Mr Josh grew up in the United Kingdom. After teaching in a primary school in
London, he moved to Hong Kong in 2013 and began focusing on Early Childhood
Education. He earned his PGDE at the University of Hong Kong studying Early
Childhood Education. He hopes to inspire each and every child to develop a love of
learning and personal development that will last throughout their lives. In his spare
time he likes drawing, playing piano, and observing nature with his young son.
Ms Debbie Dou is from Taiwan, where she obtained her bachelor's degree in Early
Childhood Education. She also completed the Mandarin Teacher Training
Programme at Shanghai East China Normal University. She has taught as a qualified
kindergarten teacher in Taipei, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Ms Dou believes that every child has different talents and follows a different
learning path. She hopes to develop the children's ability to think independently,
solve problems, seek knowledge, and love others.
In her spare time, Ms Dou enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.
Debbie Dou Chinese Coordinator
Previously a teacher at PIPS Kowloon.
Candace is originally from South Africa. She completed a Bachelor of Law degree
and after some time in the legal profession, decided to make a career change and
moved to Hong Kong in 2016.
After gaining experience teaching children of a variety of ages, Candace discovered
her passion for teaching younger students. This prompted her to pursue a PGCE in
Early Years Teaching through the University of Sunderland. Candace loves the energy
and curiosity of young learners and endeavours to make learning a fun and
enjoyable experience for every student.
In her spare time Candace enjoys baking, sewing her own clothes, and spending
time with friends.
Kathy is from Hong Kong. She obtained a secondary F.5 from Literary College in 1976. Kathy began her career in preschool in the HK where she led literacy in the kindergarten while teaching Nursery. Since 1991, she has taught in PIPS, where she had developed a passion for inquiry-based learning. She believes that every child is competent and full of potential and loves working in an international setting with children and educators from around the world. Now she is the floating and garden part time teacher at PIPS. In her spare time, Kathy enjoys spending time with her family and friends and exploring new places and of course she enjoys planting in her little garden at home.
Katie grew up in Scotland and taught drama classes to school children while studying
in Edinburgh. After spending three years managing an education centre, Katie
moved to Hong Kong and taught in a kindergarten, before moving again to a
teaching job in New Zealand. Returning to Hong Kong, Katie pursued a PGDE at The
University of Hong Kong to deepen her knowledge and skills in Early Childhood
Katie is very excited to get started with PIPS. She loves working with children and
likes bringing her dramatic background into her lessons, creating a fun and
interactive learning environment.
In her spare time Katie likes to hike, bake and explore Hong Kong.
Cynthia was born in Vancouver, Canada, and completed her secondary education in
Taipei, Taiwan. Her background is in hospitality management where she holds a
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Administration from Cornell University and a
Professional Chef Diploma from Le Cordon Bleu.
Now a registered teacher in Hong Kong holding a Postgraduate Diploma in Early
Childhood Education from Hong Kong Baptist University, Cynthia believes that all
children are unique and learn best through play and inquiry. She strives to create a
welcoming and stimulating environment in which children can express their
creativity and self-expression.
In her spare time, Cynthia likes baking cakes and pies, doing yoga and outdoor
sports that allow her to see and experience the sights of Hong Kong.
Rebecca is from England and Hong Kong. She graduated with a Bachelor degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Education with a specialism in Psychological Studies in Education.
Since 2017, she has taught English to native and non-native English speakers aged 2 to 14 and has found immense joy in seeing students grow and build confidence as they develop new skills. She has a passion to help children to develop independence through interacting and playing with others, to allow them to be creative and fluent users of English.
In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys painting, reading, baking, and visiting cafes.
Graduating from The Hong Kong Education University with a Master’s degree in
Education and achieving Level 1-B in the National Putonghua Proficiency Test, Liu
Lao Shi is seeking to further her skill set by studying for a PGDE at The University of
Hong Kong. Liu Lao Shi has lots of experience in Early Childhood Education having
fulfilled roles in international kindergartens in both Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Liu Lao Shi believes that every child is unique and tries to understand the reason
that lies behind their behaviour. She believes it is the teachers’ role to guide and
support the children in order to help them to achieve their full potential.
Amy Lu is from China and is a registered teacher both there and in Hong Kong. She
holds a Master’s degree in Ancient Chinese Literature from Jinan University, and
holds a Bachelor degree in Law from Liaoning Normal University. She has been
teaching Mandarin Chinese for 25 years, including seven years teaching children
Chinese as a second language in Hong Kong.
