Mr. Conrad Botha is an early years educator from South Africa, holding a Bachelors of Business from the University of South Africa as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and a Master of Education from the University of Nottingham in the UK. He started his international education journey over 10 years ago, working in various international and bi-lingual early years settings in China. During this time, he has used experiential learning through a relationship-driven environment which provided rich and meaningful bi-lingual experiences to support children in developing their unique approaches to learning.
He began as a teacher but soon moved up to take the position of Curriculum Coordinator and Campus Manager for a leading bi-lingual network of schools in Shanghai. He thoroughly enjoyed this role which allowed him to advocate best practice and ensure quality learning within a caring and supportive environment. Conrad continued his studies to enhance his knowledge and skills, completing a Master of Education, whilst being employed at a British International School in Shanghai.
Conrad then moved on to support the expansion of an education group, overseeing the successful opening of two new campuses as Academic Director. This involved combining best practice from the UK with that of the Chinese Ministry of Education as well as recruitment, the strategic management of the project and mentoring opportunities with fellow school leaders. The role further allowed him to continue to promote quality learning environments and experiences for families, ensuring that children, parents and educators built a sense of ‘belonging’ and ‘enthusiasm’ for bi-lingual early years education. Under his care, the school grew tremendously with strong enrolment, a quality program and a diverse learning community.
Conrad now brings his experience and strong knowledge of bi-lingual education to Huili Nursery Hangzhou. He embraces a collaborative leadership approach and is motivated to work alongside all learning community members at the nursery as it seeks to reaffirm its reputation as a centre of excellence in early years education. He believes in lifelong learning and thrives on ongoing research. Conrad has a personal interest in bi-lingual education and values open communication as a tool to build trusting and respectful relationships with others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Judy from Beijing is graduated from Beijing Normal University with a degree in Education and a degree in Preschool Art Education. She has worked for 16 years in a number of international schools, including Beanstalk International Bilingual School, Canadian International School, House of Knowledge, and Joy El International Academy. She therefore has rich experience in the industry.
Joy is outgoing and has strong passion for education. She loves interacting with children and could communicate well with her students. Her daughter attends senior school at a bilingual school in Beijing; her husband is a project manager at a hotel management company in Beijing. During her spare time, Joy loves reading, listening to music, swimming, making biscuits and traveling with families. She enjoys turning her leisure hours into a social time with community members and people around her.
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.
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.
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.
Crystal graduated with bachelor of teaching in early childhood education from New Zealand Tertiary College, then gained a scholarship to complete her postgraduate research studies with Auckland University of Technology, focusing on Innovations in Education. She is a fully registered teacher in New Zealand. Crystal has been involved in many early childhood settings in New Zealand over the past 8 years. Her teaching philosophy is inspired by both Reggio Emilia and Emmi Pikler. She believes that building trusting relationship is the key for children’s early years development. She sees herself as an ongoing learner while working with children and their families. Crystal is also passionate about teaching in a multicultural learning environment, where people get to celebrate cultural diversity together. During her spare time, she loves hiking, going to the beach, travelling and learning new skills. She is looking forward to coming back to her motherland and growing with Wellington College in 2020.
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.0
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
Joyce Liang graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in education, culture and childhood. After her graduation, she went to the Institute of Education (IOE) at University College London and studied for an MA in early years education. IOE is a world-leading centre for research and teaching in education and social science. In the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 QS World University Rankings, the IOE ranked first in the global education field. In terms of educational theory, Joyce likes the zone of proximal development from Vygotsky, and believes the role of teachers is as supporters and helpers in early years education. In addition, sustained shared thinking is also an important point. In this situation, teachers will have open-ended questions, and provide formative feedback to children. In her spare time, Joyce loves travelling, and believes that travelling is a good way to feel the beauty of nature, and to think about life.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Jane gained her bachelor’s degree in Zhejiang Normal University and she finished her postgraduate study at Durham University. She also has exchange experience in the University of Central Oklahoma. She specialized in education, especially the early years. Although she has just graduated, she already has various experience of working with children. During her undergraduate study, she did internships in several public kindergartens in Hangzhou. Besides that, she also volunteered in different organizations such as Dodo City, Greenway international volunteer program and a non-profit library – to provide her teaching services for children in different age groups. She has many hobbies, such as dancing, traveling, music and so on. Dancing is her enthusiasm and she has a rather rich experience in both performance and teaching. Those experiences have provided her a great understanding of education.
