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How can there be peace without people understanding each other, and how can this be if they don’t know each other?

Lester B.Pearson

Early supporter of Pearson College, former Prime Minister of Canada, and Nobel Peace Laureate

The striking feature of the UWC is that they embrace the entire world. They are unique and they are conscious of their responsibilities.

Nelson Mandela

Late Honorary President of UWC, Former President of South Africa

We have realized our dream to create a dream school for you. Please go out and realize your dream and other’s dreams.

Wesley Chiu,

Member of UWC National Committee of China, board member of UWC Changshu China

The sense of idealism and a purposeful life really makes the UWC experience unique and its impact life-long.

Wang Yi

Co-Founder, Vice Chairman of Board and Executive Director of Harvard Centre Shanghai. Pearson 89-91

UWC was one of the ten members of the international schools association that created the International Baccalaureate Organization in Geneva in 1963 … today, they are taken in over 4,000 schools worldwide and have become the gold standard for university entrance.

Sir John Daniel

Chair of UWC International Board and International Council 

I regard it as the foremost task of education to ensure the survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self-denial and above all, compassion.

Kurt Hahn

German Educator, Founder of United World Colleges

Faculty
  • Jack Zhen Peng Head of Department, Chinese
    Chinese Teacher
    China

    Jacky Zhen Peng graduated with a Master’s degree of Arts from East China Normal University. During 2006-2016, Jacky Peng taught different courses in Shanghai High School International Division and Wuxi No.1 High School International Division, including IBDP Chinese A Literature, Chinese A Language & Literature. He is highly experienced in teaching IBDP Chinese and high school Chinese. Jacky Peng attended several IBO workshops for Chinese subject teachers. He has also been accredited as an IB examiner in the subject of Chinese A Literature.

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  • Angela Frances Dundas Head of Department, English
    English Teacher
    Ireland

    Angela is an IBDP Language and Literature/Literature teacher. She has experience of several international middle years programmes. Angela has taught and worked in middle management in international schools in Spain, Sudan and China and is committed to the values of the IBDP and UWCs. Angela has a B.A. Hons English from The University of Ulster and studied education with The University of Nottingham. She is British, from Northern Ireland, and has lived in the Basque region of Spain almost continuously since leaving university. Both of her children are IB graduates, so Angela is well placed to appreciate the challenges students face both as a parent and as a teacher. Angela believes that inclusiveness is the key to success in all schools, as is a respect and understanding of those cultural differences and personal perspectives which make working with young people in a multi-cultural environment a privilege.

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  • Cassandra Poyiadjis-Osler Head of Department, Individuals and Societies
    Geography teacher
    United Kingdom and Cyprus

    Cassandra joined UWC Changshu China as an IBDP Geography teacher in 2019 from UWC Maastricht. She has been teaching in UWCs for five years. She has experience in MYP Individuals and Societies and IBDP Global Politics for which she is a member of IB Subject Review team. Cassandra believes in transformative experiential learning and values-based education. She is an experienced facilitator of courses in Youth Social Entrepreneurship, Critical Engagement and Active Global Citizenship. She believes in the importance of integrating UWCs within host countries and is keen to expand place-based learning in UWC Changshu China.

    Cassandra is a graduate of UWC Atlantic College in Wales and has a B.A. in International Relations and Development Studies from the University of Sussex. Prior to her career in education, she worked in BBC post-production and co-founded a local newspaper in Bristol. Cassandra has a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of Oxford and is currently studying towards an M.A. in International Relations and Contemporary War at King’s College London. Her research interests are in international relations theory and peace education.


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  • Stewart Hird Head of Department, Science
    Chemistry Teacher
    United Kingdom & Costa Rica

    Stewart joined UWC Changshu China in 2020 from the British Schools of Montevideo, Uruguay, where he was the Director of Learning in Sciences for three years. He is an IBDP Chemistry teacher with over 35 years’ experience mostly in international schools in the UK, USA, France, Oman, Borneo, Costa Rica and Uruguay.

    Stewart graduated in Chemistry and Education at Cambridge University. He is an IB Examiner for Chemistry and a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is passionate about multicultural education and bringing international mindedness into the classroom. In his spare time, Stewart is a keen bird-watcher, likes bread-making and enjoys scuba diving.


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  • Kokming Lee Head of Department, Math
    Math teacher
    Malaysia

    Kokming Lee has more than sixteen years of experience teaching various levels of Mathematics in the IB Diploma Programme at Mahindra United World College of India and Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong. He was also part of the founding faculty of the International School of Asia, Karuizawa that has now become the 17th UWC in Japan. Ming has been a senior examiner for IBO for many years and contributed to the IB Mathematics SL Internal Assessment process. In recent years, he has been leading IB workshops on Mathematics. He had contributed articles to Economic and Political Weekly (India), and EduMath published by the Hong Kong Association for Mathematics Education. Ming has written articles on Mathematical teaching for IB Review that is published by Hodder Education, United Kingdom.

