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Teachers

LOWER SCHOOL Teacher

JIALI Xu

Early Years Class Teacher

JIALI Xu

Early Years Class Teacher
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Lisa Pang

Early Years Class Teacher

Lisa Pang

Early Years Class Teacher
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Gabriella Mcnamara

Early Years Class Teacher

Gabriella Mcnamara

Early Years Class Teacher
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Jillian Carter

Early Years Class Teacher

Jillian Carter

Early Years Class Teacher
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Julie Mcclelland

Early Years Class Teacher

Julie Mcclelland

Early Years Class Teacher
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Coco Huang

Lower School Chinese Teacher

Coco Huang

Lower School Chinese Teacher
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Mimic Chen

Lower School Chinese Teacher

Mimic Chen

Lower School Chinese Teacher
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Julia Cairns

Early Years Class Teacher

Julia Cairns

Early Years Class Teacher
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pre-prep Teacher

Louise Kagan

Deputy Head of Pre-Prep

Louise Kagan

Deputy Head of Pre-Prep (Pastoral) & Lower School Class Teacher
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MIKE COMBEST

Key Stage 1 Leader

MIKE COMBEST

Key Stage 1 Leader & Lower School Class Teacher
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NICHOLAS BENBOW

Key Stage 2 Leader

NICHOLAS BENBOW

Key Stage 2 Leader & Lower School Class Teacher
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Adam Graham

Pre-prep Teacher

Adam Graham

Pre-prep Teacher
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Alex Sutch

Pre-prep Teacher

Alex Sutch

Pre-prep Teacher
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Emma Lowe

Pre-prep English Coordinator

Emma Lowe

Pre-prep English Coordinator
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GEORGE FLITTON

Pre-prep Teacher

GEORGE FLITTON

Pre-prep Teacher
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James Wheaton

Pre-prep Early Reading Coordinator

James Wheaton

Pre-prep Early Reading Coordinator
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Lottie Saldanha

Lower School Maths Coordinator

Lottie Saldanha

Lower School Maths Coordinator
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ZAIRA MUGHAL

Pre-prep Teacher

ZAIRA MUGHAL

Pre-prep Teacher
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Steve Wasukira

Pre-prep PE Teacher

Steve Wasukira

Pre-prep PE Teacher
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Kari-Noor Thompson

Pre-prep Drama Teacher

Kari-Noor Thompson

Pre-prep Drama Teacher
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Lorna Bio

Pre-prep Head of Chinese​

Lorna Bio

Pre-prep Head of Chinese​
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Ran Liu

Pre-prep Chinese Teacher

Ran Liu

Pre-prep Chinese Teacher
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Hedy He

Pre-prep Art Cover Teacher

Hedy He

Lower School Art Cover Teacher
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Alice Liang

Pre-prep Chinese Teacher

Alice Liang

Lower School Chinese Teacher
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Belle Cai

Pre-prep Cover Teacher

Belle Cai

Lower School Cover Teacher
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Karina Cai

Pre-prep Computing Teacher

Karina Cai

Lower School Computing Teacher
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Kahleia Josephson

Lower School Teacher

Kahleia Josephson

Lower School Teacher
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Daniel Ryall

Lower School Teacher

Daniel Ryall

Lower School Teacher
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Upper School Teacher

Emily Allan

Head of Faculty STEM

Emily Allan

Head of Faculty STEM
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Colin Hough

Upper School Head of History

Colin Hough

Upper School Head of History
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Jennifer Pordan

Upper School Head of Chemistry

Jennifer Pordan

Upper School Head of Chemistry
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Carol Yeung

Director of Pastoral and Boarding

Carol Yeung

Director of Pastoral and Boarding
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Chelly Dong

Upper School Head of Chinese​

Chelly Dong

Upper School Head of Chinese​
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Tessa Green

Upper School Head of Art and Design

Tessa Green

Upper School Head of Art and Design
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Martin Crozier

Upper School Head of Mathematics

Martin Crozier

Upper School Head of Mathematics
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Thomas Collins

Upper School Head of Geography

Thomas Collins

Upper School Head of Geography
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Billy David Bankes

Upper School Head of English

Billy David Bankes

Upper School Head of English
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Sydney Deng

Upper School Art & design technology Technician

Sydney Deng

Upper School Art & design technology Technician
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Sara Zhong

Upper School Chinese Teacher

Sara Zhong

Upper School Chinese Teacher
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Ruby Chen

Upper School Chinese Teacher

Ruby Chen

Upper School Chinese Teacher
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Eric Pei

Upper School Classroom Practitioner

Eric Pei

Upper School Classroom Practitioner
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Robin Murray-Leslie

US Geography Teacher + Head of House

Robin Murray-Leslie

US Geography Teacher + Day Housmaster
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Nokuphiwe Mthembu

Upper School EAL Teacher

Nokuphiwe Mthembu

Upper School EAL Teacher
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Anna Thomas

Upper School Science Teacher

Anna Thomas

Upper School Science Teacher
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Andrew Davies

Upper School Maths Teacher

Andrew Davies

Upper School Maths Teacher
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Andrea Dramićanin

Upper School Art Teacher

Andrea Dramićanin

Upper School Art Teacher
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Adam de Buys

Upper School English Teacher

Adam de Buys

Upper School English Teacher
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Chishamiso Kafundo

Upper School English Teacher

Chishamiso Kafundo

Upper School English Teacher
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Chang Ren

Upper School Computing Teacher

Chang Ren

Upper School Computing Teacher
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Gavin Martin

Upper School Head of Computing

Gavin Martin

Upper School Head of Computing
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Elena Crean

Head of House (Day)+Upper School Science Teacher

Elena Crean

Head of House (Day)+Upper School Science Teacher
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Selina Li

Upper School Bilingual EAL Teacher

Selina Li

Upper School Bilingual EAL Teacher
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Ashton Hinton

Head of House +Volleyball Coach

Ashton Hinton

Boarding Housemistress
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Monica Liang

Upper School Maths Teacher

Monica Liang

Upper School Maths Teacher
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Adam Burton

Upper School Maths Teacher

Adam Burton

Upper School Maths Teacher
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Miya Wu

US Chinese teacher & Day Head of House

Miya Wu

US Chinese teacher & Day Housemistress
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Jen Lin

Upper School University Counsellor

Jen Lin

Upper School University Counsellor
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Miranda Zou

Upper School Bilingual EAL Teacher

Miranda Zou

Upper School Bilingual EAL Teacher
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Jane Li

Upper School Chinese teacher

Jane Li

Upper School Chinese teacher
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Lily Liu

Upper School Chinese teacher

Lily Liu

Upper School Chinese teacher
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Alexander Lennartz

Upper School History Teacher

Alexander Lennartz

Upper School History Teacher
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Martha Kwaga

Upper School English Teacher

Martha Kwaga

Upper School English Teacher
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Yaeliz Rabassa

Upper School EAL Teacher & Head of House

Yaeliz Rabassa

Upper School EAL Teacher & Day Housemistress
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Alison Crozier​

Head of House (Day)+University Counsellor

Alison Crozier​

Head of House (Day)+University Counsellor
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Yoon Foong Wong

Upper School Music Teacher

Yoon Foong Wong

Upper School Music Teacher
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William Howze

Varsity Basketball Coach

William Howze

Varsity Basketball Coach
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LIDIA BURTON

Upper School Head of Drama

LIDIA BURTON

Upper School Head of Drama
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Stephanie Park

Upper School Drama Teacher

Stephanie Park

Upper School Drama Teacher
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Nicholas Rapana

PE Teacher & Head of House

Nicholas Rapana

PE Teacher & Head of House
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Jan Liang

Upper School Head of Physics

Jan Liang

Upper School Head of Physics
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Dino Wu

Upper School Economics and Business Studies Teacher

Dino Wu

Upper School Economics and Business Studies Teacher
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Joseph Harvey

