After graduating from Kingston Polytechnic (Kingston University London) with a degree in Chemistry, Jonathan Mills first worked in the Chemical industry then gained a commission as an Officer in The Royal Air Force before embarking on a career in teaching.
Immediately prior to joining Wellington College Bilingual Hangzhou, Jonathan spent four years as principal of an IB international school in Yiwu city, Zhejiang province China. Before coming to China, Jonathan was Deputy Head of Great Ballard Preparatory school in West Sussex.
Jonathan has specialised in teaching Science, but has also taught Maths and Geography at KS3, coached rugby and cricket and been both a head of boarding and a Boarding School’s Association (BSA) mentor. Jonathan has worked with children throughout the 3 – 18 year age range from over 20 different countries.
Jonathan is determined to ensure that every child, whether they attend Huili School Hangzhou or Wellington College Bilingual Hangzhou, is challenged to be their best every day, that they enjoy their learning and become real Wellingtonians; striving to have a positive impact on the world and maximising their potential.
Zoe Zou graduated from Beijing Language and Culture University with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and literature, and from Beijing Normal University with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.
She has been devoted to international education for almost 20 years, teaching PYP and IPC to pupils from 3-12 years old. Zoe worked for seven years as Head of Chinese Teaching at Dulwich College Suzhou, three years as a Grade Level leader at Keystone Academy in Beijing, and nine years as a Kindergarten teacher at Suzhou Singapore International School.
She believes that advanced information technology will be of great support for teaching. In her spare time, she likes reading, which is one of her favourite passtimes, especially in regard to education
Mr. Shen Guoqiang is currently the Head of Junior High at Huili School Hangzhou. He is originally from Hangzhou and has been devoted to junior high school education in Hangzhou for 29 years, working as an English teacher, English language teaching researcher, teacher trainer and Vice Principal. Before joining Wellington College in Hangzhou, he worked at Hangzhou Jianlan Middle School as Vice Principal. His research interests and expertise involve bilingual education, curriculum design and development, teacher training, TESL teaching, cross-cultural communication and study abroad planning.
Mr. Shen believes that a strong curriculum guides pupil’s growth and development. In a bilingual environment, with highly qualified and professional local and native English teachers working together in small classes, we can not only successfully transform our pupils’ cross-cultural communication skills and improve their second language acquisition. We can also promote interdisciplinary interaction and knowledge integration, and help our pupils achieve well-rounded development and personal growth.
Jennifer Gaul is a musician, educator and administrator from America. Most recently she was the Head of Music, Art, Drama and PE at Tsinglan School in Dongguan, China. Previous to that, from 2010 – 2017, she was the Director of Music for Dana Hall School, an elite private school for girls in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Jennifer has a wealth of experience in music and performing arts administration. From 2002 – 2010 she was the Executive Director of Turtle Bay Music School, a not-for-profit community music school serving more than 2,000 students of all ages in New York City. Her arts administration experience includes work with The Center for Arts Education, a public-private partnership in New York City dedicated to infusing the arts back into the New York City public school system.
Jennifer holds a Master of Music in piano pedagogy and literature from the University of Texas in Austin. She studied piano under professor Danielle Martin. Jennifer was the pedagogy student of Dr. Amanda Vick Lethco best known for co-creating the world-renowned piano method series , Alfred’s Basic Piano Library, with Dr. Willard Palmer and Morton Manus.
Jennifer is a devoted musician and educator. The focus of her thesis for her Master of Music was on innovative ways to develop aural and instrumental skills in young students. A classically-trained pianist and amateur cellist, she brings energy and enthusiasm to her teaching. In addition to teaching early years music and general music to primary, middle and high school students, she has coached chamber music groups, successfully prepared piano students for ABRSM and taught Advanced Placement music theory to high school students. She is deeply committed to building quality music and performing arts programs that lead to life-long learning and love of the arts. It is her passion and over-arching focus of her career in administration and education.
Jennifer’s other love is of theatre and writing. She was very involved in the Boston theatre scene and has focused on Shakespeare as well as more modern playwrights. Jennifer was also a professional writer for several years in America writing feature pieces about illustrious alums from the University of Rhode Island, her undergraduate alma mater. An avid writer of poetry, she has had pieces published in America and hopes to release a collection of poems.
Jason graduated from Leeds Beckett University in Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) before completing his PGCE (QTS) at Buckingham University.
Jason is the Director of Sport at Huili School Hangzhou and Wellington College International Hangzhou. Jason was previously a Housemaster and teacher of physical education at Belmont, Mill Hill Prep in North London. He has also worked as Head of rugby at King’s Ely in Cambridgeshire, where he managed the rugby program throughout the junior and senior school from ages 6 to 18. During his time at King’s, he worked for four years as an Assistant Boarding Housemaster where a significant portion of boarding students were international, many from the Asia-Pacific region.
Sport has played a significant part of Jason’s life, having spent a lot of his childhood swimming at a national level before turning to rugby in his early teenage years. He went on to play 8 years of national league rugby in England and has since started road cycling after finishing playing. Jason has competed in a sprint and Olympic distance triathlon and is training for a Half Ironman in July.
Tom Li graduated from the National University of Singapore, with a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics. He began his teaching career in Singapore after graduation. He has taught students from Grade 1 to Grade 12, and experienced different curricula, including iGCSE, A-level and IB with various pedagogies. To strengthen subject knowledge and teaching skills, Tom pursued a higher degree in the National Institute of Education, NTU, Singapore. He graduated with a Master’s degree of Mathematics in 2017.
Seeing improvement in students’ ability in Mathematics and Science, as well as their school results gives Tom immense satisfaction. He is willing to commit his time and energy to assist the students to attain their fullest potential. A diligent teacher who always seeks for improvement, he is confident that his knowledge and experience will be an asset to his students’ growth and school’s development.
One of Tom’s interests is Maths Olympics. He was trained in this area and won various awards when he was young. He continued coaching students in Singapore local primary schools as part of CCA programs since the beginning of his teaching career. He was also involved in developing related teaching materials for the Maths Olympics. Many students of his won awards in international Maths competitions, including Gold Award in Singapore and Asian School Maths Olympiad (SASMO) and American Mathematics Competition (AMC) Year 10 division, top 2.5% position in the world.
