David graduated from City University, London with a B.Sc (Hons) in Chemistry and then completed his Post Graduate Certificate of Education at the London Institute of Education. Later he was awarded his MA in Education by the University of Southampton. Much of David’s early career was spent building up an impressive portfolio of managerial posts in some of the UK’s top independent schools. With posts that included Housemaster, Director of Studies, Head of Science, Deputy Head and Head of School, he has gained significant experience managing many aspects of the curriculum and school life. He brings to Britannica this wealth of UK experience and a clear understanding of what makes for quality British education. As a UK and international School Inspector he has been involved in many inspection teams that have involved accreditation and advisory or government inspection processes. Since living abroad David has been Head of School at Harrow in Beijing as well as Head of School at the British School in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This is now David's fifth year of leading Britannica.
Vice Principal and Head of Secondary
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.
Head of Primary and Year 6B Teacher
Katherine has a PGCE in Primary Education and an MA in Education from The University of Nottingham, and BA (Hons) in English Literature and Psychology from Swansea University, UK. Before coming to Shanghai, Katherine taught at a Primary School in the UK. Katherine is now in her fifth year at Britannica leading our Primary phase.
Isla Kate Gillespie
Head of Early Years and Pre-Nursery B Teacher
Isla has a PGCE in Primary Education from The University of London Goldsmiths and a BA Hons in Drama Studies from University of Winchester, UK. Isla joined Britannica as Head of Early Years with 8 years of experience, having worked at Geneva English School in Switzerland and a Primary School in the UK. This is Isla's third year of leading our Early Years.
Deputy Head of Early Years and Pre-Nursery A Teacher
BA Hons Degree in Early Childhood Studies from Plymouth University and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education with Early Years Specialism (Masters Level credits) from Oxford Brookes University. Amy joined Britannica having taught at several Primary schools in the UK. She is now in her third year at Britannica.
Reception A Teacher
Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education from The University of Cumbria and BA Hons in History and Educational Studies from Manchester Metropolitan University. Maria joined Britannica from a Primary school in the United Kingdom and has more than seven years of teaching experience.
Reception B Teacher
PGCE in Primary with specialism in PE from The Institute of Education, London and BSc(Hons) in Economics and Management Sciences from Southampton University, England. Alastair joined Britannica with further previous experience in Early Years including in both the state and independent sector in the UK. Alastair also has experience teaching abroad, having taught English in Busan, South Korea.
Year 1C Teacher
PGCE Primary Education from Oxford Brookes University and BSc Geography from the University of Leicester. Simon also has a TEFL qualification and has been an assistant leader within the Beaver Scout movement in the UK. He joined Britannica after teaching at a primary school in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Year 1D Teacher
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 2B Teacher
BA Hons in Education at the University of Warwick, UK. Katherine joined Britannica, with over 10 years teaching experience in the UK. Katherine has also previously taught in a Pre-school in Beijing. She has extensive experience in supporting children with social and emotional difficulties.
Year 2D Teacher
BA Honours in Primary Education with QTS from The University of Cumbria, Lancaster, UK. Andrew joins Britannica as a Year 2 Class Teacher with experience working across both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. Andrew has two years’ experience teaching internationally in Kuwait, and specialises in Primary School Geography.
Year 2E Teacher
PGCE from The University of Cape Town and BA Hons in English and History from The University of Natal, South Africa. Before coming to Britannica, Shona was a teacher at The Charter International School in Bangkok and she has also taught at an international school in Seoul. She has been a teacher for more than 12 years.
Year 4B Teacher
BA (Hons) Primary Education from Bangor University, Wales. 6 years international experience teaching and leading in the Primary Phase in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and Suzhou, China. Masters in Global Development Education from University College London, Institute of Education. Rebecca is now studying for her PHD.
Year 5B Teacher and After School Activity Coordinator
Post Graduate Diploma in Education from Nottingham Trent University, BSc Hons in Sports Science and Health from The University of Dublin. David joins Britannica from a city school in Nottingham. He has previously worked in Korea for two years as an English language teacher and taught at Windmill LEAD Academy, Nottingham, England.
