Joe is the Head of the Senior School at Wellington. Before moving to Shanghai, he spent three years as Academic Director of Dulwich College Beijing, his first international teaching post and an experience that has left him with a deep interest in learning as much as possible about China’s rich history and culture.
Joe comes from Manchester in the north-west of England. He read English at the University of Cambridge and his postgraduate teaching qualification is from the University of Nottingham. He has been a teacher for almost 25 years and has worked in some of the UK’s leading independent schools, teaching English as well as drama, theatre studies and philosophy for children. In 2006 he moved to London where he spent 8 years as Senior Deputy Headmaster of Trinity, one of the UK’s most consistently high-performing academic schools, including a period as Acting Headmaster. At Trinity, his job was focused on the daily running of the school and the development of innovative, effective approaches to teaching and learning.
He is here in Shanghai with his wife, who is also a teacher, and his daughter, who is a pupil in the Senior School. The whole family is delighted to be able to experience all that life in Shanghai has to offer.
When not at work, Joe likes to read as much and as widely as possible, listen to too much music (usually too loudly) and follow the ever-changing, never dull adventures of his beloved team, Manchester City Football Club.
Karl has worked at Wellington College International Shanghai for two years and has found the experience wonderfully enriching. He previously taught at Oundle School and Warwick School in the UK (a boarding and a day school respectively) both in the independent sector. There he held the positions of head of mathematics and assistant director of studies. Karl was educated at Rugby School and the University of Cambridge, where he obtained his Master’s Degree in mathematics and computer science. After a short career in software engineering, he returned to Cambridge to study for his PGCE qualification.
Karl is interested in all things mathematical, and is a question writer for the UK Mathematics Trust’s mathematics competitions. In his less focused and intense moments, Karl can often be found acting and singing in amateur dramatics shows, and has occasionally been known to appear on the school stage. If there is no stage or microphone nearby, the next best place to look for Karl would be in the vicinity of a pool table – play him at your peril.
As with many international teachers, Karl is a keen traveller, and alongside his wife and young son he is keen to continue exploring the beautiful Chinese landscapes as well as the nearby countries. Karl is still looking forward to being n years old at the beginning of the year n-squared.
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.
Ewan joins us from an international school in Washington D.C where he undertook the roles of head of humanities and latterly head of professional learning. It is the International Baccalaureate that initially drew him to international education, and he has taught history, theory of knowledge and global politics to this level. Before pursuing international education, Ewan took up his first post at John O’Gaunt School in Hungerford, Berkshire where he was head of history and head of year 11. Born and bred in Glasgow, Ewan completed his undergraduate degree in history at the University of Strathclyde followed by an MPhil at the University of Manchester. It is here that he also began his teaching career, completing a PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2008. Throughout his time as an educational practitioner, Ewan also graduated with an MA in education from the University of Nottingham.
Ewan has a huge passion from travel, other cultures and cuisines; as an undergraduate he made copious amounts of coffee between lectures and saved hard to spend his summers travelling the world, something he still loves to do. During his spare time he enjoys paddle sports, especially kayaking, keeping fit, reading, music and exploring his new home, Shanghai!
Beejesh started and developed his career as a chemistry teacher at The Rodillian Academy in South Leeds. The four years he spent there led him to develop an in-depth knowledge and interest in pedagogy. This has led to his most recent role as science intervention coordinator, in which he designed a scheme from scratch to enable struggling learners to achieve their full potential.
Beejesh’s formal education took place at Leeds University in West Yorkshire where he completed his degree in biochemistry. A passion to learn more about life on a molecular level led him to complete an MSc degree in bioscience. His passion for science progressed into a role as an experimental officer in protein immuno-chemistry for a major international contract research company. Eventually it became clear that his passion for science could not be contained in the lab and his true calling was inspiring the next generation of young scientists.
His learning in the sciences has given him a keen insight and curiosity into life and it has been his philosophy and goal to develop this in the minds of all the learners that enter his classroom. Beejesh hopes to inspire the great international scientists of the future and is greatly enjoying the challenges of bringing an innovative chemistry curriculum to life.
