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    • Zhengjing DongGeneral Principal

      General Principal

      Zhengjing Dong

      Zhengjing Dong is a former principal of Nanjing Foreign Language School and a well-regarded school principal in the city of Nanjing. He was one of the first recipients of an award for expertise in basic education in Nanjing. He is recognised as an expert in accreditation for schools for children of foreign personnel by the National Centre for School Curriculum and Textbook Development in the Ministry of Education.

      Mr Dong was named ‘National Outstanding Teacher’ by the Chinese Ministry of Education, a ‘Special Honoured English Teacher’ by Jiangsu Province.

      He is also:
      Assistant Professor in English Language Teaching, Jiangsu Province
      Vice Chairman of the Jiangsu Society of Education
      Chairman of the Committee of Foreign Language Education of Nanjing
      ‘Young and Middle-Aged Expert with Outstanding Contributions’ awarded in Nanjing
      ‘Young and Middle-aged Individual of Top Talent’ awarded in Nanjing.

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    • Maode ShenChinese Principal

      Chinese Principal

      Maode Shen

      Maode Shen is the former principal of Jiangsu Tianyi High School.

      In 2017, he was one of just 10 recipients of the ‘National Model in Education and Cultivating Talents’ award, as well as named a ‘National Model Worker’. Mr Shen was one of the first in Jiangsu province to be conferred the title of ‘Professor-level Master Teacher’.

      He serves as vice chair of the Society for Cultivating Innovators (SCI) and vice chair of the National Talented Specialty Committee of Chinese Talents Society.

      Additionally, he is a professor with the Principal Training Centre, under the charge of the Chinese Ministry of Education, a professor at Jiangnan University and a postgraduate tutor at Nanjing Normal University. A prominent figure in the basic education in China, Mr Shen won the first prize when the National Basic Education Awards were introduced.

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    • Brendan LawExecutive Principal

      Executive Principal

      Brendan Law

      Prior to joining Wuxi Dipont School of Arts and Science in August 2022, Brendan was Director General of Misk Schools, where he had responsibility for providing leadership in all aspects of the school. He brings over 35 years of international educational experience and used it to shape and guide his team so that together, they could deliver the school’s ambitious vision for a new paradigm in Saudi education, as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Misk Foundation and Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.

      Brendan joined Misk Schools in August 2019 from GEMS Education in Dubai, where he had responsibility for a portfolio of 14 British Premium schools across the UAE and Africa.

      Prior to his role at GEMS, Brendan was Director of Education at The Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) in Abu Dhabi, and Founding Headmaster of its flagship school, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, which he launched in 2014.

      Under his vision and direction, Cranleigh became a multi award-winning school, securing New British International School of the Year 2017 as well as a number of other accolades in recognition of the school’s creative curriculum and outreach programmes. Prior to his time with TDIC, Brendan established and led Brighton College Abu Dhabi as Founding Headmaster. Based on the significance of his work in Abu Dhabi, he was listed as a UAE Education Influencer 2017 by WhichSchoolAdvisor.com. 

      Brendan began his career in 1985 in South Africa from where he moved to Sweden as Private Tutor to the President of SAAB’s children. His next career step was to the UK and into the independent boarding school sector. He joined Bedford School in 1995 to teach English and Sports, where he also held the roles of Senior Boarding Housemaster and Acting Registrar. In 2003, he was appointed Headmaster at Westbourne House School where, during his eight-year tenure, the school grew by 33% and achieved record results.

      A graduate of the Universities of Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, Brendan has specialisms in English and Psychology, holds a Bachelor of Arts and a postgraduate BA Honors in Psychology, as well as a Higher Diploma of Education. 

      He says: “I’m at my best when I am building teams and galvanizing them behind a shared and inspiring vision.  Wuxi Dipont School of Arts and Science has a bold, forward thinking set of goals: I am greatly honoured and privileged to be joining a team that is already delivering innovation in the classroom and to know that together, we are on an extraordinary journey to break new ground in K-12 education in China.  Always aspiring for excellence, together we will empower our students to become innovative, collaborative and equipped with a comprehensive worldview and the skills to shape, make and operate on the national and international stage.”

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    • Amy Loveday-HuHead of Kindergarten

      Head of Kindergarten

      Amy Loveday-Hu

      Amy Loveday Hu has lived and worked in China for 18 years.  She is an experienced head of kindergarten and primary bilingual learning environments. Prior to joining DSAS/KCIS she led a well-respected dual immersion KG and primary school in Beijing, that catered for both local and international families.  Her music, classroom and English as a second language teaching experience of more than 20 years, provides her with a broad and deep understanding of the needs of children.  Her passion for making children’s early years the best possible foundation for future learning and success, drives her and her team to help children be the best that they can possibly be, every day!

