Early Years

Tia Zhu

Tia Zhu

Deputy Head of Early Years
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Tia Zhu

Tia Zhu graduated from the Kindergarten Teachers College of Zhejiang Normal University Hangzhou in 2006 with high  academic scores. After graduation, she worked in a public kindergarten in Wenzhou for two years. Since 2008, Tia has worked in a  private kindergarten in Hangzhou  where she became part of the leadership team. During those 11 years, Tia deepened her understanding of the physical and mental development of children at different ages.

Tia has also experienced teaching and leading in a British curriculum EYFS which gave her an opportunity to compare the similarities and differences between the Chinese and the British school systems.

Tia is  very excited to be joining Huili Nursery Hangzhou and is hoping to learn more, to take on more challenges, and to improve her skills.

Farida Bhaidani

Farida Bhaidani

Early Years English Curriculum Coordinator
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Farida Bhaidani

As an educator, Farida is deeply passionate about bringing new discoveries to the curriculum, by instilling a love for lifelong learning with students in the early years.
She completed her BA (hons) in Industrial Psychology, History and Politics from the University of Pune. She then went on to follow her passion for the early years with a Post-Graduation Diploma in Early Childhood Education. She has participated in a barrage of International Baccalaureate workshops to gain a global perspective on changing trends in teaching-learning cultures, educational leadership and collaborative planning. Farida also had the unique opportunity to be invited by the Queens University Belfast, to take part in their International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, Thinking skills research project.

She has been associated with the International Baccalaureate schools for the past 13 years and, a year with a school in Morocco, that offered the common core program. With all her international teaching and leading experiences she finds the opportunity to collaborate and exchange diverse teaching practices the most fulfilling.

She enjoys travelling, writing poetry, cooking, painting and reading. Farida is currently pursuing her Certificate in Early Educational Leadership through Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is looking forward to being a part of the Wellington family, as the art and supply teacher.

Angela Zhou

Angela Zhou

Early Years Chinese Curriculum Coordinator
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Angela Zhou

Angela graduated from New Zealand Tertiary College with a Bachelor of Teaching, majoring in Early Childhood Education. She is a fully registered teacher and has been teaching in New Zealand at various reputable early childhood settings for over ten years. Prior to teaching in New Zealand, Angela gained a BA degree majoring in Chinese Language and Literature from HeBei Normal University. Having taught both in China and New Zealand has enabled Angela to gain an insight into teaching across cultures. Angela is passionate about authentic responsive play-based pedagogy and is delighted to be a member of the forward thinking team in Hangzhou Huili Nursery.

Ching Shi

Ching Shi

Early Years Chinese Teacher
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Ching Shi

Ching achieved her master’s degree in Applied Social Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London in the UK.  She researched Child Psychology and Positive Psychology which has helped her developed a passion for pursuing early years education. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Finance from University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in the United States. Her exceptional experience of studying in multiple countries has provided her with unique abilities to understand children with different cultural backgrounds. She has deep respect for every child and is aware that they are unique and have diverse learning needs, which is what makes her role challenging and yet inspiring.   Ching enjoys gardening, traveling and yoga. She is also passionate about being a volunteer and, helping children in her spare time. While she was in the US, she volunteered at the local Boys and Girls Club that assisted with organizing activities for children. In 2017, she went to Romania to teach English and take care of children who had been orphaned. Furthermore, Ching is also a volunteer for a Parent-Child Education Program in Qingbo Community in Hangzhou.

David  Denys

David Denys

Early Years Western Teacher
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David Denys

David has been a passionate and dedicated educator for the past seven years. After completing his five-year education program (with Distinction), he taught in Canada for three years before moving to Hangzhou. David has taught in Hangzhou for 4 years.

David loved teaching in Canada, but he was looking for a new challenge which is how he ended up in Hangzhou. He enjoys his daily life abroad as he appreciates the food, people, and sights that China has to offer.

Growing up in Canada, David loved sports and the competition that was involved with them. He enjoyed sports so much that he began coaching. Coaching was his first taste of teaching children new skills, and he knew from these rewarding experiences that teaching would be his future profession.

Being an athlete in high school was the spark for David joining the physical education program at the University of Manitoba. After completing this three-year program, he went on to complete his Bachelor of Education. After these programs were completed, he was ready to join the workforce as an educator.

In Canada, David enjoyed jobs that let him teach many age ranges as a classroom and PE teacher. He also took every opportunity possible to learn more about his students by coaching them in a variety of sports. David believes that dedication and consistency can be built through sport, and these important life skills will translate to all areas of one’s life.

Once David moved to China, he became more involved in creating and developing curriculum for the classes he taught. He believes that many audio and video supports are necessary for second language learners to be successful in improving their reading, writing, listening, and speaking. He enjoys creating these specific resources that will support students of all abilities.

All of David’s time in China has been focused on early childhood education. This is his favorite age range to teach because the kids have so much energy and passion for learning. David enjoys helping kids with a very small English base improve and eventually thrive using the language.

David is thrilled to be joining the team at Huili Nursery Hangzhou. He cannot wait for the fall term to start so he can meet the staff and students of the school. David has lived in Hangzhou for four years already, but he is very excited for this new venture in his life.  

Grace Miao

Grace Miao

Early Years Chinese Teacher
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Grace Miao

Grace graduated from Ningbo University in 2012 as an outstanding graduate of Zhejiang province. She was awarded a school scholarship. In addition to her strong academic foundation and practical skills, Grace volunteered to participate in social services as that is something close to her heart. She helped out the aged in nursing home’s and organised a team to teach children English, in the community. She believes in giving back to society and does her best with committing time to it.

Grace has been working in Nursery at an international schools for the past five years, where she gained a lot of professional training and experience in teaching. She is responsible, proactive, caring, patient and collaborative with children, parents and colleagues. She believes every child is different and unique. 

In her spare time, Grace likes to read various books about children, and on psychology. She is also fascinated by musical instruments. Grace has learnt to play the flute, cucurbit flute, ocarina, piano and saxophone by watching others play making her an example of self-directed learning.

