welcomes new academic staff to the college

Monday September 20, 2021

With face-to-face lessons commencing at the end of last week, Concord was delighted to introduce five new academic staff to the college. Ms Amy Meredith, who grew up in Shropshire and attained her degree, PGCE and MA in London, has joined the English department. Ms Meredith previously worked at a school in Islington, North London, before recently relocating to her home county to start at Concord. Reflecting on her new role, Ms Meredith said: “I am hugely excited about becoming part of the Concord community, it seems like a wonderful place to work.” Concord has also welcomed a new EAL (English as an additional language) teacher, Mr Luke Bowen, who has worked at Concord’s first partner school, Shanghai Concord Bilingual School (SCBS) for the last four years. Most recently, his role has been Director of International Studies for the Middle School. Mr Bowen – who also has an MA in Chinese Philosophy – has a wealth of overseas experience teaching EAL. After graduating with a BA in Philosophy, he moved to China and taught English as a second language for a decade, including at SCBS. He said: “I am very excited to be joining Concord. Having worked at SCBS and having previously had the pleasure of visiting in 2019, I know just how special a place Concord College is and how lucky staff and students are to be learning and teaching in such a wonderful, supportive community.” The third new academic staff member is Dr Jamie Ellis, who has joined Concord’s History department. Dr Ellis is also a former student (Class of 2008) and son of former Head of Art, Mrs Patricia Ellis. Dr Ellis’ academic background includes a degree in History at York and an MPhil and PhD at Cambridge University in Medieval History. Dr Ellis also worked for the University of Cambridge Museums before completing a PGCE in Secondary History, and he has taught History for three years at Presdales school in Hertfordshire. Said Dr Ellis: “I am really looking forward to teaching History at Concord. Being part of such a wonderful community is a real privilege – from being a student to a staff member – and I am looking forward to meeting more of the students.” The Physics department has welcomed Mr Paul Dunne, who has recently returned to the UK following four years of teaching Physics in Abu Dhabi. Mr Dunne completed a double honours Maths & Physics degree in Ireland in 2003, before moving to London to undergo a PGCE. He has also taught Science at a school in Surrey, Physics at a school in Sydney, and taught Physics in London for 10 years. Mr Dunne praised the “warm welcome” he received at Concord following induction week and added: “I’m looking forward to working in such an experienced department.” The fifth new academic staff member to join the college is Miss Anna Maciag, who has just relocated to Shrewsbury. Miss Maciag is the newest addition to the Maths department – and she has taught in the independent schools sector for over 10 years, teaching both Mathematics and Further Mathematics. She has also worked as an examiner, marking A level papers. Speaking at the start of term, she said: “I am really looking forward to getting students excited about mathematics!” A warm welcome to all new staff and best of luck for the year ahead!