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.
After ten years of working in China, Paul is delighted to be joining the Wellington College International Shanghai team and helping to make it the best it can be.
He is originally from London but has spent a large part of his life studying and teaching in Scotland where he also gained his teaching qualifications. After a period of teaching in Scotland, Paul decided to take the big leap and move to Shanghai. Since then he has worked in a variety of schools teaching international students and Chinese nationals.
When Paul first went to university he studied Physics and shortly after that he completed his PGCE. After a few years of teaching he chose to develop himself further, as a teacher by completing a Master of Education and has continued to develop himself as a teacher by gaining Chartered Science Teacher Status.
As for his leisure activities, Paul enjoys writing science education articles so that he can share his fun and interesting ideas on teaching science. His next biggest passion is showing and breeding his prize-winning cats. When he has a chance to escape writing articles and the constant demands of his cats, Paul likes to relax by watching anything sci-fi, especially Dr Who.
Nikki has a BSc in Biochemistry with French from the University of Manchester, a university diploma in Molecular Endocrinology from Montpelier University in France and a Ph.D. in Obstetric Pathology from the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. Her research whilst at Nottingham focused on the molecular pathology of pre-eclampsia and pregnancy-induced hypertension.
Nikki has been teaching Chemistry up to key stage 5 for many years in both the state and independent sectors. In her first teaching role, as well as teaching both Chemistry and Biology to A level, she started up a new department from scratch, introducing Applied Science to those students wishing to pursue a vocational pathway. Since then, she has headed up a chemistry department at a boarding school in South East England, where she also took an active role in the outdoor pursuits department, as well as undertaking boarding duties. Prior to arriving in Shanghai, Nikki worked within a large and highly successful sixth form chemistry department in West Sussex.
Nikki joined in Wellington College International Shanghai with her partner, also a member of the Senior School staff, and their son, who is a pupil in the Prep School. Outside of teaching, her interests include long distance running and hiking. She also loves travelling, cooking and reading.
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.
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.
Before joining Wellington, Xiaohui taught Computer Science and Design Engineering at Bourne Grammar School for 10 years, four of which she served as department head. The majority of her students over the years have gone to top universities, including Oxbridge. Xiaohui has trained many new teachers and served as a subject specialist in a teacher training consortium. While at Bourne Grammar School, she also developed a VLE and led an effort to develop innovative online curriculums for all levels of study. Every month, it receives over 250,000 visits from all over the world.
Before her career in teaching, Xiaohui earned two Masters Degrees from the University of Memphis. She then worked for the university as an Internet2 developer for five years. She has also worked as a senior system architect for Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where she led a team and designed and developed an identity management system that is still running today.
In her spare time, Xiaohui enjoys reading, solving puzzles, crosswords and cryptic crosswords, baking, working out and hiking.
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.
Jessica has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waikato in New Zealand and a Graduate Diploma in teaching (primary) from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Jessica has since lived and taught abroad for the past fourteen years in countries including New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan and China.
Jessica has now been living in Shanghai for the past nine years with her husband and two children, who also attend Wellington College. Having previously taught here in Shanghai for the past seven years, Jessica made the move to Wellington College International Shanghai, where she teaches year 2. This will be Jessica’s second year working here.
In her spare time, she enjoys running, travelling to exotic beaches around Asia, also cooking (and eating) various types of international food.
Since he was very young David Bartoli has always been fascinated with creating, designing and making. As a child he spent hours creating everything his imagination could come up with out of Lego. He believes that the ability to design and manufacture products is one of the hardest but most rewarding skills that pupils can learn. The design process is necessary for their development; experiences allowing them to experiment, create, take risks, manage projects, solve problems are all key skills that will be needed in the future.
This fascination with how the world works, why products/buildings/systems are the way they are, led David to discover the rest of the world. He loves to experience different cultures and understand the history, art and design behind them. Every country he visits, he picks up a new perspective on design, people and the wider world. The sustainable approach that Sweden takes with product design; the wonder and power of Jerusalem; the original crafting techniques of Morocco; the paintings and woodwork techniques of China; these are all just various drops in the water of what he has learned and experienced throughout his design journey.
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.
Stephen began his teaching career in Tokyo, Japan. After teaching there for nine years, he returned to the UK and fulfilled his dream of becoming a science teacher. He has honed his skills in the UK and Vietnam for the last nine years to become a very reflective and progressive teacher. He is involved in developing students’ passion for the scientific process and STEAM-based learning. His goal is to create resilient, passionate lifelong scientists.
