Hongqiao Upper School
I am so very pleased to be part of the SCIS community as the Upper School Principal at our Hongqiao campus. I am originally from Canada and have held a number of teaching and leadership roles in Hong Kong, Toronto, and most recently Bangkok. I have an Honour’s B.Sc. in Zoology from the University of Toronto, did my teacher education at Canisius College in New York, and received my MBA Ed. with distinction from Keele University in the U.K. I have spent a large part of my career working in IB schools and working directly with the International Baccalaureate Organization as a workshop leader, author, editor and resource developer, in particular with the IB Middle Years Programme. I was so very proud to be a part of the team that successfully brought the MYP to SCIS as we recently became a three-programme IB World School. My wife Jenna teaches at the ECE Campus and my children are receiving the very best education and all the opportunities SCIS has on offer with service, athletics and the Arts.
I am very excited to be a part of the SCIS community. I am a proud Australian, originally from Brisbane in Queensland. I left Australia over 10 years ago and have had the privilege of working in the United Arab Emirates, Thailand and now China! I love teaching internationally and am very passionate about the Middle Years Programme and the opportunities the International Baccalaureate programs provide students. In my time overseas I have assisted the International Baccalaureate in a number of professional roles including workshop leader and school visiting team member. In my free time I enjoy watching and/or playing all types of sports, particularly touch rugby. I also like to sit and read a good book and enjoy life.
I am Amy Valerio and with my husband Peter and my two children in the Upper School at SCIS, I am delighted to be a part of the warm community that is SCIS. I have served in many roles in very diverse school environments over the past 28 years. I have taught in grades 3-12 and been a Grade Level leader and Department Chair, Director of Student Affairs and Middle School Principal. Most recently, I was the Middle School and High School Vice Principal in Seoul, Korea. Although I am originally from the Washington D.C. area, I have lived in many regions of the United States. From a very early age, I knew I wanted to be in education and I have never thought I would rather be in any other field! I received my Master’s Degree from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. After about 10 years in schools, my next stop was at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for my Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership. My goals have always been to ensure that there are strong relationships between teachers and students in an environment that promotes happy, supported and involved students.
Hongqiao Upper School
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I come from a family of teachers and university professors, so no wonder I decided to be a teacher early on. My BA is in English and my Masters is in Administration. I taught EAL and was the Activities and Athletics Coordinator in St. Petersburg, Russia. I taught middle school English and was the Contextual Learning Coordinator in Bangalore, India. I am excited to be a part of the MYP Language Acquisition department at SCIS. I am passionate about project-based learning, and I always seek opportunities to make learning authentic for my students. I enjoy watching, coaching, and playing sports. I love coffee, whether it is a cortado in Spain, a macchiato in Italy, or a pingo in Portugal. How do you say espresso in Mandarin?
I am very happy to be working with the great students, families, faculty, and staff here at SCIS. Before coming to Shanghai I had already worked for many years in China, first in Suzhou and later in Hong Kong and Ningbo. I began teaching in the U.S. after receiving a B.A. in international affairs and religious studies from the University of Virginia (UVA) followed by an M.A. in secondary education from National-Louis University in Chicago. My early work was as a teacher of social studies, including U.S. and world history, geography, and global issues. I have also taught ESL, SAT test prep, and Theory of Knowledge as well as worked as a CAS Coordinator and activities director. All of these experiences, along with my post-graduate studies in college counseling through the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA), have enhanced my work as a college and career counselor, and I am excited to help all SCIS students decide where their educational journey will take them next!
Kia Ora koutou, Hello! My name is Kimberley Biggs and I was born and raised in northern New Zealand. It was there I gained my university degrees in Biological Sciences, Anthropology and Psychology. I have taught in Tokyo, Singapore, and New Zealand and am excited to now be teaching Science and Biology at SCIS. I am passionate about Biology and greatly enjoy being a part of the international school community. In addition to teaching, I love sports, particularly netball and snowboarding, as well as travelling and discovering new foods and cultures. I want to continue to learn more about the cultures here and to explore the many facets China and Shanghai have to offer.
