David MacKinnon graduated from Queen’s University in Canada with an honours degree in Life Sciences. After getting his teaching degree, David went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia.
Although his specialism is maths and biology, he also has experience teaching chemistry, physics, swimming and even a bit of History. David was a founding member of the Wellington College International Tianjin group, where he was a housemaster of the Orange. While in Tianjin, he was also responsible for the after-school activity program and was the lead for teaching and learning in the Senior School.
David loves to play sports in any way, shape, or form, including; ice hockey, rollerblading, football, basketball and volleyball. When he isn’t busy working at the school, he can be seen with his two lovely children, aged two and four years old. He believes that every student has the potential to do great things and it is our role as educators to unlock that potential. He also believes it is the school’s job to educate the whole pupil and help them develop into responsible, caring global citizens.
Alison Armstrong moved to Hangzhou with her family in July 2018 to take on the responsibility of leading boarding at Huili School Hangzhou. She has over 20 years of experience teaching in independent education in the UK. Alison has a Bachelor of Education degree with honours in Physical Education and Sport. Prior to joining Huili she was a dedicated and passionate Boarding Housemistress for eight years at Barnard Castle School in the North of England. She was responsible for a boarding house of approximately 50 girls aged 11-19 from around the world, where her role was to lead all aspects of female boarding, supporting their personal, academic, social and emotional needs through school – up until university. She has experience in academic tracking, behaviour support and management and an excellent understanding of the UCAS and QCAS. Guiding pupils through Oxbridge and the Russel Group university process requires specialist understanding which she has learnt over the years. This process, and the reference system for Universities both within the UK and Internationally is another area of her expertise. During her career Alison has always been heavily involved in, and passionate about the pastoral care and welfare of pupils and brings with her great experience. She has taken on numerous roles and responsibilities that have been instrumental in developing her experience. As Head of Personal Social and Careers Education, she rewrote, led and delivered the school’s PSHCE curriculum.She has been responsible for organising and leading school sports tours to South Africa, New Zealand and Chile and Argentina, where she thoroughly enjoyed the various cultural experiences and high quality sports fixtures – they were trips of a lifetime for all involved.
Her philosophy is that we are responsible for equipping pupils with the crucial skill sets required to help them prepare for an uncertain future and for the many jobs of the future that do not currently exist. She believes in encouraging resilience and motivating pupils to break down problems and to find a creative solution in order to challenge themselves and their a personal capacity by looking at behaviour and mind-set towards an ever-changing world.
Joining Huili School Hangzhou, to set up and lead a brand new boarding house and boarding programme as part of Wellington College has been the pinnacle of opportunity. It is a chance or her to put all her skills to fruition. The prospect of working with pupils from another culture helping them prepare for global citizenship and share her wealth of experience was as opportunity not to be missed. Her ambition / aspiration is to create and develop the best boarding experience possible for the pupils within her care and to support their development. She aims to provide an environment of warmth, trust and empathy through working positively together, but also independently, with support while fostering trust giving individuals the chance to grow and flourish.
Daisy is a Nationally Registered Psychology Counselor and has training and experience both from China and abroad in many areas of counselling.
Graduating from Zhejiang University, Daisy got her MS in Human Development & Family Studies in Iowa State University with full a scholarship. Whilst in America, Daisy worked at organizing activities for Health Centre residents as well as guiding and encouraging those residents to overcome personal issues in their lives. Daisy also worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and so has excellent experience employed in school settings and working with children. She used to teach an AP psychology course. More recently she has worked as a counselor in Zhejiang University Mental Health Education and Counseling Center.
Daisy is a member of the China American Psychoanalytic Alliance (CAPA) and her psychological training includes psychodynamics, play therapy, Systemic Family Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), mindfulness & meditation, hypnosis, crisis intervention, etc.
Daisy works with, listens to and supports any children within our school who, for whatever reason, feel they need support in their personal lives. With counseling training and experiences with adults, she is also glad to support faculty and staff, individually or in a group.
For the past three years Callum has been working in Egypt, firstly at the Modern English School, Cairo as a teaching and learning specialist. He then moved onto The British School Cairo where he worked in Year 4 as a classroom teacher and also teaching Physical Education.
Before working in Cairo, Callum was working in an autistic independent school in Brigg as Head of Key Stage 4 and PE Lead. Callum grew up in Yorkshire, England, and went to school in the farming town of Beverley. Following this Callum went to Bishop Burton where he received a sporting scholarship for rugby and graduated with a degree in Sports Coaching Development and Fitness.
Whilst in Egypt working as a teaching and learning specialist Callum completed his PGCE from the university of Sunderland. After completing this, Callum continued his education and studied an International Special Educational Needs Coordinators (ISENCO) course from the university of London.
Callum has a passion for all sports especially rugby. He has played rugby at a semiprofessional level since the age of 15 but due to injury had to retire early. His love for rugby took him into coaching and then later, teaching. Callum still enjoys playing and coaching rugby, and for the last two years started and developed Egypt’s first ever Touch Rugby Programme.
