Raja joins us from the UK and has extensive experience of private and state education both in the UK and internationally. He studied business and marketing and worked in London before completing a PGCE at St Martins College, Lancaster. His first teaching role was at Magdalen College School in Brackley where he was also curriculum coordinator for South Northants Adult Education. Whilst at Magdalen, he was involved in exemplifying best practice in a Teacher Training Agency (TTA) video that was sent to every school in the UK, and was also an advisor to the National ICT Strategy. He then followed this with several other senior positions before moving on to work in the UAE with Nord Anglia Inspections within a school reform project where he led a team of academic advisors in 19 schools across different phases from early years to 16+, and coached and mentored school and college principals. The next phase of his career took him to Hyderabad, India where he led an American school, followed by his most recent post where he was transferred to Aurora Academies Trust in Eastbourne to lead a primary academy. Raja is passionate about lifelong learning and has recently completed an MA in International Education at Leicester University.
Raja joins Wellington College in Tianjin with his wife and three children, who all love to travel and explore different places and cultures.
Ms. Melissa grew up in the Middle East, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean. She was educated in the UK attending a Boarding School and then University. She was awarded a First Class Honours Degree and a Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Education. She has also started a Masters in International Baccalaureate Education. After graduating she worked in the Middle East, UK, Asia and Australasia. Whilst living in Singapore she had her three wonderful children who are successful, independent young adults. She is a creative and active person. She loves painting, sculpting, poetry, dancing, swimming, cycling and hiking. She has exhibited her artwork globally and has competed in triathlons and long distance adventure races. She loves to travel and discover more about people and their culture.
During her 27 years of teaching and learning globally she has had the privilege to facilitate learning through a number of curriculums: The National Curriculum of England (KS1 and KS2), The International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP), The New South Wales Curriculum and The National Curriculum of New Zealand (NZC). Teaching and learning and helping others achieve their goals is her greatest passion. Her area of expertise is Curriculum and Assessment and supporting students and staff to achieve beyond their expectations. Her most recent role has been as Deputy Principal and Acting Principal of a Primary School in New Zealand.
Three years ago she partnered with the Confucius Institute at Auckland University to set up a Mandarin Language Assistant programme for three schools in New Zealand. She also built a relationship with a sister school in Shanghai. These initiatives helped develop more understanding and awareness about China and the Chinese Language and Culture for our New Zealand students and staff.
She is very excited to be part of the team at WCIT learning more about the Wellington values and identity and working together so that the students become the very best that they can be.
Lisa has 10 years’ experience of international and bilingual school in the Early Years setting. Lisa obtained her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education in Beijing Normal University and a BS in Computer Science in Tianjin Urban Construction University. Lisa is a certified Early Childhood educator and supervisor in the American Montessori Society. Her first teaching post was with the Tianjin Corem International School. Lisa then moved to Etonkids International Educational Group as a lead teacher, teaching a mixed age class of 2.5 to 6 year olds and was subsequently promoted to become the Regional Academic Supervisor at Etonkids. In her spare time, she enjoys oil-painting, swimming and Yoga.
Vicky acts as an integral role in the SEN department. Joining WCIT in 2011 as one of the founding team members, Vicky embraces her 7th year working in WCIT. Graduating with a bachelor’s degree, and majoring in International Business, Vicky discovered her passion in teaching. Since then, she has attained a TEFL certificate; IPA qualified Senor Chinese Teaching certificate issued by United States State Department; TEMSC certificate issued by the Government of South Australia; PGCE from University of Sunderland. She is now applying for professional informed practitioner status through the British Dyslexia Association. Vicky firmly believes in quality education for every child irrespective of the student’s ability and strikes to achieve this in both her work in SEN department and as a classroom teacher.
Stephanie Lewis has joined as a Pre Nursery teacher from the UK. She has worked in Early Years for over 20 years, having a depth of knowledge and experiences, working with a wide range of ages and settings. She has worked in a SEN nursery for over 10 years and has expertise in Makaton signing.