Hazel Li

Hazel Li

Early Years Chinese Teacher
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Hazel Li

Hazel completed her degree at HuaiNan Normal University, specialising in Early Childhood Education. After four years of targeted study, she mastered the comprehensive  professional theory of preschool education.
Right after her graduation, Hazel has worked in a Singapore government nursery for four years. She is an adventurous individual and has travelled extensively across Southeast Asia. She loves children and enjoys developing meaningful relationships with her students. Her passion in being a learner herself, has led her to set up classroom with provocations that are research based, encouraging children to question and explore their environment. She enjoys reading books that are related to the early years. Hazel also believes that books are key to developing children’s imagination and creativity. She has introduced yoga into children’s physical sessions and used it as a tool for relaxation and learning.
In her time away from work, Hazel enjoys travel, photography and sporting activities.
She is enjoying her work immensely Huili Nursery Hangzhou and looks forward to collaborating with teachers. For Hazel coming back to China and, teaching in Huili Nursery is a fantastic opportunity for her to develop her understanding and knowledge further in early years education.

Joseph Goulder

Joseph Goulder

Early Years Western Teacher
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Joseph Goulder

Joseph has worked in Early Childhood Education in Australia for over 15 years, and furthermore he has been fortunate enough to travel the world teaching and working in remote communities within the education sector. A highlight of his teaching career thus far; was working in Japan for a period of 5 years. During this time he traveled around teaching and exploring the many wonderful prefectures and getting to know the different people and communities. Although teaching was not his first choice of career, (studied for 2 years to be an architect), he is glad that he had the opportunity early on in his studies to undertake this path, and is grateful for the support given to him from family members, university lecturers and employers over the years.

As mentioned previously, his tertiary education took a swift turn from a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture at University Of New South Wales, to a Diploma in Social Services at Petersham College of Education (early years education), and then undertook a Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Art Theory, Art Practical, Psychology and Drama at The Australian Catholic University. This degree was to pursue a working environment which focused on working with disadvantaged and children with differing abilities through focusing on art therapy. After a few years in this field he returned to Sydney University to complete his Masters of Teaching (early childhood).

Joseph has a passion for the environment, and his dissertation on sustainability in early years education has been used as a model with several Australian council centers. He has had articles published in early childhood periodicals, and continues to explore new and exciting teaching techniques and methods which enable and engage children.  

When he is not working, he likes to relax by heading to a beach and surfing with family. Though when the weather is not favorable for this, then his spare time is spent with his family (wife and son who have joined him in Hangzhou) exploring new and exciting places through travelling overseas, camping, hiking and photography. When he does have a spare minute to himself, he likes to relax by constructing scale models (sci-fi panoramas and cars mainly), and teaching himself (slowly) guitar.

Joyce Chen

Joyce Chen

Early Years Chinese Teacher
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Joyce Chen

Joyce holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the Hangzhou Normal University, she has the prestigious honour to be certified as a Senior National Teacher of Music. She started her career as a music teacher at the Hangzhou Yangtze River Experimental school, which follows the Orff’s Music teaching method, this differs from the traditional primary school music class curriculum. Her teaching practices have more interaction with music and better engagement set out for the students. In August 2016 she undertook a Master of Teaching and Curriculum at the Syracuse University, New York. This change in her research focused on the education system and, the differences between Chinese and American curriculums. This was an ideal opportunity for her as it helped her understand how to deliver the Chinese curriculum in a Bilingual setting while also building on inclusion skills for children at varied levels in the class. In May 2017, she was selected to participate in Literacy, Inclusion, and Diversity at the Roma Tre University in Italy, which was sponsored by the education faculty at Syracuse University. Her love for learning drives her to constantly reflect on her teaching and learning practices at Huili too. In her spare time, she enjoys the natural outdoors environment through hiking and jogging for mental and physical wellbeing, but a good cup of coffee and a nice restaurant are her biggest weakness.

Judy Zhu

Judy Zhu

Early Years Chinese Teacher
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Judy Zhu

Judy graduated from WenZhou University and her Major is ‘business English’. This is her 5th year working as a teacher.  Before working at Huili, Judy worked in Dulwich College Shanghai for 4 years, and is familiar with routines and setting up provisions at International schools, especially in the Early years. In her spare time, Judy loves traveling, watching drama series and reading. Judy also enjoys reading children’s fiction books and sharing these different stories with the children in her classroom. She is passionate about education because working and communicating with children bring her immense joy. From her perspective the most important skill a teacher should have is patience and, she looks forward to bringing that into her classroom.

Judy Zhu

Judy Zhu

Early Years Chinese Teacher
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Judy Zhu

Judy graduated from Beijing Normal University, from the Department of education. She completed a two year degree with art as a major, in the early years. She has worked with Beanstalk international School, Canadian International School, HOK and JOYEL. Her work experience  spans across 16 years of teaching. As an individual Judy finds happiness in simple things, like walking through a park or listening to music. She is passionate about children and she thinks her life has so much purpose as an educator. Judy loves spending time with her family however, her daughter is currently in high school in Beijing, while her husband travels extensively as a project manager with the China World Trade Center property. In her spare time, She likes reading, swimming, baking cookies and traveling with her family. She takes pride in transforming leisure time into serving the community and  you can often find her spending time at the old age home. Judy finds immense happiness in helping others and making a difference to society.

Justin Chamberlain

Justin Chamberlain

Early Years Western Teacher
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Justin Chamberlain

Justin has been a teacher for fifteen years after completing a four year BA (hons) degree at Leeds University in England.

After teaching for three years in England, Justin decided to enter international education and taught in Malaysia for nine years and Nepal for three years before moving to Hangzhou. Throughout this time he was fortunate enough to teach children all the way from 3 years old to 16 years old, across a range of subjects.

Despite teaching this large range, Justin kept coming back to his passion of Early Years teaching. He loves seeing the wonder in children’s eyes as they encounter new experiences and explore the world around them. While working with children in the Early Years, Justin has helped introduce woodwork into his classroom settings and has developed language acquisition skills amongst children.

