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High School Team

High School Team

Sheldon Smith
Sheldon Smith
ISA Wenhua Liwan International High School Executive Principal
  • 22 years of international teaching experience; familiar with both International and Chinese culture and education systems.
  • Previously served as the academic principal of a top ranking international high school with AP programme in Guangzhou, helping the school achieve great local and international renown. Witnessed 2500 students matriculating from the school to best universities worldwide.
  • Subject specialism is English for Academic Purposes (EAP), giving him great understanding of how to develop students' academic English in order to succeed on international pathways at the high school level.
Peter Guo
Peter Guo
Principal of Middle School of ISA Wenhua Liwan School (International)
  • Peter has worked in well-known International Schools and he has extensive experience in teaching MYP and DP language and literature, language acquisition as well as TOK courses.
  • He received his bachelor's degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Hunan University of Science and Technology in 2012, and recieved 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. He has rich teaching experience.
Sefe Okungbowa
Sefe Okungbowa
ISA Wenhua Liwan International High School Deputy Principal
  • Ms. Okungbowa graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a bachelor’s degree in human biology. With 12 years of teaching experience, she is an expert in GCSE, A Level and diploma level biology subjects. Previously worked as the head of Science and Science Oxbridge Coordinator at Shenzhen College of International Education for 5 years. She was also the school iGEM liaison officer. Many of her students received offers from Russell group Universities in the UK. In 2021 alone, Sefe sent 5 students to Cambridge University to study biological sciences and 1 for Medicine; 7 students to Oxford University also to study biological sciences.
  • Ms. Okungbowa commenced with the ISA Wenhua International Center for A level as its Head of Sciences and Biology Teacher on 1 August 2022. She has contributed a lot to the student learning, teaching management, teacher training and recruiting of the Centre.
Snober Sohail
Snober Sohail
IBDP Coordinator of ISA Wenhua Liwan School (International)
  • Snober Sohail – IB Diploma Programme Coordinator, has been associated with the field of education for the past 19 years, she is a member of IBEN – International Baccalaureate Educator Network for the Asia Pacific region. She has worked as an IB Diploma Programme coordinator, pedagogical team leader and a 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 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.
Joseph Hamkari
Joseph Hamkari
IGCSE Coordinator
  • MYP Coordinator at ISASC. He has been an educator all over the world for over 35 years and in that time has been a teacher of Biology and Science, Science department faculty chair and Head of Department, Curriculum Coordinator, Diploma Coordinator, MYP Coordinator, IGCSE Coordinator and Secondary Principal. He is focused on students learning and facilitating the best teaching possible. He believes in the power of the students and teachers voices and choices and enabling all students to be skilled and skilful learners. The IB with its focus on students and skills fits very well into his aims. He has worked with teachers from many schools and parts of the world both in schools he has worked in and others as a workshop leader for both MYP and DP and has developed a number of teacher courses for the IB and other organisations as well as being a senior examiner in Biology for IAs, Scripts and Extended Essays. As a lifelong learner Joe has recently completed an MEd and is moving back to China from Weimar in Germany where he was the Upper School Principal.
Peggy Peng
Peggy Peng
IGCSE Coordinator & Teacher of Physics
  • MSc Materials Science, University of Augsburg; BSc Inorganic Nonmetal Materials Engineering, Central South University
  • Worked at WLSA School in Shanghai as a Physics teacher and Science Team Leader.
  • Physics teacher at Yew Wah Gubei School, Shanghai. Students taught at the “Physics Bowl” were awarded the first place in the regional Physics Bowl team and the Bpho Gold Medal in Physics in the UK.
  • Students in my classes have been accepted for full scholarships to Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Chicago and Cornell University.
Smile Yang
Smile Yang
Student Coordinator (G11/12) & Teacher of Mathematics
  • Sun Yat-sen University, Master of Management.
  • Previously Worked in the International Department of a high school in Guangzhou with rich experience in international mathematics teaching and curriculum design.
  • Experienced in teaching IGCSE, SAT, AP, A Level, etc.
  • College Board AP Calculus Teaching Qualification. Multiple trips to the United States to attend winter, summer, and AP courses.
Naomi Xu
Naomi Xu
Assistant MYP Coordinator
  • M.A. English Literature, University of York
  • B.A. English Language and Literature, Nankai University
  • Worked at IB International School, teaching IB MYP and DP English.
  • Coordinated MYP service learning, interdisciplinary learning and curriculum implementation.