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    • Coco FanHead of Primary
      Director of Teaching and Learning (G1—G9)

      Head of Primary
      Director of Teaching and Learning (G1—G9)

      Coco Fan

      Coco Fan has been teaching primary, middle and high school students since 2000, having previously worked as teacher, head of the World Language Department, MYP Coordinator and principal of IB ( primary and secondary) program. Coco holds a Master’s degree in TCSOL from Eastern China Normal University and a Master of International Leadership and Change from The Education University of Hongkong. Coco is an official IB Examiner, Reader, MYP Workshop Leader , School Visiting Team Member and Program Leader. In her spare time, Coco enjoys playing tennis, hiking and travelling with the family.

      • 21 years of teaching and management experience (primary school, middle school, high school)
      • 20 years of IB teaching and management experience (PYP, MYP, DP, CP)
      • IB DP Language examiner
      • MYP School Visiting Team Member and Program Leader (participated in the secondary school visits of Beijing Keystone School, Guangdong Country Garden, Changchun American School and many other schools)
      • CIS/ WASC/NCCT School Visit Officer (participated in the certification of Shanghai Dulwich International School, Guangzhou Uthloy International School, etc.)
      • Coco has worked in IB (K-12) schools such as Nanjing International School, Wuxi Taihu International School, Discovery College Hong Kong and The Affiliated Foreign Language School of SCNU
      • Master of Education, TCSOL, East China Normal University, Shanghai, Master of International Leadership and Change, Hong Kong Education University
      • TESOL certificate from Aston University

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    • Richard NunnsHead of Secondary

      Head of Secondary

      Richard Nunns

      Having first taught in China in 2001, Richard Nunns joins us from Dulwich International High School Suzhou, where he has served since it's opening in 2012, playing in key role in the growth and development of all aspects of the school, with a particular focus on teaching quality and student success.  Richard believes in an innovative, holistic approach to education, where skilled teachers know, understand, and support each student's personal growth, and each member of the community is valued.  

      Recognised by Kinglead as a '2022 Global Top 10 Principal', Richard's professional training includes foci on school development, instructional supervision, and assessment.  

      Mr Nunns says: "I'm thrilled to be joining NKCS at such an exciting time in its development, and am looking forward to continue the journey of excellence in all aspects of school life.  I'm very much looking forward to getting to know you and your children, and working with the entire faculty to support each and every child on their journey from Wuxi to success at top-class, best-fit universities worldwide." 

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    • Yuemei SunDeputy Head of Secondary School

      Deputy Head of Secondary School

      Yuemei Sun

      Yuemei has been an educator and teacher for more than 30 years, after working in one of the best Middle schools in the Jiangsu province for 5 years, she then joined Guangdong Country Garden School where she was responsible for develop primary Science curriculum. Then she worked as the head of IB MYP school of Jurong Country Garden School , the head of IB PYP school of Overseas Chinese Academy Suzhou , academic principal of Shanghai Fushan Zhengda Foreign School , Chinese Principal of Nordanglia Nantong School. She has a rich experience in Bilingual education and the IB programme. This rich experience has equipped her with excellent team-working skills, as well as the ability to communicate at all levels, to solve problems creatively.

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    • Fiona YouHead of Finance and Administration

      Head of Finance and Administration

      Fiona You

      Fiona You graduated from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom in 2003 with a masters degree in education. After working in the UK for four years, she returned to her hometown of Wuxi to work as a lecturer at the School of Foreign Students at Jiangnan University. A year later she left to join Dipont Education, becoming responsible for the international curriculum centre at Wuxi No. 1 Middle School in 2008. Currently, Fiona is responsible for finance and administration at the AP curriculum centre at Tianyi High School, the A-level and IB curriculum centres at Wuxi No. 1 Middle School, and the A-level curriculum center at Nanjing Senior High School of Jiangyin. She is responsible for Wuxi Dipont School of Arts and Science and Yinghe Bilingual School.

      Fiona is a qualified college counselling teacher, accredited by the University of California, Los Angeles, supporting many students through course choices and college applications. She has visited many universities in different countries and participated in various industry conferences at home and abroad, giving her an understanding of education systems overseas.

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  • School Management Team(Whole School)
    • Cindy JHead of Boarding

      Head of Boarding

      Cindy J

      Ms. Cindy J, who has been engaged in education for more than 20 years, has rich experience in education, teaching, and school management. She served successively as vice principal of junior high school, director of personnel section in education bureau, director of discipline inspection office, secretary of the party committee of a four-star high school, member of Wuxi new union, vice president of Xishan district new union, president of Xishan district Dongbeitang new union.

