Senior School

Joe McKee

Joe McKee

Head of Senior School | English Teacher
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Joe McKee

Joe is the Head of the Senior School at Wellington. Before moving to Shanghai, he spent three years as Academic Director of Dulwich College Beijing, his first international teaching post and an experience that has left him with a deep interest in learning as much as possible about China’s rich history and culture.

Joe comes from Manchester in the north-west of England. He read English at the University of Cambridge and his postgraduate teaching qualification is from the University of Nottingham. He has been a teacher for almost 25 years and has worked in some of the UK’s leading independent schools, teaching English as well as drama, theatre studies and philosophy for children. In 2006 he moved to London where he spent 8 years as Senior Deputy Headmaster of Trinity, one of the UK’s most consistently high-performing academic schools, including a period as Acting Headmaster. At Trinity, his job was focused on the daily running of the school and the development of innovative, effective approaches to teaching and learning.

He is here in Shanghai with his wife, who is also a teacher, and his daughter, who is a pupil in the Senior School. The whole family is delighted to be able to experience all that life in Shanghai has to offer.

When not at work, Joe likes to read as much and as widely as possible, listen to too much music (usually too loudly) and follow the ever-changing, never dull adventures of his beloved team, Manchester City Football Club.

Karl Hayward-Bradley

Karl Hayward-Bradley

Deputy Head Academic | Mathematics Teacher
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Karl Hayward-Bradley

Karl has worked at Wellington College International Shanghai for two years and has found the experience wonderfully enriching. He previously taught at Oundle School and Warwick School in the UK (a boarding and a day school respectively) both in the independent sector. There he held the positions of head of mathematics and assistant director of studies. Karl was educated at Rugby School and the University of Cambridge, where he obtained his Master’s Degree in mathematics and computer science. After a short career in software engineering, he returned to Cambridge to study for his PGCE qualification.

Karl is interested in all things mathematical, and is a question writer for the UK Mathematics Trust’s mathematics competitions. In his less focused and intense moments, Karl can often be found acting and singing in amateur dramatics shows, and has occasionally been known to appear on the school stage. If there is no stage or microphone nearby, the next best place to look for Karl would be in the vicinity of a pool table – play him at your peril.

As with many international teachers, Karl is a keen traveller, and alongside his wife and young son he is keen to continue exploring the beautiful Chinese landscapes as well as the nearby countries. Karl is still looking forward to being n years old at the beginning of the year n-squared.

Adam Shaw

Adam Shaw

Deputy Head Pastoral | Design Technology Teacher
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Adam Shaw

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.

Beejesh Deva

Beejesh Deva

Director of Teaching & Learning | Head of Chemistry
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Beejesh Deva

Beejesh started and developed his career as a chemistry teacher at The Rodillian Academy in South Leeds. The four years he spent there led him to develop an in-depth knowledge and interest in pedagogy. This has led to his most recent role as science intervention coordinator, in which he designed a scheme from scratch to enable struggling learners to achieve their full potential.

Beejesh’s formal education took place at Leeds University in West Yorkshire where he completed his degree in biochemistry. A passion to learn more about life on a molecular level led him to complete an MSc degree in bioscience. His passion for science progressed into a role as an experimental officer in protein immuno-chemistry for a major international contract research company. Eventually it became clear that his passion for science could not be contained in the lab and his true calling was inspiring the next generation of young scientists.

His learning in the sciences has given him a keen insight and curiosity into life and it has been his philosophy and goal to develop this in the minds of all the learners that enter his classroom. Beejesh hopes to inspire the great international scientists of the future and is greatly enjoying the challenges of bringing an innovative chemistry curriculum to life.

Ewan McCallum

Ewan McCallum

Head of Sixth Form | History Teacher
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Ewan McCallum

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!

Martin O’Brien

Martin O’Brien

Combermere Housemaster (Senior School) | Geography Teacher
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Martin O’Brien

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.

 

Madeline Lamour

Madeline Lamour

Hopetoun Housemaster (Senior School) | Head of French
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Madeline Lamour

Madeline was born and raised in beautiful Brittany, France. She obtained her BA in foreign cultures and languages at the Western Brittany University in Brest. As a language student, one requirement for graduating was to study abroad, which she did. She spent an exciting year in an American university, learning about a new culture through classes and a lot of traveling around North America. She then took her PGCE in Keele University and went straight to China to work in an international school.

She has now been working in China for some five years, and has recently taken on the position of housemistress of the Hopetoun. She is very excited about this pastoral role, which is crucial in the well-being and development of the pupils.

She loves sports and has practised many. She recently passed her open water certificate in Bali and is hoping to discover many more diving places around South-East Asia. She also loves dancing, especially line dancing, which she has practised for more than five years, and attended workshops lead by international choreographers in different countries.

