Teachers

Early Years Class Teacher

Gareth Jones

Early Years Class Teacher

Gareth Jones

Early Years Class Teacher
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Irena Forrester

Early Years Class Teacher

Irena Forrester

Early Years Class Teacher
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Jessie Hua

Early Years Class Teacher

Jessie Hua

Early Years Class Teacher
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Lesley Walker

Early Years Class Teacher

Lesley Walker

Early Years Class Teacher
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Sophie Lockey

Early Years Class Teacher

Sophie Lockey

Early Years Class Teacher
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Susan Chopnick

Early Years Class Teacher

Susan Chopnick

Early Years Class Teacher
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Zante VanWyk

Early Years Class Teacher

Zante VanWyk

Early Years Class Teacher
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Monique Engelbrecht

Early Years Class Teacher

Monique Engelbrecht

Early Years Class Teacher
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Josie Du

Early Years Class Teacher

Josie Du

Early Years Class Teacher
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Lower School Teacher

James Berry

Head of Pre-Prep

James Berry

Head of Pre-Prep
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Kevin Neeson

Deputy Head of Pre Prep

Kevin Neeson

Deputy Head of Pre Prep
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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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Hannah Rowland

Key Stage 2 Leader

Hannah Rowland

Key Stage 2 Leader
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Guido Russo

Lower School Music Teacher

Guido Russo

Lower School Music Teacher
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Alicia Henry

Lower School Teacher

Alicia Henry

Lower School Teacher
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Heather Bowen

Lower School Teacher

Heather Bowen

Lower School Teacher
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Shelley Read

Lower School Intervention Teacher

Shelley Read

Lower School Intervention Teacher
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Adam Graham

Lower School Teacher

Adam Graham

Lower School Teacher
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Mia Lin

Lower School Music Teacher

Mia Lin

Lower School Music Teacher
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Jane Tong

Lower School Teacher

Jane Tong

Lower School Teacher
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Daniel Leary

Lower School Head of EAL

Daniel Leary

Lower School Head of EAL
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Aisling O’Riordan

Lower School Teacher

Aisling O’Riordan

Lower School Teacher
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Emma Lowe

Lower School Teacher

Emma Lowe

Lower School Teacher
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Laura Smith

Lower School Teacher

Laura Smith

Lower School Teacher
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Madeleine Frame

Lower School Teacher

Madeleine Frame

Lower School Teacher
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Brittany Zhuang

Lower School Counsellor

Brittany Zhuang

Lower School Counsellor
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Alice Liang

Lower School Chinese Teacher

Alice Liang

Lower School Chinese Teacher
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Hedy He

Lower school Teaching Assistant

Hedy He

Lower school Teaching Assistant
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Belle Cai

Lower School Cover Teacher

Belle Cai

Lower School Cover Teacher
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Tiffany Xu

Lower School Teaching Assistant

Tiffany Xu

Lower School Teaching Assistant
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Curtis Morrissey

Lower School Teacher

Curtis Morrissey

Lower School Teacher
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Upper School Teacher

Benjamin Brian Watt

Upper School Head of Art and Design

Benjamin Brian Watt

Upper School Head of Art and Design
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Jessica Pooley-Litt

Head of Faculty - Languages & Humanities

Jessica Pooley-Litt

Head of Faculty - Languages & Humanities
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Billy David Bankes

Upper School of EAL

Billy David Bankes

Upper School of EAL
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Jeannie Mo

Upper School English Teacher

Jeannie Mo

Upper School English Teacher
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Celeste Pryke

Upper School Humanities Teacher

Celeste Pryke

Upper School Humanities Teacher
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Davinder Badhan

Upper School Head of Maths

Davinder Badhan

Upper School Head of Maths
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Katy Tang

Upper School Head of Faculty for Creative & Performing Arts

Katy Tang

Upper School Head of Faculty for Creative & Performing Arts
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Emily Allan

Head of Faculty STEM

Emily Allan

Head of Faculty STEM
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Lorna Tian

Upper School Chinese Teacher

Lorna Tian

Upper School Chinese Teacher
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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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Rory McMahon

Upper School Mathematics Teacher

Rory McMahon

Upper School Mathematics Teacher
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Sydney Deng

