Toby joined Wellington College International Tianjin in its founding year and has witnessed much of the school’s development and change. He currently leads the provision of pastoral care across the College and is the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead and Child Protection Officer. He is also a CIS Accreditation Evaluator with experience of team visits in the Asia Pacific region. Toby is currently completing a dissertation on principals’ sense making and decision making in international educational leadership with the University of Bath. He is a graduate of music from the Royal Northern College of Music and has previously won a number of awards for his original work. He enjoys playing the timpani in school productions. Toby has two sons at the College.
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.
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.
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.
Cliff Iddison joins Wellington College with recent experience teaching in Beijing and previously from a senior role in the United Kingdom. After university in Sunderland, he began his career in 1994, teaching biology, physics and chemistry in a North of England school. Cliff has extensive experience undertaking a variety of previous roles which have included Head of Department, Head of Year and more recently as a member of the leadership team with responsibilities for curriculum, assessment and staff training. Extra-curricular activities have included coaching sport and leading numerous school trips (for pupils, parents and staff) around the UK and Europe. He also served for eight years as a staff governor in a rural comprehensive School in North Yorkshire.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eliud Juma, a Kenyan citizen, is teacher of Economics and Business Studies. He graduated from Moi University with a Bachelor of Education (Hons) degree, specializing in Business and Economics. Eliud holds a master’s degree in comparative education from the University of Buckingham, UK. He has done several professional development courses with Cambridge Examinations and IB. He has over 13 years of teaching experience. Before joining Wellington, Eliud worked at Dulwich College High School in Suzhou and taught at a prominent High School in Ningbo, Zhejiang. He has also taught in several British Curriculum schools in Kenya before coming to China. His hobbies include soccer and Athletics. Eliud is an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma examiner for Higher Level Economics as well as a CIE examiner for A Level Economics. He has special interests in Model United Nations (MUN) and Business Communications. He loves spending time with his wife and daughters who are pupils at the college.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ms. Sophia got her bachelor’s degree in 2011, major in English, She achieved excellence in the Test for English Major TEM8 and got a Intermediate Business English certification(BEC).
From 2010,6 to 2011.6, she was an intern of Compass-Kingkids English. After she graduated from 2011.6, she worked as a management trainee in Standard Charted banking operation in another half year.
From 2012.6 to 2016.6 she joined the Wellington College International Tianjin, worked as a service manager assistant(1year) and second master PA(3years). From 2016.8, After finishing the online course about “Planing & Assessment of Literacy & Numeracy” and ‘SEN’, She got the certification and transferred to the Academic team as Y5 TA. She focus on the students’ individual development, she think every student is a unique star!
Felix’s teaching career spans 14 years after he was awarded a First Class Honours Bachelor’s degree in Education Science (majoring in Physics & Mathematics) and a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Physics.
He has received several professional development certifications from major international examination boards and is currently working towards an MA in Educational Leadership and Management from the University of Buckingham, UK. He joined Wellington from an International school in Chengdu, where he served as Head of Mathematics, Examinations Officer and Housemaster for 3 years. Before coming to Chengdu, he worked in a prestigious international school in Kenya and as a Principal of a tertiary college. Felix is also an accredited Cambridge International IGCSE & A Level Mathematics examiner and teacher trainer. He enjoys playing soccer and volleyball and is joined in Tianjin by his wife and two children.
Daniel was born and raised near Phoenix, Arizona USA. In 2006, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Arizona State University and decided he had to see China. In 2007, he began teaching mathematics in Qingdao where he also met and married his wonderful wife. His family has since expanded to four with the birth of their two daughters. In 2009, Daniel joined Shanghai Guanghua College to teach A-level mathematics and became mathematics department head at Guanghua in 2014. While head of mathematics, Daniel helped to build the US diploma and AP program at Guanghua. In 2018, I took the opportunity to join the Wellington family. He is looking forward to participating in the cutting edge of international teaching here at Wellington College.
