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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Preparatory

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

  • Michael Jack
    Grade 3A Teacher

    Michael Jack

    Grade 3A Teacher

    Michael Jack was born in Auckland, New Zealand and raised in Hong Kong. He has worked at several international schools here, most recently teaching Lower Elementary at the Carmel School Association. Outside of education, he enjoys playing music, spending time with family and hiking with his dog, Charlie. Michael holds a Masters in Special and Inclusive Education From University of Newcastle, a Masters of Environmental Science from Murdoch University, a post-graduate Certificate in Education from University of Sunderland, a post-graduate Diploma in Energy & the Environment from Murdoch University and a Bachelor of Business Management from University of Queensland. He enjoys working with all age groups, employing an authentic and inquiry-driven approach to learning.

  • Shyla Ang
    Grade 3A Educational Assistant

    Shyla Ang

    Grade 3A Educational Assistant

    Shyla Ang has been working in Hong Kong since 2013. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, earned her license to teach in the Philippines and later, became a Registered Behaviour Technician in Hong Kong. She was formerly a Preschool, Grade 1 and Special Education teacher in the Philippines before coming to Hong Kong as a Behavioural Therapist. In her free time, she likes to hike, spend time with friends and pretend to know how to play the ukulele.

  • Sara Kakoske
    Grade 3B Teacher

    Sara Kakoske

    Grade 3B Teacher

    Sara Kakoske is from Calgary, Canada. She attended the University of Calgary where she obtained a BSc in Biochemistry (Honours) followed by a BEd from the University of Alberta. Upon graduation, she moved to Asia for a new adventure and fell in love with international teaching. She has spent the past 6 years working in Macau in both Kindergarten and Elementary classrooms. Outside of the classroom she loves to do anything outdoors such as hiking and swimming, trying out different fitness classes from dance to boxing.

  • Regan Nicholas
    Grade 3B Educational Assistant

    Regan Nicholas

    Grade 3B Educational Assistant

    Regan came to Hong Kong in 2008 with his wife, who works at an international school, and his daughter who will be going into Year 8 this year. He is from West London, Notting Hill where he also went to school. Regan’s background is in music (vocals) and he has recorded with Big Bang and Middle Row records labels.

    Moving to Hong Kong gave Regan the opportunity to re-skill and change his career path, so he applied for an Educational Assistant position at an international school and hasn’t looked back since. He finds it very fulfilling supporting young minds as they tackle the ever changing landscape that is education, wellbeing & success. Regan’s classroom experience consists of positions at other international schools supporting in the classroom, and providing 1:1 support with more intensive needs.

    Since he moved to Hong Kong, Regan has worked with Y Rock, which is music company set up to help young children develop their playing, singing and songwriting skills. He has also performed live gigs at venues such as Orange Peel, Peel Fresco, Salon 10 and Picnic In the Park. Regan’s passion for music remains strong, and although he is too old to run round the stage like Justin Bieber, music is still a very big part of his life.

  • Sasha Rauland
    Grade 3C Teacher

    Sasha Rauland

    Grade 3C Teacher

    Sasha Rauland is originally from the United States. She is a third culture kid and has spent almost all her childhood overseas having attended international schools in Germany, Russia, Pakistan, Ecuador, and Azerbaijan. She graduated from Knox College, a small liberal arts school in the Midwest, with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and Spanish, and also played for four years on the women’s soccer team. In 2016, she completed her Master’s Degree in curriculum and instruction from Concordia University in Oregon. Sasha has taught in the United States, Panama and Hong Kong. At school, Sasha is passionate about building a strong classroom community that fosters life-long learners. In her free time, her two biggest passions are travelling and playing sports.

