The teachers of YWIES Shanghai Gubei are from different parts of the world. Students will be able to experience truly international teaching styles in a relaxing and enjoyable cross-cultural learning environment. The teachers also have leadership talents with passion to education to provide stimulating, active and humble learning environment. YWIES also encourages and supports our staff to pursue continuing education and training programmes.
Academic Co-ordinator/ IGCSE Coordinator/ Psychology Teacher
Mr David Burgin is originally from the UK. He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Lancaster University, England and a master’s degree in Education from Sheffield Hallam University, England. He taught IB MYP/DP and IGCSE Business and Integrated Humanities in Malaysia for three years before moving to Shanghai.
Mr Burgin is excited about taking on the role of Academic Co-ordinator. He is passionate about learning and helping students to become internationally minded critical thinkers. In his free time, he enjoys rock climbing, running, and eating.
A-Level Co-ordinator/ Social Studies Teacher
Mr Douglas Woodruff received his Bachelor of Arts in Music and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2006, as well as his Master of Science in Music Education in 2009. He has been teaching music since 2009 both in the United States and internationally. In addition, he previously taught Introduction to International Politics and Introduction to American Government.
This year Mr Woodruff will also be co-ordinating the A Level examinations and curriculum for YWIES, and teaching IGCSE 1 and IGCSE 2 Global Perspectives. In his spare time, Mr Woodruff has been an active performer, having played trombone with the Baltimore Symphony, Boston Pops, and served as the Principal Trombonist of the Montgomery Philharmonic, and now performing in Shanghai.
Chinese Coordinator/ Head of Dormitory/ Chinese Teacher
Ms Annie Tang joined Yew Wah in August 2007 as a Chinese teacher. She graduated from East China Normal University with a master’s degree in Education.
Prior to joining Yew Wah, she was a Chinese teacher in Heilongjiang Huaxia Computer Institute for four years, where she taught Contemporary Literature, Basic Chinese, University-level Chinese and Document Writing. She was also a well-loved teacher in a middle-school in Zhejiang province where she taught for two years. She has plenty of teaching experience.
Head of Student Life/ Maths Teacher
Mr Daniel Pena-Marquez has been teaching for the last six years in Central London and believes that Maths is a subject that is used to understand and interpret our world.
After growing up in Spain, Mr Pena-Marquez moved to the United Kingdom to study at secondary school and university before undertaking PGCE at The Institute of Education.
Mr Pena-Marquez taught Maths in one of the most successful schools in the United Kingdom and he wants to share and develop this practice in a new and exciting setting.
Mr Pena-Marquez’s ethos is rigorous and inclusive. He believes success can be achieved by all in order to fulfil their true potential.
Activity Coordinator/ English Teacher
Ms Elisa Tang joined Yew Wah as an English teacher in February 2008. She graduated from Shandong University with a bachelor's degree in English Literature. After graduation in 1999, she began English teaching in a senior high school in Shanghai for several years, and also worked at WSE, EF as an English instructor. All these years’ teaching experience has given Ms Tang confidence in helping students improve not only in their study but also in their life.
Head of Languages and Humanities/ English Teacher
Ms Lisa Donoghue is from England. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Middlesex University and a PGCE in Secondary English and Drama from Edge Hill University. Over the last twenty years, she has taught IGCSE and A level English courses in the U.K, Russia, the Middle East and most recently in Ningbo, China. She has also held a variety of leadership roles, such as Head of Year, Head of Department, and Head of Secondary section.
Ms Donoghue is passionate about helping students become proficient in their use of English across the curriculum. In her spare time, she is a keen writer and enjoys watching football.
Social Studies Teacher
Mr Brandon Clemmons is originally from the United States. He holds a bachelor's degree in History and Social Sciences Secondary Education from Longwood University and he also holds a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University.
Mr. Clemmons has taught secondary Social Studies for 7 years internationally; which includes experience teaching American, MYP, Key Stage 3 and IGCSE History and Geography curricula. He has taught at international schools in the UAE, China, Russia and Albania before joining Yew Wah.
Mr. Clemmons believes in helping students develop critical thinking, collaboration and research skills to help them meet the challenges of the 21st century. In his free time he enjoys playing chess, learning languages and travel.
Head of Mathematics/ Maths Teacher
Mr Jose Alvarado is the Head of the Maths Department and teaches Maths at Yew Wah since 2014. He majored in Industrial Engineering, has a Master’s degree in Human Resources Administration, and completed the Business Management Programme from Harvard University Extension School. His professional experience has focused around Business and Operations Management.
