Prep School

Eleanor Prescott

Eleanor Prescott

Principal
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Eleanor Prescott

Eleanor.Prescott@wellingtoncollege.cn

Eleanor joined from Wellington College, UK where she was Housemistress of the Combermere boarding house and a teacher of Economics, Business Studies and Politics. Originally Head of Senior School in Shanghai, Eleanor assumed the role of Second Master in the first year and expanded her role to take on the Prep School in 2016. Deeply committed to the philosophy and ethos that Wellington College demonstrated, educating ‘the whole child’ whilst also delivering excellent exams results, she was delighted to be able to bring that experience to the group’s second school in China.

Prior to working in education Eleanor was an Investment Banker working in Debt Capital Markets at banks including Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and Bank of America. The financial crash of 2008 meant a return to university to retrain and qualify in Secondary Education, working for a year in the state sector teaching Spanish and French. Eleanor holds an MA in Economics and Politics from the University of Edinburgh and it is Economics that she continues to teach to IB Diploma students here.

Eleanor is passionate about learning and is particularly engaged in learning languages: Chinese is the current focus. Her challenge for this year is to take her ‘beyond survival’ level spoken Mandarin to the next level and to learn how to read and write characters properly! Other interests include Economic and World History including the History of Shanghai, something she develops by being a regular at the Historic Shanghai association. Eleanor also enjoys playing sport and being fit; Spinning being the current addition. Her main sport historically though has been skiing, which she took three years out of her banking career to do professionally, giving her the ability to live and work as an instructor in New Zealand, France and the USA. A passion for travel means that a break is always taken to explore – something for which her continued base in Shanghai gives much opportunity.

Dominic Vipond

Dominic Vipond

Deputy Head Prep (pastoral)
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Dominic Vipond

Dominic.Vipond@wellingtoncollege.cn

Dominic is now in his second year at Wellington College Shanghai as Deputy Head Pastoral of the Prep School after working at Repton, Dubai for seven years. Dominic taught at Jerudong International School for three years before Dubai. Prior to this, Dominic also taught in London at Clifton Lodge Preparatory School for 5 years, then he taught in Qatar, prior to this at his old school Framlingham College and at Gilling Castle (Ampleforth Junior School) in his gap year.

Dominic studied English and Drama at Exeter University after going to school at Framlingham College and Brandeston Hall Preparatory School.

Dominic has a keen interest in sport and is a passionate supporter of Saracens RFC and the England rugby and cricket teams. He also supports Norwich City but is slightly less passionate regarding his support of the club due to last season’s events. Dominic also enjoys a wide variety of music, and likes to watch action films and drama on television.

Lucy Palmer

Lucy Palmer

Head of Lower Prep / Year 3 Class Teacher
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Lucy Palmer

lucy.palmer@wellingtoncollege.cn

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 Hambling

Emma Hambling

Head of Upper Prep / Wellesley Housemaster (Prep School)
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Emma Hambling

emma.hambling@wellingtoncollege.cn

Emma was one of the founding teachers at Wellington College International Tianjin. She has also taught at schools in Spain, Qatar and, of course, 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.

Victoria Doamekpor

Victoria Doamekpor

Stanley Housemaster (Prep School) / Head of Prep ICT
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Victoria Doamekpor

Victoria.Doamekpor@wellingtoncollege.cn

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 Edwards

Kelly Edwards

Lynedoch Housemaster (Prep School) / Art Teacher
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Kelly Edwards

Kelly.Edwards@wellingtoncollege.cn

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.

Shane Hambling

Shane Hambling

Combermere Housemaster (Prep School) / Swimming Coach
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Shane Hambling

shane.hambling@wellingtoncollege.cn

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.

