Middle School Houses
Ainslie House and Shin Saimdang House recognize the importance of providing a comfortable, homely environment for girls, many of whom will be away from their parents for the first time. Our caring Head of House and Teacher Dons ensure the girls feel welcome, happy and involved at all times. We aim to make their time an exciting and fulfilling “home away from home” experience. We nurture the girls to become confident and independent young women who will contribute meaningfully to the world around them.
Our unique and comprehensive weekend program offers opportunities for individual and group activities that promote team building, independence and special moments to create fun memories and lasting friendships. Once a month we celebrate birthdays with cake, games and laughter. Our Family groups, enables for study hall, supervised by the highly qualified Teacher Dons, independently and collaboratively.
New and returning students are warmly welcomed into the Houses and the caring staff ensure that the girls feel welcome with a sense of belonging.
Since I started in boarding I try to think about the problem and find solutions before approaching the teacher dons for help.
Grade 7 student
Head of House
M.A. (McGill University)
Laura holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership &
Administration from McGill University in Canada. She joins
us from Every Child Counts, Abaco, Bahamas where she held
the position of Assistant Head of School. Laura has more than 25
years of experience in leadership roles including Principal,
Director of Admissions, Executive Director and Director of
B.B.A. (University of Washington)
Amy joins Branksome Hall Asia after working as an au pair in Italy
where she also taught English in a volunteer-led school for refugees.
She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis
in Management from the University of Washington.
B.A. English ( South China Normal University)
Wenhui Joins Branksome Hall Asia after workin as an executive assistant
to the CEO, World Wlidlife Fund, China. She also worked in Utahloy
International School Guangzhou as assistant to Head of School for a year.
She holds a B.A in English from South China Normal Univerysity and had
studied in America for several years.
(Hons.) B.A. Politics (University of Nottingham)
Charlotte has been a Teacher Don at Branksome Hall Asia for two years,
and brings her own experience of life as a boarding student in the UK. She
graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Politics and
later gained CELTA qualification. She has spent time in early years
education and teaching English as a second language.
B.A. Social Science (University of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific)
Soh Hyun has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from the
University of Asia Pacific in Japan. She grew up in Ireland
since she was five and had attended Boarding school there.
This is her second year at BHA as a residence don.
B.A. (Sonoma State University)
Nicolette joins Branksome Hall Asia as a Teacher Don in the Residence
program. She brings an extensive background in counseling and previously
worked as a therapist in schools throughout Northern California. She holds
a B.A. in Communications and a Master's in Clincial Mental Health
Counseling from Sonoma State University.
B.A. East Asian Studies (Bard College)
Sarah is originally from New Hampshire in the northeastern
United States.In addition to mutliple years of experience as a
tutor, camp counselor, and substitute teacher, Sarah studied
and taught English in China for two years.She holds a Bachelor
of Arts in Asian Studies with a focus on Chinese Language
and Literature from Bard College.
B.A. (Hanyang University)
Kyungeun joins Branksome Hall Asia after graduating from Hanyang
University in Seoul. She holds a Bachelor of English Education and
Theatre and Film with a teaching license in English. She has
experiences in supervising academic writing in high schools as a
volunteer and teaching English in a Korean high school for teaching
Head of House
M.A. (Bournemouth University)
Tracy joins us as Head of House with more than 10 years of teaching
and leadership experience at schools in Australia, UK, UAS, Thailand
and China. She joins us from the HD Ningbo School where she held
the position of Assistant Principal overseeing secondary boarding and
after school pastoral care. She holds a Master of Arts from
B.A. (Rhodes College)
Monica graduated from Rhodes College in 2017 with a B.A. in
English Literature and Creative Writing. She has worked with
children with special needs and helped to establish a writing
center at a local high school during her time as an undergraduate.
This is her second year as a Residence Don at BHA.
B.A. French (Dongduk Women's University)
GradDip.Couns (Australian College of Applied Psychology)
Miri holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and a Graduate Diploma of
Counseling. During her training in Counseling in Sydney, Australia,
her two areas of focus included Cross-cultural Counseling and
Creative Therapies. She has worked with adolescents through high
school mentoring programs in Australia and medical wellness
programs in Asia. She is passionate about helping young girls to
discover their hidden potentials and strengths. As a new Residence
Don at BHA, she is motivated to support resident students with their
social health and emotional wellbeing.
