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

  • Katrielle Mehmet
    Early Years 1A Teacher

    Katrielle Mehmet

    Early Years 1A Teacher

    Kat Mehmet is from the UK and has a BA (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Education (University of Hull) and a FdA in Early Childhood Education & Playwork. She is currently working towards obtaining a MA in Early Childhood Education. Kat has over 20 years of experience in the field of Early Years Education covering the areas of teaching, curriculum development, and leadership. She has held a variety of positions at International Schools both in Hong Kong and the UK and believes passionately that children learn best through play in a supportive environment guided by qualified, educated Early Childhood professionals. When not working, Kat enjoys spending time with her family here in Hong Kong, the UK and Cyprus.

  • Fiona Cheung
    Early Years 1A Educational Assistant

    Fiona Cheung

    Early Years 1A Educational Assistant

    Fiona Cheung has a BA Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Certificate in Special Educational Needs. A passionate educator, Fiona has been teaching in kindergartens for almost 20 years. Her mission is to encourage children to develop their interests at their own pace in a nurturing environment. She also believes that “learn through play” can help children develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain self-confidence. In addition to teaching, Fiona loves spending time with family, enjoys hiking, and other outdoor activities.

  • Alice Woo
    Early Years 1A Educational Assistant

    Alice Woo

    Early Years 1A Educational Assistant

    Alice Woo was born in Hong Kong but spent most of her childhood in the West Coast of Canada. She has a M.A in Early Childhood Education from the U.K (Sheffield University), and a Diploma in Early Childhood Education from Vancouver, Canada. Alice has over eight years of experience working and teaching young children in both Asia and North America; such as Hong Kong, Canada and in the Philippines. Alice believes that play should be the foundational basis of learning since children learn best by doing. In her spare time, Alice enjoys hiking, painting, travelling and spending time with family.

  • Fiona Bradley-Barnard
    Learning Leader/Early Years 1B Teacher

    Fiona Bradley-Barnard

    Learning Leader/Early Years 1B Teacher

    Fiona Bradley-Barnard attended Leeds Metropolitan University and gained a BA (Hons) degree in Childhood Studies and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. Her first teaching post was at Thomas' London Day School in Kensington, London where she taught Grade 4 and was appointed PSHCE (Personal, social, health and citizenship education) Coordinator. After two years in London, she moved to Bangkok and joined St. Andrews International School (Nord Anglia Education) where she worked across the Primary School and held the position of Head of House. This is her second year as Early Years Learning Leader at CDNIS. Outside school, Ms. Bradley-Barnard and her husband are kept busy with their two young children. They love spending time outdoors, exploring the incredible city of Hong Kong and further afield.

  • Maria Ho
    Early Years 1B Educational Assistant

    Maria Ho

    Early Years 1B Educational Assistant

    Maria Ho is in her third year as an Educational Assistant for The EYE. Brought up in Hong Kong, she also spent many years living and working in Toronto. Shehas two children attending the Upper School at CDNIS, both having started from Pre Reception and Reception. Maria is passionate about the kids learning through play, previously helping her own children in the Lower School as a volunteer parent. She subsequently moved on to work as a Supply Educational Assistant in the Lower School for three years, spending the majority of the time in the Early Years Programme. Her interests outside the classroom are travel, golf and music.

Early Years 2

Preparatory

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Chinese Studies

Curriculum Developers

  • Ian Casey
    LS Leader of Language Innovation

    Ian Casey

    LS Leader of Language Innovation

    Ian Casey is from County Dublin, Ireland. He received his teacher qualifications from the University of East London. After five years in London, where he worked with various age groups, as well as leading a range of projects developing different aspects of the teaching of literacy, he moved to Hong Kong. Since 2014, he has been teaching at an international school in Hong Kong, continuing to foster a love of learning in his students. Ian creates engaging learning opportunities that encourage his students to explore their passions and interests, while identifying new ways to positively impact the world around them. Away from the classroom, he is a proud father and family man, who loves to travel. Additionally, Ian is an avid sportsperson with football undoubtedly his number one. As a lifelong learner, he is continuing his studies, completing a Master of Education degree at the University of Hong Kong.

  • 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 B.Ed. in Early Childhood and M.Ed. 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
    LTT Leader

    Makky Fung

    LTT Leader

    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
    Coding and Robotics Teacher

    Vivian Fung

    Coding and Robotics Teacher

    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

  • 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. She completed her Bachelor of Music Education (Hons) at Sir Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, her Bachelor of Education (Hons) at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and her Masters of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at OISE, University of Toronto, Ontario. She has taught primary through Grade 12 performing arts and instrumental music in Ontario and abroad in Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong. She, along with her husband and three children are happy to call CDNIS and Hong Kong home!

