Emma came to Wellington College International Shanghai as head of Early Years and a reception class teacher when it first opened in August 2014. After that first year she became head of Pre-Prep and for the first time in her career moved out of the classroom. Although she may no longer have a class of students of her own, she feels incredibly fortunate to be looking after a whole school.
Emma started her teaching career in 2004 in Germany. She spent two years at a Service Children’s Education School in Hohne teaching years 5 and 6. She then returned to the UK to gain a wider range of teaching experiences, including three months in Ecuador helping set up a nursery. She settled in her home town of Leicester for seven years, where she worked in an outstanding inner city school.
Emma’s life has been in constant pursuit of engaging and exciting experiences, a chance to further her own knowledge and understanding, and share it with others. She hopes to bring her years of experience to Wellington and is keen to establish a world class Pre-Prep setting in Shanghai.
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.
Alex graduated from Sheffield University with a Batchelor of Education (Honours) degree in 1997. She started her career working in North Yorkshire, teaching reception and year 1. She then moved to a school in Derbyshire where she was the Foundation Stage leader for nine years. For the past seven years she has taught year 1 and 2 classes, where she has been Key Stage 1 coordinator.
Alex has always used her school holidays to have adventures and travel around the world, visiting Europe, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Africa. She has participated in volunteer work in Africa, which was a life-changing experience and helped her appreciate many things in life, including her own education system. She has many hobbies, including cycling, running, walking, dance and creative arts. Drama in education has played a large part in Alex’s life and she has successfully produced many performances over the years.
As a founding member of Wellington College International Shanghai, Alex is extremely excited about the next stage of her career as the deputy head of the Pre-Prep School. She says: “Wellington has given me new opportunities to use my skills and develop new relationships. The facilities are amazing and conducive to developing all aspects of a child’s education. Teaching has always been a joy and I am passionate about developing children’s skills creatively and academically at this early stage in their lives.”
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.
Toni Faulkner originally hails from Queensland, Australia. For the past sixteen years, however, she and her family have called Shanghai home. She is here with her husband and their three children. Their oldest son, Sam, is studying at university in Suzhou while her two younger children, Jackson and Chelsea, attend Wellington College International Shanghai. She has taught at schools and kindergartens in Australia, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Toni’s background is in Early Childhood Education. She holds a Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood from the Queensland University of Technology, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Special Education, Early Childhood Intervention. Toni loves working with young children and watching them develop, grow and learn. She has worked with children aged from newborns to six years old, however, she especially enjoys working with toddlers, having taught Pre-Nursery for twelve years. Toni particularly enjoyed attending a recent course on ‘loose parts’ and how to incorporate them more in her classroom practice.
Toni loves to bake and has been learning to cook Chinese food, especially eggplant dishes. She loves Chinese food, especially Xinjiang food, Lanzhou noodles and yu xiang qie zi.
Tijana finished European Languages Studies at University of Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Macedonia and subsequently worked as a language teacher and translator with various age groups. Afterwards Tijana moved to the Middle East and worked in Key Stage 1 at Repton as well as at Taaleem Preschool in Early Years Department, both in Dubai.
Now Tijana, her husband and her son have been a part of the Wellington team from its opening where she has met extraordinary people and finds Wellington College in Shanghai to be a happy and harmonious working environment.
Tijana is feeling privileged to have the opportunity to live, work and grow within countries with different cultures than her home country. Tijana is passionate about languages, even trying her hand at Mandarin last year.
On her passion for teaching, Tijana remarked how “little children inspire me with their unique imagination. I have a strong will to guide them through their growing journey according to the Eight Aptitudes promoted at Wellington College encouraging a healthy, safe and happy learning environment.”
In her spare time Tijana enjoys travelling, ice skating and visiting cultural and sporting events. Married to a two time Olympian, Tijana’s family is involved in the world of swimming and visit swimming and diving championships around the world; they have even seen Ryan Lochte, Federica Pelegrini and Tom Daley compete.
