Andrew was educated at the Universities of Sussex and Liverpool. In 1991, he began his teaching career in Kirkby on Merseyside before moving to the Channel Island of Jersey in 1995 and was appointed to his first headship in 2006. In 2012, he transferred to Samarès School with a mission to raise aspiration and standards of achievement in addition to building a strong community that gave effective support to families. As a result of this work, he was recognised with the 2016 Inspirational Leader of the Year Award.
As Head of the Prep School at Wellington Shanghai, his priority has been to develop and improve the curriculum of the school so that it facilitates the very highest levels for learning for pupils. Andrew and his team are determined to make a curriculum that is exciting, intriguing and inspiring and will prepare pupils fully for life as change-leaders in 21st century China and beyond.
Andrew is married to Janet, who teaches art at Wellington. They have two daughters: Lucy, who, after completing her IB Diploma at Wellington, is currently studying International Relations, Security and Strategy with Chinese at Exeter University and Rosie, who is beginning her IB Diploma in year 12 at Wellington. Both girls were born in Jiangxi Province and were adopted at the age of 1. The family returned to China to teach at an international school in Suzhou in 2009. They travelled extensively throughout this incredible nation, from Xinjiang and Tibet to Fujian and Yunnan. Shanghai was always a favourite destination, and they are delighted to now be living in this amazing city.
Away from work, Andrew often enjoys nothing more than talking with his daughters. When he does have a break, he pursues his lifetime goal of sporting mediocrity and can be found in football C teams and slow-running clubs. He is well-known on the golf courses of Jersey and Shanghai for getting value for money by playing as much golf as possible per round.
Fiona has joined Wellington College International Shanghai from Stowe School, an independent school in the UK. Fiona was a housemistress of a girls boarding house, looking after year 9-13 pupils. Fiona also taught mathematics across all age groups. She was widely involved in the extracurricular coaching of many of the school hockey teams. Prior to Stowe, Fiona taught mathematics at Wellington College UK as well as being an assistant housemistress, sports coach and becoming involved in the CCF program.
Before teaching, Fiona worked as an engineering consultant in the oil and gas industry working closely with many of the major operating companies. Before working as a consultant, Fiona served in the British Army as an engineering officer for a number of years, deploying all over the world.
Fiona was educated at Eastbourne College and the University of Nottingham where she read mechanical engineering. She completed her PCGE at Buckingham University.
Fiona is an active person who enjoys spending her time outdoors, playing sport and travelling. Along with her husband and twin boys, they are excited about the opportunities to travel and explore China.
Dean Clayden is from Scotland and has been living and working in Shanghai for six years. He previously worked at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi where he worked as year 1 and year 5 leader. During his time there, he also supported staff in adopting the teaching principles of guided reading while completing his middle leadership training.
Dean graduated with a first class honours degree in primary education from the University of Edinburgh. During his degree, Dean taught English as a foreign language at a school in the Maldives as part of a voluntary project. After graduating, he taught for three years at Peel Primary School in Scotland, where he gained experience across different levels of the school and helped to coordinate whole school concerts.
Dean is passionate about scuba diving and enjoys improving his underwater photography skills at different locations across Asia. Dean has logged over 200 dives and is hoping to continue to add to his tally. He has also recently taken an interest in street photography in order to further develop his skills. Dean is continuing to learn Mandarin and is currently studying for his HSK level 3 examination.
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.
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.”
Lucy graduated with a Bachelor of science degree in psychology. After working with asylum-seeker children in a school for several years, she had a change of heart and decided to gain a career in teaching. Lucy followed this path and achieved a PGCE. She has taught in England and Dubai and has been teaching for a total of fifteen years.
Lucy decided to move to Shanghai with her husband Carlton Palmer, director of academies at Wellington College, Shanghai. They are both in their third year living in Shanghai. Lucy believes that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is her desire as an educator to help children meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing a secure and happy environment in which they can thrive through Wellington’s core values.
She says: “I am extremely enthusiastic and motivated to be part of this exciting journey at Wellington College International Shanghai. When I first visited Wellington, it was a building site, a mere hole in the ground; it was hard to imagine the outstanding structure it is today. I am truly privileged to be part of the whole encounter.”
Emma was one of the founding teachers at Wellington College International Tianjin. She has also taught at schools in Spain, Qatar and the UK.
Emma has a BA in business and Hispanic studies from the University of Birmingham. After living in Spain for several years, she returned to the UK to complete her PGCE at Newman College.
Emma enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and attempting to find time to train for a half marathon.
Charles began his formal education at the University of Leeds, UK, where he studied for a degree in Biochemistry and Medical Biochemistry, followed by a Masters in Research. His research was on blood vessel development after the onset of a stroke and how modern genetics can be used to regrow blood vessels to the oxygen starved part of the brain, a process known as Angiogenesis. After this fascinating project he obtained a PhD in Molecular Biology at Newcastle University, UK, where he conducted research on the childhood disease Spinal Muscular Atrophy, published numerous papers in international journals and presented at a scientific conference in New York.
After Charles’ formal training he continued with his research career, but this time in the field of Bioengineering at the University of Exeter, funded by the British Research Council and Shell UK. This research was focused on genetically engineering Micro-organisms to produce Bio-diesel and remove pollutants caused by extracting fossil fuels. During this project he discovered and named a novel gene and was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (USA).
Outside of Science Charles has a passion for adventure and travel. He has visited a variety of countries around the world and one of his favorite trips was spending four weeks bush camping in Africa, travelling through Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. While he delights in the natural wonders of the world, he still enjoys the glitz and glamour of a city.
Before coming to Shanghai three years ago, Rebecca studied in Leeds before beginning her teacher career in her home town of Hull, East Yorkshire in the UK. Having now spent three years in Shanghai, she has found a real love for the city, the people and culture and has a continuing love of learning and teaching. Within her twelve year career, Rebecca has worked in a variety of posts across schools; teaching both English and EAL to children aged from 5 years to 16 years. Alongside this, Rebecca has lead and developed teams to work across the school to ensure each child has to best possible experience of school.
Teaching has been a lifelong pursuit for Rebecca, who knew from a young age that this was the correct, and indeed only career path for her. After leaving school, Rebecca then moved to Leeds where she studied History and Primary Education. Joining Wellington is the next step in both her personal and professional life as she relishes the ‘Hai that is her and her family’s second home and is excited by the opportunity to be joining a school as which not only provides world class teaching, but has world class facilities and opportunity both in and outside the classroom for children.
Rebecca has a passion for travelling and exploring new places and cultures with her husband, Christopher and their daughter Beatrice. Alongside this, Rebecca is a rather reluctant runner and is hoping to undertake her first half marathon this year in Shanghai.
Helena Hicks studied at Hunan Normal University, gaining both a BA and an MA in English language and literature. Before moving 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.
While in the UK, Helena held teaching posts at some of the country’s most prestigious schools. She was a Chinese teacher at the Cheltenham Ladies’ College, one of the leading girls’ schools in the country. Helena also served as Head of Curriculum and founder at the Gloucestershire Mandarin School and taught Chinese at Pate’s Grammar School, one of the highest rated grammar schools in the UK.
Helena has been part of the Wellington team since 2014. Since then, she has been dedicated to making Chinese language and culture key aspects of every pupil’s life. Her own carefully crafted curriculum responds to the linguistic needs of every learner of all ages – from the complete beginner to the native-level, fluent speaker. Her program of cultural enrichment, through annual celebration performances and workshops, reaches out to every pupil, parent and teacher.
When not teaching, Helena enjoys swimming, walking, table tennis and travel.
Robert began teaching English in 1995 in China, working in the country for over four years before moving back to the UK with his family to pursue a career as a mathematics teacher. He joined Wellington as a founder in 2014, having spent the previous thirteen years in a UK academy.
Robert believes that mathematics is a universal language and an elegant tool for problem solving and is most exciting when presented in the context of its real applications. As such, he seeks every opportunity to link mathematics to science, computing, finance and day-to-day life. He also shares his sense of wonder at its intricate forms and patterns, particularly those found in nature, with his pupils. Few things delight him more than the solving of a particularly challenging problem, and even more so the pride of a pupil who achieves a solution on their own. Being part of Wellington’s mathematics department is a thrilling opportunity, and he feels privileged to be part of an institution that delivers such innovative and first-class education.
In his whole-school role, Robert oversees the college’s timetables and works closely with the senior leadership team to plan the curriculum, calculate staffing needs, harvest and analyse pupil data and develop Wellington’s reporting systems.
Michael is hugely excited by the opportunities that Wellington College International Shanghai offers. He welcomes the chance to be involved in a very progressive educational system within one of the best Performing Arts facilities in the world.
Michael has had a long international career as an actor, singer, dancer and director in mainstream commercial theatre and now utilises his skills, knowledge and academic background to educate the next generation of students and performers.
