Introduction to K Class

Our Mission

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.

Our Values

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.

Principal's Welcome
Aaron Wise

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. 

Head of LPC
Betsy Greenway

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!

Head of Learning Support Team
David Dee

Dear Parents,

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.

K Class Teachers

Head of K Class, KB Homeroom Teacher
Chantal Butzbach

My name is Chantal Butzbach. I am the Head of K-Class as well as the Homeroom teacher for K-Blue. I am American, though I grew up in Morocco. Most recently I have been living in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, where I taught a 4th and 5th grade combination class. Before that, I was teaching in the American state of California for three years, then at the Rabat American School in Morocco for 10 years. This is my fifth year in China, and I have really been enjoying my time here.

I earned my teaching certificate from the College of New Jersey, in the United States. I believe it is important to create a safe, community-based environment in which every child is able to grow and flourish to the best of their abilities. Curriculum differentiation and child-based learning are key ingredients of my philosophy as well as cooperative learning and hands-on experiences. I also believe that children gain invaluable experiences through play-based learning. Parents and caregivers are the most important influences in a child’s life, with teachers following a close second. I believe that teachers and parents should work closely in order to help the students get the most out of their school experience.

KB Co-Teacher
Yu Xian Fang

My name is Rose. I am the co-teacher for K-Blue. I graduated from Shandong University of Political Science and Law. My major was English. I also received my TEM 8 certificate in the university. I have 5 years of experience working with children of different ages. I am a kind, passionate, patient, and open-minded teacher. My goal is to help every student to reach their potential.

KR Homeroom Teacher
Gillian Stubbings

Dear Parents,

My name is Gillian May Stubbings. I am from England, but I have been living in Asia for over 5 years now. I have been in Beijing for one year where I worked as a homeroom teacher in a Montessori Kindergarten. Before moving to China, I worked as a teacher in Thailand and Vietnam for 4 years, with experience from Kindergarten to high school.

I have a BA in Fine Art from Manchester Metropolitan University and a TEFL certificate. In the UK, I worked as a teaching assistant in university and an arts specialist in primary schools.

I have taught students from the age of 3 to 23, but Kindergarten is where I feel the most passionate about teaching. In my classroom, I hope to inspire an enthusiasm and curiosity in children, making them feel happy and excited to learn.

I am so excited to join the BWYA family and I look forward to working with you all this year.

KR Co-Teacher
Wu Han

My name is Iris Wu. Before I came to BWYA, I was teaching 3-12 year old children for 4 years. I love children very much and enjoy spending time with them. I graduated from China Women’s University with a Bachelor degree in English. My hobbies are reading and playing badminton. Reading allows me to grow and learn to think. Playing sports helps me getting stronger and healthier. I am very excited to learn with the children and really looking forward to working with you all.

KY Homeroom Teacher
Elin Pan

Welcome! My name is Elin Pan. I am from Sweden, but I have also lived in Norway and in the UK. This is my 4th year in Beijing and I am enjoying learning the Chinese language and culture.

I have a BA in Educational studies from the University of York and I completed my teacher training (PGCE) at York St John University in the UK. Prior to coming to Beijing, I worked as a class teacher in inner-city London for 4 years, with experience across Grades 1 to 5. This is my third year at BWYA and I look forward to working with you all.

KY Co-Teacher
Li Chun Ming

My name is Cindy. My Chinese name is Li Chunming. It is my pleasure to introduce myself. I have 10 years combined teaching experience at nursery schools and English language schools. I have been working at BWYA for I year. I had a lot of happy moments with kids. Before BWYA, I was a Lead Montessori Teacher at Sun Ruixue Montessori nursery school. My main responsibilities in this role are to facilitate the learning and development of children aged 2 ½ to 7 years old in a Montessori school. Along with preparing an environment that fosters love, friendship, independence and a caring attitude. I look forward to working with you all. 

KG Homeroom Teacher
Maile Agnew

Dear Parents,

My name is Maile Agnew. I am from the United States of America. Prior to coming to BWYA, I worked as an English teacher for 3 years in Beijing, and also held a management position for the last year. This is my first year at BWYA, and I am so excited to join this wonderful school.

I have a BA in Psychology and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification from a Texas A&M University system school. In addition to my TESOL certification, I also have TEFL-C (Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Children) certification, and a TEFL in China certification.

I am looking forward to working with you all this year.