Upper School Science Teacher

Joseph Harvey

Upper School Science Teacher
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Krista Berry

Upper School EAL Teacher

Krista Berry

Upper School EAL Teacher
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Jiawei Wang

Upper School Chinese Teacher

Jiawei Wang

Upper School Chinese Teacher
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Whole School Team

Katy Tang

Whole School Director of Professional Learning

Katy Tang

Whole School Director of Professional Learning
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Joe Hill-Jayne​

Whole School Director of Music

Joe Hill-Jayne​

Whole School Director of Music
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Christopher Meehan

Director of Sport

Christopher Meehan

Director of Sport
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Abdelrahman Mahmoud​

Residential Boarding Head of Boarding House + PE Teacher

Abdelrahman Mahmoud​

Residential Boarding Housemaster (Night) + PE Teacher
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Jorieke van Dijk

Director of Learning Support (Group)

Jorieke van Dijk

Director of Learning Support (Group)
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Ricky Ware

Whole School Music Curriculum Coordinator

Ricky Ware

Whole School Music Curriculum Coordinator
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Zach Zhang

School Marshal

Zach Zhang

School Marshal
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Gergo Balint

Whole School Swimming Coach

Gergo Balint

Whole School Swimming Coach
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Michael Sun

Whole School Bilingual PE Teacher

Michael Sun

Whole School Bilingual PE Teacher
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Charlotte Todd

Senior Librarian

Charlotte Todd

Senior Librarian
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Betty He

Librarian

Betty He

Librarian
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Zaynah Khan

School Counsellor and Life Skills Teacher

Zaynah Khan

School Counsellor and Life Skills Teacher
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JIALI Xu

Ms Xu graduated from Victoria University of Wellington, where she received a Master’s degree in Early Years Education with Distinction. Ms Xu has taught in various Early Years settings across New Zealand. She believes that tailoring teaching and learning to each child is vitally important as every child is unique and has great potential. Ms Xu is passionate about explorative learning where children can make great connections in their learning to further develop their skills and knowledge. Ms Xu joined Harrow Early Years Shenzhen in 2022, teaching across a variety of year groups. Ms Xu feels strongly that the heart of a successful Pre-Nursery, is to build strong relationships with the children and their families along with creating an environment in which children feel safe, comfortable and can thrive in their personal and social development. 

Lisa Pang

Ms Pang has studied in the United Kingdom, the United States and Hong Kong. She graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree. She received a QTS in Primary Teaching, specialising in Early Years Education from the University of Birmingham. Ms Pang also holds a master’s degree in foreign language teaching from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and she has a postgraduate certificate in International Education from Melbourne University. Ms Pang is passionate about educational research, she holds a second research based master’s degree in teaching studies from the University of Birmingham, specifically researching reading and bilingual language development. She has teaching experiences across the Early Years and Key Stage 1 with extensive experience of teaching in the UK and international schools settings. Ms Pang is proudly a founding member of the Early Years teaching team at Harrow Shenzhen. Ms Pang believes that it is crucial to foster a love of learning in children so that they are eager to become lifelong learners. 

Gabriella Mcnamara

Ms McNamara graduated from Kingston University with a BA Hons in Primary Teaching with a subject specialism in Geography and History. She had several placements throughout primary schools in the south of London where she has developed an extensive knowledge and understanding of education in the Early Years and childhood development. Originating from Surrey, in the United Kingdom, Ms McNamara has spent 6 years teaching in Early Years settings, with roles in both Reception and in Nursery classes. In addition, Ms McNamara has held the position of Geography Subject Leader, focusing on monitoring and implementing the curriculum across Key Stages 1 and 2. She has also spent time in a special educational needs school for vulnerable children. Ms McNamara believes that creating a nurturing and rich environment that is child-centered allows for children to thrive and reach their full potential. 

Jillian Carter

Ms Carter holds a Bachelor’s degree in Community Education from the University of Edinburgh and has gained a Post Graduate Certificate in International Education through the University of Derby. She also holds a diploma in Special Educational Needs. Ms Carter started her teaching career in the South of Italy before moving onto China, teaching in Hangzhou, Jinan and Beijing. Ms Carter has taught across the primary phase however has a passion for Early Years and this is where she has found the most enjoyment, fulfillment, and creativity.  She is a dedicated, innovative teacher who strives to provide a safe, caring, and challenging student-centered learning environment. She believes that every child learns uniquely and ‘mistakes’ are steps on their path to knowledge.  She is a passionate advocate of the teaching of phonics, believing that phonics is the foundation and building block for all learning. Seeing the progression from identifying initial sounds to blending words to reading sentences, and the children’s sense of excitement and self-achievement is her favourite thing about being a teacher.

Julie Mcclelland

Ms McLelland graduated from Liverpool John Moores University where she studied for a degree in Education with a focus on Special and Inclusive needs. She then went on to complete her master’s in Early Years Education with Moreland University. Originally from Northern Ireland, Ms McLelland has spent a combination of 10 years teaching in a range of different settings and countries, including America, Spain, Austria, and she has been teaching within China for the last 5 years. Ms McLelland has been a part of the Harrow Early Years team in Nursery since 2022. She delivers fun, engaging and interactive learning for children, creating an environment in which children can thrive. She is truly passionate about teaching and always strives to ensure each child reaches their full potential.

Outside of the classroom, Ms McLelland hobbies include traveling internationally, where she can explore a new culture and try local food. Julie is also creative in her spare time and enjoys drawing, painting, and baking delicious treats. 

Coco Huang

Coco Huang is the founding member of Harrow Shenzhen. She graduated from The Education University of Hong Kong with a Master of education degree. She began her teaching career as a Chinese teacher in Hongkong and progressed to Head of Chinese in an international Kindergarten in Shenzhen before she arrived at Harrow.

Coco Huang has teaching experience in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Shenzhen. With experience in teaching Chinese in lower school and early years, she also was a qualified teacher of Chinese to speakers of other languages. Since joining Harrow Shenzhen, Coco was one of the Mandarin curriculum developers in Early years. While teaching, she hopes the engaging courses will inspire young learner worldwide. 

Mimic Chen

Mimic Chen joined Harrow Shenzhen in August 2020. She graduated from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands with a major in Pedagogical Science and Philosophy during her master’s degree. Her specialized programs in children’s human rights and new learning patterns of pedagogy at the University of Geneva and the University of Amsterdam have equipped her with innovative teaching methods that promote critical thinking skills and a love of learning. Having taught in international school settings for over 7 years and with experience in special education in the UK, Ms Chen has developed a deep understanding of the diverse needs of her students. She is a multi-subject teacher with experience teaching music, art, and Mandarin, providing a well-rounded and engaging educational experience for students. 

Julia Cairns

Miss Julia graduated from the University of Otago where she received a bachelor of teaching endoresd in primary education. Ms Julia has taught in various primary schools in NZ and is passionate about the early years of a child’s education and believes that all children flourish in a class where they are inspired and celebrated for the individual strengths and abilities they attribute. Julia has a deep love for play-based learning and believes play-based learning is where children can make great connections from their own observations of the world around them, and that children learn best when they actively participate in their own learning. Play-based learning further develops skills and knowledge and provides children the foundational tools of a lifelong learner.

Louise Kagan

Originally from New Zealand, Miss Kagan graduated from the University of Otago, Dunedin College of Education with a Bachelor in Primary Education. Since graduating, Miss Kagan has gained over 11 years of experience in teaching primary aged students from 4-12 years of age. Before moving to Shenzhen, Miss Kagan taught at Harrow Beijing for 3 years. Among other education experience, Miss Kagan has taught outdoor education, trained as a phonics leader and conducted research for the Ministry of Education. Alongside her classroom role, Miss Kagan holds the Deputy Head Pastoral and Safeguarding role here at Harrow Shenzhen. Outside of the classroom, Miss Kagan’s hobbies include travelling internationally, baking and flying. She has a strong passion for music and plays the flute. Miss Kagan looks forward to learning about your child’s hobbies soon. 