Chelsey Gray is originally from Canada. She has her Bachelor of
Arts in English Literature from the University of Regina, and acquired
her Masters of English Literature from Aberdeen, Scotland. She has
several years of experience working in various fields, such as an
entrepreneur, a professional writer, public speaker, English educator,
and actress. She is excited to use everything she has learned to the
fullest as a Residence Don.
B.A. English (South China Agricultural University)
Jianjia came from a Chinese IB school where she had served as a
Secondary Secretary for one and a half years plus as an intern
teacher for one year. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from South China
Agricultural University and has the Postgraduate Certificate in
Education (international) from Nottingham University.
B.A. (Bowdoin College)
Min Kyo (Michelle) Jeong joins Branksome Hall Asia after recently
graduating from Bowdoin College. She has worked as a student
assistant in the Office of Fellowship and Research, as well as the
Office of Off-Campus Studies at Bowdoin. Prior to that, Michelle
has spent time working as a community health volunteer in India
and Ghana. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and East
Asian Studies from Bowdoin.
B.A. (Nottingham Trent University)
Willow Shepstone is originally from the United Kingdom. She
holds a Bachelor of Arts in Furniture and Product Design from
Nottingham Trent University. She has worked in Jeju at another
international school for one year prior. She is excited to provide
support the Residence Students at Branksome Hall Asia.
B.A. Politics (Underwood International College, Yonsei University)
Alina is originally from Karachi, Pakistan but travelled to and lived
in different parts of the world growing up. She acquired a Bachelor
of Arts in Political Science and International Relations (PSIR) from
Underwood International College, Yonsei University. She is
trilingual and enjoys learning immensely. This year, she is excited to
share that passion for learning and use her international background
to help enrich the students' academic and personal lives.
Romero Cely, Daniela
B.S. (University of North Carolina Wilmington)
M.R. (NC State University)
Daniela is orignially from Bogota, Colombia but has lived in North Carolina,
USA most of her life. Prior to joining the BHA team, Daniela was doing
Pediatric Research and volunteering at a pediatric clinic. During her
undergraduate studies she mentored minority high school students during
their college application process which drove her to continue a passion in
guiding younger students to pursue higher education leading her to BHA.
She holds a B.S. in Biology with concentrations in Chemistry and Spanish
and a masters in Physiology, she wants to continue her studies by pursuing
medical school in the near future. Daniela is very excited about becoming a
part of such an impactful program and hopes to aid the students in pursuing
Provided in Boarding:
- The following will be provided for each girl:
- All linen including fitted bed sheets, mattress cover, pillowcase, duvet and duvet cover. However, many students like to bring their own duvets and we are happy for this to happen.
- Desk with chair.
- Wardrobe with mirror for clothes and shoes
- The rooms in Senior Houses have ample wardrobe space and shelving, those of Middle School Houses have storage space on top of the wardrobe (60cm x 60cm)
- A lockable drawer.
- Bookshelf and places for mementos.
In the common areas there are:
- Televisions, toasters, kettles, a fridge freezer and microwave.
- Separate laundry room with ironing boards, irons, washing machines, clothes dryers
What to Bring:
- Personal MacBook with earphones
- Cell phone with local number. Students are encouraged to have a cell phone.
- Toiletries including bathrobe, bath towels, toothbrush, shampoo, hair dryer, soap and plastic flip-flops (beach sandals) to wear in the bathrooms and shower areas
- A named laundry bag
- Clothes hangers for the closet
- Alarm clock, desk lamp, flashlight.
- Blue-tack for attaching pictures or posters to the wall (no tape or glue)
- Extension cable (4m)
- All clothing MUST be labeled with each student’s name.
- Rain coat
Extras, Some students may choose to bring the following:
- Sports equipment such as tennis/badminton racquet
- Musical instrument
What NOT to bring:*
- Small appliances of any kind: kettles, hot plates, blenders, refrigerators, toasters, soup pots, toaster ovens, rice cookers, crock pots (slow cookers), microwave ovens and irons
- Night stands
- Side tables
- Shoe racks
- Shelving units
- Electric blankets
- Wifi routers
*Boarding faculty will confiscate any such items accordingly.
Our Boarding faculty will be happy to assist students in any way possible to set up their rooms in order to create a comfortable atmosphere, which the students can enjoy all year long.