southwest coast of Canada. Before joining CDNIS, he was an instructor at the University of Alberta while completing his PhD in English and Film Studies. David has worked as a tree-planter, journalist, editor, author, musician, and a teacher for over 15 years in Canada, Japan and Hong Kong. Teaching is a profound source of inspiration. He holds a Masters in Applied Linguistics, MFA in Creative Writing, and a Masters in Journalism and Media Studies. He’s published two books with Greenwood Press, poetry and journalism in a variety of publications, including the Antigonish Review, SCMP, Adbusters, and Japan Times. Outside of CDNIS, David enjoys time with his wife, Yuko, and their daughter, Lulu.

  • David Craig
    English & Grade 12C Homeroom Teacher

    David Craig

    English & Grade 12C Homeroom Teacher

    David Craig began teaching English literature at l'Université Laval in 1992, after successive careers as a symphonic musician, a soldier and forester. Since then, he has taught literature, drama, filmmaking and philosophy in Turkey, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand. He returns to Hong Kong after an eight-year absence. Home is Chiang Mai where he - with his wife Nat (an agricultural professional) - rehabilitates spent farmland, transforming exhausted land into gardens, forests and farms. While at CDNIS, he'll be revisiting Hong Kong’s country park trails with the AYP students. Also, he's the owner of a saxophone, and dreams of playing jazz with the students. Everyone who hears David play the saxophone agrees: It is only a dream. Yet, he continues to play.

  • Cissy Li
    Chinese & Grade 12D Homeroom Teacher

    Cissy Li

    Chinese & Grade 12D Homeroom Teacher

    Cissy Li is from Shanghai, China and she teachers MYP and DP Mandarin at CDNIS. She has taught children ranging in age from Preschool to Grade 12 for more than 25 years. She has also served as a Mandarin Department Head of Dulwich College International School in Shanghai for three years, a Coordinator/Grade Head for two years in ISF in Hong Kong, and a co-department Head of the Upper School Chinese Department at CDNIS for two years. She obtained a BA from Shaanxi Teacher’s University and an MA in Education, majoring in teaching Chinese as a Second Language, from Hong Kong University. Her interests include singing, reading, swimming and travelling. She is very passionate about teaching and enjoys cultivating a love of learning in students.

  • Irene Gu
    Chinese & Grade 12E Homeroom Teacher

    Irene Gu

    Chinese & Grade 12E Homeroom Teacher

    Irene Gu is from Shanghai China and is the Upper School MYP and DP Chinese teacher. She has a Master‘s degree from The State University Of New York and BA degree from Shanghai Normal University. After graduating, she worked in Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur and HK. She has been teaching Chinese as a second language for 18 years. She joined CDNIS in 2012. As an IB educator, she strives to encourage students to gain competence in an additional language with the long-term goal of multilingualism.

  • Jonathan Hamilton
    Math, CAS Coordinator & Grade 12F Homeroom Teacher

    Jonathan Hamilton

    Math, CAS Coordinator & Grade 12F Homeroom Teacher

    Jonathan teaches Upper School Mathematics and is the IB DP CAS Coordinator. He also coordinates the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award programme (the AYP) giving him the opportunity to enjoy long walks in the hills of Hong Kong. Jonathan is an Assistant Examiner for DP Math Studies and is a Workshop Leader for DP CAS. He is also the EARCOS Teachers' Representative for CDNIS. Jonathan completed his Ontario principal papers and his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership while working at IB World Schools in Toronto, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain. He received his B.Ed. from the University of Greenwich and his B.Sc. from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Jonathan started his teaching career in the UK at an inner city school in East London. Jonathan has lived in Hong Kong with his wife and children for 10 years. He is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers.

  • Darrell Sharp
    Science Department Head and Grade 12G Homeroom Teacher

    Darrell Sharp

    Science Department Head and Grade 12G Homeroom Teacher

    Darrell Sharp is an American science teacher with a B.Sc. in Biology (with Highest Distinction) from Indiana University and a M.Ed. with a focus on Secondary Science Instruction from the College of New Jersey. He has worked in Asia for 10 years and before joining CDNIS in 2012 worked in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Mr. Sharp is an MYP Science and DP Biology teacher with American and Canadian teaching certifications. He also acts as the department head for the science faculty. His love of learning and teaching has made him an advocate for growth mindset, personal agency, and maker culture. He endeavors to always be learning something new.

