Dr Yang brings to the post a wealth of experience in leading young people through an education with international emphasis. She has been the Director of the International Department of Tianjin Nankai High School, and latterly she served as Vice Principal of Tianjin Foreign Languages School Affiliated to Tianjin Foreign Studies University. In this capacity, she headed the AP International Curriculum Centre, International Department and Educational Scientific Research Department.
Dr Yang’s own educational background reflects her enthusiasm for education, with her undergraduate Degree in English Teaching and MA in Chinese Literature awarded by Tianjin Normal University, and her PhD. work was in Sociology at Tianjin Nankai University.
Dr Yang will provide the school with clear leadership and develop relationships with the local Education Bureaux as the CSF continues to grow here at Wellington.
Dragana has been working at Wellington College China International Tianjin for 5 years. Before arriving in Tianjin Dragana taught in two prestigious schools in Novi Sad, Serbia and in Bahrain. Tianjin has become home for Dragana and her family and her career has developed significantly in this time. Dragana has been Head of Mathematics, overseeing outstanding examination results and value added progress. As Deputy Head of Senior School, the quality of Teaching and Learning has risen. Dragana is passionate about teaching and is totally committed to supporting every child in the pursuit of their personal learning goals. Dragana has built very strong curriculum teams in the Senior School and applies herself with vision, creativity and full energy in building a school with aspiration to set the highest International standards and reputation.
Jayne studied French and Spanish (languages and literature) at Manchester University, then completed a TEFL course and went to work in Madrid as an English teacher. She was promoted to Director of Studies after the first year. After 5 years in Madrid (where she met husband, Manuel), she decided to go back to the UK where she did her PGCE at Liverpool University. Jayne went on to work at The King’s School in Chester where she spent 15 years as a French and Spanish teacher and more recently teacher in charge of Spanish. Throughout that time, Jayne was a Sixth Form tutor and claims to have written over 200 UCAS references – an expert indeed! She has been an AQA examiner for Spanish over the past 8 years for A level units 1, 2 and 3. In her spare time, Jayne plays the violin to grade 8 violin. Her two sons, Alejandro (Year 9) and Marcos (Year 7), join Jayne and Manuel here at Wellington College.
Jonathan has extensive experience in the UK supporting both academic and pastoral needs, promoting and extending the skills and aptitudes of learners preparing for public examinations, University and Oxbridge candidates. He has been a Head of Learning Support and Personalized Learning at two of the leading and highest achieving independent schools in the UK, Christ’s Hospital School and Tonbridge. Jonathan has expertise in applied behavioral psychology and metacognition, ensuring that all pupils can achieve their potential and personal education goals. At Wellington he aims to build on the foundations of pastoral care and social and emotional aspects of the curriculum and provide all children with the opportunity to become independent empowered learners.
Born In South Wales, Faye studied Piano and Clarinet at the Royal Welsh College of music and drama as a child, later she went on to study at the Birmingham Conservatoire for four years, gaining a BMus(hons) in piano performance. Faye followed her passion and was accepted at the Krakow academy of music, where she studied with one of the greatest Chopin specialists in Poland. As well as being a solo and chamber music performer, Faye has accompanied for Ballet, Opera, and numerous choirs, and previously worked at the British International School in Krakow as the principal music teacher where she taught throughout primary and secondary for three years. During her time there she was the musical director of three ambitious and highly acclaimed musicals, Elton John and Tim Rice’s ‘Aida’, Broadway’s’ The Little Mermaid’ and Macy’s ‘Yes Virginia’. Faye is very excited to exercise and broaden her music teaching experience at Wellington, and is committed to helping students develop their talents whilst nurturing their passion for music.
Madeline Churchill arrived at Wellington Tianjin in 2014 after spending eight years teaching Art at Wellington College in the UK. Madeline studied Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Fine Art, Oxford after which she was invited to complete an Artist’s Residency at the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing. She continues to combine her artist practice with teaching and recently completed her MA with distinction at the University of the Arts, London. Madeline is also a keen musician and plays the violin whenever she can. As a teacher, Madeline is dedicated to helping her students reach their full potential, aspiring to the creation of ambitious and exciting artwork at every level.