Nature has always been appealing to him. In Tom’s free time, he enjoys hiking, swimming and reading, especially philosophy and psychology related.
Haomeng Sun graduated from the University of Bristol, majored in Education (Teaching and Learning) and got a Master degree in the UK. During her study time, she particularly enjoyed the research elements of her course with a focus on the relationship between teaching and learning. She achieved Grade As in three of her academic dissertations. She gained work experience as a Chinese teacher at international schools in the Philippines and Thailand. In 2014, she was selected by the Chinese government to teach Mandarin in Liverpool, UK. She taught over 500 students during her time in the UK, with two of her A-level students being admitted for a BA degree in Chinese Studies at the University of Newcastle and the University of Chester.
Haomeng started to play the electronic organ and practice dancing when she was young. She has also played the cucurbit flute since she started working. Currently, she is learning the ukulele, and does yoga to relax
Eva Yu graduated from Clarkson University in 2016 with a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. She also has earned a Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Beijing Normal University. She has a love of Hangzhou having spent 4 years here when she was a student of Zhejiang University of Technology.
She has the New York State Chinese 7-12 teaching certificate. She has 3 years experience of teaching Chinese to a diverse student body in the United States. She is an enthusiastic, energetic and passionate Chinese teacher who is dedicated to helping students reach their full potential and becoming knowledgeable and responsible global citizens.
Eva is an ardent reader, a keen writer and an open-minded traveler. In her spare time, she likes to explore new things both in literature and the real world .
After studying for four years in ZJUT , Ruby went on to gain an MA in TCSL at Shanghai International Studies University. Her passion for international cultural exchange made her a volunteer of Mandarin teaching in Peru at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Before joining the Wellington team, she taught Mandarin as a foreign language, native language and also Chinese culture at local and international primary schools and junior schools, across various groups. Ruby is fascinated by Chinese culture, She enjoys Chinese handcrafts and dancing, which she endeavors to introduce to her students through her teaching. In addition, she possesses a Diploma of Spanish and Senior National Certificate for Teachers of Chinese. In her spare time, she loves art and handcrafts, alongside a wide range of activities which include swimming, travelling, and language study.
Ma Lingyan graduated from Shaanxi Normal University with a Master’s degree. She majored in linguistics and applied linguistics and holds a Senior National Certificate for Teachers of Chinese and a Certificate for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. She worked as a Chinese teacher at Incheon High School in Korea and as a Chinese teacher at the English-Chinese bilingual School of Korea. Her work experience has enhanced her teaching ability and inspired her to research and to explore a range of teaching methods. Having taught students at different stages, (primary school, middle school and high school), she has a deep understanding of education. She is determined that she will continue to learn, continue to improve, and discover ever better, more suitable teaching methods for Chinese students. She is an enthusiastic, loving teacher, who gets much pleasure from helping students develop their initaitive and become independent learners.
Emily Zhu completed her Master’s degree at Sun Yat-Sen University after achieving her bachelor’s degree in Guangdong University of Foreign Studies where she majored in Chinese Language, Literature and Business English. Her teaching experiences in both international (AISGZ) and local schools have given her comparative perspectives in education. She enjoys being in the company of and lending a helping hand to students when they wander curiously in literature. She finds it impossible to describe the satisfaction she gets when students who once thought learning Chinese was boring, discover a love of Chinese literature. Emily has a strong belief in children’s ability to think critically about, to feel, and to appreciate the beauty of the Chinese language. She is determined to help children make their mother tongue a sincere friend for life and to express themselves with clarity. She believes the cross-cultural environment in a bilingual school will help students not only pick up authentic English but also gain a deeper understanding of their own mother tongue. In previous schools she has been a member of the campus broadcast and singing group. In her spare time she likes playing the guitar or the keyboard, running and doing yoga. Hangzhou is her favourite city. She is eager to explore its beautiful lakes and mountains and trace its historical stories scattered among them.
Ivy Zhou completed her Master’s degree at the University of Virginia (UVa), specializing in Educational Psychology, and her bachelor’s degree at Nanjing University, majoring in Chinese Literature Language. She was also a member of the American Education Research Association (AERA). In 2017, her research paper entitled Influential Factors to Chinese-American Students’ Cultural Identities was accepted and presented at the Annual Meeting of AERA in San Antonio, TX. She has also engaged in a cross-cultural work at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), aimed at supporting newly settled refugees to conquer their language challenges and mentoring their emotional well-being. Before that, she worked in educational support in Daping Primary School in Yunnan Province.
After her graduation, she was initially a junior high school Chinese teacher and a student’s mentor at Hangzhou Entel Foreign Language School. She has the National High School Chinese Teacher Certification.
Ivy enjoys traveling, photography, watching films and plays. She is now studying Japanese and modern dance.
With her passion for teaching and life, she wishes to bring her energy and ideas of multicultural education to Huili School.
Tsishion completed his bachelor’s degree at the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, specializing in Bilingual Finance. Whilst at university he received several school level awards and scholarships. After his graduation, he turned down several good career opportunities and chose to join Teach For China to become a teaching volunteer who would work in the border and mountainous areas of Yunnan province for 2 years. Whilst there he exercised his problem solving and teaching skills. When volunteering, he raised funds to update part of school facilities and enhance the school library resources, whilst also conducting Chinese teaching research which greatly improved his students’ academic achievements.
Tsishion gained some experience in the fields of Finance, Media and Education, but through this he discovered his real passion was in education. So he decided to devote himself to education and continued his career as a Chinese teacher.
He loves reading and meeting friends from different areas, for he thinks that will help him better understand the world.
Claire graduated from Southwest University with a master degree in Teaching Chinese to speakers of Other Language. Her studies have included courses in Chinese teaching as a second language, Intercultural communication, Second Language Acquisition and Inter-cultural Communication.
In 2015, Claire was hired by Confucius Institute and worked as a Chinese language teacher in Khon Kaen University of Thailand. In 2016, she joined the Yew Chung International School of Chongqing as a primary co-teacher. Claire’s passion for working with students has enabled her to build good rapport with her students and their parents.
Claire is a “cat person” with a love of the feline. In her spare time, she likes playing with her lovely cat, swimming and travelling around the world as a backpacker.
