Karin Ann Co-Founder and Principal, The International Montessori School Karin Ann Co-Founder and Principal, The International Montessori School
Karin Ann is Co-Founder and Principal of the International Montessori School. She is a native of Hong Kong who grew up in a bilingual Eurasian family with a strong educational bent: her grandfather wrote a series of books about learning Chinese characters. As a result, Karin had an interest in education from an early age. In 2001 she and Anne Sawyer co-founded IMS and began introducing children to the Chinese language using the multisensory Montessori approach to learning. IMS is now considered one of the world’s leading Montessori bilingual programs for kindergarten and primary children.
Prior to establishing IMS, Karin worked for Deutsche Bank, in charge of risk management and capital financing for companies in the Greater China region. She was also a management consultant for Bain and Company in San Francisco and Hong Kong. Karin holds Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University. A TEDx speaker, she has been also awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year award by the American Chamber of Commerce in 2015, and the Jessica Most Successful Women Award in 2017. Jean Chan Speech and Language Pathologist, Central Health Medical Practice Jean Chan Speech and Language Pathologist, Central Health Medical Practice
Jean is an experienced Speech and Language Therapist with a decade’s experience gained in Australia, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. Fluent in Cantonese and English, Jean graduated from the University of Sydney, Australia with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Speech Pathology and is certified by the Speech Pathology Australia Association as well as the Hong Kong Association of Speech Therapists.
Jean currently practices in private clinics and a non-government organisation, providing assessments, reviews and therapy for children with a range of speech, language and social communication difficulties individually and in groups. Jean strongly believes in collaborative teaching. She believes working in conjunction with parents and teachers to effectively evaluate and modify strategies for each individual child. Jean also has experience working in London with the UK National Health Service, providing assessments, reviews and therapy at health centres and schools focusing on children. She liaised closely with teachers and parents to support students with communication, speech and language difficulties, implementing the Total Communication approach. She also worked in hospitals and nursing homes to support adults with communication and swallowing difficulties. Originally from Sydney, Jean practiced with the Australian Department of Aging, Disability and Health Care, providing services in one-to-one clinic settings, pre and primary schools, childcare centres, family homes and disability centres. Jean's clinical expertise lies in working with clients with special needs including Autism Spectrum Disorder and Downs Syndrome. She has particular interests in early intervention, speech sound disorders, specific language impairment, global developmental delay and autism. Jean has international training in the following: · Social Thinking® · Lindamood Bell- Visualizing and Verbalizing® Program for Cognitive Development, Comprehension & Thinking · Hanen Program It Takes Two To Talk · Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 · Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) · PROMPT for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets · Key Word Sign Australia · Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Program Approach to Feeding Jean is passionate in supporting and optimizing functional communication, speech and language for people of all ages in a supportive and friendly environment. Connie Lau Foster English Speaking Coordinator, Lingnan Kindergarten Connie Lau Foster English Speaking Coordinator, Lingnan Kindergarten
After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree from UC Berkeley, Connie Lau Foster returned to Hong Kong to work as a filmmaker and educator. In 2013, she started working for the Lingnan group of schools, one of the oldest education institutions in Hong Kong. She currently teaches at the kindergarten attached to the Lingnan group with a focus on language, diversity and sports.
In 2017 she obtained her PGDE (Postgraduate Diploma in Education) in early childhood education from the University of Hong Kong. In the same year she also started teaching swimming for ESF Sports. In the same year, she became the Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) Student Counsellor providing additional resources and advice to students and families of ethnic minorities and new immigrants in her kindergarten. In 2018 she started the Master of Education program in HKU specialising in Education Psychology. Her interests in education include equality in education, special education and sports education. Zhao-Hui Xu Hong Kong International School Zhao-Hui Xu Hong Kong International School
Zhao-Hui Xu provides leadership for the Chinese language and culture program at HKIS. This includes the development and alignment of curriculum as well as the recruitment and supervision of 25 Chinese Studies faculty. Hui also organizes activities and events for the greater HKIS community including adult Mandarin classes, Focus on China Speakers Series, and Chinese culture trips.
Before joining HKIS, Hui also served at the Sinarmas and Jakarta World Academies as the Chinese Principal and at the Western Academy of Beijing as a Chinese teacher and program head. A Chinese native, Hui earned her Master's Degree in Chinese Literature from the Central China Normal University. Virginia Wilson Chief Operations Officer, Global, OneSky Virginia Wilson Chief Operations Officer, Global, OneSky
In March 2018, Virginia Wilson joined OneSky for all children, an international NGO working with at-risk children in China, Vietnam, Mongolia and Hong Kong. Prior to joining OneSky, Virginia was the Chief Executive of the Child Development Centre (CDC) for over 13 years. During her time as the Chief Executive of CDC she was the Chair of Growing Together, a charity that successfully lobbied the Hong Kong Government, China and the United Nations for the rights of children with special educational needs. Virginia also facilitated the first charity merger in Hong Kong between Springboard Project and the CDC. Virginia chaired the Jockey Club Sarah School for over 5 years and was a board member of the English Schools Foundation (ESF). Virginia is currently the Chair of the Education Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce. Prior to her career in education, she held a number of senior positions in the fields of communications, media and arts management, including the start-up of STAR TV.