wisswide directors and heads of department

Alexandra Caulfield
Director of Nursing

Alexandra Caulfield is an Australian registered nurse/midwife. She has been practicing for 14 years and is passionate in women’s and children’s health and in providing evidence based, kind, and reflective care. She has 3 daughters aged 10, 9 and 7yrs and is married to Mark Caulfield, PE teacher at WISS. She enjoys knitting, the environment, and being grateful.


Alice Yu
HR Director

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.


Arlene Kline
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, a Master of Science degree in Computing & Design from the University of Ulster and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Nottingham. Her son Ethan is also part of the WISS family.


Fred Ding
Administrative Manager

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.


Jenelle Kirchoff
Director of Library Services

Ms. Jenelle Kirchoff is from the United States. She has nearly 18 years of experience teaching students of all ages. She found her passion in school libraries and has a masters degree in Library Sciences. She is a certified school Library Media Specialist. Jenelle has a special fondness for picture books for young children, and one of her greatest joys is guiding students in research and writing. She thinks that libraries give students a place to expand their academic and personal interests. Jenelle and her two sons are excited to be members of the WISS community.


Dr. José Manuel Gamito González
Director of Student Support Services / PYP School Counselor

José 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.


Kevin Jian
Facility Manager

With a strong passion for education, Kevin pursued his Master of Arts degree in the Teachers College, Columbia University. Before returning to Shanghai, he worked in the Korea International School in Seoul. Kevin is excited to be working at WISS to ensure all facilities related work is being done in a safe and efficient manner.


Laura Guay
Director of Visual Arts / Visual Arts Teacher

Ms. Laura Guay is Canadian and met her husband while teaching in South Korea – it was love at first flight. She and her husband Todd Hurst have lived and taught in South Korea, Canada, Wales, Thailand, Vietnam, Brazil and now China. Laura has a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of New Brunswick and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a specialization in Art Education from Concordia University. Laura loves art and believes that she is the luckiest teacher in school because her subject is the most colorful. She loves running around her children Miles and Ella who are students at WISS and she loves crochet, yoga, books, sketching, painting, traveling and laughing… a lot of laughing. She loves inspiring students to find art in the world and let it inspire them.


Peter Bezuidenhout

Peter J Bezuidenhout
Director of Admissions and Marketing

Mr. Peter. J. Bezuidenhout offers over 20 years of leadership experience in Sales, Marketing, Communications, Customer Service, and Process Improvement across the hospitality and education industries and brings a deep understanding, passion, and appreciation for the student and parent experience journey to Western International School of Shanghai.

Peter holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Hospitality Management and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (Merit).

Originally from South Africa, Peter has also lived and worked in the United Kingdom, South Korea, Taiwan (PRC), Beijing, and Shanghai. His diverse background includes working with renowned multinational educational organizations and boutique hotels, which lends to Peter’s rich appreciation for different people, cultures, and business environments in Asia, particularly China.

Peter is also a dedicated parent, passionate chef, and avid traveler who approaches life as an opportunity to create new experiences and memories.


Tony Anderson
Director of Athletics and Activities

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.


Xiao Lan Gu
Logistics Manager

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.