Our Teachers

Our Teachers


Derek Pinchbeck
Head of School
United Kingdom

PGCE in Primary, Master of Arts in Education

Derek has been teaching for over 30 years. Having begun his teaching career at an inner city school in the UK. He has been involved in international education since 1993. As well as Hong Kong Derek has worked in the Dominican Republic, Papua New Guinea, Brunei, Italy, China and Singapore. In addition to his teaching and leadership roles in schools Derek is a global consultant for the IB and has presented at a number of international education conferences. Derek strongly believes that the purpose of education is to empower children to think and act creatively and ethically to improve the world for themselves and others. Derek enjoys spending time with his family, exploring the walking trails of Hong Kong, golfing very badly and playing squash.

Katie Saunter
Deputy Head of School & Kindergarten Principal
BSc (Hons) Early Childhood & Combined Studies | United Kingdom

Katie grew up and went to school in Hong Kong before studying for her teaching degree in the UK. She has over 15 years experience teaching in international schools. Katie particularly enjoys helping children to discover their individuality through play and giving them the confidence to try new things. She is also a member of the Child Safeguarding Team and the Crisis Response Team. Katie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, yoga and cooking.

Charlie Beard
Director of Learning
BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance Studies, PGCE (Primary) | United Kingdom

Charlie grew up in the UK. She studied Theatre as literature at university, going on to train as a primary school teacher. She has taught at schools in London, Cairo and Hong Kong, with a keen interest in developing children’s critical literacy skills. Charlie has always enjoyed performing and organising performances in schools. Now, she has two young children to keep her busy but she finds time to read (often children’s books), and sing.

Irene teRaa
Director of Inclusion
PGDE (Special Education), BA, CYC Dip, TESOL Cert | Canada

Irene leads the Learning Support Department, which supports students from Pre-Nursery to Year 6. She began her career in Canada where she worked with students with severe learning difficulties and attention challenges. She has worked in Hong Kong since 2000 and joined ICHK Kindergarten & Primary in 2010. Irene works closely with the on-site Speech and Language Therapist and Occupational Therapist as well as other service providers. She is a member of the Child Safeguarding Team and the Crisis Response Team. Irene also assists the Admissions & Student Service Officer with organising admission assessments.


Fiona Cao
Chinese Teacher
BA/BEd (Chinese Language and Literature),BA(English Studies) | China

Fiona was born and grew up in China. She has a BA/BEd (Hons) degree in Chinese Language and Literature as well as a second BA degree in English Studies before moving to Hong Kong. After graduating with her Master degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and before joining ICHK HLY, she has been working as a Chinese teacher at different IB schools in Hong Kong since 2011. She loves being a Chinese teacher and enjoys using different teaching strategies to motivate and inspire her students. Her favorite hobby is drawing. She also likes Chinese calligraphy, reading, jogging and traveling.

Donna Pan
Chinese Teacher

Master in TCIL, Master in Chinese Language and Literature

Donna was born in China and was very happy to join ICHK last year. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and literature, she continued at the HKU and the EdUHK, obtaining two master degrees. Before joining ICHK, she has been the Chinese homeroom teacher at IB school for four years, in her Chinese lesson, she strives to integrate the Chinese language materials with inquiring units through creative and fun teaching activities. She also values students’ agency and differentiation very much. In her spare time, she enjoys movies, writing and music.

Kerry Xu
Chinese Teacher

Master of Arts in Chinese Linguistics & Language Acquisition

Kerry Xu is a registered teacher both in HK and Mainland China.She was born and grew up in Mainland China. In addition to having a Bachelor’s degree of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature, a Master degree of Arts in Chinese Linguistics and Language Acquisition,she has 10 years teaching experience in Mainland China,Overseas and HK at Kindergarten,elementary and middle school levels,as well as in activities outside of the traditional classroom. She has a diverse background with much to offer.