Michael was educated at the Victorian College of the Arts and the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne, Australia, and later at Bath Spa University (Cert. Ed.) and the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts in the UK, where he completed his Master’s Degree in Contemporary Theatre Practice.
Michael has previously held positions as Artistic Director of the Wessex Academy of Performing Arts UK, where he ran BTEC and Degree programmes (BA Hons) in Music Theatre and Acting and, more recently, at the British International School of Jakarta in Indonesia where he was Director of Performing Arts.
“It is my aim to nurture and unlock the potential of all students at Wellington College International Shanghai, whether it is within or outside the curriculum. I have established a Performing Arts Academy to serve the College and the wider community. My vision is to make Wellington College International Shanghai not just an outstanding centre for Performing Arts in Shanghai, but one of the best in the world.”
Adam has been part of the Wellington College International journey from the very start, back in August 2011, having been a founding member of staff at our sister school in Tianjin; before moving to Shanghai in September 2013 as part of the start-up team for Wellington College International Shanghai.
Adam set up the boarding programme and ran the house from August 2014 to April 2016. In addition, he was the head of art, design and technology during the first year and housemaster of Stanley until June 2016. Adam is now in his second year as deputy head pastoral of the Senior School.
He studied industrial design and the University of Central Lancashire, before heading to his ‘spiritual home’ to study for his PGCE at Manchester University. Adam’s first teaching post was at Aquinas Sixth Form College in Stockport, where he enjoyed seven fantastic years as a teacher of product design and latterly was responsible for the A Level curriculum.
Before moving to China, Adam spent three years in the Middle East as head of design and technology at Repton School in Dubai, where he took great pride in his department’s successes at both IGCSE and IB level. This post also offered Adam his first insight into the world of boarding and the independent school house system and it was here that he decided to pursue a pastoral role in future schools.
Anna studied for a BSC (Hons) Degree in human psychology at Aston University, where she became particularly drawn to the field of cognitive neuroscience, and was awarded a Nuffield Foundation scholarship to study variability in human brain function, as well as using fMRI for her dissertation and volunteering as a research assistant throughout her time studying. Anna went on to complete a PGCE specialising in KS2 and KS3 science. After a decade of teaching, she is once again studying, this time for a Masters in educational leadership at the University of Buckingham.
Anna joins us from London, where she worked as Head of a rapidly expanding sixth form and has implemented a comprehensive work experience programme. Prior to this, she had 5 years experience of Head of Department and had also taken on many further roles, such as whole-school careers coordinator and literacy coordinator. Anna has worked extensively with pupils who speak English as an additional language, and is particularly interested in encouraging pupils to develop a growth mindset.
Anna has two children and although they all frequently sail, walk and swim, she does feel her hobbies predominantly involve ferrying and watching the children during their activities. Anna enjoys travelling and is looking forward to kayaking, scuba diving, cycling and trekking across the Far East. She is particularly interested in human evolution, and would recommend any book by Professor Chris Stringer. Anna recently completed her first free-fall sky dive and is now hooked!
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.
Kelly attended Thomas Telford School in Shropshire until 2003, where she completed her GCSEs and A-levels. Following sixth form, she was accepted on to a foundation degree at Bournville School of Art. She then moved onto a BA Fine Art degree at Margaret Street, Birmingham, where she specialised in 2D media, particularly painting and drawing.
After university, Kelly was accepted on to a Graduate Teacher Programme run through the West Midlands consortium, achieving QTS, graded Outstanding, in 2010. From here, she was appointed as an Art teacher at her training school of Madeley Academy and spent four more years there, holding a variety of responsibilities in the department. Her second teaching appointment was at Al Sahwa Schools, Muscat, Oman where she worked for two years and helped to establish a dynamic and successful department.
Kelly enjoys being active and has always participated in a number of sports. She enjoys developing her artistic practice in her spare time and developing her knowledge through art galleries and workshops.
Daniel Eldred was born in Gaborone, Botswana and lived there for most of his childhood before returning to the UK in 1999 to attend East Bergholt School and complete his GCSEs. Daniel studied fine art Sculpture at Kingston University and, after his degree, he spent a year exhibiting in Berlin and London. In 2007 Daniel enrolled at the Institute of Education, London and completed his PGCE in secondary art and design education.
Daniel’s second teaching placement was to the Regent’s School, Bangkok, where he trained for six months; this was the experience that made him realise that he wanted to work in international schools. During Daniel’s time as a teacher he has continued to develop his subject knowledge; the most exciting of these opportunities was to train in special effects makeup at the London School of Media and Film.
Daniel sees Wellington College International Shanghai as an opportunity to further develop and fine tune his teaching practice in a progressive education environment. As a leader in art and design education, Daniel feels it is important to expose pupils to a wide variety of media and processes. Daniel’s intentions are to try and make links to industry in every project undertaken across all Key Stages. The creative industry is vast and varied, so pupils should have the opportunity to see art and design from a variety of influences.
Louise Gray studied history at the University of London. During her undergraduate studies, she decided that she wished to challenge herself to improve upon her A-level knowledge of German, so she studied at the University of Innsbruck (Austria) for a year. She completed a Master’s degree in history, focusing on the social history of early modern Europe, and then completed her PhD at the Wellcome Institute for the history of medicine (University College, London). The focus of her PhD was medical history in early modern Germany – a theme which carried on into a Postgraduate Fellowship. She has lectured at both London and Leicester Universities and worked for many years as a tutor and examiner for the Open University. She is co-author, examiner and course tutor for online University of London courses, covering both the social and cultural history of early modern Europe and the history of the Crusades.
Louise completed a PGCEi with the University of Nottingham and has taught for many years at independent schools in the UK and China (Dulwich College, Shanghai). In addition to history, Louise teaches the Theory of Knowledge. During her time as Head of Department for Theory of Knowledge at Gresham’s School (an independent UK boarding school), she organised whole-school staff training for the subject and opened up the course to Sixth Formers taking A-Levels, as well as those taking IB.
Louise is delighted to be returning to Shanghai and is excited to be joining the teaching team at Wellington College International Shanghai. She and her family are looking forward to catching up with old friends and making lots of new ones. They are relishing the chance to travel around China, and to explore the vibrant and ever-changing city of Shanghai.
Joanne Goran graduated from University of London, Goldsmiths College with a BSc in Computing and Design for the World Wide Web. Her passion for education and technology then compelled her to earn a PGCE and QTS at St Mary’s University, London.
Ms Goran has taught computer science, ICT and Business studies in many comprehensive schools in London and has been teaching in international schools in Shanghai for the past six years.
In addition to teaching, Joanne is active in charitable work and enjoys involving pupils and teachers in a variety of fundraising initiatives. She is keen to instil in pupils the value of helping one another. In her spare time she also enjoys cycling, reading and cooking.
Craig studied a four-year BA (Hons) Degree in Physical Education with Qualified Teacher Status at the University of Brighton. He taught in the UK for 10 years before deciding to teach abroad and has now been working in Shanghai for the last six years. During Craig’s 16 years of teaching, he has taken on roles such as Head of Boys PE, Deputy Head of Middle School, Head of Year, Head of House and now as Housemaster for Wellesley.
Football, Rugby, Cricket and Judo, were all sports that Craig played during his younger years both in school and at representative level for Jersey – competing in national and international tournaments and competitions. Football was Craig ‘s ultimate passion and as he grew older, it became necessary to focus his dedication to this sport – playing at university and semi-professional level. Fitness and sport will always play a huge part in Craig ‘s life and indeed. Over the last six years in Shanghai Craig has turned his hand to Boxing – regularly training and coaching the sport in this amazing city.
Alison worked in a range of schools for three years before taking an international teaching post in Dubai, UAE in 2014. Over her teaching career, Ali has adopted roles as both Head of Department and Head of Year. Ali graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2008 with a BA in English. After this, she went on to complete an MA in Irish Writing before completing her PGCE English at Liverpool Hope University.
Alison is a keen horse rider and has been involved with horses since she was a child. Two years of living in Shanghai has rekindled an interest in netball, and Ali plays for a team in the city. She also enjoys keeping fit and taking part in the occasional half marathon. When relaxing, she is happy to curl up with a good book and a bar of chocolate.
Alaeze attended the London Oratory School in Kensington & Chelsea, where he completed his GCSE’s & A-Levels. Following sixth form, he continued his education with a degree in Mathematics at Manchester University.
Upon graduating from Manchester University, Alaeze worked for several years as a personal trainer in a boutique studio in Notting Hill. After a few years, he decided this wasn’t the career for him and pursued his persistent interest in teaching. He completed his PGCE at London Metropolitan University, before securing a position at Cardinal Vaughan Memorial school, one of the top comprehensive schools in the UK.
Alaeze has many different hobbies that he pursues in his own time, ranging from comic books to Dungeons & Dragons. He was born and raised an Arsenal supporter, though their recent results have left him somewhat disenchanted. He also likes to listen to music and watch period dramas on television.
