Staff Profiles

We have an incredible team of faculty members at Canadian International School of Hong Kong. Our staff are passionate about inspiring academic and personal growth in students by encouraging inquiry, and stimulating creativity and innovation. Our faculty come to us from around the world and are experienced in teaching the International Baccalaureate and Ontario Secondary School Curriculums. Take a moment to learn more about our amazing team of educators by clicking on their images below.

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Pre Reception

Reception

Preparatory

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

  • Bénédicte Benoit
    Learning Leader/Grade 6A Teacher

    Bénédicte Benoit

    Learning Leader/Grade 6A Teacher

    It is Bénédicte Benoit's second year of teaching in the Lower School at CDNIS, but her 15th year teaching in Hong Kong. Originally from Belgium, she considers Hong Kong home and has been living in Sai Kung for many years. She loves Sai Kung’s closeness to nature and sense of community. “Ms. B”, as she likes to be called, is passionate about inquiry and concept-based learning. She has been an IB PYP workshop leader since 2012 and has seven years of facilitating the PYP Exhibition under her belt. She holds a BA in Political Sciences, majoring in International Relations, and a Post Graduate diploma in English Language Education.

  • Pamela Reverman
    Grade 6B Teacher

    Pamela Reverman

    Grade 6B Teacher

    Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Pamela Reverman moved across the country after high school to attend St. Mary’s College in the San Francisco Bay area. She taught in several independent schools in California before going international with her husband 1999. They have lived in Casablanca, Mumbai, Beijing and look forward to the Hong Kong experience. She has a grown daughter living in Portland, Oregon and a son who will be in grade 8 at CDNIS. Pamela is excited to join the CDNIS team!

  • Mark Henry
    Grade 6C Teacher

    Mark Henry

    Grade 6C Teacher

    Mark Henry is currently one of the homeroom teachers in Grade 6. He joins CDNIS this year after having taught in Cambodia for the last seven years. Previously he has taught in China, Indonesia and his home country, Australia. Mark has been actively involved in the PYP programme in many of the schools he has worked and has helped to actively to improve and develop it. He has mainly taught in the upper levels of the primary, which has given him experience with the Exhibition. He is actively involved in coaching and has led school based teams in Athletics, Basketball and Rugby. In his spare time he loves to travel and over the 15 years being in Asia, has been able to explore many of the regions within SE Asia.

  • Chris Brodie
    Grade 6D Teacher

    Chris Brodie

    Grade 6D Teacher

    Chris Brodie is from the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. He has a BA in English from the University of Victoria, B.Ed. from the University of British Columbia, and an MA in international education from SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont, USA. He is currently in his seventh year of teaching at international schools and has taught PYP and MYP in Grades 2, 5 and 6 through 9 in South Korea and Angola. Chris is an outdoor enthusiast and loves to share his passion for the outdoors and the environment with his students. This has led him to pursue training in sustainability education, play a role in outdoor education programmes, and bring experiential education into the classroom. He is also passionate about the social and emotional development of his students, building strong classroom and grade level communities and incorporating practices which allow for student agency. As a former competitive swimmer, Chris spent his university summers as a swim coach and is always keen to be part of the school swim programme. His love for the water has resulted in his passion for surfing and he's excited to find out what Hong Kong has to offer. Chris' other interests include cooking, rock climbing, hiking, most outdoor activities, and enjoying a good book.  

  • Vicki Cheung
    Grade 6E Teacher

    Vicki Cheung

    Grade 6E Teacher

    Vicki Cheung has been an international school educator for eight years. She graduated with a Masters of Teaching from the University of Toronto. Vicki conducted her research in the importance of preserving students’ first language. She was awarded with the cum laden distinction for academic excellence while completing her Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology at York University. Her passions include coaching upper school volleyball, hiking, martial arts, and rock climbing. She also teaches piano in her spare time. Vicki has taught a variety of grades/subjects ranging from kindergarten, upper primary, and upper school instrumental band. She is in her fourth year teaching Grade 5 at CDNIS.

  • Joy Tan
    Grade 6 Educational Assistant

    Joy Tan

    Grade 6 Educational Assistant

    Joy Tan graduated from Tianjing University in Precise Instrument Engineering in China. After a career as a design engineer in a watch factory in Guang Zhou, she immigrated to Australia, where she managed a department in a consulting engineering company in Sydney. She then worked in an engineering company in Singapore, before arriving in HK in 2001. She joined CDNIS as Secretary of premises to assist the building of the LLAC. She has been the Grade 6 EA for seven years now and delights in supporting the teachers and nurturing a sense of order and system to supplement the students' natural creativity.

