Our School Leadership Team
All YCIS schools share the same Mission and Vision Statement and an overall Strategic Plan which guide all areas of activity and establish the key direction, core values, and overarching policies of the schools.
While the Co-Principals’ primary focus is on the learning programmes, student welfare, and the leadership of the academic staff, the School Business Manager oversees non-academic areas. Together, they function as a unified team with overall responsibility for every area of school operation.
YCIS Qingdao is registered with the Ministry of Education as a School for Children of Foreign Nationals. It is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the National Centre for School Curriculum and Textbook Development (NCCT). The school is an authorised provider of the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examination by Cambridge Assessment International Education and is authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) through the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).
Mr Stephen O' Connor
Mr Stephen James O’Connor joined YCIS Qingdao as the Western Co-Principal in 2018. He holds a Master of Education In Advanced Teaching and Learning, a Master of Arts in Educational Management, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and also a Bachelor of Science with Honours. Prior to joining YCIS Qingdao, Mr O’Connor worked in Asia for over 16 years with the last 11 years as Headmaster of Heathfield International School in Bangkok. Before that Mr O’Connor worked at various schools and colleges in Liverpool and Lancashire in the UK.
Ms Yvonne Ma
Ms Yvonne Ma was appointed as Chinese Co-Principal of Yew Chung International School of Qingdao in August 2009. Ms Ma holds a bachelor’s degree in Economy Management, a diploma in Business Administration Management, and a certificate of Chinese proficiency test from the Center for Applied Linguistics. Before joining YCIS Qingdao, she worked at Xi'an International School as head teacher and founder of a Chinese language programme. She has had many years’ experience in teaching Chinese as an Additional Language, teacher training, and school administration.