Teaching Team

School Leadership

Esther
Mrs. Esther Chong Acker
School 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. 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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Anika
 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                                                   Bachelor of Science (Honours; Zoology, Botany); MJPRU, India

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

Tim
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.
 
Lesley
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.

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Ms. Louise Trinh
Class Teacher
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PGDE, Hong Kong Institute of Education, HK
Bachelor of Science (Honours) Psycology, Manchester Metropolitan University, U.K.
Ms. Louise is from Manchester, U.K. She has taught in many places, from London, to Manchester to Chengdu, which helped her to develop an extensive background to education. She decided to move to Hong Kong 4 years ago to further develop her career in Early Childhood Education. She has an insightful approach to children's education, ranging from inclusive education for SEN, to enhancing provisions for gifted children as well as applying a differenciated  curriculum folowing an inquiry based approach.

 
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Ms. Lyric Clarke
Class Teacher
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Bachelor of Arts, University of Brighton, UK
Post Graduate Diploma in Education, HKBU

Ms. Lyric is from the United Kingdom, where she grew up exploring the world around her and learning from it. She has taught across a range of abilities and has always been passionate in quality childcare and education. She enjoys the outdoors and hiking. She belives that teaching is a very satisfying and rewarding career and she looks forward to transferring her discoveries, experience and knowledge to the children.
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.

 
Wenda
Ms. Wenda Yeung
Class Teacher
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MA in Child Psychology, San Jose State University, California
Bachelor of Child and Adolecent Development, San Jose State University, California

Ms. Wenda is originally from Hong Kong, raised in San Francisco in the United States. She has been teaching young children for the past 5 years in kindergarten, playgroup and church settings. She loves to see children growing in who God has called them to be: joyful, loving, caring, courageous and righteous.
Ms. Wenda 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. 
     
Kathrine
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. 
 
Carrie
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.

Katrina
Ms. Elena Katrina Adamkoviciute
Co-teacher
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Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education, OUHK (In progress)


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.

 
Vivian
Ms. Vivian Carmen Chan
Teaching Assistant
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Postgraduate Diploma in Education, CUHK (In progress)
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.

Joel
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.

 
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Mr. Samuel Mui
Teaching Assistant
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CertTESOL, Trinity College London
Bachelor of Arts (English), University of Missouri-Kanas City
Bachelor of Ministerial Studies, World Revival School of Ministry
First
 Degree Black Belt (Trained under Herb Perez, the 1992 Olympic Gold medalist for team USA)

Samuel was born and raised in the U.S. Aside from English, he also speaks fluent Cantonese, courtesy of his parental grandmother. He can also make small talk in Spanish and incorporate liberal dose of Mexican slang to his speech. Samuel is passionate about teaching and loves to connect with people of all cultures and backgrounds. Overall, he's the epitome of a 'people person' brimming with an aura of positivity, humor and zest.

Nishta
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.
 
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Ms. Raizel Baens
Teaching Assistant
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Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Music Studies, St. Scholastica's College, Manila (In progress)

Ms. Ricci was born and raised in Phillippines. She moved to Hong Kong at young age. She has always been passionate about music and childcare. She has been volunteering for several years.
She is passionate about teaching music and deep in her heart. She believes that music is an essential part of our lives and can be found in all children. She is fond of vocal music, and also likes playing piano and Guitar. Through these abilities, she wishes to broaden her educational horizons here at GIS as a learning opportunity to grow with her fellow educators.

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Ms. Enriqua Chan
Teaching Assistant
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Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Early Childhood Education (In Progress), Hong Kong Baptist University
Certificate in Early Child Practitioner, Hong Kong Universal Education
Professional Certificate in Registered Early Child Practitioner, Hong Kong Universal Education

Ms. Reca was born and raised in Hong Kong. She tutored English and Mandarin to children for the past two years. Also, she spent 4 years volunteering at The Hong Kong Jockey Club Integrated Children and Youth Centre to gain experience in interacting with young children. Ms. Reca has been dancing ballet for 12 years, she likes to teach children through music and movements.