Chinese Studies

Guidance

  • Shelly Chutke
    Pre Reception to Grade 3 Guidance Counsellor

    Shelly Chutke

    Pre Reception to Grade 3 Guidance Counsellor

    Shelly Chutke is originally from India but for more than 20 years Hong Kong has been home for her and her husband and one daughter who is also a student at CDNIS. Shelly’s background is in Psychology and she holds a BA in Social Sciences from University of Delhi, India and a Master’s degree in Counselling from Monash University, Australia. She has further training in Parent Coaching, Anxiety and Depression Counselling, and Emotional Literacy. She has worked with children with special needs, counselling and helping people learn about mindfulness and meditation techniques for more than 15 years. As a counsellor, her aim is to facilitate the learning and well-being of her students and empowering them with life skills. She is passionate about continuing to educate herself by training in new techniques and programmes that would benefit the students and the school. Shelly enjoys to conduct workshops, and groups on topics ranging from conflict resolution to mind, body integration to deepening our spiritual life. Outside of work, Shelly enjoys practising mindfulness, reading, travelling, trying new cuisines, and various art forms.

  • Lora Lee
    Grade 4 to 6 Guidance Counsellor

    Lora Lee

    Grade 4 to 6 Guidance Counsellor

    Lora Lee holds a BA in Psychology from York University, Canada. After graduating, she worked in Hong Kong before moving to London where she earned her MSc in Developmental Psychology from The Anna Freud Centre, in conjunction with UCL, UK. After working in private practice for a number of years, she further expanded her therapeutic repertoire by completing her MA in Play Therapy from Roehampton University, UK. She is a registered child psychologist in Hong Kong with a private practice in Central. Additionally, she has worked in a number of international schools before joining CDNIS. She lives with her son, and when she isn't working, hiking or climbing challenging mountains or out-rigging, she also enjoys cooking.

Learning Support

  • Bonnie Calanchini
    Learning Leader for Inclusion Team

    Bonnie Calanchini

    Learning Leader for Inclusion Team

    Bonnie Calanchini is from sunny Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. She attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona for her undergraduate studies, and Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, for post-graduate studies. Ms. Calanchini has been teaching internationally since 2001: Taiwan (Kaohsiung American School), Venezuela (Colegio International de Carabobo), UAE (American Community School of Abu Dhabi), and Italy (Marymount International School). She has taught regular class education, special education, and English language acquisition in both Middle and Elementary School.

  • Monica Costa
    Inclusion Team

    Monica Costa

    Inclusion Team

    Monica Costa has been teaching for 10 years. She began her career as a special education teacher where she grew up in New Jersey, USA and worked there for six years. In 2014, Monica and her husband jumped at the opportunity to begin working as international teachers in Rome, Italy. It was a wonderful experience! Then, they moved to Portugal and worked at an international school in Lisbon. They were both born in Portugal, so it was nice to return to their roots. They have a 9-month-old daughter, who they spend as much time as possible with because she is so much fun! Monica loves being a new mom and treasures every moment with her family! One of the things she has always enjoyed doing is traveling because she appreciates the diversity encountered with new cultures in new places. Now, it is a totally new experience with a baby tagging along. Monica feels very fortunate to have joined the CDNIS community and looks forward to a new school year in Hong Kong!

  • Danielle Wellock
    Inclusion Team

    Danielle Wellock

    Inclusion Team

    Danielle Wellock is from the United Kingdom where she taught for several years before moving overseas. Since moving abroad, she has lived in Ghana (Lincoln Community School) and Indonesia (Jakarta Intercultural School). Danielle has been a teacher for more than 20 years and has worked both as a homeroom teacher and a learning support specialist. Her other roles have include learning leader and advisory teacher for special school settings. Danielle continues to love teaching and learning and is especially passionate about supporting students with unique learning profiles. Her interests outside the classroom include hiking, movies, travelling, and seeing friends.

Library

  • Suzanne McCluskey
    Pre Reception - Grade 2 Teacher Librarian

    Suzanne McCluskey

    Pre Reception - Grade 2 Teacher Librarian

    Suzanne McCluskey is from Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. She joins CDNIS from ACS Egham International School just outside London, where she was working as the PYP coordinator/teacher librarian. Prior to teaching in England, Suzanne taught in Bangkok, Munich, Tokyo, Auckland and Australia and has worked both as a classroom teacher and librarian. She holds a B.Ed and a Master’s degree in education (TESOL). Living overseas has been a wonderful experience and Suzanne is looking forward to continuing it in Hong Kong. She loves that she has met so many new people who she can now count as life-long friends. In her down time, she enjoys reading, travelling, swimming and exploring new neighbourhoods with hidden treasures of food and other delights.

  • Colleen Williams
    Grade 3-6 Teacher Librarian

    Colleen Williams

    Grade 3-6 Teacher Librarian

    Colleen Williams is originally from New Jersey, USA. She has a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Oregon and a Masters of Learning and Technology from Western Governors University. Colleen graduated from The American School of the Hague in the Netherlands so personally experienced life as an international school student. Over her 25-plus year career she has taught kindergarten and grade 1, K-12 technology, K-12 library and HS journalism. She is now in her 14th year of international teaching, having previously taught in Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Shanghai, and Vietnam. She is passionate about the power of books and a maker culture - both give kids an opportunity to learn, make decisions, problem solve, be creative and grow.