Originally from Russia, Yana has been teaching in China more than 8 years. She holds a Bachelor degree in Teaching English and Chinese as a Second Language in Amur State Pedagogical university in Blagoveschensk, Russia. After her graduation she came to continue her studies in Beijing. In 2009 she began her career in teaching English to young children and adults in Beijing. Yana is also a certified TEFL teacher and has attended various professional development courses related to Early Years education. Yana has a little daughter. In her leisure time she loves reading, going for walks, cycling and spending time with her family and friends.
Ms Song received her bachelor’s degree in 2010 and majored in English. Before graduation she obtained teaching certification. Prior to joining Wellington, she has been teaching children in the Kindergarten for 2 years. She enjoys working with children and likes to focus on their individual development. In 2013, she joined the Wellington family, with all the enthusiasm and passion for teaching, she would like to embrace children from different cultural backgrounds. In her spare time, she likes reading and travelling.
Brenda Su graduated from Hebei University of Technology in 2005, majoring in English and with a second bachelor’s degree of business administration. Before graduation she received her TEM-8 certificate. After working in state-owned and foreign companies for more than ten years, including more than one year overseas, she joined Wellington in 2016. She also obtained her Chinese teacher certificate exam. She is very happy for the chance to teach at Wellington as she believes growing and helping develop children’s potential makes her life fulfilled.
Zelda began her teaching career in South Africa where she received her undergraduate degree and teaching diploma from the University of Cape Town. She qualified as a senior English teacher and School Counsellor and Careers Guidance Officer. Subsequently she taught senior primary Mathematics and General Science. Before coming to Tianjin as a Nursery teacher she spent ten years involved in Early Years Education in the Middle East, where she ended her stint there as a Kindergarten Head of Faculty. Her teaching career has roughly spanned the entire school going age band and this has given her a good understanding of the possible achievements and challenges for both students and teachers across this spectrum.
Monica has more than a decade of experience in Early Childhood Learning. Her passion for developing a curriculum for very young children saw her in several leadership roles including the role of Principal of Pathways Early Years, a reputed international Pre-School in Gurgaon, India.
Her great affinity towards young children made her specialise in Early Childhood Education. She is a distinction holder both in Montessori Education from Modern Montessori International (MMI), London as well as in PGCEi from the University of Nottingham. She has experience in preschool teaching and teacher training and has headed the Teacher Training Centre of MMI India. She has worked extensively in setting up teacher training centres across India for MMI.
In a previous role she has worked as an Early Years Curriculum Specialist, working across 7 branches of Manav Rachna International Schools, India and was part of the Academic Excellence Team of International educators and advisors of School Reform from the UK. Monica helped implement an internationally recognised programme of Phonics which showed a profound improvement in the standards of reading in Early Years. She is adept in design and implementation of developmentally appropriate curricula and learning environments. She is resourceful, caring and dedicated to creating positive learning experiences for young children and teachers. Her focus and passion remained in the early learning vertical, all through her career of being an educator.
Beatrice joined the Nest team from an international bilingual kindergarten in Tianjin. This is her 5th year teaching young children in a kindergarten setting. She holds a degree in Primary Education (Kenya), a Diploma in Community Work & Social Development (Kenya) a Montessori Diploma in Early Years education from North America College (Canada) and a Certificate in Dyslexia & Foreign Language Teaching from the University of Lancaster (UK). Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of the society and Beatrice believes that if you free a child’s potential, you will transform him/her into the world. She is joined in Tianjin by her husband and two young children, who study in Wellington.
Melody Lin Yuan spent four years of her life at the University of Leicester, majoring in Education. During her studies in the United Kingdom, she completed a Master’s degree, and in the meantime, she became a student ambassador and a volunteer in a language group in the university. Additionally, she was a donor to RNIB and Cancer Research. Melody has many certifications, like Etiquette & Host Vocational Qualification Certificate, Public Nutritionist Vocational Qualification Certificate, IPA (International Profession Association) Senior Chinese Language Teacher and Teacher Certificate in senior high school in China. After several years internship and working in the kindergarten, now she is a Pre-Nursery Teacher in Wellington.
