Mr. Kenji Noguchi
Certificate Course for Kindergarten Principal (English), HKBU
Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood, HKBU
Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, Marketing, Macquarie University (Australia, Sydney)
Registered Childcare Supervisor and Worker under Hong Kong Social Welfare Department
Registered Teacher under Hong Kong Education Bureau
Mr. Kenji holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce-Marketing and a post-graduate diploma in Early Childhood Education. He has graduated from the Certification Course for Kindergarten Principals in 2019.
Mr. Kenji has more than 10 years of experience in the field of early childhood education. During his tenure as a Vice-Principal, he has created various child-centred programmes to promote global mindedness. Mr. Kenji is motivated with exceptional communication, leadership and administrative abilities. He fosters open-mindedness and strives to live by ideals that promote sustainability, responsibility and kindness.
Mrs. Brenda Wong
PGCE (Distinction), HKU
MA, University of Reading UK
Mrs. Wong has worked in the Education Bureau for 30 years before retirement. She has extensive experience in curriculum development, teacher education and quality assurance of schools. Since retirement, she has continued her work in education as school manager. She is currently council member of a renowned NGO serving the intellectually challenged. Her role includes being chairman of the education committee, member of the social services committee, school supervisor and center supervisor of the preschool center.
Mrs. Esther Chong Acker
BEd Early Childhood Education, Cornerstone University, USA
Master in Cross Cultural Studies, Cornerstone University, USA
Certification Course for Kindergarten Principals (English), HKBU
Registered Childcare Supervisor and Worker
Ms. Esther joined Galilee International School (GIS) staff team since school opening.
Ms. Esther graduated from Great Lakes Christian College and Cornerstone University. Prior joining GIS staff team, Ms. Esther worked as a Preschool and Childcare Co-director in Grand Ledge, Michigan, for seven years.
She believes that learning is a lifelong journey. This year, she is furthermore developing the Bible curriculum at GIS.
Ms. Esther holds a Master’s Degree in Cross-Cultural Studies and recently graduated from a Certification Course for Kindergarten Principals from Hong Kong Baptist University.
Ms. Esther’s favorite Bible verse is, Proverbs 9:10-11.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.
If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.”
Ms. Stephanie Law
Director of School Development
BBA Marketing, HKUST
Stephanie joined GIS as Director of School Development in 2013. Prior to joining GIS, she served as School Development Manager leading her team and developed three schools in Hong Kong from blueprint, establishment, to further development. She has retained her role on the school advisory committee.
After graduated from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology majoring BBA Marketing. Stephanie has gained more than 15 years experience in marketing, project management, school management and development.
Alongside her role in GIS, she also serves as a children's church teacher in International Fellowship North Church. She will further develop the Bible curriculum for GIS and continue to spread God's love and His word to our next generation.
Ms. Stephanie's favorite Bible verses:
Proverbs 22:6 Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
1 Chronicles 29:14 Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.
Meet Our Teachers
Mr. Timothy Acker
Bachelor of Elementary Education, Spring Arbor University, U.S.A
TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certificate, Oxford Seminars, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA
Education, English, Language Arts, Great Lakes Christian College, Lansing, MI, USA
Mr. Tim was born and raised in the beautiful state of Michigan, U.S.A. He attended Spring Arbor University and Great Lakes Christian College while studying Elementary Education. Mr. Tim has been working with children on a daily basis for nine years, Mr. Tim worked as a lead teacher at Delta Mills Child Care where he worked with a variety of different children with unique, individual needs. Mr. Tim believes that students can become more successful and confident when they have a strong language foundation. It is important to equip students with this strong educational foundation because they are the future generation of leaders.
Ms. Soné van Rooyen
Bachelor of Education, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
Ms. Sone worked as a Primary School Teacher in South Africa for seven years. She is a dedicated and passionate teacher looking to grow in her profession in order to inspire and encourage growth in her students.
Ms. Sone objective is to enable each child to reach his/her full potential and to foster an inquisitive nature in them so that they can become life long learners.
Ms. Mandy Cheung
Art Bachelor (University of Huddersfield, First Honours)
Over eight years of teaching experience
I believe every child can change the world, how they are inspired and cultivated determines who they are. Children is the asset of our future and the environment for them to learn is the key. My responsibility of being a teacher is to discover their talent, help them to achieve their goals and, face obstacles with a positive attitude.
Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), Early Childhood Education, University of Hong Kong
Bachelor of Psychology, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, U.S.A.
Ms. Katherine is interested to understand children's growth path and their physical, mental, emotional and social developments at each age stage.
She enjoys being a teacher to guide them and taking good care of them. She always feels happy when she sees the kids get the achievement in their learning journey.
Ms. Carrie Zhao
MA Chinese Literature, Language & Culture, HKBU BA Chinese Language & Literature, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China
Putonghua Certificate, Class One
Hong Kong Language Proficiency Assessment for Teacher (Putonghua) Level 4 & 5
Ms. Carrie has been teaching in the Early Childhood field for 4 years. She enjoys teaching Mandarin to younger children through songs, games and stories. She also enjoys studying Chinese traditional poems and cooking Chinese cuisine. Ms. Carrie would like children to appreciate Chinese culture through reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Ms. Elena Katrina Adamkoviciute
BSc Psychology, Upper Iowa University, USA
Ms Katrina was born and raised in Lithuania, Europe. She has graduated from Lithuania Business School and shortly after that she moved to Hong Kong to pursue her career in international trading.
Education has always been a passion for Ms. Katrina. Being a mother of three wonderful children gave her the motivation to switch careers and to start pursuing a path in Early Childhood Education. She is an enthusiastic educator, who is very keen to learn more about various teaching approaches and strategies.
Ms. Tiffany Ho
Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies, Ryerson University, Canada
Registered Childcare Supervisor and Worker
First Aid Trained
Ms. Nishta Haresh Mirpuri
Ms. Tiffany was born in Toronto, Canada. She spent most of her childhood in Hong Kong and decided to move back to Canada when she is in High School. She loves children and has a clear target that she is going to work with children. She has been teaching young children for 5 years on the range from toddlers to primary school children, in both school and private setting.
Miss Nishta has spent over three years with Galilee International School and has taught and assisted in the PN and K-1 classes. Her experiences with children in the early years have been both challenging and rewarding. She enjoys seeing the children develop independence, demonstrate confidence in learning and flourish in friendships and building relationships.
As a mother of two, Nishta can relate to their development and challenges in a nurturing way and with love and care. Teaching children has always been her passion, and she strongly believes that they are an inspiration and that they give her the enthusiasm to give her best, which is the key to achieving success in school and life.
Human Service Certificate Associate Degree in Arts, City College of San Francisco, CA, USA
Diploma in Infant Language Activities Training, Spare Time Study Centre, Hong Kong
Diploma in Early Childhood Education (DECE), The Open University of Hong Kong
Ms. Veronica was born in Hong Kong and moved to San Francisco in the United States for 8 years. She had 4 years teaching experience in San Francisco and also 6 years teaching experience in international schools in Hong Kong.
She loves to interact with children at all stages of development. Being able to involved in children's journey, knowing they are improving, getting inspired and growing up healthy makes her feel rewarded.