Faculty and Staff

Our faculty practice teaching as an art, one that nurtures children’s imaginations and is responsive to the developmental phases of the whole human being as it unfolds through the phases of early childhood into teenager. In the heart of every Waldorf teacher lives the commitment to help each student reach for his or her highest potential. It is the heart of every Waldorf teacher to help each student reach their highest potential, to expose them to a wide range of experiences and to develop within them many interests and capabilities. These aims are met through an education that is rich with meaningful sense experiences, classical academics, and artistic beauty in all subject matters.

Teachers & Administration

Cannie Bennett

Coming from a family of education professionals, Cannie has been involved in early childhood education for almost three decades. Drawn to Waldorf by its focus on play, emphasis on the natural environment, and integration of creativity and imagination into quality education, she enrolled in the Waldorf Early Childhood Education Course and became active in teacher training and Waldorf education conferences throughout China and 

Southeast Asia; she also holds an Executive MBA from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. A mother of two grown-up daughters, Cannie opened Garden House Waldorf Kindergarten in 2008 and co-founded the first Waldorf Primary School in Hong Kong in 2015. 

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After celebrating Garden House’s recognition in 2019 by the International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood (IASWECE) and by China Waldorf Early Childhood Education Forum as a Model Waldorf Kindergarten, Cannie began to work with Jane Xu on making a broader Waldorf education available to a wider community in Hong Kong by adding a primary school to Garden House. Outside of work, Cannie serves in the Scout Association of Hong Kong, the Kowloon City Baptist Church and the CUHK EMBA Alumni Association, to name just a few. She enjoys all kinds of handicrafts and is an enthusiastic hiker, naturalist and animal lover. 

Jane Song

After celebrating Garden House’s recognition in 2019 by the International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood (IASWECE) and by China Waldorf Early Childhood Education Forum as a Model Waldorf Kindergarten, Cannie began to work with Jane Xu on making a broader Waldorf education available to a wider community in Hong Kong by adding a primary school to Garden House. Outside of work, Cannie serves in the Scout Association of Hong Kong, the Kowloon City Baptist Church and the CUHK EMBA Alumni Association, to name just a few. She enjoys all kinds of handicrafts and is an enthusiastic hiker, naturalist and animal lover. 

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Helping children achieve their full potential and develop their unique capacities as part of a supportive community that stimulates the mind, strengthens the body, and fosters the spirit and imagination. In her free time, Jane delights in exploring the world with her growing children. She is a devoted yogi and meditator and a firm believer in an active lifestyle grounded in the natural world.

Noel Dallow 

Originally from New Zealand, Noel Dallow is a long-standing Waldorf educator and an even longer-standing Anthroposophist. Discovering the work of Rudolf Steiner at 18, he was drawn to it as a path of high ideals but also of practical character. He has spent the rest of his life enacting those ideals in different countries. He first joined the Camphill (Hōhepa) movement in New Zealand for 4 years. He subsequently attended Emerson College in the UK for Teacher Training and has since worked in Scotland, New Zealand and Taiwan for over twenty years. Before joining Garden House, he worked in Upper School Humanities and Sciences (with crafts and music on the side) and was responsible for the Adult Education program at a Waldorf school in Taiwan, an experience which has served to deepen his understanding, awe and appreciation of Rudolf Steiner’s contribution to the world. Noel has a keen professional interest in the practice and ideas of Bothmer Movement.  

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Sihle Mbodlela – Class 1 Teacher 

Sihle grew up in Camphill Village West Coast, just north of Cape Town, South Africa. Having been a Waldorf pupil from kindergarten all the way to Class 13, his enduring passion is creating and supporting communities that answer the questions of our time.  The sustainability of community, social life, climate change and the issue of diversity.  For him, Waldorf Education, in its hands, head and heart approach, addresses these issues.  He is an ardent believer in the power of intentional community. 

​Sihle is a trained Waldorf teacher with a Bachelor of Education degree.  He has worked at one of the most established Waldorf schools in Africa, the Michael Oak Waldorf School from Class 1 to 6.  He also worked as a Class 1 Waldorf homeschool teacher in Newlands, Cape Town. 

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Sihle is thrilled to join Garden House Waldorf School and looks forward to immersing himself in Asian culture while offering the unique gifts that he possesses.

