The teachers of YWIES Shanghai Lingang 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 Teacher
Mr Jeffrey Quackenbush joined the school in August 2007. This year, 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.
Curriculum and Teacher Development Supervisor
Ms Courtney Malone joined the Yew Wah International Education Foundation in April 2014 as Curriculum and Teacher Development Supervisor where she supports several schools in the Yew Wah network. Originally from Minnesota, she left the US in 2001, and has been working in international education ever since. She has served schools in administrative and teaching positions in the US, Portugal, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and China.
Ms Malone has completed work for a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership through Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, holds a Certificate of International School Leadership through the Principal's Training Center, a MME from the Florida State University, and a BA from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. Her areas of professional and academic interest include professional development, adult education, teaching diverse populations, curriculum development, and instructional supervision. She is based in Shanghai where she lives with her husband and three children.
IGCSE Co-ordinator/ 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 IGCSE co-ordinator. He is passionate about learning and helping students to become internationally minded critical thinkers. In his free time, he enjoys playing rock climbing, running, and eating.
A Level Co-ordinator/ Math Teacher
Mr Eric Semasaka is the A Level Co-ordinator and 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. Mr Semasaka was the Head of Mathematics Department before becoming the A Level Co-ordinator. He has implemented programmes that help students fulfil their potential. His motto is: “No student should be left behind”.
Chinese Co-ordinator/ 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.
Jeremy Mc Grath
Head of the 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.
English Teacher/ Head of Dept.
Ms Adrienne Goetz, from the US, teaches IGCSE 1, AS level and A2 English with the specific purpose of preparing students for overseas universities and in IGCSE 1 helping them succeed in high school by building their language skills. Ms. Goetz is the Head of Language Department. She is building the four cornerstones of language: reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Ms Goetz, having spent many of her college summers overseas, came to China for the first time in 2005. She graduated from university in 2008 and began working for a university providing a Maths Engineering and Science Achievement programme to local high schools where she taught and co-ordinated the programme. During her time at college and after college, Ms Goetz volunteered in teaching English overseas as well as teaching children to dance. She also taught at Disney English for 15 months.
Ms Goetz received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, specialising in Neuropsychology and minoring in Creative Writing at the University of Nevada, Reno.
English Teacher/ Activity Co-ordinator
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 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.
Mr Bobby Loo is teaching Pre-IGCSE and AS level this year at Yew Wah. He is born in Toronto, Canada.
Mr Bobby Loo has degrees in Environmental studies, Geography and Teaching. He has over 10 years of teaching experience in three different countries: Canada, South Korea and China. During his five years in Shanghai, he taught at a prep school, teaching mostly TOEFL to both local and international students.
During his free time, Mr Loo enjoys reading the news online and watches documentary on YouTube. He can also play and teach table-tennis!
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.
Ms Julia Biasi has been teaching since she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Education in 2008 from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has also recently graduated from Ball State University with a master’s degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis.
Ms Biasi is currently an English teacher at Yew Wah. Before coming to Shanghai, she spent four years teaching in Bangkok, Thailand. When she is not in the classroom, Ms Biasi enjoys taking pictures, cooking, and hiking.
Ms Jane Zhang, from the ancient city of Xi’an, graduated from the Northwest University, majoring in the Chinese Language and Literature. Prior to joining Yew Wah, she was a Chinese teacher at Xi'an Foreign Language School for five years. She has plenty of teaching experience, and uses various modes of teaching. She is deeply loved by her students.
Maths Teacher/ Head of Dept.
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.
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.
Hettie Cui, a secondary teacher, has double degrees in Maths and Applied Maths and English Language and Literature. She had worked at Cunzhi School, affiliated to Tongji University, for over ten years, applying the principles of love, patience and faith and winning her students’ trust and appreciation. She won the title of National Mathematics Contest Outstanding Coach and also local awards.
Later, Ms Cui went to Argentina with her family, and was often invited to teach and exchange with the Maths teachers of the English and Spanish bilingual school Veneduc where her daughter studied. She now chooses to teach at Yew Wah International Education School in a new phase of her career.
Ms Karen Wang completed her master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Tongji University. She has had some experience in teaching high school Maths in a training centre. Having been a Maths teaching assistant in YWIES Shanghai Gubei for one year and familiar with the international high school system, Ms Wang will teach CIE A Level Maths. Ms Wang is a very responsible teacher, and cares about students’ life and learning.