My name is Leah Brownell and I am the grade level leader for 8th grade. I will be teaching 8th and 9th-grade Sciences at the Hongqiao Campus. I have been at SCIS since 2017, and this will be my 18th year in education. I was born and raised in Penticton, which is a beautiful area in British Columbia, Canada. I attended undergraduate school at Clayton State University, where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Middle School Education with a focus in Math and Science education. I earned my Master’s degree in Education from Buffalo State University in New York. I have lived and taught in Atlanta (USA – Georgia), Bangkok (Thailand), Caracas (Venezuela) and Doha (Qatar) before coming to Shanghai. I love spending my free time playing tennis and volleyball, swimming, biking, practicing yoga, reading, scuba diving, and traveling. I’m a huge advocate of healthy living and having a balanced life. I am looking forward to learning about life in Shanghai and learning more about my SCIS students!
My name is Carol Cayford and I joined SCIS to teach IBDP Literature and MYP Language & Literature in 2017. I have been a teacher for over 30 years in places as diverse as Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Qatar, Uzbekistan, Taiwan, Colombia, Canada, and the UK. I am from Ontario, Canada, where I obtained a B.A. in English from McMaster University and a B.Ed. from Queen’s University, and I also have an M.A. from Michigan State University. My pastimes are not unusual for a woman with my history – I love to travel and read literature, but I also enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing.
Hello! My name is Taylor Cobb and I am extremely excited to be a part of SCIS and the Upper School Counseling team at the Hongqiao Campus! I was previously a high school counselor in Chicago for seven years and a diverse learning teacher for three years. I grew up in Wisconsin, the cheese state, which is in the lovely Midwest of the USA. I attended undergraduate school at UW-Milwaukee, where I received my B.A. in Sociology. I then went a little south to Roosevelt University to receive my M.A. in School Counseling. A few years later, I attended Concordia University to obtain an M.A. in School Leadership. I lived in Chicago for nine years before taking the international leap to Shanghai! I love spending my free time being active, exploring, learning, and traveling. I’m a huge sports fan and love most things Wisconsin! I’m enjoying getting acquainted with Shanghai and am excited to part of the SCIS community!
My name is Justin Corvers and I am excited to be a part of the SCIS team. Prior to SCIS I was working at an International School in Kuwait as an MYP P.E. teacher and then as the Athletic Director. I am originally from Ontario, Canada where I completed my undergraduate studies as well as my Bachelor of Education at Redeemer University College. In my spare time I enjoy sports, photography, fishing and spending time with my family. My wife and I enjoying travelling to new places and experiencing different cultures and cuisines. We have a young son who constantly keeps us on our toes and brings a lot of extra joy into our lives. Shanghai is a new adventure for our family and we are thrilled to be here at SCIS.
I am thrilled to be part of the Upper School Hongqiao campus. I began my teaching career in Southern California where I was born and raised. My first step into international teaching was in the fascinating country of Bulgaria. Then I moved to neighboring Turkey in the enchanting city of Istanbul. Most of my teaching career I have taught English literature and Individuals and Societies. I find there are many inherent connections between these two subjects to explore at school, particularly with the IB Middle Years Programme. I’ve been fortunate enough to bring activities that I enjoy outside of school to the classroom. I’ve been a music director and dance teacher for co-curricular activities. In my free time, you can find me singing with a band, practicing violin, learning languages, at a dance class, or reading a book as I wait for my flight.
Lisa Cuthbertson is a new Upper School Physical Education Teacher at the Hongqiao Campus. She is coming from Academia Cotopaxi in Quito, Ecuador where she taught 6-10 PE and coached JV Boys Volleyball and Varsity Girls Basketball. Her educational background includes a Master of Science from the University of Alberta, a certification of teaching from The College of New Jersey and 200hr Teacher of Hatha Yoga Certification. She has been teaching and coaching for 10 years and her focus is the social and emotional wellbeing of students. Lisa comes from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In her free time, she practices yoga and mindfulness, runs, bikes, walks her dog, travels, and goes out to eat at local establishments. She is looking forward to her time in Shanghai and is especially excited to be joining SCIS.
