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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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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Lesley Walker

Early Years Class Teacher

Lesley Walker

Early Years Class Teacher
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Lisa Pang

Early Years Class Teacher

Lisa Pang

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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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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Jane Tong

Lower School Teacher

Jane Tong

Lower School Teacher
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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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Heather Bowen

Lower School Teacher

Heather Bowen

Lower School Teacher
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Madeleine Frame

Lower School Teacher

Madeleine Frame

Lower School Teacher
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Alice Liang

Lower School Chinese Teacher

Alice Liang

Lower School Chinese Teacher
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Belle Cai

Lower School Cover Teacher

Belle Cai

Lower School Cover Teacher
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Hedy He

Lower school Teaching Assistant

Hedy He

Lower school Teaching Assistant
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Tiffany Xu

Lower School Teaching Assistant

Tiffany Xu

Lower School Teaching Assistant
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Alex Sutch

Lower School Teacher

Alex Sutch

Lower School Teacher
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Chris Corbett

Lower School Teacher

Chris Corbett

Lower School Teacher
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Lottie Saldanha

Lower School Teacher

Lottie Saldanha

Lower School Teacher
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Natasha Fuller

Lower School Teacher

Natasha Fuller

Lower School Teacher
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Lauren Tate

Lower School Teacher

Lauren Tate

Lower School Teacher
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Upper School Teacher

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 Head of English

Billy David Bankes

Upper School Head of English
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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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Kirsten Forsythe

Boarding Housemistress & US PE Teacher

Kirsten Forsythe

Boarding Housemistress & US PE 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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Emily Allan

Head of Faculty STEM

Emily Allan

Head of Faculty STEM
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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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Eric Pei

Upper School Classroom Practitioner

Eric Pei

Upper School Classroom Practitioner
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Jo Fan

Science Lab Technician

Jo Fan

Science Lab Technician
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Robin Murray-Leslie

Boarding Housemaster & US Geography Teacher

Robin Murray-Leslie

Boarding Housemaster & US Geography Teacher
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Nokuphiwe Mthembu

Upper School EAL Teacher

Nokuphiwe Mthembu

Upper School EAL Teacher
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Whole School Team

Timothy Hall

Head of Sixth Form

Timothy Hall

Head of Sixth Form
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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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Chelly Dong

Upper School Head of Chinese

Chelly Dong

Upper School Head of Chinese
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Gary Poliak

Whole School Music Curriculum Coordinator

Gary Poliak

Whole School Music Curriculum Coordinator
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Nicholas Rapana

WS PE Teacher & Day Housemaster

Nicholas Rapana

WS PE Teacher & Day Housemaster
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Robin Murray-Leslie

US Geography Teacher + Day Housmaster

Robin Murray-Leslie

US Geography Teacher + Day Housmaster
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Michael Sun

Whole School Bilingual PE Teacher

Michael Sun

Whole School Bilingual PE Teacher
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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.

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.  

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.

Lisa Pang

Lisa Pang studied in the United States, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. She graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree. She received a PGDip with QTS in primary teaching (early years specialist) from the University of Birmingham. Lisa holds a Master degree in foreign language teaching from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and she has a postgraduate certificate in international education from Melbourne University. She has teaching experiences across early years and Key Stage 1. She taught in the UK and international schools in both Hong Kong and Beijing. Lisa believes that it is crucial to foster a love of learning in children so that they are eager to become lifelong learners. Outside of the classroom, Lisa enjoys reading books, playing sports and travelling with her family.

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

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 10 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 Key Stage One Leader role here at Harrow Shenzhen.

Hannah Rowland

Lower School Teacher – Pre-Prep

Mrs Rowland Davies graduated from the University of Durham, where she received a first-class degree in Primary Education with QTS. During her studies, she was awarded the Durham University Neville Cross Award for outstanding contribution and achievement. Originating from Manchester in the United Kingdom, Miss Rowland has spent 10 years teaching across both Key Stage 1 and 2, ranging from Year 2 – 6 as well as some time in the early years setting. She also spent some time living in Vermont, America, working in a Special Educational Needs setting for vulnerable adults and children.

