WISS Wide Directors and Heads of Department
Jose Manuel Gamito Gonzalez
Head of Learning Support / Learning Support Teacher
Jose is from Spain. He has worked for 20 years in school counseling and special education in a variety of environments, from public and private schools in Spain to international schools in the Middle East. Jose has a Master’s degree in Education and PhD in Social Psychology. He is married and has two sons at WISS. His love for falconry, as the bond of brotherhood between peoples and intangible heritage of humanity, led him to use falconry as an educational resource for students with socio-emotional problems.
Director of Visual Arts
Liz Jones is from the UK. She has taught in China for over 5 years covering the entire IB programme during that time and adores the diversity that international teaching affords. Liz started her teaching career in New Zealand, which is where she lived for 7 years. This career has subsequently taken her to Europe and Asia. Her loves include theatre, cycling, picture books, IT, travel and of course her family who are all here at WISS. Liz gained an Honours Degree in Jewelry with a subsidiary in Constructed Textiles some years ago. She is an effervescent character who never has colour far away from her!
Director of Music
Mr. Nicolas Elguea is from Spain and has been passionate about music all his life. He obtained his music teaching degree in his home country, later moving to Chicago where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s in orchestral studies at the Chicago College of Performing Arts in the specialty of clarinet. He has extensive international experience performing in symphonic orchestras and bands touring in the US, Spain, France, Italy, and Japan. In 2010, he joined the British School of Navarra, Spain as a primary music teacher; this gave him a remarkable perspective in international education. Nicolas joined WISS in August 2012; he loves being involved in all musical projects supporting students all across school; encouraging young performers and instilling appreciation and love for music.
Director of Sports
Mr. Tony Anderson holds a Bachelor of Physical Education from Brock University, a Teaching Certification from St. Bonaventure University, and a Master of Educational Leadership and Principal Certification from The College of New Jersey. He has 23 years of experience in teaching and as an administrator in various schools in Ontario, Canada, in Dubai, UAE and in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He has a passion for sports, is an avid ice hockey player, and relaxes with long rides on his custom chopper! He is at WISS with his wife Renee and daughter Emma.
Director of Admissions and Marketing
Ms. Renee Gian has been an educator for nearly 20 years, teaching a variety of subjects throughout her career before becoming the Admissions Director of a large international school in Cairo. Originally from Buffalo, NY; Renee earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Canisius College and is currently completing her Master of Arts in Education from the University of Northern Iowa. Renee began her career in international education in Alexandria, Egypt and then moved to Cairo where she spent 18 years before moving to Shanghai with her son. She enjoys working in dynamic, culturally diverse, and caring communities. So she is thrilled to be part of the WISS community especially during this very exciting time of growth.
Mrs. Leigh Collazo got her first library card at age five, when she quickly discovered that libraries were among her favorite places to be. She believes that warm, inviting, well-used school libraries are essential to nurturing lifelong learners. Leigh is a certified school librarian with a Master’s in Library Information Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts in English. She is also a certified secondary English teacher who previously taught seventh grade English. When she is not in the library, Leigh enjoys reading young adult fiction, roller skating, and watching Seinfeld reruns.
Mr. Ding received his BS from East China University of Science and Technology and completed the Master of Commerce at the University of Sydney. He has worked as a mentor in USYD Mentor programme to support and encourage a small group of new postgraduates in building personal networks and sharing experiences.
Alice Yu has been our HR Officer since September 2012. She enjoys working in this very diverse and international environment. Alice graduated from Shanghai Technical Urban Management College in 2010, and continued to pursue further study in Shanghai Jiao Tong University majoring in English in 2011. During college time, she often took part-time jobs. She found her passion in HR Management in her first job as junior administrative staff. To pursue her career in HR, she later went to work in the HR Department of a Foreign Service Company before joining WISS.
Director of Technology
Arlene was born in Northern Ireland and has worked in London, Spain, Holland, and Israel before coming to China. With a strong background in computer design and technology, Arlene has worked in the IT industry in the UK since 1995, teaching IT, managing projects and providing IT consultancy services to many Fortune 500 companies. Arlene prides herself on nurturing confidence, competence and creativity with technology. She enjoys leveraging technology to support the educational goals of the school. Arlene has a Bachelor of Art degree in Fine Craft Design and a Master of Science degree in Computing & Design from the University of Ulster. Her son Ethan is also part of the WISS family.
Rui, or Rui da Cunha if he wants to be taken seriously, was founder of the theater company Projectos Ad Hoc, where he was playwriter, actor and technician. He worked as Light technician in Teatro Viriato, Viseu, Portugal, and then he was the Technical Coordinator in the same theater. He worked as a freelance Light Designer for dance, theater and music companies where he toured around the world. He worked for Ista, International School Theater Association, teaching tech in international schools. He is WISS’s new Theatre Manager and working with the Artistic Director in the theatre.
Xiao Lan Gu
Ms. Gu brings to WISS the expertise she has developed in managing transportation and logistics through 12 years’ experience at other international schools. Xiao Lan is happy to join WISS and serve the needs of all its students and families.
Jessica Gu has a Master’s Degree in Accounting awarded by the University of New England in Australia. She is a member of CPA Australia. She has worked in many different industries: in trading, in education and in environmental, in both China and Australia. She attended the 18th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting held in Japan in 2010. She is pleased to be a part of WISS!