Chloe Spencer

Chloe Spencer

Hopetoun Housemaster (Prep School) / Drama Teacher
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Chloe Spencer

Chloe.Spencer@wellingtoncollege.cn

Chloe Spencer has come from Oakham School, a British independent boarding school, where she taught in both the Prep and the Senior School. She is a firm believer in the holistic education that independent boarding schools bring. She expanded her horizons by running a volunteering trip for the 6th form to Uganda and directing a performance for a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This is Chloe’s first experience in an international school but has previously lived in Mexico and the United States of America.

Chloe gained her BA (Hons) from Queen Mary’s University of London and her Post Graduate Certificate in Education through Lancaster University. She has been an NQT mentor and has a passion for the development of teaching styles.

Chloe’s interests include going to the theatre, learning how to cook and watching her local English football team. She is extremely excited to begin her new adventure here at Wellington College International Shanghai.

Man-Yee Coleman

Man-Yee Coleman

Head of Prep Science
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Man-Yee Coleman

Man-Yee.Coleman@wellingtoncollege.cn

Man-Yee Coleman spent one year in Kazakhstan as a teaching consultant. Prior to this, she spent ten years as the head of science at Prior Park College. She has experience of teaching 10-18-year-olds in both the state and the private sector. Man-Yee moved into education later in life, having worked as a senior buyer in the finance sector, among other roles.

Man-Yee has a BSc (Hons) in neuro psychology and an MSc in science understanding and research in education.

Her interests include a love of music, theatre, dancing. An ideal night out would be listening to a live band or seeing a show. An ideal night in would be reading while enjoying a glass of wine.

Robert Hicks

Robert Hicks

Assistant Head, Prep School
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Robert Hicks

robert.hicks@wellingtoncollege.cn

Robert began teaching English in 1995 in China, and worked 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 has subsequently devoted the last twelve years to his role as a mathematics and ICT teacher at Severn Vale School in Gloucester, one of the county’s leading and most innovative academies. Robert moved to Shanghai with his wife, Helena, Wellington’s director of Chinese studies, and their niece, Suzi.

Robert believes that mathematics is a universal language and an elegant tool for problem-solving, and is at its 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 of their own with independence. Being part of the mathematics department of Wellington College Shanghai is a thrilling opportunity, and he feels privileged to be part of an institution that delivers such innovative and first-class education.

Stephanie Kyprou-Westwood

Stephanie Kyprou-Westwood

Head of PE
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Stephanie Kyprou-Westwood

Stephanie.Kyprou-Westwood@wellingtoncollege.cn

Stephanie’s teaching career has predominantly been in British education. She studied at Brunel University and has covered all six areas of the physical education National Curriculum as well as sports science modules. She has taught a range of sports including gymnastics, athletics, hockey, netball and volleyball. Stephanie taught in the UK for three years before embarking on her international journey. Before Wellington, she spent two years teaching in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

While Stephanie enjoys all aspects of physical education, she is particularly well-qualified in teaching field hockey, having coached both school and club hockey up to the age of 18. She herself has represented Brunel University and Old Loughtonians, playing in the Women’s Essex Premiership Division.

The opportunity to inspire young people to become physically active and help them to realise their own potential was Stephanie’s driving force in becoming a physical education teacher. She is highly ambitious and is completely committed to achieving the highest standards while maintaining a sense of humour and perspective.

Alex Miladinovski

Alex Miladinovski

Aquatics Director
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Alex Miladinovski

Alex.Miladinovski@wellingtoncollege.cn

Dubai’s loss is Shanghai’s gain. World-renowned swim coach, Alex Miladinovski, who hails from Macedonia, the land of Alexander the Great, has come to Wellington. Here is what he said about it.

“I am delighted to have joined Wellington College Shanghai after twelve years of international teaching and coaching experience and being a key member of the sports teaching and coaching staff. My previous working experience has given me the opportunity to bring up some elite swimmers and Olympians from all over the world and teach many pupils on the techniques of swimming.

“After finishing my degree in Physical Education and Sports Science in Skopje, Macedonia, I decided to pass on my knowledge and experience to the younger generations. I was Junior National Team Head Coach for over four years and Assistant Professor in Physical Education and Sports Science at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje for another six years. I am joining Wellington College Shanghai after six enjoyable years spent at Repton School Dubai working as Head of Swimming.

