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.
Zoe has been working in education for over 20 years and has her Master of Education Degree from Suzhou University.
Throughout her career, Zoe has worked in a variety of locations, both within China and in America. She has taught students from a multitude of different backgrounds and has led classrooms in both Chinese and English for students from grades 1 to 12. These experiences have been essential in sculpting her perspective on international education and ways to integrate students from different backgrounds and cultures into a collaborative classroom.
For the last several years, Zoe has been responsible for the administration of two different international schools, including overseeing the PYP application and authorization process. She has also overseen the implementation of the Model Design, a program designed to increase communication and collaboration between administrators, educators and parents.
Outside of education, Zoe is an avid reader and enjoys opportunities to immerse herself in different cultures and experiences. She has had the privilege of visiting several countries and experiencing multiple educational models.
Zoe is a passionate educator and believes that communication, collaboration and inclusiveness are three of the most important aspects of a successful school. By incorporating all members of the educational structure, and by giving voice and agency to each, she believes she will be able to create the best environment for growth for her students and staff.
Laura worked as a Senior Deputy Head for 3 years, having previously held roles of Senior Teacher, Head of department and specialist Science teacher within Hertfordshire, England. After being awarded a distinction in her Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Laura taught secondary science before taking on the challenge of completing a Graduate Certificate in Chemistry Education, enabling her to teach both Biology and Chemistry to A-Level.
Laura later took on a role at a preparatory school and completed her level 3 Forest School Leaders qualification and implemented the concept of Forest School within the curriculum from Reception to year 6. Her passion for the outdoors was utilised in helping to set up forest school toddlers groups and also working with other schools within the county to develop their own outdoor curriculum. She strongly promotes the use of the outdoors to inspire pupils to explore beyond their own perimeters, gaining a sense of self and independence.
Having had a broad view of the education system from 4 to 18 years, Laura has gained knowledge and expertise in understanding the progression of a child’s learning journey. She strongly values key characteristics, such as resilience, that can be developed through education and enable children to reach their potential. With a previous career in the Mental Health team, Laura is acutely aware of the importance of positive mental health and pastoral care within education and strives to ensure that every child under her care is equipped with the necessary skills to ensure a positive and bright future.
Laura has always enjoyed challenging herself, both physically and academically. She has successfully completed the London Marathon and has recently started learning how to play the saxophone. In her spare time, Laura enjoys travelling with her family, experiencing the variety of cultures and environments that the world offers.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Philip started his career as an International Trampoline Gymnast, training amongst elite squads and competing internationally. He then moved into the education sector; his most recent position being Head of Year at Charters School in Sunningdale, UK. Prior to this, Philip was Subject Lead for Music Technology and Head of House. He also has a history of working in the music industry and as a recording artist.
Philip completed his master’s degree in Musicology at the University of Surrey. His undergraduate degree, also from the University of Surrey, was in in Music and Business. Further to this, he has a PGCE in Secondary Music from the University of Reading. Through his former sporting career, Philip obtained a level 5 HPCC coaching qualification and coached gymnasts to GB representation. A keen leader, Philip has also completed a number of managerial training programmes, some of his most recent courses include analysing data, neurolinguistic programming and unconscious gender bias.
Philip’s personal interests lay in three dominant areas: music, sport and travel. Formally a signed artist with Universal Records, he keeps his passion for music alive through his work as a composer for Felt Music during his free time. He is a keen sport enthusiastic and enjoys playing team sports, such as badminton, alongside independent leisure activities, such as off-road mountain bike riding. He likes a challenge and in recent years he has successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro twice, summited Mount Toubkal, completed a Tough Mudder race, been diving with great white sharks, skydived, and completed an aerobatic wing walking flight. His passion for travel has taken him and his family around the world, from the suburbs of Buenos Aires, to the deserts of Jordan, to the remote islands of Laos.
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.
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.
Penny worked as a Chinese literature and social studies teacher for three years after she graduated with a Master of East Asian Literature and Culture degree at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA. She also has Senior High School Chinese Teacher Certificate.
Penny’s professional background provided her with a solid foundation in social study teaching. Her experiences of studying and working in an international environment enables her to respect various cultures and values, and she works well with staff and pupils from diverse backgrounds.
As a social studies teacher, she has a great passion for history, literature and philosophy, and she is good at inspiring students in class. It has been very rewarding for her to see students grow more and more confident as they begin to inquire, investigate, analyze, reason and reflect both in and outside of the class. She believes that rather than practicing and memorizing skills, social studies aims to develop students’ critical and creative thinking skills and allows them to recognize and respect their own culture and diverse cultures in a global context.
In her spare time, Penny likes sports and hiking. Regular sporting and other extracurricular activities enrich her life and make her become a more balanced and risk-taking person.
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.
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.
Lily Wang graduated from Hubei University majoring in Teaching Chinese To Speakers of Other Language. After graduation, she taught at a famous IB International School in Guangdong for three years, and then at an international school in Wuhan for one year. Thanks to the teaching experience in international schools, she does not stick to the traditional teaching mode, and likes to try different methods, hoping that children can get a better learning experience. In daily life, she pays attention to the relationship with children, teachers and friends with children. She pays attention to the cultivation of daily behavior and learning habits and strives to guide children to become independent and introspective people. She believes that “there must be a teacher for three people” and is committed to becoming a lifelong learner.
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 .
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.
Xu Jiahui graduated from the University of Hong Kong with the Master of Education Degree. Her major is Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (IB Program). She graduated from Zhejiang Normal University with a bachelor’s degree. Xu Jiahui has a National Chinese Teaching Certificate, a National English Teaching Certificate, as well as the IB Teaching Certificate. When she was in Hong Kong, she had the chance to be an Intern IB MYP Chinese Teacher in the Independent Schools Foundation in Hong Kong. She also worked as a research assistant in CACLER within the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong.
