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HD Qingdao Wanda School

Leadership Team


The Chief Academic Officer, Academic Director, and Principals all have 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, Ireland, 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. 

Teachers get to know each child as an individual and offer a personalised 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.

James Cai
Principal of Secondary School, HD Qingdao Wanda School

James Cai worked in Hangzhou foreign language school which is a provincial -level key high school in Zhejiang Province,and he has been engaged in education for nearly 20 years. He attached great importance to the innovative education of students, and won the first prize of Zhejiang Province and national physics quality course appraisal, and the honor of excellent coach in the American Physics bowl competition. He used to be a principal in a famous international schools of Hangzhou for many years and he has rich experience in international curriculum education and management. Among the students he has taught, many of them have been admitted by Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford University and other top universities in the world.

Simon Rees
Principal of Secondary School, HD Qingdao Wanda School

Simon Rees has over twenty years’ leadership and management experience in secondary schools in the UK. Simon has fulfilled many roles during his career, including being a GCSE and A Level examiner. He has authored an A Level specification for a UK examination board and has published numerous teaching resources.


Simon is passionate about excellent teaching and learning and has delivered numerous professional development courses for a UK examination board, private education firms, as well as regional government consortia.


Simon holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) from Cardiff University, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Most recently Simon was Headteacher of a large secondary school in Wales. During his time as Headteacher he improved examination results and enhanced relationships with parents and the community which resulted in a significant increase in the number of families selecting his school for their children.

Li Hongxia
Principal of Primary School, HD Qingdao Wanda School

Li Hongxia is a famous special-grade teacher ,having been teaching for 30 years,she made a change in the traditional teaching method by incorporating her own creation of “Integrated Teaching Method”.What’s more, under the premise of respecting the development of talents, she created the “Happiness Classroom” curriculum system. She taught in a well-known school in Haidian, Beijing as a talent introduction.Her monograph "Creating a Happy Classroom" was published by the Educational Science Press and then quickly became a best seller.Her teaching innovations and educational concepts were reported by many national and provincial media, such as "People's Education", "China Education News", "China Teacher's Daily", "Contemporary Educator"and so on.

Li Hongxia advocates that educators should stay humble and view education in the perspective of children. In this way, children will not be "enslaved" and "restricted" by rules. What she hopes for is to start a school that is earnest for education.

Jamie McNamara
Principal of Primary School, HD Qingdao Wanda School

Jamie McNamara began his teaching career as a primary school teacher in Wandsworth in South London. Shortly after qualifying as a teacher, Jamie was recognised for his ability to teach English effectively and for his ability to use different behaviour management strategies for the benefit of the children in his classes. As such, Jamie became a leading literacy teacher in Wandsworth and supported teachers from other schools in South London develop their ability to teach English. After 3 years teaching at a school recognised as outstanding by Ofsted, Jamie decided to challenge himself and move to a local school that had been identified as failing. During his time at the school leading English, levels of Reading and Writing in the school improved and the school was moved out of special measures by Ofsted. 

Jamie has spent the last 9 years of his career teaching internationally at Dulwich College Beijing and Dulwich College Seoul. During his 6 years in Seoul, Jamie’s curriculum team received wide spread recognition in the UK for their innovative use of assessment to support learning. His team also won an international school award for the innovative development of their mathematics curriculum. 

Jamie has a Master’s Degree in Advanced Educational Practice from the Institute of Education in London and is passionate about using educational research to improve the outcome of students. 

Mark Johnson
Deputy Principal of Primary School, HD Qingdao Wanda School

Mr. Mark Johnson qualified as a teacher in 2004 at Manchester Metropolitan University of UK and obtained a master's degree  in educational leadership at Leicester University in 2014. Before joining in HD Schools, he was a deputy headteacher at Dulwich College Suzhou and he spent 8 years working with Nord Anglia Education in Beijing as a teacher, head of year and leader of professional learning. His educational interests include developing language amongst children, investigative mathematics, student leadership and cross curricular learning. 

Renee Zhang
Principle of Kindergarten, HD Qingdao Wanda School

AMI(International montessori certificate)3-6 certified teacher, with more than 10 years of kindergarten teaching and management experience.Parents always give her a thumbs up when they comes to Renee. She worked as a teaching director and lecturer of a positive management of a famous bilingual kindergarten in Beijing.As a Montessori practitioner with rich teaching experience ,she knows the importance of 0-6-year-old children's education and the changes Montessori education brings to children, she has been committed to continuous research and practice in this field.