Megan graduated from the University of Lancaster with a degree in History and completed her teacher training at the University of Birmingham. She remained in Birmingham for the next 4 years, teaching History at an outstanding secondary school. During this time Megan also completed a Masters of Education degree in Teaching Studies at the University of Birmingham; her research-led dissertation focused on the impact of teacher feedback and peer assessment in History lessons. Megan also took on responsibility as a whole school Teaching and Learning Coach disseminating best practice across the school, worked as an examiner for Edexcel and was Head of the History department during this time. In August 2015, Megan moved to Bangkok to teach Secondary History and Humanities. In addition to her teaching responsibilities she was responsible for Gifted and Talented provision across the school from Early Years to the Sixth Form. A key part of this role was responsibility for the school’s World Scholar’s Cup debating programme, including coordinating a trip from Bangkok to the Tournament of Champions at Yale University in the USA and organising and hosting the Bangkok regional round of the competition at her school in March 2016.
Gregor graduated from the Faculty of Physics, University of Belgrade, with a BA in Education, specialising in information technology. Having had a keen interest in all things computer and technology related for all of his life, as well as loving the opportunity to teach and work with young people, teaching ICT and Computer Science was a natural path to take. Having lived abroad with a background of international education himself, as well as receiving the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, Gregor has been working in international schools for a number of years, enjoying the multicultural environment. Apart from technology, Gregor has a keen interest in team sports which extends to his ASA engagement, as well as for playing guitar, which he (for everyone else’s sake) plays on his own.
Making his life in Tianjin even more enjoyable are his wife and two children, both of whom are at Wellington.
With over a decade in China and posts in Italy and London before that, he brings a wide variety of both teaching and leadership experience to the WCIT EAL Department. Upon graduating from The University of Kent in The UK, he first qualified as an EAL teacher and then began both his travelling and his teaching career by joining the charitable foundation Voluntary Services Overseas, with a posting in Luoyang City, China. This began a long and happy association with the culture and country he now calls home. After returning to The UK he took his PGCSE at the Institute of Education, London and worked for a number of years in East London. Considering himself as (almost) a Tianjin native, he also hopes to bring both his experience and dedication to Wellington.
Jane has spent the last seven years teaching in the top performing school in Cambridge where she was regional Head of English and Deputy Head in charge of Teaching and Learning. She was also Assistant Principal Examiner of English Language GCSE. When not working, Jane likes to spend time with her husband and children who have also come to join the Wellington family. In no particular order, she likes to bake and run and is looking forward to spending time familiarizing herself with some Chinese literature.
Ian Wood, having studied at Crewe and Alsager College and graduating with a distinction in Craft Design and Technology in 1989, has gained great experience working for 12 years at The Allertonshire School and subsequently 15 years as lead Product Design teacher, at Bedale High School, in North Yorkshire. For 13 of the 15 years at Bedale, Ian was involved in pastoral support as the Head of Year and with the introduction of a new vertical tutoring house system, a Housemaster. Ian has been a staff governor and parent governor for over 12 years. He has a keen love of the outdoors and has been until recently involved with the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and latterly as a member of the Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team.
Richard completed his degree in Secondary Physical Education at the University of Cumbria in Lancaster in the United Kingdom. After completing his studies he moved to the West Midlands to teach Secondary PE, teaching students from Year 7 to 13, including GCSE and A Level PE for the next five years. Alongside his teaching responsibilities Richard was also Progress and Development Leader for Year 10, tracking and monitoring the progress of students across Year 10 and putting into place academic and pastoral interventions to ensure they made excellent progress in their GCSE subjects. Richard moved to Bangkok, Thailand in August 2015 to teach Primary and Secondary Physical Education in a British International School, teaching students from Year 2 to Year 13 including coordinating and devising a new primary PE curriculum. Richard was also responsible for overseeing the introduction of BTEC courses in the Sixth Form which included developing and teaching the BTEC Physical Education course. Richard has years of experience in teaching a variety of sports and activities, ranging from football and cricket to swimming and golf. When he is not teaching PE, you are most likely to find him playing football at any given opportunity.