Mendy Lu has been engaged in the teaching of young children for ten years. She was certified as a teacher and has accumulated years of experience in Chinese and English pedagogical courses. She graduated from the LiGong university of Tianjin with a bachelor’s degree. Mendy is focused on encouraging children to learn actively. She values the physical development of young children and has studied different forms of physical training courses. She has received many awards and certificates during her work, including the title of ‘outstanding teacher of Hongqiao district’. She has worked in Singapore on two separate study visits. She has planned many large kindergarten activities and also acts as a host for shows and performances, displaying a unique idea for children’s performance directing children’s productions.
Mendy prides herself on her skill in communicating with children. As a teacher of young children, love and duty go together. She likes this industry not only for its passion but to feel true love.
Originally from England, Emily has been working as an Early Years Educator for over six years. The last three years of which were spent as a classroom teacher in an International British school in Bangkok, Thailand.
Emily completed her Early Childhood Studies BA degree in Chester, England before going on to obtain her Post Graduate Certificate of Education with an Early Years specialism in Liverpool, England. She has experience working in Montessori, Forest School and Reggio Emilia settings, and is very passionate about teaching Early Years.
Emily is very creative and spends a lot of her free time painting and exploring the outdoors. She loves to bring this creativity to the classroom by delivering new and exciting lessons.
Ms Nini Li graduated from Tianjin Foreign Studies University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Educational Technology, then from University of North Alabama with the Bachelor’s of Arts in the Film and Digital Media Production. Nini was enrolled in 2+2 program which is supervised by these two universities and was in America for almost three years.
After coming back to China, she devoted herself to English training and has been in the educational field for almost three years. She also has a deep understanding of second language acquisition and learning method and would like to stay in educational field for the rest of her life. Nini likes playing the accordion and traveling.
Jordan is from Hebei province and her college degree was an English Education. She previously taught at the TLC International School in Guangdong province. Some of Jordan’s favorite things are reading, travelling and exercising. She is very excited to be a member of the Wellington family.
Dorothea graduated in 1996 from The University of the Orange Free State in South Africa with a Bachelor of Primary Education (Hons) Degree. She started her teaching career in London (UK) in 1997 where she also completed an Advanced Certificate in Professional Studies in Education from Canterbury Christ Church University. During her 20 years of teaching experience Dorothea has held several Leadership positions including Early Years Leader, as well as coordinator positions for Maths, PE and Music.
Through her various positions Dorothea has acquired considerable experience in staff leadership and in managing teams of staff. She works with enthusiasm, energy and have a proactive approach to life. During her spare time Dorothea enjoys travelling, going to the theatre as well as dining and wining. Dorothea has 2 children who are full time boarders in private schools in the UK.
Ms. Samantha Wang graduated from JiLin University in 2008 with a Bachelor of English. She has been working at Wellington College International Tianjin since March 2011 in the founding team. Her first position was Head of Junior PA and she now is part of the pre-nursery team, working as a TA. Samantha loves working with children and she enjoys badminton, travelling and music.
Ms. Kristen graduated from Tianjin Foreign Studies University with a bachelor’s degree, major in English and International Finance. She achieved excellence in the Test for English Major Band 8, TEMB 4, CET Grade 6 and also holds a English Teaching Certificate in China. From 2006-2009, she was a full time English teacher in the Second NanKai Middle School. From 2009 to 2011, she went to Australia to pursue her Master’s degree in the Latrobe University and was a full A student over the two year course. During her studies in Melbourne, she also taught Chinese and VCE English in many Primary Schools.
In October 2011, Ms Kristen joined the Wellington College Tianjin, she loves Wellington family and has been enjoyed working here for four years. Her aim is to become a good bilingual teacher in the near future.
Joanne has journeyed from Lake Taupo, New Zealand to Tianjin. She holds a Bachelor of Teaching from Waikato University, New Zealand as well as a Diploma of Teaching from Palmerston North College, New Zealand. She has also completed a TEFL certificate. Joanne has taught for over 20 years in a wide range of schools mainly in New Zealand but also Surrey, England where she was able to attend the College of Brunel to further her mathematics studies. She has experience with many age groups from preschool to high school and spent many years teaching whole class curriculum to junior school. Joanne finds it incredibly rewarding observing students gain in confidence and develop their own interests. In her spare time she can be found participating in cultural activities, walking along river banks, travelling and reading.