Alice Wang completed her Master’s degree at Harvard University, specialising in Language and Literacy Education.
During her time at Harvard, Alice joined a research team to examine how bilingual experiences could shape cognition and learning using neuroimaging and behavioral methods.
Before that, she spent four years at Beijing Normal University for her undergraduate qualification, majoring in Chinese Language and Literature.
Alice is a nationally certified secondary school Chinese teacher. She has experience working with beginner, intermediate, and advanced students from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
Alice Wang worked in Tsinghua International School in Beijing as a high school Mandarin teacher. She also worked as a 10th grade homeroom teacher, integrating collaboration, engagement and cultural diversity into classroom management.
Alice started practicing yoga three years ago. She believes that achieving peace of mind is a major life accomplishment. She is also a pet lover, living with a rabbit and a corgi dog.
Claire graduated from Xiamen University (XMU) in 2014, having majored in Chinese Language and Literature as well as Advertisement. After that, she completed her Master’s degree at East China Normal University (ECNU), specializing in Language Teaching.
She has participated in a number of bilingual programs which enhances her understanding in the field of education. During her study at ECNU, she volunteered to practice teaching Chinese at an international school in America, whose curriculum is designed bilingually. In 2016, based on her Chinese immersion teaching experience, her research paper Children’s Vocabulary Acquisition in Chinese Immersion Program was published in Education Curriculum Research (ISSN 2095-3089), Sept. Issue. After graduation, she worked for Hangzhou Yuhai Foreign Language School and gained several teaching awards.
Claire has many interests include debating, running and music. She won First Prize in the 7th Freshman Debate Competition in XMU. In 2014, she won the Best debater of ECNU 7th Graduate Students’ Debate Competition. In 2016, she completed a half marathon within 2 hours in San Jose, U.S.A.
Jasmine Zhang obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Hangzhou Normal University. Before joining Huili School, she was a volunteer Chinese teacher in Confucius Institute and taught in a middle school in America carrying out various language lessons and cultural activities for the whole school.
Jasmine has got a China’s Ministry of Education Qualification Certificate for High School Chinese Teachers, and a teaching license from Tennessee Department of Education, USA. Back in 2016, Jasmine got a TESOL certificate from the University of Queensland (Australia) and was trained to use English pedagogy in teaching. The same year, she won the First Prize in a National Contest of Teaching Skills for Teacher-College Students. She graduated with the first-class honor gaining National Scholarship, Government Scholarship.
As a Chinese teacher, Jasmine is very interested in reading masterpieces and literature creation. She is the author for two academic papers which both won the First Prize in the National Competition of Literature Review Paper and got published. She has exchanged to study in National Kaohsiung Normal University (Taiwan) and attended summer school in Peking University. Her diverse experience of learning and working has equipped her fully with fluency in English, insights into Chinese education and inspirations on liberal arts.
Before joining Huili school , Alice worked in a public junior high school in Hangzhou after graduation and have many years of working experience in teaching Mandarin . It gave her solid basic teaching skills and flexible teaching methods. This experience also brought her strong organizational, management and communication skills. During her tenure, she was awarded the title of excellent teacher at the district level. Her papers won the second prize in the province and the first prize in the city. She undertook the task of sending teachers to the countryside at the provincial level and obtained the B certificate of mental health counseling.
In college Alice majored in Chinese Language and literature. Because she is interested in cross-cultural communication sometimes she has taught Chinese as second language and in her part time also she learnt Japanese for more than 2 years.
She likes traveling and swimming in her part time and it will always make her feel relaxed and easy. She is open, proactive, patient , caring and able to assess pupils’ interests, needs and developments. She is familiar with the recent development of Primary Mandarin teaching theory and practice. Getting along well with students brings her happiness and she believes she can influence more people through education .
Molli got her Master’s degree at University College London – Institute of Education, specializing in Mathematics Education. She has also been educated in Beijing Normal University studying Applied Mathematics for her undergraduate degree. Molli has got her teaching certificate in the field of mathematics for senior high school. Before working in Huili School, she worked in The Affiliated High School of Peking University – Chaoyang Future School in Beijing for two years as mathematics teacher, teaching students of grade 9 and 10. Molli has also been a tutor of mathematics competitions for two years, which has helped a few students to participate in ‘America Mathematics Competition for Grade 10’. While studying in the UK, she has worked as a tutor to help some local British pupils in improving their mathematics ability. The experience of studying and working in the field of mathematics education gave her great opportunities to practice and experience.
Molli is also very familiar with some mathematical applications on the computer to help teachers teaching and students learning. She has earned the recognition of ‘Apple Teacher’ due to the skills on the iPad and Mac. Molli is a very friendly and optimistic lady. She hopes to influence her students with a positive attitude towards life. Outside the classroom she enjoys travelling, cooking and swimming. Molli comes to Hangzhou herself and is looking forward to starting her own life in Wellington and Huili.
Jane is a young, energetic and passionate maths teacher. She graduated from Nanjing University in 2014 and gained the postgraduate recommendation from the same university. Three years later, she completed her Master’s degree with three school-level academic scholarships. During the postgraduate studies, she also got a job in TAL Education Group to teach maths. For now, she is already maths teacher with more than three years of teaching experience, and someone who also maintains good relationship with her students and parents. She believes good communication between teacher and parents is essential for a student’s healthy growth. She believes as long as the child has enough choices to find the most suitable one for himself, he can develop his potential to the greatest extent and make him a better person.
In her spare time, Jane loves to cook for her family and feels the magic and happiness of cooking. She also likes sports, especially badminton.
Lisa completed her master’s degree at the University of Warwick and majored in Food Security from the School of Life Science. With a strong academic background, she spent one year in teaching Mathematics in an American High school, called Barstow School. She tutored the students for Canadian math competitions many times and has been awarded the Best Instructor. She also has taught SAT and AP Calculus in International Courses Department Zhejiang University for two years. All these working experience makes her quite familiar with international education systems and specialising in mathematics teaching. The experience of teaching provided her a comprehensive understanding of education. What’s more, she is also good at communicating with young kids and families.
In her spare time, she likes to spend time reading books and traveling around. She is also a big fan of music. She can play several music instruments and can sing songs well.
