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 the tabs below.

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Early Years 1

Early Years 2

Preparatory

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Chinese Studies

Curriculum Developers

  • Aaron Van Borek
    Leader of Language Innovation

    Aaron Van Borek

    Leader of Language Innovation

    Aaron Van Borek is originally from Vancouver, Canada. Aaron has a Bachelor of Education from OISE at the University of Toronto, along with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master’s in Education. In the last 15 years, he has served in various roles, including teacher, instructional coach, and Associate Division Head, at schools in Canada, St. Vincent, Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, and Brazil. Aaron has extensive training in literacy, coaching, curriculum design, assessment and data analysis, as well as in facilitating professional learning. Aaron is passionate about empowering teachers and students in achieving their goals by equipping them with the confidence and skills to drive their own learning. Whether he’s working with students, teachers, families, or administrators, Aaron knows that powerful learning depends on strong, meaningful relationships. Aaron is joined by his son and both of them are looking forward to exploring Hong Kong, making new friends, and learning a new language.

  • Natalie Ross
    LS Leader of Mathematics and Science Innovation

    Natalie Ross

    LS Leader of Mathematics and Science Innovation

    Natalie Ross is from Brisbane, Australia and is currently a Learning Coach in the Lower School. She has both a BEd in Early Childhood and MEd in Inclusive Education from the Queensland University of Technology. Natalie brings a great deal experience to the school, having taught internationally at PYP schools for the last 14 years, being a PYP Coordinator and facilitating workshops for the IB. Her greatest delight is seeing students’ faces light up with enthusiasm during learning and realising the progress they have made.

Inclusion Team

Library

  • Suzanne McCluskey
    Early Years 1 - Grade 2 Teacher Librarian

    Suzanne McCluskey

    Early Years 1 - Grade 2 Teacher Librarian

    Suzanne McCluskey is from Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. She joins CDNIS from ACS Egham International School just outside London, where she was working as the PYP coordinator/teacher librarian. Prior to teaching in England, Suzanne taught in Bangkok, Munich, Tokyo, Auckland and Australia and has worked both as a classroom teacher and librarian. She holds a B.Ed and a Master’s degree in education (TESOL). Living overseas has been a wonderful experience and Suzanne is looking forward to continuing it in Hong Kong. She loves that she has met so many new people who she can now count as life-long friends. In her down time, she enjoys reading, travelling, swimming and exploring new neighbourhoods with hidden treasures of food and other delights.

  • Colleen Williams
    Grade 3-5 Teacher Librarian

    Colleen Williams

    Grade 3-5 Teacher Librarian

    Colleen Williams is originally from New Jersey, USA. She has a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Oregon and a Masters of Learning and Technology from Western Governors University. Colleen graduated from The American School of the Hague in the Netherlands so personally experienced life as an international school student. Over her 25-plus year career she has taught kindergarten and grade 1, K-12 technology, K-12 library and HS journalism. She is now in her 14th year of international teaching, having previously taught in Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Shanghai, and Vietnam. She is passionate about the power of books and a maker culture - both give kids an opportunity to learn, make decisions, problem solve, be creative and grow.

LTT

  • Makky Fung
    Learning Leader for LTT

    Makky Fung

    Learning Leader for LTT

    Makky Fung is a Learning and Teaching Technologies Leader at Canadian International School of Hong Kong. She has a B.Ed. from McGill University and a M.Ed. from Chinese University of Hong Kong. During her time at CDNIS, she has been a PYP teacher, implemented the 1:1 iPad programme in Grades 1-3 and the 1:1 laptop programme in Grades 4-12, was certified as an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2007, launched Google School in 2013, and now she is actively involved in the development of maker empowerment, coding and robotics programmes in Lower School. Makky is passionate to help educators and students to leverage educational technology to support active, visible, purposeful, and connected learning.

  • Vivian Fung
    Robotics & Coding

    Vivian Fung

    Robotics & Coding

    Vivian Fung is a Coding and Robotics teacher at Canadian International School of Hong Kong. She has a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Toronto as well as a PGCE. After graduating, she worked at IBM Canada. Vivian joined CDNIS in 2011 as a Prep EA before joining LTT department. At CDNIS, she has created Chinese eBooks for the Chinese department and supported teachers in technology teaching before focusing on Coding and Robotics teaching. She was certified as an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2015, and a Level 1 Google Educator. She is passionate about advanced technology and has actively promoted the robotics program in recent years through organising robotics competitions. Vivian embraces a growth mindset and believes everyone can code.

