Faculty & Staff
Carmel School Association has a dedicated and highly qualified faculty from many different countries around the world. To read about our teachers' credentials, expertise and interests, please click on the relevant school.
Annabel is our Nursery A Teacher. Originally from Gloucestershire in England, she has the NNEB qualification (a diploma in Early Childhood Education 0–7 years) and a Bachelors (Hons) Degree in Professional Studies in Playwork from Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. She arrived in Hong Kong in 2000, and has been teaching a nursery class at Carmel since August 2006. In her free time, Annabel enjoys playing field hockey, swimming and travel.
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Shoshana has been teaching Jewish Studies at the Pre-School for the last three years. Originally from London, Shoshana moved to Hong Kong in 2010, and is married with three children, all of whom attend Carmel School. Before coming to Hong Kong, Shoshana completed a Social Science degree and worked with teens at risk in the UK. Shoshana is a passionate educator, and believes in giving all Jewish children a strong Jewish identity, as well as a love and joy for learning. Shoshana loves spending time with her family, travelling, baking, and is an avid reader.
Originally from the UK, Emma has been in Hong Kong since 1997 and has worked at Carmel for five years. She feels passionately about offering a safe and productive environment for all of the children in her care. Emma has the NNEB diploma and twenty years' experience in childcare. Emma is married with an 11 year old son. She enjoys swimming, going to the beach and spending time with her family.
Tanya is the Preschool Coordinator as well as a nursery teacher. She has a B. Prim Ed from WITS University in South Africa and Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood (PGDECE) from HKBU. Originally from South Africa, Tanya came to Hong Kong in January 2008 with her husband and three children. All three of her children are currently students at Carmel and Elsa. Tanya has been teaching in the Preschool for eight years. She enjoys working with preschool children and watching them grow and develop daily. She has taught in South Africa, Australia and Singapore, and has also run a playgroup business in Australia. On the weekends, Tanya enjoys spending time with her family.
Melissa Lavi is a teacher in Pre-School. She is originally from the UK, but spent eight years in Israel and the last 24 years in Hong Kong. Melissa has been a teacher at Carmel for the last 14 years. Her eldest son recently graduated Elsa High School, having spent his complete schooling experience at Carmel, starting in Tzutzik at a year and a half old. Her other two children have also enjoyed many years in the Carmel family and her youngest son is currently in Grade 7. Melissa enjoys travelling and spending time with friends and family.
Leanne Moss is our new Pre-K teacher, moving up to our BRC campus after teaching the nursery age group at our JCC campus for the past two years. Originally from Johannesburg in South Africa, Leanne worked in township schools and creches during school and university holidays before making the move to Australia in 2007 where she completed her Masters in Teaching (MTEACH) at Macquarie University in Sydney. Leanne taught at two top Jewish Day schools in Sydney before moving to Hong Kong in 2014 to join the Carmel teaching family. Leanne also holds a Bachelors Degree in Science, as well as Business Administration, both obtained from WITS University in South Africa. Leanne loves the outdoors, travel, exercise, food and family. She is the proudest aunt to two nephews and a niece in South Africa.
Adele is our Pre-K teacher. Originally from the UK, Adele came to Hong Kong when she was five years old. Adele has the NNEB diploma, and been teaching for over 22 years, 12 of which have been at Carmel School. She is passionate about teaching the world's future superstars! Outside of teaching, Adele loves spending time with her seven year old son, travelling, exploring, dancing, working out and meeting new people.
Hagit is a pre-school teacher and Pre-school Coordinator Assistant. Hagit arrived in Hong Kong from Israel 16 years ago and has worked in the pre-school as a Tzutzik and Ganeynu teacher ever since. Hagit has four sons, all of whom are Carmel students: two in Elsa High and one in Carmel Elementary School. Her oldest son recently graduated from Elsa. Hagit has a BA in Economics and Business Management from Haifa University, and in 2006 she completed her studies in Hong Kong in Basic Child Care work and is a registered QKT (Qualified Kindergarten Teacher).
