Joshua Beard

Joshua has worked in education for more than 15 years, starting in the United States and then since 2007 in China. In that time he has worked with pupils from Grade 5 to university level and beyond in a wide variety of roles: social studies and TOK teacher, English instructor, test prep tutor, after school activities director, CAS coordinator and college counsellor. It is in this last role that he found his true professional calling.


Josh completed his undergraduate education at the University of Virginia (UVA), where he pursued an interdisciplinary degree in international relations and religious studies. He later received his Masters in Teaching from National Louis University, where he focused on secondary social studies education. More recently, he completed a post-graduate certificate in college counselling from the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA).


Outside of school, Joshua enjoys staying active by hiking and lifting weights.  He loves spending time with his wife and young son Caelan here in Shanghai.  Having married into a local Chinese family, Josh is diligently working on his Mandarin language skills — but he should probably spend more time learning Shanghainese if he wants to please his in-laws.