Raghavendra Dwivedi
Raghavendra Dwivedi
Teacher of Mathematics
  • Mr. Dwivedi majored with MS in Mathematics and Master of Computer Applications. He obtained his teaching certificate (PGCE) from University of Sunderland and is currently in last phase of his PhD in Statistics.
  • He has more than 17 years of teaching experience in Mathematics, Statistics and Computers. He has ever taught undergraduate students at University of Mississippi and later at State University of New York where he was conferred with best Lecturer award 3 years in a row.
  • In China, he has experience working with different curriculums (IB, AP, A-level, Australian National Curriculum). During this period, He has worked as the Mathematics Coordinator (HOD) for more than 8 years.
Ajax Xie
Ajax Xie
Teacher of Mathematics and Physics
  • Graduated from the Wuhan University with a bachelor degree and the University of Science and Technology of China with a master degree.
  • Having more than 11 years of teaching experience in international education, including A level physics, mathematics and further mathematics.
  • Having extensive experience with international physics competitions ( such as BPHO, physics bowl), and Oxford and Cambridge entrance examinations (including PAT and MAT, EngAA ).
  • Students taught have been accepted to top universities such as Cornell University, Cambridge University, Imperial College London, and University College London.
Rayon Mcfarlane
Rayon Mcfarlane
Teacher of Physics
  • Has been teaching for the past 15 years. During his teaching career, he has worked in four different countries namely: Jamaica, England, the United States, and China.
  • His educational background consists of a P.H.D in physics (Alternative energy) from Atlantic international university USA, and an MSC in chemistry (majoring in chemical physics) from Grand Canyon University Arizona USA.
  • His teaching experience entails physics, chemistry, mathematics, and different levels.
  • Physics: CSEC, CAPE, GCSE, IGCSE, A Levels (OCR), AQA, and CAIE.
  • Chemistry: IGCSE and GCSE
  • Mathematics: Additional
Sampson Shen
Sampson Shen
Teacher of Chemistry and Physics
  • Sampson is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.
  • He has worked in a well-known international school in Guangzhou for 5 years and is familiar with the science curriculum of MYP and DP..
  • During his studies in China, he won a silver award and a bronze award in the Chinese Chemistry Olympiad Competition of 2009 and 2010 respectively. And as a member of the Chinese team, he used to participate the United States Mathematical Modeling contest.
  • During his work, he used to help students to win the Hua Luogeng' s Gold Cup working as a coach. Besides, he also helped students win awards in British Physics Olympiad (bronze and silver award), Canadian Chemistry Olympiad (bronze and silver award) and Junior Canadian Chemistry Olympiad (Gold award).
Pranshi Chauhan
Pranshi Chauhan
Teacher of Chemistry
  • Gained 2 degrees: Bachelor’s degree in Education from Indira Gandhi National Open University; Master’s degree in Chemistry from University of Lucknow.
  • More than 10 years of teaching experience in Chemistry for high school students. Familiar in AP curriculum teaching. During my teaching career, I not only teach students for their exams, but also prepare them for various competitions like science Olympiads, SATs, and various school level and interschool level competitions, debates, and presentations.
  • I am skilled in formulating curricula as per students' requirements and lesson planning, coordinating school trips, conducting science fairs, and preparing progress reports. Throughout my career, I have interacted with students of different backgrounds and understanding levels and have good experience of planning special study materials for below average and above average students.
  • I am passionate about teaching and learning and throughout my now teaching experience, I have endeavored to provide learners with a conducive learning environment to be independent thinkers, open minded, and lifelong learners who explore their own learning styles, have respect for self, others, and the environment that they live in.
Sophie Wu
Sophie Wu
Teacher of Chemistry
  • MSc Nutrition, University of Reading; BSc Food Quality and Security, Jinan University
  • Has worked in the International Department of Guangzhou Tieyi Middle School as an AP Chemistry teacher, and as a chemistry teacher and research team leader in China for the Monash University Preparatory Program in Australia.
  • Previously worked at New Oriental Guangzhou as an IELTS teacher and research team leader. 7+ years of teaching experience instructing over 1,250 students in IELTS test preparation, familiar with Cambridge English curriculum and assessments.
Aigerim Mussina
Aigerim Mussina
Teacher of Biology
  • Bachelor’s degree - Eurasian national university after L.N. Gumilyev.
  • Master’s degree - Nazarbayev University.
  • Member of Global Teaching Insights by OECD.
  • Member of CTY summer program of John Hopkins University.
  • Aigerim Mussina is from a country named Kazakhstan that is located in Middle Asia. She has been teaching Biology for 5 years in Secondary schools and teaching Biotechnology extracurricular course for High School students.
