Helena Hicks, director of Chinese studies, joined Wellington in August 2014 from her previous post as a Mandarin teacher at the highly prestigious Cheltenham Ladies’ College in England. Cheltenham is one of the leading girls’ schools in the country and is consistently placed very high up in the UK academic league tables. The Ladies’ College is not Helena’s first school in England, as she has also been head of curriculum at the Gloucestershire Mandarin School and, before that, founded and taught Mandarin at Pate’s Grammar School which is one of the best grammar schools in the UK.
In China, Helena studied at Hunan Normal University, gaining both a BA and an MA in English language and literature. Before she went to the UK with her English husband, she was a well-known English lecturer to degree students of English at Jimei University of Xiamen in Fujian Province. She is fully qualified as a teacher in both China and the UK. Before joining Wellington College International Shanghai, Helena was a leading member of Gloucestershire’s Chinese community, often organising various events and celebrations. She lists as her other interests swimming, walking, table-tennis and travel.
Alex majored at the East China Normal University in Chinese language and literature before completing a Master’s Degree in teaching Chinese. While studying, she also worked for the Council on International Exchange as a Chinese teacher. She comes to us from St. Patrick’s Catholic School, New Zealand, where she has developed a deep understanding of pedagogy and an appreciation of the needs of learners from different backgrounds. Outside the classroom, Alex is keen on drama – enjoying both watching and performing. She is also an avid reader and writer, and her writing has won several awards.
John graduated from East China Normal University with a Master’s Degree in Global Chinese Language and Cultural Education. He started his teaching career as a courtesy Chinese instructor in the University of Oregon in the United States. After coming back to China, he taught language and culture in both local Chinese high schools and British international schools, which helped him better understand and practise the eastern and western styles of teaching.
As a member of the growing Wellington Mandarin team, John teaches Mandarin Chinese across various age groups and is currently developing the new cultural studies curriculum to enrich pupils’ knowledge of China’s profound cultural heritage.
Outside the classroom, John enjoys reading and playing board games. He also has a passion for languages and cultures around the globe and wishes to know more about them through travelling and communication.
Cheryl Liu graduated from Shanxi Normal University in 2008, majoring in Chinese Language and Literature with a Bachelor’s degree. She spent four years teaching Chinese to native speakers in a local high school before joining the Singaporean education system to teach A-level in a Catholic Junior College. Following three successful years in Singapore, Cheryl has now joined the Wellington team.
Cheryl 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 confidence and trust of her students.
In her spare time Cheryl enjoys drama and music as well as reading and travelling.
Nina graduated from East China University of Political Science and Law and an MA degree in Law from Huadong Law University, and currently holds a preschool teacher license from East China Normal University and has full teacher certification.
She has taught Chinese for over thirteen years, in local schools, international schools and in the UK. She joined Wellington College International Shanghai in August, 2014 as a part of the founding team. She has also worked extensively with autistic children as a volunteer.
She enjoys passing on her passion of learning a new language and aims to create a communicative, creative, enjoyable learning environment for her pupils. Her hobbies include reading, swimming and cooking. She has a passion for teaching and strives to make sure that all pupils at Wellington College receive the very best education possible.
Sarah has gained twenty years of experience in education during her time at local and international schools across Shanghai and the USA. She has taught Mandarin as a foreign language, native language and Chinese culture at international schools as well for primary schools and junior schools. She has organised Chinese New Year celebrations and many other cultural and educational events. She set up the Mandarin curriculum at Bishop Verot Catholic School, FL, USA, which is ranked as one of the best fifty senior schools in the country.
Sarah graduated from East China University where she majored in International Chinese Studies. She is fully qualified as a teacher in both China and the USA.
Sarah enjoys loves travelling, reading and playing sports in her spare time.
Carry graduated from Shanghai Normal University where she majored in primary school education before taking further studies at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She taught for six years in a local public school before spending a further eleven years teaching Chinese at Yew Chung International School. There she developed an international perspective that is reflected in her dynamic teaching style. In her spare time she is an avid reader, devouring Chinese and Western classics with great enthusiasm.