Abigail Beastall

Abigail Beastall

Lynedoch Housemaster (Senior School) | Design Technology Teacher
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Abigail Beastall

Abigail joins Wellington College Shanghai from Headington School, Oxford, where she taught art, design and technology and worked in one of the sixth form boarding houses as an assistant housemistress. Having previously worked for four years at Wellington College UK, she is no stranger to the Wellington name and is excited to be back in the family. During her post at Wellington College UK, Abigail oversaw the design and technology textiles curriculum, spent two years as an assistant housemistress in the Combermere boarding house, and was Master in charge of clay pigeon shooting.

Following her degree in fashion, media and promotion at the University of Huddersfield, Abigail spent several years working in the creative media industry. Abigail has a PGCE from Manchester Metropolitan University and a PGCE from the University of Reading, where she also completed the SENCO qualification.

Abigail enjoys all things creative and is passionate about how she can aid the creativity of young people. She enjoys running, evenings with her LP collection and will never pass up the opportunity to learn something new. This is Abigail’s first international post and she is excited about exploring the Far East with her husband Jonathan.

Danielle Hawkins

Danielle Hawkins

Stanley Housemaster (Senior School) | Geography Teacher
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Danielle Hawkins

Danielle Hawkins read geography at Plymouth University and completed her PGCE at the University of West of England. Danielle has previously worked in a school in Wiltshire where she assisted the department in gaining the Geography Quality Award.

Danielle was attracted to Shanghai and Wellington College by the opportunity to work with a diversity of pupils to enhance geography and help create truly global citizens as she will be teaching pupils who will shape the future of this dynamic leading global power. In addition, Danielle believes the opportunity to work in China is a dream come true for a geographer, as we are living in a case study.

Danielle previously competed to a high level in both netball and swimming and looks forward to becoming involved with both these sports at Wellington College, Shanghai.

Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan

Wellesley Housemaster (Senior School) | History Teacher
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Michael Brennan

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.

Michael Dunsmore

Michael Dunsmore

Head of Senior Mathematics | Mathematics Teacher
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Michael Dunsmore

Michael Dunsmore studied mathematics at Strathclyde University. While at university, Michael also studied French for three years and German for a year. Before coming to Wellington, Michael worked at Dulwich College Shanghai for two years and prior to Shanghai he worked in the Scottish state sector for ten years.

Michael remarks upon how Wellington has a great name and tradition of excellence in academics, sports and the arts. The College is a new school and he has relished the opportunity to get in at the beginning of its journey and help shape the future of mathematics here. It is a rare chance to work at a school that is in its infancy, but is already being viewed as a potential market leader. Michael considers the pupils to be very polite and pleasant and he is keen to have the opportunity to help them realise their potential. Michael looks forward to working closely with the school community and watching the College go from strength to strength.

Outside of the mathematics classroom, Michael is interested in tennis, badminton, football and skiing. He likes to escape by watching nature programs, especially about snakes. He also indulges in some trash TV, such as KUWTK.

Charlotte Montague

Charlotte Montague

Head of English | English Teachers
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Charlotte Montague

Charlotte attended the University of Kent where she attained a BA in English and American literature, followed by an MA in Dickens and Victorian culture. During her Master’s, she placed particular focus on the works of Wilkie Collins, which is where her true passion lies.

Charlotte began her teaching career in her university town of Canterbury, moving after three years to The Grange School in Santiago, Chile, where she took the opportunity to begin learning Spanish. Charlotte quickly assumed the roles of head of English in the Prep School and head of professional development, both of which she thoroughly enjoyed.

In her free time, Charlotte enjoys travelling, board games and developing her cooking abilities and knowledge of international cuisine. She is also currently attempting to learn Mandarin as she begins to explore Shanghai and various parts of China.

Dr Charles Debieux

Dr Charles Debieux

Head of Science | Head of Biology
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Dr Charles Debieux

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.

Helena Hicks

Helena Hicks

Director of Chinese Studies
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Helena Hicks

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.

Michael Larsen-Disney

Michael Larsen-Disney

Director of Arts
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Michael Larsen-Disney

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.”

Matthew Corke

Matthew Corke

Head of Humanities | Geography Teacher
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Matthew Corke

Matthew Corke graduated from Durham University in 2007 with a BA (Hons) in geography. Following this Matthew spent a year working in the City of London for the IT consultancy firm Accenture. Deciding that the corporate world wasn’t for him, he left and enjoyed nine months of adventure in East Africa, South East Asia and Norway. During this year, he secured a place on the Exeter University PGCE programme before being employed by Exeter School in Devon in 2010.

