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.
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.
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!
Steve Tippen has an undergraduate degree from Leeds University and a Masters in Political Philosophy from York University. His academic studies centred upon the philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre and the idea of progress within history. However, he lists his academic interests as ‘wide and varied’.
After the briefest flirtation with the film industry Steve decided that a more worthwhile career could be found in teaching. He attended Manchester University where he trained as a specialist post-16 teacher going on to teach a range of subjects including History, Politics and Philosophy. After many years as an academic Head of Department Steve joined the senior management of a prestigious college in the south of England. As Director of Student Development, he successfully developed a series of unique initiatives to help students gain access to elite universities. Steve, consequently, has developed a wealth of experience in supporting international university applications, especially those to highly competitive institutions and high-demand courses such as Medicine and Law. Steve is a firm believer in the benefits of meticulous preparation and is looking forward to using his experience to help guide students at Wellington through this process.
Steve is joined in Shanghai with his partner, a teacher in the Senior School, and their son, who is a pupil in the Prep School. When not researching into the hidden secrets of making successful university applications, Steve likes listening to a wide variety of music, playing scrabble and following the fortunes of his hometown football team, Southampton FC.
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 College International Shanghai as one of the premier international schools in the region, if not the world.
Martin graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2009. Following this, he completed my PGCE at Liverpool John Moors University and gained an MA in Advanced Educational Practice two years later.
Prior to moving to Shanghai Martin has taught in two different secondary schools in Surrey/South-West London. He has previously held roles such as Head of Geography alongside teaching subjects such as A-Level Business Studies. Since 2015 Martin has held pastoral roles of a varying nature such as Assistant Head of Learning for Key Stage 4 and Head of House for Key Stage 3.
In spare time, Martin likes to keep fit and healthy making the most of his gym membership. He also enjoys travelling; especially to new and relatively undiscovered destinations and has also been improving his culinary skills with cooking classes.
Penny graduated from the University of Warwick with an LLB in Law. For 6 years she worked in a variety of legal environments including the Ministry of Justice, prosecution services and leading international charities. It was during a lectureship at Waseda University, Tokyo that she realised her love of teaching and so decided to move on to pastures new, swapping her law books for novels.
Penny began her teaching career in West London, achieving QTS (Outstanding) and a PGCE from the Institute of Education, UCL. In particular, she is keen for students to develop a deeper appreciation of the written word and to find their own voice through an exploration of poetry, drama and creative writing.
Penny moved to Shanghai in 2018 with her husband who is also a teacher. In her spare time she enjoys practising yoga badly, writing her never-ending novel and attending any event that sounds interesting. She hopes to get a cat.
Alexandra graduated from Brighton University, UK in 2008, gaining a 2:1 BA Hons in English language and English literature. She then attended Middlesex University, UK to complete her PGCE. After completing her teacher training, Alexandra worked for five years in a mixed comprehensive school in Hertfordshire before moving to become the Literacy Coordinator at an all-boys’ school.
After seven years of teaching in the UK, Alexandra moved to China and has worked for two years at a British International school as a Head of Year, where she has thoroughly enjoyed helping pupils to develop both academically and personally.
In her spare time, Alexandra enjoys reading novels about different cultures and is currently studying Mandarin. She also enjoys travelling and is a keen netball player.
Abigail joins Wellington College International Shanghai from Headington School, Oxford, where she taught art, design and technology and worked in one of the sixth form boarding houses as an assistant housemistress. Having previously worked for four years at Wellington College UK, she is no stranger to the Wellington name and is excited to be back in the family. During her post at Wellington College UK, Abigail oversaw the design and technology textiles curriculum, spent two years as an assistant housemistress in the Combermere boarding house, and was Master in charge of clay pigeon shooting.
Following her degree in fashion, media and promotion at the University of Huddersfield, Abigail spent several years working in the creative media industry. Abigail has a PGCE from Manchester Metropolitan University and a PGCE from the University of Reading, where she also completed the SENCO qualification.
Abigail enjoys all things creative and is passionate about how she can aid the creativity of young people. She enjoys running, evenings with her LP collection and will never pass up the opportunity to learn something new. This is Abigail’s first international post and she is excited about exploring the Far East with her husband Jonathan.
Danielle Hawkins read geography at Plymouth University and completed her PGCE at the University of West of England. Danielle has previously worked in a school in Wiltshire where she assisted the department in gaining the Geography Quality Award.
Danielle was attracted to Shanghai and Wellington College by the opportunity to work with a diversity of pupils to enhance geography and help create truly global citizens as she will be teaching pupils who will shape the future of this dynamic leading global power. In addition, Danielle believes the opportunity to work in China is a dream come true for a geographer, as we are living in a case study.