      Ms. Cindy J insists on carrying out the concept of “conscience, responsibility and skill” in her work and life. “love and responsibility” are always in the first place. She actively assumes the responsibility of educating students. Diligent in practice and persevering in pursuit of excellence, she constantly broadens her international vision, and actively engages in exploring and practicing the Chinese and Western integration pastoral care system.

      Ms. Cindy J, who is keen on international education, has firmly and deeply felt the connotation of international education: Real international education does not depend on where the students are, but lies in the content they have learned, the methods they have understood, and the correct value. And these are what DSAS actively puts into practice in cultivating students.

      DSAS undertakes a glorious mission. Working in DSAS allows Ms. Jiang to have a more intuitive and profound perception of the charm of international education. The school attaches more importance to the general education based on “whole-person education” and a global perspective. School also pays attention to cultivating students’ innovative spirit and critical thinking based on “international perspective”, the pursuit of “teaching students in accordance with their aptitude”, training students’ sustainable development, and continuous pursuit of happiness…… DSAS put students on the world level, so that they stand higher and far-looking, increasingly in line with the talent needs of global competition.

      In her spare time, Ms. Jiang prefers reading. She is an expert lecturer appointed by Wuxi Federation of Trade Unions and a public reading promoter. She has been practicing reading promotion for a long time. Ms. Jiang also spent a lot of time on in-depth study and research of adolescent psychology and devoted herself to the research and practice of family education.

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    • Simon SDirector of Expressive Arts

      Director of Expressive Arts

      Simon S

      Simon S graduated with a degree in Music, with a major in Music Technology, from the University of Port Elizabeth in 2003.  After graduating Simon S started his working career with the Eastern Cape Philharmonic orchestra as a stage manager and two years later decided to move into teaching.  Having worked at some of the top schools across South Africa as Music teacher and Band Conductor.  While Simon S has specialized in music, he has a real passion for musical theatre, having both performed in stage productions from the age of 7.  Simon S also really enjoys the technical side of the productions, having at some stage in his career been involved in every job from backstage, set building, to lighting and sound.  In recent years Simon S has embraced the role as a director, having directed productions like ‘The King and I’, ‘Guys and Dolls’, ‘By Jeeves’, ‘Seussical’ and most recently a production of ‘My Fair Lady’.

      In his role as Director of Music and Performing Arts at Maritzburg College in South Africa he has brought about a cultural awakening in the school.  The music department and ensembles have taken part in the World Choir Games, ATKV Applous National Choir competition (where they placed first in their section) and the National Youth Jazz Festival, where they performed as a part of the festival in 2023.  In the last 8 years, the school's performing arts program also produced 9 productions and took part on the National Arts Festival online platform.

      Simon S believes that enthusiasm and excellence allows all students to prosper.  He believes all students should be involved in expressive art as it is vital to developing empathy and excellence.

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    • Yuhao WG1-12 Chinese Curriculum & Chinese Culture Project Supervisor
      (Plus Head of Chinese Culture Academy)

      G1-12 Chinese Curriculum & Chinese Culture Project Supervisor
      (Plus Head of Chinese Culture Academy)

      Yuhao W

      Dr. Yuhao W graduated from Nanjing Normal University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Applied Psychology and a Ph.D. in Chinese Classical Literature. He loved literature and history since he was a child. During his studies, he studied "Historical Records" and "Hanshu" and other pre-Qin and Han documents. After graduating with a Ph.D., he devoted himself to international education. For more than ten years, he has taught in Nanjing Foreign Language School, United World College (China) and other famous schools in Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Shanghai. He has experienced professional roles like subject teacher, homeroom teacher, HoD, moral education supervisor, assistant principal, director of the group curriculum center, etc. He is good at subject teaching, curriculum design, textbook writing, teacher training, teaching quality supervision, etc., and has accumulated rich experience in bilingual international school education. He specializes in the teaching of Chinese language and literature in the K-12 area. And he devote himself to introducing Chinese classical literature and culture into the international education. He has taught a variety of traditional Chinese culture courses and lectures, and wrote two related textbooks. He looks forward to working hard at Wuxi Dipont School of Arts and Sciences to build a first-class G1-12 Chinese curriculum and culture system.