“I have had a remarkable sporting career being a two-times Olympian, at Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, as well as a participant in nine World and eleven European Championships in swimming. My main events were 100m Butterfly and 200m Individual Medley. I am in possession of more than 400 trophies and medals won in a variety of swimming competition from all over the world. Thanks to my professional swimming career I have travelled and visited more than 70 countries in the world.

“I have had the opportunity to work and train with some world-renowned coaches and swimmers, which has contributed to building my knowledge and character. I have developed my own distinctive teaching and coaching methods, which I have drawn from my professional swimming experience, international coaching and education.

“I have established a high-quality swimming programme and academy at Wellington College, giving everyone the opportunity to improve their swimming ability. My aim is to stimulate and motivate every individual by reaching their highest potential and capacity. Undoubtedly the state-of-the-art facilities and highly-trained teaching staff that Wellington College can offer are the perfect recipe for a world class education where success is inevitable.”

Ester Keuning

Ester Keuning

Year 3 Class Teacher
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Ester Keuning

Ester.Keuning@wellingtoncollege.cn

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 was one of the founding members 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.

Samuel Miller

Samuel Miller

Year 4 Teacher
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Samuel Miller

Samuel.Miller@wellingtoncollege.cn

Samuel has now been in Shanghai for a total of five years, and during that time he has had a wide variety of teaching experiences. Samuel joins Wellington College Shanghai after working at SUIS Pudong for three years. During his time there he taught both Grade 2 and 3. He also adopted positions of responsibility within the school. Samuel was appointed as the Grade 2 curriculum lead and as the Co-ordinator of House for Primary school. Before he joined the international school community, Samuel taught in both private and local state schools across Shanghai. During this time, he taught English speaking to primary students, and Science in Chinese private schools.

Samuel studied English Literature at Newcastle University as his undergraduate degree. Once qualified, he did various jobs before deciding to commit to teaching full time, as his passion for education exploded. Samuel became a qualified teacher after successfully completing the PGCE programme at Sunderland University.

Samuel enjoys travelling to new places and exploring new cultures with his wife and friends. He has recently taken up photography as a result of his travelling. He has always had a keen interest in films and as such Samuel has collected a large DVD collection over the years. He also enjoy trying new dishes from different cultures and trying local cuisines.

Mark Polatajko

Mark Polatajko

Year 3 Class Teacher
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Mark Polatajko

Mark.Polatajko@wellingtoncollege.cn

Mark Polatajko began his career in the British Diplomatic Service and has worked in a number of different roles in countries across the globe. After over twenty years working with people from many diverse backgrounds and cultures, Mark changed his career to share his experiences and energy for life within the classroom.

Mark worked at Dulwich College Shanghai for two years before joining Wellington College International Shanghai. Mark believes that the energy put into building a rapport in the classroom, sharing personal experiences, and ensuring cooperative working, encourages children to learn. He believes that this approach builds the perfect foundation for learning. Mark is married with two children, aged 16 and 13 and so has experience of the importance of developing a child holistically.

Mark has a BSc (Hons) degree from the Open University and a PGCE from Sunderland University. Mark says that learning never stops, and is therefore studying a Master’s in international education. Mark has lived in China for seven years and has travelled extensively across the country. He is a keen adventurer, and has visited both the western and eastern parts of the Great Wall. Mark is excited to continue his adventures in Shanghai and China, and to sharing these with his class.

Christopher Hill

Christopher Hill

Year 5 Teacher
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Christopher Hill

Chris.Hill@wellingtoncollege.cn

Chris joins Wellington College International Shanghai from Licensed Victuallers’ School in Ascot where he was a Year 6 class teacher and also coordinated Mathematics across EYFS, Key Stage 1 and 2. He started his teaching career in 2012 at Harmans Water in Bracknell, where he went to Phase Lead for Years 5 and 6. Chris studied Education at St Mary’s University in London for four years, whilst working in a school to gain experience.