Holder of both a Bachelor and Master’s degree from Beijing Normal University, and four additional teaching certificates, Yang’s credentials are impressive. This is reflected in her work career, with time spent in South Korea, and three separate spells spanning eight years at Beijing’s very highly regarded High School affiliated to Renmin University (RDFZ), which shares a strong partnership with Wellington UK. She also spent nearly a year teaching at Wellington UK after it was awarded ‘Confucius Classroom’ status by Hanban, with whom she had just trained to teach Chinese as a second language, so she is familiar with the demands of the British system. Yang continues in her role as Head of Mandarin, the largest department at the school.
Toby brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the cultural and language provisions of the College. He leads a strong and motivated house, the Stanley, as well as the popular annual sailing trip. In T&L, a significant proportion of his language students exceed their academic targets and gain English language examination results that open doors to leading universities in the UK and USA. Well versed in the concepts of international education, he is currently working on a MA in Education (Educational Leadership and Management) at University of Bath.
In addition, Toby is a national and international award-winning composer whose work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and performed professionally in North America, Europe and Asia. He enjoys directing creative productions as well as composing for children and communities. Wellington College Choirs have sung a number of his compositions including his ‘Three Songs of William Shakespeare’, which was performed at H.M. British Ambassador’s Residence, Beijing, for the British Embassy 2016 Open Day. He has two sons in the Junior School.
Ed has been teaching Art & Graphics since the turn of the century. After completing a degree in graphic design with a specialism in narrative and editorial illustration in Southampton, he went on to study for his PGCE at the University of Bristol, before going on to teach in the city’s first Academy. In the 8 years he spent at the same school he also fulfilled the roles of 2nd in department and Student Achievement Coordinator for years 9, 10 & 11. In 2008, Ready for a change of scenery, Ed came to Tianjin where he worked for 6 years at another local international school. During this period, he held various posts including Head of Art & Graphics, Key Stage 3 Coordinator, Key Stage 4 Coordinator and, eventually, Head of Secondary. In 2015 Ed was awarded a Master’s degree in education from the University of Nottingham which included a great deal of research into the experiences of East Asian students working in a Western educational context. In his spare time, Ed can be found practicing Taijiquan in the local parks, playing his guitar, painting, drawing and spending time with his wife Lydia and their son, Samuel.
Eamonn started his career as a mechanical engineering. After graduating with Honours from the University of Edinburgh he spent some time working primarily in the production and manufacturing sector of engineering. For many years he has volunteered his time to work with children and young adults and this prompted his decision to change career and retrain to become a Mathematics Teacher. He underwent his PGCE at Durham University, after completing this course 2012 and working in UK he chose to combine work and his passion for travelling and learning about other cultures and joined Wellington College in 2013. He has a range of interests including photography, trekking, camping and scouting which he has taken around the world from the Highlands of Scotland to the jungles of Borneo via the glaciers of New Zealand. This range of skills has added some exciting opportunities to our After School Activities programme as Eamonn looks to introduce the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme at Wellington.
Manuel has been working as a Spanish teacher for over 20 years. He worked for 12 years at The King’s School Chester whilst he was also working for Philip Allan updates presenting at A Level Spanish conferences all over the UK. His specialities are the Spanish Civil War and teaching Spanish verbs with his guitar. Manuel has more recently worked at the Wirral Grammar School for Girls. Manuel is also a musician and plays bass guitar. He has worked as an examiner for AQA, and his two children are at Wellington College Tianjin.
After completing her Maths degree at the University of Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia, Maja trained as a teacher at the largest Serbian secondary school in Novi Sad. Maja volunteered in a variety of schools in Portland, Oregon, including one which was a special high school for students in a rehab and treatment facility. On a personal level, Maja is particularly interested in fighting for human and animal rights, including campaigning on behalf of the Roma population of Serbia. In addition, last year Maja adopted an abandoned puppy, who will be joining her soon in Tianjin. Maja is an avid Backgammon player, both on and offline, and hopes to spread that love among the students of Wellington College in Tianjin.