Xu Jiahui worked as Bilingual Teacher in an international school in Shenzhen, and in a private school in Hangzhou. She focuses on improving students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills. In her free time, she likes music and dance.
Mr. Ken Du obtained his Master’s Degree from Stanford University, majoring in Education with an emphasis on teaching Mandarin. Mr. Du has also got the California single subject teaching certificate in Mandarin and California English Learner Authorization. After graduating from Stanford, Mr. Du started working at American Canyon High School in San Francisco and helped his school district build its first Mandarin program in the area. Within only two years, he was able to double the enrollment and recruit another teacher to expand the Mandarin department. During his four years of teaching, Mr. Du has focused on Project Based Learning and his successful experience in this area earned him the nomination for Teacher of the Year for Napa Valley Unified School District in 2017. Before attending Stanford, Mr. Du worked at New Oriental English School for two years, he taught TOEFL, GRE and GMAT classes to students aged 12-25. During his second year in college, Mr. Du participated in the Disney International College Program organized by Montclair State University and studied business there for six months, which has deepened his understanding of American culture and international cooperation culture. Mr. Du is glad to join the Huili family this year and is looking forward to working with everyone to foster better Huili students!
Nina Ma graduated from Shanxi 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 initiative and become independent learners.
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
Sharon has worked as a primary school teacher for the past 4 years. One year was in the Sunflower Trilingual School of Thailand and the other three years were in the Hangzhou Yinhu Elementary School. Sharon worked as a Chinese teacher and as a homeroom teacher.
Sharon received two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Chinese Literature and one in Finance, from Xi’an Jiaotong University. She also successfully earned the certificate for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages, issued by the Confucius Institute Headquarters after graduating from Beijing Normal University.
Abundant experience teaching Chinese in different environments allows Sharon to know, respect and embrace cultural diversity. There are three keys elements which make her popular among the children: deep understanding of children’s psychology, interesting and inspiring classes, and patience for developing children’s confidence.
Sharon believes that education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire. With this idea in mind, she devotes herself to triggering children’s curiosity in exploring the world and developing enthusiasm and habits of study by encouraging them to question, reason and research. She herself has been researching how to foster children’s healthy and stable emotions and a range of good behavioral habits which has proved effective.
Outside of school Sharon is a calligraphy enthusiast. She believes that immersing herself in calligraphy can produce a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. She won the second prize of the teachers’ calligraphy contest in 2019. Also, she has always taken part in outdoor exercises such as hiking, swimming, and mountain climbing. She is always open to taking up new challenges.
Sharon believes that actions speak louder than words. She’d like to be an example for good actions and she takes every opportunity to influence children to become well-rounded individuals.
It is an honor for Sharon to join Huili School Hangzhou – the best place to brainstorm and have cultural exchange. Let’s shine together at this amazing Huili community!
Susie Su graduated from Shanghai Normal University with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature. She earned her MA from Newcastle University in the UK, specializing in Education: International Perspectives (Teaching and Learning). During this time, she gained experience in the UK state sector with a particular interest in P4C and Critical Thinking. In addition, Susie holds a Mandarin Teaching certificate, and, with her local and international qualifications and experience, she is looking forward to the new opportunities at Huili.
Chinese is a such beautiful language for Susie, and it is the utmost importance for any child to love, understand and feel pride in their own culture, as well as appreciating other cultures. Passing on her passion for Chinese Language to her students has always been Susie’s goal as a teacher.
In her spare time, Susie enjoys reading. She particularly enjoys Chinese folk stories, as well as other forms of Chinese literature, and pedagogical books to improve her own teaching.
Susie is looking forward to working as part of the teaching team at Huili and taking her teaching career further for the benefit of her students. Huili’s emphasis on holistic education for each individual student presents an exciting opportunity for Susie to provide the very best education for her students.
Theresa Wang, 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.
Aaron has taught full time for 2 Years in Kuwait, Middle East as a Design and Technology Teacher after completing a 4 Year BSc (Hons) Product Design Degree and a 1 Year PGCE in Essex, England. Before beginning his PGCE, he was on a Train to Teach course in Essex, employed as an Unqualified Teacher for 18 Months.
During his short teaching career, Aaron has taught a range of subjects within Art and Design: Art, Electronics, Graphics, Resistant Materials, Product Design, Textiles, Embedded Intelligence and Systems & Control. This has allowed him to develop his teaching in various disciplines.
As a newly qualified teacher, Aaron has helped with updating curriculum projects and introducing new projects in both his previous schoolsincluding Electronic Phone Stands & Picture Frames, 3D Printed Phone Accessories, Graphical Projects and Initiative Design for Sound Docks.
In Aaron’s spare time he follows a range of sport, participating in golf and football. He is hoping to get involved with golf in China and hopes to be able to help student golfers develop their own ability, having played at county and national level. He is also looking at getting involved with national competitions for Design and Technology to develop the involvement/participation in the subject and look at advancing technologies.
Aaron is excited to start a new adventure at Wellington College Hangzhou and hopes to bring his passion for Design and Technology to the school with imaginative and innovative projects to get all students involved and enthusiastic about the subject. Moving to China is a fantastic opportunity for Aaron and he cannot wait to experience the culture and get involved with the local communities.
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.
As someone with a long-standing interest in working with young people, Alex made the leap into teaching in 2010 and has nine years of varied, invaluable experience working with different cohorts.
Having studied a BA Honours in Marketing and Advertising at the University of the Arts London between 2003-2006, his initial experience with young people came in the form of a part-time holiday job as a Playworker working with children who had learning difficulties and disabilities. It would be this experience which would eventually lead him into teaching. After completing his BA Honours, Alex used his marketing and business skills by working for a couple of notable charities in London but always felt like he could make a greater impact. This led to him being employed by East Surrey College where his teaching journey began.
