Our School Leadership Team

Welcome to Yew Chung International School of Chongqing (YCIS Chongqing). We are delighted that you are considering enrolling your child with our school.

Our purpose at YCIS Chongqing is to assist students with their transition from one country or one education system to another, to provide high quality education and to introduce students to the fascinating cultural and historical heritage of our host country.

Our students study a truly unique research-based international curriculum that merges the best of Eastern and Western traditions and provides students with an authentic immersion into Chinese culture within an international framework. This allows us to approach the study of world issues from a global perspective, foster cultural respect and develop fluency in two major languages of the 21st century. We place great value on character development and provide a wide range of activities such as arts, drama, music, sports and leadership opportunities to capture a child’s interest at all levels. This is what we refer to as “global education”.

As the world changes and faces globalisation, we pride ourselves on preparing our students to become adaptable, multilingual global citizens fully prepared to emerge into positions of great worth within society.

Thank you for considering YCIS Chongqing as your endeavours to fully prepare your child for a competitive multicultural world.

Ian Ward and Jessie Xiao

Co-principal Ian Ward

Ian Ward
Western Co-Principal

Ian Ward began the role of Western Co-Principal in August 2020 after joining the school as Head of ECE and Primary in August 2019. Previously he worked in the Middle East and the UK as a teacher, leader and inspector of schools. Mr Ward holds a bachelor’s degree in Science with Qualified Teacher Status in Primary Education from Lancaster University along with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. He has over 20 years of experience as a teacher and Principal in culturally diverse large and small schools. He left the UK in 2010 with his family, wanting to show the impact that developing strong links with the community has on improving student achievement. Mr Ward believes that schools should put the learner at the centre of all they do in order to provide them with opportunities to be internationally minded, global citizens who aspire to be the best, both academically and as a person.

Co-principal Jessie Xiao

Jessie Xiao
Chinese Vice Co-Principal

Jessie Xiao has been the Chinese Vice Co-Principal of YCIS Chongqing since October 2018. She previously worked as Head of Chinese Department in the Secondary Section. Jessie has a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Law Degree, as well as a Master of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Southwest University in Chongqing. Throughout her past 11 years in YCIS Chongqing, Ms Xiao was awarded the HIPO (Grade 1) Teacher by Yew Chung Education Foundation. She has gained practical experience in Primary and Secondary Co-teaching and has experience in teaching both Chinese as First Language and Chinese as an Additional Language, including IGSCE and IB Chinese. Ms Xiao believes that character education is central to promoting a students’ integrated development.

Ms Janelle Chen

Janelle Chen
School Business Manager

Ms Janelle Chen joined YCIS Chongqing in April 2009, working as the Head of Finance Department initially and then the School Business Manager from November 2016.

Ms Chen has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Auckland, majoring in Accounting and Finance, and a master’s degree of Business Management from the Technology University of Auckland. She is also a qualified chartered accountant gained from the China CPA Association. Before joining YCIS Chongqing, Ms Chen gained eight years of professional experience in international business.

She believes a well-managed school operation focuses on the students as well as the school community.

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