Candice Zhang
Chinese Teacher
BA, Certificate of TCFL, PSC | China

Candice was born and raised in China, she gained her BA in Teaching English as a Second Language from Hong Kong Baptist University as well as certificate of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. Candice is a passionate educator and she has wide experience in teaching children from different ages and background that she has taught in a local primary school, ICHK secondary and Montessori pre-school. During her spare time, she loves singing and she also sang a theme song for a published mini-movie.


Holly Ayonote
Nursery Teacher
PGDE Early Childhood | Hong Kong

Holly was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Sai Kung. After several years studying in the UK Holly returned to Hong Kong in 2009 and completed her PGDE (Early Childhood) at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. She has been teaching early years ever since and joined ICHK HLY in 2015. Holly is a strong believer in the power of learning through play ,she has a passion for creating open and engaging environments for children to explore and interact with. In her free time Holly enjoys swimming and spending time with her family.

Glenn Bogador
Y6B Teacher & Upper School Leader
PGCE, BA Communication, Digital Animation and Creative Media | Hong Kong

Glenn grew up in the Philippines and relocated to Hong Kong in his early teens. After spending his early days as a rockstar, he decided to retrain and become an educator. In 2004, he started his career in education at an international school where he met his wife, Heather. Glenn is a true lifelong learner and continues to learn and grow as an educator. He loves spending time with his two kids, Ciana and Matteo. In his spare time, he enjoys writing and playing heavy metal music with his band, playing golf with his friends and singing STYX tunes in the shower.

Miranda Bundy
Y2B Teacher & Lower School Leader
BSc (Hons) Primary Mathematics (QTS) | United Kingdom

Miranda is an experienced teacher, originally from England. She completed her teaching degree in Bristol and has since been teaching in the UK and Hong Kong for over 15 years. During this time, many enjoyable years have been spent at ICHK and have included responsibilities for leading Maths and the Year 1 and 2 team, as well as teaching across several age groups. She is currently teaching in Year 2 and is the lower school leader for Years 1-3. She has three children, who also attend the school. Miranda is a passionate classroom teacher, with particular interests in Maths, creativity, outdoor learning, Physical Education and inquiry based learning. She has completed her level 3 Forest School qualification and bronze medallion award. In addition to teaching, she set up her own swimming company and loves to teach the essential life-long skill of swimming to many children from the school. Miranda is a keen sportsperson herself and enjoys many sports such as swimming, waterpolo, tennis and running. Hiking the beautiful Hong Kong trails with her family is a weekend favourite!

Rachel Chan
Y5C Teacher
MBA, PGDE | United Kingdom

Rachel is a passionate educator who is committed to child-centred learning. She aims to inspire and encourage all students to develop their self-motivation and independence. She has been teaching and learning at ICHK since 2012 and worked with a broad spectrum of children, from nursery to Year 6. She believes that children work best when they are happy and secure, in this sense, wellbeing is at the heart of their personal education. She develops active, creative, multidisciplinary learning experiences to help children to become independent inquirers and life-long learners. Having two children of her own in primary and secondary school helps Rachel to appreciate and understand child development at its different stages.

June Gibbard
Y4G Teacher
BA (Hons) Accountancy, PGCE (Primary) | United Kingdom

June was born in Hong Kong and grew up in the UK. She worked as a management accountant for six years before retraining as a teacher 20 years ago. During her time at ICHK HLY she has led the development of Maths in the school and acted as Phase Leader. She completed her Kids Yoga Teacher Training in 2018 and Forest Schools Level 3 qualification in 2019. Outside of school she enjoys cooking, hiking, yoga and learning to play the piano.

Suzie John
Y3J Teacher
Bachelor of Education – Primary Teacher | New Zealand

Suzie is an experienced teacher from New Zealand who has 12 years teaching experience with children of various ages from nursery up to Y5. She gained her teaching qualifications in New Zealand and has taught in various International schools around the world, including the United Arab Emirates, China and Hong Kong, delivering the IB PYP curriculum. Her method of teaching revolves around her belief that education should be child-centred, inquiry based, challenging, exciting, and collaborative. Suzie strives to help every child reach their maximum potential by becoming inquisitive learners and risk takers. Out of school Suzie enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 young children, as well as travelling, exploring different hikes around Hong Kong, and running.

