Mr Josh grew up in the United Kingdom. After teaching in a primary school in
London, he moved to Hong Kong in 2013 and began focusing on Early Childhood
Education. He earned his PGDE at the University of Hong Kong studying Early
Childhood Education. He hopes to inspire each and every child to develop a love of
learning and personal development that will last throughout their lives. In his spare
time he likes drawing, playing piano, and observing nature with his young son.
Ms Debbie Dou is from Taiwan, where she obtained her bachelor's degree in Early
Childhood Education. She also completed the Mandarin Teacher Training
Programme at Shanghai East China Normal University. She has taught as a qualified
kindergarten teacher in Taipei, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Ms Dou believes that every child has different talents and follows a different
learning path. She hopes to develop the children's ability to think independently,
solve problems, seek knowledge, and love others.
In her spare time, Ms Dou enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.
Debbie Dou Chinese Coordinator
Alison was born and raised in the United Kingdom. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree, she moved to Spain for 6 years. It was here that her love of teaching began, while she taught English as a foreign language to children and adults.
Ten years ago Alison moved to Hong Kong and chose to specialise in Early Childhood Education while studying at the Hong Kong University of Education. She has a special passion for teaching young learners and always seeks to promote a love of learning by creating fun and inviting environments for children to explore.
Alison is known for her creativity. Outside of school, you can find her either working out, exploring the outdoors, or selling her own arts and crafts pieces at market stalls.
Ms Virginia (Zhang Lao Shi) is from Beijing. Since graduating from The Education University of Hong Kong, where she specialised in Early Childhood Education, Ms Virginia has accumulated over 13 years of experience teaching Putonghua with a level 2-A proficiency in the National Putonghua Proficiency Test. Ms Virginia worked in a number of reputable international kindergartens in Hong Kong before joining PIPS.
Ms Virginia believes that every child is unique. She deeply appreciates the opportunity to spend quality time with each child every school day. While getting to know and respect each child as an individual, Ms Virginia seeks to nurture and help each of them grow and develop strength and independence.
Bernie is of Filipino descent but born and raised in Hong Kong. Growing up in a musical family ignited a passion for music, setting her afoot into a career in the music industry, which progressed into vocal coaching and teaching choirs, and finally education. With more than 16 years of experience in preschool education, Bernie has taught in prominent local kindergartens, continuously incorporating singing and music into her classes.
Having a genuine love for children, Bernie is also a mother of four - two girls and two boys. She is dedicated to helping children achieve their goals while motivating their enthusiasm to learn.
In her spare time, Bernie teaches a children’s choir at a local church and volunteers in a music ministry for the church’s teen peer support group. She also loves cycling, aquascaping and teaching new tricks to her family's pet birds.
Cynthia was born in Vancouver, Canada, and completed her secondary education in
Taipei, Taiwan. Her background is in hospitality management where she holds a
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Administration from Cornell University and a
Professional Chef Diploma from Le Cordon Bleu.
Now a registered teacher in Hong Kong holding a Postgraduate Diploma in Early
Childhood Education from Hong Kong Baptist University, Cynthia believes that all
children are unique and learn best through play and inquiry. She strives to create a
welcoming and stimulating environment in which children can express their
creativity and self-expression.
In her spare time, Cynthia likes baking cakes and pies, doing yoga and outdoor
sports that allow her to see and experience the sights of Hong Kong.
Rebecca is from England and Hong Kong. She graduated with a Bachelor degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Education with a specialism in Psychological Studies in Education.
Since 2017, she has taught English to native and non-native English speakers aged 2 to 14 and has found immense joy in seeing students grow and build confidence as they develop new skills. She has a passion to help children to develop independence through interacting and playing with others, to allow them to be creative and fluent users of English.
In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys painting, reading, baking, and visiting cafes.
Graduating from The Hong Kong Education University with a Master’s degree in
Education and achieving Level 1-B in the National Putonghua Proficiency Test, Liu
Lao Shi is seeking to further her skill set by studying for a PGDE at The University of
Hong Kong. Liu Lao Shi has lots of experience in Early Childhood Education having
fulfilled roles in international kindergartens in both Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Liu Lao Shi believes that every child is unique and tries to understand the reason
that lies behind their behaviour. She believes it is the teachers’ role to guide and
support the children in order to help them to achieve their full potential.
Previously a teacher at PIPS Kowloon.
Amelia was born and raised in Namibia. She completed her studies in South Africa
before moving to Hong Kong three years ago.
During her pursuit of a career in education, she obtained a Btech in Fine Arts, as well
as her PGCE from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Since then, she
spent seven insightful years teaching a variety of age groups. In the process she
discovered her passion for early childhood education. She endeavours to make
learning fun and engaging, and attempts to instil a sense of creativity and curiosity
in each child.
Jodi was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in dramatic arts. After graduating, she moved to the United States to teach drama, which is where her passion for teaching began! After two years she decided to move to Hong Kong and started working as an English teacher working with children of a variety of ages. Jodi decided to complete her Postgraduate Certificate in Education, and has been working as a class teacher in kindergarten ever since.
