Our Teachers
Curriculum Our Teachers
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, we have 110 Chinese teachers and foreign teachers.  All of them 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.
  • Richard Ward-Roden
    Director of Performing Arts
    Richard Ward-Roden

    Mr. Ward-Roden graduated from the world-renowned Royal Northern College of Music, and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he studied under several renowned cellists and pianists, also proficient in orchestras (string training, chamber music, and symphony orchestras).He engaged in professional performance and music education for over 30 years. As a cellist and conductor, he has collaborated with top symphony orchestras in the UK and internationally. He served as an associate conductor for "Les Misérables" in London's West End theaters, collaborated with chamber ensembles, film scoring, and was invited to conduct masterclasses in the UK and Canada. He holds a UK performance teaching qualification, and previously taught at several prestigious schools in the UK. Prior to joining WASNJ, he was the Deputy Director of the Music Department at the WAS Changzhou.

  • Mark Boughey
    Head of International Languages & Culture
    Mark Boughey

    Mr. Boughey holds a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching from the UK, a Bachelor's degree in Politics and Sociology from the University of Keele. He possesses 12 years of English teaching experience. Prior to joining WASNJ, he served as an English teacher at a university in Nanjing. In leisure time, he enjoys gardening, woodworking, tennis, and swimming.

  • Hyeyoung Kim
    Director of Visual Arts
    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. 

  • Sandy Sha
    Head of Chinese Language & Culture
    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.  

  • Jerwynn Lau
    Teacher of Business & Economics
    Jerwynn Lau

    Mr. Lau holds a Master's degree in Finance from the University of Cambridge, a Master's degree in Finance from the University of Hong Kong, and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. He previously worked in an IT role at Procter & Gamble (P&G), followed by positions in investment strategy and financial modeling at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong and British Land in London. He came to mainland China in 2020. Before joining WASNJ, he served as an economics teacher at the International High School Division of Nanjing Foreign Language School.

  • Rossitza Banova-Hawkins
    GCSE Music & Piano Teachers
    Rossitza Banova-Hawkins

    Dr. Rossitza is originally from Bulgaria, and is a very experienced and internationally recognized specialist music teacher and solo pianist. She studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music gaining her BA in Piano and Chamber Music, and then went on to complete her studies at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she completed her MA in Piano, and finally gaining her Doctorate in Piano Performance. During her extensive career she has been awarded First Prize in the distinguished U.F.A.M Piano Competition in Paris, First Prize in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concerto competition, and was a finalist in the Carmel Music Society Piano Competition.

  • Li Yin
    Design & Technology Teacher
    Li Yin

    After obtaining a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Mr. Yin worked as an architectural designer and concept artist for a design company in Los Angeles, specializing in theme park architecture. Additionally, he has been involved in the prototyping of art installations and light projection design. Possessing a teaching license from the United States and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from the UK, he has served as an art and design teacher in international schools in Hefei and Casablanca. 

     

     

  • Donovan Heath
    Teacher of Music
    Donovan Heath

    Mr. Heath holds a Bachelor's degree in Jazz and Popular Music, with 13 years of music teaching experience. Also, he is a guitarist who has formed a band. In addition to jazz guitar performance, he excels in composition, recording, mixing, sound effects, and scoring. He Believes that teachers should be mentors beyond the subject matter. Apart from teaching music appreciation, music technology, and composition extracurricular courses, he also dedicates considerable effort to students' life planning and psychological growth.

  • Gonzalo Mier
    Percussion Teacher
    Gonzalo Mier

    Gonzalo Mier is a mexican percussionist who graduated from the University of Puebla and received a master's degree in chamber music from the Mexican Postgraduate Center in Music. Gonzalo won the national competition for young musicians at the Vientos de la Montaña Music Festival in 2016 and obtained second place in the North International Music Competition in 2018. During 2017 he was a member of the World Percussion Group (UK), playing on their European tour and teaching his “Body Awareness” clinic in Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Oslo and Tallinn.

    He worked as a music and body expression teacher in support of people with intellectual and psychomotor disabilities in Con un Mismo Corazón A.C. and as a percussion teacher at the Sistema, a national program dedicated to the musical development of children and young people. Gonzalo is the artistic director of Marimba Nah and Nómada Percussion Group and he has played as a soloist with different orchestras, such as the Symphony Orchestra of Puebla, Symphony Orchestra of the University of Puebla, Youth Orchestra of Zacatecas, Symphony Orchestra of the Conservatory of Puebla, the Percussion Ensemble of the University of Puebla and the NKM Orchestra in Seoul, Korea.

  • Brandon Glynn
    Teacher of English
    Brandon Glynn

    Mr. Glynn holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from the United States, with 12 years of English teaching experience in both China and the United States. He possesses a profound understanding of common challenges Chinese students face in English learning and excels in fostering reading and writing skills.

  • Matthew Willing
    Teacher of History & English
    Matthew Willing

    Mr. Willing holds a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Birmingham, UK, with a Bachelor's degree in History. He also holds a teaching qualification certificate from Canada, with 10 years of experience in teaching English, History, and Politics at renowned international schools in China. He enjoys soccer, rugby, cooking, and history in leisure time. Currently he is also the Housemaster of Scott in WASNJ.

  • Suzanne Robidoux
    Teacher of English
    Suzanne Robidoux

    Ms. Robidoux holds a Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences from Canada, a Master's degree in Oriental Medicine from the United States, and a Ph.D. in Acupuncture and Tui Na from Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has 16 years of teaching experience in mainland China and Taiwan, and previously served as an a English teacher at Southeast University and worked in editing and project management at People's Health Publishing House. Before joining WASNJ, she taught English at an international school in Nanjing.

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