Yvonne graduated from Zhejiang University of Science of Technology in 2013. After graduation, she became an Early Years teacher. She loves the job and works hard. She is now an experienced educator. In 2019, she had her own baby, which stimulated her with more passion to pursue childcare and education. She hopes every child can have a happy childhood, and she will devote herself to this objective. Yvonne is a very outgoing person. She likes singing and likes to sing everywhere; she likes watching cartoons, which she feels makes her an innocent person; she likes learning and trying everything that she has never tried before, because she thinks it can make her keep going. She likes children, so she enjoys every day with the children.
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.
Melanie is an early year’s educator with eleven years of teaching experience. She graduated from the University of Roehampton gaining a Bachelor of Arts in Primary Education and History since then her teaching specialism has been in both EYFS and KS1, where she has taught in and around London UK. Prior to her teaching career, Melanie was a student counsellor, gaining her diploma in Counselling in 1997. She then went on to work within community-based projects where she was in charge of the education department and responsible for various children’s clubs across London. It was here that she developed her love for teaching. Melanie firmly believes in a holistic approach to education. Through her years of teaching, she has observed that nurturing hearts as well as minds, and addressing the social, physical, emotional and cultural needs of children serves to further their development. As a result, children in her classroom are encouraged to develop metacognition, along with thinking critically and most importantly finding joy in everyday learning. Her meaningful approach is incorporated into everything she does. When Melanie is not working, she enjoys reading and studying, with particular interests in ancient history, education and cultural anthropology. Melanie also loves to be outside in nature and is passionate about protecting the environment through eco-conscious living. Melanie is very excited to be joining Huili Nursery Hangzhou at such an important time in its development and contributing to its Core Values and future.
Alexandra has worked in education for more than 20 years, having started off working with vulnerable children while still at university. The more time she spent working with children in various settings, the more her interest in education and child development grew, and as a result, she decided to pursued studies in Montessori Education and Special Needs Education. Alexandra is keen to eventually continue her studies in the field of Early Childhood Education, Management and Leadership, and is hoping that the opportunity to do so will present itself soon. Her teaching career has included working with children between the ages of 3 to 12 years, in many different settings; including schools, places of safety and in children’s own homes. She has worked with children who had special educational needs, vulnerable children, as well as mainstream children, and ESL speakers in Namibia, South Africa and Kuwait. Alexandra believes it is essential to create a secure, safe and happy learning environment, together with high quality early learning to provide the foundation all children need to make the most of their abilities and talents. For the past 5 years, Alexandra has been the Head of Early Years at a British National Curriculum school in Kuwait. By returning to the classroom as a teacher she is hoping to get back to the fundamentals of education and is hoping that she will be able to focus exclusively on the personal, social, emotional, and academic well-being of the children in her care. She is excited to have been offered the opportunity to go back into the classroom at a school such as Huili Nursery in Hangzhou and believes that this will be the perfect environment for her to become not only a better teacher but also, eventually, a better leader.
