Teachers

Kevin Neeson

Key Stage 2 Leader & Lower School Teacher

Kevin Neeson

Key Stage 2 Leader & Lower School Teacher
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James Berry

Lower School Key Stage Leader

James Berry

Lower School Key Stage Leader
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Guido Russo

Lower School Music Teacher

Guido Russo

Lower School Music Teacher
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Gavin Taylor

PE and Sport Teacher

Gavin Taylor

PE and Sport Teacher
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Emily Allan

Upper School Science Teacher

Emily Allan

Upper School Science Teacher
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Jessica Pooley-Litt

Upper School English Teacher

Jessica Pooley-Litt

Upper School English Teacher
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Heather Bowen

Lower School Teacher

Heather Bowen

Lower School Teacher
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Adam Graham

Key Stage 2 leader

Adam Graham

Key Stage 2 leader
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Louise Kagan

Key stage 1 leader & Lower School Teacher

Louise Kagan

Key stage 1 leader & Lower School Teacher
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James Toner

Head of Learning and Information Services

James Toner

Head of Learning and Information Services
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Hannah Rowland

Lower School Teacher

Hannah Rowland

Lower School Teacher
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Jonathan Davies

Head of Music and Performance

Jonathan Davies

Head of Music and Performance
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Benjamin Brian Watt

Head of Art and Design Technology

Benjamin Brian Watt

Head of Art and Design Technology
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Billy David Bankes

Upper School English Teacher

Billy David Bankes

Upper School English Teacher
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Kevin Neeson

Key Stage 2 Leader & Lower School Teacher

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

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

Lower School Music Teacher

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

PE and Sport Teacher

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

Upper School Science Teacher

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. 

Jessica Pooley-Litt

Upper School English Teacher

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

Lower School Teacher – Pre-Prep

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 Graham

Key Stage 2 leader

Adam has been teaching in Key Stage 2 for nearly seventeen years around the world. Initially, after receiving his Bachelor of Arts, he focused on teaching as a career and embarked on his PGCE (Primary Education) in Greenwich, London. He taught in Central London for seven years before spending three years in a private school in Doha, Qatar. After returning home to England to teach, Adam has embarked on another adventure in Harrow Shenzhen. He has also been the lead in various subjects and a Key Stage 2 leader.

Louise Kagan

Key stage 1 leader & Lower School Teacher

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

Head of Learning and Information Services

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

Lower School Teacher – Pre-Prep

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

Head of Music and Performance

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. 

Benjamin Brian Watt

Head of Art and Design Technology

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 David Bankes

Upper School English Teacher

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.