Aside from teaching, Matthew is a passionate white-water kayaker and has travelled extensively in pursuit of this hobby. Most recently in the summer of 2013, as part of an international team Matthew embarked on a 10-day, 330km self-supported trip through the heart of the Sayan Mountains in Siberia. It was a true privilege to be able to travel through such a beautiful area whilst paddling some world-class white-water. Complimenting this passion, Matthew is also a keen photographer; another reason why Shanghai will be a great place to be situated.

Matthew is very much looking forward to helping establish Wellington Shanghai as one of the premier international schools in the region, if not the world.

Stefanie Abbott

Stefanie Abbott

Biology Teacher
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Stefanie Abbott

Stefanie has just spent the last four years working in the beautiful Shropshire hills close to the Welsh boarder. This quintessentially English backdrop is the home of Bedstone College, a small co-educational independent day and boarding school. It was at this school she had the opportunity to develop practical experiments in science and teach a broad age range of pupils from year 3 through to year 13. She was also involved in the senior boarding house as an assistant, while supporting the girls’ games sessions, assisting with the coaching of the U13s in netball and rounders and attending fixtures.

Stefanie studied biomedical sciences BSc (Hons) at Coventry University, covering a range of topics including microbes, physiology, pharmacology and biochemistry. She completed her PGCE in secondary science at the University of Bedfordshire after spending two years working with dyslexic, VI (visually impaired), HI (hearing impaired) and MLD (moderate learning difficulties) pupils as a teaching assistant.

This is her first international post and she is looking forward to the new challenges of moving to Shanghai. She has a passion for modern jive and plan to ‘pretzel’ her way around Shanghai to find the best dance floors.

Dr Nikki Bache

Dr Nikki Bache

Chemistry Teacher
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Dr Nikki Bache

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.

 

Jonathan Beastall

Jonathan Beastall

Design Technology Technician
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Jonathan Beastall

Christopher Beinor

Christopher Beinor

Business Studies and Economics Teacher
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Christopher Beinor

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.

Ryan Briggs

Ryan Briggs

PE Teacher
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Ryan Briggs

After completing his A levels in South Africa, Ryan went on to Bath University in the UK, where he completed a BSc Sports Technology Degree. He joined Merchant Taylors’ School in 2005 where he completed his GTP. After four years at Merchant Taylors’ School as a PE Teacher, he then went on New Hall School in Chelmsford in the UK for three years where he filled the Head of Rugby position. Ryan decided he would prefer a slightly warmer climate and accepted a post as PE Coordinator at the Canggu Community School in Bali where he has spent the last four years.

Ryan believes that sport has the ability to produce some of the finest characteristics in a person and this can help shape the way they will live their lives. It is this belief that reflects the way he teaches and his commitment to his school and its students.

On a personal level Ryan played rugby for Bath University 1st XV (2002-2005). Besides rugby he enjoys keeping fit in the gym, hiking and whilst in Bali he ‘dusted off’ his surfboard and enjoyed his surfing.

Michael Camp

Michael Camp

Mathematics Teacher
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Michael Camp

Michael went to school in Taunton in the southwest of England, left school with A levels in Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology,he graduated from Exeter University.

Before teaching Michael worked 7 years at the UK Hydrographic Office, the agency that 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 to get authorisation to deliver the IB Diploma programme in the college and has been teaching the IB Diploma since 2007.

In 2011 Michael moved with his cat (and wife) to Shanghai to help create the IB programme at the High School Affiliated to Jiao Tong University in Baoshan district. In the first year he Michael was the only mathematics teacher, after the first year I 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 in the past have played chess for Taunton, and he is a supporter of Chelsea and Somerset Cricket Club.

Bruce Cooper

Bruce Cooper

Head of Business & Economics | Business & Economics Teacher
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Bruce Cooper

Bruce studied finance and economics at Southwest Texas University and the University of Houston, obtaining his undergraduate degree in both subjects, before briefly becoming a hard-commodities trader on the Hong Kong markets. While back at the University of Houston for post-baccalaureate work in accounting, Bruce began working as an accountant for a regional restaurant chain, and it was this work that would shape his professional life. For, during this time, he found the existing inventory control systems in the food and beverage industry sadly lacking and created his own firm to implement, monitor, and more accurately manage the inevitable discrepancies. Subsequently, Bruce used this industry knowledge to open numerous successful public houses and a large-event beverage catering company.

A love of education – incubated during his first stint in graduate school – was never far from his mind however, and, after selling his share of the business to his partners, Bruce obtained his teaching certificate in multiple disciplines and began working at a small Texas high school teaching Accounting, Business Management, English Literature, and Communications. Bruce ultimately made the move to China in 2012; obtaining his post-graduate degree in Education and serving for three years as Principal and Economics instructor at Tianjin Foreign Languages School Advanced Placement Center. He currently holds the title of Head of Economics and Business Studies at Wellington College Shanghai.

