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!
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.
For the last seven years, Natasha has worked at an inner-city primary school in Manchester, England, teaching across Early Years and Key Stage 2. She is a motivated Early Years leader and SENCO with a proven track record of helping children make accelerated progress. She is a firm believer that nurture and pastoral care for the whole family is just as important as teaching. She is also widely experienced in working with children and families for whom English is a second language as well as international new arrivals and families with cultural differences.
Natasha has wanted to be a teacher for as long as she can remember. She achieved her dream in 2013 when she qualified as a teacher with a BA (Hons) in Early Years Education from the University of Cumbria. Always keen to keep learning, she completed her National SENCO qualification in 2018. This year, Natasha has also been working towards her Qualification for Senior Leaders, researching the links that positive parenting can have on language development in young children.
Away from school, Natasha is a keen baker, a hobby sparked from spending lots of time in the kitchen with her Nanna growing up. When she isn’t in the kitchen, she will be found shopping, on holiday or having her nails done! Natasha describes herself as a “city girl” and cannot wait to live and work in the hustle and bustle of Shanghai.
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 and graduated with a Bachelor of Education (Hons) degree in 2013. She started her teaching career in Dublin, Ireland in a progressive primary school catering to children from Reception to year 6. She taught in different year groups across the school for three years before her ambition to travel took over. After spending a couple of months traveling around Asia, she settled in Sydney, Australia, where she worked as a specialist PE teacher and then a year 1 teacher.
In 2018, Gina joined Wellington as an Early Years teacher. In 2019, she assumed the role of Literacy Co-ordinator for the EYC in 2019 and then Maths Co-ordinator for the EYC in 2020.
Gabriela is from the state of Texas in the US. Most of her career experience has been with Early Years education, but she has taught various age groups. Gabriela discovered her love for teaching through here educational volunteer work with third culture kids. She has worked at bilingual and Reggio Emilia inspired schools, where she created stimulating environments to promote collaborative and experiential learning. She focuses on the whole child and promotes global citizenship.
Gabriela holds a BSc. in Child Psychology from Oral Roberts University. Her eagerness to understand child development and their learning processes led her to pursue a Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education at the University of California Los Angeles and her teaching licensure from Washington, D.C. She is currently working on her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University.
Gabriela considers herself a life-long learner in the classroom and life. When she is not taking an online course, she loves practising yoga, reading and spending quality time with her family. Her interests include 21st-Century Skills, Sustainability, Positive Psychology and Global Citizenship.
Francesca Lane has worked in education for seven years, holding teaching positions both in the UK and China. Her area of focus has been Reception, Early Years and year 1. Most recently, Francesca was founding member of a school. While there, she implemented daily Phonics lessons and instilled love of reading and literature into an EAL setting. She is also passionate about Personal, Social & Emotional Development and works to nurture open minds and a Growth Mindset.
Francesca earned a BA Honours in English Literature & Language from the University of Liverpool in 2010. During her time in Shanghai, she discovered her passion for teaching. This compelled her to obtain her PGCE from the University of Suffolk.
Outside of teaching, she enjoys exploring new places and gaining experiences that she can share with pupils in a classroom setting. She is also an avid collector of children’s literature from around the world.
Nina was born in Tianjin and brought up in Shanghai. Her family has a mix of southern and northern Chinese heritage with a father from Shanghai (south) and a mother from Tianjin (north). Part of the Wellington team since 2014, she has taught most year groups in Early Years and Pre-Prep. She has enjoyed the opportunity to develop her knowledge in early childhood education.
Nina took the British QTS Course (Qualified Teaching Status) at Durham University in 2016. During summer holiday, she taught in a local UK school and passed the requisite skill tests. Patient, hardworking and self-motivated, Nina has a talent for developing great relationships with both pupils and parents. She also maintains high standards for her pupils.
In her spare time, Nina is keen on travelling, photography and doing volunteer work. She likes learning about different cultures around the world and loves to seek out new experiences. A passionate teacher, Nina is excited to be part of Wellington’s Chinese department and will give as much support as she can to her pupils.
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.
Declan Mullan has seven years of teaching experience in South Korea, Spain, Northern Ireland and China. He has taught at top-class language academies, an international kindergarten and a Montessori early years centre. This has involved successfully preparing students for Cambridge English proficiency exams. Declan has taught all ages and has been working primarily with young learners for the last four years.
A graduate of Liverpool John Moores University, Declan earned a BSc (Hons) degree in Real Estate Management. He was teaching English to children in South Korea when he discovered his true vocation to be an educator. He soon achieved a CELTA Pass A grade in 2015 and has undertaken a PGCE with QTS with Wellington College, Shanghai and Durham University with a focus on Early Years and Primary. He looks forward to pursuing an MA in Education soon.
Declan is an avid traveller and has spent time backpacking in Europe, Asia and Australia. He enjoys reading, film, computer games and loves playing and watching football. Declan also enjoys running and has taken part in the Belfast Marathon as part of a relay team. He loves spending time with his family, sightseeing, visiting museums, art galleries and dining.
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 has worked as an international early years teacher since 2008, when she took the bold step to move her family to Bangkok. While in Bangkok, Donna taught in two international schools. She worked as ICT co-ordinator and later a Foundation Stage Co-ordinator. In 2015, Donna and her family moved to Shanghai and fell in love with the city instantly. She joined Wellington in 2017 as a nursery teacher and, since the opening of the new Early Years Centre, has been teaching Reception.
Long before Donna became a teacher, she graduated with a degree in Behavioural Sciences from the University of Huddersfield. She then worked in the hospitality industry for several years before changing her career path and training to be a holistic therapist, specialising in aromatherapy and reflexology. After starting a family, she decided to finally train as an early years teacher and gained her PGCE from the University of Nottingham. While in Bangkok, Donna was also as a consultant for a company that developed phonics education software for adults.
In her spare time, Donna loves to cook, travel and spend time with her family. She also enjoys reading as many books as possible whenever she has a quiet moment. Donna also loves to relax with a Thai massage or a run along the river.
Jandré Swanepoel has more than seven years of teaching experience in the South African Curriculum. She has taught PE to different age groups and has worked as a School Sports Manager and Coordinator as well. Jandré has also stayed abreast of new developments in her field by completing various specialised courses and is a qualified Learn to Swim instructor.
Jandré grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. She studied at the North-West University in Potchefstroom, where she earned a three-year degree in Health Sciences, majoring in Psychology and Human Movement Sciences. After that, she completed a BA (Hons) degree in Kinderkinetics, a profession that aims to promote and optimise the neuro-motoric development of young children through scientifically-based physical activity.
Jandré enjoys after school activities such as coaching netball, athletics, hockey and swimming. She also loves to participate in outdoor activities herself such as golf, social hockey, cycling and swimming.
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.
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.