In the 2190 days in the past six years that have witnessed the growth of Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy, nearly a thousand students have moved through our school.
The 95 students from the four cohorts of graduates have proved the success of CKWA’s diversified educational philosophy by receiving letters of offer from some of the world’s top school!
From 2019 to 2023, under the leadership of Ms. Christine Xu, Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy was ranked one of the top-tier newly established international private school in Beijing. The growing reputation and graduation results of Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy has attracted many parents to recognize and choose this school, which helped, even under pandemic conditions for CKWA to grow year on year. In the past four years, Principal Xu’s excellent leadership, her professional management of teaching and education as well as the shaping of the community culture has won the trust and respect of CKWA students, teachers, and families. At the end of 2022-23 academic year, Ms. Christine Xu will end her four-year career at Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy and embark on a new journey in the international education field. While we appreciate the great contribution made by Ms. Christine Xu to the development of the school, we are honored to announce the appointment of Ms. Madeleine Ma as the new principal of Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy starting from August 2023.
Every change is a precious opportunity for the development of the school. We believe that Ms. Madeleine Ma, the new principal, will continue to lead Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy to new heights. Engaged in the educational field for 27 years, Ms. Madeleine Ma has accumulated rich managerial experience in teaching and learning. Ms. Ma joined Haidian Kaiwen Academy in 2018. For the past five years, she has led the team at Haidian Kaiwen Academy, creating a quality curriculum and developing their teaching and learning. In addition, she has assisted hundreds of students with successful applications to first-class international universities. Ms. Ma has nearly 10 years’ experience in managing the international section of Capital Normal University High School. Under the joint efforts of her leadership and her team, each year all students from the international division of the school were admitted to top universities in the US and Canada every.
We look forward to the new energy Ms. Madeleine Ma will bring to Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy, and we know she will use her experience will help students and parents. Next, we will present to you the new principal in a three-dimensional way through the exclusive interview of Ms. Madeleine Ma.
Education is the
underpainting of every child’s life.
When asked why she has been serving a school so steadily for 22 years, Principal Ma smiled and said, “Everything came naturally.” Born into an educational family, under the guidance of her parents’ words and deeds, Principal Ma graduated and entered the Capital Normal University High School first as a teacher. The century old school has a profound cultural heritage, dedicated teachers, and positive students. Principal Ma’s work experience in high-quality public schools gives her the experience of the rigorous and persistent work attitude of good schools towards education and teaching.
“Although the curriculum standards are similar every year, I am persistent in updating my lesson plans. I hope to provide students with a refreshing class and give them a different feeling. I enjoy interacting with students, and I care about the feeling of learning together with them.” Principal Ma shared that she was only 8 or 9 years older than her first batch of high school students when she was teaching them. Now, 27 years have passed, and former teachers and students have become good friends, maintaining frequent interaction. YUE Yang, one of the first of Principal Ma’s graduates, expressed his gratitude to her in 2021, saying that “what you cultivated was our interest in language. It was you who showed us that English is not an exam, but a key to opening the door to a new world.” This statement moved Principal Ma and made her deeply understand the significance of teacher education: “Every effort that teachers invest in students will become a light that illuminates their progress and paves the way for their growth.”
During her tenure as a teacher in the Capital Normal University High School, Principal Ma had the experience of participating in multiple district level teaching competitions and with expert advice created high-quality classrooms, which gave her a deeper understanding of class management and efficient classes. If the first twelve years of her career have endowed Principal Ma with a solid educational background and teaching abilities, then the experience of successfully managing the international division in the following ten years has honed Principal Ma’s ability to efficiently manage education.
Due to her strong interest in international education, Principal Ma began managing a curriculum cooperative project with a 260-year-old private school in the United States (Germantown Academy) in 2009 and went to the United States to work at the school. This high-quality private school in the United States provided her with in-depth guidance in curriculum construction and university counseling. The educational philosophy of “focusing on students’ lifelong development” allowed her to focus not only on application results but also on the cultivation of students’ comprehensive learning and the quality of the application processes. These are essential abilities for students’ future life in universities and work. Through the efforts of the team, the Sino-US cooperative project has achieved fruitful results in further education, especially for the children who have fully developed their abilities during the learning process, which has prepared them well for the challenges at universities in the future. As teachers, we are fulfilled with a sense of satisfaction and pride.”
In the eyes of Principal Ma, the value of a teacher lies in the achievement of a child’s life. She has a deep understanding of Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy’s concept of “to be a school deeply rooted in China yet building an international education which prepares pupils for a global future”. Because of its deep roots, the journey is long. This root is not only about the recognition of Chinese identity, but also the educational foundation for a child’s life. Throughout the interview, Principal Ma kept smiling. Principal Ma’s kindness and determination have injected warmth into education. This warmth not only occurs in the classroom, but also in the hearts and lives of every student.
The dynamics of class makes children learn joyfully, flexibly, and extensively
In 2018, Principal Ma joined Haidian Kaiwen Academy. After 5 years of educational practice and accumulation, the teaching and learning, as well as academic achievements at HKWA are very impressive. In this regard, Principal Ma always humbly attributes the credit to her own luck. She says she has always encountered a group of like-minded, hardworking, and outstanding teams in every workplace. Nowadays, from Haidian Kaiwen Academy to Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy, Principal Ma describes this as “I just moved from the West House to the East House because we belong to one family, Kaiwen Education Group. We both strive for excellence, pursuing international education deeply rooted in China.”