LTT

Physical Education

  • Marc Steiner
    Physical Education Teacher

    Marc Steiner

    Physical Education Teacher

    Marc Steiner has Honours degrees in Kinesiology and Education from the Western University and Queen’s University. He is a former two-time All-Canadian Track and Field athlete with the University of Western Ontario, and has competed at a high level in Hong Kong and in 2008 won two gold medals at the China Masters’ Track and Field Championships. Mr. Steiner has been actively involved in sports and coaching since he was a child and has a keen interest in seeing future generations gain a better understanding of the importance physical education and health play in the overall well being of the individual. He is now in his 17th year of teaching at CDNIS.

  • Justin Wah
    Physical Education Teacher

    Justin Wah

    Physical Education Teacher

    Justin Wah was born and raised in London, England. He has a Masters Degree (high honors) in Elementary Education, as well as a Physical Education teaching certification. Justin has been teaching overseas for the past 20 years. He has worked as a Physical Education teacher in Malaysia and The Netherlands; in addition Justin has worked as an Athletic Director in Kuala Lumpur (Mont'Kiara International School) and Community Activities Director in Bangkok (International School Bangkok). Justin is also an avid soccer coach. Along with working at various age levels, he has also worked as an assistant at two professional clubs in Asia. In addition to coaching, Justin enjoys singing and has been lucky enough to play in a few different bands in Asia. Justin is married to Suzi Wah who works as a learning support teacher at CDNIS.

Visual & Performing Arts

  • Ashley Benusa
    Performing Arts Teacher

    Ashley Benusa

    Performing Arts Teacher

    Ashley Benusa is from Norwalk, Connecticut, USA. She completed her Bachelor of Music Education degree (Hons) at Valparaiso University in Indiana, USA and her Master of Music in Music Education from Boston University where she specialized in multicultural music education in international schools. She has been a primary school arts educator in international schools in Asia for over 10 years, teaching in Hong Kong, China and Thailand. An educator passionate about performance, Ashley is also a cellist who regularly engages in music making with various ensembles around Hong Kong.

  • Kimberly Butler
    Department Head & Performing Arts Teacher

    Kimberly Butler

    Department Head & Performing Arts Teacher

    Kimberly Butler is from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and teaches performing arts and band. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree at Sir Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario), a Bachelor of Education degree at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) and a Masters in Curriculum and Learning at the University of Toronto. After three years of teaching grades 6, 7 and 8 as a homeroom teacher and band director, she and her husband headed off to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where she worked as a band director and Grade 8 humanities teacher for 13 years. She has taught students from Grade 4 to 12, produced and directed several musicals and conducted at music festivals in KSA. Her interests outside the classroom are baking, crafts and travelling.

  • Jennifer Salvador
    Early Years Music & Movement Teacher

    Jennifer Salvador

    Early Years Music & Movement Teacher

    In 2013, Jennifer Salvador acquired her Early Childhood Education Diploma and QKT recognition. She also studied Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies, which she completed in 2016. She completed courses on early childhood education, curriculum planning, special education and educational management. Her passion for music and playing instruments comes from her childhood school experiences and having a family background of Musicians. Ms. Salvador believe that through music and movement children develop a sense of cooperation and togetherness, creativity, confidence, resiliency, and other developmental life skills. She would like to instill this love of creative movement, drama, singing and appreciation of music to young students.

  • JoAnne Sandul
    Visual Arts Teacher

    JoAnne Sandul

    Visual Arts Teacher

    Hailing from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, JoAnne Sandul is a graduate of Carleton University (BA Art History), the University of Ottawa (B.Ed - Visual Arts), Ryerson University (Diploma FSN Design & Merchandising), and is currently completing an MA, MS from SUNY (USA). Ms Sandul is an Apple Distinguished Educator (2011), and holds a specialist level teaching qualification in Special Education from Queen’s University (Canada). Prior to her employment at CDNIS, Ms Sandul served as a NET in Hong Kong and was the ESL Coordinator at the Korean International School. She was the Fashion Coordinator for LaSalle College of Canada in Manila, Philippines, an English instructor in Japan, and an Upper School Visual Arts teacher in Canada. This is Ms Sandul’s 11th year teaching in the Lower School at CDNIS.

  • Carole Saunders
    Performing Arts & Dance Teacher

    Carole Saunders

    Performing Arts & Dance Teacher

    Carole Saunders is an adult third culture kid. Born in Australia, she grew up in Papua New Guinea and attended university in the United States where she gained her degree in English as well as in Elementary/Primary Teaching. Although Carole’s family returned to Australia she chose to stay abroad, working in the USA, Papua New Guinea, China, a brief stint in Australia and most recently the Sultanate of Oman. A strong background in ballet led Carole to become certified to teach in the 90s, when she served as second teacher in two schools and eventually managed her own school as a second job. While in Oman she used her skills to create, develop and run a school wide dance programme, including teaching IGCSE Dance and IBDP Dance. Carole’s personal interests range from animal rights to Star Wars.

  • Aly Trezise
    Learning Leader for Making & Innovation Visual Arts

    Aly Trezise

    Learning Leader for Making & Innovation Visual Arts

    Aly Trezise is originally from Australia and is the Grade 5 & 6 Visual Arts teacher, as well as the Learning Leader for Making & Innovation. She has a Bachelor Degree in Visual Arts, a Bachelor Degree in Arts Education, both through the University of South Australia, and is currently studying a Masters in Educational Leadership through the State University of New York and has recently completed the Makers-centred Classsroom course with other CDNIS colleges, through Harvard. She has been teaching internationally for 14 years in the UK, Malaysia, Tanzania, China, the Philippines and now in Hong Kong for the last three years. She also has two rather lively children in the lower school, (both of whom, are crazy about CDNIS!). A self-confessed change-maker, Aly is passionate about environmental sustainability, creativity in education and inspiring kids to be the re-designers of their world.

