Philip started his career as an International Trampoline Gymnast, training amongst elite squads and competing internationally. He then moved into the education sector; his most recent position being Head of Year at Charters School in Sunningdale, UK. Prior to this, Philip was Subject Lead for Music Technology and Head of House. He also has a history of working in the music industry and as a recording artist.
Philip completed his master’s degree in Musicology at the University of Surrey. His undergraduate degree, also from the University of Surrey, was in in Music and Business. Further to this, he has a PGCE in Secondary Music from the University of Reading. Through his former sporting career, Philip obtained a level 5 HPCC coaching qualification and coached gymnasts to GB representation. A keen leader, Philip has also completed a number of managerial training programmes, some of his most recent courses include analysing data, neurolinguistic programming and unconscious gender bias.
Philip’s personal interests lay in three dominant areas: music, sport and travel. Formally a signed artist with Universal Records, he keeps his passion for music alive through his work as a composer for Felt Music during his free time. He is a keen sport enthusiastic and enjoys playing team sports, such as badminton, alongside independent leisure activities, such as off-road mountain bike riding. He likes a challenge and in recent years he has successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro twice, summited Mount Toubkal, completed a Tough Mudder race, been diving with great white sharks, skydived, and completed an aerobatic wing walking flight. His passion for travel has taken him and his family around the world, from the suburbs of Buenos Aires, to the deserts of Jordan, to the remote islands of Laos.
Megan has worked as a primary school teacher for 7 years in and around Nottingham City after completing a BA (hons) at Nottingham Trent University.
Throughout her teaching career, Megan feels fortunate to have worked in a range of different settings with a diverse membership of both staff and pupils. These valuable experiences have helped Megan to develop her appreciation for the positive impact cultural differences can have in an educational setting.
As a Primary Maths Specialist, Megan has helped research, develop and implement programs from early years across the primary ages and to encourage and develop an enthusiasm for mathematics. It has been very rewarding for Megan to see children grow more and more confident as they begin to reason and explain their thinking, make mathematical connections and improve their mathematical fluency.
Along with Maths, Megan’s passion is geography, environmental learning and sustainability. She is a level 3 Forest School Practitioner and loves to develop engaging and high-quality curricula to foster curiosity and fascination about the world and those who live in it. She strongly believes that the outdoor environment can help children develop a healthy range of emotions through hands on learning experiences and build a resilience that will enable continued and creative engagement with their peers both in and outside of school.
From a very early age Megan has always taken part in competitive sports, playing netball through her secondary school and hockey later on in university.
In her spare time she is an avid road cyclist and trail runner. She recently completed her first 10k trail race around Lake Derwent and thoroughly loved the challenge. Megan is now in training for her next trail racing experience of 25km.
Megan firmly believes that by taking part in regular sporting and other extracurricular activities she has become a more rounded individual, able to use her mistakes as a learning tool to progress. By giving children the opportunities to take risks in their learning and everyday life and providing them with the tools and support to use these experiences, these opportunities will help them to become better individuals who are confident, emotionally independent and most importantly, team players.
Megan is very excited to be joining Wellington College International Hangzhou at such an important point for our school, where we have the opportunity to develop a motivated and engaged learning environment within the Wellington community. Moving to China, being able to experience such a different culture and engage with smart, intelligent and motivated minds, is such a fantastic opportunity for Megan, and she cannot wait to get started.
Aged 11, Bethany was asked what she wanted to do on leaving school, and answered “become a teacher”. Since then she has never wavered from her ambition, and during work placements in primary schools when she was still a student herself, it only confirmed her ideal that this was the career path she wanted to follow. Bethany completed her BA (hons) degree in Primary Education, specialising in English at The University of Northampton. On completing her degree which gained her full qualified teaching status, Bethany began teaching at the largest primary school in Cambridgeshire. She thoroughly enjoys the challenge of developing the educational curriculum to suit the individual needs of pupils in her class to match their capabilities, in order to bring out the best in her students, and help them achieve their maximum potential.
Bethany has seen that there are numerous challenges that children face but with patience, understanding the specific needs of children socially and emotionally, and the importance of building good relationships with them, she has a strong understanding of nurture and attachment and the significance in which it leads to a healthier educational outcome. A love of travel has enabled Bethany to experience first-hand different social and economic cultures outside England. She now feels that the time is right to broaden her knowledge and experience further by teaching internationally. She enjoys working alongside people from different cultural ethnicities, so that she can learn and understand their family tradition, values and religion. This is something she believes is equally important for children as by being exposed to diverse cultures it helps to build respect, empathy and sense of self in the world. Bethany is excited to be joining Wellington College and hopes to continue to make a positive impact on children’s lives but also have the chance to develop her career and widen her experience in education. She looks forward to the forthcoming challenges and hopes her experience that she has already gained can be shared in her new setting.
Yeimi completed her Psychology Post Graduate Diploma with the aim of understanding and practicing child psychology in depth. She is very passionate about working with children and is very excited to work at Wellington College Hangzhou as it has always been her dream to work internationally, especially in China. Her bachelor’s degree is in Criminology and she graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge in 2010.
With almost 2 years experience as a private tutor (mainly in English and Spanish) working with children between the ages of 5-11, as well as working as a teaching assistant in a UK primary school for a year, Yeimi feels that she is ready to bring this experience to China and put all the skills and knowledge acquired to practice in a different country. Yeimi finds working as a teaching assistant very enjoyable and fulfilling as it allows her to work with a mix of educational professionals, and at the same time, learn from their expertise.