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.
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.
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.
Stephanie is originally from Manchester in the UK but began her teaching career in London. She has been at Wellington College International Shanghai since January 2015, teaching years 1 and 2. Stephanie is also phonics coordinator for the Pre-Prep school. She previously taught years 4, 5 and 6 in the UK, and was also the modern foreign languages coordinator for years 3-6.
Stephanie has a BA (Hons) in social and cultural studies from the University of Nottingham and studied at the University of Queensland as part of this course. She has a PGCE (Primary) from Oxford Brookes University, with a specialism in teaching children with EAL.
Stephanie is a keen scuba diver and has dived in Borneo and the Philippines since moving to China. She also enjoys travelling and learning new languages, and is enjoying the opportunity to travel throughout China and across Asia while living in Shanghai.
Marcie has taught in the UK for the majority of her career until three years ago, when she accepted her first international post, in Doha in the Middle East. She has taught from nursery to year 3 but her huge passion is in Early Years. Her teaching style and ethos is child-led, inquiry based learning with a particular interest and emphasis on creating high-quality outdoor learning environments for the youngest children to thrive and reach their full potential. Marcie feels extremely fortunate to be in a job that she adores. Every day the children inspire her with their excitement and motivation to learn.
She qualified with a Bachelor of education (Honours) degree in England.
Marcie feels very excited to be joining Wellington International College Shanghai and privileged to be given the opportunity to strive to make a positive contribution during the next stage of development and growth. From a personal perspective, she looks forward to immersing herself in the Shanghai culture and travelling to different parts of China while taking up Tai Chi and trying to learn Mandarin Chinese.
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.
Natalie has previously taught Year 3 and 4 in a school in Lancashire, UK.
Natalie is from Manchester and graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA in English Literature and a PGCE with a specialism in Early Years.
Natalie is looking forward to getting to know Shanghai and China more in the coming years and intends to travel around as much of South East Asia as possible. Having travelled extensively already to many parts of the world, she takes interest in travel photography and writing and is currently writing her first novel. She feels very privileged to be joining Wellington College in Shanghai and is very proud to be working at a school with such a wonderful ethos and history.
Dana has been in the education field for over seven years. Prior to working at Wellington College International Shanghai, he served as a college counselor at Florida State University, an English instructor at Hangzhou Normal University, assisted with the building of an afterschool youth development program with the Boys and Girls Club of America and has been teaching in China since 2012.
Dana’s education includes a BS in criminology and political science, a masters in international studies and he is currently working on his PGCE. He was awarded the Thirty Under 30 Alumni Award in 2013 for his outstanding work in education and the community.
Dana enjoys traveling, listening to music and meeting new people.
Edward is a former pupil of Wellington College UK and house prefect of the Lynedoch. He earned an all-round scholarship in his second year. He enjoyed his rugby and the performing arts. He was fortunate to be selected to represent the school at an international schools conference in India.
Edward moved to Brighton in 2012 to complete a BA in Primary Education at the University of Brighton with a specialism in modern languages. Edward has spent the last two years working in year 1 at a Bilingual School in Hove.
Edward is delighted to be coming to be returning ‘home’ to a school that is close to his heart. He is passionate about the idea of teaching the whole child and feels privileged to be part of such a wonderful school with a fantastic ethos. Edward is very much looking forward to living in Shanghai. He is a keen linguist and is hoping to soon learn Mandarin. Outside of school, Edward loves cooking and sports, especially football as he is a passionate Fulham FC fan. If he’s not watching sports, Edward will be found writing comedy sketches and reading plays, a hobby that earned him a four-star review at the Edinburgh fringe festival in 2011.
Lucy was born and raised in South London. Before Wellington College International Shanghai, she taught reception for three years at a school in Elmer’s End where she was also a member of the arts curriculum team. This is Lucy’s second year of teaching year 1 at the College. Her favourite aspect of teaching at Wellington is working alongside the extremely enthusiastic and dedicated team in the Pre-Prep.
