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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. 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.

Zhencun Li
Group Chief Academic Director

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
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.

John Ong
International Principal of HDSH Secondary&Primary 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.

Jade Yu
National Principal of HDSH Primary School

As an Integrated Chinese Curriculum Specialist and Senior secondary teacher, Ms. Yu is dedicated to exploring the potential of every student over her last 28 years of teaching. Ms. Yu has bachelor’s degrees from both East China Normal majoring in Chinese Literature and Hangzhou Normal University majoring in Educational Management. Her further master's study was with the University of Canberra majoring in Educational Leadership. She has 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. Over 20 years of teaching in Chinese subject and researching of PBL, her achievements 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 travelled to Finland and Singapore; by learning about primary and secondary education abroad, she has gained a very broad educational philosophy and international perspective.

Jane Cheng
National Deputy Principal of HDSH Primary School

Principal Cheng has been deeply engaged in Chinese teaching for more than 30 years. She is a well-known teacher of special-grade and a core expert of the whole courses. She is excellent in both performing skills and moral integrity, who has deep attainments in many fields such as children's picture book reading and teachers' professional guidance. Therefore, she has also won the respect from teachers, students and parents. During the past five-year as National Deputy Principal in HD Ningbo, she developed a large number of excellent teachers’ team, with high satisfaction with Chinese courses. In recent years, Principal Cheng has visited HD Shanghai several times to conduct Chinese teaching, and has been invited to participate in teachers’ promotion and research of cross-campus collaborative teaching, etc.

Michelle Chan
International Deputy Principal of HDSH Primary School

Ms. Michelle Chan is from Singapore. She holds a master’s degree in English Language Education from Nanyang Technological University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Management from Singapore Institute of Management. She has more than 40 years of experience in the Ministry of Education serving as a teacher, Head of Department and Deputy Principal and was awarded the Commendation Medal and Valedictory Letter from the President of Singapore. Ms. Michelle Chan is passionate in the teaching of English language and takes a great interest in the training and development of teachers. She has led teams of teachers to international conferences in the US and Norway and served as a member of the Singapore English Curriculum Review Board. She also served as marking supervisor for the English paper in the National Primary School Leaving Examination.

Justin Toy
International Assistant Deputy Principal of HDSH Primary School

Mr. Justin Toy is from Boston, Massachusetts in the United States. Previously, he has worked at Shanghai HD School for three years as a teacher in upper primary and as the Upper Primary Phase Leader. He has been teaching for over a decade and is a certified ESL teacher in the state of Massachusetts. Justin graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with dual focuses in International Economics and Marketing. He received his Massachusetts teaching license through the Boston Fellowship Program. Justin is a passionate educator and parent who enjoys integrating technology and analytics into the classroom.

Grace Chen
National Principal of HDSH Secondary School

Ms. Chen Jian has a master’s degree in East China Normal University, major in Education. She has been deeply engaged in Shanghai education system in Putuo district for more than 16 years, served as teaching principal, Putuo district academic leader and government superintendent. From the year of 2016, Ms. Chen Jian joined the top bilingual school in Shanghai, including YK Pao school, Shanghai Ulink bilingual school, Shanghai Jinrui School, etc., serviced as Principal management job. She has rich experience in school management, curriculum development, school-based teaching and researching, teacher training, student growth, home-school cooperation, etc. 

Allity Hu
National Deputy Principal of HDSH Secondary School

Ms. Alitty Hu joined HD Shanghai School in August 2018. She has a master’s degree in Chinese education from Northeast Normal University, 15 years of teaching in public and bilingual middle schools, 10 years of management experience. She has won the titles of "National Excellent Teacher" and "Provincial Famous Teacher", presided over a number of national, provincial, and municipal educational projects, won the special prize or the first prize for her research results. Meanwhile, Ms. Alitty Hu is committed to developing educational innovation and has a certain understanding of the curriculum system of Chinese national curriculum, IBDP, IBMYP, A-Level, and IGCSE. She hopes to construct the curriculum system and educational support system that suits HD students best and let HD education really reach the realm that we called “the great sound seems soundless, the great image seems formless", to lay the foundation for the lifelong development of our students.

Sunny Gao
National Deputy Principal of HDSH Secondary School

Mr. Sunny Gao joined HD Shanghai School in August 2018. He has nearly 15 years of teaching experience in domestic middle schools and education Training institutions. He has a Master of Science Degree in Microbiology and Molecular Biology from Shanghai Normal University. Mr. Sunny Gao hopes to explore more "student-centered" classroom teaching and learning models in science education, find more teaching experience suitable for Chinese children in international education, truly achieve the integration and innovation of domestic and international educational ideas, and contribute his part to the educational cause of cultivating globalized Chinese people.

Daniel Stevenson
International Deputy Principal of HDSH Secondary School

Daniel(Dan) Stevenson is from London in the United Kingdom. He was the Head of English and Assistant Principal at HD Ningbo School where he had responsibility for the pastoral well-being of students in the senior school, the teaching of English across the middle and senior schools, school enrichment, and the delivery of the school’s online-merged-offline (OMO) provision. Dan is a First-Class Honours Graduate with an MA in English Studies from Queen Mary, University of London. While working at a supplementary school, Dan discovered his love of teaching and completed a PGCE in English, Media and Drama at Goldsmiths College, London. More recently, to enhance his knowledge and skills in school leadership, Dan completed an MSc in Educational Leadership and Management; his dissertation explored the impact or appraisal systems in bilingual school settings. Dan also holds the U.K.’s National Professional Certificate in School Senior Leadership (NPQSL). He has over 12 years of teaching experience and has taught IGCSE and A Level English Language and Literature as well as IGCSE Film and Media Studies.

Steve Chou
Academic Principal of HDSH High School

Mr. Chou has nearly 20 years of teaching, university counseling and school management experience in various international schools. Before Mr. Chou joined HDSH, he was a leading math teacher of a well-known international high school in Shanghai. Mr. Chou has helped hundreds of students in their university applications to many world top universities including Univeristy of Oxford, University of Cambridge, and top 30 universities in USA. Some of his students were graduated with PhD in Aerospace Engineering at MIT, or PhD in Physics at the University of Cambridge. Mr. Chou himself has a master's degree in financial mathematics and dual bachelor's degree with honors in electronic engineer and mathematics from the University of British Columbia (UBC). He had been teaching at math department of UBC for nearly ten years after graduation.

Nancy Yan
Academic Principal of HDSH High School

Ms. Yan has graduated from the University of Cambridge. She is a member of Cambridge Association of Overseas Scholars, and the program leader for Cambridge Professional Development Qualification (PDQ). She has over 15-year experience of leading multiple international programs in several large education groups, served as the academic director for KAPLAN China which is one of the world’s largest education groups, supervising the academic operation of 11 international schools of KAPLAN China. She’s convinced that good education should grow in children the curiosity to explore the world, the competency to take action and the determination to pursue the truth, and educators should be the guide for both the intellect and the soul.