  • Sid Dewan
    Visual Arts Educational Assistant

    Sid Dewan

    Visual Arts Educational Assistant

    Fascinated by physical structures and visual compositions in his adolescent years, Sid Dewan pursued his interests and attained Bachelor of Design in Interior Architecture and a Diploma in Visual Communication from University of Raffles. During his undergraduate years, Mr. Sid held multiple gigs, one as a teaching assistant. The instant spark he felt in fostering young learners aspired him to obtain TEFL certification and eventually lead his own weekend classes at ESF schools. Currently serving his second year at CDNIS, he looks forward to enhancing student engagement and their learning experience. In his spare time, Sid likes to indulge in DIY projects, street photography, films/TV shows, board sports, soccer, MMA, travelling to lesser known destinations, or merely sleeping in a hammock.

  • Sunny Yeung
    Chinese & Performing Arts Educational Assistant

    Sunny Yeung

    Chinese & Performing Arts Educational Assistant

    Sunny Yeung is from Taiwan. She has a BA and an MA from National Chengchi University in Taiwan and an MA degree in Educational Studies from Sheffield University, England. After graduating, she worked at Chinese International School in Hong Kong and Shanghai American School as a Chinese Teacher for 13 years. She took some time off to become a full-time mom and after a few years she began working as a substitute teacher. When her family moved to Hong Kong from Shanghai, she joined CDNIS and has been very happy to be part of the CDNIS community ever since.

Grade 7

Grade 8

CAS

Chinese Studies

Drama

English

Music & Film Studies

Guidance

  • Catherine Irvine
    Guidance Department Head (Grade 10-12)

    Catherine Irvine

    Guidance Department Head (Grade 10-12)

    Born in Canada, Catherine Irvine graduated from Queen’s University’s Concurrent Education programme with a BA (Hons) in English Literature and a B.Ed. In addition, she obtained her Honours Specialist in English from the University of Ottawa, her Career and Guidance Counsellor Specialist from Queen’s University and her M.Sc. in Educational Management through Bristol University in the UK. Catherine has worked in education for 18 years in Canada, Belgium and here in Hong Kong. She has experience with the OSSD as an English and Economics teacher, and as a Department Head. Her IBDP experience includes teaching English Literature and fulfilling duties as a Head of Year and as a Careers and Guidance Counsellor. Catherine joined CDNIS four years ago as a Guidance Counsellor and is now in her second year as Head of the Upper School Guidance Department. She also has two children who attend CDNIS in the Lower School.

  • Rob Aldridge
    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 10-12)

    Rob Aldridge

    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 10-12)

    Rob Aldridge is from Oxford in the UK and holds B.Sc. (Hons) from Oxford Brookes University in Education and Sociology. He spent a decade in the UK Higher Education Sector as an admissions and recruitment officer. He worked at Brookes, UWIC, the University of Bristol and also served as the Head of International Recruitment at the University of Reading. Rob was a University Hall Warden where he gained substantial pastoral experience. He spent six years with the British Army and loves outdoor activities. He is a Duke of Edinburgh Award (HKAYP) instructor and supports the school's AYP programme. Rob joined CDNIS in 2011.

  • Scott Atherton
    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 10-12)

    Scott Atherton

    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 10-12)

    Scott Atherton joined CDNIS in 2014 after working as an admissions officer for eight years at Middlebury College in Vermont (USA). Originally from the state of Maine, Scott lived and worked in Vermont for many years before moving to Hong Kong. Prior to university admissions and high school counselling, Scott worked for a variety of nonprofit organizations, including the Addison County Community Trust, Salzburg Global Seminar, and part time as a radio announcer on Vermont Public Radio, among others. Scott earned his BA in anthropology at Harvard University, and is the father of two adult children, Nick and Mira. Outside of work, Scott enjoys travelling, hiking, cross-country skiing, bicycling, food and wine, music, and films.

  • Maegan Robichaud
    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 10-12)

    Maegan Robichaud

    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 10-12)

    Maegan Robichaud is from Kapuskasing, a very small town in northern Ontario, Canada. She has a BA (Hons) and B.Ed. from Brock University, a graduate certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and is completing a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and Management from University of Bristol. Maegan has worked as a classroom teacher, IT integrator, and head teacher before joining the Upper School guidance team at CDNIS in 2016.

  • Timothy Woo
    Guidance Counsellor (Social & Emotional Support)

    Timothy Woo

    Guidance Counsellor (Social & Emotional Support)

    Timothy Woo is a Chinese born Canadian, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in social work from York University, and is currently in the final year of a doctoral social work programme from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In Canada, Timothy has had experiences as a family service child protection worker and as the adolescent social worker in a rehabilitation hospital for children with special needs. In Hong Kong, Timothy has had experiences as a programme coordinator with an NGO geared towards youth drug education and prevention, and most recently, as a guidance counsellor at another private independent school. Timothy has two children, both under the age of three, and his passions include seeing youth be successful in any way they wish, fried food, and dodgeball, for all the wrong reasons.