From an early age, Yeimi has expressed an interest in working with children and her dream is to become a fully qualified primary school teacher in the near future. Yeimi is very interested in languages, speaking both English and Spanish fluently. As she experienced the process of learning a second language when she moved to London from Colombia at the age of 6, she comprehends the support and dedication a child requires when learning a new language and adapting to a new culture.
Yeimi is also very passionate about sports and was part of the football and netball teams in primary and secondary school. In her spare time she also enjoys running and completed a half marathon run in London in 2017. This was a great personal achievement for her and she is looking forward to running a full marathon in the near future.
Yeimi is very keen to be joining Wellington College International Hangzhou this year, as it is a very exciting time of progress and growth, which she wants to be part of. Her aspirations are to grow personally and professionally, working beside amazing educational professionals from both Huili Nursery and Wellington College. Moving to China is a very big step that Yeimi is taking in her career and she is sure that by being part of the Wellington Community, she will be representing and working with the top professionals in the education sector. Learning a new language and emerging herself into the Chinese culture and lifestyle is an exciting journey Yeimi is keen to take.
Mhairi Macleod is from Glasgow, Scotland. As an undergraduate, she studied for her BA (hons) degree in Psychology at the University of St Andrews. During this time, she was particularly interested in the field of educational psychology, which further developed her knowledge in child welfare and the relationship between wellbeing and the ability to learn in a positive productive environment. Further experiences in different recreational settings have significantly guided Mhairi’s approach to academia, as she believes that making learning fun is the most effective way to engage children and help them reach their full potential. More experience both as a graduate mental health intern and then as an English teacher in Sri Lanka showed her how differing cultures affect the way we learn.
Mhairi subsequently received her Diploma in primary education from the University of Edinburgh, where she gained a full understanding of primary education through both her university studies and many school placements, while gaining credits for a Master’s Degree in Primary Education. Before coming to China, she taught at a small school in a rural town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where she gained first-hand experience in working with children from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. This experience has enhanced her passion for creating excitement around learning.
Mhairi is enjoying the challenges and opportunities she faces living and working here in China.
Oliver has worked as a primary school teacher for 5 years. He has worked in the UK and in Thailand as a homeroom teacher after completing his PGCE and NQT year in the UK at Bangor University. Throughout his teaching career, Oliver has taught students from a variety of backgrounds, affording him the opportunity to experience a range of diverse cultures. In the UK, he was fortunate to get experience teaching a class that was made up largely of learners with English as an additional language (EAL). Being an EAL teacher in England prepared Oliver for his move to Thailand where he continued to work as a Homeroom Teacher at an International School and supported students who spoke English as a second language. Oliver began his previous employment as a Year 3 Homeroom Teacher and was later promoted to Key Stage 2 Leader. He then became the Year 5 Homeroom Teacher. When Oliver joined his previous school setting, he had a big part in developing policies and routines for the whole school. He devised an Independent Assessment Policy which continues to be used throughout the school. Oliver hosted training events for both teachers and parents to help implement and run the assessment tool. At his previous school, Oliver has held training sessions for new staff into the Inquiry approach. Oliver is an advocate for child-led learning and cross-curricular themes. He continues his own professional development with this and creates lessons with real-world contexts. Oliver is very IT literate and this is something he incorporates into his teaching. His previous class projects have included the use of a green screen, documentary film making, creating video tutorials and coding. Oliver is extremely excited to be joining Wellington College International Hangzhou. He is excited about the next chapter in his life and intends to embrace the learning and experience he gains from living in a new country. Especially one with such a rich and vibrate culture as China.
Anita has enjoyed reading and writing since early childhood; she was the child who would come home with ten books from the library, then read them all in a few days! Her interest in education is rooted as far back as high school when she enjoyed tutoring younger students in reading and writing. Anita’s career began with a College qualification in Childcare and Education where she realised her passion for working with children. Anita has many years of experience working with children and young people in educational and residential settings. Wanting to explore working with different age ranges and socio-economic backgrounds, Anita studied further and gained her Honours Degree in Social Work from De Montfort University. She worked as a Social Worker where she continually saw a pattern of behaviour in young people who were failing in education. She wanted to help change that pattern for the better which was when she decided to complete her PGCE in Primary Education to support and guide children in their crucial early primary years.
Anita feels extremely lucky to have such a meaningful and purposeful career at Wellington College, working with students who inspire her every day. Anita is from the UK and has now taught abroad for five years with her husband and two children. She continues to experience the joy of teaching and learning, and feels it is a fantastic way to push language barriers and connect people from all over the world.
Nina has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Zhejiang Normal University and was awarded as Outstanding Graduate of Zhejiang Province for her excellent academic achievements. During her college years, she taught TOEFL and New Concept English in New Oriental Shanghai as a part-time teacher. Feeling the urge to promote her teaching skills, she pursued further education aboard and obtained a TESOL certificate in the University of California, Riverside with straight As. During her time abroad, she volunteered to give free English tutoring sessions to exchange students from the Middle East and was highly remarked by her professors and fellow teachers.
A genuine love for children is one of the fundamental reasons why Nina chose a career in Education. She is an individual that fully believes in children’s great potential to learn and she embraces their diverse learning styles. During her spare time, Nina is immersed in the world of music, art, and nature. She feels that piano, calligraphy, and gardening have the magic power to construct a splendid and peaceful inner world for her in the fast-paced society, and children should be encouraged to explore this as well for it can refresh their spirits and stimulate compassion, concentration, creative and critical thinking.
