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.
Mark completed his degree at Staffordshire University in 1994 and went on to conduct research towards a PhD, whilst tutoring Level 1 students and serving as the Academic Warden for the Halls of Residence. Following the completion of his PGCE in 1998, Mark has enjoyed a successful career in schools in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, achieving the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers in 2007 and beginning his first headship in 2009. Mark’s school leadership culminated in an Executive Headship in 2018 which saw rapid school improvement secured and recognised by Ofsted (May 2019). Since 2014 Mark has served as the Chair of the Stoke-on-Trent Headteachers Association and represented the views of Headteachers at local and regional levels with a real passion for securing the approaches and resources required to improve the lives and life chances of children and young people in Stoke-on-Trent. Mark has also represented the views of schools on DfE Opportunity Area Panels, West Midlands PREVENT Panel, Stoke-on-Trent’s Patenting Strategy Group and the Local Authority Assistant Director’s Extended Management Team.
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.
Following a degree in Leisure studies in 1996, Robert went on to complete his PGCE in PE at De Montfort University and has over 22 years of experience teaching at outstanding schools in the UK. From 2001, Robert worked at Charters School in Ascot, Berkshire. During his time there, he progressed from an Advanced Skills Teacher to Senior Teacher in charge of whole school teaching and learning. Consequently, Robert was invited to deliver lectures to PGCE students at the University of Reading as part of their training programme. In his latest role as Assistant Headteacher, he has been responsible for raising standards of performance at KS4 and has managed a variety of faculties across the school including Creative Arts, Humanities, Business and Vocational Studies. He also served for four years as a staff Trustee on the school’s governing body. As an avid sportsman, Robert has coached and played basketball at Wellington College, Crowthorne, UK and coached the Under 18s Berkshire Schools’ County Football team. In his spare time, he enjoys going to the cinema, keeping fit and spending time with his family. Having travelled extensively across America, Africa, Australasia and Europe, he is excited about the prospect of exploring China and the Far East. Robert shares the Wellinton drive to achieve consistently outstanding student outcomes but also a commitment to producing well-rounded individuals who have a strong moral compass and are prepared for higher education and employment. He is eager to play a pivotal role in the future of Huili School Hangzhou and drive the high standards that will propel young Huili pupils on to greatness.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hywel has over 15 years’ experience teaching English as a Foreign Language (TESOL). Hywel has achieved a Masters in TESOL and a PGCE in ESOL (English as a Second Language) from the University of South Wales. Hywel’s teaching career began after a number of volunteering experiences in Cambodia and India, where he taught English in a school for young children who have experienced the effects of landmines, and in Tamil Nadu, India at an NGO school for girls. It was through these life-changing experiences that Hywel saw the huge benefits of what acquiring the English language can bring to people by enhancing their standing in life and benefitting their family and their own financial positions through access to more career possibilities.
He also noticed the joy in students’ faces when learning English, and how it can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience for all. Hywel has spent most of his teaching life outside of the UK working in several different countries.
Hywel has taught at high schools in Thailand and Saudi Arabia as well as a college in Wales. For the last seven years, Hywel has been working in Dubai, teaching EAL in a bilingual college, developing learner’s academic language proficiency, guiding, and supporting students as they progress in their Bachelor pathways. Hywel has also been active in the student community, organizing cross-campus volleyball and football tournaments, and various excursions to the mountains, treasure hunts, or company site visits to promote career awareness. Hywel is a supportive teacher, who empathizes with learners and truly understands the complexities and challenges of acquiring a second language.
Hywel’s strengths lie in his ability to instill learner confidence; he takes great pride in seeing his learners enjoying his classes that are cohesive, language-rich and learner centered. Hywel has three young children and is married. As a Welshman, Hywel is a keen supporter of all things Welsh rugby, and regularly plays touch rugby competitively. Hywel is an outdoors person who loves going off the beaten track into the desert with his family, making fires and exploring the natural environment. Hywel is hugely excited to join Wellington, demonstrate his strengths and share a happiness for learning.
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.
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.
Min Xiong has a master’s degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s d from Changsha University. She has dedicated herself to becoming a life-long educator and learner, and strives to instill a similar ideal in all of the students with whom she works. In her spare time, she loves reading, baking, jogging and spending time with her family. After seven years of teaching in the United States, Min Xiong decides to join a positive force bringing changes to education in China. She is excited about the bilingual program at Huili School Hangzhou, because it is such a great match with her past teaching experience. She not only has experience teaching Chinese Language Arts in elementary and middle school, but has also taught math and science in 5th grade for several years. As a member of the Summer Curriculum Committee at her previous school, Min Xiong helped develop curricula for K-9 Chinese Language Arts, K-5 Math and Science. She hopes to bring what she has learned and practiced in the U.S. to Huili and contribute to bilingual education in China.
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 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.
AYA is an Art & Design teacher with more than 10 years’ experience teaching the British and International curriculum. She is highly qualified , inspirational and a hardworking teacher, who has a strong classroom presence along with the ability to make a real difference to the lives of her pupils. She is also an excellent role model to help students meet their own aspirations.
AYA graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cairo University . She has also been educated at The American Univeresity of Dubai. She worked as an Art teacher for the English School of Kuwait and Cambridge International School Dubai.
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 glad to join the Huili School 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 Huili School Hangzhou 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Tiana Ma graduated with a Master’s Degree from the University of Edinburgh. She has also been educated by Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics during her undergraduate qualification. Before she joined Huili School Hangzhou, she worked in an IB school with both Chinese and international students for two years. During that period, her class remained at the top of the grade. She also organized her students to participate in international mathematics competitions, such as Gauss Mathematics Contests and American Mathematics Competitions, where some of her students won the first prize. These working experiences provided her with a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of international education and mathematics teaching. In her spare time, she is a digital product enthusiast and loves watching mobile phone conferences and searching for digital information. She also dreams of traveling around the world and has been to eight different countries. In the future, she expects to travel to at least one new country every year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Zhao Xiaole is an outdoor sports enthusiast. In 2009, he participated in his first cycling competition and rode 3,160 kilometers in 13 days and won first place in the Hangzhou Cycling Championship. Later, because of his love of cycling, he opened a bicycle shop and participated in amateur competitions. He met his ‘beloved one’ in a game and has happily started his family.
