ISA A Level Management & Teaching Faculty

Dr. Jiarui Li

Director of ISA Initiative for Student Enrichment and Success(ISES)
Executive Principal of ISA Wenhua International Centre for A Level

PhD in Social Anthropology, with 14 years of learning and teaching at the University of Cambridge.
He taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses for two years in the University of Cambridge. He used to be the Founding Chinese Head of a K12 International School in the Great Bay Area. Also, in King’s School, Ely, one of the oldest public schools in England, he worked as a Senior Teaching Fellow for two years.
After returning to China, he participated in the successful opening of two international bilingual schools.

Sefe Okungbowa

Deputy Principal of ISA Wenhua International Centre for A Level

Previously worked as Head of Science and Science Oxbridge Coordinator at Shenzhen College of International Education for 5 years. She was also the school iGEM liaison.
Sefe obtained her bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Oxford Brookes University. With 12 years of teaching experience, she was expert in GCSE, A Level and diploma level biology subjects.
Many of her students received offers from Russell group Universities in the UK. In 2021, Sefe had 5 students with offers to Cambridge University for biological sciences and 1 Medicine; 7 students with offers to Oxford University also for biological sciences.

Mark Lassman

Academic Consultant, ISA Wenhua International Centre for A Level

Based in the UK, he is a very experienced educator with particular knowledge of IGCSE and A-Level programmes. For several years he served as the Director of International Admissions at Abbey College Cambridge. This has afforded him knowledge of the unique needs of our students as they navigate the A-Level curriculum and consider tertiary education in the UK.

Mengzi Du

Emotional Counselor, Deputy Head of Pastoral Care

Mengzi Du, She is a GIT certified Y.E.T. instructor and holds a senior schoolteacher aualification.
Mengzi has many years of experience as a psychology teacher and has been a team-leader. She has participated in psychology projects many times and has been invited to organize group recreational activities in Guangdong for primary/secondary schools and College.

Peggy Peng

Head of Teaching and Learning for IGCSE, Teacher of Physics

BA (Hons) Human, Social, and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge. PGCE, University of Sunderland (ongoing). CELTA, Cambridge Assessment English.
Served as Senior ELT Consultant for Cambridge University Press in Guangzhou, hosting seminars and conferences on English language learning. Worked as International Education Director at Cambridge Summer Schools in China (CSSC). Held the position of Chief Debate Judge in the 3rd, 4th and 5th CSSC Debate Competitions and for the government-run Greater Bay Area Debate Competition.

Allen Lee

Teacher of English & Drama

Allen Allen Lee is a certified teacher from Canada and has 10 years of teaching experience. He was the Language Acquisition Teacher and Pastoral Care Tutor in Fettes College Guangzhou, and the High School ELA Teacher, English School Attached to the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. He has rich experience in pastoral care and ELA subject.
Allen obtained his Bachelor of Education (Junior/Intermediate) from Lakehead University in Canada, and a honours Bachelor of Arts in English from McMaster University.

Cherish Danekas

Teacher of English

Cherish is a qualified ESL teacher graduated from University of Oregon, majoring in English Language Arts with the minor in Folklore and Creative Writing. She was also a professional tutor during college for Business, Journalism, History, and Social Studies students.
Before joining ISA, Cherish worked in Huamei International School and EF Education First as an international teacher.

Todor Imsir

Teacher of PE

Bachelor’s degree of Health and Physical Education/Fitness. Graduated from the best Sport and physical education university in Serbia, University of Belgrade.
A PE teacher of 2 and a half years of experience in Serbia and a basketball head coach of 3 years of experience in China. Skilled in physical education, fitness, health, nutrition, basketball, swimming, boxing, football, volleyball and personal training.

Erica Liu

Chinese & Geography teacher

Taiwan Normal University, Certificate Degree in Geography; Framingham State University, Master’s Degree in International Education
Previously worked as Full-time ES/MS/HS Chinese language and culture teacher and Chinese department Coordinator at The American International School of Guangzhou. Outstanding AP curriculum teacher with students receiving outstanding scores

Georgina Richardson

Teacher of Art

Over 17 years teaching experience in GCSE/A Level Art and Desig. Georgina is expert in providing students a broad and individual education in Art ranging from painting, drawing, 3D works, ceramics, creative textiles, printmaking and mixed media work.
Previously worked as the Head of Art & Design in both boarding school and state funded school in UK. She also served as a form tutor overseeing UCAS applications, apprenticeships and future career plans.
Georgina obtained her bachelor’s degree from Loughborough University (ranked 5th in the UK for Art and Design), and a PGCE in Art and Design from the University of Brighton.