  • Windy Wong
    Grade 3C Educational Assistant

    Windy Wong

    Grade 3C Educational Assistant

    Windy Wong has been working in an educational field since 2016 and is originally from the Philippines. She has a Bachelor's degree in Financial Management from Saint Louis University in Philippines. Windy is passionate in teaching children, sharing her knowledge, and making learning as fun as possible. During her free time, she loves window shopping and eating. She gained a certificate in Supporting Successful Learning in Primary, Understanding ADHD and Child Protection for International School. She wants to further grow on this field and pursue higher goals to gain greater knowledge.

  • Christine Miller
    Grade 3D Teacher

    Christine Miller

    Grade 3D Teacher

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

  • Viola Li
    Grade 3D Educational Assistant

    Viola Li

    Grade 3D Educational Assistant

    Viola Li is from Hong Kong. She has a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the East China Normal University in Shanghai. She received her Bachelor of Education in England. She has been teaching in CDNIS since 2000 and has taught students from Pre Reception to Grade 6. Viola currently teaches in the Lower School. She is also a presenter at the 21st century, ACT and Apple Education workshops, sharing best practices in how to integrate technology with language learning in the classroom and beyond. Viola is passionate about music, and has conducted the CDNIS Chinese Choir, as well as being the teacher-in-charge of the ASCCA Choir.

  • Natalie Pretty
    Learning Leader/Grade 3E Teacher

    Natalie Pretty

    Learning Leader/Grade 3E Teacher

    Natalie Pretty is from a small town southwest of Ottawa, Ontario. She graduated from Queen's University with a BA (Hons) in Psychology, an International Studies Certificate, and a Bachelor of Education degree. In her BEd year she was awarded a scholarship to do research/practicum abroad, which turned into a teaching position with the International School of Trieste in Italy. Following this experience, Natalie went to the Caribbean where she taught grades 3 and 4 at an international school on the island of Antigua for three years. Her next move was to Hong Kong where she landed in the city on the auspicious day of 08/08/08 and has remained ever since. Natalie values the social and emotional development of children and since being in HK she has obtained a Masters of Counseling degree, specializing in cognitive behavioural therapy. This will be her 14th year of teaching at CDNIS.

  • Karen Hickey
    Grade 3E Educational Assistant

    Karen Hickey

    Grade 3E Educational Assistant

    Karen Hickey is from the south of Ireland and has been living in Hong Kong for a number of years. Karen completed her BA (hons) in English and Geography at the University College Cork, Ireland. She went on to gain a degree in management and most recently worked as a marketing manager in Hong Kong. Karen enjoys utilising her skills from her previous career and making it applicable to her new role as an Educational Assistant. Karen is passionate in making learning authentic, so children can connect what they learn in school to the real world. Outside of work Karen loves to spend her downtime cooking, hiking and travelling.

Grade 4

Grade 5

Chinese Studies

Schoolwide

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

Physical Education

Visual & Performing Arts

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

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

    David Larson

    Digital Literacy/Design Technology Specialist & Grade 8A 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.

  • Stephanie Perrault
    French & Grade 8B Homeroom Teacher

    Stephanie Perrault

    French & Grade 8B 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. 

  • Anh Nguyen
    French & Grade 8C Homeroom Teacher

    Anh Nguyen

    French & Grade 8C Homeroom Teacher

    Anh Nguyen is from Toronto, Canada. She graduated with an Honours Bachelor degree in Science and a Bachelor degree in Education from the University of Toronto. She then completed her Master's degree in Special Education: Curriculum  Integration at the Amercian College of Education. She started her teaching career in Canadian public schools 14 years ago before moving to Bangkok to teach. She then moved to China, Latvia, Cambodia, and is now very happy to be in Hong Kong. She has taught French for most of her career to students ranging from grade 2 to 12 and from beginner to fluent levels. She has also taken on many different roles in schools ranging from homeroom teacher to French teacher to Guidance Counsellor. When she's not at school, she enjoys spending time with her family, looking for new food experiences, and of course traveling the world.

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

    Charlotte Nielsen

    English, TOK & Grade 8D 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.

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

    Kathryn Clouthier

    Physical Education & Learning Leader/Grade 8E 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.