  • My Thanh Mac
    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 7-9)

    My Thanh Mac

    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 7-9)

    My Thanh Mac received her Bachelor of Arts in English at UCLA and her Master’s Degree of science in counselling at San Francisco State University. In her undergrad and graduate programmes, My Thanh discovered her passion for youth work and community service. She has served as Head of College Counselling in a private secondary school in San Francisco, and most recently worked as a primary counsellor at Chinese International School. Currently, she helps coach the Hong Kong national team for the World Individuals Debate and Public Speaking Competition, and lectures Psychology at HKU Space. My Thanh is fluent in Cantonese and enjoys any opportunity to improve her Mandarin or Spanish. Her other interests include discussing growth mindsets, scrapbooking and discovering delicious local joints in Hong Kong.

  • Lolita Schmalenberg
    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 7-9)

    Lolita Schmalenberg

    Guidance Counsellor (Grade 7-9)

    Lolita Schmalenberg is from Ontario, Canada but her roots began in Bermuda. She holds a B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Guelph and a Masters from UBC in Counseling Psychology. She is registered as a single subject teacher with BC Teacher’s Regulation. She began her career working with families as a social worker with Scarborough General Hospital, and Big Brother’s/Sister’s Canada. She has worked as a school counsellor for over 20 years in Central America, PR China and since 2010 at CDNIS. Helping young people connect with peers, resolve difficulties and become more resilient is why Lolita loves being a counsellor. Known for her easy-going nature and ready smile, Lolita enjoys hiking, good food and spending time with friends.

Humanities

Learning Support

  • Anthony Jackson
    English, TOK, Learning Support & Grade 7C Homeroom Teacher

    Anthony Jackson

    English, TOK, Learning Support & Grade 7C Homeroom Teacher

    Anthony Jackson, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2006 with an Advanced Major in History and a double minor in English and Sociology. Anthony received his Bachelor of Education degree from St. Francis Xavier University and obtained his teaching certification. His teacher-training focus lies within the Middle School and Secondary streams of education and his concentrations are Social Studies and English. Anthony also completed an intensive program in Middle Years Education as an addition to his current Bachelor of Education degree.

  • Raymond Loo
    Math, Learning Support & Grade 7B Homeroom Teacher

    Raymond Loo

    Math, Learning Support & Grade 7B Homeroom Teacher

    Raymond Loo teaches DP/MYP Business Management and MYP Mathematics. Born and educated in Toronto, Raymond received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, specializing in Accounting. He attained the Chartered Professional Accountant designation and worked as a tax professional with The Toronto-Dominion Bank, KPMG, and the Canada Revenue Agency prior to teaching. Raymond is passionate about teaching and helping his students to think critically and accept responsibility for the outcomes and consequences of their decisions. Raymond looks forward to sharing his own work experiences to help his students understand real life application of the concepts and assist them in developing their applicable skills to reach their potential in this challenging curriculum. Raymond sees the importance of applying math in everyday real life. He hopes to help the students realize this by connecting the lessons to the real world and by instilling confidence and making it an enjoyable experience. He has tremendous patience and endeavours to spend as much time as necessary to help his students learn the fundamentals as well as the extended math.

  • Charlotte Nielsen
    English, Learning Support & Grade 7E Homeroom Teacher

    Charlotte Nielsen

    English, Learning Support & Grade 7E Homeroom Teacher

    Charlotte Charny Nielsen graduated with a B.Sc. in Biology from Yale University and an M.Sc. in Environmental Science from University of Maryland. After running her own environmental consulting firm in the United States for 10 years and working in the environmental sector on projects in Denmark and Jordan, she discovered her new career as an international school teacher. Charlotte has worked in international schools in Hungary, Qatar and Sweden. This is her fourth year at CDNIS where she teaches Grade 7 Science and English as well as Theory of Knowledge. She is also the Coordinator of the Student Advisory Programme in the Upper School. Her great passions include writing poetry and environmental advocacy.

Library

Design & Technolgy

  • John Stringer
    Design & Technology Department Head & Computer Science Teacher

    John Stringer

    Design & Technology Department Head & Computer Science Teacher

    John Stringer is from Fredericton, NB, Canada and part of LTT and MYP Design team. He studied Computer Science at the University of New Brunswick, then a BA and B.Ed. from St. Thomas University, and then a Masters in Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia. He became an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2008. Prior to CDNIS, he worked at the Canadian International School of Beijing (2007-2016) as a technology integrator and coach, as Design Department head, and taught MYP Design, DP Computer Science and ITGS. He is passionate about using technology to create products that have purpose, generate personal engagement, and enrich learning and understanding. John loves to read, travel, and is the proud daddy of two daughters.