Ms. Prendi is taking up the role of Junior School Teacher. She was born into a family of educators – her father being a secondary school Headmaster and her mother both teaching and undertaking education-based research at the local university. She was educated in Hampshire and Norfolk, later studying for a BA (Hons) in English Literature at University of Durham. Whilst in Durham, she also completed a TEFLA (Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults) qualification at the Durham Language School.
She loves travelling, experiencing new cultures and learning new languages, and after graduating from university she was delighted to spend two years in Albania. During her time there she taught English at both a Junior School and a High School, and also gave adult conversation classes. Her experience was made all the more positive by the fact that she also learnt the Albanian language almost fluently.
After returning to the United Kingdom, she gained her PGCE teaching qualification from the University of East Anglia – specialising in primary education and English. After graduating, she was fortunate to secure a teaching position in the Junior department of a nearby well-established and high-achieving school. During her 18 years at the school, she led several curriculum subjects – including English and Art. She also maintained her connection with the UEA, and took part in both mentoring teacher-training students – and in academic research into English teaching methods for poetry and prose.
Ms. Jessie Jing graduated from Tianjin University of Commerce with a Bachelor of Business Management. She started her career teaching Mandarin in a Korean school. Two years later, she moved back to Tianjin. Since then she’s been working at an international school for 6 years as TA and Math Support Teacher. She holds both an English Teaching Certification and a TEFL Certification. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm and passion of teaching with students from all cultures.
Miss Willoughby started her teacher training at Edge Hill University in England. Whilst there she completed a Primary English Education Degree with QTS. She completed her course with a major specialism in English and a minor specialism in History. Since graduating, she has taught Year Three for two years in an International School in Thailand. Whilst there she also became the Primary English Coordinator, Charity Coordinator and a Head of House.
After finishing university, he was presented with an opportunity to teach Physical Education in international schools. He went back to university in Canterbury to undertake his Postgraduate Certificate in Education before moving to Thailand.
During his four years in Hatyai, Thailand, he taught Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 as well as Physical Education across the school. He comes from a family of teachers and some of his teachers when he was at school has had a tremendous impact on who he is today. It is always his biggest pleasure to help children grow, achieve their goals, become proactive and conscientious members of their community as well as citizens of an ever-interconnected world. He wants to help prepare students to take part in an ever-changing world, ask questions about it and help to contribute positively towards it.
As the daughter and granddaughter of teachers Myfanwy grew up in a boarding house in a co-educational school in Bath. Music, drama and sport have always been part of her life and living in the school allowed her to immerse herself in these. As Head Chorister of the school she undertook various leadership and solo singing roles participating in over 30 concerts, notably in Bath Abbey and Abbey Road Studios. Myfanwy then went onto study a music performance degree at Birmingham Conservatoire where she decided to take her love of music into the classroom. Following this she completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Education in Bath.
She has been fortunate to teach in a wealth of different schools which has further developed her teaching skills and classroom values. Myfanwy was asked to be a house assistant in a boarding school which allowed her to develop skills with children for whom English is an additional language and create a fair behaviour balance at the same time as promoting equality and inclusion. Myfanwy’s other interests include competitive swimming, skiing and Model United Nations. This is Myfanwy’s first international teaching post and she is looking forward to working and developing with the Wellington team.
Ms. Fiona Yu graduated from Tianjin Foreign Studies University achieving TEM Grade 8 in English and also holds a Mandarin Chinese Teaching Certificate. She has taught English to children of all ages and enjoys bringing learning alive with activities and games in and out of the classroom. At Wellington College she hopes her pupils love and enjoy their learning with the enthusiasm she gives each day. In her spare time she enjoys reading, dancing and aerobics.
Ms. Ashley Li obtained her Bachelor Degree in English Teaching from Tianjin Normal University and also holds Chinese English Teaching Certificate and ESL teaching certificate from government of South Australia teacher development course. Before joining Wellington, she had been teaching English in a Chinese primary school with Year 2 to Year 5 students,so she has wide experience about teaching English to second language learners. She is an optimistic person who likes DIY, painting and travel. She plans to provide interesting and challenging classes for her students and wishes that all the students in Wellington have a brilliant future.
