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Meet the Management Team

Message from the CEO

Wang Yanming, CEO

Houhai English is an English language school in Beijing, China. Our commitment is to provide the best curriculum system and our mission is to be the leader in English language teaching and acquisition in China.  We pride ourselves in delivering quality education to our students, thereby maximizing value to their future dreams.  Our efforts in the above cause have helped us grow tremendously fast notwithstanding that the only marketing we’ve had is word of mouth. 


Houhai is built on fundamentally sound principles.



Houhai conducts each and every interaction with teachers and all employees, students and parents 



By bringing our personal best including integrity, we hold ourselves and thus the school to a higher standard of performance, leading to constant innovation in everything we do. 



We are committed to providing services that meet or exceed the student requirements and applicable Regulatory standards and specifications. Quality is not a delegated responsibility and each employee is committed to achieving this Quality goal in the work they perform.



We have have a strong Code of Ethics and Conduct framework that is applicable to all employees and those who work on behalf of the school.



Passion for your job leads to success. Our staff need to be motivated and driven to be the best they can be.  Passion, drive, motivation, zeal, call it what you want. It is the self-driven attitude about your job and your work that can help lead you down the path to success.


Thank you for your interest in our school.

Operations/Teaching Staff Affairs

Sarah Warburton, Operations  Manager

Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa 

Time with Houhai: 5 months 

Why Stay in China:

I originally came to study Chinese and fell in love with the people and culture. 7 years later and I’m still here. I enjoy helping new teachers settle into their life here and I’m the bridge between the new teachers and Chinese culture.  

Love of education – I want to give the students a chance to learn more than just the textbook. I want to take them traveling around the world all while sitting at their desks.


I have taught in three different countries - Taiwan , South Korea and now China. I have been in the ESL industry for more than 12 years and want to share my experience and knowledge with all the teachers that walk through Houhai doors.

Mehmet Dogan, Vice-Operations Manager

Hometown: London, England

Time with Houhai: 7 years 

Why Stay in China:

Endless opportunities, fantastic food.


I have over 8 years of teaching experience, which consists of two countries, many different institutions and a vast range of students. I have taught every book that we have at least three times. It’s got to the stage where I can pretty much remember which book and unit a particular lesson might be, but don’t test me on that.


I would like to think of myself as a very funny person. My colleagues and friends sometimes disagree (Well, they are wrong). There’s always a funny side to everything, and with my accent I can kind of get away with it…just.


James Kinkade,
Assistant Training Manager


Hometown: Wyoming, USA

Time with Houhai: 3 months 


Why Stay in China:

The people, the food, the culture! 


My first stint as a teacher was 18 years ago as a Dance and Fitness Instructor. I have since continued teaching while taking on new challenges in Business Management. I have taught in a variety of settings like the dance studio, the High School classroom, and Corporate Training Seminars. The experience I have attained has given me a wide perspective that allows me to help teachers be their best!


Christopher Burgess, Recruiter

Hometown: Virginia

Time with Houhai: 4 Years


Why Stay In China:

Everyday is an opportunity to learn. I came to study Chinese, but found that I really loved Beijing, and I really loved having the opportunity to travel to all the very different, but still each uniquely Chinese, parts of China.


I have a background in international affairs, but have since moved on to working helping find teachers looking to make the leap and come teach in China.

Executive Managers

Wang Xiaolei (Nikki), CEO Assistant. 


I am from a Henan, northeastern central part of China. I graduated with a degree in Business English from Zhengzhou University.


My administrative experience stretches to more than 10 years. I have been with Houhai since it started 7 years ago. Our first class had around 14 students and one English Teacher. And that wasn’t just the first class, it was the whole school. Now here we are with 14 centers and even more on the way.


I have stayed with Houhai because I have always believed that we provide the best for our students. I feel like I am a part of Houhai! 

Martin N. K, CEO Assistant. 


I graduated from University with a degree in English, Literature, and an MA in Journalism and comm. Studies. Before China, I held positions in the fields of business and Media.


I was always interested in traveling to China and thus jumped at the opportunity to work here. First, as a Business Manager with an International Company in Beijing, then Houhai.  I have extensive experience with administrative tasks, including staffing, correspondence et al.  


I have been with Houhai for more than four years. What still keeps me in China and at Houhai? I love to be challenged, the people and passion for what I do.