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Teaching Staff Biographies


Ms Abigail Carr
Head of of International Preschool

Ms Abigail Carr (BA (Hons), TEFL, PGDE, M.Ed) has been committed to delivering a world class Early Years education for over 15 years.

Ms Carr began her career in England before coming to Hong Kong in 2005 in roles at both St. Catherine’s International Kindergarten and the YMCA International Kindergarten.

She has also worked as a guest lecturer for The Education University of Hong Kong. Training Hong Kong Kindergarten teachers through an English enhancement programme designed to support local teachers teach English through developmentally appropriate practice.

Ms Carr joins Mount Kelly to lead our International Preschool and to be part of establishing a legacy within Hong Kong.

Her outstanding academic qualifications in Early Years were gained in the UK before completing her PGDE from The University of Hong Kong and her Principal Certificate course at Hong Kong Baptist University.


Ms Sarah Marlette

Ms Sarah Marlette is a graduate of Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia where she obtained her qualification in primary school education. She also received her Master’s from Edinburgh University in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she studied Inclusive and Special Education. During her career she has spent time working at the kindergarten and primary levels in schools, and in community recreation and outreach. She has also spent time living in the United Kingdom, South Korea, and Hong Kong.


Ms Laila Joubert

Ms Laila Joubert graduated from Rhodes University in South Africa with an Undergraduate degree in Psychology and History, as well as a post graduate certificate in Foundation Phase Education. She has taught in South Africa, Taiwan and Hong Kong. She is a strong advocate for play-based learning, and believes that, with a stimulating and fun environment, children can truly flourish.


Ms Jess Lucas

Ms Jess Lucas graduated from Rhodes University in South Africa with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Soon after moving to Hong Kong she realised her love of teaching young children and completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Education with the University of Sunderland. During her teaching career she has taught various ages in Early Years. She has worked on school curriculums to ensure they are in line with the Hong Kong Preprimary Curriculum. Through her curriculum development work she has come to realise the long term benefits of an integrated, child centered approach to early learning.


Ms Amanda Chen

Ms. Amanda is originally from Xi’an, China. Nine years ago, she moved to Hong Kong to pursue her master’s degree. She studied law in mainland China and sustainable tourism at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, which enables her to communicate fluently in Mandarin, English and Cantonese. She completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education at Baptist University and has been working with 1-6-year-old children in international schools for 8 years.