Vivian Wong is our Mandarin teacher from China. She has worked at Carmel for four years. She got her Bachelor degree in Fu Zhou University in China. She has seven years' experience in teaching Mandarin in international schools. She loves kids and loves her job.
Amanda Choi is our Mandarin teacher and also a qualified registered teacher in Hong Kong. Amanda was born in Guangdong province, and moved to Hong Kong during secondary school. She got her Bachelor degree from City University of Hong Kong, and her PGDE (Postgraduate Diploma in Education) and Master Degree of Education (Teaching Chinese as a Second Language) from the University of Hong Kong. Before Amanda came to Carmel, she worked in ISF Academy for over 3 years. She loves teaching Mandarin in Carmel and enjoys learning about Jewish culture in this warm and kind community.
J-D is one of our PYP Coordinators and our Grade 3 teacher. He is originally from Sault Ste. Marie in Northern Ontario, Canada. He arrived in Hong Kong in 2001 and has worked as an upper primary teacher for his entire career. For the past 10 years, J-D has been teaching the PYP and is excited to be a part of the Carmel Elementary School transition to the PYP and a more inquiry based learning style. When he is not teaching, he loves to play golf, travel and spend time with his wife hiking the trails of Hong Kong.
Sean is from Durban, South Africa and has been living in Hong Kong for 10 years. He is coming to the end of his first and exciting year at Carmel and next year he is looking forward to being involved in shaping the literacy curriculum! Sean taught at a local Chinese kindergarten for five years, during which time he was part of the curriculum design team and was a grade co-ordinator. While studying to complete his Bachelor in Education he was a full-time English language teacher. Sean is a lifelong learner and is constantly trying new teaching methods and strategies to motivate and cultivate learning in children. In his free time he enjoys photography, experimenting with new technology, bodyboarding and spending time with his daughter and wife.
Mary is our Grade 1 teacher, and is very happy to be teaching for the second year at Carmel. She has been in Hong Kong for three years. Previous to teaching at Carmel, Mary taught Pre-K at HKIS for two years and for seven years in Japan at ASIJ. She has lived and taught in Sydney and Singapore. She is the mother of two grown boys who both live in the USA. In her free time she is an avid runner, triathlete and reader.
Robynne is from Cape Town, South Africa, and attended United Herzlia School receiving a full Jewish education. She is qualified certificate Chef Cordon Bleu. Robynne specialised in baking/pastry and worked part time at Herzlia school running an after-school programme. As her love for teaching blossomed Robynne received a bursary to study teaching. She taught at Herzlia pre-primary school for 5 years and completed her Diploma in Early Childhood Development. Opportunity then arose in Hong Kong to teach English as a second language, and Robynne decided to take the leap, drop everything and she spent a year teaching in a local Kindergarten. Robynne is more than thrilled to now be teaching for her second year at Carmel Elementary School.
Having spent part of his youth growing up in Hong Kong, Joe returned to his native UK to pursue an education in Multimedia Technology and Design at Brunel University. Soon after, he was back in Hong Kong producing video and printed media for a variety of companies, including an educational drama production that stole his heart. Before long, he was participating in the teaching as much as the technology production, and has continued ever since to pursue a career blending his background in ICT with his love of working with children. In his free time, he is a keen musician, diver and an avid player of exceptionally nerdy board games.
Maggie is our ICT facilitator and head of ICT at the Elementary School. Maggie earned her Master of Electronic and Information Engineering degree with distinction from PolyU, a Master of Business Administration from CUHK, and a Master of IT Education from HKU. She is married and has a 10-year old daughter. She was a product development manager in PCCW and Hutchison Telecom before joining Faculty of Education of HKU as a research team member. Maggie is a believer in technology education for nurturing creativity and innovation. She is currently studying for a Doctor of Education degree at HKU. She is the co-author of the book Nurturing the Digital Generation: A Participatory Approach, published in 2015 by the Centre for Information Technology in Education, University of Hong Kong.
