Faculty

Pudong Lower School

Greetings SCIS-Pudong community! Originally hailing from the Great Lake State of Michigan, I moved to China in 2004, where I began my career as an international educator at the American International School of Guangzhou (AISG). During my tenure at AISG I worked as an ESL and Homeroom Teacher for students in Kindergarten through Grade 6. Additionally, I served as the Primary Years Program (PYP) Curriculum Coordinator for two years prior to becoming the Elementary Assistant Principal. I am ecsatic to be now serving as the SCIS-Pudong Lower School Principal. I hold a bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology from the University of Michigan, as well as a master’s degree in Elementary Education. Currently, I am in the final stages of completing my Doctoral Degree focused on Educational Leadership. As the educational leader of the Lower School, I strongly believe that every child is capable of learning and thus deserves the right to develop his/her highest potential in a safe, nurturing and happy environment, an environment that respects and values the capabilities of all individuals. I am confident that by working together with parents, teachers and students we can further develop a powerful community of lifelong learners. Elizabeth Gale

University of Michigan & University of Nottingham, Principal | Pudong Lower School

Exercise is medicine! Ni Hao, my name is Tarsi Bali, and I am excited to serve SCIS PD as both the Aquatics Coordinator and LS Physical Education teacher. Since I could remember, exercise, nutrition, and optimum wellness, have always been of great interest to me. Now as an educator, I want to help guide students to become healthier and happier, inspiring them to be physicaly active for life. My passion for fitness and health led me to initially pursue a career in research and academia. Before arriving in Shanghai, I was conducting experimental research in Slovenia, working at the Jozef Stefan Research Institute. In my free time, I love swimming, horseback riding, and traveling around Greece on my motorcycle. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Sports Science from the University of Athens, a Master in Fitness and Health and a PhD in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Essex.

Tarsi Bali

University of Athens & University of Essex, Physical Education and Aquatics Coordinator| Pudong Lower School

Greetings SCIS! I am excited to begin another year here, continuing to support our Upper School students, with needs, and their teachers. My teaching credentials are held in the sunny state of Florida where I hold a K-12 certification in Special Education and 6-9 certification in Mathematics. My teaching experience includes 16 years and 4 countries, where I have worked as both a Support Services and Mathematics teacher at varying levels. By my side on this international journey are my wonderful husband, Vic Caban, and our 2 children, who are also eager for another year at SCIS. Each of us is excited to be part of such a well-renowned school community and look forward to another great year.

Riann Caban

University of North Florida & National University, Learning Support Specialist | Pudong Campus

Greetings SCIS! My name is Vic Caban (aka Coach Vic) and I am honored to be a member of the SCIS team. As an Athletic Director, Physical Education teacher and IB MYP workshop leader, I look forward to sharing my experiences in each of these areas as well as learning from the high-quality staff already in place. My wife, our two children, and I love living in Shanghai after having worked in Beijing, Egypt, Costa Rica and the USA. Needless to say, we love to travel, explore, and experience, but love coming back to our home in Shanghai. Some of my personal interests include competing in triathlons; reading, researching and sharing the latest brain research and its role in the classroom; following EPL soccer and NCAA basketball; spending time with my family; and cheering on my kids in their own endeavors.

Victor Caban

University of North Florida & National University, Athletics and Activity Coordinator & Physical Education | Pudong Campus

Greetings! My name is Briton Coombs and I am thrilled to be a part of the SCIS community. My career in education has taken me to different parts of the world and I have been living and teaching in international schools across South East Asia and China for the past several years. I feel at home having Asia as my home base while traveling around the world visiting friends and family abroad and in the United States. I am an avid rock climber, travel enthusiast, and urbanite who loves exploring new cities. As an elementary teacher, I have had the opportunity to teach and learn alongside some amazing children and I look forward each year to meeting new and interesting families and friends.

