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MSS Expands Leadership Team

April, 2011
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mss-xin-li-s“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

As a growing community school, Montessori School of Shanghai (MSS) has expanded its leadership team to welcome Xin Li Yao, a devoted and experienced educator with over 30 years of experience, to the MSS team.

Xin Li Yao completed her Early Childhood Education Degree at East China Normal University. Yao’s successful career as a teacher, principal, and Head of School are a testament to her commitment to excellent early childhood education. In 1977, Xin Li began teaching three-year-olds at Yu Yuan No.1 Kindergarten and by 2009 she was the Head of School for Yu Yuan’s three thriving campuses. During her career she was honored with the Model Teacher, Principal, and Laborer Award as well as the National Excellent Teacher Award. As a Principal and Head of School, Yao led the Yu Yuan No.1 Kindergarten to receive the Award for ‘Best Practices for Kindergartens’ in Shanghai.

In her new role at MSS, Yao will expand the Chinese component of MSS Montessori programs. She will lead teachers as they utilize new methods and materials to enrich the Chinese language curriculum.

Montessori School of Shanghai Head of School, Judy Townsend, welcomes Xin Li’s expertise, saying: “Xin Li has a wealth of knowledge and understanding about the new Five-Year Plan for China’s Reform in Education and she will work with us to highlight and strengthen what Montessori is already doing to enhance this great educational movement.” 

The strong leadership team at Montessori Schools of Shanghai is driven to provide the teachers with continual learning opportunities and curriculum support. In the past year Penny Glover, Director of Communications and Academic Development, joined MSS to provide increased academic support for teachers through curriculum training and collaboration. 

 

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