Quality Teaching

School Leadership

Ms. Annamaria Kalman
School Principal
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BA(Hons) English Language and Literature
PGDE Early Childhood Education
Certification Course for Kindergarten Principals (English), HKBU 
Registered Childcare Supervisor and Worker

Ms. Annamaria Kalman brings with her an experience of more than nine years, having worked in the education field in Europe and in Hong Kong as well.

She has started her professional journey by finishing her Bachelor Degree in English Language and Literature. She has developed great passion and interest in Early Childhood education, and worked as an English Teacher for several years in international kindergarten settings.

She continued her studies, further deepening her knowledge in Early Childhood Education, by studying a Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood at Hong Kong Baptist University. She is influenced by several teaching approaches, such as the Reggio Emilia and Inquiry Based Teaching Approach. She is now leading and inspiring a group of educators at GIS, who get inspired by her passion and dedication to the Early Childhood Education field.

Ms. Kalman recently graduated from a Certification Course for Kindergarten Principals, which enabled her to network with fellow principals from other well-known international schools in Hong Kong. Being a lifelong learner, she is ready to embark on a new journey, by enrolling into a Master's Program focusing on Educational Leadership.

Ms. Anna
Mrs. Brenda Wong
School Advisor
BA(Hons), HKU
PGCE (Distinction), HKU
MA, University of Reading UK

Mrs. Wong  has worked in the Education Bureau for 30 years before retirement. She has  extensive experience in curriculum development, teacher education and quality assurance of schools.  Since retirement she has continued her work in education as school manager. She is currently council member of a renowned NGO serving the intellectually challenged. Her role includes being chairman of the education committee, member of the social services committee, school  supervisor and centre supervisor of the preschool centre.

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Mrs. Esther Chong Acker
School Vice-Principal
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BEd Early Childhood Education, Cornerstone University, USA
Master in Cross Cultural Studies, Cornerstone University, USA
Certification Course for Kindergarten Principals (English), HKBU 
Registered Childcare Supervisor and Worker

Ms. Esther joined Galilee International School (GIS) staff team since March 2014. This is her 9th year in teaching in an Early Childhood setting. 

Ms. Esther graduated from Great Lakes Christian College and Cornerstone University. Prior joining GIS staff team, Ms. Esther worked as a Preschool and Childcare Co-director in Grand Ledge, Michigan, for seven years. 
She believes that learning is a lifelong journey. This year, she is furthermore developing the Bible curriculum at GIS. 
Ms. Esther hold a Master’s Degree in Cross Cultural Studies and recently graduated from a Certification Course for Kindergarten Principals from Hong Kong Baptist University.

Ms. Esther’s favorite Bible verse is, Proverbs 2:9-12. 
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
 For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.
 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.”

Ms. Anika Saxena
IB PYP Co-ordinator / School Assistant Manager
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Doctor of Education (In Progress), The University of Hong Kong
Master of Science (Information Technology in Education), (Dean’s Honours) HKU
Professional Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language (Merit), CUHK
Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Merit), HKBU
Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications; NIIT

Anika is a passionate and experienced educator, she has worked in Hong Kong since 2008. She has held roles as Teacher, Lead Teacher, ICT Coordinator, Digital and Information Literacy Coordinator and Assistant Manager in various kindergartens.

Anika believes that quality early childhood education is key to the future success of children and the subsequent development of a sustainable society. During her fifteen years of teaching experience, Anika has taught a range of curriculum including the IB Primary Years Program (PYP), Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), and is a strong believer in a child centred approach to learning. 

 Anika is familiar with inquiry-based learning of the IB PYP curriculum and is passionate about teaching early years. She has been a facilitator of teacher development workshops and has published articles in early childhood journals.

Teaching Team

Rachel Blois
Ms. Rachel Blois
Class Teacher
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Bachelor of Teaching (Primary), University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ
New Zealand Advanced Certificate in TESOL, Global TESOL, Dunedin
Certificate of Catechetical Studies, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ

Ms. Rachel is from New Zealand, where she grew up exploring the world around her and learning from it! She studied Primary Education before working as a Communicator at a Natural History Museum! She moved to Hong Kong a year ago and started teaching children as well as volunteering in her children's ministry at church! She loves to see children growing in who God has called them to be, which is loving, joyful and brave.

Mr. Timothy Acker
Class Teacher
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Bachelor of Elementary Education, Spring Arbor University, U.S.A

TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certificate, Oxford Seminars, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA
Education, English, Language Arts, Great Lakes Christian College, Lansing, MI, USA

Mr. Tim was born and raised in the beautiful state of Michigan, U.S.A. He attended Spring Arbor University and Great Lakes Christian College while studying Elementary Education. Mr. Tim has been working with children on a daily basis for nine years, Mr. Tim worked as a lead teacher at Delta Mills Child Care where he worked with a variety of different children with unique, individual needs. Mr. Tim believes that students can become more successful and confident when they have a strong language foundation. It is important to equip students with this strong educational foundation because they are the future generation of leaders.


Ms. Anna
Ms. Fizala Koser
Class Teacher
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BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, Middlesex University, London, U.K
Diploma in Enlightened Early Childhood Education, OUHK
Registered Childcare Supervisor and Worker

Ms. Fizala is one of our pre-nursery teachers. She was born and raised in Hong Kong, and she majored in Early Childhood Education from Middlesex University, London. Ms. Fizala has taught in both local and international sectors of Hong Kong Kindergartens. She loves working with the little ones and she enjoys helping them to achieve their milestones.

