Our Team

All Stars of the Foundation Academy team

“Educators help change the world, every single day…”

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ASHMITA GUPTA

Head of Foundation Academy 
Ashmita has an unparalleled passion for education. The opportunity to teach and nurture young minds drives her work. She has a wide array of experience in building impactful programs with a child’s best interests at heart.
As Deputy Head of Foundation Academy, she works with a talented team to create engaging curriculum using creativity as the platform to build confidence and skills. Her warm and approachable smile is why everyone seeks her opinion and count on her for great advice. When not working you will most likely find her playing the guitar or performing theatre.
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NAMRATA BINDRA

Academic Programs Executive & Creative Arts Teacher
Namrata has lived in India, London, Mexico City and the US, but considers Hong Kong her home. Graduating from Trinity College in Connecticut, USA with a double major in Psychology and Theatre & Dance, Namrata worked as A CounselLor in New York City, before returning to the Performing Arts at New York’s Michael Howard Studios where she trained in Theatre, Film, and TV.
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Dr. DALE CLARK

Head Teacher, Curriculum Developer 
Dr. Clark is a rare gem. He has a doctorate in Philosophy and is Foundation’s senior instructor and curriculum developer. He moved to Hong Kong in the summer of 2014 in order to pursue his love of teaching and his appreciation for Eastern culture. He holds numerous teaching awards from the University of Utah and University of Texas but his most treasured awards are those for Teaching Excellence by the School of Business Honors Society and the Award for Best Undergraduate Instructor by the Business Student Council. Dale’s extensive teaching experience paired with his specially designed curriculum drives his students to think and express themselves with clarity.
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JARIUS KING

Creative Arts Teacher 
Jarius has a passion for mentoring youth through education, dance, and hip-hop culture. His unique and creative approach began when teaching dance to youth in the Madison, Wisconsin community during his studies and afterwards in his hometown of Chicago. As a performing artist and event organiser, King visited Hong Kong frequently since 2005 and has now made Hong Kong his home. His passion is to unlock his students’ hidden potential through fun and engaging methods of teaching and learning. He enjoys dancing, traveling, DJing, and reading.
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CHRIS NIEM

English Teacher, Writing Coach
Christopher started his education at Hong Kong’s Wah Yan Primary School, then moved to German Swiss International School before finally reaching Charterhouse School in the UK where he represented the school in tennis and football. If you had asked him then what he wanted to be when he grew up, he would have said “professional footballer.”
However, he decided to stay the course and studied Government and Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Christopher’s commitment to children started when he volunteered to serve street children for a non-profit organisation where he ran an after-school English class. He is now a TESOL-accredited English teacher, a passionate advocate for his students and is still dreaming of one day growing up and playing football.
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ALICE HO

English Teacher 
Alice began teaching from an early age while she was studying at Lingnan University training for her Bachelor of Arts degree in Translation. Her passion for languages fueled her adventures in Sweden where she was an exchange student for linguistics at Kristianstad University.
Upon graduation, Alice continued to study Language and Culture in Folkuniversitetet Lund in Sweden and worked as a translator and interpreter. Her rich experiences give her a unique insight to teaching English and inspire the students to travel and reach new heights. When not pouring over textbooks and books, you can find Alice behind the camera and on adventures exploring new countries.
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PHAN HOANG

Senior Interview and Writing Coach, Test Prep Trainer
Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Phan joined the US military shortly after high school to help pay for college. He later attended the University of California, Berkeley majoring in Political Science with a specialization in International Relations. After graduating and finishing his military service, he received his teaching certificate in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and began teaching across the world. His first 2 years of teaching was in Honduras, where he developed an after-school SAT course and also helped get 13 students into top 50 US Universities with full scholarships. Next, he spent a year lecturing and course development at a University in Shanghai where he had over 400 students. After that, he took a teaching and consulting position in an international high school in Shenzhen, where he helped all 27 of his students get into top 100 US Universities, such as Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern, Amherst College, Case Western Reserve, and even his alma mater UC Berkeley. Phan’s passion for education continues to help his students’ unlock their full potential, and hopes he may help them reach their dreams.
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OLIVIA ZHOU

Interview and Writing Coach, English Teacher
Olivia Zhou was born in Shanghai and moved to Vancouver at the age of seven. Her Bachelor of Arts was finished in 2014 at Simon Fraser University. She completed a major in Linguistics, a minor in Education (Curriculum and Instruction), and certificates in both Teaching ESL and Speech Science. She has had experience teaching and tutoring English in Canada, China, and South Korea. She enjoys helping and encouraging students of all ages by using English as a bridge to close the gap between different cultures. She currently works in Shanghai, sharing her international experience with her students. She is an avid traveler and an active blogger of architecture and gastronomy.
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NIGEL HOFFMAN

Interview and Writing Coach, English Teacher
Nigel Hoffman was born and raised in Northern California, where he spent most of his youth playing soccer, as well as training in the martial arts. He studied philosophy at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he developed a passion for international relations and diplomacy. After graduation, he spent some time as a personal trainer, before deciding to get his TEFL certification from the University of Toronto. He has spent the last three years as an English teacher in Hong Kong, where he has thoroughly enjoyed interacting with a large variety of cultures and backgrounds. Nigel has played the guitar since he was five years old, and has studied styles ranging from classical and flamenco, to jazz and heavy metal. In his free time, Nigel trains in olympic weightlifting, and enjoys reading good books and going to the cinema.
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SEAN HUANG

Interview and Writing Coach, English Teacher
Sean Huang is a full-time New Yorker and a part-time Texan. She attended Smith College for her B.A. in Psychology and Education, and obtained her M.S. in Counseling at the Johns Hopkins University. Sean is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC, a professional certification from the National Board of Certified Counselors) and has provided clinical counseling services at schools in Baltimore City. These counseling interventions include working with students with learning disabilities and social/behavioral difficulties. Passionate about higher education, Sean hopes to instill the spirit of lifelong learning in each of her students. In her spare time, Sean enjoys reading the DSM-5, hiking, swimming, learning about the latest technology, and wandering around town.