Danielle previously competed to a high level in both netball and swimming and looks forward to becoming involved with both these sports at Wellington College International Shanghai.
Mike joins Wellington College Shanghai from Trinity School in London where, on top of Teaching both History and Politics up to A-Level, he has been a Head of Year for the past four years. As his first international posting, Mike is relishing the opportunity to get stuck in to everything that Shanghai and Wellington have to offer, and is particularly excited about taking on his role as head of Wellesley House.
Before joining Trinity to start his teaching career, Mike completed his undergraduate degree in History at Oxford University and went on to study for his PGCE at the University of Warwick. He has recently just completed his MSt in History having defected to Cambridge University, specialising in Early Modern British History. His historical interests are, however, most definitely eclectic, ranging from the Crusades through to the American Civil Rights movement.
When not reading History books (some stereotypes of History teachers are true) he is an avid film and TV buff and can quote most episodes of the West Wing (along with most other Aaron Sorkin creations) from memory.
Stephen’s first teaching position was at a girls’ comprehensive school in Oxfordshire, before moving on to spend ten years teaching history and politics at The Royal Grammar School, Guildford, a selective independent school for boys which consistently attains some of the best academic results in the country. In 2011, Stephen left for sunnier climes to head up the history and humanities department at St Julian’s School, Portugal’s leading independent school.
Stephen read history at Durham University, graduating in 1998 after which he stayed on to complete a PGCE course. Prior to his undergraduate studies he travelled extensively, including a year spent in Australia, and also worked in the travel industry in London while studying at night school for university entrance.
Stephan is interested in all periods of history and has taught early modern courses at A Level as well as modern history courses and Theory of Knowledge for the IB. He also enjoys surfing, travelling, reading, hiking, visiting art galleries and finding great new restaurants. Stephan is looking forward to the opportunities to explore China and to learn something of its history and culture.
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.
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.
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.
Jess has been an English teacher for several years and has been working for the last three of them in a large comprehensive school in the town of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, England. Here, she was responsible for the A Level literature and language courses in a large sixth form of over 300 pupils. Before that, she was Head of English at one of the UK’s top performing selective schools, Colchester County High School for Girls.
Jess completed her degree in drama and English in Liverpool many moons ago and alongside developing a passion for all things literary and theatrical, she also met her husband, Luke. They are making this journey to Shanghai along with their son, Joe.
Jess is really proud of the varied working life she has had to date. Past roles include being an actress and a midwife, as well as fostering children and running her own business. She is really looking forward to life in Shanghai and catching up with friends who are already teaching in China. She has a very long travel ‘bucket list’ and is hoping that the next couple of years will see her able to tick off some destinations.
Michael went to school in a town southwest of England called Taunton. He left school with A levels in Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology and then proceeded to graduate from Exeter University.
Before teaching, Michael worked for 7 years at the UK Hydrographic Office. The agency is responsible for creating sea charts, tide tables and other nautical aids. After this Michael became a mathematics teacher at Bridgwater College in Somerset, England. He was teaching there for 11 years in a variety of courses including GCSE, A level, BTEC, professional day release courses and mathematics modules for HND and foundation degrees. In 2006 Michael was part of a team that helped get authorization to deliver the IB Diploma programme in the college and has been teaching the IB Diploma since 2007.
In 2011 Michael moved with his wife to Shanghai to help create the IB programme at the High School Affiliated to Jiao Tong University in the Baoshan district. In the first year, Michael was the only mathematics teacher, but after a successful year, he led the IB mathematics team.
Michael enjoys his life in China, and while here he is attempting to learn Mandarin even though he finds it a struggle. Michael also likes painting with pastels and creating cartoons often to express the joy he finds in some of life’s more absurd aspects. He plays chess has even represented Taunton in chess competitions. He is also a supporter of Chelsea and Somerset Cricket Club.
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.
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.
James studied history at the University of Lancaster while working on the college IT helpdesk. Having completed his degree, he then completed a primary PGCE at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle.
After completing his PGCE, James has worked in both independent and state schools in the UK and abroad. Initially teaching in Northumberland, James had trained teacher educators in Nekemte, Ethiopia, led the ICT department for Braeburn School, Nairobi in Kenya before returning to the UK to lead ICT at Orchard House, Chiswick and later Hazelwood School, Oxted.
He enjoys computing in and out of the classroom and can often be found tinkering with Raspberry Pis, programming and various linux boxes. James is interested in outdoor education and enjoys exploring with his family.
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.