Bruce has engaged in all manner of physical activities over the years, including running marathons, and competing in mountain bike and adventure races. His current sporting passion is table tennis which he enjoys, when time permits, with his like-minded Wellington colleagues.

Peter Cusick

Peter Cusick

Mathematics Teacher
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Peter Cusick

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.

Chloe Deva

Chloe Deva

Drama Teacher
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Chloe Deva

Chloe Deva has come from Oakham School, a British independent boarding school, where she taught in both the Prep and the Senior School. She is a firm believer in the holistic education that independent boarding schools bring. She expanded her horizons by running a volunteering trip for the 6th form to Uganda and directing a performance for a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This is Chloe’s first experience in an international school but has previously lived in Mexico and the United States of America.

Chloe gained her BA (Hons) from Queen Mary’s University of London and her Post Graduate Certificate in Education through Lancaster University. She has been an NQT mentor and has a passion for the development of teaching styles.

Chloe’s interests include going to the theatre, learning how to cook and watching her local English football team. She is extremely excited to begin her new adventure here at Wellington College International Shanghai.

Sean Dooley

Sean Dooley

English Teacher
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Sean Dooley

After gaining a BA Hons degree in English from the University of Exeter, Sean continued onto study for a PGCE in English and Drama. In 2010, Sean completed his Masters degree at the University of Cambridge, studying at Corpus Christi College. His thesis explored creative ways of teaching Shakespeare at KS3 and his later article on using stop motion animation to teach ‘Macbeth’ was published in NATE’s ‘English’ magazine.

A keen writer, Sean has two plays published by LazyBeeScripts which are performed around the world by amateur theatre companies. Sean also enjoys camping in his tree tent, unicycling and has achieved the level of 3rd Dan, Black Belt in ninjutsu.

James Dyson

James Dyson

ICT Teacher
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James Dyson

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 Edwards

Kelly Edwards

Art Teacher
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Kelly Edwards

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

Daniel Eldred

Head of Boarding | Art Teacher
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Daniel Eldred

Daniel Eldred was born in Gaborone, Botswana and lived there for most of his childhood before returning to the UK in 1999 to attend East Bergholt School and complete his GCSEs. Daniel studied fine art Sculpture at Kingston University and, after his degree, he spent a year exhibiting in Berlin and London. In 2007 Daniel enrolled at the Institute of Education, London and completed his PGCE in secondary art and design education.

Daniel’s second teaching placement was to the Regent’s School, Bangkok, where he trained for six months; this was the experience that made him realise that he wanted to work in international schools. During Daniel’s time as a teacher he has continued to develop his subject knowledge; the most exciting of these opportunities was to train in special effects makeup at the London School of Media and Film.

Daniel sees Wellington College Shanghai as an opportunity to further develop and fine tune his teaching practice in a progressive education environment. As a leader in art and design education, Daniel feels it is important to expose pupils to a wide variety of media and processes. Daniel’s intentions are to try and make links to industry in every project undertaken across all Key Stages. The creative industry is vast and varied, so pupils should have the opportunity to see art and design from a variety of influences.

Jo Evans

Jo Evans

Director of Wellbeing
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Jo Evans

Having trained in fine art at the Sir John Cass School of Art, Jo completed a PGCE at Goldsmiths College before undertaking an MA in museum education at the Institute of Education, London and working with the education departments of the British Museum, Tate Modern and the Whitechapel Gallery before entering teaching full time.

 

Jo joins us from Beijing, where she taught art and design and was deputy head of Key Stage 3 at a large International School. Prior to that, she has taught internationally in Qatar and the Falkland Islands, working across the arts and pastoral leadership, as well as leading arts faculties in schools in London and the South East of England. Through her pastoral work in schools, Jo became interested in developing a curriculum that allows pupils to develop skills in critical thought and logical reasoning, reflection and resilience, and she is feels that the Wellbeing programme at Wellington offers what many other schools and colleges do not.

 

In addition to drawing and painting, Jo enjoys yoga and is a keen runner. She proud to have completed several marathons, including the challenging Great Wall Marathon. Jo is still desperately trying to learn Chinese, though given the confused looks that usually accompany her efforts to converse, she feels that she is not making as much progress as she’d hoped.Wall Marathon, and hopes to add more to the list in the near future.

Laura Garcia

Laura Garcia

Spanish Teacher
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Laura Garcia

Laura is originally from Seville, in the south of Spain. As a child, she developed an interest for languages, which led her to obtain a degree in Translation and Interpreting at the University of Wales. She then moved to the north west of England where she started her teaching career, imparting adult courses at Blackpool and the Fylde College. Six years later, she decided to develop her teaching practice with younger students and completed a PGCE at Liverpool Hope University.