Samantha Wood joins the Wellington staff in Tianjin as the Head of Boarding, as well as undertaking the newly created role for Student Guidance and Welfare. She is a graduate of Lancaster University where she studied Religion and History, followed by a PGCE at the Roehampton Institute, London. Samantha has worked at several state secondary schools in the UK teaching predominantly RE, but also History, Geography, Integrated Humanities, revision skills and Learning 2 Learn. For the last 12 years she has worked as an Assistant Principal with strategic responsibilities for disadvantaged students, raising attainment, SMSC, study skills, communications, student voice and community engagement. As a member of SLT she has line managed Humanities, ICT, P.E and the Creative faculty. Previous strategic responsibilities have also included teaching and learning and marking and assessment. In her career Samantha has also been a Head of Year, Head of Faculty and trampoline coach. Samantha is a fully trained level two TEEP teacher (Teacher Effective Enhancement Programme); she has delivered staff training on teaching and learning both in her own school, and across the county. In her recent school, she established the importance of students and parents understanding how to maximize academic potential through creating the most conducive environment and being aware of how learning occurs.
Jola arrived in Tianjin from Poland, where she was working as a press officer in the National Fund of Health. She has two main specialisms, which she has acquired during her studies at the prestigious Jagiellonian University: Public Relations and teaching literature and language (in primary and secondary school). She combined these two areas at her work to create educational campaigns for children and adults. During her first year at Wellington College, Jola dedicated her time to professional development. To gain a better understanding of how to help children with special needs she completed the course ”Promoting Social Communication Skills of Pupils with Autism”. She gained also qualifications in teaching English as a foreign language and received TEFL and TESMC certificates. Jola is delighted to be working in the library this year, where she has an opportunity to use her knowledge about language, theory and the history of world literature. She believes that the library is an inspiring place for students to discover, share, and expand their horizons and imagination. Her other passions include theatre, photography and choral music.
Gianpaolo is thrilled to be joining Wellington during such an exciting time for the school. This is his third position in China, first coming to the country after being awarded a Master’s Degree from Bangor University in 2013. He started his time here teaching undergraduate students whilst completing research on agricultural genetics at Jianghan University, Wuhan, before moving to Shanghai to teach senior students at a bilingual boarding school. Gianpaolo is keen to pass on his sense of awe and respect for the natural world, whilst encouraging his students to develop a strong scientific mindset and critical thinking skills which will serve them well no matter which route they choose to take in the future.
Emma Paine is joining Wellington’s English department and Key Stage 3 team from The Beacon School in Surrey. After reading English Literature at the University of Chester and completing her PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church, she began teaching at the academy school in Banstead. As Competitions and Trips lead teacher, Emma provided a wide range of opportunities for students to experience drama and literature in a variety of forms including plays, workshops and immersive events. She shared her passion for rugby with her students by coaching rugby teams for both KS3 and KS4 girls, as well as in her local community by playing and coaching for a local team. She looks forward to joining the Stanley as Year 10 tutor and becoming a member of the Wellington family. Emma will be the KS3 Coordinator.
After a Master’s degree in English Language and Literature at Hankuk University of Foreign studies, Sunhee worked as an English teacher before coming to Tianjin. With 4 years’ teaching experience of senior students at another international school in Tianjin, Sunhee moved across the city to join Wellington. She has been much impressed with her new colleagues’ passion for education. Sunhee is committed to providing the very best education for her new students, and firmly believes that her love for her students, educational background and previous teaching experience of the Korean language will be hugely beneficial to the development of IB Korean here at Wellington. Her two children are attending WCIT, and the three of them are all equally excited to be part of the Wellington community.