  • Eric Lai
    Science & Grade 12H Homeroom Teacher

    Eric Lai

    Science & Grade 12H Homeroom Teacher

    Eric Lai, who received his degree in Physics at the University of Toronto as well as a degree in Education from Queen’s, has been working in Hong Kong since 2009. Working at CDNIS is not completely new to Mr. Lai as he had previously done one of his teaching practica at the school and also worked as a supply teacher. Subsequently, he landed his first full time teaching job at his previous school – a private independent IB world school, where he worked for seven years mainly teaching IGCSE and IB Physics. In his leisure time, Mr. Lai enjoys group activities such as badminton, card/board games, watching movies, and doing some easy hikes.

  • Sherina Hathiramani
    Grade 9-12 Educational Assistant and Experience Week Coordinator

    Sherina Hathiramani

    Grade 9-12 Educational Assistant and Experience Week Coordinator

    Sherina Hathiramani-Nandwani is from the sunny and beautiful island of St. Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business, an Associates degree in Computer Information Systems from the Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Canada and a TESOL Teaching Certificate. She has been working at CDNIS for the last eight years and serves as the All School Supply Teacher Coordinator, the Upper School CAS Week Coordinator, and as the Upper School Education Assistant. Her interests outside the classroom include travelling and spending as much time as she can with her four-year-old daughter, husband, and family.

CAS

  • Jonathan Hamilton
    Math, CAS Coordinator & Grade 12F Homeroom Teacher

    Jonathan Hamilton

    Math, CAS Coordinator & Grade 12F Homeroom Teacher

    Jonathan teaches Upper School Mathematics and is the IB DP CAS Coordinator. He also coordinates the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award programme (the AYP) giving him the opportunity to enjoy long walks in the hills of Hong Kong. Jonathan is an Assistant Examiner for DP Math Studies and is a Workshop Leader for DP CAS. He is also the EARCOS Teachers' Representative for CDNIS. Jonathan completed his Ontario principal papers and his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership while working at IB World Schools in Toronto, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain. He received his B.Ed. from the University of Greenwich and his B.Sc. from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Jonathan started his teaching career in the UK at an inner city school in East London. Jonathan has lived in Hong Kong with his wife and children for 10 years. He is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers.

  • Sherina Hathiramani
    Grade 9-12 Educational Assistant and Experience Week Coordinator

    Sherina Hathiramani

    Grade 9-12 Educational Assistant and Experience Week Coordinator

    Sherina Hathiramani-Nandwani is from the sunny and beautiful island of St. Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business, an Associates degree in Computer Information Systems from the Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Canada and a TESOL Teaching Certificate. She has been working at CDNIS for the last eight years and serves as the All School Supply Teacher Coordinator, the Upper School CAS Week Coordinator, and as the Upper School Education Assistant. Her interests outside the classroom include travelling and spending as much time as she can with her four-year-old daughter, husband, and family.

Chinese Studies

Drama

English

  • Eileen Jong
    English Department Head & Grade 11C Homeroom Teacher

    Eileen Jong

    English Department Head & Grade 11C Homeroom Teacher

    After beginning her teaching career in North London, Eileen Jong moved to Hong Kong to work at Chinese International School during which time she served as IGCSE/IBDP co-ordinator of English. Following this she was department head at Singapore International School and then progressed north to teach at The International School of Beijing. She is currently Head of English at CDNIS having joined in 2012. Her qualifications include a BA (Hons) degree in English Language and Literature from The University of Leeds, a PGCE from The University of London, a Masters in Journalism and Advanced Certificate in Education from The University of Hong Kong. This experience and training supports Eileen in cultivating students' critical literacy, curiosity and development into international citizens

  • Lily Chan
    English & Grade 9D Homeroom Teacher

    Lily Chan

    English & Grade 9D Homeroom Teacher

    Lily Chan is a proud CDNIS alumna. She has a BA (English) from the University of British Columbia and Bachelor of Education (with Distinction) from Western University. She has worked in Macau, Hong Kong, and recently joined the school after teaching at the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore. She is a certified Ontario and IB educator. She is excited to share her pride of the school and her passion for learning and teaching with the school community.

  • David Craig
    English & Grade 12C Homeroom Teacher

    David Craig

    English & Grade 12C Homeroom Teacher

    David Craig began teaching English literature at l'Université Laval in 1992, after successive careers as a symphonic musician, a soldier and forester. Since then, he has taught literature, drama, filmmaking and philosophy in Turkey, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand. He returns to Hong Kong after an eight-year absence. Home is Chiang Mai where he - with his wife Nat (an agricultural professional) - rehabilitates spent farmland, transforming exhausted land into gardens, forests and farms. While at CDNIS, he'll be revisiting Hong Kong’s country park trails with the AYP students. Also, he's the owner of a saxophone, and dreams of playing jazz with the students. Everyone who hears David play the saxophone agrees: It is only a dream. Yet, he continues to play.

