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Sarah Antoine-John

Ms. Sarah graduated from the University of East London, where she obtained a first class degree in Early Childhood Studies and Special Education. She has worked with children between the ages 0-5 years, and can truly see how capable, resilient and strong children are between the stages of babyhood progressing into early childhood.

Over the past 7 years, Ms. Sarah has developed a passion in children’s development and education, and she truly understands the importance of encouraging children to do what they love! As an advocate for children’s rights, she feels that children should be active participants with regards to their learning and interests.

Ms. Sarah believes that the key elements that need to be demonstrated and encouraged in an educational environment are: a warm face, an open mind, physical play and curiosity. She is excited to part of the Bebegarten team and feels that this new experience will be not only enriching but inspiring!

Sinead Cullen

Ms. Sinead was born and raised in the UK and has been working in Early Years settings for ten years. Her first role in an Early Years setting was as an administrator but she was so inspired by the teachers that she went on to gain her postgraduate degree in Early Years Teaching from Middlesex University, London. Her degree focused on birth – 5 years and since then, she has spent time with all of those age groups in various settings throughout her training and teaching career.

Ms. Sinead is passionate about creating a stimulating and fun environment, in which children can learn through play. She does this while applying her extensive knowledge of the British Early Years Foundation Stage framework. Ms. Sinead is looking forward to building strong rapports with the children, parents and carers at Bebegarten, and she is excited about being part of the Bebegarten team!

Nicola Shannon

Ms. Nicola is a dedicated and experienced Early Years educator, who has worked with children for over ten years. A registered teacher in Hong Kong since 2008, she has also taught in England and South Africa, where she developed a passion for teaching music and seeing how it can bring people of all nationalities together.

A lifelong learner, Ms. Nicola has gained diplomas in topics from film-making to music and graphic design. She has studied early years techniques extensively and is passionate about fostering resilience in children by creating a positive environment in her classroom. Currently she is studying for a Psychology degree from the University of Derby and hopes to move into play and music therapy in the future. She also works as a professional musician and plays bass and guitar at several locations in Hong Kong.

Nicola believes creating a love of music from a young age is an incredibly important aspect of her curriculum. In addition to teaching the foundational building blocks of composition and musical structure, Ms. Nicola uses a child-centred approach, allowing her students to choose the music they love and see how it was created. By allowing children to have autonomy and by scaffolding their learning experience, children develop confidence in their musical creativity and skills.