Mike Combest

Mr Combest graduated from the University of Nottingham, where he received a PGCE and master’s degree in education with merit. Originating from Cincinnati, Ohio, in the United States, Mr Combest has spent over 12 years teaching across Key Stage 1 and 2, ranging from Years 1 – 6, as well as some time in the early years setting. He has been a teacher in international schools for over a decade in China and has extensive experience working with students learning English as an additional language.

Alongside his classroom role, Mr Combest has previously held the roles of primary school coordinator and early years coordinator, along with multiple year leader positions across various educational institutions. Mr Combest will fulfil the role of Key Stage 1 leader at Harrow Shenzhen. 

Nicholas Benbow

Mr Benbow graduated from the University of Leeds before continuing his studies at the University of Buckingham and Liverpool John Moores University, where he completed his MA in Education. Most recently, Mr Benbow was awarded a National Qualification for Senior Leadership. Originating from Liverpool, England, Mr Benbow has spent twelve years teaching in the UK’s independent sector, primarily in Key Stage 2.

Alongside his classroom role, Mr Benbow has held several leadership positions, such as Head of Enrichment, Head of Key Stage 2 and Educational Visits Coordinator. Most recently, he has held the role of Assistant Head, responsible for the school’s overall pastoral provision and safeguarding, as Designated Safeguard Lead. Mr Benbow will joining Harrow Shenzhen as the new Key Stage 2 Leader as well as Year 4 class teacher. 

Adam Graham

Key Stage 2 leader

Mr Graham graduated from Portsmouth University as well as Greenwich University, where he received a PGCE in Primary Education with QTS in 2004. He has taught for his whole career in Key Stage 2. He began in Central London where he took on various subject leads. From there he taught in a private school for three years in Doha, Qatar, where he was the Year 4 Leader, as well as a Year 4 and 5 teacher in a large international school.

From 2014 he returned to his home in the north of England, where he was a Key Stage 2 teacher, as well as the geography, art and R.E. co-ordinator. Mr Graham is a founding teacher at Harrow Shenzhen and has taught across Key Stage Two.

Mr Graham has led various clubs and extra-curricular trips and activities throughout his career and in Harrow he has enjoyed taking the football and craft club LSA’s, amongst others. Outside of the classroom, Mr Graham enjoys travel, sampling new cuisine and is a keen novice surfer and enjoys playing frisbee in teams. 

Alex Sutch

Mr Sutch graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2013. He spent the following years working in a range of childcare settings internationally in France and America before gaining his degree in Primary Education with QTS at the University of Portsmouth in 2018. Originating from Southampton in the United Kingdom, Mr Sutch has spent 5 years teaching across both Key Stage 1 and 2, ranging from Year 2 – 5 as well as some time in the early years setting.

Alongside their classroom role, Mr Sutch has had the responsibility of managing MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) and most recently classroom teacher at Harrow Shenzhen. Outside of the classroom, Mr Sutch’s hobbies include travelling and exploring new food and culture wherever they travel. Outside of work, Mr Sutch has a strong passion for fitness and healthy lifestyles and regularly has his sights set on his next fitness challenge, such as a marathon. Mr Sutch is a keen sports fan and enjoys competing in team sports as well as skiing when the opportunity arises. 

Emma Lowe

Early years class teacher

Miss Lowe graduated from the University of Chichester in 2012 with a B.A Honours in English and Creative Writing before embarking on a Masters degree in Victorian Literature at the University of Leeds. She gained her PGCE and QTS in 2016 from Portsmouth University and has 7 years of experience teaching Key Stage 2. Miss Lowe is founding member of Harrow Shenzhen having taught in the school since 2020.

As a KS2 teacher, she strives for a fair, engaging and collaborative classroom that encourages every student to work well in a team as well as develop their individual talents and passions. Miss Lowe firmly believes that every child can make progress by working hard with the right attitude, no matter where they start. This attitude starts at home, and she always encourages a strong and open relationship with parents and families to ensure that the students can achieve their full potential. Miss Lowe has coordinated student leadership opportunities working closely with the Student Council and has enjoyed promoting the voice of the students. She has a qualification in BASIC Coaching, has received LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) training, and is currently undertaking an NPQLT (National Professional Qualification for Leading Teaching) through University College London. 

George Flitton

Mr Flitton has 5 years teaching experience, having taught in both in the UK and Hong Kong. After graduating from the University of Kent with a Bachelor of Arts, Mr Flitton studied at the Cambridge Teaching Schools Network where he completed the SCITT qualification and was awarded QTS. Mr Flitton has taught throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 phases, ranging from Years 1 to 5.

For the past 3 years Mr Flitton has been teaching at the Singapore International School, Hong Kong (SISHK). During his time at SISHK, alongside his classroom role, Mr Flitton took a lead role in coordinating the school’s first Hydroponic Farming Science Project.

Outside of the classroom, Mr Flitton’s hobbies include reading, hiking, trail running and he has a strong passion for playing football (soccer). Mr Flitton is also a percussionist and has played the drums in various bands and ensembles for the past 20 years.

James Wheaton

Mr Wheaton graduated from Plymouth University, where he received a first-class degree in Primary Education as an English specialist with QTS. Originating from Devon in the United Kingdom, Mr Wheaton has three years’ experience teaching across both Key Stage 1 and 2, ranging from Year 1 to Year 4. He prioritises strong relationships within the classroom and seeks to create an environment where children feel valued as individuals. Mr Wheaton has also held positions of subject leadership, coached school football teams as an extra-curricular activity and, most recently, provided children at Harrow Shenzhen with the opportunity to showcase their excellence through academic competitions.Outside of the classroom, Mr Wheaton enjoys music, and has taught himself to play the guitar and the ukulele. Additionally, he is very active and spends time playing football and golf recreationally. 

Lottie Saldanha

Miss Saldanha graduated from Plymouth University, UK, where she was awarded a first-class degree in Primary Education (English specialism) with QTS. She has worked closely with children with English as an additional for many years and is passionate about developing a positive and calm classroom ethos that develops children’s confidence and independence. Miss Saldanha loves creative writing and has enjoyed implementing the Talk 4 Writing strategy since joining Harrow. Alongside her classroom role, Miss Saldanha has held positions of subject leadership and well-being lead within her school settings. She is a creative individual; she enjoys singing and playing the piano. Prior to her teacher training, Miss Saldanha taught singing and piano to adults and children at a private company in the UK. She is also an avid reader and enjoys relaxing with a great novel. Miss Saldanha is excited to embark on her second year at Harrow Shenzhen. 

Zaira Mughal

Ms Mughal graduated from Oxford Brookes University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Studies and Psychology as well as a Primary Certificate of Education (PGCE) with QTS. Originating from London in the UK, and growing up in HK SAR, Ms Mughal has spent 10 years teaching across both Key Stage 1 and 2, ranging from Years 2-6, alongside some time in the early years setting. She has worked with children who have English as an Additional Language and Special Educational Needs in the UK, Hong Kong and China. Alongside her classroom role, Ms Mughal has held positions of mentoring trainee teachers and led subjects such as Science and Humanities. Outside of the classroom, Ms Mughal’s hobbies include travelling and learning about different cultures. She has a passion for cooking and enjoys learning new recipes. Ms Mughal also likes to explore the outdoor world through hiking, boat trips and bike rides. Additionally, she is always keen to catch a sunrise or sunset on a beautiful day. 

Steve Wasukira

Steve Wasukira Medson is the Lower School PE teacher of Harrow Shenzhen. Steve came to Shenzhen in 2017 as a physical education teacher up to when he joined Harrow Shenzhen in 2022. He is highly energetic and dedicated teacher with a self-drive to success and seeing his learners achieve the best of sports and fitness.