Alex started his teaching role as a Youth Engagement Lecturer, specialising in teaching a range of subjects to disengaged young people aged between 15-19. Subjects included Maths, English, Business, Life Skills and Sport. He obtained his teaching qualification, The Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) and Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS), alongside his day-to-day teaching. He was responsible for creating, branding and teaching on a suite of specialist programmes which gained an excellent reputation for their ability to re-engage young people who were at risk of falling away from the education system. This enhanced his passion for the value of education and the rewarding results inspired him and led to him being promoted to the role of Youth Engagement Coordinator where he added management expertise to his skillset.
In 2017 Alex moved away from his role as Youth Engagement Coordinator and found a new internal position as a Special Needs Lecturer/Course Leader where he returned to working with young people with disabilities and learning difficulties, enjoying two of the most fulfilling years of his career and helping students make extraordinary strides in their progress. He says that the positivity and determination of these students would just drive him to perform even better. Alex has gained a reputation for empowering his students, encouraging independence through exploratory learning and giving them a huge sense of self-worth and confidence.
Although he is able to turn his hand to many subjects, Alex holds a particular passion for English and the importance of this subject is demonstrated in his personal life. Alex is a journalist for a music magazine and has written and performed spoken word poetry. Away from work he is fiercely passionate about music, enjoys DJing and loves travelling to explore and absorb new cultures.
The opportunity to join Huili School Hangzhou brings together these interests and he is excited to contribute to the impressive set of values that set the standard for the learning environment. He looks forward to meeting his new students and helping them to discover new possibilities and renewed aspirations for their educational and personal futures.
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.
Angy started her career in education in London five years ago, after completing her Postgraduate degree in education with a specialism in foreign languages from Goldsmiths University of London. Over the years she has been very fortunate to work with children of a wide age range, allowing her to obtain a deep understanding of the academic evolution of a child from their beginnings in primary school, to being ready for that next step into secondary school.
Over the course of her career Angy has experienced teaching in different school settings, from schools for children with special educational needs to an international bilingual school in northern Italy. She is proud to say that this exposure to different educational settings has given her the oportunity to increase her repertoire of teaching tools and strategies, as well as how to put them in practice to ensure the content of lessons reaches the different learning styles in her classroom.
One of Angy’s biggest passions is to understand the different styles of learning presented in a given group of children. She has been trained by The National Autistic Society in London on the implementation of different strategies and tools in the classroom that can assist with teaching children as individuals. It is very important to her that a child has the oportunity to share their strengths in a subject, all the while being positively encouraged to find the passion to improve in areas where they need support.
In her spare time Angy enjoys joining sporting events with different charities. She has competed in a half marathon, a few 15K runs and a couple of bike riding challenges to help raise funds for Cancer Research, among other charities. She likes to set challenges for herself and has recently taken up martial arts classes with her son; they have both now received their Yellow Belt certification in Taekwondo. Angy believes that to inspire children, there needs to be an element of self motivation and passion for goals, only then can this energy be transmitted to the children so they can achieve anything.
Angy is looking forward to joining the Wellington College International Hangzhou team, where a fantastic year lays ahead, full of oportunities to guide children into becoming outstanding global citizens ready to take on any challenge that may come their way.
Carina joined Huili School Hangzhou in 2018. She completed her Master’s Degree with honours from Hong Kong Baptist University. Her major was English Language Study with a focus on English literature and second language acquisition. She has presided over and participated in several research programmes, such as Introducing Literature Reading into English Teaching – A Research on Writing Teaching and Establish Critical Thinking in English Teaching. With a profound understanding in the interactive role of teaching and research, Carina never ceased self-reflection and has updated her teaching methods and strategies through her research.
Beside teaching TOFEL and English picture books, Carina has years of experience in teaching English to high school students and served as a class teacher as well. Over the years, she worked with children of a wild age range, allowing her to obtain a deep understanding of the nature of second language acquisition and learning strategy. Her excellent management skills helped her class win the honour of Outstanding Class in Hangzhou. Worked in Wellington College International Hangzhou, she has discovered the advantages of Chinese and western teaching and aimed to apply them into her teaching in this bilingual teaching environment.
Carina sincerely hopes to help students develop into a better version of themselves through qualified teaching both academically and beyond, also to be prepared for future learning and life. She is ready to listen and offer help to students and work with parents to build an inspired and happy learning environment. Carina is determined to work with her students, colleagues and Huili School Hangzhou together.
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.
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’.
Grace Arnstein graduated from the University of Birmingham with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Whilst studying, Grace volunteered at a local children’s hospice supporting the social, emotional and educational development of children with life-limiting illnesses and their siblings.
This volunteer work continued as Grace completed her PGCE with QTS at Birmingham City University and throughout her first teaching post at a Walsall primary school where she taught Years 2 and 5 during her time there.
Grace’s interest in providing education tailored to the individual, with a particular focus on special educational needs, continued to develop as she took on a teaching post as Grade 2 class teacher and English teacher for Grades 1-4 at an international primary school in Romania. During her time in Romania, Grace developed and implemented a cross-curricular learning program which enabled children to make links between subjects and deepen their understanding. Whilst living and working in Romania, Grace volunteered at a charity working with vulnerable young people at risk of human trafficking. Here Grace focused on encouraging the beneficiaries to continue with their education, mentoring them through a variety of difficult situations and providing English lessons to support their school work and broaden their horizons.
As a curious and inquisitive learner herself, Grace creates learning environments which allow children to explore, self-direct and take risks when learning thereby encouraging her students to develop a fascination and interest in a range of topics as well as the world around them.
From a young age, Grace has been enthusiastic about theatre and performing arts and has previously performed in a variety of productions. At university, she became involved in rock climbing and yoga and has continued to participate in such activities when she is able to do so.
Grace is looking forward to joining the team at Wellington College Hangzhou and is confident that she will inspire and be inspired by her students during her time here.
Learning is for life and life is for learning.
