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.
Head of Student Life/ Business Studies TeacherEric
Mr Jeffrey Quackenbush joined the school in August 2007. He is the Head of Student Life and teaches Business Studies.
Mr Quackenbush graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and holds a Certificate of International School Leadership through the Principal's Training Center. Mr Quackenbush has worked as a project manager in the telecommunications, commercial construction and utility industries, served in the military and started his own consulting company. Prior to coming to Shanghai, Mr Quackenbush served for four years as Director of Healthy Communities of Southern Inyo County, a non-profit organisation focusing on improving quality of life for underserved populations. He developed programmes for and worked with troubled and at-risk children and the elderly.
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 Languages and Humanities/ Social Studies Teacher
Ms Rosalind McKee joined Yew Wah in 2017, and this year she is Head of Languages and Humanities Department (Global Perspectives, English, History, and Chinese).
Ms Rosalind McKee has been teaching combinations of French, German, Latin and EAL in a number of state and independent schools in the UK, Austria and China since 1988, after completing her MA at Pembroke College, Oxford and PGCE at King’s College London. She has twice been both a Head of German and a Head of Languages, and is looking forward to leading the new Languages & Humanities Department and to teaching Global Perspectives and English.
Ms Aimee Crosby is from Auckland, New Zealand. She majored in English at the University of Auckland and went on to complete her Graduate Diploma in Teaching at the same institute.
She spent several years teaching in New Zealand before moving to Shanghai with her fiancé. Having spent her formative years as a student in Asia, Aimee is pleased to have returned to the continent as an educator. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, reading, and travel.
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.
Ms Grace Tan graduated from the UK and gained her Master degree there. She started her teaching career in Singapore and worked as a coach for training IB MYP, CIE IGCSE English Language and Literature. She used to teach Chinese as the second language when she was in Singapore. She has been working in some of the international schools for several years and gradually collected experiences of teaching different English courses to a range of students.
There is a great sense of achievement when you see your students grow up in every way. Ms Tan enjoys working in a multi-cultural working environment and collaborates with people from parts of the world. She believes she can extend and enrich her international teaching experience here at Yew Wah.
Assistant Head of Student Life/ Chinese Teacher
Ms Jane Zhang, from the ancient city of Xi’an, graduated from the Northwest University, majoring in Chinese Language and Literature. Prior to joining Yew Wah, she was a Chinese teacher in Xi'an Foreign Language School for five years in Shaanxi Province. She has plenty of teaching experience. She had various forms of teaching, deeply loved by her students.
Social Studies Teacher/ Year 2 Leader
Ms Lindsey Sladek started out pursuing a BS degree in Physical Anthropology from Grand Valley State University in Michigan, focusing on non-human primates. While taking a little break from applying to graduate school, she decided to take a college counsellor job working for UCLA at an inner city middle school in Los Angeles, California. While working there, she fell in love with working in education and teaching students. She ended up staying for 2.5 years and decided to change career paths to education. She went back to Michigan to pursue a teaching certificate in Social Studies from Michigan Technological University.
Since receiving her teaching certificate, Ms Sladek has worked as after school programme co-ordinator for an elementary school in her hometown. Then, before she came to Yew Wah, she was teaching United States history and IB history at Shixi High School in Shanghai.
Ms Sladek grew up on Lake Superior, in northern Michigan, so in her spare time she loves being outside exploring nature and cities, travelling/learning more about cultures and working on her photography. She enjoys living and working in Shanghai. She is excited about the opportunity to teach here!
Head of Mathematics/ Maths Teacher
Mr Jose Alvarado teaches Maths at Yew Wah and is the Head of Mathematics Department. He is an Industrial Engineer, with 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. His career in education expands well over 15 years, and includes teaching a variety of Maths and Science subjects at high school and university levels, mostly in bilingual school programmes.
Additional roles in education include three years as a high school assistant principal, head of Maths and Science departments, Maths preparation for the SAT, and as instructor for the Centre for Talented Youth Summer Programme from Johns Hopkins University.
As a native Spanish speaker from Guatemala, he has personally experienced both the challenges and the advantages of studying and working in bilingual organisations, having lived and worked in several other countries including the US, 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.
Maths Teacher/ Year 3 Leader
Mr Daniel Pena-Marquez has been teaching for the last five 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.
Mr Eric Semasaka teaches Maths at Yew Wah.
Mr Semasaka is originally from Rwanda and has been teaching Maths at Yew Wah since 2005. From early childhood, Mr Semasaka developed a passion for learning and teaching Maths. After winning the top award in the national Maths competition, he studied at the National University of Rwanda before teaching in Congo and Rwanda for four years. In 1998, Mr Semasaka came to China to study architecture at Tongji University. After graduation, he worked as an architect in Shanghai for a year but it was not his passion. That’s why he decided to join the Yew Wah team.
