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Shelley Ho (Current Staff)

Shelley Ho has been a teacher at GSIS for 22 years and will be leaving at the end of the school year. She shares with us her own schooling experience and what she liked most about working at GSIS.

Name: Shelley Ho

Role at GSIS: Chinese teacher (ten years of which as head of the Chinese department)

Years at GSIS: 21 years and 9 months

Studies & Degree:

  • Postgraduate in Chinese Literature and Language, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Teaching Degree in Chinese as a Foreign Language, Hong Kong University
  • Postgraduate MBA, Imperial College London
  • Bachelor's degree in Business and English, University of International Business, Beijing

Could you briefly introduce yourself (background & profession)?

I started out as a businesswoman and later became a Chinese teacher.

Tell us about your work at GSIS. When did you start at GSIS and what is your role at the school?

I started teaching Chinese part-time in elementary school. A year later, I became head of the Chinese department and was therefore responsible for technical development in the ESD, GSD and EPD departments. After 10 years I resigned from the management team because I suffered from severe back pain.

You have been a teacher at GSIS for over 20 years. What will you remember the most?

When I started at GSIS there was no Chinese curriculum and students with different skills all studied in the same class. It was crazy. As more and more students learned Chinese, the groups for each grade grew from one to two, then to three, and now we have five different ability groups in each grade from Y7-Y9.

What do you like most about working at GSIS?

Working for GSIS is a very rewarding experience, plus the atmosphere, the supportive colleagues and the flexible working hours, etc.

When you're not teaching, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy good food, I have a passion for fashion, I love to read and travel. I also like to take pictures, I wouldn't call it photography, but I work in that direction.

Where did you grow up and how was your own school days?

I was born in the beautiful coastal city of Qingdao, China, and finished my elementary and secondary school there. I had a relatively relaxed time there. My dream back then was to become either a police officer or a teacher because I liked the police uniform so much; and as a teacher, I could always play with children. How naive of me! I went to university in Beijing, then got a Postgraduate MBA from Imperial College London and then got a teaching degree in Chinese as a Foreign Language from Hong Kong University; I received a postgraduate degree in Chinese from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, which received and graduated with honors for two consecutive years of scholarship for outstanding academic achievement.

We will miss you if you leave GSIS at the end of this school year. What are your plans for the next year?

There is a long list of things I plan to do. The most important thing is that I take care of myself and my health.

Which former students or colleagues at GSIS did you stay in contact with?

I keep in touch with some former students and colleagues via social media such as Facebook or Instagram.

What advice would you give current and former GSIS students on their journey?

Strive to be a better person today than you were yesterday.

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Name: Shelley Ho

Role at GSIS: Chinese teacher (10 years of which worked as head of Chinese)

Years at GSIS: 21 years and 9 months

University College & Degree:

  • Postgraduate in Chinese literature and language, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Certificate in teaching Chinese as a foreign language, Hong Kong University
  • Postgraduate MBA-Imperial College London
  • Bachelor's degree in business and English, University of International Business, Beijing

Could you introduce yourself a bit (background & profession)?

I was a businesswoman before I became a teacher in Chinese.

Tell us about your working experience at GSIS? When did you join GSIS and what is your role at the school?

I started in primary as a part-time Chinese teacher, and one year later I was made Head of Chinese in charge of the Chinese studies across ESD, GSD and EPD. I stepped down 10 years later as I was suffering from severe back pain.

You have been a teacher at GSIS for over 20 years. What has been your most memorable GSIS moment?

When I first started in GSIS, there was no Chinese curriculum, and students with different abilities all studied in the same class. It was crazy. As the number of students learning Chinese grew, the groups for each year band grew from one to two, then three, and now we are catering five different ability groups in each year band from Y7-Y9.

What do you like most about working at GSIS?

Working for GSIS is already a very rewarding experience, plus the atmosphere, the supportive colleagues, and the non-rigid working hours etc.

If you are not busy teaching, what do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy good food; have a passion for fashion; love reading and traveling. I also like to take photos, I won't call it photography, but I am working towards that direction.

Where did you grow up and how was your schooling experience?

I was born in the beautiful seaside city Qingdao China and completed my primary and secondary education there. I didn't have a lot of pressure growing up. My dream at that time was to become either a policewoman or a teacher, because I thought the police uniform was cool; and I would always be able to play with kids if I became a teacher. How naïve of me! I went to university in Beijing. I did a postgraduate MBA in Imperial College London. I got a certificate for teaching Chinese as a foreign language in Hong Kong University; did post graduate Chinese studies in Hong Kong Polytechnic University, during which I was awarded scholarship two years in a row for outstanding academic performance and graduated with a distinction.

We will be sad to see you leave GSIS at the end of this school year. What are your plans for next year?

There is a long list of things that I plan to do. The most important one is that I need to manage my health and be kind to myself.

Which former students or staff members that you met at GSIS have you stayed in touch with?

I keep in touch with several former students and colleagues through social media such as Facebook or Instagram.

What advice would you pass on to current and former GSIS students?

Strive to be a better person today than you were yesterday.

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