Paul Rogers, Executive Master of Wellington College Hangzhou, has worked as Founding Principal at Taylor’s International School Puchong, Malaysia for the past three years where he has helped oversee the preparation, launch and successful establishment of the school. Enrolment is currently at over 1,300 pupils and rising.
Prior to working in Malaysia, Paul established, as Headmaster and Member of the Board, the first ‘Article One’ Bilingual International School in Makuhari, Japan where he worked for six years. Makuhari International School grew to full capacity during his time there and was a model for other similar schools to be established over the following years.
Paul trained as a teacher at La Saint Union College of Further Education in Southampton UK, specialising in Music, after which he obtained the National Professional Qualification for Headship from the Leadership College as well as becoming an Associate of the Royal College of Music – focusing on piano and ‘cello. Prior to training to become a teacher he studied music at Hull University.
When not working, Paul is passionate about football and will happily watch all and any English Premier League match taking place. He also likes cooking, immersing himself in different cultures as well as travelling.
When she was younger, Jacqueline thought kindergarten was a time of joy and possibilities. As an adult she has built upon these early understandings through 18 years of advocating for meaningful, high quality education for young children both at home in Australia and China. This global platform enabled Jacqueline to gain an understanding of international-mindedness, and the importance of developing this in young learners.
Jacqueline is particularly interested in innovative, research based pedagogy, which was the focus of both her Bachelor and Masters of Early Childhood degree. Jacqueline passionately believes children learn at their best from an authentically responsive curriculum that validates their interests as worthy of investigation.
When Jacqueline is not working – supporting her daughters – or caring for animals, you can probably find her cooking. She enjoys using ingredients from all over the world in her passion for trying and tasting new cuisines. The most important part of cooking to her is its collaborative nature, with lots of fond memories of baking with her grandmother, mother and sisters.
After graduating from Kingston Polytechnic (Kingston University London) with a degree in Chemistry, Jonathan Mills first worked in the Chemical industry then gained a commission as an Officer in The Royal Air Force before embarking on a career in teaching.
Prior to joining Wellington College Bilingual Hangzhou, Jonathan spent four years as principal of an international school in Yiwu city, Zhejiang province China. Before coming to China, Jonathan was Deputy Head of Great Ballard Preparatory school in West Sussex.
Jonathan has specialised in teaching Science, but has also taught Maths and Geography at KS3, coached rugby and cricket and been a head of boarding.
Jonathan is determined to ensure that every child that attends Wellington College Bilingual Hangzhou is challenged to be their best every day, that they enjoy their learning and become real Wellingtonians; striving to have a positive impact on the world and maximising their potential.
Mr. Shen Guoqiang is currently the head of junior high at Wellington College Bilingual Hangzhou. He is originally from Hangzhou and has been devoted to junior high school education in Hangzhou for 29 years, working as an English teacher, English language teaching researcher, teacher trainer and vice principal. Before joining Wellington College in Hangzhou, he has worked at Hangzhou Jianlan Middle School as Vice Principal. His research interests and expertise involve bilingual education, curriculum design and development, teacher training, TESL teaching, cross-cultural communication, and study abroad planning.
Mr. Shen believes that a strong curriculum is like a track leading pupil’s growth and development. In a bilingual environment, with highly qualified and professional local and native English teachers working together in small classes, we can not only successfully transform our pupils’ cross-cultural communication skills and improve their second language acquisition. We can also promote interdisciplinary interaction and knowledge integration, and help our pupils achieve well-rounded development and personal growth.
Ben Blackwood moved to Wellington College Hangzhou from Redland High School for Girls, a leading independent girl’s school in Bristol, where he has been the Bursar for eight years. Ben first became a bursar after completing a 26-year career as an officer in the British Army.
After completing his A-levels at Welbeck College, he chose to go to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, rather than university. On completion of his training he was commissioned in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, and proceeded to serve in many parts of the world, including Germany, the Gulf, the Balkans and the Falkland Islands. One of the highlights of his career was being selected for training as an Ammunition Technical Officer, including bomb disposal. Towards the end of his service he completed a Master’s Degree in Engineering Business Management at the University of Warwick.
Ben has always been interested in most sports and was privileged to be selected to play hockey for the Ordnance Corps, as a goalkeeper. His main sport now is cycling and he has undertaken a number of challenging rides.
Sharon Wan holds a Master’s degree in Educational Studies and a Bachelor of Science from East China Normal University. Her academic background has been enriched by 17 years of working with young children at international schools in Shanghai, which has given Sharon an in-depth insight into bilingual education. She treasures working with teachers from different parts of the world and appreciates the diversity of cultures. Prior to working in Wellington College Bilingual Hangzhou Nursery, Sharon spent one year as a Grade 1 Math teacher in a bilingual school in Shanghai.
Sharon believes that education for young children is about listening, facilitating and extending their interests. Passionate about creating a stimulating learning environment, Sharon arranges the classroom in a way that encourages problem solving, encouraging children to become active participators in their learning.
Zoe Zou graduated from Beijing Language and Culture University with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and literature, and from Beijing Normal University with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.
She has been devoted to international education for almost 20 years, teaching PYP and IPC to pupils of 3-12 years old. Zoe worked for seven years as Head of Chinese Teaching at Dulwich College Suzhou, three years as Grade Level leader at Keystone Academy in Beijing, and nine years as a Kindergarten teacher at Suzhou Singapore International School.
She believes that advanced information technology will be of great support for teaching. In her spare time, she likes reading, which is one of her favorite things, especially in terms of education.