  • Joe Holroyd
    DP Coordinator & English Teacher

    Joe Holroyd

    DP Coordinator & English Teacher

    Joe Holroyd hails from London originally, where he worked in journalism and publishing before teaching. Previous roles in international schools have included Head of English at YCIS Shanghai and TOK Coordinator at NIST, Bangkok. Joe runs workshops for the IB in Literature, Theory of Knowledge, Pedagogy and Interdisciplinary Learning Through Film. The latter is a particular passion of Joe’s, whose pursuit of lifelong learning is determinedly interdisciplinary: Joe holds postgraduate degrees in education, philosophy and literature, and creative writing, and has published creative and academic work in the UK and US. Joe is currently completing postgraduate research at HKU in the social sciences and education, looking at strategies to reduce stress and anxiety associated with studies in the IB Diploma.

  • Nicole Ifi
    English & Grade 8E Homeroom Teacher

    Nicole Ifi

    English & Grade 8E Homeroom Teacher

    Nicole Ifi is from Edmonton, Alberta. She has a B.Ed. from the University of Alberta where she majored in English and minored in Fine Art. Since then she has also received her Masters in Education from Lehigh University where her focus was Globalisation and International Education Development. Nicole has lived in rural Japan where she taught English in Niigata prefecture. Afterwards, Nicole moved to Macao where she also taught at a Canadian school before moving to Hong Kong. Nicole is very interested in gender equality issues and encouraging her students to pursue the arts. During her free time she enjoys reading non-fiction novels and traveling

  • Anthony Jackson
    English, TOK, Learning Support & Grade 7C Homeroom Teacher

    Anthony Jackson

    English, TOK, Learning Support & Grade 7C Homeroom Teacher

    Anthony Jackson, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2006 with an Advanced Major in History and a double minor in English and Sociology. Anthony received his Bachelor of Education degree from St. Francis Xavier University and obtained his teaching certification. His teacher-training focus lies within the Middle School and Secondary streams of education and his concentrations are Social Studies and English. Anthony also completed an intensive program in Middle Years Education as an addition to his current Bachelor of Education degree.

  • David Kootnikoff
    English, Film Studies & Grade 12B Homeroom Teacher

    David Kootnikoff

    English, Film Studies & Grade 12B Homeroom Teacher

    David hails from White Rock, BC on the southwest coast of Canada. Before joining CDNIS, he was an instructor at the University of Alberta while completing his PhD in English and Film Studies. David has worked as a tree-planter, journalist, editor, author, musician, and a teacher for over 15 years in Canada, Japan and Hong Kong. Teaching is a profound source of inspiration. He holds a Masters in Applied Linguistics, MFA in Creative Writing, and a Masters in Journalism and Media Studies. He’s published two books with Greenwood Press, poetry and journalism in a variety of publications, including the Antigonish Review, SCMP, Adbusters, and Japan Times. Outside of CDNIS, David enjoys time with his wife, Yuko, and their daughter, Lulu.

  • Cinder Merritt
    English Teacher

    Cinder Merritt

    English Teacher

    Cinder Merritt is a fourth-generation teacher from California, currently loving her 24th year of teaching. Her Bachelor of Arts degree (English) and teacher training are from California State University, Stanislaus; her Master of Arts degree (International Education) is from the University of Bath. She spent her first 10 years of teaching at the California high school from which she graduated. As an international teacher, she relished her time at International School of Beijing (eight years) and Overseas Family School in Singapore (three years), before having the great fortune to come to CDNIS (now in her 3rd year). She is passionate about debate (team coach, club advisor) and animal causes (PAWS co-advisor) and has found it rewarding to work with the UNICEF Club.

  • Charlotte Nielsen
    English, Learning Support & Grade 7E Homeroom Teacher

    Charlotte Nielsen

    English, Learning Support & Grade 7E Homeroom Teacher

    Charlotte Charny Nielsen graduated with a B.Sc. in Biology from Yale University and an M.Sc. in Environmental Science from University of Maryland. After running her own environmental consulting firm in the United States for 10 years and working in the environmental sector on projects in Denmark and Jordan, she discovered her new career as an international school teacher. Charlotte has worked in international schools in Hungary, Qatar and Sweden. This is her fourth year at CDNIS where she teaches Grade 7 Science and English as well as Theory of Knowledge. She is also the Coordinator of the Student Advisory Programme in the Upper School. Her great passions include writing poetry and environmental advocacy.

  • Kristen Pearson
    English & Grade 8B Homeroom Teacher

    Kristen Pearson

    English & Grade 8B Homeroom Teacher

    Kristen Pearson is an Ontario teacher who loves teaching and learning in both the English and Drama departments at CDNIS. She landed in Hong Kong after teaching at schools in Morocco, South Korea, and Indonesia. Kristen attended McMaster University where she received her honours BA in English and Theatre&Film Studies, followed by a post-graduate teaching certificate in Adolescence Education at Canisius College. She is passionate about teaching and strives to create spaces and lessons that spark the critical thinking, creativity, and assertiveness of her students. Kristen's interests outside the classroom include spending time outdoors, cooking, and trying to find the best Hong Kong-style milk tea.