KG Co-Teacher
Zhang Li Wan

My name is Wendy. This is my fifth year with Beijing World Youth Academy as a co-teacher (kindergarten and first-grade). I have been a teacher for 10 years with students aged between 2 to 11 years old. With the growth of teaching years, I increasingly realize the importance of teachers’ self-learning. So, at present, I use my spare time to study child development and educational psychology in the Institute of psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Because I know that what I am facing is the extremely vulnerable soul of children. Learning in school is not a simple transfer of knowledge without enthusiasm, but a spiritual contact between teachers and students at all times.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

KP Homeroom Teacher
Thalia Ribas

Dear Parents,

My name is Thalia Ribas and I am from South Africa. I am the homeroom teacher in the K-Purple class. This will be my second year in Beijing and before teaching in Beijing, I taught English to 3 – 12-year-old students in South Korea. I have really been enjoying living in China. Regarding my academic background, I studied at the North West University in South Africa. There, I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Movement Science and Psychology, my Post Graduate Certificate in Education and then did an Education Honours Degree specialising in Education Law.

I love teaching, being active, painting and cooking. In my classroom I hope to always have happy kids that are engaged in learning. It is important that kids learn while still having fun, being respectful and having the opportunity to fully be who they are.

I feel honoured to be a part of the BWYA family and I look forward to meeting and working with all of you this year.

KP Co-Teacher
Cui Bing

My name is Emily Cui. I graduated with a degree in English Education. I have an English teaching certificate and a Chinese teaching certificate. This will be my fourth year at the Beijing World Youth Academy. I have 6 years of early years teaching experience.  

I look forward to meeting you and your child. I hope that I can help your child to achieve their goals during this year. 

Chinese Teachers

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.

        大家好,我是Ms. Jenny(任倞宜),一二年级的语文老师。今年是我在世青国际学校工作的第6年,也是我担任中文教学的第5年。一二年级是学习习惯养成的重要时期,也是基础知识学习以及语言能力提升的关键时期。很开心这一学年能够陪伴孩子们一起学习,共同进步。家长和老师的密切配合是了解孩子学习动向、促使孩子学习进步的最有效途径。愿新的学年我们能够家校密切沟通、合作,让孩子们收获满满,为语文学习打下扎实的基础。


      大家好,我是Ms. Jada(赵佼),语言B和二年级的道德与法治老师。很高兴今年加入世青国际学校,也很期待和世青的孩子们一起成长。我们会通过学生喜欢的主体活动,进行深入浅出的,科学的智育、美育和生活启蒙教育。为学生形成积极的生活态度,良好的道德品质和他们的实际生存能力打基础。坚持以学生品行教育为主线,抓好学生品行教育和养成良好习惯。我相信爱是世界上最棒、最美的东西,但也看不见、摸不着,得靠心来感知。让我们世青的孩子们心中都充满爱。

    大家好,我是Ms. Fiona(赵晓娩),担任一年级的语文和道法老师。加入世青5年来,一直在一年级工作,这五年的教学经验使我对一年级学生的学习和成长特点有了更加深入的了解。一年级是孩子们习惯养成的关键时期,也是学习生涯的开端。在这一年孩子们不仅在学习方面面临挑战,更在行为习惯上会有很大的变化。希望与家长们紧密联系,共同配合,帮助孩子们不断进步,顺利渡过幼小衔接阶段。

PE Teachers

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.

Dear Parents,

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.

Dear Parents,

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.

Art Teacher

Dear Parents,

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!

Music Teacher

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.

Drama Teacher

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!

English Language Support Teacher

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.

What We Teach

Language Arts 

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.

Visual Arts

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.

Extended Homeroom

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.

This Year's Units of Inquiry


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.

Who Am I?

By learning about ourselves and each other, we are able to celebrate our differences whilst also seeing all the things that we have in common. We are all individuals, but together we make up a wider community – one that should support and respect one another.

Let’s Celebrate

Celebrations are an important part of human life. They are one of the things that make us uniquely human. All peoples and cultures, from every part of the world, take part in and hold celebrations to mark special events and special times in someone’s life.

A Day In The Life

Have you ever seen an elephant in a dress? Or a giraffe in a pair of jeans? Of course not, because unlike animals, only humans wear clothes. Clothes are an important part of our lives. They can keep us warm (or cool). We can wear different colours and designs and change them for different occasions, we can follow the latest fashions – and even make them ourselves! So what do the clothes you wear say about you?

  • Weather and Climate
  • Forces and Nature
  • Plants and Animals

Character Development

At BWYA Primary School, our definition of learning is:

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.

At BWYA Primary School, our definition of International Mindedness is:

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.


Vickey Zhu

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. 

Joyce Wang

Dear parents,

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

Programme Administration

Primary School Principal
Aaron Wise
Head of Lower Primary
Betsy Greenway
Head of Upper Primary
Andrew Abbey
Primary School Campus Manager
Ji Fei
IPC Programme Assistant Upper Primary Librarian
Tona Miao
Head of Learning Support Team
David Dee