Adept in behavioral modification, motivational techniques, and cooperative learning. Steve possess excellent communication skills and strong work ethics, putting educational lessons into practice and maintaining exemplary physical fitness. 

Kari-Noor Thompson

Kari-Noor Thompson is from New York City. He has a AS in Theatre Arts and BA in Educational Theatre from New York University, and a ME in Educational Leadership in Higher Education from Liberty University. Mr Thompson started his teaching and theatre career in New York City, where he taught General Education Courses at Brooklyn Community College for two years, produced and directed student lead productions at the Tribeca Performance Arts Center, sound designed productions at New York University, Borough of Manhattan Community College, and several off-Broadway productions and an Acting / Directing course at Catskill Correctional Facility for one year. After graduating college in 2018, Mr Thompson moved to Hangzhou, China where he taught for English and Drama for two years before moving to Harrow Shenzhen in 2021. 

Lorna Tian

As one of the founding member, Ms Lorna Tian joined Harrow Shenzhen as the head of Lower School Chinese in August 2022 and comes with a wealth of teaching experience after working in different international schools for more than 10 years. After graduating from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics with a Linguistics and Applied Linguistics master degree, Lorna took up her first teaching post in Shanghai where she worked for five years. In 2017, Lorna was appointed to a  head of Chinese in a bilingual school in Shenzhen. She is familiar with IGCSE, A Level, DSE and domestic Chinese curriculums in Chinese. Over the proceeding years Lorna built up a vast experience of Chinese teaching education including six years as the Head of Chinese and one year experience in teaching overseas students of Washington University in St. Louis. 

Ran Liu

Ran Liu joined Harrow in 2021. She graduated from Nanchang University with a bachelor’s degree, majoring in Teaching Chinese as a foreign language, and obtained a double degree in applied psychology. After that, she received a master’s degree in applied linguistics from University College London. During her studies in the UK, she participated in international education conferences multiple times and worked as a Chinese teacher in a public school in London.

Before joining Harrow, Ms Liu worked as a Chinese teacher in a Canadian and a British school, and accumulated experience in teaching Chinese in both primary and secondary schools. She has been studying Chinese teaching in different educational systems, trying to use the knowledge she has learned to help students maximize their potential. 

Hedy He

Hedy He is the founding member of Harrow Shenzhen. She graduated from The University of Hong Kong, where she received a master’s degree in education with IBDP certification. During her studies, she was awarded the Excellent Award for outstanding contribution and achievement. Hedy has spent 5 years teaching across both Hong Kong and Shenzhen international schools, ranging from Year 1 – 10 as well as some time in the early years setting. She also spent some time living in Korea and studied Dance Arts. She can speak Mandarin, English, Korean, and Cantonese.  She teaches native and non-native Mandarin from Y1 to Y5 in Lower school now. Alongside the classroom role, Hedy has also supported dancing LSA at Harrow Shenzhen.  Outside of the classroom, she won first place in the national standard dance competition of Guangdong Province and first place in the Blackpool Dance Festival in Shenzhen. In addition, Hedy loves Chinese calligraphy and painting. She has a strong passion for arts, and she is a life-long learner. Hedy is also very creative, as well as cares for every child’s learning needs. 
 

Alice Liang

Alice Liang comes from Guangdong province. She graduated from Sun Yat-sen University and got her master’s degree. After graduation, she became a teacher at an IB school where she was responsible for the planning and teaching of the Chinese and English languages, mathematics, and units of inquiries. She is a certified Chinese teacher, and she obtained her teaching certificate in 2012. She has been teaching Chinese as first language and foreign language for 10 years. Ms Liang is an out-going person who has various hobbies. She believes that every child is different and unique. She hopes that she could support her students to become global citizens with international vision. 

Belle Cai

Belle (Yueqin) Cai, master of American Elementary Education, graduated from the George Washington University in the capital of the United States. She won the special education scholarship allocated from the Department of Education. Miss Cai had worked as a general homeroom teacher at Spring Hill Elementary School in Virginia, one of the top 10 schools in the United States, the Yu Ying Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., and the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Immersion School in Ohio. In 2018, she finished six years of overseas study and practice. After returning to Shenzhen, she has been engaged in international education related work and joined Harrow in August 2020. Miss Cai combined her unique educational concept with her rich classroom experience for IB/PYP courses accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization. As a Cover Teacher in Harrow, she is familiar with different year groups in lower school and has built strong and positive connections with students. 

Karina Cai

Ms Karina Cai is the founding member of Harrow Shenzhen. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh, where she received a master’s degree in TESOL with Merit. Ms Cai holds a bachelor’s degree in software engineering with Distinction which inspired her to be a Computing teacher. She also received a second bachelor’s degree in English, specially researching on international education and EAL learners. She has teaching experience across the Key stage 1 and Key Stage 2 as a specialist in computer science with extensive experience of teaching in the British and international schools’ settings. Ms Cai works closely with DJI RoboMaster, LEGO education and Matatalab to enrich her lessons. She is passionate about teaching STEM and loves working with children. 

Kahleia Josephson

Miss Josephson graduated with a Bachelor of Teaching through the University of Waikato in New Zealand, specialising in Primary School Education. Over the past 6 years she has been a part of the teaching space.
 
With two years of teaching experience and four as a teacher aide, she has worked within both the lower and upper school. Miss Josephson is dedicated to creating a dynamic and inclusive learning environment. She focuses on empowering students to explore their curiosities, develop critical thinking skills, and embrace diversity. 

Daniel Ryall

Mr Ryall has been teaching primary education for over 12 years. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts and a PGCE (Primary Education) from Kingston University, Mr Ryall taught at 9 Oftsedrated outstanding schools for 5 years. He embarked on an international teaching career in 2016 working in Vietnam for 5 years and most recently in Egypt as the lead for Assessment and Data at a British Curriculum school and has gained extensive knowledge and experience teaching in second language environments.

Emily Allan

Emily Allan graduated from The University of Queensland, Australia with a Bachelor of Science and Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education. She has a diverse teaching experience over the last eight years that spans the globe including teaching experience in Australia, London and now at Harrow Shenzhen. She is a passionate educator and aims to spark intellectual curiosity in the minds of students. Her time teaching Biology in a Sixth Form in central London allowed her to realise the joy of working with high performing pupils when guiding them to reach their aspirations of gaining places at competitive Universities. She brings this same passion to her role at Harrow Shenzhen as the Head of the STEM Faculty. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and exploring the various cultural activities in her local surroundings. 

Colin Hough

Upper School Head of History

Colin graduated from Bath University with a BSc in Physics, before discovering his passion for history. He then gained his BA, MA and MPhil from Swansea University, in Ancient History and Classical Culture.

Colin’s first teaching job was as an ESL teacher in China. He returned to the UK to take his PGCE at the University of Sussex, then worked in England, teaching history and Latin. However, his love of China drew him back to teach here. His most recent post was in Foshan, where he was head of Arts and Humanities, teaching IGCSE and A-level history.
In his spare time Colin enjoys playing tabletop RPGs and writing historical fiction.

Jennifer Pordan

Jennifer joined Harrow Shenzhen in 2022. She is an experienced Chemistry educator with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a Master’s degree in Mathematics. She has also completed Doctorate in Educational Management in the Philippines. Furthermore, Jennifer has completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Nottingham. She has international teaching experience spanning 21 years in various educational environments (14 years in China), including MYP, IGCSE, A Level, and IBDP Chemistry. Jennifer believes in creating a positive and safe learning environment that encourages scientific exploration and joy in every Chemistry class. Her objective is to develop students’ skills, nurture their self-confidence, and instill a lifelong love for learning. She emphasizes critical thinking, problem-solving, and curiosity in her teaching. Jennifer is dedicated to equipping students with tools, resources, and engaging techniques for their success. She aims to inspire students to appreciate science and reach their full potential, fostering personal development and a genuine passion for Chemistry. Jennifer is excited to collaborate with others who share her enthusiasm for education and make a positive impact on students’ lives. 

