Stella graduated from East China Normal University with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and literature and a master’s degree in education.
Prior to joining Huili, Stella has worked with her colleagues to develop an online tool for teaching Chinese as an additional language, and has compiled textbooks and workbooks for publication.
Stella is a passionate educator who is deeply aligned to the philosophy and ethos of Huili in providing a truly holistic education that also delivers excellent exam results. She hopes to bring all her experience to Huili and is keen to establish a world class bilingual school in China, which will bring quality bilingual education for more Chinese families.
Away from work, Stella enjoys traveling and when she does have a break, she pursues her lifetime goal of developing her appreciation of music.
Mrs. Rosalie Pietsch looks forward to joining the Huili School community. Most recently Mrs. Pietsch held the position of Head of Primary at Canberra Grammar School where she was a member of the Whole School Executive and responsible for all aspects of schooling for students aged three through to twelve. Located in the capital city of Australia, Canberra Grammar School is the district’s premier school providing high quality internationally focused education. A dynamic and innovative leader, Mrs. Pietsch significantly built enrolments at Canberra Grammar School, while also broadening the educational offerings ensuring students were challenged, engaged and inspired by their learning.
As an educational leader, Mrs. Pietsch is mindful of the significant responsibility that rests in making a positive difference for the learning of all students within her care. Establishing high expectations, developing a shared language of learning, drawing on data to inform pedagogical practice, and charting a clear course which is understood by all are markers of her approach to education leadership.
Joining Mrs. Pietsch in Shanghai is her husband, Mr. Rodney Pietsch. Their son, Harrison, will remain in Australia where he plans to commence university studies, having recently completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Mr. and Mrs. Pietsch both enjoy spending time outside, travelling, and sharing good food.
Mrs. Pietsch is excited to be continuing to build the strong bilingual community that currently exists at Huili School, Shanghai; to further develop students’ creative thinking and capacity to successfully engage with the complex opportunities of a changing world.
Laura graduated from Dalian University of Foreign Languages, majoring in English language and literature. Early in her teaching career, she taught English at Shandong University, one of the top universities in China. She was elected as the ‘Young Backbone Teacher’ for her creative problem solving and tireless work ethic. She has been devoted to international education for over ten years.
Laura joined Yew Chung International School of Shanghai in 2008. Since then, she successfully held the posts of Chinese language teacher, Chinese studies subject leader and Chinese year group coordinator. In 2015 she worked as a founding member of the leadership team at Yew Wah International Education School, a bilingual sister school founded by Yew Chung Education Foundation. Laura was a key contributor in the process of setting up the primary and secondary curriculum and other managerial processes. Laura believes that the goal of education is to motivate pupils to be lifelong learners and help them become the very best young adults they can be.
Outside work, Laura has a wide range of interests, including music, travelling and reading.
After graduating from Oxford University with a BA (Hons) in English language and literature, Lana Kulas went on to study for a postgraduate general certificate in education (PGCE) at the University of London. She began her teaching career in London, UK, where she worked in several large schools in the city. As an assistant principal, she set up a sixth form at Chelsea Academy. Most recently, Ms. Kulas has been a head of a secondary school in Doha, Qatar, where she was one of the founding members of a leadership team of a brand-new international school.
As a school leader, Ms. Kulas believes in developing well-rounded students who have access to a wealth of opportunities that enable them to discover their passion and find a sense of purpose. This begins with rigorous academic qualifications and teaching that develops a love of learning and the ability to persevere and inquire in times of challenge. Students need to be guided, supported and unafraid of making mistakes in order that they may discover their true potential.
In her spare time, Ms. Kulas enjoys travel and sport. Originally from Bosnia-Herzegovina, she is also involved in charitable work and supporting an orphanage in her hometown by organising fundraising events and service trips for students. Ms. Kulas is very excited to be moving to Shanghai to set up Huili High School and is looking forward to discovering a rich new culture and way of life.
Ben Blackwood moved to Wellington College Shanghai from Redland High School for Girls, a leading independent girl’s school in Bristol, where he has been the Bursar for eight years. Ben first became a bursar after completing a 26-year career as an officer in the British Army.
After completing his A-levels at Welbeck College, he chose to go to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, rather than university. On completion of his training he was commissioned in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, and proceeded to serve in many parts of the world, including Germany, the Gulf, the Balkans and the Falkland Islands. One of the highlights of his career was being selected for training as an Ammunition Technical Officer, including bomb disposal. Towards the end of his service he completed a Master’s Degree in Engineering Business Management at the University of Warwick.
Ben has always been interested in most sports and was privileged to be selected to play hockey for the Ordnance Corps, as a goalkeeper. His main sport now is cycling and he has undertaken a number of challenging rides.
Lydia is the bursar of Wellington College Shanghai, responsible for overseeing operations, services and purchasing. Before joining us, she spent four years in the same capacity in Beijing City International School, which accommodates both foreign and Chinese pupils.
Lydia also has extensive experience in the accounting industry, where she was attached to several international firms, including Arthur Andersen and KPMG. During this time, she led various financial projects in real estate, resorts and service related industries, assurance and advisory business for multi-national organisations and public listed companies.
Lydia is a chartered accountant, a fellow member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), an experienced member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She also completed an MBA from Oxford Brookes University.
Maggie Zhou graduated from East China Normal University with a BA and MA.
She has over 20 years’ experience in teaching and school management. Prior to joining Huili School Shanghai, Maggie worked in Shanghai as the Head of International Education Department of Shengda Garden Primary School. Her passion in exploring Eastern and Western cultures inspired her to develop the best bilingual curriculum for Chinese pupils by combining the strength of Chinese compulsory education and the concepts of collaboration and investigation promoted in Western education philosophies. She genuinely looks forward to working with the talented Huili team of local and expatriate educators to establish a world-leading bilingual school in China.
Ms. Penelope (Penny) Mulholland holds a B.Ed (Hons) degree, having graduated from Westminster College in Oxford in 1987. She began her teaching career in the north of England, teaching in a variety of school settings in both urban and rural areas. It was whilst working as a primary teacher that her interest in children’s wellbeing and additional needs began. Her international teaching career started in Qatar at a very large international school of over four thousand students aged three to eighteen years. Ms. Mulholland was part of a successful pastoral team and responsible for the creation and implementation of a Safeguarding Policy in a large international school. For the past two years, Ms. Mulholland has been Head of Learning Support and Safeguarding Officer at NAIS Pudong.
Ms. Mulholland is pleased to be joining Huili as she knows that the values of courage, integrity, kindness, respect and responsibility, reflect her own personal and professional principles.