Mr Neeson graduated from the university of Glasgow with a B.Sc Hons in Zoology in 2006 before taking on the challenge of gaining his PGCE and QTS in 2013 from Northumbria university. A trained early years specialist, Mr Neeson has worked across all Key stages in his career. As an experienced international teacher, Mr Neeson spent 5 years working in Singapore, he brings with him a wealth of knowledge of working with children from a broad range of cultural backgrounds. As Key stage leader, Mr Neeson enjoys working with students and colleagues to ensure that teaching and learning remains engaging, challenging and fun. He welcomes feedback from all members of the school community and is happy for parents and students to contact him if they have any questions. His personal passions include singing, traveling and exploring both local and foreign terrain on foot, he loves nothing more than packing a bag and hiking out into the wilderness. His love of music and nature are hugely influential in his teaching and learning and he enjoys engaging students in learning about the world around them and always has a song to help! In addition to his personal professional reading and development, Mr Neeson has qualifications in speech and language support and is currently undertaking hi NPQSL (National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership) through University College London.
James Berry joined Harrow Shenzhen as Pre-Prep Phase Leader in August 2020 and comes with a wealth of leadership experience after working in London schools for 14 years.
After graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BSc Hons in Psychology and Geography, James took up his first teaching post in Japan where he worked for three years. On returning to the UK and obtaining his PGCE, James was appointed to a primary teaching role in London. Over the proceeding years James built up a vast experience of primary education including four years as Deputy Head Teacher of a large Inner London Primary School.
Guido Russo is originally from Como, Italy, where he has obtained his Primary Education teacher license in 1991. He moved to London in 1997 where he worked for seven years in the music private sector as a musician, producer and sound engineer. He then started his educational career as a support SENCO teacher for five years at a public school in West London. He graduated from Roehampton University with a BA (hons) degree in Music in 2009 and attained his PGCE in Secondary Music and QTS in 2010. He started his teaching experience in London as a Secondary Music Teacher for three years. Then he moved to Ras Al Khaimah, UAE where he worked as a Head of Secondary Music for four years. He moved to China in 2017 where he worked as a music teacher across KS2, KS3, KS4 and KS5 at Dulwich College Beijing for 3 years. Guido joined Harrow Shenzhen as a Lower School Music teacher in August 2020.
Gavin Taylor graduated from Liverpool John Moore’s University with BA (hons) degree in secondary PE and Sport. Following 6 years in the UK, gaining a number of different leadership experiences (including completing his national middle leadership training) he moved to Dubai as a Head of PE and the head of the whole school house system. Gavin brings experience as an outstanding an innovative practitioner, as well several different leadership experiences within PE and whole school initiatives. In his role as Head of PE and Director of Sport at Harrow Shenzhen, Gavin will be responsible for all PE and Sport related issues across the whole school.
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.
Mr Graham graduated from Portsmouth University as well as Greenwich University, where he received a PGCE in Primary Education with QTS in 2004. He has taught for his whole career in Key Stage 2. He began in Central London where he took on various subject leads. From there he taught in a private school for three years in Doha, Qatar, where he was the Year 4 Leader, as well as a Year 4 and 5 teacher in a large international school.
From 2014 he returned to his home in the north of England, where he was a Key Stage 2 teacher, as well as the geography, art and R.E. co-ordinator. Mr Graham is a founding teacher at Harrow Shenzhen and has taught across Key Stage Two.
Mr Graham has led various clubs and extra-curricular trips and activities throughout his career and in Harrow he has enjoyed taking the football and craft club LSA’s, amongst others. Outside of the classroom, Mr Graham enjoys travel, sampling new cuisine and is a keen novice surfer and enjoys playing frisbee in teams.
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.
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.
Originally from New Zealand, Miss Kagan graduated from the University of Otago, Dunedin College of Education with a Bachelor in Primary Education. Since graduating, Miss Kagan has gained over 11 years of experience in teaching primary aged students from 4-12 years of age. Before moving to Shenzhen, Miss Kagan taught at Harrow Beijing for 3 years. Among other education experience, Miss Kagan has taught outdoor education, trained as a phonics leader and conducted research for the Ministry of Education. Alongside her classroom role, Miss Kagan holds the Deputy Head Pastoral and Safeguarding role here at Harrow Shenzhen. Outside of the classroom, Miss Kagan’s hobbies include travelling internationally, baking and flying. She has a strong passion for music and plays the flute. Miss Kagan looks forward to learning about your child’s hobbies soon.