Carol Yeung

Carol has 16 years of teaching experience and has taught in schools in Oxford, Beijing and Zhuhai, with students ranging from year 6 all the way to university foundation level. She grew up in Hong Kong and lived in England for over 20 years before moving to China. After completing an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Statistics and a postgraduate degree in Actuarial Science in London, she worked for the UK’s biggest insurance company in London as an Actuarial Analyst for 7 years. She then decided to become a teacher because she believes in the power of education, and she has never looked back since.

With extensive skills in both students’ pastoral care and academic support; Carol has served in various posts in the education sector including head of department, housemistress, UK university counsellor and Edexcel International A-Level Further Maths examiner. She is also a debate adjudicator for the World Scholar’s Cup and Grade 8 public speaking coach for LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art).

Carol’s students consistently achieved outstanding exam results, including 100% A* in A level Further Mathematics two years ago. These are testimony to students’ hard work and perseverance, as well as the commitment from Carol and her team. Carol was also awarded with the ‘Professional and Dedicated Teacher’ honour last year from the Zhuhai Education Bureau for her continuing contribution in the education industry. 

Chelly Dong

Ms Chelly Dong graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree from Beijing Language and Culture University, and with her Master’s Degree from The University of Hong Kong. She also obtained the IBDP Teacher Award and Postgraduate Diploma in Education Programme. She is a Hong Kong registered teacher and has taught Chinese in Hong Kong local secondary schools, Harrow International School Hong Kong and Po Leung Kuk Choi Kau School for almost 10 years. She is an experienced specialist in teaching Chinese curriculum such as IGCSE, IB and A-level.

Tessa Green

Ms Greeman is a graduate from Goldsmiths and Helsinki universities, and completed her Art and Design PGCE in Bristol. She has just left SCIE to join Harrow Shenzhen, and prior to being in China was Head of Art at a school in London, where she taught Art and Design, Photography and Graphic Communications.

She has a long held commitment to creative thought, encouraging student independence through adaptive teaching and situating Art within a broader multicultural framework. 

Martin Crozier

Martin has 22 years of teaching experience, 14 as a Head of Department. He has taught at prestigious schools across the world including Sherborne Girls and Leweston School in the UK and Dulwich International High School in Suzhou.

Graduating from Durham (Mathematics, PGCE) and the University of Waterloo (MMT), Mr Crozier is also Fellows of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (FIMA, CMath), the Chartered College of Teaching (FCCT) and the Royal Statistical Society (GradStat). He is a published author of several text books for Mathematics and Further Mathematics for both Pearson and CAIE, for both of which he is also a trainer and examiner. Mr Crozier was the winner of the China-wide Top Schools Wonder Teacher award in 2019 and is one of their judges in 2023. He believes students succeed through their personal effort and the presence of supportive teacher relationships. Mr Crozier is also a musician, playing viola and handbells as well as being a conductor. 

Thomas Collins

Thomas Collins graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc in Geography and continued his education at the University of Manchester. Thomas worked as a Geography teacher for 3 years in the UK. During this time, he performed many different roles including Key Stage 5 (A Level) Human Geography Course Leader, Business Studies and EAL teacher and House Leader.

Following his time teaching in the UK, Thomas moved to Wuhan to experience teaching in China. During this time, Thomas took on the role of Head of Human Humanities, Head of Geography and acted as a Football Coach for the school football team. 

Billy David Bankes

Billy graduated from the University of Manchester in 2011 with a BA in English Language. The following year, he achieved a Distinction in his Broadcast Journalism MA at the University of Sheffield. After a four year spell as a radio journalist in the UK, Billy changed careers and became a teacher via the Teach First Leadership Development graduate scheme in 2016 and earned a Distinction in his PGCE qualification at the University of Manchester. In his roles at schools in Manchester and Shenzhen, Billy has developed a reputation as a dynamic practitioner who instils a fantastic climate for learning and helps students achieve high outcomes when learning English as an additional language. In his previous school, Billy held the posts of Key Stage Three Co-Ordinator and then Deputy Head of English. He also achieved the school’s first English GCSE grade 9s – with students who used English as an additional language.

Sydney Deng

Early years class teacher

Sydney Deng graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts GAFA with a Bachelor of Product Design. She has experience working with children from a wide range of different cultural backgrounds in international school in Shenzhen for almost 6 years. She is familiar with international education system and loves to work in a multicultural environment. She joined Harrow Shenzhen as Art & design technology technician in 2021.

Sara zhong

Early years class teacher

Ms Sara Zhong graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University with a B. A of Chinese Language and Literature, and a M.A in International Chinese Education. She is an experienced teacher in international Chinese teaching. She taught Language and Literature and Language Acquisition in Beijing, Guangzhou and Zhuhai. She is familiar with the international curriculum. She is an IBDP Examiner in Language and Literature.

ruby chen

Early years class teacher

MsRuby Chen joined Harrow Shenzhen since August, 2021. She is now one of the mandarin teachers of upper school. She graduated from Sun Yat-sen University with her master degree on teaching mandarin. After graduation, MsChen worked at UISG of Guangzhou for 7 years teaching both MYP and DP. Before joining Harrow Shenzhen, she worked at Dulwich College of Shanghai for 2 years. Ms Chen always pursues using different teaching methods to develop students’ stronger interest in learning mandarin.

eric pei

Early years class teacher

Eric Pei joined Harrow Shenzhen as a classroom practitioner. Eric has been teaching English as a second language for more than 6 years and got recognized certification from Cambridge University in English language teaching. He has got a Mater degree in Applied Linguistic from Hong Kong University. Eric has help Chinese students improved their English language ability. In Harrow Shenzhen, Eric helps students with their learning in class.

Robin Murray-Leslie

Robin Murray-Leslie is a founding member of Harrow Shenzhen and holds the honour of being the first teaching staff member on-site in 2020. Moving to Shenzhen after a successful three-year stint as House Master of Winston Churchill house at Harrow Beijing, he brings 23 years of experience from the UK, New Zealand and China.

Graduating from University of Liverpool with a B.SC (HONS) in Geography and a PGCE from University of Nottingham, Robin has worked for numerous examination Boards, taught the Humanities, and maintains high enthusiasm for classroom teaching. His specialist teaching subject is Physical Geography with the desire to help students better understand the changing world around them.

As House Master of Winston Churchill House he is proud to lead a talented team of tutors and work with many fantastic students. 

Nokuphiwe Mthembu

Nokuphiwe Mthembu is an experienced EAL teacher.

Prior to coming to China, she spent five years in South Africa, teaching English and Business Studies. She then moved to Abu Dhabi where she acquired a year of experience teaching ESL. She completed her Bachelor of Education degree in English and Business Studies from the University of KwaZulu Natal, Edgewood Campus in 2010.

Her vision is not only for students to achieve the highest academic standards, but to be the best versions of themselves possible, while equipping them with twenty-first-century skills.

Anna Thomas

Anna Thomas graduated with a first-class Biochemistry degree from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. The following year, she received a Distinction in her Post Graduate Certificate in Education with QTS from the same institution. After moving to Essex to continue her teaching career, Anna progressed to Deputy Head of Science where she secured excellent outcomes for students studying Science from ages 11 to 16, with her role focusing on Key Stage 3. With a passion for her subject, Anna aims to inspire curiosity and excitement within students across the 3 Sciences. She looks forward to the scientific achievements the students will inevitably make at Harrow Shenzhen. 

