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.”
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.
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.
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 on to a Graduate Teacher Programme run through the West Midlands consortium, achieving QTS, graded Outstanding, in 2010. From here, she was appointed as an Art teacher at her training school of Madeley Academy and spent four more years there, holding a variety of responsibilities in the department. Her second teaching appointment was at Al Sahwa Schools, Muscat, Oman where she worked for two years and helped to establish a dynamic and successful department.
Kelly enjoys being active and has always participated in a number of sports. She enjoys developing her artistic practice in her spare time and developing her knowledge through art galleries and workshops.
Daniel Eldred was born in Gaborone, Botswana and lived there for most of his childhood before returning to the UK in 1999 to attend East Bergholt School and complete his GCSEs. Daniel studied fine art Sculpture at Kingston University and, after his degree, he spent a year exhibiting in Berlin and London. In 2007 Daniel enrolled at the Institute of Education, London and completed his PGCE in secondary art and design education.
Daniel’s second teaching placement was to the Regent’s School, Bangkok, where he trained for six months; this was the experience that made him realise that he wanted to work in international schools. During Daniel’s time as a teacher he has continued to develop his subject knowledge; the most exciting of these opportunities was to train in special effects makeup at the London School of Media and Film.
Daniel sees Wellington College 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chloe Spencer 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.
Jessica comes from Taipei, Taiwan. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, Jessica taught music at the prestigious Oundle School, UK. She then moved to warmer climates, teaching Early Years and junior music at Concordia International School, Bangkok. Jessica then moved to Shanghai to start the music programme at YK Pao School, where she stayed for eight years.
At YK Pao, she initiated their successful strings programme and developed the school’s English choirs and vocal ensemble groups. Jessica has over ten years’ experience in teaching cello and piano to the younger age groups.
When time allows, Jessica loves travelling and cooking. Her music teaching philosophy centres on enjoyment through exploration.