Steve Waitara is one of the latest arrivals at Wellington College International Tianjin this year. Having graduated from Kenyatta University in Kenya in 1990, he has taught Mathematics in many public and private schools. He was Dean of Years 10 and 11 at St Marys’ School, Nairobi, one of the earliest IB World Schools. He also brings in a wealth of experience from Braeburn International schools in Kenya and Tanzania. He was a form tutor and a keen participant in charitable fundraising initiatives. In addition, he is an experienced basketball coach.
Felix’s teaching career spans 9 years and he joins Wellington from Confucius International School Chengdu (CISCD), China, where he served as the Head of Mathematics department, Examinations Officer and Housemaster for 2 years. Before joining CISCD, Felix worked in the same capacities and also as a Physics teacher at Braeburn Mombasa International School in Kenya. He has also taught in many other private and public schools in Kenya and held various positions of responsibility, including the Principal of a tertiary college. Felix graduated from the University of Eldoret (Kenya) with an MSc in Physics and Moi University with a BEd Science, majoring in Physics&Mathematics. He has also received a number of professional development certifications from CIE and is currently working towards an MA in Educational Leadership and Management from the University of Nottingham, UK. Felix is a passionate teacher who believes in giving every student a chance to access the curriculum. He enjoys playing soccer, volleyball and drums and he is joined by his wife Beatrice and two children, Stacy and Stephen who will both be studying at Wellington. He will also serve as the college’s Examinations Officer.
After finishing University in the UK at Teesside and as a postgraduate student at Sunderland in 2002, Nicola began teaching, introducing textiles technology into the curriculum at Bedale High School in North Yorkshire. She progressed to Head of Faculty with responsibility for leading a department consisting of food technology, product design and her own specialism of textiles and surface decoration. Previous experience has involved leading careers, work experience and latterly the co-ordination of STEM activities with feeder primary schools. Nicola takes a keen interest in travel and extra curricular activities which help widen students involvement and enthusiasm in all aspects of technology.
Amos graduated from Kenyatta University (Kenya) with a B.Ed in Science, Majoring in Physics (Semi-conductor Physics and devices) and Pure Mathematics. He has been teaching for about 24 years. He has worked in top public and private schools Nationally and internationally, including The Makini School, Nairobi and The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, where he was in charge of handling both IGCSE Cambridge and IB curricula. Amos joins Wellington College International from the Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) International, Singapore, where he worked for the last five years was the IB Physics subject coordinator. In addition to his teaching experience, Amos has been an IB examiner in Physics SL paper 2 and IA Physics Practical in English. On the extra-curricular front, he is a qualified coach of both handball and rugby. In addition, he has been an advisor for the Model United Nations (MUN) club and has a lot of interest in helping pupils organise service trips for their CAS activities.
Faba cherukara, holds double masters in Physics and has 17 years of experience in the field of education. She began her career as a high school physics teacher and has taught in international system for 12 years in different countries like Thailand, Bangladesh, Australia, India and Oman. In past she was involved with science club and MUN activities at various schools. Over the years , Faba trained students for various international exams like IB, IGCSE, VCE and National curriculum. This academic year she joined WICT to teach Math and Physics in High school section.
Matthew Perkins completed his Honour’s Degree in Sports Science and Geography at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. After furthering his studies with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, he facilitated sports development in a rural African community. Realising his passion was for development and education, he has since taught at schools in England, South Korea and South Africa. In addition to teaching Geography, Matthew has a strong belief in pastoral care and has coached various sporting codes. His interests include playing and watching football, road running, Asian food and reading a good book.
Catherine Neethling is one of the new senior school members of staff at Wellington College International Tianjin. After completing a Master’s Degree in Ancient History and Languages in 2010, she taught EAL in South Korea for two years. In 2013 she took up a Junior Lecturer post in Ancient History and Classical Civilisation at the University of the Free State. In this capacity she produced the Undergraduate programme in Classical Civilisation, as well as undergoing training in Teaching and Learning and academic writing. During this time she also published an academic article in the English Academy Review, and continues her research work in Teaching and Learning, together with Reception studies.
