Our Teachers
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Since day 1 of the school’s birth, WASNJ has insisted on a high-standard procedure for recruiting staff around the world. So far till now, 33 Chinese teachers together with 22 foreign teachers are placed onboard to begin their new journey with the School.  More than 57% of Chinese teachers hired have diversified teaching background for working in bilingual schools, expatriates schools or highly prestigious local public schools.    With at least 10 years teaching experience of them, above 63% of foreign teachers own master’s degree. Coming from the UK, USA, Australia, France, etc, majority of them were educated in world-top institutions.
  • Paul Shelley
    Director of Technology
    Paul Shelley

    Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Education from Nottingham Trent University, Mr. Paul Shelley has 15 years’ experience of teaching and education management. He’s currently working as the Director of Technology at WASNJ, responsible for establishing Computer Science, Design Technology and Makerspace for the School.  

     

    Prior to moving to Nanjing, Mr. Shelley served as the Head of Technology at an international school in Beijing for 6 years since 2016. He also rotated among different roles in various schools such as Leicester Grammar, Rugby School and Bablake during his time living in the UK.  

     

    Before starting his career in education, Paul was a qualified electrical engineer managing his private business in the UK and additionally, in Australia, he spent 9 years in working for a submarine manufacturer building and testing submarines for the Royal Australian Navy. Paul is keen in introducing industry practice into classrooms, aiming to help build up a school community where he can develop children’s creativity, critical thinking, and curiosity.    

  • Claire Campbell
    Whole School Director of CCAs (Co-curriculum Activities), Physics Teacher and Housemistress
    Claire Campbell

    Claire graduated from Liverpool University before commencing her postgraduate qualification at Master’s Level in Physics Education from Keele University. She has been engaged in supporting and educating young people for over 15 years and spent her most recent years working for bilingual schools in China. Claire has specialized in inspiring student’s natural curiosity, developing their confidence through a range of inter-disciplinary projects such as STEM fairs, overseas trips to Europe, and the competition of a range of national UK awards.

     

    Claire’s own education began at an exceptional girls’ grammar school in Wolverhampton, UK with a heritage of over 100 years. It was here that she had first-hand experience of an established house system. Believing that true education must go beyond the classroom, Claire spent a two-years travelling across Asia and Africa exploring the education fundamentals under different contexts. With her very enriched teaching experience of cultural education, plus her outstanding navigation of school programmes, Claire’s joining will be a great addition to the School’s confidence in maintaining students’ energy and passion toward academic learning and life exploration. 

  • Sophie Quiney
    Whole School Director of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Upper School Head of Science
    Sophie Quiney

    Ms. Sophie Quiney has been teaching for the last 8 years in schools in China and the UK. She graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2013 with a BSc Hons in Biochemistry. After her degrees she taught at Guildford High school, a well-known independent school in the UK. She completed her PGCE in Biology at Guildford High School, in partnership with UCL. Sophie moved to China in July 2016 working for a famous international school in Beijing, where she taught Science for students from Grade 6 to Grade 8, and Biology from Grade 9 to Grade 13. Sophie is passionate about the Science and more specifically Biology and hopes to inspire students, both inside and outside the classroom. She enjoys spending time outdoors and challenging herself, taking part in expeditions to the Arctic, Atlas Mountains and different parts of the UK for Duke of Edinburgh. Sophie is a keen skier and sailor and in her free time enjoys baking. She is currently working towards her Master's in Educational Leadership with UCL. Sophie is delighted and eager to build up an intelligent and caring school community here at WASNJ. 

  • Antonio Pulido Paton
    Head of Mathematics
    Antonio Pulido Paton

    Mr. Paton completed his post-doctoral research at Purple Mountain Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, following his Ph.D Research studies at University of Birmingham UK. He obtained both his bachelor’s degree (Physics Sciences) and master’s degree from Complutense University of Madrid Spain, where he obtained his PGCE as well.

     

    Before switching to teach in international education, Antonio worked as a visiting researcher at the Albert Einstein Institute (AEI), which is affiliated to the world prestigious Max Planck Society (Germany). He also worked for the Purple Mountain Observatory where he undertook his duty as an Associate Professor. During his 10-years life in academia, Antonio attended 22 global conferences organized by international institutions such as NASA, ESA and PPARC, etc, and dedicated more than 10 papers for academic journals and publications. 

     

    Antonio began his teaching for international schools in Nanjing since 2012, amongst which he held various managing roles for different departments. He is also very enthusiastic about Chinese culture, and has been awarded the Jinling Friendship Award by Nanjing government in 2018, as the latter’s appreciation for his contribution to the city’s development in education and science. 