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.
Prior to joining the Wellington family, Louise Chapman taught English at an all-girls 11-18 state school in Hertfordshire, before re-locating to Tianjin. In the UK, Louise studied for her BA in English and Philosophy at the University of Bristol, before going on to study for both a PGCE and Master of Education degree at the University of Cambridge. During her post-graduate studies, Louise specialised in researching the role of reading in secondary schools and is keen on developing whole-school strategies which motivate young people to read. After her second year of teaching, Louise was afforded a fantastic opportunity to accompany a group of sixth-form students around the island of Borneo for an entire month; a trip which sparked her desire to travel and teach internationally. Last academic year, Louise undertook a mentoring programme, run by the University of Cambridge, to become a mentor for trainee English teachers, resulting in her mentoring and supporting two PGCE English students through their training. When she is not teaching, Louise enjoys yoga, reading and watching live theatre.
Luyi spent over eight years working in Canada. She first worked as an ESL teacher in a secondary school in Vancouver and then became an academic counsellor helping pupils with university applications and career placement. There, she had helped many Canadian and international students to receive offers from many world top tier universities.
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.
David joins Wellington with over 14 years of international teaching experience. After graduating with a BA in Contemporary History from the University of Leicester, he began his career teaching in some of the top performing high schools in Tianjin. Following this he took a position as coordinator of English across Elementary and Secondary school at a Korean school in Tianjin. During this time he gained qualifications in teaching English from the London College of Teacher Training in the UK. In his spare time David founded a highly regarded language centre for young local children to improve their English.
David is excited about the opportunity to work with pupils in both the Senior and Junior schools at Wellington. As well as teaching ELA, he will also take up a specialist position as part of the PSI team and run the Junior school ISCOT Chess class. When not teaching at Wellington, David is likely to be found walking his labrador Summer in the park, playing sport, or reading a book.
Erastus Gitata is a teacher of A Level Physics and joins us at Wellington College in Tianjin from Ren Da Fu Zhong (RDFZ- the High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China) in Beijing. He holds a degree from Kenyatta University specializing in Physics. Before coming to teach in China, Mr. Gitata taught A Level and IB Diploma Physics internationally and Kenya’s earliest IB school, Saint Mary’s School in Nairobi. Mr. Gitata is an examiner with Cambridge Assessment, marking CAIE Physics Paper 2 as well as IB Diploma Mathematical Studies, SL Paper 1 and IA. Outside the classroom Mr. Gitata is a passionate volleyball coach and enjoys music when playing guitar.
Danijela has come to Wellington College as a passionate, enthusiastic, creative and dynamic Chemistry teacher.
Having taught Chemistry for seventeen years at a high school in Novi Sad, Serbia, Danijela has become an accomplished educator who cares deeply about her students emotional and academic growth, and a passion for supporting them in all forms of their success.
Making the move with her husband and two daughters to China, Danijela taught for a year at an international (Chinese-American) school in Wuhan, before joining Wellington. Danijela holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Master Degree in Chemistry.
She enjoys cycling, travelling, reading and salsa dancing. Danijela is excited about living in Tianjin and looks forward to exploring the city with her family.
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.
Benjamin Hazell grew up in London before moving to study for his BA in History at the university of Portsmouth in 2013; he then passed his PGCE with a distinction from the University of Bristol. Both cities have a rich history and magnificent stories to tell, providing the perfect resource to fuel his passion for the subject. Benjamin has a real interest in historical fiction and dystopian literature, you may also find him on the badminton court whenever he has a chance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Liz Wei is Chinese, and has had two years’ experience teaching Mandarin in a local Chinese school. Liz has also worked for three years at an international school in Qatar, teaching Mandarin and Physical Education, and also at a local international school here in Tianjin, Rego International School. With more than ten years’ experience in international education she will be a valuable asset here at Wellington, with her knowledge of the English National Curriculum and IB PYP and MYP programmes.