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

    Raymond Loo

    Math, Business Studies & Grade 8F 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.

  • Anjali Advani
    Grade 7 & 8 Educational Assistant

    Anjali Advani

    Grade 7 & 8 Educational Assistant

    Anjali Advani 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 works as the Grade 7 & 8 Educational Assistant.

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.

  • Edward Bruce
    Film Studies & Design Teacher

    Edward Bruce

    Film Studies & Design Teacher

    Edward Bruce is from the Philadelphia area. He holds a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Johns Hopkins University and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware, where he studied education and community resources with a minor in History. Edward spent the last seven years teaching at international schools in China and most recently was an innovation coach and Film teacher in Shenzhen. Outside of school, Edward is passionate about travel, music, street art, architecture, and sports.

  • Vivian Fung
    Design Teacher

    Vivian Fung

    Design 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.

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

    David Larson

    Digital Literacy/Design Technology Specialist & Grade 8A 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

  • My Thanh Mac
    Department Head & Guidance Counsellor (Grade 6-8)

    My Thanh Mac

    Department Head & Guidance Counsellor (Grade 6-8)

    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.

  • Rob Aldridge
    University Counsellor (Grade 10-12)

    Rob Aldridge

    University Counsellor (Grade 10-12)

    Rob Aldridge is from Oxford in the UK and holds BSc (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. Rob is a passionate and published photographer. Rob joined CDNIS in 2011.

  • Jaren Folden
    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 9-12)

    Jaren Folden

    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 9-12)

    Jaren Folden earned a BA from Toronto Metropolitan University, a BEd from the University of Regina, a MEd in International Counselling from Lehigh University, and a Postgraduate Cert in College Counselling from the University of California. He spent two years coordinating a non-profit educational NGO in Malawi, before moving to Taiwan to work as a College Counsellor and later Bangkok as a middle and high school Social/Emotional and Careers Counsellor. He is passionate about student advocacy, having helped form student-led anti-bullying campaigns, LGBTQ+ student support clubs, and workshops to give students confidence when public speaking. In his free time, he enjoys reading, watching movies, cooking, baking, traveling, and being out in nature.

  • Shelagh Hockley
    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 9-12)

    Shelagh Hockley

    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 9-12)

    Shelagh Hockley was born in Montreal, Quebec and grew up in Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United States before returning to Toronto. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, her Masters of Education at Niagara University (New York), and holds specialist qualifications in Guidance from Western University. Shelagh spent most of her career in the classroom, teaching History and Psychology before becoming a school counsellor. She has worked in high schools in Ontario and Saskatchewan and most recently was a counsellor at American School Hong Kong. Outside of teaching, Shelagh enjoys good books, fun travels, new restaurants, and yoga.

  • Kathleen Lee
    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 6-8)

    Kathleen Lee

    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 6-8)

    Kathleen Lee was born in Hong Kong and raised in Santa Barbara, California. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics at UCLA and her Master of Counselling at Monash University. Kathleen has spent her most recent years in Hong Kong as a child and family counsellor at SPOT Children’s Therapy Centre. Her clinical experience includes individual, group, and family therapy. Kathleen takes a child centred approach to helping students find their strengths, reach their full potential, and enjoy meaningful lives. She is passionate about positive psychology and is also certified in positive parenting. Kathleen has two young children and her other interests include tennis, spinning, music and reading.

  • Anthony Steinruck
    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 6-8)

    Anthony Steinruck

    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 6-8)

    Anthony Steinruck is from British Columbia and holds a BA in International Relations and BEd in Elementary Teaching. He worked as a Music and Elementary teacher with the Vancouver School Board while completing his Master’s degree in Counselling. He was then a School Counsellor for over nine years in Vancouver’s large and diverse high schools. Anthony is excited about being part of CDNIS and living in vibrant Hong Kong. He enjoys hiking, biking and kayaking with his partner in his free time.

