Sonyia joined Wellington College from a large international school in the Middle East where she was lead teacher for literacy as well as the PGCEi mentor. This is her second time in Shanghai, having previously taught at BISS Pudong as subject leader for primary science.
Having been a qualified primary teacher for fifteen years, Sonyia has taught in international schools for ten years, giving her considerable experience teaching children with linguistic and cultural diversities. She is joined in Shanghai by her husband Andrew and their youngest son Edward, who is a pupil at Wellington College.
Sonyia recently completed a Masters in Education, focusing on equality and diversity. In particular, she is looking at assessment for learning strategies as an effective tool for academic advancement for international school pupils whose first language is one other than English. In studying for her Masters degree she has re-focused her attention towards the enjoyment and satisfaction of being a learner.
The Eight Aptitudes of Wellington College align perfectly with her teaching style and pedagogy, as she believes that every child can succeed when provided with space, encouragement and a purpose to learn. She is an advocate of diversity and enabling children to become risk-takers, communicators, investigators and, most importantly, achievers.