At the same time, he is also fond of mountain climbing, running and swimming. He has repeatedly won the Fuyang District Mountaineering Championships and was the runner-up in the half-age group of the Fuyang Stage of the 2018 Big Rail League. He switched to a lifeguard and swimming coach now because he likes swimming.
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.
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.
Coralie Moon graduated from The University of Chester with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Dance (2:1). She has performed a variety of dance work throughout her university degree and beyond, including contemporary and jazz. Her degree made her realise that her passion lay with education, and she has researched and explored how creative arts can inspire the young generation to learn and explore themselves and the world around them.
This naturally led Coralie to a career in teaching, with Coralie receiving her PGCE and QTS from the University of East London in collaboration with the TES Institute in 2016.
Coralie began her teaching career in Essex, where she received ‘Outstanding’ in PGCE Dance. This led to her first teaching post as Teacher in Charge of Dance in Devon. She particularly enjoys working with students in musical productions, having choreographed many performances for formal exams and for specific shows.
Throughout Coralie’s teaching career, she has developed a specific interest in making learning accessible and engaging for all; Coralie has researched the idea of promoting creative freedom within the classroom and how this freedom can enable a student to develop and flourish. Coralie, therefore, aims to understand each student as an individual and she is continually working on developing teaching strategies that engage all students.
Further to this, Coralie has also adopted a focus of the importance of promoting whole school literacy to improve learning. She has evaluated how well dance as a subject can improve literacy and, more importantly, which strategies work best in improving student’s literacy within dance. To further her knowledge in English and literacy, she has recently excelled in passing an English Subject Knowledge Enhancement course which will enable her to teach English. Alongside focusing on literacy and engagement, Coralie has been honing her skills in teaching Upper Prep French and German which has been a valuable asset for improving additional language skills.
Alongside teaching, Coralie has worked in an American summer camp, which has given her experience in teaching outdoor pursuits.
Coralie’s hobbies include horse riding, dance and outdoor activities such as hiking and cycling.
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.
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.
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.
Aspiring to start her career path in education, Emily chose an MA Education programme at Durham University after gaining a bachelor degree in English Language and Literature. The theoretical knowledge and the hands-on experience of teaching children during international volunteer activities and at a training institution has helped her to have a well-rounded understanding about international and intercultural education. Always willing to learn from different cultures, Emily is also committed to lifelong learning and embraces challenges.
Emily’s teaching philosophy is to respect the diversity of students and support them to reach their full potential, which is highly consistent with what the Wellington community values. Thus, she is very excited about joining Wellington Hangzhou and will strive to provide a learning environment that both challenges and supports Wellington College pupils; enabling them to develop into well-rounded and independent thinking people.
Apart from teaching, Emily’s biggest passion resides in travelling. She has been to more than 20 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Oceania. Taking pictures to capture best moments in trips is also what she loves.
Zheng Chen has worked as a Mandarin teacher for both first language and second language for the past nine years. Three years were spent in Hong Kong, and six years in Macau, where she enjoyed a multicultural working environment and international views of education. Zheng Chen was born and brought up in Lishui, Zhejiang. She graduated from the Hong Kong Institute of Education in 2009 (which now is named ‘The Education University of Hong Kong’) with a Bachelor of Education, majoring in Chinese. In 2011, she obtained an MA degree in Teaching Chinese as an International Language. Zheng Chen has experience of teaching Chinese from G1-12, teaching and developing curriculums of HK A-Level, IGCSE, AP, and IB. She believes that each child is unique and willing to learn and that her duty as a teacher is to broaden their horizons and ensure that they reach their potential. For Zheng Chen, teaching provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth. One of her hopes as an educator is to instill a love of learning in her students, as she shares her own passion for learning with them. Zheng Chen has always been a DIY enthusiast. She enjoys creating her own DIY products, such as soap and knitwear, and loves to share them with her family and friends. Her pets always enjoy fresh pet food because of her DIY enthusiasm.
Gareth has worked as a middle school PE teacher for the past 3 years after completing a Grad Dip. Teaching through the University of Waikato in New Zealand， Gareth brings a wealth of knowledge to the teaching profession having spent over a decade in the sport and fitness sectors as a coach, trainer, writer and speaker. These roles have seen him work with thousands of young people within a range of settings from grass-roots and development through to performance and national programs. Along with his Bachelors of Sport and Recreation and supplementary qualifications, these experiences have allowed Gareth to develop a broad and deep understanding of the physical development needs of young people. Coupled with sound pedagogy, Gareth is passionate about creating environments that all students can engage in and experience the joy of movement. Developing one’s physical literacy is something that needs to be practiced over time.
Gareth sees the incorporation of regular physical activity, be it through sports, leisure or performing arts as crucial to the holistic well-being of youngsters in today’s modern world. Gareth’s own sporting pursuits have seen him compete regionally and nationally in age-group Football and Aussie Rules. After his competitive playing days he took up endurance running, taking part in multiple trail running events and challenges. There is a special comradery and spirit amongst these communities and Gareth sees lessons that transfer to the educational environment. Elements such as task and goal oriented activities, focussed effort toward acquiring useful skill sets, problem-solving, shared challenge and collaborative efforts required to achieve. Gareth moves to China with his family looking to experience a new way of life, embody and support the school’s mission and have a positive impact throughout the wider Wellington and Huili School community.
Luna worked as a Mandarin teacher for one year at Glashiebun Primary School in Aberdeen, UK while completing her Master’s degree in Education from Wuhan University. After graduation, she worked as a primary school English teacher for two years in Hangzhou. These valuable teaching experiences at home and abroad have not only helped Luna further understand the characteristics of the Chinese and British teaching systems, but also lay the foundation for her future teaching. As a Mandarin teacher, Luna was responsible for delivering lessons to 252 pupils aged 4 to 11 in Glashieburn Primary School, as well as carrying out China-related cultural activities at the Confucius Institute of the University of Aberdeen. Luna guided pupils to participate in both a New Year Poster competition (for which they placed in the top 3 of P1-P3 in Scotland) as well as a successful performance for a Chinese New Year celebration. Seeing the children perform confidently on the stage, Luna felt that nothing could be happier than this. As an English teacher, Luna has designed teaching aids such as menus and flying chess according to students’ learning styles (visual, auditory and kinesthetics learners), and guided students to construct mind maps by designing mini books and flap-books. In addition, she also designed a “time-out box” to help pupils confront their feelings and release their emotions. Through the “sound level card”, she has guided pupils in learning to use appropriate volumes in different occasions. She has maintained her habit of writing a letter to parents every week to give feedback on pupils’ learning and growth. In her spare time, Luna has actively reflected on teaching, and through her own efforts, she has successively obtained the International Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning (IB-PYP), and the Certificate in English Language Teaching-Primary (CELT-P). She believes that teaching is a lifelong-learning career and this encourages her to move forward. Luna is very kind, helpful and considerate. People who know her are impressed by her bright smile. She is very excited to be joining Huili School Hangzhou as a Chinese teacher, and she is looking forward to starting and enjoying her Huili journey!