Jennifer completed her Master of Arts in Teaching at Clarkson University, Schenectady, NY in 2017. She has also been educated by Xi’an International Studies University for her undergraduate qualifications. Jennifer has two years teaching experience in public schools in the United States. Jennifer is extending her K-12 teaching license of New York State. In the school year of 2017-2018, Jennifer was a 3rd grade Maths and Science Teacher at a public immersion school in Amherst, Massachusetts. She excels at building positive relationships with students. She grew up in Xi’an, a historic city of 13 dynasties. She used to be an interpreter at Shaanxi History Museum. She also went to Egypt as a voluntary language teacher in 2012. Jennifer can speak both English and Korean. She is very passionate about teaching, and she enjoys traveling around the world and exploring new cultures. She also has a cute corgi!
Candice graduated from Changchun Normal University,. She majored in Mathematics and applied Mathematics whilstn getting a Mathematics bilingual teaching certificate in the university. She started to work in an international school in Guangzhou in 2011. She was mainly teaching IGCSE and A level mathematics, and she was the Head of the Mathematics Department in that school. She once organized students to take part in the Waterloo Mathematics competition and most students got medals in the competition. From 2014 she transferred to work in an international school in Hangzhou, she was the exam officer of A level exams in that school. The students she taught went to top 50 Universities in UK, e.g Imperial College, University college London….. She likes teaching, and she always said ‘she is born to teach’. She is very patient in class, and she likes to be with children. She likes to study and she got 7 in IELTS test. She joined in Huili school in 2018, she is proud of being a teacher in Huili.
Gina Dong is a Primary school mathematics teacher and graduated from Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai Campus of Mathematics and Applied mathematics with a Major. She worked in the SUIS (Shanghai United International School ) as an IBPYP homeroom teacher. She taught UO I(Unit of Inquiry), Maths, Chinese and P4C (philosophy for children). Before going to Shanghai, she worked in Guangdong Country Garden School, as a mathematics teacher using the IBPYP curriculum. She also participated in the international exchange program of China and South Korea, assisting in communication, translation and organizing programs. She likes dancing and reading.
In the holidays, she likes travelling and learning about local customs and cultures. Meeting different people and stories during the travels make her more open-minded and inclusive.
Before becoming a teacher, Kirsty studied Business Management and French at the University of Stirling, including a year at the École de Management in Strasbourg. She graduated with a distinction in spoken language and went on to work in Malaysia where she taught French in secondary school and supported primary learning. Kirsty then began working with a number of international schools in South-East Asia, delivering outdoor education and team building events across the school. Having operated an independent events management company in Singapore, she worked with a small group, focusing on business development but missed the daily interaction with children. Education, was always calling, so she soon returned to the UK to complete teacher training at the University of Aberdeen.
Kirsty has experience in schools with many bilingual children from all over Europe as well as other schools in Asia. She strongly believes education should have the child at the centre and that a team of good teachers working with a well-balanced curriculum will allow for each child to shine as an individual. Kirsty became a teacher for this very reason; she enjoys helping children achieve.
Kirsty has a passion for languages and at home she enjoys speaking French, German and Spanish. Now that she lives in China she is trying her hand at Chinese. In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors, running and hiking. She is also a qualified Assistant SCUBA Instructor and loves to spend time under water when given the chance.
Stephanie has worked as an English teacher for almost 15 years now. In 2004 she completed her CELTA certification through IH Johannesburg in conjunction with the University of Cambridge, after which she went on to teach English to pupils from Hong Kong, China and the UAE. While teaching EAL, she completed a THRASS course through the University of Pretoria, which helped her further her love of teaching English.
In 2011 Stephanie took a break from teaching at English language schools abroad, and focused on her studies while teaching at government mainstream schools within South Africa. She completed a 4 year Bachelor of Arts at the University of South Africa, where she majored in English and linguistics. She continued on to study for her PGCE in English and Creative Arts also through the University of South Africa.
Her career has been geared toward the empowerment of individuals looking to learn how to speak, read and write in the English language. Throughout the course of her career, she has had wonderful opportunities to teach diverse groups of learners internationally and locally, and as a result, has become proficient at designing creative and stimulating lesson plans, which accommodate different types of learners from all over the world, bringing a hands-on approach to learning, and keeping learners interested and focused.
She also has had the opportunity to develop coursework books for various English Institutions. Stephanie has been involved in many school projects over the years, some of which include community outreach programs, reading and poetry clubs, debating and public speaking clubs, and stage productions. Many of her learners involved in various activities went on to produce A++ certificates in the festivals they attended.
Darren joined Huili School Hangzhou having previously worked in a large Primary School in Worcestershire, serving a richly diverse cohort under the inspiring leadership of Val Weddell Hall, OBE. Over the last two years, he has taught in Year 4 and Year 5, taken part in teacher flash mobs and YouTube videos for World Book Day and been interviewed on the radio with Pudsey Bear for Children in Need. Some of Darren’s highlights from this time are; engaging the parents in topic workshops, organizing a star gazing evening and working as head of the Charities Faculty raising money for local and national projects.
Darren trained as a primary school teacher after a 10 year career in retail management before realising his dream of becoming a teacher and graduating from The University of Worcester with First Class Honors. Whilst studying towards his teaching degree he spent 3 weeks volunteering as a teacher in Madagascar. He works every day to thread creative curricula throughout his lessons to ensure that children have clear links to tangible reasons for their studies. He believes that this themed approach has allowed him to put into practise all that he has learnt about different learning styles.
He is passionate about sport especially football and golf and enjoys passing on this love of sport through extra-curricular activities such as: Lacrosse, tag rugby, dodge ball, balon prisonnaire, tennis and football. He believes that it is extremely important for children to work at staying fit and healthy and supports the view ‘a healthy body leads to a healthy mind’.
Sam has three years of experience teaching the English National Curriculum after being awarded his PGCE from the University of East Anglia. Before qualifying as a teacher, he taught International and state school groups and trained local staff whilst working as an Eco-tourism manager for a National Park in rural Zambia. He also spent several years as a Senior Ecologist for a leading British Ecological Consultancy and developed his passion for teaching as a part-time lecturer; writing and delivering modules of an Ecology and Conservation Foundation Degree.
