"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
Grace Merritt
UK
Kathy Wong
Malaysia

Tracey Emms

Tracey serves as Bebegarten’s Deputy Head of Curriculum having been with the team 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 her knowledge into her classroom and management practices. Prior to joining Bebegarten she worked at an International through-school in Cairo as a teacher and team leader and brings a widespread range of experiences to Bebegarten’s community of learners on a daily basis.

Grace Merritt

Grace serves as Bebegarten’s Under 3’s Coordinator and is excited to continue supporting Bebegarten children in their varied classroom experiences and appropriate developmental stages.

Although born in the UK Grace moved to Hong Kong at the age of four and completed her primary and secondary education in international schools in Hong Kong. From a young age Grace has been passionate about working with children and volunteered in orphanages around the world before becoming a nanny.

These accumulated experiences influenced her decision to complete a B.A. Hons Degree in Early Childhood Studies at Oxford Brooke’s University, UK and most recently Grace embarked on her PGCEi with Keele Univeristy, UK during the past year at Bebegarten.

Kathy Wong

Kathy was born and raised in Malaysia and graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University with a B.A. Hons in Teaching Mandarin as a Second Language and obtained her National PSC Mandarin Proficiency Certification in China.

She has been a key component in developing Bebegarten’s Mandarin programme for the past 2 years and previously she was working at an international school in Kuala Lumpur for 3 years. Through her own immersion in Chinese culture throughout her life, Kathy is inspired to communicate stimulating and varied experiences within her classroom and is delighted to be working in an education environment that allows children to explore and discover language creatively. Such experience sees her as an ideal Mandarin Programme Coordinator as we continue to expand on Bebegarten’s Mandarin provisions.
Anne Carroll
US
Annie Fung
UK
Charming Pau
Canada

Anne Carroll

Annie was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Graduating from the Ohio State University with a B.A. Hons degree in Communications - she has more than 9 years’ experience working with children under three within Hong Kong international schools.

Annie finds working with Early Years Learners to be both a great privilege as well as a great responsibility; as a child’s early teachers have such significant impact on laying the foundations of a child’s happiness and success. Her passion stems from being involved with children as they reach important developmental milestones and sharing in these moments of joy with families. Inspired by Bebegarten’s mission to offer an alternative education in Hong Kong and energise the joy of learning, Annie believes all of us can learn from the way in which children so passionately engage in all of life’s everyday activities.

Annie Fung

Annie was born and raised in Hong Kong and holds a B.A. Hons in Textile Design from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK and serves as Bebegarten’s Visual Arts Director.

Alongside working as an artist and designer herself, Annie pursued an interest in Art education that has seen her work with children from 12 months to 13 years old over the past 6 years. She has worked in various education settings and studios in this time; running her own Fine Art, crafts and conceptual design courses throughout.

Steering Bebegarten’s Visual Arts projects and classes, Annie believes it is vital that children's creativity is nurtured from a young age and is relatable to their world around them. Through practical exploration, introductions to artists (from contemporary to master) and learning how to use different artistic tools, her aim is to guide children to discover their potentials and express themselves through Art here at Bebegarten.

Charming Pau

Charming was born and raised in Hong Kong before going on to spend her high school and university years in Toronto, Canada. She graduated with a B.A. Hons degree in Health Studies from McMaster University, Canada and spent 3 years as a behavioural therapist working with children on the Autistic Spectrum and any other developmental delays before going onto graduating a Master of Public Health Degree at the University of Hong Kong. Her multi-cultural education has shaped her experience in catering to a truly global curriculum at Bebegarten and Charming looks to allow all children an opportunity to enhance their potential through exploration, play and close guidance.

Her Early Years Education philosophy is inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s words; “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
Danielle Whitehead
UK
Lauren Black
UK
Marco Iannelli
Italy

Danielle Whitehead

Born and raised in the UK, Dani is returning to Hong Kong for a second-time having been enchanted by Asia’s world city in 2013. She has diverse experience across the Early Years in both professional and higher education capacities, having gained her Early Childhood Studies B.A. Hons degree from Sheffield Hallam, UK, in 2012 and since expanding her practice to work with children from 3 months to 6 years old.

Having taught in the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore previously, Dani’s always been a keen traveler and active member in charitable causes. She is eager to step back into life as an Early Years teacher in Hong Kong bringing with her a mix of inspirations. Dani's ambitious are to continue to teach and to travel as, like her students, she's always inspired to learn something new.

