SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

PRINCIPALS

Wenping Li

Executive Principal

Ms. Li is the Executive Principal of Tsinghua International School. Ms. Li holds a Master’s 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 by 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 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 the Chinese curriculum, improving Chinese teaching quality, and leading Chinese teaching in international schools. Meanwhile, the 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.

Reid Prichett

Academic Principal

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.

Ellen Yi

Assistant Principal

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.

DIRECTORS

Britni Padilla

Primary School Director

Britni Padilla has served in education for 10 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and a Master’s degree in Education, with an emphasis in Literacy. Britni was a 4th grade teacher at Tsinghua International School for 3 years before becoming the Primary Director in 2019. Prior to working at THIS, Britni taught in California. During her time at THIS, she has worked to ensure high academic standards and to strengthen teacher and administrator’s relationships with students and parents.

Dieu-Anh Nguyen

Secondary School Director

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.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.

Caroline Scott

Curriculum Director

Caroline Scott received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M. Ed. from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, and is currently working on an M.A. in International Educational Leadership and Change from the Education University of Hong Kong. Caroline has embraced her international life in China, having been at THIS since 2012, serving as a history teacher, Social Studies Department Head, and now Curriculum Director. She believes education is the pathway for students to prepare for future careers, become ethical and informed global citizens, and most importantly, to develop and express a positive sense of self. She is excited to work with THIS’s faculty, helping them help our students realize these goals through curriculum and instruction.

Amanda Yu

Director of College Counseling

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. 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.

Toni Dong

Director of Administration

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.