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Meet the EF Central Recruitment Team

 

Janice Hu

Janice is from the San Francisco bay area. She was a ballet teacher before moving to China in 2010 to teach. She joined EF as an online teacher based in Shanghai back in 2011 and she’s been recruiting teachers since 2012. After 5 years of China, she has recently relocated back to sunny California and resides in Los Angeles. Dancing, singing, painting, playing the uke - if you’re into artsy things, she’s your best friend.

  • Hometown: San Francisco, California, USA
  • The Years: 5.5 years in China / 5 years with EF
  • If I had a million dollars: I’d use some of it to start a business and go on Shark Tank to make more ;)
  • Advice for new teachers: Travel when you can, make new friends, laugh a lot, and make the best of it!

 

Hayley Bannah

Hayley was born and raised in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating as a high school teacher she went to teach English in Japan. To her mother’s dismay, this is where she first caught the travel bug.  After a couple of years in Japan she jumped continents and taught in Brazil before making her way across the pond to the UK. She taught in the UK for 4 years (2 years at EF’s International Language School in London and 2 years at a local primary school) then returned home to become a teacher recruiter. She has since recruited teachers in offices around the world including Brisbane, Toronto, Shanghai and currently London.  Despite her mother’s protests she has spent 11 of the past 15 years living aboard and she has honestly loved every weird and wonderful moment of it.  She is proud to say this is her 5th year with EF.  Her dream is to get to 100 – 100 countries that is!  She’s currently sitting on 45 and counting…

  • Hometown: Brisbane, Australia
  • The Years: 5 years with EF / 2 years in Shanghai and 3 years in London
  • If I had a million dollars: I’d buy a little cottage by the sea
  • What keeps you here: Love of education – the students, the teachers, the lesson planning, all of it!
  • Advice for new teachers: Work hard, play hard!  This is the best job in the world! 

                                      Zachary Campbell

Zach was born in Missouri, but has spent most of his formative years in Southern California. He graduated from San Diego State University in 2010 and taught sailing in Mission Bay, San Diego, during and after his time in university. After wandering up and down the West Coast and even spending some time in Hawaii, Zach came to China to teach. His first year was spent between two small towns of only a few million citizens in Jiangsu and Jiangxi provinces; as well as a short stint in Beijing. After that, he joined EF and taught Kids and Teens in Shanghai for a year and a half. In the fall of 2015, Zach traded in a life of goofing around with kids and mentoring new teachers for a life of grown-up conversations with adults and encouraging prospective teachers to take the leap. Outside of work, Zach can be found loudly practicing his Chinese on the streets of Shanghai, and scrambling about the rock climbing walls of Shanghai. 

 

  • Hometown: San Diego, California
  • The Years: 2.5 years teaching, 1.5 years in Shanghai with EF
  • If I had a million dollars: I’d buy a tall ship and run semester at sea excursions from it.
  • What keeps you here? I’m still learning how to haggle like a local.
  • Advice for new teachers: Take the time to learn Chinese, and your experience will blossom.

Indiana Jones

Originally from Africa (born in Harare, Zimbabwe; grew up in Windhoek, Namibia; and attended university in Cape town, South Africa – We know it’s quite a mouthful) Indiana is amazed by the big, bustling city of Shanghai and all the delightful things it has to offer. She has always been interested in travelling to China and thus jumped at the opportunity to teach abroad. She joined EF in 2015 as a teacher at one of EF’s kids and teens centres in Shenzhen and loved every minute of both teaching and exploring the southern city. A year later she moved to Shanghai to join the EF recruitment team.

  • Hometown: Somerset West, Cape Town, South Africa
  • The Years: Currently in her second year with EF
  • If I had a million dollars: I’d travel the world with my family
  • What keeps you here: There is something interesting to see around every corner and down every street, a day doesn’t go by without a new experience
  • Advice for new teachers: Be adventurous from the very beginning. Try all the food, practice the language, take trips whenever you can 

Stephanie Bryceland

Stephanie is originally from Glasgow, Scotland. After graduating university with a Master’s degree in Economics, she decided to try her hand at teaching English in China….because why not? She soon realized that it was the best decision she had ever made! Stephanie taught for a year and a half in Guangzhou, before making the move to Shanghai to join the teacher recruitment team. Since leaving China, Stephanie has been recruiting teachers for EF from both the UK and Australia (where she is now based).

  • Hometown: Glasgow, Scotland. Currently living in Melbourne.
  • The Years: Stephanie has been with EF since February 2012
  • If I had a million dollars: Buy a beach house with a great view.
  • Advice for new teachers: Take every day as it comes, and be open to new and fun experiences….and don’t panic before reaching China, you’re in good hands!

Gregory Wilder

Gregory was born in Brooklyn, New York City. He holds a EMBA from Hult Business School and is an avid traveler. He was in China for 13 years, has been recruiting since 2004 and been with EF since June 2007. He's been to 42 states in the US,38 cities in China, lived in 23 cities in China for a month or longer and speaks Mandarin fluently with some basic Shanghainese. He loves food and all of the different kinds of Chinese food so please ask which is his favorite. He's the proud father of a 6 year trilingual daughter.

  • Hometown: Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • The Years: 9 years working with EF / 13 years in China
  • If I had a million dollars: I’d put it in the bank and go back to work, I love my job!
  • What keeps you here: I enjoy working with some of the most talented people in the world, something that I get to do at EF
  • Advice for new teachers: Be flexible, enjoy the day with its ups and downs and see as much of china as possible. I have been to 38 cities, try to top me!
  • Contact information: Greg.wilder@ef.com

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