Dr Stephen Jacobi is the Director of Culture. His academic background is in English literature, which he read at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, before going on to gain his PhD. at London University, with his thesis on the later novels of Sir Angus Wilson. This was followed by an MA in screenwriting. He has taught English in Cambridge, Singapore, London, and Dubai. His academic strength in the subject is such that between 2006 and 2008 he was a Royal Literary Fellow at Warwick University.
He has organized many arts, literary and educational festivals. In addition he has published a number of novels and nonfiction books, collaborated in writing sporting and theatrical autobiographies, and written drama and documentary for the BBC. His journalism has appeared in broadsheet newspapers and his critical writing in academic journals. During his time at Wellington College in Shanghai, he has directed three plays and produced three of his own. In his present post, he hopes to make the Wellington community sensitive to all aspects of culture and emphasise the importance of intellectual curiosity.
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 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.
Having trained in fine art at Cass, Jo completed a PGCE at Goldsmiths College before undertaking an MA in museum education at the Institute of Education, London and working with the education departments of the British Museum, Tate Modern and the Whitechapel Gallery before entering teaching full time.
Jo joins us from Dulwich College Beijing, where she taught art and design and was deputy head of Key Stage 3. Prior to that, she has taught internationally in Qatar and the Falkland Islands, working across the arts and pastoral leadership, as well as leading arts faculties in schools in London and the South East of England. After recently completing training as a counsellor, Jo decided to look at other areas in which her career can progress and is very excited about the opportunity to work as director of wellbeing at Wellington College International Shanghai.
In addition to drawing and painting, Jo enjoys yoga and is a keen runner. She proud to have completed several marathons, including the Great Wall Marathon, and hopes to add more to the list in the near future.
Abigail joins Wellington College 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.
Before coming to Wellington International Shanghai, Thomas worked for three years at Wadebridge School in Cornwall, in the south-west of England. Thomas taught science across the three disciplines up to GCSE level and was head of the A-level chemistry program. His experience of different teaching environments has emphasised the importance of collaborative working relationships between staff, pupils and parents. He considers it a privilege to have arrived at Wellington College International Shanghai and instantly felt part of the strong and cohesive teaching team that exists here.
Thomas gained his Bachelor of Medical Science at Peninsula Medical School, and then went on to the University of Exeter where he was awarded his PGCE in secondary science with chemistry. Thomas is currently studying towards a Master of Arts Education through the University of Exeter. He is highly committed to his personal and professional development and relishes opportunities to develop it even further.
While living in Cornwall, Thomas took up pilot gig rowing and raced at the world championships for two consecutive years. Thomas also enjoys participating in triathlons in his spare time and can often be found running along the West Bund in the evenings. Thomas is a qualified ski instructor and worked for two years at Whistler Blackcomb in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, the biggest ski resort in North America.
Barry has taught History, Politics, Classics and Philsophy to IB and A-Level. He worked in British boarding schools between 2001 and 2015, taking on various roles at Epsom College and latterly Loretto School. These included Director of Studies, Director of Marketing and Admissions.
He was educated at Dartford Grammar School in the UK and read History at St Andrews followed by a Master’s degree from the University of Stirling.
He has an obvious passion for history and the past, believing it to be vital to how we see ourselves today. He reads as much as he can, when he can and believes that popular culture, fiction, film, art, music, drama and the people around us all play a part in understanding the past. He also plays cricket.
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, Shanghai.
Madeline was born and raised in beautiful Brittany, France. She obtained her BA in foreign cultures and languages at the Western Brittany University in Brest. As a language student, one requirement for graduating was to study abroad, which she did. She spent an exciting year in an American university, learning about a new culture through classes and a lot of traveling around North America. She then took her PGCE in Keele University and went straight to China to work in an international school.
She has now been working in China for some five years, and has recently taken on the position of housemistress of the Hopetoun. She is very excited about this pastoral role, which is crucial in the well-being and development of the pupils.
