Mabo Kuwata (鍬田昌宏)

Mabo Kuwata (鍬田昌宏)

Director/Head Teacher

Mabo is an experienced Reggio Emilia inspired Early Childhood Educator. 12 years, he studied about Reggio Emilia Approach in several different countries: Japan, USA and Italy. He is a Japanese who is a Hong Kong Qualified Kindergarten Teacher (QKT), a certified child development teacher and a child development site supervisor in California, USA. Currently, he is taking a Hong Kong Kindergarten Principal Certificate Course at Baptist University.

Last 3 years, he’s been working for Hong Kong Reggio Emilia Study Group and trying to establish Hong Kong Reggio Emilia Association.

He received his B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development from San Francisco State University and worked in Reggio Emilia inspired preschools, playgroups & children’s museum in California.

Also, he is a father of 3: 10y, 5y and 1y. So, he understands children from teachers‘ point of view and parents’ point of view. He loves fishing. He is an active member of 香港毛鉤倶楽部 (Hong Kong Fly Fishing Club).

Stella Cheng (鄭映玲)

Stella Cheng (鄭映玲)

Classroom Assistant

Stella worked at Villaggio from our very first moment. She did awesome work to build this community. Now, she is on her own new journey. We are all very sure that you will do a great job wherever you go.

Good Luck Stella!!!

Thank you.


Stella is a wonderful and charming lady who can really understand children and have empathy with them. She is studying Early Childhood Education in various associations: Waldorf Study Group, Reggio Emilia Study Group, Yew Chung Community College, Play Scope, etc. She is also an assistant for a local emotional therapist.

She holds an advanced diploma in Fashion Design.

"I like working with children so much more than those old jobs in design and textiles. I want to be a qualified kindergarten teacher. My job now is so fun and fantastic! I hope I will develop my teaching skills using Mabo’s Reggio-inspired techniques and grow together with children!"

Jessica Kuwata (鍬田ジェシカ)

Jessica Kuwata (鍬田ジェシカ)


Jessica has a dual BS in Early Childhood Education and Elementary School Education and an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language. For the past 17 years, she has taught toddler classes, kindergarten, primary, secondary, tertiary, and adult education classes in the US, France, Japan, and Hong Kong. She was Academic Director of ELS at Dominican University of California where she acquired the practical skills of running an educational business, from an administration perspective. A mother of three energetic children, Jessica knows the challenges parents face in today’s society and is excited to get a chance to share with other parents what she has learned as both a teacher and a parent.