Tom was born in Australia and spent his formative years in Papua New Guinea before relocating to Australia. A practical teaching experience in Fiji and commonwealth teacher exchange in England instilled in him the desire to become an international educator. Since then, for more than 30 years, Tom has served schools in Australia, Singapore, The Philippines, Myanmar, Germany and now China. Tom is in his 15th year as a Head of School and 3rd year as Head of BCIS. He has a bachelor of education and two master’s in education and is a member of the ECIS board.
The guiding principles that have remained consistent in Tom's view of education are that all children have the right to realise their potential and can best do so when learning within a community that celebrates diversity. His fundamental belief in the capacity of all to learn from and with each other drives the ways in which he chooses to work in international education.
When asked what do you like about BCIS, Tom responded;” BCIS is a future focused school with a clear strategic direction. I like that as a community we are focused on personalization, leadership and collaboration. The school is also taking significant steps to provide students with real agency and this is ensuring students remain the focal point of all decisions.”
Outside of school, Tom enjoys learning about new cultures, reading and running while listening to leadership podcasts. He also enjoys playing tennis, touch rugby, golf and squash. Tom is married and has three daughters living in Brisbane.
Jackie is from Western Australia and spent her early teaching career in mining town and remote Aboriginal communities in Australia. These unique experiences afforded Jackie opportunities to work not only in schools, but at regional, state and federal levels of education. More recently, Jackie has served schools in Australia and China. Jackie has a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and a Masters degree. Jackie is curious and enjoys the challenges of learning about new approaches to learning and education.
Jackie’s diverse experiences in education drive her to ensure all children have the right to an education that embraces who they are. This involves children being active participants in their learning with the teacher extending and developing children’s curiosities while also introducing new experiences that spark awe and wonder. This continuous cycle ensures learning is fulfilling and continuous. With this in mind, strong two-way relationships with families are an important part of learning and education.
Jackie enjoys travel, reading and walking through unfamiliar places and getting lost!
Fred has a Bachelor of Science in Education, grades 1-8, and a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Curriculum. While Fred is from the United States, he has worked overseas for 29 years, including time in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and the last 11 years in China (this is Fred’s third year at BCIS after 8 years at the International School of Beijing). Fred is very passionate about current research related to how students learn best as well as the power of collective efficacy (how teachers work together to support students). Fred is very honored to serve the BCIS elementary community.
When not at work, Fred enjoys cooking Chinese food, reading, walking in nature, playing tennis, and watching American sports (especially American football). Fred also enjoys listening to music (including K-Pop) and spending quality time with his wife, Chuyu, the HS Assistant Principal at ISB. Fred and Chuyu enjoy summers in their house in Maine, walking on the beach and listening to the waves. They also enjoy spending time in Chuyu’s hometown in Zhejiang.
Natalie was born in Hanover, Jamaica. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Language Education: English, from the University of the West Indies, a Master of Arts in Education from Wake Forrest University, a Certificate of International School Leadership from the Principal's Training Center, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in International School Leadership with Wilkes University.
Before BCIS, Natalie worked in various capacities in Jamaica, the United States of America, Venezuela, and Mexico. She was a Middle School Deputy Principal and Principal at the American School of Tampico for seven years. She has been an educator for 23 years and has a wealth of experience in teaching and leading. Natalie believes that forming solid interpersonal relationships leads to a positive school culture, functional collaborative structures, and exceptional outcomes for students and teachers.
In addition, Natalie is passionate about partnering with parents, promoting student voice, and fostering a sense of belonging and a focus on successful learning outcomes within the BCIS community.
Wang Yan serves as the Chinese Director at Beijing City International School (BCIS), and has been in this role since June 2016. Her previous roles at YueCheng Education since August 2010 include Executive Director at the YueCheng Educational Innovation Center (YEIC), and Executive Dean at the YueCheng Education Research Institute (YERI).
Before she Joined YERI and BCIS, Wang Yan worked at Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) as School Affairs Director for 11 years, worked at China Office, World Bank as Administrative Officer for 7 years, worked at Ministry of Education, P.R. China as Senior Officer for 2 years.
