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!
Daisy has taught for 25 years, spending the first 16 in ethnically diverse Secondary schools in West London as a teacher of Science, KS3 Science leader, Head of Science, Advanced Skills Teacher and a Raising Achievement Leader. She then moved with her husband, Michael, to Taiwan and spent five happy years as Assistant Headteacher focusing on assessment, reporting and achievement. Before joining Wellington, she spent three years as the Headteacher of the Secondary school at Mahindra International School in India.
Daisy completed her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences at Leicester University and her PGCE qualification at Kingston University. She completed her Master of Arts qualification at St Mary’s University, West London, with a focus on leading innovation and change.
Outside of teaching, Daisy and her husband, Michael, both enjoy exploring new cultures and cuisines. She especially enjoys interior design and exploring the forgotten back streets and alleyways of the world’s cities.
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.
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.
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.”
Helena Hicks studied at Hunan Normal University, gaining both a BA and an MA in English language and literature. Before moving 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.
While in the UK, Helena held teaching posts at some of the country’s most prestigious schools. She was a Chinese teacher at the Cheltenham Ladies’ College, one of the leading girls’ schools in the country. Helena also served as Head of Curriculum and founder at the Gloucestershire Mandarin School and taught Chinese at Pate’s Grammar School, one of the highest rated grammar schools in the UK.
Helena has been part of the Wellington team since 2014. Since then, she has been dedicated to making Chinese language and culture key aspects of every pupil’s life. Her own carefully crafted curriculum responds to the linguistic needs of every learner of all ages – from the complete beginner to the native-level, fluent speaker. Her program of cultural enrichment, through annual celebration performances and workshops, reaches out to every pupil, parent and teacher.
When not teaching, Helena enjoys swimming, walking, table tennis and travel.
Robert began teaching English in 1995 in China, working 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 joined Wellington as a founder in 2014, having spent the previous thirteen years in a UK academy.
Robert believes that mathematics is a universal language and an elegant tool for problem solving and is 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 on their own. Being part of Wellington’s mathematics department is a thrilling opportunity, and he feels privileged to be part of an institution that delivers such innovative and first-class education.
In his whole-school role, Robert oversees the college’s timetables and works closely with the senior leadership team to plan the curriculum, calculate staffing needs, harvest and analyse pupil data and develop Wellington’s reporting systems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jack graduated from the University of Portsmouth, UK in 2008, having completed a BSc Honours degree in sport and exercise science. Jack attended Middlesex University, UK, to complete his PGCE. Jack’s first teaching post was at Enfield Grammar School, in 2010, where he worked for several successful and enjoyable years. He then worked at the British International School of Shanghai for two years.
Jack is experienced in teaching KS3 science and all PE exam courses; he was the lead practitioner of A level PE at Enfield Grammar School and implemented the IB sport science course at BISS. He has held Head of Year positions at both his former schools. Jack takes pleasure in seeing his pupils achieve their goals in and outside of the classroom and wholeheartedly believes in the importance of holistic education. He believes that physical education and sport give young people the self-esteem, leadership, discipline and interpersonal skills to be successful in life.
Jack enjoys a number of sports but most notably rugby. He was an active member of his local rugby club back home and is currently a member of the Shanghai Dolphins Rugby Club. Jack is excited to continue his adventure of living in Shanghai with his wife Alexandra.
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.
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.
Originally from London, Ayesha has been in international education for eight years. She has taught music in the UK, Australia and China. Through working to develop curriculums and a lasting enjoyment in music, she became a Head of Department in 2020.
At the start of her education journey, Ayesha studied A-Levels in Music, Music Technology, Psychology and Dance. She then went on to study music at City University, where she gained experience in Samba ensembles, world music, and choirs. After graduation, Ayesha began working with all ages and developed a passion for early years. She decided to further her studies by getting a Postgraduate degree in Early Childhood Education in Australia. Her professional development studies include children’s wellbeing and effective assessment in art subjects, and she has a keen interest in how music supports child development.
Beyond music education, Ayesha enjoys listening and dancing to afrobeat, touch rugby, various crafts, board games and video games. She is grateful for the opportunity to travel the world exchanging cultures with her husband and sharing the joy of music.
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.