Delphine’s motto is, “I am all about newness. New ways of thinking, feeling, doing and being.” With a curious and open mind, Delphine likes to draw from a bank of rich tools gained from a triad of; teaching, social and therapeutic work. Her vision is to inspire others to imagine, create and express on the leading edge. Born in England, she was known for her love of poetry and sporting accolades – a highlight was scooping a trophy for ‘Sportswoman of the Year’. Pursuing her interests at the Bangor University of Wales, Delphine specialised in English Literature and Physical Education, graduating with a Bachelor of Education Degree in the Primary setting. An eclectic range, Delphine has teaching experiences from early years to adults, SEN, Cover teaching and overseas. For the last three years, her current position has been a joy teaching foundation education in North Devon, England. Early years education is a passion she is eager to grow at Huili Nursery Hangzhou. Time in South Korea, part of the EPIK English program, compounded Delphine’s enthusiasm for embracing other cultures too. A champion of Special Needs, Delphine used a gap year before completing her degree, to work with adults with profound disability. A Special Needs teacher upon graduation, led Delphine to some of her greatest achievements; creating tailor-made behaviour modification programmes, and reintegrating pupils with extreme behavioural issues, back into mainstream education. Vast work undertaken for Children with Disability Team, under the Social Services umbrella, expanded Delphine’s skill base. Here Delphine was engaged as a social worker, and other community roles, to support families with neglect, abuse or special needs. Delphine also attained Duke of Edinburgh experience, involving herself in outdoor pursuit projects with disadvantaged young people. Specialist advisor to the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, appealed to Delphine’s natural advocacy attributes. Contributing to her knowledge of children’s educational rights in the UK, she guided parents through addressing special needs for their children in school. Zealous in personality, Delphine has leapt at several voluntary opportunities: Camp America; affiliation with the United Nations, traversing 15 States of USA as the driver of an ‘I.T Pod’ (mobile classroom) and teaching English as a second language to disadvantaged Hispanic children; joined Sense Charity, supporting deaf/blind children on residentials; supported the RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association). These experiences have shown Delphine, for her, the most rewarding aspect of endeavours comes in the opening of a closed world we can help give to others. Avid about mental development, Delphine stomped across fire coals during a motivational course hosted by Antony Robins. This inspired her to train as an NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) practitioner – the art of understanding our internal programs, that drive our choices and behaviours. Understanding our unique character, strengths and weaknesses, overcoming challenges motivate her immensely. Later gaining a diploma for complementary therapy, Delphine set up wellbeing classes for adults. Today, emotional literacy is another dedication Delphine promotes in school. Thriving on nurturing nursery children, Delphine often describes them like, “Little plants who need watering.” To be part of developing each child’s unique personality and learning style is right up her street. All Delphine’s experiences, her successes, the challenges along the way, have shown her character to be one of compassion, empathy and fearlessness, overcoming many weaknesses, on an on-going journey, we call life. Finally, to Wellington College, Delphine hopes to co-create with her colleagues and bring a proactive and harmonising style. To Wellington pupils, she desires to support them to acquire wings of independence, security and learning with happiness.
Jolene has worked as an educator for over 2 years in Cape Town, South Africa. She has successfully completed her Bachelors degree in, Health Science and Social Services. Jolene further went on and successfully completed her PGCE at the University of South Africa. Jolene has a wealth of experience working with young children. Her foray into international teaching in Holland and America has led her to experience various cultures. Jolene has contributed her time volunteering as a Professional Trauma Counsellor at the Community Intervention Centre, based in Milnerton Medi-Clinic Hospital in Cape Town South Africa. Throughout her teaching career, Jolene has felt privileged to have worked in a range of different settings, helping her evolve as a team member and building positive relationships with children. She has taken the liberty to invest in the well-being of her students with learning needs, by attending professional trainings. Jolene has always taken part in competitive sports; she was one of the top track athletes in a primary and high school. She was a good netball player and she remains to be fit and active. In her spare time, she enjoys jogging, hiking, participating in active sports and reading. Jolene is extremely excited to be joining the team and is looking forward to her learning journey here at Huili Nursery Hangzhou.
Rose has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sport from Durham University. Following this, she went on to Kingston University where she completed her primary teacher training specialising in PE. Her first role was as a teaching assistant at a Surrey Prep school supporting both the classroom and PE lessons. It was during this year that Rose developed her love for Early Years. She has now been an Early Years teacher for 5 years. She is passionate about embedding a lifelong love of learning from an early age, by developing a curriculum full of creativity and curiosity. She believes that by creating a nurturing environment, children will be happy and engaged in their learning and therefore be able to reach their full potential. Outside of work, Rose will often be found participating in sport. Her biggest passion lies on the hockey pitch, having played to Premier League level in the UK and Australia. Although her love for sport does not stop there, she is also a keen golfer, skier and enjoys exploring on her bike. As well as sport, Rose enjoys travelling. She enjoys immersing herself into new cultures, experiencing local food, meeting people and taking part in adventurous activities. Rose is looking forward to settling into life in Hangzhou and becoming part of the Huili Nursery team and Wellington Family.