Deputy Head of Primary and Year 6A Teacher
BAED in Primary Education from the University of Winchester. 11 years teaching and experience, including several years in senior leadership roles. Joining Britannica having recently lead several institutions within the Link Academy Trust in England.
Director of World Languages
Cristina holds a Master’s Degree in Second Language Teaching and is Spanish by citizenship. She has extensive experience teaching languages in Spain and the UK. Cristina will lead our French and Spanish foreign language programme and manage our native language programme in Hebrew, Italian, French, Japanese, Spanish and Korean.
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
M.A. in Foreign Language Teaching from New York University and B.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from East China Normal University. Elaine was trained and certified in New York City. Before joining Britannica she taught at the British International School Shanghai Puxi. Elaine has been teaching for over nine years.
Bachelor's Degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Shanghai Normal University with diploma, Certified in Teaching Chinese Language. Helen joined Britannica having taught at another school in Shanghai. Helen has 23 years of experience teaching in both local and international schools in China.
Head of Mathematics
PGCE in Mathematics Education from Manchester Metropolitan University and BSc Hons in Sports Science from Liverpool John Moores University. David has taught as a secondary and middle school Mathematics teacher in the UK, Vietnam and Costa Rica. He has over a decade of teaching experience.
Head of EAL
MA in Teaching Pre K-Grade 4 with Pennslyvania Teaching Certification, Bachelor of Art in Art History, M.S.Ed in TESOL and TEFL/TESOL Specialist Certification. Amanda has spent time teaching at Drexel University in Philadelphia and National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan. She has been a teacher for over seven years.
English, Drama and Media Studies Teacher
PCGE from The Central School of Speech and Drama in London, Bachelor's Degree in Media and Film Studies with a subsidiary in American Studies from The University of Winchester. Amy joins Britannica from previous teaching positions at Gulf English School, Qatar, and Brentside High School, UK. She has over 7 years of teaching experience.
Suzanne van Balveren
Head of Science
Bachelor in Science Education from HAN University and a Masters in Chemistry Education from Fontys University in the Netherlands. Prior to moving to China, Suzanne taught at Kandinsky College in the Netherlands. She joins Britannica from another international in Shanghai and has taught for over 8 years.
Bachelor's Degree in Sports and Exercise Science Teaching from The University of Poitiers, MA in Movement Study and Disabilities from the University of Poitiers and Oregon Stage University, National Swimming Coaching Certification and French Foreign Language (FLE) Online Certification with CNED. Anthony is a native French teacher, who joined Britannica with international school teaching experience in Shanghai. He has been a teacher for more than 9 years.
PE and Mathematics Teacher
BSc. in Physical Education and Mathematics (First Class Honors) from the University of Limerick, Ireland. Ciarán joins Britannica having taught both of his university disciplines for a number of years in Ireland. Prior to this he also worked for the Gaelic Athletic Association in the U.S.A. where his duties included adult education, running summer camps and coordinating the national championships.
PGCE in Secondary Physical Education from Liverpool Hope University and BA (Hons) Coaching Development from Liverpool John Moores University. Ashley joins Britannica as a PE teacher with 5 years teaching experience, having worked at many reputable schools across the North West of England, UK. Prior to teaching Ashley also competed as a semi-professional Taekwondo athlete and has represented his country at both National and International level.
Head of Art
BA (Hons) in Fine Arts (Painting, Sculpture, Multimedia) and PGCE in Secondary Education from Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA), Greece. QTS Holder from the Department of Education in UK. Masters Degree in Painting from Wimbledon College of Arts and MPhil Practice-based research from Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London.
Maria joins Britannica as Head of Art with 9 years of experience, having worked in Primary and Secondary schools, at the Tate Galleries, at the University of the Arts London and ROSSO Arts College in Shanghai.
Teacher of Business Studies and Economics
PGCE Secondary Business Studies with QTS from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and a BA Management Degree from the University of Sheffield. Before joining Britannica, Martyn taught at another international school in Shanghai and Windsor Girls' School in England. He has held further teaching positions in Taiwan, Japan and South Korea, in addition to working at a bank in New York City.