About our Teachers
Educational research has shown again and again that it is teachers who have the most significant impact on a child’s learning – not resources, technology, parental pressure, or anything else. I am therefore very happy to be able to introduce our wonderful teaching team, confident that they will ensure this is a year of tremendous growth and learning for our students.
My name is Bianca Koster and I’m from the Netherlands. I am the PYP Coordinator and Senior Teacher managing the school library.
I have an MA in Multidisciplinary Studies, and have more recently become an International Baccalaureate Workshop Leader, Team Visitor and Reader in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as a School Accreditation Team Visitor for the Council of International Schools.
After a few years teaching in the Netherlands, I became an international educator in 1995, on the beautiful island of Curacao in the Dutch Antilles. I then worked in the USA before moving to Ghana, where I was Principal of the Dutch School. I moved to China to be a founding teacher at a new international school, and there became the PYP Coordinator, Vice Principal and eventually Principal. My family and I are excited to have this opportunity to start another new school here in Hong Kong.
I’m a passionate, lifelong learner who likes to inspire people to be critical thinkers, and bring out the best in themselves and others.
My name is Ayeesha Shahani. I was born and grew up in Hong Kong before continuing my education in the UK.
After completing my PGCE and IBPYP training, I worked for the ESF, Canadian International School and Hong Kong International School. I am so excited about the opening of this school, and am looking forward to building a modern learning environment that caters to different kinds of learners.
Having been an international school student in HK myself, I am passionate about education here, and strive to create a warm and loving environment where my students feel accepted and inspired so that they can reach their full potential. I hope my students will be excited to come to school each day and I look forward to guiding them all through the first year of their PYP journey!
My name is Joanna Hamilton-Dick. I’m from the UK and I am a Grade 1 teacher. I’m very excited about the launch of HKCA PLK school and am very much looking forward to meeting all the students.
I have worked in various IB schools around HK since completing my PGCE at the University of Sunderland. Prior to this I worked as an Educational Assistant at Bradbury School for three years.
My husband and I have been in Hong Kong for 11 years and we have two sons, Charlie, aged 9 and Zach, aged 8. I spend most of my spare time watching my boys playing in team sports, swimming and going on holiday adventures.
My name is Leanne Oh. I was born, raised and educated in Australia, and I am a Grade 1 teacher.
In 1996, I completed a Social Work degree with my career focusing on the needs of children and families across various communities. I was involved in creating and providing universal education campaigns to parents on child development, and writing resources for parents to use with their children.
In 2009, I moved to Hong Kong with my family. Since moving here, I have enjoyed the vibrancy of the city with the close proximity of nature hikes and beaches.
I was employed as an Early Childhood teacher prior to moving onto a Primary school setting. I have since completed my Masters of Teaching (Primary) through an Australian University and have enjoyed the opportunity to work at schools that are implementing the PYP. I believe that it’s important to nurture a child’s curiosity, and that learning needs to be meaningful and relevant to students lives both now and in the future.
My name is Birgitta Carter. I am from the UK and have been in Hong Kong since 1994. I am a long-term resident of Sai Kung and live there with my husband and two children.
I have an MEd from Bristol University, and a PGCE from Sunderland University. I have worked in Education, specifically PYP learning environments, for over 10 years and am very excited to be working at a new school under such a reputable organisation as Po Leung Kuk. I look forward to welcoming your children to Grade 2!
Hi! My name is Stephen Wong and I am the Grade 3 Teacher. I was born in Hong Kong and moved to Australia at the age of 9, where I continued my education.
After completing an MA in Business and IT, I decided to change course and completed a BA in Teaching, specialising in teaching English as a second language. I have been teaching since 2006, with the past 4 years at PYP schools in China and Japan.
I am married with two children, and so I’m excited to be back in Hong Kong with my family again.
Cici Heng Zheng
Nihau! Wo shi Zheng lao shi. My name is Cici Heng Zheng, and I’m from Wenzhou, Zhejiang in mainland China.
I completed my MA in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language at Poly University HK, and my PGDE at Open University. I am very happy to join HKCA Po Leung Kuk School in the very first year!
Before this I have been exploring HK for 8 years; studying, working, travelling around, and even made a family here. I have worked at IB schools for 5 years in Hong Kong, and now I would like to bring all my knowledge and experience to share with your children.
大家好！我是李老師 (Li Lao Shi) Hi everybody, my name is Jay, I come from Beijing and am teaching Chinese.
I completed my BA and MA in Education from Beijing Capital Normal University and Flinders University of South Australia respectively.
I have lived and worked in different cities and countries including Shanghai, Singapore, the USA, and in 2013 I settled down in Hong Kong. I previously worked for 4 years at an ESF primary school in Hong Kong. Now, I am glad to have a brand-new start in HKCA Po Leung Kuk School, and warmly welcome every student to have fun and join the fantastic Mandarin learning journey with me!
Michellia Chan Wing Yan
My name is Michellia Chan Wing Yan. I’m from Guangzhou in mainland China, but I’ve been living in Hong Kong for 16 years. I’m the Assistant Teacher for Grade 2 and will be supporting Chinese classes.
After completing my BA & MA in Literary and Cultural Studies, I further equipped myself with professional knowledge by taking an MA in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, and am currently in the second year of my PGDE at HKU in Chinese Language Education.
I have sincere interest in becoming a Chinese teacher, teaching students with diverse cultural backgrounds. My teaching philosophy is that each student is unique and possesses the ability to learn. Successful teaching is equal to the facilitation of learning that provides a learning environment for students to construct their own understanding. I am glad to be a part of HKCA PLK School.
My name is Sharon Baghel. I’m an Assistant Teacher at Grade 1 and am very happy to be a part of HKCA Po Leung Kuk School.
I was born and raised in India, where I gained a BA in Education, a BA in Commerce, and a diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education. I then started my international teaching career at leading international schools in and around Delhi. I have an in-depth understanding and appreciation of the IB PYP curriculum framework that focuses on inquiry based learning.
I moved to Hong Kong 4 years ago and, after a career break to raise my daughter during which I certified as a yoga instructor, I am very happy to be returning to the teaching profession. My interests are yoga, cooking, reading and travelling.
Kelsey Yi Jing
My name is Kelsey Yi Jing. I’m an Assistant Teacher at Grade 1 and will be supporting Chinese classes.
I was born and raised in mainland China, where I completed my BA at Xi’an International Studies University. I then studied for my MA in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language at Poly University Hong Kong.
Although I have been teaching for 2 years, I’m keen to learn more about the PYP, so am looking forward to the start of HKCA Po Leung Kuk School.
My name is Sulbha Bhambry and I’m an Assistant Teacher at Grade 1.
I was born and brought up in India, where I earned a BA in Philosophy at Delhi University. I moved to Hong Kong about 10 years ago with my family, and have worked as an assistant for children with special education needs at several international schools in Hong Kong.
I am now starting my studies to become a qualified teacher, so am very much looking forward to putting my experience and training into practice at HKCA Po Leung Kuk School.
My name is Rosie Hopewell-Fong and I am the Physical Education Teacher.
I was born in Hong Kong and attended international schools here, before continuing my education in the UK. I have a BSc in Sport Performance and a Primary and Secondary PGCE. I have been teaching and coaching a number of sports for 6 years, in addition to representing England and Hong Kong as a member of their women’s rugby teams.
I am a firm believer in empowering students in appreciating the value of being active and making healthy lifestyle choices, and look forward to establishing the physical education programme at HKCA Po Leung Kuk School.