  • She speaks 4 languages (learning 2 more, if programming counts) and has experience in the leadership, research, and curriculum establishment.
Wendy Zhao
Wendy Zhao
Teacher of Biology
  • Bachelor of Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo; Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Nanjing University. Wendy also obtained her Diploma of Excellence in Geographic Info Systems in Canada. She has experience in Application Development and 3D Modelling. She is a proficient in different English level and admission test including TOEFL, IELTS, BEC and GRE.
Lilly Li
Lilly Li
General Science Teacher
  • Achieved the bachelor’s degree in Tianjin University in 2013, and obtained the master’s degree in UC Irvine, majored in Environmental Engineering.
  • Has been working as a bilingual teacher of science in an international high school, and has years of experience in teaching international curriculum.
Joy Chen
Joy Chen
Laboratory Technician
  • Graduated from Jinan University with a dual degree in both engineering and law.
  • Has conducted research on microbiology in the Dean's Lab of the International College, during which she had in-depth cooperation with foreign professors and the research results were recognized by professors in a specific area.
Katherine Ma
Katherine Ma
Teacher of Computer Science
  • Graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a master's degree.
  • Graduated from Beijing University of Posts and telecommunications with a bachelor's degree.
  • Holds a high school information technology teacher's certificate, and my GRE score is 1450 (globally top 5% ).
  • Has eight years of working experience in technology enterprises, including one year in Huawei Technology Co., Ltd.
  • Used to be an AP Computer Science Teacher in AP department of Guangzhou Experimental School. The 4 + 5 score rate of the AP Computer Science Class she taught was 58%, which was far higher than the global average.
Rafik Ganie
Rafik Ganie
Teacher of Business Studies and Economics
  • A highly accomplished economics and business teacher with extensive experience in Nanjing, Beijing, and Hong Kong. Within the classroom, he strives to create a positive, stimulating, and academically engaging environment that fosters student success. He brings with him a lifelong love for learning and an unwavering commitment to challenging students to become their best selves. Prior to joining our institution, he held various leadership positions, including academic director and head of humanities. We are confident that his expertise and passion for teaching will inspire students to achieve great things while providing them with a high-quality and supportive learning experience.
William Xie
William Xie
Teacher of Economics & Business studies
  • University of Regina, Canada, majoring in Finance.Master’s degree of Economics, Hunan University.
  • Six years teaching experience of CAIE. Previously worked in Country Garden School, and Huanggang Middle School.
Yan Wang
Yan Wang
Teacher of Economics
  • Graduated with a BSc from University of St Andrews and a MSc from Warwick University.
  • Has a PGCEI from Nottingham University and a learning and teaching certificate from Cambridge University.
  • Has been teaching Economics for eight years and held the position of Head of Department (HOD) in Ulink college Guangzhou. Many of her students was admitted to Oxford, LSE, UCL and etc.
  • As an associate examiner of CAIE, she understands requirements of exams very well.
Liy Fun (Ally) Ee
Liy Fun (Ally) Ee
Teacher of EAL
  • Bachelor of Art, Graduate Diploma of Education and Master of Education in University of Melbourne.
  • 14 years of teaching experience in Australia, UK and IB world school.
  • Experienced educator, Head of Languages in Australia
  • I believe I can make a difference in the life of students. Language education transcends into all areas of life and can positively unify and influence humanity. My educational philosophy is centred around inspiring students with a love of learning; and equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and passion to achieve success in life.
Di Zhang
Di Zhang
Teacher of EAL
  • Graduated from the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in curriculum and instruction;
  • 5 years of teaching experience in well-known IB schools in the Greater Bay Area and 2 years of experience in graduating classes;
  • The graduates were admitted to TOP 30 universities such as University College London, University of Edinburgh, University of Hong Kong, etc..
Laura Luo
Laura Luo
Teacher of English & Math, House Parent
  • Master Degree in Textile Engineering, University of Manchester;
  • Seven years of teaching experience in international curriculum;
  • Previously worked in Maple Leaf International School (Wuhan), Experienced in teaching IGCSE, A Level, TOFEL speaking and IELTS Speaking.
Michael Church
Michael Church
Teacher of English as Additional Language (EAL)
  • Originally from New York City and has a master's degree in education, where he wrote a systematic review on Effective Methods for Teaching English to Chinese Learners.
  • Has been teaching English in China for 6 years, including Sun Yat-Sen University.
