Simon joins Wellington from the British School Jakarta, where he was an Assistant Head with responsibility for Sports, Activities and Trips. He previously worked as a Head of PE at Bangkok Patana School in Thailand and at state schools in inner London.
He is a graduate of Borough Road College (University of London), the oldest teacher training college in the Commonwealth and one of the prestigious ‘wing’ PE colleges in the UK. Sport is obviously an integral part of Simon’s life, and when he was younger he played to representative level in hockey, badminton and athletics. More recently, he has channeled his passion into coaching. He has coached most sports in the international school scene and lists his greatest achievements as coaching national champions in three different countries as well as working with the Thai national women’s hockey squad.
Simon is a keen linguist, speaking German, Thai and conversational French and Punjabi. He is excited to tackle Mandarin as well.
After graduating from Brunel University Daniel began his teaching career in 2011 as a Secondary School Physical Education teacher with responsibilities for the provision and inclusive education for those with Special Educational Needs, using the National Curriculum for England and Wales until 2014.
From 2014 until present Daniel have been Head of Department at a Preparatory School and a State School for the last four years, teaching Early Years to Key Stage two, developing relevant curriculums and teaching across all areas.
Daniel has a passion for all areas the Physical Education Curriculum whether it be at Early years or at GCSE and he aims to give pupils the opportunities to develop their essential skills and to play competitively at all levels.
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.
Tejas is a national level medallist in swimming and is deeply passionate about the sport. He brings several years of coaching experience to Wellington College International Shanghai. His career began in Bangalore, India, where he trained children from the ages of 6 to 15, helping them win regional level competitions. He then moved to Kuwait to work with Elite Swim Team Kuwait (ESTK). His latest post was at UWCSEA (East), Singapore, where he played a crucial role as a Lead Swim Coach for its high-performance and junior pre-competitive squads.
He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Coaching from the Sports Authority of India (SAI) as well as a string of coaching certifications. He has a level 5 coaching certification from the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) and a “Diploma in Swimming Coaching” from the Australian Sports Academy (ASA). On the educational front, he holds a Graduate Degree in Business Administration.
A competitive swimmer himself, Tejas is passionate about coaching and developing swimmers of different abilities. He is looking forward to working with Wellington College International Shanghai and building a quality swimming program.
Vanessa started her PE teaching career in 2005 at St Catherine’s Catholic High School, where she became Deputy Head of PE after her first year of teaching, and led GCSE and A Level PE courses. In 2008, she joined South Craven School, where she taught KS1-5 PE, organised and led over 20 sports festivals/events and managed the sporting provision for 10 cluster primary schools. In 2010, she was appointed Deputy Head of PE, a role in which she led and managed all aspects of examination courses.
Vanessa attended St Martin’s University College in Lancaster, where she gained a BA Honours Degree in sports studies and applied social science. She then achieved her PGCE in secondary physical education at Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK.
Out of school hours, Vanessa has taken pupils to the London 2012 Opening Ceremony, the English Institute of Sport, the Velodrome Cycling Centre in Manchester, Wimbledon and also supported pupils with their fundraising while planning a partnership project with a school in West Africa. Her interests include travel, cooking, socialising, gym, yoga, running, playing and watching a variety of sports and going to the theatre.
Grace joined Wellington College International Shanghai as a swimming teacher in 2015. Currently she holds ASA Level 1&2 certificates and a lifesaving certificate. She has been teaching Early Years swimming lessons, swim CCAs and in the swim Academy.
Grace was a competitive swimmer during her childhood. Her enthusiasm for swimming has been passed on to the next generation when she met her husband who was also a competitive swimmer in the Italian national team, as her whole family is now enthusiastically engaged in swimming.
All her three children love swimming and are involved in different aquatics activities. Grace loves to inspire and motivate the children through her chosen area of sport. She believes swimming is one of the most beneficial sports for children. She would like to bring to Wellington College International Shanghai not only her teaching experience and knowledge but also her passion and enthusiasm for swimming.
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.
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.
Ciaran previously taught at SUIS Pudong, where he served as head of PE and taught IGCSE Physical Education. He implemented and managed all aspects of the PE curriculum, including attending events organized by the SSSA. Before that, he taught grade 2 homeroom at the school and has taught PE to students from ages 5-18. Before moving to Shanghai, Ciaran coached hurling and gaelic football to all ages in Ireland.
Ciaran attended the Institute of Technology in Carlow, where he obtained a Certificate in Sports & Exercise followed by a degree in Sports Management & Coaching. He subsequently obtained his PGCE from Sunderland University in 2014.
Outside of teaching, Ciaran tries to live a very active lifestyle and plays a variety of sports. He is the coach and player for the Shanghai men’s gaelic football team and regularly competes throughout Asia. His other interests include teaching strength & conditioning classes, yoga, cooking and he has recently begun learning to play Irish music on the banjo.