Ms Maribel Carlos Joined Yew Wah in November 2005 as Physics, Chemistry and Maths teacher. After a year, she concentrated in teaching IGCSE and Junior Mathematics & Science. In preparation, she participated in training both online and face to face to enhance skills in teaching IGCSE Maths.
Before joining Yew Wah, Ms Carlos taught the above mentioned subjects in De La Salle Araneta University in Manila, Saint Francis School and at Meycauyan Public High School where she was one of curriculum chairpersons responsible for implementing rules, disciplining, guiding and developing activities particularly for 2nd year high school students.
Ms Carlos received her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in Mathematics minoring in Physics at Far Eastern University, Manila and a Master of Arts in Teaching in the Philippines.
Her experience and passion as educator let her students realise that she not only feeds the brain, but also nourishes the heart and builds their character.
Science Teacher/ Head of Dept.
Miss Shelley Dixon, from Durham, England, is the Head of Science Department and teaches AS and A Level Biology. She graduated in 2011 with a BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science and in 2012 with a PGCE in Secondary Science. She has been in Shanghai for three years and previous to this taught English as a Second Language in Thailand. She enjoys teaching internationally and really loves sharing her scientific knowledge with students. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and photography.
Science Teacher/ Sports Director
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 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.
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 Teacher/ CD Co-ordinator
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.
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.
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.
Economics Teacher/ Head of Dept
Ms Vanja Lucic, from Serbia, is the Head of Business and Social Science Department, Cambridge Research Qualification Supervisor and A2 level Economics Teacher. She earned 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.
Emmet Mc Keown
Mr Emmet Mc Keown is an enthusiastic young business teacher from Doha, Qatar. While in Qatar, he worked for a top international school as the Head of the IGCSE programme. He moved to Yew Wah looking for a new challenge and he hopes that he can really help make a difference to the learning of all of his students.
As a graduate from a Russel Group University in the United Kingdom, Mr Mc Keown has an understanding of both the academic and holistic requirements for our students to be successful in their overseas application and studies.
Social Studies Teacher
Mr Brian Curd, graduated from Michigan State University with a teaching degree in History and Social Studies, will be teaching IGCSE Global Perspectives this school year. He has spent the past nine years teaching in South Korea and China. In his free time, Mr Curd enjoys exercise and traveling. He has been to over 30 countries.
As a Global Perspectives teacher, Mr Curd focuses not only on enhancing students’ understanding of the world, but also improving their character and developing practical real-world skills, like teamwork, critically thinking, and leadership. He believes that these skills can help students become more efficient students as well as more knowledgeable and productive global citizens.
Social Studies Teacher
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, for the last two years, 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!
Social Studies Teacher
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, but her time at Dulwich College Beijing gave her the opportunity to go off in a different direction and teach Global Perspectives at IGCSE.
Ms McKee is now delighted to join YWIES as a member of the Social Studies Department and looking forward to establishing strong working relationships with students, which she thinks is the basis of all good teaching and learning. Coming to China was the best thing her family and she could have done, and they are excited to live and work in another incredible city and to make the most of all that Shanghai has to offer them.
Psychology & 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 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 Pre-IGCSE English. In his free time, Mr Roberts enjoys playing guitar, playing and watching sports, and reading.
ICT & Music Teacher
Mr Cedric Cerbolles, from the Philippines, joined Yew Wah in August 2005 as the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and music 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 Teacher and IT Integrator
Mr Sandeep Raut joined YWIES Shanghai Gubei in 2015 as an A Level ICT teacher and the IT Integrator. 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 – Centre Superintendent and Deputy Centre 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 programme. As a teacher, he provides a stimulating learning environment that encourages students to trust their own opinions, while fostering confidence in order to realise their full potential.
Design & Technology Teacher/ Head of Dept.
Mr Johannes Labuschagne, originally from South Africa, joined Yew Wah as a Design & Technology teacher and he is the Head of Art Department 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.”
Design & Technology Technician
Mr Kevin Lu, from Shanghai, has been working in the machinery manufacturing and processing business for over 20 years. He has also worked abroad in the field of mould repair for a long time. Responsible for the design and processing of automatic lathe, he has mastery of quality control and safe production.
Mr Lu holds the Level 8 (Advanced Level) Certificate for Mechanical Practitioners and the Technician Certificate.
