Our Teachers

Derek Anderson

Derek Anderson is from the United States and has almost five years of teaching experience in both his native country and in China. Having a master’s in education with a focus on Integrated Curriculum, Derek utilizes the skills learned from his studies to both differentiate subject matter and incorporate critical thinking, so students better grasp learning concepts. Derek is also a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, which is an educational group of professionals with notable members including Eleanor Roosevelt and Albert Einstein. Outside of teaching, Derek enjoys reading, traveling, and experiencing new aspects from various cultures. derek.anderson@cgagz.com

Joanathan Lake

Jonathan was born in Guildford and raised in West Wittering in the South East of London, England. He Graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in BSc Sports and Exercise Psychology. He began to fall in love with teaching since he was ten years old, where he had a male teacher called Mr. Ashley as his Year 5 primary school teacher. When he was in college he volunteered two times a week to go into the local schools and support the teachers with their physical activity classes and from there pursued his teaching career which has lead him to work and live in South China, Guangzhou. Jonathan moved to China in the summer of 2012 where he has worked in a number of different international schools. The most recent school being Huamei American International School (Griggs Academy), where he picked up his American state license (Michigan state). He is a very energetic and creative teacher and was recognized as a high achiever from The University of Nottingham where he achieved his PGCE in Teaching. He is very excited to be a part of the new school set up here at Canton Global Academy (CGA). Jonathan is a teacher who strives to get the best out of his students helping them achieve their full potential in a stimulating and motivating classroom environment, Jonathan’s hobbies are sports related and enjoys playing football and badminton. He will create a professional rapport with the students both inside and outside the classroom. Apart for teaching, Jonathan enjoys walking his dog, exercising and going to the cinemas with friends. Jonathan was a professional English sportsman from the age of 14-19 years old and looks forward to sharing his talents and experiences with the students.


Zakiya attended London University and graduated with a degree in Education Studies. Her initial teaching was at a secondary school in Deptford, London, during which time she also studied for and was awarded a TEFL qualification. Armed with her qualifications she decided to follow her personal ambitions in travelling and she left London and came to work in Guangzhou initially teaching English as a second language. By way of professional development, Zakiya improved her skills by taking Cambridge Learners teaching knowledge tests. Whilst enjoying TEFL work, Zakiya was pleased to get the opportunity to join CGA and believes she has been ‘wonderfully challenged’ in this role. Zakiya is currently studying for her Masters degree and her passions include travelling, different cultures and sharing experiences. She sees education as being “a passport to the world.”

Kable Mei

Kable Mei graduated from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, majoring in Chinese Language and Culture. She has been teaching primary for two years. She believes that good education can make the future better. Learning a language is not just to learn how to use this language but to learn more about the culture and the way how people think. She loves traveling as to explore the world and to talk to the people who are from different areas. She likes hiking, camping and writing poems.

Gloria Wen

Zan Wen gained her Bachelor’s degree in teaching Chinese as a foreign language from Xiang Tan university and worked as a Chinese Teacher at The Confucius Institute at Leon University, Spain. After working there for one year she went on to teach at The Confucius Institute at Las Palmas University. Her work in Spain included lessons in Chinese culture and arranging Spring Festival events as well as organizing activities for the reception of the Chinese Ambassador to Spain along with his staff. She enjoys working with young children and is happy to use her experiences abroad in her work at CGA.

Ophelia Chen

Chen Muren is a graduate of South China Normal University. She has worked as an intern in a Chinese Primary school and most recently was a teacher in Kindergarten and Grade 1 students in a local Arabic School. During university vacations she also worked as an English and Music teacher on Summer courses and as an interpreter. She enjoys working with young children and is pleased to have achieved a position at an international school.