Christy hails from Edinburgh, Scotland and has been teaching for five and a half years. He started his teaching profession at Balfron High School in Stirlingshire. Soon after, he took up a permanent PE Teaching position at the High School of Dundee where he taught Nursery, Primary and Secondary education. Christy has gained excellent teaching experience through numerous and increasing levels of responsibility. During his time in Dundee, Christy took the lead in designing and implementing the new Higher certificate SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority) PE programme and was responsible for the continual adaptability, assessment, examination and coursework for this course. Christy is a UKCC Level 2 Rugby qualified coach and led his High School of Dundee Under-16 side to the 2018 Scottish Schools Cup Final at Murrayfield, Scotland’s National Stadium, in which they narrowly lost to the rugby-renowned George Watson’s College. As Head of Athletics, Christy compiled, implemented and administered the extra-curricular Athletics programme for the entire school. Within the PE Department, Christy was also responsible for creating and organising the inaugural Sports Awards Dinner to raise the profile of school sport. This is now an established annual event in which past guest speakers such as Andy Nicol (British and Irish Lion and Scottish Calcutta Cup winning captain) have spoken. His philosophy as a teacher is to provide an engaging, stimulating, challenging and positive environment in which pupils can meet their full potential, and firmly believes that Physical Education and Sport develops children physically, emotionally, mentally and socially.
He wants his pupils to excel to the best of their abilities and to be innovative thinkers, socially confident and lifelong-learners who possess an international mindset. He is passionately committed to delivering first-class teaching, with an unwavering focus on ensuring that each pupil thrives on the sports field and achieves their full potential, and an absolute commitment to excellence. He is committed to taking part in, and expanding, the programme of extra-curricular sport. Christy thoroughly enjoys taking an active role in school extra-curricular programmes and has travelled the world on sports tours, along with other departmental trips, in which he has visited places such as South Africa and the USA and a number of European cities including Paris, Amsterdam and Barcelona. He is excited by new countries and cultures and is looking forward very much to starting the next chapter of his career in Hangzhou. Outside of the workplace, you will either find Christy on the rugby pitch, at the side of a rugby pitch or on the golf course. From an early age, Christy has been a devoted sportsman. He has represented Edinburgh Rugby age groups as well as the University of Exeter, but has more recently taken up distance running. Christy completed the Helsinki Marathon in 2015, but admits that 5km and 10km distances are his forte from now on! Christy is incredibly excited to join Wellington College International Hangzhou and is looking forward to challenging himself in a new and different environment along with being exposed to a new culture, interacting with local people (and attempting the local language!) and experiencing local cuisine.
Larry has been working as a Second in Science for the past 6 years, having previously been a Specialist Teacher of Science in and around the City of Coventry. After completing his Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Warwick University, Larry has taught Biology to A-Level and gained numerous qualifications to support his ability to deliver enriching learning opportunities to young people. Over his career, Larry has been part of many interesting and diverse learning communities spanning a multitude of different settings. This has helped him to form a love of teaching and recognise the positive difference it can make in the lives of young people. During his first role he helped to build a transition program for pupils making the step up from Primary to Secondary education. Building on this success along with a motivated group of staff, he went on to start a summer school program delivering learning opportunities and life experiences to the same group of pupils. Building on his passion for the outdoors and his background in scouting, Larry helped to start the Duke of Edinburgh Award within his school. Having taken on this challenge he has subsequently qualified as an expedition leader, first aider and rifle instructor. These skills have helped him to provide amazing learning opportunities for the young people he works with, along with developing key characteristics such as resilience and creativity. Larry has always enjoyed being in the outdoors and challenging himself both physically and emotionally. He has recently completed the Chase Walk a 40 mile hike completed in 14 hours and tackled his fear of heights traversing the knife edge ridge of Crib Goch. In his spare time he likes to travel and spend time sat around a campfire.
Kishan has been a teacher since 2007 following periods of work recruiting in the Financial Markets sector and working in student politics as a representative officer. He completed his PGCE at King’s College, University of London and studied his undergraduate MSci(Hons) in Astrophysics at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. The bulk of his experience has been spent working in East London. Kishan’s experience has led him to have worked with students from a wide range of cultures and ethnicities in his time in East London. Kishan’s experience has shaped his international outlook to education and his passion for science education for all, to help children become problem solvers of the future. Whilst Kishan’s main academic background is in Astrophysics, he has taught all sciences up to Grade 10. He particularly enjoys practical science, helping students to discover how to develop their scientific thinking and apply it to different contexts. Kishan enjoys bringing the real world into the classroom, from using pin hole cameras to model the eye to asking students to put themselves in the position of microbiologists to fight diseases. Believing that social contexts engage students to learn and make progress. Kishan is a keen cyclist and bicycle builder, having taken part in events like Ride London 46. He has toured France and Holland by bicycle as well. Currently, he has been learning to ride motorcycles with a view to do a tour of China! Being something of a techie, he also builds and codes computers in his spare time. Kishan has a strong passion for learning. Kishan’s likes to use current affairs and his own interests in the classroom to engage students. Helping students to forge a connection with science and their worlds. Kishan believes that children will solve problems that haven’t been invented yet, and this excites him the most about meeting the prospective students of Huili School Hangzhou.
