ABOUT US

Established in 2003 with just our Xi Hu branch in the city centre of Fuzhou, York English has developed into a recognised and respected organisation. Our education ethos is much more than a few gimmicky games. We believe in student led activities, making learning fun but with maximum output for each student.

With 9 schools and over 4500 students in Fuzhou, with 4 branches in Shenzhen, 2 branches in Xiamen and 1 in Changle, our growth is a testament to our passion for providing good quality English education and hiring the best international teachers.

Meet the team who started it all, and those that have joined along the way!

MEET THE TEAM

Jason Zhang

Jason Zhang

Director of the Board
Hello, my name’s Jason. I set up York English with a vision of bringing Western standards of education to Fuzhou and beyond!
BELINDA TANG

BELINDA TANG

CEO
Hello, I’m Belinda. I’ve been at York English since our very first class and have watched thousands of teachers help Chinese children learn English.
CODY KLASSEN

CODY KLASSEN

Vice President
Hi, I’m Cody! I enjoy spending time with my wife and two sons, reading, playing chess, and hiking. In 2003 I was a minor celebrity in Fuzhou due to my frequent appearances on TV!
Gemma Fay

Gemma Fay

Regional Manager (Shenzhen & Xiamen)
I’m Gemma from the UK. I have been at York since 2013. I enjoy exercising, browsing Taobao and watching any cooking based reality TV shows! I’m stuck in the 90s, I’m obsessed with the Spice Girls and Harry Potter.
Alden Niersteiner

Alden Niersteiner

Regional Manager (Fuzhou & Changle)
Hello, I’m Alden, the Regional Manager for the Fuzhou region. I’m Canadian and I enjoy running, diving and board games.
Tom Gant

Tom Gant

Content & Curriculum Developer
Hello there. I’m Tom from the UK and have been working at York for almost 10 years. I enjoy teaching phonics, growing vegetables in my garden and drinking tea. Anything middle-aged people enjoy, really. I love running and once ran more than 100km in one race!
Sunny Wang

Sunny Wang

Education Director
Hello, my name is Sunny. I enjoy cooking, going to coffee shops, and spending time with my husband!
MIKE TAYLOR

MIKE TAYLOR

RECRUITMENT MANAGER
Hi, I’m Mike from the UK and I’ve been working at York since 2012. I enjoy photography, walking and sometimes cycling (when the weather’s good).  I also used to live next door to a member of Chumbawamba!
LYDIA HE

LYDIA HE

FOREIGN AFFAIRS MANAGER
Hi, I’m Lydia from Fuzhou. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling and getting massages! I have a 4-year-old daughter who attends York’s Doodletown class at our Da Ru branch.
Adam Gray

Adam Gray

Content & Curriculum Developer
Hey, I’m Adam from England. I’ve taught in many different countries to many types of people, and I enjoy playing football, sport and reading. Fun fact is I once met Hugh Grant!
CASSIE WIDDERS

CASSIE WIDDERS

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Hey, I’m Cassie from North Wales. I enjoy nature, photography and travelling. I’m a native Welsh speaker and an Instagram addict.
Sean Gibson

Sean Gibson

Content & Curriculum Developer
Hello, my name is Sean. Originally from Scotland, I was a teacher in the UK before making the move to China. I enjoy walking and music, particularly playing the piano.
Jamie Zeng

Jamie Zeng

Teaching Research Leader
Hello! My name is Jamie! I enjoy learning new languages, being fluent in English and Spanish as well as my native Mandarin, and a basic level of Japanese. I enjoy travelling and spending time with my dogs.
BARBARA LIANG

BARBARA LIANG

HR ASSISTANT
Hi, my name is Barbara! I am from Fuzhou and in my spare time, I enjoy calligraphy and drawing. An interesting fact about me is that I am very, very short!
Joy Huang

Joy Huang

HR ASSISTANT
Hi, I’m Joy! I am from Putian, just outside of Fuzhou, and in my spare time, I enjoy reading novels, particularly romance novels in both English and Chinese.
Sophie Fang

Sophie Fang

Teaching & Research Specialist
Hello, I’m Sophie. I’m originally from Hunan Province and now work live in Fuzhou. I enjoy doing yoga, singing and reading.
Rita Zhang

Rita Zhang

Graphic Designer
Hi, I’m Rita. I am from Fuzhou and have been at York for just over a year. In my spare time, I enjoy watching soap dramas and eating very spicy food!
ROB HARTNELL

ROB HARTNELL

VIDEO PRODUCER
Hi, I’m Rob from New Zealand. I enjoy going to the gym, making music, and trying new foods. An interesting fact about myself is that I have a false front tooth, which was knocked out during a cricket game. Yes, it hurt and sure, I’ll take out my false tooth if you ask.
Richard Xu

Richard Xu

Teaching & Research Specialist
Hi, I’m Richard. I am originally from Hubei Province, and in my spare time, I enjoy playing video games and reading.
Katrina Zheng

Katrina Zheng

Head TAC
Hello, I’m Katrina. I have been at York English for 5 years, as a Teaching Assistant, Teaching Assistant Coordinator (TAC), and now as Head TAC. In my spare time, I enjoy climbing.

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