Our School Leadership Team

Welcome to Yew Chung International School of Shanghai (YCIS Shanghai).

All YCIS schools share the same Mission and Vision Statement and an overall Strategic Plan which guide all areas of activity and establish the key direction, core values, and overarching policies of the schools.

Each school develops its own unique character, learning programmes, facilities, and personnel, and responds to the local needs of its community, in keeping with the Mission and Vision Statement. The responsibility for the management of the school rests with a School Leadership Team. In the case of YCIS Shanghai, the School Leadership Team consists of the Western and Chinese Co-Principals and the School Business Managers.

While the Co-Principals’ primary focus is on the learning programmes, student welfare, and the leadership of the academic staff, the School Business Manager oversees non-academic areas. Together, they function as a unified team with overall responsibility for every area of school operation.

YCIS Shanghai is registered with the Ministry of Education as a School for Children of Foreign Nationals. It is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The school is an authorised provider of the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examination by Cambridge Assessment International Education and is authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) through the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).

Campuses in Puxi

YCIS Shanghai Puxi Co-Principal Mr Ryan Peet

Mr Ryan Peet
Western Co-Principal
YCIS Shanghai Puxi

Mr Ryan Peet joined YCIS Shanghai as Co-Principal of Puxi campuses in 2020, having previously served as Vice Principal of YCIS Hong Kong – Secondary for two years and one year as Assistant Principal. Before joining YCIS, Mr Peet served as Assistant Principal at Outwood Grange Academies Trust, which is recognised by Ofsted as one of the top-performing multi-academy trusts in the UK. Mr Peet holds a bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing Management from the University of Salford, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Business Education with Qualified Teacher Status from Sheffield Hallam University, and will soon be completing his master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Portsmouth.

YCIS Shanghai Puxi Acting Chinese Co-Principal

Ms Linda Li
Chinese Co-Principal
YCIS Shanghai Puxi

Ms Linda Li graduated from East China Normal University with a Bachelor’s degree in English. Having previously served as a Secondary Homeroom and Mandarin Teacher at YCIS Shanghai from 1996–2001, Ms Li re-joined the school as the Acting Chinese Co-Principal of YCIS Puxi campuses in 2020. Prior to re-joining YCIS, Ms Li worked in international schools in the USA, Thailand, India, and Singapore and, most recently, as a Language Acquisition Consultant in Phoenix, Arizona. Ms Li was conferred the ‘Excellence in Teaching’ award in 1998 and has conducted workshops and presented at numerous state, national, and international conferences for more than a decade.

YCIS Shanghai Puxi School Business Manager Ms Grace

Ms Grace Gu
School Business Manager
YCIS Shanghai Puxi

Ms Grace Gu graduated from Nanjing Normal University with a bachelor’s degree in English. Following her graduation, she joined Starwood Hotels & Resorts Group and started her career in the hospitality industry, where she held a number of key positions in the sector, including Front Office Manager, Training Manager, Director of Human Resources, and Regional Senior Manager – Talent Management. Prior to joining YCIS in August 2018, Ms Gu was the Hotel Manager at the Hong Ta Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel within the Marriott International Group.

Campuses in Pudong

YCIS Shanghai Regency Park Campus Co-Principal Damien Hehir

Mr Damien Hehir
Western Co-Principal
YCIS Shanghai Pudong

Mr Damien Hehir joined YCIS Shanghai in 2001 as a Primary Classroom and Music Teacher at the Gubei Campus. He moved to the Regency Park Campus in 2006, initially as a Primary Co-ordinator. He became a Vice Principal in 2008 and was appointed Co-Principal in 2012. Mr Hehir holds a bachelor’s degree in Teaching and a Graduate Diploma in Religious Education from the University of South Australia, and a master’s degree in Education (Leadership and Management) from the University of Bath. Prior to joining YCIS, he spent 10 years teaching in Australia. His two children attend school at YCIS and his family consider Shanghai and Australia as their homes.

YCIS Shanghai Regency Park Co-Principal Mary Yu

Ms Mary Yu
Chinese Co-Principal
YCIS Shanghai Pudong

Ms Mary Yu graduated from East China Normal University with a bachelor's degree in Chinese Language and Literature. She joined YCIS Shanghai in 2000 as a Chinese Co-Teacher. Throughout her years at YCIS, her teaching experience ranged from Year 1 Chinese to Year 13 IBDP Chinese Literature. In 2005, Ms Yu was promoted to Chinese Co-ordinator, and in 2008 she became Vice Principal. In 2010, Ms Yu was appointed as the Chinese Co-Principal of the Regency Park and Century Park campuses. After work, Ms Yu loves to spend time with her family.

YCIS Shanghai Pudong School Business Manager Ms Kian Ji

Ms Kian Ji
School Business Manager
YCIS Shanghai Pudong

Ms Kian Ji was appointed as School Business Manager (Pudong) at YCIS Shanghai, in August 2020, which she serves alongside her role as Deputy Head of Admissions of YCIS Shanghai. Ms Ji joined the Admissions Division of YCIS Shanghai in July 2008 and, over the past decade, she and her team have accompanied nearly 10,000 families in their exploration and enrolment journeys at the school, witnessing the growth of countless children along the way. Before joining YCIS Shanghai, Ms Ji worked in the Hospitality and Fashion Design industries.

School Business Operations

YCIS Shanghai's Rita Chen

Ms Rita Chen
Director of School Business Operations &
YCIS Shanghai School Business Manager

As a member of the Executive Board (EB), Ms Rita Chen reports to the CEO and works alongside other members of the EB and corporate staff. She also serves as the School Business Manager for YCIS Shanghai, and as Director of School Business Operations she supervises the school business operations of all mainland China YCIS and YWIES schools. Ms Chen has been a member of the YCIS Shanghai staff for 22 years. In 2010, she assumed the role of Assistant General Manager, and from 2011, she took on the added responsibility as Head of Human Resources Division (HRD) of the school. In 2013, Ms Chen was promoted to the role of Deputy General Manager (School Operations), while continuing her role as Head of HRD. In 2014, Ms Chen was promoted to the position of General Manager (School Operations). Ms Chen holds a Bachelor of Science in International Economics and Trade, and Master of Public Administration, both from Shanghai Jiaotong University. She is also a Certified Human Resource Professional.

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