New Secondary Teachers in 1819
Ms Anna Lee
Ms Anna Lee is from Singapore. She graduated from Imperial College London with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Mathematics. She went on to pursue a Masters degree in Statistics at Columbia University in New York. Ms Lee taught Mathematics and Physics at North View Secondary School, Singapore from 2014 to 2016, where she was awarded the Caring Teacher Award (Secondary) in 2016. From 2017 till recently, she was working with the Ministry of Education as a Research Analyst and Education Policy Officer, overseeing portfolios such as the Integrated Programme (including the IBDP) and Special Education. Ms Lee loves Mathematics and strongly believes that everyone can do Mathematics. She also believes that every child is able to reach his or her potential (be it academics or character development) when offered the right opportunities and encouragement. Ms Lee also loves to eat, sing and complete sudoku puzzles.
Ms Ang Hwee Lin
Ms Ang is from Singapore and holds a Master of Education (Mathematics). She has been teaching in Singapore since 2001 and comes with a rich experience which includes Fajar Secondary School, Regent Secondary School, Bukit Batok Secondary School and Raffles Girls’ School. Ms Ang was a recipient of “The Most Caring Teacher Award” when she was at Raffles Girls’ School in 2016. Ms Ang believes in Differentiated Learning in content, process and according to student’s readiness, interests and learning profile. To her, effective effort means a lot more than just working hard alone. It is an ongoing two-way interaction between teachers and students. She is always reminded by the six elements of Jeff Howard’s Effective Effort Behaviours which are Time, Ability to Focus, Use of Feedback, Resourcefulness, Commitment and Persistence. She is currently reading《朵朵静心小语：一个人的宁静与甜美》
Ms Nattaporn Brampy
Ms Nattaporn Brampy is from Singapore. She graduated from Nanyang Technological University with an Honours in English and a minor in Translation. She completed her teacher training in 2012 and taught English Literature at Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC). During her time in ACJC, she was active in Swimming, Waterpolo (Girls) and Student Council. She was later posted to the Ministry of Education in Singapore where she supported schools and was involved in the formulation and implementation of education policies, particularly in leadership development. Being an active person, you can find her in the gym or in the outdoors. If not, she will be exploring places and looking out for good food. She strongly believes that attitude determines one’s aptitude. With the right mindset, one can achieve beyond their imagination. Learning can be carved with our own hands in all that we do!
Mr Colin Cheong
Mr Colin Cheong is from Singapore. He graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English Language and Literature, with a minor in History. A former journalist, he completed teacher training at the National Institute of Education (Singapore) in 1996. He has taught at Victoria Junior College, Meridian Junior College, Hwa Chong Institution, Raffles Institution, The Singapore Sports School and the School of the Arts, Singapore. He has won several awards for writing, including the Singapore Literature Prize in 1996 (for his novella, Tangerine). His production team, Wu Liao Media, in which he was Director of Photography, won the Special Achievement Award in the 2001 Singapore International Film Festival for their short film, E.Ahlong.com. Besides writing and film, he has also had a long, but unrequited love for the electric guitar. He currently plays woodwinds. Teaching thought:
Every child is a person first, before he or she is your student.
Mr Danny Toh
I am currently undergoing lifelong training in the Aesthetics. Having had some training in Geography and Economics, along the way I am now pursuing my artistic passion full-time and will probably never stop until the day I cease to exist. My artistic pursuits largely revolve around mixed media, the marriage of new and traditional media. In particular, I am often associated with photography as I enjoy capturing the beauty of birds and nature. I also have a strong interest in documenting the excitement and spontaneity of sports, having shot at international events such as the SEA Games, Youth Olympic Games and Asian Junior Games. Whenever I travel, I also enjoy exploring the streets and capturing individuals interacting with the destination’s unique local environment. Moving on from the comfort of my 28-year stint at ACS(I), I look forward to immersing myself in Hong Kong’s rich cultural environment, and contributing to the development of SISHK’s growing art culture – which had been nurtured with much dedication and passion by the previous art educators.
Mr Erwin Lian
Mr Lian is from Singapore and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Time-Based Media Studies from Columbus College of Art & Design. He earned his Master of Arts in Design Development from The Ohio State University. A recipient of the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation scholarship, he has lectured at various tertiary institutes in Singapore and conducted painting workshops in the US, Japan, Bhutan, Malaysia and Indonesia. He has also been commissioned by various organizations including The Bank of Singapore, Royal Bhutan Airline, Bynd Artisan, and The National University of Singapore. Mr Lian is an avid cyclist and enjoys cycling tours around the world.
Mr Matthias Ratz
Originally from Germany, Mr Ratz came to Hong Kong more than 10 years ago for his job in the corporate world. Looking for a new challenge he recently completed his Post Graduate Diploma of Education in Economics at HKU here in Hong Kong. Now he is looking forward to teaching his subjects in a way that makes them relevant for everyday life and is aiming to instill curiosity and interest in his students that go beyond what is taught in the classroom. He himself enjoys going on discoveries of any kind, be it in the mountains and different districts of Hong Kong or while travelling to the far corners of the Globe.
Mr Stephen Strub
Mr Strub is from the United States (US), born in Alabama, raised in New York and then lived just outside of Washington, D.C., in Charlottesville, Virginia. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he also received certification in secondary science education. He also has a Masters Degree in International Education from Framingham State University in Massachusetts.
Mr Strub has been teaching sciences and doing laboratory research for 39 years, including 21 years in the US and 18 years in Southeast Asia, both in Thailand and in Hanoi, Vietnam. He is a contributing co-author of two books on the molecular genetics of transgenic mice and his work in genetics research has been published in The Journal of Immunology.