Lily graduated from Central South University with a Master’s Degree in Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature. Whilst reading for her Masters, she studied under the famous writer Yan Zhen.
Lily worked at international and bilingual schools in Shanghai for 11 years before joining Wellington. She has taught Chinese as a first and second language for pupils working towards both the IGCSE and A-level examinations, some of whom have achieved among the highest overall scores in the world. She has directed the design of Chinese curriculums in junior and senior schools to great success. She is enthusiastic about teaching and constantly improves herself through professional training and research.
In her spare time, Lily likes reading, travelling and playing badminton. She is an excellent cook with a particular love of baking.
Sue graduated from Beijing Normal University in 2003, majoring in Chinese language and literature. She then went on to gain an MA in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages at East China Normal University, one of the top universities in China.
Sue began her career at a local high school in Beijing, teaching Chinese language and literature to native speakers in 2006. Before joining Wellington, she taught Mandarin for over nine years in a Shanghai international school. She has taught Chinese as a first and second language at both the IGCSE and IBDP levels.
Outside of teaching, Sue enjoys reading, swimming and table tennis. She also played an active role in preparing pupils for the LNY performance, ACAMIS Chinese talent show and Chinese writing competition.
Sherry joins Wellington College International Shanghai after ten years of successful international school teaching. She has acted as the Mandarin coordinator for a junior school and as a senior school Mandarin teacher. She specialises in teaching Chinese to pupils to develop a solid foundation of the language, but is equally experienced with teaching native speakers. Sherry has prepared many pupils for both GCSE and IGCSE examination success, and has played an active role in curriculum design and the organisation of a charity program to support migrant schools.
Sherry graduated from East China Normal University in 2004, majoring in Teaching Chinese Language as a Foreign Language. She then went on to gain an MA in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages at Fudan University. Sherry is a certificated Chinese teacher of teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, recognised by EDI in the UK and also by International Association for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages in the USA. An avid writer, Sherry has won many Chinese writing competitions during her studies.
Outside the classroom, Sherry has a passion for art and handicrafts. She has practised drawing and water-colour painting for more than twelve years and she maintains a keen interest in the reading, visual arts, films and theatre.
Delia graduated from Shanghai International Studies University with a BA in Korean and English and an MA in teaching Chinese. During her studies, she spent time at Ewha Women’s University in Korea and Lincoln Park High School in Chicago, where her understanding of the needs of foreign learners of Chinese was greatly enhanced.
Since graduating, she has worked as a Mandarin teacher in Spain, at the Universidad CEU San Pablo, and as a teaching assistant here at Wellington College International Shanghai. Her transition to the main teaching team is a reflection of her incredible hard-work and capability, and is a natural progression for her career.
In her spare time, Delia enjoys a wide range of activities which include photography, badminton, travelling, playing the violin and singing. She maintains an interest in the arts, and is a regular visitor of art and design exhibitions.
Juta Xu graduated from Liaoning Normal University where she majored in teaching Chinese as a foreign language. She has subsequently had over ten years of experience in teaching Chinese in an international school. She has been awarded both the Certificate of Teaching Mandarin and Certificate for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages.
Juta teaches using a principle that blends the best innovative and enquiry-based Western educational models with the culturally rich and disciplined traditional Chinese educational models. Outside the classroom, Juta enjoys playing violin, practicing calligraphy, reading and travelling.
Dolly graduated from Nanjing Normal University with a BA degree in Pre-School Education and she has also earned a TCSL (Teaching of Chinese as a Second Language) Certificate from East China Normal University. In addition, she possesses a Certificate in Pedagogies for Bilingual/Dual Language Learners from Goldsmiths University of London.
Dolly has been dedicated to teaching for nineteen years. She loves education and working with children, and has turned teaching into an integral part of her life. Her career has included the instruction of kindergarten and primary school teachers, and she has considerable experience in local bilingual and international schools.
Dolly is the first teacher from the Shanghai campus to attend a teacher exchange with Wellington UK.
Dolly likes travel, reading, and golf. She believes that travel is always a learning experience.
