The Origins Education team is strong and trusted, with decades of experience in school management on five continents. Drawing upon its solid core structure and extensive professional network, Origins is able to not only solve the myriad, dynamic issues involved in school establishment, but also to implement leading edge solutions from schools around the world. Hence, each key Origins team member works closely with experts across departments, bringing distinct and extensive experience, and thus supporting each school’s development with professionalism and expediency.
Stretching back to 1998, members of the Origins team have been at the forefront of innovation in school design, bilingual education, technology and service learning, having developed leading international schools in Beijing and around the world. Currently, we are working on developing schools in Beijing, Chengdu and Wuhan, with the first scheduled to open in Beijing in September 2017. In our time as educators and administrators, we have witnessed the life journeys of thousands of children. We have nurtured students’ development from as young as three years old, supported growth and development through entrance to the world’s leading universities and watched young adults graduate and embark on successful careers.
Ms. Daisy Zhang has more than ten years of experience in international school administrative management, having previously worked with Harrow International School Beijing and Beanstalk International Bilingual School as Director of Administration. Her experience in school operations and management includes support for school licensing (start to finish), government relations, admissions, service to and management of both foreign and Chinese staff, team building, logistics management and facilities overview.
Mr. John McBryde is an educator with over 25 years of experience as Director/Head of School in five international schools in Asia, including 9 years as Director of the Western Academy of Beijing during its growth and development phase during 1998-2007. John is co-founder of ACAMIS and served on both the ACAMIS and EARCOS Boards. He has extensive experience in IB Programs and school accreditation, has served as an education consultant for the Chinese Ministry of Education, developing NCCT accreditation for international schools and is deeply engaged in Learning Technologies, Community Service and the Arts.
Deidre Fischer is an experienced head of international schools in a range of countries who is now owner of her own company, DF Education (www.deidrefischer.com.au). Her current work with schools and teachers includes supporting the quality of teaching and learning, and ranges from helping schools vertically articulate their curriculum, conducting organizational audits/reviews, leadership training and Board governance training. She has presented at numerous IBO/TAISI/EARCOS Conferences which have focused on fostering diversity and inclusive practices within schools and leadership/management skills. Deidre’s work is guided by the philosophy that: “Great Leaders find ways to connect with people and help them fulfil their potential”.
Audrey (Lingyu) Pan has 9 years of experience in financial estate development, working on primary development and commercial operations for financial estate projects for a well-known Beijing financial center. For ORIGINS< Audrey is a key member of school project planning and development, as well as government relations development and maintenance.
In the past development projects, she has cooperated with different investment banking teams, including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase & Co (JPM), Development Bank of Singapore (DBS), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC), working on the primary development of financial real estate projects. She has also been involved in the development of many landmark buildings developing in Beijing, Hangzhou and Xiamen.
Fee Linng EE’s role as Business Director / CFO for ORIGINS Education draws upon rich experience in finance & accounting, human resources, and business administration. Before joining the ORIGINS team, Fee worked for third largest German bank in Singapore as a financial analyst, and for the Australian Trade Commission’s Beijing office as Head of Business Administration. From 2000-2005, Fee served as Head of Finance & Accounting at the Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) and later founded a successful food and beverage company with three locations in Beijing.
Casey has been working in Early Years Education for over 30 years as teacher, mentor, Early Years Senior Lecturer, Principal and Coordinator. She began her career in New Zealand but her passion in Early Years International education led her overseas, eventually allowing her to pass on her knowledge as an IB Workshop Leader and Visiting School Team Member.
Casey is passionate about young children’s education and about working with parents as partners in their child’s learning journey, fostering a sense of wonder along the way. In her practice, Casey works to engage, energize and empower learning through guided inquiry which involves exploring, playing, designing and constructing.
Ms. Grace Yang has Masters degrees from the University of Toronto (Canada) in Education Administration and Northeast Normal University (China) in American Young Adult Literature. She is a licensed High Education teacher in China, and has taught in public schools, private schools and the college level in China and in education institutes in Canada from 2004-2010. From 2011-2015，Ms. Yang served as the Assistant Director of the Yuecheng Education Research Institute assisting and facilitated the teacher development program and government related education projects. In 2016 Ms. Yang was invited to participate in the revision of the NCCT Accreditation Standards (version 2.0) and to join an NCCT School Accreditation visit.