Stephen studied genetics and zoology at Sheffield University, UK, where he developed a passion for the natural world. His thesis analysed the applications of the Human Genome Project. He has a wide range of interests, including ecology, epigenetics and biomedicine. He has established many links throughout the global scientific community and can use these to inspire a new generation.
Outside of education, Stephen is a keen sportsman and loves football, tennis, basketball, snowboarding and volleyball. As a qualified UEFA football coach, he likes to use a scientific approach to improve students’ technique and understanding of the beautiful game.
Graham has been teaching IB Physics in a variety of international schools over the last 15 years. Most recently, he taught at Oporto British School, Porto, where he was the IGCSE Coordinator. Before that, he was the Head of Physics at Markham College, Peru. His first internal post was at St. Paul’s School, Sao Paulo, where he also coordinated the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. He has also worked in traditional independent boarding schools in the UK, such as Blundell’s School in Tiverton and Cheltenham College. In all these posts, Graham has taken on many leading roles in outdoor education and has coached various sports. He has also taken students on various trips including trekking in Nepal, Pakistan and India.
Before embarking on his teaching career, Graham completed his undergraduate degree in Physics at University of Sheffield. He then worked at an educational charity (Farms for City Children) before deciding to complete his PGCE at the University of Exeter.
In his free time, Graham enjoys cooking, cycling and exploring the countryside. During summer holidays, he often heads back to Devon to work on improving the construction of his Log Cabin. This has been a labour of love for the last 15 years. He also enjoys gardening, fishing, sailing and working at his parents’ farm.
Originally from Sunderland, Faye Donaldson moved to Nottingham to study for her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science. During her studies, she undertook mentoring roles and worked to promote STEM subjects in local schools. This was the driving force behind her transition into a teaching career. After completing her undergraduate studies she completed her PGCE and earned a Masters in Education at the University of Nottingham.
Having enjoyed teaching in England for three years, Faye took the opportunity to expand her experience by becoming an international teacher in Bangkok, Thailand. Here she successfully delivered IGCSE Science courses, A level Biology and trained as an IB educator. It is with this experience she is excited to join the team at Wellington College Shanghai.
Outside of the classroom, Faye is a keen sportsperson. She especially enjoys swimming and cycling as well as team sports. She is an avid reader and enjoys exploring new countries.
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.
Kalev joins us from the Royal Guard of Oman, where he taught Chemistry and Physics for four years at an elite boys military boarding school. He was previously Deputy Director of Science at a successful secondary school in Wiltshire. He has been teaching since 2012 when he attained a PGCE from Christ Church Canterbury. Kalev studied Chemistry at the University of Bath. He graduated in 2005 and began working as an analytical chemist for an international engineering firm. He soon realized that his true passion lay in teaching and sparking scientific curiosity in young people.
He believes that education is holistic and multifaceted, nurturing within students a flair for innovation, the courage to persevere, and the competence to excel for themselves. His educational philosophy is centred around the needs of the students, always giving them opportunities to grow regardless of their starting point, and the belief that everyone can be coached to success.
Beyond the classroom, he is a keen outdoorsman who enjoys hiking and rock climbing. He has led several Duke of Edinburgh award expeditions and is a qualified trainer and assessor. He is an occasional sailor, though he was frequently outclassed by the Omani boys sailing team. He also likes to travel and explore the roads less travelled and once kayaked from Dubrovnik to Split with his wife.
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.
Daisy has taught for 25 years, spending the first 16 in ethnically diverse Secondary schools in West London as a teacher of Science, KS3 Science leader, Head of Science, Advanced Skills Teacher and a Raising Achievement Leader. She then moved with her husband, Michael, to Taiwan and spent five happy years as Assistant Headteacher focusing on assessment, reporting and achievement. Before joining Wellington, she spent three years as the Headteacher of the Secondary school at Mahindra International School in India.
Daisy completed her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences at Leicester University and her PGCE qualification at Kingston University. She completed her Master of Arts qualification at St Mary’s University, West London, with a focus on leading innovation and change.
Outside of teaching, Daisy and her husband, Michael, both enjoy exploring new cultures and cuisines. She especially enjoys interior design and exploring the forgotten back streets and alleyways of the world’s cities.
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.