Alex Robson
Lead Teacher

Mr. Alex is our Lead Teacher for CGA, he has been a member of the CGA team since August 2018 and joined the school with 5 years experience of working in education and education management in China. Mr. Alex received his PGCE in Primary Education from Durham University and has subsequently taught across the Key Stages of the National Curriculum. Since joining CGA, Mr. Alex has helped in establishing the school as a British National Curriculum school, while also working with the academic team to enrich our children’s school lives across the school. I love being in the classroom, and interacting with students across all levels of the school. One of the best things about working here is that I have been able to get to know all of our students and their individual personalities, from EYFS up to KS3. I have a passion for reading and feel it is the foundation language and learning. I want my students to be able to express themselves as much as they can in a variety of ways, I like to use technology to support our learning and creating meaningful experiences for us all that we can carry with us beyond school.

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Zakiya Williams
Ms. Zakiya Williams is the Pre-Nursery and Nursery Teacher at Canton Global Academy. I am originally from London, England. However, I travel frequently to visit family in America, Jamaica, and Japan. I made Guangzhou, China, my home when I became an English Teacher for a Training Centre in August 2016. I have worked with Canton Global Academy since its opening in 2017. I started as the EYFS Teacher for Pre-Nursery, Nursery and Reception, as well as the Year One Teacher. Canton Global Academy has grown significantly in the short time it has been open, my teaching skills have surely grown with it. I have lived in China for almost three years and truly enjoy the culture, food and people. My hobbies include; reading, travelling and researching new teaching techniques.

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Sharonda Adams

Sharonda Adams is a Washington, D.C., USA native and passionate educator. She is a graduate of Trinity Washington University from which she received a Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary English Education. During her studies, she completed research in Human Growth and Development, Adolescent Culture in Literature, and Global and Ethical Prospectives courses. She received a Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language (TEFL) Certificate in the Spring of 2018. Prior to her relocation to Guangzhou, China, she taught English and Writing Support classes at a number of public schools throughout the Washington, D.C. area. Her philosophy of education is as follows: “Every child can and wants to learn. Students effectively acquire knowledge in academic environments that are balanced. There must be equality between rigidity and flexibility, and teacher lead instruction and peer to peer interaction. Furthermore, there must be fairness embedded in the conduction of academic assessments and behavioral management. It is important to foster a learning community that embraces diversity and celebrates multiculturalism.  These are a few of the key components necessary to produce steadily evolving, valuable characteristics in every student.” Sharonda is appreciative of the opportunity to develop as an educator she has been afforded as a teacher at Canton Global Academy. She intends to work diligently to ensure her instructional practices and role within the school’s setting are in accordance with the United Kingdom’s National Curriculum standards for the duration of her affiliation with the Canadian International Educational Organization.

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Hannah Bates Bio

Ms. Hannah was born and raised in South Wales in the United Kingdom. She graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education with QTS. During her degree, Hannah specialised with working within the Foundation Stage and Early Years Department. In 2012 Hannah left home to live her lifelong dream of travelling the world, during this time, Hannah enjoyed submerging in different cultures and exploring various countries. Over the past few years Hannah has gained experience teaching in a Bilingual school in Wales, United Kingdom as a Reception teacher. She has also gained experience teaching internationally at the British International School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Hannah enjoys challenges and strives to be an excellent role model for her students. She is often described by her co- workers as a caring, energetic and a fun teacher. She believes that developing children’s confidence and self-esteem is as important as developing children academically and works towards encouraging students to fall in love with learning. Since joining CGA Hannah has been involved with developing the EYFS department as well as many areas of the school. She has also started a school council within the school which allows the children to gain more responsibility in their school alongside developing their personal skills. Outside of work Hannah enjoys reading, meeting new people, listening to music and exercising.

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Mathew Corrie

Mr. Mathew is from a small city in the UK called Sunderland. I am very passionate about sports which lead me to study for a BSc in Sport & Exercise Science at the University of Sunderland. Upon completion of my first degree I decided to complete my PGCE in Primary Education, completing a range of different modules and placements along the way. I began my teaching career in Qatar in the Middle East, where I worked as a Year 4 Class Teacher in a small international school. Working in Qatar enabled me to work in, live in and embrace a complete different culture to my own. My decision to move to Guangzhou was based on the fantastic things I had heard about teaching in China. I have a passion for teaching and making learning fun. I strongly feel that children learn best when they are happy and enjoying what they are doing. I am thoroughly looking forward to spending the next few years trying to make CGA grow as both a school and a community. In my spare time, I love nothing more than spending a few hours on the golf course, playing football with friends and colleagues or simply watching a movie. I also love to both eat and cook, and have found some of the less known Chinese dishes I have tried since being in Guangzhou absolutely delicious.