  • Feels it is his responsibility as a teacher to ensure students gain the knowledge, experience, and enlightenment to fill a child's mental toolbox and prepare them for the world ahead. It is important for the students to comprehend what they are being taught, and also know its relevance for how it applies in in the real world.
Yue Chen
Yue Chen
Teacher of English
  • Bachelor of Arts, York University, USA, 7 years of teaching experience in international courses Taught in Wuhan Maple Leaf International School, responsible for the teaching, research and teaching of international courses and IELTS courses Familiar with students' language learning planning and admission process and requirements, led the recruitment agency work in China for several Canadian high schools.
Hui Ye
Hui Ye
Teacher of English
  • Graduated from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies with over 10 years teaching experience. Holder of TEM 8, Cambridge Celt-S certificate and Cambridge TKT Module 1-3, Clil certificate. IELTS total band score: 8. Trilingual teacher of English, Chinese and Japanese. Guided students to win a number of national foreign language competition awards, such as the first prize in the Ministry of Education's Foreign Cultural Exchange Ambassadors.
Ada Liu
Ada Liu
Teacher of Chinese
  • Obtained bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature in University of Jinan and master’s degree in teaching Chinese as a foreign language in Bohai University. She has 5 years of working experience in international school and has taught IB MYP and DP Chinese Language and Literature course and Chinese Acquisition course in Shandong and Guangdong.
Guangrong Song
Guangrong Song
Teacher of Chinese
  • Acquired Master's degree of Language Education in Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland, and got Bachelor's degree in Chinese Language and Literature in South Normal University, China.
  • Has International Chinese Teacher Qualification awarded by Confucius Institute and has 5-year teaching experience.
Nora Dai
Nora Dai
Teacher of Chinese
  • Graduated from Xiamen University with a bachelor’s degree of Chinese Language and holds a high school Chinese teacher's certificate. With six years of teaching experience, she has won the first prize of the district-level Youth Teaching Ability Competition and guided her students to win provincial writing awards.
Philippe Agaesse
Philippe Agaesse
Teacher of French
  • First graduated in Physical Sciences in a Rennes University. Then he specialized in Education of French language for foreign learners and got a master's degree from Rouen University in France. Later, he got an Engineering Master's Degree in E-Learning from Montpellier University (all universities in France).
  • Has 22 years of experience teaching French and Spanish in high school, middle school, and university in France, Thailand, Mexico, Singapore and China (9 years). And he has worked as Head of French Department in a Chinese High School (Foshan) for 3 three years.
  • An experienced teacher of foreign languages mainly in French but also in Spanish, as he taught them for 22 years including 11 years in high school and middle school with proven abilities in fostering and inspiring learners, giving the students the language and cultural background to be able to live and study in France.
  • Among them, in a Chinese High School in Foshan, for 8 years he prepared the students for the Gao Kao and French Diplomas and Tests (like DELF, TCF), and training them for the interview with French universities. In Dongguan he taught university students in a program with CNAM, a well-known engineering school in Paris where Gustave Eiffel studied (he is the engineer who built the famous tower in Paris) and linguistic activities in the school and with other institutions and arranged exchange programs with French high schools.
  • A responsible and dedicated teacher with a strong background at developing, planning, and executing innovative pedagogical contents and proficient in official exams preparation procedures with solid skills to create an encouraging learning environment to help students to achieve their highest potential.
Harper Zheng
Harper Zheng
Teacher of Japanese
  • Trilingual in Japanese, English and Chinese. Master’s Degree in Japanese Language and Literature (Shanghai International Studies University). Gained high school Japanese teacher's certificate and the Japanese Language Proficiency Test N1 certificate. Experience working in a public high school and university.
Emma Holman
Emma Holman
Teacher of Individual and Societies
  • Having attended an international school in Hong Kong for my own education she then gained a BSc in Geography from the University of Liverpool (UK). Her PGCE in Secondary Geography was from the University of Cumbria (UK) and she also has her CELTA (teaching English as an additional language).
  • Has taught Geography in a school in Italy, as well as Humanities in the UK, Kenya, Malaysia and the UAE and as an examiner for an exam board in the UK. She enjoys all aspects of the outdoors, from land to snow to water-based activities, and has recently taken up Irish Dancing.
Aaron Reid
Aaron Reid
Teacher of Individuals & Societies
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary) / Arts – English/History Double Major at University of Queensland (UQ)
  • Completed a Bachelor of Education / Arts majoring in English and History at the University of Queensland. Several years teaching local and international students in Middle and High School History and Ancient History in Australia.