  • JoAnne Sandul
    Visual Arts Teacher

    JoAnne Sandul

    Visual Arts Teacher

    Hailing from Sudbury, Ontario Canada, JoAnne earned a BA from Carleton University (Ottawa), a BEd from the University of Ottawa, two Fashion Diplomas from Ryerson University (Toronto) and a MSc from the State University of New York. This is her 12th year teaching in the Lower School at CDNIS and eighteenth year living in Hong Kong. At CDNIS JoAnne was a homeroom teacher for Grades 4 - 6 for 10 years and a Visual Arts teacher in the Lower School for two years. She will continue as a Lower School Visual Arts teacher for Grades 3 – 5 in the 2020-2021 school year.

    Prior to CDNIS, JoAnne served as a NET in a local Hong Kong school and was the ESL Coordinator at the Korean International School. She was the Fashion Design and Marketing coordinator for Lasalle College of Canada in the Philippines, English instructor in South Korea, Japan and Ottawa, and secondary school visual arts teacher in Ontario. She believes that by providing young students with a myriad of learning experiences they can realize their aptitude and passion for their future endeavours.

  • Aly Trezise
    Learning Leader for Making & Innovation Visual Arts

    Aly Trezise

    Learning Leader for Making & Innovation Visual Arts

    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.

  • Liz Chow
    Performing Arts/Making & Innovation Educational Assistant

    Liz Chow

    Performing Arts/Making & Innovation Educational Assistant

    Liz is originally from Eastern Canada and obtained a Master’s degree in Architecture from Dalhousie University. Prior to moving to Hong Kong in 2005, she worked as an architect in San Francisco. Liz has worked at another international school in Hong Kong in their Reception programme as a teaching assistant and has worked at CDNIS previously as a substitute EA. She has two daughters at CDNIS and has volunteered extensively in many areas of the school. Liz is a maker and enjoys many creative pursuits including textile arts and jewellery design and production. She is passionate about environmental sustainability.

  • Sid Dewan
    Visual Arts Educational Assistant

    Sid Dewan

    Visual Arts Educational Assistant

    Captivated by architecture and visual compositions in his adolescent years, Sid pursued his interests to attain a Degree in Interior Architecture along with Diploma in Visual Communication from University of Raffles. Amidst his undergraduate years, Sid undertook TESOL and plunged into field of education with ESF on a part time basis. The instant spark he felt in fostering young learners would eventually lead him to choose this current path. Now serving his fourth year at CDNIS, Sid looks forward to enhancing student engagement and learning experiences. During long breaks, Sid likes to go on road trips and document moments by film photography.

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 & Grade 8B Homeroom Teacher

    Kathryn Clouthier

    Physical Education & Grade 8B Homeroom 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.

  • 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

Drama

English

Music & Film Studies

Guidance

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

    Catherine Irvine

    Guidance Department Head (Grade 10-12)

    Originally from Canada, Catherine graduated from Queen’s University’s Concurrent Education programme with a BA (Hons) in English Literature and a BEd. 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 MSc in Educational Management through Bristol University in the UK. Catherine has worked in education for 19 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 six years ago as a Guidance Counsellor and is now in her fourth 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.

  • Nancy Remondi
    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 10-12)

    Nancy Remondi

    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 10-12)

    After 18 years teaching in classrooms in Japan, Jordan, UK and UAE, Nancy made the decision to move from teaching middle school humanities to becoming a school counsellor, and she enjoys the opportunities to connect with adolescents and help them be their best version of themselves. In her role as a counsellor at the International School of Kenya and Hong Kong International School, Nancy initiated and co-designed the middle school’s social and emotional learning curriculum. She is thrilled to be returning to Hong Kong, a city she loves and considers home.

  • Shalyn Tharayil
    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 10-12)

    Shalyn Tharayil

    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 10-12)

    Shalyn Tharayil is from Los Angeles, California. She joins CDNIS after working as a College Counsellor in California for 6 years, and at UCLA Admissions at the beginning of her career. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology from UCLA, and a Master's in Education at USC.

    In her spare time, Shalyn enjoys hiking, reading, travelling to new countries, and spending time with family and friends.

  • Timothy Woo
    Wellbeing Guidance Counsellor

    Timothy Woo

    Wellbeing Guidance Counsellor

    Timothy Woo is Chinese born Canadian, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He received his Doctorate in social work from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in social work from York University. In Canada, Timothy has had experiences as a family service child protection worker and as the adolescent social worker in a rehabilitation hospital for children with special needs. In Hong Kong, Timothy has had experiences as a programme coordinator with an NGO geared towards youth drug education and prevention, and most recently, as a guidance counsellor at another private independent school. Timothy has two children, both under the age of three, and his passions include seeing youth be successful in any way they wish, fried food, and dodgeball, for all the wrong reasons.

