"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires."
William Arthur Ward, author of Fountains of Faith
Our teachers play a very crucial role in our emergent curriculum framework, as the successful implementation of the curriculum greatly depends on the calibre of the teachers. They need to be observant, creative and flexible, and to focus on developing each child.
Our committed educators from around the world.
Tracey Emms
UK
Shaun Handford
UK
May Henderson
UK

Tracey Emms

Tracey serves as Bebegarten’s Head of School and is an integral part of Bebegarten’s team having been with us since our opening Academic Year.

 

She has worked with children from a variety of social, cultural and economic backgrounds globally in over 30 years as a Teacher, Practitioner and Manager. Such settings include: schools, hospitals, a women’s refuge and outreach programmes for children with special educational needs.

 

With a Diploma in Early Years, National Nursery Examination Board, UK, Registered teacher status in Hong Kong and a wealth of teaching and management experience within Early Years Education; Tracey brings together all of this knowledge into her management practices to better our community.

 

Prior to joining Bebegarten she worked at an International through-school in Cairo as a team leader and brings a widespread range of experiences to Bebegarten’s community of learners on a daily basis.

Shaun Handford

Born and raised in the UK, Shaun was inspired to work within the Early Years after becoming an Uncle in his teenage years and only wanting the best experiences for his Niece and Nephew. A focus on Early Years studies followed and culminated in a B.A. Hons degree during his time with the highly reputable Pre-School Learning Alliance, UK.

Whilst holding roles within the Pre-School Learning Alliance that included Participation & Engagement Officer, Outreach Officer and Early Years Class Teacher; Shaun was sharing valuable insight into child developmental milestones with parents and caregivers and promoting inclusive Early Years practice.

Having worked across the breadth of our entire Under 3’s programme this past year, Shaun is excited to be seeing many familiar faces for the coming year as he moves solely into our Transition classes to ensure a high level of consistency and quality are provided for children during their all-important pre-Nursery year.

May Henderson

May joined Bebegarten from an inclusive school in Thailand and serves as our Learning Support Coordinator, in house Speech and Language Therapist and an Early Years Class Teacher. Born and raised in the UK, May has amassed a wealth of classroom and casework experience with includes working with a wide range of children with speech, language and communication needs. 

Gaining an M.Sc. in Language Pathology, Newcastle University, UK and most recently a National Award for SEN Coordination, University of Northampton UK; May has experience in providing early intervention opportunity and strategy for children and families internationally and is driven by the passion to ensure that all children are supported to reach their potential in a positive educational environment.

A popular member of the Transition teaching team this past year, May is excited to continue providing the highest quality care to our children between 28 months to 3 years old.
Marco Iannelli
Italy
Hannah Dentten
UK
Nicola Shannon
UK

Marco Iannelli

Marco serves as Bebegarten’s Artistic Director and is an Italian composer, musicologist, conductor and music educator - honoured with numerous international composition awards and his work can be heard around the world. Such career highlights include the role of Artistic Coordinator for the supporting events during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

In 2003, he co-founded a music school in Milan (Italy) that specialises in educating through an innovative methodology of teaching that has seen the school expand to include six institutions across Italy and Switzerland. In 2005 he co-founded and conducted the “Under 13 Orchestra”, the first Italian child orchestra that today has trained hundreds of young musicians and in 2010 was recognised as the “Best Italian Children Educational Project”.

Marco’s role at Bebegarten is defined and driven by his passion for creative Music and Arts education. His innovative teaching method stimulates children’s creativity through simple original compositions and practice of musical improvisation; boosting their enthusiasm, guiding students in discovering their potential talents through different art forms and sharing the idea that the Arts can enlighten everything in a child’s - and an adult’s - life.

Hannah Dentten

Hannah was born and raised in England, UK before moving to Hong Kong in 2012 and holds a B.A. Hons in Textiles from Norwich School of Art and Design, Norwich, UK along with a Higher National Diploma in Fashion Design & Technology from London College of Fashion.

