Don began his career in the music industry before becoming a full-time teacher with a Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education. He has 18 years of experience, from working in primary schools briefly before mainly teaching in kindergartens in Hong Kong. Don grew up in Hong Kong as a child who studied in ESF international schools and believes that quality early childhood learning experiences shape children to be positive learners in their future. He enjoys incorporating the Arts and IT with classroom activities to help children further express their learning comfortably and confidently. In his spare time, Don continues to produce music and occasionally collaborates with other artists.
Arianne was born in the Philippines and grew up in Hong Kong. She studied in local and international schools and has a vast knowledge in the educational settings of HK. For the last 16 years, she has taught children in various age groups. She holds a Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education from OUHK and is currently pursuing her BA in Education (Early Years) with Honours from Education University of HK.
She is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach and IB PYP curriculum which provides opportunities for children to celebrate themselves and others. Her aim is to give children a “happy garden” where they can create meaningful and wonderful memories of childhood.
In her free time, she likes to organise community outreach programmes, spend time with family, exploring Hong Kong and read a good book.
Rajveer Bhatti obtained her education from India and Hong Kong. She has been working in the early childhood setting for over 15 years and it is her eighth year at PIPS. In the beginning of her career, she worked in a local preschool for three years and subsequently changed to an international kindergarten which offered British National Curriculum and had staff and children from diverse backgrounds. She was involved in our school’s process of IB authorization and has attended various IB workshops within our school and outside.
Rajveer is passionate about working with pre-schoolers and forms close relationships with them. She is interested in setting up inspiring classroom environments for children to explore, provides them opportunities to interact with each other and facilitates them to reach their full potential. In her spare time, she likes to rest and relax at home, engage in deep conversations with her family and friends and read books.
Ms Olivia is from Bath in England. She studied for her Bachelor Degree in Education,
specialising in Early Years. She went on to teach in both Primary schools and
Pre-schools in England, before moving to Hong Kong 3 years ago.
Olivia strives to create a safe and welcoming environment to allow children to thrive
and reach their full potential. She believes that through fun and engaging activities,
children can discover the world around them.
Outside of school, Olivia loves to travel and explore new places, and spend time with
her family and friends.
Helga grew up in a small town in South Africa. While studying, she discovered her love
for teaching children, noticing their curiosity and eagerness to learn and explore their
surroundings. As a result, she studied for a TEFL certificate and moved to Hong Kong
in 2016. Initially working with a variety of age groups, she was drawn to the younger
children and the magical moments when they discover new things for the first time.
Subsequently, Helga earned her PGCE in Early Childhood education.
Helga believes in teaching through play and hands-on activities, as it gives children
the freedom to explore and learn new things whilst having fun. This also creates so
much more excitement which children can take home to share with parents, helping
to make them a part of their child’s everyday school life.
Outside of school, Helga enjoys going on outdoor adventures in Hong Kong, tapping
into her artistic side, and spending time with friends. She is looking forward to this
new and exciting chapter at PIPS!
Half British and half Chinese, Rachel was born and raised in Hong Kong in a true mix
of local and western cultures. Rachel has spent the last eight years teaching in both
local and international kindergartens, coaching mini sports and rugby to children of all
ages, who are also from a variety of backgrounds and cultures like herself!
Rachel has been trained through Steiner Waldorf Early Years Education from the
Crossfields Institute in the United Kingdom, which encourages experiential learning
and holistic development for every child.
The classroom activities Rachel creates are designed to be enjoyable, intriguing, and
engaging. Rachel has a strong passion for providing environments that allow children
to discover and learn through hands-on experiences whilst building strong
relationships with each child and their family.
In her free time, Rachel likes to be outdoors with her extended family. She also likes to
play a lot of sports, but especially loves being part of a team to play rugby!
Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Ms Ashley has been living in Hong Kong for
almost 4 years now. After teaching at the NGO Educare, she worked at a Pre Primary
school for 8 years where she was the lead teacher of the 3 to 4 year-old class. Whilst
teaching full time, she obtained a 3 year diploma in Early Childhood Development
through Northlink College. In addition to that, she will continue her teaching degree
next year. Ms Ashley has experience working at Pui Ching Primary school and Tivoli
Ms. Ashley believes that children should learn through play and explore all their
senses. She enjoys being creative with her students by integrating fun interactive
games to promote their learning and development.
In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, sightseeing around Hong Kong and cooking
Cheryl was raised in international schools in Hong Kong starting with her Pre-Nursery education in PIPS Hong Kong back in 1997. As Cheryl was brought up in a loving and interactive school setting, it fostered her passion in learning and positive character. She eventually wanted to become an early childhood teacher to spread the same love and culture she received to more children. As a PIPS’ alumni, Cheryl looks forward to serving as a teacher here where education is holistic and highly student-led creating impactful learning experiences for children.
Aside from teaching in Hong Kong, Cheryl has also taught in Mainland China, Brazil and Cambodia working with local children diagnosed with HIV aids and special needs children. On her side time, Cheryl enjoys baking, playing badminton, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Connie has been in the early childhood field for ten years in kindergarten classrooms and received her post graduate diploma in Early Childhood Education after she obtained her Bachelor of Commerce Degree. Connie is motivated, caring and enthusiastic about learning various teaching methods. She has developed a passion for inquiry-based learning and believes that every child is competent and full of potential. She is passionate about teaching because she loves seeing smiles on their children’s faces when they learn something new and watch them grow. In her spare time, Connie enjoys cooking, decorating her home, spending time with her family and friends and exploring new restaurants in Hong Kong.