Richard Self is an ICT teacher from Nottingham, England. He has been working as a teacher in schools in Nottingham for over 20 years and has been teaching the GCSE curriculum during this time with expertise from ages 11-16. In addition, Richard has taught A Level ICT, A Level Computing and has worked as a moderator for A Level Computing. Richard has a passion for ICT and the way it impacts on our everyday life and as such has passed on this to his pupils so that they themselves are inspired to learn more about it. In the classroom, Richard is enthusiastic and creates a safe and creative working environment that encourages pupils to ask questions, work collaboratively, work independently, to learn from each other, themselves and the teacher. In his spare time Richard has a huge passion for music. Richard has his own home recording studio and has been making music for several years. Richard is also a keen guitarist and has played in numerous bands at several venues in the local area. Richard is incredibly proud to be working at Wellington and is focused on instilling the values in the pupils. Richard is fully committed to ensuring the progress of pupils is outstanding before anything else and is looking forward to working with some of the brightest pupils of the generation.
Xin has worked as teaching assistant in many schools since high school. The times she worked as a teaching assistant had the greatest influence on her decision to become an educator. She has been a teacher assistant at: the Montessori Kindergarten, the Irvine Art & Music Center, Irvine Chinese school, Backstreet family center, Weekday School riverside and Henninger elementary school tutor program. Xin graduated from the University of California Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in Education Science. During her three years in college, she had the chance to study abroad in Paris for two months. After she completed a Bachelor’s degree, she earned a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Columbia University. Xin’s personal interests are based on two domains: music and travel. Xin started to play the piano around 3 years old and passed the 10th level around 10 years old. She also loves to sing and has joined choirs from elementary school to high school. Because of her passion for music, she took several classes about how to teach music in a classroom at Columbia University. She strongly believes that music education can affect a child in many different and positive aspects.
Matthew is a primary school teacher from the UK. After graduating from the University of Lincoln with a BA (Hons) in Journalism, he first came to China as an ESL teacher in 2012 and promptly fell in love with the country and the profession. He returned to the UK in 2016 to begin his teacher training, gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in 2018. Matthew has a keen interest in personalising the learning journeys of his students. He knows that all students come to the classroom from unique situations and firmly believes that all have the right to access the content, be challenged appropriately and encouraged to reach for the next level. He is a lifelong voracious reader and through his experience in both the UK and China, he has developed a passion for the development of reading in young learners. He finds much joy in sharing with students the experience of blossoming as a reader and opening the doors to a universe of imagination and discovery. Outside of school, he loves to cook and prides himself on his ability to find substitutes for ingredients he cannot obtain in China. He enjoys theatre and improv, appearing in a number of shows during 2019 in Hangzhou and starting an improvised comedy podcast during 2020; he credits this skill to years of Dungeons & Dragons and other tabletop games. His wife recently gave birth to their first child, and he spends much of his free time walking around Hangzhou with his family and their dog.
Young Chen graduated from St. John ’s University with a Master ’s degree in Sport Management and a Bachelor ’s degree in law from China University of Geosciences (Wuhan). Young has been a National first-level athlet and an ASCA (American Swimming Coaches Association) Level 1&2&3 qualified Swimming Coach. Young was a competitive swimmer and she has more than 15 years of swimming training experiences. She has participated in multiple national and provincial swimming competitions and won the champion and Sportsmanship Award in the National Collegiate Swimming Championships in the junior year at university. As a professional swimming coach, Young has a dedicated academic background and coaching experience in both China and the United States. She is an ASCA qualified Swimming Coach in the field of USA swimming and Age Grousp,has Lifeguarding certificates, First Aid/CPR/AED Certificates, and CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) training Certificates. She has taught in multiple levels of swimming clubs, universities, and non-profit organizations in both countries. After experiencing the collision of different sports cultures and the change of identity, she is becoming more passionate and enthusiastic about swimming. She strongly recognizes that academic research, communication develop and implement programs are inseparable for successful coaching. Young is very excited to be joining Wellington College Hangzhou. She firmly believes and hopes to pass on to children that sports not only teach them a life skill, but also inspire them to be physically and psychologically more powerful and independent.
Sophie graduated from Iowa State University in the United States with a Bachelor of Science in Statistics, and minor in Apparel, Merchandising and Design. She completed her Master of Science in Hong Kong, at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where she specialized in Mathematics Education. She also completed a PGCE (The postgraduate certificate in education) in the University of Nottingham and a number of qualifications in English teaching such as CELTA/TESOL/TEFL/ TESL. Sophie continues to study and is currently working towards her doctorate degree in Education. She has spent several years teaching in Shanghai, Suzhou and Malaysia international schools and has a wide variety of experiences in teaching, including IB mathematics, A level mathematics, IGCSE mathematics, business, English and IELTS. She would like to help students to improve their mathematics by giving feedback and encouraging autonomous learning. In her mathematics class, she wants to make math interesting, achieveable and relevant with students’ real life. Her goal in the classroom is to have a lively, open, and educational environment. She believes that every student matters and that each one has the potential to understand and be successful in mathematics.
Nick has worked as a primary school teacher for 15 years on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. He completed a two year post graduate degree in Education after earlier completing a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement Studies) and Bachelor of Business (Marketing), from the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. Nick has a wide range of experience teaching in the primary school setting, having taught Year 3, 5 and 6 as a classroom teacher. His specialty, however, is teaching upper primary school students with the aim to develop their academic and personal skills to fully prepare them for life in Senior (High) School. He also has a passion for sport and has taught Physical Education and Sport lessons to students from Prep through to Year 8. Nick’s philosophy of teaching is to take pride and joy in nurturing children on their journey to both academic and personal success. His goal is to enable students with the necessary skills to engage with and contribute to a global, multi-cultural society and to mold and shape their love of learning. Nick’s rapport with students and expectation of being the best of themselves, is the core essence of his teaching philosophy, as it is also what he strives to live by in his own life. Nick and his wife have a love of travelling and have travelled extensively around the world, including a visit to their sponsor child in Tanzania. Most recently, they took a one-year sabbatical to travel extensively through South and Central America. Nick has also lived in Hertfordshire, England as an overseas cricket player for one season and he coached cricket to a variety of school and club teams during his time in England. Nick also enjoys staying fit and healthy through a variety of exercise including fitness circuits, yoga, bike riding, and hiking. He loves being outdoors and participating in team sports. Nick and his wife are excited to join Huili School and Wellington College International Hangzhou respectively. They are looking forward to the opportunity of teaching in bilngual and international settings and they will both offer a skill set that is unique and experienced with respect to their global view of education and life.
