Meet Our Leadership Team


Founding Principal

Mr. John CHEUNG has been teaching for over 20 years. He has worked in the United Kingdom, Thailand, Greater China Bay Area and Hong Kong. He has extensive working experience in international education and has British & American curriculum certification, including more than 12 years of International Baccalaureate (IB) experience. He took up various managerial roles in the education field, serving as the principal of Cambridge International School, American High School and IB PYP & MYP schools in different regions.

Mr Cheung was an advisory member of “Disability Discrimination Ordinance under the Education Bureau (EDB) of Hong Kong. Currently, he serves as a mentor of the Education University of Hong Kong to support teacher candidates in their student teaching internship. The contribution that Mr Cheung has made is widely recognized. He won the “Principal of the Year” award at the Vision of International Schools (VIS) Conference 2020 and Award for Excellence in Education Administration 2021.

Mr Cheung enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading and watching movies.

Elvin TAO

Assistant Principal (Academic)

Mr Elvin TAO completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Warwick before deciding to venture overseas having previously spent all his life in the UK. After a year of teaching in Qingdao, China, Mr Tao earned both his PGCE (Distinction) and master’s degree in Applied Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong.

Mr Tao has had a long career in education, from NET to Head of English Language and Literature, from Diploma Coordinator to his current role as Assistant Principal at TKHC. Mr Tao is a dedicated and experienced teacher whose students have won multiple awards and done tremendously well in a range of examinations including HKDSE, IGCSE and IBDP.

He has also served the local education community as a member of Curriculum Development Council Committee (CDCC) on English Language Education (2017-19) and the CDC-HKEAA Committee on English Language and Literature in English (2018-19). In 2015, Mr Tao led a team of four teachers to win the Chief Executive’s Award (Merit) for Teaching Excellence (2014-15) which featured in a RTHK television documentary, Outstanding Teachers.

Mr Tao is passionate about sports and he enjoys watching and playing all kinds of sports like cricket, badminton, football and others too many to count. In his younger days, he was fortunate enough to have represented the Hong Kong association hockey team. He has coached title winning rugby teams at school youth level and still coaches mini rugby on weekends.

John HOO

Assistant Principal ( Holistic Student Development )

Mr John Hoo has over 12 years of experience working in the education field. Currently, he works as Tai Kwong Hilary College’s Assistant Principal (Holistic Student Development), IBDP Coordinator and Maths Teacher.

Previously, John worked in the IT sector as a System Engineer and Consultant before he finally moved on to becoming a teacher. In the past ten years, Mr Hoo took up the challenge by taking on various academic and leadership roles such as Head of Pastoral Care, Assistant Head of Primary School, Head of Maths, Extended Essay (EE) Coordinator and Theory Of Knowledge (TOK) Teacher. In the past, students under John Hoo’s guidance, achieved between 5 and 7 in IBDP Maths. The most memorable one was being able to witness one of his students getting a level 6 in IBDP Maths SL when she was on the cusp of failing. Such a memory shows that there is always a possibility to make a marvellous difference in a student’s potential.

Mr Hoo is also interested in promoting students’ wellbeing through Social Emotional Learning (SEL). He is a firm believer that students should harness social and emotional competencies to meet the challenge of being a competent learner in the 21st century. Mr Hoo was invited as one of the keynote speakers for Hong Kong’s Teaching and Learning Expo 2020 to deliver a talk on how our school promotes Social-Emotional Learning to cope with the challenges brought about by the pandemic.

Recently, due to the pandemic, he has been exploring the trails in Hong Kong and hiking more frequently than before. Other than that, Mr Hoo is also interested in a variety of sports such as volleyball, table tennis, badminton, squash and swimming.