Miss Rowland moved to China in 2020 to develop her experience of international teaching. Furthermore this was the perfect opportunity to experience living in a different culture and seeing more of the world, something that she has always wanted to do. Alongside her classroom role, Miss Rowland has previously held positions of NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) mentor, assistant SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) in her UK school and most recently, Key Stage 2 Leader at Harrow Shenzhen since August 2021.

Ensuring that learning is exciting, fun and inspiring, are fundamental in Miss Rowland’s teaching as well as learning demonstrating progress and inclusion. Miss Rowland prides herself on her relationships built between students, parents and families. Her door and laptop are always open to answer questions or queries to put everyone at ease.

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. 

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.

Jane Tong

Lower School Teacher

Mrs Tong graduated from Greenwich University, London, where she received a degree in English with QTS. Beginning her teaching career in London before moving to teach in Cornwall, in the United Kingdom, Mrs Tong has spent over 20 years teaching across Key Stage 2, working mainly with the older students in this age range, and has been fortunate to work in schools with diverse cohorts and professionally inspiring colleagues.

Alongside her classroom role, Mrs Tong has held positions of NQT mentor, English lead, Maths lead, Curriculum lead, Key Stage lead, School governor, EVC lead and has been an active member of her previous school’s SLT. During her time at the school, she has worked alongside Pie Corbett, the creator of Talk for Writing, who delivered extensive training to the staff. Mrs Tong has also worked as a Writing Moderator for Cornwall and Devon, assessing standards and attainment in this curriculum area. Within Harrow, she has recently been appointed as Head of EAL for the Lower School.

Aisling O’Riordan

Early years class teacher

Aisling O’Riordan is a dedicated and enthusiastic educator with over 13 years teaching experience across Early Years, Key Stage 1 and 2. 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). A lifelong learner, she will soon receive her International Award for SEN Coordination (2022) and is working toward receiving her Master of Education SEND.

Ms. O’Riordan moved to China in 2016 in pursuit of an adventure and an opportunity to live and work abroad. Prior to working at Harrow Shenzhen, she was a founding member of the teaching team at Harrow Beijing, City Campus. Passionate about pastoral care and inclusive practices, Ms. O’Riordan believes that children learn best through hands-on activity, inquiry and co-operative learning. She is committed to creating exciting learning experiences for students which are impactful and always promotes a culture of collaboration between teachers, parents, and students.

In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors with her family. She has a keen interest in cooking and loves to try out new local and traditional cuisines from around the world. 

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 Master’s degree in Victorian Literature at the University of Leeds. She gained her PGCE in 2016 from Portsmouth University and has over 6 years of experience teaching Key Stage 2. This year, Miss Lowe has enjoyed promoting the voice of the students by working with the Student Council. 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.

laura smith

Early years class teacher

Miss Smith is from the UK and graduated from the University of Birmingham with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. She began her career in the UK but has since expanded her knowledge of international teaching during many 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. 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. The philosophy of trying new things is fundamental to Miss Smith’s teaching whereby she encourages all children to 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.

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.

Madeleine Frame

Early years class teacher

 Miss Frame graduated from St Mary’s University, London, where she received a degree in Primary Education with QTS. Originating from Surrey in the United Kingdom, Miss Frame has experience teaching across both Key Stage 1 and 2, ranging from Year 1 – 5 as well as some time studying in the early years setting.

Alongside their classroom role, Miss Frame holds a qualification from the FA (football association) in coaching, has  also spent some time living in Massachusetts, America, working as a swim teacher for children aged 5-14; and most recently has been an English Language champion at Harrow Shenzhen.

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.  

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. 

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.

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.

Alex Sutch

Mr Sutch graduated from University of Portsmouth with a degree in Primary Education with QTS in 2018. He has experience of working in a range of childcare settings internationally in France and America. Originating from Southampton in the United Kingdom, Mr Sutch has experience teaching across both Key Stages 1 and 2, ranging from Year 2 – 5 as well as some time in the early years setting. He is passionate about developing language through highly effective teaching and learning approaches that engage students and lead to outstanding progress. 

