We aim to employ the highest quality, fully trained professionals who are selected for their experience, excellence and dedication.
Paul has a Joint Honours in Physics and Education from The University of Strathclyde, Scotland, UK. Paul joined Britannica as Vice Principal and Head of Secondary with 8 years of previous teaching and leadership experience, having worked internationally in Romania and Dubai, and most recently in London, UK. This is Paul's second year at Britannica.
Vice Principal and Head of Primary
BA Hons, PGCE, MA
I completed my PGCE in Primary Education and my MA in Education with the University of Nottingham. Prior to that I graduated from Swansea University with a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Psychology. Before coming to Shanghai, I taught at Outstanding Primary Schools in the UK. I am now in my sixth year at Britannica, having taught across both Key Stage 1 and 2, and am looking forward to continue leading our Primary phase for another successful year.
Isla Kate Gillespie
Head of Early Years and Pre-Nursery Teacher
BA Hons, PGCE
In 2009 I gained my PCGE specialising in Early Years from The University of London, Goldsmiths following on from my BA Hons in Drama Studies from The University of Winchester. I joined Britannica in 2017 as Head of Early’s, making this my fourth year of leading the phase.
Prior to joining Britannica, I began my teaching career in a federation of schools in Hackney London, where I had the opportunity to lead Nursery teams and was the whole school PSCHE Coordinator.
In 2014 I took the leap into international teaching moving to Switzerland to work at Geneva English School (GES) when they opened a brand-new Nursery.
From Switzerland, I have continued my international teaching career here at Britannica and have had the amazing opportunity to be part of Britannica growth as part of the SLT team.
Head of Secondary
B.Sc. (Hons) , PGCSE
I graduated from St Mary's University, London with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Sports Science and then completed my PGCSE in Secondary Education at the University of Wales, Cardiff. I began my teaching career over 20 years ago on the playing fields of South Wales and since then, I have taught in Kuwait, Venezuela, China (Beijing) and Romania. I have extensive leadership experience as a Head of Department, Assessment Coordinator and Deputy Head. This is my first year in Britannica and I am looking forward to a successful year.
Nursery A Teacher
BSC Hons, PGCE TEFL
I graduated from La Trobe University, Australia with a Bachelor of Science Degree and an Honors Post Graduate in Medical Microbiology. I am fortunate in that I have gained much professional and life experience outside of teaching in areas of scientific research, sales and marketing and for a period of time ran my own fashion business. With a desire to teach, I indulged my love of learning and returned to studies and gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Early Years Education. I supported my teaching qualifications further by then gaining a TESL qualification from Jiaotong University Shanghai and have worked as an early years educator in China for close to eight years, four of those years spent teaching Pre-Nursery and Nursery at Britannica International School Shanghai.
Reception A Teacher and Deputy Head of EYFS
BSC Hons, PGCE
I graduated with a PGCE in Primary, specialising in Early Years and PE, from The Institute of Education, London. I joined Britannica having taught within Early Years both in the state and independent sector in the UK. Before becoming a teacher, I worked as an accountant for a large company in London, England. I first gained teaching experience working in Busan, South Korea which ignited my passion for experiencing new and different cultures, something that I have thoroughly enjoyed since moving to Shanghai. I have been at Britannica for the last two and half years.
Reception B Teacher
BA Hons, PGCE
I studied in Manchester Metropolitan University where I graduated with a BA Hons in History with Education Studies before completing my PGCE with QTS in London. I initially taught in an inner-city school in London for two years before moving to the North of England where I worked for a further four years. After moving to Shanghai in 2016 I joined Britannica and now look forward to beginning my fifth academic year. During my time at Britannica I have taught in EYFS, Key Stage 1 and 2. This will be my second year as a Reception Class Teacher alongside my role as Cross Phase English Coordinator. Additionally I am in the final stages of completing my Masters in Inclusionary Practice through the University of Cumbria where I have specifically researched strategies to support children learning English as an additional language.
Year 1A Teacher
BSC Hons / PGCE
I graduated with a BSc Hons in Psychology from the University of Central Lancashire in the UK. After graduating, I moved to Shanghai, China in 2013 where I taught at an English training school for 3 years and then an International Kindergarten for another 3 years. During this time, I completed my PGCEi with the University of Nottingham and then joined Britannica in 2019. This is my second year as a Year 1 class teacher at Britannica International School.