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    Management Team
    • Sophia MPastoral Assistant Head for the Primary School

      Pastoral Assistant Head for the Primary School

      Sophia M

      Sophia M went to Leeds University, UK in 1996 to read Music Technology from which she graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree. Sophia M is an experienced performer and holds grade 8 singing and advanced level voice qualifications from the Royal School of Music. She also has drama qualifications from the London Academy of Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) and was a junior opera performer for the English National Opera where she was employed in various operas at the London Coliseum Opera House and The Palace Theatre, including a tour to Germany.After working for eight years in TV and Radio management roles in central London, including the BBC, Sophia M moved to Dubai with her family and began a new career in Education. At that time, Sophia M had a particular interest in early childhood education and qualified to become an Early Years Educator. Studies included understanding the comprehensive knowledge of the role and responsibilities of working with children, understanding of the care required to work with young children and knowledge that children’s well-being is paramount at all times.Sophia M and her family moved to France where she accepted a teaching post at an International Bilingual School in Montpellier. During this time, Sophia M studied her Masters level Post Graduate Certificate in Education with Buckingham University. Her studies enabled her to frequently visit the UK during her practice to collaborate and work with teachers and lecturers from top UK independent day and boarding schools where discussions covered the latest practices and research in teaching and learning, pastoral care and special educational needs. Sophia M worked as curriculum coordinator for English, Music and Science across the primary school in addition to teaching English subjects to French students. Sophia M was also involved in planning overseas school visits to the UK where she was responsible for the onsite education, care and welfare of students.

      Sophia M joined DSAS in August 2018 as a Homeroom Teacher and was responsible for planning and delivering the online English curriculum to Grade 1 students during the covid pandemic. In 2019, Sophia M was promoted to English Coordinator of the Bilingual Primary school where she is responsible for managing the routine operation of both staff and curriculum within the Bilingual Primary English section.

      In August 2021, in addition to leading the English curriculum, Sophia M is thrilled to be appointed Assistant Head, Pastoral for the Bilingual Primary School where she will also be responsible for developing and implementing the pastoral care program.

      “As educators, it is our duty to ensure the physical, social and emotional welfare of pupils. It is the essential foundation upon which learning can take place. At DSAS, we are a world class community aspiring to excellence which includes promoting a high standard of pastoral care, further than a basic commitment to welfare. Our pastoral care extends to every aspect of school life in order to foster pupils’ personal development as much as their academic progress. Our core values – respect (敬), compassion (仁), honesty (诚), collaboration (合作) and personal responsibility (责任) all contribute to a positive school culture that puts the wellbeing of students and staff at the forefront of everything we do.”

      Sophia M will continue her studies in September where she will embark on a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management with Buckingham University.

      Sophia M still enjoys performing and is a key member of the school musical CCA in addition to embracing Chinese culture by learning to play the Erhu and read Chinese music.

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    • Heather HAcademic Assistant Head for the Primary School

      Academic Assistant Head for the Primary School

      Heather H

      Heather H has been teaching primary since 2011 , having previously worked as homeroom teacher, Year coordinator, PYP Coordinator and Academic principal of primary school. Heather H holds a Master’s degree in Education of the Education University of Hongkong. In her spare time, Heather H enjoys playing violin , running and travelling .

      • 10 Years of Chinese National Curriculum Integrate with International Curriculum Experience in Guangzhou,China.
      • 8 years of IB teaching and management experience (PYP)
      • IB certificates in advanced leadership research,the role of the coordinator ,the concept-based learning,making the PYP happen in the classroom,the teaching and learning ,the PYP assessment and the IB Global Conference 2018,2019,2020 of Attendances
      • Certificate of Completion of International Curriculum Development and Implementation Research Project of Guangdong Education Research Institute
      • Awarded the Title of Excellent Education Administrator in Huangpu District ,Guangzhou,China.
      • Certified Positive Discipline Familly Facilitator

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    • Yin XPastoral Assistant Head for the Lower Secondary School

      Pastoral Assistant Head for the Lower Secondary School

      Yin X

      Ms.Yin X got her Bachelor’s degree from Shanghai International Studies University, majoring in English Language and Literature. She got her first Master’s degree from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in Teaching and Learning. Her second Master’s degree is from Harvard University in Human Development and Psychology. In the past 10 years, Yin X worked at St. Paul’s School, an elite boarding school in Concord, NH, U.S. She was a full-time foreign language teacher and advisor at St. Paul’s. She was well-loved by students and colleagues at SPS. 

      Yin X joined DSAS in November 2021 as Assistant Head (Pastoral) of Lower Secondary School. She is committed to building a fair, kind and responsible community. 

      Yin X was born and raised in Wuxi. She is glad to come back to her hometown and contributes to the international education here.

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    • Jason ZAcademic Assistant Head for the Lower Secondary School

      Academic Assistant Head for the Lower Secondary School

      Jason Z

      Jason Z is a forward-thinker and international-minded leader who is passionate about education. He has taught and managed in private schools throughout Canada, Korea, and China. Jason is a Chinese-Canadian with over 18 years of international teaching and management experience, he has a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Winnipeg and finishing his master’s degree in education from the Queen’s University of Canada. Jason first came to China over 13 years ago. He started his education career in Zhengzhou, Henan developing international curriculum and courses for over 16 public and private schools benefiting over 8000 students. In his free time, Jason also volunteers as a guest lecturer for educational organizations throughout China such as Wuhan Hua Zhong Normal University.   

