Timothy brings 12 years of teaching experience to Wellington, having worked for three years in the UK and nine years in China. He has a wealth of experience in delivering outstanding results at GCSE, A-Level and IB. For the past five years, he taught at an international school and served in numerous leadership roles.
Timothy is a proponent of Dweck’s ‘Growth Mindset’ and recently earned an MA in Education. He is always seeking professional learning opportunities and, as such, he also has an “Applying Psychology in the Workplace” qualification only from the University of Cambridge.
When Timothy is not teaching, he is playing Warhammer or chess. He also enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with his family.
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.
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.
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.