Sam received two prizes from the University of Aberdeen, one for the best degree in the year group and the other for the best research project, when he was awarded a First Class degree in Ecology. He is a joint author on scientific publications following an extensive period studying tropical plant biology in Malaysia and Thailand. He has developed a keen interest in educational research and has successfully published a research project whilst working as a class teacher in England. Because of Sam’s research background, he understands the importance of delivering evidence-based teaching and learning and he hopes to continue supporting research into education as his career progresses.
As a teacher, he is passionate about generating awe and wonder inside and outside the classroom together with providing children with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to become global citizens in a rapidly developing world.
Sam enjoys being outdoors with his binoculars; spotting and identifying wildlife and he gets very excited if he sees a rare bird or mammal. He also enjoys long-distance cycling and he tries to go to the gym everyday to keep as fit as possible.
Hailing from the picturesque region of Cheshire, Jacob previously worked in a specialist school for ASC (Autism Spectrum Condition) ranging from 5-18 and from non-verbal communication to high functioning computer geniuses/genii. Whilst there hedelivered everything from GCSE English to primary Music but his main focus was English.
Having completed a degree in Law and English he went on to pursue English literature and was awarded a EU funded Masters looking at the bi-lateral influences of Law and Literature as a means for social development. His dissertation topic looked at Murder, Insanity and Coveture in three mid-19th century novels. After completing this he commenced his PGCE in Secondary English and received Outstanding against all of the teaching standards. Whilst on this course he completed research projects addressing inclusion in the mainstream classroom and utilising new technologies to support teaching and learning; these projects are working towards his second Masters degree (in Education) for which he is on track to receive a distinction.
Due to his literary background, it will come as no surprise that Jacob love books and literature as they are a gateway to countless lives and adventures, to experiences new highs and lows. It is this experience that he wants to share with Wellington students. His own English teacher passed this passion onto him and he wants to bring English alive so that all children can develop their own passion for the subject.
His other hobbies include Canoe Polo, Rugby (playing with his local team) and going to the Gym.
Angela qualified as a teacher over twenty years ago in the UK and has gained a breadth of experience in the primary age range, teaching years 1- 7 in three international schools: Stockholm, Damascus and Doha, as well as in Manchester, England. For seven years Angela has worked within the Swedish education system, teaching English as a second language to Swedish children.
At university she gained a degree in History and then completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education to become a teacher. Angela is passionate about helping all the children in her class develop a love of learning and believes that education should be fun. Angela has experienced being part of a new team in a start-up school and loves being part of the Huili team, with a shared vision of learning, working together to help the school to grow and develop.
Outside the classroom, Angela enjoys travelling and has so far visited 56 countries. She is a very active person and enjoys walking, yoga and training in the gym. She recently competed in her first half marathon and plans to run a marathon sometime soon. Angela has been fascinated by Chinese history and culture for many years. Twenty years ago, she spent two months travelling around China and even met her Swedish husband whilst in Hangzhou!
Angela has come to China with her husband and two children, aged 10 and 12, both of whom have dual English/ Swedish citizenship.
Charlotte Fong is from Cheshire, England. As an undergraduate, she studied for her BA (Hons) degree in Dance Practices at the University of Liverpool John Moores. During this time, she was particularly interested in the field of Dance Education, which further developed her knowledge of the curriculum and teaching to a variety of learning styles. Charlotte then continued to gain her PGCE in Primary Education through Liverpool Hope University.
During her career, Charlotte has taught children across all primary classes and experienced different curricula and pedagogical styles. She believes that education should be engaging, interactive and accessible. Teaching English in a bilingual setting is an exciting opportunity for Charlotte and she relishes in the idea of helping to support and develop the students understanding of language.
Alongside teaching English, Charlotte still has a passionate for dance and performance. She first began dancing at the age of 4, competing in national dancing competitions before moving on to study contemporary dance and musical theatre. In previous teaching roles, she has taught several dance styles including jazz, ballet and Bollywood.
Charlotte is excited have joined Joining Xian house, as their House Master and helping to create a nurturing and supportive environment for all students and staff.
Hamish Williams has worked globally for the past fifteen years in countries such as South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Mongolia and Qatar. Although predominantly a classroom teacher, he has taught EAL in both a Primary English and Business English capacity. At his previous school, he held the positions of Literacy Co-ordinator and Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator where he was responsible for standardising learning objectives against the National Curriculum and collecting evidence against those objectives for raising student attainment.
Hamish has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Canterbury and also a PGCEi and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Nottingham. His dissertation compared English as an Additional Language to Context and Language Integrated Learning in a classroom environment. He also holds two Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificates. One is for teaching English at a Primary level and the other is for teaching Business English.
Hamish loves English. To date, he has had one poem and a short story published in hardback. He is currently finishing a collection of short stories and is (slowly) working on a novel. Last year, he participated in a Poetry Slam in Bangkok and made it through to the final of three rounds. It was a very rewarding but scary experience. He has a passion for acting having directed three Key Stage 2 productions and has facilitated numerous interschool debates.
Mark Saunders was born and educated in England. He obtained both his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Teaching Certification from the University of Southampton. Mark started his teaching career in England, but the majority of his working experience is in overseas schools. He taught for an extended period in the Dominican Republic, where he was Head of Science, after which he moved to Beijing, China. Whilst in Beijing, Mark worked in two IB schools for a total of fourteen years, where he taught MYP Mathematics and Science and also DP Mathematics and Chemistry. Mark is currently an IBDP examiner for Chemistry.
Whilst teaching overseas, Mark has taken advantage of opportunities to visit many different countries and learn about the richness of different cultures. He has a keen interest in sports, particularly golf and cricket, both as a player and spectator, and has coached a variety of student sports teams, including field hockey, cricket, football and softball.
Mark’s approach to teaching in the classroom focuses on student engagement and inclusivity. He has always been fascinated by the workings of the natural world and this is translated into a commitment to providing students with concepts, skills and dispositions to become effective learners.
Michael graduated from the University of Sunderland with a degree in biomedical chemistry where his love for science in practice became apparent to him. He then went on to do his PGCE in chemistry at the University of Manchester, carrying out placements in 2 of the best schools in the North West of England. Michael is a specialist secondary science teacher with experience in A-level chemistry teaching. His teacher career has taught him the pedagogy and classroom management skills that will enable all students to become the best scientists they can be.