Through his interest in woodwork skills and introducing controlled risk into the classroom, Justin discovered Forest School. He spent time in his previous school helping to introduce the key concepts of Forest School and Outdoor Learning into the whole of Early Years and Key Stage 1.

Outside of school Justin has a keen interest in a variety of modern board games. He helped found a thriving board game community in Kathmandu and enjoys playing a range of roleplay games as well. Justin loves the social nature of these games and how they give people a common interest to connect in an age where we are too often attached to devices even when with our friends.

Justin also enjoys playing the guitar, cycling and SCUBA diving. He pursued SCUBA whilst living next to the beach in Malaysia until he became a BSAC Dive Leader, giving him the opportunity to lead dive groups and dive to depths of 50m.

Justin is excited to be joining Huili Nursery. He has already seen the passion the school has for the children in its care and looks forward to both teaching and learning in this new and growing environment.

Kate  Fowler

Kate Fowler

Early Years Western Teacher
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Kate Fowler

Kate is in her 4th year of teaching after earning her teaching license in the state of Iowa in the United States. For the past 3 years, she was teaching in Yangon, Myanmar, where she had the opportunity to work with students and staff of many diverse backgrounds.
Kate has a passion for anthropology and learning about other cultures. The desire to experience culture firsthand has sparked a love of travel.
Kate’s other hobbies include exploring new cuisine (both cooking and eating) and spending time outdoors hiking and cycling. She brings these interests into the classroom and firmly believes that children learn best when they can experience the outdoors as much as possible. She believes that when children are allowed to explore natural environments, they are deeply stimulated mentally and physically, and they develop an understanding of their place in the world. Through outdoor exploration, they can practice a vast range of skill sets and nurture a sense of independence and wonder.
Kate is thrilled to be joining the Huili School at Wellington College. She is excited to be coming in during the years shortly after the school’s opening, where she can make an impact and help the school grow. She hopes to share her passion for exploration and play with her students and colleagues.

Katherine Houghton

Katherine Houghton

Early Years Western Teacher
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Katherine Houghton

Katherine is a Teacher and advocate of Early Years with over 10 year’s experience working in Buckinghamshire, UK.

Katherine began her career in Early Years following the birth of her first child. At this time, she studied for a diploma in Early Years before embarking on her PGCE in Early Years at Oxford Brookes University.
Her teaching career began with setting up and working in a new nursery within a school setting. Katherine then joined and worked in a large brand new school for a number of years, where some of her provision was published in Kirstine Beeley’s Early Years books. Katherine later took on a leadership role at a small village setting using an inquiry led approach where she supported staff in training and development.

Katherine’s pedagogy is aligned with the Huili Identity, she will instill a passion for lifelong learning and motivation in children through her specialist knowledge of facilitating play, setting up a high quality learning environment, objective led planning and in the moment planning.  Katherine places a high value on outdoor learning, especially child led, where children can learn so many new skills including raising their self-esteem, develop their divergent thinking skills and collaborative skills.
Katherine has attended many professional development conferences and training courses in the last 10 years around the UK focused on Early Years and is dedicated to researching, reading and lifelong learning. Katherine writes blogs and articles about Early Years helping others gain clarity about current issues and developments within Early Years. She will be looking to start her Masters in Early Years Education as soon as possible and would like to go onto do PhD.

Katherine comes to Hangzhou with her husband and three young children who are equally excited to be learning about different cultures and developing their skills. Katherine is passionate about cooking and creating new dishes for her family and friends and will bring this passion into her classroom as well as contributing on the food committee within school.

Kelly Hou

Kelly Hou

Early Years Chinese Teacher
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Kelly Hou

Kelly has been associated with the early childhood education for 8 years. During this period she worked at a bilingual nursery school and other international preschools . All these international professional experiences have equipped her with in-depth understanding of both, the Chinese and the UK curriculum framework. She enjoys being in the classroom and inspiring her students with their learning. In 2010, she successfully completed her training and earned her certification as a teacher from the Orff institute of Music and Drama.  Her love for music is visible in her teaching practises too. She enjoys spending time with children and thinks children can build on their language and culture in a bilingual setting. In her spare time Kelly loves the outdoors and enjoys practising music.

Erica Yang

Erica Yang

Early Years Chinese Teacher
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Erica Yang

Erica completed her Graduation Diploma in Early Childhood Education from the New Zealand Tertiary College and has obtained her Full Teacher Registration. She has been teaching for 5 years in New Zealand and has worked in the early childhood education centres that are professional leaders in ECE field. She has supported the centre managers via training new teachers, being a keen contributor in planning for and integrating the learning programme. The Reggio Emilia Approach has influenced her in many ways especially in her personal philosophy and teaching practices. She believes that every child is a capable and unique individual who is rich in resources. She is striving to create a respectful, inclusive and inspiring learning environment for children through trusted relationships.
From her teaching roles, she discovered a warm, committed and passionate disposition of herself along with a genuine love for different age groups. She cherishes the opportunities of learning alongside the children as she views herself to be life-long learner.
As a teacher who comes from Chinese cultural background, she celebrates cultural diversity and strives to foster a positive self-identity of each child. Her overseas experience also provides her with unique cross-cultural communication skills, and an ability to understand, support and relate openly with parents through professional relationships.
Erica loves working in a team and she is inspired to be a cheerful, reliable and trustworthy team member.

Kira Ye

Kira Ye

Early Years Chinese Teacher
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Kira Ye

Kira got her Master’s degree in Music Education from Crane School of Music at the State University of New York. She also achieved her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Hangzhou Normal University. Kira focused on the project ‘Artistic Process’ and the 21st century music technology during her graduating years. Kira believes the purpose of education is guiding students to find their interest and inspiring them to become an independent individual within society.

Kira enjoys communicating with children in the classroom. She takes immense pride in supporting students to explore and gain new knowledge. Before Kira began working at Huili Nursery Hangzhou, she taught Guzheng, a traditional Chinese instrument for a year. She has also been a part-time teacher for more than 4 years throughout her undergraduate education. This was a precious experience for her project learning through her educational career. In her spare time, Kira loves traveling around the world, cooking cuisine from various culture, as well as exploring new technology or mediums such as; using music technology on websites or trying technological devices.

