ECP Teachers

Christine Choi, Director

Christine was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She is a graduate  of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English and Communications, and a graduate of Teachers College at Columbia University with an M.A. in Family and Community Education. She has worked with literacy and writing programs in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago and Hong Kong, and has also taught as a Native-speaking English Teacher (NET) in Hong Kong. Elephant Community Press combines Christine’s love of literature, writing and the arts with her passion for teaching. By publishing work written by and for Hong Kong youth, she hopes to inspire more young people to read, write and share their ideas.

 

Reena Bhojwani, Senior TeacherReena

Reena has been on the ECP team since 2009. She is a graduate of the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Creative Writing. She is an active member of the Hong Kong Writers Circle and has published seven short stories in their annual anthologies. Reena has also recently self-published her own children’s book, Surprising Mrs. Rhubarbson. She hopes to pass her love for writing to her students. As a teacher, Reena aims to share the importance of unconventional thinking and encourage her students to broaden their horizons as both readers and writers.

 

Nadine Gibbons, TeacherNadine

Nadine was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. She received her M.A. in English Literature and Spanish from the University of Glasgow. Her areas of interest include poetry, the short story, literature in translation, and bibliotherapy. She is especially drawn to strong female protagonists, tales of unexpected friendship, and stories that champion minority voices, but she also loves a good mystery. As a teacher, Nadine aims to foster the belief in every student that their words are powerful and can inspire others. At ECP, she looks forward to helping Hong Kong youth to develop as readers and independent thinkers and to find strength and agency in their own voices.

Becky Mitchell-Dhillon, TeacherIMG_6728

Becky is a British teacher and writer who has experience teaching in Hong Kong and the UK. She received her Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Manchester and completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Education from the University of East Anglia. Becky has taught students of all ages and has a particular interest in teaching literacy and creative writing. As a fiction writer and poet herself, Becky has published short stories and poetry in American and UK literary journals, and was a finalist, shortlisted finalist and semi-finalist for poetry, short fiction and novel-in-progress at the Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition in New Orleans.

headshot_amandatongAmanda Tong, Teacher

Amanda received her Bachelor’s degree in Drama from the University of Toronto, followed by a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Hong Kong. When she is not writing or teaching, she spends her free time pursuing other literary activities, either by managing the Hong Kong chapter of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, a global nonprofit organization which advocates writing for people of all ages) or volunteering at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival. At ECP, Amanda looks forward to sharing her knowledge and passion for storytelling so that young Hong Kong writers can find their voices and express themselves through the written word.

 

Books By Kids

Taming of the Zoo

  • Author Ages:8-10
  • ISBN:978-988-77188-5-7
  • Published:June 2017
  • Price:HK$75
  • Charity Beneficiary:Hong Kong Dog Rescue

When in Monsterland

  • Author Ages:6-8
  • ISBN:978-988-771-8864
  • Published:June 2017
  • Price:HK$75
  • Charity Beneficiary:Bring Me A Book Hong Kong

Take A Stand

  • Author Ages:10-12
  • ISBN:978-988-771-8871
  • Published:June 2017
  • Price:HK$70
  • Charity Beneficiary:WWF-Hong Kong

What It Takes

  • Author Ages:10-12
  • ISBN:978-988-77188-1-9
  • Published:December 2016
  • Price:HK$80.00
  • Charity Beneficiary:InspiringHK Sports Foundation

Ice Cream Incoming!

  • Author Ages:8-10
  • ISBN:978-988-77188-3-3
  • Published:December 2016
  • Price:HK$75.00
  • Charity Beneficiary:Foodlink Foundation

If Only

  • Author Ages:6-8
  • ISBN:978-988-77188-2-6
  • Published:December 2016
  • Price:HK$75.00
  • Charity Beneficiary:Make-A-Wish Hong Kong

Destination: 2016

  • Author Ages:12-14
  • ISBN:978-988-13402-7-6
  • Published:June 2016
  • Price:HK$80
  • Charity Beneficiary:Room to Read

Testimonials

  • My child has definitely flourished in her writing skills. She loves coming here and always feels that she has accomplished a lot by the end of every class. Thanks for your guidance!
  • My daughter has enjoyed reading and writing very much since early childhood. She's always dreamed of becoming an author and having her own book to share with family, relatives and friends. She has made an obvious improvement in organising her work in the last few months. My wife and I thank you so much for your fruitful advice during and after the workshop.
  • This Fall, my daughter would like to sharpen her writing skills. I think ECP has inspired her to write better. Thanks for all of your effort.
  • Thanks very much once again for the wonderful program you have conducted in the school. The kids have enjoyed it thoroughly and of course learnt a lot. I can clearly see that my daughter has benefited from all the guidance and encouragement you have provided. There was a lot of personal attention given to each child, which is truly mazing given that these were group sessions.- Deepika Deshpande, Parent
  • My son asked if he can come back again! It is good to see that my son loves writing and I am happy to see that he has started to write more!
  • I liked making the school magazine because it’s a great honour and I was very proud when I received it. Also, others could have a copy of the magazine too! I think the magazine is a good chance for us to show our writing and it’s a keepsake for us.- Karen, aged 11
  • Elephant Community Press is an amazing organization with innovative ideas for encouraging young writers. Having her work published helped build my child’s sense of self-worth and having the proceeds of the books go to charity taught her about how her work can make a difference. My daughter has built her self-confidence and deepened her love for writing. This is hands down her favorite extracurricular activity — and as a side note, it has helped her enormously in school too!- Rosa Joshi, Parent
  • Thank you so much for providing this wonderful opportunity to my children and many other children in Hong Kong. I really appreciate your efforts.
  • We always put Elephant Community Press in our top priority in every long holiday. Baron loves your writing class very much.- Mandy Lam, Parent
  • Thanks for the writing report and your effort to make a "boring" writing class interesting. Your encouraging feedback will definitely energize my daughter to go further.
  • Thanks for sending us the report. I can see my son has built up his interest in writing. He even writes small stories on his little iPod when we travel!
  • During the last couple years, Jocelyn gained a lot from your teaching and guidance and we can see improvement in her overall English presentation and writing. She will be moving to an undergraduate programme in the UK in Sept, which is a new milestone in her life. I have to express my sincere thanks to you.
    - Susan Siu, Parent
  • My son used to hate English writing but he enjoys your class very much. I am so grateful for the motivation you have given him.
  • I think my son has improved a lot since he started the writing class. He now finds it easier to put his ideas into writing. Thanks very much. I am sure with your help, his writing technique will improve as well.
  • My daughter really enjoyed the class and said that you gave her lots of useful tips! Thank you.
  • Thank you for your email and detailed feedback. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed the class and has benefited a great deal. I would like to thank you especially for the report which shared in depth both her achievements and nature.
  • I LOVE this writing class. It’s my favourite thing to do each week!!!- Ella, aged 9
  • Our daughter has enjoyed reading and writing very much since early childhood. She’s always dreamed of becoming an author having her own book to share with family, relatives and friends. I’ve seen an obvious improvement in her work in the last few months. My wife and I thank you so much for your fruitful advice during and after the workshop.- Parent
  • I cannot wait to read our book! Thanks for your time to teach and help me. I really learned lots from you! - Student, aged 12
  • As always, Elephant Community Press offers interesting programs for kids of different learning ages. We surely keep that in mind when we re-organize our time table.
  • Thanks for your patience and professional coaching. My daughter loves it so much!
  • My favorite thing about the workshop was exactly the whole thing!- Rohaan, aged 8