Beijing World Youth Academy strives to provide members of our community excellent learning opportunities that incorporate critical investigation, exposure to different cultural perspectives and assessment against objective criteria.
Our mission is to develop principled, open-minded thinkers who are capable of integrating with diverse international communities and who are empowered to shape their environs for the improvement of quality of life for themselves and others.
We are committed to excellence and united by our values:
We respect and empathise with the rights, opinions, culture and feelings of others.
We believe that honesty, integrity and reliability in ourselves and others forms the cornerstone of our community.
We value harmony and oneness while recognising the individuality of each person in our community.
We recognise that the development of the student is the shared responsibility between the student, the family and the school.
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of our families to the 2020-2021 school year at BWYA. As we start the new school year I would like to invite all families to continue to work with us to make the primary school a fantastic place for all our students to learn and grow.
A famous person once said “the only real mistake we make is the one from which we learn nothing”. This year the students at BWYA, and in fact all of us whether we like to admit it or not, are all going to make a lot of mistakes. Some of the mistakes the students will make will simply stay mistakes, while the students will learn from others and become better people because of the mistakes they made.
As parents and educators, one thing we must realise is that how a child responds to a mistake depends on us. How we respond to our children’s mistakes, will teach them, in turn, how they should respond to their mistakes. If we simply identify a child’s mistake by telling them that they have done the wrong thing, then we have not really taught them anything except that they failed.
This year, as we commit once again to helping all the students at BWYA learn and grow to their full potential, I would ask all parents to join with us in the important task of helping the students learn from their mistakes so that they can improve for the future. Hopefully then, they will also help us to learn from the mistakes that we make as well.
A little about me – I identify myself as a teacher before anything else. I have been teaching for a very long time, but wonderfully, I just love getting up every day, knowing that I’m on my way to school to learn alongside really smart, curious, fun, clever, silly, creative, energetic, shy, serious, vivacious, deep-thinking,… unique kids and teachers! They teach me so much- year by year, day by day, minute by minute. I feel so lucky to have this life!
I taught in northwest Washington State in the U.S., very near Vancouver Canada, for 15 years; then went overseas to international schools. With my husband, I’ve taught in Mali, Italy, Japan, D.R. Congo, and Cameroon, prior to coming here. You can see that we’ve been around the world, and I feel very happy to be starting my fifth year here in Beijing! I have now taught internationally more years than I taught in the States! I read and think about teaching and learning a lot. That is fun for me. But, I also like to travel the world (65+ countries visited so far and so many more to plan for!), enjoy my two kitties, camp, read, cook and try to learn about technology and photography. Most important to me is to go to bed everyday appreciating something new and being content with the ‘me’ I have put into the world. It is a privilege to be a part of our community here at BWYA!
My name is David Dee and I come from Scotland in the U.K. I have been a teacher for nearly twenty years now. This is my third year at BWYA and I have taught at both LPC and UPC. Beijing is an amazing place to live and I am enjoying learning about China.
I am very excited this year to be taking on a new role as the Head of the Learning Support Team. I am looking forward to working with the children, parents and staff at BWYA to make sure that every child has the support they need. We all want every child to reach their full potential.
My name is Tanya Nezar, I’m from South Africa and have been a Primary School Teacher for the last 6 years.
A quote by Helen Caldicott inspired me to become a Teacher, it reads as follows: “Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.”
This quote moved me deeply and inspires me to this day to continuously strive to be the best teacher and person I can be. Professional and personal development are important to my being and allow me to grow and reach new milestones, which in turn allow me to use my professional efforts to create a positive impact on learners and our society.
I look forward to another year at BWYA, teaching Grade 2, allowing me to share my passion for children and learning.
My name is Zheng Yuwei (Flora). I’m now working as a co-teacher and Chinese math teacher in G2G. I graduated from Monash University in Australia with a Masters degree and a focus on TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I have three years’ overseas living and working experience and another three years of experience as front-line English teachers for young learners. My passion has always been teaching and I love being around kids. All of my teaching experience inspired and encouraged me to keep growing my teaching career. I believe love is the key point to keep my passion for teaching, sharing and learning. I am looking forward to starting a new chapter at BWYA as a Second-Grade teacher, allowing me to share my love for your kids and my passion for teaching. If you have any concerns, please feel free to email me at email@example.com and I am willing to answer your questions.
Ni hao. Hello. Bonjour. I am Nadia Caroline Bracq, half British and half French, and by all means international. From my first baby cry, I have resided across the globe: in the Pacific, through to the African continent, before my English mum whisked my overseas-born siblings and I back to Europe to complete our higher studies. I obtained my teaching degree in Norwich, England, having guided primary children in London and Sussex, then Paris, and now as a second year Grade 2 wolf in Beijing.
I have thoroughly enjoyed all the rich international classrooms that I have been lucky to be involved with. Some have had each of the twenty-plus children coming from a different country in the world and confirming that different perspectives make for better ideas and a more complete learner. I aim, thus, to continue doing my part in inspiring the iBWYA children along their own international learning journey.
