Kathryn has been in Education for 21 years. She taught in London schools where she quickly progressed into leadership positions. In September 2014, Kathryn moved to Dubai as a Deputy Headteacher in a British curriculum international school, and in 2016, she was promoted to the Head of Primary at their newly-opened sister school.
Kathryn has a bachelor’s degree in Education, specializing in maths and science. In addition to this, she has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Management and is a qualified facilitator for the National Qualifications of Middle and Senior Leadership. Kathryn has a passion for school improvement and strongly believes in making sure every child reaches their true potential. Kathryn has redesigned school curriculums so that they are creative, personalised to each individual, and provide challenge for all.
In her spare time, Kathryn enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with her family.
Kathryn is delighted to be joining Wellington College International Hangzhou. She is proud to be the founding Principal and is very excited to be part of the future of Wellington College International Hangzhou.
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.
Megan has worked as a primary school teacher for 7 years in and around Nottingham City after completing a 4 year 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.
James Long is a primary teacher from the United States of America. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin Platteville. After graduating, he enthusiastically moved to South Korea after accepting a job teaching with their public-school program, EPIK. During that experience teaching English to second language learners, he found his passion for teaching. James decided to get his teaching license and did so through the Teach-Now School of Educatore, based in Washington DC. Through this program, he was introduced to a variety of 21st-century teaching tools which he is excited to share with the Wellington Community.
While getting his teaching license with Teach-Now, James had the opportunity to complete his teaching clinicals at Branksome Hall Asia in Jeju-do, South Korea. There he learned how to incorporate inquiry-based learning into his classroom and guide pupils in understanding the world around them. Since then he has become a firm believer in the effectiveness of guiding pupils to develop the skills they need to not only understand but thrive in the world around them. Both his experiences with Teach-Now and Branksome taught him how to incorporate his passion for playing games into the classroom. While playing games has always been a hobby of his, now he enjoys using games in his classroom to both connect with pupils and encourage them to learn valuable skills such as collaboration and sportsmanship. Playing games is also a way that he helps to foster a growth mindset in his pupils because it helps them understand how to learn from their mistakes or losses, and quickly problem-solve.
Being two meters tall, one of his favourite games has always been Basketball. He has been playing since he was a child and has even coached several teams including the secondary school girls’ basketball team during his last primary teaching position at Ayeyarwaddy International School in Mandalay, Myanmar. Now he is extremely excited to have joined the Wellington community along with his wife Moni who is teaching in the Huili School Nursery. The Wellingtonian traits and focus on holistic education is something that James is incredibly passionate about as a teacher.
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.
Max Keogh graduated from the Kent Institute of Art & Design with a degree in fine art before beginning his teaching career in the field of English as a foreign language, spending five years in Japan where he discovered his passion for education. Upon returning to the UK he spent 8 years at The Japanese School in London then retrained to enter mainstream UK schools in 2015. Maxwell understands the trials and tribulations of expatriate life and completed his PGCE with a view to working internationally. The forward thinking and holistic environment of Wellington is a perfect match.
During his career, Maxwell has taught children of all ages from 18 months to 18 years and experienced different curricula and pedagogical styles. He believes that education should be fun, engaging and meaningful and is passionate about the development and implementation of innovative and modern teaching and learning methods. Continuing from his art background, he is an advocate of the use of the arts in education as a tool for self-expression, independence and critical thinking and has led and developed the art curriculum at his previous school.
One of Maxwell’s interests is the great outdoors, especially camping and bushcraft. He has taken this interest into his previous school, developing outdoor areas into educational spaces. The outdoors is full of opportunities for learning. Children can lead, play, experiment and develop their innate characteristics. Maxwell believes every aspect of our environment is an opportunity for learning and is excited by the possibilities offered by the expansive grounds at Wellington College International Hangzhou.
Outside the classroom Maxwell enjoys playing the guitar, cycling and devouring as many books as he can. Maxwell comes to Hangzhou with his wife and two children, both of whom have dual British and Japanese nationality and are looking forward to starting their own life as Wellingtonians.