Stephen’s first teaching position was at a girls’ comprehensive school in Oxfordshire, before moving on to spend ten years teaching history and politics at The Royal Grammar School, Guildford, a selective independent school for boys which consistently attains some of the best academic results in the country. In 2011, Stephen left for sunnier climes to head up the history and humanities department at St Julian’s School, Portugal’s leading independent school.
Stephen read history at Durham University, graduating in 1998 after which he stayed on to complete a PGCE course. Prior to his undergraduate studies he travelled extensively, including a year spent in Australia, and also worked in the travel industry in London while studying at night school for university entrance.
Stephan is interested in all periods of history and has taught early modern courses at A Level as well as modern history courses and Theory of Knowledge for the IB. He also enjoys surfing, travelling, reading, hiking, visiting art galleries and finding great new restaurants. Stephan is looking forward to the opportunities to explore China and to learn something of its history and culture.
Jordanne began her career in teaching in 2014. In the UK, she taught year 2 and year 4 at an Ofsted graded ‘Outstanding’ school in Derby, UK. During that time, she was the year co-ordinator and led both Maths and History. Jordanne was eager to set up a School Link Project with a school abroad to develop pupils’ cultural capital and to promote global values. She volunteered in Kenya with Derby County Community Trust alongside African Adventures to help hundreds of children in deprived areas and facilitate knowledge exchange between both schools.
Jordanne studied at the University of Derby, qualifying in 2013 with a first-class honours degree in Early Childhood Studies. During her second year, she studied Education at the University of Amsterdam on the Erasmus Programme (a European student exchange programme). She then completed the PGCE in 2014.
Jordanne thoroughly enjoys travelling to explore new places and to immerse herself in different cultures. She is a keen runner and in her spare time, she trains for various running events. It is on her bucket list to compete in the Shanghai International Marathon.
Since qualifying, Joseph has worked in a number of schools across the United Kingdom, particularly England and Northern Ireland. He has worked with Pre-Prep and Prep classes, with pupils from various backgrounds. He has also worked as Head of Assessment and Literacy in his previous UK schools and hopes to take on more responsibilities at Wellington College. Joseph moved to Shanghai in 2017 for his first international role and is delighted to be joining the Wellington College team.
Before becoming a teacher, Joseph once worked as a scientist with a clinical diagnostic company in Northern Ireland. Afterwards, Joseph completed his undergraduate degree (BSc applied psychology) and teaching qualification (PGCE) at Durham University, UK. Currently, he is studying for his MA in education, again with Durham University. Always seeking to earn further qualifications, Joseph also has his football and rugby coaching certificates.
Moving to China in 2017, Joseph has fallen in love with China and the continent of Asia. He has spent a lot of time exploring this fantastic country and has no plans to stop! In addition to exploring new places, Joseph is a keen baker, enjoys the outdoors and watching rugby with his friends. Within the next year, Joseph plans to get his motorcycle driving licence in China.
Celia Barthman Celia has been teaching music for over 16 years both in the U.S. and abroad and started performing in choral and instrumental ensembles at a very young age. She loves working with a variety of different age groups and musical ensembles.
Celia earned her Master of Arts Degree in World Music Studies from the University of Sheffield and holds BSc degrees in both Vocal and Instrumental Music Education from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. She served for several years as the North Dakota American Choral Directors Association Middle School Repertoire and Standards Chairman. Celia has also played Principal French Horn in several different orchestral groups, including the Missouri Valley Chamber Orchestra, the Minot Symphony Orchestra, the Bangkok Charity Orchestra and the Bangkok International Community Orchestra.
As an ethnomusicologist, Celia has a love of non-Western music. During her time in the U.S., she studied West African Percussion for seven years with a Master Drummer from Ghana. During her teaching career, Celia has served as an adjudicator and guest presenter at music festivals in Thailand, Vietnam, Canada and the U.S.
Myles has taught computing skills for three years in Italy, Malaysia and the United Kingdom. He has gained a wealth of experience through stints at small edu-tech companies such as Firetech as well as international schools like the British International School of Kuala Lumpur. Before teaching computing, Myles worked as a tour guide in the UK, showing a variety of cultural sites to children of all nationalities.
Having achieved a Bachelor’s degree in politics and French at the University of Exeter (with a year spent studying in France), Myles developed a passion for working in different cultures. He moved to Malaysia for two years after finishing his undergraduate, before returning to the UK to complete his PGCE.
In his spare time, Myles practices weightlifting, and has competed in amateur competitions in Singapore, Malaysia and the UK, achieving silver and bronze medals. Before he took up weightlifting, he played American Football in the UK and France. He also enjoys reading, hiking and developing his programming skills.
Jess has been an English teacher for several years and has been working for the last three of them in a large comprehensive school in the town of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, England. Here, she was responsible for the A Level literature and language courses in a large sixth form of over 300 pupils. Before that, she was Head of English at one of the UK’s top performing selective schools, Colchester County High School for Girls.
Jess completed her degree in drama and English in Liverpool many moons ago and alongside developing a passion for all things literary and theatrical, she also met her husband, Luke. They are making this journey to Shanghai along with their son, Joe.
Jess is really proud of the varied working life she has had to date. Past roles include being an actress and a midwife, as well as fostering children and running her own business. She is really looking forward to life in Shanghai and catching up with friends who are already teaching in China. She has a very long travel ‘bucket list’ and is hoping that the next couple of years will see her able to tick off some destinations.
Luke joins Wellington International School, Shanghai from King Edward VI School in rural Suffolk. After being educated at Liverpool and Bristol Universities, he achieved his PGCE before ultimately deciding to work in the private sector. Having worked as a croupier in London’s West End, a formulations chemist in the paint trade, a quality assurance chemist at Unilever and as a director of a £12 million turnover company, he realised that something wasn’t right; the job satisfaction he needed wasn’t there.
In 2006, Luke returned to his first role back in the education sector. Having held co-ordinator, head of subject and director roles across several schools, he now looks forward to the challenge of working in an exciting international school.
Luke enjoys all aspects of science. His mantra of: ‘No excuse for a boring science lesson’ has led him to help redesign curricula and look for opportunities to make it as relevant as possible to pupils of all ages.
Away from the sphere of work, Luke is an accomplished musician, provided that the song can be played slowly on a guitar with a maximum of four chords. He also enjoys badminton, table tennis and five-a-side football. He also enjoys walking, travelling, reading and listening to music. Luke is eagerly anticipating the many challenges and opportunities that both Wellington College and Shanghai have to offer.
Fiona Blackwood began her career working for the UK government in the Ministry of Defence, firstly in their Pay and Records Office and then subsequently as an executive contracts officer, procuring and maintaining equipment for the British Army.
Through personal circumstances, Fiona became very interested in dyslexia and the negative impact this disorder has on children in the education system. Fiona studied for a basic certificate in understanding dyslexia and began working as a volunteer at her local primary school in Wiltshire as a SEN assistant. She continued working part-time in this field, subsequently working at a school with a specialist autistic unit, until moving to China in July 2014 to accompany her husband.
Fiona was absolutely delighted to be offered the opportunity to come and work at WCIS in the SEND department and is totally committed to helping all children, whatever their background or educational level, to achieve their full potential. Fiona is currently working towards a post-graduate Diploma in Strategic Teaching Support for Dyslexia and Literacy and is a full member of the Dyslexia Guild.
Fiona has personally embraced the Wellington spirit by learning to scuba dive on the school trip to the Philippines last year. She fell in love with it and would encourage everybody to never be afraid to try something new!
Mike joins Wellington College Shanghai from Trinity School in London where, on top of Teaching both History and Politics up to A-Level, he has been a Head of Year for the past four years. As his first international posting, Mike is relishing the opportunity to get stuck in to everything that Shanghai and Wellington have to offer, and is particularly excited about taking on his role as head of Wellesley House.
Before joining Trinity to start his teaching career, Mike completed his undergraduate degree in History at Oxford University and went on to study for his PGCE at the University of Warwick. He has recently just completed his MSt in History having defected to Cambridge University, specialising in Early Modern British History. His historical interests are, however, most definitely eclectic, ranging from the Crusades through to the American Civil Rights movement.
When not reading History books (some stereotypes of History teachers are true) he is an avid film and TV buff and can quote most episodes of the West Wing (along with most other Aaron Sorkin creations) from memory.
After graduating, Lewis taught for three years at a primary school in Lancashire where he taught in KS2. Further to his role as class teacher, Lewis also led whole school curriculum developments in mathematics as subject leader. He oversaw developments in the teaching of reasoning, problem solving and helped to embed a mastery approach to teaching mathematics.
Raised in the North West of the UK, Lewis achieved a first class honours degree in Primary Education at York St. John University. During his studies, Lewis was a youth support officer delivering innovative educational projects. Lewis’ teaching philosophy centres around building excellent relationships with his students and holding a fundamental belief that every student can achieve the highest standards.