For the past six years, Laura has been teaching at the British School of Riyadh, where she has taught Spanish and French and been involved in a number of extracurricular activities. She has enjoyed working in an international school, learning about new cultures.

In her spare time, Laura enjoys reading, movies and sports. She loves travelling and is looking forward to exploring this side of the world, as well as giving a go at learning some Chinese!

Li Gu

Li Gu

Design Technology Technician
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Li Gu

Rebecca Haley

Rebecca Haley

Director of EAL | English Teacher
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Rebecca Haley

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 Han

John Han

Teacher of Chinese
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John Han

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.

Gareth Hardy

Gareth Hardy

English Teacher
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Gareth Hardy

Gareth Hardy has eight years of teaching experience in the state sector in the UK, and he was director of humanities at a high school in Suffolk when he left to teach English in Vietnam in 2012. While living in Hanoi and then Ho Chi Minh City, he specialised in teaching writing, also he worked as an examiner for the British Council. He moved to China in 2016 and he is very happy to be working at Wellington College Shanghai.

For his studies, Gareth majored in politics and government at the University of Essex, and after deciding to become a high school teacher, took his PGCE at the University of East Anglia. Later on, he completed a Master’s degree in English with the Open University, achieving a distinction. The chosen area for his thesis was in Shakespeare and the meta-theatrical elements of three different comedies.

His interests include learning foreign languages and writing stories, both of which he does with much enthusiasm and varying levels of success. He is very keen on film and cinema, especially kung fu movies. He also enjoys long-distance running.

Yvette Huang

Yvette Huang

University Counsellor (Asia-Pacific) | Festival Manager
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Yvette Huang

Badhrul Islam

Badhrul Islam

English Teacher
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Badhrul Islam

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.

Dr Stephen Jacobi

Dr Stephen Jacobi

Director of Culture | Film Teacher
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Dr Stephen Jacobi

Dr Stephen Jacobi is the Director of Culture. His academic background is in English literature, which he read at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, before going on to gain his PhD. at London University, with his thesis on the later novels of Sir Angus Wilson. This was followed by an MA in screenwriting. He has taught English in Cambridge, Singapore, London, and Dubai. His academic strength in the subject is such that between 2006 and 2008 he was a Royal Literary Fellow at Warwick University.

He has organized many arts, literary and educational festivals. In addition he has published a number of novels and nonfiction books, collaborated in writing sporting and theatrical autobiographies, and written drama and documentary for the BBC. His journalism has appeared in broadsheet newspapers and his critical writing in academic journals. During his time at Wellington College in Shanghai, he has directed three plays and produced three of his own. In his present post, he hopes to make the Wellington community sensitive to all aspects of culture and emphasise the importance of intellectual curiosity.

Pippa Jacobi

Pippa Jacobi

College Librarian
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Pippa Jacobi

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!

Ossama-Petre Kanaan

Ossama-Petre Kanaan

Physics Teacher
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Ossama-Petre Kanaan

Ossama Kanaan studied at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Germany where he acquired a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering. He then moved to London and became a teacher of Physics after finishing his PGCE. Worked at three different school in London to become the head of Physics before moving to China where he joined the Science faculty at Wellington International Shanghai as a teacher of Physics. He is currently finishing off his Masters of Arts in Science Education at The Institute of Education, University College London, with the plan to continue his education to acquire a PhD in Education in the next few years.

He was born in Romania, lived a short while in Saudi Arabia then most of his youth in Lebanon before moving to Germany for his university.

He speaks three languages proficiently: English, Arabic and German and knows a bit of Romanian. He is an avid reader of books describing himself as a lighter version of Spook. He loves Sci-Fi as well as history books.  

Stephanie Kyprou-Westwood

Stephanie Kyprou-Westwood

Head of PE | PE Teacher
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Stephanie Kyprou-Westwood

Stephanie’s teaching career has predominantly been in British education. She studied at Brunel University and has covered all six areas of the physical education National Curriculum as well as sports science modules. She has taught a range of sports including gymnastics, athletics, hockey, netball and volleyball. Stephanie taught in the UK for three years before embarking on her international journey. Before Wellington, she spent two years teaching in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

While Stephanie enjoys all aspects of physical education, she is particularly well-qualified in teaching field hockey, having coached both school and club hockey up to the age of 18. She herself has represented Brunel University and Old Loughtonians, playing in the Women’s Essex Premiership Division.

The opportunity to inspire young people to become physically active and help them to realise their own potential was Stephanie’s driving force in becoming a physical education teacher. She is highly ambitious and is completely committed to achieving the highest standards while maintaining a sense of humour and perspective.

Penny Lewis

Penny Lewis

English Teacher
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Penny Lewis

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.

Cheryl Liu

Cheryl Liu

Teacher of Chinese
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Cheryl Liu

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.