Year 1B Teacher and Year 1 Lead
BA Hons in Primary Education from The University of Central England and a TEFL from the TEFL Institute Shanghai. Jennie previously spent five years teaching in a UK primary school and had previously taught in Shanghai for several years. This is Jennie's third year at Britannica.
Year 1C Teacher
I am a Key Stage 1 specialist with a PGCE from Canterbury Christchurch University, UK. I have been a primary and EYFS teacher in the UK and China for the last decade.
My background and personal experiences have strengthened the importance of bringing an active, cultural and hands-on learning experience to the classroom. I believe that learning and academic exploration extend far beyond the walls of the school, by utilising all elements of the school grounds and beyond I ensure the student's natural curiosity is nurtured.
I have been living and teaching in Shanghai since 2014 and I am thrilled to be joining the Britannica team. I believe in open, candid communication, and welcome a strong partnership with our school’s parents. I am looking forward to meeting you all.
Year 2A Teacher
I graduated with a B.Ed in Primary Education with QTS and Physical Education from the University of Winchester. I have taught in a Primary School in the South of England for two years and have experience in teaching EYFS, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. This will be my first-year teaching at Britannica International School. I thoroughly look forward to working with the pupils here in Shanghai and I will support them to achieve and thrive in all aspects of school life.
Year 2B Teacher and Year 2 Lead
I had the most wonderful journey to become a Primary Teacher and feel very fortunate. I started my career teaching young adults in the UK, specializing in Special Needs Education and then moved into Primary education; graduating with Oxford Brookes University. I taught in a private school in Oxford and began teaching internationally over thirteen years ago with a British International school in Tokyo, Japan. I am now in my 4thyear with Britannica International School, Shanghai as the Year 1 Lead and am now currently Year 2 Lead and Mathematics Co-Ordinator across the school.
Year 2C Teacher
BA Hons / PGCE
I’m from the Wirral in the North West of England but have been living and work in China for 5 years now. After graduating with First Class Honours from the University of Derby in 2014, I moved to Shanghai to begin my teaching career in international education. I completed a PGCEi with the University of Nottingham in 2017 and have continued to develop professionally since then, receiving certification from International Baccalaureate in both teaching and leadership.
Although I’ve been in Shanghai for some time, I am new to Britannica International School. This year, I have the pleasure of being Year 2C class teacher.
Year 3A Teacher
BA Hons / PGCE
I graduated with a Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education with QTS from the University of Bradford. I worked in a Primary School in the UK as a Primary School Teacher as well as been the schools PE coordinator for two years, before I started teaching in international schools in Suzhou, China.
After three years working in Suzhou teaching across the primary year groups, I moved to Shanghai where this year I am joining Britannica International School.
Year 3B Teacher and Year 3 Lead
BA, PGCE, Masters in Education
Upon finishing my PGCE in South Africa I spent 4 years teaching Year 2 in England while also leading the EAL program in the school. After that I moved to Dulwich College in Seoul for 2 years where I taught Year 3 and coordinated Science throughout the school. In 2012 I moved to Bangkok where I was lower primary coordinator and continued to teach Year 2 and 3. From Bangkok I moved to Britannica where I am working in a wonderful community with enthusiastic children while also leading the year group I am teaching in.
Year 3C Teacher
Originally from Roscommon, in the west of Ireland, I began my career in a small school where I taught in a multi-grade setting.
After graduating from Dublin City University with an honours Bachelor Degree in Human Development and Irish Language, I continued my studies of Education in Glasgow, Scotland.
Here, I graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Education at Master’s Level.
I moved back to Ireland after my teacher training and began teaching in large schools in Dublin.
I have 6 years’ experience working with SEN children and I am an accredited Dyslexia Tutor with the Dyslexia Association of Ireland.
I am looking forward to being part of the Britannica Team and the academic year ahead.
Year 3D Teacher
BSc Hons / PGCE / MEd
After graduating from Lancaster University with a BSc Hons in Ecology I continued my studies at the University of Cambridge where I gained my Post Graduate Certificate of Education and Master of Education. Having taught in a boarding school in Hertfordshire for three years I began teaching internationally in 2011 at a British International School in Suzhou, China, teaching Key Stage 2. After 7 years working in international schools in Shanghai, I am excited to be joining the team at Britannica.