Outside of the classroom, Lewis is has successfully led extra-curricular clubs, including a year 3 and 4 football club, a sports and journalism club and a multisport club. During school holidays, Lewis enjoys travelling around the world and immersing himself in different cultures. He has many hobbies including running, playing and refereeing football, swimming and following Burnley Football Club.
Abigail joins Wellington College International Shanghai from Headington School, Oxford, where she taught art, design and technology and worked in one of the sixth form boarding houses as an assistant housemistress. Having previously worked for four years at Wellington College UK, she is no stranger to the Wellington name and is excited to be back in the family. During her post at Wellington College UK, Abigail oversaw the design and technology textiles curriculum, spent two years as an assistant housemistress in the Combermere boarding house, and was Master in charge of clay pigeon shooting.
Following her degree in fashion, media and promotion at the University of Huddersfield, Abigail spent several years working in the creative media industry. Abigail has a PGCE from Manchester Metropolitan University and a PGCE from the University of Reading, where she also completed the SENCO qualification.
Abigail enjoys all things creative and is passionate about how she can aid the creativity of young people. She enjoys running, evenings with her LP collection and will never pass up the opportunity to learn something new. This is Abigail’s first international post and she is excited about exploring the Far East with her husband Jonathan.
Christie was born in Hartlepool and has previously worked in Qatar and Oman. She graduated from the University of Sunderland with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism. She decided during her degree to become a teacher and took part in the Student Associate Scheme during her final year. Christie then completed her PGCE at Durham University.
Christie began her teaching career as a teacher of English and performing arts in a secondary school in the UK. She then moved abroad and changed to the primary phase. She has been a Head of English and year 2 leader and she is very much looking forward to joining the Wellington College family.
She loves being part of a child’s journey; it’s incredibly satisfying to watch as they engage with their learning while developing their passions. She finds witnessing a child grasp a difficult concept truly heart-warming, and there is nothing better than reading together, sharing stories and embracing each other’s ideas.
Christie loves to travel and luckily her children have been bitten by the travel bug! Together, they enjoy spending planning their next adventure in new and exciting parts of the world.
Originally from Hull in the north east of England, Katie graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2017 with a degree in psychological and behavioural sciences. During her second year at university, Katie was elected President of her college student union, where she enjoyed consulting with other students and senior university leaders on a range of issues to enhance the student experience. Katie was also elected to the Fresher’s Committee, where she was responsible for planning a range of events to help new students transition into university life.
In 2017, Katie was accepted onto the Teach First Leadership Development Programme and has worked for two years as a year 4 teacher at an academy in Norwich, UK. Katie has enjoyed the challenges of this dynamic environment and has developed a passion for supporting children of all abilities to achieve their full potential, both personally and academically.
Katie loves visiting new places and meeting new people. While at university, Katie spent her summers working in the US at a Girl Scout camp, where she built strong relationships with both the children and fellow staff from around the world. Katie has also volunteered at an orphanage in South Africa and was part of a team helping to build a house in the local township. Katie enjoys reading, playing netball, yoga, hiking and is also currently learning Mandarin, which she is excited to try out in Shanghai.
Peter was born and raised in Chicago Illinois where he originally studied finance at Illinois State University. After several years in the finance industry he returned to night school and obtained an undergraduate degree in both mathematics and education, which lead him to a job teaching in the Chicago Public School District. After several inspiring years honing his craft in Chicago, Peter took a job at the Foreign Languages High School in Tianjin, China where he taught the AP mathematics curriculum.
In his day-to-day free time, Peter enjoys the study and practice of the two universal languages, mathematics and music. Most evenings he can be found picking the banjo, strumming the guitar, and annoying his neighbors with attempts to play the violin, piano, and drums.
In addition, Peter has a passion for outdoor adventures and traveling the world. Living and working in China has opened up the natural and man-made wonders of Asia for him and he looks forward to working at Wellington and discovering all that Shanghai has to offer.
Georgie Denman comes to Shanghai from Kent, England, where she spent four years teaching Maths and working as a year 5 tutor at Hilden Grange, a Prep school in Tonbridge. Georgie was head of one of the houses and thoroughly enjoyed being part of the extra-curricular life of the school. A firm believer in providing a holistic education, she trained as a children’s yoga teacher, leading yoga clubs for children across the Prep and Pre-Prep.
Georgie was educated in the UK, completing her GCSEs and A-Levels before spending a year working in a school in Sydney before attending UCL, where she graduated with a BASc (Hons). Her degree combined a range of subjects, including Maths and English Literature, with a focus on fostering an interdisciplinary education. This has shaped much of Georgie’s educational philosophy, and she is keen to deliver a curriculum that bridges disciplines in innovative ways.
She is excited to move to Shanghai and continue to explore this part of the world; she is always keen to experience new cultures. While teaching in the UK, she especially enjoyed a summer in Tanzania, where she worked with a charity to provide teacher training and development opportunities. Georgie is also an avid reader and enjoys exhibitions and theatre. She always travels with her Yoga mat and likes to unwind in nature.
Ben Edwards attended Abraham Darby School and New College Telford in Shropshire until 2003 where he completed his GCSEs and A-Levels. After college, he studied Business Studies in Manchester which was followed by a career in management in the U.K and Oman before he realised education was where his passion and future lay.
He gained his CELTA certificate in Oman whilst working at Al Sahwa School in Muscat and then moved to Shanghai as an English Teacher in a bilingual school. He then completed his teaching qualifications here at Wellington College International Shanghai whilst working across the Lower Prep School. He has built a wealth of ‘real-life’ experience that he brings to his teaching.
Outside of school Ben is a keen golfer and enjoys playing football. He also loves to cook and travel, and hopes to see as much of China as he can whilst living Shanghai.
In 2005, Nicola graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies and English. After working a variety of lifeless office jobs, she enrolled at Durham University to pursue her true vocation: teaching. With a PGCE in hand, Nicola’s first job took her south to teach English in a pleasant, leafy middle school. After she cut her teeth there, Nicola then moved to the UAE, where she taught a range of subjects and quickly gained the responsibility of several different departments including Humanities, Citizenship and Moral Education.
Like most international English teachers, Nicola enjoys reading and traveling. She is also a writer of fiction, especially Young Adult fantasy. At the present moment, much of Nicola’s spare time is occupied by her Masters in English Studies, which she is undertaking by Distance Learning from Nottingham University UK. When time allows, Nicola’s other hobbies include strength-training and taking long hikes in the country. Being slightly inclined to the geeky side, Nicola is an enthusiastic if incompetent player of table-top role-playing games.
As a teacher, Nicola’s guiding principle is to create a warm and caring classroom environment in which students feel safe to take risks in their learning.
Loren was born and raised in New Delhi, India, where she completed her schooling and undergraduate education. She has been working in primary education since 2003 when she started as a Teaching Assistant at the American Embassy School in New Delhi. Loren loved this experience so much that it inspired her to teach internationally. Later on, she moved to England and obtained her PGCE qualification. Loren has been living in Shanghai with her family since 2011. Before joining Wellington College, she taught at Nord Anglia International School, Pudong until 2018, when she decided to be a stay at home mum to her two little boys.
Loren completed a BA (Hons) in English in 2001 from Delhi University and then obtained a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) from Lucknow University in India in 2003. Following this, she completed a long-distance MA in English qualification in 2005. After moving to England in 2006, she obtained an MA in Education from the University of Leeds in 2007 and completed her PGCE in Primary Education from Leeds Beckett University. Loren has worked in Early Years and Key Stage 1, having taught both year 1 and year 2 classes.
Loren delights in spending quality time with her family, and they are passionate about building Lego creations at home. She also enjoys watching movies, listening to music and reading.
Originally from Cork in the south of Ireland, Déirdre Mary English has seven years teaching experience between year 1 and year 4. She began her career as in a small school, where she taught for four years in a multi-grade setting. She then spent the next three years teaching in a large school outside Dublin. She also has experience as a Learning Support teacher and EAL teacher in both schools.
Deirdre graduated from Mary Immaculate College (University of Limerick) in 2013 with an honours Bachelor of Education degree. Here she specialised in primary school teaching and Gaeilge or Irish (this is the native language of Ireland). In 2017, she began her Master of Education studies at Maynooth University. She completed this over two years while also working full-time. Here she studied children’s wellbeing and anxiety in students. She graduated in March 2020 with an honours degree.
In her free time, Deirdre enjoys running, reading books, listening to music and yoga. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends. During her time off, she loves travelling and learning about new cultures. Deirdre is looking forward to exploring the streets of Shanghai and joining the team at Wellington College International.
James was a secondary school student at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys in Kent, UK before studying a degree in business management at the University of Surrey, UK. At University, his group won the 3I Prize for Entrepreneurship after creating a business plan for a new restaurant. In 2014, he completed a PGCE in primary education at the University Of Brighton,UK.