His mastery of both the Chinese and Western languages and culture gives him an ability to communicate and interact with students, parents and colleagues. He has implemented programmes that help students fulfil their potential in Maths. His motto is: “No student left behind”.
Mr Jerry Li graduated from East China University of Science and Technology, majoring in Mechanics and English (two majors). He has been teaching Maths in a state-owned high school for 10 years and in an international high school for five years. Mr Li is experienced in preparing students for AMC and other Maths related competitions. He believes that interest and confidence are key to learning the subject well.
Maths Teacher/ Year 1 Leader
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.
Head of Science/ Science (Biology) Teacher
Mr Craig Billington teaches Science at Yew Wah. He is from Milton Keynes in the United Kingdom. He went to the University of Bedfordshire formerly called De Montfort University to study a BSc Hons in Medical Science. While studying for his degree he also worked in Pharmaceutical services and became a qualified Technician and Stop Smoking Counsellor. He worked as a Freelance Consultant for NHS England, and then he went to the Chiltern Training Group to complete his PGCE in Secondary Science.
After Mr Billington completed his PGCE, he began to teach at a local High School at his hometown for almost four years, while there he was promoted to Head of Vocational Science. He then moved to Milan Italy, to teach at an international school, where he was responsible for leading the Environmental Systems and Societies course.
Beyond teaching, Mr Billington has enjoyed running the Model United Nations Club. His students actively took part in the club activities, and they were very successful at conferences held in Milan, Lisbon and The Hague. In his spare time, Mr Billington is a keen cyclist, walker and traveller. He has walked the paths of Cinque Terre in Italy and several walks in Mexico.
Mr Billington believes each student should be treated as an individual and their learning journey should be a path they take with others but that their journey will take them on different turns.
Science (Physics) Teacher/Lab Technician
Ms Cindy Kong is the Chemistry and Science in Chinese teacher at Yew Wah. She is meticulous and hardworking. Ms Kong comes from Jiangxi, and graduated from Suzhou University of Science and Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Chemistry. During her time in university, she performed many experiments with the guidance of competent professors; this experience has given her the skills, knowledge and experiences that she hopes to pass on to her students.
Science (Physics) Teacher/ Year 4 Leader
Ms Claire Chen is graduated from University of York. She holds a teacher certification for teaching Physics at High School. She has two years of teaching experience in a local middle school from 2009 to 2011. When she was there, she won the first place in a teaching competition for young teachers. Ms Chen has been teaching IGCSE and A Level Physics from 2013 and tutoring Physics Bowl contest for two years.
Science (Biology) Teacher
Mr Ernest Mungong holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science, a master’s degree in Education and Training, and an MBA degree. He is highly qualified to teach secondary school Sciences. Mr Mungong started teaching IGCSE Science and Biology in secondary schools in 2002 in the UK as an Overseas Trained Teacher. He earned his Qualified Teachers Status (QTS) certification in 2006 in the UK. Besides, he is a Certified Occupational Health and Safety professional, trained at University of Alberta in Canada.
Since 2008, Mr Mungong developed a passion for teaching in overseas international schools. He taught CIE IGCSE/A Level and IBDP for seven years in Lagos, and the Alberta Curriculum Science to Special Needs Students, some of whom English is a second language from Asia and Africa, for three years in Canada. He was also Head of Science Department, Duke of Edinburgh Award Co-ordinator and Co-ordinator of Science and Engineering Club.
Mr Mungong thinks that students do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care. He is eager to show his caring by building relationships and trust with his students and trying to help them find their dreams and strengths so they can believe in themselves the way he believes in them.
Director of Sports / Science (Physics) Teacher
Mr Nathan Chisholm teaches both Year 1 and 2 Physics at Yew Wah. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois majoring in Physics and minoring in Secondary Education. Besides teaching, Mr Chisholm enjoys playing sports, watching sports, reading, and making movies.
Science (Chemistry) Teacher
Ms Toni Wong’s ethnicity is Chinese but she has lived in the UK since her early childhood. She lived in a small town in England called Scunthorpe and she moved to London for university. She completed her BSc in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Queen Mary University of London and her PGCE at UCL Institute of Education.
Ms Wong worked as a Science teacher in London, teaching Biology, Chemistry and Physics. She is excited to become part of the family at YWIES as she is excited to introduce the Western culture to the students as well as preserving the Eastern culture that the students and she has in common. In her spare time, she loves exploring new places and getting involved with lots of outdoor activities such as hiking, rock climbing and camping.
