Ashley Meadows
International Head of Primary School
Ashley Meadows joined Kaiwen Academy in 2018 as a primary homeroom teacher, during her time here she has held the roles of homeroom teacher, grade-level lead, literacy coach and is now serving as the International Head of School overseeing the primary curriculum and classrooms. After completing a bachelors degree in Elementary Education with dual certification in Learning and Behavior Disorders (University of Louisville, USA) Ms. Meadows began her teaching career at the New Haven School in 2014. As a lifelong learner she continued her education and obtained her master’s degree in teacher leadership with a focus on curriculum in 2017. Ms. Meadows brings 8 years of experience as a highly professional and dedicated educator and teacher leader. Her educational experiences have afforded her the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of people to meet the common goal of increasing student achievement and well-being. Her educational philosophy is based on her uncompromising belief that all students can learn, given a positive learning environment, strong and knowledgeable leadership, a committed and focused educational team, an encouraging community, and a supportive family. All of which, Kaiwen Academy possess. She brings this belief into her experience as a homeroom teacher, grade-level head, and literacy coach. As a lifelong and passionate learner, Ms. Meadows has sought out training to continue her professional growth and has successfully completed the Middle Leaders and Introduction to Instructional Coaching trainings as well as various trainings focused on literacy instruction. Acknowledging the importance of creating a deep engaging classroom environment centered around thinking, she trained in Harvard’s Project Zero Cultures of Thinking program and implemented it in her classrooms. As an educator who has been at Kaiwen for 4 years, Ms. Meadows has had extensive training in the Lucy Calkins reading and writing workshop, believing that a process-oriented approach to teaching and learning helps to foster a classroom environment that promotes and values student engagement in learning and growth.
Denise Jiang
Head of Primary School
Denise Jiang is an experienced interpreter and educator holding a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Guangdong Ocean University and was selected in an exchange program with West Carolina University and is currently in a Master of Education Degree program at Concordia University. She started her career as an educator in early 2014 and has continually gained knowledge and understanding of the American and British curriculums over the past years while working in international schools in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing. She has met outstanding educators from all over the world and has been through wholistic mentorship. She has an ever-growing love and passion in education and consistently provides support and guidance to her students to reach their goals. She always demonstrates compassion and respect to her students, and encourages them to develop an independent, creative, caring, and cooperative mindset. She also loves to inspire young students to explore, to create, and to think critically during their process of acquiring knowledge. As a life-long learner, Denise hopes to strengthen the minds of her students and be an example for them to look up to and follow.
*Teachers' names are listed in no particular order.