Andrew Davies

Upper School Maths Teacher

Andrew graduated from the University of Cambridge with an MA in Natural Sciences and later from the Open University in the UK with a Bachelor of Sciences in Mathematics. He has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Qualified Teacher Status) from the UK and over thirty years of teaching experience in the UK and overseas. Originally from the UK, Andrew taught Science, Physics, Mathematics and Psychology for nineteen years in the UK before moving overseas. He has since spent time teaching in Qatar, Armenia and China. The time in China has including a four year stint in Beijing and more recently a four stint in Zhuhai.  Andrew has a range of experience teaching from Years 6-13 including IGCSE, A-level and IBDP and up to Further Mathematics level.

Andrea Dramićanin

Upper School Art Teacher

Andrea Dramićanin was born in Belgrade in 1990. She has graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, Department of Sculpture. The last semester of her MA studies, she finished at École nationale supérieure des beaux- arts de Paris, as the recipient of the French Government scholarship.

Andrea has exhibited her work in Belgrade, Berlin and Paris. Her work can be found in many private and public collections.

After working in the art production field for 6 years she decided to fully devote herself to teaching.

As a teacher she is driven and will find ways to combine her experience with what she has learnt through sharing to execute creative lessons that are focused on student learning and progress.

Adam de Buys

Upper School English Teacher

Adam is a fully accredited American teacher with over 15 years of classroom experience. He completed his B.A. in English from the University of Arkansas and his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University. He has lived and worked in Asia for many years, teaching a variety of curricula including the Common Core, AP, IGCSE, and IB. Adam is a tireless advocate of inquiry-based education, and he strongly believes that students learn best when active and engaged. His previous posting was as Learning Programme Leader and Lead Practitioner at an international school in Hong Kong.

Chishamiso Kafundo

Upper School English Teacher

Chishamiso Kafundo graduated from the University of Cape Town with a triple major in English Literature, Media&Writing and Drama. She went onto complete her PGCE in English and Drama before representing South Africa in Indonesia as an IACS awardee. She has spent the past nine years in South Korea and China, respectively, teaching ESL, English Literature (up to A-Level) and Drama. She recently was Lead Drama Teacher (which earned her a certificate from the Royal Shakespeare Company) and Head of Year 13 at Dulwich Zhuhai. When not fostering the love of learning and mindfulness in her students, she enjoys the Arts’, spending time in nature, exploring different nations, performing audio dramas and photography. She looks forward to being on this journey as part of the Harrow Family.

Chang Ren

Upper School Computing Teacher

Chang graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Electronic Information Engineering, and Master’s degree in Communication and Information System. After graduating, He worked for 10 years as a software programmer and Technical Manager.

Chang also has 3 years teaching experience in computer science and has taught A Level, AP Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence.

Gavin Martin

Computer Science Teacher

Gavin graduated from the University of Lincoln with an MSc in computing in 2015, with a specialism of video game programming. After graduating, He worked for 3 years as an ICT project manager. Gavin also worked as a Computer Science teacher in the UK, teaching students from Year 7 through Year 13.

Elena Crean

Science Teacher

Elena graduated from University College London in 2016 with a Masters in Natural Sciences. She majored in Genetics, Evolution and Environment and minored in Science Policy, Communication and Ethics. Elena had six years of teaching experience in London before moving to Shenzhen and hopes to continue teaching internationally for many years. Elena has always had a passion for swimming and alongside her studies has been a swimming teacher and coach for the past ten years.

Selina Li

Selina Li graduated from Beijing International Studies University, where she received a degree in English and passed the TEM 8-grade 8 of Tests for English Majors. Originating from Guilin in the Guangxi province, Miss Li has spent 5 years teaching and supporting across Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 as well as upper school. She also spent some time studying and working in Guilin, working in a local high school as an English teacher.

In additional to a Chinese certificate of teaching English in high schools, Miss Li has also received a CELTA-certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, from Cambridge English.

Ashton Hinton

Ashton Hinton graduated from the University of Lincoln, UK, where she received her BA in Illustration and was also awarded Best Student of her class. For three years Ashton ran her own illustration business and worked as an Illustrator & Animator for a local tech company. Besides her passions for art, Ashton is a qualified coach and competitive volleyball player. In England she coached multiple volleyball teams and competed in a National League division team. She helped develop the University of Lincoln men’s and women’s team, a Regional League women’s team, and a Development Squad for young students in Lincoln. While coaching, Ashton discovered her love for working with students, and decided to change careers. She is very excited to be joining Harrow Shenzhen as a Housemistress and Volleyball Coach.

Ashton has also lived almost the entirety of her life abroad, living in Japan, Qatar, Germany, the UK, and now China. Her experience in competitive international schools and bilingual environments gives her a unique and understanding perspective when working with the students. Ashton hopes to help the students develop confidence and independence in their learning and push them to pursue their goals and exceed their expectations. 

Monica Liang

Monica was raised in the UK. She studied Mathematics at Imperial College London and completed her PGCE in Mathematics at King’s College London. After she graduated, she taught at one of the country’s prestigious girls’ boarding schools in Brighton for five years. Before she joined Harrow Shenzhen, she has been working at Harrow Beijing for eight years. During her time in Beijing, Monica has been awarded two Leadership Attributes Award for teachers – Making Just Choices and Facing Challenges with Determination. They were voted by the entire Upper School student body. It was an honour to be recognised by the students that she has made a difference in their student life. Monica is also a qualified Edexcel GCSE and A-level examiner. 

Adam Burton

Adam Burton completed his undergraduate degree at University of Wales, Bangor in 2010, before continuing with studies in Mathematics and Education at the University of Chester. After finishing his PGCE, Adam worked as a Teacher of Mathematics in the UK for 8 years. In this time, Adam performed a variety of different roles, including Year 7 Mathematics Co-Ordinator and Assistant Head of Year 10.

At his previous school, Adam was part of the team that introduced and coordinated the Duke of Edinburgh Award. He is keen to commit to the educational excellence at Harrow Shenzhen, along with the extra-curricular opportunities, and now plans to complete an MSc in Mathematics in the near future. 

Miya Wu

Miya graduated from Chulalongkorn University with master’s degree in Culture management, and Hunan University of Science and technology with a Bachelor of teaching. She has taught Mandarin over 9 years, 7 years of overseas teaching experience, and 2 years in Harrow Shenzhen, Miya has a range of experience teaching from Y6-Y13 including IGCSE and A level.

This is the third year for Miya to take the role as housemistress of Marie Curie house, she cares the students, and always encourages the students to take challenges. Miya has attended an Online Youth Mental Health First Aid course 2022 and is now a Mental Health First Aider. 

Jen Lin

Ms Lin graduated from the University of Westminster in UK with a master degree. She has rich experience in overseas study application planning, and has successfully helped students to apply for prestigious schools in the world, including G5 schools in the UK and top 10 schools in the United States. Also, having lived overseas for several years, she has a good understanding of the study application mechanism and local academic atmosphere in Britain, United States and other countries. That’s why she can always provide meaningful suggestions and opinions to students. In her spare time, she likes to study various social topics, including human rights and equality, gender equality, refugee crisis, immigrant sense of belonging and a series of controversial topics. 

Miranda Zou

Miranda graduated from Sichuan University, one of the top universities in China, with a Bachelor’s degree in English and then furthered her study at the University of Edinburgh, where she received a Master’s degree in TESOL. In additional to a Chinese certificate of teaching English in high schools, she also received TKT certificates from Cambridge English.

Miranda has been working in the field of Education for over 5 years and has rich experience in EAL teaching. She joined Harrow Shenzhen in August 2021 and has been devoting herself in helping students make progress in English learning since then.

Jane Li

Jane Li received her Master of Education, specifically IB Education, from the University of Hong Kong. She was initially a homeroom teacher in the primary year program in an IB school in Shenzhen. Then she moved to Hong Kong, working as a Chinese single subject teacher and Chinese coordinator in international schools for more than ten years. She has growing teaching and learning enthusiasm as a life-long learner. Jane received holistic British education training, including Forest School program when she worked in another British international school. She was excited to come back and reunited with her family as Shenzhen is her birthplace.