Wang Yan received two master degrees (Med and MA), one in Educational Administration and the other one in Higher Education from Teachers College Columbia University. Before she studied in NYC USA, she studied at Guangxi Normal University locating at Guilin Guangxi.
Wang Yan is an active advocator for creatively and authentically implementing the Chinese national curriculum in an internationalized way. She promotes Differentiation (Personalized Learning), Professional Learning Community (PLC), Cognitive Coaching and other advanced educational theories and practices through conducting PD workshops for national as well as international educators here in China. She is an expert in school accreditation.
Lucila is originally from Bogota, Colombia. She spent her early years in Colombia and moved to the United States at age 17. She speaks Spanish, English, and she is always interested in learning more languages. She moved to Beijing with her husband Ilich, who is also a teacher at BCIS. Outside of work, she enjoys being a mom, dancing, traveling, exercising and kite surfing.
Lucila graduated with honors from Texas Wesleyan University in 2008 with a Major in Bilingual Education in Early Childhood through Grade 4 and a Minor in Spanish. She then obtained a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction Design with emphasis on Mathematics from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has been in the teaching field for 16 years and has had the opportunity to work in public, private, and international schools around the world since 2008.
Lucila joined BCIS in 2014 and she was one of the founding teachers of the Early Childhood Center. She has enjoyed seeing the fantastic journey and development our ECC has gone through the past few years and looks forward to continuing to provide a safe, playful, and loving environment for all children at BCIS.
Yooah, born in Seoul, Korea, grew up in New York City and Montreal, Canada. She majored in Social Sciences at Marianopolis College and earned her undergraduate degree at McGill University in K-6 Elementary Education. As a multicultural family, they’ve always wanted to move internationally. So, after teaching in Canada for a few years, she made her way over to Beijing in 2008 with her husband, Dave Nguyen, who works in the Secondary School. They were lucky to have two daughters, Sidney and Avery, both born and raised in China.
Yooah has been a homeroom teacher in Grades 3 and 4, the Social Studies and Science Team Leader, and a Grade Level Team Leader. She has been at BCIS for the past 10 years. She is excited to have taken on the role of Elementary School Deputy Principal. She is a strong believer that students learn best through inquiry and by giving them a voice, they have ownership over their learning.
Yooah speaks Korean, English, and is loving learning Chinese. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her bike, playing badminton, reading, and traveling to experience new parts of the world. She loves the city of Beijing and feels very fortunate to be a part of the BCIS community.
Fiona grew up in Northern China and obtained a master's degree in applied Linguistics in Beijing. During her post-graduate study, Fiona spent a year teaching Chinese in Korea as part of her research program. Since then, she has been teaching at different international schools with experience in a variety of programs.
Fiona joined the BCIS community in 2012 after her career in an international school in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She has been working at the BCIS Secondary School as a Chinese teacher and also served as Team Leader for the Chinese and Speakers of Other Languages department for six years. She deeply believes in the impact of education on each individual student and has fully enjoyed seeing her students learn, grow, and make future impacts in their lifelong learning journeys. She hopes her identity, culture, and roots in BCIS could better support her role as Secondary School Deputy Principal starting in 2023.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, visiting art exhibitions in Beijing, and spending time with her family.
Born in Canada, Darren grew up in Adelaide, Australia where he completed a Diploma of Teaching and a Bachelor of Education. During his career in Australia, he taught in a variety of school settings, from a small area school in the middle of Kakadu National Park to large, prestigious private schools in Perth. His classroom experience has ranged from Grades 1 through 12, mostly teaching Physical Education and English.
August 2005 saw the start of his adventures in China in Fujian Province. He moved to Guangzhou and the International Elementary Program at Clifford School in July 2006. It was there he gained his first insights into international education and through conversation with friends became interested in the IB.
Darren loves living in China and the myriad opportunities on offer, but dearly misses his beloved ocean activities. Before leaving Australia, he always felt happiest in the wide open, deep blue sea.
Darren with his wife Andy and son Cail enjoy the close and supportive BCIS community.