Paul Lloyd

Paul Lloyd

Head of Physics | Physics Teacher
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Paul Lloyd

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.

Kate Mcneil

Kate Mcneil

ICT Teacher
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Kate Mcneil

Kate moved overseas from the City of Bristol, England where she attended university; studying Mathematics and Education. She taught in an outstanding Bristol Primary School, which was also a ‘teaching school’. This gave Kate the opportunity to further develop and share best practice in Maths teaching; delivering training for, and supporting local schools and university students.

Kate is moving to Shanghai from Malaysia, where she is currently teaching in an International School. She has previously worked at a school in Beijing as a Year 6 class teacher and teaching Secondary Mathematics in her final year there.

Kate enjoys working in Asia, not only due to the opportunity of working in schools with both high academic expectations and a holistic approach to education, but also for the incredible travel opportunities it offers. Loving adventure, Kate has travelled widely; recent trips have also included a gorge swing and white water rafting. She has visited many places in China, but has hardly begun to check off the list of stunning locations in China that she would like to explore.

Rebekah Mulliner

Rebekah Mulliner

Music Teacher
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Rebekah Mulliner

Rebekah hails from Ebbw Vale in South Wales. Having studied A-levels in Music, English Literature and Mathematics, Rebekah embarked on a degree from Cardiff University in 2002 where she specialised in Composition and Musicology. Rebekah then completed a PGCE in secondary music at the University of Leeds before taking up teaching posts throughout the UK and China.

Always one for a challenge, Rebekah took the role of Music Teacher and subsequently Music Subject Leader at The Buckingham School, Buckingham; building a new department from scratch helped her to develop her love of music development within schools. Following her time in Buckinghamshire, Rebekah moved to be Head of Music at Phillips High School in Bury where she led Music Festivals annually before moving to China in 2012 where she took up the role of Western Music Teacher at an International School in Qingdao, Shandong.

As well as a passionate teacher, Rebekah loves to perform herself and has sung with many choirs, orchestras and bands throughout her career. She also adores learning new instruments, most recently the Ukulele, Saxophone and the Hulusi.

Beyond music, Rebekah loves hiking and recently ran the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for two years. She loves scuba diving, playing with her cats, swimming and travelling the world.

Samuel Mulliner

Samuel Mulliner

Head of Music
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Samuel Mulliner

Sam originates from Berkshire, England and has been performing in choirs, bands and musical ensembles from the age of four. He has performed with groups such as the award-winning Berkshire Youth Choir and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, as well as with brass bands, wind bands, orchestras and rock bands.

After specialising in conducting and performance at Cardiff University, Sam became a classroom music teacher whilst continuing to develop his passion for performance. He has taught in schools throughout the UK and in 2011 moved to China to work at an international school in Qingdao. Sam has a particular love for musical theatre. He has performed in orchestras for a number of West End productions and has musically directed shows such as “Sweeney Todd”, “We Will Rock You”, “Oliver!” and “Guys and Dolls”. Sam recently directed the premiere performance of “In Holland Stands a House”, a new musical that he had written for Key Stage 4 and 5 students.

Sam writes – “Shanghai is a vibrant and exciting city and the opportunity to work with Wellington College International Shanghai was too good an opportunity to miss. I am excited to see the music department continue to grow and become the best department it can possibly be.”

Outside of music, Sam enjoys cooking, playing basketball and squash, working with technology and playing games with his cats. He also writes restaurant and movie reviews for expats.

Nick Muzyczka

Nick Muzyczka

Music Teacher
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Nick Muzyczka

Nick Muzyczka has over ten years’ experience as a music teacher in the UK, Canada and now China, where he has lived for seven years. He has worked for many years as a professional musician, playing jazz, reggae, afrobeat and electronic music, and has had the opportunity to tour internationally in the US, UK and China.

Having come to the school as a visiting piano and theory teacher, Nick fell in love with the music department and wanted to commit full-time. Now in his second year as a classroom music teacher at Wellington College International, he specializes in digital music, improvised music, piano and music theory. In the years immediately before his life at the school, Nick owned and operated a recording studio in Shanghai.

Nick is an avid player of football, squash, chess and weiqi. In his spare time he plays in four original music bands in Shanghai, playing Irish/Scottish folk music, dub reggae, live electro-acoustic music and ska. Nick spends his holidays either performing or hiding away underground in his new recording studio.

Craig Northedge

Craig Northedge

PE Teacher
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Craig Northedge

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.

Nishanthi Palakrishnan

Nishanthi Palakrishnan

Biology Teacher
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Nishanthi Palakrishnan

Nishanthi developed her career as a biology teacher through the Teach First Leadership Development Programme. The three years she spent in Medway and London led her to develop an in-depth knowledge of teaching and learning. This allowed her to take on roles such as mentoring PGCE students, science intervention co-ordinator and a Thinking Schools Champion for her previous science department; she has designed innovative schemes of work from scratch to enable struggling learners to achieve their full potential.