Upper School Design Technology & Art Technician

Sydney Deng

Upper School Design Technology & Art Technician
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Vincent Warren

Upper School Drama Teacher

Vincent Warren

Upper School Drama Teacher
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Eric Pei

Upper School Classroom Practitioner

Eric Pei

Upper School Classroom Practitioner
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Olivia Lin

Upper School Classroom Practitioner

Olivia Lin

Upper School Classroom Practitioner
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George Guilbert

Upper School Mathematics Teacher

George Guilbert

Upper School Mathematics Teacher
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Nokuphiwe Mthembu

Upper School EAL Teacher

Nokuphiwe Mthembu

Upper School EAL Teacher
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Robin Murray-Leslie

Boarding Housemaster & US Geography Teacher

Robin Murray-Leslie

Boarding Housemaster & US Geography Teacher
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Janice Li

Upper School Classroom Practitioner

Janice Li

Upper School Classroom Practitioner
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Tina Wang

Upper School Classroom Practitioner

Tina Wang

Upper School Classroom Practitioner
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Jo Fan

Science Lab Technician

Jo Fan

Science Lab Technician
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Kirsten Forsythe

Boarding Housemistress & US PE Teacher

Kirsten Forsythe

Boarding Housemistress & US PE Teacher
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Jan Watt

Upper School Design Technology & Art Teacher

Jan Watt

Upper School Design Technology & Art Teacher
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Whole School Team

Gavin Taylor

Whole School Head of PE & Sport

Gavin Taylor

Whole School Head of PE & Sport
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Jonathan Davies

Whole School of Head of Music and Performance

Jonathan Davies

Whole School of Head of Music and Performance
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Gergo Balint

Whole School Swimming Coach

Gergo Balint

Whole School Swimming Coach
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Rebecca Way

Computer Science Teacher

Rebecca Way

Computer Science Teacher
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Katie Foster

School SENCO

Katie Foster

School SENCO
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Gareth Jones

Early years class teacher

Mr. Jones is a graduate from the University of Durham, where he received a first-class honours degree in Primary Education. Mr. Jones’s research into Early Language Acquisition, which focuses on the prosodic and phonological development of young infants, earned him a scholarship in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition at the University of Oxford. Originally from Stockton-on-Tees in United Kingdom, Mr. Jones has spent much of his teaching career within international contexts after working at Gordonstoun School, and has since worked across multiple phases from Early Years to Key Stage 1 / 2. Mr. Jones’s last position was as the English Co-Ordinator for Lower Primary at Shanghai United International School, designing a Phonics and English Curriculum for bilingual learners. Mr. Jones joined Harrow Shenzhen as a Reception teacher in August 2021.​

Irena Forrester

Early years class teacher

 

Irena Forrester has been an Early years and Primary school teacher for over nine years. She possesses an extensive knowledge of the EYFS and she has studied early childhood throughout her educational career. She holds a Diploma in Childcare and Education, a BA in Childhood Studies and a PGCE in Early Years Education from the University of Birmingham.

Before coming to Harrow, Irena’s international teaching adventure began in China, were she worked as a pre-nursery teacher at a British school in Beijing. Here she was able to teach and nurture children from 18 months to 3 years of age.

Irena currently works in the EYC department in Reception, working with children between the ages of 4-5 years of age. Working in reception is a fundamental stage of a child’s education and as a teacher, it is Irena’s continued aim to impart knowledge in a fun, engaging and thought-provoking manner. She is truly passionate about teaching and always strives to ensure each child reaches their full potential and strives to be their best in all areas of their learning and development.

jessie hua

Early years class teacher

Jessie Hua is originally from China and studied in Singapore and Australia where she earned her Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) and a teaching credential. She joined Harrow Shenzhen in August 2020 as a founding staff. She has teaching experience in a variety of different curricula, e.g. EYFS, IB PYP, IPC, Australian National curriculum, and other school-based curricula. Jessie is an educator who believes in differentiated learning. She believes that every child is unique and there is no one size fits all. She enjoys travelling with her family during the holidays and experiencing new culture and new food.