Sonya Zhang graduated from Tianjin Nankai University majoring in Law, achieving grades for CET Grade 4 and 6. She has obtained Chinese English Teaching Qualification and TESL teaching Certificate. She is experienced with teaching EAL students on account of seven years’ work in language training schools. Sonya thinks teaching is a process of learning and likes all students to get involved in the class instead of just being a listener. She enjoys working with children all over the world since joined Wellington Junior School in 2013.
Ms Lucia Wang graduated from University of Southampton in the UK with a master degree. Before joining Wellington, she has 3 years’ work experience in New Oriental, which is the most famous English teaching institute in China. She has worked in Wellington College as a teaching assistant for more than 2 years.
Lucia enjoys working with children at Wellington and believes that besides teaching knowledge, school also need to help students to establish their philosophy and value of life to form all-round personality. She is caring, self-motivated and dedicated to become a good bilingual teacher as her lifelong career in the future. She likes dancing and reading in her spare time.
After spending two years working as a Mandarin and English teacher in Beijing, Helen has been working at international schools for ten years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the Tianjin Foreign Studies University and holds an IPA Mandarin teaching certificate with accreditation in IGCSE and HSK. Helen has had the opportunity to work with different year groups in a Mandarin and Chinese Culture. She is also well versed in Chinese history and Chinese traditional art. She loves working with children and looks forward to teaching Mandarin at Wellington.
Ms. Angela Zhang obtained her Bachelor Degree from Tianjin University of Commerce and holds the teaching qualification, an IPA mandarin teaching certificate and TEFL. Prior to joining Wellington, she had been teaching junior students for 3 years in China. She joined Wellington Tianjin from June, 2011 as a part of the founding team. She enjoys passing on her passion of learning a new language and aims to create a communicative creative enjoyable learning environment for her pupils. In her spare time she goes to art school to learn art and drawing. Her hobbies include drawing, reading and playing guitar.
Ms. Yang Jiao (Pamela) is a holder of two Masters degrees, with specialization in Chinese Language Teaching. After working in Warsaw in Poland for two years as a Mandarin teacher, she continued her studies at The Hong Kong Institute of Education. There she was awarded the Master of Arts in Teaching Chinese as an International Language with Distinction. She has rich experience in teaching primary students in Singapore. She believes that a good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning. During her spare time, she loves travelling and reading.
Catherine completed two Bachelor of Education degrees, English and International Business, at Tianjin Normal University. She has a TEM8 in teaching English and an ICLTA in teaching Mandarin, and is now studying for her Masters of Education in Literacy between Chinese and English. Upon graduating Catherine spent her first year teaching English in a Chinese high school before moving to an international school where she taught Junior Mandarin, English and Math for one year. She then moved to Wellington where she worked as a year 6 teaching assistant for 3 years. Although she is specialized in English, Maths and Physics, she has a particular interest in the teaching of Mandarin. Catherine is interested in music, cooking, travel and reading.
Shaun Banham is teaching both Junior and Senior school PE. After graduating from Leeds Becket University in 2007, he taught at Regent High School in central London. At the start of 2012 he became head of department alongside the role of extra-curricular coordinator for the school. It was during this time that Mr Banham was able to organise lots of trips to witness the Olympic and Paralympic games that were being held across London. In 2016 he took on the role of Head of Year at the Ockendon Academy in Essex where he guided a large cohort of students through the entire Key Stage 3 phase.
Summer graduated from Tianjin University of Sport in 2002. To improve her personal teaching level and skills, she took part in an International Teaching programme at Framingham State University in 2016. She will graduate in 2018 to earn her Master’s Degree.
In the past ten years, Summer has worked at Shekou International School in Shenzhen as a teaching assistant. At the same time, she was a high school volleyball coach and helped to lead her team to six championships at the ACAMIC Volleyball Tournament in Division Ⅲ. Summer then moved to the NCIC-Immersion school where she taught P.E. During the year, she gained experience in teaching elementary school students and she looks forward to working with our young pupils this year at Wellington College.