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Welcome to the captivating “Greatness Starts With Attitude” series at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS), where inspiring narratives and profound insights shape our educational philosophy. Today, we delve into the remarkable journey Sarah Leary, an educator with 16 years of experience, is a source of inspiration at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS). Originally hailing from South Africa, Sarah’s journey in education has been marked by dedication, passion, and innovative teaching methods. Let’s delve into her story of “Greatness” and discover the impact she has on young minds.

Sarah Leary, an educator with 16 years of experience, is a source of inspiration at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS). Originally hailing from South Africa, Sarah’s journey in education has been marked by dedication, passion, and innovative teaching methods. Let’s delve into her story of “Greatness” and discover the impact she has on young minds.


Sarah’s childhood was steeped in intellectual curiosity. Growing up in a household where education was highly valued, she had the privilege of being exposed to a rich tapestry of languages, cultures, and art forms. Her father, a respected doctor, and her mother, a history teacher and historian, instilled in her a love for learning. These formative experiences shaped Sarah into a passionate and creative individual, setting the stage for her future in education.

In our ongoing series "Greatness Starts With Attitude," we are excited to spotlight the remarkable journey of Udo Roos, a dedicated student at Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) who embodies the true spirit of determination and resilience.  Hailing from South Africa, Udo Roos has been an integral part of the WISS community for over a decade, starting his educational voyage from kindergarten all the way to grade 9. Inspired by his elder brothers, who have successfully graduated from WISS, Udo aspires to follow in their footsteps and carve his own path toward excellence.

In our ongoing series "Greatness Starts With Attitude," we are excited to spotlight the remarkable journey of Udo Roos, a dedicated student at Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) who embodies the true spirit of determination and resilience.


Hailing from South Africa, Udo Roos has been an integral part of the WISS community for over a decade, starting his educational voyage from kindergarten all the way to grade 9. Inspired by his elder brothers, who have successfully graduated from WISS, Udo aspires to follow in their footsteps and carve his own path toward excellence.

Welcome to the captivating “Greatness Starts With Attitude” series at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS), where inspiring narratives and profound insights shape our educational philosophy. Today, we delve into the remarkable journey of Timo Pyeon, Director of Academics in Innovation at WISS, as he shares his reflections on the transformative power of attitude and resilience in achieving greatness.

Welcome to the captivating “Greatness Starts With Attitude” series at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS), where inspiring narratives and profound insights shape our educational philosophy. Today, we delve into the remarkable journey of Timo Pyeon, Director of Academics in Innovation at WISS, as he shares his reflections on the transformative power of attitude and resilience in achieving greatness.


Timo Pyeon’s background is a rich tapestry woven from diverse cultural threads. Originally from the UK with Canadian roots, Timo’s global teaching odyssey has led him through educational landscapes in Thailand, Australia, Cambodia, and now, China. However, the indelible influence of his grandfather—a teacher who instilled the value of uplifting others—ignited Timo’s passion for education and set him on the path to becoming an educator himself.

In the latest installment of the "Greatness Starts With Attitude" series, we delve into the inspiring journey of Gary Halcrow, a dedicated Career-Related Programme (IBCP) coordinator at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) with a wealth of experience in teaching and a passion for guiding students towards holistic success.  Gary's path to education began with a love for sports, which ignited his initial interest in teaching physical education. Throughout his 10-year teaching career, spanning Scotland, Saudi Arabia, China, and now at WISS for five years, Gary has evolved into a dynamic IB teacher who values academic excellence and the development of essential character traits in his students.

In the latest installment of the "Greatness Starts With Attitude" series, we delve into the inspiring journey of Gary Halcrow, a dedicated Career-Related Programme (IBCP) coordinator at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) with a wealth of experience in teaching and a passion for guiding students towards holistic success.


Gary's path to education began with a love for sports, which ignited his initial interest in teaching physical education. Throughout his 10-year teaching career, spanning Scotland, Saudi Arabia, China, and now at WISS for five years, Gary has evolved into a dynamic IB teacher who values academic excellence and the development of essential character traits in his students.