Sandy Saunders is from a small town on the Kapiti Coast near Wellington in New Zealand. She has been teaching for the last 11 years after receiving her Bachelor of Education from Massey University, majoring in Primary Teaching. Sandy has mainly taught in junior school, finding a passion for working with young, developing minds. This passion came after raising her three children, having recognised the particular importance of the early childhood stage. Sandy is a passionate believer that an early educator’s role is to be a sculptor in children’s learning, and that this can best be accomplished through the important relationship between a teacher and a child. Sandy has been instrumental in developing a ‘Transition to School’ programme which ensures that young children who are moving from preschool into school have a very smooth transition. She also has a keen interest in play-based learning which has led her to undertake professional development around children initiating purposeful play where an adult actively supports and scaffolds their learning. This is a model that she feels motivates children and allows them to develop their curiosity and creativity and be actively engaged in their learning, whilst allowing her to observe and extend their knowledge. Sandy is very excited to be joining Wellington College, Huili Nursery and starting a new chapter of her life with her husband, Brett, in China. She is looking forward to the numerous opportunities and challenges whilst exploring China’s beautiful traditional culture.
Charlotte Has been teaching for four years after completing her bachelor’s degree and Post Graduate in Education at the University of Derby. Charlotte has taught several creative subjects during her teaching career and has taught EAL through these creative pathways. After teaching Drama, English and Media studies in Nottingham Charlotte moved to Hangzhou and has been working with children in a bilingual learning environment for 3 years. Charlotte considers encouraging children’s creativity to be a cornerstone of language and emotional-social development and believes that the spontaneity of children led learning furthers this. Charlotte’s enjoyment of art began during secondary school where she chaired the school’s creative writing club, curating and producing anthologies of work from students as well as participating in workshops held by the school’s graphic design club. In Hangzhou, Charlotte attends water painting classes in her spare time and enjoys sewing and making handicrafts. Charlotte believes that employing these skills through learning materials and the environment creates an engaging atmosphere to encourage inquiry and fascination within children. Charlotte has called Hangzhou her home for 3 years and is excited to join the Wellington community. The campus and staff give Charlotte a sense of nostalgia of the joy of her own school days and she hopes that through the amazing opportunity Wellington has granted her she can instil this feeling in others.
Nicholas has worked as an Early Childhood Educator in China for more than five years. He has an Early Childhood/ Pre K-Grade 3 Teacher’s License in the District of Columbia, and a Bachelor of Arts from the Honor’s College of Old Dominion University. Nicholas is passionate about 21st Century Skills, student-centred learning, and fostering a growth mindset in the classroom. He has had rich experiences guiding young children on real-world, interdisciplinary projects in ways that are relevant, interesting, and empowering. Nicholas is an enthusiast of futurism and shares this with his students, telling stories of emerging exponential technologies and about what life will be like for children in the year 2040 and beyond. Furthermore, he is an avid lifelong learner, and he enjoys studying developmental neuroscience, STEAM education, and early childhood pedagogies. Having lived in China for many years with a Chinese wife and young daughter, Nicholas has an experienced perspective that provides unique value as an educator at Huili Nursery Hangzhou. Nicholas has an extensive understanding of Chinese culture, speaks proficient Mandarin Chinese, and understands what schooling and caring for children is like from a parent’s perspective. Therefore, Nicholas is adept at balancing and creating synergy in a multi-cultural environment and providing a safe and welcoming environment for students of diverse backgrounds, all while personally relating to and effectively communicating with parents. Nicholas is adamant about physical fitness and regularly enjoys exercising and going on hikes in nature. He strives to exemplify a healthy lifestyle for his students, both in physical activity and healthy nutritious eating. In his spare time, Nicholas likes to cook Sichuan food, tinker with Raspberry Pi’s and Arduinos, go to Makerspaces, work on DIY projects, skateboard, swim, play guitar and ukulele, volunteer in the community, and spend time with his family. Nicholas is thrilled to come to Hangzhou and join the Huili and Wellington family!
Chrystelle Allan is a qualified Early Years teacher from New Zealand with a Bachelor in Education, specializing in Early Years. As an aspect of this degree, she carried out a research project on the importance of literacy in the early years for children under three years old. With this valuable insight, she continues to foster learning environments rich in literacy and numeracy experiences for young children. She is passionate about nurturing a sense of agency within each child, as they gain valuable life skills experimenting and discovering in a safe educational environment. From moving from South Africa to New Zealand in 2001 to beginning her teaching career in New Zealand in 2009 onto managing an Early Years Educational Centre in Australia in 2012; she firmly believes that the diversity of children should be appreciated, respected and acknowledged for the capacity to add value and authentic learning opportunities. She believes in hands-on, active learning embedded throughout all aspects of the educational program. Chrystelle prides herself on developing trusting and reciprocal relationships between children and their families, viewing children as facilitators and co-learners. She believes that care and education are interwoven and founded on relationships, sharing responsibility, and collaborating with the global community. Chrystelle is fortunate to have her daughter attend Wellington College, where she will likewise appreciate and be immersed in the wonderful culture, language, and engaging learning environments.