I am a third-generation teacher who is passionate about both my subject and, more importantly, its extrapolative benefits for students. Skills of analysis and articulation apply to any field or career, and they are founded upon concepts of comprehension and communication. That these skills can be developed through a broad range of texts from song lyrics, political speeches, Nike advertisements, Shakespearean plays, Romantic poetry, or even the front page is what keeps the class from ever becoming stagnant or boring! I attended private preparatory schools before matriculating to university study where I received a BA in English and a Master’s in the Art of Teaching. My Peace Corps service instilled a commitment to cross-cultural understanding and educational development, further strengthened by four years of managing US State Department teacher-exchange programs through a DC-based NGO. In my 17-year teaching career across five countries, I’ve taught an array of courses from AP Comp and Lit to IGCSE English and IB Language and Literature, but DP LangLit is, by far, the best class I’ve ever taught. In the summers, I reside near Yellowstone Park in Bozeman, Montana with my wife Jessica and our daughters Mackenzie and Skyler, filling my time with as much hiking and camping as possible!
My name is Jessica Dunbar and have been a part of the SCIS community since 2014. Growing up in Montana, USA helped me to develop a love and connection to the outdoors with a particular interest in hiking, snowboarding, and playing ultimate frisbee. Starting in 2019 in Shanghai, I have broadened my interests by beginning my study of Brazilian Jui-Jitsu. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Wellesley College followed by a Masters of Education in Secondary Mathematics and Teacher Leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park. I am teaching IB Standard Level Mathematics and MYP Mathematics at the Hong Qiao campus. During my career I have taught in a variety of locations – Texas, Virginia, Washington DC, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia – as well as a variety of grade levels – grades 6-12. I greatly enjoy teaching IB Mathematics as it allows me the opportunity to help students to develop mathematical connections, apply the concepts that they are learning, and use their creativity and understanding of mathematics to access a problem through a variety of different pathways. This approach allows students to develop the skills needed to view and evaluate the world through a mathematical lens.
I will be joining the upper school as an MYP Individuals and Societies teacher. I grew up primarily in Miami, Florida. After attending Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania I went on to work in the criminal justice field in New York and South Carolina. While I found my passion for working with youth, I also desired a career change. I have since taught in Thailand and Kuwait. Through teaching, I met my wife, Jackie, who will be joining the lower school as a Grade 2 teacher. We have a young daughter, Sophia, who will be a future SCIS Dragon! As a life-long learner, I am currently pursuing a Masters in Education with a focus in service learning. I am particularly interested in a holistic approach to education that not only promotes academic excellence, but also opportunities for social and emotional growth. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, reading, playing sports, and exploring new coffee shops. My family and I are excited to be part of the SCIS community and all it has to offer.
Hi! My name is Helen He. I am excited to be returning as an Upper School MYP and DP Mandarin teacher. I am a British national of Chinese origin and was educated both in China and the United Kingdom. My childhood dream was to become a teacher and I have been living in this dream since 1988. I graduated from Zhejiang Teachers’ University majoring in English Language and subsequently obtained a Master’s degree in Education (specializing in Foreign Languages in Education) from the University of Birmingham in England. I have taught both Mandarin and English as a foreign language to children (k to 12) and adults in China, England, Belgium, and Switzerland. In the coming school year, I will continue to teach MYP and DP language acquisition courses. I am an advocate of the IB program, and thoroughly enjoy my role as an IB DP workshop leader, examiner and school visit team member. I love our SCIS community and am glad that both my children spent many years here, ultimately having the pleasure of graduating from SCIS. I have enjoyed teaching at SCIS since 2006 and I look forward to another fantastic school year.
Hello SCIS community. I am very excited to be a part of the art department as a teacher of DP and MYP Theatre. For more than 10 years, I have taught theatre in international schools in St. Petersburg, Russia and Bangalore, India. One of the many things I love about teaching theatre is the opportunity it gives students to become confident communicators and skilled collaborators while in the process of forming lifelong memories and relationships. My B.A. is in Theatre Performance from the University of Northern Iowa, and my M.A. is in Art Criticism from Bard College. In 2012 I started a theatre company in Spain which is focused on researching approaches to teaching theatre performers. After years of exploring the rich traditions of performing arts in India and Russia, I am very much looking forward to experiencing the arts and culture of China.
Hello! I am originally from the north-west of England. I have been living and working in Shanghai for the last 5 years. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies from Manchester Metropolitan University and also hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Education specializing in Business Education from the University of Manchester. Here at SCIS, I will be teaching Individuals and Societies as well as Business Management to middle and high school students. When I’m not working, I enjoy travelling as well as playing a variety of sports including touch rugby, golf, and CrossFit. I am excited to be joining the SCIS community.