Lora Li

Lora Li

Early Years Chinese Teacher
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Lora Li

Li Xiaoyan graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. When she was a postgraduate student, her passion for languages led her to teaching Chinese, in Spain. During her time there she joined an Intercultural Communication Course at University of Seville. This certified course enabled her to gain the skills to be an effective communicator while building her understanding on various diverse cultures. After coming back to China, Xiaoyan became a bilingual kindergarten teacher where she had a chance to learn about IB PYP. Xiaoyan believes the process of getting along with children is like a journey which is filled with surprises. She fundamentally believes that every child has the potential to explore new possibilities and take ownership of their learning. She loves listening into children’s conversations at play and, takes pride to see them develop their imagination and their curiosity. In addition to teaching, she is also interested in photography, painting and cooking.

May Xue

May Xue

Early Years Chinese Teacher
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May Xue

May pursued her Early Childhood Education in Zhejiang Normal University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Education. Her passion for learning and understanding the needs of children motivated her to obtain her Master’s degree in Child Development and Education. May has previously taught in Wellington College Bilingual Shanghai and, also has the experience of working within public kindergartens in Hangzhou. Her teaching experiences have allowed her to become a reflective and creative educator who understands the learning needs of children. May passionately believes that children learn best through play and inspiration modelled by grown-ups . She loves working with children and finds it rewarding to be able to support them in the best learning environment. As someone who was raised in a small city in South China, May has fond memories of her childhood. She is mindful of the impact that an adults have on the children and, the experiences they build together form memories that last a lifetime. May believes that adults can positively influence the lives of children by creating a happy environment and, allowing them to exercise their freedom which in turn will help them develop skills as individuals. In her spare time, May enjoys reading books and articles that increase her knowledge and inspire her understanding of development in Early Years. She also enjoys playing the piano and taking part in boxing classes.

Mia Hu

Mia Hu

Early Years Chinese Teacher
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Mia Hu

Mia holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Jinan University, Guangzhou and gained her master’s degree in Education Management from King’s College London in 2014. Following her education, she began working at a commercial bank for two years. This provided her with valuable experience in finance and working in a bilingual environment as she dealt with international clients from different parts of the world.
During the time Mia spent working in finance, she came to realise that her passion was in education, and she therefore sought to pursue a career within this field. She began teaching young children as a language trainer in Hangzhou. This experience allowed her to reflect on her personal philosophy of teaching and, inspired her belief that; to provide a good education, teachers must enable children to think independently while equipping them with the ability of being lifelong learners.
Mia has lived in Hangzhou for over ten years and enjoys the great outdoors. In her spare time you will find her hiking and taking long walks along West Lake. Mia likes to relax by engaging in crafts and painting. Her friends admire her kindness, open-mindedness and easy-going nature which are key attributes that she brings to her teaching practices too.

Monica Gustafson

Monica Gustafson

Early Years Western Teacher
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Monica Gustafson

Monica has taught in international and ESL schools throughout the world for over 7 years which has cultivated her passion for teaching and shaping lives. She first began with a nonprofit teaching ESL domestically in New Orleans and continued to teach in both English and Spanish in Buenos Aires. After this Monica began teaching kindergarten and working with an international school in South Korea where she worked with English language learners through inquiry-based, student-led learning. Before moving to Hangzhou, she taught as a Grade 5 homeroom teacher focused on project-based, thematic learning.

Monica attended Loyola University-New Orleans obtaining a double major with a Bachelor of Science in both Psychology and Modern Languages and Cultures. She later obtained her TEFL certificate and then began working on her government teaching license through an American teacher preparation program called Teach-Now. Monica continued her studies through Teach-Now and received her Master of Education specializing in the globalization of education.

Her professional interests revolve around innovation in Education. Specifically, working on intercultural understanding for all school stakeholders and how to identify and resolve cultural conflicts that can occur in international education. Additionally, Monica is highly interested in exploring how to meaningfully include technology and real-world STEM into learning. Her personal interests include weight lifting, dancing, reading and spending time near water. 

Neelam Taufeeq

Neelam Taufeeq

Early Years Western Teacher
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Neelam Taufeeq

Neelam has worked as a primary school teacher for 5 years. She completed a Law degree at the University of Leeds before undertaking a PGCE in primary teaching.
Throughout her teaching career, Neelam has been fortunate to experience teaching in a range of schools within Yorkshire, UK. This has provided her with a good insight into different methods of teaching and understanding cultural diversity.  
Neelam has previously taught in an international school in Egypt where she worked as an Early Years teacher. This was a fantastic opportunity for her to broaden her horizons and gain first hand experience of teaching English as a second language. She enjoyed exploring the historic and modern attractions that Egypt had to offer during her time there. Neelam’s passion for understanding child development in the Early Years began in her third year of teaching. She initiated her research on how young children learn and, was inspired by the educational philosophy of Loris Malaguzzi.
As an Early Years teacher, Neelam passionately supports Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and believes that children need a safe, warm and loving environment where they can feel a sense of belonging to fulfil their learning potential.
In her spare time, Neelam enjoys travelling and experiencing different cultures. She has also dedicated her time in the past to helping the homeless in England and personally distributing gifts to poor children in Egypt during festivals. She enjoys cooking and reading the work of inspiring writers such as Maya Angelou and Jhumpa Lahiri.

Rachel Xu

Rachel Xu

Early Years Chinese Teacher
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Rachel Xu

After graduating from Huzhou Normal University, Rachel was lucky enough to take the first step towards her dream of becoming a preschool teacher. Passionate about early childhood education, she worked in bilingual institutions and public kindergartens for seven years. Recently, Rachel has been researching how to use picture books to improve children’s dialogue and debate to develop interactive thinking.
   In her spare time, Rachel is a person who loves to laugh. She likes travel, cooking and yoga. She believes that everyone should have a positive and healthy attitude towards life and face every challenge in life bravely. She is also a person who likes to share things with others. She likes to communicate and make friends with people from different countries and backgrounds.    
   Joining Wellington College is a great gift for Rachel; she hopes to continue learning, strengthen her professional knowledge and understanding, and help more children have a happy and meaningful childhood.