  • Davis Chan
    Visual Arts & Design Teacher

    Davis Chan

    Visual Arts & Design Teacher

    Davis Chan obtained his BA from the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and his MA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is currently working on his Doctorate in Education (EdD) at Northeastern University. He had served as a Visual Arts Teacher and Visual Arts Panel Head in different schools around Hong Kong for 20 years before joining CDNIS. As an avid artist himself and in his work as an art educator, Davis has built a strong network among the local and international art communities. He collaboratively joined efforts with other art educators and enthusiasts to create and launch the first ever Outstanding Student Artist Award of Hong Kong in 2015.

  • David Larson
    Learning & Teaching Technologies

    David Larson

    Learning & Teaching Technologies

    David Larson hails from Winnipeg, Canada. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.Sc. in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin and earned an MA in Educational Technology from Michigan State University. He has worked and traveled widely in professional theater, on a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship curriculum-writing semester in Ghana, and as an Apple Professional Developer. Before he joined the Learning and Teaching Technology team and Design Department in 2012, David taught Humanities, Language Arts, and Technology in Shanghai, China, and Wisconsin, USA. What David likes most about teaching is helping students find and amplify their voice. When he’s not at his computer, you can find David behind a camera, a book, or with his daughters on a hike through Hong Kong’s many trails.

  • Aaron Metz
    Design Teacher

    Aaron Metz

    Design Teacher

    Aaron Metz serves as the Upper School Learning and Teaching Technologies Convenor. He is originally from Aotearoa, New Zealand and has over 12 years international teaching experience with a Master’s degree in Information Technology in Education. Aaron is passionate about progressive education and performance support in schools. He strives to foster deep curiosity in students and help them create the story of who they are as a learner and global citizen. He relishes the opportunity to help educators and administrators embrace new pedagogies for the digital age leveraging technology for transformative learning and development. When not teaching and learning with technology, Aaron enjoys spending time with his family, photography/videography, cooking and traveling. A keen sailor, mountain biker and board rider, he finds balance through adventure sports in the great outdoors.

  • Saeed Rahman
    Design Teacher

    Saeed Rahman

    Design Teacher

    Saeed Rahman originates from the city of Sheffield, UK. He obtained his BSc (Hons) Degree in Computer Network Engineering from the Sheffield Hallam University in 2004. He visited Hong Kong shortly after, and fell in love with the city. In 2005, he decided to move to Hong Kong, and began working at Canadian International School of Hong Kong. He pursued his career in education by completing his PGDE in 2009. In 2012 he completed his M.Sc. in Educational Technology. He is currently in the middle of a PhD programme. His research focuses on teachers private theories (beliefs, practices, education, experiences, etc) and the impact on the use of technology in the classroom. He teaches Grades 7-10 in MYP Design Programme. He believes that providing students with opportunities to develop agency, will manifest in learning outcomes that are aligned to needs of the world we live in today.

Math

Physical Education

  • Iain Shortt
    Physical Education Department Head

    Iain Shortt

    Physical Education Department Head

    Originally from highlands of Scotland, Iain Shortt has been teaching internationally for almost 20 years. His undergraduate teaching degree is from Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh and more recently completed his Masters in Education (Sport science and Physical Education) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. As head of department over the past five years, Iain has overseen the development of our HPE programme and is currently working on setting up our new IB Diploma Sports, Exercise and Health Science course. When it comes to sport, he describes himself as a "jack of all trades and master of none." Iain's passion lies in outdoor pursuits and he enjoys taking part in a range of activities including competing locally in multi-hull sailing events.

  • Kathryn Clouthier
    Physical Education Teacher

    Kathryn Clouthier

    Physical Education Teacher

    Kathryn Clouthier hails from the booming metropolis of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Her Kinesiology and Education degrees are from Lakehead University, where she was fortunate enough to play for the university volleyball team. Ms. Clouthier then relocated to Ottawa in order to obtain her Masters of Sports Administration, with a focus on marketing and grassroots development. She began her teaching career as a homeroom teacher at a French school in Ottawa, Ontario for five years before starting her international adventures in Shanghai teaching Upper School HPE at Shanghai Community International School. Ms. Clouthier is looking forward to sharing her passion for sport with her students, and to having plenty of laughs along the way.

  • Kadie Riverin
    Physical Education Teacher

    Kadie Riverin

    Physical Education Teacher

    Kadie Riverin is from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She studied Kinesiology at Rice University in Houston, Texas where she received a full athletic scholarship to play basketball at the D1 level in the NCAA. Kadie received her Bachelor of Education (OCT trained from OISE) and is certified to teach Health and Physical Education and Mathematics at the intermediate and senior level. Before teaching, Kadie played basketball professionally in Neuchatel, Switzerland and for Team Canada. She also owned a coaching and training business that ignited her passion for teaching and coaching. Her interests outside of the classroom include cycling, cooking and reading.

  • Blair Schmalenberg
    Physical Education Teacher

    Blair Schmalenberg

    Physical Education Teacher

    Blair Schmalenberg is from Ontario, Canada. He graduated from Queen’s University with a Physical and Health Education (Hons) degree and a minor degree in Biochemistry. He stayed at Queen’s to complete his teaching certification. He has been a teacher of Grade 4, Grade 8, elementary and high school Physical and Health Education, Mathematics and Science. He taught in public and private schools in Canada, a college and an international school in China before coming to CDNIS in 2010. Blair’s professional goal is to continue finding new ways of teaching P.E. and motivating students to enjoy being active. Blair loves coaching but is also a music lover who wishes he had more time to play guitar.