Through different personal and professional experiences Michael aims to provide an inquiry based education system in his class and the department which will enable to students to encounter the ‘wow’ moments at every given opportunity. Michael is a firm believer that science education is not just words on a page or reading a book but about experiencing science first hand, remembering that moment forever. He also hopes to create a cross-curricular community at Huili which enables the best of science to be taught through all areas of the school to support the children in their journey in science.
In Michael’s spare time he has a love for Manchester City Football Club and spent many years in England as well as Europe following them to show his support. Football is just one of Michael’s interest as well as hockey where he has represented England u18s. Michael now plays both football and hockey for fun in his free time but enjoys the coaching aspect of the game allowing him to experience success as a coach in football. He took his previous schools to an English school boys semi-final, alongside being crowned Manchester u16 champions. His coaching in hockey allowed him to coach an English premier league side for 2 years.
Michael is extremely excited to be part of Huili and Wellington and in particularly educating young people through the Huili/Wellington values and identities. He loves living in Hangzhou. He feels this is a great opportunity to develop his teaching skills with some of the greatest students in the world and to collaborate with some of the best teachers from around the globe.
Lynn completed her master’s degree at Nanjing Normal University, specialising in geography and education. Before her postgraduate education, she joined in Teach for China and taught geography as a volunteer teacher in Heqing No.2 middle school for two years, which exercised her communication skills and teaching skills greatly. In her spare time, she often did home visits, sometimes it took her three or four hours to climb the mountains. She is a nationally certified secondary school geography teacher with nine years teaching experience and worked in another international school in Hangzhou before joining the Huili family. Two years ago, she took part in an IB workshop and had been awarded a certificate of completion. Her hobbies are reading, traveling and baking.
Josh Batters graduated from Melbourne Polytechnic with an Advanced Diploma in Music Performance. Following this, he completed a Bachelor of Arts – Music Industry from RMIT, (Royal Melbourne Institute of Tafe.)
He has performed and taught guitar for many years and is committed to providing a practical ‘hands on’ musical experience, that allows student to learn about the elements of music through playing and practicing a variety of instruments and providing opportunities for them to develop as performers.
Josh also worked in the commercial radio industry, both as a presenter and a producer, in a number of capital cities across Australia. He spent 12 months teaching kindergarten children in Fukushima Japan where he developed a love of travel, teaching, and living in another culture. Upon returning home, he completed a Graduate Diploma of Primary teaching at Deakin University and embarked upon a career in education, owing to his love of learning and a desire to nuture and inspire. Josh has over seven years of experience teaching at primary school level in a variety of roles.
Josh believes that music is unique in its ability both to transcend language barriers, in a bilingual environment, and also promote the learning of new languages. Josh is enthusiastic about his role at Huili School Hangzhou, which combines his two passions – music and teaching – and is committed to achieving the best outcomes for all students.
In his spare time, he loves playing guitar, discovering the secrets of Zhejiang and beyond and being in the outdoors with his wife and two young sons.
Grace Bouwers graduated from Brunel University, London, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education with Physical Education as her speciality. After 4 years of PE teaching, coaching and pastoral experience in inner London Hackney, she was motivated to make the move to Huili School, Hangzhou. Her pedagogy focuses on a student centered approach to learning through guided discovery and encouraging students to be the best they can be. Her research has focused on the value and emphasis on cooperation and self competition in PE and sport. As a result of this her area of expertise is outdoor education, in particular orienteering. Grace is passionate about the great outdoors and believes the best classroom and the richest cupboard is roofed only with the sky. Risk and challenge are the best catalyst for learning and immersing students in such environments allows powerful development intellectually, physically, spiritually, socially and morally. The very nature of this will prepare our students for challenge, adversity and make them better leaders and collaborators of tomorrow. I hope that here in Hangzhou we can inspire a love of learning through challenge, risk taking, problem solving and most of all teamwork. When not teaching she loves to embraces outdoor pursuits and is an active skier, hiker and cyclist. When living in the UK she competed at South East/West championship level for both London Welsh and Hampstead ladies Rugby Union as a scrumhalf. Now playing for Hangzhou Harlequins she trains and competes in tournaments around China. She also loves to travel and immerse herself in new cultures, traditions and most importantly, food!
Nathan Witter has been a Primary School class teacher for the past three years in London, specialising in both Physical Education and Science.
He has a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention as well as a Master’s degree in Strength and Conditioning from Middlesex University, London. Before Nathan obtained his PGCE in Primary Education from St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, he worked alongside top athletes and professional football clubs to improve athletic performance.
Promoting healthy yet active lifestyles to children, is one of the fundamental reasons why Nathan chose a career in education. Which is further supported through his ten-year experience, coaching children from Primary to Secondary level.
He is an individual that uses all of his professional strategies, to ensure that he teaches children with imaginative and highly enthusiastic lesson approaches. Nathan believes that through fully engaging children, he can produce independent and secure learners.
Nathan has an immense passion for all sports, especially football, rugby and mixed martial arts, in which he has previously practiced at a competitive level. He has an interest in travelling and finding out about other cultures, as well as applying his experiences to further develop and inspire himself both personally and professionally.
As well as wanting to motivate and broaden the knowledge of Physical Education to the children of Wellington College Hangzhou, Nathan is delighted to be given the opportunity and challenge, to gain new life and teaching experiences in China.
Mr. Yi graduated from Shanghai University of Sport, he majored in elite swimming training and he has gained a huge amount of experience coaching and working alongside professional athletes. His second major is tennis，and he has huge enthusiasm about that sport. Ares has a strong and impressive background in aquatics and as a competitor Ares gained a national title in the 100m breast stroke and a silver medal in the 400m individual medley as the national level sportsman. Since pursuing a career in coaching he has gained a national certificate in swimming coaching and also in life guarding from the Shangahi swimming institute. Before taking up the post of aquatics coach at Wellington Hangzhou, Ares was a lifeguard and swimming coach at Disney Land, Florida in the USA. Ares has made the first swimming perform ace squad at Hangzhou Wellinton school and he is very much looking forward to developing all swimmers at Wellington but is particularly driven to boost the profile of the College at national or international competitions.
