Our Team



Jianlan Zhang, Chinese Principal

Mr. Zhang Jianlan was the Director of the Higher Education Department, the Director of the International Exchange and Cooperation, and the Secretary of the Communist Party Committee of the Suzhou Education Bureau. He was the Principal of the Suzhou No.6 Secondary School and the founding Principal of the Rugao International Academy, BFSU. Jianlan has 15 years of experience in international education. He was also the founder of the Suzhou International Foundation School and brought in many international education programmes e.g. Dulwich and UWC to Suzhou.

He received a master’s degree in management from Maryland University and was a visiting scholar to its College of Education.



Timothy Fryer, Foreign Principal

Tim has over 30 years of experience as a teacher and leader at international schools. An IBDP Chemistry teacher and examiner, Tim has taught in IB schools for most of his career, and has served in both CAS and DP coordinator roles. He has many years of experience as a pastoral care leader. Tim has a BSc in Applied Chemistry, PGCE in Chemistry, a MA in Education and holds a Doctorate in Education awarded by the University of Leicester, UK. Tim is an experienced CIS visiting team member and has also led accreditation processes in his own schools.


Our Culture


Multi-cultural diversity: Our faculty and staff have multi-cultural backgrounds with full and rich experience in Chinese and western education, bilingual education and whole-person education.

Collaboration, in pursuit of excellence: We promote team spirit by encouraging collaboration among staff, with respect and tolerance for different opinions.

Learning and innovating: We are life-long learners, always keen to explore and innovate.

Student-first: We believe in student-centered education and encourage staff and students to grow together.



Our Team

Our team consists of teaching faculty and administrative staff who have diverse experiences in Chinese and western education, bilingual education and whole-person education. They are curriculum development leaders and teachers with a spectrum of experiences and expertise. They come from local and international schools with different education systems and curriculum frameworks. The ratio of Chinese to international teachers is 1:1.

Our current members come from many of the best known international schools, including United World Colleges, Chinese International School in Hong Kong, Suzhou Singapore International School, EtonHouse International School Suzhou, Dulwich International High School Suzhou, and Shanghai American School.


Early Years Leadership Team:


Renata McFarland, Head of Early Years

· From Germany
· PhD in Education, adjunct professor for international education master’s program
· 30 years of experience in international education
· Head of Early Years of EtonHouse Indonesia



MO Yinghua, Deputy Head of Early Years

· Master of Education
· More than ten years of experience in early years education
· Ex-Head, International Kindergarten of Suzhou Industrial Park Foreign Language School
· Dulwich College, Kid Castle Bilingual Kindergarten
· Outstanding Worker of the District


Primary Leadership Team:


Hollister (Holly) Hunt, Head of Primary

· Bachelor of Science
· From the USA
· 25 years of experience in international education
· Experienced in IB, American and British national curricula
· Lived and worked in four continents, 13 countries


WANG Xiaoyun, Deputy Head of Primary

· Bachelor of Teaching Chinese as Foreign Language
· Master of Education
· 13 years of experience in educational management of Chinese and international schools
· K-12 coordinator of Shanghai American School
· MYP Chinese language A examiner

YU Yunhua, Chinese Associate Head of Primary

· Major in Chinese language and literature
· Bachelor of Arts, Master of Business Administration
· More than ten years of management and teaching experience
· Suzhou Singapore International school


Secondary Leadership Team:


David Brian, Head of Secondary

· Bachelor of Education
· From Canada
· More than 30 years of experience in international education
· Chinese International School, Hongkong
· IB MYP trainer and coordinator
· IB geography teacher


SUN Xiao,Deputy Head of Secondary / DP Coordinator

· Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics
· UCLA-Professional Certificate of Counseling
· More than ten years experience in international education
· Director of the preparatory office of OCAC Wuxi
· Director of the international division of Jiangsu Tianyi High School and Wuxi No.1 High School
· IBDP Deputy Coordinator, CAS Coordinator


YANG Xuemei, Chinese Culture Program Counselor and Curriculum Development Coordinator

· Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature
· More than 20 years of experience in international IB education
· Beijing BISS International School, Shanghai American School
· Years of PYP, MYP and DP Chinese teaching experience



Clay Burell, World politics and history teacher

· Co-Director of Chinese Culture Program
· M.A in Educational Leadership
· From the USA
· 20 years of experience in international education
· Shanghai American School, Korean International School
· Extensive knowledge of Asian history, Chinese history and culture and international politics


Jacqueline Mallais, Director of Student Life

· M.A in French and Education
· From Canada
· 20 years of experience in international education
· Teaching experience in six countries of three continents
· Speaks six languages


Administrative Management Team:


JIN Qiang, Director of Finance

· Director of Finance
· Bachelor of Business Administration
· 25 years of experience in finance management
· Rich experience in international school operations and management



JIN Yun, Director of Human Resources

· Master of Education Management
· Master of Business Administration
· 15 years of experience in HR and administrative management of international schools
· Worked for EtonHouse, Dulwich and United World College
· Involved in setups and management of international schools


WU Jun, Director of Operations

· Bachelor of Political Economics
· 20 years of experience in operations management
· Worked for multiple foreign companies and star hotels
· Four years of experience in administrative and operations management of schools



MENG Yifang, Director of Marketing and Admissions

· Master of Management
· Ten years experience in marketing and student admissions in international schools
· Worked for China Europe International Business School, Shanghai HD Bilingual School and Western International School of Shanghai