      “I am a strong believer that education is the key to changing the world. I hope my understanding of the Chinese students’ learning abilities combined with my experience in international education will benefit the students at DSAS.”

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    • Mandy WPastoral Assistant Head for the Upper Secondary School

      Pastoral Assistant Head for the Upper Secondary School

      Mandy W

      Mandy W is starting her 14th year in International Education. She began her career as college counselor and language training teacher after graduating with her first master’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 2007. During the following 14 years, as college counselors and deputy principals of student life, Mandy W was dedicated to provide students best possible opportunities out of classroom, in their everyday school life, to prepare students as lifelong learners who can master the 21 century challenges. During this time, she also received her second Master’s degree in Educational Administration and Management.

      Mandy W is a dedicated lifelong learner and is excited to join DSAS in August, 2021 as Assistant Head (Pastoral) of Upper Secondary School. Her vision is to create a learning and living community at DSAS with all stakeholders, and to best support students’ learning and developing opportunities.

      On a personal note, Mandy W has two cute dogs, a 10-year-old border collie and a 5-year-old corgi.

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    • Tim MAcademic Assistant Head for the Upper Secondary School

      Academic Assistant Head for the Upper Secondary School

      Tim M

      Tim M was educated at Wells Cathedral School, one of the oldest independent schools in the UK. He went on to obtain a degree in Applied Social Sciences from the University of Lancaster before completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of East Anglia. He is a highly experienced practioner with over 20 years’ teaching experience. Having already successfully led the sports departments at Town Close House and Langley School in the UK, he promotes physical and mental wellbeing through sport and exercise and he has a strong track record of success in national schools’ competitions.

      Believing in a growth mindset philosophy he believes in placing the student at the very centre of the learning experience and encouraging them to achieve through embracing and enjoying challenge, rather than accepting predetermined expectations of their abilities.

      Tim M has a real passion for rugby. He has over 10 years’ experience playing in the National Leagues and has played in Australia, South Africa as well as in the UK. He is a Level 3 coach and has worked with Premiership Champions Leicester Tigers for 20 years developing young players into their Academy set up and has worked as lead coach in the England U16 programme.

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    • Leo LHead of Secondary Chinese

      Head of Secondary Chinese

      Leo L

      Leo L graduated with a masters degree in education from Columbia University in United States. Before coming to Wuxi Dipont School of Arts and Science, he worked as an instructional designer and Chinese teacher in the United Nations Headquarters, the New York Department of Social Service and public schools in China. Years of overseas study and work experience has enabled him to explore the unique pedagogy of Chinese teaching in international schools.

      Leo L believes that students should have a global vision while fully understanding their own culture; only when they understand their own language can they truly understand the world. He also expects his students could know how to think critically through reading and eventually becoming the talents needed in the 21st century.

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    • Simon HScience Teacher / Xlite Programme Teacher

      Science Teacher / Xlite Programme Teacher

      Simon H

      Simon H graduated in 2017, with a bachelor and a master degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. As part of his master degree, Simon H undertook a full-year research project on Quantised State Simulation, winning the first prize in the project presentation. After returning to China, Simon H spent a year on the PGCE Distance Learning programme offered by the University of Sunderland, which qualified him as a Secondary Science teacher. Simon H joined Wuxi Dipont School of Arts and Science in 2021, as part of the physics and Oxbridge application supporting team. In his spare time, Simon H enjoys playing chess, reading, cycling and watching football. 

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    • Lei WXlite Programme Competition Maths Tutor

      Xlite Programme Competition Maths Tutor

      Lei W

      Lei W graduated in 2015 with a PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering. Then he joined in Neuroscience and Intelligent Media Institute (NIMI), Communication University of China, worked as an assistant researcher, his research area is biological neural networks, focusing on understanding how the biological neural systems work through mathematical modellings. And until now, he has published more than 20 academic papers. From 2017 to now, he worked as AI algorithm expert and group leader in JD group and data science expert in Alibaba group, his works are focusing on applying mathematical approaches especially statistical methods to solve problems in real-world scenarios. Lei W will join DSAS in August 2021, works as a math competition tutor. He expects to help students improve their math competition scores, but most importantly, he would like to help students form their own learning methods and feel the beauty of mathematics during their studies.

