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.
Annie has over twelve years of experience in education in international schools. Her work in international schools has been augmented by experience in roles of junior school, senior school and diploma years IB program. Annie holds a BA in English and Literature and has an elective major in Applied Linguistics from Shanghai International Studies University. Her prior experience as Lead Mandarin teacher, senior school Mandarin teacher and Head of Senior School Mandarin included delivering Mandarin curriculum content and requirements using a variety of teaching methodologies, planning Mandarin Language and Cultural programs, creating systemic syllabuses and course outline for IGCSE and IBDP students.
A firm belief that every student should have an opportunity to learn a new language and experience a different culture is at the heart of Annie’s teaching. She believes that learning Mandarin is fundamental to equipping our students with the skills required for the future and to contribute to the wider community.
Ruya He has many years of experience within international education. Ruya is familiar with American curriculums, IB, and British curriculums, including IGCSE & GCSE. She holds both a Master of Education, K-12, from Plymouth State University and a Bachelor of Language Arts degree from Shanghai International Studies University. Besides Mandarin teaching, Ruya set up the Mandarin program at Campbell College, UK, a prestigious school of more than 120 years, and became the Chinese Ambassador to Campbell College. While at Campbell College, Ruya was interviewed by the BBC, NI connection, and Belfast telegraph about the Mandarin program. After returning to China, she was also invited to join a round table discussion and published articles about the BBC documentary “Are Our Kids Tough Enough?” in the Shanghai Daily and other local journals.
A life-long learner, Ruya brings her passion and commitment for working with children and the skills to meet the unique challenges and opportunities that a diverse student body brings. Ruya is excited to be part of the Wellington family and enthusiastic to learn and to share with this like-minded group of talented and devoted educators. Having visited over twenty counties, she has a passion for travelling and looks forward to sharing her diverse personal and professional experiences with students and staff alike.
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.
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.
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 been awarded an MA award from Shanghai Normal University, which she is to receive later this year. Caroline is a fully-qualified teacher, holding the Certificate of Mandarin (Level A), the American Mandarin 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.
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 Shaanxi 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. She will gain an MA degree this year, and currently holds a preschool teacher license from East China Normal University and has full teacher certification.
She has taught Mandarin for over eleven years, in local schools, international schools and in the UK. She joined Wellington College International Shanghai in June, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sherry 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. Sherry 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.
Sherry 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, Sherry likes Chinese dancing and reading.