Nishanthi’s passion for science stems from a young age, a curiosity that was sparked by her own teacher in secondary school. This developing passion for biology was further reinforced when she decided to pursue it at university where she read biological sciences. Thereafter, Nishanthi has spent time in various hospitals understanding the workings of histopathology laboratories.

Nishanthi’s passion for teaching biology stems from seeing pupils learn to love their curiosity in science and she hopes to instil a sense of belief in every pupil she teaches. Nishanthi believes teachers are also lifelong learners and she is currently completing a masters in transformational leadership in Education.

Nishanthi is excited to explore the secrets Shanghai holds while pursuing her hobbies which include travelling, eating delicious food and bouldering.

Emma Philo

Emma Philo

Head of Art and Design Technology | Design Technology Teacher
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Emma Philo

Having always had a passion for design technology, Emma decided that her future was to share this enthusiasm with others and so she studied design technology in education at Sheffield Hallam University, achieving QTS in 2002.

Emma’s various teaching posts have equipped her with an array of skills that enable her to inspire today’s young designers. Embracing her role as head of years 10 and 11 during her first UK post, Emma was also leader of progress and attainment in DT, redesigning curriculums to enhance learning opportunities for GCSE resistant materials, graphic products and A-Level product design pupils.

Emma has always been involved in pupils’ extra-curricular life. She believes in connecting design projects with industry to make learning relevant and fun, and has seen numerous pupils win national competitions including The Yorkshire CAD/CAM Event, Young Engineers of Britain and the UK PrintIT awards. Emma’s intentions are to make further industrial links whilst at Wellington, so that pupils can appreciate the direct impact that design has on the world.

In addition to anything crafty, Emma enjoys amateur photography, travelling, baking and spending time with family and friends. She considers it a privilege to be part of the Wellington College International Shanghai community and is grateful for how she has been made to feel so welcome.

Eleanor Prescott

Eleanor Prescott

Principal | Economics Teacher
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Eleanor Prescott

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.

Sarah Qian

Sarah Qian

Teacher of Chinese
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Sarah Qian

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 Sanz

Meritxell Sanz

Head of MFL | Spanish and French Teacher
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Meritxell Sanz

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.

Darren Simpson

Darren Simpson

Head of History | History Teacher
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Darren Simpson

Darren qualified as a History teacher in 2014 after having completed his PGDE studies at the University of Glasgow, a year which involved undertaking placements at two large secondary schools in the south side of the city. He achieved a first class honours degree from the University of Dundee in 2007, specializing in twentieth century Irish history in his final year. Earlier this summer he submitted a dissertation on the promotion of social justice through educational assessment as part of a Master’s of Education programme at the University of Glasgow.

Prior to qualifying as a teacher, Darren worked in the financial and legal sectors in the UK, before travelling to South Korea to spend two enjoyable years teaching English in public schools. This period provided his first experience of Asia, and he loved getting to know the country, the people, the customs and culture. His time in Korea moreover enabled him to combine his passion for travel and teaching, and copper-fastened his desire to pursue teaching as a career. Since qualifying in 2014 he has worked in Crieff High School in Highland Perthshire and George Watson’s College, the largest independent school in Edinburgh. Coming to Wellington College International Shanghai again presents him with the opportunity to activate his passion for teaching in one of the most respected and renowned schools in the world, while simultaneously discovering the dynamism of this truly global city.

Outside school, Darren enjoys football and music in particular, and travelling whenever possible. He also likes to escape to the outdoors when he can do a bit of hiking. At home he likes to read, cook and watch movies and documentaries, but also enjoys heading out to try new food and new places, something he is very much looking forward to in Shanghai.

Nick Starbrook

Nick Starbrook

Director of Sport | PE Teacher
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Nick Starbrook

Nick was educated at De Montfort University where he gained a BSc in Sports Science and a PGCE in Secondary PE and enjoyed a full sporting career. A county level player in three sports, Nick was also youth player with Millwall FC and QPR FC and played NCAA Division One football in the US.

Previously Nick worked at three independent schools in the UK, St Columba’s College (St Albans), Forest School and Highgate School (both London) before starting his international career at The British School, Jakarta, Indonesia. At each school Nick coordinated large sport programmes and is experienced in the provision of sport from Key Stage One to IB.

“It is my aim to foster a fun and enjoyable environment at Wellington College International Shanghai and develop students from both ends of the sporting spectrum. The philosophy of sport and PE here is underpinned by two factors: opportunities and excellence. It is the aim of the PE department to provide opportunities at every level of physical activity from recreational participation to competitive sport, also to make the sporting experience here at Wellington the best it can be”.