He really enjoys sharing his life experiences, especially in sports, to inspire children and young people in establishing their own distinguished attitude towards sport. Ares believes sport can, and will, make children happier by embracing physical fitness, personal development and a greater sense of team spirit.
Miss Caron Hou, holds a Master of Sports Education and is a former chief coach of the Singapore National Synchronized Swimming Team. She possesses the FINA’s（Fédération Internationale de Natation Association) qualification of coach and referee for synchronized swimming and won the title of best honorable coach awarded by Singapore Sports Council. She is currently a national referee in China.
She has been studying ballet since she was five years old. She was selected to enter the Tianjin Synchronized Swimming Team. From then on, she began her water ballet career. In her swimming life of nearly 30 years, whether alone or as part of the team she has strived to attain brilliant achievements.
She is willing to let more children enjoy the charm of synchronized swimming, and hopes to pass on the artistic temperament and sports spirit of synchronized swimming to every child!
Mr. Leif Raiha graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Art and Art History and holds a diploma from Sheridan College. He completed his Bachelor of Education at Nipissing University. Leif also holds additional qualifications in Senior Visual Arts and Special Education. Leif taught in Canada and South Korea before coming to China to teach at the Canadian International School in Kunshan, undertaking various curriculum responsibilities including Technology, Science, and Art & Design in addition to his role as IB Coordinator. He then took a position as Head of Art at Kaiwen Academy in Haidian District Beijing, establishing the department, and developing curriculum and enrichment programs. In his free time, Leif enjoys exploring. Traveling and hiking around China affords plentiful opportunities for drawing and photography, and to experience culture and cuisine.
Primary Visual Art teacher, Mr. Lucas, is based in Somerset in the South West of England and has over 20 years’ experience working as a subject specialist, junior class teacher, EFL instructor and ‘A’ level Art and Design teacher both in the UK and abroad. This is his first time working in China, although he spent 3 years as a Primary Art teacher in a school in Kuwait, preceded by another year as Year 5 class teacher at another school in the same country. After completing a Fine Art degree in the early 1990s, Mr. Lucas worked in exhibition design for some years before joining the teaching profession. He still produces his own art work and is particularly fascinated by the use of alternative photographic processes as a means of visual expression. Outside of the world of work and art, Mr. Lucas’ main passion is adventure cycling; having explored many exotic and wild locations on two wheels.
Robert Fryer is from the UK and qualified with an honour’s degree in Countryside Management from Glasgow University. He is from the West coast of Scotland, has been married for 15 years and has 2 children. Robert previously worked as a Countryside ranger for a few years before deciding to do his Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in 2006 – 2007. After qualifying Robert taught in England before he and his family moved back to Scotland. Robert worked for the Scottish Government as an Active Schools Co-ordinator, organizing activities, for schools, related to the Commonwealth games.
Robert is talented at computing and has amassed many qualifications in this field. He was IT Co-ordinator at one of his previous schools and in 2014 Robert and his family moved to Qatar to work for Newton British Academy. This was a brand-new school and Robert setup the Primary and Secondary IT departments for 1700 students. He worked at Newton for 4 years and advanced to become Learning Technology & MIS Coordinator. Robert believes it is essential to have a talent for fostering a child’s appetite for learning and for motivating them through enthusiastic, imaginative presentation, particularly with use of current computing technologies. He advocates that students must develop their curiosity, creativity, communication skills and critical thinking skills to excel in the modern world.
Robert really enjoys coding and robotics and previously took students to compete in interschool and National competitions. Robert also enjoys the countryside, was a scout leader for 3 years and is a keen sailor. He particularly enjoys watching F1, cooking, reading, swimming and is excited about exploring new technologies available at Huili and Wellington Colleges.
Lucy has worked as a primary teacher for the past 5 years in both the UK and Egypt. Lucy qualified as a primary school teacher in 2014 after completing her PGCE in Primary and Special Educational Needs at the University of East London. Prior to completing her PGCE Lucy attended Liverpool John Moores University where she graduated in Sports Development and Inclusive Education.
Before qualifying as a teacher Lucy worked as a sports coach in both London and Lincolnshire coaching sport to children who had special educational needs including physical and behavioural needs, in particular cerebral palsy and autism.
In 2014 Lucy travelled to Egypt to work in an international school teaching Grade 3 students with English as an additional language. After one year she then moved to the Physical Education Department working with the lower primary and foundation stage. Working with children of all abilities and ages has given Lucy a real insight to the progress children can make from the first day they join a school.
In her spare time Lucy is a keen sports woman where she enjoys playing and coaching both rugby and football. Before moving internationally Lucy used to play semi professional football, however gave this up to become a teacher. When Lucy was in Egypt she met her future husband, who encouraged her to try rugby and this is where she discovered a love for the sport and became the local girl’s coach as well as a playing member of the adult’s team. Lucy believes that sport has helped her become a more resilient and understanding person, which is something she would like to pass onto the children she teaches.
Joyce graduated from Jiangnan University with a degree with distinction in advertising. Later she completed her master’s degree with merit at the University of York, specialising in Social Research. Five years ago, she found her great passion in education after working as a volunteer English teacher in Qiannan and joining the TFC (Teach for China) program in Yunnan. Her overseas learning and various rural and urban work experiences have provided her with flexibility in working in a diverse community. She has experience in both local and international school. She has taught children of different backgrounds and of different ages from 9 years to 15 years. She believes that the best teacher inspires. Everyone can benefit from appreciating the differences of others. Before Wellington, she worked as a Coach Mentor in HZCIS, where she co-created one English book with her junior high students within one year of boarding experience.
Outside the classroom, she always designs and shares her new projects with people around her. She enjoys writing, drawing and traveling. She believes that to share is to love. The happiest thing for her is to share and connect with the students around her.
Ms Jane Xia received her Master’s Degree from Sun Yat-sen University, majoring in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. She has devoted several years to the research on genetic diversity and to the conservation of living marine resources. Due to her excellent academic performance, she was awarded a number of honours and awards, including the National scholarship of China. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Biology Science from Nanjing Normal University which is famous for teaching students to be good teachers.
