Early Years

Jacqueline Speer

Jacqueline Speer

Head of Early Years
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Jacqueline Speer

When she was younger, Jacqueline thought kindergarten was a time of joy and possibilities. As an adult she has built upon these early understandings through 18 years of advocating for meaningful, high quality education for young children both at home in Australia and China. This global platform enabled Jacqueline to gain an understanding of international-mindedness, and the importance of developing this in young learners.

Jacqueline is particularly interested in innovative, research based pedagogy, which was the focus of both her Bachelor and Masters of Early Childhood degree. Jacqueline passionately believes children learn at their best from an authentically responsive curriculum that validates their interests as worthy of investigation.

When Jacqueline is not working – supporting her daughters – or caring for animals, you can probably find her cooking. She enjoys using ingredients from all over the world in her passion for trying and tasting new cuisines. The most important part of cooking to her is its collaborative nature, with lots of fond memories of baking with her grandmother, mother and sisters.

Sharon Wan

Sharon Wan

Deputy Head of Early Years
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Sharon Wan

Sharon Wan holds a Master’s degree in Educational Studies and a Bachelor of Science from East China Normal University. Her academic background has been enriched by 17 years of working with young children at international schools in Shanghai, which has given Sharon an in-depth insight into bilingual education. She treasures working with teachers from different parts of the world and appreciates the diversity of cultures. Prior to working in Wellington College Bilingual Hangzhou Nursery, Sharon spent one year as a Grade 1 Math teacher in a bilingual school in Shanghai.

Sharon believes that education for young children is about listening, facilitating and extending their interests. Passionate about creating a stimulating learning environment, Sharon arranges the classroom in a way that encourages problem solving, encouraging children to become active participators in their learning.

Angela Zhou

Angela Zhou

Chinese Coordinator of Early Years
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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.

Farida Bhaidani

Farida Bhaidani

Supply Teacher& Art Teacher
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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.

Taylor Barth

Taylor Barth

EYs 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.

Sarah Starling

Sarah Starling

EYs 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.

Sara Hayde

Sara Hayde

EYs 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.

Robin Spillane

Robin Spillane

EYs 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. 

Joseph Goulder

Joseph Goulder

EYs 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.

Monica Gustafson

Monica Gustafson

EYs 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. 

Zoe Helen Powell

Zoe Helen Powell

EYs Westen 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.

Katherine Houghton

Katherine Houghton

EYs 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.

Neelam Taufeeq

Neelam Taufeeq

EYs 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.

Judy Zhu

Judy Zhu

EYs 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.

Kelly Hou

Kelly Hou

EYs 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

EYs 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.

Suzy Shi

Suzy Shi

EYs 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. 

Grace Yang

Grace Yang

EYs Chinese Teacher
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Grace Yang

Grace has returned to China after spending a year in the UK completing her Master’s degree in Education at Durham University. Prior to that she attended the Ocean University of China in Tsingtao gaining her bachelor degree in Educational Technology. She joined Wellington College in Shanghai (WCIS) in August 2017. At the same time, she completed her PGCE teaching training program. Grace loves working with children. In 2015 she travelled to Sri Lanka to volunteer teaching English and Mandarin at a local primary school and enjoyed the opportunity to learn about a new culture and educational approach. She also completed an internship at Tsingtao Cangkou School, teaching Chinese, dancing and computer skills. At WCIS, Grace spent time in Year 2, Pre-Nursery and Reception, learning the differences between Early Years and KS1 curriculum and education. In her personal time Grace enjoys being active and pursues rowing, swimming and yoga to stay fit. She also enjoys exploring her creativity through music, drawing and dance. 

May Xue

May Xue

EYs 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.

Hazel Li

Hazel Li

EYs 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.

Judy Zhu

Judy Zhu

EYs 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.

Grace Miao

Grace Miao

EYs 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.

Amy Sun

Amy Sun

EYs 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.

Rain Xie

Rain Xie

EYs Teaching Assistant
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Rain Xie

Rain holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from University of South Carolina in the U.S. She is also completing her master’s degree in Education from University College London and her PGCE with Durham University. Before working at Huili Nursey Hangzhou, Rain worked at schools and educational organisations in China, the U.S. and the U.K. With her overseas academic background and working experiences, Rain hopes to share her international perspectives with the children, cultivating their creativity and competency in relation with the globalising context.

In her spare time, Rain loves reading, hiking and travelling. She is also a big fan of museums and galleries. In Hangzhou, Rain enjoys exploring the beautiful surrounding nature, and gaining more knowledge about the rich historic culture of this city.

Mia Hu

Mia Hu

EYs Teaching Assistant
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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.

Ching Shi

Ching Shi

EYs Teaching Assistant
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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.

Joyce Chen

Joyce Chen

EYs Teaching Assistant
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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.

Lyzette Li

Lyzette Li

EYs Teaching Assistant
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Lyzette Li

Lyzette is currently pursuing her Master’s degree from The University of Queensland, majoring in Curriculum and Pedagogy (Educational studies).  This degree enables Lyzette to follow her interest in the development of children’s identity and build a sense of belonging through globalisation. She is a qualified Secondary teacher in Australia where she taught Visual Arts, Accounting, Physics and Mathematics in various schools throughout Queensland.
Lyzette is a member of Reggio Emilia Australia and regularly attends the organisation’s research meetings to discuss current issues related to teaching.  She is also a trained in both Montessori Internationale (AMI) and Steiner Education Australia (Waldorf education). Therefore, her professional development in various educational settings gives her a comprehensive understanding of curriculum design and teaching pedagogies.
Before Lyzette stepped into education, she had graduated from the University of New South Wales and worked in the design industry for years.  Her work includes architectural design, stage and prop design, industrial design, graphic design and wedding planning. Lyzette’s interdisciplinary background has given her a flexible, versatile and innovative mindset to pursue her passion for research-based education with very young children.

Helen Li

Helen Li

EYs 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 .

Kira Ye

Kira Ye

EYs Teaching Assistant
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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

EYs Teaching Assistant
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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.