Physical Education

Visual & Performing Arts

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

  • Stephanie Perrault
    French & Grade 8A Homeroom Teacher

    Stephanie Perrault

    French & Grade 8A Homeroom Teacher

    Stephanie Perrault is a native French speaker from Montreal, Canada who grew up as an expatriate moving every few years, residing in Paris, Quebec City, Hong Kong, Toronto and Vancouver. She graduated from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and went on to teach in an IB school in Montreal. Stephanie then moved to Toronto where she thought pre reception for three years at an IB school. She taught French to native English speakers, was a basketball coach and simultaneously attended the University of Toronto where she obtained her Master’s in Education with a specialisation in Developmental Psychology. She has since had two beautiful children and moved to Hong Kong to fulfil her childhood dream of coming back here to teach. Stephanie’s passion and dedication goes beyond the classroom and she is committed to making students feel that they belong and that they matter in the community. She loves finding creative ways to teach her native language to her students. 

  • Kathryn Clouthier
    Physical Education & Learning Leader/Grade 8B Homeroom Teacher

    Kathryn Clouthier

    Physical Education & Learning Leader/Grade 8B Homeroom Teacher

    Kathryn Cloutier is in her fifth year at CDNIS and hails from Thunder Bay, Ontario. She graduated from Lakehead University with a BSc (Hons) in Kinesiology before completing her BEd, all while playing university volleyball. She then relocated to Ottawa to obtain an MA in Sports Administration (University of Ottawa), with a focus on marketing and grassroots development. She began her teaching career as a French Immersion homeroom teacher before starting her international adventures as an Upper School HPE teacher with the Shanghai Community International School. Kathryn can always be found with a smile on her face, eager to share her passion for wellness through sport, or have a laugh.

  • David Larson
    Digital Literacy/Design Technology Specialist & Grade 8C Homeroom Teacher

    David Larson

    Digital Literacy/Design Technology Specialist & Grade 8C Homeroom Teacher

    David Larson hails from Winnipeg, Canada. He graduated magna cum laude with a BSc 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 theatre, 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 at CDNIS 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.

  • Annette Meier
    French & Grade 8D Homeroom Teacher

    Annette Meier

    French & Grade 8D Homeroom Teacher

    Annette Meier is from Nice, France. She completed her undergraduate studies and teaching qualifications at the University of La Sorbonne in Paris. She has been teaching French to students in Grades 6 to 12 for 19 years. Prior to coming to CDNIS, she worked in Normandy, Houston, and Beijing. Annette particularly enjoys helping children to discover their individuality and giving them the confidence to try new things.

  • Raymond Loo
    Math, Business Studies & Grade 8E Homeroom Teacher

    Raymond Loo

    Math, Business Studies & Grade 8E Homeroom Teacher

    Raymond Loo teaches DP/MYP Business Management and MYP Mathematics. Born and educated in Toronto, Raymond received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, specializing in Accounting. He attained the Chartered Professional Accountant designation and worked as a tax professional with The Toronto-Dominion Bank, KPMG, and the Canada Revenue Agency prior to teaching. Raymond is passionate about teaching and helping his students to think critically and accept responsibility for the outcomes and consequences of their decisions. Raymond looks forward to sharing his own work experiences to help his students understand real life application of the concepts and assist them in developing their applicable skills to reach their potential in this challenging curriculum. Raymond sees the importance of applying math in everyday real life. He hopes to help the students realize this by connecting the lessons to the real world and by instilling confidence and making it an enjoyable experience. He has tremendous patience and endeavours to spend as much time as necessary to help his students learn the fundamentals as well as the extended math.

  • Charlotte Nielsen
    English, TOK & Grade 8F Homeroom Teacher

    Charlotte Nielsen

    English, TOK & Grade 8F 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.

  • Anjali Grewal
    Grade 7 & 8 Educational Assistant

    Anjali Grewal

    Grade 7 & 8 Educational Assistant

    Anjali Grewal was born in India, and has lived in Hong Kong for the past 30 years, which is home for her and her two children. She earned a BCom Degree in India, and started her career in education at an international school in 2007. Anjali has worked at the primary section of the same school for the past 11 years. Her passion to assist children with their learning in academic as well as extra curricular activities brought her to CDNIS, where she will be working as the G7&8 EA.   

CAS

Chinese Studies

Design & Technology

  • 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 BEd 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 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.