Lesley Walker

Early years class teacher

Lesley Walker graduated from Auckland University of Technology in October 2001 with a Bachelor of Education. Over the next 12 years Lesley worked in and managed several Childcare Centre’s and was a Coordinator for Homebased Childcare covering the far North Island, in New Zealand. In 2012 Lesley and her family moved to the Gold Coast Australia where she worked for 8 years as a Teacher in a Community Childcare Centre. Lesley is currently working in the Nursery Team.

Sophie Lockey

Early years class teacher

Sophie Lockey graduated from Kingston University in 2015 with a BA Hons in Primary Education. Whilst studying at university, she spent time working in Nursery settings. Sophie spent her teaching career in the UK, South of London, teaching across Key Stage 2. During her time in the UK, she was PSHE coordinator across the school and led residential trips including overseas. In 2019, Sophie took the decision to teach internationally in China to challenge her teaching methods further within Early Years as well as emerge herself in a new country and the wonderful culture that comes with it. She joined Harrow Shenzhen as the Early Years Phase Lead in 2021.

Susan Chopnick

Early years class teacher

Susan Chopnick began her career caring for infants in her hometown of Philadelphia. In 2016, Miss Chopnick moved to China to teach children ages 3-5 at The International School of Dongguan and Wuxi Boston International School.  She believes that lively use of language, books and songs are great tools to help children develop confidence while learning English!  Miss Chopnick is delighted to be once again working with some of the littlest learners in the Pre-Nursery year group at Harrow Shenzhen.

Miss Chopnick holds a master’s degree in Education from Cabrini University, a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Brandeis University and a Level I (Pre K – Grade 4) Teaching Credential from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Zante VanWyk

Early years class teacher

Mrs. Zanté is a South African national. She graduated from the University of South Africa in 2017 with a Bachelor of Education- Early childhood development (Foundation Phase) and has since focused on teaching as a career for the last 5 years. Mrs. Zanté spent 2 years teaching in South Africa before embarking on her journey to China where she has recently spent 2 years teaching at an International Bilingual school in Qingdao, China. Here Mrs. Zanté held the role of homeroom Grade 1 teacher and was a Read Write Inc. coordinator for Grade 1-3. She is now working at Harrow Shenzhen as a Nursery teacher within the Early Years team.

Monique Engelbrecht

Early years class teacher

Monique Engelbrecht graduated from the University of Pretoria with a Bachelor Education Degree in Early Childhood Development and Foundation Phase in 2015. After she graduated, Monique started her teaching career in Gauteng, South-Africa. She gained extensive experience in working with students’ diverse learning styles and needs. Monique then moved to Ningbo, China where she taught at a bilingual school for two years before joining Harrow Shenzhen in 2021. Monique takes great pride in shaping young minds for the future and believes that multisensory learning should take place in a safe and creative environment.  

josie du

Early years class teacher

Josie Du graduated from Central China Normal University with a B.A in Education and received a M.A of Arts in IOE, University College London. After five years of systematic learning and practice in early years field, she came to Shenzhen and worked as a teacher and researcher in International kindergartens. She is interested in play-based pedagogy and is good at inspiring children’s learning in environment.

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. 

Kevin Neeson

Head of Pre-Prep

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.

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!

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.

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.

alicia henry

Early years class teacher

Alicia graduated from the University of Roehampton with a BA Hons in Education in 2010, before gaining her PGCE and QTS in 2013 from London Southbank University. 

As a trained Early Years and Key Stage 1 specialist, Alicia is also experienced in Special Educational Needs, working with students in mainstream schools and special educational settings in the UK. 

She has over 8 years’ teaching experience in Education and has previously taken on a leadership role as Head of MFL (Modern Foreign Languages).  In 2019 Alicia moved to Kuwait to work as a Year 1 teacher to gain international experience. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, music, being creative and travelling. 

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.

Shelley Read

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. 

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.

mia lou

Early years class teacher

I graduated from Kingston University, UK, master degree of Music Education. I have a high school teaching certificate. Furthermore, I can speak Mandarine English and Korean. I have experience in teaching in international schools in the UK Shanghai and Shenzhen.

 

 

Jane Tong

Lower School Teacher

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.