The latest feature in our Greatness Starts With Attitude series shines a spotlight on Jiaxi Sun, a pivotal member of the faculty at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS). As a Chinese Language Teacher at WISS, Jiaxi's narrative embodies the core values of diversity, resilience, and unwavering commitment, establishing her as a revered figure within the school community.  At the heart of Jiaxi's story lies her profound appreciation for diversity. Surrounded by a multicultural environment at WISS, she views the myriad of cultures and perspectives as sources of inspiration. For Jiaxi, embracing diversity is not just about tolerance but about actively seeking the richness of different backgrounds, expanding horizons, and fostering a deeper understanding of the world.

The latest feature in our Greatness Starts With Attitude series shines a spotlight on Jiaxi Sun, a pivotal member of the faculty at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS). As a Chinese Language Teacher at WISS, Jiaxi's narrative embodies the core values of diversity, resilience, and unwavering commitment, establishing her as a revered figure within the school community.


At the heart of Jiaxi's story lies her profound appreciation for diversity. Surrounded by a multicultural environment at WISS, she views the myriad of cultures and perspectives as sources of inspiration. For Jiaxi, embracing diversity is not just about tolerance but about actively seeking the richness of different backgrounds, expanding horizons, and fostering a deeper understanding of the world.

In the latest installment of our series "Greatness Starts With Attitude," we spotlight Ben Ness, a remarkable teacher at the Western International School of Shanghai whose journey epitomizes the power of resilience, passion, and determination. Hailing from London, United Kingdom, Ben's path to greatness took root at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS), where he discovered his true calling and inspired countless others along the way.  Ben's story is one of transformation and self-discovery, shaped by his attitude towards life's challenges. His journey began at the tender age of 17 when he embarked on a voyage working for his father's international logistics and transport company. Sent on assignments across Europe and near Asia, Ben's initial exposure to the world ignited a passion for photography that would later become his driving force.

In the latest installment of our series "Greatness Starts With Attitude," we spotlight Ben Ness, a remarkable teacher at the Western International School of Shanghai whose journey epitomizes the power of resilience, passion, and determination. Hailing from London, United Kingdom, Ben's path to greatness took root at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS), where he discovered his true calling and inspired countless others along the way.


Ben's story is one of transformation and self-discovery, shaped by his attitude towards life's challenges. His journey began at the tender age of 17 when he embarked on a voyage working for his father's international logistics and transport company. Sent on assignments across Europe and near Asia, Ben's initial exposure to the world ignited a passion for photography that would later become his driving force.

The Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) has a rich history of actively serving its community through a variety of impactful initiatives. One standout effort is the recent WISS Community Service Fair, which exemplifies the school's unwavering dedication to community engagement and social responsibility.   Community service at WISS transcends mere volunteerism; it is deeply ingrained in the school's academic curriculum. Students leverage their acquired knowledge and skills from academic courses to tackle real-world challenges, effectively bridging the gap between theory and practice. This hands-on educational approach equips students with the tools to address intricate societal issues and become proactive change-makers.

The Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) has a rich history of actively serving its community through a variety of impactful initiatives. One standout effort is the recent WISS Community Service Fair, which exemplifies the school's unwavering dedication to community engagement and social responsibility. 


Community service at WISS transcends mere volunteerism; it is deeply ingrained in the school's academic curriculum. Students leverage their acquired knowledge and skills from academic courses to tackle real-world challenges, effectively bridging the gap between theory and practice. This hands-on educational approach equips students with the tools to address intricate societal issues and become proactive change-makers.

The Western International School of Shanghai values its partnership with families and looks forward to more interactive learning opportunities in the Early Years, focusing on holistic development and skill enhancement in outdoor and physical education settings. The latest "Come Learn With Us" session is dedicated to sharing with parents what Mathematical Development in the Early Years entails.  The Early Years Math Curriculum at Western International School of Shanghai emphasizes helping children learn various math concepts through hands-on activities. The program aims to build a strong foundation in math concepts through interactive activities, games, and exploration, preparing children for future math learning.

The Western International School of Shanghai values its partnership with families and looks forward to more interactive learning opportunities in the Early Years, focusing on holistic development and skill enhancement in outdoor and physical education settings. The latest "Come Learn With Us" session is dedicated to sharing with parents what Mathematical Development in the Early Years entails.


The Early Years Math Curriculum at Western International School of Shanghai emphasizes helping children learn various math concepts through hands-on activities. The program aims to build a strong foundation in math concepts through interactive activities, games, and exploration, preparing children for future math learning.

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