Robin Spillane

Robin Spillane

Early Years Westen Teacher
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Robin Spillane

Rob has been teaching in Early Years education environments and settings for 6 years. He has worked with children and families from all backgrounds and supported them in order to give the best possible start to their children’s education. Alongside teaching, he taught drama across England since he was 17. He spent 9 years performing, writing and directing performances for children aged 4-18 using drama as a tool to develop social and emotional skills and developing self-confidence.

He has a degree in Drama from The University of Huddersfield where he focused on Applied Theatre – using theatre in education and its use to enhance education. He has worked with schools, professional theatre groups, actors, puppeteers and the fire brigade. After his degree he chose to study a postgraduate at Huddersfield to become an Early Years Teacher . Seeing children develop from the very earliest of ages shows how much they learn and the impact a good start to early education can have. Working in Early Years made him want to pursue a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at The University of Leeds. He taught across all key stages from children age 3-11 before specialising in Early Years.

Outside of work, he loves being active and socialising. Rob enjoys going to the theatre and listening to music and can often be found singing along to everything – he loves KTV! He plays football, badminton and goes to the gym. His love of being outside is something he wants to champion at Huili Nursery Hangzhou. He has worked hard on developing outdoor areas in different settings to encourage children to explore and experience the outdoors and use it as a fundamental tool in their education. 

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Ross Burrows

Early Years Cover Teacher
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Ross Burrows

Ross has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Waikato in New Zealand. He graduated in 2016, and lived and taught in England for two years. While he was there Ross taught a range of subjects and age groups including  teaching in a Nursery, Primary and High School. In 2019, Ross returned to New Zealand to teach 11 to 13-year-old students and see family and friends before leaving to live in Hangzhou.

Ross will be employed as a Cover Teacher for the Huili Nursery Hangzhou. As a teacher, he is committed to on-going learning and he is currently completing a Master of Education (Early Childhood) through the New Zealand Tertiary College in New Zealand. Ross believes a quality early childhood education is a pivotal step that helps a young child love learning, something that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

Outside of school, Ross considers himself a competitive person and he enjoys sports. He is looking forward to being immersed in the Chinese culture and language hoping to eventually be able to read and write in Mandarin.

Ross is very grateful to be given the opportunity to be a part the team at Huili Nursery Hangzhou and a part of the Wellington Family.

Sara Hayde

Sara Hayde

Early Years Westen Teacher
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Sara Hayde

Sara studied a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood at New Zealand Teritary College. Later she went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, focusing on educational leadership. Sara has eight years experience working in Early Years and has been responsible for teaching children, ranging from the age of four months old to five years old.

In New Zealand Sara followed a very unique curriculum which acknowledges and supports multi-cultural backgrounds and focuses on children’s holistic needs. This experience in teaching through a curriculum that supports multi-culturalism, has prepared her for classrooms with diverse learners and backgrounds.  

Sara has experience teaching in a play-based environment which allows children to learn through inquiry and promotes children to investigate the unknown. Sara beleives that through a philosophy which empowers children, she is able to set each child up with a positive foundation for future learning. This is why Sara was very excited to join Huili Nursery and be apart of a positive learning environment for children.  

Sara is passionate about the outdoors and exploring nature. During her personal time she enjoys hiking and taking photos of beautiful scenery. Sara also loves to travel and learn about different cultures. She hopes to share her passions with her students, especially through outdoor learning.

Sarah Starling

Sarah Starling

Early Years Western Teacher
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Sarah Starling

Sarah studied for a PGCE at Exeter University. Sarah taught across Primary and Secondary during periods on the Isle of Wight and in Devon, and then moved to Oxford where she taught Year One. It was at this point that she had the ‘lightbulb’ moment in her career and made the decision to specialise in KS1 and EYFS. Sarah has been in Bristol since 2008 and has taught KS1 and Early Years during this time.
Sarah’s teaching style is fluid and responsive, adapting to the needs and passions of her class. She enjoys research into innovative teaching philosophy and methodology and seeing how this can applied in school.

Suzy Shi

Suzy Shi

Early Years Chinese Teacher
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Suzy Shi

Suzy initially studied early education at Zhejiang university, and four years later, went on to complete her degree in psychological at the Hangzhou,  teacher university. This Major built a foundation for her to observe and evaluate children in their natural learning environment. Suzy had all the training for an educator however, she went on to pursue a certification in educational leadership, in 2013. After graduation Suzy taught at the Hangzhou public kindergarten, where she continued to work for 15 years and developed various professional abilities. In 2016, she had a life changing moment, when she was given the opportunity to serve as an assistant to the principal in a bilingual school close to Ningbo. During that time she gained experience in various areas of the school, from curriculum management, to activity planning and administrative management. She believes these experiences will help her inspire children at Huili Wellington Nursery. Suzy is looking forward to her role as a Chinese teacher,  and, new ideas to encourage learning in her classroom. Suzy’s goal this year is to participate in all the professional development the school has to offer so that she can further build on her strengths. In her spare time, she reads books related to her interests and enjoys travelling to explore ancient Chinese and foreign architecture. 

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Talia Gianotti

Early Years English Teacher
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Talia Gianotti

Talia began her career in education as a Nursery Nurse which sparked a passion for Early Years Education. She completed a four year BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education at Leeds Beckett University. Talia has taught for three years in West Yorkshire, England working with children and families from all backgrounds.

Talia is passionate and enthusiastic about the world of education and the children that she teaches. She believes in creating a stimulating environment that places children at the centre of their learning, allowing them to develop into independent and successful learners.

Outside of work, Talia enjoys reading, travelling and exploring new cultures. She has been involved in various volunteering programmes both at home in the UK and overseas in Africa. Talia is looking forward to becoming part of the team at Huili Nursery.