Year 4A Teacher and Year 4 Lead
I graduated from the University of Dundee with a B.Ed in Primary Teaching and taught for one year in Inverness in the North of Scotland. During that year I trained formally as an EAL teacher, which in turn brought me to Shanghai. I began my teaching career in China teaching English to Chinese students from 3-15 years old before making the move to Britannica. I am now entering my fifth year at Britannica International School as a year 4 teacher.
Year 4B Teacher
BSc Hons / PGCE
I graduated as a Teacher in Primary Education in 2014 from the University of Plymouth, UK. I spent the next 4 years teaching all subjects of the UK National Curriculum at a primary school in the south of England. In 2018, I moved to China where I taught the Cambridge Curriculum to Grade 5 children at a newly established Bilingual School in Ningbo. Learning about a different culture alongside teaching internationally was a great experience. Having now moved to Shanghai, I am very happy to be part of Britannica International school. This is clearly a school that values every individual child and nurtures them to achieve their potential. I am very much looking forward to supporting school’s vision and joining this fantastic team of educators.
Year 4C Teacher and ASA Co-ordinator
In 2010 I graduated with a BA Ed and QTS in Primary Education from Trinity University, Carmarthen. I specialised in the Foundation Phase and since then I have taught in a number of schools in West and South Wales, before joining the Early Years team at Britannica last year.
Year 5A Teacher
MEd, BA Hons
I graduated with a B.A. in Irish and Geography from University College of Dublin and then went on to do an M.A. in Education from Marino Institute of Education. I taught for two years in London before moving to Abu Dhabi. From here I moved to Shanghai where I am now in my second year at Britannica International school.
Year 5B Teacher and Year 5 and 6 Lead
I graduated from the University of Winchester in 2006 with a BA (hons) in Primary Education with QTS and English specialism. This is now my 14th year of teaching having taught both in England and Internationally. Excitingly this is my 7thyear at Britannica and I continue to enjoy being a part of the hard working and driven team of teachers where we inspire and enthuse children every single day. If you were to step into my classroom you will find a vibrant and interactive environment where children are provided with the necessary tools and guidance to become lifelong learners. I pride myself on creating a safe and secure place for all children to learn and develop with happy, smiling and confident attitudes.
In my spare time I continue to enjoy spending time with friends and family, exploring new places, as well as being an avid Formula 1 fan and an enthusiastic book worm!
I am looking forward to a wonderful 7th year at Britannica as Year 5 Lead and Year 5B class teacher.
Year 6A Teacher, EAL/Science Teacher and Saturday and Summer School Co-ordinator
During my tour of Britannica last year, I asked a student what they enjoyed about the school, to which he responded; "It feels like being part of a big family." My experience so far has confirmed this comment. Upon graduating from the University of Cape Town, I worked as an ESL teacher in Shanghai from 2015 until joining Britannica last year. I quickly felt part of the Britannica family with being immersed in a positive teaching and learning environment wherein all members strive for progress and excellence.
Jin Won Lee
Korean Teacher and Korean Liaison Officer
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Korean Literature from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea. Jin is Britannica's native Korean Teacher. He has a wealth of experience, having taught at Taerung private school and Hansem private school in Korea. He has been a teacher for over 17 years.
Japanese Teacher and Japanese Liaison Officer
Postgraduate Qualification in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language, Bachelor's degree from Nagoya, Japan. Yoko is Britannica's native Japanese teacher. She has previously taught in international schools in Guangzhou and Tianjin, China, and has more than 5 years teaching experience.
Head of Mandarin
I graduated with an M.A. in Foreign Language Teaching from New York University and a B.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from East China Normal University. I was trained and certified in New York City before I started teaching in international schools in Shanghai. I have been teaching for 11 years. I joined Britannica in 2013 as a founding member and I have thoroughly enjoyed working in this community, where teachers, students and parents, all know each other and care about each other. In the past eight years I have had the pleasure of closely witnessing the growth of a great many bright and talented children at Britannica, not only seeing their progress in Mandarin but their growth as young people.
I graduated from Shanghai Normal University with a Diploma, majoring in Chinese Language and Literature. I am certified in teaching Chinese language. I have worked in both local and international schools in Shanghai for 26 years, teaching a variety of different levels and age-groups. This is my sixth year working at Britannica. I enjoy working with children at Britannica and the fact that teaching is full of everyday challenges yet successes. In my spare time, I love cooking and travelling, and enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter Candy.