Yuki Lou

Teacher of Art & Design

MA Creative Pattern & Garment Technology, University of the Arts London (UAL); BA Fashion Design, University of Creative Arts (UCA);
British high school GCSE+GCE (A Level) Art & Design
Having experience as a fashion designer, responsible for the operation and management of the womenswear department; works was invited to be published in fashion magazines, namely Italy VOGUE.

Stephen McCorry

Teacher of Mathematics

Having over 30 years of teaching experience in England, Northern Ireland, Switzerland, China, Egypt and the Philippines, adopting individualised teaching styles for students with different abilities.
Stephen has worked in Wycombe Abbey School, Changzhou, teaching Mathematics, Economics and Social Studies; He also taught Social Sciences at University of Lincoln and University of Plymouth.
BSc (Hons) Sociology/Economics and Postgraduate Diploma in Social Research, University of Plymouth. Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Mathematics, University of Brighton.

Smile Yang

Learning Support Coordinator, Teacher of Math

Sun Yat-sen University, Master of Management. Previously Worked in the International Department of a high school in Guangzhou with rich experience in international mathematics teaching and curriculum design.
Experienced in teaching IGCSE, SAT, AP, A Level, etc.
College Board AP Calculus Teaching Qualification. Multiple trips to the United States to attend winter, summer and AP courses.

Sophie Wu

Teacher of ESL & Chemistry

MSc Nutrition, University of Reading; BSc Food Quality and Security, Jinan University Has worked in the International Department of Guangzhou Tieyi Middle School as an AP Chemistry teacher; and as a chemistry teacher and research team leader in China for the Monash University Preparatory Program in Australia.
Previously worked at New Oriental Guangzhou as an IELTS teacher and research team leader.

Wendy Zhao

Teacher of Combined Science & Teacher of English

Bachelor of Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo; Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Nanjing University. Wendy also obtained her Diploma of Excellence in Geographic Info Systems in Canada. She has experience in Application Development and 3D Modelling. She is a proficient in different English level and admission test including TOEFL, IELTS, BEC and GRE.

Lorelei Liang

Teacher of ICT/Computer Science & Mathmatics

Studied abroad in the United States for seven years.Graduated from Meredith College with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and computer science, completed all course requirements for secondary mathematics education.
Has mathematics teaching experience at American public schools and five years of English mathematics tutoring experience.
Good at discovering students' strengths, getting to know students' interests, as well as applying their strengths and interests within the classroom.

William Xie

Teacher of Economics & Business studies

University of Regina, Canada, majoring in Finance
Master’s degree of Economics, Hunan University
Six years teaching experience of CAIE. Previously worked in Country Garden School, and Huanggang Middle School.

Steven Wren

Guest Lecturer of Drama

BA (hons) Theatre Arts, Bretton Hall, Leeds University 1984. Steven has been an actor/musician for 37 years.
Previously worked as Principal Lecturer in Voice in Edinburgh College for 9 years, and teached Singing at Dance for All, Edinburgh for over 20 years.
Script doctored 7 pantomimes at Eden Court and wrote an original script for Jack & The Beanstalk.

College Counselling Team

Andrew Macdonald

University Guidance Counsellor

Andrew has been an educator all over the world for 30 years. In that time, he has been a teacher of English Language and Literature for IGCSE, IBDP & A Level, Senior Resident House Tutor, Director of Guidance, Head of University Guidance and Associate Vice Principal for Higher Education and Careers Counseling.
In sport, Andrew has extensive experience teaching and coaching cricket and rugby. In the past, he has also worked as a Boarding House Resident House Tutor in a number of schools, helping school boarders to gain a high level of academic guidance. In addition to his career in education, Andrew received an officer commission in the Royal Air Force as a Flight Lieutenant and ran two large RAF Cadet Sections in the UK, at Lancaster Royal Grammar School and St Columba’s College in St Albans, an independent day school for boys. Andrew looks forward to collaborating with Faculty and supporting our diversely talented student body.

Meg Chen

Coordinator of College Counselling Centre

With more than 16 years of professional experience in school counselor; she monitored graduation records, transcripts, and classes for more than five hundred students as the first school counselor in a local reputable high school. She successfully guided students to be accepted by world top colleges, including Stanford University, Princeton University, Yale University, Columbia University, University of Chicago, Cambridge and Oxford etc. She is a key member of the IACAC with IACAC Advanced Career Advisor Certification and has been a certified school counselor in 2011 by Collegeborad. She is entitled as Outstanding Educator by the University of Chicago, 2018-2020.

Selina Li

University Counsellor

Master in Foreign Literature; more than 12 years of international education working experience, 6 years of school counselling experience in a local international school as a leader. She has profound knowledge of USA, UK, and AUS education and has guided over 500 students to the world universities, including Yale, Columbia, Stanford, NYU, UCB, UCLA, UCL. She is skillful in advising students to develop individualised extracurricular activities.