Hello, my name is Chris Howey and I am excited to be part of the amazing team of MYP English Language & Literature teachers here at SCIS. I’m originally from Vancouver, Canada, where I studied English and Geography at Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, Canada) and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours in Geography. I then completed my Bachelor of Education degree at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) within the English cohort. I have lived and worked in Singapore, Vietnam and Cambodia and had the opportunity to travel the region extensively. I’m passionate about creative arts such as photography, architecture and theatre and am excited to help my students discover and foster their passions whether in Language and Literature or beyond.
你们好 (Ni men hao)! My name is Kelly Huang and I am from Shanghai, China. I received my B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from East China Normal University in 2004 and I was thrilled to complete my master’s in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language at ECNU in 2011. I started teaching in 2004 and I have been a Mandarin teacher at SCIS for almost 14 years. Currently, my passion is working with learners in our MYP and DP Language and Literature classes, but I also love to work with the beginner level students who are just starting to learn my native language! When I am not in class I enjoy baking, yoga, traveling and exploring the restaurants in Shanghai since there are always so many new ones opening up! I am looking forward to another school year at SCIS
I am very happy to be part of the SCIS community. The faculty here is extremely professional and I am honored to be a part of that team. I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio in the United States and am of Italian descent. I graduated Suma Cum Laude with National Honors from Eastern Michigan University and am certified to teach multiple subjects, including the Humanities and Psychology. I have been teaching internationally for the last 18 years, including 13 years in China and several years in South America, as well as the US. I am a strong advocate of the IB Programme and believe that it gives students an outstanding foundation for post-secondary education. I currently teach MYP Individuals & Societies and DP Psychology, both of which I have taught for over a decade. I look forward to inspiring our young people to find their own passion for learning at SCIS.
Hello SCIS community! I was born and raised in New York City, USA, and moved to South Korea in 2010 to pursue my bachelor’s degree in International Studies at Korea University. While in Korea, after seeing how international schools could give students a more diverse perspective and range skills through their classmates and experiences, I decided that international education would be the best use of my particular skill set as a Korean American who has lived in both Korea and the United States to help form students’ cultural and personal views as well as their ability to adapt to and understand different cultures. I have worked as a PE and Design teacher in Nagoya, Japan for three years. My hobbies and interests include fitness, health, and wellness, sports such as American Football, swimming, and golf, movies, video games, and food.
Hi everyone! My name is Eric Kirwin, and I am happy to be a part of the SCIS community with my wife, who teaches upper school as well, and my son who attends upper school here. I also have a daughter back in the U.S. who works at Michigan Technological University. This year, I will be working with upper school math students. This is my first international school; in the U.S. I spent 15 years teaching middle school and high school math in Battle Creek, Michigan “the Cereal Capital of the World”. My BA and MA in Education both come from Western Michigan University, where my undergrad studies included math and physics and my graduate program was Secondary Administration. When I’m not working, I enjoy gaming apps, running, and studying game theory. I am excited to learn with you this year and make lasting memories.
Teaching Grade 5 in the Lower School for the last three years has given me a strong understanding of what our students have experienced in their first years of school. I will use that knowledge to help structure my Upper School classes and units to help our students be successful. In addition to teaching, I love coaching volleyball and basketball, participating in social gatherings, and spending time with my family. The SCIS community continues to offer me an amazing international teaching experience.
Born in beautiful Strasbourg, France, I am a French and drama teacher and have taught on four continents over the last 15 years, in places like Munich in Germany, Nairobi in Kenya, or Louisiana in the US. Vietnam is where I taught the longest, with 3 years in Ho Chi Minh City and 3 in Hanoi. During my college years, I mostly studied law and education. I have a Maîtrise en Droit earned within the Erasmus international program through the Université Robert Schuman in Strasbourg and the Universitet Oslo in Norway, and a PGCE from the Keele University in the UK. I love theatre, travel, and photography, and I am looking forward to another great year at SCIS.
