Michael Urquhart
Head of ISA Liwan International School
Co-head of ISA Wenhua Liwan School
  • 30 years of experience in education, including 15 years’ leadership experience.
  • The former Headmaster at Victoria English School as well as International School of Indiana, both schools ranked top in their area.
  • The former Deputy Head of Utahloy International School and Principal of its secondary school section.
  • IB Diploma Examiner, IB MYP assessment moderator & School Consultant, workshop leader and evaluator.
Myra Wang
Deputy Head of ISA Wenhua Liwan School
Principal of ISA Wenhua Liwan Secondary School
  • Ms. Wang graduated from Beijing Normal University and was Obtained UCL school leadership training certificate.
  • She has over 20 years’ experience of teaching and management in the mainstream international programmes such as IB, IGCSE, A Level and AP.
  • She served as Vice Principal of High School and IBDP Coordinator in GCGS. The average score of IBDP examinations during her tenure was over 40, ranking among the best in China. Her students are all over the world top universities, including Oxbridge in the UK and Ivy League in the US.
  • She also served as an IBDP training officer and math examiner in the Asia Pacific region of IB International Diploma Organization.
Angela Lisle
Principal of Early Years
  • Angela joined ISA Tianhe in 2018.
  • She has over 21 years of teaching experience in the UK, Middle East, and China and specializes in early years education.
  • Since 2019, as Early Years Coordinator and a member of the Senior Leadership Team Angela has led the Tianhe Early Years department and teaching team to ensure all children, aged from two to six years, received quality teaching, and learning in a creative, safe environment.
  • Angela enjoys working in an international environment and is committed to the ethos and core values of the ISA family to develop and implement an academic and holistic curriculum for children in an international setting.
Peter Guo
Principal of Middle School
  • Peter Guo is the Principal of Middle School Division in Guangzhou ISA Liwan International School. He has worked in well-known International Schools. Extensive experience in teaching MYP and DP language and literature, language acquisition and TOK courses.
  • He received his bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Hunan University of Science and Technology in 2012, and his master’s degrees in Counseling Psychology and Educational Psychology from Assumption University and University of Kent.
  • In 2022, he received the education Leadership training from The School of Education of Harvard University. Peter has worked in domestic public schools, international schools, and many schools in Thailand and the United Kingdom, with rich teaching experience.
Patricia Pope
Principal of Primary School
  • Patricia holds an MA in Education from the University of Sunderland and is currently pursuing her second master’s in leadership and management through the University of Bath.
  • has had over 20 years’ experience in IB schools in Singapore, China and the United States;
  • employed by the Canadian International School of Singapore, she was the Vice Principal (K-12) Chinese English Bilingual program, and Nursery to Grade One Primary Vice Principal for three programs, including the English program, and the Chinese and French English Bilingual programs;
  • has been an IB Workshop Leader, Schools Consultant and Site Visit Team Member for over 8 years.
Michelle Xie
Deputy Principal of Primary School
  • Ms. Xie graduated from the Foreign Language Department of Xiangtan University and was afforded a certificate upon completion of school leadership course by UCL.
  • She has been engaged in education for more than 20 years and has rich experience in teaching and management in mainstream international programme such as IBPYP.
  • She served as vice Principal of Primary School and PYP Coordinator in GCGS. During her tenure, she led the team to obtain the first PYP authorisation in Mainland China and successfully explored a way to integrate national curriculum with international curriculum.
  • She is also the IBAP PYP workshop leader, school visiting team leader and school consultant.
Simon Smith
Head of Boarding
  • Graduate of the University of Bristol and University of Surrey with thirty years working in education as Faculty Head, Head of Y12 and Y13 and a boarding Housemaster. Twenty of these have been in well respected British and International boarding schools.
  • Founding Senior Leader in Boarding and Pastoral Care in two start-up schools in China alongside teaching Wellbeing and Physics at IGCSE, A Level and IBDP.
  • Is an advocate in holistic education and believes in “living the lives” of the students producing a safe, caring and supportive environment working with students to foster positive attitudes and relationships to allow them to challenge themselves and be risk-takers without fear of being judged.
Tammy Chan
Deputy Principal of Early Years
  • Ms. Tammy Chan, a highly respected, established and qualified practitioner with over twenty- three years’ experience in Early Years and Elementary education.
  • She is the lecturer in Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Kindergarten Principal Certificate.
  • She has held the principal position in numerous International Kindergartens for fourteen years, and an International Elementary School in Hong Kong for five years across four schools working with IB-PYP, Montessori, Chinese curriculums developing sustainable, multi-cultural, child centered inquiry-based programmes in each.
  • She is an ambassador for enquiry-based learning and is motivated by ensuring staff work towards greater measurable achievement in children in their early years’ education.
Joyce Chen
Early Years Curriculum Coordinator
  • Miss Chen obtained her M.A. in Teaching and Curriculum from Michigan State University.
  • She specialises in early childhood education and has over 8 years of teaching experience in international schools, including 5 years of teaching experience abroad.
  • She was the EY curriculum coordinator of Fettes College Guangzhou, the head of the kindergarten and academic team leader of Beijing Haidian Kaiwen Academy, and homeroom teacher in Post Oak Academy in the United States.