I believe that the purpose of science education is to develop questioning and critical thinking skills that will prepare students for our rapidly changing world.
Mr Peter McMinn
Mr. McMinn is from Manchester in the UK and graduated from The University of Manchester with a degree in Biomedical Sciences. Before joining SISHK, Mr. McMinn taught at another international school in Hong Kong for two years. Before moving to Hong Kong he taught Science in schools around the northwest of England. Although his specialism is Biology he also has experience teaching a number of different subjects, including Spanish and Food technology.
As a teacher he believes that every student has the potential to succeed through hard work, resilience and a positive attitude.
Outside of teaching Mr. McMinn enjoys running, hiking and travelling.
Ms Shen Luyi
Ms. Shen holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in history from Hong Kong University. She spent many years of her childhood in New Zealand, before returning to Hong Kong for secondary school, and has been here ever since.
Ms. Shen is BACK with SISHK this year! 😀
Ms. Shen has previous experience teaching history, social studies and business studies for junior secondary years and IBMYP. Ms. Shen enjoys skiing, scuba diving and likes to travel during her holidays.
Mr. Chris DelVecchio
Mr. DelVecchio grew up on the East Coast of the US, primarily in Virginia. He double majored in Childhood Studies and History at The College of the Holy Cross outside of Boston, later earned a M.Ed. in Education Leadership from Columbia University in New York City, and will soon complete UCLA’s College Counseling certificate program.
After eight years teaching math and coaching multiple sports at Bartlett High School in Massachusetts, Mr. DelVecchio joined Vermont International Academy (VIA) in Shanghai and transitioned into a leadership position. Most recently, he served in a dual role as VIA’s Director of Academics and Lead College Counselor. Mr. DelVecchio has facilitated workshops at international education conferences and served on accreditation committees in the US, China and Saudi Arabia. He also formerly served as an admissions department representative for Holy Cross, his undergraduate alma mater, in the Greater China region.
Mr. DelVecchio coached varsity basketball and soccer in the US and enjoys playing a wide variety of sports. He is also an experienced world traveler, having visited over 65 countries around the globe. As a counsellor, Mr. DelVecchio strives to promote a growth-oriented approach to education and takes pride in helping students adopt greater ownership over their futures.
Mrs. Dona Pal
Ms Pal is originally from India and has been living in Hong Kong for the last 5 Years. She has a BSc. (Hons) in Psychology from University of Calcutta (India) and MA in Clinical Psychology from University of Delhi (India). She has undergone training in Psychoanalysis and has specialized in Psychodynamic Approaches. She is the Associate Fellow of Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association. She is also an Associate Member of the Indian Psychoanalytical Association and International Psychoanalytical Studies Organization. Dona’s therapeutic expertise and fifteen years of experience focus on intensive work with Adolescents and Adults, both in the Education as well as in the Corporate Sector. She was the Senior School Counselor with St. Columba’s School (New Delhi, India) for over 9 years and prior to that, Counselor with St. Stephen’s College (India). She has also headed the Research and Design Team for Chrysalis HRD (corporate training and intervention, India)
Dona loves to explore food and culture and believes that travel is the most humble teacher! She enjoys Music, Nature and Yoga and cherishes her close relationships. To my beloved Students: No matter how happy or tough seem the terrain, I would always hold and listen …
Dr Alice Tan
Dr Alice Tan is a Malaysian but had received her education in Singapore since primary education. She was one of the pioneer batch biological sciences graduates from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. She continued to pursue her Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences at NTU, on the NTU Graduate Scholarship. She realized that she have greater interest in working with young people than research after she was appointed to teaching assistantship in the university.
Her career in teaching Biology began in 2011 at Raffles Institution (Junior College), Singapore. Besides her dedication to ignite her students’ passion for Biology, Dr Alice Tan was also in charge of overseas service-learning programmes. Prior to joining the SISHK family, she served in the Curriculum Planning and Development Division of the Ministry of Education Headquarters. She was heavily involved in developing teaching and learning resources.
As an educator, Dr Alice Tan believes in inspiring the young minds to be curious of their everyday lives and nurturing the spirit of scientific inquiry in these budding minds. In her personal time, Dr Alice Tan enjoys baking, swimming, travelling and learning new things.
Ms Angeline Su
Ms Su graduated from the National University of Singapore with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics and a master’s degree in Mathematics.
She taught mathematics at Anglo-Chinese Junior College, Singapore for 6 years and worked as a curriculum resources developer at the Ministry of Singapore for 3 years.
Ms Su enjoys reading, especially maths fiction, baking, especially πs, travelling, especially in the fourth dimension. As a teacher, Ms Su believes that education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. Mathematics is not a subject to be memorised, but one to be appreciated.
Ms Lynda O’Donoghue
Ms Lynda O’Donoghue is from Ireland. She graduated from the University of Limerick with a Bachelor of Arts in English & History and went on to obtain a Masters degree in Journalism.
Before joining SISHK, Ms O’Donoghue has taught in International Schools in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Ireland, bringing valuable experiences with her. Ms O’Donoghue believes in creating a positive, social and meaningful learning environment which will inspire students to develop analytical skills through the appreciation of the English language and literature.
Mr Roger Zhai
Mr. Zhai was born in Shanghai, China and lived in Vancouver, Canada for most of his life until three years ago when he began teaching in China.
He holds a BSc in Chemistry from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and McGill University and a BEd in Science from UBC.
Mr. Zhai loves learning new things and is constantly pushing the boundaries of his comfort zone.
Hobbies of Mr. Zhai include hiking, weightlifting, SCUBA diving, snowboarding, motorcycling, playing video games, and browsing dank memes on Reddit.