 

Daniel Leary

Early years class teacher

Mr Leary has been teaching internationally and in Australia for nearly fourteen years. He completed his first bachelor’s degree from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and then his Bachelor of Teaching from Charles Sturt University (CSU). Currently Mr Leary is completing his Master’s in Education (Learning & Leadership) through the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).  Prior to Harrow Shenzhen Mr Leary was a Key Stage 2 teacher and the LS HoD of Language and Learning at Harrow Beijing for five years. Currently he is the LS HoD of EAL for Harrow Shenzhen.

He is able to speak some Mandarin and loves living and exploring China. Mr Leary likes to keep fit by doing trail runs and marathons. In China he has completed the Beijing Marathon and several trail runs in the region surrounding Beijing. In Mr Leary’s spare time he likes to read both fiction and non-fiction books. Currently he is reading history books about ancient China. His wife Mrs Leary is also a teacher at Harrow and his two children are both Harrovians.  He and his family appreciate the beautiful weather of Shenzhen and love living here.

Aisling O’Riordan

Early years class teacher

Aisling O’Riordan is a passionate teacher with over 12 years teaching experience across Early Years and Key Stage 1.  Originally from Dublin, Ireland, her education includes a Professional Master of Education in Primary Education (2016), a Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Montessori Education (2010) and a BSc. (mgmt.) Business and Management (2009).  

Ms. O’Riordan has been teaching international students in China for over 5 years. Prior to working at Harrow Shenzhen, she was a founding member of the teaching team at Harrow Beijing, City Campus. 

She believes that children learn best through hands-on activity, inquiry and co-operative learning and is committed to working closely with her students and families to motivate and inspire them to reach their full potential.

In her spare time, Aisling enjoys the outdoors and keeping active through hiking and sport. She also has a keen interest in cooking, travelling and scuba diving.

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 over 5 years experience teaching KS2. Miss Lowe decided to teach internationally because she was looking to challenge herself in a completely new environment and she wanted to experience Chinese culture. She is looking forward to working with children and families from a broad range of cultural backgrounds but is particularly excited to experience life in China. As a KS2 teacher, Miss Lowe 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. She 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 Miss Lowe always encourages a strong and open relationship with parents and families to ensure that the students can achieve their full potential. Her personal passions include reading, poetry, cross-stitching and traveling to different places around the world. Miss Lowe is never happier than when she is relaxing with a book in her hand! She brings her love of reading into the classroom, where she hopes to inspire her children to read and enjoy as many books as possible, because “reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body”.

laura smith

Early years class teacher

Miss Smith is from the UK and graduated from Staffordshire university with a BA Hons in sports coaching and development in 2012, before taking on the challenge of gaining her PGCE and QTS through the university of Birmingham. She began her career in the UK but has since expanded her knowledge of international teaching during her 3 years working in Dubai. This gave her valuable experience of working with children from a broad range of cultural backgrounds and academic abilities. During her career she has also worked across the key stages and gained valuable experience as head of a PE department. Watching children learn and grow is a very rewarding experience and this is a key motivator for Miss Smith, and the fundamental reason why she enjoys teaching.  In her spare time she enjoys, meeting new people, cooking, being active and traveling ,she really enjoys new experiences and being challenged. The philosophy of trying new things is fundamental to Miss Smith’s teaching whereby she encourages all children experiment with their learning and take positive learning risks that support both their educational and social emotional development.

Miss Smith is really excited to meet all of your children and become part of the Harrow family.

Madeleine Frame

Early years class teacher

Miss Frame graduated from St Mary’s University, London with a Batchelor of Arts degree in Primary Education in 2019. Originally from Surrey, she has worked in both KS1 and KS2 settings ranging from Reception to Year 4. Miss Frame has spent the last two years working in Year 4 in a school in West London, bringing with her much knowledge of working with children from a wide range of different cultural backgrounds. As a teacher, Miss Frame enjoys working with colleagues and students to ensure that teaching and learning is engaging, challenging and fun for all.  Her personal passions include scuba diving, swimming, exploring new places, cooking and reading. Her love of reading and the great outdoors is highly influential in her teaching and learning and she enjoys teaching children about the amazing world we live in and she is also always happy to help anyone find the perfect book for them. This is Miss Frame’s first time working in an international school and she looks forward to developing her experience of international teaching.

Brittany Zhuang

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.