For the past three years, James has taught at a primary school in West Sussex, UK. He was also PE coordinator and actively involved in organising sporting events and raising awareness of sport and fitness for young people in the local area.
Outside of school, James has a passion for attending sporting events. He also enjoys keeping fit and playing a variety of sports, particularly football and golf. He is a keen Southampton FC fan and has travelled across UK watching them compete. He is a self-confessed ‘movie geek’ and likes to unwind by going to the cinema with friends and catching the latest movie releases.
James is very excited to be joining Wellington College and meeting his new class and the parents!
Bradley was born in Rochdale, Greater Manchester and has been working with children for over 18 years. Initially, he worked with children in care homes across the North West of England before spending seven years working in Youth Justice with children who were becoming involved in criminal behaviour. He also volunteered for a local charity that provided English lessons to refugee families.
He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2002 with a BA (Hons) in criminology and sociology. He followed this up by working for the Rochdale Youth Offending Team, helping some of the most vulnerable children in society to access education and keep away from criminal activity.
Bradley came to Shanghai with his then fiancé in 2010. Almost 9 years on, he is now married and blessed with two wonderful children. He completed his PGCEi Teaching qualification while teaching at The British International School, Pudong. Since then, he has primarily taught in year 5 and year 6 and has recently enjoyed his role as Primary House Co-ordinator.
Bradley really enjoys exploring new places and has visited over 30 countries around the world. In his spare time, he enjoys going to the gym, walking and spending time with my family.
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.
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.
Victoria began her teaching career six years ago in ESL, where she accumulated a wealth of experience teaching both KS1 and KS2 level students. She has since taught English, Spanish and Mandarin in the UK and more recently taught bilingual curriculums in international primary schools in Shanghai.
Her passion for languages led her to study a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages with Spanish and Chinese at Newcastle University, graduating in 2014. She then went on to complete a PGCE at the Institute of Education, University College London, specializing in languages and teaching Mandarin and Spanish to second language learners.
After spending six years living in different cities in China, Victoria considers herself to be a Sinophile. She loves learning about different cultures and languages and reading foreign language novels. Since completing her studies at University, she has taken on a new challenge of learning Japanese. One of her recent academic achievements is taking the HSK (Chinese proficiency test) to level 6.
Outside of academic interests, she likes to keep an active lifestyle, and she enjoys roller skating along the West Bund at the weekend as well as running and swimming. She also likes to relax and finds a creative outlet in drawing, painting, printmaking, journaling or any other crafty activity.
Prior to moving to Shanghai in August 2017, Briony graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in Paediatric Nursing. She enjoyed a varied career over 8 years in the UK, which included a year working in Malawi, to help train student nurses. Throughout her career as a nurse, her passion for working with children deepened.
Upon moving to Shanghai, she spent a year volunteering with the charity Stepping Stones. The role was initially teaching English via video link to a very rural school. It then developed into teaching English to 3 different classes, face to face, in a migrant school on the outskirts of Shanghai. This gave her a very different and interesting perspective on education and helped make the decision to complete her formal teaching qualification. She completed her teacher training here at Wellington College International, across both the Pre-Prep and Lower Prep schools. Having enjoyed the ethos and atmosphere, she is excited to embark on her new role as a Year 2 teacher.
Briony loves travelling and tries to make the most of any holiday by finding somewhere new to explore, both within China and beyond. She recently gained her PADI diving certification in Vietnam and makes the most of this new-found underwater freedom, particularly in tropical waters.
Danielle Hawkins read geography at Plymouth University and completed her PGCE at the University of West of England. Danielle has previously worked in a school in Wiltshire where she assisted the department in gaining the Geography Quality Award.
Danielle was attracted to Shanghai and Wellington College by the opportunity to work with a diversity of pupils to enhance geography and help create truly global citizens as she will be teaching pupils who will shape the future of this dynamic leading global power. In addition, Danielle believes the opportunity to work in China is a dream come true for a geographer, as we are living in a case study.
Danielle previously competed to a high level in both netball and swimming and looks forward to becoming involved with both these sports at Wellington College International Shanghai.
When Helen was 18 years old she started work as a professional dancer with the famous Bluebell Girls dancing on the world’s largest stages in the show ‘Hello Hollywood Hello’- Reno. Her dancing career allowed her to travel and work in South Korea, Japan, America and Europe. Helen’s real ambition was always to become a professional actress. She attended the BA acting course at The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) a top London Drama School, where she was trained by The Royal Shakespeare Company as well as top professional actors, actresses and directors.
After years ‘treading the boards’, Helen decided to spend time with family in the UK and qualify as a Performing Arts Teacher through the University of Gloucestershire. Helen is an outstanding teacher with many years’ experience in both secondary and primary schools in the UK. Helen secured the Gold Arts Mark for her last secondary school. Helen supported the school and was instrumental in helping it to become a leading Performing Arts specialist school in the UK.
At Helen’s last primary school there were 29 different languages spoken. Ofsted observed Helen and noted that Helen is an outstanding teacher who gives every child confidence to believe in themselves and develop their communication skills.
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.
Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne in the north east of England, Michael is a passionate and enthusiastic UK-qualified primary school teacher. He studied language, literacy and communication (BA Hons) for three years at the University of Manchester, where he discovered his passion for teaching by taking part in a sports volunteer project delivering physical education lessons to primary school children.
Michael has four years of teaching experience with the UK National Curriculum working in Key Stage 2: he began his career teaching year 5 at Bengeo Primary School in Hertford before moving up to year 6 and helping achieve two successive years of positive SAT results. Michael’s teaching philosophy is rooted in delivering dynamic, creative and engaging lessons where all children are encouraged to be independent learners who develop their individual curiosity and inquisitiveness.
Outside of the classroom, Michael has organised and led many extra-curricular activities – mainly focused around sport and exercise – including coaching U12’s football, cricket, rugby and basketball; chess club; setting up boys’ reading clubs and running ICT Clubs. In his spare time, Michael enjoys travelling to new continents and countries to experience different cultures and customs and cannot wait to explore Shanghai and China!
Stephanie is originally from Manchester, but her teaching career began in London. She previously taught years 4, 5 and 6 in the UK and was also the Modern Foreign Languages Coordinator for years 3–6.
Stephanie taught at Wellington College International Shanghai from January 2015 until June 2019, teaching years 1, 2 and Reception. She was also Phonics Coordinator for the Pre-Prep and Early Years for two years. Having taken a year out to travel, She is looking forward to returning to Wellington as a Pre-Prep teacher.
Stephanie has a BA (Hons) in Social and Cultural Studies from the University of Nottingham and studied at the University of Queensland, Australia for part of her degree. She has a PGCE (Primary) with a specialism in teaching children with English as an Additional Language from Oxford Brookes University.
Stephanie loves travelling and learning new languages and has travelled to over 100 countries. She has recently travelled to Central America and Southern and Eastern Africa and has improved her Spanish and learned a little Swahili as well. Stephanie enjoys snorkelling, scuba diving and doing a range of exercise classes with friends such as Pilates and Barre.
From the Black Country town of Walsall, Badhrul attended university close by in Birmingham, where he studied English Literature. He then moved to Taiwan, followed by China, to teach English language. He returned home in order to qualify as a teacher of secondary English, which allowed him to work with his first love of literature.
On completing his PGCE, Badhrul started work in an inner-city school in Birmingham, thinking it was to be the first of many years back in the Midlands. A chance mention by a friend back in Shanghai led to a speculative application to The British International School, Puxi, where he then taught for eight years. As well as English, Badhrul teaches, or has taught, Film, PE and Theory of Knowledge (TOK). Badhrul’s teaching is driven by a love of literature and its ability to encapsulate big ideas through narrative. He moved to Wellington College International Shanghai this summer and is very much looking forward to working within the school’s progressive learning culture.
Badhrul is lucky that his job is also his hobby. Reading has always been pivotal in his life, with 19th century Russian literature foremost in his personal pantheon. Perhaps superseding even Dostoesvky in importance is the sport of boxing which takes up much of Badhrul’s free time. He is a qualified coach and trains people to take part in the city’s bi-annual Brawl on the Bund event as well as competing himself when the opportunity arises.
Pippa is the College Librarian at Wellington College International Shanghai, having previously held the same post at the College’s sister school in Tianjin. Before she became a successful and inspirational librarian, Pippa’s career was in the film industry, where she achieved considerable success as a children’s casting director. Amongst the films she cast are ‘Billy Elliot’, ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, ‘Nanny McPhee’ and ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’. She brings to Shanghai an instinctive rapport with children and a warm sense of humour, qualities which make the library a welcoming, genial and inspiring space. Plus, of course, she knows a lot about books, indeed everything that goes into making a 21st-century library!
Christy studied for her Bachelor of Education – Primary Teaching degree in Wellington, New Zealand. Additionally, she is a licensed tutor for teaching ESL pupils in mainstream classrooms and ESL in mainstream for the early learner.