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.
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.
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 as a teaching assistant in Year 1. 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.
Christine worked as an English Teacher and most recently as a Leadership Coach for 4 years. In 2007, after completing a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Marketing and Advertising at The University of Arts London, Christine sought to combine her creative business skills with a commitment to nurturing young people. Christine was drawn to the charity sector and achieved success in Marketing and Community Fundraising Events at some of the UK’s leading children’s charities including The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
In 2007, keen to gain first-hand experience with young people and local communities, Christine took the opportunity to visit the tsunami affected area of Phuket in Thailand where she trained to become a Teach English as a Foreign Language teacher. Christine taught English to children and adults from the ages of 11 to 50 years. Teaching abroad ignited a love of travelling and a desire to learn about other cultures that later led Christine to travel all over South America, including Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil, teaching English to locals in exchange for Spanish and Portuguese language skills.
Christine has long held an enduring passion for Art, Design, Dance and Fitness which eventually steered her towards studying short courses in Textiles, Fashion Design, and Performance Costume. During this period Christine developed a wild enthusiasm for life-long learning and in 2011, she earned a Postgraduate Certificate in Fashion Buying and Merchandising at the prestigious London College of Fashion. Christine has since accomplished a colourful career in Fashion Buying at notable luxury fashion retailers including Harvey Nichols and Net-A-Porter.
Christine fervently believes in the benefits of a well-rounded education and is an advocate of ongoing personal development through mentoring and coaching, which she continues to participate in herself. Since 2015, Christine has trained extensively as a Leadership Coach for adults and young people aged 7-18 years, during which she designed a community project in South London encouraging young people to become involved in Dance, Sports and Fitness.
Having trained in Jazz Dance for 8 years, Christine takes much pleasure in dancing in a variety of styles namely in Latin, African and Urban dance genres. In her spare time Christine also enjoys practising Pilates, Mysore style Ashtanga Yoga, as well as spending time in the gym in fitness training and running. Christine has raced in three half-marathons and is currently training to improve her half-marathon personal record. She has her sights set on running the Hangzhou Marathon.
Christine is very excited to be joining Wellington College International Hangzhou as a Teaching Assistant. She is looking forward to meeting the next generation of future bright leaders and grounding them in the Wellington values, to be extraordinarily effective and successful in life. Christine cannot wait to share her zest for learning and to engage with the pupils to see them raise their aspirations beyond what they think is possible; to grow a profound curiosity about subjects; to develop deep compassion and respect for others; and ultimately, to inspire the pupils to recognise their future worth and contribution on the world stage.
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.
Ms. Jing graduated in education with both a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree, Minerva thinks of herself as a life-long education thinker and chaser. Minerva has gained a teacher qualification certificate, theoretical and practical knowledge in pedagogy, curriculum, educational psychology, international education, etc. Based on the reflection of teaching practice and class observation in Chinese and British schools, Minerva has published some articles related to interactive teaching methodology, learning motivation, subject-based personalized course selecting and streaming model, and international comparative education on academic journals and book.
Minerva believes that a qualified teacher should not only provide high-quality lessons, but also inspires genuine spirits of enquiry, curiosity, creativity, cooperation, foster the life of the mind, equip pupils with skills to become life-long independent learners and be able to stimulate pupils to thinking about academic plan, career, society and culture. Therefore, besides practical and academic exploration in teaching, Minerva has also accumulated rich working experiences in foreign affairs during the past two years, which helped her formuate a broad horizon, excellent intercultural communication competence and an ability to enlighten and guide pupils better. Some working experiences such as working with Pearson, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge International Examinations, British Council, British local education departments, enriched her knowledge and interpersonal relations in education.
In her spare time, Minerva has a diverse range of hobbies. Minerva loves reading or listening to e-books about education, psychology, sociology, technology, economy, philosophy, literature and art. She is also fond of painting, designing and thinking about solutions of education in contemporary society.
