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Shanghai skyline: Shanghai Tower
Shanghai skyline: Shanghai Tower
Leader interview

Sep 3, 2019

Meet the Explore CRS team!

We want you to get to know our team of experienced consultants who each bring something unique to our services.

When you work with Explore CRS, you will be allocated a designated recruiter who will get to know you and either your career goals (for candidates) or your school's needs (for school recruiters).

Collectively, our team has over 40 years’ experience in educational recruitment and is made up of five nationalities. Many in the team have been international teachers themselves and therefore understand the complex issues schools face. Our consultants can provide valuable insight and advice to international educators.

Let's meet the Explore CRS consultants! 

Vanessa Cumbers

Vanessa is from the United Kingdom and has worked within the international education recruitment/HR sector for more than 20 years. She moved to China in 2008 to work for a major international recruitment firm before joining Dipont Education as HR director in 2009. In 2012, she established Explore CRS as a subsidiary company of Dipont. Married to a former UK naval officer, Vanessa now splits her time between Shanghai and their home in Ludlow, England.

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Robin Watts

Robin has been with the company since March 2016 and has lived in China for five and half years. A psychology graduate, Robin later completed a PGCE and taught psychology and physical education in the UK for six years before moving to China. In China, he made the transition from teaching into recruitment and is now studying for a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Level 5 qualification in human resources to develop his skills further. He is a keen supporter, and now veteran player, of football and while his level of spoken Chinese remains basic, he enjoys the country's hot summers and delicious food.

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Morgane Hervio

Morgane brings the French touch to the team. She graduated in 2015 with a masters degree in international cooperation and intercultural relations. In January 2017 Morgane joined Explore CRS as an intern and is now a confident recruitment consultant. Her experience of travelling and living across the world has allowed her to embrace different cultures and to effectively understand cross-cultural communication. As well as French, Morgane is fluent in English and Spanish, and knows some basic Chinese.

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Nick Halaiko

Nick joined Explore CRS in July 2018 and has been in China for around seven years. He used to be a teacher and taught English and geography before deciding to work in educational recruitment. Nick has also lived in Japan and Saudi Arabia, and enjoys travelling to new destinations as well as spending time in the mountains and at the beach.

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Rosy Zhao

Rosy joined Explore CRS in 2018. She is fluent in English and Mandarin and is local to the city of Shanghai. Rosy arrived to Explore CRS with nearly four years' experience in recruiting ESL teachers. She has enjoyed the challenge of working with international and bilingual schools and teachers with varied backgrounds. Rosy regularly uses her experience to address the concerns of foreign teachers relocating to a new country. She is a friendly face in the team and is a determined worker with a get-up-and-go attitude.

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Melissa Szarowicz

Melissa has worked in various roles in international education for more than eight years. She moved to China in 2015 and, having joined Explore CRS in 2019, is the newest member of the team. Originally from the United States, Melissa gained her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado. She also has a masters in international business from the University of International Business and Economics (Beijing). Melissa's hobbies include working out avidly, teaching spinning, traveling and exploring different cultures.

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