Lisa is an Australian teacher who has 17 years experience writing and delivering a Japanese and dance curriculum in the Elementary, Middle and High school sectors. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Arts (Dance) and a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) with a minor in Japanese Language Studies. She takes great pride and joy in nurturing children on their journey to personal success and whilst acting in various administrative roles, discovered her ‘niche’ working in the Middle Years (13-15 years). As a result, Lisa has been a Middle Years Year Level Coordinator for 10 years, managing staff and students in pastoral care. Lisa’s philosophy of education is to build a lasting rapport with her students teamed with an expectation of them striving to be the best of themselves. She also strongly believes in enabling her students to have the necessary skills to engage with and contribute to a global, multi-cultural society. In role-modeling this philosophy, Lisa and her husband love to immerse themselves in different cultures and they have travelled extensively around the world. She has also lead numerous international school tour groups and studied twice in Japan. In addition to Japanese, Lisa can speak conversational Spanish and she is looking forward to learning Chinese throughout her time at Wellington and living in Hangzhou. Along with her skill of teaching Dance as a subject, Lisa has a strong personal background in Performing Arts. Beginning dance at five years of age, she has experience singing, acting and dancing in Musical Theatre Performances, competing in Eisteddfod’s, completing board examinations and performing as a Tapper and Jazz Singer. Lisa has also choreographed a number of dances for a variety of events to differing levels of ability. She loves to regularly participate in yoga classes and has a passion for health, lifestyle and being outdoors. Lisa and her husband Nick are very excited to be part of the Wellington family and are looking forward to having the opportunity to share their knowledge, skill, passion and experience with the staff and students at Huilli School Hangzhou and Wellington College International Hangzhou.
Krystle Niksch was born and raised in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. After completing her Bachelor of Education degree at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Krystle started her teaching career in Qatar. Although her plan was to spend only two years working abroad, she found herself mesmerised by the culture, lifestyle and ease of travel. She continued to spend a total of five wonderful years working at an international school as a primary teacher in Qatar. As Krystle is fascinated by multicultural and religious diversity, she feels fortunate to have worked with children from over 50 countries around the world in the international setting. Krystle loves working with students and always keeps herself busy with activities in the school community. She coached both athletics and triathlon and enjoyed organising sporting events between different schools for her teams. Along with English, Science is one of Krystle’s passions. She has developed the teaching and learning program in Year 3 to encourage an enthusiasm for science. Creating a teaching plan that is learner-centred and focuses on more hands-on activities was a rewarding task for her. She loved seeing the students make progress in science, grow more confident in using the correct scientific terms to explain their findings, make scientific connections and have fun while they were learning. Outside of the classroom, Krystle enjoys staying active by running and practicing yoga. She firmly believes that bringing some of her yoga practice into the class can help transform the classroom ethos and atmosphere. As yoga helps coordination through fine and gross motor control, it helps increase the student’s strength, flexibility and body awareness while teaching children to take care of their bodies and work safely. Krystle believes that the classroom should be a calm, safe and happy place where we all work together to cultivate better communication, focus and problem-solving skills. Krystle feels incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to move to China and start her new adventure at Huili School Hangzhou. She looks forward to continuing her growth and development as a teacher, surrounded by a new, diverse culture and working alongside bright minds.
With over a decade of his tenure in education, Mayur has taught both sciences and economics at IGCSE and A Level. He is an avid tech enthusiast with 9 years of international teaching experience in nurturing and empowering young minds by providing them with superior learning opportunities. Being born and brought up in Kenya, he completed his formal education in India and then completing his QTS with the University of Buckingham. His international experience with ESL students and a basic level of Mandarin Chinese has made a positive impact in classroom learning. Prior to joining Huili School Hangzohu, Mayur was working in Harbin (China) and has led several extracurricular activities, mentored trainee teachers, designed cross-curricular learning projects and served as the head of department and university counsellor. His teaching practice goes beyond providing an engaging curriculum to customising learning experiences for students. His background in science allows him to approach a research-based investigative facet whereas his economics background explores the depth and extent to which social interactions and economic activities impacts the local community, our planet and our very way of living. Mayur is a keen learner and in his spare time, enjoys reading, socialising, travelling and intellectual conversations. Not only is he health conscious but also a foodie. He has grown fond of the Chinese food, people, culture and the economy. Over the past couple of years, Mayur has picked up value investing as a hobby. He is very excited by the possibilities and opportunities offered by Huili School Hangzhou.
Kate is from Britain and has worked as a teacher for over ten years. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Lancaster University and subsequently pursued further studies at Perpignan University in France. On completing her BA Kate worked in local government, before completing her PGCE at Keele University and beginning her teaching career as a French and Spanish teacher in the UK. Kate has worked in various settings and has taught students of all age groups; she feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to gain such diverse experiences. After teaching in the UK, Kate began her international teaching career at a school in Dubai, teaching children from over seventy different countries. Whilst there, Kate completed her CELTA at IH Dubai. Kate has worked as an English teacher at summer schools in Dubai and the UK, most recently at Sherborne International School in Dorset. Prior to coming to China, Kate spent a year completing further studies and teaching English online to Chinese students. Kate always aims to establish a purposeful and enjoyable learning environment where students can try out new language for themselves and where they feel fully supported. She very much enjoys seeing her students develop their understanding and gain in confidence as language learners. Alongside teaching, Kate has contributed to a variety of extra-curricular activities in her different schools, including sewing clubs, debate and beginner’s language classes. She believes extra-curricular activities are a great way for students to discover new interests and develop as fully rounded individuals. In her free time, Kate is a keen hiker which she combines with her interest in photography. She also enjoys running and yoga, as well as craft activities and reading. As a keen language leaner herself, Kate is looking forward to the challenge of learning some Mandarin while in Hangzhou.