  • My Thanh Mac
    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 6-9)

    My Thanh Mac

    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 6-9)

    My Thanh Mac received her Bachelor of Arts in English at UCLA and her Master of Science in Counselling at San Francisco State University. In her undergrad and graduate programmes, My Thanh discovered her passion for youth work and community service. She has served as Head of College Counselling in a private secondary school in San Francisco, and most recently worked as a primary counsellor at Chinese International School. Currently, she helps coach the Hong Kong national team for the World Individuals Debate and Public Speaking Competition, and lectures Psychology at HKU Space. My Thanh is fluent in Cantonese and enjoys any opportunity to improve her Mandarin or Spanish. Her other interests include discussing growth mindsets, scrapbooking and discovering delicious local joints in Hong Kong.

  • Erica Saephan
    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 6-9)

    Erica Saephan

    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 6-9)

    Erica Saephan was born and raised in Oakland, California. She is a calm and laid-back individual who enjoys hanging out with her family, including her five brothers and three sisters. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from University of California, Berkeley and her Master of Science degree in Counseling from San Francisco State University. Before becoming a school counsellor, she was a middle school teacher. For the past eight years, she has been a school counsellor at Montera Middle School where she attended as a student. In her spare time, she loves to travel and connect with her Iu Mien family around the world, watch Korean dramas, look up vegetarian recipes, and work on her family tree (500+ relatives and counting!).

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

    For more than 15 years in education, Kirk Kahu has been a multifaceted Humanities teacher. He has taught courses in Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Philosophy, Career Development, Civics, History, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Religion and Political Theory. Recently he has completed a Masters Program in International Learning Styles with a focus on technology from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. Born in Ontario, Kirk has a honours undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph in Philosophy and History and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. Kirk has coached and captained the Hong Kong National Ultimate Frisbee team in three world championships. While coaching the U20 Boys Volleyball and U20 Girls Touch Rugby teams at CDNIS, these teams have won multiple championships and medals at the highest level, the South East Asia Student Activities Conference (one gold and four bronze medals). These teams have also won five gold medals and six silver medals in the International Schools Sports Federation Hong Kong. Kirk is a Google Certified teacher, Category Three Certified TOK teacher, Category Two Certified MYP Humanities teacher, and IB TOK Examiner.

  • 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 Teacher

    Dave Perry

    Humanities 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.

  • 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 was born in Hong Kong but raised in Toronto and Vancouver in Canada. He has a B.Comm(Hons) from Rotman Commerce at the University of Toronto, majoring in Accounting and Economics and a PGDE from the University of Hong Kong. He is an OCT and a DP Examiner. He is now a DP/MYP Business Management and Economics teacher at CDNIS. Prior to embarking on a teaching career, Kenneth worked in the business sector at Ernst & Young in Toronto & Citibank in Hong Kong and enjoys sharing his work experiences with students in lessons. An IBDP graduate himself, Kenneth is eager to share his personal IB journey and support students through this challenging curriculum. His interests outside the classroom include travelling, badminton, music and never missing out on an Iced Capp from Timmies!

  • Christopher Tyrrell
    Humanities & TOK Teacher

    Christopher Tyrrell

    Humanities & TOK Teacher

    Christopher Tyrrell is from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and is the TOK Coordinator and a Geography teacher at CDNIS. He graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Education and is qualified to teach Geography and Philosophy. He completed his Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies at HKU. He has taught for the past 12 years in Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong. He joined CDNIS in 2015. He is passionate about his subjects and continues to develop professionally as an IB examining team-leader for TOK and as an examiner for DP Geography. He enjoys outdoor pursuits, travel, and learning languages.

  • Alexander Wright
    Humanities & TOK Teacher

    Alexander Wright

    Humanities & TOK 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.

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 excited to begin her next international journey in Hong Kong. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors running, hiking, swimming and biking. She also loves to scuba dive and spends most of her vacations under the sea.

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.

  • 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 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 & Grade 8B Homeroom Teacher

    Kathryn Clouthier

    Physical Education & Grade 8B Homeroom 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.

  • Stewart Dean
    Physical Education Teacher

    Stewart Dean

    Physical Education Teacher

    Stewart Dean was born and raised in Hobart, Tasmania. He completed his education studies at the University of Tasmania before moving overseas to travel and teach. He has taught in London, Frankfurt, Dubai and Istanbul. Stewart is sports mad, playing, coaching or supporting a range of sports including: soccer, basketball, Aussie Rules Football, cricket, volleyball and American Football. He strives to share this passion for sport and the importance of an active lifestyle with his students.