Holding the passion for education, Minerva has drawn a clear picture about her career plan. She appreciates the opportunity to join in Wellington College International Hangzhou, mainly because of its education vision, curriculum system, teaching mode, colleagues’ quality and teacher training highly accord with her educational idea and career goal.
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.
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.
Sarah graduated with a Zoology Degree from Newcastle University. After completing her undergraduate degree, Sarah gained experience working as a graduate at a top preparatory school in Shropshire. She then went on to complete a Schools Direct teacher training course with Edge Hill University. She gained two years teaching experience working at a top Catholic independent school in Manchester before moving to Qatar to start her international teaching career.
Sarah is a secondary teacher specialising in Science and has experience of teaching Biology up to A-Level. Her passion for conservation drives her love of educating the future generations about the impact of their actions on the environment. Sarah believes that teaching science gives her an opportunity to introduce younger students to the wonders of Science and help instill a love of Science at a young age. As a teacher Sarah is always looking to improve her pedagogy and trying new things to help challenge pupils and expose them to a variety of different activities to keep them stimulated and motivated.
Sarah has always been a sports enthusiast, having represented her county in both Hockey and Cricket. She has also coached many sports, including co-coaching her U13 and U15 Cricket teams to the Lady Taverners indoor final, which took place at Lords Cricket ground. Extra-curricular activities are an important aspect of helping pupils to become the best versions of themselves. Exposure to a wide range of activities can foster a love for a new sport or hobby which may help them develop vital social and life skills.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ghulam has been teaching for 13 years now. After completing his degree in Computing, He then trained for his PGCE in the UK. Straight after graduating, Ghulam taught at a secondary school in Sheffield for a number of years. In 2013, he decided to teach internationally which took both himself and his family to Qatar, in the Middle East. For the next couple of years, he taught at the Secondary level.
In September 2015, Ghulam decided to move from Qatar and take up a position at the Nord Anglia International School, Shanghai. The move came as no surprise because he always wanted to work in China. His first move in China was Shanghai where he worked as a teacher for Primary and Secondary for four years before heading to Hangzhou. The move to Wellington in Hangzhou has been really special.
Ghulam is a keen traveller as he has visited many countries in Europe and Asia. He enjoys following international cricket which is has been a hobby since childhood. One of the nice things about having travelled is the opportunity to have tasted great food and bring all the styles into his cooking.
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.
David MacKinnon graduated from Queen’s University in Canada with an honours degree in Life Sciences. After getting his teaching degree, David went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia.
Although his specialism is maths and biology, he also has experience teaching chemistry, physics, swimming and even a bit of History. David was a founding member of the Wellington College International Tianjin group, where he was a housemaster of the Orange. While in Tianjin, he was also responsible for the after-school activity program and was the lead for teaching and learning in the Senior School.
David loves to play sports in any way, shape, or form, including; ice hockey, rollerblading, football, basketball and volleyball. When he isn’t busy working at the school, he can be seen with his two lovely children, aged two and four years old. He believes that every student has the potential to do great things and it is our role as educators to unlock that potential. He also believes it is the school’s job to educate the whole pupil and help them develop into responsible, caring global citizens.
Daisy is a Nationally Registered Psychology Counselor and has training and experience both from China and abroad in many areas of counselling.
Graduating from Zhejiang University, Daisy got her MS in Human Development & Family Studies in Iowa State University with full a scholarship. Whilst in America, Daisy worked at organizing activities for Health Centre residents as well as guiding and encouraging those residents to overcome personal issues in their lives. Daisy also worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and so has excellent experience employed in school settings and working with children. She used to teach an AP psychology course. More recently she has worked as a counselor in Zhejiang University Mental Health Education and Counseling Center.
Daisy is a member of the China American Psychoanalytic Alliance (CAPA) and her psychological training includes psychodynamics, play therapy, Systemic Family Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), mindfulness & meditation, hypnosis, crisis intervention, etc.