Lily Liu

Lily graduated from Qufu Normal University with a major in Chinese Language and Literature. Lily has been a Chinese teacher for 10 years in an international school in Beijing, in addition Lily has overseas’ teaching experience in Canada. Lily is delighted to work at Harrow Shenzhen. 

Alexander Lennartz

Alexander Lennartz graduated with an M.A. in International Policy Studies from Middlebury College. He has received a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with Merit from the University of Nottingham and a QTS from the UK Department for Education. For over ten years, Alexander has taught history in Shenzhen, with a focus on Cambridge IGCSE and A-Level. With a passion for debate, Alexander has coached winners of multiple WSDA Public Forum debate tournaments. He looks forward to developing the tremendously talented humanities students at Harrow Shenzhen for their future success.  

Martha Kwaga

Martha graduated from Uganda Christian University in 2011 and received an Honour’s Degree of Arts in Education majoring in English and Literature. Martha has ten years of experience teaching IGSCE First Language English and Literature and recently English as a Second Language which she’s been teaching for the past five years in China. Martha is very passionate about ensuring her relationship with students enriches them to become not just better scholars but also well-rounded humans. 

Yaeliz Rabassa

Yaeliz Rabassa graduated from the University of Florida, located in Gainesville, Florida, with a Bachelor of Health Science in Communication Disorders and a Master of Education in Special Education. Throughout her time as an educator, she has supported students of various backgrounds and exceptionalities in the United States of America and the United Arab Emirates while using a multi-sensory approach in her teaching. She has also implemented the use of her knowledge and experience as a Head of Inclusion in the United Arab Emirates. She believes that all students have the ability to learn, so as long as their education reflects and stretches their strengths and interests. 

Alison Crozier

Mrs Crozier has been living in China since 2014. Prior to coming to China, she was a Child Protection solicitor representing children, and family members in and out of Court.

Since being in China, Mrs Crozier is a University Guidance Counsellor with many students attending world class universities to read a variety of subjects from Veterinary Science to Geology. More recently she has completed her PGCEi with the University of Sunderland as a Life Skills teacher.

Mrs Crozier also has experience as a Head of Boarding and is pastorally focused with students. 

Yoon Foong Wong

Originally from Singapore, Yoon Foong clinched the Singapore Government Scholarship to study music at York. He obtained his teaching qualification from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and his Masters in Music from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. An experienced teacher at secondary level, Yoon Foong has taught in top schools like Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) in Singapore, and took part in pedagogical research with the Singapore Ministry of Education, before becoming a music lecturer in the Singapore University of Social Sciences. He is excited to be part of the Harrow family in his current role as an Upper School music teacher, and believes in cultivating a vibrant musical environment for the students to thrive musically, academically and holistically. 

William Howze

William Howze is the Whole School Basketball Coach of Harrow Shenzhen.

William has coached in Shenzhen for ten years, and has taught students about concepts regarding fitness, health and well-being. He enjoy mentoring young and upper-level students in physical activities and coaching sports. With planned out activities, he supports and encourages students to do there best, which help develop the students to call plays and make decisions.

William also uses conditioning programs to help athletes with their performance. He teachsplayers good sportsmanship, rules, strategies and techniques. Also enjoy the recording the performance of each player to assess growth and watching them develop. As a whole school coach, the philosophy is to help athletes achieve their aims and goals and having lots of enjoyment playing sports.  

Lidia Burton

Lidia graduated from King’s College London with a Bachelor of Honours in English Literature and Language, gaining a First class in her dissertation and a high 2:1 overall. Lidia’s professional life began in marketing for global brands in London. Alongside this career, Lidia worked with youth theatre clubs and for a nationally-renown immersive theatre company, with performances attended by Prince Harry.

Lidia’s first teaching job was in an international primary school in Jamaica, teaching English and Drama. She then worked at the Portsmouth Grammar School in England, where she completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Education with the University of Southampton, specialising in Drama. In her spare time, Lidia enjoys reading, watching plays, rock climbing and music.  

Stephanie Park

Stephanie Park graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in Acting and performed on Broadway in “Titanic,” “The King and I” and “Getting Away with Murder,” as well as the First and Second National Tours of “Miss Saigon.” After earning two Masters degrees in education from Columbia University, Stephanie spent the last eighteen years teaching drama to students of all ages – most recently serving as Head of Drama and Performing Arts Coordinator at Dulwich International High School, Suzhou.

Stephanie’s passions are teaching, singing, leading after-school theatrical productions, reading, hiking, horse riding and meditation. 

Nicholas Rapana

Nick completed a four-year teaching degree at Canterbury University, specialising in physical education. After teaching in New Zealand for three years, he joined Harrow as a whole school Physical Education teacher and House Master of John Lyon House.

Teaching allows Nick to combine his love of sport and helping young people, whilst pastoral care enables him to support students to reach their full potential and become contributing members of society. 

Jan Liang

Jan is an experienced Physics educator with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. After her graduation, she started working as an Civil Engineer for the Auckland Regional Council. A few years later she shifted her career to being an Educator. She has completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Nottingham. She has international teaching experience spanning 8 years in different curriculums, including AP, IGCSE, Alevel and KS3. Jan believes in building positive rapport with students and help them not only in their academic performance but also holistic development as a member in their community. 

Dino Wu

Mr WU graduated from Lancaster University in the UK in 2004 with a Master Degree of Education. He is current Cambridge Examiner for A-Level Economics and Cambridge teacher trainer for A-Level Economics in the region of East Asia. He had more than 15 years experiences of teaching A-Level Economics. He has been awarded by Cambridge as a Dedicated Teacher Awards in 2023. His vision is to help Harrow students achieve their academic potential as well as developing social skills for their future life.  

Joseph Harvey

Joseph, a passionate educator from the UK, specializes in Biology and holds a doctorate in Biochemistry from Queen Mary University of London. With a rich background in teaching science and mathematics in international schools in Vietnam and Russia, and also teaching at university level in the UK, Joseph brings diverse experience to Harrow Shenzhen. Beyond the classroom, he finds solace in exploring the depths through scuba diving and holds a deep appreciation for environmental conservation and the wonders of nature. 

Krista Berry

Krista Berry is a highly qualified and experienced educator with a strong academic background. She earned her BA Hons in English and Communication Media from Lancaster University, followed by a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with a specialization in English and Drama at the University of Manchester, UK.
With over two decades of teaching experience in both state and public schools in Britain, Krista brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the classroom. She has successfully taught students ranging from 6 to 16 years old and has held key leadership positions, including Head of Media Studies and Deputy Head of English.

In her previous role before joining Harrow, Krista dedicated seven years to supporting students with Special Educational Needs. During this time, she developed effective learning support strategies for students with Dyslexia, significantly improving their literacy standards. Notably, Krista extended her impact to students with English as an Additional Language (EAL), implementing targeted interventions that enabled them to thrive and achieve outstanding academic results.

Committed to fostering a love for life-long learning, Krista is passionate about ensuring every child reaches their true potential. 

Jiawei Wang

Prior to Harrow Shenzhen, Ms. Jiawei Wang has been taught IB MYP & DP Chinese at an international school in Shanghai for five years. Before joining the international school, she was an editor working on Chinese teaching materials including IB Chinese textbooks for Chinese learners in Joint Publishing (H.K.). Her co-edited and published international Chinese textbooks and their supporting books have been on sale for at least three years now. Harrow Shenzhen is the third international school she has worked for. Ms. Wang graduated from Beijing Language and Culture University with her M.A on teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages. She taught Chinese at North China Electric Power University, Beijing Language and Culture University and Tsinghua University during her postgraduate studies. During her postgraduate study, she won the first prize of the third Beijing College Graduate Students Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language Practice Competition. She was awarded the title of outstanding graduate at the graduation ceremony of master’s students. As a life-long learner, Ms. Wang brings her passion and commitment for working with students and the skills to meet the unique challenges and opportunities that a diverse student body brings. She believes in the power of education to transform one’s mindset, regardless of age, ethnicity, class, or gender. 