Alongside their classroom role, Mr Sutch has had the responsibility of managing MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) and is looking forward to joining the teaching team at Harrow Shenzhen to use these skills to further enhance programmes at the school.

Chris Corbett

Mr Corbett is originally from Liverpool, United Kingdom. He graduated from Leeds Beckett University, UK with a PGCE in Primary Education. Mr Corbett has spent the last 7 years’ working in schools both within the UK and internationally, including time in Thailand and 3 years in Jiangsu, China. He returned to China in 2021 to join the academic team at Harrow Shenzhen. Mr Corbett brings extensive experience teaching across a range of settings including the Early Years and Pre-Prep with a true focus on the transition years between the two phases. In addition to this, he has had several different leadership experiences at both middle and senior level.  

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 a second language and is passionate about developing confidence: she nurtures and fosters children’s talents and strengths, while coaching them through barriers to learning. Alongside her classroom role, Miss Saldanha has held positions of KS2 Teacher, subject leadership and well-being lead within her school settings.

She is a creative individual with a love of music; she enjoys singing and playing the piano. Prior to her teacher training, she spent time teaching 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 join the Harrow team and she looks forward to meeting the children very soon. 

Natasha Fuller

Ms Fuller holds a primary teacher certification from the state of Texas in Early Childhood to 4th grade. In 2008 she graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University, where she received a Master’s in Administration in Education Leadership with K-12 Principal Certification. Originating from Fort Worth, Texas in the United States, Ms Fuller has spent 16 years teaching across Key Stage 1 and 2, ranging from Years 1 – 5. The last 11 years she has spent time living in several different countries as an educator. Most recently Ningbo, China, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates.

Alongside their classroom role, Ms Fuller has held positions of, Assistant Principal, Humanities Lead teacher and she is excited to be joining the teaching team at Harrow Shenzhen. 

Lauren Tate

Lauren graduated from Leeds Beckett University, where she received a Distinction in her Post Graduate Certificate in Education with QTS. Originating from Leeds in the UK, she has spent seven years teaching in a variety of contexts, including the UK, Thailand, and China.

Lauren has worked across multiple age ranges, but her passion throughout her teaching career has always been working within the Early Years. The majority of Lauren’s experience lays within the Pre-nursery to Reception years. Lauren is extremely enthusiastic about the importance of nurturing children through their early education, these years are especially crucial for children’s physical, intellectual, and social-emotional development. Lauren is passionate about children learning through play, and she thoroughly enjoys fostering a love for learning in her students. She has been teaching at Harrow Shenzhen since 2021. 

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 it 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

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Timothy Hall

Timothy Alexander Hall joins Harrow Shenzhen as founding Head of Sixth Form. He graduated from Griffith University with a BEd in Drama and English and recently completed his NPQSL in Educational Leadership. He brings a wealth of teaching and leadership experience having taught in several leading independent schools throughout England, Hong Kong, and Australia. Throughout his career he has assumed many distinguished roles including Director of Drama, Head of House, CCA Coordinator and Deputy Head of Sixth Form. He is a highly experienced pastoral leader, a passionate advocate of the Arts and a firm believer in holistic education. 

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. 

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.

Gary Poliak

University of Sheffield, Postgraduate Certificate in Education 
University of East London, Honours Bachelor of Music Performance

It is Gary’s belief that every student can experience the passion that he feels for music by becoming collaborators in the exploration of music theory and composition.

Having worked as a vocal and piano coach at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with renowned West End stage-directors, has enabled Gary to incorporate wide range of songwriting techniques when teaching composition, music theory and musical instruments. 

His experience working with Golden Circle Productions (Warner Brothers) on Kingsman II film, has enabled Gary to teach his students about film music and music production software with real-life industry examples. Gary is an experienced teacher who has served as a Head of Music at Sedbergh School Fuzhou.  

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. 

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. 

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.