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Leadership Team


The Chief Academic Officer, Academic Director, and 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 personalised education for each child. We offer a unique curriculum integrated with character education.

Warren Johnston
Group Chief Academic Director

Mr. Warren Johnston formerly served as the Executive President of Shanghai YK Pao School, and as the Elementary Principal of The German Swiss International School Hong Kong (GSIS). His unique personality, extraordinary leadership, and his insight of both international and Chinese culture have underpinned his high reputation among the International Education Industry of China.

Mary Feng
Principal of HDSH Kindergarten

Ms.Feng graduated from East China Normal University majoring in preschool education, served in Xiehe Education Group and has over 15 years working experience in international kindergarten. She used to be the curriculum director and the Chinese director. She co-founded the first nursery project in Yangpu District.

Juliette Kerins
International Principal of HDSH Primary School

Juliette has had a lifelong interest in education, and graduated with a first class honours Bachelor and Masters’ degrees in Education from Trinity College, Dublin University. Before coming to China, Juliette worked in Ireland and in the Middle East, teaching in a variety of educational contexts, such as primary education, adult education, and bilingual schools. She believes in the value of a multi-disciplinary, integrated curriculum, which can provide a sound basis for the holistic growth of each learner. She has experience in leading teams of educators through whole-school inspections and takes a particular interest in mentoring new teachers as they enter the profession. 

Jade Yu
Chinese Principal of HDSH Primary School

As an Integrated Chinese Curriculum Specialist and Senior secondary teacher, Ms. Yu is dedicated to exploring the potential in every student. Since gradution from Hangzhou Normal University majoring in Management in Education, she has acquired over 10 years of management experience in public and bilingual schools, as well as enriched experience in teaching and designing the cross-disciplinary curriculum. She has previously been given the Exemplary Teacher of The Province and the Rising Star of Teachers awards. During 2018 when she taught primary Chinese and researched Grade 7 curriculum, the achievements made by her both in teaching and researching were published and awarded multiple times by the local government. She has participated in educational research projects with the Shanghai Academy of Educational Science. Ms. Yu traveled to Finland and Singapore, by learning about the primary and secondary education abroad, she has gained a very broad educational philosophy and international perspective.

John Ong
Principal of HDSH Secondary School

Principal John Ong is from Singapore. Before joining HD Shanghai Secondary School, he was the principal at Hwa Chong International School which is well known in Singapore. From his earlier public service career days in Singapore, he gathered a wealth of experience from his mainstream secondary school leadership and service in the Ministry of Education Headquarters of Singapore holding strategic manpower planning and school appraisal appointments. Academically, he holds a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honors from the National University of Singapore on a government scholarship and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy from the Monash University, Australia. Professionally, he attained a Postgraduate Diploma in Education with Distinction and emerged from the Leaders in Education Programme catered only for specially selected mainstream school leaders from the highly recognized National Institute of Education, Singapore. He is knowledgeable of Singapore-Cambridge A-Level, International A-Level, IGCSE and IBDP curriculum, while having rich experience and unique insights in school management and strategic planning.

Sophie Che
Chinese Principal of HDSH Secondary School

Sophie Che graduated from Sichuan University, with a Master’s degree in Linguistics and applied Linguistics and studied a Master’s in International Education and Globalization at the University of Bath from 2017 to 2018. She has over 20 years’ teaching and management experience in public and international school and worked as an IB teacher and Chinese curriculum supervisor in Meishi international school of Chengdu. Ms. Che has vast experience in resource managing and Instructional leading, conflict resolution and school cultural development in multicultural settings. She is dedicated to developing students into lifelong learners.

Steve Chou
Academic Principal of HDSH High School

Mr. Chou has nearly 20 years of experience in international school management, academic advisement and optimizes the teaching staff team, etc. Before Mr. Chou joining HD, he was a core founding team member of Shanghai Adcote School, served as the Vice-Principal and Head of the Student Development and Mathematics Department, etc. MR.CHOU has also served as a distinguished international course lecturer for the ULINK College of Shanghai and the International Department of Shanghai Shixi high school. In the meantime, Mr. Chou has been helping hundreds of students in their applications to Oxford University, Cambridge University and the top 30 universities in the United States, including PhD in Aerospace Engineering at MIT and PhD in Physics at the University of Cambridge. Mr. Chou has a master's degree in financial mathematics from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a bachelor's degree with honors in electronic engineering and mathematics, he remains as the school staff after graduation for nearly ten years.

Zhaoyun Hu
Chinese Deputy Principal of HDSH Secondary School

Zhaoyun Hu is a senior Middle School teacher, a Superfine teacher and the founder of “Discovery Mathematics". He has 35 years of teaching and management experience in public primary and secondary schools, universities, and private and international schools. He is a core editor of the compulsory education textbook of mathematics and the mathematics teacher teaching book published by the Ministry of Education of Beijing Normal University. He is the lecturer of junior high school mathematics audio-visual textbook (Grade 8), Zhejiang Education Edition. He participated in the compilation of more than 10 teaching books. He has also served as a national high school entrance examination evaluation expert, a member of the government basic education achievement committee, and a special and senior teacher on the evaluation committee. He is a member of the provincial curriculum reform professional steering committee, provincial primary and middle school textbook review committee, and he's an educational master's practice tutor. He has given numerous lectures and demo classes hundreds of times across the country, which amasses to more than 200,000 teachers in the audience. He joined Yige Education Group as the Director of Mathematics Course. He is now dedicated to guiding the HDSH and HDBJ to implement the "Discovery Mathematics" curriculum.