  • Vivian Fung
    Robotics & Coding

    Vivian Fung

    Robotics & Coding

    Vivian Fung is a Coding and Robotics teacher at Canadian International School of Hong Kong. She has a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Toronto as well as a PGCE. After graduating, she worked at IBM Canada. Vivian joined CDNIS in 2011 as a Prep EA before joining LTT department. At CDNIS, she has created Chinese eBooks for the Chinese department and supported teachers in technology teaching before focusing on Coding and Robotics teaching. She was certified as an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2015, and a Level 1 Google Educator. She is passionate about advanced technology and has actively promoted the robotics program in recent years through organising robotics competitions. Vivian embraces a growth mindset and believes everyone can code.

  • Nikolai Joyce
    Film Studies & Design Teacher

    Nikolai Joyce

    Film Studies & Design Teacher

    Nikolai Joyce is from New Zealand. He graduated from high school in Malaysia and attended university in Australia. He holds a Master’s Degree in education and has recently begun further studies in screenwriting. For many years, he worked professionally as a photographer and then as a videographer. He worked in marketing, publications and development while teaching media related courses at international schools in Japan, Thailand and Malaysia. Nikolai was last team-teaching MYP Design in Nanjing International School’s purpose-built design centre with a product and a systems specialist. His area is digital/media design.

  • David Larson
    Digital Literacy/Design Technology Specialist & Grade 8C Homeroom Teacher

    David Larson

    Digital Literacy/Design Technology Specialist & Grade 8C Homeroom Teacher

    David Larson hails from Winnipeg, Canada. He graduated magna cum laude with a BSc 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 theatre, 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 at CDNIS 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 MSc 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.

Drama & Film Studies

English

Guidance

Humanities

  • Isabelle Shortt
    Humanities Department Head

    Isabelle Shortt

    Humanities Department Head

    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.

  • Neil Anderson
    Humanities Teacher

    Neil Anderson

    Humanities Teacher

    Neil Anderson is from Caledon, Ontario, which is generally considered “farm country” just north of Toronto. He has an undergraduate degree in International Development from the University of Guelph, and earned his teaching certificate from the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Mr. Anderson’s previous teaching experiences include working in Dubai for two years and Beijing for four. Most recently, he taught MYP Humanities, DP Economics, and was the CAS coordinator at the Canadian International School of Beijing. If you see Mr. Anderson around, feel free to strike up a conversation with him about camping, Margaret Atwood, or the future impact of your favourite economic policies.

  • Jane Clarke
    Humanities & 7E Homeroom Teacher

    Jane Clarke

    Humanities & 7E Homeroom Teacher

    Jane Clarke is from Kingston, Ontario Canada and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto and her teaching qualifications from the University of Tennessee. Jane comes to CDNIS from a small private school near Sydney, Australia where she was teaching History and Geography. Before this, she spent three years teaching Middle School science and social studies at the American International School of Guangzhou.

  • Robert Holtet
    Humanities Teacher

    Robert Holtet

    Humanities Teacher

    Robert Holtet is from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and is the Grade 7 and 8 Humanities teacher. He received his Bachelor of Education from the University of Regina before pursuing his MA in Educational Leadership at Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C. Prior to joining CDNIS, he and his family lived and worked in Canada, Korea, Malta, China, United Arab Emirates, Mongolia, and Malaysia over the last 20 years. He is a self-proclaimed 'life-long learner' whose focus includes extending student learning outside of the classroom through technology and integrating learning, experience and civic responsibility. His interests outside the classroom include playing ice hockey, baseball, golf, and travelling the globe. He is married and has two boys in the Upper School section.

  • Heather Jablonowski
    Humanities Teacher

    Heather Jablonowski

    Humanities Teacher

    Heather Jablonowski is from many cities in Canada. She is an Upper School Humanities teacher and the Librarian's sidekick. She has her BA, PGDE, M.Ed., and is an IB examiner. She has lived and worked in Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Hong Kong and has been teaching abroad for more than 15 years. She is also an enthusiastic coach; believing that maintaining balance is key to a happy and successful life. Her interests outside the classroom include running marathons and ultra-marathons, reading, spending time with friends and travelling the world for new adventures.