Caroline Zhang is a graduate of Fudan University of Tourism Management, and has achieved an MA degree in Psychological Health Education from Shanghai Normal University. Caroline is a fully-qualified teacher, holding the Certificate of Chinese (Level A), the American Chinese Teaching Certificate and the AP Chinese Certificate.
Caroline’s experience of teaching Chinese extends over twenty years. Before joining the Wellington team, Caroline taught in both local and international schools. Caroline has been named as a “Backbone Teacher” – recognition of her contribution to previous schools and dedication to her students. Additionally, Caroline has written several successful research papers, one of which was published in the Journal of Nanjing University. Other of her research papers have won provincial awards.
Caroline is fascinated by Chinese culture, enjoying Chinese painting, dancing and folk games; she endeavours to introduce these to her students through her teaching. In her free time, Caroline is a keen swimmer.
Claire (Xinyan) Zhang is a passionate and professional educator who is dedicated to Chinese language and literature, psychology of Child Development and cross-culture communication. She understands the various needs of students drawing on her own experience teaching overseas and locally, and she is an innovative facilitator whose mindset is shaped by both eastern and western culture.
With a master’s degree in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages from East China Normal University, Claire gained her experience and reputation in teaching throughout American international school, public school in Melbourne, and was a founding member (progress leader) of a well-known British curriculum based Chinese international school. She is also a certified positive discipline parent trainer and found it really makes life easier for both her and her child. To inspire pupils to be the best version of themselves, she believes teachers must try to be the best version of themselves. As a growth-mindset believer, she keeps an open mind participating in Professional Development sessions and workshops, organizing school events, running a non-profit mother and child reading club, learning from wonderful colleagues and reading a lot.
When she is not teaching, she likes exploring the world through reading, travelling, making friends of various cultures and spending time with her family.
Doris graduated from East China Normal University, one of the most important universities producing well-trained teachers in China, majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. During her study time, she has got National Teacher Certificate Examination and Certificate for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages.
Doris has worked as an intern in Wellington College International Shanghai for 10 months. Her transition to the main teaching team is a reflection of her diligence and capability, and is a steady progression for her career. Doris loves being a teacher because she derives infinite pleasure in Chinese language teaching process, as she can teach children about the elements of the language and share with them the profound culture surrounding the language.
Doris is passionate about culture and history, and love the atmosphere with music. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and exploring new places for fun and photographing.
Olivia was born in the city of Liaoyang in China. She completed her undergraduate study at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore in 2010. In line with her passion for the biology, Olivia graduated with a BSc. (1st class Hons) in Biological Sciences.
Olivia began teaching 10 years ago, her first teaching job was at a government primary school in Singapore. At that time, Olivia taught years 3, 6 and 7 Chinese. After one year of contract teaching in Singapore primary school, Olivia decided to return to the University and completed the PGDE (post graduate diploma in education) in NTU. Olivia’s main focus was teaching Chinese in primary phase from year 2 to year 7.
Olivia loves the colour yellow and her favourite animals are pandas, cats, and dogs as they are all fluffy animals. Olivia is passionate about biology and history. She also enjoy travelling to new places.
Xiaoli worked at an international school in Shanghai for thirteen years before coming to Wellington, having taught IGCSE and IB for over a decade with great success. Xiaoli enjoys working with children and is interested in using the strengths of Chinese philosophy and Western methods in education. She loves to see children’s smiling faces as they progress and enjoy their learning.
Xiaoli joined Wellington in 2016. She completed her degree in Chinese Literature and Teaching in 2003 and earned her PGSEi from Nottingham University in 2013.
In her spare time, Xiaoli likes Chinese dancing and reading.
Juliet read Early Years Education at East China Normal University before spending ten years teaching in a Shanghai public school. Eleven years ago, she joined the IB World School at the Western International School of Shanghai, delivering the PYP, MYP and DP programs. Seven years later, following great success, she moved to the Vientiane International School in Laos where she spent another four years teaching IB Chinese. She is an open-minded and flexible teacher, keen to explore new and exciting teaching methods. She particularly relishes the opportunities Wellington provides to share Chinese culture with children, parents and colleagues.