Gareth Thomas

Gareth Thomas

Head of ICT | ICT Teacher
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Gareth Thomas

Gareth read computer science at the University of Wales, Swansea and then went on to gain an MEd and MA in education. At Swansea, he was taught by the internationally respected Professor Min Chen, now professor of scientific visualisation, University of Oxford. Gareth has strong industry experience, having previously worked as a web applications developer for one of the UK’s major high street banks.

After completing his PGCE, Gareth went on to work for seven years at the successful Olchfa School in Swansea, where, among others, he taught Eleanor Simmonds MBE, gold medal winning British Paralympian swimmer. He knows East Asia well, having also taught English, ICT and computing at universities in China and South Korea.

He enjoys sports, both playing and coaching, and has enjoyed many successes coaching football teams in district and national competitions. He previously coached the Welsh Under-14 champions in an international competition in Scotland, where they played against the champions from the other home countries. Gareth also enjoys skiing and has led several ski trips to resorts in Europe, North America and Asia.

Stephen Tippen

Stephen Tippen

Director of Higher Education Careers
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Stephen Tippen

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.

 

Grace Tonelli

Grace Tonelli

Mathematics Teacher
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Grace Tonelli

After working for almost three years in the finance and consultancy industry, Grace decided that she wanted to move into a role which she felt added more value to society. While working in her previous role she also tutored mathematics part-time and it was something she wanted to explore further. She enjoyed the opportunity to help pupils realise their full potential and achieve outcomes that they might have once thought impossible.

Mathematics was one of Grace’s favourite subjects at school and she appreciated any opportunity she received to take part in events such as maths challenges and specialised masterclasses. She studied mathematics and economics at Royal Holloway, University of London where she graduated with first class honours. Grace has a very analytical background and definitely incorporates this into her teaching; she personalises her teaching by analysing how she feels a pupil will understand a topic best.

Grace has a keen interest in fitness and health and will always find the time to incorporate it into her daily lifestyle. In particular, she enjoys boxing and running. Where possible, she tries to educate her pupils about the importance of being active and nutrition. She looks forward to being involved in various sporting activities at Wellington College International Shanghai.

Steeve Vaugondy

Steeve Vaugondy

French Teacher
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Steeve Vaugondy

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.

Annie Wang

Annie Wang

Assistant Director of Chinese Studies
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Annie Wang

Annie has over twelve years of experience in education in international schools. Her work in international schools has been augmented by experience in roles of junior school, senior school and diploma years IB program. Annie holds a BA in English and Literature and has an elective major in Applied Linguistics from Shanghai International Studies University. Her prior experience as Lead Mandarin teacher, senior school Mandarin teacher and Head of Senior School Mandarin included delivering Mandarin curriculum content and requirements using a variety of teaching methodologies, planning Mandarin Language and Cultural programs, creating systemic syllabuses and course outline for IGCSE and IBDP students.

A firm belief that every student should have an opportunity to learn a new language and experience a different culture is at the heart of Annie’s teaching. She believes that learning Mandarin is fundamental to equipping our students with the skills required for the future and to contribute to the wider community.

Sue Wang

Sue Wang

Teacher of Chinese
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Sue Wang

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

Antony Wood

EAL Teacher
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Antony Wood

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 Xiao

Sherry Xiao

Teacher of Chinese and Coordinator for Foundation Level Mandarin
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Sherry Xiao

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.

Bobo Yu

Bobo Yu

Librarian Assistant
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Bobo Yu

Caroline Zhang

Caroline Zhang

Teacher of Chinese and Coordinator for Native Level Chinese
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Caroline Zhang

Caroline Zhang is a graduate of Fudan University of Tourism Management, and has been awarded an MA award from Shanghai Normal University, which she is to receive later this year. Caroline is a fully-qualified teacher, holding the Certificate of Mandarin (Level A), the American Mandarin Teaching Certificate and the AP Chinese Certificate.

Caroline’s experience of teaching Chinese extends over twenty years. Before joining the Wellington team, Caroline taught in both local and international schools. Caroline has been named as a “Backbone Teacher” – recognition of her contribution to previous schools and dedication to her students. Additionally, Caroline has written several successful research papers, one of which was published in the Journal of Nanjing University. Other of her research papers have won provincial awards.

Caroline is fascinated by Chinese culture, enjoying Chinese painting, dancing and folk games; she endeavours to introduce these to her students through her teaching. In her free time, Caroline is a keen swimmer.

Doris Zhang

Doris Zhang

Teacher of Chinese
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Doris Zhang

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 my 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 Zhao

Xiaoli Zhao

Teacher of Chinese
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Xiaoli Zhao

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.