Christy has taught in a variety of countries and settings, including New Zealand as a programme developer and educator at the National Museum, as well as teaching primary in Bristol, England and ESL in Kagoshima, Japan. She has spent the last 10 years as an EAL teacher and coordinator at Dulwich College Beijing, the first four years in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 and more recently in Key Stage 2 with pupils across years 3-6.
Christy’s happy place is either when she is with her husband Peter and their two children, Mac in year 3 and Atticus in year 1, or when she’s out in nature, scrambling along trails and hidden paths. The whole family is very much looking forward to moving to Shanghai and continuing their adventure in China.
The Netherlands, France, Kenya, Indonesia, Cuba, China and India make up the list of amazing countries where Ester Keuning has taught and lived with her husband and three daughters over a period of twenty-three years. These experiences have provided her with insight into the various issues and challenges that come with international teaching. It also helped her understand pupils and their families in transition better, a very important part of teaching internationally. Ester Keuning has been part of the Wellington College International journey since the beginning, having been a founding member of Wellington College International Tianjin as Key Stage 1 coordinator and a year 2 class teacher.
After completing her PGCE and a Master’s in international education from Cambridge University in the UK, she worked as an educator, using curriculums like the IB Primary Year Program, IPC and English National Curriculum. Speaking English, Dutch, and French fluently and Spanish on intermediate level, she will quickly feel at ease at any international school.
When Ester is not working, she loves to spend time with her family, travel, cook and meet up with friends. She is excited to joining the Wellington family again after two years teaching in Mumbai, India.
Penny graduated from the University of Warwick with an LLB in Law. For 6 years she worked in a variety of legal environments including the Ministry of Justice, prosecution services and leading international charities. It was during a lectureship at Waseda University, Tokyo that she realised her love of teaching and so decided to move on to pastures new, swapping her law books for novels.
Penny began her teaching career in West London, achieving QTS (Outstanding) and a PGCE from the Institute of Education, UCL. In particular, she is keen for students to develop a deeper appreciation of the written word and to find their own voice through an exploration of poetry, drama and creative writing.
Penny moved to Shanghai in 2018 with her husband who is also a teacher. In her spare time she enjoys practising yoga badly, writing her never-ending novel and attending any event that sounds interesting. She hopes to get a cat.
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.
Bethany Lowery is from Nottingham, England. She holds a first class honours degree in fashion design from the UK. Since graduating, she has completed a CELTA and has worked as a teacher of English as an additional language for the past four years. Bethany completed her PGCEi last year. She previously worked as an EAL coordinator for Tenby International School in Ipoh, Malaysia. She enjoys teaching English to enable pupils to fully express themselves, reach their potential, and thrive at school and beyond.
Bethany continues to use her creative background through her hobbies which include painting and weaving. She also practices yoga and looks forward to running the lower-prep yoga CCA. Bethany has been lucky enough to travel with her work and has seen much of Asia in her holidays; her favourite places include Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Myanmar. She loves to explore new places, try new vegetarian food and discover new cultures. She also enjoys learning new skills, such as scuba diving and salsa dancing.
Matthew is originally from the UK and joins Wellington College from Dulwich College Beijing where he taught History, Geography, combined Humanities and Global Perspectives to Senior School students from Year 7 up to IB. He was the Head of Humanities and, most recently, Head of the Individuals and Societies faculty in addition to being a Model United Nations director and a football coach during his time at Dulwich.
Matt attained a First Class Honours bachelor degree in War Studies and International Relations from Kings College London. He achieved QTS through the Graduate Teacher program at Sandown High School on the Isle of Wight, where he worked for four years as a history teacher and form tutor. He has also completed courses in blended learning, middle leadership and assessment in recent years.
Matthew is excited to join Wellington for the new academic year. He is accompanied by his wife, Jian, and his three children, Kaili, Tiesha and Jiesun. In his free time, Matt enjoys reading historical fiction, playing and watching football, visiting historical sites and museums and watching documentaries. He and his family are very much looking forward to joining Wellington and settling in Shanghai.
Sinead moved to Spain when she was in her early twenties to begin a career in teaching English. As a consequence of this, she has worked on British Council projects in both Borneo and Tanzania and gained a lot of valuable experience. She worked in a high-performing school in England before moving to work near the Victoria Falls in Zambia. She has taken on the role of Learning Support Coordinator, has received significant training as a mentor and has frequently employed these skills to support her colleagues. She has also worked in both secondary and special needs schools in the UK.
Sinead completed her BA in Spanish and politics at NUIG in the west of Ireland and soon after did a Post Graduate Diploma in international relations at The University of Birmingham. She studied for her PGCE at The University of Warwick and was awarded a merit.
In her spare time, Sinead loves travelling to new places and learning about new cultures, whether it is trekking through the jungle to a lost city in Colombia, or climbing Sigiriya in Sri Lanka, to name but a few of her exploits.
Keith comes to Wellington from Ireland, where he was a primary school teacher for the past six years. During this time, he has taught years 2, 4, 5 and, most recently, year 6.
Keith completed his BA (Hons) in Education at Mary Immaculate College (University of Limerick) in 2014. In 2019, he completed his MA in Education with a specialisation in leadership from Maynooth University in Ireland. He received First Class Honors and completed his thesis on Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) within schools.
Outside of school, Keith enjoys cooking for friends and family, travel and playing hurling (an Irish sport). He has travelled extensively around Europe and the US and looks forward to exploring more of Asia. Keith also has a love for dramatic arts and hopes to get involved in some school productions throughout the year. He relishes the opportunity to teach at Wellington and to will endeavour to bring his unique personality and interests into the classroom, engaging students in a meaningful and positive way.
Oonagh graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Education degree from St. Patrick’s College in Dubli. She continued her professional and academic development by completing a postgraduate diploma in Assessment, followed in 2017, by a Master of Teaching from Dublin City University.
She taught primary school for 7 years in Dublin before moving the Abu Dhabi, UAE to teach at a leading British international school. While there, she took on the position of head of maths for the EYFS and primary school. She joined Wellington in 2019. With over a decade of experience, Oonagh brings a wealth of expertise, a multitude of knowledge and a deep understanding of pedagogy to the classroom everyday. Oonagh has previous experience working in settings such as SEN, EAL and in a native language immersion school.
Outside of teaching, Oonagh enjoys singing and playing music, cooking and spending quality time with family and friends. She loves to travel and avails herself of every opportunity to visit new places. She takes a keen interest in other cultures and believes teaching is a great way to educate through life experience and cultural context.
Kate moved overseas from the City of Bristol, England where she attended university; studying Mathematics and Education. She taught in an outstanding Bristol Primary School, which was also a ‘teaching school’. This gave Kate the opportunity to further develop and share best practice in Maths teaching; delivering training for, and supporting local schools and university students.
Kate moved to Shanghai from Malaysia and has previously worked at a prominent school in Beijing as a Year 6 class teacher, teaching Secondary Mathematics in her final year there.
Kate enjoys working in Asia, not only due to the opportunity of working in schools with both high academic expectations and a holistic approach to education, but also for the incredible travel opportunities it offers. Loving adventure, Kate has travelled widely; recent trips have also included a gorge swing and white water rafting. She has visited many places in China, but has hardly begun to check off the list of stunning locations in China that she would like to explore.
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.
Angie began teaching in 2003 in Australia, and her first pupils were teenage refugees in Adelaide. Angie has taught EAL in Italy, the UK, ranging from Reception right up to Senior school, as well as beyond- teaching pre-sessional EAL university courses in Hong Kong. Angie moved to Shanghai and Wellington in 2017 to join the Pre-Prep EAL team.
Angie has two main passions; art and language. Angie loves all kinds of art and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Illustration at Hereford College of Art and Design, in 2001. She worked as a graphic designer and illustrator in the UK, where she illustrated maps and famous landmarks for a well-known London publishing company. Angie completed a QTS teaching qualification with a focus on KS1 Primary Education, as well as numerous certifications for non-native speakers of English. Angie is a keen researcher and due to complete MA in English Language and Applied Linguistics in the near future.
Angie considers herself to be a truly global citizen-she was born in the city of Cape Town in South Africa, but grew up in a beautiful part of southwest England called the Cotswolds. She has lived in Australia, Peru, Italy , UK and Hong Kong. She is married and has 3 children, can speak Italian,moved to Shanghai and Wellington in 2017 to join the Pre-Prep team.
Angie and her family love the climate and energy of Shanghai!
Jack graduated from the University of Portsmouth, UK in 2008, having completed a BSc Honours degree in sport and exercise science. Jack attended Middlesex University, UK, to complete his PGCE. Jack’s first teaching post was at Enfield Grammar School, in 2010, where he worked for several successful and enjoyable years. He then worked at the British International School of Shanghai for two years.