Lu Lao Shi believes that high quality teaching is crucial for children’s acquisition of a
new language and that, rather than being strict, we can help children to improve
themselves by using a positive and supportive attitude.
In her spare time, Lu Lao Shi enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Previously a teacher at PIPS Kowloon.
Amelia was born and raised in Namibia. She completed her studies in South Africa
before moving to Hong Kong three years ago.
During her pursuit of a career in education, she obtained a Btech in Fine Arts, as well
as her PGCE from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Since then, she
spent seven insightful years teaching a variety of age groups. In the process she
discovered her passion for early childhood education. She endeavours to make
learning fun and engaging, and attempts to instil a sense of creativity and curiosity
in each child.
Justyna is originally from Poland and lived in both the UK and in India for the past 20
years, before moving to Hong Kong. She obtained an Open BA degree from the Open
University where she studied Early Years, Psychology of Childhood and Youth, and
Justyna has been working in various Early Years settings in the UK for the past 18
years. She is passionate about children’s learning and development. In particular
Justyna believes in learning through play, through which she seeks to empower
young children, helping them to become more confident, make good choices, and
learn from their experiences.
In her spare time, Justyna loves cycling, hiking, and exploring Hong Kong.
Being the daughter of a diplomat, Swati travelled widely during her childhood and
experienced a variety of educational settings. Since making Hong Kong her home in
2007 she has earned another degree studying Sports Science at the University of
Hong Kong and completed a PGDE in Early Childhood from The Hong Kong Education
Swati has been working in the early childhood setting for over 10 years, starting her
career as a kid’s gym trainer, before teaching playgroup classes in an International
preschool. She is a firm believer in learning through play and is always seeking new
sensory ideas. She strives to meet children’s individual needs and encourages
children to have determination and perseverance.
In her free time, Swati likes to train at the gym, go for walks, and listen to music.
Zeng Lao Shi graduated from The Hong Kong Education University in 2005, and has
been working in Early Childhood Education ever since. Teaching young learners in
both Hong Kong and Taiwan, she has gained a wealth of experience. Despite the
passing years, Zeng Lao Shi’s passion towards teaching remains as strong as ever.
Zeng Lao Shi takes pride in being a part of her students' journeys. She believes in
the power of creating a harmonious learning environment for children to learn via
stories and games. She hopes to inspire children to find their own motivation
toward learning, as well as to shape them into possessing a positive learning
Since a young age, music has been an integral part of Xavier's life.
With a passion for flute and singing, Xavier has a string of accolades including grade 8 in singing and flute with further qualifications in theory of music.
Xavier has sung professionally in choirs around the world, from singing in the Vatican city for the Pope's inauguration to singing in the world famous King's College Chapel in Cambridge.
Xavier has always dreamed of sharing his love of music with the future generation and came to Hong Kong to pursue this dream teaching in some of the city's most prestigious schools.
Xavier strives to inspire his students to appreciate music in a fun and inspiring environment. He believes that the immeasurable reach and influence of a teacher develops a passion for learning that changes the world for the better, one life at a time.
Zhao Lao Shi graduated from The Hong Kong Baptist University with a Master’s
Degree in Chinese Language, and went on to earn a PGDE at The Hong Kong
Education University. She has over 10 years of experience in Early Childhood Education, with extensive experience teaching Putonghua to young children in both
local and international school settings.
Before joining PIPS, Zhao Lao Shi taught in a school following the IB curriculum for
seven years and gained a comprehensive understanding of the framework and
methodology. She firmly believes that every child is unique. As a teacher, she
strives to provide a positive and safe learning atmosphere in order to encourage
children to confidently explore and express themselves, as well as to achieve their
Zhao Lao Shi was born and raised in Mainland China before moving to Hong Kong
eight years ago. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Educational and
Developmental Psychology and is about to complete her Postgraduate Certificate in
Education, specialising in Early Years. Before joining PIPS, Zhao Lao Shi has been teaching Chinese (Putonghua) to children aged 1 to 5 in a variety of early years settings since 2013. She believes in inquiry and play-based learning, seeing children
as naturally curious and playful. As an early years specialist, she seeks to be an
environment creator, a careful observer and an active communicator. During her
leisure time, Zhao Lao Shi loves food and cooking, and prepares healthy meals for
her son every day.