Art & Design Teacher
Mr Andrew Owens is from rural Suffolk on the East coast of England and has joined YWIES in the Art Department teaching the IGCSE and A Level programmes. He has a first class degree in Fine Art Sculpture from Winchester School of Art, along with A PGCE in Art and Design from Middlesex University.
Mr Owens has previously taught in International schools in The Middle East and Africa as well as in the UK and is excited to have now joined the team in Shanghai. Mr Owens believes that the critical thinking and learning to learn skills gained through the study of art are at the core of the educational experience of young people. He aims to share his passion for visual culture with students and inspire our next generation of artists.
Art & Design Teacher
Mr Joshua Ward is an artist and educator from Houston, Texas. Before coming to Yew Wah, he taught Sculptural Processes at the University of Houston. He holds an MFA in Sculpture, and has over 10 years of professional experience in the Arts, material fabrication, and design. Here at Yew Wah he teaches Art and Design and acts as an advisor to the Art Club.
Mr Ward loves learning and seeks to inspire lifelong learning and a sense of curiosity in his students. Some of his objectives as an instructor include raising the critical thinking and analytical skills of his students, as well as equipping them to manifest their ideas in the world.
He simultaneously strives to maintain a high level of excellence in his own professional and studio practices. These values have been instilled in him by a host of generous professionals who have contributed their time, expertise, and passions to his educational experiences, and it is with sincere gratitude that he endeavours to carry on these traditions.
Mr Douglas Woodruff has been teaching music since 2009 both in the United States and Internationally. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Music and Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2006, as well as his Masters of Science in Music Education in 2009. Mr Woodruff is an active performer having had the opportunity to play trombone with the Baltimore Symphony, Boston Pops, and was the Principal Trombonist of the Montgomery Philharmonic. He is looking forward to working with the students to bring more music to the school, parents and community around us this year.
Mr Bruce Li, from Anhui province, is the PE teacher at Yew Wah. Mr Li graduated from Wuhan Institute of Physical Education with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He is the national second level tennis athlete, first level referee and holds the Senior High School Teacher Certification. At college, he received professional physical education training. He is good at ball games (especially tennis and basketball) and field and track sports. Prior to joining Yew Wah, Mr Li was engaged in sports training. He believes he can get the students better involved in sports and have fun from it!
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.
University Guidance Counsellor
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.
Assistant Overseas Trip Co-ordinator
Mr Jack Lu, from Shanghai, graduated from California State University in Los Angeles, majoring in Child and Adolescent Development. After coming back to China, he joined Yew Wah in 2014 as the Overseas Trip teacher. He was voted as the most popular teacher in 2015. In his spare time, he likes playing tennis and travelling.
Assistant Overseas Trip Co-ordinator
Ms Chrissy Lai graduated from Shanghai Normal University with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature and holds a high school teaching certificate. She taught Mandarin to foreign students for many years and has a lot of experience in Chinese and foreign teenager education. She joined Yew Wah in 2010 and is currently the Somerset programme assistant coordinator.
Dorm Teacher/ Dorm Team Leader
Mr Alex Zhao, from Shanghai, graduated from Shanghai International Studies University with a Bachelor of Arts. He joined Yew Wah in 2011. He is the dorm team leader at Yew Wah this year, responsible for the arrangement of dorm students’ daily life and study. Mr Zhao puts much emphasis on the character development of students, and is devoted himself to creating a caring environment to better prepare students for future overseas study. He used to work as a sales representative in an international logistics company. During his free time, he contributes to F1 Express.
Dorm Teacher/ Dorm Team Leader
Ms Alissa Wang, from Henan province, holds a bachelor degree. She is the dorm team leader at Yew Wah this year. She loves yoga and travelling.
Mr Robert Hou is a dorm teacher at Yew Wah. He is dedicated to the education field, and cares a lot about each student’s personal growth. He is a fan of Chinese calligraphy.
Mr Samson Guo is a dorm teacher at Yew Wah. He 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.
Ms Coco Xue is a dorm teacher at Yew Wah. She is a very patient and caring teacher. She hopes that her students can get ready for overseas life not only in study skills but also in life skills.
Ms Moly Chen is a dorm teacher at Yew Wah. She graduated from East China Normal University, majoring in Public Relations . She loves travelling and cuisine.
Ms Yao Juan is a dorm teacher at Yew Wah. She 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.