Daniel Eldred was born in Gaborone, Botswana and lived there for most of his childhood before returning to the UK in 1999 to attend East Bergholt School and complete his GCSEs. Daniel studied fine art Sculpture at Kingston University and, after his degree, he spent a year exhibiting in Berlin and London. In 2007 Daniel enrolled at the Institute of Education, London and completed his PGCE in secondary art and design education.
Daniel’s second teaching placement was to the Regent’s School, Bangkok, where he trained for six months; this was the experience that made him realise that he wanted to work in international schools. During Daniel’s time as a teacher he has continued to develop his subject knowledge; the most exciting of these opportunities was to train in special effects makeup at the London School of Media and Film.
Daniel sees Wellington College Shanghai as an opportunity to further develop and fine tune his teaching practice in a progressive education environment. As a leader in art and design education, Daniel feels it is important to expose pupils to a wide variety of media and processes. Daniel’s intentions are to try and make links to industry in every project undertaken across all Key Stages. The creative industry is vast and varied, so pupils should have the opportunity to see art and design from a variety of influences.
Samuel has now been in Shanghai for a total of five years, and during that time he has had a wide variety of teaching experiences. Samuel joins Wellington College Shanghai after working at SUIS Pudong for three years. During his time there he taught both Grade 2 and 3. He also adopted positions of responsibility within the school. Samuel was appointed as the Grade 2 curriculum lead and as the Co-ordinator of House for Primary school. Before he joined the international school community, Samuel taught in both private and local state schools across Shanghai. During this time, he taught English speaking to primary students, and Science in Chinese private schools.
Samuel studied English Literature at Newcastle University as his undergraduate degree. Once qualified, he did various jobs before deciding to commit to teaching full time, as his passion for education exploded. Samuel became a qualified teacher after successfully completing the PGCE programme at Sunderland University.
Samuel enjoys travelling to new places and exploring new cultures with his wife and friends. He has recently taken up photography as a result of his travelling. He has always had a keen interest in films and as such Samuel has collected a large DVD collection over the years. He also enjoy trying new dishes from different cultures and trying local cuisines.
Prior to teaching, Carlene was a Hydrogeologist and enjoyed drilling for ground water and managing large groundwater drought programmes across the Midlands and the South of England. After several years of consultancy work, she decided she wanted to do something even more worthwhile and retrained as a teacher. She feels she has joined the best profession in the world. She has more than seven years Primary teaching experience in the UK and Qatar. Carlene is delighted to be joining Year 1 at Wellington College Shanghai.
Carlene studied Geology at the University of Southampton and completed a Masters in Hydrogeology at the University of Birmingham in the UK. She then went on to complete her Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Portsmouth University.
When not teaching, Carlene and her husband, also a teacher at the school, are kept busy with their two young daughters, who now also attend Wellington College International Shanghai. Carlene is extremely excited by the move to Shanghai, to enjoy what Shanghai and China as a whole have to offer. She has already enjoyed travelling, with her girls in back-packs, across some parts of Asia and looks forward to discovering more of this part of the world.
Mark started his teaching career in a junior school in the south of England, teaching across Key Stage 2 for four years. After eight years teaching in the UK, Mark decided to take his young family to live and teach in Qatar, initially to teach year 2 and then Early Years Foundation Stage. As well as being a pastoral middle leader at the school he was a swimming coach and led a large number of pupils through their Silver International Award.
Mark went to Portsmouth University to study human geography and then completed his PGCE at The University of St. Mark and St. John in primary education.
Outside school, Mark is kept busy by his two young girls, Mia and Sophie, who also attend Wellington College International Shanghai and will be found in the Pre-Prep. Mark likes to train and compete in triathlons whenever he can. He also loves to play and watch all kinds of different sports, particularly football, and is a massive fan of Arsenal FC.
Becky started her teaching career in a top prep school in central London and has also worked in an international school in Spain. Her role at the Hill includes working alongside Chloe during the day and acting as a boarding tutor during the evenings, when she is always on hand to listen and give advice to all boarders.