Mr. Paul Wendler

Head of School

  • Years at XIS


  • Years in China


  • Fun Fact

    I worked in Alaska as a tour guide during summer break at university.

Introduction and Vision

While at university, I chose to study business management because I had a desire to discover what motivates people of all ages to work hard at a task. As I have grown older, I have realized that my greatest passion is forming communities that work together to accomplish something meaningful. I cannot think of a better place to allow me to exercise this passion than in a school like Xi’an International School. I absolutely delight in seeing staff and students from different backgrounds and cultures learn how to communicate, collaborate and motivate each other to be the best that they can be. XIS’s vision statement reads, “Engaging and Empowering Life-long Learners and Tomorrow’s Leaders” and I am so proud that I get to be a part of a community that sees accomplishing this vision as its reason for being.


Azuza Pacific University

Masters Teaching English As A Second Language (2018)
GPA: 3.9


Chinese Training Center

Mandarin Student 2007-2020
SOPI – Advanced-Low Level

Regent College

Masters Marketplace Theology (2006)
GPA: 3.3

Western Washington University

Bachelors Business Management and TESOL Certification (1998)
GPA: 3.2




N.W. Forestry and Agriculture University, University English Teacher



Jiao Tong University, Business English Teacher



Sunrise Education Foundation, Recruitment Coordinator



Huang Yuan County No. 1 Middle School, English Teacher



Xi’an International School, Head of School




Educational Philosophy