  • Danielle Van-De-Broucke
    English, TOK & Grade 10B Homeroom Teacher

    Danielle Van-De-Broucke

    English, TOK & Grade 10B Homeroom Teacher

    Danielle Van-De-Broucke is from England. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from City University of Hong Kong, a M.Ed. in Practitioner Inquiry and a PGCE, both from Newcastle University. Previous teaching roles have included Head of English at HIS Vietnam, KS3 English Coordinator at Yew Chung Shanghai and Lead Teacher of school-wide Critical Thinking approaches in the UK. In her spare time, Danielle is a writer and a keen yogi. She truly loves the literary arts and hopes to engender this same passion within her students.

  • Stephanie Young
    English & Grade 11B Homeroom Teacher

    Stephanie Young

    English & Grade 11B Homeroom Teacher

    Stephanie is a fifth year CDNIS teacher in the Upper School English Department. She hails from Kelowna, B.C., Canada where she began her teaching career in local public schools. Following five years in Kelowna, she went abroad for a two-year stint at an IB school in Dubai. The subsequent return to Canada was short lived and after two quick years at home found herself in Hong Kong and has been here since. Stephanie received her B.Ed. (Secondary) in English and Physical Education from the University of Victoria. Shortly after she earned a M.Ed. (UCalgary) in Educational Leadership and is currently studying at the graduate level again, here at HKU, in the field of Social Sciences: Counselling. Stephanie coaches U20 basketball and is a regular fixture in the fitness area demonstrating a commitment to healthy living and active lifestyle.

Music & Film Studies

Guidance

  • Catherine Irvine
    Guidance Department Head (Grade 10-12)

    Catherine Irvine

    Guidance Department Head (Grade 10-12)

    Born in Canada, Catherine Irvine graduated from Queen’s University’s Concurrent Education programme with a BA (Hons) in English Literature and a B.Ed. In addition, she obtained her Honours Specialist in English from the University of Ottawa, her Career and Guidance Counsellor Specialist from Queen’s University and her M.Sc. in Educational Management through Bristol University in the UK. Catherine has worked in education for 18 years in Canada, Belgium and here in Hong Kong. She has experience with the OSSD as an English and Economics teacher, and as a Department Head. Her IBDP experience includes teaching English Literature and fulfilling duties as a Head of Year and as a Careers and Guidance Counsellor. Catherine joined CDNIS four years ago as a Guidance Counsellor and is now in her second year as Head of the Upper School Guidance Department. She also has two children who attend CDNIS in the Lower School.

  • Rob Aldridge
    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 10-12)

    Rob Aldridge

    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 10-12)

    Rob Aldridge is from Oxford in the UK and holds B.Sc. (Hons) from Oxford Brookes University in Education and Sociology. He spent a decade in the UK Higher Education Sector as an admissions and recruitment officer. He worked at Brookes, UWIC, the University of Bristol and also served as the Head of International Recruitment at the University of Reading. Rob was a University Hall Warden where he gained substantial pastoral experience. He spent six years with the British Army and loves outdoor activities. He is a Duke of Edinburgh Award (HKAYP) instructor and supports the school's AYP programme. Rob joined CDNIS in 2011.

  • Scott Atherton
    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 10-12)

    Scott Atherton

    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 10-12)

    Scott Atherton joined CDNIS in 2014 after working as an admissions officer for eight years at Middlebury College in Vermont (USA). Originally from the state of Maine, Scott lived and worked in Vermont for many years before moving to Hong Kong. Prior to university admissions and high school counselling, Scott worked for a variety of nonprofit organizations, including the Addison County Community Trust, Salzburg Global Seminar, and part time as a radio announcer on Vermont Public Radio, among others. Scott earned his BA in anthropology at Harvard University, and is the father of two adult children, Nick and Mira. Outside of work, Scott enjoys travelling, hiking, cross-country skiing, bicycling, food and wine, music, and films.

  • Maegan Robichaud
    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 10-12)

    Maegan Robichaud

    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 10-12)

    Maegan Robichaud is from Kapuskasing, a very small town in northern Ontario, Canada. She has a BA (Hons) and B.Ed. from Brock University, a graduate certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and is completing a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and Management from University of Bristol. Maegan has worked as a classroom teacher, IT integrator, and head teacher before joining the Upper School guidance team at CDNIS in 2016.