Romance Languages

  • Sophie Borduas
    Romance Languages Department Head

    Sophie Borduas

    Romance Languages Department Head

    Sophie Borduas is a native French speaker who originates from Canada. Having completed her B.Ed. and a specialist in French Language Acquisition, Ms. Borduas spent the next 23 years teaching French to students with different language abilities and background, ranging from Kindergarten to Y13 in five different countries around the world. She has mostly taught the International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Programmes, but has also enjoyed teaching French immersion at primary levels. Ms. Borduas’ experience as a Head of Department in Tanzania and in Hong Kong saw her working with enthusiastic colleagues and engaged students and parents, which reaffirmed the importance of good communication between all to create a flourishing environment for our students.

  • Anne Boyle
    French & Grade 7A Homeroom Teacher

    Anne Boyle

    French & Grade 7A Homeroom Teacher

    Anne Boyle was born and grew up in Ireland but spent many years working on the west coast of Canada. She is fiercely proud of and strongly identifies with her Irish roots. She completed her BA (Hons) in German Language and Literature with a minor in French at Queen’s University, Belfast, Ireland. She found her first teaching job in England teaching French and German before moving to BC, Canada. Anne has taught almost every level from Grade 1 to Grade 12 and currently teaches MYP French and DP French Ab Initio. When she is not teaching, she likes to stay fit and loves to hike, cycle or run. If Anne were asked to describe herself, she would use three words; firm, fun and feisty.

  • Virginia Castro
    Spanish Teacher

    Virginia Castro

    Spanish Teacher

    Virginia Castro is from Spain. She attended the University of Cordoba, Spain where she received her BA (Hispanic Studies) and Bachelor of Education. She has subsequently lived and worked in Spain, Greece, Scotland and Hong Kong. She has been teaching Spanish abroad for more than six years. She has taught in Primary and Secondary schools and at the University of Hong Kong SPACE. She is passionate about teaching and using technology in the class. Her interests outside the classroom including travelling and scuba diving.

  • Véronique Nobert
    Grade 8 Team Leader, French & Grade 8A Homeroom Teacher

    Véronique Nobert

    Grade 8 Team Leader, French & Grade 8A Homeroom Teacher

    Véronique Nobert is from Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada, teaches MYP French, and is the Grade 8 Team Leader. She obtained her Bachelor of Education and Certification in Educational Psychology from Université du Quebec. Prior to moving overseas, she spent eight years teaching in elementary and secondary schools in both Quebec and British Columbia. In 2011, she started teaching French as a foreign language at Concordia International School in Shanghai, China, and most recently at CDNIS for the last five years. She's most passionate about sharing the beauty of her native language and finding creative ways to engage her students. Outside the classroom, Véronique loves taking pictures around the city, discovering amazing food, hiking local trails with friends, or traveling to the many exotic destinations in and around Asia.

Science

TOK

Visual Arts

  • Catharine Ho
    Visual Arts Department Head

    Catharine Ho

    Visual Arts Department Head

    Catharine Ho is from Ontario, Canada and is Head of Department for US Visual Arts. She attended Western University where she received a BA (Hons) degree in Visual Arts and a B.Ed. She is Ontario College of Teachers certified and most recently received a Certificate of Educational Technology from State University of New York. She taught in the American and local school system before joining CDNIS in 1994. An OSSD veteran for 23 years, this is her 11th year teaching the IB DP as well as the MYP Visual Arts programme. Catharine has two sons studying in Canada, both alumni of CDNIS. She is very involved in all aspects of the Visual Arts in the school and takes great joy in helping students realize their creative aspirations with many students earning multiple scholarships to top art universities worldwide. After school you can usually find her in the art studio working with students or collaborating with a team on one of the displays or mural projects around the school.

  • Davis Chan
    Visual Arts & Design Teacher

    Davis Chan

    Visual Arts & Design Teacher

    Davis Chan obtained his BA from the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and his MA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is currently working on his Doctorate in Education (EdD) at Northeastern University. He had served as a Visual Arts Teacher and Visual Arts Panel Head in different schools around Hong Kong for 20 years before joining CDNIS. As an avid artist himself and in his work as an art educator, Davis has built a strong network among the local and international art communities. He collaboratively joined efforts with other art educators and enthusiasts to create and launch the first ever Outstanding Student Artist Award of Hong Kong in 2015.

  • Paula Pasanen
    Visual Arts Teacher

    Paula Pasanen

    Visual Arts Teacher

    Paula Pasanen is originally from Helsinki, Finland. She moved to the United Kingdom in 1999 where she gained her BA Arts Hons (University of Sunderland), before going on to completed her MA Media Arts (Manchester Metropolitan University) and PGCSE at UWE (University of West England). Before embarking on a career in teaching, she worked as a freelance photographer and studio assistant. She has been teaching in Khartoum, Sudan for the past two years and has a passion not just for arts but all the amazing cultures she has come across in her travels around the world. Paula believes strongly in providing opportunities to students to express themselves through art and creativity in a traditional manner, as well as in new innovative digital styles. She is looking forward to sharing her lifelong love of culture and art at CDNIS.