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Charlotte Wood

Ms Charlotte is an enthusiastic, professional, active primary school teacher who has a degree qualification in BA (hons) Primary Education with QTS from Manchester Metropolitan University where I was able to gain invaluable experience in a wide range of primary schools and year groups. I am qualified to teach EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children and I am keen to support the personal and academic development of all of the students that I teach. I am now in my fourth year as a teacher and I have had the experience of teaching reception, year 3, year 5, year 2 and year 1 in the UK, Qatar and China. I have a real passion for teaching internationally and it has developed me a great deal professionally. I feel that living abroad and being able to immerse myself in a new culture and adapting to new customs allows me to become a more resilient, respectful and resourceful individual and this is something that I encourage my students to show in their personalities too. I am a very confident and outgoing individual and I enjoy mixing with and meeting people of all ages from all different backgrounds. As a person I feel that I am very well rounded with varied interests and hobbies including: reading, swimming and travelling.

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Richard Barry
Assistant Lead Teacher

Mr. Richard has previously taught across all ages within the British Primary Education system and also has 2-years’ experience in Special Education and 1-year experience teaching English as a second language in Vietnam. He completed his BA Hons in Primary Studies with QTS, at the University of South Wales and has since been brought a range of innovative teaching styles to CGA. Since joining us at CGA, Mr. Richard continues to demonstrate a true passion towards inspiring children to fall in love with the concept of learning. As an Apple Certified Teacher, he uses technology to both engage, motivate and support his pupils. I love teaching children to enjoy learning and understand that the challenges and mistakes that we have with learning are what lead us to our greatest achievements. Creating an environment that promotes curiosity and independence is at the centre of how I teach. I promote digital technology as the catalyst for learning in order to develop the minds of the future of our world. I use Duolingo, Khan Academy to enhance learning both inside and outside of school. I think it is important for children to understand the importance of education and not to be afraid to take risks.

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Shua Her

Mr. Shua is the Year 7-8 home room teacher and Art Specialist at CGA. I'm a passionate and creative teacher from Vancouver, Canada and have been working in China for over 5 years. I've taught students from all ages in various subjects, such as EAL, Thinking Skills, and Art. I have also worked as an English Club Organizer for adults where I integrate real life experiences or skills with English as a functional language. Recently, I've had the opportunity to represent CGA in leading an art workshop for teachers at the CIEO Conference in 2018. Some of my goals in life include running my own art studio, travelling around the world and experiencing different cultures or worldviews, making life long friends along the way, and trying to spend as much time as I can with my three favourite creatures on earth: my wife and two cats.

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Gloria Wen
Lead Chinese Teacher

Ms Gloria Wen is the Lead Chinese teacher at Canton Global Academy. Gloria has been a Chinese Teacher with CGA since its opening in 2017 and was promoted to Lead Chinese Teacher in December of 2018. Gloria has the Bachelor’s degree of Teaching Chinese as a foreign language and she is qualified as a Chinese language teacher. She has the certifications of CTCSOL(Certificate for teachers of Chinese to speaker of other language)  and Mandarin. Gloria has five years experience as a Chinese Teacher. She worked at the Confucius Institute in Spain for three years before her employment with Canton Global Academy. She has a lot of experience with teaching Chinese language to young students. Gloria likes learning different languages and embracing the cultures of other countries. In Ms Wen’s Chinese class, she always encourages her students to find out the differences between the Chinese language and culture versus their own languages and cultures. In her free time Gloria enjoys travelling the world and watching the latest blockbusters.

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Peter Li
Chinese Teacher

Mr. Peter started his teaching career after graduated from Xiangtan University, majored in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. After working in Spain for two years, he commenced studying in Sun Yat-sen University in purpose to improve the teaching abilities and to study further in the field of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages.During the last year of study in SYSU, he went to teach Mandarin in Mexico. Until now, he already has more than three-year teaching experience. The way he gives classes is engaging and full of fun. Mr Peter holds great expectation of his students. He always strives to keep his lectures fun and engaging. Many of his students have complimented him for his excellent ability to grab their attention, and for exposing them to both Mandarin and Chinese culture.

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Ophelia Chen
Chinese Teacher

Miss Ophelia, named Chen Muren in Chinese, graduated from Guangzhou South China Normal University in 2013. Six years after graduation, she has been engaged in teaching Chinese as a foreign language in international schools and has rich teaching experience. She enjoys teaching very much. She is responsible for her work and her students. She has a bright personality and she is very patient and careful with her students. She always says that teaching was not only an indispensable part of her life, but also a part of her enjoyment of life. It is all because she loves her students and likes to get along with them. She trusts that if we devote our love to our children, they will always pass on their smiles to us. She hopes to work harder and innovatively in the future and becomes a more better teacher of Chinese as a foreign language.

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