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    • Roy HMaths Teacher

      Maths Teacher

      Roy H

      Roy H graduated in 2014 from University of Rochester with double bachelor degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Maths. Right after, he received the master degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics in 2016 from the Ivy school University of Pennsylvania. During undergraduate, he participated in the Maths Competition which invited over 1000 students from over 70 universities in the US and ranked in the top 20 among all the participants. After graduating from UPenn, Roy H came back to China and has been working in International teaching for over 5 years. Except the Maths teaching, like AP, ALevel, he is also good at tutoring all kinds of Math Competitions. In after-school activities, he likes water sports including swimming and kayaking. Roy H insisted the student-oriented teaching philosophy and in the past few years, he helped students receive offers from great universities, like Harvard. Roy H looks forward to helping students engage in Maths learning and receive the sense of achievements.

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    • Jennifer KHead of English(Lower Secondary)

      Head of English(Lower Secondary)

      Jennifer K

      Ms Jennifer K joined Nanwai King’s College School in 2018 as a founding staff member. She graduated in 2005 with a degree in Applied English and later completed an MA of International English from the University of Sunderland. She is a credentialed Chinese educator, a certified IELTS teacher and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). She has earned the Chinese Eminent Teacher and Scholar award (2011) and has lead provincial and national demonstration classes to Chinese educators (2005-2017). Ms Kong’s former roles at Nanwai have included Deputy Head of Foreign Affairs, Head of English, and Deputy Director of Studies (Fangshan Campus). Along with her duties, she is actively involved with the Harvard Debate Curriculum and leads student groups to participate internationally in renowned student exchanges and symposiums.

      With over 14 years’ experience at Nanjing Foreign Language School (Nanwai) in addition to 4 years of teaching in an international school environment, she brings her experience of elite public education practice to the new role of Head of English in the Lower Secondary School at Dipont School of Arts and Science. In the coming academic year, Ms Kong is leading the Lower Secondary English team to integrate best pedagogy into the curriculum and supporting the team to develop best practice inside the classroom to build on the remarkable successes in English Language made by students last academic year.

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    • Bongiwe SHead of Lower Secondary Science
      & Chemistry teacher

      Head of Lower Secondary Science
      & Chemistry teacher

      Bongiwe S

      Bongiwe S received her Bachelor of Science with majors in Biological Sciences, and her Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.

      She brings to her role years of teaching experience, including 8 years teaching IGCSE Sciences, A-level and AP Physics in international schools in China and in the Middle East.

      She has prior experience as Head of Science, and Instructional Support Specialist. Her expertise in these roles enabled her to support and train educators in South Africa and the U.A.E.

      Bongiwe S aims to bring an open mind, a positive attitude, and high expectations to her classroom everyday. She believes that the ability to learn is not fixed, that it can change with one's effort. She tries to inspire and encourage her students to understand that even if they have challenges with certain skills/knowledge, their abilities aren't set in stone, if they work on them, they can improve over time. She is confident that cultivating a growth mindset is the best method to develop grit in her students, because she believes grit is the ultimate predictor of success.

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    • Kurt SHead of English(Upper Secondary)

      Head of English(Upper Secondary)

      Kurt S

      Kurt S believes the role of the educator is to teach students the value of persistence, dedication, and hard work to shape talent into skill and potential into reality. For eight years, Kurt S has taught English, public speaking, and competitive debate in China with Dipont Education. Prior to joining Wuxi Dipont School of Arts and Science (DSAS), he taught for three years at RDFZ Kings College in Hangzhou, following four years at Hangzhou Foreign Language School. Before coming to China, Kurt S was Youth Activities Supervisor for the Newark Public Schools and coached the Rutgers Newark Debate Team. He has over thirty years of experience coaching successful debate and public speaking programs. His students have won the NDT and CEDA National Debate Championships four times, including two collegiate Top Speaker Awards. He was awarded the 1997 Lexington Coaches Award of Excellence in Public Speaking, the 2005 Sandra Deleon Award of Service, and the 2010 Jersey Urban Debate League “Coach of the Year”.  His students were the 2011 National Association of Urban Debate League High School National Champions. His students have earned national recognition and been invited to meet with President Obama in the Oval office. Additional awards include the 2010 Jackie Robinson Scholarship, the 2011 Bank of America Student Leadership Summit Award, and the 2010 NAACP student of the year by the Newark chapter.

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    • Zachary HEconomics Teacher

      Economics Teacher

      Zachary H

      Zachary H has been a teacher of US and UK curriculum economics for over eight years in China, and he is proud of his track record of helping students achieve high marks. He previously worked in academic leadership as Academic Principal of a leading international department in Wuhan. He also served as a corporate trainer at such major Chinese companies as ICBC, Bank of East Asia and Sinopec. Zachary H’s areas of academic research include collaborative learning, disciplinary literacy, and machine learning. He is dedicated to helping students realise which skills are most useful and powerful for the changing world. 

