Welcome to Elementary

As the principal of Wuhan Yangtze International’s Elementary School, I consider it an honor and a sacred responsibility to serve and work at WYIS. As a parent whose children attend WYIS, I cannot say enough about the wonderful and caring staff and faculty who make up the WYIS team. I look forward to working with the dedicated faculty and staff members to provide the best and safest education possible for our students in an ever-changing world.

Wuhan Yangtze International School strives to support our parents in their ordained responsibility to raise their children to be life-long learners. Through our ongoing technology programs, enrichment program, staff development, curriculum, and partnerships, I believe WYIS is at the forefront of international education in China.

I am so excited to be part of WYIS and even more excited to be able to work closely with everyone to make our school even better. We all have a role as parents, teachers, staff, administration, and as a community to encourage our children. It is my greatest desire to provide every opportunity for our students to acquire the skills necessary to succeed in life, both socially and academically. My door will always be open to anyone who wants to join me in this endeavor.

Thank you for allowing me and my family the privilege of being a part of the WYIS team as your Elementary School Principal.


Joel Gibson

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 teaching intern, 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
Grade 1 Teacher
Ashley Jin
Grade 1 Teaching Intern
Vicki Nabete
Grade 1 Teacher
Jojo Xiao
Grade 1 Teaching Intern
Pafoua Her
Language Acquisition Teacher
Catherine Harvey
Grade 2 Teacher
Susie Xiong
Grade 2 Teaching Intern
Alicia Feuling
Grades 2/3 Enrichment Teacher
Catherine Boulet
Grade 3 Teacher
Julia Huang
Grade 3 Teaching Intern
Edgar Franks
Grade 4 Teacher
Richard Ren
Grade 4 Teaching Intern
Raina Tong
Grade 4 Teaching Intern
Todd Wu
Grade 5 Teaching Intern
Richard Cattell
Grade 5 Teacher
Alexandra Conrad
Art Teacher
Tiffany Yang
Art Teaching Intern
Becky Schultz
Language Acquisition Teacher
Manuel Vilanova
Design & Technology Teacher
Deborah Cattell
Music & Drama Teacher
Aaron Householder
P.E. Teacher
Doris Lauron
Language Acquisition Teacher
Catherine Tian
Chinese Language Teacher
Tom Williams
PE Teacher/Athletic Director
Flora Fu
Chinese Language Teacher
Sharron Yu
Chinese Language Teacher
Vicky Feng
Chinese Language Teacher
Vine Zhu
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 one of our 10th grade students.


Monday through Friday

  • 7:50 – Arrive
  • 8:00 – Advisory
  • 8:15 – SS203 Intro to Sociology
  • 9:00 – SCI301 Chemistry
  • 9:50 – EN202 World Literature
  • 10:40 – Study Hall
  • 11:20 – Lunch
  • 11:55 – MA301 Pre-Calculus
  • 12:45 – REL203 Let God Be God
  • 1:35 – PE201 Health & Wellness
  • 2:25 – SEC201 Yearbook & Design
  • 2:25 – MU201 Choir
  • 3:05 – 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