Jack is experienced in teaching KS3 science and all PE exam courses; he was the lead practitioner of A level PE at Enfield Grammar School and implemented the IB sport science course at BISS. He has held Head of Year positions at both his former schools. Jack takes pleasure in seeing his pupils achieve their goals in and outside of the classroom and wholeheartedly believes in the importance of holistic education. He believes that physical education and sport give young people the self-esteem, leadership, discipline and interpersonal skills to be successful in life.
Jack enjoys a number of sports but most notably rugby. He was an active member of his local rugby club back home and is currently a member of the Shanghai Dolphins Rugby Club. Jack is excited to continue his adventure of living in Shanghai with his wife Alexandra.
Martin graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2009. Following this, he completed his PGCE at Liverpool John Moors University and gained an MA in Advanced Educational Practice two years later.
Prior to moving to Shanghai Martin taught in two different secondary schools in Surrey/South-West London. He has previously held roles such as Head of Geography alongside teaching subjects such as A-Level Business Studies. Since 2015 Martin has held pastoral roles of a varying nature such as Assistant Head of Learning for Key Stage 4 and Head of House for Key Stage 3.
In spare time, Martin likes to keep fit and healthy making the most of his gym membership. He also enjoys travelling; especially to new and relatively undiscovered destinations and has also been improving his culinary skills with cooking classes.
Michael graduated from Middlesex University, London with a BSc(Hons) in Environmental Health. He also holds a postgraduate diploma in leadership from Mattersey Hall, Doncaster.
Michael went onto work in central government on food safety reform in his home country of New Zealand. He was then elected as the National President of the Institute of Environmental Health and later became its Executive Director. After a rewarding and successful career, Michael took a career break to teach public health at a University in China. This decision was the catalyst for him to retrain as a teacher and return to China.
Before moving in 2018 to Wellington College International Shanghai Michael taught for four years at another international school in China. During this time, he taught both years 1 and 2 using the National Curriculum for England. Prior to this he taught years 2 and 3 for a number of years at a school in Wellington, New Zealand. He has also been a visiting lecturer on food safety at both Massey University and the University of Otago in New Zealand.
Michael holds Qualified Teacher Status in England and is also a registered New Zealand teacher. He has a certificate in Positive Education from Wilfred Laurier University and is passionate about pupils learning to flourish in all areas of life.
Michael has two daughters both of whom are studying at Wellington College International Shanghai. He is pleased that his girls can live in China to further develop their Mandarin skills and understanding of Chinese culture. In his spare time Michael enjoys family activities, enjoying good meals with friends, travelling and photography.
Jennifer graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University with a PGCE in Primary Education, after gaining a BA Hons degree in Physical Education and School Sports. She enjoys attending as many education courses as possible and she is always looking to develop her career. Jennifer began her career in 2013, teaching Years 3 and 4 at an outstanding school in Runcorn, where she led Languages and PSHE for 3 years. Then Jennifer moved to Abu Dhabi, where she taught in Year 2 and was KS2 Computing coordinator before becoming Head of English.
Jennifer is passionate about literature and feels that her appreciation for all genres has greatly impacted the children she teaches, as she believes children are always learning and books provide us with a never-ending wealth of knowledge. She strongly feel all children should have access to as much knowledge as possible and believe all children should have opportunities to develop holistically. Jennifer enjoys travelling and try to visit as many different countries as possible during half term holidays. She has visited India, Indonesia, Australia and the Philippines and hope to experience Japan, New Zealand and Thailand whilst living in Shanghai.
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.
Richard has been teaching design and technology for 12 years and has worked at two private schools in London. He started his career at Forest School in East London where he was a tutor, became involved with various sporting activities, ran training days for newly qualified teachers, and was social representative for the Common Room. He then taught at Emanuel School in South West London for nine years while running the DT department for just over three years.
After completing his A Levels at The Leys, Richard went to the University of Wales, Bangor. Here he studied for a Bachelor of Science in design and technology secondary education and achieved this degree in the summer of 2006.
In his free time Richard enjoys skiing and always tries to get to the slopes at least once a year. He used to enjoy playing rugby but sadly his playing days are over so he now settles for being a spectator. He also likes to keep up to date with the world of design and technology in his spare time and is always researching the latest technological advances.
Alan began his teaching career in South Africa, teaching secondary Afrikaans and English Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 at private and state schools in Cape Town. After seven years, he moved to the UK, where he was a primary school teacher for six years. He obtained his Qualified Teacher Status at secondary schools in London before leaving the classroom to become a teacher trainer and writer of teaching resources. Alan ran INSET workshops for teachers at schools in England, Wales, Spain, South Africa, China and Malaysia. Additionally, he created various study skills courses and memory-improvement programmes which he delivered to students all over the UK. Alan has spent the last eight years teaching EAL, English First Language and an English As a Second Language at two international schools in Shanghai.
Alan studied English, History, Afrikaans-Nederlands and Speech and Drama at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, before earning a Postgraduate Teaching Diploma at the University of Cape Town.
Alan has a passion for writing and is an accomplished and acclaimed novelist, playwright and poet. His work has been lauded in South Africa, Europe and the United States. He is also passionate about animals and lives with 11 cats and two rabbits.
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.
Meritxell was born in Barcelona, Spain. She gained a degree in Sociology from the University of Barcelona. In her final undergraduate year, Meritxell studied Spanish and Latin American Studies at the Metropolitan University of London. After taking a year off to study in Canada and travel around the United States and Europe, she embarked on a MA in International Relations and Exterior Commerce at the Politics and Sociology’s Official College of Madrid. Furthermore, she obtained a PGCE at Goldsmiths University of London and a MA in education from the University of Nottingham. She has enjoyed working in a variety of schools in London, especially at Christ The King Sixth Form College. While she was working there she also completed her CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
She has had a wide range of experience in numerous academic roles ranging from teaching Spanish, French, Theory of Knowledge, Sociology, International Studies, EAL, R.E. and Spanish Film Studies, to a Spanish Native Coordinator and CAS Supervisor. She has been a resident of Shanghai for six years, hired from the UK as an international teacher. She enjoys living in Shanghai because it is a truly international city of the twenty-first century, with plentiful opportunities and experiences to discover. Meritxell enjoys yoga, travelling, diving, reading, cinema, theatre, basketball and swimming.
David Selwood was born in Sheffield, England and lived there for most of his life. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Nottingham University that qualifies him to teach children from years 3 to 11. He has worked as a teacher in the US and the Caribbean. Throughout his career, he has been a Key Stage One Leader, Deputy Head and Head of School.
David truly believes that his calling is to be a teacher and is devoted to making sure all of his pupils succeed. He enjoys being in the company of children because they surprise you every day with their ideas, endless energy, boundless happiness and talents.
Caitlin received her PGCE in Primary Education from Manchester Metropolitan University. After qualifying, she spent 1 year teaching English as a second language to children in Xiamen, China. She enjoyed this year so much that she resolved to return to China after gaining some more teaching experience in the UK. Caitlin then spent 3 years teaching in Key Stage 1 in a primary school in Manchester where she was also the school’s Science subject lead.
Caitlin studied her undergraduate degree at Manchester University where she received a 2:1 (BA Hons) degree in American Studies. This degree gave Caitlin the opportunity to continue studying both literature and history, subjects that she has always been passionate about. During her studies she was also able to spend a semester abroad at Maryland University in America.
In her spare time Caitlin enjoys exercise and running. She has taken part in many races including 2 half marathons. She also enjoys reading, going to the theatre and watching live music. She loves travelling and is very excited to explore all that Asia has to offer in the school holidays.
David studied for his undergraduate degree at the University of Liverpool and gained a classics BA, after which he moved to China for two years teaching English as a foreign language in primary schools. He lived in Wuhan in Hubei and Guangzhou in Guangdong. It was an incredible experience which allowed him to travel around China and Asia.
After returning to the UK, David moved to London and studied for his teacher training from the University of Cumbria, was employed at a multi-cultural primary school and became a year 5 teacher. He worked at the school for three years and become the lead of Art and Design Technology while training staff in creative teaching and running a Creativity Week for the school.
David has just completed his yoga teacher training, a real passion of his. He also loves to travel and has spent time in Australia, New Zealand, Nepal and Indonesia. He is an avid reader and always has at least a couple of books on the go!
Originally from Norwich, UK David Slade began his career as a year 4 teacher at a local school, where he had the opportunity to train the football and athletics teams. After leaving the UK, he joined The British School, Rio de Janeiro, where he led Mathematics and was part of the team responsible for introducing the IPC curriculum. In his most recent post at The Sultan’s School in Oman, David was responsible for Science across the Primary School.
David holds a BA (Hons) in Economic and Social History from the University of East Anglia. Before even graduating, he began to volunteer at a local primary school, following in both his sisters’ footsteps to become a teacher. The following year, David returned to the University of East Anglia to complete his PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education).
David is an avid traveller, spending most of his holidays exploring new places. He has a young daughter, Isabel, with whom he cannot wait to explore the world. He also has a dog named Doguinha, who was rescued in Brazil, and a cat called Pacoca, who he adopted in Oman. At the weekends, you will most likely find David cycling, running or walking his dog.