Sally is from Eastbourne, England, and is our Choir Conductor and teacher of singing and piano. She trained in singing, flute and piano at the Junior Royal Academy of Music in London before being awarded a full scholarship to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff to further her classical singing training. Sally has lived and worked in England, Wales, Italy and Hong Kong, where is has now been for nearly 6 years. She is thrilled to be Carmel’s Choir Conductor and teacher of singing and piano.
Simon, from Portsmouth, England, is in his fifth year of teaching Grade 5 at Carmel and is now part of the Elsa High School campus. Simon has lived in Hong Kong for six years and prior to working at Carmel, he worked at Halterworth Primary School in Romsey. Simon completed his degree in Psychology at Southampton Solent University, his teacher training at Reading University and is currently in the final year of completing his Masters in Education at the University of Hong Kong. Next year Simon will be the Grade 4 and 5 coordinator and will continue to fulfil his duties as Grade 5 teacher. Simon spends a lot of his time playing and watching sport; he is Portsmouth fan and tries to watch the England cricket team as much as possible. Simon is married and has a young daughter.
Janice is our PE teacher at Carmel Elementary. She was born and raised in Hong Kong, studying psychology for her undergraduate degree before going on to study her Masters in Sports Science and Physical Education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She continued to complete her PGCE with the University of Sunderland and started her career as a teacher at Carmel. She has a lot of passion for sports and believes the well-being of students comes from educating them about the benefits of health and physical activity. Outside of school, Janice enjoys playing volleyball, swimming and other water sports.
Susan is part of our TLC team, working mainly with our EAL students. With a degree in both teaching (BA; Dip Ed) and speech-language pathology (MSc), Susan has had substantial work experience in both fields, in several countries. To Susan, motivating children to learn is a most rewarding profession. Every day at Carmel brings a new learning experience and each individual child has many unique gifts to share. An African girl, Susan is passionate about nature and loves hiking, swimming, reading, yoga and creative pursuits.
Finn is our PYP Visual Arts teacher and Library Coordinator. Having studied visual arts in Dublin and worked as an architectural model-maker for several years, Finn decided to pursue her career as an art teacher by completing a PGCE from Sunderland University. In art class, students have opportunities to create artwork, reflect on their way of working, gain and understanding of artists and how they work, and respond and read into a piece of art. During lesson time, high expectations are met through positive reinforcement and an openness to new ideas. Outside of teaching, Finn enjoys running, reading, drawing and exploring Hong Kong.
Chen is our Mandarin teacher who comes from Hangzhou, China. She got her Bachelor degree from East China Normal University in Shanghai, and got her Master’s degree as distinguished graduate from Polytechnic University in Hong Kong. She worked in international schools in China and in the Netherlands as an intern during her studies. Carmel is the first school she has taught at since graduating. She has learned a lot about Jewish culture in her four years at Carmel. She loves the school, and enjoys teaching students Mandarin everyday.
Desi was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. While Israel has become her home, Desi also lived in Atlanta, Georgia, for three years, and has been in Hong Kong for the past five. Desi holds a degree in psychology from the University of South Africa and has attended many Tal Am seminars for Judaic and Hebrew language instruction. Desi has been teaching Tal Am for almost nine years. She is an enthusiastic and motivated teacher who loves her students dearly and works hard to infuse all around her with a love for Torah and Judaism. Desi is Married and has three beautiful children — one on each of the Carmel School campuses.
Shlomi Yishay was born in Beer Sheva, Israel. He is a qualified Hebrew language teacher and has undergone years of rigorous Tal Am training. Shlomi has taught in many schools around the world including schools in South Africa, Israel, America and Hong Kong. Shlomi is a fun-loving teacher who believes that all students can improve their Hebrew language skills. Shlomi is married with three gorgeous children and enjoys travelling and spending time with his family over the weekends.
Dan teaches MYP English, IBDP English Language & Literature and Theory of Knowledge. Originally from the United Kingdom, Dan completed his BA in English at the University of Cambridge, and shortly afterwards moved to Hong Kong to pursue a career in extra-curricular education. During this time, Dan completed an M.Ed at the University of Hong Kong. This experience galvanized his resolve to formally train as a teacher, and this led him to briefly return to the UK to qualify on-the-job at a school in West London, earning a PGCE from the Goldsmiths University. Now back in his adoptive home, Dan likes to wile away hours getting lost around Hong Kong, taking photos as he goes.