Daniel Eldred was born in Gaborone, Botswana and lived there for most of his childhood before returning to the UK in 1999 to attend East Bergholt School and complete his GCSEs. Daniel studied fine art Sculpture at Kingston University and, after his degree, he spent a year exhibiting in Berlin and London. In 2007 Daniel enrolled at the Institute of Education, London and completed his PGCE in secondary art and design education.
Daniel’s second teaching placement was to the Regent’s School, Bangkok, where he trained for six months; this was the experience that made him realise that he wanted to work in international schools. During Daniel’s time as a teacher he has continued to develop his subject knowledge; the most exciting of these opportunities was to train in special effects makeup at the London School of Media and Film.
Daniel sees Wellington College International Shanghai as an opportunity to further develop and fine tune his teaching practice in a progressive education environment. As a leader in art and design education, Daniel feels it is important to expose pupils to a wide variety of media and processes. Daniel’s intentions are to try and make links to industry in every project undertaken across all Key Stages. The creative industry is vast and varied, so pupils should have the opportunity to see art and design from a variety of influences.
Lucie is originally from a very small French town on the border with Switzerland. She graduated from the University of Lyon (France) with a degree in languages combined with business and management. Her teaching career began as a language assistant in a sixth form college in Surrey while studying at the University of Surrey during her exchange year. Lucie then got a job as a French language assistant in the USA and also taught at the Alliance Française in Caracas, Venezuela.
Having decided to take her PGCE, Lucie completed the course in 2007 at King’s College London, which gave her the opportunity to start the next stage of her career in the UK. She worked in two different schools: one in Hertfordshire and the other in Dulwich, London. Lucie then decided to leave the UK as she had heard many positive things about teaching internationally.
Before coming to China, she worked for three years at St Andrews International School Bangkok, teaching Spanish, French and TOK. Prior to moving to Thailand, she also worked for two years at the New Cairo British International School in Egypt. She found Egypt to be a wonderful country and she hopes to go back there one day.
In her spare time, Lucie likes to cook and go out to Michelin star restaurants. Her interests also include hiking and skiing. She also enjoys reading and watching movies, and hopes to learn Chinese while continuing to travel.
Ignacio has studied marine sciences at the University of Vigo, where he graduated with honours. He continued his academic formation at the same university while preparing a PhD in ecotoxicology and has done collaboration projects at different universities during his postdoctoral research.
Ignacio has also worked for five years at two multinational companies, mainly as a data analyst and HR trainer. He soon realised how much he was missing teaching and decided to come back to education. He has been teaching mathematics for eight years now in various international schools, first in Belgium and then in Beijing. He is coming to Shanghai after three years teaching at Dulwich College Beijing, and is looking forward to joining us at Wellington and discovering the great opportunities that this city has to offer.
Ignacio loves playing board games and watching fantasy series or movies. He also enjoys playing badminton very much and I has already learned how much he needs to improve his technique to keep up with Wellington’s pupils. He also likes listening to music or watching a good theatre performance. However, sharing a good cup of coffee with a group of friends is his favourite pastime.
Louise Gray studied history at the University of London. During her undergraduate studies, she decided that she wished to challenge herself to improve upon her A-level knowledge of German, so she studied at the University of Innsbruck (Austria) for a year. She completed a Master’s degree in history, focusing on the social history of early modern Europe, and then completed her PhD at the Wellcome Institute for the history of medicine (University College, London). The focus of her PhD was medical history in early modern Germany – a theme which carried on into a Postgraduate Fellowship. She has lectured at both London and Leicester Universities and worked for many years as a tutor and examiner for the Open University. She is co-author, examiner and course tutor for online University of London courses, covering both the social and cultural history of early modern Europe and the history of the Crusades.
Louise completed a PGCEi with the University of Nottingham and has taught for many years at independent schools in the UK and China (Dulwich College, Shanghai). In addition to history, Louise teaches the Theory of Knowledge. During her time as Head of Department for Theory of Knowledge at Gresham’s School (an independent UK boarding school), she organised whole-school staff training for the subject and opened up the course to Sixth Formers taking A-Levels, as well as those taking IB.
Louise is delighted to be returning to Shanghai and is excited to be joining the teaching team at Wellington College International Shanghai. She and her family are looking forward to catching up with old friends and making lots of new ones. They are relishing the chance to travel around China, and to explore the vibrant and ever-changing city of Shanghai.
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.
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.
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.
Helena Hicks 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.
Yvette joined the international education field immediately after obtaining her Master’s degree from Durham University in the UK. She started her career in university counselling by organising and hosting, in 2015, China’s first ever International Association for College Admission Counselling Regional Institute.