Fiona brings eight years of Head of Department experience to her role at Wellington College International Shanghai. In such time, she has enhanced her expertise by assuming additional roles, such as SQA exam board marker and chair for local authority English Subject network group. Fiona believes in the power of collegiate working and has thoroughly enjoyed leading primary and secondary liaison projects. More recently, she has relished the opportunity to facilitate, organize, host and lead INSET days for her local authority’s English Teachers.
She holds a MA (Hons) English Literature / History of Art degree from The University of Aberdeen. After graduation, she taught English in Japan for a year before returning to full-time education. She received a PGDip in Human Resources Management at Robert Gordon’s University, and she worked for a short time in HR in the Oil Industry before transitioning into a career in education. She graduated from The University of Aberdeen with a PGDE in Secondary English and has never looked back.
Fiona is an inveterate bibliophile. She is also an avid history fan and loves visiting museums, exhibitions, art galleries and places of historical interest. She is drawn to different cultures and loves to learn about new places.
Simon Stringer joined Wellington in January 2019 working with pupils in year 1. Before moving to Shanghai, Simon lived in the United States where he taught at a prestigious international school in Washington, DC. Simon has also taught in other contexts including the United Kingdom’s ambulance service, where he gained a deep knowledge of emergency first aid and discovered his passion for teaching.
Together with a host of other qualifications, Simon holds a degree from the University of Derby in international business management, Cambridge’s CELTA qualification in English language acquisition, and a post graduate degree in education from Durham University.
In Simon’s spare time he enjoys reading extensively, keeping fit and discovering cuisine from around the world. Simon particularly values walking his two dogs whom he has rescued since moving to Shanghai. He is also excited to indulge his passion for travel and is excited to explore all that China has to offer outside the fabulous city of 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.
Hailing from Prestatyn, North Wales, Angela has spent the last twenty years teaching in large international schools in Qatar. During this time, she taught all year groups from Early Years to Upper Prep, both as a class teacher and EAL teacher.
Angela graduated from the University of Roehampton, London, with a BA (Hons) in English Literature. She then went on to complete her Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of East Anglia. Her first teaching post was in the borough of Chelsea & Kensington before returning to North Wales to teach.
Angela is very much looking forward to her move to Shanghai. She will be joining Wellington College with her husband, also a teacher, and her two daughters, Lily and Emma.
During her free time, Angela enjoys spending time with her family, who are looking forward to exploring China and learning all about its history and culture. In addition to travelling, Angela is a book club enthusiast and a keen gardener.
Before teaching, Andrew was an Analytical Chemist at the largest water company in the UK. After several years of analysing water and soil samples using ion chromatography, he chose to retrain as a teacher. It is a choice that he has never regretted. Andrew has more than eighteen years’ primary teaching experience. His first teaching post was in a small, local primary school on the east coast of England before moving to Qatar, where he spent his years teaching in the classroom or as a PE and swimming teacher.
Andrew studied Chemistry at the University of Plymouth and completed a master’s degree in Chemistry at the University of Kent in the UK. He went on to complete his PGCE at Canterbury Christchurch University.
Outside of school, Andrew spends most of his time with his two girls, Lily and Emma, who also attend Wellington College International Shanghai. Andrew is an avid triathlete and has competed in several Ironman races. He also loves to play and watch all kinds of sports, particularly cricket and rugby.
Originally from London, Steffan graduated from the University of the Arts London in 2010 with a degree in Sports Journalism. He got his start in 2011 as a teaching assistant at his old primary school. He worked his way up through the ranks, assuming various roles, such as cover teacher and unqualified class teacher.
In 2016, he began a graduate training programme at the school and became a qualified primary teacher in 2017. Steffan enjoys the challenges of working in diverse environments and believes the keys to a successful classroom are building strong relationships and having high expectations of children. He also loves inspiring children to read for enjoyment.
Outside of teaching, Steffan is a passionate traveller. Nothing excites him more than travelling to a new place that he hasn’t yet been to. He is also an avid player and watcher of football and is a supporter of Manchester United.
Paul was born in the UK, but he grew up in Australia, Hong Kong and Germany. His long and diverse career as a musician took him to venues around the world. A genre-hopping multi-instrumentalist tuba/double bassist who sings, he has performed on a number one hit record and played live on BBC Radio 1, 2, 3 and 4. Paul has performed with Japanese virtuoso violinist Taro Hakase on double bass. He played bluegrass banjo solos in Nashville, Greek Rebetiko in Istanbul, Balkan dubstep on the tuba at Glastonbury Festival, sung in Russian and Yiddish as a soloist with the Aurora Orchestra, played piano and musically directed a 7 month sell-out show in London, played trumpet at Shakespeare’s Globe and performed Victorian Music Hall comedy songs at the Queen’s Jubilee on the accordion.
Paul’s MA dissertation on Turkish Nationalism in music was published in 2005, and he completed a PhD on the London Klezmer scene in 2013 at City University, London. He has taught from Primary to University level and comes to Wellington from The International School of Moscow where he led their highly successful instrumental programmes and conducted the orchestra.
When not playing music and spending time with his two children, Paul enjoys long-distance running and has completed several marathons.
After graduating from Brunel University Daniel began his teaching career in 2011 as a Secondary School Physical Education teacher with responsibilities for the provision and inclusive education for those with Special Educational Needs, using the National Curriculum for England and Wales until 2014.
From 2014 until present Daniel have been Head of Department at a Preparatory School and a State School for the last four years, teaching Early Years to Key Stage two, developing relevant curriculums and teaching across all areas.
Daniel has a passion for all areas the Physical Education Curriculum whether it be at Early years or at GCSE and he aims to give pupils the opportunities to develop their essential skills and to play competitively at all levels.
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.
After receiving his BA Joint Honours in English and history from University College Cork in 2011, Rory completed his CELTA course and moved to Chiang Rai, Thailand, where he taught English and social studies before returning to Ireland the following year to complete his Professional Diploma in Education in English and history. Rory then moved to Ashford, Kent, where he spent two years teaching IGCSE English.
Rory joins Wellington following four years teaching at an international IB school in Dubai, where he taught English language and literature up to DP level and served as Head of Year for the duration. His interests include reading, writing short stories, fitness and music – particularly the guitar, ukulele and singing. Rory is also an avid traveller and is eager to explore Shanghai and its surroundings.
Steeve started to work as a History and Geography teacher in France, he decided then to leave his country to learn a different language and culture. Having lived in London for six years as a foreigner, his motivation to teach his mother tongue has become stronger. Steeve worked as a French assistant in several schools in the UK, he then completed my PGCE where his studies have given him valuable insight into the theory of effective teaching and learning. After completing my PGCE in Goldsmiths University in London, Steeve worked at the Crest Academy School in London where he taught Spanish and French. He worked then at the British School of Kuwait for several years.
As a teacher working in an international school, it is not surprising that Steeve loves traveling. He visited Brazil, Russia, Morocco, Vietnam, China, UK and of course France. Steeve is also passionate about news and especially politics, he enjoys following also what is happening in his country. He used to work for a French magazine as a journalist. Steeve is a movie’s fan, he appreciates particularly ‘Godfather’. Steeve has been practicing Martial Arts for several years such as viet vo dao, karate and kung fu.
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.
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.
Stuart Willy came into education from careers in the media and social welfare. He served stints at Warner Music and the Financial Times and spent several years managing a team that supported vulnerable adults and families. In 2008, he transitioned into education, and he has not looked back since. He has taught in the UK and has eight years of international school experience in Shanghai. Most recently, he headed the primary school English department at YK Pao in Shanghai.
Stuart holds a BA (Hons) in Media Studies from Sheffield Hallam University. He is a CELTA-certified EAL teacher and completed his PGCE in Primary Education at The University of East London.
He is an avid traveller who has explored a large number of countries. In China, his travels have taken him on motorbike tours in Sichuan, camel trekking in Gansu and volunteering in an orphanage in the mountains of Yunnan.
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.
Prior to teaching, Carlene was a hydrogeologist who enjoyed drilling for groundwater and managing large groundwater drought programmes across England. After several years of consultancy work, she decided to do something even more worthwhile and retrained as a teacher. Carlene feels she has joined the best profession in the world! She has more than twelve years’ primary teaching experience in the UK, Qatar and China. She is delighted to be going into her fifth year at Wellington College
Carlene studied Geology at the University of Southampton and completed a master’s degree in Hydrogeology at the University of Birmingham in the UK. She then went on to complete her PCGE at Portsmouth University.
When not teaching, Carlene and her husband, an assistant head teacher at the school, keep busy with their two daughters, who attend the Prep School at Wellington College Shanghai. She enjoys travelling with her family and looks forward to seeing more of Asia and other parts of the world.
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.
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.
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.
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, Xinyan 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.