Tracey Xu joined Wellington College International Tianjin in 2011. She is a holder of TEFL and TESOL Certificates with Grade A and a National Qualified Teaching Certificate majoring in ‘English in China’. She achieved a certification of Mandarin in 2005 and TEM-8 (Test for English Majors-Highest Level) in 2008. She worked as a Year 2 Teaching Assistant for two years in WCIT before moving to London and acquiring an MA of Bilingual Education from the Institute of Education (IOE), University College London . Whilst studying she was also working as a member of staff in the Archive and Collection Department of the Institute’s Newsam Library and offering free Mandarin courses to all the staff of the IOE. She rejoined Wellington College International Tianjin 2014.
Rebecca Dong joins the school from New Oriental School in Tianjin. She became a part-time English teacher in 2001 in Joy English School from Taiwan. After graduation from Tianjin Normal University with a Teacher’s Qualification License in 2005, she worked in Tianjin No.4 Middle School. She also worked for New Oriental School in Tianjin from 2007, teaching a variety of courses for IELTS, TOEFL, SAT and New Concept English etc. Her students have been admitted by many outstanding universities in UK, USA, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada and Japan. She was a member of the training team in New Oriental and led numerous school trips (for pupils, parents and staff) around the world. Latterly, she teaches EAL courses here at Wellington and coaches some sports activities.
Ms. Tina Wei holds a Bachelor Degree in English Literature from Tianjin Foreign Language University, a Master’s Degree in International Relations in Economy and Trade from Flinders University of South Australia, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from United States.
Before she went to the USA, she has worked for a local university as an instructor. During she worked in the USA, she obtained the Teacher Credential of California. She is also a Chinese Teaching Certificate, TEFL and TCSOL certificate holder. She has taught Chinese and English to students aged from 4-22 in the USA and Tianjin for 14 years. During she is working in Wellington College Tianjin, she receives many positive comments from parents. After Ms. Wei successfully finished the roles of junior Mandarin Coordinator and junior Mandarin teacher, she continues in her role as a senior Mandarin teacher to teach IB HL courses, IGCSE Chinese as the first language and IGCSE Chinese as the second language. She is creative and good at using high- tech to assist instruction. She believes that multiple and flexible teaching method will broaden children’s mind.
Ms. Xie got a Bachelor Degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language in Beijing Language and Culture University, a Master’s Degree in Linguistics from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), as well as a certificate of Teaching Chinese. After graduation she worked as teaching assistant in CUHK and two years later worked in an international school in Hong Kong teaching IGCSE and IB Chinese for four years before joining Wellington Tianjin. She has taught a range of curricular and year group courses, including IGCSE first language Chinese, Mandarin Chinese, IB Chinese A & B, and the IB Extended Essay. Ms Xie is passionate about education and is looking forward to working closely with her colleagues and students at Wellington.
Jiajing Zhang is a Mandarin Language teacher. After obtaining a Bachelor degree in Chinese Language and Literature, she continued to pursue a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature and World Literature in Renmin University in China. She participated in several volunteer teaching projects in university. Latterly, from August 2016 to July 2017, she was employed by UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland as a teacher of Chinese Culture and Language. In Dublin, she taught Mandarin and open cultural workshops in Primary schools as well as Secondary Schools.
Mingqian has been teaching Mandarin as a foreign language for 8 years. She has worked in an International School in Malaysia with both the Junior and Senior Schools. She has a rich working experience in both class teaching and activities. In Malaysia, she received her teaching certificate CIDTT (Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers). During her overseas working period she also organized different student activities such as 24 Chinese drums, Chinese painting. She is interested in combining Chinese language and culture to make students aware of both. Besides English, she also can speak French fluently. Mingqian is very excited to exercise and broaden her Mandarin teaching experience at Wellington, and is committed to inspire her students to explore both language and culture.
After graduating in 2013 with a major in Fine Art from the Finance and Economics University of Tianjin, Emma joined the Wellington team in order to gain experience of Design and Art education within an international context. She quickly became an indispensible member of the Senior School and plays a vital role in the practical running of the Art and Design and Technology departments.