  • Shiqi Burton
    Head of Chinese Studies
    Shiqi Burton

    Graduated with a master’s degree in Education from Boston College USA, Ms. Shiqi Burton is also a registered VIT、NESA teacher in Australia. Prior to joining WASNJ, she taught in schools across the world including St. Paul’s USA, Caulfield Grammar School Australia, and Abbotsleigh Sydney where she undertook roles as Chinese teacher, learning mentor and also served as a marker for university entrance exam in NSW. Shiqi accumulates tremendous international teaching experiences during recent 12 years, meanwhile owns considerable expertise in curriculum design, instruction, and boarding system. She has participated as program instructor for international exchange program Where There Be Dragons and worked as the program leader. Beyond teaching for school students, Shiqi also taught Chinese language to learners from universities, foreign consulates and multinational corporations. 

     

    Shiqi is dedicated to experiential learning and believes that education goes beyond the classroom since learning opportunitites are everywhere. She hopes that she can help students in Wycombe discover who they are and their place in the world. In her free time, Shiqi likes doing Yoga and outdoor activities. Companied by her husband Matt and daughter Bronte, Shiqi is very much looking forward to starting her new journey at WASNJ.  

  • Stanley Guo
    Math Teacher
    Stanley Guo

    Mr. Stanley Guo owns a Bachelor’s degree in Math from Beijing Normal University and has been teaching for 11 years so far. He used to work for YK Pao School Shanghai teaching IGCSE and IBDP Math, meanwhile supervising Advanced Calculus club, Ultimate Frisbee and Kerbal Space Academy for students. Mr. Guo also has experience of teaching AP courses during his stay in Jiangxi and Guangdong.

  • Henry Wang
    Physics Teacher
    Henry Wang

    Mr. Henry Wang obtained his PhD in Geology and Geophysics from China University of Petroleum, and has just completed his post-doctoral research. He had been involved in 2 state level research projects and other 14 research projects funded by NSFC, CNPC, and Sinopec, etc. 15 papers were published under his name as the 1st author in his academia career.  

     

    Before he joins WASNJ, he worked as the Head of Physics in a different international school. Henry is skilled in delivering IGCSE and BC (Canada) Physics in a bilingual learning environment. He is also very experienced in training students for taking part in global competitions such like AMC.  

  • Sandy Sha
    Chinese Teacher
    Sandy Sha

    Ms. Sandy Sha has a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language Literature from Minzu University of China and a master’s degree in TCFL from University of Massachusetts USA. She used to taught in Vassar College US, where helped building her consolidated understanding of cross-cultural teaching. Sandy values student-centered teaching methodology and believes that young people can be greatly inspired through reading literature.  

  • Thomas Beamish
    English/EAL Teacher
    Thomas Beamish

    Mr. Thomas Beamish graduated  with a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and obtained his PGCE-Secondary from Bangor University. In his 11 years career in education, 7 of them are spent teaching in China. Before moving to Nanjing, Thomas worked across China for a few different international schools, where he taught EAP helping students improve their English skills, but also developed student’s awareness of cultural diversity. Mr. Beamish enjoys skiing and playing chess with students during his leisure time.   

  • Julie Li
    English/EAL Teacher
    Julie Li

    Ms. Julie Li by herself is a demonstration of global citizen and global learner. She owns a bachelor’s degree in Computer Studies from Beijing University of Technology China, a master’s degree in Fundamental Computer Science from University Paris VII France, and a PGCE from University of Exeter UK. Julie has worked as a professional language educator in Nepal for nearly 5 years following her 10 years’ teaching career in UK. She is very conversant with British curriculum as well as IB curriculum. Ms. Julie Li’s profound experience in establishing international exchange programs for schools will certainly benefit the learning community here at WASNJ.

  • Dylan Wood
    History Teacher
    Dylan Wood

    Mr. Dylan Wood obtained his bachelor’s degree in History from Middlesex University London, and his PGCE from IOE of University of London. Since 1993, Mr. Wood has travelled and taught in schools in the UK, Malaysia, and China. Before moving to Nanjing, Mr. Wood held the position as the Head of History at an international school in Tianjing. Mr. Wood owns 30 years front-line teaching experiences.  

  • Hyeyoung Kim
    Art Teacher
    Hyeyoung Kim

    Ms. Hyeyoung Kim owns a PGCEi (International) UK, a bachelor’s degree in Korean Painting from National University of Incheon Korea, and a master’s degree in Fine Art (Merit) from Anglia Ruskin University UK. Specialized in Korean painting, children’s book illustration and sculpture, Ms. Kim has an outstanding history regarding her personal achievement in professional art exhibitions and publishing. Mr. Kim believes that visual arts empower students’ creativity thus awaken the sleeping artist inside each of them. 

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