At Loughborough University, she studied drama, undertaking modules in costume design, contemporary Shakespeare, puppetry, theatre practice, directing and Japanese theatre. Lucy studied for her PGCE at Goldsmiths and specialised in Early Years education.
In her spare time Lucy enjoys visiting modern art galleries, reading Bret Easton Ellis novels, listening to California punk music and watching anime. She is also a keen singer and theatre enthusiast. Living in Shanghai means that Lucy has been given the opportunity to indulge in her favourite pastime – travelling.
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.
Charlotte has spent a total of four years teaching in Hertfordshire, UK. She started her teaching career in year 6 and spent the remaining three years teaching in year 1. Since being a teacher, Charlotte has co-led literacy across the key stages, with a focus on writing, and has been a PHSE leader and helped her previous school achieve their “Healthy Schools” status.
At Northumbria University in Newcastle, Charlotte studied geography and achieved a BA First Class (Hons) degree. While studying, Charlotte visited a local primary school weekly to gain first-hand teaching experience, before embarking on her teacher training year. She completed her PGCE at Newcastle University where she represented the university in dance competitions as part of the Newcastle University Dance Society.
Charlotte is a keen geographer, thus teaching internationally appealed greatly! She was drawn to the busy, diverse cultural experience which Shanghai can offer and is looking forward to travelling around Asia in the summer. In her spare time, she particularly enjoys both watching and performing ballet.
Jessica has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waikato in New Zealand and a Graduate Diploma in teaching (primary) from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Jessica has since lived and taught abroad for the past fourteen years in countries including New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan and China.
Jessica has now been living in Shanghai for the past nine years with her husband and two children, who also attend Wellington College. Having previously taught here in Shanghai for the past seven years, Jessica made the move to Wellington College International Shanghai, where she teaches year 2. This will be Jessica’s second year working here.
In her spare time, she enjoys running, travelling to exotic beaches around Asia, also cooking (and eating) various types of international food.
Philippa spent two years teaching in the UK before moving to teach abroad for four years in a large international school in Shanghai followed by two years in an international school in Singapore where as the head of year 3. However, she missed the bustle and excitement of Shanghai and is am delighted to have returned to the city.
Philippa is a product of an international education, having spent her youth in the Netherlands where she attended an international school before moving to the UK to study law at university.
She is thrilled to be part of the founding group of colleagues who are responsible for setting up Wellington College International Shanghai. She is particularly interested in science and thoroughly enjoys introducing this subject to the younger pupils. She also speaks several languages and has a great deal of experience with EAL children.
Having begun her teaching career in Liverpool, UK in 1990, Janet has subsequently worked in the Channel Island of Jersey for the last 23 years as a dedicated class teacher across all age ranges in the primary sector. In addition, she has been a subject leader for both literacy and art, sharing good practice across the island through staff development, coaching Newly Qualified Teachers and writing teaching handbooks for the States of Jersey. During the academic year 2009-2010, Janet and her husband Andrew (head of the Prep School) took a sabbatical and worked at Eton House International School, Suzhou, enabling them to travel widely around China with their Chinese-born children Lucy and Rosie. Janet taught art throughout the school from reception through to year 12, which fulfilled one of her teaching ambitions as ‘creativity’, in all its many forms, is at the heart of her classroom practice. To create beautiful things through perseverance and pride, is something she develops in all her pupils.
In addition to teaching children, she has also taught adult evening classes in textile art. She specialises in free machine embroidery and exhibits and sells her work locally in Jersey.
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.
Victoria (Vicki) Doamekpor gained her Bsc (Hons) in computer science, mathematics and management at Lancaster University. Then Vicki went onto Manchester Metropolitan University where she obtained her PGCE in secondary ICT and business. Vicki has previously taught in the UK and the Netherlands at primary schools.