I graduated with a B.A. in Chinese Literature from Shanghai Normal University. I then became certified to teach Mandarin in 2005. Since then, I have gained experiences in teaching Mandarin for native and non-native students in a range of different schools. I continue to upskill my teaching skills through regular training courses each year. I feel joyful when I get along with students and work in Britannica. Students and teachers care each other like family members. Britannica is the warmest community that I have met in my teaching career so far.
I have a Master’s degree in Chinese Language from Shanghai Normal University, and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Suzhou Science and Technology University.
I have been teaching Chinese for more than 8 years and I love Chinese language and literature. This is my fourth-year teaching in Britannica. In Britannica I have the opportunity to teach a diverse group of primary and secondary students, I enjoy teaching and getting along with children in all year groups.
I graduated as an English teacher in 2007 from Pingxiang University. I started my career teaching in a private school in Guangdong and then I spent five years teaching in a local school in Shanghai before teaching in an international school in Jiangxi. I joined Britannica in 2017 and I have thoroughly enjoyed working in this community where teachers and students are given a safe and encouraging environment.
M.A , B.A
I studied my degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language at Huaqiao University. After completing my undergraduate degree, I continued to study for my master degree in TCFL from Beijing International Studies University. Before joining Britannica, I taught Mandarin Chinese in South Korea and the United States. This is my third year in Britannica, I love working at Britannica. It has a great and positive environment.
Head of Mathematics
BSc, PGCE, MEC
I graduated as a Mathematics teacher in 2007 from Manchester Metropolitan University and worked in the Manchester area for two years.
I moved to Vietnam in 2009 and worked in Ho Chi Minh City for 5 years. During this time I taught both mathematics and PE.
I moved to Costa Rica in 2014 and spent two years teaching Mathematics at an International school and enjoyed a different culture and way of life in Central America.
From Costa Rica I moved to Shanghai where I am now in my fifth year as the Head of Mathematics at Britannica International school.
My main interest outside of education is Football, I play regularly with an expat team here in Shanghai and support Bury AFC back in the UK.
BA Hons, STEM, PGCE
I am a Teacher of Mathematics with 9 Years’ experience., starting my 10th year. I have taught at 3 schools in England; Sydney Smith, Frederick Gough and Goole High School, and I am now going into my 5th year at Britannica International School. I am very happy to be a teacher at Britannica as has been demonstrated by the length of time I have worked here.
Degree in History from Northumbria University.
Mathematics Conversion Course from Hull University.
PGCE from Hull University.
Experience in roles including: Intervention Co-ordinator and KS5 lead in the UK.
Head of English
Upon graduating from the University of Exeter, I moved to London and embarked upon the Teach First Programme in Battersea, teaching English Language and Literature. From there I moved to Shanghai where I specialised in teaching English as a Second Language. The environment here at Britannica is very inclusive and I have loved seeing the students express themselves in English. Having the opportunity to work so closely with small groups of students accelerates progress, confidence and creativity – I’m looking forward to another fantastic year.
Head of EAL
M.S.Ed, M.A, B.A
I graduated with a BA in Art History from Hartwick college. Following this, I travelled to Taiwan where I taught a broad range of students, covering primary, secondary and University levels. In addition to this, I obtained two Master’s degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and Rosemont College while working with elementary and adult English learners before joining Britannica in 2017. Having come from a small town in New England, USA, I always wanted to obtain a truly multicultural and international experience. This has been certainly achieved in Britannica, where students and staff from all corners of the world interact supportively with one another.
Christian graduated with a B.S. in Finance in 2015. After working in the private sector, he returned to university and in 2018 received his M.S in Teacher English as a Second Language. Christian then moved to Beijing, where he taught English. This past year he joined Britannica as the secondary EAL teacher. Additional teaching experience includes an adjunct professor position in the United States and coaching athletics at the university level.
I graduated with a B.A (International) in French and Irish from Dublin City University in Ireland. During my studies I had the opportunity to enter the Erasmus programme studying for one year at The University of Lorraine in France. Following this, I completed a 2 year Professional Master of Education at Trinity College Dublin.
Having completed my postgraduate course, I moved to Scotland where I lived and worked within Glasgow city. During this time, I facilitated and supported students with SEN and EAL. I taught a range of subjects to students including French, English and Health & Wellbeing. Following this, I returned to Dublin where I taught languages.
I have thoroughly enjoyed becoming part of the Britannica team and school community this year.
