ABOUT YORK ENGLISH

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. With 8 schools and over 4200 students in Fuzhou, with branches in Shenzhen and Xiamen, our growth is testament to our passion for providing good quality English education, and hiring the best international teachers.

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. Each school has a teachers office and a teaching assistants office stacked with previous lessons plans, books and resources to help you be creative. Each classroom is fitted with an interactive whiteboard and pen, using the latest technology to provide a much more modern and engaging experience for our students. We also have our very own York Online diary and progress system, which keeps parents connected to their child’s learning here with us.

We are also an official Trinity examination centre and we offer preparation courses to English learners wishing to take GCSE exams.

About York English
About York English

MEET THE YORK TEAM

Jason Zhang

Jason Zhang

Director of the Board
My name’s Jason. I set up York English with a vision of bringing Western standards of education to Fuzhou to create a better way for Chinese people to learn English.
BELINDA TANG

BELINDA TANG

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

CODY KLASSEN

Director of Studies
My name is Cody, I’m the Director of Studies here at York. This means I work with all of our different branches and teams to keep everything running smoothly. This is my 7th year with York and my 14th in Fuzhou.
Gemma Fay

Gemma Fay

Regional Manager
Hi, I’m the Regional Manger here at York English, entering my 4th year of working with the company. I work closely with the Academic Coordinators at each branch and oversee the day-to-day running of all of our 8 schools throughout Fuzhou.

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

Tom Gant

Tom Gant

Education Director
I’m Tom, I’ve been with York for 8 years now and have taught thousands of classes. My job is to design our curriculum, spread our education philosophy, and make sure our teacher training is awesome!
Candy Chen

Candy Chen

Education Director
Hi, I’m Candy and I work in the Education Department in our Head Office as the Education Director. I am responsible for all of the teaching assistants department, which includes monitoring the TACs of different branches, setting Teaching Assistant’s job roles, and conducting training.
Adam Gray

Adam Gray

Content & Curriculum Developer
I’m Adam. At York I’ve been a teacher, Senior Teacher, AC & now I work in the Education Department. My role involves keeping our teaching & training at the cutting edge of ESL, making sure our teachers are well equipped to deliver the best possible classes. I’ve taught in many different countries to many types of people, & I use this experience every day for the benefit of both teachers & students.
Jamie Zeng

Jamie Zeng

Teaching Research Leader
Hello! My name is Jamie, and my job role is Teaching Research Leader in the Education Department. I mainly help with the development of our York Online platform, and translating our courses’ contents for parents to help students study at home.
RACHEL SIMS

RACHEL SIMS

Teacher Training Leader
My role involves many areas from ensuring our teaching standards are being met across all branches to writing & delivering training. I lead our team of senior teachers and work with other members of the education department to manage curriculum projects and ensure all roles are supported.
Jess Zeng

Jess Zeng

Content & Training Developer
Hi, I’m Jess. My role is to ensure the parents of our students are fully aware and one board with our teaching philosophy, and to ensure all the teaching assistants across all branches are at a consistent standard.
Helen Wu

Helen Wu

TA Training Leader
Hello, my name is Helen. I am the Teaching Assistant (TA) training leader here at York English. I work within the Education Department with the team and I enjoy life here. I have worked at York for 2 years, having been in differing roles within that time.
Rita Zhang

Rita Zhang

Graphic Designer
Hi, I’m Rita, I’m the resident Graphic Designer here at York English. My role includes designing the materials for our curriculum, and the of our new branches.

HR & RECRUITMENT TEAM

MIKE TAYLOR

MIKE TAYLOR

HR MANAGER
Hi, I’m Mike from the UK. I’ve worked at York since 2012. I first joined as a teacher and worked in the Rong Qiao branch, before becoming the Academic Coordinator at Xihu. Since May 2016 I’ve been leading the recruitment operations for York. Before I worked at York English I’d previously worked for 18 months as an ESL teacher in China so that makes my experience in ESL about 6 years now.
LYDIA HE

LYDIA HE

Foreign Affairs Manager
Hi, I’m Lydia and I’m the Foreign Affairs Manager here at York. My role is to ensure all visas are processed correctly for our foreign staff, as well as ensure all apartments are suitable and ready for incoming teachers.
Chloe Yu

Chloe Yu

HR Assistant
My name is Chloe, HR assistant. My job is to provide new teachers with visa support and answer any questions on their upcoming exciting life in Fuzhou / China. I also take care of the arrangement when teachers firstly arrive, including apartment, airport pick-up, visas, informing ACs and administration department of teacher arrivals etc. The other tasks will be HR related projects.
SU LEI

SU LEI

HR ASSISTANT
Hi, I’m Su Lei, and I’m the HR assistant here at York English. My role is to help with the visa process and answer any questions on your upcoming life in Fuzhou. I also ensure teachers arrival is smooth with airport picks up and that your apartments are ready.