Nina joined Wellington College International Hangzhou on 1st August 2018. Working in an international school with an advanced teaching philosophy has been her dream since high school and she is so delighted to be given the opportunity to realize her dream at such an early stage of her teaching career.
Lynn completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Hangzhou Normal University in 2016, specialising in English Education. Lynn took part in many competitions during her four-year college life. As a student who majored in education, she won the first prize at the Teaching Skills Competition in Zhejiang Province by giving great performances in speech and demo lessons.
Lynn started her career in Hangzhou Xuejun Primary School, one of the best public schools in Hangzhou and Zhejiang Province. After her internship, she was employed officially. She was given a lot of chances to have open classes with professors in college, interns and primary school English teachers from other cities. As a new teacher in Xihu district, her work on observing reading classes was awarded a second prize.
Lynn is very easy-going, she enjoys baking and spending time with friends. Besides that, she likes swimming and playing badminton. Having those hobbies makes her a more rounded person.
Kash previously taught in the UK for five years after receiving his Primary PGCE from Kington University, London. His most previous role involved teaching a Year 6 class at Fielding Primary School in Ealing, London, which is a 4-form entry school enveloped in the Visible Learning approach created by John Hattie. As a practitioner in the field of education, it has always been important to him to be up-to-date with current educational research and over the course of his teaching career he has been involved in a number of projects under the guidance of specialists such as Professor Dylan Wiliam. Kash is now taking his education further and studying his MA in Educational Leadership and Management.
Prior to teaching, Kash worked as a field runner in the film industry and was responsible for sourcing specialist equipment for a number of music videos and films. It was a big change from his initial degree in Forensic Science and Law which he received from Keele University, Staffordshire.
Aside from teaching, Kash is also passionate about Ballroom and Latin American dance. He first began dancing in his teens and quickly improved. This led him to compete nationally in the UK and he achieved great successes alongside his dance partner. In previous teaching roles he has taught a number of dance styles in P.E. and has even set up a mock dance competition for children to experience. While he may no longer compete, he still takes social classes and teaches casual lessons in salsa and ceroc swing.
Since graduating from the University of Manchester with a degree in English Language and Literature, Catherine has spent most of her teaching career working with pupils for whom English is an additional language. After a 2-and-a-half-year stint as a TEFL teacher in Japan and Taiwan, she trained as a Primary school teacher in the UK, gaining her QTS and PGCE from the University of Hull. Catherine then spent 2 years teaching in Hull before moving to Slovakia to work in a British international school there.
On returning to the UK, she took up a post in a large, all-through primary school in Bradford. Here, the majority of her pupils were EAL and she used this classroom experience to complete her Master’s in Education (Applied Linguistics), where she explored the importance of purposeful talk in the classroom to scaffold EAL pupils’ understanding of a subject and to co-construct knowledge. As an Assistant Head Teacher at the school, Catherine went on to lead and establish specialist ‘New to English’ provision for EAL pupils, and its success was recognised when it became a national ‘Centre of Good Practice’ in its field. In addition, Catherine led the provision of Special Educational Needs teaching and learning throughout the school and was responsible for ensuring disadvantaged pupils in all year groups made rapid progress in order to catch up with their peers. After taking a break to look after her two young sons, Catherine returned to work as a Local Authority Education Adviser for EAL Portsmouth, training hundreds of teachers and working with a wide-range of schools to improve EAL teaching and learning in the city.
As a strategic lead on a 2-year project for the Department for Education, she worked to improve access to education for unaccompanied asylum seekers in Portsmouth and beyond. Catherine is extremely excited to have the chance to work in an international setting once again, this time bringing her family along for the adventure! She thinks it is a privilege to be given the opportunity to contribute to the Wellington Hangzhou story and is looking forward to spending her free time getting to know her new city and the amazing sights and experiences China has to offer.
Stella Zhao graduated from Beijing Language and Culture University with a master’s degree in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, and from Hainan University with a bachelor’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. Stella Zhoa also holds a Domestic Teaching Certificate of Chinese. She used to teach Mandarin in the Chinese programmes of Americian universities and colleges, including Duke Summer in China and Middlebury in China. In these programmes, Stella Zhao provided professional Chinese training for pupils of many nationalities and from famous American Universities.
David Clough studied Biological Sciences at The University of Leeds and completed his PGCE there the year afterwards. He has taught in England for three years before moving to teach Science in Luxembourg, where he met his fiancé who will be joining him in Hangzhou to teach in Huili School Hangzhou. Since then they have worked in two other schools in Nigeria and Vietnam. David will start his ninth year of teaching at Wellington, alongside teaching KS3, IGCSE science and A level Biology he has also been a whole school KS3 coordinator and head of a multi-disciplinary faculty. He enjoys incorporating technology into his lessons and looks forward to education going as paperless as possible. He believes that in order for students to succeed the whole needs of the student must be met, both pastorally and academically. Outside of science, David is an experienced traveller, which has involved travelling from the Adriatic coast to the Black Sea coast and spent two months motorcycling around Vietnam. It goes hand in hand with his interest in photography. Furthermore, David is an enthusiastic cook. While exploring different cultures, David learned many recipes and is keen on adding a few more while in China. David is really looking forward to moving to China. He has already spent a month here last summer together with his fiancé and is eager to see more of the country as well as start a new adventure at the Wellington College International Hangzhou.
Samuel is an English teacher from Britain. He received his bachelor’s degree from Cardiff University having a particular focus on Medieval Literature, including Arthurian Legends and Robin Hood, and Romantic Poets, such as Wordsworth, Shelley and Coleridge.