Sue Keelty
Y1K Teacher
Bacherlor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) | New Zealand

Sue is an experienced teacher from New Zealand who has spent more than twenty years teaching, many of them at ICHK Hong Lok Yuen. Sue is committed to a play-based approach which involves both child-initiated and teacher-supported learning. She encourages children’s learning and inquiry through interactions that aim to stretch children’s thinking to higher levels. Out of school Sue enjoys spending time with her family, reading and travelling.

Anna Kuiti
Reception Teacher

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)

Anna is from New Zealand, and has spent the last 11 years living and teaching in early years education overseas. Fiercely creative, family focused and a mother of two, Anna graduated with academic honours from her Bachelors of Education majoring in Early Childhood. She is passionate about creating engaging environments that encourage children to explore , play and develop relationships with the world around them. With a passion for music and performance Anna enjoys helping young children become confident and caring learners and loves bringing creativity into the kindergarten space, creating exciting adventures for our littlest students. She believes learning should be holistic, explorative and most importantly fun.

Angela Lloyd
Y1L Teacher
PGDE (Early Childhood Studies) | United Kingdom

Angela was born and brought up in the U.K. She moved to Hong Kong ten years ago and accidently fell into the love of teaching. Whilst working full-time she successfully graduated with a PGDE in early childhood studies from the University of Hong Kong. Angela’s seven years of experience at ICHK Hong Lok Yuen has incorporated a miscellany of roles; starting as a resource assistant, working across the school as an assistant teacher and class teacher. Angela has a passion for creativity, incorporating fun and invigorating ideas in and out of the classroom. In her spare time, Angela enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, travelling to new places and taking photos of interesting things.

Kate Mahon
Y6M Teacher & Wellbeing Leader
BSc, PGDE | New Zealand

Kate Mahon grew up in New Zealand and has worked in education for 8 years. She taught at Primary and Middle Schools in New Zealand, before moving to Hong Kong in 2016. Kate is a passionate primary practitioner with a special interest in wellbeing. She enjoys hiking, travelling, and sitting down with a cup of tea and a good book.

Jacinda McLeod
Reception Teacher
New Zealand

Bachelor of Science (Early Childhood Education)

Jacinda grew up in Whangarei, New Zealand and studied a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education at Boston University, USA. A lifelong learner, she has continued her own education recently completing a Graduate Diploma in Educational Psychology and a brief introductory course on the Autism Spectrum Disorder. She believes that creating a safe nurturing environment for children in the early years will provide the foundations for children to confidently take risks and try new things, develop interests and learn more about the world around them. In her spare time she plays hockey, reads a lot of books, bakes and travels.

Alex Ranck
Y2R Teacher
United States

MA in Elementary Inclusive Education with Gifted Extension

Alex grew up in Hong Kong but left for her tertiary education in the United States. She received a master’s degree in Childhood Education and Gifted Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and has multiple years of teaching experience in New York City. Alex returned to Hong Kong in 2020 to be closer to family. She enjoys rediscovering the things she already loved about Hong Kong as well as experiencing new ones. Alex is passionate about learning new things and always strives to guide her students in this same endeavour whether it is in the classroom or in other environments.

Lynda Sze
Kindergarten Teacher & Leader
NNEB, Yoga Kids certified | United Kingdom

Lynda is an experienced teacher, who has spent more than 20 years teaching Early Childhood, many of them at ICHK Hong Lok Yuen. She is passionate about helping children to discover their individuality and is enthusiastic about learning through play. Lynda is committed to providing a quality environment filled with stimulating experiences designed for the children to develop to their full potential. This year is very exciting for Lynda and the Kindergarten team who will be strengthening and designing their play based learning spaces for the children. In her spare time she enjoys reading,spending time with family and friends, cooking and travelling when she can!