In her position as university counsellor, she has developed an excellent and wide-ranging understanding of university options and application procedures globally, in particular with relation to the Asia Pacific region, North America, and the UK. She is very familiar with university admissions representatives and is a regular attender at international conferences organized by CIS and International ACAC.
She has a wide experience of advising pupils and parents about their university options bilingually, and is looking forward to extending her knowledge and giving herself a global perspective on the options available to Shanghai students. During her time at Wellington, she has also helped to organise many arts and education festivals, in addition to other culture-based events.
In her spare time, Yvette enjoys travelling and is excited to explore different cultures around the world.
From the Black Country town of Walsall, Badhrul attended university close by in Birmingham, where he studied English Literature. He then moved to Taiwan, followed by China, to teach English language. He returned home in order to qualify as a teacher of secondary English, which allowed him to work with his first love of literature.
On completing his PGCE, Badhrul started work in an inner-city school in Birmingham, thinking it was to be the first of many years back in the Midlands. A chance mention by a friend back in Shanghai led to a speculative application to The British International School, Puxi, where he then taught for eight years. As well as English, Badhrul teaches, or has taught, Film, PE and Theory of Knowledge (TOK). Badhrul’s teaching is driven by a love of literature and its ability to encapsulate big ideas through narrative. He moved to Wellington College International Shanghai this summer and is very much looking forward to working within the school’s progressive learning culture.
Badhrul is lucky that his job is also his hobby. Reading has always been pivotal in his life, with 19th century Russian literature foremost in his personal pantheon. Perhaps superseding even Dostoesvky in importance is the sport of boxing which takes up much of Badhrul’s free time. He is a qualified coach and trains people to take part in the city’s bi-annual Brawl on the Bund event as well as competing himself when the opportunity arises.
Pippa is the College Librarian at Wellington College International Shanghai, having previously held the same post at the College’s sister school in Tianjin. Before she became a successful and inspirational librarian, Pippa’s career was in the film industry, where she achieved considerable success as a children’s casting director. Amongst the films she cast are ‘Billy Elliot’, ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, ‘Nanny McPhee’ and ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’. She brings to Shanghai an instinctive rapport with children and a warm sense of humour, qualities which make the library a welcoming, genial and inspiring space. Plus, of course, she knows a lot about books, indeed everything that goes into making a 21st-century library!
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.”
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.
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.
David is the Head of Mathematics at Wellington’s Senior School. Before moving to Wellington, he was involved in the business of international school development for a UK independent school brand. This has left him fascinated by the areas of academic development within schools.
David lived in Norfolk in the east of England. He read mathematics at the University of Cambridge and his postgraduate teaching qualification is from the St Mary’s College, London. He has been a teacher for almost 25 years and has worked in some of the UK’s leading independent schools, teaching mathematics as well as coaching rugby and being responsible for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. In 2010, he became the Deputy Headmaster Academic at Gresham’s School in Norfolk, where he developed a new whole school curriculum while streamlining the school’s academic development plan, staffing structures and approaches to learning.
He has lived in Shanghai before with his wife, who is also a teacher, and his three children. The whole family thoroughly enjoy China and all it has to offer!
When not at work, David likes to watch sport and referee rugby as well as travel – which is fortunate because living in Shanghai offers up a whole new world of travel opportunities.
Craig studied a four-year BA (Hons) Degree in Physical Education with Qualified Teacher Status at the University of Brighton. He taught in the UK for 10 years before deciding to teach abroad and has now been working in Shanghai for the last six years. During Craig’s 16 years of teaching, he has taken on roles such as Head of Boys PE, Deputy Head of Middle School, Head of Year, Head of House and now as Housemaster for Wellesley.
Football, Rugby, Cricket and Judo, were all sports that Craig played during his younger years both in school and at representative level for Jersey – competing in national and international tournaments and competitions. Football was Craig ‘s ultimate passion and as he grew older, it became necessary to focus his dedication to this sport – playing at university and semi-professional level. Fitness and sport will always play a huge part in Craig ‘s life and indeed. Over the last six years in Shanghai Craig has turned his hand to Boxing – regularly training and coaching the sport in this amazing city.
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.
Sarah has gained twenty years of experience in education during her time at local and international schools across Shanghai and the USA. She has taught Mandarin as a foreign language, native language and Chinese culture at international schools as well for primary schools and junior schools. She has organised Chinese New Year celebrations and many other cultural and educational events. She set up the Mandarin curriculum at Bishop Verot Catholic School, FL, USA, which is ranked as one of the best fifty senior schools in the country.
Sarah graduated from East China University where she majored in International Chinese Studies. She is fully qualified as a teacher in both China and the USA.
