Teresa Lee - Our Team
Teresa Lee is a professionally trained counselor who focuses on children and young adolescent development.
Teresa is responsible for the social-emotional development and psychological wellbeing of students. She works closely with the learning support team at Bloom to help students acquire the skills needed to cope with stress and embrace adversity as opportunity for growth, and develop true grit and resilience when navigating an increasingly complex world.
A Singaporean Shanghainese American by birth, Teresa moved to Hong Kong at a young age when her father took up a teaching position as one of the first professors at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Having lived and studied in multiple countries and under different education systems, including American local and Hong Kong international schools, Teresa has a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by third culture kids, and appreciates the importance of being able to adapt to and thrive in changes.
Teresa holds two Masters degrees in Counseling and Psychology from Monash University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) respectively. She has experience in working with children with and without special education needs from pre-nursery to primary levels. She graduated from the University of California – Los Angeles with a BA in History, and went on to obtain a Juris Doctor degree from CUHK. Prior to becoming a counselor, she worked in one of the leading matrimonial and family law firms in Hong Kong for seven years.
In her spare time, Teresa enjoys reading, going on trail rides and receiving private therapy from her mini Shiba Inu (dog) named Norii.
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Connie’s passion in language and literature leads her to various areas, from advertising to translation studies, and eventually to bilingual education. She has taught in private bilingual schools, ESF schools and other international schools in Hong Kong, with curriculum experiences over Chinese immersion, IB PYP Chinese and Chinese as a foreign language. Connie holds a MA in Translation from Hong Kong Baptist University and a MED from The University of Hong Kong. She also finishes her PGDE from Education University of Hong Kong, where she is trained in special needs education with a focus on supporting students with challenges in Chinese reading and writing. She is experienced in one-on-one and small group learning support, as well as classroom lead teaching for all Primary grade levels.
With a firm belief that students’ well-being is the foundation of education, Connie is dedicated to research and design engaging Chinese lessons with appropriate differentiation strategies. She has also applied her training from art and music therapy to help channeling students’ emotions, and actively integrated multi-sensory and multimedia tools in her classes to motivate learning. In her spare time, Connie enjoys books and movies, hiking and cycling. She is looking forward to taking her students to the bigger classroom outside — parks and trails, art venues and local communities — to experience and explore the beauty and creativity shaped by languages and culture.
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.
Ian Y. Wang was born and raised in Hong Kong and formed a global perspective on education at Hong Kong International School and then at the College of Human Sciences at Purdue University. Ian returned to Hong Kong and graduated with a Master of Arts degree in English Studies and Literature at the City University of Hong Kong to further pursue his passion for literature.
Ian firmly believes in the power of literature: the way it is both an individual and a communal experience and how it explores the complexity of the language and human thought; within its many worlds is always something new to discover and learn. To share his love for language and learning with others, Ian obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Sunderland.
Ian has range and a broad perspective as a K-12 educator having taught kindergarten, primary, as well as secondary students and gained insight into the needs of each stage. After teaching in Hong Kong for a few years, he wanted to expand his horizons and teach in a new environment, and so he moved to Shanghai and joined the Shanghai Pinghe Bilingual School where he eventually became the Deputy Head of Middle School English. Ian led the development of an engaging and integrated English curriculum in accordance with the United States Common Core standards. He is experienced in differentiation and values individual interests and needs. Whether it is sharing why he loves the novels Gates of Fire and Wide Sargasso Sea, teaching creative writing, or leading the Public Speaking Club, Ian aims to offer his students an inspiring, all-rounded experience with language and deeper appreciation of its many dimensions. He enjoys working with his colleagues as much as his students and has provided professional development workshops to his fellow English department staff.
To Ian, details matter. To create the right learning environment, he emphasizes integrity, fairness and personal autonomy. Respecting and encouraging his students to take charge of their own learning, Ian teaches them not only English but also how to tackle problems and seek their own solutions using the resources available creatively. He looks forward to returning home but also blazing new paths with his students at Bloom KKCA Academy.