Taylor Barth

Taylor Barth

Early Years Western Teacher
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Taylor Barth

Taylor has taught kindergarten internationally for two years at Berkeley International school in Bangkok, Thailand. Before moving abroad, she worked with lower primary aged children.  Taylor has also worked as a reading intervention specialist, creating curriculum for students with specific learning needs.

Taylor received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Oklahoma State University. She also holds an Associate degree in Theatre from NEO A&M. Taylor is deeply influenced by the Reggio Emilia school of thought and has worked at a Great Expectations school in Oklahoma.

Taylor is deeply passionate about incorporating the Arts into her classroom. She is commited to living a healthy lifestyle, which she likes to share with her students.  When she is not working, Taylor enjoys spending time in the Great Outdoors, reading, traveling and learning about different cultures.  Throughout her time abroad she has gained many different perspectives and wants to inspire students to use their strengths and differences, to make the world a better place.

Valene Phillip

Valene Phillip

Early Years Western Teacher
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Valene Phillip

Valene has been a Primary school teacher for five years. She taught for three years in a school in London before working for two years in a school in Shanghai.

Prior to teaching, Valene studied an English Language undergraduate degree at the University of Manchester. After university, Valene worked in an inclusive nursery school as a Special Needs Assistant. She worked alongside the Special Educational Needs Coordinator in a small special needs group. The children in this group had a variety of special needs, but most of the children had autism. The nursery was visited by various therapists, such as Speech and Language therapists and Educational Psychologists.

As a primary teacher Valene has worked in various schools, in London and aboard, that have a large number of children who are learning English as an additional language.

In her free time, Valene enjoys travelling. Since living in China, she has had the opportunity to travel around Asia. She also enjoys walking and reading. Valene can often be found at a café reading a book and drinking a pot of tea!

Valene is excited about teaching at Wellington College Hangzhou; she is looking forward to becoming a part of the school community. Valene is passionate about outdoor learning and helping the environment. She is excited about sharing these passions with the children in Hangzhou.

Yujun Fang

Yujun Fang

Early Years Chinese Teacher
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Yujun Fang

Fang Yujun has been a teacher for 6 years. Before Huili Nursery Hangzhou, she was a Chinese teacher in the kindergarten department of Singapore International School of Bangkok, Thailand from 2013 to 2019. In her spare time, Fang Yujun enjoys traveling, reading books, and baking.

Zoe Helen Powell

Zoe Helen Powell

Early Years Western Teacher
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Zoe Helen Powell

Zoe Helen Powell has been teaching in the UK for 13 years after receiving her PGCE in Early Years in 2005 from The University of Derby.  Zoe is passionate about teaching children of all ages and has gained experienced working with children aged 2 – 11. Her forte lies with the early years where she believes that every child has the ability to reach their potential through adult led and child-initiated activities inside and outside the classroom. She places a high value of children’s wellbeing and believes that a happy and content child will engage in their learning and have high levels of involvement.
For 7 years Zoe specialised in teaching primary aged children with individual learning needs before returning to her passion of Early years. She has taught children aged 3 – 7 for the past 4 years in Nottingham, inner city primary schools. As a practitioner in the field of education, it has always been important for Zoe to keep up to date with current developments in Early Years Education. She has attended many courses that have enabled her to reflect on developments in education and enhance her teaching. An advocate for the Read! Write! Inc programme, Zoe has been able to support other educators in other settings with their teaching of phonics.
Prior to teaching, Zoe worked in schools as a teaching assistant supporting children with social, behaviour and emotional difficulties. Zoe’s time away from work mainly includes spending quality time with friends, communicating with friends and family back in the UK, exploring new and exciting places and watching a good film. She is also a keen photographer and a great lover of animals.

Ailsa Jin

Ailsa Jin

Early Years Teaching Assistant
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Ailsa Jin

Ailsa Jin graduated from Chongqing Normal University with a bachelor’s degree in pre-school education. During her studies, she interned at several kindergartens in Chongqing. After graduation, she worked as a lego teacher at a LEGO centre. She likes the feeling of being with young children and hopes to have more opportunities to get in touch with more professional early childhood experts to learn and improve herself. Ailsa Jin is delighted to join the Wellington family and hopes to become a more skilled early childhood education worker by further studying the integration courses of the domestic curriculum with the Early Years Foundation Stage system.

Amber  Zhang

Amber Zhang

Early Years Teaching Assistant
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Amber Zhang

Amber has been working in the field of education since she graduated from school. Amber has rich experience in cooperative teaching with foreign teachers, and she is a responsible teacher who is good at oberving students’ psychological changes. In her spare time, Amber enjoys reading and jogging. Amber is very excited to join the Wellington Family Hangzhou, where she believes she can develop and nuture the children through the teaching of the Wellington values. She is looking forward to watching her pupils progress and mature into bright, talented, conscientious young adults.

Amy Sun

Amy Sun

Early Years Teaching Assistant
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Amy Sun

Amy got her Bachelor of Early Childhood Education from Bei Hua University. Prior to that she graduated from Liaoning Normal University and majored in Curriculum and Teaching Theory.
She worked as an intern in Feng Man Second Kindergarten in Ji Lin. During which she was trained to be mindful of children’s physical, social and, mental developmental characteristics. She was also a part-time teacher at Ge Zhi New School in Da Lian and it was this experience that inspired her to become a full time Teacher.  She is passionate about teaching children in early years and tries her best to be a positive role model to children in her class. Amy believes commitment and love are as important as knowledge and experience in teaching.
In her spare time, Amy loves making handmade ornaments, drawing, painting and watching films.

Coralie  Moon

Coralie Moon

Early Years Western Teaching Assistant
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Coralie Moon

Coralie Moon graduated from The University of Chester with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Dance (2:1). She has performed a variety of dance work throughout her university degree and beyond, including contemporary and jazz.  Her degree made her realise that her passion lay with education, and she has researched and explored how creative arts can inspire the young generation to learn and explore themselves and the world around them.
This naturally led Coralie to a career in teaching, with Coralie receiving her PGCE and QTS from the University of East London in collaboration with the TES Institute in 2016.