Having begun his career in a large school, Chris quickly understood the importance of getting the children to stand out as individuals, even within a large classroom or sports field. This is central to his teaching practice today where he says, “Two, three or even four minds are better than one.” This is something you will see in all of Chris’ lessons, an openness amongst his class and a willingness to work together to achieve great results.

Outside of school, Chris is a keen footballer and previously founded and ran a men’s football team where he lived, in Berkshire. He is keen to share that they won two league titles in their first two years of playing. Chris is also a keen cook and is excited to try many of the new foods on offer to him living in Shanghai, as well as try a range of new techniques and ingredients in the kitchen.

Jeanne Webster

Jeanne Webster

Year 5 Teacher
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Jeanne Webster

Jeanne.webster@wellingtoncollege.cn

Jeanne Webster graduated from the University of British Columbia, Canada, with a double major in Japanese and political science. After graduating, she returned to the UK where she worked in corporate public relations in London for six years before moving to China in 2002.

Jeanne spent her first year in south-west China learning Mandarin in Kunming, Yunnan Province, then moved to Shanghai. After having children and volunteering at their kindergarten, Jeanne decided to retrain and become a qualified teacher. Following the successful completion of her studies, her first teaching position was at Shanghai United International School (SUIS) as EAL coordinator and teacher. She joins Wellington College International Shanghai from Yew Chung International School (YCIS), Pudong, where she has been teaching for the past six years.

Jeanne is half Japanese, half English. She grew up in Asia and has lived abroad for most of her life. As a ‘third culture kid’ (TCK) herself, she understands the issues of identity that children of expats can face, and gives talks on the subject. She enjoys travelling, and is a self-confessed ‘word nerd’, so reads up on etymology and solves cryptic crosswords in her spare time.

Scott Telfer

Scott Telfer

Year 5 Class Teacher
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Scott Telfer

Scott.Telfer@wellingtoncollege.cn

Before coming to Wellington College, Scott spent thirteen years teaching in the US State of Texas. During his tenure, he primarily taught US history, but also has experience teaching English in grades 6-12, world history, economics and beginners’ French. For the 2013-2014 school year, Scott was selected by the University of Texas to teach a specialised literacy-based history curriculum at a high needs middle school. Before moving to Texas from his native Canada in 2002, Scott worked for eleven years as a barrister.

Scott graduated from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, in 1985 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and history before studying law. In 1988, Scott graduated with a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Western Ontario. After practising law for over a decade, Scott returned to school and graduated with a Bachelor of Education Degree in 2001.

Scott enjoys running and has completed twenty-five marathons, one ultra-marathon and many shorter races. He enjoys creative writing and reading in his spare time.

Stefanie Abbott

Stefanie Abbott

Science Teacher
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Stefanie Abbott

Stefanie.Abbott@wellingtoncollege.cn

Stefanie has just spent the last four years working in the beautiful Shropshire hills close to the Welsh boarder. This quintessentially English backdrop is the home of Bedstone College, a small co-educational independent day and boarding school. It was at this school she had the opportunity to develop practical experiments in science and teach a broad age range of pupils from year 3 through to year 13. She was also involved in the senior boarding house as an assistant, while supporting the girls’ games sessions, assisting with the coaching of the U13s in netball and rounders and attending fixtures.

Stefanie studied biomedical sciences BSc (Hons) at Coventry University, covering a range of topics including microbes, physiology, pharmacology and biochemistry. She completed her PGCE in secondary science at the University of Bedfordshire after spending two years working with dyslexic, VI (visually impaired), HI (hearing impaired) and MLD (moderate learning difficulties) pupils as a teaching assistant.

This is her first international post and she is looking forward to the new challenges of moving to Shanghai. She has a passion for modern jive and plan to ‘pretzel’ her way around Shanghai to find the best dance floors.