Teacher of Business Studies and Economics
BA, PGCE, QTS
This is my third year working at Britannica and I am really enjoying the inclusive and collaborative nature of the school. I achieved my PGCE in Secondary Business Studies (with QTS) from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and a BA Management Degree from the University of Sheffield in the UK. Before joining Britannica, I taught at another international school in Shanghai and at Windsor Girls' School in England. I enjoy following football and I am an avid supporter of Chelsea FC. I believe that sport and business can bring the world closer together.
Geography and History Teacher
Having graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science, I embarked on the Teach First Leadership Development Programme and began teaching in outer London. After teaching in London and elsewhere in Shanghai for a few years, I joined Britannica in 2019. Working with the students here has been a fantastic experience, their diverse viewpoints and enthusiasm has made the last year thoroughly enjoyable.
Director of Educational Technology
HND, BA, MSc
With a degree in Philosophy from Birmingham University, an Associate’s Degree in Communication Design from Middlesex University and a Masters (MSc) in Digital Technology within Education from Edinburgh University, Laurence has gained a wealth of knowledge in his chosen field. Qualifications from University College London in teaching ICT as well as his 16 years international teaching in various locations around the globe has contributed to Laurence being a very experience professional teacher and subject leader. Laurence is currently the Director of Educational Technology at Britannica International School, Shanghai.
Director of Sport
BA Hons, QTS, PGCE
I graduated as a Secondary Physical Education teacher in 2017 from Liverpool Hope University, where I gained 2 years’ experience working in 2 well-established Secondary schools in Liverpool, UK. Prior to this I also gained 5 years teaching experience of teaching PE within many reputable primary schools around the North West of England. In 2018, I moved to Shanghai where I am now entering my 3rd year of International teaching as the new Director of Sport here at Britannica International School.
Sports and Mathematics Teacher, Whole School Assessment Co-ordinator
Entering my 3rd year at Britannica I am delighted to contribute to the academic and personal development of the students through both of my subject areas. I began my teaching career in Ireland where I taught A Level Maths, as well as Physical Education Department Head.
As Assessment Coordinator at Britannica I am responsible for the running of our GL Cognitive Abilities and Progress Tests. These tests provide a wealth of information and it allows us to presonalise teaching and learning for each individual student.
BSc, MA, PGCE, Diploma
I graduated with a PGCE from the University of Nottingham, a BSc in Sports Science from Poitiers University, and took a MA in Movement Therapy and Rehabilitation from Oregon State University. I have also deepened my knowledge in Swimming with a National Teaching Qualification from France. During my academic journey, I have endeavored to learn how to develop innovative programs to support students in their learning journey. I have been teaching PE for over 12 years and have been living in Shanghai for 10 years. I joined Britannica in 2015 as I believe in the school’s vision and ethos to both fully develop students’ academic potential and create a learning environment which empowers students.
B.ed. Intermediate & Senior (Art + Drama)
I graduated as a B.ed Intermediate and Senior Phase teacher at Cape Peninsula University of Technology where I majored in Art and Drama in education. I am the current art teacher for Primary and Secondary students. This is my first year with Britannica and I enjoy working with such engaged and creative students. I have been teaching in China for the past four years and taught in South-Africa prior to moving to China. Art and teaching have been a lifelong passion and I hope to inspire the same passion in the students. In addition to focusing on Art and Design as a practical subject I enjoy collaboration and integration of other subjects. I believe that Art is a skill that can be taught and is not reliant on talent although passion and dedication is key to success. My main goal is to teach my students thinking and problem solving skills while developing their practical application of knowledge to their own work.
Yang Jie Tsang
BSc (Hons), PGCE, QTS
After completing my Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, I moved to Birmingham and enrolled onto a PGCE course to train to become a Secondary Science Teacher. I taught in several urban and suburban schools around Birmingham. I thoroughly enjoyed my time teaching in the UK, I am very grateful and extremely excited to continue my teaching career at Britannica International School Shanghai.
Teacher of English and Media Studies
BA Hons / PGCE
I began my teaching journey in South Korea, where I taught younger students living in remote rural areas, who had little to no exposure to English. The enjoyment of this experience, coupled with my love of literature, made me decide to return to the UK and become a secondary English teacher. After teaching in the UK, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to come and work in a bilingual school here in China, which allowed me to utilise my previous experiences together. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed teaching in the UK and internationally, and I’m greatly looking forward to continuing my journey here at Britannica.