  • Stephanie Young
    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 9-12)

    Stephanie Young

    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 9-12)

    Stephanie Young is in her 11th year at CDNIS in both the Guidance and Upper School English Departments. She hails from Kelowna, BC, Canada where she began her teaching career in local public schools followed by a few years in Dubai. Stephanie received her BEd (Secondary) in English and Physical Education from the University of Victoria. Shortly after she earned her MEd (University of Calgary) in Educational Leadership and has subsequently completed additional post-graduate studies, here at The University of Hong Kong (HKU), in the field of Social Sciences: Counselling (MSocSc). Stephanie has two young boys, coaches U20 basketball, and is a regular fixture in the fitness area demonstrating a commitment to healthy living and an active, balanced lifestyle.

Humanities

Learning Support

Library

Math

Music

  • Liam O'Toole
    Music Department Head

    Liam O'Toole

    Music Department Head

    Liam O'Toole is from Christchurch, New Zealand and joined CDNIS in 2011. While living in New Zealand, he gained a Double Major Diploma in Jazz (Ara Institute of Canterbury), a Bachelor of Music Honours (MusB Hons; University of Canterbury), and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (NZ Graduate School of Education). After teaching in New Zealand and Turkey, Liam traveled to Kansas and gained his Masters in Music Education (Instrumental Conducting) at Wichita State University (WSU). As a Graduate Teaching Assistant at WSU, his main highlights included directing the Athletic Band at Madison Square Garden and performing at Carnegie Hall as a saxophonist with the WSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Liam sees music education as significantly beneficial for all students irrespective of their career goals and focuses his learning on instilling the enjoyment of music within all of his students. Liam is passionate about conducting the various ensembles at CDNIS as well as coaching the Girls U20 Touch Rugby team.

  • Carolyn Ho
    Music Teacher

    Carolyn Ho

    Music Teacher

    Carolyn Ho is an alumnus of CDNIS and a Canadian who has deep roots in Hong Kong. She is a musician, theatre lover, and an admirer of all things art, who greatly enjoys sharing her passion for the arts with her students. She has spent the past decade in Singapore, Vancouver, Toronto, and Boston, teaching, studying, and researching, and had finally returned home to Hong Kong in 2019 as a music and drama teacher at a private school. Carolyn holds an EdM in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a Bachelor’s of Music with a minor in Theatre from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor’s of Education from Queen’s University. Outside of the classroom, you will find her up on the trails, jamming it up somewhere, or doing some deep-sea mingling.

  • Jessica Keider
    Music Teacher

    Jessica Keider

    Music Teacher

    Jessica Keider is from Cleveland, Ohio and has taught band, orchestra, choir, and general music in America before making Hong Kong her home two years ago. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education at Kent State University and then proceeded to get her Masters of Education degree in Education Policy, Organisation, and Leadership with a focus on Global Studies from the University of Illinois. As a classically trained flutist, Jessica is passionate about instrumental music and musical theatre. Outside of the classroom, Jessica can be found exploring Hong Kong islands, attending live concerts, and traveling the world.

  • Jessy Po
    Music Assistant

    Jessy Po

    Music Assistant

    Jessy Po grew up in Hong Kong. She holds an Arts degree from the University of Hong Kong, where she studied music theory and composition. She published her first song in 2012. Before working at CDNIS, she worked at a music production studio and taught music theory and piano in private music centres. Her favourite instrument is the trombone. Besides music, she also loves beach volleyball, handball and middle distance running. She is passionate about coaching and she tries hard to influence students to work hard and play smart.

Physical Education

Romance Languages

  • Virginia Castro
    Romance Languages Department Head & Spanish Teacher

    Virginia Castro

    Romance Languages Department Head & Spanish Teacher

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

  • Maurice Broschart
    French Teacher

    Maurice Broschart

    French Teacher

    Maurice Broschart is from Victoria, Canada. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Languages from the University of Victoria and then completed his Bachelor of Education degree from the University of British Columbia. He is currently working towards a Masters in Educational Technology through UBC. He has taught in all of the IB programmes and with students of all ages. Outside of the classroom, Maurice enjoys cooking, reading, listening to music, and watching movies. He also loves travelling and doing outdoor activities such as biking and hiking with his partner.