OUR FUZHOU BRANCHES

Each of our schools are located within the city centre of Fuzhou, so there is plenty to do and see whichever school you work at. While some are closer in location than others, none are too far away for a catch up with your coworkers, both international and Chinese, from different schools. In fact, friendships form regardless of the school you work in due to the lively social scene York and Fuzhou has to offer.

Meet the Academic Coordinators of each branch below, and hear what they have to say about their experience, role and branch. Each of our ACs come from a variety of backgrounds and each carry different professional experiences. One thing they all have in common is that they all started as teachers at York. At York English, we always hire from within, so your senior management team will know exactly how best to support you whenever you need it.

Rong Qiao Branch

Rong Qiao Branch

Currently houses 17 international teachers
“My name is Dawn. I am the Academic Co-ordinator at the Rongqiao branch. I have been at York for about 3 and a half years and I originally started at the Huqian branch. My day to day consists of the oversight of the teachers within the Rongqiao branch along with communication between all departments, creating a cohesive work environment” – Dawn, AC at Rong Qiao
Jin Shan Branch

Jin Shan Branch

Currently houses 16 international teachers
“Hi! My name’s Alden. I’m the AC at JinShan branch. I’ve been with York since 2015, and in my current role since 2016. I guess you might say I teach the teachers. Beyond that, I’m also responsible for the admin, functions of the department and collaborting with other department heads” – Alden, AC at Rong Qiao
Xi Hu Branch

Xi Hu Branch

Currently houses 17 international teachers
“At York, I was a teacher at Hu Qian for a year, receiving fantastic teacher training. Prior to coming to York I spent 5 years as a Geotechnical Engineer, managing large teams & multiple projects. This work helped me gain a great deal of experience that is transferable to my current role as AC. Working at York has given me the opportunity to combine the areas of my previous job I enjoyed, with my recently found love of teaching” – Pete, AC at Xi Hu
Cang Shan Branch

Cang Shan Branch

Currently houses 5 international teachers
“Hi, I’m Eoin. I’m the Academic Coordinator at the Cang Shan branch of York English. I have been working for York since February 2015. I started as a teacher and became a Senior Teacher at Gu Tian before moving to my current branch. The most enjoyable part of my job is that I get to passion on all the great things I’ve learned in my time at York to our new teachers” – Eoin, AC at Cang Shan
Gu Tian Branch

Gu Tian Branch

Currently houses 12 international teachers

“Hi, my name is Conor. I’ve been working at York since 2015, where I’ve gone from teacher, to senior teacher, to academic coordinator, all here at Gu Tian branch. York promotes from within, and there are many opportunities for teachers to advance their careers. My favorite part of being the AC is training new teachers and helping them develop over time” – Conor, AC at GuTian

Da Ru Branch

Da Ru Branch

Currently houses 5 international teachers
“Hi my name is Ryan. I have worked at York English since 2014. I started out as a teacher then progressed to senior teacher which i did for 2 years! I am now the Academic Coordinator of DaRu. As the AC of a new school my job will be to train the new teachers to a high standard, ensure the school grows and retaining the students through excellent teaching” – Ryan, AC at Da Ru
Ping Dong Branch

Ping Dong Branch

Currently houses 11 international teachers

“I’m Alex. I’ve been with York English for 4 years & have worked in 3 branches advancing from Teacher to Senior Teacher to Academic Coordinator. As an AC, I ensure teaching proficiency & development is constantly improving, as well as contributing to the business development of the school as a whole alongside my fellow manager at the branch” – Alex, AC at Ping Dong

Hu Qian Branch

Hu Qian Branch

Currently houses 10 international teachers

“Hi, I’m Lee. I have been working for York English since September 2014. I am the Academic Coordinator of the Huqian branch, meaning I lead training, development, performance assessments as well as planning my team’s schedules. I plan to stay here even longer and develop along with our school” – Lee, AC at Hu Qian

Zhong Geng Cheng Branch

Zhong Geng Cheng Branch

Newly Opened
“Hi, I’m Sean. I’m the Academic Coordinator at Zhong Geng Cheng. I have been working for Yor since 2016, starting at Rong Qiao, then moving to Cang Shan as a Senior Teacher. The support and opportunities for professional development at York are fantastic, and I am looking forward to working with new teachers at our new branch” – Sean, AC at Zhong Geng Cheng
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