Sarah enjoys loves travelling, reading and playing sports in her spare time.
Meritxell was born in Barcelona, Spain. She gained a degree in Sociology from the University of Barcelona. In her final undergraduate year, Meritxell studied Spanish and Latin American Studies at the Metropolitan University of London. After taking a year off to study in Canada and travel around the United States and Europe, she embarked on a MA in International Relations and Exterior Commerce at the Politics and Sociology’s Official College of Madrid. Furthermore, she obtained a PGCE at Goldsmiths University of London and a MA in education from the University of Nottingham. She has enjoyed working in a variety of schools in London, especially at Christ The King Sixth Form College. While she was working there she also completed her CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
She has had a wide range of experience in numerous academic roles ranging from teaching Spanish, French, Theory of Knowledge, Sociology, International Studies, EAL, R.E. and Spanish Film Studies, to a Spanish Native Coordinator and CAS Supervisor. She has been a resident of Shanghai for six years, hired from the UK as an international teacher. She enjoys living in Shanghai because it is a truly international city of the twenty-first century, with plentiful opportunities and experiences to discover. Meritxell enjoys yoga, travelling, diving, reading, cinema, theatre, basketball and swimming.
Steeve started to work as a History and Geography teacher in France, he decided then to leave his country to learn a different language and culture. Having lived in London for six years as a foreigner, his motivation to teach his mother tongue has become stronger. Steeve worked as a French assistant in several schools in the UK, he then completed my PGCE where his studies have given him valuable insight into the theory of effective teaching and learning. After completing my PGCE in Goldsmiths University in London, Steeve worked at the Crest Academy School in London where he taught Spanish and French. He worked then at the British School of Kuwait for several years.
As a teacher working in an international school, it is not surprising that Steeve loves traveling. He visited Brazil, Russia, Morocco, Vietnam, China, UK and of course France. Steeve is also passionate about news and especially politics, he enjoys following also what is happening in his country. He used to work for a French magazine as a journalist. Steeve is a movie’s fan, he appreciates particularly ‘Godfather’. Steeve has been practicing Martial Arts for several years such as viet vo dao, karate and kung fu.
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 achieved an MA degree in Psychological Health Education from Shanghai Normal University. Caroline is a fully-qualified teacher, holding the Certificate of Chinese (Level A), the American Chinese Teaching Certificate and the AP Chinese Certificate.
Caroline’s experience of teaching Chinese extends over twenty years. Before joining the Wellington team, Caroline taught in both local and international schools. Caroline has been named as a “Backbone Teacher” – recognition of her contribution to previous schools and dedication to her students. Additionally, Caroline has written several successful research papers, one of which was published in the Journal of Nanjing University. Other of her research papers have won provincial awards.
Caroline is fascinated by Chinese culture, enjoying Chinese painting, dancing and folk games; she endeavours to introduce these to her students through her teaching. In her free time, Caroline is a keen swimmer.
Claire (Xinyan) Zhang is a passionate and professional educator who is dedicated to Chinese language and literature, psychology of Child Development and cross-culture communication. She understands the various needs of students drawing on her own experience teaching overseas and locally, and she is an innovative facilitator whose mindset is shaped by both eastern and western culture.
With a master’s degree in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages from East China Normal University, Claire gained her experience and reputation in teaching throughout American international school, public school in Melbourne, and was a founding member (progress leader) of a well-known British curriculum based Chinese international school. She is also a certified positive discipline parent trainer and found it really makes life easier for both her and her child. To inspire pupils to be the best version of themselves, she believes teachers must try to be the best version of themselves. As a growth-mindset believer, she keeps an open mind participating in Professional Development sessions and workshops, organizing school events, running a non-profit mother and child reading club, learning from wonderful colleagues and reading a lot.
When she is not teaching, she likes exploring the world through reading, travelling, making friends of various cultures and spending time with her family.
Doris graduated from East China Normal University, one of the most important universities producing well-trained teachers in China, majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. During her study time, she has got National Teacher Certificate Examination and Certificate for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages.
Doris has worked as an intern in Wellington College International Shanghai for 10 months. Her transition to the main teaching team is a reflection of her diligence and capability, and is a steady progression for her career. Doris loves being a teacher because she derives infinite pleasure in Chinese language teaching process, as she can teach children about the elements of the language and share with them the profound culture surrounding the language.
Doris is passionate about culture and history, and love the atmosphere with music. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and exploring new places for fun and photographing.
Xiaoli 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. Xiaoli 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.
Xiaoli 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, Xiaoli likes Chinese dancing and reading.