It is this belief which Helen embodies through her commitment to continually improving her pedagogy. Awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Youth Work by the University of Brighton, she then studied a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with Goldsmiths, University of London before completing her Master of Arts Degree in Education at the University of Nottingham. Inspired by her dissertation topic on improving reading comprehension in preparatory students, she decided to undertake her Doctorate in Education with the University of Glasgow which ensures she is conversant with the prevailing global educational developments and adopts and adapts these to meet the desideratum of the students in her classes.
Helen has had the privilege of working in the international private education sector for five years since gaining her Qualified Teaching Status from the University of Reading. The opportunity of working in culturally diverse countries has given Helen an appreciation for celebrating different cultures as well as developing her understanding of being a global citizen. Initially Helen worked in Lanzarote in the Canary Islands as a primary teacher and international school trip leader. A strong believer in holistic education, Helen worked with the students and their parents to fundraise for the trip, ensuring they were consulted on key decisions related to this residential experience. This is important to Helen as she believes the role of educators is not simply to teach academics, but also to prepare students through heuristic experiences with the confidence, transferable skills, resilience and knowledge to enable them to become successful, active citizens in the world of tomorrow.
Helen moved to Bangalore, India to teach in an international boarding school as a Mathematics Subject Leader, a role which she thoroughly enjoyed. In this position she re-wrote the Maths curriculum for the primary years, as her research into the inherited regime demonstrated the outcomes being taught to the students were not sufficiently challenging. Helen believes the teaching of Maths needs to include a significant amount of problem solving, reasoning, and real-life contextual work from a young age so students are able to connect what they are learning inside the classroom to the world in which they live. In this role Helen also placed a large emphasis on dialogic marking, providing students with the opportunity to reflect upon their work and give their teachers a greater understanding of what they feel about different concepts, enabling teachers to be able to tailor work to meet the epistemic needs of each individual student. In this position Helen also had the opportunity to organise and participate in extra-curricular activities and events for the boarding students during evenings and weekends.
In her spare time Helen thoroughly enjoys running, partaking in charity running events including one recently in India to raise money for dementia. She also thoroughly enjoys travelling to new countries, exploring different cultures, and scuba diving.
Helen is very excited about joining the Wellington College Hangzhou team with its values and mission whilst continuing to develop her professional practice in an environment which encourages and advocates a love of learning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Samuel attained a BA in English Literature from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, in England. He also successfully achieved a PGCE from Sunderland University. Samuel has eight years of experience teaching in primary schools.
Samuel is from Leeds, England and has happily lived in China for nine years with his wife Li. He has had broad experience teaching in local and private schools in Shanghai. He began teaching conversational English to grades 4 and 5 in PengPuXinChun number 1 school, as well as teaching science in privately owned Chinese schools. Samuel joined international teaching in 2013 when he became a teacher at Shanghai United International School (XieHe). Samuel moved to Wellington College International Shanghai in 2016, as a year 3 teacher.
Samuel has enjoyed many years teaching English and IPC in primary. He believes learning should be engaging, challenging and always rewarding. Along with having a love of teaching, Samuel has often been recognized as having outstanding pastoral care for his pupils, and will go to great lengths to support their development. Samuel has also been a boarding house tutor at Wellington College International Shanghai for the previous two years.
Samuel enjoys driving and has had a number of holidays on the road, recently travelling around New Zealand and Wales. He has a love of travelling which has grown during his time in China. During his travels, Samuel has found a love of photography and enjoys capturing scenery and architecture.
Samuel is proud to continue his teaching career by joining Wellington College Hangzhou.
After completing a 4 year B.Ed (Hons.) degree at Leicester University, Wayne has worked in Primary schools for 27 years in both teaching and managerial posts. Since 2004, he has been working in international schools, with the past 3 years spent teaching in a Primary school in Nanjing, China. Working in a range of different settings, with such a diverse membership of both staff and pupils, has deepened his appreciation of the positive impact that cultural differences have in an educational setting.
As a Primary specialist, Wayne has helped research, develop and implement programs in all areas of the National Curriculum across all age groups, and has a particular enthusiasm for using music and song in his daily teaching of children with English as a Second Language. One of his greatest rewards is seeing these children grow more and more confident with their speaking.
Along with learning English as a Second Language, Wayne’s other passion is Philosophy for Children (P4C), which is well known for its positive effects on children’s emotional awareness and thinking skills.
From a very early age Wayne has always enjoyed learning languages, something he regularly puts to use when travelling. He is bilingual, speaking both Spanish and English, and is eager to develop his Chinese further.
In his spare time he loves to travel, read the newspaper, and go for long walks with his family and two dogs.
Wayne is very excited to be joining Huili School Hangzhou and is looking forward to working with staff, parents and children within the Wellington community.
After completing a History degree at Swansea University (Wales), Dan was elected to the role of Athletic Union President where he led a union of over 3,000 student athletes. This enabled Dan to secure his first role within a school as he was appointed Wellingborough School’s first Sports Graduate Assistant. Dan completed his PGCE in the South West of England through the University of Gloucestershire which led to his first teaching role at Swanbourne House School. During the last five years, Dan has been Head of History and an active member of the Games department. In addition to his head of department role, Dan was assistant Head of Boarding and acted as temporary Head of Religious Studies.
Alongside Dan’s classroom based work, he has organised many trips to historical areas of interest and he has planned and carried out historical re-enactments for over 250 pupils and staff. One of these re-enactments was based on the Spanish Armada’s perilous voyage around the UK. From above you could see the outline of the UK painted on to the field, with the crescent moon formation of one year group being pursued in formation by other pupils pretending to be English ships, armed with water soakers. He is looking forward to finding out about the local history of Hangzhou and of Zhejiang province.
Sport, travel and dining are activities that Dan thoroughly enjoys and he hopes to make the most of them in China. As a keen sportsman, Dan enjoys playing rugby, cricket and over the last twelve months, he has started to enjoy the benefits that regular Pilates have brought him. Pilates and regular physical exercise have helped Dan discover the balance of having a healthy mind and a healthy body. This was further reinforced by Dan attending conferences about the importance of mindfulness for both pupils and adults. Dan is a strong advocate for positive Mental Health as he has raised money for charities related to this matter. One charity drive involved a 15,000 ft skydive over the beaches of Sydney last year.