She loves sports and has practised many. She recently passed her open water certificate in Bali and is hoping to discover many more diving places around South-East Asia. She also loves dancing, especially line dancing, which she has practised for more than five years, and attended workshops lead by international choreographers in different countries.
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, director of Chinese studies, joined Wellington in August 2014 from her previous post as a Mandarin teacher at the highly prestigious Cheltenham Ladies’ College in England. Cheltenham is one of the leading girls’ schools in the country and is consistently placed very high up in the UK academic league tables. The Ladies’ College is not Helena’s first school in England, as she has also been head of curriculum at the Gloucestershire Mandarin School and, before that, founded and taught Mandarin at Pate’s Grammar School which is one of the best grammar schools in the UK.
In China, Helena studied at Hunan Normal University, gaining both a BA and an MA in English language and literature. Before she went 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. Before joining Wellington College International Shanghai, Helena was a leading member of Gloucestershire’s Chinese community, often organising various events and celebrations. She lists as her other interests swimming, walking, table-tennis and travel.
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 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 Shanghai not just an outstanding centre for Performing Arts in Shanghai, but one of the best in the world.”
John Macrow has degrees in history and archaeology from Newcastle and US studies from UCL in London. John did graduate work in international relations at LSE, worked for the research department of the UK Foreign Office and then made the decision to train as a humanities and social science teacher, a decision he has never regretted.
John began his teaching career as a humanities teacher in the first purpose-built community school in West London. John spent 20 years working in West London, mostly as a head of humanities, teaching a range of subjects including history, geography, law, psychology and sociology across the age ranges. He gained a lot of experience in UK university applications as John mostly worked with examination level pupils and was responsible for their references and oversaw their applications.
John’s first experience of international education was in 2008 at Colombo International School in Sri Lanka, where he worked as a university counsellor, head of sixth form and head of geography. This gave John an introduction to international applications, in particular the US and Australia. John moved to Dulwich College Shanghai in 2011 as a careers and university counsellor and the four years he spent at Dulwich gave him a wealth of experience of university applications worldwide. John would expect pupils at Wellington to apply to the same extended range of courses and countries as Dulwich pupils and is looking forward to working with them and helping them through the process.
Nick was educated at De Montfort University where he gained a BSc in Sports Science and a PGCE in Secondary PE and enjoyed a full sporting career. A county level player in three sports, Nick was also youth player with Millwall FC and QPR FC and played NCAA Division One football in the US.
Previously Nick worked at three independent schools in the UK, St Columba’s College (St Albans), Forest School and Highgate School (both London) before starting his international career at The British School, Jakarta, Indonesia. At each school Nick coordinated large sport programmes and is experienced in the provision of sport from Key Stage One to IB.
“It is my aim to foster a fun and enjoyable environment at Wellington College International Shanghai and develop students from both ends of the sporting spectrum. The philosophy of sport and PE here is underpinned by two factors: opportunities and excellence. It is the aim of the PE department to provide opportunities at every level of physical activity from recreational participation to competitive sport, also to make the sporting experience here at Wellington the best it can be”.
Annie has over twelve years of experience in education in international schools. Her work in international schools has been augmented by experience in roles of junior school, senior school and diploma years IB program. Annie holds a BA in English and Literature and has an elective major in Applied Linguistics from Shanghai International Studies University. Her prior experience as Lead Mandarin teacher, senior school Mandarin teacher and Head of Senior School Mandarin included delivering Mandarin curriculum content and requirements using a variety of teaching methodologies, planning Mandarin Language and Cultural programs, creating systemic syllabuses and course outline for IGCSE and IBDP students.
A firm belief that every student should have an opportunity to learn a new language and experience a different culture is at the heart of Annie’s teaching. She believes that learning Mandarin is fundamental to equipping our students with the skills required for the future and to contribute to the wider community.