  • Kirk Kahu
    Humanities & TOK Teacher

    Kirk Kahu

    Humanities & TOK Teacher

    Kirk Kahu is from Kitchener, Ontario just west of Toronto. He has an Bachelor's Degree from the University of Guelph in Philosophy and History, a postgraduate teaching degree from the University of Toronto, and a Master's Degree from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. Previously too teaching at CDNIS he taught in Canada, Bulgaria, and Thailand. However, for the last decade has been happily teaching at CDNIS. In that time he has taught many different humanity courses. Currently he teaches Theory of Knowledge, Career Studies, Civics and DP Economics. A few of his credentials include being a Google Certified Teacher and TOK Examiner. Kirk has coached many sports at different levels at CDNIS. Currently he is the head coach of the U14, U16 and U20 Girls Touch Rugby programme. Outside of school, he plays touch rugby and ultimate frisbee and has represented Hong Kong at international world championships. In his spare time at home he enjoys playing card games with his kids and is an avid reader of The Economist and Foreign Affairs.

  • Gregg Lee
    CAS & Humanities Teacher

    Gregg Lee

    CAS & Humanities Teacher

    Gregg Lee is from Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is the CAS coordinator. Gregg also teaches Business and Economics in the Upper School. He attended Ryerson University in Ontario where he received his BComm. Mr. Lee has also received his Masters of Science in Education from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. He has subsequently lived and worked in Canada, Dubai and Hong Kong and has been teaching for more than 18 years. To promote the love of learning he is committed to delivering the curriculum in engaging and innovative ways. His interests outside the classroom include giving back to the community, travelling, DJ'ing, exercising and spending time with his family.

  • Raymond Loo
    Math, Business Studies & Grade 8E Homeroom Teacher

    Raymond Loo

    Math, Business Studies & Grade 8E Homeroom Teacher

    Raymond Loo teaches DP/MYP Business Management and MYP Mathematics. Born and educated in Toronto, Raymond received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, specializing in Accounting. He attained the Chartered Professional Accountant designation and worked as a tax professional with The Toronto-Dominion Bank, KPMG, and the Canada Revenue Agency prior to teaching. Raymond is passionate about teaching and helping his students to think critically and accept responsibility for the outcomes and consequences of their decisions. Raymond looks forward to sharing his own work experiences to help his students understand real life application of the concepts and assist them in developing their applicable skills to reach their potential in this challenging curriculum. Raymond sees the importance of applying math in everyday real life. He hopes to help the students realize this by connecting the lessons to the real world and by instilling confidence and making it an enjoyable experience. He has tremendous patience and endeavours to spend as much time as necessary to help his students learn the fundamentals as well as the extended math.

  • Dave Perry
    Humanities & 10E Homeroom Teacher

    Dave Perry

    Humanities & 10E Homeroom Teacher

    Dave Perry is from Tamworth, England. He has a BA (Hons) degree in History and Politics (Durham University), a Master’s degree in Education (University of Western Australia) as well as a PGDE (Hong Kong University). Prior to becoming a teacher, he worked as a policeman in Scotland for 12 years. After arriving in Hong Kong in 2006, he worked at HKIS before joining CDNIS. Outside of the classroom he is a football coach who has been successfully involved with many school and local teams.

  • Jeremy Power
    History & Civics Teacher

    Jeremy Power

    History & Civics Teacher

    Jeremy Power is originally from Ontario, Canada. He has a Bachelor’s degree in History and Geography from Trent University and a Bachelor’s of Education from Queen’s University. While at Queen’s he was in the Outdoor and Experiential Education programme and has a passion for this area. Jeremy lived in the Philippines for five years where he taught history and geography for middle and upper school, as well as TOK and he was part of the school’s leadership team. He enjoys exploring global issues including those around the Global Goals for sustainable development. As a historian, Jeremy strives to develop students' research and critical thinking skills. His interests outside of the classroom include travelling, physical activity and spending time with friends.

  • Cait Redmond
    English, Humanities & Grade 7A Homeroom Teacher

    Cait Redmond

    English, Humanities & Grade 7A Homeroom Teacher

    Cait Redmond strives to inspire students to develop an appreciation for the world around them. Her career has taken her to Japan, as Nagasaki Prefectural Advisor and Cultural Liaison for the JET Programme; as well as Canada, New Zealand, Dubai, and Hong Kong as a Social Studies, English and Wellbeing teacher. Cait holds a BEd and an MA (International Development), and was the recipient of an Innovative Research Award from the Canadian International Development Agency, allowing her to pursue community research in Belize.

    Cait’s background in nutrition led to the creation of a local food market, vegetarian cafe and wellness education business, with her husband, Steve Myrden. Cait cares deeply about social justice and the environment. She enjoys cooking, hiking, yoga, traveling, and summering in beautiful Nova Scotia.

