Ava (Yu) Gao acquired her BA of Arts from Shandong Normal University and her MA in Science of Education from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. She had various experiences teaching English as an additional language to diverse groups of learners. She used to work in Philadelphia as a lead ESL teacher for a UPenn language program. She also worked as a support teacher at Philadelphia Academy to teach Mandarin to non-Chinese speakers. Being a passionate language educator, she has been working in the field of foreign language teaching for years in both China and the States, and she is dedicated to helping language learners with their foreign language acquisition.
Mr Neeson graduated from the university of Glasgow with a B.Sc Hons in Zoology in 2006 before taking on the challenge of gaining his PGCE and QTS in 2013 from Northumbria university. A trained early years specialist, Mr Neeson has worked across all Key stages in his career. As an experienced international teacher, Mr Neeson spent 5 years working in Singapore, he brings with him a wealth of knowledge of working with children from a broad range of cultural backgrounds. As Key stage leader, Mr Neeson enjoys working with students and colleagues to ensure that teaching and learning remains engaging, challenging and fun. He welcomes feedback from all members of the school community and is happy for parents and students to contact him if they have any questions. His personal passions include singing, traveling and exploring both local and foreign terrain on foot, he loves nothing more than packing a bag and hiking out into the wilderness. His love of music and nature are hugely influential in his teaching and learning and he enjoys engaging students in learning about the world around them and always has a song to help! In addition to his personal professional reading and development, Mr Neeson has qualifications in speech and language support and is currently undertaking hi NPQSL (National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership) through University College London.
James Berry joined Harrow Shenzhen as Pre-Prep Phase Leader in August 2020 and comes with a wealth of leadership experience after working in London schools for 14 years.
After graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BSc Hons in Psychology and Geography, James took up his first teaching post in Japan where he worked for three years. On returning to the UK and obtaining his PGCE, James was appointed to a primary teaching role in London. Over the proceeding years James built up a vast experience of primary education including four years as Deputy Head Teacher of a large Inner London Primary School.
Guido Russo is originally from Como, Italy, where he has obtained his Primary Education teacher license in 1991. He moved to London in 1997 where he worked for seven years in the music private sector as a musician, producer and sound engineer. He then started his educational career as a support SENCO teacher for five years at a public school in West London. He graduated from Roehampton University with a BA (hons) degree in Music in 2009 and attained his PGCE in Secondary Music and QTS in 2010. He started his teaching experience in London as a Secondary Music Teacher for three years. Then he moved to Ras Al Khaimah, UAE where he worked as a Head of Secondary Music for four years. He moved to China in 2017 where he worked as a music teacher across KS2, KS3, KS4 and KS5 at Dulwich College Beijing for 3 years. Guido joined Harrow Shenzhen as a Lower School Music teacher in August 2020.
Hedy graduated from The University of Hong Kong with a master’s degree in teaching Chinese as a Second Language also holds the IBDP Certificate as well as teaching qualification in China. She has experience working with Year 1 -12 students in international schools in both Hong Kong and Shenzhen. She has a wide range of interests including, dancing, Chinese calligraphy and painting. She believes that she ensures academic rigour through teaching while also making sure the learning opportunities are dynamic and engaging.
Miss Jessica Pooley-Litt graduated from the University of Manchester in 2013 with a BA Hons in English Literature. From 2015-2020, she taught English and Drama in Manchester, UK, and took on the roles of Head of English and Drama, Deputy Head of Communications and Saturday School Coordinator, developing the curriculum and driving GCSE results across the school with focused and targeted intervention. Jessica has a wealth of experience in teaching students who speak English as a Second Language and in ensuring they develop the levels of English needed to succeed in life as well as examinations. She has been an English GCSE examiner in the UK since 2017.
Heather Bowen is originally from New York City. She has a BA in Finance and a teaching license in Primary Education. Miss Bowen started her teaching career in Lake Tahoe, California. Shortly after receiving her teaching license she moved to Seoul, South Korea where she taught Primary English at a public school for two years. After South Korea, Miss Bowen moved to Istanbul, Turkey where she taught for eight years and was Head of Primary English before moving to Harrow Shenzhen in 2020.
Gavin Taylor graduated from Liverpool John Moore’s University with BA (hons) degree in secondary PE and Sport. Following 6 years in the UK, gaining a number of different leadership experiences (including completing his national middle leadership training) he moved to Dubai as a Head of PE and the head of the whole school house system. Gavin brings experience as an outstanding an innovative practitioner, as well several different leadership experiences within PE and whole school initiatives. In his role as Head of PE and Director of Sport at Harrow Shenzhen, Gavin will be responsible for all PE and Sport related issues across the whole school.
Louise graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor in Education, Endorsed in Primary Education. She has more than 10 years of experience working in education. Louise taught in England, New Zealand, and Russia before joining Harrow Beijing in 2017. Originally from New Zealand, Louise has a range of experience teaching students from Reception through to Year 6, teaching outdoor education and conducting research for the Ministry of Education. In her spare time, she enjoys horse riding, flying and baking!
James Toner graduated from the University of Roehampton where he read Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. He has since gone on to obtain Master degrees in International Management at the University of Chester, and Library and Information Services Management at the University of Sheffield. Prior to arriving at Harrow Shenzhen, James Toner was Head of Library Services for a large multi-site international school in Doha, Qatar. In addition to this, he was a Lecturer and Module Coordinator at University College London Qatar, delivering their ‘Services to Children and Schools’ module as part of the MA Library and Information Studies Programme. He is a current committee member for IFLA’s ‘Library Services to Multicultural Populations’ section, as well as being part of the ‘Information, Knowledge and Innovation Management’ research group at the University of Sheffield.
A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, he has held a number of teaching and support positions within education and has been involved in information and library services development, most notably within higher education within the UK. As such, he brings with him a wealth of experience in supporting students and staff in developing the skills needed to succeed academically and become lifelong learners.
As an active researcher, James’ expertise is predominantly rooted in library strategy and policy, information/knowledge exchange and application (particularly within culturally diverse environments), as well as leadership strategies, organisational learning and culture. Having written for publication and presented at national and international conferences, he is currently undertaking his PhD study, looking at the interactive potential of individual and team-based characteristics on knowledge sharing within international schools.
Hannah Rowland joined Harrow Shenzhen as a Pre-Prep Y4 teacher in August 2020.
Hannah is a graduate of the University of Durham, where she received a first-class degree in Primary Education. She also received the Neville Cross Award from Durham University for outstanding contribution and achievement. Originally from Manchester in United Kingdom, Hannah has spent her teaching career across both Key Stage 1 and 2, ranging from Year 2- 6 as well as time in a nursery setting. She moved to China in 2020 and is excited to develop her experience of international teaching.
Adam has been teaching in Key Stage 2 for nearly seventeen years around the world. Initially, after receiving his Bachelor of Arts, he focused on teaching as a career and embarked on his PGCE (Primary Education) in Greenwich, London. He taught in Central London for seven years before spending three years in a private school in Doha, Qatar. After returning home to England to teach, Adam has embarked on another adventure in Harrow Shenzhen. He has also been the lead in various subjects and a Key Stage 2 leader.