My name is Li Caihong，Rainbow. It is my 3rd year working at BWYA. However, I have been a teacher for 7 years with age of students ranging from 6 to 18. I enjoy enriching myself with kids and have accumulated some experience dealing with the issues among them. To be sure that I am zealous about my career and have great passion to be with my students. With my expertise I hope I can help the kids both in their academic and social aspects. Looking forward to enjoying this amazing year with G2B!
Dear Parents, my name is Darren Whitehouse I come from the UK and spent four years working at Harrow School before moving to BWYA in 2019, to become the homeroom teacher of G2R. Before moving to China in 2015 with my wife and two sons, I worked for many, many years in the finance industry in London, in highly skilled positions of trust. I hold a bachelors degree in Arts & Humanities from the University of London, a PGCEi from the University of Nottingham, UK, am TEFL qualified and as a life-long learner, am currently studying for a Masters in Education with the Open University, UK. My interests include working out in the gym, enjoying the restaurants of Beijing, visiting the many wonderful countries of Asia, and watching football. What I offer to you and your children are the dedication of a professional person and also (as a parent myself) having empathy with you and understanding the hopes and expectations you have for your child. This year, you are part of my family, and working together we will share a successful and enjoyable experience.
Dear Parents, my name is Gina. I have been working here for 2 years, this is my third year with BWYA second graders. I received a bachelor of English Literature and Master degree of Education. I have got a TESOL certification as well. I also have a 7 years old son, in a sense I have experience in managing children at this age. I’m excited to be working with Mr. Whitehouse again this year and engaging together with the G2R little superheroes!
B.A. University of the West Indies Mona, Jamaica
Dip. Ed. Mico University College, Jamaica
Christine is a Jamaican with 15 years teaching experience. She is in her 2nd year as a Teacher/Librarian at BWYA, however, she spent three years as Teacher Librarian at a private school in Beijing before joining us. She taught in Jamaica for 10 years before coming to Beijing. At the beginning of this academic year Christine spent five weeks as homeroom teacher for G1Y while Ms. Kennedy was away and she will now be homeroom teacher for G2Y. She enjoys reading, dancing, playing board games and the outdoors. Christine is here with her daughter who is currently a 7th grader at BWYA.
My name is Vivi Liu and I will be your child’s Second Grade teacher this academic year at BWYA. I am from Inner Mongolia. My Bachelor’s degree is in Education with a major in English from the Tourism and Cultural College of Yunnan University. This will be my second year at BWYA. Thank you for choosing to entrust BWYA and myself with your child’s education this year. We all want what is best for your child and look forward to working with you to help them learn and grow. If you have any concerns, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to answer your questions.
I’m Fu Xiaoxiao and I’m thrilled to be teaching Second Grade this school year. I’ve been working teaching in international schools for more than ten years. I’ve teaching students Chinese literature, language as well as culture. This is my 7th year with Beijing World Youth Academy. I feel so proud of being a teacher. And I believe that the task of education is to build up an optimal cultural context in a manner appropriate to the nature of children’s life, to help children enjoy their lives better in the future. Let them start with enjoying their childhood and Chinese.
My name is Nabil Zafati. I am an American / Moroccan. I went to a French / Moroccan school, where I discovered my talent for learning languages. I earned a Bachelor’s degree from a European institute and my PE teaching courses are from a program out of Washington DC. This has made me a special person who respects and accepts the diversity of different cultures. Growing up internationally has helped to shape who I am today.
After moving from Los Angeles, California, I taught PE for many years at the Rabat American School in Morocco, then moved to the American International School of Brazzaville, in Congo, as the Athletics director and PE teacher. This will be my fourth year at BWYA where I enjoy being with our young learners every day. I am looking forward to another successful year teaching all of your students.
My primary goal is to teach the whole student. I do this by providing students with the necessary skills and knowledge that will allow them to see the value of a healthy lifestyle and to learn the lifelong benefits of physical education providing a fun, engaging, safe, non-threatening, and positive environment. I give students an opportunity to find enjoyment in PE by sharing my passion for physical activity and movement.
My name is Dwayne Brittion and I am from sunny South Africa. My love for children and wanting to play a role in their development, motivated me to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Education through the University of South Africa. I believe that healthy habits should be cultivated from an early age to ensure longevity. It is for this reason that I strive to provide students with active, joyful learning experiences.
Being a sportsman myself, I have learnt the importance of teamwork, mutual respect and dedication. It’s virtues like these that I would like to instil within the learners I have the pleasure of teaching.
Above all I want to teach learners to win with humility, lose with grace, and to do both with dignity.
I look forward to making 2020-2021 a fun and exciting year in PE.
My name is Geng Mei. I have been teaching PE for primary students in BWYA for 5 years. I graduated from Beijing Sport University. I do this by providing students with the necessary skills and knowledge that will allow them to see the value of healthy lifestyle. I give students an opportunity to find enjoyment in PE by sharing my passion for physical activity and movement! I enjoy being with our young learners every day.
My name is Bai Yin. I have been teaching art for lower primary students in BWYA for 3 years after my postgraduate education in France. As a teacher for younger students, I enjoy encouraging kids to think, practice and improve. I am excited to teach and work with them and feel so proud when they tell me how much they love art!