Samuel first started teaching after working with Salisbury Cathedral School. He then began his teaching career in his home town of Exeter where he received ‘Outstanding’ in PGCE English. This subsequently led him working around the Devonshire area in various schools. As part of his teaching career and his masters, he worked with Exeter University in researching how language and literacy has a place within schools. This has led him to have a thorough understanding of how pupils develop their linguistic prowess.
Alongside teaching, Samuel has often led pupils with their Duke of Edinburgh Award and their Ten Tor’s training schemes. He has a long-established background in many outdoor pursuits, ranging from hiking and climbing to kayaking and archery. He has worked as an Assistant Director for a summer school and an activities leader for United World Colleges. He has also spent time as a Choral Scholar, singing around Britain and Europe and America.
In his free time, Samuel can be found motorcycling, reading or hiking.
Bradley Dennon is a Mathematics teacher from Manchester, England. He has been working as a teacher in a high school in Greater Manchester for the last 3 years and has been teaching the GCSE curriculum during this time with expertise from ages 11-16. Bradley has enjoyed Mathematics from a very young age and has always strived to understand and be better in this area. It is this passion for the subject that is now passed on to pupils in his lessons so that they feel inspired to learn more and grasp the mathematical concepts. In the classroom, Bradley aims to create a safe and creative working environment that gives pupils the opportunity to work alone and in groups when the moment is right, which allows pupils to feel courage when answering questions and not to worry about being right or wrong.
In his spare time Bradley has a huge passion for football/soccer and follows Manchester City FC. Bradley has been following football from a very young age and also plays most weeks with friends. Along with football Bradley enjoys staying active with walks and most racquet sports, which he hopes he can start to become involved in again whilst at Wellington. Bradley is incredibly proud to be working at Wellington and is focused on instilling the values in the pupils. Having settled in to life in Hangzhou very well, Bradley is fully committed to ensuring the progress of pupils is outstanding before anything else and is looking forward to working with some of the brightest pupils of the generation.
Katie grew up near Bristol in the UK and has spent the past thirteen years working at a high performing state school in Ealing, London: primarily as an English teacher but in recent years as the whole school Literacy Coordinator. This is a role she enjoyed hugely, and Katie hopes to inspire the same love of reading in her students at Wellington College, Hangzhou. One of the main reasons Katie decided to be an English teacher is the chance to teach crucial communication skills. Through reading, writing, speaking and listening, she believes that teaching English helps students to foster a strong ability to express themselves to others and to understand what others are trying to say. Also, as she often tells her students, reading a book can change your life and teaching English helps students develop strong senses of identity and empathy. We can read literature to see a reflection of ourselves in various characters, plots and narratives, but we can also read literature to learn more about individuals and experiences that are wholly different to our own. As well as academic success, Katie strives to ensure that students in her classroom are working their way towards becoming thoughtful and empathetic members of society. She wants them to constantly question accepted ideas, contribute to ongoing conversations and find their own individual voices with which to share their own ideas. Language and literature are very powerful tools, and she believes that as an English teacher, her greatest task is to help her students develop the skills they need that will ultimately make the world a better place. In her spare time Katie is mum to two very lively girls (aged 5 and 6) who can’t wait to join Wellington College and also enjoys reading, cooking and running (very slowly!) Having taught English in Japan several years ago, Katie has always longed to return to the Far East and can’t wait to do some travelling around China and Asia, as well as going back to visit some of her old friends in Japan. Katie is very excited about her family’s move to China at such an important time for Wellington College International Hangzhou and is looking forward to contributing to the continued development and success of the school for many years to come.
Cindy came from the British International School on Jeju Island in Korea. As a Mandarin teacher she has taught Chinese as a first language, Chinese Social Studies and Chinese as a foreign language for pupils from Year 1 to
Year 6. She has the certificate of Senior Chinese Language Teacher and the certificate of TESMC (Teaching ESL students in mainstream classrooms: Language in learning across the curriculum). She has also passed the Mandarin 1A level test and has a Certification for Announcer and Anchorperson.
She graduated from Jilin University of Technology with a Bachelor Degree in Automotive and Tractor Engineering. Cindy got her Postgraduate Diploma from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences for Journalism and Mass Communication. Study of Engineering and Liberal Arts has provided Cindy with both emotional and rational thinking, and a very strong practical ability and literary accomplishment.
As an outstanding graduate of the university, Cindy was recommended to work in Beijing for the government office in 1990. In 1994, Cindy was enrolled by the host of Dalian People’s Radio Station,and began her 20-year career as a host, editor, director, producer and head of the International Department of a Broadcasting & Television Station. In the meantime, she has served as a broadcasting instructor teacher in the little host class of the TV Art Center and the producer of the English education program ‘Kids Club’ for a long time. In 2015, Cindy was invited by the Jeju Tourism University of Korea to become a visiting scholar and was trained professionally as a teacher in the North London Collegiate School UK in 2016.
In her private life, Cindy likes sports such as table tennis. She also enjoys traveling and has been to many countries in Europe, America, Africa, Australia, Asian and many places in China. She cherishes the benefit of travel and would love to share these precious experiences with her students in whatever way she could.
Christy completed her Master’s Degree at Shanghai International Studies University, majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. She has the same major as an undergraduate student and postgraduate. Her academic performance was excellent and the six years’ learning experience has laid a solid foundation for her future career.