My name is Robert La Londe, and I teach MYP Mathematics. I am a third culture kid like our students, having been born and raised overseas by two international school teaching parents. I was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; then moved to Budapest, Hungary; then to Bangkok, Thailand; and finished High School in Kfar Shmaryahu, Israel. I immensely enjoyed growing up overseas and that is what prompted me to pursue a career in international teaching. The first time I lived in my home country, the United States, was when I attended the University of California at Santa Cruz where I majored in Environmental Studies. I attained my Masters of Education through SUNY Buffalo and am in the late stages of finishing my doctorate in Educational Leadership. I have now been teaching at SCIS for the past ten years and have had a great time interacting with our fantastic community. Shanghai is a fascinating city and SCIS has a great student population. This is also where I met my wife, Priya Goel, who is a former SCIS teacher. My wife and I have a three-year-old son named Riyaan who goes to the ECE campus and another son born over the summer named Ishaan. I am looking forward to another fun-filled and exciting year at SCIS!
I’m from Chicago, IL., USA, and have degrees from two of the finest institutions of higher learning in that city, Loyola University (BA) and the John Marshall Law School (JD). I pursued a career as a civil trial lawyer for seven years before turning to education and beginning my teaching career with the Chicago Public Schools. My first international teaching position was in the United Kingdom. I have taught in Korea as well. I am an experienced IB teacher in the area of Individuals and Societies, including Economics, Business & Management
Hello, I am very pleased to be teaching at SCIS. I have taught in four international schools since discovering the world of international education and have taught in both Europe as well as in Africa. I am very excited to now teach in Asia as I studied some Chinese and Japanese at university and am ready to continue learning more about the language and culture of China and Shanghai. I have a degree from the University of Milan in Political Science as well as my teaching qualification from the University of the West of Scotland. I am passionate about service learning and making positive impacts through authentic learning and community service projects. I am an active community member and am pleased to be part of the SCIS community with my husband Greg, who teaches here too, and our two children, Giacomo and Edoardo.
I am very excited to be teaching music to students in the MYP and DP program at SCIS! I am passionate about sharing the music I love with others as well as experiencing new music shared by students. My primary background in music has been as a singer and choral director in the United States, Germany, Venezuela, and Japan. However, I am also a big fan of musical theater, opera, the orchestra, and folk music traditions. I love volleyball, scuba diving, gardening, and reading novels.
¡Hola a todos! My name is Rafael and I come from the beautiful and historical city of Córdoba, Spain where I obtained my Bachelor and Master’s degree in English Philology. After finishing, I went on to obtain a Postgraduate degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language and a Master’s degree in Spanish and Latin American literature. When I first experienced living abroad as a student in an exchange program, I realized that being a teacher overseas was the perfect carrier path. I wanted to share my language and culture in different countries and, at the same time, immerse myself in the local lifestyle. I started my career in an IB school in Turkey where I have spent four wonderful years. I am delighted and thankful for being part of SCIS and having the opportunity to discover this splendid city.
I was born and raised in Winona Minnesota, which is nestled along side of the Mississippi River about 100 miles south of Minneapolis. I attended Cotter High School, which is also where I started my teaching career in 2002 after graduating from Winona State University. Athletics have always been important to me. I competed in football, basketball and baseball in high school and went on to play baseball and football in college. My enjoyment of physical activities helped guide may path into teaching Physical / Health Education and also coaching. My passion for youth sports led me to pursue a graduate degree with a focus on youth sports, which I completed from the University of Minnesota in January of 2014. My main goal as a Physical / Health Educator is to help guide students to take ownership for their own health and well-being (physical, mental, emotional). It’s very rewarding as a teacher when I see this happen. Another goal of mine is that students would be devoted to a lifetime of physical activity. This year I will be serving as the Athletics Coordinator and Upper School Physical / Health teacher. When I am not at school working with students I enjoy working out, playing golf, spending time with my family, reading and listening to podcasts. I am excited to continue teaching, coaching, learning and growing here at SCIS. I am here with my wife, Kristie O’Brien, and two children Alana (9th grade) and Moses (2nd grade). We have enjoyed learning and exploring Shanghai together and we look forward to a great school year!
