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Teaching Staff Biographies

Ms Lisa Milanec
Head Mistress of Mount Kelly School Hong Kong

Ms. Lisa Milanec (BA(Hons), PGCE, NPQH, MSc.Ed.L) has officially joined Mount Kelly Foundation in March 2018 as Head Mistress of Mount Kelly School Hong Kong with over seventeen years teaching experience both in the UK and international sector.

Ms. Milanec holds a number of educational and professional qualifications. She received her Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) from the University of Nottingham, the National Professional Qualification of Headship (NPQH) and a MSc in Educational Leadership from the University of Leicester. Ms. Milanec is also a Lead Improvement Partner with the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) supporting schools around the world in achieving the Patron’s Accreditation and Compliance.

After graduating from the University of Nottingham in 2000, Ms. Milanec started her teaching career in the UK state sector at All Saints Community Primary School and Saxilby C of E Primary School.

Ms Milanec taught and served for Nord Anglia Education from 2006 to 2017 at three different schools in China. From 2006, she taught at The British International School, Shanghai, Puxi Campus, becoming Deputy Head of Primary in 2008. In 2012, she moved to Beijing and worked at The British School of Beijing, Sanlitun as Headteacher and Principal. In 2015, Ms. Milanec was invited to serve as a Head of Primary at Nord Anglia International School, Shanghai, Pudong.

Ms Milanec has been involved with all aspects of International school leadership: teacher recruitment, development and training, curriculum development, advancement and admission outreach, parental engagement and pupil life. Under her tenure, she successfully implemented successful strategic planning, improving areas of the school by closely examining and evaluating the curriculum and teaching methods.

Ms Abigail Carr
Head of 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.