Our Teachers


Alex Robson, Lead Teacher



Alex attended Leeds Metropolitan University gaining a BA (Hons) in Sports Marketing and Public Relations before moving on to complete TEFL, Cambridge Teacher Knowledge Testing qualifications, English Football Association Primary Teachers Award and Post Graduate Certificate of Education [Primary] from Durham University. Alex has taught in Guangzhou for 5 years and brings with him a wealth of classroom and management experience to the team. Alex has a passion for culture and sport Alex has a passion for culture and sport and is looking forward to both teaching and learning with students of CGA.


ZAKIYA WILLIAMS



Zakiya attended London University and graduated with a degree in Education Studies. Her initial teaching was at a secondary school in Deptford, London, during which time she also studied for and was awarded a TEFL qualification. Armed with her qualifications she decided to follow her personal ambitions in travelling and she left London and came to work in Guangzhou initially teaching English as a second language. By way of professional development, Zakiya improved her skills by taking Cambridge Learners teaching knowledge tests. Whilst enjoying TEFL work, Zakiya was pleased to get the opportunity to join CGA and believes she has been ‘wonderfully challenged’ in this role. Zakiya is currently studying for her Masters degree and her passions include travelling, different cultures and sharing experiences. She sees education as being “a passport to the world.”



Bill Payne



I truly love working with children and I believe I have developed an ability to connect with them that is built on trust and respect. I have literally worked with children my entire life since as a child myself I often helped my mother running the pre-school she set up in our house. So from that base as I grew up I became a swimming instructor, a summer camp counselor, a pre-school teacher, a futbol referee and coach, a baseball coach, a Behaviour Technician for children and adults with special needs and a Special Education teacher. I have a Bachelors degree in Special Education from Western Governors University. I am a certified and licensed teacher in the state of Washington and I am endorsed in both Special Education K-12 and Elementary Education K - 8. I am looking forward to expanding my skill set by delivering the UK National Curriculum to a diverse group of international students. It is both my pleasure and honour to work with all the children and staff here at CGA.



Chelseigh Robinson



[MUSIC] Chelseigh is a graduate of East Tennessee State University where she gained a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Chemistry ! She is USA State certified to teach both these subjects and she also has a TEFL certificate. After teaching English in Harbin, Chelseigh joined CGA in March as the Year 4 class teacher but she will take over as the specialist music teacher w.e.f. August.



HANNAH BATES



[Primary Teacher] Hannah is a graduate of Swansea Metropolitan University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Primary Education. She has worked in local schools in Wales and has also taught in the British International School in Ho Chi Minh City.She is currently teaching the reception class at Ysgol Santes Tadful, a primary school in Wales. She enjoys working with lower primary students, especially reception age pupils and has operated a school Friendship Club in association with a primary school in Vietnam.



MATTHEW CORRIE



[P.E.] Matthew is a graduate in Sport and Exercise Sciences from Sunderland University from which he also gained his Post Graduate Certificate of Education [Primary.] Apart from teaching PE has also done Year 4 classroom teaching so is au fait with not just what is needed in primary sports but also in their classroom work. He is currently working at Loydence Academy in Doha. His personal commitment to sport and exercise is what he intends to convey to the students he teaches.



CHARLOTTE WOOD



[Primary Teacher] Qualified with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Primary Education from Manchester Metropolitan University and taught initially in Primary Schools in the UK before working abroad. Currently teaches Year 2 at Loydence Academy in Doha, Qatar. For school activities she has organized a Gym Club and also a Maths club – Maths she claims is one of her specialities in Primary teaching ! Her personal hobbies are reading, swimming and travelling.



RICHARD BARRY



[Primary Teacher] A graduate in Primary Studies from The University of South Wales Richard has taught at local schools in Wales as a supply teacher but he has also been an Athletics Director at NJY Camps in America. He holds a TEFL qualification and also taught English in Vietnam at iLi Language Centre and participated in voluntary work in a Vietnamese orphanage. He brings a wealth of experience to CGA especially in the field of sports and Information Technology, the latter being one of his speciality areas.



SHUA HER



[ART] Shua is a graduate in Art & Design from Trinity Western University, British Columbia, Canada. He also holds a TESOL certificate from Vancouver Community College, Canada and a TEFL Certification which he gained in Shanghai, China. He has worked in various parts of China as an English Language teacher and is currently working for the Affiliated Foreign Language School o SCNU in Guangzhou. He has interests in photography and graphic design and will want to develop these programs at CGA.



Kable Mei



Kable Mei graduated from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, majoring in Chinese Language and Culture. She has been teaching primary for two years. She believes that good education can make the future better. Learning a language is not just to learn how to use this language but to learn more about the culture and the way how people think. She loves traveling as to explore the world and to talk to the people who are from different areas. She likes hiking, camping and writing poems.



Gloria Wen



Zan Wen gained her Bachelor’s degree in teaching Chinese as a foreign language from Xiang Tan university and worked as a Chinese Teacher at The Confucius Institute at Leon University, Spain. After working there for one year she went on to teach at The Confucius Institute at Las Palmas University. Her work in Spain included lessons in Chinese culture and arranging Spring Festival events as well as organizing activities for the reception of the Chinese Ambassador to Spain along with his staff. She enjoys working with young children and is happy to use her experiences abroad in her work at CGA.


Ophelia Chen



Chen Muren is a graduate of South China Normal University. She has worked as an intern in a Chinese Primary school and most recently was a teacher in Kindergarten and Grade 1 students in a local Arabic School. During university vacations she also worked as an English and Music teacher on Summer courses and as an interpreter. She enjoys working with young children and is pleased to have achieved a position at an international school.