Vicki hopes as a teacher to instil a love of learning in all her pupils by sharing her own passion with them. As a caring, compassionate, dedicated teacher, she challenges every one of them and provides experiences that stimulate curiosity, providing opportunities to ask questions, problem-solve and reach a higher level of knowledge. She provides pupils with opportunities to become confident, creative technological learners, equipped with an essential skill set that they can use to enrich and extend their learning.
Having worked in international education for the past eight years, Vicki now feels very privileged to be joining Wellington College in Shanghai. Vicki is proud to be working at a school with such a wonderful ethos and history. She is looking forward to getting to know Shanghai and also intends to travel around as much of South East Asia as possible.
Having previously taught at Wellington Tianjin, when Shane Hambling heard the news that he secured a position at Wellington Shanghai, his first comment was: “I am coming home, home to Wellington and to China.” His previous experience working and living in China, a fascinating, fast-paced and exciting country, left him wanting more. He believes that to have the opportunity to live and work in what is arguably one of the greatest city in the world is a rare privilege and one that offers unique challenges and adventures.
Shane is a qualified STA swim teacher and his previous international postings beside Tianjin, China included also Doha, Qatar. The Wellington swim department aims to develop techniques, fitness and passion not just for competitive swimming but also for a lifelong passion for all things aquatics for younger pupils, from those who are just learning to swim, all the way through to the elite swim squad members.
This is Khaled’s third year working at Wellington College International Shanghai. He is a founding member of the College and currently teaches EAL in the Pre-Prep and is also the IPC (International Primary Curriculum) coordinator and the CCA coordinator for Pre-Prep. He greatly enjoys helping his young learners acquire the English skills that they need to be successful and develop a love of learning. He has previously worked in other international schools in China, as well as Malaysia, Switzerland and the UK.
Khaled was born in England, but moved to Switzerland at the age of seven weeks. He completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma at the International School of Geneva before completing a Bachelor of science degree in animal behaviour from Anglia Ruskin Cambridge, followed by a PGCE from Canterbury Christ Church University College. He also has additional certifications to teach EAL to young learners.
In his spare time, he loves travelling (he managed to visit ten different countries last year) and experiencing different food from all around the world. He enjoys reading, swimming, watching a variety of movies and socialising with friends and meeting new people.
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.
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.
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.
Grace joined Wellington College International Shanghai as a swim teacher in 2015. Currently she holds ASA Level 1&2 certificates and a lifesaving certificate. She has been teaching Early Years swimming lessons, swim CCAs and in the swim Academy.
Grace was a competitive swimmer in her childhood. Her enthusiasm for swimming passed on to the next generation when she met her husband who was also a competitive swimmer in the Italian National team. Now her whole family is engaged in swimming.
All her three children love swimming and are involved in different aquatics activities. Grace loves to inspire and motivate the children when she teaches them swimming. She believes swimming is one of the most beneficial sports for children. She would like to bring to Wellington College International Shanghai not only her teaching experience and knowledge but also her passion and enthusiasm for swimming.
White graduated from Tianjin Normal University in English and accounting, holding the Chinese national education certificate of pedagogy and educational psychology up to Senior High School level and Mandarin (Level A). He is also a certificated life guard and when he was a teenager he obtained 6th place in city of Tianjin as a shot-putter. White was coached by a former national badminton coach for two years. Now he has a PGCE from Durham University in the subject of PE.
His key interests include not only a wide range of sports, such as golf, badminton, tennis, football and swimming, but also travelling, aviation and reading.
Currently, White is on the third year of his education career at Wellington College International Shanghai, working in the PE department. He really enjoys sharing his life experiences, especially in sports, to inspire children and young people in establishing their own distinguished attitude towards sport. White believes sport can, and will, make children happier by embracing physical fitness, personal development and a greater sense of team spirit.
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.