Callum’s love for teaching started after working with vulnerable children and children with additional needs. He strongly believes that all children are individuals and learn in their own way.
Lily Zhong has 19 years teaching experience in both English and Special Education Needs. Before joining Huili School Hangzhou as an SEN teacher in 2018, she was employed in Dulwich College Beijing for 13 years, where she worked with children who either had EAL needs or a wide variety of learning needs, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD etc. She is keen on supporting pupils and encouraging them to achieve their full potential.
She gained her BS degree at Shenyang Technology University. Following that, she studied her Postgraduate Certificate in Children’s Development and Educational Psychology at Chinese Academy of Science. In addition, she has attended numerous domestic and international training, such as Cambridge English(UK), Teaching ESL (Australia), SENIB workshops, Understanding Learning Difficulties etc. which provided her with updated knowledge and vital skills that are necessary to be a successful and creative teacher.
Lily is married and has a daughter aged 12. In her spare time, she enjoys music, reading, travelling, and most of all, spending time with her family.
Linda Wang taught English in Tianjin Foreign Studies University for many years after graduation from Tianjin Normal University. She moved to New Zealand in 2004 and continued her teaching career abroad. She has taught English to students who are from different countries with diverse cultural and educational backgrounds, distinct age groups with various needs and uneven levels. She came back from New Zealand to China last July and started working as an English support teacher in Huili, Hangzhou.
She received a Master’s Degree in Economics in Tianjin Finance and Economics University. Before that, she majored in foreign languages and literature in Tianjin Normal University and got her Bachelor’s Degree and Certificate of Post-graduate in English. She also got the Certificate of TESL at New Zealand Institute of Studies.
She received a professional training in track and field events while she was in her secondary school, therefore, she is fond of sports. Being a national-grade judge of track and field events, she has participated in many sports games which include; Annual NEC Marathon Tournament, Annual In-doors International Track and Field Events Invitation Meet, the 21st Univesiade and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
As everyone knows, education acts as the most powerful tool for the individual’s personal growth and is thereforea an important element for the civilization of human society. The more developed life becomes, the more necessary education will be. Therefore, teaching is one of the most vital and prestigious jobs in our society. Being a teacher was always therefore her life-long dream. She thinks she is a lucky person who has been doing her favourite job her entire life. Teaching is a quite rewarding job especially when she sees her students growing mentally, physically as well as academically day by day. It is a life-long process that needs to be reinforced throughout life. She is passionate about teaching as she enjoys the process of teaching while learning and improving herself along with her students.
Andrew has been teaching for over twelve years. Prior to teaching, Andrew’s background was in business. After graduating from the University of Brighton, he moved into posts in supply-chain management and account coordination. Andrew discovered his love of teaching during a traveling experience in Australia and South East Asia. His first teaching experiences were as a teacher of English as a foreign language. Having decided to make a career in education, Andrew embarked on a PGCE. He then worked at international schools in South East Asia for the following ten years. During this time, Andrew gained extensive experience both as a primary school teacher and as a specialist teacher of children with English as an additional language.
As a full time student, Andrew attended the University of Brighton and gained a diploma in Business and Personnel. Following this, Andrew acquired several years of office experience. He then completed his BA (Hons) in Business Management. After moving into education he undertook a PGCE through the University of Sunderland. Then he embarked on an MA in International Education, which he passed with distinction, and was awarded the ‘Ede and Ravenscroft’ by the faculty of education.
Andrew’s interests include sport, music – especially playing guitar and singing; reading, writing and science. He is passionate about high-quality education because he believes it leads to children living fulfilling lives that are enormously valuable both to themselves and to the wider communities they impact. Andrew finds it incredibly motivating to contribute to that.
Mrs Hillary MacKinnon has 12 years’ work experience in international schools in China. Her work experience has been as an EAL teacher, Pre-Kindergarten teacher and school administrative officer. The rich experience allows her to view and appreciate ideas/opinions from different angles as a student, a parent and a teacher, as well as a westerner and someone from the East.
She joined Wellington College Tianjin in 2012 and worked for Wellington College Shanghai in 2013 as a member of the founding team. It’s been an amazingly fascinating experience for her working in Wellington Schools – a truly multi-cultural community having families and teaching staff from all over the world. Having been a Wellingtonian for the past 7 years, she feels very proud to be a part of such a flourishing, welcoming and tightly united family where pupils learn and thrive every single day.
Mrs MacKinnon holds a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Wuhan University, China. She is also a holder of a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Certificate. ‘A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instil a love of learning.’ This is Mrs MacKinnon’s passion in education- to be an inspiring teacher to help students to find their potential and assist them to succeed in the best way they can.
Amongst her interests, Mrs MacKinnon enjoys travelling, cooking, and reading. She has joined Hangzhou Huili School with her husband David MacKinnon, who is the Head of Pastoral, and their two young boys Lucas and Laine. She looks forward to continuing to explore the city of Hangzhou and embracing her wonderful experience at this very new Wellington school-Hangzhou Huili School.