Matthew Corke graduated from Durham University in 2007 with a BA (Hons) in geography. Following this Matthew spent a year working in the City of London for the IT consultancy firm Accenture. Deciding that the corporate world wasn’t for him, he left and enjoyed nine months of adventure in East Africa, South East Asia and Norway. During this year, he secured a place on the Exeter University PGCE programme before being employed by Exeter School in Devon in 2010.
Aside from teaching, Matthew is a passionate white-water kayaker and has travelled extensively in pursuit of this hobby. Most recently in the summer of 2013, as part of an international team Matthew embarked on a 10-day, 330km self-supported trip through the heart of the Sayan Mountains in Siberia. It was a true privilege to be able to travel through such a beautiful area whilst paddling some world-class white-water. Complimenting this passion, Matthew is also a keen photographer; another reason why Shanghai will be a great place to be situated.
Matthew is very much looking forward to helping establish Wellington Shanghai as one of the premier international schools in the region, if not the world.
Bruce studied finance and economics at Southwest Texas University and the University of Houston, obtaining his undergraduate degree in both subjects, before briefly becoming a hard-commodities trader on the Hong Kong markets. While back at the University of Houston for post-baccalaureate work in accounting, Bruce began working as an accountant for a regional restaurant chain, and it was this work that would shape his professional life. For, during this time, he found the existing inventory control systems in the food and beverage industry sadly lacking and created his own firm to implement, monitor, and more accurately manage the inevitable discrepancies. Subsequently, Bruce used this industry knowledge to open numerous successful public houses and a large-event beverage catering company.
A love of education – incubated during his first stint in graduate school – was never far from his mind however, and, after selling his share of the business to his partners, Bruce obtained his teaching certificate in multiple disciplines and began working at a small Texas high school teaching Accounting, Business Management, English Literature, and Communications. Bruce ultimately made the move to China in 2012; obtaining his post-graduate degree in Education and serving for three years as Principal and Economics instructor at Tianjin Foreign Languages School Advanced Placement Center. He currently holds the title of Head of Economics and Business Studies at Wellington College Shanghai.
Bruce has engaged in all manner of physical activities over the years, including running marathons, and competing in mountain bike and adventure races. His current sporting passion is table tennis which he enjoys, when time permits, with his like-minded Wellington colleagues.
4Charles 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. Recently he took the train from Shanghai back to London through the Silk Road, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Austria, Switzerland, France and finally the UK, which was an incredible experience. He have 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. As a Biologist it was amazing to see up close the wild life, sometimes a little too close, through cage diving with crocodiles, white water rafting through crocodile-infested rivers, bush treks through the Savannah. While he delights in the natural wonders of the world, he still enjoys the glitz and glamour of a city, though only as long as he can bring some adventure with it, such as his trip to Las Vegas which ended up with him Skydiving over the city.
Michael Dunsmore studied mathematics at Strathclyde University. While at university, Michael also studied French for three years and German for a year. Before coming to Wellington, Michael worked at Dulwich College Shanghai for two years and prior to Shanghai he worked in the Scottish state sector for ten years.
Michael remarks upon how Wellington has a great name and tradition of excellence in academics, sports and the arts. The College is a new school and he has relished the opportunity to get in at the beginning of its journey and help shape the future of mathematics here. It is a rare chance to work at a school that is in its infancy, but is already being viewed as a potential market leader. Michael considers the pupils to be very polite and pleasant and he is keen to have the opportunity to help them realise their potential. Michael looks forward to working closely with the school community and watching the College go from strength to strength.
Outside of the mathematics classroom, Michael is interested in tennis, badminton, football and skiing. He likes to escape by watching nature programs, especially about snakes. He also indulges in some trash TV, such as KUWTK.
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.
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.”
Charlotte attended the University of Kent where she attained a BA in English and American literature, followed by an MA in Dickens and Victorian culture. During her Master’s, she placed particular focus on the works of Wilkie Collins, which is where her true passion lies.