Dan is always open to recommendations on places to eat, special dishes and new locations to visit for short breaks. The Wellington experience in China is an exciting new adventure for Dan and one that he will grab with both hands.
Joe graduated with a degree in English Literature and History from Leeds Beckett University. He then went on complete a School’s Direct PGCE with Edge Hill University. Once qualified, he gained two years teaching experience working at a well-established secondary school in Manchester before moving to Qatar to start his international teaching career.
Joe is a Humanities teacher, specialising in History. He has experience of teaching History at KS3, GCSE and A-Level and Geography at KS3. He is a passionate Historian who believes in the importance of History as an academic subject as it helps us understand the past and the ever changing society we live in. At his previous school, Joe was the lead professional for History at GCSE and lead teacher for embedding literacy into the curriculum in the Humanities department.
Joe has always taken a keen interest in sports, having played football at school to an excellent level. He has coached football to different age groups both in and out of school. Having the opportunity to experience different extra-curricular activities is vital to help students build their social and life skills and he believes extra-curricular activities help build better teacher/student relationships.
I have been teaching for 13 years now. After completing my degree in Computing, I then trained for my PGCE in the UK. Straight after graduating, I taught at a secondary school in Sheffield for a number of years. In 2013, I decided to teach internationally which took both myself and my family to Qatar, in the Middle East. For the next couple of years, I taught at the Secondary level.
In September 2015, I decided to move from Qatar and take up a position at the Nord Anglia International School, Shanghai. The move came as no surprise because I always wanted to work in China. My first move in China was Shanghai where I worked as a teacher for Primary and Secondary for four years before heading to Hangzhou. The move to Wellington in Hangzhou has been really special.
I am a keen traveller as I have visited many countries in Europe and Asia. I enjoy following international cricket which is has been with me since childhood. One of the nice things about having travelled is the opportunity to have tasted great food and bring all the styles into my cooking.
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.
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.
Jane is a young, energetic and passionate theme 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.
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 theme 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.
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!
Katy has worked as a primary school teacher for 18 years in Cheshire after completing a 4 year BEd (hons) at Chester College, a college of The University of Liverpool.
Throughout her teaching career, Katy feels fortunate to have worked in the same school for many years. This has provided her with the opportunity to not just see individual children make progress over a year, but in some cases whole families over many years. These valuable experiences have helped Katy to develop her appreciation for the positive impact school and family links can have in an educational setting.
As a Primary Maths Specialist, Katy has been an ambassador for implementing programs from early years across the primary ages that encourage and develop an enthusiasm for mathematics. It has been very rewarding for Katy to see children grow more and more confident as they begin to reason and explain their thinking, make mathematical connections, and improve their mathematical fluency.
Along with Maths, Katy’s passion is technology. She recognises that the effective use of technology in the classroom can lead to accelerated and sustained progress across many subjects. Whilst working in the UK, she was an ambassador for several projects and thoroughly enjoyed sharing her expertise with her peers from other schools. She hopes to develop these skills with her new colleagues in Huili.
During her own school days, Katy enjoyed participating in competitive sports. It was no surprise that, once teaching, she was quickly identified as PE lead in her school and has worked hard over the past five years to ensure her school was the first in the borough to earn the prestigious Platinum School Games Mark.
In her spare time she is improving her cooking skills and is looking forward to trying the local cuisine. After teaching in the same area for such a substantial amount of time, Katy is also looking forward to discovering the delights of Hangzhou and the surrounding area.
Katy is very excited to be joining Huili School Hangzhou and in particular the Maths department where she will work as part of the team to develop motivated and independent learners. Moving to China, being able to experience such a different culture and engage with smart, intelligent and motivated minds, is such a fantastic opportunity for Katy, and she cannot wait to get started.
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.
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.
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.
Alejandro is a passionate teacher and artist who strongly believes that anyone can sing and make music. He focuses his teaching from a holistic point of view always making sure every single pupil he teaches feel included, validated and makes consistent progress in their learning.
Alejandro was born in Armenia, Colombia. After several relocations within the country his family stablised in Medellin, Colombia where he gained a Bachelor of Music Education Degree with UNAC “Corporacion Universitaria Adventista” in 2005. Alejandro then started teaching music at primary and secondary levels. He moved to London, UK in 2008 looking to improve his English language skills and had the opportunity to teach music at John Keble Primary School where he established a successful music department with a wonderful and winning choir in his borough. Alejandro worked as Head of Music at Eaton House the Manor Pre-Preparatory School in London before moving to Huili School Hangzhou.
Alejandro has focused his musical artistry in singing, choirs, conducting and drama. He is a professional baritone singer with a powerful, velvety and tantalising voice. He possesses wonderful stage presence with the ability to connect with audiences. He started singing from an early age and showed natural music talent. On his arrival in London in 2008, Alejandro joined the London Philharmonic Choir singing at different venues like The Royal Albert Hall and The Royal Festival Hall. He has sung in many operettas, a few operas and even an amateur version of Addams Family the Musical – as the main character.
In his very little spare time Alejandro enjoys socialising, travelling, learning languages and watching movies. His biggest passion, after music of course, is eating!
Alejandro is incredibly excited to be in Hangzhou and working for such a phenomenal school like Huili School Hangzhou. He has fallen in love with the school values and identity. He is also very much looking forward to learning Mandarin and helping others to fall in love with music.
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.
Robbie has worked as a secondary music teacher and head of music departments in the North West of England for 5 years since receiving his PGCE. In addition to his PGCE, Robbie has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in music production, a higher diploma in music production, and a level 3 national diploma in music technology.