Science (Chemistry) Teacher
Ms Wendy Lv joined Yew Wah in 2009. She holds a master’s degree in Physical Chemistry from East China Normal University. She teaches IELP Science, IGCSE Chemistry and A Level Chemistry at Yew Wah. When she was at college, she published many academic papers, obtained patents, and received a number of honours such as Outstanding Student. She has the Shanghai Senior High School Teacher Certification.
She has been engaged in international education since graduation. Before coming to Yew Wah, she was a Chemistry teacher and form teacher for one year at the Cambridge International Centre of Shanghai Normal University. She loves the Yew Wah community and enjoys teaching. She cares for and respects every student and is well liked by her students.
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 Teacher
Ms Vanja Lucic, from Serbia, is Head of Social Sciences Department, Cambridge Research Qualification Supervisor and A2 level Economics 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.
Cheong Eyuen Mian
Mr Cheong Eyuen Mian has been in China since 2003. From 2005 to 2017, he was a teacher at an international school in Guangzhou. During that 12 year period he was tasked to teach Economics and Business Management IBDP.
Apart from teaching, Mr Eyuen Mian was also an IB Examiner for Economics for three sessions. As an IB Examiner, Mr Eyuen Mian has examined the Diploma Programme Economics Higher Level and Standard Level essay component.
With a major in Business and Economics, he has also taught the CIE programme, specifically AS Economics. As an Extended Essay (a compulsory component in IBDP) supervisor, Mr Eyuen Mian has also helped coach various students in achieving good grades in the Extended Essay.
As an educator, Mr Eyuen Mian believes that working with colleagues, students and students’ guardians is extremely important to the successful development and growth of students. He is excited to work in the prestigious YWIES Shanghai Gubei and to share and collaborate with other dedicated and professional educators.
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.
Business Studies Teacher
Mr Reggie Rodrigues is Yew Wah’s Business Studies Teacher and brings with him a wealth of experience in this field. He graduated in 1982 from the University of Guyana. He has over 10 years of teaching experience, plus another 25 years of experience in international business. He came to China in March 2011 and worked for an international school in Hangzhou teaching Mathematics and Business Studies until July 2012. His hobbies are cricket, badminton and swimming.
Psychology and English Teacher
Mr Daniel 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 AS Psychology and AS level 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.
ICT and Computer Science Teacher
Mr Sandeep Raut joined YWIES Shanghai Gubei in 2015. He has completed a master’s degree in Computer Science and bachelor’s degree in Education. Previously he worked as the Head of ICT department for seven years in Delhi Public School Pune, India, followed by two years as an ICT teacher in Doha Qatar.
Mr Raut also worked as an administrative officer – Center Superintendent and Deputy Center Superintendent for conducting various national level and state level examinations, like JEE-main, NIIT, CTET which are the yearly exams conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education Chennai Board, India.
Mr Raut’s experiences as the IT Integrator and Head of ICT department afforded him the opportunity to interact with diverse student populations and engage them in learning. He believes his computing abilities, combined with strong interpersonal skills and work ethic would greatly benefit Yew Wah’s educational program. As a teacher, he provides a stimulating learning environment that encourages students to trust their own opinions, while fostering confidence in order to realize their full potential.
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 second 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 10 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 he may be a teacher of art, but 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.
Ms Rowena Taban has been teaching in other international schools in Shanghai for almost eight years before coming to Yew Wah as a PE teacher. In Yew Wah, her goal is to involve all the students in physical activities as well as sports competitions with other schools. She believes that being active not only academically but also physically can help students develop self-confidence and good attitude.
Ms Rowena graduated at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines with Bachelor of Education majoring in Physical Education and Sports and she is studying a master’s degree in the same field of interest.
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.
Jeremy Mc Grath
Head of University Guidance Office
Mr Jeremy Mc Grath is the Head of the University Guidance Office for YWIES Shanghai Gubei. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Indiana University.
Mr Mc Grath taught Geography, History, Economics and Government for 10 years, and has assisted in university placement for the last 5 years. Prior to teaching, he worked as a librarian, working at public libraries in the United States, the President Benjamin Harrison Home, an American Presidential Museum, and held positions with Indiana University, Northwestern University, and the University of Central Florida. He has lived and worked in a wide variety of American locations such as Indiana, Illinois, Florida, Virginia, and Texas, in addition to a year in Guangzhou, China.
Mr Mc Grath is married to an amazing woman he met while teaching in China. His father, working for many years with the NBA instilled in him a passionate love for basketball, which comes only slightly ahead of football…the real football, not the American brand. He also is an avid reader of naval history, does some writing, and relaxes by cooking and exploring new places.
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
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.
Male Dormitory Teacher
Mr Robert Hou is dedicated to the education field. He cares a lot about each student’s personal growth. He is a fan of Chinese calligraphy.