My name is Gerren Vincent. Overall, I have over 20 years of performing arts experience to coincide with an 11-year teaching career. My mother is a drama teacher and community theatre director. My father is a music teacher. I have taught children in Beijing for over six years now.
I first developed my music career at the young age of twelve, picking up the trombone, my first brass instrument. During high school, I received district honors in my home state of Kansas for my trombone and tuba performances. As a brass and wind instrument specialist, I have also learned the euphonium, bass trombone, and the trumpet. I played on a music scholarship in my private university in Baldwin City, Kansas (Baker University) throughout my bachelor’s degree with the University’s classical orchestra, and the jazz band.
Hi my name is Katryn and I am from South Africa.
I am very excited to be teaching Drama at BWYA this year. I have a qualification in both Drama and Education. I have many years of experience in teaching both Drama and English, locally as well as Internationally. I arrived in China last year, and really loved the experience, therefore I have decided to continue my career as a teacher in China.
I would love to combine my passion for drama and the knowledge and skills, which I acquired in the field of teaching and use it to help each and every child to grow in being a confident and well-rounded individuals. In my free time I enjoy cooking, listening to music, hiking and learning to play a new instrument. I believe that if you take an interest in life, life will take an interest in you. I look forward to meeting all of you, and teaching your children!
My Name is Claire Rees. I have been living in Beijing for nearly seven years. I studied at the University of the West of England in Bristol. I graduated with a degree in Early Years Education. From this, I studied for my Montessori Certificate at Bournemouth Montessori Centre and I taught in a Montessori Nursery School for 3 years, before deciding to live in Beijing.
During my time in Beijing, I have taught English and trained many new teachers how to teach English an Additional Language to children aged between 2 and 12 years old.
This is my second year teaching first grade at Beijing World Youth Academy. I am very happy to be here and I hope that I can inspire and motivate your child to achieve their goals, ambitions and dreams.
Building and applying literacy skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) in English.
Building a deep understanding of a broad scope of scientific areas
Building fundamental numeracy skills.
Developing a student’s confidence and creativity in performing dramas on stage
Unit of Inquiry
In this class, we focus on achieving mainly Humanities and Science learning targets through topical units of inquiry. English literacy and numeracy skills are also built as part of these studies.
Chinese Language Arts
In Chinese class, we focus on building literacy skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) in Chinese.
Physical Education & Health
In PE class, we focus on building spatial awareness, coordination, movement and teamwork. We also focus on topics that relate to healthy living and individual well-being.
In Visual Arts class, we focus on building both knowledge of art history as well as familiarity and proficiency with different media and techniques.
In Music class, we focus on both music appreciation and performance using voice and instruments.
Every Friday morning, we focus on building understanding of different Virtues as part of our character development programme.
Technology tasks will be integrated into Unit of Inquiry and Language Arts activities.
Our brain is special because we can use it to learn lots of new and different things every day, enabling us to gain the knowledge, skills and understanding that we will need to become successful adults. By finding out more about how we learn, and how we can improve the way that we learn, we will be better equipped for meeting the many challenges ahead of us.
What’s On The Menu?
Think about all the different meals that you have eaten over the last five days. This might include home meals, school meals and any restaurant meals you have eaten. Have you ever stopped to consider where your food comes from? Who made it? How were the ingredients grown? How many different people were responsible for the food that ends up on your plate? Food is essential. It gives us energy to do the things that we want to do – but how much do we really know about how food is produced and prepared?about you?
We all belong to many different communities – family, friends, sports teams, activity groups, etc. However, there is one thing that every community has in common – people. We must learn how to respect, support and work with other people if we hope to become valuable contributors to the communities that we are a part of.
Learning is a continual process of acquiring knowledge and developing skills, positive attitudes and dispositions that lead to a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us.
Opening our eyes and minds to understand and develop our identity within our own culture while being mindful and respectful of others’ ideas, values and beliefs whether we see similarities or differences.
My name is Vickey Zhu. This is my third year with Beijing World Youth Academy as a primary school counselor. I have been a caring counseling professional for 10 years including 4 years’ overseas living and working in the USA. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in school counseling. I also hold a Chinese teacher qualification certificate and an American school counselor licensure. I believe education is about assisting and guiding students in becoming better people, and fostering in them the passion to explore themselves as well as caring about others.
My name is Wang Yayuan – Joyce. I am the school counselor for the LPC campus. This is the first year for me to join the BWYA family, and I feel so honored and excited to work with the excellent team here.
I obtained my bachelor of Applied Psychology from Bangor University in the UK. I used to work with children, adolescents and adults as a psychologist for my private practice for 6 years, as well as part-time school counselor in a public primary school and international pediatric clinic. Also I worked as a shadow teacher at international schools for over 2 years before I came here.
I now find myself with the most passion I have had during my career, that is, working with younger kids in various settings. This makes me feel exactly matched with this position at BWYA. I see every child reaches their own potential and has the right to be supported well. I strongly believe that communication between parents and teachers is crucial for this. You are always welcomed to reach me by email at email@example.com.