Joshua has worked in education for more than 15 years, starting in the United States and then since 2007 in China. In that time he has worked with pupils from Grade 5 to university level and beyond in a wide variety of roles: social studies and TOK teacher, English instructor, test prep tutor, after school activities director, CAS coordinator and college counsellor. It is in this last role that he found his true professional calling.
Josh completed his undergraduate education at the University of Virginia (UVA), where he pursued an interdisciplinary degree in international relations and religious studies. He later received his Masters in Teaching from National Louis University, where he focused on secondary social studies education. More recently, he completed a post-graduate certificate in college counselling from the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA).
Outside of school, Joshua enjoys staying active by hiking and lifting weights. He loves spending time with his wife and young son Caelan here in Shanghai. Having married into a local Chinese family, Josh is diligently working on his Mandarin language skills — but he should probably spend more time learning Shanghainese if he wants to please his in-laws.
Tarra comes to Shanghai from Auckland, New Zealand. At school, she discovered her love for Accounting and English and from there decided to become a teacher so that she could share her passion with others. She has been teaching commerce since 2013 and enjoys making the subject come to life. She is passionate about creating activities that will get students out of their seats, thinking critically, and solving problems that businesses of today face. These activities encourage students to think out of the box, draw on their existing knowledge and seek new ideas through research.
She attended Massey University, where she received a Bachelor of Business Studies, Bachelor of Arts, and her Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary).
Outside of the classroom, you will find Tarra working with budding entrepreneurs as she guides them in following their dreams of starting their own businesses. In her spare time, Tarra is a keen baker and cake decorator. She also enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures. This is Tarra’s first international teaching post and she is excited about exploring China.
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.
Stephen began his teaching career in Tokyo, Japan. After teaching there for nine years, he returned to the UK and fulfilled his dream of becoming a science teacher. He has honed his skills in the UK and Vietnam for the last nine years to become a very reflective and progressive teacher. He is involved in developing students’ passion for the scientific process and STEAM-based learning. His goal is to create resilient, passionate lifelong scientists.
Stephen studied genetics and zoology at Sheffield University, UK, where he developed a passion for the natural world. His thesis analysed the applications of the Human Genome Project. He has a wide range of interests, including ecology, epigenetics and biomedicine. He has established many links throughout the global scientific community and can use these to inspire a new generation.
Outside of education, Stephen is a keen sportsman and loves football, tennis, basketball, snowboarding and volleyball. As a qualified UEFA football coach, he likes to use a scientific approach to improve students’ technique and understanding of the beautiful game.
Before joining Wellington, Xiaohui taught Computer Science and Design Engineering at Bourne Grammar School for 10 years, four of which she served as department head. The majority of her students over the years have gone to top universities, including Oxbridge. Xiaohui has trained many new teachers and served as a subject specialist in a teacher training consortium. While at Bourne Grammar School, she also developed a VLE and led an effort to develop innovative online curriculums for all levels of study. Every month, it receives over 250,000 visits from all over the world.
Before her career in teaching, Xiaohui earned two Masters Degrees from the University of Memphis. She then worked for the university as an Internet2 developer for five years. She has also worked as a senior system architect for Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where she led a team and designed and developed an identity management system that is still running today.
In her spare time, Xiaohui enjoys reading, solving puzzles, crosswords and cryptic crosswords, baking, working out and hiking.
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.
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.
Graham has been teaching IB Physics in a variety of international schools over the last 15 years. Most recently, he taught at Oporto British School, Porto, where he was the IGCSE Coordinator. Before that, he was the Head of Physics at Markham College, Peru. His first internal post was at St. Paul’s School, Sao Paulo, where he also coordinated the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. He has also worked in traditional independent boarding schools in the UK, such as Blundell’s School in Tiverton and Cheltenham College. In all these posts, Graham has taken on many leading roles in outdoor education and has coached various sports. He has also taken students on various trips including trekking in Nepal, Pakistan and India.
Before embarking on his teaching career, Graham completed his undergraduate degree in Physics at University of Sheffield. He then worked at an educational charity (Farms for City Children) before deciding to complete his PGCE at the University of Exeter.
In his free time, Graham enjoys cooking, cycling and exploring the countryside. During summer holidays, he often heads back to Devon to work on improving the construction of his Log Cabin. This has been a labour of love for the last 15 years. He also enjoys gardening, fishing, sailing and working at his parents’ farm.