Charlotte began her teaching career in her university town of Canterbury, moving after three years to The Grange School in Santiago, Chile, where she took the opportunity to begin learning Spanish. Charlotte quickly assumed the roles of head of English in the Prep School and head of professional development, both of which she thoroughly enjoyed.
In her free time, Charlotte enjoys travelling, board games and developing her cooking abilities and knowledge of international cuisine. She is also currently attempting to learn Mandarin as she begins to explore Shanghai and various parts of China.
Sam originates from Berkshire, England and has been performing in choirs, bands and musical ensembles from the age of four. He has performed with groups such as the award-winning Berkshire Youth Choir and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, as well as with brass bands, wind bands, orchestras and rock bands.
After specialising in conducting and performance at Cardiff University, Sam became a classroom music teacher whilst continuing to develop his passion for performance. He has taught in schools throughout the UK and in 2011 moved to China to work at an international school in Qingdao. Sam has a particular love for musical theatre. He has performed in orchestras for a number of West End productions and has musically directed shows such as “Sweeney Todd”, “We Will Rock You”, “Oliver!” and “Guys and Dolls”. Sam recently directed the premiere performance of “In Holland Stands a House”, a new musical that he had written for Key Stage 4 and 5 students.
Sam writes – “Shanghai is a vibrant and exciting city and the opportunity to work with Wellington College International Shanghai was too good an opportunity to miss. I am excited to see the music department continue to grow and become the best department it can possibly be.”
Outside of music, Sam enjoys cooking, playing basketball and squash, working with technology and playing games with his cats. He also writes restaurant and movie reviews for expats.
Alba has been a member of the Catalan Psychological Society since 2003 and is a qualified teacher. She graduated in psychology from the University of Barcelona with a specialism in education and also studied a postgraduate diploma in child psychology in one of the most reputable children’s hospitals in Spain, diagnosing and assessing children and young adults in its mental health units.
Alba has broad experience working in international schools as a SEN coordinator and counsellor. She has also worked for more than 10 years in multi-cultural environments in a wide range of countries including the UK, China and Spain, in both mainstream and special schools, as well as volunteering in public schools in Nicaragua. She is always committed to being involved with all aspects of human development within educational environments. Alba values the importance of working towards children’s global development to help them achieve maximum personal growth in order to prepare them for adulthood and life outside the school environment in a complex and globalised world.
Amongst her interests, Alba enjoys travelling and exploring cities, trying new food – in particular spicy dishes – and listening to a wide selection of musical genres.
Gareth read computer science at the University of Wales, Swansea and then went on to gain an MEd and MA in education. At Swansea, he was taught by the internationally respected Professor Min Chen, now professor of scientific visualisation, University of Oxford. Gareth has strong industry experience, having previously worked as a web applications developer for one of the UK’s major high street banks.
After completing his PGCE, Gareth went on to work for seven years at the successful Olchfa School in Swansea, where, among others, he taught Eleanor Simmonds MBE, gold medal winning British Paralympian swimmer. He knows East Asia well, having also taught English, ICT and computing at universities in China and South Korea.
He enjoys sports, both playing and coaching, and has enjoyed many successes coaching football teams in district and national competitions. He previously coached the Welsh Under-14 champions in an international competition in Scotland, where they played against the champions from the other home countries. Gareth also enjoys skiing and has led several ski trips to resorts in Europe, North America and Asia.
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.
Angel is originally from Spain and has now been teaching for six years. This is his second year with Wellington College International Shanghai. Angel had previously worked in the U.K., Beijing and Dubai. He teaches French and Spanish, but he is also very involved in the school life outside the classroom. He is the CAS coordinator for the sixth form and he always seeks opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom, either in school trips, performances or sports.
Angel has a Bachelor’s Degree in physical activity and sports sciences as well as a Master’s Degree in secondary education. After obtaining his Master’s Degree, Angel moved to England, where he completed his teacher training as an MFL teacher with the Centre of International Language Training in Reading. Angel is now about to complete his MBA with Durham Business School and is eager to be part of Wellington for many years to come.
