Ms. Michaela is 22 years old and comes from the West of Ireland. She had a degree in English and History from Maynooth University. She completed her 120-hour TEFL course in 2017 and is very excited to be living in Hong Kong and to join the Monkey Tree team. Ms. Michaela likes going on adventures, movies and chocolate.
Ms. Lisa comes from Toronto, Canada. After completing her university degree in Honors Health Science at the University of Waterloo, she went on to completing a diploma program in Respiratory Therapy. She has since worked at Canada’s largest trauma center, Sunnybrook Hospital as a Registered Respiratory Therapist. Ms. Lisa is looking forward to taking on an exciting career change working abroad, teaching young children English at Monkey Tree. She hopes to immerse herself into the culture and learn Cantonese during her time in Hong Kong. Ms. Lisa can’t wait to develop strong relationships with her students!
Mr. Fletcher is an Economics and Management graduate from Rhodes University in the small, but exciting town of Grahamstown, South Africa. He is an avid sportsman and coached a range of teams back home. Coaching a number of young children caused Mr. Fletcher to realize his passion of educating thus decided to join Monkey Tree and also continue his cricketing career.
Mr. Shaun grew up in the small city of Port Elizabeth in South Africa. After completing his Honours degree in Construction Management, he worked a bit for his dad while looking for jobs. During this time, he also completed his TEFL course. He loves to travel, meet new people and just in general go on adventures. This will be his first-time teaching and is eager to get stuck in and experience life in Hong Kong while teaching at Monkey Tree. Mr. Shaun enjoys going to the gym, playing golf and spending time with friends.
Miss Nikki is from the sunny seaside town of Clacton, England. She graduated from the University of East London with a BA in Special Education and Third World Development. She loves Asia and has lived in Malaysia and Maldives in the past. In her free time Miss Nikki enjoys cooking, crafts and planning new adventures! She is excited to start teaching at Monkey Tree and enjoy all the Hong Kong has to offer!
Ms. Estelle is from South Africa. She received her Bachelors Degree in Drama at the University of Stellenbosch in 2004. Since then she has been working in a corporate training environment and is currently completing her Post Graduate in Education at the University of South Africa. Ms. Estelle is also a 500 hour qualified Yoga Instructor and an avid photographer.
Mr. Freddie has recently graduated from The University of Leeds with a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Civilizations. The interactive and fun style of teaching that Monkey Tree provides seems perfectly suited for Mr. Freddie and his previous experience. As a former rugby coach, he has found passion in teaching children, which led him to the completion of his TEFL qualification earlier last year. He believes Hong Kong is the perfect place for his teaching skills to blossom, and looks forward to developing himself both as a new teacher and as a person, whilst giving as much back to his students as possible.
Mr. Francois was born and Raised in Pretoria South Africa. He obtained his Bachelors of Education majoring in English at the North-West University of Potchefstroom in South Africa, and has experience in teaching English at a school. He enjoys working with children very much and making a difference in their lives.
Ms. Athena graduated from university with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and linguistics. Ms. Athena has been teaching English to all age groups in several language centers for years as well as primary and secondary schools. She got her CELTA and Cert VI TESOL in Australia in 2012. She is rather passionate when it comes to education. In her spare time, baking, cooking, yoga, hiking and traveling are things that she enjoys doing.