Mrs Annabel Parker
Director of Mandarin
Annabel Parker (杜宏霞) works closely with and coordinates the DCI Mandarin faculty of over 100 teachers across the group. She was a Deputy Head of a primary school in Taiyuan before moving to the UK in 2001 to teach Mandarin at Kingsford Community School in London. Here she established one of the first Confucius Classrooms in the world and worked towards the school’s successful acquisition of language college status. As Head of Modern Foreign Languages at New Line Learning Academy of Future Schools Trust in Maidstone, Ms Parker built the largest Mandarin teaching department in the UK and achieved Hanban Confucius Classroom status in 2009. In 2010 she was awarded the Outstanding Leader Award for her work in promoting Mandarin teaching and learning in the UK.