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Meet the Team: Parent and Professional Sharing

Meet the Team

Young Explorers Club has a team of dedicated staff who support Ocean Park’s very youngest learners to begin their learning journey in nature and to support and foster a lifelong passion for learning. Our team includes our experienced and dedicated English educators who alongside our curriculum, training and support staff lead children through their journey with Young Explorers Club.

Mrs. Michelle: Assistant Discovery & Education Manager

Mrs. Michelle: Assistant Discovery & Education Manager

Mrs. Michelle is an Irish and Australian national who has been working with Ocean Park since August 2018. She has a Bachelor Degree in Social Science (Focusing on Child Development), Qualification in Leadership & Management, a Trinity Cert Teaching English as a Second Language and over 12 years of experience in supporting children. Her role includes programme development, teacher training support, administrative duties and part-time instructing. In her spare time she enjoys, dragon boating, volunteering, traveling and hiking. Children’s learning and early years support is her passion and she adores seeing her students flourish and grow in Ocean Parks’ unique and supportive learning environment.

Mr. Matthew: Native English Educator

Mr. Matthew: Native English Educator

Mr. Matthew is a New Yorker who has been working with Ocean Park since 2017. He has a Bachelor Degree in Integrative Neuroscience. a Trinity Cert Teaching English as a Second Language and 7 years’ experience teaching in Hong Kong local kindergartens. In his spare time, he trains to compete in the International Powerlifting Federation and volunteers at local youth groups. Children having fun and being engaged whilst learning is very important for him and he ensures each of his lessons is unique and filled with laughter.

Mr. Quentin: Native English Educator

Mr. Quentin: Native English Educator

Mr. Quentin is from Belgium graduating with a Master’s Degree in English Literature and a Teaching English as Second Language Certificate who has been working with Ocean Park 2018. He has over 10 years’ experience teaching in Canada and Hong Kong including kindergartens and primary schools. His interest includes reading, science, history, basketball and snakes. He loves seeing learning come to life and supporting his students within the classroom as he feels it really helps kids to develop a love of storytelling and develop a passion for learning.

Ms. Gabby: English Drama Educator

Ms. Gabby: English Drama Educator

Miss Gabby was born in Hong Kong and began her theatre studies in an international school. After graduating from UCLA theatre school, she acted in off-Broadway shows and ran workshops for US universities like Harvard and Cornell. She received her professional qualifications from the Australian Founded Helen O’Grady Drama Academy. She divides her time in Hong Kong between rehearsing and teaching children's drama. It's important for her to share the stage with our young people because it's where she learns to make fear her friend in life.

Cindy Wong: Discovery & Education Officer

Cindy Wong: Discovery & Education Officer

Ms. Cindy is a Hongkonger and a graduate of Bachelor Degree in Art where she began teaching in a Waldorf playgroup before coming to Young Explorers Club in July 2018. Her hobbies are dancing, painting and doing outdoor activities, that’s why she likes it here! She is currently responsible for Art & Sensory Play Curriculum design with support from the team whilst taking an Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood and Playgroup which helps her love and understand more about our youngest learners. She hopes the children and parents in the Young Explorers Club can enjoy the happy moments together in such a beautiful place!

Ms. Vien: Education Consultant

Ms. Vien: Education Consultant

Ms. Vien Wong is a passionate educator and a mother of 3 boys. She has over 15 years’ experience working with children and parents, with 8 years’ experience as kindergarten principal international schools in Hong Kong. Ms. Vien holds a Post-graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education (HKU). She is a qualified kindergarten principal and registered teacher under EDB, as well as registered childcare supervisor under the Social Welfare Department. Ms. Vien is devoted to advocating the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood and strongly believes learning should be child-centered, fun and creative. She supervises curriculum development and teacher training and she provides professional expertise in parent communication and education.

Young Explorers Club also has a team of dedicated teaching assistants who support children’s learning, provide language support and ensure smooth operation throughout the park. They are passionate and dedicated early childhood assistants and hold various qualification in child-related and environmental disciplines whilst receiving onsite training to ensure able to support Young Explorers Club children and parents.

Parent and Professional Sharing

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Dr Richard Wong, Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood Education, The Education University of Hong Kong

The ‘Nature Exploration with Oxford Path’ programme launched by Ocean Park and Oxford University Press combines game-based fun exploration activities, animal observation, nursery rhymes and high-quality English storybooks. Through multi-sensory stimulation, the playgroup can enlighten children to use language to express their feelings and thoughts about nature.

Chu Tsz Wing, a school principal with a son

What is experiential learning?

If you tell a kid what a starfish is via an iPad or a book, studies show that they only remember it 20% in two weeks’ time. At Young Explorers Club, children get to touch a starfish and learn about marine ecology at the Grand Aquarium. Now, that’s experiential learning!

Natalie Ho, a parenting educator with a daughter

This programme has one distinctive advantage – the unique natural resources in Ocean Park!

It allowed my child to explore and interact with nature, rather than learn through a book or picture.

This is of course more beneficial and inspiring for my child.

Miss Carley, a registered speech therapist with a son

With the educator’s help, students got to hear a story about sharks, and merge it with the knowledge about the ocean knowledge they just learnt.
 
The storytelling session is conducted in English, so children are encouraged to not just listen, but also express themselves in English. The interaction serves to enhance their competence in oral English.

EqMama, a stay-at-home mom with two daughters

Experiential learning is more effective than learning by the book. Each lesson featured a theme, allowing my girls to see different marine animals or plants. They liked the programme so much because they are animals and painting lover!

Wife of artist Tsui Wing, with a son and a daughter

My daughter was very fascinated with the story telling session, where she learnt a lot about the ocean and marine creatures. In the playgroup session, she was able to develop her communication skills and independence, which was a good preparation for her kindergarten education.

 

Young Explorers Club places a high value on being open and actively listening and seeking our parents and guardians advice and feedback in our programmes. Parents are recognized as key educators and advocates of their children and are invited to attend our Parental Focus Groups twice a year to provide valuable feedback to the Young Explorers Club team and together continuously enhance and develop the programme.