Introducing our Campus Leadership Team

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our YCIS Leadership Team for ECE and Primary, Pudong.  This is a highly committed team with many years of experience in school leadership and especially with YCIS. We are approachable and will do our best to work with parents for the benefit of all students. We look forward to leading the ECE and Primary school in 2017-18 and serving our YCIS community.

Damien Hehir, Co-Principal

“I have been with YCIS Shanghai for 16 years, having worked at all four Shanghai campuses.  I have been the Co-Principal in Pudong for the past 5 years, and along with my partner Mary Yu, I oversee the ECE and Primary.  I am originally from Australia.  I am looking forward to leading our school community this year and helping our school be the very best it can be.   I wish everyone a productive and successful 2017-18 school year.”


Mary Yu, Co-Principal


“I joined YCIS Pudong in 2000. I have been the Co-Principal for the past 6 years. It’s a great honor for me to witness the success as well as the continuous development of YCIS Pudong. I am looking forward to working closely with our students, parents and colleagues to have many achievements in the new school year.”


Rob Watson, Vice Principal


“I originally started working at YCIS Pudong in the very first year that the campus opened in 1999. It was of course a very different school at that stage, with only 8 students on roll! Over the past 18 years, it has been great to watch the school grow and mature. This is my third year of being Vice Principal and I am looking forward to continuing my journey with YCIS over the coming year and beyond.”


Sissy Shen, Primary Head of Chinese Department

“I have been with YCIS Shanghai for 9 years. This is my second year being the Head of the Chinese Department. I am also the Co-Teaching Facilitator and PD Coordinator. I am Chinese and was born in Shanghai. Our school will keep striving to provide a holistic education for all the students supporting their social and emotional development, as well as their academic development, to prepare them for a wider and longer experience of life.”


Melissa Shaw, Primary Curriculum Coordinator


“I joined YCIS in 2005 and have worked in both ECE and Primary. My home country is Australia! This is now my 4th year working as the Primary Curriculum Coordinator. The best part of my job is having the opportunity to work and collaborate alongside all the year levels; supporting each of our Teachers which in turn, supports our students.”




John McEnhill, Primary Curriculum Coordinator

“I have worked for YCIS for 6 years, including 2 years as a Teacher and Year Leader at YCIS Beijing and 3 years as Primary Coordinator at YCIS Qingdao, before joining YCIS Shanghai last year. I am originally from London. I am looking forward to an exciting year of learning together with the students, parents and staff who make up our school’s vibrant international community.”



Veronica Martin, ECE Coordinator


“I have been with YCIS for 7 years and am passionate about Early Years education. I began as a K4 Teacher and moved into the ECE Coordinator role. I am from Australia and enjoy sharing my culture with others. I am looking forward to a year where children are encouraged to explore and learn with curiosity and wonder.”




Michelle Wang, ECE Coordinator

“I have been at YCIS since 2003, I taught ECE at all year levels.  This is my second year in the role of ECE Coordinator.   I value play base learning for all early year children. I am looking forward to working together with all of you to make this a successful school year.”



Andrea Griego, Student Support  Coordinator



“This will be my fourth year with YCIS. I am from the United States, but have previously worked in Dubai and Colombia. I am excited to continue working with students, parents, teachers and leaders for the continued success and growth of YCIS.”



Jenni Wang, School Office Administrator


“I joined YCIS Regency Park Campus as the Office Administrator in 2015. I was born in Shanghai, and I studied and worked in Canada for 10 years.  I have really enjoyed these 2 years working here in the YCIS community.  And I am looking forward to another successful year to support and work with our parents and teachers.”



Introducing our Parent Relations Team:

“I’m Nadine Runkel and I am from Germany. This is my second year here at YCIS Shanghai as POP Liaison Officer and my 2 children have been attending YCIS since 2014.”

“I’m Roseline Yang and my role is Community Relations Officer. It has been a pleasure to join a school that reflects my values and beliefs in the role of education for our future generations. This also happens to be the exact learning environment I have wished for my daughter to grow.”

Nadine Runkel, POP Liaison Officer and  Roseline Yang, Community Relations Officer

Together, we form the “SCOOP” team, which stands for “School Community Open Officers Platform”. This means that we are always looking forward to engaging our parents in the school life and culture and building a strong community together with you, all for the benefits of our children!