Alice Liang

Early years class teacher

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.  

hedy he

Early years class teacher

Hedy graduated from The University of Hong Kong with a master’s degree in teaching Chinese as a Second Language also holds the IBDP Certificate as well as teaching qualification in China. She has experience working with Year 1 -12 students in international schools in both Hong Kong and Shenzhen. She has a wide range of interests including, dancing, Chinese calligraphy and painting. She believes that she ensures academic rigour through teaching while also making sure the learning opportunities are dynamic and engaging.

Belle Cai

Lower School Cover Teacher

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

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.

Curtis Morrissey

Early years class teacher

Hailing from a small city near Birmingham, UK, he is a QTS qualified Primary school teacher with a Master’s degree in TESOL, from Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He is ‘Thinking School’ trained and a strong advocate for the development of key 21st Century Education skills in the Primary school classroom. He has taught a broad demographic of students in both bilingual and international school settings. His personal passions include writing children’s books, investing, playing sports and spending time with his wonderful daughters. He has recently been working as a Head of Grade at a progressive bilingual school in China.

Teaching Philosophy: ‘Collaborative, inclusive, student centred, dialogical education, with a focus on promoting thinking skills development and a growth mindset

Benjamin Brian Watt

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.

Jessica Pooley-Litt​

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.

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.

jeannie mo

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 values an inclusive and diverse academic and pastoral curriculum and this informs her student-centred approach to teaching. 

Celeste Pryke

Upper School Humanities Teacher

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.

Davinder Badhan

Upper School Head of Maths

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.

Katy Tang

Head of Music and Performance

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.

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. 

Lorna Tian

Early years class teacher

Ms. Lorna Tian joined Harrow Shenzhen as a Mandarin teacher in August 2020. She has been teaching Mandarin for nearly ten years. After receiving her master degree of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics in Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, which is famous for its Business Chinese, she began to teach in an international school in Shanghai for five years before spending three years in another private school in Shenzhen. Lorna has the experience in teaching overseas students of Washington University in St. Louis for her internship. She is familiar with IGCSE,A-level and domestic Chinese curriculums. She has also been the subject leader of Mandarin for more than five years and she has won the title of Excellent Teacher in Nanshan District awarded by Shenzhen EDB of Nanshan District and is certified as an International Dalton Teacher by International Dalton Educational Association.

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

Ms.Ruby 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, Ms.Chen 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.

Rory McMahon

Early years class teacher

Rory McMahon joined Harrow Shenzhen in 2020 as a founding member taking up his position as Head of Deng Xiaoping House and Mathematics Teacher. Following 6 years working as a Mechanical Engineering Project Manager, Rory moved to the UK to complete his PGCE in Secondary Mathematics. He worked as a teacher in Bristol for 4 years before moving to China in 2017 to take up a Mathematics teaching position at Harrow International School, Beijing. He had three successful years there before moving to Shenzhen to continue his work within the Harrow community.

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.

Vincent warren

Early years class teacher

Vincent is a professional theatre director, actor and educator from the UK, with over thirty years of industry experience. After graduating from the Guildford School of Acting, he went on to work as an actor in productions and theatres across the UK. Vincent possesses a Diploma in Acting, a BA Hons: 1st Class in Theatre from The University of Surrey and an MA in Shakespearean Studies: Text and Playhouse from Kings College London and Shakespeare’s Globe. He has travelled and worked in Asia for the last 13 years and held senior management and leadership roles for several leading performing arts organisations in Hong Kong. Vincent is the founder and Artistic Director of Hong Kong Theatre Company and Drama School Hong Kong. Alongside mentoring and training performers, he is a passionate advocate for creative education and the ability of the performing arts to develop confident and articulate communicators in every aspect of life. Vincent is an experienced LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) practitioner and is currently a Drama and Performing Arts Examiner for Trinity College London’s renowned international examinations.

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.

Olivia Lin

Early years class teacher

I am Olivia Lin, CP and tutor of upper school, and I am originally from Shenzhen.

I have worked in international schools for more than 5 years. I am a qualified EAL teacher. 

 I have worked closely with those on the Special Educational Needs register, and those throughout the school community.

I am passionate about young people and their education.  I would like our students to leave Harrow Shenzhen becoming successful, independent, lifelong learners who are globally minded.

