After University in Durham and Exeter, Julian began his career in 1991, teaching History in a north London Girls’ Independent School. He worked at Wellington College from January 1997, performing a variety of roles which included Head of Department, AS/A2 Public Exams’ Officer, and Assistant Housemaster. Latterly, he ran the school’s training programmes for the teaching staff, including the specific training of new teachers and the statutory induction of Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs), as well as coaching sport and leading numerous school trips (for pupils, parents and staff) around the world. He also served for six years as a governor in an independent Preparatory School in Surrey. From 2014-2017, he was the Second Master and Head of the Senior School of Wellington College International Tianjin, prior to his appointment as Master of the College.
Mrs Yynda Thomas is the latest in a line of senior colleagues, being the Head of Juniors. After university in Stafford and Manchester Metropolitan University, she began her career in 2001, teaching a mixed class of Yr4 and Yr5. From there she moved onto Bishop Lonsdale, mainly teaching Year 5 and 6, being a lead teacher in PE and Maths, and part of the SLT. Then she moved to St James’ Primary School where she was Deputy Head, and lead teacher in SEN, Maths, Science and PE. Latterly, she became Head Teacher of St Matthew’s Academy. She has been part of the school’s governing body for 10 years, carried out mentoring for NQT’s and students, lead teacher in Maths, Literacy Moderator in the Local Authority and leading many school trips.
Julia Ji started her career in one of the big 4 accounting firm as senior auditor and then worked in both Beijing and Tianjin as finance controller or senior finance manager for different big MNCs: OTIS and Tetra Laval for over 10 years with rich experience on financial management, accounting, business support, people management and internal control areas. She is holding master degree of Maryland University Smith Business school EMBA and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certificate.
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.
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.