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English teacher


Joshua Martin,English Lead teacher.

Mr. Martin graduated from the University of California Berkeley, majoring in Political Science. He was born and educated in California, a multi-lingual, multi-ethnic, and multi-cultural place. Joshua aims to help students find a balance between learning and extracurricular activities, believes in the importance of children’s own interest and internal motivation, and strives to provide differentiated education for different students and help to shape their knowledge, values, and future successes. 


James Schirmer, English teacher.

Mr. Schirmer graduated from Parkland University and Illinois State University with a degree in drama science, and from the University of Hawaii with a Master's degree in theater. He has many years of English and drama teaching experience, an outgoing personality. He enjoys learning languages, and cultures, traveling, photography, and performance theater. He has found that interactive activities or interactions can make the classroom more engaged and creative.

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Jay Monroy, English teacher.

Mr. Monroy graduated from Westwood College, Chapman University, majoring in English and minoring in business. He has 10 years of experience in English teaching and writing. He is also a popular and productive school counselor with sufficient first-hand experience helping students get into their top choice universities. He wrote two books in his spare time with profound knowledge of English literature. He has an  international first-aid certificate and a international chess certificate.

Humanities Teacher


Special Advisor to the Principal: Wang Lixin. Professor Wang graduated from the Department of Philosophy at Shandong University. He has taught at the Department of Social Sciences at the Northeast Forestry University and Philosophy and History and Culture at Xiangtan University. He is now a Humanities Professor and Ph.D. mentor at the University of Shenzhen. Inspired by the spirit of the sages, he has specialized in Songand Ming Dynasty Confucianism, and traditional culture persistently for morethan 30 years. He is also a guest researcher at the Institute of Higher Humanities and Social Sciences at Taiwan University, part-time Professor at Shandong University, part-time Professor of Chinese traditional culture at Wuhan University and Academic Advisor of Huxiang Culture Research Institute at Peking University.


Director of Studies and Humanities Teacher:Li Meng. An alumna of Tsinghua University High School, Ms. Li then graduated from Yale University (B.A.), Middlebury College (M.A.), and Columbia University(M.Ed). She has served as a member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL, 2013-present), and a member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS, 2016-present). Prior to joining Tsinglan School, Ms. Li has worked as the Upper School Assembly Coordinator, Admissions Interviewer, Development Fellow, and Accreditation Chair at Riverdale Country School in New York City. She has also worked as the Program Dean for the Oxbridge Academic Programs at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.


Joe Qiao,Humanities teacher.

Mr. Qiao graduated with a master’s degree in Curriculum and Teaching at Northeast Normal University. He has won excellent teacher awards, Young Teachers Basic Skills Contest, and micro video special award at Tsinghua University High School. He is very experienced in teaching humanities, especially politics, geography and history. He values the well-rounded development of students, and aims to provide a humanities curriculum with both Chinese and Western characteristics to Tsinglan students. 


Sam Williamson,Co-Director of Upper Division Humanities Teacher.

Mr. Williamson graduated from Newcastle University (B.A. in philosophy, and M.A. in education). He has five years of teaching experience at the St Birinus School in Oxfordshire, UK, and has extensive experience in teaching and administration. He has been honored for his work and appointed to academic and administration positions. He has 3 years of international school teaching experience as well, including some academic administration experience. In his spare time he likes football, rugby, rock climbing and hiking. He is also a guitar player, a composer, and a photographer. 


TAN Dongling, English name: Doris, with a Bachelor's degree in English awarded by the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics and a Master's degree in General Education awarded by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, used to work at an international school for many years. She has rich working experience in the education sector and will continue her long-term career in the education sector and contribute to students' growth as well as progress.


Bilingual Intern - Peiwen Li (Grace)

Ms. Li graduated from Durham University in the U.K., where she earned a master’s degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). She also graduated from the South China Agricultural University, when she did an exchange program in the University of New South Wales in Australia. With an outgoing personality, Ms. Li enjoys language learning, cross-cultural experiences, reading, exercising, and traveling. She has volunteered in teaching Chinese and overseas students, and has participated in different cross-cultural activities.


Yajing Huang, Humanities Intern

Ms. Huang graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel with a master's degree in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, and from the Renmin University of China with a bacholer's degree in international politics and journalism. She also did a half-year exchange program at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland studying international relations. Ms. Huang is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English, as well as proficient in modern Hebrew, conversational Korean, and literary Arabic (especially Arabic that's related to politics). She enjoys Ping Pong, hiking, cycling, meeting people from diverse backgrounds, and all kinds of stories. She also has the skills in conducting interviews, filming, and film-editing.


Carl Klopper, a primary all-subject teacher, graduated from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University with bachelor degree in Business Management and law as well as a post graduate qualification in education from University of South Africa. 

Carl is a passionate teacher who strives to use western learning methods to encourage critical thinking and innovative students. Having taught in South Korea, China and South Africa to a variety of levels he has gained valuable experiences that he incorporates into his teaching philosophy. 