In a career spanning 27 years, Principal Ma has been diligent in writing and has published several papers and works in various journals. Principal Ma will extract problems from classes, build teams, optimize, and summarize existing practices, focus on innovative teaching, stimulate students’ internal drive, cultivate students’ creative thinking, and ultimately apply these strategies in classroom and at team management level, to benefit all students. Principal Ma believes that this is due to the habit and a sense of mission towards excellence.
Make every student learn joyfully, flexibly, and extensively should be the pursuit of every educator. The premise of making every student learn joyfully is the teacher’s meticulous teaching design, project-driven, interdisciplinary restructure, and in-depth exploration of specific problems… In terms of teaching methods, we need to learn from and integrate the essence of western education, make our classroom more dynamic, and stimulate students’ interest and creativity in learning. Students can feel satisfaction and get a sense of fulfillment in the process of knowledge application, which will continuously strengthen the motivation to learn more flexibly and extensively.
Principal Ma is well aware of the differences and diversity of students in private schools, and therefore places special emphasis on practicing personalized and diverse courses to ensure high-quality learning and growth. She mentioned that “we need to give children personalized attention and build up more levels in the curriculum design, so that students not only focus on the immediate learning, but also plan the entire learning stage. The difficulty of the curriculum increases layer by layer from shallow to deep, depending on students’ abilities and follows the zone of proximal development, so that every student can learn and excel.
The key to achieving success in learning is an attentive management system. A reasonable management framework, detailed management processes, and in-depth management methods will all help students develop personalized skills. We need to create an academic atmosphere that makes excellence a habit. Encourage students to develop habits of independent learning and management with careful help of teachers, gradually tapping into their own potential, and achieving breakthroughs.
The first-class teachers
are the fulcrum of good education
Looking at Principal Ma, we can see many labels. From the visiting tutor of Foreign Language School of Capital Normal University to the certified commissioner of Cognia, from the backbone teachers in Beijing to the subject leader of Haidian District, Principal Ma ignored these medals and smiled, “This is just proof of past efforts.” In fact, the Merit Slam embodies the strength of Principal Ma to lead Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy for further development.
Principal Ma is candid. “The sustainable development of an excellent school lies in solid curriculum construction and high-quality teaching level, and its core lies in cultivating an excellent teaching team. I also firmly believe that first-class teachers can bring out first-class students and support first-class prestigious schools. Therefore, it is crucial to select excellent teachers, ensure the entry level of teachers, and carefully build various platforms and opportunities for teachers’ growth. I am willing to be the fulcrum which supports the first-class teachers in the school. In the new academic year, I will be committed to supporting the professional growth of teachers and jointly creating a positive and cooperative work environment. Here we can motivate each other and become our best selves.”
Although she has been engaged in education for 27 years and is a veteran of international education, Principal Ma always maintains a humble temperament. She always believes that she is a newcomer and constantly learns the best teaching and management experience through communication with her peers. In 2019, after Haidian Kaiwen Academy were authorized by Cognia, the school’s leadership and management mechanism, curriculum teaching, and support resources were comprehensively sorted and optimized. A high-quality international certification gave the school a great deal of recognition, but also put forward reasonable improvement suggestions, which took the overall quality of the school to a new level. Afterwards, I joined the Cognia International Certification Group and participated in the certification of five schools, domestically and internationally. During this process, I’ve learned their strengths and thought about how to apply them. I believe my experience will also help Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy grow together.”
The principal is the soul figure of a school, the pioneer of its development, the leader of the teaching staff, and the lantern bearer of children’s ideological and cultural growth. Principal Ma’s excellent work ethic will better assist the development of Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy.
Students are the
“eternal focus” of school and family
As the new helmsman of Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy, Principal Ma is also full of confidence in how Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy will develop in the next step and upgrade in terms of culture, curriculum, teaching staff, and other aspects.
“There is no doubt that students must be the ‘eternal focus’ of schools and families.” Principal Ma admitted that the ideal school education in the future should follow the characteristics of students’ growth, create a dynamic learning environment, meet the needs of students’ personal development, and cultivate creativity, critical thinking, and the spirit of cooperation. Teachers should encourage thinking, exploration, and innovation in daily teaching and different learning environments. While emphasizing students’ academic growth, they should also value their emotional management abilities, as well as their courage in facing the unknown and perseverance in facing challenges. In other words, the mission of schools is to endow students with basic knowledge and skills, comprehensive qualities that can cope with future challenges, and personality traits that can face unknown environments.
Joining hands with parents to focus on their children’s growth is also an important part of Principal Ma’s education philosophy. She is willing to listen carefully to the voices of parents, actively communicate with them about the difficulties they encounter in raising their children, and continuously influence their educational views through lectures and interactive dialogues, providing a relaxed environment for their growth. Principal Ma also strongly agrees with Principal Xu’s advocacy that parents should have a growth-oriented mindset. She looks forward to sharing more about family education with parents’ representatives and the entire community.
These simple visions demonstrate the earnest expectations of a simple educator.
From time to space, from one-way to multi-dimension, from individual to group… Let the campus become a vibrant field and a research center full of happiness. Principal Ma is willing to work hand in hand with all teachers, students, and parents to fight side by side, adhere to the “cultured and future-oriented” high-quality school education and achieve the healthy growth of every child!
In the 2023-24 academic year, let’s look forward to Principal Ma leading us into a new chapter!