Jeremiah Chua
Deputy Principal of Primary & PYP Coordinator
  • Jeremiah CHUA is from Singapore and has 16 years of experience in bilingual and international education. Starting off as a Homeroom Teacher, he has also taken on leadership roles such as Deputy Head of Primary, PYP Coordinator, Subject Coordinator and Grade Leader. Additionally, he served in Singapore’s Ministry of Education and worked with national leaders on educational policies.
  • He holds a bachelor’s in Education, a master’s in Cross Cultural Communication and a certificate in School Management and Leadership. He currently serves the IB as a Programme Leader, Workshop Leader and Site Visitor. He also contributes to the IB as a member of the PYP Subject Guidance Development team.
  • He is committed to creating an inclusive learning and teaching environment where all in the learning community are encouraged to do and be their best. He is particularly motivated by how the learning can lead to taking action for a better world.
Nicolette Lau
Head of Teaching and Learning in the Secondary School
MYP Coordinator
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Multimedia Technology from Birmingham, followed by a PGCE international and Master in Education at the University of Nottingham, UK.
  • 9 years of work experience in international and bilingual IB world schools as MYP Coordinator, Projects Coordinator, Teacher Librarian, ICT Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Learning Coordinator, MYP and DP teacher.
  • Experienced IB Workshop Leader, IB MYP Examiner and Apple Professional Learning Specialist
  • Her passion is engaging students in their learning journey and supporting them to become active, responsible lifelong learners. As an educator, she strives to create a safe and supportive learning environment for all learners, and to guide them in developing their own potential.
Snober Sohail
DP Coordinator
  • IB Diploma Programme Coordinator, has been associated with the field of education for the past 19 years and has been working as an IB DP coordinator for the past 8 years. She is a member of IBEN – International Baccalaureate Educator Network for the Asia Pacific region. She is also a visiting team member for ACSWASC- Accrediting Commission for Schools Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
  • She has worked as an IB Diploma Programme coordinator, pedagogical team leader and university counsellor in leading international schools in Pakistan and now China.
  • She is a qualified teacher for Theory of Knowledge, English B, CAS and is also an experienced IB DP University Counsellor. Snober also is an IB examiner for English B and TOK.
  • She has also worked as a telephone counsellor with the NSPCC – UK (National Society for the prevention of cruelty to children) one of the largest charities in the world that work against child abuse.
  • She got her Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science from the UK and a master’s degree in Gender and Women study from Pakistan.
Christophe Gigon
Teacher of Design
Digital Coordinator
  • Christophe Gigon is Digital Coordinator and Head of Art and Design. He is an experienced teacher (15 years), previously EdTech Coordinator and Head of Design. He is currently online facilitator for Pamoja (IB), MOOC co-author and community manager for La Sorbonne and online coach in Project-Based learning.
  • He gained 3 degrees : a Masters in EdTech and Media Information Literacy (La Sorbonne- Paris III), a Graduate diploma in Education (American University in Cairo), a Masters in History (Université Libre de Bruxelles). Christophe is a life-long learner who speaks fluently French, English, Spanish and Dutch.
  • He strongly believes that our mission as educators is to develop well-rounded, autonomous individuals who display a genuine understanding of today's world challenges and the willingness to take positive actions.
Ingrid Delange
Teacher of Mathematics
Head of House
  • Ingrid is a passionate educator. With over 22 years’ experience as a teacher of Mathematics and TOK teacher, she is also a high school Head of Year, IB senior examiner, content creator and author for numerous educational publishers (Oxford University Press, Kognity, the IB...) as well as a sustainability leader and a Wellbeing and Mindfulness field practitioner and Duke of Edinburg l. She came to China 10 years ago after having taught in UK, Egypt and Uganda. She holds 2 masters and 3 degrees: Maths MSc, PGC, BSc Hons, (Open University / Paris 6 University), Linguistics & French as a 2nd Language MA ( Rouen University ), Visual Arts-Media studies Ba ( Panthéon-Sorbonne University), PGCE, (St Martin’s College), English Ba ( Jules Verne/Keele University) and a few other qualifications in Sustainability and Counselling.
  • Enthusiastic, creative and committed to the IB philosophy, she has a very holistic approach of teaching. She sees the role of a teacher as a key part of the development of the child into a well-balanced adult, a self-regulatory learner and -obviously- a citizen of the World. To enhancement intrinsic motivation, she believes students need to be inspired to develop a clear understanding of their ideal selves and the influence of their surrounding. This personal and global awareness empowered students with a vision of their life hence fulfill their true potential. She also thrives to make learning meaningful and impactive. Using project base learning and experiential learning she prompts critical analysis, reflections, curiosity, and creativity on top of application of academic skills. Leading student through this all process and raising future innovators and leaders is to her eyes her biggest achievement.
Rodney Allan Callinan
English, EAL & foreign languages Coordinator
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary) with majors in Mandarin and PE & Health; Master of Education and Training in Teaching English as a Second Language.
  • Over 14 years’ teaching experience.
  • Has been the teacher of Kindergarten at Country Garden and Victoria schools, teacher of Grades 2-4 at the Canadian International school, China, teacher of high school English literature, IELTS and TEOFL at Country Garden school.
  • Has been the teacher of Grade 11 and 12 Mandarin, Dance and Study support in Canberra, Australia.