Co-Principals' Welcome Message

Welcome to Yew Chung International School of Shanghai (YCIS Shanghai).

We opened our campus doors more than two decades ago to accommodate the expanding interest in YCIS among parents in Shanghai. And over the years, interest in the YCIS model of education has grown steadily, resulting in campuses being established in both the Puxi and Pudong areas of the city.

Today, we have 2,500 students from around the world attending YCIS Shanghai. And with a staff gathered from over ten nations around the world, we are one of the most international of schools operating in Shanghai. Your child will grow and be educated amongst other children of different nationalities, with each campus reflecting the global village we all live in today.

YCIS Shanghai features a few unique educational elements that truly help to shape your child into a bilingually skilled, multicultural and global minded individual. Our one-of-a-kind Co-Principal structure, where two principals, one Western and one Chinese, work side by side, instils the best elements of Western and Chinese traditions into students. We also promote bilingual learning by placing an English-speaking teacher and a Chinese-speaking teacher in each class.

It is our hope that all of our graduates will emerge into positions of leadership throughout the society of the 21st century. We encourage you to read the YCIS philosophy and its objectives to help you better understand why YCIS are considered to be the leading international schools in Asia.

Hongqiao Campus - ECE and Primary *

Mr Andrew Mellor

Andrew Mellor joined YCIS Shanghai as Co-Principal of the Hongqiao Campus in 2010. Mellor holds a master in Educational Studies, a diploma of Education, and a Bachelor of Arts from Flinders University of South Australia. Prior to joining YCIS, Mellor gained experience in a range of different school settings in Australia, working as a teacher, an educational psychologist, and a special education consultant. In addition, Mellor has held Principal positions in government-run and independent private schools for the past 20 years.

Ms Isabel Xu
Hongqiao Campus - ECE and Primary
Gubei Campus - Secondary

Isabel Xu joined YCIS Shanghai in 2006 as the group leader for Chinese as an Additional Language (CAL) and Chinese as a First Language (CFL). Xu reached the pinnacle of her teaching years when she attained YCIS Master Teacher status in 2013 for teaching excellence. In 2014, Xu was appointed as a Co-Principal of the Gubei Campus, and in 2017 she also assumed the role of Co-Principal for the Hongqiao and Ronghua Campuses. Xu holds bachelor’s degrees in Chinese Language and Literature and Law from East China Normal University and East China University of Political Science and Law respectively. Prior to joining YCIS she worked in a key public schools in the UK and Shanghai.

*As of February 2018, Ronghua Campus

Gubei Campus – Secondary

Dr Richard Swann

Richard Swann has been a Co-Principal at Gubei Campus since 2013. During his tenure at universities, and independent and international schools in Australia, the US, Asia, and the Middle East, Swann oversaw the alignment of student learning with international standards, accreditation leadership, and curriculum development. Holding two baccalaureate degrees (Music and Education), a Master of Education, a PhD (Florida State University), and Certificates of International School Leadership and Business Leadership, Swann is also an accomplished musician, international orchestral and choral conductor, choral clinician, and adjudicator.

Regency Park and Century Park Campuses – ECE and Primary

Mr Damien Hehir

Damien Hehir joined YCIS Shanghai in 2001 as a Primary Classroom and Music Teacher at the Gubei Campus. He moved to the Regency Park Campus in 2006, initially as a Primary Co-ordinator. He became a Vice Principal in 2008 and was appointed Co-Principal in 2012. Hehir holds a bachelor’s degree in Teaching and a graduate diploma in Religious Education from the University of South Australia, and a master’s degree in Education (Leadership and Management) from the University of Bath. Prior to joining YCIS, Hehir spent 10 years teaching in Australia. His two children attend YCIS and his family calls both Shanghai and Adelaide home.

Ms Mary Yu

Mary Yu graduated from East China Normal University with a bachelor's degree in Chinese Language and Literature. She joined YCIS Shanghai in 2000 as a Chinese Co-teacher. Throughout her years at YCIS, her teaching experience ranged from Year 1 Chinese to Year 13 IBDP Chinese Literature. In 2005, Yu was promoted to Chinese Co-ordinator, and in 2008 she became Vice Principal. In 2010, Yu was appointed as the Chinese Co-Principal of the Regency Park and Century Park campuses. Yu enjoys spending time with her family in her free time.

Century Park Campus – Secondary

Mr Fred Runkel

Fred Runkel joined YCIS Shanghai as the Co-Principal of the Century Park Campus in 2014. Runkel has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Concordia College in the US. After teaching for 11 years in the US, he began his international career in Germany at the International School of Stuttgart. Following his tenure there, Runkel was appointed as the Director of the Franconian International School, where he served for 13 years. Runkel and his wife Nadine have two children, both of whom attend YCIS.

Ms Jane Xie

Jane Xie is the Acting Chinese Co-Principal of the Secondary Section at the Century Park Campus. Xie graduated from Shanghai University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature. After graduation, she worked as a Chinese language teacher in a prominent High School in Shanghai. Xie joined YCIS Shanghai in 2004, and was promoted to Chinese First Language Group Leader for Secondary in 2008. Over the past 11 years, Xie’s teaching experience has ranged from Year 4 to Year 13, including the IB Chinese A: Language and Literature course.


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