Ex-Officio, Supervisor (Secondary Section)


Dr Lee, a 1967 Maryknoll graduate, retired as Head of the Department of Child Education and Community Services and Director of the Child Education Centre at the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education in 2011 following a long and fruitful career in the fields of Social Work and Early Child Education.

Dr Lee received her B.A. Degree in Social Work from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, going on to further her studies at the University of Newcastle, UK, and subsequently complete a PhD in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Australia.

Dr Lee is a founding member of OMEP-HK (The World Organisation for Early Childhood Education) and advisor to a range of bodies including the Early Childhood Educator Association, the Chi Lin Monastery Educational Board and RTHK. The Lee Wai Lee Kindergarten, a model kindergarten and teaching and learning centre for the Department of Child Education and Services, was established in 2001. Dr Lee has presented papers at international conferences on the Reggio Emilia approach espoused at this kindergarten and created teaching packages based on this educational philosophy.

Other publications include story books for young learners such as Where’s my Squirrel?, papers for International Journals, and methodology books on topics such as The Whole Language Approach for Pre-school Children and Literacy and Music Education for Young Children.

She has served as Councillor of the Maryknoll Convent School Foundation, Secretary and member of Maryknoll Convent School Management Committee (Secondary Section) and as a member of the Executive Board of the Maryknoll Convent School Educational Trust. She is currently Supervisor of the Secondary Section of MCS.


What is your first memory of the school, (and if relevant, how did that influence you)?

The Legion of Mary - Our Lady of China!

I joined the Legion in Form I and stayed there till Upper Six. Sr Jeanne was our Spiritual Director and Earnest Chung was our President. In pairs, we had to do weekly assignments. Most of the time, we went to the Model Village 模範村 and Ap Chai Wu 鴨仔湖 which was later demolished to become the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Lee Wai Lee) on Renfrew Road where I worked for 30 years! This experience influenced me immensely- I became a social worker and later an educator in early childhood education!

As a Councillor, what ambition or aspirations do you have?

As a Councillor, I hope to keep the Maryknoll spirit and torch going! It's a pity that our girls will not have the same privilege as we had, studying and learning from the Sisters! I have been reflecting on what the Sisters meant when they often refer to this spirit, and whether we have misunderstood them? Also, through the Sisters' vision for a whole person's development through education and their role modeling, we were given the trust and freedom to create, to make mistakes and to enjoy learning! I hope that our girls will continue to experience this in our school, and that we will not go astray!

What kind of skills, knowledge, or contribution do you bring to the school as a Councillor?

With my personal experience of being a social worker who had worked with families and delinquent girls and then over 30 years' experience as a teacher trainer in education, and teaching students who have graduated from Secondary Schools, I believe I will be able to understand our secondary students and can also share with our teachers on pedagogy and research. I believe that social work and education is a good marriage of two disciplines!
Maria Lee