Coralie began her teaching career in Essex, where she received ‘Outstanding’ in PGCE Dance. This led to her first teaching post as Teacher in Charge of Dance in Devon. She particularly enjoys working with students in musical productions, having choreographed many performances for formal exams and for specific shows.

Throughout Coralie’s teaching career, she has developed a specific interest in making learning accessible and engaging for all; Coralie has researched the idea of promoting creative freedom within the classroom and how this freedom can enable a student to develop and flourish.  Coralie, therefore, aims to understand each student as an individual and she is continually working on developing teaching strategies that engage all students.

Further to this, Coralie has also adopted a focus of the importance of promoting whole school literacy to improve learning. She has evaluated how well dance as a subject can improve literacy and, more importantly, which strategies work best in improving student’s literacy within dance. To further her knowledge in English and literacy, she has recently excelled in passing an English Subject Knowledge Enhancement course which will enable her to teach English. Alongside focusing on literacy and engagement, Coralie has been honing her skills in teaching Upper Prep French and German which has been a valuable asset for improving additional language skills.

Alongside teaching, Coralie has worked  in an American summer camp, which has given her experience in teaching outdoor pursuits.

Coralie’s hobbies include horse riding, dance and outdoor activities such as hiking and cycling. 

David Monteiro

David Monteiro

Early Years Western Teaching Assistant
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David Monteiro

Helen Li

Helen Li

Early Years Teaching Assistant
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Helen Li

Helen Li graduated from the Department of Early Childhood Education from Hubei  Polytechnic University. During her internship period she was assigned to the municipal kindergarten, she was fortunate to be retained as a full-time kindergarten teacher by the government one year ahead of schedule. Familiar with the developmental guidelines for children aged 3-6 in the early childhood education program, she obtained her kindergarten teacher qualification certificate. In her educational career, she was exposed to the theory of early Sino-US teaching and participated using in-depth practical knowledge. Two years ago, she co-founded a well-known high-end early care institution in Hangzhou with Spanish overseas Chinese and, Irish linguist. Her experience so far had her interacting with international teachers from around the world and gave her a unique opportunity to share course development work, best practises while building on her mangement skills. These diverse experiences have given her valuable insights in the field of early childhood education. At the same time, she is now giving deep thought to the bilingual teaching methodology and is incorporating new ideas into her own teaching practise. She believes that in the process of getting along with the child, one must also develop a rapport that involves understanding and listening to the child. She is looking at  building great memories and lasting bonds in the early years .

Kate Chen

Kate Chen

Early Years Teaching Assistant
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Kate Chen

Kate Chen graduated from Zhejiang Yuexiu University of Foreign Languages as an outstanding graduate of Zhejiang Province, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. Following this, she completed her Master of Arts Degree in Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne.

During her time at school, Kate feels fortunate to have worked as an assistant to the school’s Foreign Affairs Department for 3 years. Kate has also worked as an early childhood teacher and mentor at Shanghai New Oriental international school, co-teaching with international teachers of diverse backgrounds. These valuable experiences have shown Kate that diversity in the community and workplace can inspire idea creation and increase innovation. Kate’s master’s degree research focused on bilingual education and family language policy. She is interested in how different language policy choices and patterns realized in the households can promote active bilingualism.

Kate is passionate about early childhood education and is deeply influenced by the Reggio Emilia education system that supports children’s well-being and fosters their intellectual development. She believes in the rich potential in children and enjoys the co-construction process of knowledge. One’s internal image of the child directs them to behave in certain ways and Kate hopes to play a part in helping children challenge thoughts and exceed limits.

Lois Martinelli

Lois Martinelli

Early Years Western Teaching Assistant
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Lois Martinelli

Maoge Tu

Maoge Tu

Early Years Teaching Assistant
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Maoge Tu

She has obtained the certificates of preschool teacher, a Montessori teacher certificate, as a babysitter and other certificates in university.

She majored in child care in Taiwan university and was very interested in Carl Orff education. She visited local kindergartens, finding the difference between the mainland and Taiwan. She has published papers on  ‘The cadence of Dalcroze’. She has had teaching experience in a kindergarten in Hangzhou and participated in paid internship activities in the United States and won the best employee award.

She has excellent professional skills, such as singing and dancing, and obtained the certificate of national piano level 10. She once went to several universities in Shandong province to participate in public benefit performances as a keyboard player in the band.

She loves photography, recording life and communication, loves sports, fitness and travel.

Nancy  Jiang

Nancy Jiang

Early Years Teaching Assistant
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Nancy Jiang

Nancy completed her bachelor’s degree in Zhejiang Yuexiu Foreign Language University in 2018, specialising in International Economics and Trade.

Learning English throughout her Education has made Nancy familiar with the English environment.  Nancy has also undertaken a four months paid internship in the US and this experience helped Nancy broaden her horizons.

During her time at university, Nancy worked extremely hard and successfully passed the primary school teacher’s qualification certificate. Nancy also has CET-4 and CET-6 certificates in Mandarin and computer certification.

Nancy has a positive personality and enjoys working with children. In her spare time, Nancy has a diverse range of hobbies. She loves baking, singing, hiking and traveling with her family and friends.

Rhoda Zheng

Rhoda Zheng

Early Years Teaching Assistant
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Rhoda Zheng

Rhoda majored in international tourism management and hotel management. After graduation, she has been working for international hotel groups and the world’s top hotel alliance organization. She has been engaged in administrative management, public relations and brand development for nearly 7 years. At the same time, she has two years of experience in bilingual education for young children and adolescents. It was during the two years contact with children aged 2 to 15 that she realized that early education has a profound impact on children’s future growth and Rhoda developed a strong interest in early childhood education. Rhoda believes that only by getting along with children with sincerity, equality, empathy and trust can children’s growth experience be optimized. Before officially joining HUILI school, she worked as a part-time teaching assistant for Wellington academy and as a support teacher for nursery school.
In her spare time, Rhoda enjoys reading books on philosophy and psychology and watching films on criminal investigation and law. She loves hiking, traveling, cooking and art however, she especially enjoys spending time with her family and pets.

