The Arts

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 College International 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 International Shanghai not just an outstanding centre for Performing Arts in Shanghai, but one of the best in the world.”

Antony Wood

Antony Wood

Teacher of Dance and Drama
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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.

Richard Price

Richard Price

Head of Art and Design Technology
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Richard Price

Richard has been teaching design and technology for 12 years and has worked at two private schools in London. He started his career at Forest School in East London where he was a tutor, became involved with various sporting activities, ran training days for newly qualified teachers, and was social representative for the Common Room. He then taught at Emanuel School in South West London for nine years while running the DT department for just over three years.

After completing his A Levels at The Leys, Richard went to the University of Wales, Bangor. Here he studied for a Bachelor of Science in design and technology secondary education and achieved this degree in the summer of 2006.

In his free time Richard enjoys skiing and always tries to get to the slopes at least once a year. He used to enjoy playing rugby but sadly his playing days are over so he now settles for being a spectator. He also likes to keep up to date with the world of design and technology in his spare time and is always researching the latest technological advances.

David Bartoli

David Bartoli

Design Technology Teacher
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David Bartoli

Since he was very young David Bartoli has always been fascinated with creating, designing and making. As a child he spent hours creating everything his imagination could come up with out of Lego. He believes that the ability to design and manufacture products is one of the hardest but most rewarding skills that pupils can learn. The design process is necessary for their development; experiences allowing them to experiment, create, take risks, manage projects, solve problems are all key skills that will be needed in the future.

This fascination with how the world works, why products/buildings/systems are the way they are, led David to discover the rest of the world. He loves to experience different cultures and understand the history, art and design behind them. Every country he visits, he picks up a new perspective on design, people and the wider world. The sustainable approach that Sweden takes with product design; the wonder and power of Jerusalem; the original crafting techniques of Morocco; the paintings and woodwork techniques of China; these are all just various drops in the water of what he has learned and experienced throughout his design journey.

Jonathan Beastall

Jonathan Beastall

Design Technology Technician
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Jonathan Beastall

Amy Bi

Amy Bi

Design Technology Technician
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Amy Bi

Abigail Carlisle

Abigail Carlisle

Art Teacher
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Abigail Carlisle

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

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

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

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 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

Daniel Eldred

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

Helen Heatley

Helen Heatley

Drama & Dance Teacher
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Helen Heatley

When Helen was 18 years old she started work as a professional dancer with the famous Bluebell Girls dancing on the world’s largest stages in the show ‘Hello Hollywood Hello’- Reno. Her dancing career allowed her to travel and work in South Korea, Japan, America and Europe. Helen’s real ambition was always to become a professional actress. She attended the BA acting course at The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) a top London Drama School, where she was trained by The Royal Shakespeare Company as well as top professional actors, actresses and directors.

After years ‘treading the boards’, Helen decided to spend time with family in the UK and qualify as a Performing Arts Teacher through the University of Gloucestershire. Helen is an outstanding teacher with many years’ experience in both secondary and primary schools in the UK. Helen secured the Gold Arts Mark for her last secondary school. Helen supported the school and was instrumental in helping it to become a leading Performing Arts specialist school in the UK.

At Helen’s last primary school there were 29 different languages spoken. Ofsted observed Helen and noted that Helen is an outstanding teacher who gives every child confidence to believe in themselves and develop their communication skills.

Fleur Hua

Fleur Hua

Art Technician
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Fleur Hua

Adam Shaw

Adam Shaw

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.

Jessica Sumerfield

Jessica Sumerfield

Music Teacher
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Jessica Sumerfield

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.

Eddy Huang

Eddy Huang

Art Technician
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Eddy Huang

Janet Willis

Janet Willis

Art Teacher
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Janet Willis

Having begun her teaching career in Liverpool, UK in 1990, Janet has subsequently worked in the Channel Island of Jersey for the last 23 years as a dedicated class teacher across all age ranges in the primary sector. In addition, she has been a subject leader for both literacy and art, sharing good practice across the island through staff development, coaching Newly Qualified Teachers and writing teaching handbooks for the States of Jersey. During the academic year 2009-2010, Janet and her husband Andrew (head of the Prep School) took a sabbatical and worked at Eton House International School, Suzhou, enabling them to travel widely around China with their Chinese-born children Lucy and Rosie. Janet taught art throughout the school from reception through to year 12, which fulfilled one of her teaching ambitions as ‘creativity’, in all its many forms, is at the heart of her classroom practice. To create beautiful things through perseverance and pride, is something she develops in all her pupils.

In addition to teaching children, she has also taught adult evening classes in textile art. She specialises in free machine embroidery and exhibits and sells her work locally in Jersey.

Melva Yang

Melva Yang

EA to Music and Performing Arts
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Melva Yang