At this time of the year at international schools around the world, we typically say farewell to friends and colleagues who are moving on from our school to new adventures in their lives. YCIS Shanghai Gubei campus has a significantly long serving staff and this always means that our students have long-term highly qualified international and committed teachers working for their students’ learning opportunities over many years. We are truly blessed that our YCIS Gubei campus average length of service for teachers is over 5 years providing stability and security for the learning experiences of our students over time.
We are both sad to say farewell to the following teachers, but also eager and excited to hear of the new journeys they will have as part of the global community of educators. It is not surprising that we are often able to catch up in many ways in the years that follow and hear of the new pathways and experiences of our colleagues.
We thank each of these remarkable teachers for their service to our community and wish them all the best as they move forward in their lives’ journeys.
Dr. Richard Swann: Co-Principal Gubei Campus
Richard has served as international Co-Principal at the YCIS Shanghai Gubei Campus since 2013 and has had the joy of sharing the leadership of the campus with Co-Principal Ms. Vicki He (to July 2014) and subsequently, Ms. Isabel Xu (from August 2014). During this time, the school has established many programs for ensuring the quality of student learning opportunities and experiences. With his colleagues, International standards of alignment have been put in place to provide and sustain high status recognition of the school as a place of learning and preparing our graduate students for entrance into universities and colleges throughout the world. YCIS school improvement practices have been developed strategically through a full five-year international accreditation cycle with Council of International Schools (CIS), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the host country National Center for Curriculum and Textbook Development (NCCT), as well as International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme re-authorization. “I have enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of YCIS and the richness of the broader Shanghai community. Our family leaves YCIS Shanghai knowing that our three children (Elliott, Greta and Naomi) have benefited enormously from the YCIS experience. While we are all excited and eager to begin our new international adventure, we wish our YCIS friends, colleagues and families all the best for the next phase of the YCIS journey.” In August, 2018, Richard will be taking up the position as Director of Albanian College, Albania.
Ms. Julie Many: Head of the Mathematics Department – moving to India
Julie Many has been teaching at the YCIS Gubei campus for the last 16 years in the Mathematics Department. She will be moving on to a new school in India where she will oversee the development of the Mathematics curriculum.
“It has been a unique experience to be part of a school for so many years as I have seen so many students grow and mature from very young ages into young adults. Many return after graduation to tell me of their life as adults, some getting married and with children, finishing and pursuing careers, and often revealing the role mathematics has played in their career choices. Others simply wish to stay in touch once leaving the school, whether it be due to a move to a new country, a new school, or graduation. It is always satisfying to see where life leads students, as we teachers will depend on you to take the world forward, make good decisions and lead us into a brighter and better place. Remember that your struggles in school prepare you for difficulties that lie ahead and the ability to endure those difficulties will help solve any problems that you encounter. Every problem has a solution!”
Gemma Armstrong (General Science and Physics)
After 5 years at YCIS in the Science Department teaching general science and physics at IGCSE and IBDP levels, Gemma is taking a sabbatical to spend time with her young family. Gemma has also played a significant role in EOTC Field Trips and has been a Year 8 homeroom teacher this year. We thank her for her service to the students and broader YCIS community.
Gemma Forde (Student Activities Coordinator Travel and Sabbatical)
Gemma was first appointed to the Design and Technology Department in August 2013 and established and developed many of the high quality D&T department learning experiences. Her students also achieved exceptional results in IGCSE and IB Diploma examinations and moving on to tertiary studies as a result of their learning. Being very popular among the students as a mentor for being involved in Service learning, Gemma was promoted to the Campus Leadership Team to take up the role of Student Activities Coordinator where she has spent the past two years developing Creativity, Activity and Service learning programme and opportunities particularly for our IBDP and graduating students.
“After 5 years at YCIS, I am taking a sabbatical, I have plans to travel, spend quality time with friends & family and do some new crafts which will possibly lead to my next venture! All the best and have a great summer.”
Kelly Gu (Chinese)
Mark Harrington (Commerce-Economics and Extended Essay Coordinator)
I have very much enjoyed my four years at YCIS Gubei. I was given opportunities that only a good school can give. I will miss the students, my department colleagues and the other teachers as well as the school leadership. I am excited about moving to The American International School of Egypt in Cairo to take up the position of IB DP Coordinator. Goodbye YCIS Gubei! Thanks for the memories!
Lisa He 何剑青 (Chinese and Chinese Studies Curriculum Group Leader)
Yoland Li 李吟柳 (Chinese and CAL Curriculum Group Leader)
Ms. Stephnia Liu 刘婧 (Chinese and CAL Curriculum Group Leader)
Vicky Newman (Humanities, Global Perspectives and Geography; Year 12 Level Leader)
Ms. Vicky Newman returned to YCIS Shanghai and Gubei Campus in August 2015 following a year’s break in the UK. She has been a constant support for our students in ensuring they have been well prepared for their specialized studies in Geography and Global Studies as well as encouraging and developing skills and experiences in the lower secondary humanities programme. During the year, Vicky has also been the Year 12 Year Level Leader ensuring the pastoral care of the Year 12 students.
“Saying goodbye to YCIS after 5 years is bittersweet for me. I’m looking forward to being back in Europe closer to family and friends but will take away many memories of fantastic times and the countless opportunities I have been given here. I wish all of the YCIS community the very best in the future. Who knows when we might meet again!”
Dr. Richard Swann & Ms. Isabel Xu