  • Lolita Schmalenberg
    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 7-9)

    Lolita Schmalenberg

    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 7-9)

    Lolita Schmalenberg is from Ontario, Canada but her roots began in Bermuda. She holds a B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Guelph and a Masters from UBC in Counseling Psychology. She is registered as a single subject teacher with BC Teacher’s Regulation. She began her career working with families as a social worker with Scarborough General Hospital, and Big Brother’s/Sister’s Canada. She has worked as a school counsellor for over 20 years in Central America, PR China and since 2010 at CDNIS. Helping young people connect with peers, resolve difficulties and become more resilient is why Lolita loves being a counsellor. Known for her easy-going nature and ready smile, Lolita enjoys hiking, good food and spending time with friends.

  • Becky Stewart
    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 7-9)

    Becky Stewart

    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 7-9)

    Becky Stewart is an Upper School Guidance Counsellor for students in Grades 7-9 and is originally from Vancouver, BC. She holds both a Master of Educational Leadership and Counselling from City University and a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Guelph. She was a Science and Math educator in the Canadian public school system and the international school settings for 20+ years until she found her new passion for school counselling. She has been in this role for seven years and thoroughly enjoys the connection with students, helping them to independently problem-solve, overcome adversity and build confidence. After school, Becky can be found out on the water in an outrigger canoe or hiking the fantastic trails in Hong Kong.

Humanities

Learning Support

Library

Design & Technolgy

  • John Stringer
    Design & Technology Department Head & Computer Science Teacher

    John Stringer

    Design & Technology Department Head & Computer Science Teacher

    John Stringer is from Fredericton, NB, Canada and part of LTT and MYP Design team. He studied Computer Science at the University of New Brunswick, then a BA and B.Ed. from St. Thomas University, and then a Masters in Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia. He became an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2008. Prior to CDNIS, he worked at the Canadian International School of Beijing (2007-2016) as a technology integrator and coach, as Design Department head, and taught MYP Design, DP Computer Science and ITGS. He is passionate about using technology to create products that have purpose, generate personal engagement, and enrich learning and understanding. John loves to read, travel, and is the proud daddy of two daughters.

  • Davis Chan
    Visual Arts & Design Teacher

    Davis Chan

    Visual Arts & Design Teacher

    Davis Chan obtained his BA from the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and his MA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is currently working on his Doctorate in Education (EdD) at Northeastern University. He had served as a Visual Arts Teacher and Visual Arts Panel Head in different schools around Hong Kong for 20 years before joining CDNIS. As an avid artist himself and in his work as an art educator, Davis has built a strong network among the local and international art communities. He collaboratively joined efforts with other art educators and enthusiasts to create and launch the first ever Outstanding Student Artist Award of Hong Kong in 2015.

  • Nick Davis
    Math, Design, Computer Science & Grade 9E Homeroom Teacher

    Nick Davis

    Math, Design, Computer Science & Grade 9E Homeroom Teacher

    Nick Davis is from Nova Scotia, Canada and is happy member of both the Math and Science Department. After Nick attended Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) for his Undergraduate Degree in Physics, he moved to Hong Kong to pursue a life long passion in Game Design. While in Hong Kong, Nick worked as a Game Designer and Programmer in tandem with acquiring his Teacher’s Certificate and Masters. Nick is certified to teach all levels (MYP/DP) of Math, Physics, and Computer Science. Currently, he is teaching Grade 8 and 9 Math and IBDP Computer Science.

  • David Larson
    Digital Literacy & Design Technology Teacher

    David Larson

    Digital Literacy & Design Technology Teacher

    David Larson hails from Winnipeg, Canada. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.Sc. in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin and earned an MA in Educational Technology from Michigan State University. He has worked and traveled widely in professional theater, on a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship curriculum-writing semester in Ghana, and as an Apple Professional Developer. Before he joined the Learning and Teaching Technology team and Design Department in 2012, David taught Humanities, Language Arts, and Technology in Shanghai, China, and Wisconsin, USA. What David likes most about teaching is helping students find and amplify their voice. When he’s not at his computer, you can find David behind a camera, a book, or with his daughters on a hike through Hong Kong’s many trails.

  • Aaron Metz
    Design Teacher

    Aaron Metz

    Design Teacher

    Aaron Metz serves as the Upper School Learning and Teaching Technologies Convenor. He is originally from Aotearoa, New Zealand and has over 12 years international teaching experience with a Master’s degree in Information Technology in Education. Aaron is passionate about progressive education and performance support in schools. He strives to foster deep curiosity in students and help them create the story of who they are as a learner and global citizen. He relishes the opportunity to help educators and administrators embrace new pedagogies for the digital age leveraging technology for transformative learning and development. When not teaching and learning with technology, Aaron enjoys spending time with his family, photography/videography, cooking and traveling. A keen sailor, mountain biker and board rider, he finds balance through adventure sports in the great outdoors.