Throughout his teaching career, Robbie has gained a vast degree of experience in several schools. Completing part of his training in a musical futures champion school enabled him to specialise in developing schemes of learning and assessment centered around independent, practical student study.
In his first post, Robbie took charge of a music department where he utilised technology to increase engagement and improve results whilst also developing new events with the wider performing arts team, giving students the opportunity to perform publicly. By working with departments from across the school, he was able to help develop the holistic experience of students within school.
In his post prior to moving to Huili School Hangzhou, Robbie was head of music at a large school in the English Lake District. He was responsible for all music programs from grade 7 up to grade 13 at A level which enabled him to develop programs for a wide spectrum of learners and varied content. In this post he was responsible for a large amount of live performance opportunities for students such as a large scale school musical, termly music concerts, festive concerts, music for student celebratory events, and school performances at local festivals and events.
Before moving into education Robbie toured the UK and Europe as a performing musician and DJ. He has released original music through several notable record labels which have been played on radio stations including BBC Radio 1 and BBC 1Xtra in the UK and have also been commissioned for TV advertisements.
Robbie believes that his passion for music, alongside his experiences within the industry and in education, have helped him become a practitioner that can enable young people to gain self confidence and academic success through a variety of different musical directions and activities.
When he is not creating or performing music, Robbie enjoys visiting the gym, playing badminton and he has a keen interest in food. He is also an avid football fan which he enjoys both playing and watching.
Robbie is extremely excited about joining Wellington and being part of its incredible continued success alongside a great network of staff, students and parents. The opportunity to be a part of such an institution where world class facilities and a reputation for excellence come together for the benefit of intelligent and motivated young people is one that he looks forward to with great pride.
Emily achieved her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Zhejiang University and a Master’s Degree in Physical Education from Shanghai University of Sport. She completed the IBPYP (International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme) training courses in Singapore and achieved the ‘Make The PYP Happen In The Classroom’ Category 1 and the PYP Assessment Category 2 certificates.
She has worked as a Physical Education teacher in Fudan International school for 4 years, and 4 years at Shanghai United International school. For the past 2 years, Emily has worked as the Head of PE and Sport at Shanghai United International School and taught primary upper grades. She has also worked with Shanghai Schools Sports Association, organizing and hosting events at her school.
As a Physical Education Specialist, Emily helped develop and implement the IB Primary Years Program (IBPYP) to encourage and develop an enthusiasm for sport. It was rewarding for Emily to see children grow more confident as they began to develop sporting skills and attitudes.
Throughout her teaching career, Emily feels fortunate to have worked in a range of different settings with a diverse membership of both staff and pupils. She has a passion for teaching pupils, and a willingness to work with pupils inside and outside the classroom in sports and other activities that enhance the life and spirit of the school community.
Sport has played a significant part of Emily´s life. She enjoys playing tennis and basketball in her spare time and is interested in reading about health and fitness. She has always had a passion for athletics being involved in sporting competitions throughout her schooling life.
Emily is very excited to be part of Hangzhou Huili School at such an important point for our school, where we have the opportunity to develop a motivated and engaged learning environment within the Wellington community.
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!
Jack completed a 4 year B.Ed. (Hons) in Sports Studies and Physical Education at University College Cork and, for the past 6 years, has since worked as a Physical Education teacher.
Throughout his teaching career, Jack has been fortunate to have gained valuable experiences in different school settings. Jack has worked as a Physical Education teacher in Ireland as well as in British schools in Spain, which have allowed him learn about and celebrate different cultures.
For the past 3 years Jack has been the Head of physical education at the British School of Navarra where he developed the school’s sports programme as well as teaching PE to students from 5 – 18 years old. Jack is looking forward to bringing his knowledge and expertise to Wellington at such an important time for the school.
Sport has played a significant part of Jack´s life and he places huge value on the importance of sport in developing the whole child. As a youngster Jack excelled at cross-country running and gaelic football before turning to rugby and football in his teenage years. Now Jack does road cycling, running, swimming and yoga on a regular basis and he hopes to complete his first sprint triathlon this year.
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.
White Wang worked at Wellington College International Shanghai teaching primary school and middle school physical education for 5 years while completing his PGCE in Physical Education from Durham University, UK. During his early age, White was competing and representing Tianjin as a youth shot putter before gaining his college degree from Tianjin Normal University. Besides, he gained a FAW (Football Association of Wales) football coaching certificate and Chinese national Lifeguard certificate.
Throughout his former sporting career and teaching experience, White feels fortunate to train among elite athletes and has worked in a wide range of different settings. These valuable experiences have helped White to develop his appreciation for the positive impact on pupils’ development that can be found in an educational setting.
Along having a life-long enthusiasm of sports and teaching, White has also been a house tutor for the previous two years. He has been often recognised as having outstanding pastoral care for his pupils and will go to great lengths to support their development.
White has an immense passion for all sports, especially athletics, badminton, tennis, football and golf. He has an interest in travelling and finding out about other cultures, as well as applying his experiences to further develop and inspire himself and pupils both personally and professionally.
As a family he just moved into Hangzhou with his wife Chang and daughter Lexie, White is very excited to take on a new adventure in the most beautiful and vibrant city of 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!
Ivory Sun graduated with a master’s degree in Education from Southeast University, where she majored in Physical Education. She is a national master level swimming athlete and is also a national first level swimming referee.
Ivory joined Zhejiang professional swimming team when she was 13 where she represented China in the 2013 Universiade. Ivory Sun has nearly 20 years swimming training experience.
Ivory Sun was an interne swimming teacher in Zhejiang University. During this period she assisted in organising and teaching swimming classes. In addition to this, she worked for many swimming clubs in Nanjiang and Hangzhou, teaching children to swim.
Ivory expects that she could inspire children’s interest of sports through her professional knowledge and skills.
Sarah graduated with a Zoology Degree from Newcastle University. After completing her undergraduate degree, Sarah gained experience working as a graduate at a top preparatory school in Shropshire. She then went on to complete a Schools Direct teacher training course with Edge Hill University. She gained two years teaching experience working at a top Catholic independent school in Manchester before moving to Qatar to start her international teaching career.