Originally from South-Western Ontario in Canada, I graduated from SUNY Potsdam with a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature & Writing, and from The College of New Jersey with a Masters Degree in Secondary Education. Over my eight years of international teaching experience, I have had the opportunity to teach in Kuwait at the American International School and in Dubai at GEMS World Academy, gaining experience in the International Baccalaureate program, and developing a love of collaboration and the creation of authentic, targeted learning experiences. I love finding new ways to engage and immerse students in meaningful Language & Literature lessons. As a Trip Leader for Week Without Walls, supervisor of Ski Club, head of the school literary magazine, and organizer of events like a Folktale Evening and author visits, I am continually seeking ways to enrich and extend student learning both inside and outside of the classroom. My personal goals as a teacher are to show students the real-world connections and the value of their learning and to encourage them to make critical-minded decisions about their place in the world. I am delighted to be joining SCIS in Fall 2019, along with my wife, Lacie. We are also looking forward to exploring China with our daughters, Mercedes and Ava.
I graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario with a Bachelor of Education degree in music and drama. I have taught music and drama in Ontario, Kuwait, and Dubai, and I was the Arts Department Head (K-12) at AIS Kuwait. Additionally, teaching the PYP and MYP at the American International School of Kuwait and the Swiss International Scientific School of Dubai gave me valuable experience in these rigorous programs. My passion for teaching the performing arts is driven by the transformative experience of creating music and dramatic performances, both of which nurture balance, perspective, and cultural understanding in students. The collaboration and improvisational skills that are woven throughout the creative process challenge students to think in new ways and to see new possibilities in their work and within themselves. I am thrilled to join the SCIS teaching team along with my husband, David, who will teach MYP Language and Literature. In my spare time, I love creating music and performing with my husband and two young daughters, Mercedes and Ava, who are excited about this new adventure too.
Originally from Manchester in England, I now live here in Shanghai with my husband and young daughter and I am excited to continue to be part of the SCIS family teaching MYP Science and DP Environmental Systems and Societies. I have over 10 years’ experience teaching, having graduated from the University of Salford with a BSc in Biological Sciences and spending several years in the pharmaceutical industry before completing my Post Graduate Certificate in Education. Prior to SCIS I have worked at Shanghai Rego International and a highly challenging, multicultural, inner-city school in Manchester, whilst my previous roles included Assistant Head of Science and Curriculum Coordinator. I enjoy the life that an amazing and diverse city such as Shanghai can offer and particularly love traveling, learning about new cultures, reading and spending time with my little family.
Hello! I’m Dawn Sillapere. I teach high school sciences, and this is my 8th year teaching internationally. I grew up in California in the US and spent my adult life in Oregon until my then 8-year -old daughter and I moved to China to begin our overseas adventure. Most recently we have been living in Albania in Europe until we happily returned to China – having have spent most of her younger formative years in China my now 16-year-old considers this home more than anywhere else. I have a Bachelor of Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of California and a Master of Education from the University of Oregon. I love to travel and cook and intend to continue my language education in Mandarin. I also have two pets – a cat and a rabbit – who have also traveled the world with us.
I am thrilled to serve the SCIS Community as the Upper School Librarian. I am originally from Houston, Texas, where I grew up and began my teaching career. I received my Bachelor’s in English from the University of Houston and my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Arlington. I began my career as a high school English and theatre teacher. I have also spent time instructional coaching at the PK-5 level, where I further broadened my knowledge of subjects and craft. I have been at SCIS since 2015 where I have taught grade 3 and worked as a librarian, sharing my passions for reading and learning with the community. I love living and teaching in Shanghai with my husband and our two sons. Go Dragons!
I was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, earning a BBA in Marketing and English. After spending six years in private industry I began teaching English at Westside High School in Houston in 2004. Thus began a decade preparing grade twelve students for the rigors of university. I have since transitioned to the Individuals and Societies Department since my arrival at SCIS, teaching MYP Years 4 and 5, Global Politics (DP), and heading the I&S department. I am now transitioning into the role of IB Diploma Coordinator. Through teaching I’ve met my wife, Ashley, currently the Upper School Librarian at SCIS, and have 2 boys – one in the 5th grade and the other at the ECE campus. Shanghai is our first international stop and we’ve been awed by all that the city, and China, has to offer.
I grew up in several cities across Canada as a bilingual French and English speaker. While in China, my language learning has extended to practicing Mandarin and Korean. I have a DEC in International Studies, a Bachelor of Education in English Language Arts for High School Learners, and a TESOL certification. I have experience facilitating learning from Pre-K to Grade 12. I also love learning about (and from) people all over the world. Although I wish to make it to Antarctica one day, my travels have brought me to every other continent. I love playing sports with friends and discovering new corners of this city while traveling two wheels. I have been a part of this community for over six years and have coached floor hockey, volleyball, model United Nations, and skateboarding during my time here. I am always proud to represent our SCIS Dragons and look forward to another great school year ahead!