  • Saeed Rahman
    Design Teacher

    Saeed Rahman

    Design Teacher

    Saeed Rahman originates from the city of Sheffield, UK. He obtained his BSc (Hons) Degree in Computer Network Engineering from the Sheffield Hallam University in 2004. He visited Hong Kong shortly after, and fell in love with the city. In 2005, he decided to move to Hong Kong, and began working at Canadian International School of Hong Kong. He pursued his career in education by completing his PGDE in 2009. In 2012 he completed his M.Sc. in Educational Technology. He is currently in the middle of a PhD programme. His research focuses on teachers private theories (beliefs, practices, education, experiences, etc) and the impact on the use of technology in the classroom. He teaches Grades 7-10 in MYP Design Programme. He believes that providing students with opportunities to develop agency, will manifest in learning outcomes that are aligned to needs of the world we live in today.

Math

Physical Education

  • Iain Shortt
    Physical Education Department Head

    Iain Shortt

    Physical Education Department Head

    Originally from highlands of Scotland, Iain Shortt has been teaching internationally for almost 20 years. His undergraduate teaching degree is from Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh and more recently completed his Masters in Education (Sport science and Physical Education) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. As head of department over the past five years, Iain has overseen the development of our HPE programme and is currently working on setting up our new IB Diploma Sports, Exercise and Health Science course. When it comes to sport, he describes himself as a "jack of all trades and master of none." Iain's passion lies in outdoor pursuits and he enjoys taking part in a range of activities including competing locally in multi-hull sailing events.

  • Kathryn Clouthier
    Physical Education Teacher

    Kathryn Clouthier

    Physical Education Teacher

    Kathryn Clouthier hails from the booming metropolis of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Her Kinesiology and Education degrees are from Lakehead University, where she was fortunate enough to play for the university volleyball team. Ms. Clouthier then relocated to Ottawa in order to obtain her Masters of Sports Administration, with a focus on marketing and grassroots development. She began her teaching career as a homeroom teacher at a French school in Ottawa, Ontario for five years before starting her international adventures in Shanghai teaching Upper School HPE at Shanghai Community International School. Ms. Clouthier is looking forward to sharing her passion for sport with her students, and to having plenty of laughs along the way.

  • Kadie Riverin
    Physical Education Teacher

    Kadie Riverin

    Physical Education Teacher

    Kadie Riverin is from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She studied Kinesiology at Rice University in Houston, Texas where she received a full athletic scholarship to play basketball at the D1 level in the NCAA. Kadie received her Bachelor of Education (OCT trained from OISE) and is certified to teach Health and Physical Education and Mathematics at the intermediate and senior level. Before teaching, Kadie played basketball professionally in Neuchatel, Switzerland and for Team Canada. She also owned a coaching and training business that ignited her passion for teaching and coaching. Her interests outside of the classroom include cycling, cooking and reading.

  • Blair Schmalenberg
    Physical Education Teacher

    Blair Schmalenberg

    Physical Education Teacher

    Blair Schmalenberg is from Ontario, Canada. He graduated from Queen’s University with a Physical and Health Education (Hons) degree and a minor degree in Biochemistry. He stayed at Queen’s to complete his teaching certification. He has been a teacher of Grade 4, Grade 8, elementary and high school Physical and Health Education, Mathematics and Science. He taught in public and private schools in Canada, a college and an international school in China before coming to CDNIS in 2010. Blair’s professional goal is to continue finding new ways of teaching P.E. and motivating students to enjoy being active. Blair loves coaching but is also a music lover who wishes he had more time to play guitar.

Romance Languages

  • Sophie Borduas
    Romance Languages Department Head

    Sophie Borduas

    Romance Languages Department Head

    Sophie Borduas is a native French speaker who originates from Canada. Having completed her B.Ed. and a specialist in French Language Acquisition, Ms. Borduas spent the next 23 years teaching French to students with different language abilities and background, ranging from Kindergarten to Y13 in five different countries around the world. She has mostly taught the International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Programmes, but has also enjoyed teaching French immersion at primary levels. Ms. Borduas’ experience as a Head of Department in Tanzania and in Hong Kong saw her working with enthusiastic colleagues and engaged students and parents, which reaffirmed the importance of good communication between all to create a flourishing environment for our students.

  • Anne Boyle
    French & Grade 7A Homeroom Teacher

    Anne Boyle

    French & Grade 7A Homeroom Teacher

    Anne Boyle was born and grew up in Ireland but spent many years working on the west coast of Canada. She is fiercely proud of and strongly identifies with her Irish roots. She completed her BA (Hons) in German Language and Literature with a minor in French at Queen’s University, Belfast, Ireland. She found her first teaching job in England teaching French and German before moving to BC, Canada. Anne has taught almost every level from Grade 1 to Grade 12 and currently teaches MYP French and DP French Ab Initio. When she is not teaching, she likes to stay fit and loves to hike, cycle or run. If Anne were asked to describe herself, she would use three words; firm, fun and feisty.