Roxas Chen
Roxas Chen
Humanities teacher
  • Has 10 years of teaching experience in both domestic and international schools, including 6 years’ teaching as a Chinese homeroom teacher in IB schools and 2 years’ teaching of Chinese for foreign students in Nigeria. He has won honors such as Nanhai District Excellent Class Teacher, Nanhai District Excellent Teacher, Lishui Town Third Famous Teacher, and Third Prize of the International Class Designing Competition. In teaching, he can always get along well with the students. He is not only a teacher of the students, but also a friend for them. He believes that "teaching" and "education" are inseparable, so he pays attention to the learning of children, and their lifelong development of mind as well.
Hyung Rok (Erion) Cha
Hyung Rok (Erion) Cha
Teacher of Arts
  • Trilingual in Korean, English and French. PGCE completed at the University of Cambridge, UK with QTS. Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute, USA. Exchange student experience to France in high school. Completed secondary school in Australia. Born in South Korea.
  • Professional artist represented by Art Center Miami - USA, Maya Gallery - Singapore, and Art firm - South Korea. 21 solo exhibitions and 47 group exhibitions around the world.
  • Previously worked as an art teacher at BMAT STEM Academy, UK, and Art Classes Miami, USA. Also, worked as an EAL teacher at Jung Sang Language School, Seoul.
Yuki Lou
Yuki Lou
Teacher of Art and Design
  • A Chinese-British teacher with MA Creative Pattern & Garment Technology, University of the Arts London (UAL); BA Fashion Design, University of Creative Arts (UCA); PGCE completed at the University of Sunderland, UK with QTS. British high school GCSE+GCE (A Level) Art & Design Having experience as a fashion designer, responsible for the operation and management of the womenswear department; works was invited to be published in fashion magazines, namely Italy VOGUE. High School
Hae Won (Sharon) Shin
Hae Won (Sharon) Shin
Teacher of Performing Arts
  • Graduated from the pre-college division of Juilliard School and Columbia University with a Master of Arts and Master of Education.
  • Has category I and II certificates from MYP and IBDP and have taught DP Music programs for six years.
  • Has been a founding music teacher in top K-12 international schools in Beijing and Shanghai since 2014. Before coming to China, she taught band, orchestra, and IGCSE music in the Philippines.
  • Before becoming a teacher, she taught flute at St. Paul and St. Scholastica University. She is a professional flutist who has performed with major orchestras at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
  • Recently, she was chosen as one of the top conductors in the world to compete in an international competition.
Rosseau Prinsloo
Rosseau Prinsloo
Teacher of Physical Education
  • Born in South Africa and speaks Afrikaans and English.
  • Holds a Bachelors of Education from the University of Arizona and a Diploma in Sport Management from the Nelson Mandela University in South Africa.
  • Specialized in school Sport Coordination and coaching in South Africa.
  • Moved to Guangzhou 5 years ago, and he specializes in primary and junior high PE teaching.
Meg Chen
Meg Chen
University Guidance Counselling Centre Coordinator of ISAIEG
University Guidance Counselling Coordinator of ISA Wenhua Liwan School
  • More than 10 years of professional experience in school counselor, she monitored graduation records, transcripts, and classes for more than five hundred students.
  • Successfully guided students to be accepted by world top colleges, including Stanford University, Princeton University, etc.
  • Entitled as Outstanding Educator (The University of Chicago, 2018- 2020)
  • Obtained the guidance certificate of “Wharton High School Investment Competition” in 2020, certified by Wharton School of Penn University.
Jessie Hou
Jessie Hou
Deputy Coordinator of University Guidance Counselling Centre, ISAIEG
Deputy Coordinator of University Guidance Counselling Centre of ISA Liwan School
  • Master of the University of Edinburgh, majoring in management of Training and Development;
  • Bachelor of Sun Yat-sen University;
  • Has over 8 years of experience in education, and has guided students get into the top 50 Universities around the world, including Columbia University, University of Chicago, Cornell University, Tsinghua University, Cambridge University etc.;
  • Has been awarded as “Excellent Counsellor" by CIALFO the famous American University application platform.
Selina Li
Selina Li
Teacher of University Guidance Counseling
  • Master in Foreign Literature.
  • More than 12 years of international education working experience, 6 years of school counselling experience in a local international school as a leader.
  • Has profound knowledge of USA, UK, and AUS education and has guided over 500 students to the world universities, including Yale, Columbia, Stanford, NYU, UCB, UCLA, UCL.
  • Is skillful in advising students to develop individualized extracurricular activities.