Angel enjoys exercising, his favorite sport is swimming and he practises it as often as he can, he also enjoys biking and he is part of a cycling club with other members of staff. Angel likes to read, among his interests are graphic novels and history books. Angel loves to travel, he has been to over fifty countries and always travels during his time off.
James Beadle went to university at St Andrews in Scotland where he gained a degree in mathematics and physics (Hons). James previously worked at Southend High School for Girls.
James is currently in the final year of a Master’s in mathematical education and hence was attracted by the expertise Wellington UK has in educational research. In addition, Shanghai is currently an exciting place to be in regards to international developments in the teaching of mathematics.
James has several interests, such as competitive debating. He represented St Andrews at three European and three world debating championships and was ranked within the top 10% of debaters internationally, winning several domestic competitions. James ran the training program for St Andrews in his final year and founded a competitive debating society at his previous school of employment. James was also proud to accompany Wellington’s inaugural squad to the global finals of the Scholars Cup last year in Kuala Lumpur.
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.
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.
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 for 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.
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.
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.
Tatpicha comes from Thailand, where everyone has a nickname and hers is Taan. She became an EAL teacher as it is a career which allows her to do what she loves most: teaching English. After graduating with a MA in teaching English as a foreign language from London Metropolitan University, she taught in a secondary boys’ school in London for two years.
Prior to her appointment here at Wellington College International Shanghai, Taan was an EAL specialist at an outstanding international school in Bangkok for four years. As a result of her genuine passion in teaching each individual to achieve their fullest potential in learning and living, she has successfully developed English proficiency in EAL pupils from various backgrounds and abilities.
During her free time, she enjoys reading, travelling, ice-skating, horseback riding and yoga. She is a broad-minded person, eager to learn and try new things, and grasp new opportunities.
Taan hugely enjoyed her role at Wellington last year and is looking forward to developing her profession in education further while exploring more of what China has to offer.
Milene was born in France, near the Champagne area. She went to Lorraine University where she gained a degree in French and English linguistics. During her last year of university, she moved to England to take part in the Erasmus scheme. This gave her the chance to travel around England and to learn more about the Anglo-Saxon culture. Following this experience, she decided to complete her PGCE at Keele Univeristy.
After her PGCE, she worked in Birmingham for several enjoyable years. When the opportunity of working as an English second language teacher in China arose, she pursued it straight away. This represented her first experience of Asia, which she loved. She discovered a lot about the Chinese culture and even managed to learn some Mandarin thanks to her pupils. Coming to Wellington College International Shanghai has presented her with the opportunity to come back to her passion for teaching French to support children to become world citizens.
In her spare time, Milene enjoys a wide range of activities, including basketball, reading and travelling; one of her favorite destination was Thailand. She loves hiking during the various journeys she undertakes. Her new objective is to learn the ukulele and to be able to share her newfound skills with her pupils.
Gareth Hardy has eight years of teaching experience in the state sector in the UK, and he was director of humanities at a high school in Suffolk when he left to teach English in Vietnam in 2012. While living in Hanoi and then Ho Chi Minh City, he specialised in teaching writing, also he worked as an examiner for the British Council. He moved to China in 2016 and he is very happy to be working at Wellington College Shanghai.
For his studies, Gareth majored in politics and government at the University of Essex, and after deciding to become a high school teacher, took his PGCE at the University of East Anglia. Later on, he completed a Master’s degree in English with the Open University, achieving a distinction. The chosen area for his thesis was in Shakespeare and the meta-theatrical elements of three different comedies.
His interests include learning foreign languages and writing stories, both of which he does with much enthusiasm and varying levels of success. He is very keen on film and cinema, especially kung fu movies. He also enjoys long-distance running.
Rebekah hails from Ebbw Vale in South Wales. Having studied A-levels in Music, English Literature and Mathematics, Rebekah embarked on a degree from Cardiff University in 2002 where she specialised in Composition and Musicology. Rebekah then completed a PGCE in secondary music at the University of Leeds before taking up teaching posts throughout the UK and China.