  • Virginia Castro
    Spanish Teacher

    Virginia Castro

    Spanish Teacher

    Virginia Castro is from Spain. She attended the University of Cordoba, Spain where she received her BA (Hispanic Studies) and Bachelor of Education. She has subsequently lived and worked in Spain, Greece, Scotland and Hong Kong. She has been teaching Spanish abroad for more than six years. She has taught in Primary and Secondary schools and at the University of Hong Kong SPACE. She is passionate about teaching and using technology in the class. Her interests outside the classroom including travelling and scuba diving.

  • Véronique Nobert
    Grade 8 Team Leader, French & Grade 8A Homeroom Teacher

    Véronique Nobert

    Grade 8 Team Leader, French & Grade 8A Homeroom Teacher

    Véronique Nobert is from Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada, teaches MYP French, and is the Grade 8 Team Leader. She obtained her Bachelor of Education and Certification in Educational Psychology from Université du Quebec. Prior to moving overseas, she spent eight years teaching in elementary and secondary schools in both Quebec and British Columbia. In 2011, she started teaching French as a foreign language at Concordia International School in Shanghai, China, and most recently at CDNIS for the last five years. She's most passionate about sharing the beauty of her native language and finding creative ways to engage her students. Outside the classroom, Véronique loves taking pictures around the city, discovering amazing food, hiking local trails with friends, or traveling to the many exotic destinations in and around Asia.

Science

TOK

Visual Arts

  • Catharine Ho
    Visual Arts Department Head & Grade 9B Homeroom Teacher

    Catharine Ho

    Visual Arts Department Head & Grade 9B Homeroom Teacher

    Catharine Ho is from Ontario, Canada and is Head of Department for US Visual Arts. She attended Western University where she received a BA (Hons) degree in Visual Arts and a B.Ed. She is Ontario College of Teachers certified and most recently received a Certificate of Educational Technology from State University of New York. She taught in the American and local school system before joining CDNIS in 1994. An OSSD veteran for 23 years, this is her 11th year teaching the IB DP as well as the MYP Visual Arts programme. Catharine has two sons studying in Canada, both alumni of CDNIS. She is very involved in all aspects of the Visual Arts in the school and takes great joy in helping students realize their creative aspirations with many students earning multiple scholarships to top art universities worldwide. After school you can usually find her in the art studio working with students or collaborating with a team on one of the displays or mural projects around the school.

  • Davis Chan
    Visual Arts & Design Teacher

    Davis Chan

    Visual Arts & Design Teacher

    Davis Chan obtained his BA from the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and his MA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is currently working on his Doctorate in Education (EdD) at Northeastern University. He had served as a Visual Arts Teacher and Visual Arts Panel Head in different schools around Hong Kong for 20 years before joining CDNIS. As an avid artist himself and in his work as an art educator, Davis has built a strong network among the local and international art communities. He collaboratively joined efforts with other art educators and enthusiasts to create and launch the first ever Outstanding Student Artist Award of Hong Kong in 2015.

  • Michelle Lovett
    Music & Visual Arts Teacher

    Michelle Lovett

    Music & Visual Arts Teacher

    Michelle Lovett moved to Hong Kong in 2004, and has worked as an arts educator in international schools, post-secondary vocational education and as a consultant in creative industries education. In Australia, she lectured in arts education at the University of Southern Queensland, and was active in promoting arts education amongst young people, and in instrumental music pedagogy and arts curriculum visioning. Ms. Lovett joined CDNIS in 2008 teaching MYP Music, and more recently has taught Visual Arts and Learning Support subjects. She also co-conducts the school Concert Band, and is co-supervisor of the Upper School’s Protecting Animal Welfare Club.

  • Daniel Neville
    Visual Arts & Grade 12A Homeroom Teacher

    Daniel Neville

    Visual Arts & Grade 12A Homeroom Teacher

    Daniel Neville is from Brisbane, Australia and is a Visual Arts MYP and DP Teacher. He graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Fine Arts) and a Bachelor of Education (Secondary). Daniel has taught internationally for the past 10 years, living in Australia and China before moving to Hong Kong to work at CDNIS. Daniel is a passionate educator and loves inspiring creativity and working within the Arts. When he is not in the art studio you can find him traveling to exotic locations, looking for delicious food and exploring amazing architecture.