Lee spent the past six years working at Rowan Park School in Liverpool as a Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) teacher, Religious Education co-ordinator and Science co-ordinator. He started as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT), teaching pupils aged 3 -19 with a range of learning difficulties and disabilities. He was also responsible for mentoring many trainee teachers, and he feels these experiences have helped shape him into the teacher he is today
Lee attended Brookfield High School in Liverpool until 1999 where he completed his GCSE’s. After gaining work experience, he attended Edge Hill University to pursue a career in teaching. During one of his summer breaks, he travelled to Uganda where he helped build a school in a local village and enjoyed the opportunity to teach many children. He then completed his PGCE at Liverpool Hope University.
Lee loves to travel with his family, and after visiting Shanghai at Christmas, they are keen to see more of China and Asia. You will probably see them exploring every weekend! He also loves to dine out and spend quality time with his family.
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.
Robbie joins us from the City of London Freemen’s School in Surrey. After beginning his career in the Sports Department at Trinity School, he trained as a teacher of Politics and History, and he worked in both the maintained and independent sectors. He has taken on several roles in his career, always with a focus on wellbeing and pastoral care. His most recent post was Head of Upper School at Freemen’s.
He studied at the University of Nottingham and the University of Toronto, reading American Studies and History while representing both on the rugby field. Robbie has a passion for travel, and, having lived overseas before, is relishing the opportunity to experience a new culture (and significantly, cuisine) while seeing everything Shanghai and Asia has to offer.
Outside of the classroom, Robbie’s interests are focused on sport and the outdoors. Since hanging up his rugby boots, he enjoys challenging himself in any form of athletic activity, from triathlons to functional fitness. He has also been exploring the relationship between physical and mental wellness in recent years, something which he is keen to develop and promote at Wellington.
Georgie Denman comes to Shanghai from Kent, England, where she spent four years teaching Maths and working as a year 5 tutor at Hilden Grange, a Prep school in Tonbridge. Georgie was head of one of the houses and thoroughly enjoyed being part of the extra-curricular life of the school. A firm believer in providing a holistic education, she trained as a children’s yoga teacher, leading yoga clubs for children across the Prep and Pre-Prep.
Georgie was educated in the UK, completing her GCSEs and A-Levels before spending a year working in a school in Sydney before attending UCL, where she graduated with a BASc (Hons). Her degree combined a range of subjects, including Maths and English Literature, with a focus on fostering an interdisciplinary education. This has shaped much of Georgie’s educational philosophy, and she is keen to deliver a curriculum that bridges disciplines in innovative ways.
She is excited to move to Shanghai and continue to explore this part of the world; she is always keen to experience new cultures. While teaching in the UK, she especially enjoyed a summer in Tanzania, where she worked with a charity to provide teacher training and development opportunities. Georgie is also an avid reader and enjoys exhibitions and theatre. She always travels with her Yoga mat and likes to unwind in nature.
Originally from Sunderland, Faye Donaldson moved to Nottingham to study for her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science. During her studies, she undertook mentoring roles and worked to promote STEM subjects in local schools. This was the driving force behind her transition into a teaching career. After completing her undergraduate studies she completed her PGCE and earned a Masters in Education at the University of Nottingham.
Having enjoyed teaching in England for three years, Faye took the opportunity to expand her experience by becoming an international teacher in Bangkok, Thailand. Here she successfully delivered IGCSE Science courses, A level Biology and trained as an IB educator. It is with this experience she is excited to join the team at Wellington College Shanghai.
Outside of the classroom, Faye is a keen sportsperson. She especially enjoys swimming and cycling as well as team sports. She is an avid reader and enjoys exploring new countries.
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.
Joanne Goran graduated from University of London, Goldsmiths College with a BSc in Computing and Design for the World Wide Web. Her passion for education and technology then compelled her to earn a PGCE and QTS at St Mary’s University, London.
Ms Goran has taught computer science, ICT and Business studies in many comprehensive schools in London and has been teaching in international schools in Shanghai for the past six years.
In addition to teaching, Joanne is active in charitable work and enjoys involving pupils and teachers in a variety of fundraising initiatives. She is keen to instil in pupils the value of helping one another. In her spare time she also enjoys cycling, reading and cooking.
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.
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.
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.
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!