Tim commenced as an English teacher working in Secondary education in 2001 and has held a variety of roles during the last 19 years in UK schools. These have included: Second in English, Head of Foundation Learning, KS3 Boys Intervention Lead, Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENDCo-leading a Department of 17 staff), Designated Safeguarding Lead and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Tim has worked in a range of schools commencing in the Midlands, UK and then moving back to his home county of Somerset in 2006. Tim completed his MA in Modern English Studies also in 2006 culminating in his dissertation titled: ‘What makes Boys Read? A Review of the Effects of Graphic Novels Versus Fantasy Fiction on Boys’ Reading’. Throughout his teaching career encouraging boys engagement with reading has always been a high priority and Tim has been given additional responsibility to develop this area in each school he has taught within. Tim has a clear affiliation and connection with children, able to inspire and motivate all abilities, Tim is often charged with raising standards in the weakest learners and in challenging the most academically able. Tim’s love and passion for literature began at a very early age; his first love was Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’. Tim also loves authors as diverse as James Herbert, Ian Rankin, Iain Banks, Mark Twain and his current favourite: IT by Stephen King. Tim feels that because of this love and enthusiasm of literature he is able to pass this on to the children he teaches. Outside of the classroom Tim’s first love is sport; cricket and rugby in particular. Tim’s first university degree was a Joint Honours degree in English Literature and Sports Science ensuring Tim has assisted in extra-curricular sport in each of the four schools he has worked in coaching cricket, rugby and cross-country running and Tim is very keen for this to continue at Huili! Tim is also a keen triathlete completing his first 70.3 Half Ironman in 2019 in 6 hours and 3 minutes. Tim hopes to beat this time once he’s in China and is hugely honoured to be joining Huili School Hangzhou.
Ahmed is a passionate teacher of mathematics with over ten years’ experience in teaching mathematics from Grade six to twelve. After initially qualifying as a mathematics teacher in his home city of Brighton, UK, and working at one of the local secondary schools, Ahmed decided to leave, and travel abroad to seek new challenges and adventures. In his first teaching post abroad, Ahmed worked in a British International school in Tianjin, China, where Ahmed taught mathematics to pupils who came from a wide range of different nationalities and cultures. Ahmed worked successfully in this school for a period of two years, where, alongside teaching mathematics, Ahmed mentored some of his students to take part in the very popular UK Maths Challenge competitions (UK Maths Trust). As well as a teacher, Ahmed was also a form tutor, where he held daily quizzes and other fun activities to help build his students social interaction skills and emotional wellbeing. During extra curriculum activities, Ahmed enjoyed coaching the boys’ senior basketball team, where the school celebrated finishing third in a basketball competition between local international schools in Tianjin. Towards the end of his second year in Tianjin, Ahmed was approached by a British International school in Qatar, who were seeking to appoint a mathematics teacher to help start their schools’ mathematics department. Impressed by Ahmed’s pedagogical subject knowledge and passion for teaching, the school in Qatar offered Ahmed the role of Head of Mathematics. After working in Qatar for six years, running a very successful mathematics department and watching the school develop from 100 students to over 500 students, Ahmed decided it was time to return to China as he missed the unique lifestyle, and the warmth and generosity of the Chinese people. Ahmed is very much looking forward to returning to China with his wife and their three-year-old son. In his spare time, Ahmed enjoys going to gym, and running outdoors (when the desert temperature is not 50 degrees!) and reading academic research papers on education.
After graduating from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Greek and Roman Studies, Daniel had a number of different roles in hospitality, retail and business administration. However, it was in 2000, once he completed his RSA/CELTA, that he found his true vocation a teacher. After a summer’s teaching at an English private school he spent two years teaching students of all ages in Tokyo, followed by a year in Taipei delivering an English language curriculum in a kindergarten. When Daniel returned to the UK he embarked on his Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of Hull and has been teaching across the UK ever since in Hull, Bradford and Portsmouth, and abroad again at the British International School, Bratislava. He has had the privilege of teaching children from a huge range of socio-economic backgrounds and nationalities. During his career, Daniel has, at various points, had responsibility for leading History, Music, Talk for Learning (a programme designed to put talk at the heart of the curriculum), Reading and Mathematics. His experience has helped to hone his teaching and education philosophy down to some core beliefs: that education has a transformative effect on pupils’ lives; that all learners can succeed; and that a school’s wider role must include developing the qualities of respect and responsibility within the community. In his leisure time, Daniel likes to read, walk in the countryside and follow the ups and downs (but usually downs) of Portsmouth Football Club. He has always had an interest in travel, history and culture and is looking forward to indulging these interests in the beautiful city of Hangzhou, with his wife and two young children.
James’ academic career began due to his active participation in athletics. James attended university in the United States on a baseball scholarship where he played for four years with distinction – being elected to the University’s Hall of Fame. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education with a Social Science Composite major which qualified him to teach across the spectrum of humanities subjects. Upon graduation James returned to his native Canada where he taught history and geography as well as coaching several sports. James’ passion for baseball saw him run provincial wide development and skills training camps. James’ coaching experience includes provincial and national tournaments with members of his developmental teams succeeding to play at the professional level. James has been recognised for his contributions to the sport of baseball in his home province of Manitoba. Two of the teams he played for were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. During James’ years of teaching in Canada he was instrumental in organising local and international field trips for his students. James strongly believes that traveling and seeing places described in books helps solidify student knowledge and understanding. James has a passion for travel and continues to explore new locations – usually with a historical or geographical significance. This desire for experiencing new surroundings has seen James teach internationally in Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia and Mainland China. In total, James has more than 20 years of international teaching experience. Throughout his career James has held several administrative positions including Head of Department, Academic Coordinator and he was the Principal of a school in Canada. James has a keen interest in educational policy and philosophy. James returned to university and obtained his Master of Public Administration with a Public Policy major. James has been credited with researching and writing papers regarding provincial and national educational history and policies which have been used to formulate provincial policy. James enjoys being near his young family when his schedule affords. James finds enjoyment from trying the local cuisine in the places where he has lived. His attempts to recreate these dishes in his own kitchen “is an area for growth”. When time allows, James enjoys games of strategy and watching sporting events. Teaching at Wellington is a new adventure for James on his career path. James views this as a fantastic opportunity to instil the ethos and values of the Wellington community into the daily lives of the students. Wellington College offers an incredible chance to develop as a teacher and lifelong learner – attributes James holds as vital to the progress of any child in the dynamic environment of the 21st century.
Rachel graduated from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore with a Master of Science degree. She holds a national high school mathematics teaching certificate. She has worked in an IBDP school as a DP math tutor and taught grade seven mathematics. After that, Rachel worked as a homeroom teacher in a well-known IBPYP school. While teaching UOI and mathematics courses, she was responsible for class affairs and assisted the school in organizing various extra curricula activities. Rachel has always regarded the IB learner profile as the purpose of training children, and hopes that children can become citizens of the world with an international mind. She loves life. Growing flowers and drinking tea are all indispensable parts of her life. She also likes to travel, hoping to travel all over the world to appreciate the scenery and humanities of foreign countries and enriching her knowledge and thoughts.
