ZIS Leadership Team
Mr. Hadyn Adams
Head of School
Mr.Hadyn Adams is a graduate of Durham and Cambridge Universities in the UK. Initially he worked in education in the UK up to and including Headteacher level and subsequently was an associate lecturer in English Literature at Anglia Ruskin University. He was seconded to China in 1997 and did liaison work with the universities in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province. He went on to work for the SABIS organisation in the Middle East, establishing The King Abdul Aziz International School in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for that company and then being a director of their schools in Sharjah and Dubai. He returned to China in 2001 and founded The Rego International School in Shanghai. In 2007 he worked for Dulwich College Management and set up the Yung Wing International Section for Chinese students in Zhuhai. Recently he has worked in Xi’an where he has established the Bo’Ai International High School programme for Chinese students. His interests include music, sport and writing and he has had three novels published in the last 2 years.
Ms. Jacqueline Stenson
Head of Primary and PYP Coordinator
Jacqui is an experienced New Zealand trained Primary School Teacher, with a passion for inquiry learning from Picton. She has taught all levels of Primary from EY-Y6 in New Zealand including 4 years in a Bilingual School integrating Maori language and customs into inquiry learning for environmental sustainability. Jacqui is also experienced at teaching and leading the PYP having taught in IB International schools in China for 5 years. She enjoyed her role of Deputy Principal at Xi’an High Tech International School in Xi’an and being Grade 1 Coordinator at Utahloy International School in Guangzhou. Jacqui is married to Bruce and has four children; two who are married, one who is at Victoria University , the youngest who is in Year 12 and all of whom are Third Culture Kids. Jacqui loves travelling, learning about different cultures, watching sport and reading in her spare time. She is excited about joining the ZIS community and is looking forward to leading the PYP team.
Ms. Janice Lee
Head of Learning Services
Ms Janice Lee was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She obtained Bachelor of Arts at Simon Fraser University and her Bachelor of Education at the University of British Columbia. Janice has been working at ZIS since 2010 in a variety of teaching positions and subjects in PYP, MYP and as a member of the senior management team. Janice is excited to be taking on the role of Head of Learning Services this year. Her overseas teaching experiences began over twelve years ago and they have taken her to places such as England, Macau, Hong Kong and Zhuhai. Janice’s interests outside of the classroom and ZIS include playing and competing in Ultimate Frisbee, reading, running, rock climbing and traveling.
Head of Secondary
I believe that the ultimate goal for any school should be to facilitate the process whereby young people can confidently find their way into adulthood. A sense of belonging and connectedness to their school will bring about an ability to self-motivate, self-regulate and self-direct. A student with high socio-emotional skills and a healthy respect for learning will become a resilient and highly motivated adult who appreciates that the responsibility for learning lies with the individual and that ‘failure’ or disappointment can be a valuable and positive diagnostic tool. It is my core belief that leaders, whether they be senior management or mentors for student, engage those around them,equip them with the necessary tools to move forward and empower their sense of self as they strive for individual success. In my three years at ZIS, I have become a strong advocate of the IB and feel that this school community is one of the best I have ever worked in. I am looking forward to our next adventure!
ZIS Advisory Board