Katy Tang

Head of Music and Performance

Originally from Bristol in the UK, Katy has taught internationally for ten years, having previously worked in Hong Kong at Kellett School as Director of Music, where she received the Outstanding Educator Award from Chicago University. Katy graduated in 2001 from Cardiff University in the UK with an honours degree in Music. A classically trained flute and piano player, keen choral singer and conductor, she has also taught Drama and Performing Arts and is passionate about providing exceptional Arts education for all. For Katy, one of the most important and rewarding aspects of teaching is developing high quality relationships with students and seeing them fulfil, and exceed, their potential. She is also a proud Harrow parent, with children attending Pre Prep and Little Lions. 

Joe Hill-Jayne

Joe Hill-Jayne joined the Harrow family in 2023 as the Director of Music and teacher of lower school music. He began his musical education journey at the Academy of Music and Sound and spent time in the music industry as a musician and drum tutor. It was through teaching his instrument that Joe realised his passion for education and decided to pursue it further. He graduated Birmingham City with a BA Hons in Primary Education, specialising in music.

Following this he has worked at a number of independent and state schools; with Head of Music roles across the Early years, primary and secondary phases and a stint teaching in Italy. During this time he has led performances to UK dignitaries including former prime ministers and worked as a choral director alongside the London Philharmonic Orchestra; in addition to directing multiple stage performances, including his personal favourite, Disney’s The Lion King. 

Christopher Meehan

Christopher has been working in education for over 15 years and brings a wealth of experience from working in China. As a talented sports person, Chris excelled at rugby and cricket, gaining national and regional playing honours giving him a strong sporting background.

Having worked in outstanding UK schools including Ermysteds, a leading all boys grammar school, Chris has spent the other half of his teaching career in China working at Dulwich and Nord Anglia. He is passionate about developing sporting opportunities for all students and competing against other schools. Chris’s school sports teams have won national, regional and county championships which is something he is keen to develop at Harrow.

Outside of work, much of his time is spent playing sports. Chris enjoys playing rugby for Shenzhen and in the wintertime will be away skiing.

Abdelrahman Mahmoud

Abdelrahman Ahmed earned his Bachelor of Health and Physical Education from Alexandria University in Alexandria, Egypt.

Abdelrahman, a remarkable sports educator with an impressive background in gymnastics coaching and physical education. Having served as a PE teacher in Dubai and Egypt, and excelled as a safeguard lead and behavior officer in Abu Dhabi, Abdelrahman’s commitment to safety and personal growth is unparalleled.

With a true passion for badminton and taekwondo, he instills in students not only the skills of the sports but also valuable life lessons of discipline, teamwork, and resilience. 

Jorieke van Dijk

Head of Humanities Faculty

Jorieke earned her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy in Amsterdam, Netherlands, her home country. For almost 10 years she has work experience with supporting children and families within the school and home environment. For over 5 years she worked in Shenzhen with many students, families, and teachers from different international schools. 

Ricky Ware

Ricky graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2003 with a BA (Hons) degree in music, specialising in romantic piano performance under the direction of Dr Kim Burwell and composition and orchestration under the direction of Dr Paul Edlin. Ricky completed a PGCE in secondary music (11-18) in 2004. In 2011, Ricky completed a master’s degree in music specialising in musicology. His dissertation examined the influences of visual and literary sources on Franz Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage – deuxième année: Italie.

Ricky is a multi-instrumentalist. His principal study is piano. He actively enjoys playing romantic piano music and accompanying instrumentalists, particularly supporting students with their ABRSM and Trinity College examinations. Ricky also plays flute/piccolo and tenor saxophone. He enjoys singing, performing in concert and jazz bands, and directing and taking part in theatre productions. In 2009, Ricky was fortunate to work on the London Premier of Frankenstein – A New Musical by Mark Baron and Jeffery Jackson. Ricky has been teaching music and leading large music departments in Kent and Essex for 20 years. He has also enjoyed examining for EDEXCEL and EDUQAS. 

Zach Zhang

Zach Zhang, originally from China, studied in the United States for 6 years and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Sciences from California State University, Northridge. After returning to China, he pursued a career in the international education industry, gaining over five years of experience in various areas of expertise. Mr Zhang has worked at American and British international schools in recent years, serving as the Student Dean and assuming responsibility for student management, after-school learning arrangements, and college application guidance. His familiarity with various international education systems, such as AP, IGCSE, A-Level, and IB, has equipped him with valuable insights that he is eager to share. Additionally, Mr Zhang has served as an invigilator for exams, including IELTS, IGCSE, and A-level. Alongside his role, Mr Zhang’s passion for sharing his experiences of studying and living abroad makes him an excellent resource for students seeking guidance in navigating the intricacies of international education. 

GERGO BALINT

Gergo Balint is originally from Hungary and holds a Bachelor of Physical Education and Sports Sciences from The Semmelweis University in Budapest. Gergo is an ex-professional water polo player. He represented Hungary for 18 years and had a successful and enjoyable career traveling and competing. After his playing days came to end Gergo wanted to pass on his skills to others and therefore embarked on a coaching career in Kuwait where he spent time teaching swimming at the Kuwait Triathlon Club and coaching water polo and swimming for the Elite Swim Team Academy. He also worked at a high performing international preparatory school teaching swimming. Gergo recently gained his level 2 coaching swimming through Swim England. He also holds an additional degree in teaching water polo and a level 3 American swimming coaching qualification. Gergo is extremely excited to be working as a lead swim coach for Harrow Shenzhen and developing the swimming set-up. 

Michael Sun

Michael have been studying master’s degree Program of Physical Education in South China Normal University. He has more than seven years International school teaching experiences in different countries. 

Charlotte Todd

Ms Todd’s unwavering dedication to libraries is rooted in her academic journey and diverse work experience. After earning her B.A. Honours in Politics & International Relations with Journalism & Creative Writing from the University of Strathclyde in 2017, she embarked on a career that led her to libraries across the UK and eventually to Shrewsbury International School in Bangkok. Recognising the pivotal role libraries play in education, Ms Todd pursued a master’s degree in Library & Information Studies.

Her passion for empowering students through information and digital literacy was honed during her tenure as the Head of Information & Library Services at Harrow Haikou. Now, as the Senior Librarian at Harrow Shenzhen, she continues to champion the transformative potential of libraries. In addition to her core responsibilities, Ms Todd coordinates student leadership opportunities through a Student Librarian team and spearheads Harrow Shenzhen’s ‘Book Week’, our annual literacy celebration event. 

Betty He

Betty is the founding member of Harrow Shenzhen.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English and obtained a Master’s degree in Education from Shenzhen University. Betty has served in various international schools and training institutions for over ten years, including working as a Chinese and English teacher. Among them, Betty has been working as a librarian for more than 7 years, she is familiar with the international school education system. In addition, Betty has obtained the English and Chinese Teaching Certificate and the Mental Health Mentor Certificate, and she always concerns the needs of students. In Harrow, Betty insists on making reading more interesting and emphasizing reading skills and methods, also she helps students to strengthen their research and exploration abilities. 

Zaynah Khan

Zaynah graduated from the University of York with a BA in Sociology with Criminology and an MA in Applied Human Rights. She transitioned from the human rights field into advocating wellbeing in educational settings and obtained a PGCEi and British Psychological Society accredited MSc in Psychology. Zaynah is dedicated to the field of counselling and psychology and has achieved counselling qualifications and CMI chartered manager status in leading organisational wellbeing, diversity and inclusion.

Zaynah follows a child-centred approach and specialises in wellbeing, mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy, solution-based therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and emotional-based and goal-directed approaches. Throughout her appraisals a common theme is that Zaynah creates a safe space for self-exploration and development. 

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