Always one for a challenge, Rebekah took the role of Music Teacher and subsequently Music Subject Leader at The Buckingham School, Buckingham; building a new department from scratch helped her to develop her love of music development within schools. Following her time in Buckinghamshire, Rebekah moved to be Head of Music at Phillips High School in Bury where she led Music Festivals annually before moving to China in 2012 where she took up the role of Western Music Teacher at an International School in Qingdao, Shandong.
As well as a passionate teacher, Rebekah loves to perform herself and has sung with many choirs, orchestras and bands throughout her career. She also adores learning new instruments, most recently the Ukulele, Saxophone and the Hulusi.
Beyond music, Rebekah loves hiking and recently ran the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for two years. She loves scuba diving, playing with her cats, swimming and travelling the world.
Nishanthi developed her career as a biology teacher through the Teach First Leadership Development Programme. The three years she spent in Medway and London led her to develop an in-depth knowledge of teaching and learning. This allowed her to take on roles such as mentoring PGCE students, science intervention co-ordinator and a Thinking Schools Champion for her previous science department; she has designed innovative schemes of work from scratch to enable struggling learners to achieve their full potential.
Nishanthi’s passion for science stems from a young age, a curiosity that was sparked by her own teacher in secondary school. This developing passion for biology was further reinforced when she decided to pursue it at university where she read biological sciences. Thereafter, Nishanthi has spent time in various hospitals understanding the workings of histopathology laboratories.
Nishanthi’s passion for teaching biology stems from seeing pupils learn to love their curiosity in science and she hopes to instil a sense of belief in every pupil she teaches. Nishanthi believes teachers are also lifelong learners and she is currently completing a masters in transformational leadership in Education.
Nishanthi is excited to explore the secrets Shanghai holds while pursuing her hobbies which include travelling, eating delicious food and bouldering.
Having always had a passion for design technology, Emma decided that her future was to share this enthusiasm with others and so she studied design technology in education at Sheffield Hallam University, achieving QTS in 2002.
Emma’s various teaching posts have equipped her with an array of skills that enable her to inspire today’s young designers. Embracing her role as head of years 10 and 11 during her first UK post, Emma was also leader of progress and attainment in DT, redesigning curriculums to enhance learning opportunities for GCSE resistant materials, graphic products and A-Level product design pupils.
Emma has always been involved in pupils’ extra-curricular life. She believes in connecting design projects with industry to make learning relevant and fun, and has seen numerous pupils win national competitions including The Yorkshire CAD/CAM Event, Young Engineers of Britain and the UK PrintIT awards. Emma’s intentions are to make further industrial links whilst at Wellington, so that pupils can appreciate the direct impact that design has on the world.
In addition to anything crafty, Emma enjoys amateur photography, travelling, baking and spending time with family and friends. She considers it a privilege to be part of the Wellington College International Shanghai community and is grateful for how she has been made to feel so welcome.
Christopher Beinor is from Chicago, Illinois in the United States. While still in school, Christopher began a carrier in Finance at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange; there he worked as a back office manager and a part-time futures trader. Christopher enjoyed working in Finance but wanted to expand his knowledge into different fields so he decided to become a teacher. Christopher moved to Cali, Colombia and began teaching PYP first grade and then taught middle school Literature. After two years in Colombia, Christopher decided to move to China and received a job teaching IB Business and Management in Northern Beijing. After five years as the head of Business and Management Christopher decided to change schools and spent the last three years as the head of Humanities at the prestigious Beijing National Day School.
Christopher attended DePaul University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and is currently enrolled in a Masters of Education program in Nottingham University. He has also completed many courses in technical analysis of futures trades while working at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
Christopher enjoys both watching and playing American Football and Basketball as well as travelling within and outside China whenever possible.
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.
After working for almost three years in the finance and consultancy industry, Grace decided that she wanted to move into a role which she felt added more value to society. While working in her previous role she also tutored mathematics part-time and it was something she wanted to explore further. She enjoyed the opportunity to help pupils realise their full potential and achieve outcomes that they might have once thought impossible.