Ruping Jiang

Ruping Jiang

Early Years Teaching Assistant
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Ruping Jiang

Jiang Ruping has been a teacher for 2 years. After graduating from Nanjing Normal University, Jiang Ruping taught at a private school in SuZhou where she was responsible for the education and care of children, curriculum design, as well as educational scientific research.

Vicky  Du

Vicky Du

Early Years Teaching Assistant
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Vicky Du

Vicky Du earned her master’s degree at Zhejiang University, majoring in psychology. She has a bachelor’s degree in the same major. Her academic experience and seven years’ learning helped her build a solid foundation of professional knowledge.
During her degree she completed research into the temperament and social adaptation of children aged 2 to 6. Throughout this study she was able to see the development and change of the same child every year.
Vicky believes that the ultimate goal of early childhood research is to help educators understand and accept the differences of children. Then teachers can implement teaching activities in a more effective way, and promote the healthy development of children. Therefore, after graduation, she decided to engage in early childhood education. She hopes to apply her research experience and professional knowledge to teaching.
In her spare time, Vicky loves reading, watching live concerts and travelling. 

Yeimi Villegas

Yeimi Villegas

Early Years Western Teaching Assistant
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Yeimi Villegas

Yeimi completed her Psychology Post Graduate Diploma with the aim of understanding and practicing child psychology in depth. She is very passionate about working with children and is very excited to work at Wellington College Hangzhou as it has always been her dream to work internationally, especially in China. Her bachelor’s degree is in Criminology and she graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge in 2010.

With almost 2 years experience as a private tutor (mainly in English and Spanish) working with children between the ages of 5-11, as well as working as a teaching assistant in a UK primary school for a year, Yeimi feels that she is ready to bring this experience to China and put all the skills and knowledge acquired to practice in a different country. Yeimi finds working as a teaching assistant very enjoyable and fulfilling as it allows her to work with a mix of educational professionals, and at the same time, learn from their expertise.

From an early age, Yeimi has expressed an interest in working with children and her dream is to become a fully qualified primary school teacher in the near future. Yeimi is very interested in languages, speaking both English and Spanish fluently. As she experienced the process of learning a second language when she moved to London from Colombia at the age of 6, she comprehends the support and dedication a child requires when learning a new language and adapting to a new culture.

Yeimi is also very passionate about sports and was part of the football and netball teams in primary and secondary school. In her spare time she also enjoys running and completed a half marathon run in London in 2017. This was a great personal achievement for her and she is looking forward to running a full marathon in the near future.

Yeimi is very keen to be joining Huili Nursery Hangzhou this year, as it is a very exciting time of progress and growth, which she wants to be part of. Her aspirations are to grow personally and professionally, working beside amazing educational professionals from both Huili Nursery and Wellington College. Moving to China is a very big step that Yeimi is taking in her career and she is sure that by being part of the Wellington Community, she will be representing and working with the top professionals in the education sector. Learning a new language and emerging herself into the Chinese culture and lifestyle is an exciting journey Yeimi is keen to take.

Yuli Jin

Yuli Jin

Early Years Teaching Assistant
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Yuli Jin

Yuli Jin received her BA degree in Early Childhood Education from Zhejiang Normal University and then completed her MA degree in the same major at the University of Sheffield, UK. Whilst studying, she actively participated in practical work related to Early Childhood Education. She worked as an intern teacher in many excellent kindergartens within Zhejiang province while studying at Zhejiang Normal University. During her MA degree, she served as a volunteer teaching assistant at the University of Sheffield Students’ Union Nursery, Confucius Institute Summer School for Children and a at Greek nursery located in Chios. These experiences broadened her horizons and largely contributed to her understanding of Early Childhood Education.

Yuli is particularly interested in the design of Early Years spaces; as a result, she researched this topic in her MA dissertation combining it with educational policy. In addition, she has been involved with STEAM education after participating in the MakEY project in Sheffield.

As an Early Years Practitioner, Yuli loves interacting with children and always encourages children to express their ideas. She enjoys playing a scaffolding role to support children’s development and assists them in finding their own potential. She believes that Early Years settings play a critical role in children’s learning, almost like ‘the third teacher’. For her, the ideal Early Years settings can make children feel secure, at ease, welcome, confident and have a sense of belonging.

In her spare time, Yuli enjoys reading, travelling, watching movies, cycling around West Lake, and taking photos. She is also interested in learning new skills, such as new cooking methods, oil painting and Japanese. Yuli is looking forward to becoming a member of the Wellington family.

Yumi  Chen

Yumi Chen

Early Year Teaching Assistant
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Yumi Chen

Yumi completed her Bachelor of English Degree in Taizhou University in 2017 and then finished her Master of Education (Comparative Education and International Development) in the University of Edinburgh in 2018. Before graduation, Yumi had already confirmed that her future lies in the teaching profession, as that is where her passion is.
Throughout her degree, Yumi developed her English language, both written and spoken. Her time in the UK also helped her to  embed her knowledge.   Aware of the limits of book knowledge, she has actively sought out real life work experience during summer time, such as spending a summer vacation teaching migrant workers’ children on behalf of the Volunteer Association; joining an international volunteering group to teach as an early year teacher in Sri Lanka; as well as being a professional listening teacher at Hangzhou Global Education.
In her postgraduate period, Yumi mainly concentrated on educational research, specifically in multicultural education and digital education. She conducted a comparative research  project entitled ‘Multicultural Education in Two Preschools in Hongkong and Hangzhou’ as her dissertation and participated in research called ‘Children’s Thoughts on Teaching Automation’ from the Center for Research in Digital Education at Moray House.
In her spare time, Yumi enjoys taking pictures and she is considered to be a proficient photographer.  She is also passionate about traveling, and she has already been to over 15 countries.
Yumi is excited to be given the opportunity to join the staff at the Huili Nursery Hangzhou.