  • Stephen Smeed
    Humanities Teacher

    Stephen Smeed

    Humanities Teacher

    Stephen Smeed in from Vancouver, Canada. He has a BA in Geography from Simon Fraser University and Bachelors of Education from the University of British Columbia. After graduating, Stephen worked in Korea before moving to Hong Kong where he has been teaching for the past 11 years. In his years at CDNIS, he has taught all grades in the Upper School in courses ranging from Humanities to DP Geography. He is also heavily involved in the planning and implementation of the Model United Nations. His interests outside of the classroom include performing improvisational theatre, playing hockey and raising his two girls.

  • Kenneth Tang
    Humanities Teacher

    Kenneth Tang

    Humanities Teacher

    Kenneth Tang is from Toronto, Ontario and has lived and studied in Vancouver, British Columbia. He completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Rotman Commerce at the University of Toronto, majoring in Accounting and Economics, and a PGDE from the University of Hong Kong. Prior to his teaching career, Kenneth worked in the corporate field at Ernst & Young in Toronto and Citibank in Hong Kong. With experiences teaching the MYP and DP Business Management and Economics, Kenneth enjoys sharing his corporate work experiences with students in lessons and drawing connections between theories and content to real-world applications. Kenneth is an OCT, DP Examiner, IBDP graduate, and is an alumni contributor for IB's Graduate Voices blog series. He is eager to share his personal IB journey and support students through this challenging curriculum. Entering his 6th year at CDNIS, Kenneth continues to grow and learn professionally within the school community. His interests outside the classroom include travelling, badminton and music.

  • Christopher Tyrrell
    TOK Department Head & Humanities Teacher

    Christopher Tyrrell

    TOK Department Head & Humanities Teacher

    Christopher is from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and is the TOK Coordinator and Humanities teacher at CDNIS. He graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Education and is qualified to teach Geography and Philosophy. He has also completed two Master's degrees in Buddhist Studies at HKU. He has taught for the past 16 years in Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong. Mr. Tyrrell has published an online TOK course for teachers, is a Team Leader for the IB's TOK examination team, and has led teacher-workshops for TOK. He enjoys outdoor pursuits, travel, and learning languages. He joined CDNIS in 2015.

  • Branden Watts
    English & Humanities and Grade 6E Homeroom Teacher

    Branden Watts

    English & Humanities and Grade 6E Homeroom Teacher

    Branden Watts is from Seattle Washington. He has a BA in Marketing/International Business from the University of Washington, as well as a Master’s degree in Teaching from Seattle University. Over the course of his teaching career he has had the joy of being an English teacher in Japan as part of the JET Programme, a language arts teacher in Seattle, and a humanities teacher in Bangkok. He is a lifelong advocate of the power of reading, writing, and positive feedback. He is just as excited to learn from his students, as he is to teach them.

  • Alexander Wright
    Humanities & TOK Teacher

    Alexander Wright

    Humanities & TOK Teacher

    Alexander Wright is originally from Ontario. He has a BA in International Development (Latin American Studies and Political Science), a BEd in History and Politics, and an MA in Conflict Studies and Human Rights. He has been teaching for 10 years, and he currently teaches DP Global Politics and MYP Global Perspectives. He has also taught DP TOK, MYP History, Civics and Humanities. Alex has lived in seven different countries and has travelled to over 70. Before teaching, he worked in human rights education for NGOs and UNESCO. He chose teaching because he thought that his experiences in various international fields would be valuable tools for learning about politics in the classroom. As such, he strives to instil a passion for learning about the world. He loves reading, writing, as well as staying physically active through sport and coaching.

Learning Support

  • Kristin Haagensen
    Learning Support Coordinator

    Kristin Haagensen

    Learning Support Coordinator

    Kristin Haagensen is originally from Madison, Wisconsin but most of her recent US life took place in St. Paul, Minnesota. She completed her Bachelor's in Communication Disorders and Master's in Education at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. After teaching in special education for 15 years in Minnesota, she moved to Spain and worked as a Learning Support teacher at the American School of Barcelona. She then moved to Doha, Qatar and worked as a Student Services Coordinator for two years. Kristin is enjoying her current international placement in Hong Kong. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors running, hiking, camping and swimming. She also loves to scuba dive and spends most of her vacations under the sea.