John’s teaching career began in Sunderland at Hylton Red House School, before heading east to work at The British International School of Shanghai, Puxi. There he was Head of Year and taught IB. After a fabulous few years in Shanghai, the opportunity arose to work at St Joseph’s Institution International, a top IB school, in Singapore. As much as John loved working at SJII, China was the place he wanted to be. Having visited Guangzhou and liking how green the city was, John knew that a role at The British School of Guangzhou was the right fit for him at that time. After seven years in Guangzhou, John and his young family were ready for a new challenge, and they are looking forward to joining Wellington College.
John earned his degree in Archaeology and English Literature from the University of Wales. This was soon followed by a Masters in Archaeology from Cardiff University. It was while working as a field archaeologist that John realised his true calling as a teacher. He then enrolled in a PGCE in Secondary English at Newcastle University.
In his spare time, John has a wide range of interests: mainly physical activities and sharing the world with his young daughter. He loves to read about China – including Chinese fiction in English – and has been a student of the language for the best part of a decade.
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.
Kalev joins us from the Royal Guard of Oman, where he taught Chemistry and Physics for four years at an elite boys military boarding school. He was previously Deputy Director of Science at a successful secondary school in Wiltshire. He has been teaching since 2012 when he attained a PGCE from Christ Church Canterbury. Kalev studied Chemistry at the University of Bath. He graduated in 2005 and began working as an analytical chemist for an international engineering firm. He soon realized that his true passion lay in teaching and sparking scientific curiosity in young people.
He believes that education is holistic and multifaceted, nurturing within students a flair for innovation, the courage to persevere, and the competence to excel for themselves. His educational philosophy is centred around the needs of the students, always giving them opportunities to grow regardless of their starting point, and the belief that everyone can be coached to success.
Beyond the classroom, he is a keen outdoorsman who enjoys hiking and rock climbing. He has led several Duke of Edinburgh award expeditions and is a qualified trainer and assessor. He is an occasional sailor, though he was frequently outclassed by the Omani boys sailing team. He also likes to travel and explore the roads less travelled and once kayaked from Dubrovnik to Split with his wife.
Timothy brings 12 years of teaching experience to Wellington, having worked for three years in the UK and nine years in China. He has a wealth of experience in delivering outstanding results at GCSE, A-Level and IB. For the past five years, he taught at an international school and served in numerous leadership roles.
Timothy is a proponent of Dweck’s ‘Growth Mindset’ and recently earned an MA in Education. He is always seeking professional learning opportunities and, as such, he also has an “Applying Psychology in the Workplace” qualification only from the University of Cambridge.
When Timothy is not teaching, he is playing Warhammer or chess. He also enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with his family.
After five years as an English teacher and Head of Year at Hayes School, Bromley, Samuel Lane moved to Dulwich College Beijing. There he held the roles of college timetabler and Head of English.
Sam studied English and American literature at the University of Kent and gained his PGCE from Oxford University. He is currently studying for an MA in Shakespeare and education with Birmingham University.
Outside of English literature and the works of William Shakespeare, Sam enjoys racing in triathlons and other endurance events. He is passionate about the game of rugby and rarely happier than when exploring the great outdoors.
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.
Anja began her career in education substituting as a maths teacher while in university. Then, as an intern, she mentored students for mathematics competitions and help them win gold medals at the national level. Since then, she has taught in China for six years in both the American and British school systems. As curriculum developer for the Wasatch Academy programme at the High School Affiliated to Nanjing Normal University, she focused on ways to improve learning opportunities for students and educators. She has also taught at RDFZ’s International Curriculum Centre as an A-level and IBDP teacher. Recognising the importance of holistic education, she began incorporating the historical background of discoveries into her lessons. This helped pupils appreciate the beauty of mathematics and the world around us.
Anja earned her Masters degree in Mathematics and Education at University of Maribor, Slovenia. As a Statistics enthusiast, she likes reading and following longitudinal research on human development. On days off, she likes to take hiking and cycling day trips. Her great desire is to be able to travel to western China to explore the mountains.
Anjali has an extensive 16 years of experience teaching IB and IGSCE in India and abroad. She is also an experienced IB examiner and moderator of Higher-Level Explorations. Before moving to China, she worked for 6 years in UWCSEA Singapore, 4 years in Egypt and 2 years in West Africa in highly prestigious British International Schools.