He strives to help students grow and develop their intellectual capabilities. He believes all students have the ability to be innovative and creative. He wants students to take initiative in their learning and to incorporate ethics.  


Karla Trollip, a primary all-subject teacher, graduated from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University with bachelors degree in Business Management and an Honors degree in Economics, as well as a post graduate qualification in education from University of South Africa. 

Karla has a good understanding of challenges of students studying in a different language. She believes it is important to embrace cultural differences as it can be an asset to innovative learning. 

Karla has a great passion for teaching and she loves working with students of all ages. She always strives to make a difference in their lives and believe that blending different teaching philosophies can have an amazing result.


Rui Kejia, ESL teacher, is an alumni of Tsinghua University High School. Ms. Rui holds a Master of Education degree at the University of Pennsylvania. She previously served as a teacher at Southwark School, a Philadelphia public school, an assistant teacher at Drexel University’s English Learning Center, and a Chinese and English bilingual teacher at International House Philadelphia. After graduation, she taught at the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School of Georgia, where she also coached swimming, yoga, and served as an international student guidance counselor. She is an expert in US education system and student life.


Leo Lin, ESL teacher

Mr. Lin graduated from the Hong Kong University of Education with a masters degree. He is experienced in teaching English as a second language. Students adore his teaching style and enjoy sitting in his class. His class was awarded “an excellent class” during the time he was the homeroom teacher. He was also a KET and PET oral test examiner. He is curious in many things and likes to explore new fields with a humble learning mindset. His hobby is reading, running marathons, and table-tennis.


Tom Gates, ESL teacher and Science  teacher. He was born and raised in New Hampshire (in the U.S.). He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Economics. Tom found that he enjoyed living in another culture and being in the classroom. He decided to try and make teaching overseas a long-term endeavor so he obtained certifications he thought would help him to do so.

He is a licensed teacher in Florida with a specialization in ESOL K-12. He also has 120-hour TESOL and 50-hour Business English certifications. He taught in Korea’s public schools for approximately five years with experiences of teaching grades 1 through 9.

Tom’s strengths as a teacher are in classroom management and maintaining an orderly but light-hearted environment to give all students a chance to participate without being interrupted. 

In his free time, Tom likes to volunteer, exercise, and travel. He also enjoys practicing judo.


Poem Liang,English Intern.

Poem received her masters in Cultural Studies with focuses on English literature and anthropology from University of London. She developed a global perspective during her years abroad. A travel lover,  Poem has been to more than 50 places and collected different folk stories during her travel. She would particularly like to share her life and work experience in class and hope students get more inspirations about their studies and lives. 

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Patrick Raviola, English teacher, graduated from Loyola College in Maryland with a B.A. in Philosophy and Framingham State University with a M.A. in English Literature and Education (International teaching). He has American elementary school teachers' qualifications and has been teaching for 12 years. Patrick is looking to draw upon his experience teaching English to help English learners advance their skills.

His hobbies include traveling, sports, reading, writing and movies. He looks forward to leading an after school activity that includes one of these activities.


Yingjia Jiang (Grace), ESL teacher and assistant to principal, received her bachelor’s from the University of Southern California in International Relations and then her master’s from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Education Technology.  Ms. Jiang has taught as an ESL instructor at summer session at Philips Academy Andover. She is passionate about bringing experiential learning to her classrooms and building community of empathetic lifelong learners. She speaks fluent English, intermediate Japanese and conversational Korean. She enjoys electronic music, cooking, hiking and travelling.


Ms. Kang Xia (Cathy), Director of ESL Centre, graduated from Xi’an Foreign Languages University with a Master Degree in English Linguistics and Applied Linguistics and is an admitted candidate of USC Global Executive Ed.D program. Ms. Kang is a member of NACAC and TESOL and has been working in international curriculum program and college counselling in one of the top high schools in China for about 10 years. She has been an English teacher in High School National Curriculum, SDP, IELTS and TOEFL. She has successfully coached students in various national and international competitions. The Debate team under her coach has stood out for many times in national and international events as the Champions, the Best Teams and the Best Speakers. Ms. Kang has been invited for multiple times to both national and international counselor conferences. Many of her students are now studying at the top universities such as Yale, Princeton, Peking University, Tsinghua University and etc.


Lingqi Kong (Shirley) received her B.A. degree at Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) and M.A. degree at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen) (CUHK(SZ)) with exchange experience at London School of Economics. She successively served as an assistant teacher for intermediary Chinese reading class for non-native speakers at BFSU and a tutor for undergraduates’ translation class at CUHK(SZ). She also used to be a volunteer teacher in Turkey. Shirley believes that language is the only key to exploring the world. Her teaching will enable students to grab the key, maximize the power of language and develop their global vision. she is a nationally accredited translator and interpreter. 

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