Mr Alvarado’s almost 20-year-long career in education includes three years as a High School Assistant Principal, Head of Maths and Science Departments, Maths preparation for the SAT, instructor in the Centre for Talented Youth Summer Programme from Johns Hopkins University, and teaching a variety of Maths and Science subjects at high school and university levels, mostly in bilingual schools.
As a native Spanish speaker from Guatemala, he has personally experienced the challenges and the advantages of living and working abroad, in the USA, Canada, Spain and China. This international experience has had tremendous impact on his personal and professional life, and he wishes to share it with all his students.
Ms Karen Wang graduated from Tongji University and obtained a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering. She has the Teacher Certification for high school in Maths. She worked in New Oriental Shanghai teaching high school Maths before joining Yew Wah in October 2016.
Ms Wang is quite familiar with the international high school education system. She teaches A Level Maths. Ms Wang is a very responsible teacher, and cares about students’ lives and learning.
Sunny Xu graduated from Xiamen University with a master’s degree of Science in Condensed Matter Physics. She has been teaching SAT2, IGCSE and A level mathematics since 2015.
As a maths teacher, she is patient, responsible and passionate about helping students to get a better understanding of maths subject.
Head of Science/ Science Teacher/ Chemistry and Biology
Ms Marnie Weeden is originally from the UK and has a bachelor hons degree in Ecology and Eco-technology. She has been teaching MYP, A Level and AP science and maths for 20 years in the UK, Thailand and China; and has worked as head of department or academic co-ordinator for 18 years.
Ms Weeden is looking forward to the start of the academic year, especially meeting the students. She is excited to begin supporting them on their journey to become holistic learners with a global perspective and experience, in preparation for their future education.
In her free time, Ms Weeden enjoys international cooking, reading, gardening and travel.
Science Teacher/ Chemistry
Ms Carol Li has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry education and a master’s degree in Organic chemistry from Tongji University. She taught A Level and IGCSE chemistry for three years and AP chemistry for 1 year.
Ms Li is passionate about education and believes that the goal of education is not only to help students get knowledge but also to help them discover and become a creative person.
Daniel Matthew Roberts
Science Teacher/ Biology
Mr Daniel Matthew Roberts is originally from the UK. He trained at university for a BSc in Microbiology and Molecular Biology. During this time he completed research into genetics using statistical based software. After his BSc he then completed a PGCE at the University of Manchester to qualify as a teacher in the UK and proceeded to work at a variety of schools in and around Manchester.
Mr Roberts has a built during his time teaching a philosophy around ensuring that students learn in his subject through a combination of classroom and practical skills. This ensures that students not only learn theory for science but they are also prepared to be effective practitioners of science to enable them to succeed at university.
Science Teacher/ Physics
Miss Demi Zhang received her bachelor’s degree in physics from ChangChun Normal University. She has been teaching physics since 2017 in bilingual school.
This year Miss Demi Zhang will teach IGCSE 1 and AS Level. She hopes that her students would think physics is interesting and enjoy the physics world.
Science Teacher/ Physics
Ms Peggy Peng received her master’s degree in Materials Science from University of Augsburg in Germany. She teaches AP/A-level physics in an international school since 2014.
Ms Peng is keen to provide an individualized approach in educating her students in order to bring out the best in them, inside and outside the classroom. She utilizes varied methodologies and incorporates them with the conventional methods of teaching to offer her students with the best learning experience.
Ms Peng lived in Germany for 7 years, which makes her know well about the culture differences between the west and the east. And she is looking forward to sharing these experience with students. In her free time, she likes to do excises through yoga, aerobics, weight training, and so on.
Science Lab Technician
Ms Catherine Yang joined Yew Wah as the Science Lab Technician, responsible for lab management and experiment preparation. Graduated from Harbin Normal University, she holds a master’s degree in Ecology. During her time at college, under the supervision of her tutor, Ms Yang conducted one research project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China and Heilongjiang Provincial Department of Education. She is a full member at Chinese Society for Oceanology and Limnology, Phycology Branch.
Head of Social Sciences/ Economics & Business Teacher
Ms Vanja Lucic, from Serbia, is Head of Social Sciences Department, Cambridge International Project Qualification Supervisor and A2 Economics & IGCSE1 Business Teacher. She is a US-certified Social Studies teacher and holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Economics.