George Guilbert

Early years class teacher

George Guilbert joined Harrow Shenzhen as an upper-school teacher of Mathematics in August 2020, having worked in schools in the South-West of England for 4 years.

After graduating from the University of Bristol with a degree in Mathematics, George completed his PGCE before taking up his first teaching post. George has a real passion for Mathematics and hopes to pass this on to all of his pupils.  

As well as being a Mathematics teacher, George is also a qualified Badminton coach and enjoys playing a range of sports including football and rock climbing.

 

Nokuphiwe Mthembu

Early years class teacher

Nokuphiwe Mthembu is an experienced English for Academic Purpose teacher.

Prio 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 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.

Robin Murray-Leslie

Early years class teacher

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 20+ years of Secondary School experience from the UK, New Zealand, and China. 

Graduating from University of Liverpool with a B.SC (HONS) in Geography and a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) from University of Nottingham. Robin has worked for numerous examination Boards, taught Geography, History and Economics, and maintains high enthusiasm for classroom teaching. His specialist teaching subject is Physical Geography with the desire to help students understand the world around them. Robin enjoys being part of the Pastoral Team in the Upper School. 

Janice Li

Early years class teacher

Janice Li graduated from Xian Jiaotong University in 2018 with a BA in English and then study C/E translation and interpreting at the University of Nottingham, achieving her Master degree in 2019. She began her teaching career in Harrow Shenzhen as a Classroom Practitioner in 2020. Janice possesses teaching certificates for English and arts. Meanwhile, she specialises in intercultural communication and building good relationships with students.

tina wang

Early years class teacher

Tina Wang joins Harrow Shenzhen as a Classroom Practitioner in 2021. Tina has a Master Degree in Education and Teaching License for high school students. She graduated from Hongkong University and specialized in Content and Language Integrated Learning.  Before Harrow Shenzhen, she worked in a bilingual school as an English teacher and homeroom teacher.

jo fan

Early years class teacher

Jo Fan graduated from the University of Manchester with a Mchem (hons) degree in Chemistry. She has worked as a research assistant/demonstrator for a university research laboratory in Manchester science 2018 where she regularly practices her research and practical demonstrating skills. During worked as a demonstrator in the laboratory, she was passionate about demonstrating and teaching laboratory skills to young students. With extensive experience in university research laboratory, she joined Harrow Shenzhen as a science lab technician in 2020 as one of the founding members.

Kirsten Forsythe

Early years class teacher

After an adventurous childhood in the Middle East, Kirsten Forsythe graduated from St Mary’s University, Twickenham with a BSc in Health, Exercise and Physical Activity alongside a PGCEi in PE teaching. Prior to moving to China, Kirsten worked in international schools across Europe as a PE teacher and as a boarding House Parent. Her time in boarding with both males and female students has enables her to develop a range of skills key to being a positive role model for boarders. Kirsten is an avid sportswoman and team player, and has played international Netball for the UAE. Kirsten is currently a Senior Day and Boarding House Mistress at Harrow Shenzhen as well as continuing to teach PE.

Jan Watt

Early years class teacher

Jan Watt graduated in 2004 with a BA in Design at Falmouth University, UK. She has worked with children in various educational settings before turning to teaching in 2011, completing her Post Graduate Certificate in Education with QTS in Secondary Design and Technology. Jan is a passionate teacher of all disciplines of DT, including graphics, textiles and food technology, specialising in product design and resistant materials up to sixth form. Jan has also taught ICT/computer science, where she led the curriculum at key stage three.

Jan lived in Doha, Qatar with her family before moving to China and joining Harrow Shenzhen’s Art and Design Technology department in 2020.

 

Gavin Taylor

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.

Jonathan Davies

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. 

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. 

Rebecca way

Upper School Computer Science Teacher

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. 

Katie Foster

Early years class teacher

Having graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a first-class honours degree. Katie has had over 15 years teaching experience both in the UK and Internationally.  Her passion for inclusion began with her own children and she completed her Dyslexia and Literacy Specialist Teacher training through Middlesex University. She is currently training to be an Educational Assessor and will have completed a full masters in SEND within 2022. She is delighted to work across the school as a SENCO and supporting our children who have some learning Challenges.