Barbara joined Wellington College Shanghai as the Head of Early Years in 2019. She has worked in London for 17 years in outstanding settings, teaching in the Early Years and managing a children’s centre. Barbara has also worked in private settings in Portugal, including a British School, during the early years of her career.
Barbara completed her BA in Early Years education in Portugal, after attending two previous degrees in law and international relations. Despite not completing them, they offered her a wealth of knowledge and a desire for academic research. This led her to complete an MA in Early Years education at the Institute of Education in London, while participating in numerous studies regarding Early Years education. Barbara is looking forward to carry out a PhD in the future and to continue her research journey in China.
Barbara speaks a few foreign languages and is very keen to learn Mandarin while in China. She enjoys travelling and visiting botanical gardens all over the world, something her son has instilled in her. She enjoys buying art, antiques and furniture and is always looking for new markets and hidden shops with bargains!
Before coming to Wellington College International Shanghai, Suzanne lived and worked in Shanghai for the past eight years in another international school. Originally from the UK, Suzanne continued her educational journey and retrained from being an automotive engineering project manager to become a primary teacher, completing her PGCE from Sunderland University in 2010 while following her husband, Richard, around the world in his engineering career before arriving back in Shanghai in 2008.
Suzanne continues to be extremely passionate about education; particularly the Early Years where she has all of her working experience. She believes that the Early Years foundation stage of schooling is the most important beginning for any child’s education; it is a place where seeds are sown and stones are laid to help children build a firm level ground for their life-long educational journey.
She is extremely pleased to be taking on the role of deputy head Pre-Prep (Early Years), and becoming a valued member of the Wellington community. Her family is pleased to be remaining in Shanghai and very much look forward to being part of such a wonderful school.
Samantha graduated from University and then worked in China, in Wuhan, as a teacher at a bilingual kindergarten for two years. She then worked as a teacher and Deputy Head at an international school in Wuxi for two years before moving to Shanghai to teach at an International school in the Early Years setting.
For the past two years, Samantha has been working in England, first at a special school for one year, followed by a year as a reception teacher and head of the Mandarin department in an inner city Primary school.
Samantha graduated from Coventry University with a BSc degree in psychology and criminology. She later graduated with an MSc (Master of Science) degree in health psychology from Derby University. She completed her PGCE, with a specialism in SEND (special education) at Birmingham University. She also has a Montessori teaching certificate.
Samantha really enjoys traveling and has explored a lot of Asia. She hopes to make the most of her time here in China, By exploring more of the country and region while also strengthening her understanding of Mandarin.
This is Cherry’s third year being in Wellington China family and her seventh year working with young learners. Cherry worked as a co-teacher in Hong Qiao International School in Shanghai from 2010 – 2014 after graduating, and then joined Wellington College International Shanghai in August, 2014. She had full teaching experiences in Early Years classes aged from 2-5 and also with bilingual and EAL children. From her own cultural and educational background, she is well-versed in cultural differences and challenges, making her more aware, responsive, as well as more sensitive to the needs of various cultural backgrounds students.
Cherry was born in China and have finished her Early Years, Prep, Junior school in Shanghai and then continued her Senior and Higher education in Australia, where she lived for seven years. In 2009, Cherry had graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education and became a qualified teacher in Australia.
Cherry is excited and looking forward to starting her exciting journey in Pre-nursery this academic year and believes that every child is unique and has a lot of potential in exploring and learning the world. With Wellington’s Eight Aptitudes, she is willing to provide an open-minded and creative learning environment for students to develop their personal, social and academic skills and thus become more independent and succeed in the future life.
In her free time, Cherry enjoys like reading and swimming, as well as travelling a lot to meet different people and cultures.
Gina attended Dublin City University where she studied primary school teaching. She graduated with an honours Bachelor of Education degree in 2013. She has since completed further courses in special educational needs for children with ASD and infant education.
Gina is an Irish trained teacher who started her career in Dublin in a progressive multi-denominational school. After three years teaching in Dublin my ambition for travel took over and she spent a number of months exploring South East Asia before eventually settling in Australia. Gina worked as specialist sports and dance teacher for one year in schools all across the Sydney metropolitan area before beginning her current role as a year 1 teacher in an advanced primary school in Balmain, Sydney.
Anna grew up in rural Cornwall, in the south west of England. This upbringing has given Anna her love of the outdoors, science and nature, which led her to study biology. After graduating from the University of Bristol, Anna began a short-lived career in customer service and account management. Quickly realising that office work was not for her, she sought out an exciting new challenge as a teacher.
Anna undertook her training in London in inner-city Church of England schools. While the demographic of the students varied and contained a high proportion of children with English as an additional language, the ethos of these schools was powerful: loving, nurturing environments which she has since sought.
When she completed her training, Anna returned to Bristol to start work in a two-form entry academy. She completed her first year in year 3 and loved every minute. She planned numerous school trips, including an end-of-year celebration in a hired outdoor pool. Following this, Anna moved into year 6 and enjoyed working with the older children too. Anna particularly enjoyed working on the end of year production and participating in year 6 camp.
Anna is very excited to begin working at Wellington College International Shanghai and living in China.
Kristin is from London in the United Kingdom and during her career she has worked with a variety of age groups, but most recently she has been the lead teacher of an independent nursery in London, where she created stimulating and engaging environments for the children there. With a background in technology and design, Kristin hopes to use technology to create a vibrant and modern learning environment for some of Wellington’s youngest pupils.