Jenny graduated from Zhejiang University of Foreign Languages with a major in Korean. From 2009 to 2010 she was transferred to Seoul to study Korean. She was an English teacher working in Little World International Kindergarten for two years. She believes love must be the first and the most important element as a teacher. She hopes she can bring full passion and love to every child within the school. Holding a passion for education, Jenny appreciates the opportunity to join in Huili Nursery Hangzhou. In her spare time, she likes to go traveling and singing, collecting stamps and learning different languages. She has previously won some prizes in public speaking and talent shows.
Aaron Zhu graduated from Central China Normal University (CCNU) in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Education, majoring in Preschool Education, and received the CCNU Outstanding Graduate and Merit degree with honours. After graduation, he studied at the University College London – Institute of Education (IOE) to complete a MA Early Years Education program. During his undergraduate studies, Aaron Zhu also took a minor in Public Affairs Administration at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, which made him learn to think and organise early childhood education from a more macro perspective. In 2017, he passed the exchange student selection test in CCNU with the first overall ranking and went to study at the Education University of Hong Kong as a one-semester exchange student.
During his undergraduate studies, Aaron Zhu had five internships in early years education field; two top-class public kindergartens in Wuhan and Suzhou, private kindergarten, an international kindergarten and one Education Bureau kindergarten. These experiences enriched his knowledge of different models and systems of early years education practice and led him to make decisions to teach in the international kindergarten after graduation. In the period of studying at UCL- IOE, Aaron Zhu worked as an assistant at a forest kindergarten in his free time, and he believed that the pedagogy of combining early years education with nature is important. His study experience in the UK has also provided him with abundant opportunities to learn about the EYFS system.
Apart from his understanding of EYFS, Aaron Zhu is also interested in Reggio project-based teaching approach, forest education and the theory of “”the zone of proximal development””. He preferred that the content of early years education should be derived from children’s daily lives and nature, and teachers should also create new content based on children’s interests. In the guidance of young children’s learning and play, practitioners ought to be openminded in order to give children more autonomy and respect their choices and imagination.
Aaron Zhu is passionate about sports. He was awarded a black belt in Taekwondo and won championships in municipal and school level taekwondo, football and badminton matches. His love for sports also makes him think about how to combine sports activities with early years education. In his free time, Aaron Zhu has learned skills such as cooking, baking, photographing and massage. He also enjoys Switch video games, travelling, and team games.
Aaron Zhu is delighted to be a new member of the Wellington and Huili family, and he will actively communicate and cooperate with other teachers and staff to bring more happiness to the kids in Huili Nursery Hangzhou.
Liben has grown up in Shanghai, and coming from a family of teachers she is following her passion of being an educator. Having spent six years in Australia, she is a Victorian registered Early Years teacher who recently graduated from Monash University with a master’s degree in Early Years Education. Her love for learning supports her in, building confidence and independent learners in her classroom.
Liben’s teaching philosophy is inspired by Vygotsky, Piaget and Reggio Emilia, and she is committed to put her learning to practise by being inclusive and responsive children in the class.
She has had three years of teaching experience in early childhood and organizing extra-curriculum activities in Melbourne. Her strengths lie in building positive teacher-student relationships and engaging students in intentional and authentic learning.
Liben enjoys bringing in new learning strategies into her classroom to help children with learning needs. She was selected by her university to undertake an international placement at Victorian International School of Sharjah, UAE. This experience shaped her dream to pursue working in international schools while fostering diversity and new experiences.
Apart from teaching, Liben has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Shanghai Normal University.
Liben has had professional international experiences in Shanghai, Australia, USA, Fiji and is looking forward to moving to Hangzhou.
Being committed to professional development she enjoys reading journal articles and books about education, culture and society. In her spare time, she loves travelling, taking road trips and indulging in retail therapy.
She enjoys cooking at home and trying out new cuisines. Liben is excited to join the Huili Nursery Hangzhou team and cannot wait to explore Hangzhou.