Experienced as a Visual Merchandiser, Interior Designer and varied artistic Project Manager - Hannah’s diversity in Art application will provide a wonderfully stimulating environment for our budding artists.

Having worked within Early Years settings in Hong Kong and as a children’s Art Studio Manager in recent years; Bebegarten represents an opportunity for Hannah to celebrate the artistic achievements of our children at Bebegarten in a manner that promotes empathy, worldly understanding and developmentally appropriate skillsets.

As a mother to her own two-year old Ava, Hannah is keen to ensure that all children engage in Process Art and real-world provocations to develop transferable skills from the Art Studio into everyday life.

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.
Sinead Cullen
Ireland
Suman Sroha
India
Tracy Au
Hong Kong

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!

Suman Sroha

Ms. Suman was born in India and lived in many countries from an early age including Fiji, Nepal, Mozambique, England and Hong Kong. At the University of Delhi she mastered in history and then went on to study Early Childhood Education after working as a preschool teacher in Hong Kong. She is a Hong Kong-registered teacher and has also completed a post-graduate diploma in Early Childhood Education at the Hong Kong Baptist University, a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at the New Zealand Tertiary College and then earned a masters in Pre-Primary Education at the Asian College of Teachers in Bangalore.

 

Ms. Suman has now been teaching for 8 years and she really enjoys working and learning with young children, as this constantly inspires her to become an even better educator.

 

Ms. Suman has taught students of various ages in Hong Kong, including Pre-Nursery, K1 and K2, and playgroup. Ms. Suman is very excited to join the Bebegarten team!

Tracy Au

Tracy was born and raised in Hong Kong before moving to the UK to complete her secondary and tertiary education. She has a background in Science and holds a Master of Science degree in Environment, Science and Society from University College London, UK.

 

Tracy has a passion for teaching and specifically has a keen interest in early childhood education and strives to provide a fun and inspiring learning environment for young children. Having previously worked at Bebegarten for three years, Tracy spent a year in a British International School in Hong Kong to help develop their Babies and Toddlers programme. Tracy is excited to join the Bebegarten Under 3’s family again this year.

 

Tracy is currently studying for a PGCE in Early Years with the University of Sunderland, UK as part of her professional development. She is looking forward to implementing her new knowledge with our Under 3's children and families.

Sarah Antoine-John
UK
Lili Zeng
China
Alex Lau
UK

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!

Lili Zeng

Ms. Lili was born and raised in Wenzhou, China. After completing her bachelor’s degree in English at Wenzhou University, she earned a master’s of TESOL in Scotland at Stirling University in 2015. In 2017, Ms. Lili then went on to earn a second master’s in Child and Family Education at the Education University of Hong Kong.

Ms. Lili is passionate about educating young learners and has a particular interest in the art of finding new fun ways to facilitate and encourage language acquisition. Lili is inspired by the ever-expanding body of research surrounding child-parent relationships, parenting, attachment and child development.

The early-years child development stage is of great interest to Ms. Lili, as she recognizes that every child is a unique individual who needs to be heard, seen and respected by all of the adults in their lives, including teachers, parents and extended family.

Ms. Lili is patient and caring when working with young children and she always strives to be an excellent role-model and mentor to every one of her students.

Alex Lau

Alex was born and raised in the UK and joins Bebegarten with a tangible passion for Drama and Arts Education; holding a B.A. Hons in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, UK.

Moving to Hong Kong in 2016 to explore the country of his family’s roots, Alex takes great pride in sharing his own experiences as actor, facilitator, director and storyteller with children of all ages. In the UK and Hong Kong, Alex’s work with varied participants shares a common goal; to create immersive, memorable and highly enjoyable collaborative performance work.

Bebegarten represents an opportunity for Alex to put all his experiences within Arts education into daily practice with our children and extend our programming in Drama and Performance alongside our team of thriving, creative Artists in Residence.
Bianca Sung
Canada
Nichola Lewis
UK
Rachel Zhao
China

Bianca Sung

Born in Hong Kong but spending the majority of her formative years in Canada from 2 - 18 years old, Bianca’s first-hand experiences of living life as a third-culture-child and within International education contexts strengthened her resolve to provide inspiring Early Years platforms for all children and parents alike.