  • Iris Chang
    Visual Arts Assistant & Yearbook Coordinator

    Iris Chang

    Visual Arts Assistant & Yearbook Coordinator

    Iris Chang joined CDNIS in 2002 and is an Upper School Visual Art Assistant and Yearbook Coordinator. She graduated from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, majoring in Graphic Design. Iris has a Postgraduate diploma in Education focusing on Early Childhood from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Previously, she taught English and Art to high school students with special needs. Leading the Yearbook club, she trains editors and members in graphic design and desktop publishing and is proud that CDNIS won Hong Kong’s Print Awards 2016 for the best school yearbook. She is delighted to work with such talented professional colleagues and creative students. She loves animals especially dogs and enjoys doing arts and crafts and calligraphy.

  • Yukiko Wong
    Visual Arts Assistant

    Yukiko Wong

    Visual Arts Assistant

    Yukiko Wong studied Education at Bunkyo University in Japan and commenced as Gr 1 & 2 Homeroom Teacher and Grade 5-9 teacher of Domestic Science at a Japanese school in Surabaya, Indonesia. After marriage, Yukiko worked at Dr. Soetomo University in Indonesia as a Japanese language teacher. When living in China, Yukiko worked as a Casual Art Teacher at YCIS Beijing, and later, at GEMS World Academy Dubai UAE, Yukiko was employed as Secondary Art Teacher assistant (Grade 6-12). Since moving to Hong Kong in 2013, Yukiko has worked as the Educational Assistant Upper School Art at CDNIS, and is a dedicated Volleyball Coach for the U16 team and is the staff supervisor of the Jewellery Making Club in the Upper School.

IB Coordinators

  • Steve Brown
    PYP Coordinator (Acting)

    Steve Brown

    PYP Coordinator (Acting)

    Steve is originally from Coquitlam, Canada. Graduating with a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia, Steve began his teaching career in Kent, England. An opportunity to teach internationally took him to the Overseas School of Colombo in Sri Lanka. After three years of the best food on the continent and weekends on the beach, he moved to Beijing to teach at Western Academy of Beijing. Three years later, he moved to Hong Kong to take a position as a Grade 5 classroom teacher at Canadian International School of Hong Kong. Steve's been at CDNIS for seven years. He is currently the Acting PYP Coordinator.

  • Julie Cook
    MYP Coordinator & Science Teacher

    Julie Cook

    MYP Coordinator & Science Teacher

    Julie Cook is from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and is the MYP Coordinator and a Science teacher. She first attended the University of Guelph where she received his B.Sc. (Human Kinetics) before completing a Bachelor of Education at York University. Later, she completed a M.Sc. (Interdisciplinary Studies in Education). Julie has taught high school science in Ontario as well as Sofia, Bulgaria and Bangkok, Thailand for grades 9-12. She has been teaching for over 17 years. Julie is a Middle Years Programme curriculum reviewer for the IBO as a part of the Building Quality Curriculum team. Julie is passionate about facilitating the learning of all students with the goal of making the world a better place. Her professional interests involve curriculum development and the use of data to improve education.

  • Brian Hull
    DP Coordinator & TOK Teacher

    Brian Hull

    DP Coordinator & TOK Teacher

    Brian Hull is originally from Winnipeg, Canada and, during his more than 20 years in education, has taught in public and private schools in Canada, Kuwait and Dubai. In addition to his experience teaching several social studies courses in Canada, since 2001, he has taught Theory of Knowledge, DP History and, at present, Global Politics. As well he has coordinated the CAS, Extended Essay, TOK, Diploma and career-related programmes. Brian has extensive examining, curriculum and online course development experience. In 2011, he co-authored the Canadian history textbook, Shaping Canada. In addition to this, Brian is a Global Politics Paper 1 examiner and a team leader for the engagement activity. He has two Bachelor’s Degrees from the University of Manitoba and a Master’s degree in education from George Mason University. Brian coaches cross-country and regularly trains for marathons. He enjoys reading and spending time with his wife and two teenaged daughters. He is also an avid hockey and Canadian football fan. 

  • Vivienne Wallace
    PYP Coordinator

    Vivienne Wallace

    PYP Coordinator

    Vivienne Wallace is from Wanaka, New Zealand and is one of two PYP Co-ordinators. She has a B.Ed. (Teaching) from Victoria University of Wellington, a Teachers College Diploma from Dunedin Teachers College and a TTC (Trained Teachers Certificate) from the New Zealand Department of Education. During her teaching career Viv has worked in various capacities, from Early Years through to Grade 7, in New Zealand, England, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Thailand, Sudan and Hong Kong. She also worked in publishing in New Zealand for 15 years and is a keen reader. As a keen sports follower, Viv has been an active participant in netball, swimming, basketball, athletics, tennis and skiing at different stages of her life. Viv loves to travel and is always searching for undeveloped islands to relax on during holiday times.

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