Prior to joining Yew Wah, Ms Lucic obtained teaching experience at Belgrade Metropolitan University, where she worked in the areas of Economics, Management, Finance and Accounting, and at Raffles International College as a Lecturer of Business Administration.
Ms Lucic’s research interests include transition economies, labour market, and business/marketing strategies. She is the author and co-author of various publications in the field of economics, business and education – original research in highly ranked international and national academic journals, conference papers and one textbook.
In her spare time, Ms Lucic enjoys travelling, cycling, oil painting and photography.
Economics & UGO Teacher
Mr Daniel Lo, from Hong Kong, is graduated from Iowa State University and teaches Economics and serves as a university guidance counsellor at Yew Wah.
After joining Yew Wah International Education Foundation in 2008, Mr Lo has worked as the Economics/Business Studies teacher, University Guidance Co-ordinator, Somerset English immersion programme co-ordinator, Cambridge international examinations co-ordinator and department supervisor in Yew Wah International Education School of Yantai, Yew Wah Training Centre and Shanghai Yew Wah Arts and Language Centre.
Before coming to Yew Wah, Mr Lo had 10 years of project management and operation experience in world leading companies. Mr Lo enjoys working in a multi-cultural environment and loves to encourage students to think critically from different perspectives.
Mr Dusan Nesic holds the Bachelors of Economics from Faculty of Economics, Finance and Administration, Masters in International Business from Hult International Business School, both graduated with Honours and as Student Council President. He received the PGCEi (Post Graduate Certificate in Education, International) from the University of Nottingham, with Distinction.
Mr Nesic has 4 years teacher of Economics IGCSE and A-level, 2 years Cambridge PDQ Teacher Trainer, 2 years teacher management experience. Non teaching experience includes starting his own marketing company, management consulting, cross border trade and investment, and executive search.
Mr Nesic’s teaching philosophy is best summarised by a quote from George Bernard Shaw: "I am not a teacher, merely a fellow traveler who has shown you the way ahead. Ahead for you and for me".
Mr Nesic is energetic, passionate about teaching, and dedicated to family. His hobbies include exercise, cooking and magic tricks. His abundant experience in both teaching and non-teaching shall help lead students to gain a deeper insight into the economics world.
Mr Paul Goodwin has been teaching for over 28 years, including two years in Tianjin achieving outstanding results.
Mr Goodwin believes that the best way for students to get the most from any lesson is to take part in a positive and productive learning experience. Enjoy the process of interaction - so please be ready to question and be questioned, be ready to discuss anything and everything concerned with the dynamic world of business.
Mr Goodwin loves sport, music, nature and travel.
Daniel Jason Roberts
Psychology and English Teacher
Mr Daniel Jason Roberts graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After graduating, Mr Roberts worked for several years with children and young adults who had mental health and behaviour problems. He worked in the school setting and in their homes to help them achieve particular behaviour goals.
Mr Roberts returned to school to become a teacher at West Chester University receiving his certification to teach Grades 7–12 English. After becoming certified to teach English, he also became eligible to teach High School Social Studies and Middle School Science. Mr Roberts taught English for two years and a Science/Technology class for four years at the middle school level. For the upcoming year, he will teach Psychology and English. In his free time, Mr Roberts enjoys playing guitar, watching sports, and reading.
Mr Cedric Cerbolles, from the Philippines, joined Yew Wah in August 2005 as the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) teacher.
Prior to joining Yew Wah, Mr Cerbolles received his Computer Hardware and Software training at Microsoft Philippines. He worked at Informatics Computer Institute in the Philippines as the centre’s Business Manager and English teacher. In addition, he also worked at Iverson Computer Associates as their Customer Service Manager. He has also received training in Script Writing for Media Practitioners, Theatre Arts and Audio/Video workshops. <
Mr Cerbolles completed his bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication at West Visayas State University Philippines School. Prior to attending West Visayas, he spent three and a half years at Oblates of St Joseph Major Seminary in Batangas City, Philippines where he also received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.
Head of Department of Art, PE, Music and DT/ Design & Technology Teacher
Mr Johannes Labuschagne, originally from South Africa, joined Yew Wah as a Design & Technology teacher and he is the Head of Department of Art, PE, Music and DT this year.
