Our School Leadership Team

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

All YCIS schools share the same Mission and Vision Statement and an overall Strategic Plan which guide all areas of activity and establish the key direction, core values, and overarching policies of the schools.

Each school develops its own unique character, learning programmes, facilities, and personnel, and responds to the local needs of its community, in keeping with the Mission and Vision Statement. The responsibility for the management of the school rests with a School Leadership Team. In the case of YCIS Qingdao, the School Leadership Team consists of the Western and Chinese Co-Principals and the School Business Managers.

While the Co-Principals’ primary focus is on the learning programmes, student welfare, and the leadership of the academic staff, the School Business Manager oversees non-academic areas. Together, they function as a unified team with overall responsibility for every area of school operation.

YCIS Shanghai is registered with the Ministry of Education as a School for Children of Foreign Nationals. It is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The school is an authorised provider of the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examination by Cambridge Assessment International Education and is authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) through the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).

Campuses in Puxi

YCIS Shanghai Puxi Co-Principal Mr Don Collins

Mr Don Collins
Western Co-Principal
YCIS Shanghai Puxi

Mr Don Collins joined YCIS Shanghai as Co-Principal of YCIS Puxi campuses in 2018, having previously served as Vice Principal of Secondary YCIS Beijing for two years. Mr Collins holds a Master of Education, a Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration, a Diploma of Education, and a Bachelor of Arts. Prior to joining YCIS, Mr Collins was a principal in two Australian schools for 16 years, and vice-principal in two schools before that. Over the last 12 years, Mr Collins has been a keynote speaker at a range of local, state, national and international conferences.

YCIS Shanghai Puxi Co-Principal Ms. Isabel Xu

Ms Isabel Xu
Chinese Co-Principal
YCIS Shanghai Puxi

Ms 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). In 2013, she attained YCIS Master Teacher status for her teaching excellence. In 2014, Ms 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. Ms 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 key public schools in the UK and Shanghai.

YCIS Shanghai Puxi School Business Manager Ms Grace

Ms Grace Gu
School Business Manager
YCIS Shanghai Puxi

Ms Grace Gu graduated from Nanjing Normal University with a bachelor’s degree in English. Following her graduation, she joined Starwood Hotels & Resorts Group and started her career in the hospitality industry, where she held a number of key positions in the sector, including Front Office Manager, Training Manager, Director of Human Resources, and Regional Senior Manager – Talent Management. Prior to joining YCIS in August 2018, Ms Gu was the Hotel Manager at the Hong Ta Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel within the Marriott International Group.

Campuses in Pudong

YCIS Shanghai Regency Park Campus Co-Principal Damien Hehir

Mr Damien Hehir
Western Co-Principal
YCIS Shanghai Pudong

Mr 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. Mr 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, he spent 10 years teaching in Australia.

YCIS Shanghai Regency Park Co-Principal Mary Yu

Ms Mary Yu
Chinese Co-Principal
YCIS Shanghai Pudong

Ms 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, Ms Yu was promoted to Chinese Co-ordinator, and in 2008 she became Vice Principal. In 2010, Ms Yu was appointed as the Chinese Co-Principal of the Regency Park and Century Park campuses.

YCIS Shanghai Pudong School Business Manager Mr Ray Zhang

Mr Ray Zhang
School Business Manager
YCIS Shanghai Pudong

Mr Ray Zhang joined YCIS Shanghai as School Business Manager in January 2018. Mr Zhang obtained a master’s degree in Operations and Logistics Management from Cardiff University in the UK, and a bachelor’s degree in Logistics Management from the HAN University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. Prior to joining YCIS, Mr Zhang accumulated rich experience working in logistics in Netherlands as well as in the media industry in Beijing.

School Business Director

YCIS Shanghai's Rita Chen

Ms Rita Chen
School Business Manager
YCIS Shanghai

As a member of the Executive Board (EB), Ms Rita Chen reports to the CEO and works alongside other members of the EB and corporate staff. She also serves as the School Business Manager for YCIS Shanghai, and as Director of School Business Operations she supervises the school business operations of all mainland China YCIS and YWIES schools. Ms Chen has been a member of the YCIS Shanghai staff for 22 years. In 2010, she assumed the role of Assistant General Manager, and from 2011, she took on the added responsibility as Head of Human Resources Division (HRD) of the school. In 2013, Ms Chen was promoted to the role of Deputy General Manager (School Operations), while continuing her role as Head of HRD. In 2014, Ms Chen was promoted to the position of General Manager (School Operations). Ms Chen holds a Bachelor of Science in International Economics and Trade, and Master of Public Administration, both from Shanghai Jiaotong University. She is also a Certified Human Resource Professional.

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