Fiona Blackwood

Fiona Blackwood

SEN Teacher
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Fiona Blackwood

Fiona.Blackwood@wellingtoncollege.cn

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 SEN 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!

Ryan Briggs

Ryan Briggs

PE Teacher
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Ryan Briggs

Ryan.Briggs@wellingtoncollege.cn

After completing his A levels in South Africa, Ryan went on to Bath University in the UK, where he completed a BSc Sports Technology Degree. He joined Merchant Taylors’ School in 2005 where he completed his GTP. After four years at Merchant Taylors’ School as a PE Teacher, he then went on New Hall School in Chelmsford in the UK for three years where he filled the Head of Rugby position. Ryan decided he would prefer a slightly warmer climate and accepted a post as PE Coordinator at the Canggu Community School in Bali where he has spent the last four years.

Ryan believes that sport has the ability to produce some of the finest characteristics in a person and this can help shape the way they will live their lives. It is this belief that reflects the way he teaches and his commitment to his school and its students.

On a personal level Ryan played rugby for Bath University 1st XV (2002-2005). Besides rugby he enjoys keeping fit in the gym, hiking and whilst in Bali he ‘dusted off’ his surfboard and enjoyed his surfing.

John Han

John Han

Mandarin Teacher
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John Han

john.han@wellingtoncollege.cn

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.

Ruya He

Ruya He

Mandarin Teacher and Coordinator for Second Language Chinese
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Ruya He

Ruya.He@wellingtoncollege.cn

Ruya He has many years of experience within international education. Ruya is familiar with American curriculums, IB, and British curriculums, including IGCSE & GCSE. She holds both a Master of Education, K-12, from Plymouth State University and a Bachelor of Language Arts degree from Shanghai International Studies University. Besides Mandarin teaching, Ruya set up the Mandarin program at Campbell College, UK, a prestigious school of more than 120 years, and became the Chinese Ambassador to Campbell College. While at Campbell College, Ruya was interviewed by the BBC, NI connection, and Belfast telegraph about the Mandarin program. After returning to China, she was also invited to join a round table discussion and published articles about the BBC documentary “Are Our Kids Tough Enough?” in the Shanghai Daily and other local journals.

A life-long learner, Ruya brings her passion and commitment for working with children and the skills to meet the unique challenges and opportunities that a diverse student body brings. Ruya is excited to be part of the Wellington family and enthusiastic to learn and to share with this like-minded group of talented and devoted educators. Having visited over twenty counties, she has a passion for travelling and looks forward to sharing her diverse personal and professional experiences with students and staff alike.

Nick Muzyczka

Nick Muzyczka

Music Teacher
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Nick Muzyczka

Nick.Muzyczka@wellingtoncollege.cn

Nick Muzyczka has over ten years’ experience as a music teacher in the UK, Canada and now China, where he has lived for seven years. He has worked for many years as a professional musician, playing jazz, reggae, afrobeat and electronic music, and has had the opportunity to tour internationally in the US, UK and China.

Having come to the school as a visiting piano and theory teacher, Nick fell in love with the music department and wanted to commit full-time. Now in his second year as a classroom music teacher at Wellington College International, he specializes in digital music, improvised music, piano and music theory. In the years immediately before his life at the school, Nick owned and operated a recording studio in Shanghai.

Nick is an avid player of football, squash, chess and weiqi. In his spare time he plays in four original music bands in Shanghai, playing Irish/Scottish folk music, dub reggae, live electro-acoustic music and ska. Nick spends his holidays either performing or hiding away underground in his new recording studio.

Sarah Qian

Sarah Qian

Mandarin Teacher and Coordinator for Beginners Level Mandarin
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Sarah Qian

sarah.qian@wellingtoncollege.cn

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.