Six years of undergraduate and master’s studies and practices have enabled her to be exposed to the teaching of Chinese as a Native Language and Foreign Language at the same time. During her postgraduate study, she also served as a Chinese teacher in the Overseas Cooperation College of Tongji University. In addition, she has two years of overseas teaching experience. Through the Confucius Institute, she has successively worked as a Chinese teacher in public schools in Thailand and Hungary. Christy is a highly motivated and committed young teacher of Chinese Language who is passionate about education and who enthusiastically shares her love of learning. Her patience, warmth and understanding approach has won her the trust of her pupils.
She loves Chinese traditional culture such as Chinese paper cutting, Chinese knots, Chinese food and Calligraphy etc.
After completing a History degree at Swansea University (Wales), Dan was elected to the role of Athletic Union President where he led a union of over 3,000 student athletes. This enabled Dan to secure his first role within a school as he was appointed Wellingborough School’s first Sports Graduate Assistant. Dan completed his PGCE in the South West of England through the University of Gloucestershire which led to his first teaching role at Swanbourne House School. During the last five years, Dan has been Head of History and an active member of the Games department. In addition to his head of department role, Dan was assistant Head of Boarding and acted as temporary Head of Religious Studies.
Alongside Dan’s classroom based work, he has organised many trips to historical areas of interest and he has planned and carried out historical re-enactments for over 250 pupils and staff. One of these re-enactments was based on the Spanish Armada’s perilous voyage around the UK. From above you could see the outline of the UK painted on to the field, with the crescent moon formation of one year group being pursued in formation by other pupils pretending to be English ships, armed with water soakers. He is looking forward to finding out about the local history of Hangzhou and of Zhejiang province.
Sport, travel and dining are activities that Dan thoroughly enjoys and he hopes to make the most of them in China. As a keen sportsman, Dan enjoys playing rugby, cricket and over the last twelve months, he has started to enjoy the benefits that regular Pilates have brought him. Pilates and regular physical exercise have helped Dan discover the balance of having a healthy mind and a healthy body. This was further reinforced by Dan attending conferences about the importance of mindfulness for both pupils and adults. Dan is a strong advocate for positive Mental Health as he has raised money for charities related to this matter. One charity drive involved a 15,000 ft skydive over the beaches of Sydney last year.
Dan is always open to recommendations on places to eat, special dishes and new locations to visit for short breaks. The Wellington experience in China is an exciting new adventure for Dan and one that he will grab with both hands.
Matthew Perkins completed his Honour’s Degree in Sports Science and Geography at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. After furthering his studies with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, he facilitated sports development in a rural African community. Realising his passion was for development and education, he has since taught at schools in England, South Korea and South Africa. In addition to teaching Geography, Matthew has a strong belief in pastoral care and has coached various sporting codes. His interests include playing and watching football, road running, Asian food and reading a good book. Mr. Perkins joins Wellington College Hangzhou after working in Wellington College Tianjin for several years. As such, he is very familiar with the Wellington Values and Identities, and will help to further promote cross-school collaboration across the Wellington College China family of schools.
JoAnn Dunbar was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. She started her love of travel at 16 when she went to the Soviet Union on a High School travel club trip. This love of travel continued with a high school semester abroad in Lausanne, Switzerland, and a University semester in Caen, France. After completing her Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Alberta, JoAnn started her teaching career. She taught HS English; Junior High French and Language arts; and ES French over the course of her first few years of teaching.
When she had the opportunity to teach 6th grade in North Carolina, she jumped at the chance. During her time there, she taught Language Arts, Social Studies and Math. She was involved in many activities outside of the classroom as well, which included coaching volleyball, becoming a certified volleyball ref, and acting in two productions with the Western Rockingham Community Theatre Guild.
After her adventures in North Carolina, JoAnn wasn’t quite ready to go back to Canada. She decided to try English teaching in Korea for a year. One year turned into two and during that second year, she learned about International schools. When a position opened up at Seoul Foreign School (SFS), JoAnn decided that Seoul could be home for a few more years…16, in fact!
JoAnn taught 7th grade Humanities when she first arrived at SFS but taught a variety of subjects during her 14 years there. She taught French, Drama, Design, Maths support, English support, and she was a language specialist co-teacher in 8th grade Humanities, Math and Science. JoAnn also earned a master’s degree from Simpson University, Redding California, while working at SFS. JoAnn loved working with the students at SFS and kept herself busy with many activities in the community. She coached both volleyball and badminton; she reffed the JV volleyball home games; she was involved in various fundraising efforts; and she loved being part of the staff Pantos.
After 16 wonderful years in Korea, JoAnn finally decided it was time for something new. She is looking forward to the opportunities and new adventures at Wellington College and in her new home of Hangzhou.
Born in Paris and raised in a multicultural environment in the French island Martinique, Catherine developed her joy and passion for languages from her youth and numerous voyages. Soon, teachers detected her as a gifted student for languages. Today, she fluently speaks French, Spanish and Creole, has some bases in German and Latin and has begun to learn Arabic. Her next goal: Mandarin. After studying Law and Science of Education in French universities, she worked as a Marketing and Communication Consultant. Her interest for languages caught up with her as she set up her own translation company, mainly working with the Law Faculty of the University of Bordeaux to translate studies about foreign legal systems around the world. Following her experience as a teacher in France, she embarked on the teaching journey in the UK completing her PGCE and teaching for two years. As the need for internationalism soon arose, she accepted a position in a British international school in Dubai and spent 7 years teaching French and Spanish up to IB level. Whenever Catherine has the chance to travel, she takes them all. Her most recent travel took place in Ecuador, where she supported a community for 3 weeks, organising activities for children every afternoon. She spent her days fully immersed in the community and the Spanish language. Catherine also loves walking surrounded by nature, and is often heard singing, which is really her mother tongue. Reflecting over her years of experience as a mother and a teacher in France, England and Dubai she appreciates the immeasurable impact a teacher makes on the daily life of a student. As an educator, she aims to create a climate which enables pupils to excel in the subject. Catherine believes that learning is a life-long process which never ends. Schools have the responsibility to build world citizens, who will be able to make the right decisions for the planet, the community and themselves. Learning a language plays a great part in the construction of those open-minded individuals and Catherine is proud to play her role in the development of foreign languages at Wellington College International Hangzhou and China in general.