Holding a Diploma in Early Years Education, Seneca College, Canada, and as a registered Kindergarten teacher in Hong Kong, Bianca has been working with Early Years learners for 5 years and most recently as a Teacher & Supervisor in an International Playgroup in Hong Kong since 2014.

Experienced working within a play-based and creative culture; Bianca’s knowledge of ensuring children are on the right pathways for success within future schooling shines through in her interactions with children and parents alike.

Bianca is excited to have found an institution in Hong Kong that mirrors her own philosophy as an educator; providing a caring, open and communicative approach to these critical Early Years and supporting the uniqueness of every child.

Nichola Lewis

Born and raised in the UK, Nichola is returning to Hong Kong for a second time with deep ties to the region; with two of her children now serving as International teachers themselves here.

Working at Discovery Bay International School for 11 years prior as a Nursery and then Reception teacher; Nichola will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our classroom and support our children in their next steps into Primary Schools here in Hong Kong and abroad. Her experience teaching pre-Primary and Primary One year’s extends to Hong Kong, The Philippines, England and Poland - joining us from the British International School of Cracow as their former Foundation Stage Coordinator.

Having completed her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Exeter, UK, Nichola’s thesis focused on creative thinking within the cultural context of Hong Kong schooling. We are delighted to welcome her to our team as a practitioner who values high quality process driven education at the heart of her own class teaching.

Rachel Zhao

Born and raised in China, Rachel moved to Hong Kong in 2011 to continue her studies and direct her focus towards Early Years learners. Having previously gained a B.Sc. in Applied Psychology, Soochow University, China, it was her decision to pursue her M.Ed. in Educational and Developmental Psychology, Hong Kong Institute of Education, which aligned her focus towards the developmental and educational milestones of children from 6 months to 6 years old.

Having worked within the diverse nature of education settings in Hong Kong, Rachel was pleased to find a synergy between her beliefs as a practitioner and those of Bebegarten’s Bilingual and Immersive Mandarin learning styles when she joined in 2016. She successfully shares a love of learning through play and investigative classroom opportunities with our children and has taught across all of our age groups.

It is Rachel’s belief that language represents a crucial part of one’s own culture and in its sharing, all children - and adults alike - can share in global knowledge and experience.
Sydney Lott
USA
Tracy Au
UK

Sydney Lott

Sydney was born and raised in California, USA and has worked internationally in Education for the past 6 years between Thailand and Hong Kong.

Graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a B.A. Honours degree in Psychology and Education, she has since concluded a distance study in Early Childhood Education with UC Los Angeles.

Sydney is now in her third year at Bebegarten, recently moving into the Upper Nursery class after previously working on the Under 3's team. She has a well-rounded experience with child development and a strong belief in the importance of quality care and education throughout the early years.

With a desire to ensure that every child gains the confidence to be independent, self-sufficient and creative, Sydney and Bebegarten share a pledge to ensure that every child is set-up to succeed in their future through a playful, expressive and nurturing approach.

Tracy Au

Tracy was born and raised in Hong Kong before moving to the UK to complete her secondary and tertiary education. She has a background in Science and holds a Master of Science degree in Environment, Science and Society from University College London, UK.
Tracy has a passion for teaching and specifically has a keen interest in early childhood education. She strives to provide a fun and inspiring learning environment for young children.
Having previously worked at Bebegarten for three years, Tracy spent a year in a British International School in Hong Kong to help develop their Babies and Toddlers programme. Tracy rejoined Bebegarten last year and has since completed her PGCE in Early Years with the University of Sunderland, UK. She is looking forward to implementing her new knowledge with our Under 3's children and families.
Who influences our children’s achievement more
60%
Teacher
20%
Home
20%
Management / School
Source: The Professional Learning and Leadership Development Directorate including research by Robert Marzano
Our teachers are passionate, caring, experienced and highly qualified.
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