  • Jon Kavanagh
    Physical Education Teacher

    Jon Kavanagh

    Physical Education Teacher

    Jon Kavanagh hails from Yorkshire, England and has been teaching for the past 11 years both in the UK and abroad. He studied a BA (Hons) in Physical Education and Sport at Liverpool John Moores University and worked in London before embarking on an international teaching career where he has worked in Vietnam, India and most recently Shanghai. Jon enjoys watching and playing many different sports but is most passionate about football, rugby, cricket and golf, as well as being a great lover of the outdoors. Aside from sport and physical activity, he loves to travel, sample cuisines from around the world and socialise with friends. Jon is very much looking forward to joining the CDNIS community and starting a new life in Hong Kong with his wife and their dog, Ernie!

  • Kadie Riverin
    Physical Education Teacher

    Kadie Riverin

    Physical Education Teacher

    Kadie Riverin is from Ottawa, 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. Kadie has recently completed her Masters of Science in Nutrition Education at American University. Her interests outside of the classroom include SUP, cycling, cooking and reading.

Romance Languages

Science

TOK

  • Mikel Echevarria
    Science & TOK Teacher

    Mikel Echevarria

    Science & TOK Teacher

    Mikel has a mission to instill a passion for lifelong learning in students by implementing an energetic and varied teaching methodology. He has experience of teaching in the public and private sector in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. He studied Chemistry at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, then gained a Ph.D in Chemistry and a post-graduate certificate in Education. He is active in the local Hong Kong music scene, playing in a few bands, and enjoys surfing.

  • Brian Hull
    Diploma Programme Coordinator & TOK Teacher

    Brian Hull

    Diploma Programme Coordinator & TOK Teacher

    Brian 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.

  • Kirk Kahu
    Humanities & TOK Teacher

    Kirk Kahu

    Humanities & TOK Teacher

    For more than 15 years in education, Kirk Kahu has been a multifaceted Humanities teacher. He has taught courses in Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Philosophy, Career Development, Civics, History, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Religion and Political Theory. Recently he has completed a Masters Program in International Learning Styles with a focus on technology from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. Born in Ontario, Kirk has a honours undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph in Philosophy and History and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. Kirk has coached and captained the Hong Kong National Ultimate Frisbee team in three world championships. While coaching the U20 Boys Volleyball and U20 Girls Touch Rugby teams at CDNIS, these teams have won multiple championships and medals at the highest level, the South East Asia Student Activities Conference (one gold and four bronze medals). These teams have also won five gold medals and six silver medals in the International Schools Sports Federation Hong Kong. Kirk is a Google Certified teacher, Category Three Certified TOK teacher, Category Two Certified MYP Humanities teacher, and IB TOK Examiner.

  • Dean Krawchuk
    Drama Department Head & TOK Teacher

    Dean Krawchuk

    Drama Department Head & TOK Teacher

    Dean Krawchuk joins CDNIS from Dubai where he previously taught MYP Theatre, DP Theatre Arts and TOK for two years at Dubai International Academy. Prior to that, he was living in Kelowna, BC having completed a BFA in Interdisciplinary Performance. There he focused on devising theatre, clowning, contact improvisation, photography, sculpture, theatre tech and more. Before living in Kelowna, Mr. Krawchuk was teaching Drama and Social Studies in his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta at Victoria School of the Arts. His first teaching job was in Barking, Essex. He has recently started working with ISTA, and is looking forward to continuing his relationship with them.

  • 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.

  • Christopher Tyrrell
    Humanities & TOK Teacher

    Christopher Tyrrell

    Humanities & TOK Teacher

    Christopher Tyrrell is from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and is the TOK Coordinator and a Geography teacher at CDNIS. He graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Education and is qualified to teach Geography and Philosophy. He completed his Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies at HKU. He has taught for the past 12 years in Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong. He joined CDNIS in 2015. He is passionate about his subjects and continues to develop professionally as an IB examining team-leader for TOK and as an examiner for DP Geography. He enjoys outdoor pursuits, travel, and learning languages.

  • Robert Wilson
    English & TOK Teacher

    Robert Wilson

    English & TOK Teacher

    Robert Wilson hails from coastal Maine, USA, where he grew up on a self-sufficient organic farm. He began his educational career in the US teaching English Literature, then spent 13 years teaching MYP and DP English and Theory of Knowledge in Hong Kong. After 4 years teaching at and running secondary international schools in Hawaii and Indonesia, Robert and his family have returned to Hong Kong to continue his passion of working with students to unlock their potential and thrive in a rapidly changing world. He has a BA in English: Creative Writing and a MAEd in Secondary Education. In his free time, Robert likes to explore Hong Kong with his wife and two young children, read zombie fiction, trail run and cook vegetarian meals.

  • Alexander Wright
    Humanities & TOK Teacher

    Alexander Wright

    Humanities & TOK 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.

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 & 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 Dr. Soetomo University in Indonesia 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 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 & TOK Teacher

    Brian Hull

    Diploma Programme Coordinator & TOK Teacher

    Brian 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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