Mathematics was one of Grace’s favourite subjects at school and she appreciated any opportunity she received to take part in events such as maths challenges and specialised masterclasses. She studied mathematics and economics at Royal Holloway, University of London where she graduated with first class honours. Grace has a very analytical background and definitely incorporates this into her teaching; she personalises her teaching by analysing how she feels a pupil will understand a topic best.
Grace has a keen interest in fitness and health and will always find the time to incorporate it into her daily lifestyle. In particular, she enjoys boxing and running. Where possible, she tries to educate her pupils about the importance of being active and nutrition. She looks forward to being involved in various sporting activities at Wellington College International Shanghai.
Sue graduated from Beijing Normal University in 2003, majoring in Chinese language and literature. She then went on to gain an MA in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages at East China Normal University, one of the top universities in China.
Sue began her career at a local high school in Beijing, teaching Chinese language and literature to native speakers in 2006. Before joining Wellington, she taught Mandarin for over nine years in a Shanghai international school. She has taught Chinese as a first and second language at both the IGCSE and IBDP levels.
Outside of teaching, Sue enjoys reading, swimming and table tennis. She also played an active role in preparing pupils for the LNY performance, ACAMIS Chinese talent show and Chinese writing competition.
Antony Wood was born near Seattle, Washington, USA and studied Philosophy at the University of New Mexico. Antony studied Classical Ballet at the North Carolina School for Performing Arts and was a professional ballet dancer for fifteen years, dancing in South America, USA, Europe, and Scandinavia. Antony was fortunate enough to be a member of the Hamburg cast of Phantom of the Opera.
Antony went on to receive formal EAL training in Hamburg where he then taught business English and test preparation in major Hamburg businesses and schools. In 2007 Antony moved to Shanghai where he taught in language tutoring schools such as Kai En, Linguaphone, and Hampson English, specializing in SAT, IELTS, TOEFL, and academic writing. Antony is also a kung fu teacher, having earned his 6th duan (level of mastery) from the Beijing Wushu Association. He has taught in several martial arts schools in Hamburg and Shanghai, and has also been lucky enough to have small roles in several kung fu films, such as “The Forbidden Kingdom” with Jackie Chan and Jet Li, and “Ip Man 2” with Donny Yen.
Upon interviewing at Wellington, Antony was immediately impressed by its vision and culture of academic excellence alongside holistic education. In addition, the incredible possibilities for teachers and students alike to be involved in so many activities and so many aspects of the school community make working at Wellington an amazing experience. Antony feels as a teacher that he can make a difference in so many ways, and that his diverse experience is valued and integrated into the school. He is honoured to be part of such a wonderful team and vision.
Sherry joins Wellington College International Shanghai after ten years of successful international school teaching. She has acted as the Mandarin coordinator for a junior school and as a senior school Mandarin teacher. She specialises in teaching Chinese to pupils to develop a solid foundation of the language, but is equally experienced with teaching native speakers. Sherry has prepared many pupils for both GCSE and IGCSE examination success, and has played an active role in curriculum design and the organisation of a charity program to support migrant schools.
Sherry graduated from East China Normal University in 2004, majoring in Teaching Chinese Language as a Foreign Language. She then went on to gain an MA in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages at Fudan University. Sherry is a certificated Chinese teacher of teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, recognised by EDI in the UK and also by International Association for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages in the USA. An avid writer, Sherry has won many Chinese writing competitions during her studies.
Outside the classroom, Sherry has a passion for art and handicrafts. She has practised drawing and water-colour painting for more than twelve years and she maintains a keen interest in the reading, visual arts, films and theatre.
Caroline Zhang is a graduate of Fudan University of Tourism Management, and has been awarded an MA award from Shanghai Normal University, which she is to receive later this year. Caroline is a fully-qualified teacher, holding the Certificate of Mandarin (Level A), the American Mandarin 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.