Ms. Lesley Varlinden
Class Teacher
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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), University of Sunderland, UK
CELTA(Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), School of English, London, U.K.
TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)

BA (Hons) Sociology, University of East London, U.K.

Ms. Lesley comes from the UK and has been living and teaching in Hong Kong for over seven years in early Childhood Education. Ms. Lesley taught English across a range of abilities and according to the Hong Kong curriculum and school based curriculums. She is a caring and a creative teacher by nature.

Ms. Karen Leung
Class Teacher
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Postgraduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education, HKU
Bachelor of English Language Studies 

Ms. Karen grew up in Hong Kong and lived in the UK for a couple of years. She has been teaching English to young children ages 4 months to 6 years old since 2008. She is also a qualified Pilates instructor from Body Control Pilates UK, a children’s yoga instructor, and a vernacular jazz and swing dancer who competes internationally.
Ms. Karen loves to see children bringing home wonderful memories. Exploring mindfully, learning passionately, sharing happily, together with lots of love, hugs and fun in class would be the goal for her class this year. 
Ms. Kitty Lai
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Bachelor of Nursing, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
Certificate IV in Health Science, Melbourne Institute of Business and Technology, AU
Certificate in Aged Care, Cambridge International College, Melbourne, AU 
PGDE Early Childhood Education, HKBU (accepted)

Ms. Kitty was born and raised in Hong Kong. She completed her Bachelor degree majoring in Nursing at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. She has always been passionate in quality childcare and has been volunteering for childcare service at her church for more than 5 years. She has recently been accepted into the Postgraduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education Program, at Baptist University, Hong Kong.

Ms. Katherine
Chinese Teacher (Cantonese, Mandarin)
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Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), Early Childhood Education, University of Hong Kong 
Bachelor of Psychology, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, U.S.A.
Ms. Katherine is interested to understand children's growth path and their physical, mental, emotional and social developments at each age stage. She enjoys being a teacher to guide them and taking good care of them. She always feesl happy when she sees the kids get the achievement in their learning journey. 
Ms. Carrie Zhao
Chinese Teacher (Mandarin)
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MA Chinese Literature, Language & Culture, HKBU
BA Chinese Language & Literature, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China
Putonghua Certificate, Class One

Hong Kong Language Proficiency Assessment for Teacher (Putonghua) Level 4 & 5

Ms. Carrie has been teaching in the Early Childhood field for 4 years. She enjoys teaching Mandarin to younger children through songs, games and stories. She also enjoys studying Chinese traditional poems and cooking Chinese cousine. Ms. Carrie would like children to appreciate Chinese culture through reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Mr. Joel Senase
Music Specialist
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BA Music Education, University of the Philippines

Mr. Joel is an experienced music teacher. He grew up being a member of marching band from a very young age. He attended the University of the Philippines, specializing in Music Education. Mr. Joel is familiar with all music genres, from Jazz, pop, reggae and classical. He has also worked in Hong Kong Disneyland for over 9 years. Mr. Joel can play different kinds of instruments; Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Guitar, Latin and African Percussion Instruments.

Mr. Adam Freiburghaus
Physical Education Specialist
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Bachelor of Liberal Studies, Northwest Nazarene University, Idaho, U.S.A.
Certificate of Primary Physical Education, Northwest Nazarene University, Idaho, U.S.A.

Mr. Adam was born and raised in America in the great state of Idaho where he studied Liberal Studies at Northwest Nazarene University. Adam later realized children and education were his true passion and decided to go back to school to receive his teaching certificate in primary physical education. In July of 2016 Adam and his wife made the trek to Hong Kong to teach. Adam enjoys the outdoors, playing guitar and adventuring with his wife in his free time. 

Ms. Vivian Carmen Chan
Teaching Assistant
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Bachelor of Commerce- Double Major in Marketing and Transportation & Logistics

Ms. Vivian was born in Hong Kong and moved to Canada when she was 5 years old. She has always loved children from a young age and babysat, volunteered at a daycare and even tutored piano. When she graduated from university, she taught English in Japan for a year. Later, she returned to Hong Kong and after testing out her career in advertising, Ms. Vivian felt that it was her calling from God to change careers into education. She is very happy to be here and excited to learn and grow with the students and plans to get a Postgraduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education. 

Ms. Elena Katrina Adamkoviciute
Teaching Assistant
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Ms Katrina was born and raised in Lithuania, Europe. She has graduated from Lithuania Business School and shortly after that she moved to Hong Kong to pursue her career in international trading.
Education has always been a passion for Ms. Katrina. Being a mother of three wonderful children gave her the motivation to switch careers and to start pursuing a path in Early Childhood Education. She is an enthusiastic educator, who is very keen to learn more about various teaching approaches and strategies.

To further deepen her knowledge about Early Childhood Education in Hong Kong setting, she will enroll in an Early Childhood course, provided by Open University. 

Ms. Nishta Haresh Mirpuri
Teaching Assistant
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Ms. Nishta was born and raised in Hong Kong. She has worked and supported  various charitable organisations that help support and educate underprivileged children. Having two of her own, children have always been her passion and she strongly believes they are an inspiration and have given her the enthusiasm which is key for achieving success in school and life. She now sails with us to enhance her experience in teaching and building her career in the education industry.