Jenny Tang
Nursery Teacher


Jenny was born and raised in the UK where she completed her BA Honors Surface Design degree at the University of the Arts London. After relocating to Hong Kong she completed her PGCE with Sunderland University and this will be her ninth year at ICHK. She brings creativity and passion to her teaching and enjoys engaging children in a fun and expressive learning environment. As an educator she feels it is important for a child to develop their own individuality, and is fully committed to helping and supporting the children in exploring their various capabilities through play based learning. In her spare time she enjoys travelling and exploring new cultures, hiking with her husband and singing badly at karaoke.

Natalie Turner
Y5T Teacher
Bachelor of Education | South Africa

Natalie grew up in South Africa. She studied a Bachelor of Education at the University of Pretoria. She met her husband at university and together they completed their education degrees and took up their first international teaching jobs in Shanghai. Natalie has had the opportunity to teach in many schools all over Hong Kong, and started up her own children’s gym in Central called, Kiddynastix. Natalie has a positive outlook on life and enjoys a challenge. She loves traveling with her family and being exposed to different cultures and experiences.

Chloe Wei
Y4W Teacher
United States

PGCE, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Chloe grew up in Hong Kong and graduated with the IBDP, then studied Psychology in sunny Southern California and finished the PGCE with University of Sunderland. She has a passion for creative, innovative and project-based learning, and as an avid visual artist and comic artist, she has enjoyed teaching students to apply their passions and interests alongside building academic confidence and competence. As a life-long learner, she always looks forward to learning as much from the students’ passions and skills as much as they learn from her.


Ho Mei Chau
Outdoor Learning Leader
MEd, BA (Hons), PGDE (Primary) | Hong Kong

Ho Mei has taught at ICHK for over 10 years. He grew up in Taipo and is an alumnus of ICHK-HLY. During his time at ICHK he has been a class teacher, phase leader and PYP coordinator. He is a firm believer that learning should be hands-on and best when it takes place outside the classroom walls. Since 2016 he has led the school’s development to becoming a leader in Outdoor Learning. His qualifications include Forest Schools Level 3, Wilderness first aid and Bronze Medallion.

Nobleto Gabasan
Music Teacher
BM Mus Ed; Kodaly Certificate | Philippines

Nobel is a gifted musician who obtained his Music Education degree in Manila before undertaking further studies in the USA. Nobel is a certified Kodaly Teacher and also received certificates for First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege. He also holds training in Dalcroze Eurhythmics. Nobel completed his Master of Arts in Music at the Hong Kong Baptist University. Before embarking on his teaching career in Hong Kong in 1995, he was the musical director and conductor of the University of Santo Tomas Action Singers in Manila. Nobel has conducted local and international choirs, and for eight years, was a singer and keyboardist in a professional showband, performing in Manila, Japan and Macau. As a music educator, Nobel has presented workshops in Kodaly, Dalcroze, First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege in Guangzhou, Macao and the Philippines. Nobel’s knowledge, experience and passion for music benefit our students tremendously.

Kate Kam
School Counsellor

MA Guidance & Counselling, BEd. (Hon) in Primary Education

Kate grew up and received her education in Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Education and Master of Arts in Guidance and Counselling. She always appreciates working with children and young people. She has embarked on a continuous journey of discovery and transformation for herself, worked at different positions and roles in the education field ranging from primary school to university, from NGO to commercial setting. Kate enjoys both indoor and outdoor activities. But her favourite is always dancing. She dreamed about being a ballerina when she was three and she is still trying to achieve it in her thirties!

Kelsey Long
Primary Visual Arts Teacher

Bachelor of Arts

Kelsey is an enthusiastic arts educator who believes the visual arts are an essential tool for teaching students how to express themselves and connect with their community. She received her BA in Art Education from the College of New Jersey and taught in NJ public schools before moving to Hong Kong in 2015. She is trained and experienced in Teaching Artistic Behaviour (TAB), project-based learning, and design thinking. She loves creating interdisciplinary and community art projects that teach students about contemporary artists and art practices. In her personal practice, Kelsey enjoys printmaking and fiber arts. She is also active in the rollerskating community and plays for the Hong Kong Roller Derby team.