Lauren Black

Born in Hong Kong and having grown up as an International School student here, this marks a return for Lauren to Bebegarten having been a teacher with us during our Summer School in 2013. Lauren is experienced across all of Bebegarten’s age groups, having been teaching for the past 9 years in varied settings around Hong Kong and the UK.

The opportunity to return to Bebegarten and continue in her journey of supporting every individual child to fulfil their potential is one that both parties are delighted to be able to confirm; such is the synergy between her practice and Bebegarten’s.

With a P.G.C.E, University of Leeds, UK now under her belt to compliment her B.A. Hons, Early Childhood Studies, Roehampton, UK; Lauren will be utilising her knowledge of International education milestones both here in Hong Kong and further afield to create an inspiring classroom environment.

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.
Miriam Ma
US
May Henderson
UK
Natasha Pearson
UK

Miriam Ma

Miriam joins Bebegarten with a wealth of experience as a performer and practitioner of multiple disciplines. As a Bebegarten Artist in Residence, she will be inspiring our children to fulfil their passions as budding music, drama and singing enthusiasts.

Having exposed children to classroom experiences in the Arts for 10 years both here in Hong Kong and in the USA, she is looking forward to the challenge of sharing her own passions as a professional performer with Bebegarten students, teachers and parents alike.

Whilst her experiences as a professional pianist and singer give her first-hand industry knowledge; it is her passion of inspiring a generation of creative, confident and self-assured children that underpin her teaching practice.

May Henderson

May joins Bebegarten from an inclusive school in Thailand and will serve 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.

Natasha Pearson

Born and raised in the UK, Natasha is overjoyed to be returning to Hong Kong with Bebegarten having been captivated by the cultural landscape here during a year of Kindergarten teaching in 2011-2012.

Her first passion as a performer saw her graduate from Roehampton University, London, UK with a B.A. Hons in Dance studies and she has since gone on to teach Dance to children of all ages. A keen traveller, it was during her experiences in observing the contrast of global education trends first-hand between Tanzania, Hong Kong and England that she was inspired to continue her studies to provide a classroom culture where all children could be equal and inspired.

Gaining her P.G.C.E. in 2013, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, UK, Natasha went on to work for an Academy School in the UK as a Reception Class Teacher and then Reception Year Group Leader. In joining Bebegarten, Natasha is excited to find an environment that matches her philosophy of putting children at the forefront of their own learning through enquiry.
Rachel Zhao
China
Sarah Mulcahy
UK
Shaun Handford
UK

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 is pleased to have found a synergy between her beliefs as a practitioner and those of Bebegarten’s Bilingual and Immersive Mandarin learning styles and she strives to share a love of learning through play and investigative opportunity with our children.

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.

Sarah Mulcahy

Sarah was born in London, England, and spent much of her early life in the London borough of Hampstead. At the age of ten she moved to Cork, Ireland, and continued to enjoy a carefree and happy childhood. Having lived in Hong Kong for many years, moving in 1990 with her husband and building a family of her own, she now considers it her home.

Her passion for working with children has been sustained over the past 25 years here in Hong Kong and through receiving her B.Sc Hons and M.Sc in Psychological Counselling; she continues to work in the counselling field alongside her teaching at Bebegarten.

Sarah’s influence to work with Bebegarten surfaced in 2014 through finding a synergy between her understanding of the uniqueness of each child’s learning journey and the shared importance to be cognizant of each child's social and learning needs.

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.

Joining us from an International school in Italy, Shaun is excited to continue his development as an Early Years Practitioner within the diverse cultural and socio-political climate of Hong Kong.
Tracy Au
UK

Tracy Au

Tracy was born and raised in Hong Kong before moving to the UK for her secondary and tertiary education. She holds a B.S. Hons degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia, UK and a Master of Science degree in Environment, Science and Society from the University College London, UK.

Tracy has always had an invested interest in working with children; whilst studying in the UK, she had the opportunity to volunteer at a Chinese Sunday school teaching children Cantonese. She also worked as a rock climbing instructor at a summer camp in North Carolina, USA, with children ranging between 5 and 15 years old. Although she pursued her career as an environmental consultant soon after she graduated, Tracy ultimately decided to follow her passion of working with children after finding herself missing the day-to-day interactions with children and their energy. She has joined Bebegarten as a teaching assistant and is studying Early Childhood Education as part of her ongoing training at Bebegarten.
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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