A passionate teacher committed to providing a nurturing and stimulating learning environment, Jodie always looks for ways to encourage children’s holistic growth and development. Jodi is known for her singing and dance parties, her crazy hair, and her love for messy play! She is looking forward to being a part of your child’s learning journey in the upcoming school year.
In her spare time, Jodi enjoys baking, gardening, painting and being outdoors in nature with her friends.
Justyna is originally from Poland and lived in both the UK and in India for the past 20
years, before moving to Hong Kong. She obtained an Open BA degree from the Open
University where she studied Early Years, Psychology of Childhood and Youth, and
Justyna has been working in various Early Years settings in the UK for the past 18
years. She is passionate about children’s learning and development. In particular
Justyna believes in learning through play, through which she seeks to empower
young children, helping them to become more confident, make good choices, and
learn from their experiences.
In her spare time, Justyna loves cycling, hiking, and exploring Hong Kong.
Being the daughter of a diplomat, Swati travelled widely during her childhood and
experienced a variety of educational settings. Since making Hong Kong her home in
2007 she has earned another degree studying Sports Science at the University of
Hong Kong and completed a PGDE in Early Childhood from The Hong Kong Education
Swati has been working in the early childhood setting for over 10 years, starting her
career as a kid’s gym trainer, before teaching playgroup classes in an International
preschool. She is a firm believer in learning through play and is always seeking new
sensory ideas. She strives to meet children’s individual needs and encourages
children to have determination and perseverance.
In her free time, Swati likes to train at the gym, go for walks, and listen to music.
Ms Tina comes from Jiangsu, China. After completing her degree in Wuhan University, she moved to Hong Kong and earned her Postgraduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education.
Ms Tina believes that the job of a preschool teacher is very meaningful and can have a very large effect on the lives of the children they teach. She believes in teaching by example and that the words we choose are very important, as teachers have the power to plant the seeds of kindness in the hearts of our children. She always tries to appreciate children with a loving eye, and treat them with a tolerant heart.
Zeng Lao Shi graduated from The Hong Kong Education University in 2005, and has
been working in Early Childhood Education ever since. Teaching young learners in
both Hong Kong and Taiwan, she has gained a wealth of experience. Despite the
passing years, Zeng Lao Shi’s passion towards teaching remains as strong as ever.
Zeng Lao Shi takes pride in being a part of her students' journeys. She believes in
the power of creating a harmonious learning environment for children to learn via
stories and games. She hopes to inspire children to find their own motivation
toward learning, as well as to shape them into possessing a positive learning
Ms Melody comes from Fujian, China, and loves music very much. She holds a bachelor's degree in Chinese music education and has many years of experience working with kindergarten children in Hong Kong.
Ms Melody has deep love and warmth for young children. She believes that the process of accompanying, guiding and helping children to grow is a vitally important process, and enjoys the experience of cultivating, guiding and seeing her children grow. She is very grateful for every child that she has the honour to spend time with, because with their lovely personalities and energetic spirits they can teach us so much in return.
Originally from Shanghai, Ms Shelley completed her bachelor’s degree from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies and achieved Level 1-B in the National Putonghua Proficiency Test. Since then, Shelley has been working in Hong Kong as a Mandarin teacher for more than ten years and earned a Post-graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education from the Education University of Hong Kong.
She believes that every child is unique, and tailors her teaching to the specific needs of each child using a wide range of methods in order to inspire the child’s natural curiosity in a happy and active environment.
In her spare time, Shelley is passionate about music. She has held lead positions in her church choir and composes music for children.
Ms Yanni graduated from Nankai University and achieved Grade One, Level B in the National Putonghua Proficiency Test. She also holds a Professional Certificate in Putonghua Teacher Training with Distinction from the Faculty of Education of The University of Hong Kong. Since 2015, she has been teaching Mandarin Chinese while working in both kindergartens and language training centres.
Over the past eight years, Ms Yanni has sought to guide and inspire students in language learning based on their individual personalities and preferences, and believes that high-quality bilingual education will benefit children for life.
In her spare time, Ms Yanni enjoys sports and music.
Since a young age, music has been an integral part of Xavier's life.
With a passion for flute and singing, Xavier has a string of accolades including grade 8 in singing and flute with further qualifications in theory of music.
Xavier has sung professionally in choirs around the world, from singing in the Vatican city for the Pope's inauguration to singing in the world famous King's College Chapel in Cambridge.
Xavier has always dreamed of sharing his love of music with the future generation and came to Hong Kong to pursue this dream teaching in some of the city's most prestigious schools.
Xavier strives to inspire his students to appreciate music in a fun and inspiring environment. He believes that the immeasurable reach and influence of a teacher develops a passion for learning that changes the world for the better, one life at a time.
Zhao Lao Shi graduated from The Hong Kong Baptist University with a Master’s
Degree in Chinese Language, and went on to earn a PGDE at The Hong Kong
Education University. She has over 10 years of experience in Early Childhood Education, with extensive experience teaching Putonghua to young children in both
local and international school settings.
Before joining PIPS, Zhao Lao Shi taught in a school following the IB curriculum for
seven years and gained a comprehensive understanding of the framework and
methodology. She firmly believes that every child is unique. As a teacher, she
strives to provide a positive and safe learning atmosphere in order to encourage
children to confidently explore and express themselves, as well as to achieve their