David teaches MYP and DP Mathematics and had also taught Mandarin at Elsa High School. Originally from China, David obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Peking University and received his M.Ed. and PGDE from HKIED and HKU respectively. David regards mathematics as language, as the language of nature and as a form of art, and he aims to convey his passion for the subject to his students so that they can appreciate mathematics from multiple perspectives. David has broad interests, including music, eLearning and nanotechnology, as well as swimming with his 4-year-old daughter during weekends.
Paul is our Mathematics Coordinator and teaches MYP and IB Mathematics. He was born in Hong Kong and went on to complete his BSc in Computational Mathematics at the University of Reading. He has also completed his PGDE and MEd at the University of Hong Kong, certified by the IBO, specialising in the teaching of Mathematics in an International Context. Having been a Mathematics teacher for 8 years, he continues to find fascination in drawing links between patterns and numbers. Outside of school, Paul enjoys playing football and exploring the countryside of Hong Kong.
James teaches MYP Art and is running the Art Attack CCA program. He has lived in both Hong Kong and Canada and completed his B.Ed. and B.A. in Visual Arts at Lakehead University. James is enthusiastic about all things visual art, including drawing, ceramics, digital and more. He hopes to share this enthusiasm and appreciation of visual arts with his students at Carmel.
Sophia is our MYP Mathematics and Economics teacher. Originally from Mainland China, Sophia came to Hong Kong in 2011 to complete her Masters in Economics at the University of Hong Kong. Inspired by Marva Collins, a great American educator, Sophia started her teaching in 2012 as a teacher at an international tuition centre, and gained experience in teaching mathematics, economics and marketing for IB, IGCSE and A-Levels. Seeing teaching at school as a calling, Sophia joined Elsa in 2015 with the objective of contributing to students’ academic excellence and inspiring students to become confident, caring and responsible. Besides teaching, Sophia also loves travelling, swimming and reading, and also dreaming of being good at playing violin or guitar.
Diarmuid is our Librarian and EAL teacher. He hails from the west of Ireland but got bitten by the education bug in Sydney in 1999 while working in Human Resources as a workplace trainer. He made the move into teaching in Dublin and, when qualified, made the move to the sunnier climes of Italy. Since then he has had a diverse and informative experience in education: teaching in state schools in Rome, working as a bilingual teacher, librarian, ICT coordinator and teacher trainer at the British Council in Paris and teaching at a French kindergarten in Hong Kong. Diarmuid lives at the top of a big hill on Lamma with his wife and two children. He loves travelling and meeting new people, follows football closely and has a passion for historical novels and la cucina italiana.
Kyle is our Director of Art and Design Studies. An internationally published and exhibited educator and artist, he holds an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design and a BS from Skidmore College in New York. Kyle has diverse experience in art education. From Secondary to University, he has served as dean of an international art university, a professor of art at an American liberal arts college and an art teacher at a private secondary school. His work has been featured in museums, galleries and publications throughout the globe, including the RISD Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts at FSU, Popular Photography, Elle Men China, Newsweek Japan, Daniel Cooney Fine Art in NYC.
Virginie is our French teacher for MYP (language acquisition) and DP (Ab initio and French A). She was born in Brussels, Belgium, and has a Masters in Romanic Languages and Literature, as well as a PGCE from Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). She taught French literature for 9 years in a secondary school in Brussels, and French as a foreign language for 2 years. She moved to Hong Kong 4 years ago to follow her passion for travelling and learning about other ways to teach. Virginie is passionate about literature and likes to share it with her students: it allows people to discover other cultures, other eras, other ways to think and to react. During her spare time, she likes to read, learn new languages, dance and sew.