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Tina is from the U.K., where she qualified as a Nursery Nurse (N.N.E.B.). Prior to teaching, she worked as a nanny, and in the marketing and Human Resources industry. Her teaching career began in Hong Kong, working in international kindergartens with students aged from one to five years old. In 2013, Tina joined PIPS Kowloon, and has been teaching children aged one to two years old in the Under 2's Programme class. As a parent and Early Years educator, Tina values an inclusive classroom that provides opportunities for young children to learn through play-based learning, inquiry and meaningful experiences. She looks forward to creating an active community of learners, in an environment that fosters growth and independence. Outside of school, Tina's interests include reading (James Baldwin), watching foreign films, nature and culture documentaries, travel and yoga.
Mr. Sang has obtained a master's degree in Chinese culture from the Hong Kong
University of Science and Technology. After graduation, she devoted herself to
teaching Mandarin, working with K1 to K3 students from a variety of cultural
backgrounds. She has extensive experience in teaching students of all ages.
Ms Sandy firmly believes in student-led and inquiry-based learning. She encourages
students to observe, reason, cooperate, solve problems independently and reflect
upon their learning process in order to develop the habit of "active learning". She has
extensive teaching experience and specialises in designing open-ended assignments
to help students reach their maximum potential.
In her spare time, Ms Sandy enjoys visiting art exhibitions in Hong Kong and cooking
healthy food for her family and friends.
Jasmine Sou is from Vancouver, Canada. She obtained a PGDE qualification in Baptist University after finishing her university degree in University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Jasmine has been teaching for more than nine years now in kindergartens with various teaching methods. She believes that every child is unique with different learning style and pace. Everyone has their own talents and potentials. She enjoys interacting with children and actually learning from them. In her spare time, Jasmine enjoys spending time in the kitchen experimenting with baking recipes.
Jeshica is from Nepal, but calls Hong Kong home having lived here most of her life. Since her very first experience working in a kindergarten she knew in her heart that she would pursue her career in early childhood education. In her eighteen years of experience as an early childhood educator, she has taught children from diverse backgrounds, which has been rewarding and inspirational. She obtained her Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education in Hong Kong and has attended PYP training locally, as well as internationally. She has been with PIPS Kowloon for nine years. She believes in providing a safe and engaging environment for young leaners, and is passionate about guiding and facilitating them throughout their learning journey. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, traveling, exploring different cultures and learning languages.
Ms Aileen Tan joined PIPS Kowloon in 2007 as a Pre-Nursery English teacher and taught 2 year olds for 7 years in a class setting of 28 students. Before moving to Hong Kong, she taught young children between the ages of 2 to 5 years. She also did volunteer work for the disabled, special needs kids, and the elderly. Ms. Aileen contributes toward the school’s various yearly functions and activities. She has emceed 2 years in a row for PIPS’s year-end graduation ceremony. Ms Aileen is interested in reading and doing charity works.
Ms Abigail has achieved her PGDE in Early Childhood Education at The Education
University of Hong Kong, and Level 1-B in the National Putonghua Proficiency Test, as
well as many years of experience in a variety of well-known kindergartens in Hong
Ms Abigail is enthusiastic about teaching, good at observing children, caring and
responsible, lively and cheerful, positive and optimistic, full of vitality. She believes
that every child has unlimited potential, and she hopes that through the joint efforts
of teachers and parents, she can help children to lay a solid foundation and learn to
think independently. By adapting her teaching to the different personalities of each
child, she hopes to help them to learn, and to love life.
Avril was born and raised in Hong Kong. After graduating from her Bachelors Degree in English Language and Literature from Hong Kong Shue Yan University, she worked at an international kindergarten for three years, then went on to work as a co-teacher at a large international school for 6 years in both kindergarten and primary classes. In addition, Avril has experience working at a kindergarten in the US, meaning that she has teaching experience in a variety of settings and worked with children from different cultures and backgrounds.
Avril believes every student is unique and learns at their own pace, values critical thinking and believes that the best way for young children to learn is through play and experience.
In her spare time, Avril loves exercising, being outdoors, and playing with her dogs at the park. She also loves learning languages, including French and Mandarin.
Ms Tiffany began working in education directly after graduation from school, and has
been working hard for more than ten years in Early Childhood Education. With the
help and support of her fellow teachers, and the trust and encouragement of her
school leaders she has progressed and learned a lot. She has completed a Bachelor's
Degree in Education specialising in Early Childhood Education.
Ms Tiffany is very passionate about preschool education. She loves every child and
uses this love and her patience to help her to develop strong bonds and rapport. She
strives to provide an inviting environment in which children can explore and develop.
She adjusts her teaching according to the needs of her students, and constantly
integrates new ideas and educational concepts into her teaching.
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.
Ms Tonya is from Hubei in China. She has taught Mandarin in many well-known
kindergartens. She holds a Master’s Degree in Child and Family Education from the
Education University of Hong Kong.
Ms Tonya is passionate about early childhood education and loves young children. She
is patient, good at communicating with and listening to children’s voices, and wants to
help children to grow and progress. She believes in child-centred learning and aims to
create a more interesting, creative and effective learning environment in which her
students can learn and flourish.