Mr Labuschagne is a Design Technology teacher with over 14 years of teaching experience in South Africa and the UK. His experience includes the South African curriculum CAPS and Special Needs Vocational Training, the UK GCSE and IB MYP curriculum at an international school in the UK. He has experience teaching Resistant Materials & Graphic Design to GCSE and IB MYP.
Mr Labuschagne is trained with a Higher Educational Diploma in Technical Works (4 year training) from Normaal Kollege Pretoria. He has also 10 years work experience in the private sector as a factory manager. As from his career background, Mr Labuschagne possesses a vast knowledge in his subject area that puts him a cut above the rest. He takes a keen interest in extra-curricular activities, Design Technology Workshop, Rugby, Athletics and was involved in Habitat for Humanity.
Mr Labuschagne describes his teaching style in the following way “I am interactive and practical. Within lessons I focus on the students’ voice rather than my own. I believe that practical learning leads to the most progress being made and allows students to demonstrate their learning. I truly believe that if a child is able to demonstrate their skills to another then they have fully acquired the learning objective.”
Art & Design Teacher
Mr Theo Theophanous is a British Art Teacher in his third year in China. He has studied art at school, college and university. He has also studied a master’s degree in the History of Art. Mr Theophanous has been teaching art theory and practice for 11 years and it is a subject he is very passionate about.
Mr Theophanous believes that art is a narrative of life, evolution and progress. It teaches openness to cultural philosophies which may differ from our own making us more compassionate to those around us. He also makes art in his spare time. He thinks that there is always so much to learn and although he may be a teacher of art, he is always a student of art.
Mr Adrian Bocardo is from England and qualified as a teacher in 2008. He studied Music at the University of Surrey, Roehampton and then went on to complete a Master of Arts Degree in Music Composition at Kingston University.
Mr Bocardo first came to China as a Music teacher in 2012 and has developed a passion for international school teaching. He is an expert at teaching all the content for GCSE and A-level Music, especially for Western Music Styles, Music Score Analysis, Composition and World Focus Studies. Mr Bocardo also has a lot of experience teaching Choir and Popular Music. He has also worked professionally as a musician.
Mr Sam Liu graduated from Guangzhou Sport University. Prior to joining Yew Wah, Mr Liu was teaching PE in an Australian curriculum international school. He is the leader of Australian Rules football at Shanghai Rugby Football Association. He competed in the International Rugby Competition in Australia as a member of the Chinese Dragon Team in 2014 and 2017.
Mr Liu believes Physical Education focuses on both practical exercises and theoretical study, with the goals of students’ character improvement, physical health and team spirits. He hopes students can enjoy playing sports in their life.
Mr Kevin Lu, from Shanghai, joined YWIES Shanghai Gubei as a Design & Technology Technician. Mr. Lu has been working in the machinery manufacturing and processing enterprise for over twenty years. He has worked abroad in the fields of mold repair for a long time. He was responsible for the design and processing of automatic lathe. He has mastered effective and efficient methods of quality control and safe production.
Mr. Lu holds the Level 8 (Advanced Level) Certificate for mechanical practitioners, and the Technician Certificate.
University Guidance Officer
Ms Midea Liao Yunxia, University Guidance Counsellor, is graduated from South-Central University for Nationalities with a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature. She also got her degree in Accounting from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law. While she was studying in Tennessee, she co-ordinated summer camps for Yew Wah. Her passion for students and positive attitude towards work impressed the principal, and the school hired her as a part time Accounting teacher right after she got her degree from the United States.
Ms Liao has been the University Guidance Counsellor since the fall of 2010. She has been counselling students and navigating the whole university application for colleges in different countries. And she also leads students to domestic summer camps for community service and overseas campus tours every year. With her guidance, many students have entered their best fit and dream schools. Ms Liao has set up Cycling Club and R U Ok? Club. She definitely has a heart for students.
In her spare time, Ms Liao enjoys travelling, cycling, oil painting and volunteering work.
Dormitory Coordinator/ Female Dormitory Teacher
Ms Yao Juan has eight years of experience in the role of form teacher in other education institutes. She cares about the development and growth of every student.
Dormitory Team Leader/ Female Dormitory Teacher
Ms Alissa Wang, from Henan province, holds a bachelor degree. She is the dormitory team leader at Yew Wah this year. She loves yoga and travelling.
Assistant Dormitory Co-ordinator/ Male Dormitory Teacher
Male Dormitory Teacher
Mr Samson Guo graduated from a medical college. He has worked as a dorm teacher in local schools and international schools for many years, gaining rich experience in dorm management.