Meina is our Head of Mandarin, and teaches MYP and DP Mandarin (Language Acquisition) and DP Chinese (Language and Literature). Meina was born in China and studied and worked in Sweden, the United States and Australia for about 10 years before coming to Hong Kong in 2000. Meina joined Elsa High School during 2011, after teaching Mandarin at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong for 7 years. Her teaching philosophy is to promote positive learning and to provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning. Meina likes to read, do yoga and jog during her spare time.
Joanna is our Learning Enhancement and Middle Years Programme Coordinator. She was born and raised in Surrey. When her children started primary school, she worked as a teaching assistant in a secondary school and this inspired her to study for a BA (Hons) Degree in Learning and Teaching and to qualify as a teacher. She then taught mainly English, as well some History and Religious Education, in a secondary school. Once her children left for university, her husband persuaded her to move to Hong Kong to teach for a year. That was five years ago and they are still here! In January 2017, she completed an M.Ed in Leading Learning and Teaching at University of Dundee and an IB Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring places with her husband and reading historical novels. Her favourite place is Creuse in France as she loves rivers, lakes and the countryside.
Lloyd is our Head of Science, DP Physics, DP Chemistry and MYP Science teacher. He arrived in Hong Kong in 2012 from South Africa, where he served at Maritzburg College, one of South Africa’s oldest and most prominent private schools, for just over five years. Lloyd studied veterinary science at Pretoria University in the country's capital; however, after two years, he decided to focus on teaching, completing his Bachelor of Education with specialization in the natural sciences. After completing a contract at the American International School in Kowloon Tong, Lloyd joined us in August 2013 and has enjoyed the challenge of working in one of the most culturally diverse school environments in Hong Kong. On weekends, Lloyd can be found enjoying the sun and playing or watching sport.
Roshan is our Head of Physical and Health Education, Athletic Director, Service as Action Coordinator, Co-Curricular Activities Coordinator and CAS Coordinator. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he studied B.Sc. (Hons) Sports and Leisure Management at Sheffield Hallam University, completed his PE teacher training at Chichester University and spent four years teaching PE in the south of England, during which time he completed a range of sports coaching and refereeing qualifications. Roshan is passionate about teaching PHE and sports development, and you can find him encouraging the best from Carmel School Elementary and Elsa High School students throughout the week. In his spare time, Roshan enjoys playing rugby for Valley Rugby Club, as well as sailing and exploring the outdoors.
Barry is Head of STEAM Based Initiatives and Teacher of MYP Design. Barry has a M.A. in Education from Simpson University in California and a M.A. in Digital Media Communications from Regent University in Virginia. Barry has taught in international schools in Germany, South Korea, and Hong Kong, as well as University courses in the USA. Barry enjoys creative applications of technology, and is delighted to lead Elsa in creative applications of the school's new MakerSpace.
Avishag is our Modern Hebrew Coordinator. She was brought up in Efrat near Jerusalem, and has a B.Ed from Tel Aviv University, a B.A. from Bar Ilan University, and an MA from Tel Aviv University. She has worked as an Education Officer in the IDF, teaching Hebrew to new Olim students, and has taught for seven years in high schools in Bet Shemesh and Bat Yam. Avishag has been teaching in Elsa for three years and aims not only to help students achieve excellent results in Hebrew, but also to bring a bit of Israeli atmosphere to the school. When not teaching, Avishag is busy raising her three children, getting involved in the Jewish community and reading.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Celia joined the Carmel family in 2012 as a choir consultant to the Elementary School. From December 2015, she started coaching the Elsa High School Choir and, last year, led 30 students in singing the Israeli and Chinese National Anthems during an Israeli Independence Day celebration. Celia, who studied music at the University of Hong Kong and who is also a pianist, has been a choir conductor since she was just 12 years old. She is currently the Choirmaster for the Elsa High School Choir, as well as in a few other local and international schools. She also runs two adult singing ensembles in the evenings. She thinks that shopping for music is more exciting than for shopping dresses.