Sarah is a secondary teacher specialising in Science and has experience of teaching Biology up to A-Level. Her passion for conservation drives her love of educating the future generations about the impact of their actions on the environment. Sarah believes that teaching science gives her an opportunity to introduce younger students to the wonders of Science and help instill a love of Science at a young age. As a teacher Sarah is always looking to improve her pedagogy and trying new things to help challenge pupils and expose them to a variety of different activities to keep them stimulated and motivated.
Sarah has always been a sports enthusiast, having represented her county in both Hockey and Cricket. She has also coached many sports, including co-coaching her U13 and U15 Cricket teams to the Lady Taverners indoor final, which took place at Lords Cricket ground. Extra-curricular activities are an important aspect of helping pupils to become the best versions of themselves. Exposure to a wide range of activities can foster a love for a new sport or hobby which may help them develop vital social and life skills.
For the past 2 years Ryan has been teaching science in a high school in Oldham near Manchester in the UK. Ryan has had the opportunity to teach a range of students with a range of abilities. This has given Ryan the chance to become a well-rounded and creative teacher.
Ryan completed his BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Manchester after becoming passionate about science during his high school and college years. This passion has stayed with him as he attended Manchester Metropolitan University to complete his Post Graduate Certificate of Education specialising in teaching secondary science.
Ryan has never stopped learning and developing his skills as he believes very strongly in always being able to improve. This has been shown by Ryan completing a further course run by The National College for Teaching & Leadership in which Ryan became qualified as a specialist GCSE Physics teacher.
Along with Ryan’s passion for science, he also has a passion for fitness and expresses this through competitive training in the form of Crossfit. By using Crossfit Ryan has become a more well-rounded person and uses lessons learnt within his training to promote resilience and teamwork to his students.
Ryan is looking forward to joining the Hangzhou family and is excited to meet lots of intelligent, welcoming and hard-working students and staff.
Before joining Huili School Hangzhou, Yuquan worked as a Director of Swimming for three years and a swimming coach for a year in a sports development company.
Yuquan is enthusiastic about sports. He was a member of the athletics team in his junior high school and joined the basketball team in high school. Years of sports experience has made him realise that sports can be easy if one starts with simple movements under proper guidance, and that it is where one may find his/her strengths and fulfill individual potentials. All in all, sports provides an opportunity to obtain a sense of achievement and establish teamwork skills.
Apart from swimming, Yuquan enjoys bicycling, climbing mountains and healthy food. He is a fan of Chinese traditional culture and finds pleasure in reading biographies.
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.
Annie graduated from The Education University of Hong Kong where she studied International Chinese Teaching and Literature and she earned a Master of Arts in Teaching Chinese as an International language. Before enrolling in The Education University of Hong Kong, she had more than one year of primary school work experience, including working as a language teacher in the fourth grade in a public elementary school, being a class adviser, and teaching a grade 1 Chinese class. She accumulated valuable skills through her work experience, including handling class daily affairs, monitoring students’ academic performance, and providing feedback to improve student learning and developmental skills. Knowing how to maintain strong and positive working relationships with students, parents and other teaching staff is also what Annie learned from that year.
During her master’s degree, Annie participated in her school’s overseas internship program. As a Chinese teacher, she conducted a 6-week Mandarin program at Fontys University in the Netherlands to teach Mandarin courses to local students and teachers who did not have any foundation in the Chinese language. In order to make her students understand Chinese better, she applied differentiated teaching strategies and methodologies to meet individual students’ needs and helped each student to be successful. She also incorporated non-language components of Chinese culture into classroom lessons, including areas such as cooking, holidays, art, and current events.
In her leisure time, Annie enjoys music. She studied violin for four years and she is fond of playing piano during her leisure time.
Chelsea Zhang graduated from the University of Nottingham Ningbo China with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business with Japanese. She finished her Master Degree from University College London. In Nottingham, she was the head of a radio station, hosted many school events, worked in an English training school as a teaching assistant and homeroom teacher in the holidays, and founded her own English training centre and was also an English teacher as well. Have been a student in the Institute of Psychology, (majoring in educational psychology), she is excited to apply the most advanced psychology knowledge into practice.
Chelsea joined Huili School Hangzhou in June 2018. She has been worked as a PA to the Head of Primary for over one year. That experience inspired her curiosity of education and to explore more.
In her spare time, Chelsea likes swimming, badminton and watching Japanese drama. She believes that she can acquire much teaching experience and grow quickly.
Emma Sun, graduated from Minzu University of China and Portland State University with two Master’s Degrees and majored in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language and Curriculum & Instruction. Emma holds a National Chinese Teaching Certificate. She was a Mandarin teacher of the Chinese immersion program for Clemson University, and a student teacher in Vernon Elementary School in USA. She worked in Beijing Capital Airlines as a flight training translator and TOEIC teacher, then came to Hangzhou New Oriental as an English teacher to pupils. Later, she worked as a tutor to high school students of an international program in Toronto, Canada.
After four years of systematic learning of Chinese language knowledge in college, Emma has a solid foundation for language teaching. During her postgraduate study, she learned a variety of teaching methods and received intensive training of teaching skills. The international study and work experience made her feel the essence of quality-oriented education, further understanding international education and advanced teaching methods, and to be keen on spreading Chinese traditional culture.
Emma, who has learned piano, dance and calligraphy since childhood, and likes music very much. In her spare time, she likes playing the piano and singing, and swimming and sports as well. She loves traveling and photography, enjoying the beautiful scenery of various countries, experiencing the different culture, and making friends all around the world.
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.
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.
James graduated from King’s College London with a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and a CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) qualification. He acquired his bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature at Hangzhou Normal University, and was awarded the title of “Outstanding Graduate of Zhejiang province”.