Daisy works with, listens to and supports any children within our school who, for whatever reason, feel they need support in their personal lives. With counseling training and experiences with adults, she is also glad to support faculty and staff, individually or in a group.
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.
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.
Eric Wang graduated from the University of Science & Technology in Beijing with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and was also educated at Jining Normal University, majoring in musicology. He has a primary school music teacher qualification certificate, theater management and stage related technology qualification certificate. He loves education and is willing to devote himself to it. He has more than 12 years working experience in stage operation management and arts operation management. Before Eric joined the Wellington family, he worked at Suzhou Culture and Art Center.
As an enthusiast of arts, Eric has had global footprints in many famous theaters around the world, including the United Kingdom, Singapore, Poland, Taiwan China and Mainland China. After joining the Wellington family, he has been determined to make great contributions in improving the school theatre processes. He believes that perfect technological equipment is educational, and will provide pupils with guidance in future studies, which will be a great help to make pupils positive, confident and happy.
Richard has been an Assistant Vice Principal and Director of Sixth Form with 21 years teaching experience with an exemplary career in Teesside in the North East of England. After completing his Bachelor of Education (Honours) Physical Education in Bedford he moved to teach in the North East of England.
Richard has been a well-respected Senior Leader who has held whole school responsibilities for a wide range of different areas within the schools he as worked at.
Richard’s passion in education started from his love of swimming teaching for which he is now a Fellow of the Institute of Swimming.
Prior to moving out to Hangzhou he was managing and leading a personalised learning centre looking after educational needs of vulnerable students in a 11-18 academy setting. Using his vast experience and being instrumental in setting up foundation learning in Macmillan Academy, he was able to provide excellent educational outcomes for these students who had incredibly challenging life experiences.
Richard is passionate about Mental and Emotional well-being and has guest spoken at conferences and events on the impact of stress on employees and the damage to business productivity.
Richard’s academic teaching experience includes A Level and GCSE Physical Education and has led a consistently positive outcome sports vocational course.
Outside of the workplace he loves many sports & outdoor sports although his age is reducing the seriousness of the participation. During his earlier adult life, he was proud to say that he represented his country at Rugby League gain five caps and scored a try against England.
Mandy graduated from China Communication University. Before joining Wellington College International Hangzhou, Mandy worked as Academy Coordinator and PA to Director of Academy in Wellington International Shanghai for three and half years. She has gained abundant experience in activity planning and organizing in Wellington and another international school in Beijing. In addition to her current duties, Mandy is looking forward to working with our Duke Box Manager next academic year.
In her spare time, Mandy loves ultimate frisbee, hiking and jewellery design.
Carlton Palmer (born 5th December 1965 in Rowley Regis) is an English former professional footballer, manager and football television pundit. In recent years, Carlton has worked in Shanghai as the Director of the Wellington Academy Programme. In June 2018, Carlton launched the Wellington Academy Programme in Hangzhou, and regularly attends Wellington College Hangzhou to provide professional football coaching and training to pupils and members of the Hangzhou community.
As a player, Carlton was a defender and midfielder from 1984 to 2005, playing in the English Premier League for Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds United, Southampton, Nottingham Forest and Coventry City. He also played for West Bromwich Albion, Watford and Dublin City. Carlton was a member of the Leeds United team that won what is now the Premiership in 1991-1992, and also played in both the FA Cup final and the League Cup final (twice). He was capped 18 times by England, and went into management in 2001 when he was appointed player/manager of Stockport County, later holding the same position at Mansfield Town from 2004 to 2005.
Carlton was a member of the England squad that went to the 1992 European Championships in Sweden. He was also capped 5 times for the England B team.