Barak is one of our Modern Hebrew and Jewish Studies teachers. He studied in the Qiryat Shmona Hesder Yeshiva and served as a combat soldier in the Givati infantry unit. After his service, he worked as a Bnei Akiva Shaliach in Manchester, where he taught Hebrew to children and college students. Barak has a B.A. and an M.A. in Politics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and has been teaching Hebrew and Jewish studies in Elsa for three years. Barak is passionate about offering our students both old and new Jewish Israeli heritage, culture and values. When not teaching, Barak (tries to) help his wife raise their three kids, and is involved in the Jewish community.
Jonathan teaches MYP Mathematics, MYP Science and DP Biology. He obtained his B.Sc. in Human Genetics from University College London and his M.Sc. from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He worked in liver cancer research for pharmaceuticals in the Science Park, before deciding to switch professions and study for his PGDE at HKU. After completing a contract with Shatin College, Jonathan joined Elsa High School in August 2016. His main teaching philosophy is relevance: making sure all content is applicable to current scientific advances and inventions. He enjoys slacklining, climbing and hiking in the Hong Kong countryside in his spare time.
David has been a knowledgeable and caring educator since his early days as a Computer Science teacher, and later, founding principal in a high school for students with exceptional needs. His passion in teaching and speaking also expanded to the commercial world where he engaged in seminars and conferences in the private sector and in collaboration with the local chamber of commerce. Since he arrived in HK, David has become an experienced and effective IB educator, working with students with diverse educational needs to achieve remarkable results. As a life-long learner David is sitting for his ACCA exams, when he is not occupied by his two young boys. David teaches Humanities, Economics & Computer Science, and coordinates Extended Essays.
Anita is our DP Psychology and MYP Science teacher. She grew up in Indonesia but has lived in Australia, where she acquired her Psychology and Cognitive Science degrees, as well as in the USA, where she completed her Neuroscience PhD. In London, she continued to do her post-doctoral research and then worked as a medical writer. She is passionate about inspiring students to foster their natural curiosity in science and give them a good grounding for navigating the increasingly science and technology driven world. She lives with her husband and two teenage children and in her spare time can be found doing yoga at the beach or on her stand up paddle board in the sea.
Samuel is our MYP Individuals and Societies and DP History teacher. He was born and raised in Maryland in the United States and previously lived and taught in South Korea. He has a B.A. in Western European History and a M.Ed. in Secondary Social Studies Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. He has harboured a lifelong interest in history and politics and enjoys the inspiration that comes from discussion and exploration with students of all ages. Samuel believes in the power of creating lifelong learners who question and inquire about the world around them long after they’ve left the classroom. He enjoys reading, writing, photography, board games, and the unique thrill that comes with finding a good cake.
Nick is our DP Coordinator, Head of English, and MYP Language and Literature and DP Literature teacher. Originally from Suffolk in the UK, Nick came to Hong Kong in 2008 to work in educational publishing for Pearson Education and the BBC, as well to complete his Ph.D. in English literature at the University of Hong Kong. Nick is passionate about teaching English because of the ways in which the subject fosters a lifelong curiosity in the world around us, prompting both students and teachers alike to ask and answer perceptive questions about meaning, context, creativity and perspective. Outside of teaching, Nick enjoys writing, film photography, chess, and feeling guilty about not going to the gym.
Kevin is our DP Physics and MYP Science teacher. He was born and raised in Hong Kong, studying Chemistry for his undergraduate degree, before going on to study his M.Phil. in Nano Science and Technology and Ph.D. in Chemistry at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He continued to work at the university as a teaching associate before joining Elsa as a Science Teacher. Kevin is a passionate scientist who aims to apply his research skills in order to promote STEAM initiatives at Elsa. Outside of school, Kevin enjoys travelling and photography during the holidays.
Delia is one of our Mandarin teachers. Born in China, she received her B.A. and B.Ed. in Chinese Language and Literature from Capital Normal University, and her M.A. in Religious Studies from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Deeply fascinated by Chinese traditional literature and culture, she taught in a traditional Chinese school. She loves to share the charm of Chinese literature and culture with everyone. On weekends, Delia enjoys reading, practising Chinese calligraphy, writing and running.