New Teachers coming to YCIS Shanghai Gubei Campus in 2018-19

We are pleased to welcome new colleagues to join our great team of teachers at YCIS Shanghai Gubei Campus in 2018-19.

Mr. Don Collins: YCIS Puxi Campuses International Co-Principal

We welcome Mr. Don Collins as the new Internatioanl Co-Principal for Puxi Campuses from 2018. The YCIS Puxi Campuses will be operating under the leadership of Co-Principals, Mr. Collins and Ms. Isabel Xu, who will be working together with the School Business Manager in the continuing seamless education process from the beginning of Kindergarten to Upper Secondary. The community is familiar with Ms. Xu, who is currently the Co-Principal for the three YCIS campuses in Puxi. Mr. Collins, who has a Masters’ Degree in Education, is currently Secondary Vice Principal at YCIS Beijing. He has over 30 years’ experience working in schools in Australia, 16 of which as a school principal.

Mr. Adam Amster: Humanities and Geography

Mr. Amster holds a Masters in Scondary Education and Bachelor of Arts majoring in History. He is currently High School Social Studies Teacher at Nansha College Preparatory Academy in Guangzhou where he teaches Human Geography, Model United Nations, Ancient Civilizations and World History. He coaches tennis, soccer, basketball and fitness and also holds a number of certifications including World Language Initiative (WLI) and National Geographic Educator.

He will be joining YCIS Shangai Gubei Campus as a member of the Humanities teaching team with a specialization in Geography, History. His experience in Model United Nations will provide a strong foundation for the Global Perspectives program of learning at YCIS.

Ms. Evelyn Li: Chinese

“I am Evelyn Li and I am determined and strongly motivated to work as a teacher who would take students’ characteristics, needs and progress as priorities.I have taught and gained solid experience, knowledge of teaching GCSE, MYP Chinese to students from Grade 6 to Grade 12 in China and UK. I am enjoying the moments when I am learning and taking pat in all kinds of culture activities, competitions with the students. I am strived to learn more about applying multiple skills, strategies to facilitate the development of pupils with different learning needs.”

Ms. Kelly Li: Chinese

“I am Kelly, originally from Henan Province. I have taught Mandarin and Chinese for the past 6 years in both international and bilingual schools. My experience is mainly with secondary students in IGCE and IB language A (Chinese language and literature). I am always inspired by students’ curiosity, open-mindedness and critical thinking skills. I am very happy to join YCIS and look forward to it!”


Ms. Elizabeth Munro (Slade): General Science and IGCSE/IBDP Biology

Mrs. Slade was born in London and grew up near Wimbledon, the home of British tennis. She has taught Science and Biology in several schools in England and has been teaching in Shanghai for the last two years. She went to Kingston University London to study a BSc Hons in Biology and then went on to complete a Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Science at St Mary’s University. Her interests include travelling, yoga, reading and watching the occasional movie. She very much enjoys living in Shanghai and is excited to work

with new colleagues and students at Yew Chung this year. Moving across the world to Shanghai has been a great way to travel and explore new cultures. She is looking forward to continuing this by exploring more of Asia in her spare time.

Mr. David Potter: ToK, English and Psychology

“After completing a BA in Philosophy and a PGCE in Sheffield, England, I taught Philosophy and managed programs for gifted students at an upper school for several years. I then moved to Munich where I taught English for two years before coming to Shanghai where I have been teaching the IB Diploma since 2013. I was previously TOK Co-ordinator at Shanghai Qibao Dwight High School before joining YCIS. I love discussing ideas, traveling, and trying to make the world a nicer place. I’m married with a young daughter and I’m happy to call Shanghai home.”

Ms. Ajina Remadevi: Commerce – Economics and PD Coordinator

A passionate, experienced teacher who has worked in a multitude of international settings, willing to explore and contributes to the best teaching and learning practices at international schools. During my 13 years of teaching career I have worked with well reputed international schools in India, Indonesia, China and the Netherlands and taught IGCSE, A-Level, AP and IB curricula. I am a graduate in Economics, post graduate in Oriental Studies and holder of PGCE from the University of Sunderland, UK. Along with teaching, I am passionate about poetry and short-stories and I particularly love writing Hindi poems in my leisure time. My dream is to start my own international school one day and my motto is: “Education is the key to a successful future and a better world”.

Mr. David Van Zanten: Mathematics Head of Department

Mr. Stanten says “I love the opportunity to empower, to help people see their potential. The role of senior schools is to grow young men and young women so they can take their place in society with power, grace, intelligence and with a strong focus on service. This is an honour and a challenge with a huge amount of reward.”

Mr. Stanten graduated Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics from Otago University of New Zealand Otago. Subsequently, he was awarded a Diploma and Bachelor of Business Studies in Marketing and Economics from New Zealand’s Massey University where he also received his Diploma of Teaching. Mr. Zanten also holds diplomas in Counselling.

His hobbies: He is an author, a pilot, and SCUBA diver, but most importantly a father of three. He is also qualified to coach swimming, football and athletics coach.

He leaves his current school as Head of Department and Associate Principal at the Hay Al Sharooq International school in Oman to take up the position as Head of The Mathematics Department at YCIS Shanghai Gubei Campus.

Ms. Vera Wang: Chinese

WangYan holds a Bachelor degree with a Major in Chinese language and literature from East China Normal University.

“Do you remember your childhood ambition? I grew up knowing that I have always wanted to be an educator. Following my graduation as a teacher from East China Normal University in Shanghai, I embarked on a meaningful career as a full-fledged teacher and have been teaching since 2006. Having taught at language academy and international school over 11 years, I enjoy teaching and interacting with students of various nationalities. My goal is that students embrace Chinese not just as a subject or a set of skills to develop, but also as a vehicle for self-expression so that they can effectively communicate their views and opinions. This will be my first year working in YCIS and I am looking forward to learning and growing together with the students. ”

Ms. Paula Zhu: Chinese

“With a master’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from ECNU, I have taught Chinese language, literature and culture to both first and second language learners for five years. My lessons were designed to be fun and communicative. As the school activity coordinator, I was responsible for a variety of school activities such as clubs, student union, talent show, graduation ceremony etc. Relentless and reliable, hope to have a fantastic year with YCIS.”


Dr. Richard Swann & Ms. Isabel Xu