      Prior to working in the education field, he worked in the financial services industry in Shanghai and Beijing, producing equity research for institutional investors. Zachary H is near completion of the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst credential. He is an avid computer programmer, and regularly codes in Python, R, Java, Go and SQL. His interests include chess, sports, investing and foreign language learning. He is fluent in Chinese, having completed the FALCON program at Cornell, and following graduation served as a research assistant at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for East Asian Research.

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    • Ada XHead of Maths

      Head of Maths

      Ada X

      Ada X is the Head of Maths for the lower Primary school section. She graduated from Jiangsu Normal University and has over 16 years teaching experience. Ada X also holds a kindergarten teaching certificate, primary school mathematics teaching certificate and Primary school English teacher certificate. Prior to DSAS, Ada X was a maths teacher at Jiangping Road Primary School, Taizhou City, Jiangsu Province and a maths teacher and maths discipline leader at Wuxi Youyi Education and Training Co., Ltd. She has guided students to participate in "Star of China", "Hope Cup", "World Youth Olympic Thinking Ability Assessment", "WMO", "Kangaroo Mathematics", "AMC" and other mathematical competitions where many students have won first, second and third prizes.

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    • Grace WHead of Chinese (Primary School)

      Head of Chinese (Primary School)

      Grace W

      Grace W has 14 years of international education experience. She has taught IB courses both in primary and secondary schools. She is an experienced teacher with a strong sense of responsibility and good management skills. In her past teaching career, she has obtained the IB PYP Program Category 1,2,3 and MYP language A certificate, and also served as a core member of ACAMIS CLTN.

      As the founding teacher of Dipont Arts and Science School, Ms Wu has been serving as the middle management of the school since its founding. As the grade coordinator, she was responsible for coordinating the teaching quality of the grade group and the management of students and teachers, and planning a series of activities such as "Week without wall", Grade 3 10-year growth ceremony. As the leader of the Chinese coordinator, Ms Wu led the Chinese teachers to study the curriculum standards, research the teaching materials and methods, and actively organize and participate in various Chinese activities in the school.

      As an educator, Ms Wu believes that teachers should enlighten students with knowledge, influence students with moral character, warm children with love and let their hearts be filled with sunshine.

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    • Peter BHead of Science (Primary School)

      Head of Science (Primary School)

      Peter B

      Peter B earned a BS in Education from Dominican College and an MA in International Education from Endicott College. He has ten years of international teaching experience, and he is a founding member of the teaching staff at Wuxi Dipont School of Arts and Science. Prior to joining DSAS, Peter B spent three years teaching PYP at a full IB school in Dubai, where he regularly practiced the student-centered, inquiry- based teaching methods that have been incorporated into the bilingual model that developed at DSAS. 

      Following his first year at DSAS, an increasing amount of Peter B’s time was scheduled teaching Science each year, until he began teaching Science exclusively during the 2021/2022 school year. He was also given the responsibility of coordinating Science for all of the primary grades. This role has now been expanded to become the new Head of Department (HOD) for Science in the primary division.

      Peter B enjoys sharing his passion for science with his students, and he believes that teachers who are truly passionate about the content they teach have the best chance of sparking genuine interest in their students. 

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    • Howard MHead of PE (Primary School)

      Head of PE (Primary School)

      Howard M

      Howard M has been a physical education teacher for ten years. He earned his BD and MD in East China Normal University. With the experience of teaching in three international schools, Howard M has been privileged to work with students and teachers in a variety of K-12 settings. He has worked as a PE teacher, classroom teacher, and P4C (philosophy for children) teacher. Howard M joined DSAS in 2019. He has a true passion for working with the wonderful students and staff at our school. In his teaching, Howard M adjusts his lessons to take into account the wide range of skill and fitness levels that characterize students of different age groups. He attempts to provide all the students with physical education experiences that are both beneficial and enjoyable.

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    • Swapnil JHead of Arts (Primary School)

      Head of Arts (Primary School)

      Swapnil J

      Swapnil is a master's in science (clothing and textiles) from MSU, Baroda, India. Having 6 years of teaching experience she has previously spent three years in India and has most recently been teaching in China for 3 years. She joined an International School in Jinhua, Zhejiang in September 2021, tutoring students and teaching Art and Crafts. Swapnil is an active team leader at creative art department and was responsible for art curriculum designing, planning for project-based learning, and art exhibitions. In this role, she is a consummate professional considerate of students’ needs while engaging the natural curiosity that encourages students’ love for creativity and learning. She also is an active participant in the school’s cultural events and promotional activities. 

