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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
  • Christopher Hodachok Head of Academics (DP)
    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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  • Ciara Johnson Head of Academics (FP)
    United States

    As an educator since 2002, she brings her experience from the USA, Turkey, Vietnam, and Saudi Arabia to the UWC in China.

    Ciara was previously Girls' Secondary Principal and Interim Director at International Programs School, Saudi Arabia, where she developed academics, student life, and staff, led a successful MSA reaccreditation in 2018-19 as Steering Committee Chair, and facilitated the school's move to a new campus facility in fall of 2019. 

    Ciara has launched and supervised IB Diploma Programs in Saudi, Turkish, and Vietnamese schools, guiding initial student cohorts through program completion and ensuring achievement of rigorous graduation requirements. She served as IBDP Coordinator from 2018-2019 at International Programs School. She is an IB examiner and has taught English Literature, English Language and Literature, and ToK.

    Ciara holds her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education: English from Eastern Washington University, USA. She completed her Master of Science in Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment from Walden University, USA, and a Master of Arts in Education: International Education Administration from Endicott College, USA. She has served Endicott College as a GOLD Alumni Council Member from 2017-2021, supporting the college's international education programs, recruiting, and alumni outreach. 

    Ciara previously worked as a professional ski instructor (PSIA-AASI) from 2005-2009 and was recognized as the Rookie Instructor of the Year for the 2005-06 season at Ski Bowl, Mount Hood.


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  • 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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  • Hendrik Flier Head of Department, Individuals and Societies
    Netherlands

    Hendrik is an enthusiastic educator from the Netherlands. He graduated from the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and obtained his teaching license there too.

    Throughout his career in The Netherlands, where he held several leadership positions, the most notably the one at a prestigious Grammar School, he became more aware of the power of coaching as a tool for a teacher. Through challenging questions, he tries to push students to achieve the best.

    In 2015 he started his international career and went back to his professional roots becoming a full time History teacher at an IB school in Dubai. Since then, he embraced the added value of the IB curriculum and became extremely appreciative of teaching in an international context. Hendrik believes that an international context will help grow mutual understanding in a complex and also globalizing world. The subjects in the Individuals and Societies Department are very suitable to teach a better understanding of this complicated global communities and he believes it helps students to meet the challenges we face.

    When not teaching, it is very likely to see Hendrik committed to his other passion which is football. Therefore, he takes great joy in helping the UWC Boys Football team to do well too.


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  • Anne Kaveni Mutua Head of Department, Math
    Math teacher
    Kenya

    Anne Mutua joined UWC Changshu China as an IBDP mathematics teacher in 2019 from Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi. She has over twenty years’ experience teaching international curricula in high schools in Kenya and China. Anne received her Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree from Kenyatta University and is currently pursuing a Master of Education (M.Ed) in Advanced Teaching from the University of the People (USA).

    She is committed to and shares the UWC values of “international and intercultural understanding” and “personal responsibility and integrity” and therefore enjoys creating an atmosphere which offers opportunities for her and her students to share differing perspectives whilst taking responsibility for the actions taken in an atmosphere of compassion and respect, inside as well as outside the classroom.

    Anne is a warm and caring educator who aspires for all her students to be successful learners and works to create an atmosphere that is stimulating, encouraging and adaptive to the varied needs of students. As a mother of two adult children, she understands and appreciates the challenges that students face. She is passionate about experiential learning, the environment and issues that touch on inclusivity and discrimination. Anne loves hiking, travelling and learning about the cultures of different people around the world.


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  • Luis Fernando Ceballos Head of Department, Science
    Columbia

    Luis is an experienced Biology teacher from Colombia who has been an expat in China since 2011.

    He has helped write books for IB Biology for International students and helped write Kognity online books in general sciences and biology for the IGCSE.

    He also is an IBO examiner and a team leader since 2006, helping to improve the way he delivers his lessons.

    He is also a passionate environmentalist who teaches Environmental Systems and societies in the past, gaining multiple points of view and experiences.

    He is the husband of a Spanish teacher and the parent of two boys, one is a doctor in medicine in Germany, and the youngest is an engineer who graduated from Porto.

    His passion for life makes him thrilling about sports, nature, and human societies.


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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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  • 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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