Math

Music

Physical Education

Romance Languages

Science

TOK

Visual Arts

  • Vanessa Lucas
    Visual Arts Department Head

    Vanessa Lucas

    Visual Arts Department Head

    Vanessa Lucas is from Northeast New Jersey, USA and earned a BFA in Graphic Design at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She worked as a designer before deciding to pursue a career as an educator, earning her New Jersey State Teaching License through Jersey City University. She has worked as an art educator for 14 years in New Jersey, Kuala Lumpur and most recently in Casablanca, Morocco. Vanessa is also an IB Visual Arts Examiner. Besides her obvious passion for art, she also enjoys scuba diving, exploring nature, film, live music, yoga and mindfulness.

  • Paula Pasanen
    Visual Arts Teacher

    Paula Pasanen

    Visual Arts Teacher

    Paula Pasanen is originally from Helsinki, Finland. She moved to the United Kingdom in 1999 where she gained her BA Arts Hons (University of Sunderland), before going on to completed her MA Media Arts (Manchester Metropolitan University) and PGCSE at UWE (University of West England). Before embarking on a career in teaching, she worked as a freelance photographer and studio assistant. She has been teaching in Khartoum, Sudan for the past two years and has a passion not just for arts but all the amazing cultures she has come across in her travels around the world. Paula believes strongly in providing opportunities to students to express themselves through art and creativity in a traditional manner, as well as in new innovative digital styles. She is looking forward to sharing her lifelong love of culture and art at CDNIS.

  • Michelle Wang
    Visual Arts Teacher

    Michelle Wang

    Visual Arts Teacher

    Michelle Wang is from Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from Queen’s University with a BSc Hons and a BEd (Visual Arts and Biology Education), and has a Masters of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. She has been teaching in a private IB school in Hong Kong for seven years and has taught IBDP and IGCSE Visual Arts, Biology and TOK, as well as serving as Head of Art. Prior to working in Hong Kong, Michelle worked as the Outreach Director at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, York University, where she designed and implemented various hands-on activities for students aged 6-16. She is passionate about spreading her love for interdisciplinary education. Her interests outside the classroom include ice skating, yoga, hiking, and travelling.

  • Iris Chang
    Visual Arts Assistant

    Iris Chang

    Visual Arts Assistant

    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 and 2 Homeroom Teacher and Grade 5-9 teacher of Domestic Science at a Japanese school in Surabaya, Indonesia. After marriage, Yukiko worked at Dr. Soetomo University in Indonesia as a Japanese language teacher. When living in China, she worked as an Art teacher at YCIS Beijing, and later, at GEMS World Academy Dubai UAE, Yukiko was employed as a 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 team, as well as the staff supervisor of the Jewellery Making Club and Japanese Club in the Upper School.

IB Coordinators

  • Steve Brown
    Primary Years Programme Coordinator

    Steve Brown

    Primary Years Programme Coordinator

    Steve is originally from Coquitlam, Canada. Graduating with a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia, Steve began his teaching career in Kent, England. An opportunity to teach internationally took him to the Overseas School of Colombo in Sri Lanka. After three years of the best food on the continent and weekends on the beach, he moved to Beijing to teach at Western Academy of Beijing. Three years later, he moved to Hong Kong to take a position as a Grade 5 classroom teacher at Canadian International School of Hong Kong. Steve's been at CDNIS for seven years. He is currently the Acting PYP Coordinator.

  • Julie Cook
    Middle Years Programme Coordinator & Science Teacher

    Julie Cook

    Middle Years Programme Coordinator & Science 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.

  • Brian Hull
    Diploma Programme Coordinator & Global Politics Teacher

    Brian Hull

    Diploma Programme Coordinator & Global Politics Teacher

    Brian Hull is originally from Winnipeg, Canada and, during his more than 20 years in education, he has taught in public and private schools in Canada, Kuwait and Dubai. In addition to his experience teaching several social studies courses in Canada, since 2001, he has taught Theory of Knowledge, DP History and, at present, Global Politics. As well, he has coordinated the CAS, Extended Essay, TOK, Diploma and Career-related programmes. Brian has extensive experience in examining and curriculum and online course development both in Canada and, more recently, in IBDP Global Politics. In 2011, he co-authored the Canadian history textbook, Shaping Canada. He has two Bachelor’s Degrees from the University of Manitoba, a Master’s Degree in education from George Mason University and is currently completing his doctorate in curriculum at the University of Calgary. Brian coaches ball hockey and regularly trains for marathons. Brian enjoys spending time with his children, both of whom are MYP and DP graduates, as well as hiking with his wife. He is an avid hockey and Canadian football fan.

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