Darren Simpson

Darren Simpson

History Teacher
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Darren Simpson

Darren.Simpson@wellingtoncollege.cn

Darren qualified as a History teacher in 2014 after having completed his PGDE studies at the University of Glasgow, a year which involved undertaking placements at two large secondary schools in the south side of the city. He achieved a first class honours degree from the University of Dundee in 2007, specializing in twentieth century Irish history in his final year. Earlier this summer he submitted a dissertation on the promotion of social justice through educational assessment as part of a Master’s of Education programme at the University of Glasgow.

Prior to qualifying as a teacher, Darren worked in the financial and legal sectors in the UK, before travelling to South Korea to spend two enjoyable years teaching English in public schools. This period provided his first experience of Asia, and he loved getting to know the country, the people, the customs and culture. His time in Korea moreover enabled him to combine his passion for travel and teaching, and copper-fastened his desire to pursue teaching as a career. Since qualifying in 2014 he has worked in Crieff High School in Highland Perthshire and George Watson’s College, the largest independent school in Edinburgh. Coming to Wellington College International Shanghai again presents him with the opportunity to activate his passion for teaching in one of the most respected and renowned schools in the world, while simultaneously discovering the dynamism of this truly global city.

Outside school, Darren enjoys football and music in particular, and travelling whenever possible. He also likes to escape to the outdoors when he can do a bit of hiking. At home he likes to read, cook and watch movies and documentaries, but also enjoys heading out to try new food and new places, something he is very much looking forward to in Shanghai.

Alaeze Ugoala

Alaeze Ugoala

Mathematics Teacher
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Grace Wang

Grace Wang

PE Teacher
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Grace Wang

Grace.Wang@wellingtoncollege.cn

Grace joined Wellington College International Shanghai as a swimming teacher in 2015. Currently she holds ASA Level 1&2 certificates and a lifesaving certificate. She has been teaching Early Years swimming lessons, swim CCAs and in the swim Academy.

Grace was a competitive swimmer during her childhood. Her enthusiasm for swimming has been passed on to the next generation when she met her husband who was also a competitive swimmer in the Italian national team, as her whole family is now enthusiastically engaged in swimming.

All her three children love swimming and are involved in different aquatics activities. Grace loves to inspire and motivate the children through her chosen area of sport. She believes swimming is one of the most beneficial sports for children. She would like to bring to Wellington College International Shanghai not only her teaching experience and knowledge but also her passion and enthusiasm for swimming.

White Wang

White Wang

PE Teacher
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White Wang

White graduated from Tianjin Normal University in English and accounting, holding the Chinese national education certificate of pedagogy and educational psychology up to Senior High School level and Mandarin (Level A). He is also a certificated life guard and when he was a teenager he obtained 6th place in city of Tianjin as a shot-putter. White was coached by a former national badminton coach for two years. Now he has a PGCE from Durham University in the subject of PE.

His key interests include not only a wide range of sports, such as golf, badminton, tennis, football and swimming, but also travelling, aviation and reading.

Currently, White is on the third year of his education career at Wellington College International Shanghai, working in the PE department. He really enjoys sharing his life experiences, especially in sports, to inspire children and young people in establishing their own distinguished attitude towards sport. White believes sport can, and will, make children happier by embracing physical fitness, personal development and a greater sense of team spirit.

Delia Xu

Delia Xu

Mandarin Teacher
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Delia Xu

Delia.Xu@wellingtoncollege.cn

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.

Sherry Zhao

Sherry Zhao

Prep School Mandarin Teacher
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Sherry Zhao

Xiaoli.Zhao@wellingtoncollege.cn

Sherry worked at an international school in Shanghai for thirteen years before coming to Wellington, having taught IGCSE and IB for over a decade with great success. Sherry enjoys working with children and is interested in using the strengths of Chinese philosophy and Western methods in education. She loves to see children’s smiling faces as they progress and enjoy their learning.

Sherry joined Wellington in 2016. She completed her degree in Chinese Literature and Teaching in 2003 and earned her PGSEi from Nottingham University in 2013.

In her spare time, Sherry likes Chinese dancing and reading.

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