Kristin qualified as a teacher at the Institute of Education, University of London, gaining a PCGE in secondary computer science. Since then, she has diversified her skillset by completing an Early Years Initial Teacher Training qualification, developed by the UK’s Department for Education. This training has given Kristin a deeper understanding of early childhood development which enables her to provide high quality early education.
Kristin greatly enjoys the creative arts, particularly music and design. She often visits galleries, and attends live performances. Kristin enjoys volunteering in her spare time and has donated her time and expertise to establishments such as the new Design Museum in Kensington, UK. Kristin is a yoga enthusiast and has interests in mindfulness and wellbeing.
Laura completed a BA in Classical Studies and Philosophy from Royal Holloway, University of London.
For the past 4 ½ years Laura has been teaching in a multi-cultural school in the southeast of England. She has taught in year 3, year R and year 1. For the past 2 years she has been working closely with my year R colleague focussing on the transition between year R and year 1 and how to make it as smooth as possible. For the past year she has been phonics lead making sure that the teaching of phonics is consistent in the school and ensuring that children have the right skills to pass their phonics screening in the UK.
In Laura’s spare time she enjoys cooking especially baking. She likes travelling and is looking forward to travelling to new places in China and experiencing lots of new things.
Donna’s teaching career began in Bangkok at a small bilingual kindergarten 10 years ago. After a year Donna moved to her first international school as a pre-nursery teacher before moving to Bromsgrove International School where she taught reception and Key Stage 1. During her time at Bromsgrove, Donna became the Early Years Coordinator and ICT Coordinator where she worked with a small team to improve the technology used around the whole school.
Donna believes that life-long learning is essential to happiness. She gained her Bachelor’s degree in behavioural sciences from the University of Huddersfield before becoming a restaurant manager. After seven years, Donna decided that this was not fulfilling and studied holistic therapy before starting her own family. After her first son was born, Donna then moved into teaching and has never looked back, and after gaining her PGCE from the University of Nottingham she couldn’t imagine having any other career.
In her spare time Donna loves to explore Shanghai with her family, or bake bread, cakes and cookies with her two sons. Donna has newly discovered that she enjoys jogging and loves jogging around her neighborhood.
Donna and her family are very excited to join Wellington College here in Shanghai.
Jessica comes from Taipei, Taiwan. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, Jessica taught music at the prestigious Oundle School, UK. She then moved to warmer climates, teaching Early Years and junior music at Concordia International School, Bangkok. Jessica then moved to Shanghai to start the music programme at YK Pao School, where she stayed for eight years.
At YK Pao, she initiated their successful strings programme and developed the school’s English choirs and vocal ensemble groups. Jessica has over ten years’ experience in teaching cello and piano to the younger age groups.
When time allows, Jessica loves travelling and cooking. Her music teaching philosophy centres on enjoyment through exploration.
Sh’lair was a founding member of Wellington College International Shanghai, and previously taught years 2 and 5 here. She was also the Prep School Housemaster of The Hopetoun during the first year. Sh’lair returns to Wellington from Brighton College Bangkok, where she taught Reception for two years and developed a great passion for Early Years teaching. Previous to that, she taught year 6 in a school in the Channel Islands and year 1 in schools in Kazakhstan.
Sh’lair has an English literature MA from Edinburgh University and a Masters in script writing and journalism from Goldsmith’s College in London. She is also a fully qualified Ballymaloe-trained chef.
Previous to teaching, Sh’lair worked for 11 years as a producer at the BBC and she has also worked as a chef in restaurants in London and Kazakhstan. She enjoys running, yoga, food, reading and drama.
Anna has been working within the education sector for the last 15 years – teaching English as a Second Language to adults and gradually moving on to working with children. In order to gain a solid understanding of child development, Anna decided to work with very young children in various day nurseries in London, where she realised the importance of Early Years education and its effect on a child’s future. She has subsequently taught at a large number of primary schools across London. For the last four years, she has taught year 1 children at a very diverse and multicultural primary school in West London.
Anna gained her first teaching qualification in 2002, specialising in teaching English as a Foreign Language. She then completed a primary PGCE course at the Institute of Education, University of London. Having always maintained a great interest in language development, she chose supporting pupils with English as a second language as her specialism.
The idea of developing the whole child attracted her to Wellington College International Shanghai. Anna is now excited about discovering and nurturing the multiple talents of her pupils. Being a very active parent, she enjoys spending quality time with her two sons, who are keen footballers. They are looking forward to discovering all the wonderful experiences that Shanghai has to offer and are extremely pleased to be part of the Wellington family.
Sarah studied initially at Southampton University, before moving up to Warwick University a year later to complete my PGCE in Early Years. Sarah’s passion is in Early Years, and she is looking forward to working within the large Early Years team at Wellington College International Shanghai.
Sarah completed her PGCE in Early years in 2008, and worked in Greater London for 3 years, in both Early Years and Year 1. She then moved to a larger school, where she took on the role of Reception Leader of Learning, and particularly enjoyed working on developing the outdoor learning environment. Sarah had the opportunity to work in a large nursery in a Children’s Centre in London before accepting her international post in Year 1 in Thailand. Sarah is enjoying working abroad to immerse herself in a different culture, and work with children from a range of different backgrounds.
Sarah loves to travel and explore new cultures, and living in Thailand has enabled her to travel to a wide range of countries, including Australia, Sri Lanka and Burma. Sarah is thoroughly looking forward to exploring China in the next couple of years! She has a keen interest in sport, and regularly participate in a range of sporting events, including charity runs. Sarah also enjoys walking and listening to music. She likes to challenge herself and take part in a range of outdoor activities, which have included kayaking, windsurfing and whitewater rafting.
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.