Monal Shah - Our Team
Monal is a seasoned teacher with experience teaching young children for more than 10 years, in local and international school settings. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with second class honor as well as PGDECE from the Mumbai University. Monal has also recently obtained her certification course in Kindergarten Principal from the Hong Kong Baptist University.
Monal was raised in Mumbai, India and has called Hong Kong home for more than 15 years. Growing up in India, she has developed a long lasting love for music, dance, Bollywood movies and a respect for culture, religion and diversity.
She is passionate about shaping young minds and leaving a positive impact on children to be lifelong learners, and has always enjoyed being around younger children. It is the educator's responsibility to recognise each student's strength and weakness to help them meet their full potential, and Monal is always trying to create a classroom environment conducive for all to grow physically, socially, mentally and emotionally.
Outside the classroom, she is passionate about cooking and is aspiring to be a vegetarian cooking blogger soon. Three years ago, Monal was introduced to meditation, and today, she lives by the strength of meditation and strong positive thinking.
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Erica is a Forest School Leader passionate about the benefits of outdoor education. Since moving to Hong Kong in 2002, she has taught both in international and local schools. She holds a BA in Theatre Studies from the University of Ulster, BA in Psychology and Drama from Hofstra University, a PGDE from HKU, and a Master of Education in Early Childhood from EdUHK.
Daniel Latham grew up in Manchester, UK, where the city’s landscapes and weather has led him to his passion for geography. Daniel graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in geography at Aberystwyth University, located at a lovely university town on the Western coasts of Wales.
It was Daniel’s supportive primary school teachers who filled his childhood with pleasant memories and guided him on his path towards education. Daniel now, in turn, wants to pass the torch of teaching and learning and share the joy of education to all. After completing his undergraduate degree, Daniel spent 12 months volunteering with various children’s charities and primary schools before obtaining his Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Liverpool Hope University.
After teaching at a top UK primary school, Daniel moved to Hong Kong where he taught lower primary students for over five years and became a trained IB Primary Years Programme teacher. As a grade-level coordinator, he had the chance to understand and focus on the importance of inquiry through play to develop a child’s emotional, cognitive, and social skills. Committed to continuous self-improvement, Daniel has recently completed his Master of Education degree from the University of Hong Kong.
Daniel hopes to nurture his students to become life-long learners by instilling a love of learning in them early on. He believes that fostering inquiry-based and self-driven learning is indispensable to their becoming independent learners and encourages his students to be avid learners inside and outside of the classroom. Experience has taught Daniel that different learners have different needs; he strives to provide creatively responsive teaching methods and strategies to keep students engaged in order for them to reach their learning potential and become knowledgeable, balanced, and reflective individuals.
Daniel enjoys practicing wellbeing and mindfulness to be more aware of the present and one’s surroundings. When not in the classroom, Daniel can be found exploring Hong Kong’s many hiking trails as well as its food and culture.
Cara is from mainland China and Mandarin is her first language. She has a genuine passion for teaching Chinese, after she obtained her degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Tianjin University of Science and Technology, she continued to study at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and received her Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. This was followed by a PGDE in ECE from The Education University of Hong Kong.
Cara has been teaching Chinese for seven years and helps students to customize their Mandarin studies in both motive and method. Cara really enjoys teaching and taking care of children. Helping them to achieve their own milestones is one of her personal motivations. She is also able to encourage and guide her students to explore their daily life and cultivate positive values during their learning opportunities and interaction with peers and adults, which she believes is essential for children's development.
Cara likes sports, arts and music, playing drums and learning different instruments is one of her passions, and she goes to the gym everyday!