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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jonathan Davies joined the Harrow family in 2020 as part of the founding staff body at Harrow
Shenzhen. He is currently the Upper School Music teacher and is excited to take
up the role of Head of Music and Performance across the Whole School in 2021.
Jonathan graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a BMus (Hons) in 2010, and then gained his PGCE in Music and Specialist Instrumental Teaching from Manchester
Metropolitan University in 2011. Upon achieving his PGCE and QTS, Jonathan was appointed as a secondary music teacher at Bishop Rawstorne CE Academy, an outstanding school in the UK. After 3 years in post, Jonathan was promoted to Head of Music. During this time, he created an exciting and purposeful music curriculum, improved the uptake of students at
GCSE and taking instrumental lessons, led 2 overseas music tours, and qualified
for the National Music for Youth Competition with the school choir.
Jonathan has a passion for all aspects of music, whether that be performing, listening, conducting, or coaching. He wants to ensure the best opportunities are given to students
allowing them to flourish as young musicians.
Away from school, Jonathan is keen to travel and explore, a big decision to relocate to Shenzhen. Alongside that, he likes to cook and sample cuisine from around the world.
Mr Watt studied at Norwich School of Art, Falmouth College of Arts and Exeter University, where he was awarded a distinction for his Post Graduate Certificate of Education. He has enjoyed working in a range of educational settings throughout his career and for the past 12 years has been teaching Art, Design Technology and Photography in England and Qatar. Mr Watt held the responsibility of Head of Art and Design at Compass International School in Doha, where he led the department to achieve excellent results at IGCSE and IB level. During this time, his experience as a member of the Qatar Museums Executive Teachers Committee provided him many interesting opportunities for the classroom and beyond. He is excited about the prospect of forging relationships and working closely with the maker community in Shenzhen.
Mr Watt believes that Art, Design and culture help to build diverse communities and improve our quality of life. He feels that young people should be empowered to question and understand the world through a rich and varied Art and Design Technology curriculum.
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.
Miss Rebecca Way graduated from the University of South Wales in 2015 with a BSc(hons) in Computer Studies and then went on to the University of Wales, Trinity St David to study for her PGCE in Secondary Computer Science and ICT. From 2016-2020 she taught Computing and ICT in schools and sixth form colleges across South Wales and the South West of England. In 2018 Rebecca took on the role as Head of Computing, developing the curriculum and focusing on the inclusion of girls in STEAM subjects. Rebecca has recently joined the pastoral team for Harrow Shenzhen as Housemistress of Song Qing Ling house.
A classically trained musician, Katy graduated from Cardiff University, UK with a Bachelor of Music (hons) degree. Following her teacher training, she worked in Bristol for eight years as Head of Music, along with teaching Performing Arts. Katy worked in Hong Kong for nine years at Kellett School, The British International School, being promoted to the position of Director of Music, and also receiving the Outstanding Educator Award from the University of Chicago. An experienced leader, conductor, musical director and performer, Katy brings with her a wealth of experience in international education and the Arts.
Jeannie graduated from Cardiff University in 2008 and then went on to complete her PGCE at University London Institute of Education. Jeannie has over ten years of experience teaching the Advanced Level English Literature, English Language and Literature and GCSE qualifications. A former assistant programme manager, Jeannie’s values an inclusive and diverse academic and pastoral curriculum and thus informs her student-centred approach to teaching.
Ms. Zhuang graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor in Applied Psychology and Human Development as well as in Communication. She obtained her Master degree at Harvard Graduate School of Education in Prevention Science and Practice, with the focus on School Counselling. Prior to coming to Harrow Shenzhen, she had experiences in a Boston public school and in an international school in Guangzhou. She’s passionate about promoting student’s socioemotional wellbeing and utilizing their strengths to achieve positive outcomes. In addition, she had more than ten years of experience playing badminton competitively. In her spare time, she also enjoys hiking, traveling, and exploring her surroundings.
Shelley has been teaching in Key Stage 1 and 2 for nearly 17 years. After receiving her Higher Diploma in Primary Education and Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, she focused on teaching as a career and embarked on her TESOL certification at The Education University of Hong Kong. She taught in Hong Kong for 7 years as a Native English Teacher in public schools before spending 2 years at an international IB school in Guangzhou, China. Shelley has embarked on another adventure in Harrow Shenzhen. She is the lower school intervention teacher for Key Stages 1 and 2.
Celeste Pryke graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting and Mathematics. She then continued her studies, completing a Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education at Australian Catholic University. Over the course of her twelve years of teaching in Australia, Celeste completed two further qualifications in her areas of interest; a Graduate Certificate of Geography Teaching at Curtin University and a Masters of Inclusive Education at Charles Sturt University. Celeste has taught a variety of subject disciplines in Australia including Geography, Mathematics, vocational Mathematics for students with additional learning needs, Indigenous Australian studies, Accounting and Global Politics.
Jane has been teaching in Key Stage 2 in the UK for over 20 years. She is a graduate of Greenwich University, London, where she received a degree in English with Qualified Teacher Status. She then began teaching in large primary school in outer London, before moving to Cornwall where she taught within Key Stage 2 for 16 years. She has held many leadership positions throughout this time including Year Group Lead, Upper Key Stage Lead, English lead, and member of the school’s senior leadership team. She has also been involved in external English projects including holding a position as a writing moderator for Cornwall and within her Academy Trust. This is her first international posting and she is looking forward to developing her experience within this area.
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 Mandarin teacher, and she obtained her teaching certificate in 2012. 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.
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.
After completing an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and PGCE, Davinder worked as a Mathematics teacher for 4 years in the UK. During this time, he performed many different roles including Key Stage 5 (A Level) Mathematics Course Leader, Deputy Head of Year and House Leader. Following his time teaching in the UK, Davinder joined Harrow Beijing as a Teacher of Mathematics to experience teaching in China. During this time, Davinder took on the role of Key Stage 4 (GCSE) Mathematics Course Leader and acted as a Football Coach for the school football teams. After 3 years in Beijing, Davinder joined Harrow Shenzhen as the Head of Mathematics for the Upper School.
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.
Tiffany Xu got her Master degree in Applied English Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017. She has experience teaching English for two years at international schools in Hangzhou and Suzhou before moving to Shenzhen. As one of the founding members, Tiffany joined Harrow Shenzhen in 2019 and now served as a teaching assistant in Lower School. In her free time, Tiffany likes reading novels, watching movies, and swimming. Being passionate about bilingual education, Tiffany is determined to help her students grow and flourish to reach their fullest potential.