Originally from India Anjali has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science from Bangalore University. She got inspired to teach during a volunteer job after graduation. She then went on to earn her Master’s in Applied Mathematics before starting a career in international teaching.
In her spare time, Anjali enjoys cooking, reading, sketching and watching documentaries. She loves being outdoors and enjoys trekking in the wild. She also has a passion for travel that has taken her all over the globe.
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.
Originally from Ireland, James graduated from University College Cork with a joint BA (hon) in English Language and Literature, and Philosophy. He completed his PGCE and teacher training in Bristol, UK and has also taught in London and Singapore.
In his spare time, James is passionate about food, film and travel. He enjoys hiking and is attempting to learn Mandarin.
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.
Over the past decade, Giselle has worked as an SEN teacher at The British School, Rio de Janeiro, where she was a founding member of the SEN department in the Secondary School. More recently, she taught at The Sultan’s School in Muscat, Oman. Alongside her teaching role, Giselle takes a keen interest in extra-curricular activities, such as working with students at the Model United Nations club and coaching swimming.
Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Giselle spent a year as an exchange student in Atlanta, Georgia, before completing a degree in Physical Education. Giselle then switched the focus of her academic studies to follow the passion she developed for Special Educational Needs. In 2018, Giselle graduated with a Masters in Special and Additional Learning Needs at the University of East London. Her dissertation amalgamated her experiences as a teacher by studying the potential impact of physical activities on the academic lives of dyslexic students.
In her free time, Giselle enjoys cooking and reading. She loves exercising and CrossFit. She also spends a lot of time dreaming about her next travel destination, and she uses school holidays as a chance to explore the world. In 2019, Giselle became a mother and is currently enjoying spending time with her daughter, Isabel.
Maxine’s passion for teaching began at university while she was studying Consumer Sciences. Years of tutoring part-time while studying gave her valuable experience and insight before accepting her first teaching role in 2014. Since she started teaching Business Studies, she has been committed to three things: maximizing individual student performance, inspiring students’ interest in learning and instilling a sense of self-worth among all pupils. Maxine takes pride in guiding her pupils to develop a love for learning and a desire to contribute to their community.
After earning her bachelor’s degree with distinction in Consumer Sciences, she went on to complete her Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education at the University of Pretoria. When she is not teaching, you will find Maxine coaching netball.
Paul was born in the UK, but he grew up in Australia, Hong Kong and Germany. His long and diverse career as a musician took him to venues around the world. A genre-hopping multi-instrumentalist tuba/double bassist who sings, he has performed on a number one hit record and played live on BBC Radio 1, 2, 3 and 4. Paul has performed with Japanese virtuoso violinist Taro Hakase on double bass. He played bluegrass banjo solos in Nashville, Greek Rebetiko in Istanbul, Balkan dubstep on the tuba at Glastonbury Festival, sung in Russian and Yiddish as a soloist with the Aurora Orchestra, played piano and musically directed a 7 month sell-out show in London, played trumpet at Shakespeare’s Globe and performed Victorian Music Hall comedy songs at the Queen’s Jubilee on the accordion.
Paul’s MA dissertation on Turkish Nationalism in music was published in 2005, and he completed a PhD on the London Klezmer scene in 2013 at City University, London. He has taught from Primary to University level and comes to Wellington from The International School of Moscow where he led their highly successful instrumental programmes and conducted the orchestra.
When not playing music and spending time with his two children, Paul enjoys long-distance running and has completed several marathons.
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.
Sherry graduated from East China Normal University in 2004, majoring in Teaching Chinese Language as a Foreign Language. She then went on to obtain an MA in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages at Fudan University. She is certified by EDI in the UK and by the International Association for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages in the US.
She has 10 years of international school teaching experience and has been part of Wellington College International Shanghai since 2014. In her capacity as Head of Foreign Language Chinese, Sherry plays an active role in curriculum design and developing teaching methods. She is effective at helping pupils develop a solid foundation of the language and has helped many of them achieve high scores on their IB (Language B and Ab Initio) and IGCSE (Foreign and Second Language) examinations.
Outside the classroom, Sherry has a passion for art and handicrafts. She enjoys drawing and watercolour painting and maintains a keen interest in reading, visual arts, film 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.
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.