  • Olivier de Sales
    French Teacher

    Olivier de Sales

    French Teacher

    Olivier is a native French speaker from France. He has attended Bordeaux-IV University where he graduated with a BA in Business with Spanish. He has gained his UK PGCE in Modern Languages at Anglia Ruskin University. Olivier has taught across all grades/levels of secondary school in the UK and here in Hong Kong. He has also qualified in TEFL from Cambridge University. Olivier has experience in teaching both IB MYP and DP programmes and is keen to mix Language Acquisition closely with deep, authentic cultural input. Olivier has also taught IB TOK. He has lived in Hong Kong for several years; a city he is in love with! When not at school, Olivier enjoys hiking, running along Victoria Harbour, cooking and travelling for unique cultural experiences.

  • Karine Dessureault
    French Teacher

    Karine Dessureault

    French Teacher

    Karine Dessureault is from Quebec, Canada. She graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Education in Teaching French as a Second Language. She completed a Graduate Diploma in Management from HEC Montreal. Before moving to Hong Kong in 2015, Karine had the chance to live and work in Paris, France. Karine has taught and trained for several years. Before CDNIS, she mainly focused on Grade 6 French Immersion in Montreal as well as Ontario Core French from Kindergarten to Grade 8 in Hong Kong. Karine has a heartfelt passion for transmitting her native language and creating meaningful learning experiences for her students. Beside her passion for teaching French, Karine is an advocate of sustainability and has recently developed upcycling workshops for students which were featured on CNN.

  • Anh Nguyen
    French & Grade 8C Homeroom Teacher

    Anh Nguyen

    French & Grade 8C Homeroom Teacher

    Anh Nguyen is from Toronto, Canada. She graduated with an Honours Bachelor degree in Science and a Bachelor degree in Education from the University of Toronto. She then completed her Master's degree in Special Education: Curriculum  Integration at the Amercian College of Education. She started her teaching career in Canadian public schools 14 years ago before moving to Bangkok to teach. She then moved to China, Latvia, Cambodia, and is now very happy to be in Hong Kong. She has taught French for most of her career to students ranging from grade 2 to 12 and from beginner to fluent levels. She has also taken on many different roles in schools ranging from homeroom teacher to French teacher to Guidance Counsellor. When she's not at school, she enjoys spending time with her family, looking for new food experiences, and of course traveling the world.

  • Véronique Nobert
    French Teacher

    Véronique Nobert

    French Teacher

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

  • Stephanie Perrault
    French & Grade 8B Homeroom Teacher

    Stephanie Perrault

    French & Grade 8B 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. 

Science

TOK

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dean Krawchuk
    Drama & Film Department Head & TOK Teacher

    Dean Krawchuk

    Drama & Film Department Head & TOK Teacher

    Dean Krawchuk is from Edmonton, Alberta, and has a BEd from the University of Alberta and a BFA from UBC Okanagan. Since 2006, he has taught in London, Edmonton, and Dubai prior to arriving in Hong Kong in 2017. Dean has worked with International Schools Theatre Association as an Artist at their TaPS events, and he is also an IB Examiner for DP Theatre. His interests include movies, music, live theatre, reading, yoga, and sound healing meditation.

  • Kevin Smith
    Science & TOK Teacher

    Kevin Smith

    Science & TOK Teacher

    Kevin Smith grew up in Murrayville, a small town just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia. He received both his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. Kevin has been living abroad for most of his teaching career residing in China and the United Arab Emirates. He has experience teaching DP Chemistry, DP Biology, DP TOK, and several levels of MYP Science. In his free time, Kevin enjoys watching Blue Jays baseball and Formula 1 racing, travelling to new countries to eat different kinds of food, and reading any book he can get his hands on.

  • 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.

Visual Arts

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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