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Meet the Director

Nicole

Nicole

Nicole came to Shanghai with her family in 2000 from the US. She has bachelor degree in child studies Education and experience in Montessori ages 0 to 3 and a specialization in Early Years Education. After working in classrooms and administration in International Schools, she realized there was something missing in the early years: communication. Nicole has since designed a program that meets the needs of both the parent and child. Children learn best through well thought-out, purposeful play. And parents need to be part of the discovery process at school, so the process can continue at home. Zooligans offers a learning environment that encourages children to explore and discover.

Mr. Rick

Mr RickLead Teacher 3 - 5 year old Classroom
Zhudi Location 

Mr. Rick came to Shanghai with his family in September 2013. He comes from Toronto, a very multicultural city in Canada. He currently lives in a community near the Zhudi campus with his wife and four-year-old son. He graduated from Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada, with a Bachelor of Arts and is currently working on his TESOL certification. Rick is involved in teaching children’s Sunday school in an expat Community Church. He enjoys seeing children excited about learning, respectful towards others, and motivated to succeed.

Ms. Michelle


Assistant to the Director
Zhudi Location 

Ms. Michelle leads our Zooligans Mandarin program. She is from Jiangxi province and has lived in Shanghai for six years. She has been part of the Zooligans staff for two years. She studied English a the University of Communication in Shanghai. She has a love for children and loves her job at Zooligans. She enjoys studying English and works hard studying outside of her job here. She's a fun loving and compassionate teacher that all the kids love to be around.

Ms. Sherry

Teacher's Assistant
18 months - 3 year old Classroom
Zhudi Location 

Ms. Sherry is from the Anhui province. She began working as Doula, helping mothers during and after giving birth, and worked doing this for 2 years. She joined the Zooligans staff in September 2011. She enjoys her time working at Zooligans and loves to work with children. Miss Sherry also has 2 children of her own who attend local schools. She hopes to be part of making Zooligans a wonderful place for children to grow.

Ms. Sue

Ms. Sue

Lead Teacher
18 months - 3 year old Classroom
Hongqiao Location 

Ms. Sue came to Shanghai in the Summer of 2014. A native of England and a graduate of Leeds University, she has spent the last 12 years teaching English in Spain and Japan. She is joined with her husband and daughter, and is excited to be living in Shanghai and starting a new adventure! She enjoys interacting with children and helping them discover new things everyday. She is happy to be part of our great team! 

Ms. Kavitha

Kavitha

Lead Teacher
3 - 5 year old Classroom
Hongqiao Location 

Ms. Kavitha is from India. She developed a passion for teaching at a young age, and has now been teaching for 7 years. She is very happy teaching and plans to continue into the future. She spent 4 of her teaching years in India, and 3 in China. She has been at Zooligans for a year and is excited to continue her journey with the Zooli family. 

Ms. Lucy

LucyTeacher's Assistant 
Hongqiao Location

Ms. Lucy comes from the Anhui province and has worked at Zooligans for 3 years. Her kind and patient demeanor makes her popular with the children. Ms. Lucy finds working at Zooligans fulfilling and loves to be a part of the children learning, sharing and growing. Ms. Lucy lives in Shanghai with her husband and son. She is American Red Cross CPR, and First Aid Trained.