Robert Fryer is from the UK and qualified with an honour’s degree in Countryside Management from Glasgow University. He is from the West coast of Scotland, has been married for 15 years and has 2 children. Robert previously worked as a Countryside ranger for a few years before deciding to do his Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in 2006 – 2007. After qualifying Robert taught in England before he and his family moved back to Scotland. Robert worked for the Scottish Government as an Active Schools Co-ordinator, organizing activities, for schools, related to the Commonwealth games.
Robert is talented at computing and has amassed many qualifications in this field. He was IT Co-ordinator at one of his previous schools and in 2014 Robert and his family moved to Qatar to work for Newton British Academy. This was a brand-new school and Robert setup the Primary and Secondary IT departments for 1700 students. He worked at Newton for 4 years and advanced to become Learning Technology & MIS Coordinator. Robert believes it is essential to have a talent for fostering a child’s appetite for learning and for motivating them through enthusiastic, imaginative presentation, particularly with use of current computing technologies. He advocates that students must develop their curiosity, creativity, communication skills and critical thinking skills to excel in the modern world.
Robert really enjoys coding and robotics and previously took students to compete in interschool and National competitions. Robert also enjoys the countryside, was a scout leader for 3 years and is a keen sailor. He particularly enjoys watching F1, cooking, reading, swimming and is excited about exploring new technologies available at Huili and Wellington Colleges.
Richard Self is an ICT teacher from Nottingham, England. He has been working as a teacher in schools in Nottingham for over 20 years and has been teaching the GCSE curriculum during this time with expertise from ages 11-16. In addition, Richard has taught A Level ICT, A Level Computing and has worked as a moderator for A Level Computing. Richard has a passion for ICT and the way it impacts on our everyday life and as such has passed on this to his pupils so that they themselves are inspired to learn more about it. In the classroom, Richard is enthusiastic and creates a safe and creative working environment that encourages pupils to ask questions, work collaboratively, work independently, to learn from each other, themselves and the teacher. In his spare time Richard has a huge passion for music. Richard has his own home recording studio and has been making music for several years. Richard is also a keen guitarist and has played in numerous bands at several venues in the local area. Richard is incredibly proud to be working at Wellington and is focused on instilling the values in the pupils. Richard is fully committed to ensuring the progress of pupils is outstanding before anything else and is looking forward to working with some of the brightest pupils of the generation.
With 4 years of teaching experience and 6 years of music leadership, Craig is very much looking forward to joining the teaching team at Wellington College International Hangzhou.
During his time in York, he directed several choirs ranging in age from 6 – 60! He also performed regularly as a singer (ensemble and solo), as a pianist and an organist, as well as working as a composer. Once he gained his PGCE, he transferred his passion for music into the classroom, providing his children with a full cross-curricular environment. With experience in both the UK state sector and in the international sector, Craig finds providing musical provision the most rewarding aspect of being a teacher.
Craig performed from an early age, starting in church choirs when he was 4 and taking up piano at the same age, which led him to orchestral performances by the age of 16. He has gained ABRSM & RSCM awards in his instruments.
Although music is his life long passion, Craig also enjoys other subjects including Maths, Science and Philosophy. He believes that a cross-curricular approach to music education will benefit his students and drive their own passion for learning.
Providing Wellington College with a thriving musical culture with opportunities for all students is an exciting prospect. Craig believes that the performing arts are not only a unique and enjoyable experience but can also help pupils foster confidence in themselves which they can take forward into their own avenues of life. Being able to do this in an international setting provides many wonderful opportunities for cross-culture collaborations including links with his musical life back in UK.
Jessica has worked as a drama educator and program leader for over 16 years in both the public and private sectors – in several states of Australia. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from Melbourne University as well as a Bachelor in Arts (Drama) and Bachelor of Education (Secondary) from the Queensland University of Technology. She also recently obtained a Certificate in Engagement from the International Association for Public Participation.
With over 10 years’ experience leading arts and culture teams Jessica has developed many innovative curriculum initiatives and award winning programs for both students and the community. She has a diverse resume which includes establishing arts and cultural programs for museums and local government sectors. Born on the cusp of the year of the Rooster and Dog Jessica embodies elements of both animals – honesty, avid observance of life and is unafraid of facing hardship – thriving on the new, whilst benefiting from connections or guanxi. She is passionate about the arts in all its forms and values immersion in the arts through being active in the community.
As an educator, facilitator and leader she is inspired by the possibility to reach into people’s lives through artistic practise and connect with the individual. Jessica thrives on new ideas and opportunities, embraces change processes and excels at maintaining connections & partnerships. Jessica is relocating to China with her husband and two children – who will be attending Wellington College International Hangzhou. Together with her family she is excited for this new adventure and looks forward to exploring all that China has to offer. Jessica is honoured to be joining the Wellington /Huili family at such an exciting time in its development. Broadening opportunities for student engagement with performing arts and sharing the talents of our students with the community; are just some of prospects she is keen to explore.