Jumana Rangwala - Class 2 Teacher  

Jumana is an experienced educator who specializes in teaching primary-grade children. She is a trained Steiner teacher who also holds a Bachelor of Education degree, as well as a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology from Mumbai University. She believes that children have beautiful minds and that teaching helps her explore the uniqueness of each of her students.

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Jumana has been a class teacher for many years, and her passion lies in teaching History and Mythology. She enjoys taking students through an immersive experience of the curriculum through storytelling and art. A mother of two grown-up children, both of whom were educated in a Steiner school, Jumana worked in the travel industry for over 10 years before coming to education. Traveling the world and exploring the history and cultures of various places is what she enjoys most. 

Joanne Lau – Class 3 Teacher 

Joanne has been a primary school teacher for ten years. Originally from Hong Kong, she received her teacher training at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Throughout her teaching career, she observed that quite a few children, as well as teachers and parents, seemed tense or even unhappy. It made her wonder if there is another way of going about education.  

In 2019, she worked in a Waldorf-inspired co-learning centre and was amazed by the strength and capacity of children when they are truly engaged and how they became genuinely willing to learn. She thinks one key part of a teacher’s role is to open doors and invite children to go in and explore. She has been especially touched by the philosophy behind Waldorf education; that school is a place to nurture or even heal. That is why she decided to go to Germany and study for a master in Waldorf Education degree to become a class and subject teacher in Waldorf Schools.  

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Now she is about to graduate and cannot wait to put what she has learned into practice. She is very much looking forward to meeting her class in September! 

Sandise Ngxumsa – Eurythmy Teacher

Sandise was born in Cape Town, South Africa. Growing up, he loved the performing arts and took part in big projects like the 2010 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony. He obtained his BA in Eurythmy at the Centre for Creative Education, Kairos Eurythmy in Cape Town in 2016.  He is the world’s first black male Eurythmist and has done performance tours in Switzerland and Germany. 

Sandise was born in Cape Town, South Africa. Growing up, he loved the performing arts and took part in big projects like the 2010 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony. He obtained his BA in Eurythmy at the Centre for Creative Education, Kairos Eurythmy in Cape Town in 2016.  He is the world’s first black male Eurythmist and has done performance tours in Switzerland and Germany. 

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Sandise has experienced how Eurythmy awakens the children and fills them with joy and enthusiasm; it nourishes their souls and strengthens their bodies. Sandise is a creative teacher with a passion for learning: “I love what I do and what I do loves me too”. Movement is life and without movement there is no life. 

Allen Liu - Mandarin Teacher 

Allen’s interest in Waldorf Education is derived from a long process of exploration as he searched for the truth about the nature of human consciousness. He first earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at Qingdao Agricultural University and a Master’s Degree in Neurobiology at Hsiang-Ya Medical College, Central South University. But the prospect of working professionally in an ever-more subdivided research field did not satisfy him. His wide reading, including works about Krishnamurti and Rudolf Steiner, led him to enter Waldorf Education. From 2013 to 2017, Allen worked in the first Waldorf Kindergarten in Jinan. 

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During that time, he completed the WECC Beijing Three-year Part-time Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Training Course and officially graduated as the first male teacher to finish this IASWECE program in Shandong province. After that, he worked at Qingdao Aizhifan Waldorf School as an assistant teacher, the main lesson teacher, and a training coordinator. He is excited to join the Garden House Waldorf School and to take part in our educational practice and community life.  

Joyce Tam – Administration Manager

Ms. Joyce is a familiar face to Garden House families. She is a cheerful and outgoing person who graduated from university with a major in Communications. Ms. Joyce has strong problem-solving and communication skills developed through years of experience working in an environment with a diverse customer base. She has been in a supporting role in our kindergarten class during the pandemic, and then transferred to the office team, where she is in charge of admissions. She is a bridge between families and teachers. By interacting with parents and children, she has gotten to know how she could best assist our Garden House families and never stops learning. 

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Angela Tsang - Administration Officer

Ms. Angela brought over 3 years of experience in her field to our international kindergarten. When she started to work in kindergarten, she also began to study early childhood education (ECE) and now thinks that administrative work is more suitable for her. Her course in ECE helps her understand the needs and experience of children in school and makes it easier for her to explain the goals and process of education to parents and to work with teachers and families. Ms. Angela is so nice to everybody! She is always willing to help and listen to others. She will try her very best to assist with any enquiries.

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