I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, though I like to think of myself as a citizen of the world. My global experiences began in college when I completed a study abroad program in Moscow, Russia. In 2011, I moved to Shanghai when I began teaching for SCIS. Since then, I have taught MYP Visual Arts, MYP Design, Desktop Publishing, Music, and a variety of other subjects. As such, I am very attached to the school and our community. Before moving to Shanghai, I was as an IT administrator and adjunct instructor at Tulsa Community College, and a Mac Specialist for Apple. I also taught Math, Multimedia, and Business Technologies for Tulsa Public Schools in the USA. I have a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Tulsa, as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics.
I am very excited to be part of the SCIS community as the Athletic Director at the Hongqiao Campus. I was born and raised in Canada and received my Physical Education Degree from McMaster University and my Bachelor of Education from the University of Windsor. Over the past 25 years, I have taught in Canada, Turkey, and China as a Physical Education Teacher, Head of Department and Athletic Director in a variety of school settings. My experience in Shanghai has been amazing as this international city has so much to offer both culturally and socially. During my free time, I enjoy travelling, hiking, snowboarding, going to the gym and biking.
My name is Mark Turner. I teach Music and Theory of Knowledge (ToK). I am thrilled to be here in Shanghai with my wife, Maitane, and two sons Eneko and Ibai. Fatherhood has been the adventure of my life and I am loving it. When I can find the time, I also love to read, go rock-climbing, write, travel, indulge in cinema, and learn languages. I come to SCIS having lived and taught in Australia, Spain, Japan, the UK, Germany, and South Korea. I graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) in 2003. In the years following my undergraduate studies, I worked as a composer, performer, and tutor of instrumental music. My most artistically rewarding experiences were to be found in writing music for film and advertisements, producing strange rock music, orchestrating, and producing the music of others. In 2008, I returned to study and graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Graduate Diploma of Education (which is the Australian version of a Masters in Education). Since becoming a teacher I have become fascinated with all things pedagogical and have developed in ways that I’d previously thought unimaginable. I feel extremely privileged to live and work as a teacher in international schools; like art, this vocation offers more than can be encapsulated within the scope of a teacher bio.
Hello, my name is Wang Rui (Christina). I’ve been a SCIS teacher since 2010. I am from Xuzhou that is in northern Jiang Su province. I graduated from Jiang Nan University in Wuxi with a Bachelor’s Degree in English, and I got my master degree in East China Normal University majored in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. I love being here in SCIS with my lovely students and colleagues. Welcome to my Mandarin class and I’m looking forward to sharing the beauty of Chinese language with you.
Da jia hao! I’m Zoe Xia. I was born in Xi’an and moved to Hangzhou after I graduated from high school. I got my bachelor degree at Zhejiang University of Media and Communication. Then I went to the University of Pittsburgh to get my master degree in FLE (Foreign Language Education) in 2014. I have been at SCIS since 2015, I am teaching MYP phase 2, phase 5 and DP ab Initio classes this year. I like painting, baking, photography and traveling. I am so happy to be a part of this big family!
My name is Hellen Zimmerman and this year I will be teaching Phase 1 and Phase 5 Mandarin in the Upper School. This will be my third year working at SCIS, but I have been a member of the SCIS community for much longer. My daughter is in third grade and my husband is starting his fourteenth year at SCIS. My Bachelors degree is in Chinese Language and Literature from Beijing City University, and I recently received a certificate in Education from East China Normal University. I am very excited to be a part of the Upper School team this year.
I am very excited to be part of the SCIS community as a Korean teacher. I was born in Korea and finished my bachelor’s degree and teacher’s certificate courses in Seoul. To become a better educator, I studied at Mansfield University and received a master degree in Education. For the last 13 years, I have been working in different countries as a PYP teacher, librarian, and a DP Language A Korean teacher. I truly believe in the International Baccalaureate Program, as it, in my opinion, truly helps students to become lifelong learners and global citizens. In my free time, I love hiking, traveling, reading, and watching tv shows and movies. I also love to try new and different foods from around the world!