Our Team

Agnes Kong

Agnes Kong

Agnes completed her primary and secondary education at Diocesan Girls' School. She achieved high distinctions at the HKCEE and HKAL exams (scoring 9As and 4As respectively) and was awarded the Hong Kong Sir Edward Youde Memorial Scholarship to study abroad. She attended Yale University and graduated summa cum laude and phi beta kappa in three years. She received her Master’s of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Agnes has worked for prominent investment banks and private equity firms, including Goldman Sachs (New York), J.P. Morgan (Hong Kong), IFC World Bank (Washington, DC), and the Carlyle Group (Hong Kong).

Although Agnes’ professional experience has been focused on finance, she has always been passionate about education. With her local and Western educational background, she designed a curriculum combining the strengths of both systems. Her professional experience further enabled her to incorporate in her curriculum elements that will help students develop skill sets that are essential for a successful career. Her aspiration is to inspire and develop children and teenagers into global-minded, socially responsible, and happy individuals who are well equipped to succeed in whatever career they pursue when they grow up.

Being brought up in a traditional Chinese family, I was taught to persist and excel in whatever I do. This has led to academic success throughout my 13 years of school in Hong Kong, then at Yale and Harvard. Professionally I also excelled at what I did – having worked at some of the most prestigious companies in the finance industry. However I was constantly struggling to fulfill my inner desire to make real impact, to be happy, and to feel truly motivated and passionate about my job. Founding The Open Classroom was the turning point in my life when I realized I could bring a new dimension to teaching, leveraging my unique educational and professional experience and network. My aspiration is to inspire and develop children and teenagers into global-minded, socially responsible, and happy individuals who are well equipped to succeed in whatever career they pursue when they grow up.

Huijun Kong

Huijun Kong

Huijin works closely with The Open Classroom to develop the “Young Leaders of Tomorrow” Summer Leadership Program for high school students. She graduated from Wharton with a 4.0 GPA, and has an MBA degree (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School where she was classmate with Agnes. She then worked at Mckinsey & Company and SCMP Group before pursuing her passion in leadership development and entrepreneurship.

Life was a never-ending series of challenges to be defeated — from mastering English in a year and half, regaining my academic confidence in a Canadian high school, becoming the best among the best at Wharton, and proving my distinctiveness at McKinsey — until I realized I wanted meaningful life and work, and it was not the path I had been on. That led me to leave McKinsey, become a media executive, and now an entrepreneur devoted to realizing my calling of supporting people’s development as leaders.

Mark Sun

Mark Sun

Mark was born in the U.S. and raised in Hong Kong, where he attended Hong Kong International School. He graduated from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor's degree from the College of Social Studies, an integrated study of the social sciences, humanities and history. There, he was awarded the Briggs Prize for intercollegiate debating. Mark also holds a Master's Degree in Literary and Cultural Studies from Hong Kong University.

Prior to The Open Classroom, Mark spent two years in rural Yunnan working for Teach for China, where he taught English at a government secondary school, developed curricular frameworks and objective-driven lessons to prepare students for public examinations, and ate copious amounts of rice noodles (mixian). Since returning to Hong Kong, he has worked as a Native English Teacher at local schools where he taught English to primary and secondary students. Subsequently, he worked for two years as a teaching assistant and research assistant in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Hong Kong Baptist University.

 

Annabel  Lau

Annabel Lau

From a young age, pursuing a career in education has been Annabel’s long-term goal. Born and raised in the UK, she has spent almost twenty-two years of her life in England and graduated from Newcastle University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a focus on child development and the psychology of teaching and learning. During her final year, she worked as a teaching assistant in a local primary school. Annabel has work experience in university events for potential students, including campus tours and presentations regarding higher education in the UK. Since then, her dream has been to teach in Hong Kong and reconnect with her roots as an adult. She is now a holder of the Trinity College London CertTESOL, acquired in Hong Kong and an equivalent of the CELTA.

A diligent and disciplined teacher, Annabel prides herself in building strong relationships with her students. At The Open Classroom, Annabel is dedicated to helping her students achieve success in learning and is continuously looking for ways to improve herself as a teacher. Having attained A* grades in English Language and English Literature GCSEs, she now closely assists students taking the similar IGCSEs.

