Welcome to Elementary

Welcome returning and new families to the 2018-2019 school year! We are excited to begin our academic school year, as many great things are in store for us at Wuhan Yangtze International School. My name is Latasha Carter and I am so excited to introduce myself as the new Elementary Principal. I consider it an honor and a privilege to be a part of this amazing school.

Throughout my 10 years of working in education, I have been fortunate to work in various leadership positions. I consider my most important job to be that of a child advocate. I look forward to getting to know your children and their special characteristics. I will celebrate their successes, encourage them daily, and remind them they are valued and have a special place in our school community.

My goal is to ensure that all WYIS children are provided with a superb education and opportunities to develop emotionally, socially, physically, and spiritually. I look forward to working closely with my staff, parents, and the community to provide the best learning experience for our students.

Dr. Latasha Carter

Elementary Principal

Elementary Overview

The goal of the elementary school at WYIS is for children to have the opportunity to develop and grow emotionally, academically, socially, physically and spiritually. The elementary classrooms are staffed with a lead teacher and co-teacher, ensuring that our students receive the individualized attention and care needed for success. Thematic units, which incorporate several subject areas around a central theme, increase interest and understanding by drawing from real world and real life connections.  These units help to build an international perspective by centering around different geographical and historical themes.

Whether through our FOSS inquiry-based science curriculum or thematic social studies units, students are being prepared to become lifelong learners. Art, music, and PE classes all have specialized teachers with age-appropriate standards-based curriculum, which helps ensure that our students are experiencing a meaningful education outside of the normal core curriculum

Students in Elementary may choose to get involved after school in fine arts and sports-related activities, giving them a chance to explore other areas of interest and develop additional skills in a safe and encouraging environment.

Empowering Learners

  • Promoting a rigorous and relevant education that focuses on individual learning, gaining knowledge, and building skills to be prepared for a diverse world.
  • Encouraging creativity, activating curiosity, fostering engagement, and boosting the ability to solve problems effectively through research, personal analysis, and investigation.
  • Delivering a well-rounded educational experience through academics, technology, athletics, and more.
  • Providing a safe environment to explore and discover through communication and collaboration with teachers and peers.

Preparing Hearts

  • Upholding and strengthening formation through integration and developing an optimistic worldview.
  • Building character and instilling values through relationships and experiences.
  • Equipping students to defend their worldview and adhere to their moral principles.

Inspiring Lives

  • Identifying and developing students’ gifts and talents.
  • Modeling an example of love and service through character-training philosophies.

Elementary Teaching Staff

Chien Ooi
ECC 3 Teacher
Julia Huang
EC3 Co-Teacher

Janice Kollie

EC 4 Teacher

Catherine Shi

EC 4 Co-Teacher

Rianna Vinzani

EC 4 Teacher

Janice Yin

EC 4 Co-Teacher

Christina Watson

EC 5 Teacher

Jenny Wang

EC 5 Co-Teacher

Riza Wilson

EC 5 Teacher

Tracy Gui

EC 5 Co-Teacher

Priscilla Thao

Grade 1 Teacher

Mandy Ding

Grade 1 Co-Teacher

Nicole Goff

Grade 2 Teacher

Dorothy Ding

Grade 2 Co-Teacher

Hannah Leong

Grade 3 Teacher

JoJo Xiao

Grade 3 Co-Teacher

Jake Strother

Grade 4 Teacher

Dani Zhu

Grade 4 Co-Teacher

Susie Xiong

Grade 4 Co-Teacher

Edgar Franks

Grade 5 Teacher

Hannah Yan

Grade 5 Co-Teacher

Raina Tong

Chinese Language Teacher

Tiffany Yang

Art Co-Teacher
Rebekah Schultz
Language Acquisition Teacher
Aaron Householder
P.E. Teacher
Doris Lauron
Language Acquisition Teacher
Catherine Tian
Chinese Language Teacher
Ben Wilson
P.E. Teacher/ Athletic Director
Flora Fu
Chinese Language Teacher
Sharron Yu
Chinese Language Teacher
Vicky Feng
Chinese Language Teacher
Sally Li
Chinese Language Teacher
Theresa Ma
Chinese Language Teacher

Curriculum

Along with regular classroom courses, Elementary students have regular Physical Education, Art, Music, and language classes, helping to create well-rounded learners. We endeavor to educate through a variety of experiences and character development, encouraging a life-long excitement for learning and the ability to make a positive impact on society.

It is our goal to see that our students are introduced to technology early on. Curriculum integration and modeling are used by teachers to integrate technology into the classroom. Our tech specialist works with teachers to help integrate technology into the classroom, and students are provided with regular technology instruction. WYIS follows International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards.


Every child at WYIS is encouraged to learn and explore through reading. Whether your child learns through books housed in the classroom library or if they get lost in the captivating storytelling during a scheduled reading in the library, we desire for each child to fall in love with the gift of reading. Elementary students have regular times to visit the library to listen to storytime and to borrow books. Books of all levels are plentiful in our spacious and comfortable library, allowing students the ability to choose books that speak to their sense of wonder and creativity.

Progress & Reporting

Strong cooperation between parents and the school is a key element in having a successful education experience. Each school year starts with a meeting for new parents and a time to visit the classroom to get acquainted with your child’s learning environment and teachers. We also have more formal Parent Teacher Conferences in the fall and the spring. These conferences provide an opportunity for parents to meet with their child’s classroom teacher on an individual basis and review their child’s progress and next steps. Teachers also have regular communication with parents through newsletters, and all primary students receive a quarterly report card.

School Timings

We work with each student to develop a schedule and course load in line with their development and aspirations. Below is a sample schedule from our 4th grade class.


Monday through Friday

  • 7:50 – Arrive
  • 8:00 – English/Writing
  • 8:45 – Math
  • 9:30 – Chinese or ESOL
  • 10:20 – Recess
  • 10:40 – Reading
  • 11:30 – Lunch
  • 12:15 – Social Studies/P.E./Art/Science
  • 1:45 – Bible/Social Studies
  • 2:30 – Problem Solving
  • 3:00 – Dismiss

Subject Frequency

Art-CreditOnce Weekly

Every Day

Library-CreditTwice Weekly

Twice Weekly

Every Day

Three Times a Week

Three Times a Week

Four Times a Week

Every Day

Three Times a Week

Twice Weekly

Learning Support

At WYIS we are committed to seeing that every child has an opportunity to learn and grow. In most cases, the needs of individual students are able to be met by the classroom teacher with the use of some individualized assistance or curriculum modification as necessary. We are willing to discuss the needs of each child and determine if the necessary resources needed for success are available. In certain cases, one-to-one assistance can be offered.

We believe that children grow and learn best in a secure, nurturing environment. At WYIS, we place high importance on seeing that our students feel valued, successful, and esteemed. We treat each child with respect and encourage them to treat others in the same manner. Through developing character, we are positioning our students to become positive members of our global society.

Our school counselor is qualified, experienced, and available to assist our students and families who may be facing transition or other social or emotional issues.

English Language Development

WYIS provides assistance for elementary students who need English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) support.  Our ESL staff are qualified English and/or ESL-specialized teachers who assist our students in reaching a greater fluency in English.  This program focuses on building age-appropriate vocabulary and addresses listening, speaking, reading, and writing needs.

The (ESL) program/department includes an “Enriched English” program using grade-level subject matter for English Language Learners. This aids to accelerate student comprehension and participation in the unmodified classroom.

Wuhan Yangtze International School

Wuhan International Educational Center
No. 10-1 Boxue Road, WEDZ
Wuhan, Hubei, PRC 430056
(86 27) 8423-8713