Zhou Zhaoyu
Executive Principal
Ms. Zhou is a graduate of the National Institute of Education of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She has a Master's degree in Education Administration (MEA). She has served at Tsinghua University High School for over 20 years, during this time she was an English teacher as well as a research fellow at the Beijing Haidian Teachers Training College. She served as a subject leader of English and was a core teacher in Haidian District. She was the union president of Tsinghua University High School and a member of Tsinghua University's Labor Union Standing Committee. After moving on from teaching Ms. Zhou served as Deputy Secretary and Vice-Principal at Tsinghua University High School in Yongfeng, Vice-Principal at Tsinghua University High School-Qinhan, and Vice-Principal at Tsinghua University High School in Shangdi.
Madeleine Ma
Vice Principal
Ms. Madeleine Ma holds a Master of Education from Beijing Normal University. During her 22 years at the Capital Normal University High School, Ms. Ma has served as teacher, Senior Teacher, Assistant Principal and Director to the Capital Normal University High School Curriculum Partnership Program. Greatly loved by her student, Ms. Ma has practiced with high school teaching and educational management from 1996 to 2008, and directed the Curriculum Partnership Program from 2009-2018, during which she worked at Germantown Academy for one year. As a professional educator, she was many times awarded the Outstanding Teacher honored by Haidian District. In the field of international education, Ms. Ma has specialized in innovative development and merging of Chinese and International curriculum, AP program development, teaching practice supervision and management, international teacher hiring, management, as well as the college counseling work. Ms. Ma is a firm believer and practitioner of “student’s life time development” as well as “family-school cooperation for student‘s sound development.” By supporting students to be their best self, Ms. Ma has counseled numerous students into Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Cornell, Duck and other world-renowned institutions.
Wang Shi
Vice Executive Principal
Mr. Wang was one of China's first on-campus counselors to pioneer college admission counseling for students. He serves as the first Secretary-General of the Beijing Academy for College Counseling. He once served as Director of College Counseling at Beijing No. 4 High School. He studied at Columbia University in the United States where he obtained TESOL / TEFL certificate. He is the Assistant to Principal at Tsinghua University High School and Director of College Counseling. Mr. Wang successfully guided a large number of students who are now studying at Harvard, Yale, MIT and many other world-class universities. He is widely recognized by Ivy League schools in the United States as China's expert in college admissions counseling, and he has even been acclaimed as “the best college counselor in China's public high schools” and “the pioneer of China's college admissions counseling” by the presidents of Northwestern University and Rice University, the Dean of Admission at Harvard Universityand Vice Provost of University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and many other prestigious universities’ educators. Furthermore, he has written articles on China's international education that were published in many public media including the New York Times.
Donald Miller
Academic Principal
Mr. Miller comes to us from New York with 22 years’ experience in the international education field. He earned two Master of Arts degrees, in Teaching and in Education Administration. He served as Executive Principal at Chicago Hope Academy in Chicago, Illinois, and as Executive Principal at Beijing Hope International School. Mr. Miller came to Kaiwen Academy from Tsinghua International High School where he served as Principal of the Secondary School. Mr. Miller has rich experience as a successful business owner in the US, and he also worked for two American Presidents, was staff in the US Congress, and was himself an elected Member of the New York State Legislature.
Michael Shimshak
Head of Primary School
Mr. Shimshak has served as an educational leader for more than 20 years, specializing in the supervision of instruction and the development of organizational culture. He earned his Master degree from Winona State University and has continuously been engaged in professional development, most recently, in restorative practices, non-violent communication, leadership coaching, and the building of classroom and school learning communities. Mr. Shimshak is a proponent of the education of the whole child across the intellectual, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual domains. Throughout his career, he has served in top leadership roles in state and national educational organizations. He was named a Fellow with the Illinois School for Advanced Leadership in 2016. He has presented at numerous educational conferences, including an international conference in Brazil. As a host of educators from Asia, South America, and Europe, Mr. Shimshak values student development of intercultural competence through bilingual education.
Scott Reid
Head of Secondary School
Scott Reid has nearly two decades of experience in developing and leading international schools in Canada, China, South Korea, and Vietnam. He began his career as a teacher and has held the posts of Principal, Founding Principal, and Director of Education for a variety of schools. Mr. Reid has worked with Canadian and American curriculum and has degrees in English and Education. Mr. Reid brings a focus on team-building, a student-centred approach, and on developing well-rounded students who have demonstrated skills in Academics, Arts, and Athletics.