Kerri Lu

Kerri Lu

Kerri attended Yale University and majored in English, securing her interests in Literature, the Humanities, and Social Sciences. During that time, she fell in love with the libraries, worked at the Yale Public Affairs office, was an avid volunteer in the New Haven community, interviewed Yale applicants for the Admissions office, and toured internationally with her musical groups.

After graduating college, Kerri taught at CUHK for two years as a Yale-China Teaching Fellow. Her courses spanned English, Social Sciences, and History. Since the fellowship ended, Kerri had worked as an editor and project manager at Education First, a tutor in English writing, and a consultant for US/UK boarding schools. Kerri has always been passionate about empowering others through education. Growing up, she loved living and learning in Canada’s multilingual environment: speaking French at school, Chinese with her family, and English with friends. Kerri is passionate about The Open Classroom’s mission and is thrilled to be a part of the team!

Christina Ma

Christina Ma

Born and raised in the U.S., Christina grew up with many friends who immigrated to America and spoke English as a Second Language, and over time she developed a love for helping them build confidence in their language skills.

While pursuing her Bachelor’s degree at Wellesley College, Christina took an interest in Linguistics, and took courses on phonetics and phonology. While tutoring primary and secondary school students, she found that her enhanced knowledge in linguistics allowed her to better help their verbal and written communication skills. Years of working as a private tutor in conversational English, reading, and writing brought her to the conviction that helping others build confidence in their communication skills was one of the most profound ways in which she could help them find empowerment.

Upon completing her Bachelor’s degree, Christina was nominated for the Fulbright U.S. Student Award as well as the Elisabeth Luce Moore ‘24 Wellesley-Yenching Graduate Fellowship at Chinese University of Hong Kong. After moving to Hong Kong, Christina received TEFL certification and taught multiple English writing courses at CUHK. Having had experience as a writing tutor for students ranging from primary school to university, Christina is excited to continue growing as a teacher at The Open Classroom!

Janice Chui

Janice Chui

Janice graduated from Hong Kong Univeristy with a major in Linguistics and minors in Spanish and Education, giving her professional knowledge on teaching methodologies and different languages. She discovered her passion for teaching when she started tutoring junior students in secondary school. Since then, She has been working privately and in multiple language centres including the British Council, acquiring extensive experience teaching a wide range of students from pre-nursery to senior secondary. 

With a passion for learning and bettering herself, she is in the process of completing her TEFL qualification (CELTA) offered by Cambridge University and is a candidate for the PGDE(Postgraduate Diploma in Education) programme in Primary English at HKU. Janice believes in interactive learning, motivation and the growth mindset. She believes that, by building a strong teacher-student relationship, students learn more effectively as they develop a love of learning.

 

Natalie Kwan

Natalie Kwan

Born and raised in Canada, Natalie moved to Hong Kong after middle school where she completed her secondary education at South Island School. She graduated from Hong Kong University with a double major degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Afterwards, she continued to complete a Masters Degree in Psychological Medicine at HKU.

Following graduation, she studied in New York for a professional diploma and worked as a merchandiser. A year later, she decided to pursue a career she is passionate about, which can also bring her great satisfaction. She spent a few years teaching phonics to toddlers and foundational literacy skills to young children. As she wanted to further challenge herself, she joined The Open Classroom in 2015 to teach older children through an engaging and comprehensive English curriculum. A dedicated and compassionate teacher, Natalie works hard to build her students' interest in writing and is motivated by their progress.

Sophie Wang (Summer Intern)

Sophie Wang (Summer Intern)

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Sophie received her primary and secondary education at Chinese International School. It was during her two years of IB where she became passionate about the field of education through teaching at Summerbridge Hong Kong, Upon completing high school, Sophie then continued higher education at Wellesley College. During her time at Wellesley, she furthered her interest in education and children by completing the Elementary Teaching Licensure program, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Education, as well as continuing to serve as a after school program counselor and coordinator. Sophie has a wide range of teaching experience from teaching ESL Form 2-5 Hong Kong students to teaching 1st-2nd Grade students in a Boston Public School. She is passionate about laying strong foundational skills in reading, writing and overall learning and is excited to join the Open Classroom Team.