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HD Beijing School

Leadership Team


The Chief Academic Officer, Academic Director, and Executive Principals all have a rich experience in managing bilingual schools and international schools. The international teachers come from various English-speaking countries (including the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia) and are professionally qualified. The Chinese teaching team are all well-experienced teachers from international schools or public schools and are led by academically outstanding teachers. Every member of our teaching team embraces education with full passion and commitment to academic excellence. 

Each class has an international teacher, a Chinese teacher and a learning facilitator. Teachers will get to know each child as an individual and will offer a personalized education for each child. We offer a unique curriculum integrated with character education.

Zhencun Li
Chief Academic Officer of ELITE K12 Education Group

Zhencun Li was the Founder of Chinese Integrated Curriculum in the Primary Sector and member of Steering Committee for Basic Education Curriculum Material with the Ministry of Education. He was the former Founding Principal of Yizhuang (Etown) Branch of Beijing National Day School. He is the Chief Editor of Contemporary Education & Dean of Contemporary Education Institute.

Warren Johnston
Chief Academic Officer of ELITE K12 Education Group

Warren Johnston, the Chief Academic Officer of ELITE K12 Education Group, was formerly the founding Executive Principal of Shanghai YK Pao School, and the Primary School Headmaster of German Swiss International School. In addition to his unique personality and excellent leadership, he also has a profound insight into both Chinese and international culture. Warren enjoys a strong reputation as an excellent educator within China’s international education community.

Dr. Robert Holroyd
Chief Academic Officer of ELITE K12 Education Group

Robert Holroyd is a graduate of Oxford University and an internationalist with over 25 years' management experience in schools in the UK and abroad. Prior to joining HD schools, Robert was Headmaster of Repton School, UK, and during his thirteen-year tenure of this post, he was privileged to internationalize the Repton brand in multiple locations across the world including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Jordan and India.

Wanny Hersey
Chief Academic Officer of ELITE K12 Education Group

Wanny Hersey is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and is a pioneer in educational innovation and reform, with over 35 years' experience in public education, covering elementary,

middle, and high schools in the USA and Canada. Prior to joining EliteK12, Wanny was the Founder and Superintendent for 15 years at Bullis Charter School in Los Altos, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley. Under Wanny's leadership, BCS has been recognized not only for its consistent top 1% academic ranking but also as a state Gold Ribbon and national Blue Ribbon School for its STEAM, Project-Based Learning, and Design Thinking curricula.

Amy Chang
National Principal of Primary School, HD Beijing School

In her 27 years of teaching, Ms. Chang has won the trust of students and parents with her motto, 'Education is nothing but dedication, wholeheartedly'. Her books were recommended by the Ministry of Education for middle & primary school libraries. She is the Chief Editor of the Integrated courses’ curriculum and won the 2017 'Whole Person Education Award'. Ms. Chang was named one of the Top Ten Influential People in driving national reading and was the Director of the Curriculum Research Institute at Yizhuang Elementary School. 

Yucui Yang
National Executive Principal of Primary School, HD Beijing School

Ms. Yang is a renowned math teaching expert, and has previously been the cover story of the journal, 'Contemporary Educator'. She was part of the management committee and Grade Director at Yizhuang Elementary School. Ms. Yang advocates thinking-focused math learning with life-relevant application and interdisciplinary integration. At her previous school she innovated the Mathematics Integrated Curriculum philosophy and teaching model which were highly valued by parents and children. 

Ilana Stadler
International Principal of Primary School, HD Beijing School

Ms. Ilana Stadler comes from South Africa, with a Bachelor's degree in Education and Law. She started her career in education in South Africa as a Primary school teacher and became an experienced educator and administrator for over 20 years in different countries. Ms. Stadler served as the lower-grade curriculum coordinator in HDBJ for the past two years and gained parents’ trust with her engaging and rigorous teaching.

Anthony Nickerson
Deputy International Principal of Primary School, HD Beijing School

Mr. Anthony Nickerson comes from the United States and has 10+ years of experience in the field of international education. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management, a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and has finished his second Master’s of Education at Harvard University. Prior to joining HD Beijing, Mr. Nickerson served as the Deputy Head of Primary and Primary International Principal in leading K-12 schools in Shanghai and Xiamen for eight years. Mr. Nickerson is not only an expert in English language teaching, but also well-versed in science.

Victoria Yang
Academic Director of ELITE K12 Education Group

Victoria is from the United States, with a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a master's degree in education and sociology. She has IB administrator training certificate, and specializes in ESL teaching. She formerly served as the High School Principal at American International School Vietnam. During over 15 years in education, she has worked as instructional coach and Assistant Principal in New York City, and led education programs for private English education companies and schools in China. Victoria is passionate about finding innovative ways to make knowledge engaging and accessible for all students and is committed to creating, contributing and leading dynamic and collaborative communities of learning.

Brad Orr
Executive Principal of Secondary School, HD Beijing School

Brad is from the United States and has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Davidson College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of South Carolina. For over 20 years in his career of education, he has worked as a teacher, instructional coach and Assistant Principal in New York City, USA and China and designed and led the development of a K-12 dual-language program at a Vietnamese international school. He most recently served as the Director of the Center for Student Development at a renowned private school in Beijing where he oversaw a team of educational specialists to support students' academic and socio-emotional growth.

Zhaoyun Hu
Lower Secondary Academic Dean, HD Beijing School

Mr. Hu holds Teji/Zhenggao Teaching Qualification (Top level in Chinese Secondary Qualification System) and is the Core Member of the Editing Team for the Beijing Normal University Edition of Middle School Mathematic-Student and Teacher's Book, and a Member of the Expert Group of the National High School Entrance Examination. Advanced Individual Contributor in Education and Scientific Research Awarded by Zhejiang Province, and the Excellent Teacher and Principal Trainer and Instructor.