Erica Lee - Our Team
Erica Lee has always been passionate about education. At the age of eleven, Erica became interested in amateur dramatics and joined a local group in her British hometown. She was aware of the confidence that Drama classes gave her and wanted to pay it forward to other children.
Erica studied Psychology and Drama at Hofstra University before returning to the United Kingdom to study Theatre at the University of Ulster. She focused on Drama in Education, Community Drama and Drama Therapy before moving to Hong Kong in 2002.
Erica has completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education with the University of Hong Kong, an IB Certificate in PYP Teaching and Learning with the State University of California and a Master of Early Childhood Education with the Education University of Hong Kong. Erica has worked in both local and international schools, with her most recent post being at the Independent Schools Foundation Academy (ISF) where she worked for four years as the Assistant Grade Level Head and Class Teacher for Foundation Year. She also worked as Divisional Head of International Stream for K1-G5 at Tsung Tsin Primary School and Kindergarten for many years.
Erica has a keen interest in the benefits of outdoor education and can often be found hiking through Hong Kong’s many beautiful forests or resting by a stream with her four children.
OTHER BLOOM MEMBERS
Renée has pioneered innovative learning and entrepreneurship education in Hong Kong for the past decade. She founded Baker and Bloom, a K-12 organization that fosters creativity and helps students achieve academic and admissions success. Renee holds a BA in English from Harvard, an MPhil from Cambridge, and a PGDE from HKU. Before launching Bloom Academy, Renee completed training at Harvard's The Principals’ Center.
Mei Chen is an accomplished scientist and engineer who has over a decade of industry experience at Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Lockheed Martin, and NASA. Mei is also a Google Certified Educator with over 15 years of teaching experience. She completed her BS in Computer Science at UCLA and MA in Software Engineering & Management at Carnegie Mellon University.
Heather Gibbs, originally from Long Island, New York has called Asia home for the last 14 years. After graduating with honors from City University of New York, Brooklyn College, she spent 4 years in Thailand teaching primary students before settling in Hong Kong which she has called home for the last decade. When she is not teaching, Heather can be found disappearing into a good book, eating Thai food, doing yoga or playing at the beach with her husband, her 4 year old daughter and her dog.
Heather believes strongly in being a life-long learner and continues to remain a dedicated student of education in addition to being a teacher. Heather has completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Education from University of Nottingham, a Post Graduate Certificate in Early Years Education and a Master’s Degree in International Education from the University of Sunderland.
Over the course of her career, she has developed a holistic approach to education which is no doubt a reflection of her experience in the leading curriculums present in Hong Kong and international education. She has worked and trained as a certified IB teacher within The Carmel School of Hong Kong and the Victoria Educational Organisation, a Common Core teacher within the American Common Core system and trained as a Project Based Learning Leader at the American International School of Hong Kong where she worked as the Early Years and Elementary School Literacy Chair. Heather believes strongly in a student-centered approach to education which focuses on empowerment, agency and nurturing what intrinsically motivates students so a life-long love of learning can be created.
Heather is thrilled to be joining Bloom Academy as the Literacy Coordinator and cannot wait to share her passion and love of stories, reading and writing with Bloom KKCA Academy.