Mr. Leif Raiha graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Art and Art History and holds a diploma from Sheridan College. He completed his Bachelor of Education at Nipissing University. Leif also holds additional qualifications in Senior Visual Arts and Special Education. Leif taught in Canada and South Korea before coming to China to teach at the Canadian International School in Kunshan, undertaking various curriculum responsibilities including Technology, Science, and Art & Design in addition to his role as IB Coordinator. He then took a position as Head of Art at Kaiwen Academy in Haidian District Beijing, establishing the department, and developing curriculum and enrichment programs. In his free time, Leif enjoys exploring. Traveling and hiking around China affords plentiful opportunities for drawing and photography, and to experience culture and cuisine.
Li achieved a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Central Lancashire and a master’s degree in Microelectronics from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Also, she obtained her QTS teaching qualification from Durham University.
Li joined the Art and Design Technology department of Wellington College International Shanghai in 2014. As a founding member of the faculty, she helped set up the department to provide a stimulating and inspirational environment for pupils. During the last 5 years in Wellington College International Shanghai, Li has taught Design and Technology to pupils from Year 7 to Year 9. She helped Y10 to Y13 pupils with CAD/CAM skills to significantly improve their IGCSE and IB results.
Li is a motivated, caring teacher who leads with passion and enjoys working with children. She believes Design Technology is a subject for pupils to learn from their mistakes and learn how to use different techniques to solve problems.
In 2016, Li joined the Wellington College International Shanghai Boarding house. Over 3 years, she worked with the head of boarding to embed a sense of community and to create a supportive environment for all boarders. Li enjoyed working with the teachers and the House Masters to support all boarders, both academically and pastorally. Also, she encouraged the boarders to participate in all house and school events.
In her spare time, Li enjoys attending handy craft workshops, such as wood, metal and textile workshop to learn different techniques to create products.
Li is very excited to be joining the Wellington College International Hangzhou as an Art Design Technology teacher. Also, she will use her boarding experience to support Ming house in Hangzhou as a Lead Boarding Mentor.
Jason graduated from Leeds Beckett University in Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) before completing his PGCE (QTS) at Buckingham University.
Jason is the Director of Sport at Wellington College Hangzhou. Jason was previously a Housemaster and teacher of physical education at Belmont, Mill Hill Prep in North London. He has also worked as Head of rugby at King’s Ely in Cambridgeshire, where he managed the rugby program throughout the junior and senior school from ages 6 to 18. During his time at King’s, he worked for four years as an Assistant Boarding Housemaster where a significant portion of boarding students were international, many from the Asia-Pacific region.
Sport has played a significant part of Jason’s life, having spent a lot of his childhood swimming at a national level before turning to rugby in his early teenage years. He went on to play 8 years of national league rugby in England and has since started road cycling after finishing playing. Jason has competed in a sprint and Olympic distance triathlon and is training for a Half Ironman in July.
Tim worked as an elementary and middle school physical education teacher for 15 years at Seoul Foreign School (SFS). He gained knowledge of key stage two by working at SFS’s British School, teaching classes and preparing teams to participate in the FOBISIA games. Additionally he coached swimming, track and field, cross country running, basketball, soccer, volleyball and Scottish dancing to both American section and British section students.
As a Physical Education Specialist, Tim helped develop and implement programs including the Primary Years Program (PYP) and Middle School Program (MYP) from elementary across the middle school ages to encourage and develop an enthusiasm for sport. It was rewarding for Tim to see children grow more confident as they began to develop sporting skills and attitudes.
Tim firmly believes that by creating a safe atmosphere, free from stress and worry, where skill acquisition and fellowship is more important than competition, exposure to a variety of activities and including opportunities for students to have some freedom in choosing activities, he will broaden their exposure and encourage them to develop a life-long love of active participation.
Out of school hours, you’ll either find Tim on a road bike or in the kitchen. He recently participated in the Tour Down Under’s 160km amateur race where he finished 69th of 1800 participants. He relished this experience and looks forward to all cycling events, both as a competitor and as a spectator.
Tim is excited to join Wellington College International Hangzhou. He looks forward to moving to China to make new friends and immerse himself in the Chinese culture and cuisine.
White graduated from Tianjin Normal University in English and accounting, holding the Chinese national education certificate of pedagogy and educational psychology up to Senior High School level and Mandarin (Level A). He is also a certificated life guard and when he was a teenager he obtained 6th place in city of Tianjin as a shot-putter. White was coached by a former national badminton coach for two years. Now he has a PGCE from Durham University in the subject of PE.
His key interests include not only a wide range of sports, such as golf, badminton, tennis, football and swimming, but also travelling, aviation and reading.
Currently, White is on the third year of his education career at Wellington College International Hangzhou, working in the PE department. He really enjoys sharing his life experiences, especially in sports, to inspire children and young people in establishing their own distinguished attitude towards sport. White believes sport can, and will, make children happier by embracing physical fitness, personal development and a greater sense of team spirit.
Following a degree in Leisure studies in 1996, Robert went on to complete his PGCE in PE at De Montfort University and has over 22 years of experience teaching at outstanding schools in the UK. From 2001, Robert worked at Charters School in Ascot, Berkshire. During his time there, he progressed from an Advanced Skills Teacher to Senior Teacher in charge of whole school teaching and learning. Consequently, Robert was invited to deliver lectures to PGCE students at the University of Reading as part of their training programme.