James Toner graduated from the University of Roehampton where he read Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. He has since gone on to obtain Master degrees in International Management at the University of Chester, and Library and Information Services Management at the University of Sheffield. Prior to arriving at Harrow Shenzhen, James Toner was Head of Library Services for a large multi-site international school in Doha, Qatar. In addition to this, he was a Lecturer and Module Coordinator at University College London Qatar, delivering their ‘Services to Children and Schools’ module as part of the MA Library and Information Studies Programme. He is a current committee member for IFLA’s ‘Library Services to Multicultural Populations’ section, as well as being part of the ‘Information, Knowledge and Innovation Management’ research group at the University of Sheffield.
A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, he has held a number of teaching and support positions within education and has been involved in information and library services development, most notably within higher education within the UK. As such, he brings with him a wealth of experience in supporting students and staff in developing the skills needed to succeed academically and become lifelong learners.
As an active researcher, James’ expertise is predominantly rooted in library strategy and policy, information/knowledge exchange and application (particularly within culturally diverse environments), as well as leadership strategies, organisational learning and culture. Having written for publication and presented at national and international conferences, he is currently undertaking his PhD study, looking at the interactive potential of individual and team-based characteristics on knowledge sharing within international schools.
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, Mrs Rowland Davies 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.
Mrs Rowland Davies 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, Mrs Rowland Davies 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 Mrs Rowland Davies’s teaching as well as learning demonstrating progress and inclusion. Mrs Rowland Davies 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.
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.
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.
Ms Zhuang graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor in Applied Psychology and Human Development as well as in Communication. She obtained her Master degree at Harvard Graduate School of Education in Prevention Science and Practice, with the focus on School Counselling. Prior to coming to Harrow Shenzhen, she had experiences in a Boston public school and in an international school in Guangzhou. She’s passionate about promoting student’s socioemotional wellbeing and utilizing their strengths to achieve positive outcomes. In addition, she had more than ten years of experience playing badminton competitively. In her spare time, she also enjoys hiking, traveling, and exploring her surroundings.
Shelley has been teaching in Key Stage 1 and 2 for nearly 17 years. After receiving her Higher Diploma in Primary Education and Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, she focused on teaching as a career and embarked on her TESOL certification at The Education University of Hong Kong. She taught in Hong Kong for 7 years as a Native English Teacher in public schools before spending 2 years at an international IB school in Guangzhou, China. Shelley has embarked on another adventure in Harrow Shenzhen. She is the lower school intervention teacher for Key Stages 1 and 2.
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.
Alice Liang comes from Guangdong province. She graduated from Sun Yat-sen University and got her master’s degree. After graduation, she became a teacher at an IB school where she was responsible for the planning and teaching of the Chinese and English languages, mathematics, and units of inquiries. She is a certified Chinese teacher, and she obtained her teaching certificate in 2012. She has been teaching Chinese as first language and foreign language for 10 years. Ms Liang is an out-going person who has various hobbies. She believes that every child is different and unique. She hopes that she could support her students to become global citizens with international vision.
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.
Belle (Yueqin) Cai, master of American Elementary Education, graduated from the George Washington University in the capital of the United States. She won the special education scholarship allocated from the Department of Education. Miss Cai had worked as a general homeroom teacher at Spring Hill Elementary School in Virginia, one of the top 10 schools in the United States, the Yu Ying Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., and the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Immersion School in Ohio. In 2018, she finished six years of overseas study and practice. After returning to Shenzhen, she has been engaged in international education related work and joined Harrow in August 2020. Miss Cai combined her unique educational concept with her rich classroom experience for IB/PYP courses accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization. As a Cover Teacher in Harrow, she is familiar with different year groups in lower school and has built strong and positive connections with students.
Tiffany Xu got her Master degree in Applied English Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017. She has experience teaching English for two years at international schools in Hangzhou and Suzhou before moving to Shenzhen. As one of the founding members, Tiffany joined Harrow Shenzhen in 2019 and now served as a teaching assistant in Lower School. In her free time, Tiffany likes reading novels, watching movies, and swimming. Being passionate about bilingual education, Tiffany is determined to help her students grow and flourish to reach their fullest potential.