Don began his career in the music industry before becoming a full-time teacher with a Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education. He has 18 years of experience, from working in primary schools briefly before mainly teaching in kindergartens in Hong Kong. Don grew up in Hong Kong as a child who studied in ESF international schools and believes that quality early childhood learning experiences shape children to be positive learners in their future. He enjoys incorporating the Arts and IT with classroom activities to help children further express their learning comfortably and confidently. In his spare time, Don continues to produce music and occasionally collaborates with other artists.
Arianne was born in the Philippines and grew up in Hong Kong. She studied in local and international schools and has a vast knowledge in the educational settings of HK. For the last 16 years, she has taught children in various age groups. She holds a Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education from OUHK and is currently pursuing her BA in Education (Early Years) with Honours from Education University of HK.
She is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach and IB PYP curriculum which provides opportunities for children to celebrate themselves and others. Her aim is to give children a “happy garden” where they can create meaningful and wonderful memories of childhood.
In her free time, she likes to organise community outreach programmes, spend time with family, exploring Hong Kong and read a good book.
Rajveer Bhatti obtained her education from India and Hong Kong. She has been working in the early childhood setting for over 15 years and it is her eighth year at PIPS. In the beginning of her career, she worked in a local preschool for three years and subsequently changed to an international kindergarten which offered British National Curriculum and had staff and children from diverse backgrounds. She was involved in our school’s process of IB authorization and has attended various IB workshops within our school and outside.
Rajveer is passionate about working with pre-schoolers and forms close relationships with them. She is interested in setting up inspiring classroom environments for children to explore, provides them opportunities to interact with each other and facilitates them to reach their full potential. In her spare time, she likes to rest and relax at home, engage in deep conversations with her family and friends and read books.
Candace is originally from South Africa. She completed a Bachelor of Laws degree and after some time in the legal profession, decided to make a career change and moved to Hong Kong in 2016. She gained experience teaching children of various ages, and found her passion in teaching young students prompting her to pursue her 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 she enjoys baking, sewing her own clothes and spending time with friends.
Ms. Hayley is from Cape Town, South Africa. She studied a Bachelor of Education degree through the University of South Africa and has been teaching for the past 6 years. She has a passion for teaching young learners and loves the excitement they bring to school every day. She always tries to make her teaching fun and engaging and aims to build a strong connection with all those she teaches as well as forming good relationships with their parents. In her free time, she loves to cook and travel and explore the city she lives in. She is looking forward to her new adventure in Hong Kong and starting at PIPS Kowloon.
Cheryl was raised in international schools in Hong Kong starting with her Pre-Nursery education in PIPS Hong Kong back in 1997. As Cheryl was brought up in a loving and interactive school setting, it fostered her passion in learning and positive character. She eventually wanted to become an early childhood teacher to spread the same love and culture she received to more children. As a PIPS’ alumni, Cheryl looks forward to serving as a teacher here where education is holistic and highly student-led creating impactful learning experiences for children.
Aside from teaching in Hong Kong, Cheryl has also taught in Mainland China, Brazil and Cambodia working with local children diagnosed with HIV aids and special needs children. On her side time, Cheryl enjoys baking, playing badminton, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Connie has been in the early childhood field for ten years in kindergarten classrooms and received her post graduate diploma in Early Childhood Education after she obtained her Bachelor of Commerce Degree. Connie is motivated, caring and enthusiastic about learning various teaching methods. She has developed a passion for inquiry-based learning and believes that every child is competent and full of potential. She is passionate about teaching because she loves seeing smiles on their children’s faces when they learn something new and watch them grow. In her spare time, Connie enjoys cooking, decorating her home, spending time with her family and friends and exploring new restaurants in Hong Kong.
Amelia was born and raised in Namibia, completed her studies in South
Africa before moving to Hong Kong 3 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 various age groups, in the process, discovering her passion for
early childhood education. She endeavours to make learning fun and
engaging, attempting to instil a sense of creativity and curiosity in each child.
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Tina is from the U.K., where she qualified as a Nursery Nurse (N.N.E.B.). Prior to teaching, she worked as a nanny, and in the marketing and Human Resources industry. Her teaching career began in Hong Kong, working in international kindergartens with students aged from one to five years old. In 2013, Tina joined PIPS Kowloon, and has been teaching children aged one to two years old in the Under 2's Programme class. As a parent and Early Years educator, Tina values an inclusive classroom that provides opportunities for young children to learn through play-based learning, inquiry and meaningful experiences. She looks forward to creating an active community of learners, in an environment that fosters growth and independence. Outside of school, Tina's interests include reading (James Baldwin), watching foreign films, nature and culture documentaries, travel and yoga.
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Preeti has lived in Hong Kong for over 35 years and has been with PIPS for 13 years. She has an extensive background in child care having worked in the field for over 20 years. Preeti started teaching at the YMCA where her expertise was in the Stepping Stones program. This was followed by 4 years teaching at various kindergartens covering Under 2's Programme and K1 to K3, as an English class teacher. The experience she accumulated from the years as an English class teacher equipped her with knowledge and proficiency in meticulous classroom management and managing young children to learn at their optimal levels using fun and games as well as an educational curriculum. In her spare time, Preeti enjoys reading, shopping and spending time with her family.
Jasmine Sou is from Vancouver, Canada. She obtained a PGDE qualification in Baptist University after finishing her university degree in University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Jasmine has been teaching for more than nine years now in kindergartens with various teaching methods. She believes that every child is unique with different learning style and pace. Everyone has their own talents and potentials. She enjoys interacting with children and actually learning from them. In her spare time, Jasmine enjoys spending time in the kitchen experimenting with baking recipes.
Jeshica is from Nepal, but calls Hong Kong home having lived here most of her life. Since her very first experience working in a kindergarten she knew in her heart that she would pursue her career in early childhood education. In her eighteen years of experience as an early childhood educator, she has taught children from diverse backgrounds, which has been rewarding and inspirational. She obtained her Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education in Hong Kong and has attended PYP training locally, as well as internationally. She has been with PIPS Kowloon for nine years. She believes in providing a safe and engaging environment for young leaners, and is passionate about guiding and facilitating them throughout their learning journey. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, traveling, exploring different cultures and learning languages.
Ms Aileen Tan joined PIPS Kowloon in 2007 as a Pre-Nursery English teacher and taught 2 year olds for 7 years in a class setting of 28 students. Before moving to Hong Kong, she taught young children between the ages of 2 to 5 years. She also did volunteer work for the disabled, special needs kids, and the elderly. Ms. Aileen contributes toward the school’s various yearly functions and activities. She has emceed 2 years in a row for PIPS’s year-end graduation ceremony. Ms Aileen is interested in reading and doing charity works.
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.