Mr Scott Isley graduated from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, US with a Bachelors of Arts in Ethics with a History as his Minor.
Mr Isley began with Yew Wah in 2006 as Head of student Life. In 2013, he began working with our Shanghai Gubei Campus. He became the Head of Student Life and moved to Guangzhou in 2015 to build the Student Life Programme.
He served in the 101st Airborne Division with the US Army where he gained a passion for leadership. This has inspired him to empower and develop student and adult leaders. He has been working with students and leaders for over 20 years.
Mr Christopher Van Ham
Head of Learning Support
Mr Christopher Van Ham is from the US. He graduated from Illinois State University in May 2007 with a degree in Special Education. In the spring of 2011 he graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. In the fall of 2011 he completed his TEFL/TESOL training via the TEFL Academy in Chicago, Illinois. After teaching for five years in the US, he moved to Kunshan, China to work at an international school. In August 2016, Mr Van Ham joined the staff at YWIES Guangzhou as the Learning Support teacher. He is the Head of Learning Support now.
Mr Van Ham is grateful for the opportunity to live and work in mainland China. He has enjoyed learning the language, history, culture, and customs of China. In October 2017, he passed the HSK Level V exam.
Mrs Whitney Smith
Learning Support Teacher
Mrs Whitney Smith is a certified speech and language specialist and TEFL teacher from the US. She graduated from Ithaca College (Ithaca, New York) with a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology in 2006. She received a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Emerson College (Boston, Massachusetts) in 2009.
Mrs Smith has been working in the field of education for 10 years. Her passion for teaching has led her to be successful in implementing communication development programmes for children ages 3-17 years old. Her teaching philosophy consists of a child-centred, multi-sensory approach that emphasises collaboration between students, parents, and teachers.
Mrs Smith began her career at YWIES Guangzhou in 2017. She works as a Learning Support teacher in the ECE, Primary, and Lower Secondary Schools.
Ms Remy Wu
Ms Remy Wu earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Wuhan University, China and then gained her M.Ed. in School Counselling at Kent State University, US. Following American School Counselor Association’s model, she has delivered counselling services in multiple school districts. She is licensed for school counselling in Ohio and Massachusetts.
Ms Wu’s counselling philosophy is that every student is capable of achieving personal success under a supportive environment. With that belief, she is ready to provide student-centred services tailored to meet each individual need through a variety of techniques including arts, games and other creative expressions. Her other counselling goal is to strengthen collaboration amongst teachers and parents, creating a positive and encouraging environment that students grow and reach their full potential and become contributing members of society.
Ms Lyric Li
Ms Lyric Li graduated from Beijing Forestry University with a master’s degree in Psychology. She has four years of AP Psychology working experience in New Talent Academy in Beijing, and also works as a psychological counsellor. She really cares for students, helps them deal with their negative emotions, interpersonal relationship and other problems.
Ms Vicky Li
Ms Vicky Li is from Hubei Province. She graduated from Central China Normal University, and has a teacher certificate for secondary school. When she was in Wuhan, she worked as an intern in Hubei Daily Media Group, and involved in volunteering.
In 2016, Ms Li joined YWIES Guangzhou to begin working as library assistant. She enjoys learning and growing with these great colleagues and students in Yew Wah.
Ms Mandy Yao
Librarian & Chinese Teacher
Ms Mandy Yao graduated from Zhaoqing College with a bachelor‘s degree in Chinese Language and Literature. After graduating, Ms Yao studied Japanese Shichida right brain education in Beijing. During the period of employment, Ms Yao actively participated in teaching related training.
Ms Yao has nearly 10 years of teaching experience and has been engaged in language teaching. In 2014, as a founding teacher, Ms Yao joined the Yew Wah teacher team and worked as a Primary language teaching. She has unique insights into Chinese language teaching in Primary schools and has a deep understanding of the learning needs and learning characteristics of students. In the teaching work, Ms Yao pays attention to the development of students' comprehensive ability of listening, speaking, reading and writing. She often encourages students to read books. She believes that good study habits are a key part of student success.