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Ms. Wenping Li is the Executive Principal of Tsinghua International School. Ms. Li holds a master degree in Educational Psychology and is the senior secondary teacher. She has made great achievements and established her own way of teaching and was accredited the Elite Teacher of Beijing. Having served as an educator in the education field for 19 years, Ms. Li joined Tsinghua International School in 2010 and began her exploration and innovation on international education in China ever since. Ms. Li leads her team to deeply research on western education modes and is always exploring the best way to integrate the essence of both Western and Eastern education. Ms. Li is working on various research projects and has written different papers. Upholding the school mission, which is to cultivate students who are rooted in China, she lays emphasis on the construction of Chinese curriculum, improving Chinese teaching quality and leading Chinese teaching in international schools. Meanwhile, school also provides Chinese History and Eastern Art to construct a three- dimensional integrated Chinese curriculum system. Ms. Li intends to develop the effectiveness of Western and Eastern combined education. She focuses on the integrated education of students and foster students who have both solid foundations of Chinese and English.
Maxine Klimasara is an American who is in her ninth year serving as Academic Principal at THIS. She has a Bachelor of Education Degree and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership. During her 35-year career in the US, she served as a teacher and mostly a school Principal where she was involved in several innovative educational programs and schools. Her philosophy can be summed up in the following quote from Jean Piaget: “The principle goal of education is to create men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.” This is especially pertinent in this rapidly changing and uncertain world of the 21st century.
Dr. Prichett comes from a long line of educators. He has been interested in how people learn and how schools can help people become better learners for a long time. Dr. Prichett studied economics and wrestled competitively at Williams College as an undergraduate. He went on to the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned an MA in Mathematics Education and a MA and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Dr. Prichett has taught, coached, run dorms, and served as a K-12 leader in excellent US boarding and day schools, such as Episcopal High School and The Lawrenceville School. Most recently he designed and implemented a teacher growth and development program at The Pingry School in New Jersey, where he also taught mathematics and coached wrestling. His wife Helen is a school librarian and together they have three children.
Amanda Yu is a New York state-certified counselor and also holds an EAL certificate through ISS’s World Language Initiative program. She earned her M.S.Ed. in School Counseling from Fordham University, and B.A. in Psychology from Stony Brook University. During her undergraduate studies, Amanda was a piano student in the Graduate School of Music and violinist in the University Symphony Orchestra, completing a Music Minor in addition to her Psychology degree. Through her field experience at New York City’s Stuyvesant High School followed by six years at international schools in Guangdong province, this is Amanda’s eighth year working with high school students. She has served as a Standards Coach to support program alignment to international counseling standards, and is passionate about developing accountable counseling programs through data-informed systems.
Britni Padilla has served in education for 10 years. She earned her B.A. and M. Ed. at California State University San Marcos, with an emphasis in literacy education. Britni was a 4th grade teacher at Tsinghua International School for 3 years before becoming the Primary Director in 2019.
Caroline Scott has been a history and English language arts teacher since 2006. She received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her M. Ed. from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Caroline taught history at THIS for seven years before being named Curriculum Director in 2019.
Dieu-Anh Nguyen brings over 25 years of experience as a professional educator. She has worked in schools across the United States, the Middle East, and most recently in Asia. She has been a classroom teacher, program specialist, educational consultant, and a school administrator at both the primary and secondary levels. She is passionate about building caring and responsive learning environments that promote discovery and engagement in students. A big believer in positive thinking and that smiling is contagious, Dieu-Anh approaches challenges, new situations, and decisions open to the possibilities. As Secondary School Director, Dieu-Anh is committed to carrying on the traditions and practices that best showcase THIS’s core values as well as, in collaboration with the entire school community, will continue to find ways to further optimize resources, cultivate trust and transparency, and empower others to lead.
Ms. Yi has been working in Tsinghua University High School since 2005 and was the director of teaching and research and the Student Affairs Office. At THIS, she is the principal assistant, the director of the admissions office, and the human resources director. Ms. Yi holds a master’s degree in linguistics.
Toni has worked at THIS since 2009 and has served in multiple positions. Currently she works as the Associate Director of Administration. She attended Beijing Foreign Studies University and has a Master’s degree in Linguistics.