Bridget earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications at the University of Technology in Sydney and continued her education with a Graduate Diploma in Education from Sydney University. In her role as a teacher of English and History in the beachside town of Coffs Harbour on the east coast of Australia, Bridget has a vast range of teaching experience, having taught students when they first enter high school in Grade 7 to seeing those same students off after they complete Grade 12. Some highlights have been coaching debate teams which have gone on to win at state level competitions, providing opportunities for students to travel to Sydney to see live theatre, and organising the annual weeklong trip to the nation’s capital, Canberra, where 90 Grade 10 students learn about history, science, politics, culture, law and art by visiting the top institutions in these fields. Bridget has taught all levels of both English (Language and Literature) and History and is passionate about both. At the heart of her teaching is the desire to create opportunities for students to find their ‘voice.’ She teaches her students to learn from mistakes and to build on success. Furthermore, she believes that success is not measured by scores alone, but by valuing the effort that goes into being the best that one can be, in whichever fields one pursues. Bridget was selected by the Sydney Jewish Museum and Gandel Philanthropy in Australia to travel to the World Holocaust Memorial Center in Israel to undergo training in Holocaust Education. She was subsequently invited by the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem to deliver a workshop at its International Education Conference in 2008 and then invited back to participate in a Graduate program for international educators in 2010. She has used her knowledge of appropriate Holocaust pedagogy to create many programs of learning for students aged 12 to 18, ensuring that such learning is delivered in a sensitive and ethical way, whilst encouraging her students to value the lessons that such an education invites. As a Leader of Learning, Bridget has worked with her College’s middle leadership team since 2014. She has trained in school improvement to develop effective strategies to better engage with students, parents and staff. Key to improving pedagogy is a willingness to learn from others and as a qualified ‘Peer-to-Peer’ classroom observer, Bridget will often be found in the classrooms of her colleagues, learning from their talents and assisting them with identified areas for growth. She looks forward to bringing a touch of ‘the land down under’ (aka Australia) to her classes at Huili School Hangzhou. Bridget enjoys reading, travelling, especially to sites of historical interest, and dining out, and when she is not walking the beaches of Coffs Harbour she can be found with her family hitting the ski slopes of Australia’s Snowy Mountains.
Emily graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2009 with a BA (Hons) in French studies. This included a year living in Normandy, France, teaching English as a foreign language. In 2010, she completed a PGCE in French and Spanish at the University of Exeter and began her teaching career at Windsor Girls’ School in Berkshire. In the past 8 years, Emily has been a Subject Leader and KS5 Lead for French at Charters School, an outstanding 11-18 mixed school in Ascot, Berkshire. Throughout this time, she has mentored and guided MFL students through their university applications with many of those to Oxbridge. More recently, her role evolved to working within the Sixth Form leadership team providing academic and pastoral support. She has extensive experience in writing university references and advising students across the curriculum and ability spectrum. Aside from teaching, Emily enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading and learning new languages. She is eager to explore Hangzhou and the rest of China with her husband, Robert, and daughter, Gabi. Emily is looking forward to guiding our students to their exciting and bright futures at higher education institutions all over the world.
Louise began teaching in London in 2009, having studied English at Sussex University and Victorian Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. She also holds a Primary PGCE and Primary Education MA from the UCL Institute of Education. Having worked in lots of different year groups over 11 years, Louise feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to engage deeply with students and their families, sharing their journey through school life. She has worked in diverse school communities and enjoys celebrating the variety of cultural experiences that students and staff bring to the school environment.
Louise is a certified Philosophy for Children (P4C) facilitator and believes strongly in the value of using discussion and debate to allow children to develop their thinking skills. As a P4C Co-ordinator, Louise has helped to develop lessons across the primary ages to help children develop the confidence to take part actively and respectfully in philosophical enquiries with their peers. Louise is committed to embedding these principles across different subject areas, as she believes that talk is an essential part of helping children to develop their understanding, empowering them with confidence in their thoughts and ideas. In her previous role of Humanities and Sustainability Lead, Louise helped to develop a curriculum that inspired children to take action to improve their local environment and to think about their role in creating a sustainable future. Louise is passionate about sustainability and took great pride in instilling a love of gardening in her inner-city pupils. In her spare time, Louise loves to travel and has visited many countries across the world. She enjoys running, has completed the London Marathon and also loves swing dance. Louise is thrilled to be moving to Hangzhou with her husband and two children. She is extremely excited about working with the children, parents and staff at Wellington.
Charles has worked as a primary school teacher for two years in West London after completing his Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Northumbria University in his native Newcastle upon Tyne. Charles’ interest in international education was first sparked whilst studying at Georgia State University in the United States during the second year of his History degree. This experienced enabled him to appreciate the importance of cross-cultural interactions in education. During Charles’ teaching career, he has applied and maintained his philosophy of multicultural education by relocating to Northolt, Ealing, London. Through immersing himself in an ethnically broad community, Charles was able to witness first-hand the benefit of diversity within a learning environment to encourage tolerance and open-mindedness. As a history graduate, Charles has always maintained a focus upon thematic learning, combining key skills from across the curriculum. Charles believes that through weaving together different areas of the primary curriculum learning can be reinforced and applied in a wide variety of settings. Outside of teaching, Charles has a diverse set of interests.
From a young age, Charles has had an interest in distance running having completed several competitive runs throughout his life. Alongside fitness, Charles enjoys playing guitar, cycling, drawing and most recently building and repairing electronics. Charles is a firm believer in extra-curricular activities and encouraging people to explore their individual interests. Charles holds the opinion that through inspiring children to pursue their passions and stimulating their curiosity, their view towards education and life will blossom. As a keen traveller with a broad outward looking global view, Charles is excited to relocate to Hangzhou in Summer 2020. Charles recognises the unique opportunity Wellington College presents to him as an educator and global citizen. Charles intends to immerse himself into Chinese culture as well as Wellington College’s wider school life to develop and further his teaching philosophy and career.