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    • Jenny GHead of EAL (Primary School)

      Head of EAL (Primary School)

      Jenny G

      Jenny G, graduated from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics with a major in English Language and Literature. She also graduated with outstanding graduates from the university in the same year. Since graduation, she has been focusing on international English teaching for 14 years. During this period, she has also traveled to Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Australia many times to study language teaching and learning.

      During the first 9 years, she taught in different cities in China including Shanghai and Beijing. She is committed to international English teaching and learning and has adopted the lifelong learning approach. During her eight years as a teacher in Beijing, Jenny G led her school to join the English Lesson Teaching Competition and teaching seminar activities, where she was awarded the title of "National Excellent English Teacher” in 2010. In 2018, she took part in a ‘Reading Course Demonstration Course Competition’ and again received an award. 

      In 2019, Jenny G participated in the French applied philosophy training and obtained a certification of children's philosophy. In 2021, she participated in IKTLP leadership training and successfully graduated.

      Jenny G specializes in how to learn English in various subjects with English as the language carrier. Committed to the ways and means of acquiring English as a second language in the context of internationalization with effective and reasonable integration of various disciplines under the background of practical project-based learning (PBL). Jenny G is good at imparting her personal philosophy of teaching and learning to her English lessons, and the concept of inquiry learning is rooted in her teaching practice. 

      Jenny G joined DSAS (formerly NKCS) in 2019. This school academic year, Jenny G was promoted to the position of Upper Primary English Head of Department for G4 to G6. She hopes that together with her colleagues, she can continue to study, refine and optimize the curriculum and use the most suitable English language acquisition methods for her Chinese students successfully.

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    • Sylvia WG1 Coordinator

      G1 Coordinator

      Sylvia W

      Ms. Sylvia W graduated from the Education University of Hong Kong with a Master of Arts degree in 2017. She is well versed in the characteristics of international education as she has 6 years of experience. After graduation, she joined a well-known international school in Shanghai. After that, she joined our school as a founding member, working in the foundation phase. Ms. Sylvia W has the ability to communicate effectively between parents and the school.

      Ms. Sylvia W firmly believes that to educate students, we should guide them to learn by themselves instead of forcing them to learn. We should encourage students to learn instead of suppressing their enthusiasm for learning. We should inspire students to think instead of directly telling students the answer.

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    • Tracy WG3 Coordinator

      G3 Coordinator

      Tracy W

      Ms Tracy W has worked in the education industry for 16 years, and homeroom teacher in an international school for 8 years. She obtained her master's degree in education in 2020. Tracy W has rich experience in class management and teaching. She is conscientious and responsible, full of enthusiasm in teaching, and has a strong relationship with her learners. She has been awarded as excellent homeroom teacher for many years.

      Tracy W’s teaching style is unique and highly recognized by experts. She has won the second prize of the "Blue Sky Cup" in Jiangsu Province and the first prize of the "Pilot Cup" in Xishan District.

      After she came to the Dipont School of Arts and Sciences, she performed well in the general training for bilingual teachers, won the first prize, and was hired as the tutor of the "Excellent Teacher Training Project" in 2019.

      In 2020, she became the coordinator of the Transition from Kindergarten to Primay Group, leading the team to formulate and implement the "Transition Plan", which aims to help new students and parents of grade one better adapt to the learning life of primary school through a series of activity designs, and lay a solid foundation for lifelong learning.

      She believes that education and learning are happy things, and teachers can influence and change students' lives. She is determined to be a teacher who "sees the needs of students" and help students' academic progress and all-round development by establishing a good teacher-student relationship and professional guidance.

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    • Joseph GG4 Coordinator

      G4 Coordinator

      Joseph G

      Joseph G is a highly motivated, passionate and experienced teacher. Joseph G graduated with a Bachelors of education in 2017 and was both a classroom teacher and a Special Educational Needs teacher in Ireland before teaching for three years in the United Arab Emirates. Joseph G has a wide range of experience working with children of all ages both inside and outside of the classroom through his time spent as a scout leader. Joseph G is a competent musician and is both a classically and traditionally trained he uses this knowledge throughout his teaching. Joseph G is a keen public speaker and has competed in various public speaking and intervarsity debating competitions. Joseph G was the auditor of the Marino institute of education debating society from 2014-2016. 

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    • Crystal SG6 Coordinator

      G6 Coordinator

      Crystal S

      Crystal S has worked in international schools in Suzhou and Singapore, teaching students from primary up to Junior High.  She joined Wuxi Dipont School of Arts and Science in 2018 as a G5 homeroom teacher. What’s more, she also helped to develop the Chinese Curriculum as the Primary Chinese Coordinator for 2 years and now is the Grade  Coordinator for G5 .

      Crystal S believes that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially. It is her passion as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking and invites a sharing of ideas.

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