Our Team 2018-01-31T14:14:54+00:00

Our Team

Sky Avenues International Education Group is led by a team of professionals who all share the same vision and passion about providing quality programs and a commitment to lifelong learning.

“A China Tour” Sky Avenues Year-End Activity

Gathering together to celebrate the passing of the year of the rooster and welcome the year of the dog, on Saturday, February 3rd, the Sky Avenues and Tian Yu group enjoyed a Chinese New Year party with a difference.

The traditions of the middle kingdom are vast, curious and rooted in a 5000 year old civilisation. So Sky Avenues decided to make our Chinese New Year celebrations all about China, because – China, you are great!

With an international staff body, our Chinese staff were proud to share the folklore behind some of the most common traditions, and our foreign friends […]

Lina Wong – Chairman of the Board

Lina returned to China in 2005 after graduating from Sydney University and working in Australia for many years. Lina founded Tianyu Education Centre in 2010 and Sky Avenues’ International Kindergarten in 2013 after many years of searching for a quality kindergarten for her own son. Her goal was a school that supports the child’s holistic development – not just the intellect. As Chair-person to AUSCHAM in Xiamen, Lina worked together with the early years centre at James Cook University to bring the Australian Early Years Framework and English Immersion education to her Xiamen schools.

Paula Zhou – Director of Education

Paula moved to China in 1998 with the original idea of teaching for one year and acquiring overseas experience before returning to her UK homeland. Almost two decades later and the ‘middle kingdom’ is where Paula calls ‘home’! Committed to ensuring every child is treated with the respect that is their birthright, Paula’s passion lies with fostering healthy emotional development through understanding neuro-biology and the complex network of inter-personal relationships. Guiding educators, parents and all those who care for children to understand how important the first six years are, not only for the child but for future societal […]

Katherine Aumua – Group Principal

Katherine, (aka Kate) originally from the US, is a passionate educator who has worked in teaching and school management, focusing mainly on the early years sector for more than 6 years. Before entering the field of education, Katherine worked as a Medical Practitioner with the American Cancer Society. After completing Master degrees in both Nursing and Early Childhood Education, Katherine moved to Beijing where she has been working for the past 5 years as Director of Education for an International education group.

Roberta Holliday – Senior Consultant | Early Years Specialist

Roberta (a.k.a. Bobbie) been working in education for two decades and living and working in China for almost as long. With several credentials in Montessori pedagogy for both the 0-3 and 3-6 age groups as well as a Masters in Education and a string of certifications in music for early learners, Bobbie specialises in the very early years working mainly with children from birth to 2 years and is fiercely passionate about the importance of this age group. An absolute advocate for the rights of the infant and child, Bobbie is an inspiration to parents and teachers and can ignite […]

Crystal Hui-Man Lai – Teacher Training Programme Director

With more than 30 years working with early learners, teachers, parents and instructors, Crystal (also fondly known by her students as ‘Lai Laoshi’) is a source of great experience and knowledge for working in the early years. As one of the first social workers in the field in Taiwan, Crystal realised that her passion lay in working with children and moved to the U.S. to pursue her studies in Montessori education. With American Montessori Society credentials in both the 0-3 and 3-6 age groups plus a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Crystal was mentored by Sister Carolina, the […]

Ahmed Abbas – Curriculum Developer

Originally from the UK, Ahmed has been working in International schools for the past 6 years. A passionate Montessorian who sees the potential in every child, Ahmed is well-known for creating incredibly beautiful, peaceful, child centred environments. Ahmed’s skill for creating tailor made curriculums that ensure every child can reach his/her full potential has led him to the path of designing the full curriculum plan for Tianyu’s Sky Avenues Kindergartens.