Susanna Lynam
Library Teacher
BEd, BA(English and History) | Australia

Susanna Lynam comes from Australia and is married to Glen Lynam with four children. She has over 16 years teaching experience, working in both primary and secondary school settings. She has also worked for 6 years as an Assistant Nurse and 6 years as the Director of Member Care for an International NGO which has given her a passion for engaging the students in real-world issues and encouraging them to think, ask questions and make a difference. She loves the outdoors, sports, music, singing, reading, traveling, art and engaging in anything creative and adventurous!

Anita Ngan
School Nurse

Anita received her nursing training in Hong Kong and became a registered nurse in 1984. She obtained her Bachelor of Nursing Degree (Health Promotion and Health Education) at the University of Hong Kong in 2002. In 2017, she completed her further study at the Hong Kong polytechnic University and graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing Degree. Her extensive nursing experience in various nursing fields, both in private and public sectors, including but not limited to emergency room service at the Caritas Medical Center, pediatric surgical ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital; medical ward at the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital, family medicine at the Hong Kong US Consulate and private practice with family physicians and pediatricians and more recently school nursing at various International Schools. Her wealth of nursing experience also brought her into the nurse educator area. Since 2010, she has become the part time instructor for The Hong Kong Open University, help comprising and teaching relevant nursing related curriculums. In addition to general nursing, she also has a special interest in providing first aid training to health care professionals and lay people. She is a qualified First Aid Instructor with First Aid International (U.K) since 2008 (currently switched over to Nuco Training also based in UK). In the past years, she successfully delivered first aid course to help equip people to deal with various emergency situations pertinent to their needs. Anita is bilingual; her unique multi-faceted working experience in the nursing field enables her to leverage her nursing skills in a dynamic way. In 2017 she received her master degree in Nursing (Child and Adolescent Health) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her previous employment as a school nurse was at the IFS Academy. She was there for eight years.

Nina Shek
EAL Leader
MA (Hons) Sociology, PGCE (Primary), MEd, Cert.TESOL | United Kingdom

Nina leads the EAL programme which supports students in developing their English language skills and access to the curriculum. Nina was born and educated in Scotland where her parents settled after emigrating from Hong Kong. She taught in Osaka, Japan for two years on the government native English teacher programme before joining ICHK Kindergarten & Primary and the world of international education. Her experience living in Japan and growing up as a bilingual Chinese/English learner has given her first-hand insight into adapting to different languages and cultures, as well as the experiences of our EAL students and their families. Nina is a qualified “ESL in the Mainstream” teacher trainer and has delivered courses for staff from ICHK Kindergarten & Primary and other schools.

Melissa Sweeney
Physical Literacy and Outdoor Learning Teacher

Graduate Diploma in Education, Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Health Science)

Mel hails from Perth, graduating from the University of Western Australia with a degree in Human Movement and Exercise Science and a Diploma of Education. She has worked in education for 15 years in a range of pastoral care, Physical, Health, Outdoor Education and Forest school roles in Australia, Tanzania, London, Berlin and most recently, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Mel has completed Forest school training through the Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers in California and is a Level 3 Forest School practitioner through Archimedes Earth and is passionate about getting children outdoors to play, explore, discover, develop and have fun. She loves cycling, open water swimming, hiking, reading, cooking and travelling, and is always up for sharing a laugh and an adventure with family and friends.

Sean Taylor
PE Teacher
United Kingdom

PGCE, BA (Hons) Sports Coaching

Sean grew up in a seaside town in the northwest of England, where he played all sports and joined as many sports clubs as possible (Football, Rugby, Tennis and Golf). After graduating from UCLAN with a Sports Coaching degree, he worked for 5 years as a sports coach going in and out of a variety of schools to teach PE and ECAs. Sean moved to Hong Kong 3 years ago playing rugby for Hong Kong Scottish and working in a local kindergarten, before moving to an outdoor activities company here in Hong Kong. During that time Sean graduated University of Sunderland with a PGCE and is starting his first year as a qualified teacher. Sean is looking forward to hopefully inspiring the students to love living an active lifestyle and enjoy playing games with their friends and peers.