Isabella obtained her bachelor’s degree of Finance, Accounting and Management from the University of Nottingham Ningbo China and her master’s degree of Media and Communication from the University of Warwick in the UK. Working in finance, accounting and banking sector in Shanghai and Hangzhou for six years, she used to serve for Deloitte & Touche and China Zheshang Bank before joining Wellington College and Huili School Hangzhou. She is also pursuing her PGCE and QTS with the curriculum and professional practice provided by Durham University and Wellington College China. As a beneficiary of international education, she has an aspiration for the profound development of international and bilingual education in China and started her teaching career in Huili School Hangzhou. By combining the advantages of both Chinese and British educational philosophy and pedagogy, she hopes to inspire children to grow, learn from the world, explore their life journeys, and most importantly, reach their full potential and value throughout their life-long learning experiences. As an advocate of “liberal education philosophy”, she believes that human beings and personality shaping should be put first, especially at the elementary education stage. Isabella participated in voluntary teaching work in rural areas of both China and India several times. With a deep understanding of the lack of educational resources on a global scale, she is enthusiastic about voluntary teaching and public welfare and hopes to contribute her own efforts to education in both China and the world.
Charley’s experience as Art Coordinator for Foundation to Year 6 at Presbyterian Ladies’ College Junior School in Melbourne between 2012-2018 provided excellent opportunity to develop a rigorous practice in Visual Arts education. With her strong Visual Art and Design background, she feels passionate about nurturing creativity at all stages of development and in various contexts. Charley’s own engagement with visual art and creativity and its value to her, is what drives her commitment to having an impact on creative education for young people. She brings a global perspective from her experience of international travel as well as an understanding of the local environment through both hiking in wilderness areas and gardening in her own backyard. She anticipates with excitement the discovery of the rich cultural and natural landscape of Hangzhou and beyond in China. Charley is looking forward very much to the wonderful opportunity of working with the community at Huili School Hangzhou, to support each young person to discover their own sense of creativity and expression.
She just graduated from Shanghai Institute of Physical Education this year and came to Huili School as a PE TA.
Ruiting completed her master’s degree at Oregon State University and her undergraduate degree from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in music education. She is a pianist and singer and is also adept at French Horn. She conducted the Oregon State Women’s choir, community choir, an orchestra and performed in public concerts. Now Ruiting has worked as a high school music teacher in international schools for 3 years and has taught the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Music course. Her students have received A* in their IGCSE exams. Many of her students received ABRSM music theory certificates and awards in international music competitions. Ruiting received many “Outstanding Teaching” awards in music competitions, including the 2020 Liszt Youth International Piano Competition (China), the 2019 UK Royal International Art Competition and more.
Ruiting completed her recent research which was published in a journal, title the Psychological Development and Teaching Design of Music Learning for High School Students. Ruiting has also completed several training programs. Some of her courses include International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme ( IBDP) Music, IGCSE Music, Orff Schulwerk, Plano Kodály, and choral teachers training. Ruiting was the supervisor of the Student Union in an international school. She organized many school events and helped students with their leadership. She also was the judge of the Zhejiang Musicians Association Music Level Exam and the judge of the Zhejiang Youth Art Conference.
Megan Gong graduated from Yantai University with a Master’s degree. She majored in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages and holds a Senior National Certificate for Teachers of Chinese and a Certificate for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. Megan worked as a Chinese teacher at Bayanhonger Business Institute in Mongolia for 2 years and as a Chinese teacher at the Confucius Institute at University of Karachi in Pakistan for 3 years. Her work experience has enhanced her teaching ability and inspired her to research and to explore a range of teaching methods, and throughout her teaching career, Megan feels fortunate to have worked in a range of different settings with a diverse membership of both staff and pupils. These valuable experiences have helped Megan to develop her appreciation for the positive impact cultural differences can have in an educational setting. Megan is very excited to be joining Huili School Hangzhou, where we have the opportunity to develop a motivated and engaged learning environment within the Wellington community.
Bingxin Lin has recently worked as an English teacher for young learners from 3 to 12 years old in Hangzhou Yingpu education Co. LTD for 1 year. During this period, she taught literature, math and science in English. Meanwhile, she communicated with parents about students’ performances face to face or by report and letter. She also attended training programmes to improve her teaching skills and classroom management. After that she changed her job and applied for the position of IELTS teacher in Shinyway Education, Hangzhou. She mainly taught students IELTS reading and writing. Meanwhile, she took part in teaching training, including how to organize a highly effective class, how to impart reading and writing skills efficiently, etc. It was during these 2 years that she accumulated a lot of experience to teach teenager learners and progressed a lot in teaching ability. Afterwards, she worked part-time at another smaller company as an English teacher.
To achieve better in academic performance, she also went to Nottingham University to pursue her Master’s degree and she will graduate in November 2020. Bingxin Lin is very happy to join Huili School Hangzhou, where she has the opportunity to devote herself to the teaching of these young learners. She can’t wait to join the Huili family!
Belle graduated from the University of Sussex with a Master’s degree in education. She worked as a part-time Chinese liaison at a language school in the UK, helping schools and Chinese students work through language and cultural barriers between them. At the same time, she has a junior high school history teacher certificate. She has a wealth of education and teaching knowledge. She is very interested in the parenting style and has done some research on the relationship between the parenting style and the academic procrastination of Chinese overseas students. In addition, she is also very interested in language learning. She has learned English language teaching methods and made some relevant observations and practices. In addition, she has also done research about teacher beliefs and child protection. These studies and practices have deepened her understanding of education. She is a positive lady. In her spare time, Belle likes watching movies and swimming. She also likes to travel during holidays to enrich her knowledge of the world.
Mandy completed the Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Guangdong Pharmaceutical University. She worked as a senior operational executive in DXY, has also had experience working in hospitals, food and drug inspection institute andas a nutritionist. Mandy aims to let science be closer to daily life, so she chose to study Human Nutrition in the University of Sheffield and will complete the Master’s degree in 2020. She has a wide ranging background including pharmacy, medical, nutrition, biochemical, etc. In addition, she holds the Teacher Certification of Chemistry. Mandy loves education, especially food education. She is very happy to start her new career in Huili School Hangzhou.
Elva graduated from Sichuan International Studies University and her major was Chinese International teaching. Then she completed her postgraduate diploma of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language in the University of Hong Kong. During her study in HKU, she recieved an IB Certificate and had some internship as a Chinese teacher in the International school in HK. She learned a lot skills and concepts about international teaching. She hopes that each student could have a global vision and be a life-long learner. Elva believes Chinese learning could help pupils know more about Chinese culture and the world.