Palmer took on a career in television following his retirement from the game. He was a pundit for the BBC on their flagship football programme, Match of the Day, and Final Score. He has also provided match analysis for the Football Channel alongside fellow England international midfielder, Peter Reid. He is currently a resident pundit alongside host Joe Morrison and John Burridge on TEN Sports and TEN Action, analysing UEFA Champions League and Premiership matches broadcasting to Asia from Dubai. While in Dubai he has established the Elite Football Academy, coaching boys and girls from age six up to sixteen. Several of his boys have already attended trials with top professional clubs in England.
In recent years, Carlton has become a TV celebrity in his own right. He starred in a highly popular Paddy Power TV advert in 2009, which involved him being in a bath with a football fan. A year later he appeared in a one-off football special; Come Dine With Me, where the dinner he cooked was judged in first place, winning him £1000 for charity. But, as Carlton himself admitted, he does own a top restaurant in Sheffield, where he went for intensive training!
Adriano holds two MBAs from the Fluminense Federal University and a Bachelor’s degree from Candido Mendes University in Brazil.
Adriano arrived with a wealth of experience in accounting and financial analysis where he has worked in the manufacturing, engineering and electricity fields, with more than 10 years of experience in international and multicultural companies. Adriano began the venture into the education sector with the belief that each child is unique and he wants to help them find their passion and help them fulfill their dreams.
In his spare time, Adriano enjoys running, martial arts, cooking and reading books.
Maggie holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Hong Kong specializing in Information Technology in Education. She has more than five years of experience in teaching children from Kindergarten up to Junior High Students. Those experiences of teaching and research have broadened her perspective of the world and enabled her to understand the important points of being an educator.
Bronwen has spent 10 years in schools after completing her PGCE with Middlesex University in 2009. Prior to this, she was an insurance underwriter in London. Since teacher training, Bronwen has worked at schools both in the UK and abroad. Having previously taught at Dulwich College Beijing, she is excited to be moving back to China and is keen to improve her somewhat rusty Chinese.
Most recently based at The British School Kathmandu, Bronwen has taught Year 6 and Year 2, as well as working with the library to improve its curriculum and layout. She was running a popular Junior Librarians club last year, whose members enjoyed learning about the inner workings of the library and how to engage others in reading.
In addition to supporting students, Bronwen enjoys helping guide colleagues through their studies for distance learning master’s degrees and other courses. This includes both the research and the writing processes. Teaching information literacy to children and adults is very satisfying for Bronwen, and it puts her experience with research to good use.
Bronwen believes that a library should be the heart of a school, and so provide the whole community with rich and varied resources that enlighten and inspire. She looks forward to developing the library collection to include a wealth of both English and Chinese language texts, in addition to digital services and other resources. Furthermore, Bronwen is excited to develop and introduce a library curriculum designed around 21st Century skills for all students.
Outside of work, Bronwen enjoys playing board games, baking, cooking and attempting to keep plants alive. She also has a passion for playing Dungeons and Dragons, which inspired her MRes dissertation. Using common elements from role-play games, Bronwen designed and ran an adventure that focused on developing the language skills of pupils learning English. In addition to these activities, Bronwen is completing an MSc in Library and Information Science, and she is hoping to focus her thesis on bilingual libraries within international schools.
Bethan was born in Canada, then moved to Nigeria before settling in the UK as a child. She loves travel, history, theatre and of course, reading! She has moved to China with her husband, Darren who is a Primary School Teacher and their two children. She feels that she has a natural ability to build rapport with people and has a caring and supportive nature. She has always been surrounded by books, her parents owned a bookshop for 10 years where she spent many happy hours working.
Bethan has a degree in Social Policy and worked for Social Services for many years in the UK and Canada. She also spent 8 years working for the Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) in the UK. More recently, she spent 2 years as a Community Governor for the Vale of Evesham School and gained a CELTA – Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language qualification.
She thoroughly enjoys being part of the school community and in the past has helped raise money for schools and other charitable groups, including securing a GBP 20,000 grant for a local special needs school in the UK. She believes that it is so important for children to enjoy books, whatever their reading level and this helps them discover the hidden treasures and worlds that can only be discovered inside the pages of a book!