  • Iris Chang
    Visual Arts Assistant & Yearbook Coordinator

    Iris Chang

    Visual Arts Assistant & Yearbook Coordinator

    Iris Chang joined CDNIS in 2002 and is an Upper School Visual Art Assistant and Yearbook Coordinator. She graduated from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, majoring in Graphic Design. Iris has a Postgraduate diploma in Education focusing on Early Childhood from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Previously, she taught English and Art to high school students with special needs. Leading the Yearbook club, she trains editors and members in graphic design and desktop publishing and is proud that CDNIS won Hong Kong’s Print Awards 2016 for the best school yearbook. She is delighted to work with such talented professional colleagues and creative students. She loves animals especially dogs and enjoys doing arts and crafts and calligraphy.

  • Yukiko Wong
    Visual Arts Assistant

    Yukiko Wong

    Visual Arts Assistant

    Yukiko Wong studied Education at Bunkyo University in Japan and commenced as Grade 1 & 2 Homeroom Teacher and Grade 5-9 teacher of Domestic Science at a Japanese school in Surabaya, Indonesia. After marriage, Yukiko worked at the Indonesian University as a Japanese language teacher. When living in China, Yukiko worked as a Casual Art Teacher at YCIS Beijing, and later, at GEMS World Academy Dubai UAE, Yukiko was employed as Secondary Art Teacher assistant (Grade 6-12).  Since moving to Hong Kong in 2013, Yukiko has worked as the Educational Assistant Upper School Art at CDNIS, and is a dedicated Volleyball Coach for the U16 Div2 team and is the staff supervisor of the Jewellery Making Club in the Upper School.

IB Coordinators

  • Julie Cook
    MYP Coordinator, Science & Grade 9F Homeroom Teacher

    Julie Cook

    MYP Coordinator, Science & Grade 9F Homeroom Teacher

    Julie Cook is from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and is the MYP Coordinator and a Science teacher. She first attended the University of Guelph where she received his B.Sc. (Human Kinetics) before completing a Bachelor of Education at York University. Later, she completed a M.Sc. (Interdisciplinary Studies in Education). Julie has taught high school science in Ontario as well as Sofia, Bulgaria and Bangkok, Thailand for grades 9-12. She has been teaching for over 17 years. Julie is a Middle Years Programme curriculum reviewer for the IBO as a part of the Building Quality Curriculum team. Julie is passionate about facilitating the learning of all students with the goal of making the world a better place. Her professional interests involve curriculum development and the use of data to improve education.

  • Zoe Heggie
    PYP Coordinator

    Zoe Heggie

    PYP Coordinator

    Originally from the UK, Zoe Heggie has spent a large chunk of her life overseas. As a child she attended international schools in Singapore and Bahrain, while as an adult she has enjoyed twenty years experience of being an educator in the UK, Tanzania, Australia, the Philippines and Hong Kong. A passionate advocate of promoting inquiry and joyful learning, Zoe revels in the opportunities that being part of diverse international learning communities affords. She holds a Bachelor degree in Modern Languages, a Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education and a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education. Outside school Zoe is happiest spending time with her family, travelling, reading, relaxing and always learning.

  • Joe Holroyd
    DP Coordinator & English Teacher

    Joe Holroyd

    DP Coordinator & English Teacher

    Joe Holroyd hails from London originally, where he worked in journalism and publishing before teaching. Previous roles in international schools have included Head of English at YCIS Shanghai and TOK Coordinator at NIST, Bangkok. Joe runs workshops for the IB in Literature, Theory of Knowledge, Pedagogy and Interdisciplinary Learning Through Film. The latter is a particular passion of Joe’s, whose pursuit of lifelong learning is determinedly interdisciplinary: Joe holds postgraduate degrees in education, philosophy and literature, and creative writing, and has published creative and academic work in the UK and US. Joe is currently completing postgraduate research at HKU in the social sciences and education, looking at strategies to reduce stress and anxiety associated with studies in the IB Diploma.

  • Vivienne Wallace
    PYP Coordinator

    Vivienne Wallace

    PYP Coordinator

    Vivienne Wallace is from Wanaka, New Zealand and is one of two PYP Co-ordinators. She has a B.Ed. (Teaching) from Victoria University of Wellington, a Teachers College Diploma from Dunedin Teachers College and a TTC (Trained Teachers Certificate) from the New Zealand Department of Education. During her teaching career Viv has worked in various capacities, from Early Years through to Grade 7, in New Zealand, England, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Thailand, Sudan and Hong Kong. She also worked in publishing in New Zealand for 15 years and is a keen reader. As a keen sports follower, Viv has been an active participant in netball, swimming, basketball, athletics, tennis and skiing at different stages of her life. Viv loves to travel and is always searching for undeveloped islands to relax on during holiday times.

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