    Ming has a double major from Berea College and went on to obtain his MA from Duke University in the United States of America. He was awarded a double distinction in his Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Secondary Mathematics) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In the past, his students had recognized him as “Outstanding and Inspiring High School Teacher” from the University of Chicago, “Most Influential Teacher” from MIT, and for “Exceptional Teaching” from Stanford University. As a graduate of UWC Adriatic in Italy, Ming enjoys supporting his students in achieving their personal best in whatever they do. 


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  • Zachary Meager Head of Department, Arts
    Literature and Performance and Theatre Arts Teacher
    New Zealand

    Zachary currently teaches IBDP Literature and Performance and Theatre Arts. He is also an accredited IB examiner in the subject of Literature and Performance. Outside the classroom, in conjunction with other members of the Arts faculty, Zachary produces a variety of multicultural and festival concerts throughout the year. He is passionate about the Arts, and believes that a good Arts education is an essential part of student development and can benefit a student in all areas of their academic and personal growth.

    Zachary graduated from UWC-USA in 2008 where he went on to complete an English degree at Clark University graduating in 2012. Before joining UWC Changshu China in 2015, he worked for 3 years integrating theatre as a means of English acquisition for non-native English speakers and teaching ESL and literature in South Korea where his interest and appreciation for East Asian cultures and languages grew.


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  • Christopher Hodachok Head of Department, Theory of Knowledge
    Philosophy Teacher
    United States

    Christopher joined UWC Changshu China in 2020.  He is an experienced Theory of Knowledge and Individuals and Societies teacher, leader, and examiner. He has taught IB and AP history, as well as TOK, in Shanghai, China for the past twelve years. He also held concurrent roles acting in a departmental leadership capacity for both Theory of Knowledge and History. Christopher has additional experience working in public diplomacy programming and international educational and professional development.

    He received a BA in History and Philosophy from Rutgers College and a Masters in Teaching from the University of Southern California. Christopher loves cycling, running, and traveling.


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  • Pranjal Rai Head of Department, Design Technology
    Design Technology teacher
    India

    Before joining UWC Changshu China in 2019, Pranjal was employed in Dubai, UAE for 5 years. Pranjal has pursued several freelance projects in the education sector, toy and game design, education consultancy, and workshop design before moving to a full-time teaching role in 2011. In his 9 years of international teaching experience, Pranjal has developed his association with the IBO working as DT Examiner & Team leader, My IB DT community moderator and a part of the Curriculum review team.

    Pranjal won the Innoventures Education Sustainability award for two consecutive years 2018 & 19. Student team led by him won first prize in DEWA conservation award (Dubai) twice in a row 2018 & 19.

    Pranjal received bachelor’s degrees in Education (B.Ed.) and Mechanical Engineering (B.E). and completed his master’s degree in Industrial Design from National Institute of Design in India. His love for toy and game design led him to Burg Giebichenstein School of Art and Design, Halle (Salle), Germany for a certificate course in 2010.

    Pranjal is passionate about exploration and innovation and fostering creativity and innovation in young minds. Pranjal is a strong advocate of environmental protection and is actively found to be engaged in projects related to Sustainability, Design Thinking, Critical thinking, Waste mitigation, and Climate change action.

    He loves to play drums, badminton, table tennis and swim. He loves photography, traveling and exploring nature.  


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  • Nadine Espiegle Head of Department, Foreign Languages & Self-Taught
    French Teacher
    Mauritius

    Nadine has experience teaching in international schools in Mauritius and Egypt. She has 21 years of experience teaching in the IB, and more specifically in French Language A Literature, French language A Language and Literature, French Language B and TOK classes. She also has experience as a Dean of Students for the IBDP programme and as a Head of Department. Nadine is presently a School Visitor for IB accreditation, Workshop Leader for French Language A and Language B, and an IB Examiner for French Language B. She has two grown up children who have been through the IB so she also knows the IB from a parent's point of view as well. Nadine studied French literary studies in the University of Reunion Island and did a postgraduate teaching certificate in Mauritius Institute of Education. She believes that IB and UWC really are striving to build a better world together. Her wish is to see the French language and culture vibrant and thriving on the UWC Changshu China campus.

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  • Ilona Wroblewska Head of Department, Special Education Needs
    Poland & United Kingdom

    Ilona joined UWC Changshu China from Epsom College in Malaysia, where she worked as a College Head of Learning Support for three years. She has over 15 years of experience in both Polish and British schools, teaching and supporting students with a range of special needs and learning abilities. She wants all children to be successful learners and works to create a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating, encouraging, and adaptive to the varied needs of students. Ilona has a Master’s Degree in Education from Silesia University in Poland. Her interests include traveling and outdoor pursuits, particularly skiing and scuba diving. She believes in the importance of understanding different cultures, beliefs, and approaches to leading a positive lifestyle.

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