Lara Ronalds has been working as a teacher and curriculum coordinator across elementary school subject areas for 22 years. She is passionate about pursuing an ever-improving understanding of what it is that inspires children to learn, driving her to further refine the ways she and her colleagues recognize potential within each individual student. She understands and values the learning a child can make through their own curiosities and sees it as the educator’s role to help children make connections between what it is that they are curious about and what it is they need to learn.
Lara is an IB Workshop Leader, IB school Visiting Team Member, and completed her Masters of Education in 2015. This is her 6th year of working in Beijing and brings with her a unique set of perspectives, having lived in Hong Kong, California and her home country Australia.
Qiong Qiong Wu is an experienced elementary school educator who started her teaching career as a special needs teacher after graduating from university in 2006. From 2007- 2016, she worked at a well-known Beijing International school as a librarian, ESL Assistant Teacher, and finally as a Chinese Language Teacher for 7 years across both the PYP and MYP. She believes deeply in the value of inquiry-based learning and hands-on class experience, and hence structures her class time to maximize these benefcial aspects of a complete educational experience. Qiong Qiong find both teaching and learning fun and engaging, and believes children should be able to enjoy learning in a friendly and interactive learning environment.
Fish Yang was born and raised in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, and received a degree in Early Years Education from South China Normal University. As a young teacher, Fish applied her enthusiasm for Early Childhood Education as a playgroup instructor and running her own Early Learning Centre. Fish worked as an Early Years and Chinese teacher in Zhuhai International School (ZIS).
Fish is passionate about storytelling and since 2010 has been a volunteer at the NGO Dreamkid Land, promoting reading in the home. This work has encouraged Fish to give storytelling workshops in both local and international settings. Fish also highly values play-based learning and believes that, since children are born inquirers, play provides the most natural and meaningful process though which children construct knowledge and practice skills.
Nikos Kritsantonis has been working in international education for the past 10 years. His experience has been enriched, both professionally and culturally, by working in diverse school environments in Europe and Asia as a homeroom teacher, theater manager and drama coordinator.
As a facilitator, Nikos is passionate about implementing technology and design thinking to his practice, and his educational philosophy aligns with the inquiry-driven educational movement.
He believes that the teacher's role is to create learning environments where kids will find the space to uncover their individual, unique talents.
Chen Yang is a certified CETTIC properties manager, with a strong reputation for operations and management in international schools over 16 years. He has led operations and management works in many schools, included at the Western Academy of Beijing as Project Manager from June 2000 to July 2016. During this period he also directed and managed services at CIS, Dulwich, BCIS, Huijia and BIBS.
Chen Yang started his career in China Youth Travel Service (CYTS) in June 1995, working as a deputy engineering and safety manager at the Beijing Dongjiao Minxiang Hotel, and deputy manager at Aimike Plaza. He became a deputy general manager at CYTS Property Management Company in March 2009, focusing on international project development, progressing to general manager in September 2011.
Jun began working in international education as a center manager for CS Montessori in Singapore, and in the process developed a passion for teaching and learning. In 2010, she went on to expand her career in education, devoting 3 years teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in Japan to students ranging from 2 to 70 years old. Bilingual in English and Chinese, and with a deep interest in international education, she transitioned to an administrative role in a well-known international school in Beijing in 2013, where she worked in marketing before undertaking the role of the human resources manager.
Jun oversees the full spectrum of human resource needs of our foreign and Chinese staff and is a key member of our larger administrative team. Jun is highly motivated to match the best people with individual roles within our organization and is devoted to support each member of our community.
Ms. Christie Huang is a licensed Chinese public school teacher, with a background in Fine Arts. Before joining the Origins team, Ms. Huang worked for an American charitable foundation, and a well-known international school in Beijing. She has also freelanced as a designer and illustrator for many plays and is holding her first illustration exhibition in Beijing this year. Ms. Huang draws design inspiration from her regular travel abroad and from her involvement in local and international art and design communities.