James has taught English in quite a variety of contexts as an intern while studying. Some of his experiences include Stone IELTS institution, Cambridge International Centre, and International House London. These invaluable teaching experiences have helped him become a more confident, self-reflective and professional practitioner. He has a consuming passion for things unknown and has a strong willingness to improve himself on all levels, especially regarding his teaching skills. He reads ELT (English Language Teaching) journal articles online on a regular basis, and attends various conferences, lectures and Webinars.
James is a great public speaker as well as having strong debate skills. He has participated in numerous English public speaking contests, and has obtained multiple awards and honors at provincial and national levels. As a founding member of the English debating team at HNU, he exhibited great eloquence, criticality, and wide scope of knowledge. James is also an avid fan of politics and international relations. During his study in London, he attended various lectures and panel discussions regarding these themes, where he shared his insights and even debated with many scholars and experts.
James is an outgoing and considerate person. He loves making new friends and meeting old friends. During his spare time, James often watches NBA games and plays basketball with friends. He also likes reading, travelling, watching movies, and going to the gym.
Kate graduated from The Education University of Hong Kong with a master’s degree in Education Studies (Curriculum, Teaching and Assessment), and was recommended for graduation with Distinction. She also holds a Teacher’s Qualification Certificate of English. During her college years, she taught English in New Oriental as a part-time teacher and interned in a middle school and a primary school as an English teaching assistant. Then she was able to move deeper in the teaching area by being an English teacher in Tianjin Vocational College of Sports where she was teaching English to Grade 8 and 9 students. What’s more, Kate also volunteered to teach English in Cambodia for several weeks.
In her spare time, Kate loves traveling, ukulele, hiking and baking.
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.
Wenwen Zhi has been working as a Science and Mathematics teacher for early years pupils from overseas, and she has learned the importance of effectively adapting lessons in order to meet the varied needs of her pupils.
At Shanghai Golden Apple Bilingual School, Wenwen Zhi delivered all her lessons in English to pupils for whom Mandarin or English were not necessarily their first languages.
As a student of BSc Pure Mathematics at the University of Chester, she was exposed to a wide spectrum of advanced learning in areas such as geometry, algebra and statistics. Through this, Wenwen Zhi developed valuable skills in essay writing, problem solving, communication, and the ability to work well under pressure both independently and in groups.
Olivia Chen graduated with a Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages from Xi’an International Studies University. She taught Mandarin in the UK for a year in 2018 and worked as a Chinese teacher in a primary school in 2016. She has taught Mandarin to students who are from different counties. Those experiences in teaching provided her with a comprehensive and varied understanding of education.
She is a very gentle, caring person. She likes dancing, reading and doing DIY in her spare time. She likes climbing on the weekend. Traveling is another hobby that she values.
Rebecca graduated from Jilin Normal University with a bachelor’s degree in teaching Chinese as a foreign language. After graduation, she went to the University of Glasgow in the UK where she took a Master’s Degree in Educational Studies. Later, she did her second Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English as a Foreign Language, in the University of Portsmouth. Rebecca holds a high school Chinese teacher certificate.
During her study abroad, she worked as a Mandarin teacher in a local Chinese school in Glasgow for two years. After coming back to China, she worked as a Mandarin teacher in a university in Jilin province for one year. Later, she came to Hangzhou as an English teacher in a private high school. Following several years of teaching experience, she is passionate on second langue teaching, which has also strengthened her original choice. The experience of studying abroad helps Rebecca integrate the UK culture and professional knowledge into her second language teaching career.
Ruby graduated from Soochow University in June 2019, acquiring a bachelor’s degree in art, majoring in English education.
During her college life, Ruby was a leader in her class and an enthusiastic helper for her friends around her. She attended many groups and institutions such as the Japanese club and the student union, in which she learned how to cooperate and get along well with different people.
In Ruby’s first year at university, she was rewarded for her excellent oral English. During her time at university she was particularly curious about arts and research. Although Ruby has only just graduated, she has expereince in English teaching as she has worked as an intern in schools. She also attended an English summer camp as an English teaching assistant in an international school where she supported pupils’ learning for IELTS, TOEFL and SAT.
Ruby has many interests, such as painting, language learning and video editing. She is fond of making friends and learning new things as well as enjoying exercise and sports. In her daily life, she often seeks opportunities to make her life more meaningful and energetic through learning new things and attending more activities.
Ruby is very excited to be joining Huili School Hangzhou this summer. She believes that she can acquire more experience and grow quickly here and she is looking forward to starting her new journey.
Susan Gong gained a BA in Chinese Language and Literature from Zhejiang University of Technology in 2017. After graduating, she went to the UK for further education and received an MA in Digital Assets and Media Management from King’s College in London.
The overseas study experience highlighted the differences between the Chinese education system and the western education system. Since graduating, Susan has been a tutor for primary school students and has also taught foreign students.
In her spare time, Susan loves travelling and has visited more than 15 countries. She believes that travelling can expand one’s horizons as well as enabling one to become more independent, inclusive and inspired.
Susan hopes to encourage pupils to be well-rounded and she hopes to help build bridges among pupils, families and teachers. She is quite excited to be a teaching assistant in Huili School Hangzhou, an international school with advanced educational ideas.
Ms. Liu Shan graduated from Beijing Language and Culture University in 2018 with a master’s degree in Chinese International Education. She holds a Chinese teaching certificate for high school and has several years of teaching experience. She taught for one year at the Confucius Institute in Istanbul, Turkey and for one year at an immersion public charter school in South Carolina, USA.
Her two-year multicultural and international teaching experience allows her to truly understand bilingual culture, immersion teaching methods and the diverse environment of international exchanges. She loves teaching and children and her passion and enthusiasm is a significant feature of her teaching. She teaches with students at the center and stimulates them to learn through interesting activities.
Besides teaching, she also has a passion for life. In her spare time, she loves traveling, photography and crafts. Playing the guitar is the secret for her to relax.
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.