In his latest role as Assistant Headteacher, he has been responsible for raising standards of performance at KS4 and has managed a variety of faculties across the school including Creative Arts, Humanities, Business and Vocational Studies. He also served for four years as a staff Trustee on the school’s governing body. As an avid sportsman, Robert has coached and played basketball at Wellington College, Crowthorne, UK and coached the Under 18s Berkshire Schools’ County Football team. In his spare time, he enjoys going to the cinema, keeping fit and spending time with his family. Having travelled extensively across America, Africa, Australasia and Europe, he is excited about the prospect of exploring China and the Far East.
Robert shares the Wellinton drive to achieve consistently outstanding student outcomes but also a commitment to producing well-rounded individuals who have a strong moral compass and are prepared for higher education and employment. He is eager to play a pivotal role in the future of Wellington Coleege Hangzhou and drive the high standards that will propel young Wellington pupils on to greatness.
Emily graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2009 with a BA (Hons) in French studies. This included a year living in Normandy, France, teaching English as a foreign language. In 2010, she completed a PGCE in French and Spanish at the University of Exeter and began her teaching career at Windsor Girls’ School in Berkshire. In the past 8 years, Emily has been a Subject Leader and KS5 Lead for French at Charters School, an outstanding 11-18 mixed school in Ascot, Berkshire. Throughout this time, she has mentored and guided MFL students through their university applications with many of those to Oxbridge. More recently, her role evolved to working within the Sixth Form leadership team providing academic and pastoral support. She has extensive experience in writing university references and advising students across the curriculum and ability spectrum. Aside from teaching, Emily enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading and learning new languages. She is eager to explore Hangzhou and the rest of China with her husband, Robert, and daughter, Gabi. Emily is looking forward to guiding our students to their exciting and bright futures at higher education institutions all over the world.
Hywel has over 15 years’ experience teaching English as a Foreign Language (TESOL). Hywel has achieved a Masters in TESOL and a PGCE in ESOL (English as a Second Language) from the University of South Wales. Hywel’s teaching career began after a number of volunteering experiences in Cambodia and India, where he taught English in a school for young children who have experienced the effects of landmines, and in Tamil Nadu, India at an NGO school for girls. It was through these life-changing experiences that Hywel saw the huge benefits of what acquiring the English language can bring to people by enhancing their standing in life and benefitting their family and their own financial positions through access to more career possibilities. He also noticed the joy in students’ faces when learning English, and how it can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience for all. Hywel has spent most of his teaching life outside of the UK working in several different countries.
Hywel has taught at high schools in Thailand and Saudi Arabia as well as a college in Wales. For the last seven years, Hywel has been working in Dubai, teaching EAL in a bilingual college, developing learner’s academic language proficiency, guiding, and supporting students as they progress in their Bachelor pathways. Hywel has also been active in the student community, organizing cross-campus volleyball and football tournaments, and various excursions to the mountains, treasure hunts, or company site visits to promote career awareness. Hywel is a supportive teacher, who empathizes with learners and truly understands the complexities and challenges of acquiring a second language. Hywel’s strengths lie in his ability to instill learner confidence; he takes great pride in seeing his learners enjoying his classes that are cohesive, language-rich and learner centered. Hywel has three young children and is married. As a Welshman, Hywel is a keen supporter of all things Welsh rugby, and regularly plays touch rugby competitively. Hywel is an outdoors person who loves going off the beaten track into the desert with his family, making fires and exploring the natural environment. Hywel is hugely excited to join Wellington, demonstrate his strengths and share a happiness for learning.
For the past three years Callum has been working in Egypt, firstly at the Modern English School, Cairo as a teaching and learning specialist. He then moved onto The British School Cairo where he worked in Year 4 as a classroom teacher and also teaching Physical Education.
Before working in Cairo, Callum was working in an autistic independent school in Brigg as Head of Key Stage 4 and PE Lead. Callum grew up in Yorkshire, England, and went to school in the farming town of Beverley. Following this Callum went to Bishop Burton where he received a sporting scholarship for rugby and graduated with a degree in Sports Coaching Development and Fitness.
Whilst in Egypt working as a teaching and learning specialist Callum completed his PGCE from the university of Sunderland. After completing this, Callum continued his education and studied an International Special Educational Needs Coordinators (ISENCO) course from the university of London.
Callum has a passion for all sports especially rugby. He has played rugby at a semiprofessional level since the age of 15 but due to injury had to retire early. His love for rugby took him into coaching and then later, teaching. Callum still enjoys playing and coaching rugby, and for the last two years started and developed Egypt’s first ever Touch Rugby Programme.
Callum’s love for teaching started after working with vulnerable children and children with additional needs. He strongly believes that all children are individuals and learn in their own way.
Lily Zhong has 19 years teaching experience in both English and Special Education Needs. Before joining Wellington College International Hangzhou as an SEN teacher in 2018, she was employed in Dulwich College Beijing for 13 years, where she worked with children who either had EAL needs or a wide variety of learning needs, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD etc. She is keen on supporting pupils and encouraging them to achieve their full potential.
She gained her BS degree at Shenyang Technology University. Following that, she studied her Postgraduate Certificate in Children’s Development and Educational Psychology at Chinese Academy of Science. In addition, she has attended numerous domestic and international training, such as Cambridge English(UK), Teaching ESL (Australia), SENIB workshops, Understanding Learning Difficulties etc. which provided her with updated knowledge and vital skills that are necessary to be a successful and creative teacher.
Lily is married and has a daughter aged 12. In her spare time, she enjoys music, reading, travelling, and most of all, spending time with her family.