Passionate, organized, and student-centered international educator who builds rapport and tailors plans for individual accessibility, engagement, and success. A lifelong learner who enjoys researching, developing, and collaborating with colleagues to deliver a holistic educational experience through the use of multiple modalities.

Work experience

Work experience

Secondary School Learner Support Teacher                                                                                 1:1 Learner Support Teacher                                                            

Aug 2009 - Aug 2015
Hong Kong Academy
  • Collaboratively and consistently planned with colleagues to deliver differentiated instruction spanning remedial to extension strategies using IB Middle Years Programme
  • Synergistically co-taught with fellow subject and learner support teachers using different models for students Grade 8-12
  • Developed and delivered curriculum for both Learning Strategies and Approaches to Learning courses to teach organization and study skills, critical reading skills, and essay writing
  • Researched and developed resources for various subject teachers across multiple grade levels
  • Created in-service professional development workshops regarding special educational needs
  • Initiated and co-designed a revamp of IEP report format to internet database system
  • Designed, set up, and maintained website for Learner Support Department to inform parents, students, and fellow teachers
  • Advised and mentored students through pastoral program, portfolios, and Grade 10 MYP Personal Projects
  • Initiated and maintained regular communication with families of students via email, progress reports, and meetings
  • Tracked student success using Google Sheets and other digital documentation
  • Investigated and presented findings and suggestions in various focus groups (e.g. alternate course options for students outside of IB Diploma)
  • Volunteered to choreograph and teach Chinese and swing dance activities during and after school

Special Education Teacher

Sep 2007 - Aug 2009
New York City Department of Education
  • Taught a self-contained 12:1:1 class of students Grades 6-8 in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies with a variety of systematic techniques (e.g. Great Leaps)
  • Differentiated and tailored curricula for a range of academic and cognitive needs
  • Developed and implemented behavioral intervention plans for social-emotional issues
  • Volunteered as a Penny Harvest Coach
    • Empowered students to fundraise, research, and donate to a charity of their choice
    • Inspired inner city students to raise $300 from collecting coins
    • Facilitated weekly meetings and coordinated charity site visits

Corps Member

Jul 2007 - Jun 2009
Teach For America
  • Selected from approximately 20,000 applicants nationwide to join national teacher corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in under-resourced public schools
  • Participated in an intensive training program to develop pedagogical skills and knowledge
  • Taught in a summer school program run by TFA for students in New York City public schools under the supervision of a faculty of experienced teachers
  • Engaged in a full schedule of professional development activities, including seminars, discussion groups, workshops, individual and group reflections, readings, and "learning teams" specific to teaching license area



Master of Science for Teachers

Jun 2007 - Jun 2009
Pace University School of Education
  • Concentration: Middle Childhood Education Students with Disabilities
  • GPA: 3.81

Bachelor’s Degree

Aug 2003 - Jun 2007
Barnard College, Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Major: East Asian Languages and Cultures, Chinese Literature; Minor: Psychology
  • Graduated cum laude  (GPA in major: 3.76)
  • Barnard Academic Technologies Consultant (Jan 2004 - June 2007)
  • Activities: Founder of Radiance Chinese Dance Company, coordinating committee of Columbia Students for Christ, CU Swing Dance member



Cognitive Coaching Seminars Foundation Training Days 1-8

Mar 2015 - Present
Cognitive Coaching Seminars

Trainers: William Powell and Ochan Kusuma-Powell

Emergency First Aid

Feb 2014 - Feb 2017
First Aid International


Certificate of Registration as Teacher

Dec 2012 - Present
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Registration Number: R277291

Public School Teacher Certificate (Dual)

Feb 2010 - Jan 2015
University of the State of New York Education Department

Certificate Number: 1166266

  • Students with Disabilities (Grades 5-9), Generalist
  • Generalist in Middle Childhood Education (Grades 5-9)


Community Church Hong Kong                                                                                        Oct 2009 - Aug 2015

  • Worship Band Leader and Vocalist
  • Youth Small Group Leader
  • Shijiazhuang Orphanage (Beijing, China)
  • Little Flower Children's Home (Darjeeling, India)
  • Habitat for Humanity (Korat, Thailand)

Hong Kong Swings                                                                                                               Dec 2009 - Aug 2014

  • Lindy Hop Teacher (volunteer and paid)


Kristel Solomon-Saleem

Ellen Thorne

  • Secondary Humanities and IB History Teacher at Hong Kong Academy
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: +852 9648 4160

Aradhana Chandra

  • Learner Support Teacher & Parent at Hong Kong Academy
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: +852 6295 2823