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Ms Abigail Carr

Head of International Preschool and Nursery School

Ms Abigail Carr (BA (Hons), TEFL, PGDE, M.Ed) has been committed to delivering a world class Early Years education for over 20 years. She believes that children learn naturally in an environment where they are recognised as individuals, with support to their own specific personal and academic needs, and where they feel safe and happy. She maintains that preschool life should be a positive extension of a child’s home life, and partnership and collaboration with parents is paramount to a child’s successful education. 

Ms Carr began her career working in nurseries and centres for children with special needs in England before coming to Hong Kong in 2005 where she took up roles at both St. Catherine’s International Kindergarten and the YMCA International Kindergarten.

She has worked as a guest lecturer for The Education University of Hong Kong, providing seminars and training to local Hong Kong Kindergarten teachers to support them to teach the Hong Kong Kindergarten Curriculum using English.

Her outstanding academic qualifications in Early Years education and English teaching were gained in the UK and Thailand respectively, before completing her Post Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education from The University of Hong Kong. Her Master of Education was obtained from the University of Bristol and her Principal Certificate course at Hong Kong Baptist University. She is personally dedicated to lifelong learning and aims to instill the same attitude in all stakeholders of the Preschool and Nursery School.

 

Mrs Laila Crossley

EYFS Phase Leader

Ms Laila CrossleyMrs Laila Crossley graduated from Rhodes University in South Africa with a Bachelor of Arts majoring 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 and started at Mount Kelly as a founding member of staff. She is a strong advocate for play-based learning and believes that with a stimulating and fun environment, children can truly flourish. Laila has taken on the role as Early Years Phase Leader.

It is her goal to help the school grow further, as well as continue to develop the curriculum to ensure that the foundation is laid for children to achieve success. Laila looks forward to working with the EYFS teachers as well as the Prep teachers to ensure that the transition throughout the school is smooth.


Ms Jessica Lucas

Preschool EYFS Teacher

Jessica LucasMs Jessica 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 Sophie Nightingale

Preschool EYFS Teacher

Sophie NightinghaleMs Sophie Nightingale worked in the Early Years in England for over thirteen years before coming to Hong Kong. Her career started when she gained an NVQ in Childcare whilst working within her family’s day nursery businesses. Sophie attended The University of Birmingham where she graduated with an Honours degree in Social Policy. Knowing her passion lay in Early Years teaching, Sophie gained an Early Years Leadership and Management post-graduate qualification which equipped her with the skills to set up and manage an Ofsted inspected ‘Outstanding’ private nursery. After fulfilling this role for a number of years, she then gained a Primary Post-graduate Certificate in Education (English Specialism), from The University of Derby and thereafter a Masters in Education. Having gained these qualifications, Sophie worked as a founding member of a new and ‘Outstanding’ primary school in Hackney, London where she acted as subject leader for reading across the school. Sophie knows from experience just how valuable play-centred learning is in early education, and is dedicated to providing the children at Mount Kelly the best possible start to their academic life.

 

Mr Ming Li

Preschool EYFS Teacher

Ming Li

Mr Ming Li graduated from the University of York, England with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Philosophy. After returning to Hong Kong he joined Mount Kelly as part of the founding staff in 2017 where he completed his teacher training (PGCE) with the University of Sunderland. As a sports lover, he has a passion for education through competitions and sports, where human excellencies truly excel in both victory and defeat. He strongly believes that respecting the autonomy and independence of children is the key to successful early years education.

 

Ms Anna Byrne

Pre-Nursery EYFS Teacher

Anna ByrneMs Anna Byrne is originally from the UK and moved to Hong Kong in 2013. She studied her BTEC Diploma in Early Years in the UK. She has vast experience working in early years education as a playgroup teacher and pre-nursery teacher using the EYFS curriculum. Her great passion is to work so that children have the best start in their education and learn through play-based activities that are fun and stimulating.

 

Ms Jeannelle Condame

Pre-Nursery EYFS Teacher

Jeanelle CondameMs Jeannelle Condame is originally from Florida, US. She has graduated from Concordia University of Nebraska with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education with a Major in Early Childhood Inclusive Education. She taught from aged 3 to 6 years in play based, student centered classrooms before coming to Hong Kong. Her passion lies in providing outstanding learning environments from the earliest of ages and firmly believes that the early years are crucial in laying the foundation for a child’s successful future education.

 

Ms Amanda Chen

Preschool Chinese (Mandarin) Teacher

Amanda ChenMs Amanda is originally from Xi’an, China. She moved to Hong Kong to pursue her master’s degree in 2009. 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.

 

Ms Louise Ho

EYFS Teaching Assistant

Louise Ho

Originally from England, Ms Louise grew up in picturesque Durham in the UK, graduating from Teeside University with a Masters in Science. Following her pursuit to travel Asia, she stopped off in Hong Kong and never left, she joined in the Hong Kong scene seamlessly and enjoyed a career in the corporate world, before stepping into the education sector. Louise has over 6 years’ experience of international school settings for children aged 6 months to 5 years old.

Having two active children herself, she strongly believes in nurturing children to be inquisitive, happy and confident, and feels a sense of fulfilment when contributing to a child's developmental progress. She is passionate about early years education, and creating a fun and engaging environment for lifelong learning. Ms Louise believes every child is unique and finds it extremely rewarding to work closely with teachers and children.