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

About York English
About York English

MEET THE YORK TEAM

Jason Zhang

Jason Zhang

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

Vice President
My name is Cody, I’m the Vice President here at York. This means I oversee all of our different branches and teams at all our locations to keep everything running smoothly. This is my 8th year with York and my 14th in Fuzhou.
Gemma Fay

Gemma Fay

Regional Manager
Hi, I’m the Regional Manager 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 9 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
At York I’ve been a teacher, Senior Teacher and AC. My role now involves keeping our teaching & training at the cutting edge of ESL, making sure our teachers are well equipped to deliver the best 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.
Sunny Wang

Sunny Wang

TAC Manager
Hello, my name is Sunny. I am the Teaching Assistant Coordinator (TAC) Manager here at York English. I work within the Education Department to ensure quality is upheld and consistent among our branches, as well as writing training systems for our TACs.
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.
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 design of our new branches.

HR & RECRUITMENT TEAM

MIKE TAYLOR

MIKE TAYLOR

RECRUITMENT MANAGER
Hi, I’m Mike from the UK. I’ve worked at York since 2012. I first joined as a teacher before becoming the Academic Coordinator. Since May 2016 I’ve been leading the recruitment operations for York. Before I worked at York English I’d previously worked as an ESL teacher in China so that makes my experience in ESL about 6 years now.
CASSIE WIDDERS

CASSIE WIDDERS

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Hi, I’m Cassie from Wales. I’ve been at York since 2016, and I’m the social media manager based in Fuzhou. I am primarily responsible for our overall online strategy, growing our online community on all our social media channels, web design and content creation. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, photography and travelling, and as a fun fact my first language is Welsh.
ROB HARTNELL

ROB HARTNELL

VIDEO PRODUCER
Hi, I’m Rob and my role is video content production. I help to make teacher training resources, and work closely with our Recruitment Manager & Social Media Manager to create videos that tell people all about life here in Fuzhou. I previously worked for York as a teacher in 2013.
LYDIA HE

LYDIA HE

FOREIGN AFFAIRS MANAGER
Hi, I’m Lydia and I’m the Foreign Affairs Manager here at York English. My role is to ensure all visas and documents are processed correctly for our foreign staff, to ensure full, legal working status for the duration of our time here with us in China.

 

BARBARA LIANG

BARBARA LIANG

HR ASSISTANT
Hi, my name is Barbara! My job is to collect martial to help our future teachers apply successfully for their Chinese visa, and to ensure the process leads to full working permits for all our teachers. I also help teachers with their personal affairs such as airport picks ups and accommodation arrangements.
EMILY FENG

EMILY FENG

HR ASSISTANT
Hi, I’m Emily, 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 ups and that your apartments are ready for your arrival.

OUR FUZHOU BRANCHES

Each of our schools are located within the city centre, 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 from different schools. In fact, friendships form regardless of the school you work in due to the lively social scenes!

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 16 international teachers
“Hello, I’m Will. I’m from the sunny North-East of Scotland! I’ve been with York since October 2016. In my spare time I enjoy cycling, reading, playing videogames, and studying Chinese (but my Chinese is just ‘mama-huhu). I’m a die-hard fan of all things Sci-fi, I love to travel, and one day I would love to hike to Machu Picchu in Peru!”
Jin Shan Branch

Jin Shan Branch

Currently houses 16 international teachers
“My name’s Alden, I’m Canadian from the province of British Columbia. I’ve been working at York since August 2014. I enjoy running, diving and board games. As a quirky bit of trivia about myself; I was born a year, to the day, before the dissolution of the USSR”
Xi Hu Branch

Xi Hu Branch

Currently houses 14 international teachers
“Hi, I’m Pete. I’m from England and I’ve been at York for almost 2 years now. Prior to coming to York I spent 5 years as a Geotechnical Engineer. I enjoy playing sport, especially swimming, basketball and football. I have swam with sharks and my middle name is Horatio. One of those is true..”
Cang Shan Branch

Cang Shan Branch

Currently houses 5 international teachers
“Hi, I’m Eoin. I’m from Co. Cork in Ireland. I’ve been at York for more than 3 years now, working at the Gutian and Cangshan branches. In my spare time I like to play football with other teachers, read, and play video games. I recently became a dad so there might not be as much free time anymore! Although I haven’t made much progress with Chinese yet, I can speak two other languages, Irish and Italian!”
Gu Tian Branch

Gu Tian Branch

Currently houses 12 international teachers
“Hi, I’m Conor, AC at Gu Tian Branch. I’m from Greenfield, Massachusetts, a small town in the USA. I’ve been at York for over three years now. In my free time I enjoy studying Chinese, going to the gym, and hanging out with friends. Before I came to York, I worked as a whitewater rafting guide in the USA”
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

Currently houses 3 international teachers
“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 newest branch” – Sean, AC at Zhong Geng Cheng
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