She has the National High School Teacher certificate. She has a great passion for teaching, and has experiences of being tutor for overseas students. For now she works as a Teaching Assistant and Maths cover teacher in Huili School Hangzhou. She wishes to use her patience and guidance to help students to build solid scientific literacy and logical knowledge structure.
Lynn is a highly motivated educator. Her aim is to be a lifelong learner, Lynn is dedicated to using her professionalism to prepare future generations to thrive within an ever-changing global society. Before pursuing postgraduate studies with Monash University, Lynn had a repertoire of employment experience both as a Chinese language teacher and classroom teacher with Shanghai United International School. While ensuring the cognitive development of students, Lynn especially paid attention to the uniqueness of each individual and developed a dynamic classroom environment of innovation and collaboration. After working for six years, Lynn had decided to further enhance the critical thinking and analytical skills which are fundamental to research-based education. Lynn completed her Master’s Degree at Monash University with a specialisation in educational leadership. The theoretical grounding together with the practical experiences will allow her to continue growing as the innovative educator that she strives to be.
Theresa Wang, Teaching Assistant at Huili School Hangzhou, currently works with Grades 2A and 3A. Before she joined Huili, she had been working as a Coach Mentor in Chinese International School Hangzhou for one year. She improved her understanding of international education. Before that, she worked as a volunteer teacher in the rural district of Yunnan province for two years, one year to teach Chinese and another year for English. She has experience of teaching in primary school for two years and also has a passion for education. She has a Primary Teaching Certificate in Chinese.
Miss Wang graduated from Beijing Language and Culture University in 2014, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages.
She loves travelling and once spent half of a year exploring news places. Exercising plays a huge role in her life, such as running and playing badminton. Reading is also her hobby.
Will Xu graduated from Wuhan University of Technology with a Bachelor Degree in Material Shaping and Control Engineering. He also recieved a Teaching Certificate in Junior High Mathematics.
He signed on as a Teach For China teacher after graduation, teaching in a Junior High School in Dali Yunnan for two years. For Will, he feels that being a teacher is really suitable for him and he enjoys the time with the pupils. He has also found he can develop a long-term relationship with students naturally, acting as a friend and mentor to them. He has also worked as a Coaching Mentor at Chinese International School Hong Kong (Hangzhou Centre). He has had first-hand experience at not only witnessing but also participating in how positive education is incorporated into the everyday life of students. He also actively involved himself in supporting students in learning at CISHZ which enabled him to get familiar with teaching and learning in an international context.
He believes that every child has the potential to grow into a unique and independent individual. He will strive to discover children’s strengths and provide the appropriate environment for them to develop.
Emma graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2018 where she received a Master’s Degree in Education. Her major is Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. The two years learning in America changed tremendously her mind about English teaching in various perspectives, which generated her passion in education. She firmly believes that English teaching should not be restricted to language forms and meaning, but more importantly, the use of English in people’s real lives. In America, Emma had taught at a senior centre for one year and supported Bangladesh primary students with their homework at an English learning organization. The overseas learning experience not only equiped her with advanced theories and approaches in English teaching, but also enriched her teaching experience with students in various ages and backgrounds. She had also worked as a teaching assistant in New Oriental, a language training organization in China, where she gained skills in effective communication with both students and parents.
In her spare time, Emma likes cooking, baking and listening to music. She also enjoys bicycling with friends. The views on the way and the happiness after long-distance riding helps Emma release pressure and give her great relaxation.
Kiko Wang completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Zhejiang University of Technology, majoring in Chinese Language and Literature.
After her graduation, she worked in Hangzhou New Oriental School as a primary school maths teacher. In addition to teaching textbook knowledge, she coached children in the maths Olympiad. She once won the second prize in a teaching skills competition held by Hangzhou New Oriental School and she was the spokesman of BAI RI XING DONG PAI, an activity organized by Hangzhou New Oriental School to encourage students to stick to good habits. She has a National Primary School Math Teacher Certification.
Kiko enjoys jogging and swimming. She has studied traditional Chinese calligraphy for about 5 years. She also has great passion for the play.
Francesca completed her Master’s Degree at Nankai University, majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. In 2017, she worked as a Chinese language teacher in one of the confucius classrooms in Colombia, where she was responsible for the whole year Mandarin course of the third grade. During this working period, she also organized various activities which were related to traditional Chinese culture, such as Chinese talent club, Chines Day , Chinese Bridge for secondery students and so on. This acdemic backgroud and overseas teaching experience provided her with her current skills and a deep understanding of education.
In her spare time, Francesca loves reading, she thinks that habit is vital for keeping her mentally active. She also practices caligraphy regulary, which is a good way for her to get inner peace. If there is a long holiday, she would like to travel around and soak herself in different cultures.
Bowen Zhu（Zoe） completed her Master’s Degree at the University of Nottingham under the full State Scholarship Fund, specializing in Film & Television and Screen industries. She has also been educated by Nanjing Institute of Arts for Arts undergraduate qualifications. She has rich experience from living in different countries during her student’s life. She was chosen to be an exchange student at King’s College London by JiangSu Government in her sophomore year and Korean Chonbuk National University at her third year of her University life. She has taken part in many experiences, such as radio anchor, travel experimenter, Volunteer of the International Film Festival and member of the Malaysia Turtle Conservation Organization. She is adventurous and energetic and especially crazy about traveling. She has been to fifteen countries, and her graduation design ‘ Valley in the ocean’ (which was filmed in Semporna) has won many domestic and International awards.
Before her postgraduate education, she worked as an English tutor for IELTS examination in Nanjing Longre English training school. She also has experience in Art training. She is happy to be a child’s witness on the road to their growth.
Iris Wang graduated from the University of Bristol, UK with a degree in Psychology of Education. Thanks to her overseas education, she has developed a deep understanding of the differences between education in the west and in China. In her graduation dissertation, she surveyed the factors that strongly affect Chinese students’ ability to think critically, discussing the differences between Chinese virtue-oriented learning and western task-oriented learning in detail. She firmly believes that the Chinese education system should incorporate the best features of the western model in order to facilitate student development.
Before her postgraduate studies, she worked as an early education instructor at Gymboree, during which time she developed a profound appreciation for the happy learning concept and the use of lively activities when teaching. Only interesting classes can stimulate children’s curiosity and attention, during which full-time participation can be achieved to promote children’s progress.