Briton Coombs

San Francisco State University, Grade Four | Pudong Lower School

Hello SCIS Families and Friends, I am delighted to be a third-year Nursery Teacher at SCIS. My name is Virginia Hunt and I am a native of Harvard, Massachusetts. I have lived in China for over 10 years and have worked in education as an elementary school teacher for a diverse range of students from Qingdao to Shanghai, China. Prior to teaching in China, I was a K-5 Mandarin teacher at The Academy of The Pacific Rim in Boston, Massachusetts. I received my B.A. in East Asian and African Studies from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. I hold an M.A. from Beijing Language and Culture University (北京语言大学) as a Fulbright Scholar in both Elementary Education and Teaching Chinese As a Foreign Language. I am an avid fan of jazz, dance and your children! I look forward to an inspiring year ahead.

Virginia Hunt

Spelman College & Beijing Foreign Language and Culture University, Nursery | Pudong Lower School

Greetings! My name is Barry Johnson, and I am honored to be part of SCIS. I grew up in Minnesota and before moving to Shanghai, I spent 5 years teaching in the lush tropics of Sumatra, Indonesia where I taught music, mathematics, and technology, in addition to coaching teachers on effective integration of technology into their curriculum. I appreciate the personal and professional challenges that come with living and working abroad, and find the experience rewarding. Our family loves to explore new places and is thrilled at the opportunities that lie in Shanghai and other areas of China. In a country teeming with history and culture, our camera and blog are sure to be busy! In my free time, I enjoy reading, golfing, biking, running, and playing Ultimate Frisbee. I’m looking forward to contributing to the SCIS community and excited to see what lies ahead!

Barry Johnson

University of Missouri, Campus Technology Coordinator | Pudong Campus

Hello. My name is Tiffany Johnson and I am very excited to be teaching third grade again at SCIS. My teaching experience in the primary grades spans two decades and three countries. I’ve taught in blustery Minnesota, tropical Indonesia, and now a happy medium in Shanghai. The timing of earning my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction was perfect; a month prior to the birth of our first daughter, Isabelle. Sophie came along just a year later to make our family complete. My husband, Barry, is the Technology Coordinator here at SCIS. On the weekends, you can find the Johnson family participating in sports tournaments, exploring and photographing Shanghai sights, blogging, biking, and reading. We are thrilled to be part of the SCIS-Pudong community and anticipate a great year of teaching and learning.

Tiffany Johnson

University of Minnesota, Grade Three | Pudong Lower School

I am thrilled to be a part of the SCIS community as an Upper Elementary teacher. I am originally from the land of the eternal rain, the mighty Pacific Northwest, just across the water from Seattle in the USA. I have two M.Ed.; one in International Education and one in Multicultural Education, which I have put to good use since starting my educational career in 1999, teaching in Poland, Montenegro and Serbia. I have taught different age groups; 6-year-olds to University, however, Upper Elementary is my favorite age group. I enjoy helping the children learn how to become independent thinkers, pursue their curiosity and how to challenge themselves to excel. I enjoy a good round of golf, sailing on the open seas, and playing volleyball. I have coached volleyball at both the Middle School and High School levels and find both extremely enjoyable. My wife Maja and I are excited about being in Shanghai and China and learning more about this fabulous place each day.

Bart Kelly

George Mason University, Grade Three | Pudong Lower School

My name is Melissa Lawrence, and this is my second year here at SCIS-Pudong as the primary ESL teacher & coordinator. Originally from upstate New York, I have taught a total of 18 years, including seven years in New York, and eleven years internationally in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and China. After receiving my B.A in French/Secondary Education and my M.S in Literacy (K-12), I eventually went on to complete my ESL certification in 2013. I particularly love working with students from different countries and cultures; but during my free time, I enjoy plant-based cooking, traveling, reading, studying nutrition, yoga, and spending time in nature and with animals. I am very excited to continue this next chapter of my life in Shanghai at SCIS along with my husband, Steven, and our chubby fur babies.

Melissa Lawrence

SUNY Potsdam, University at Albany & Manhattanville College, English as an Additional Language | Pudong Lower School

Hello! My name is Tami Litzelman and I am so excited to be coming to teach at SCIS! I have taught pre-k and kindergarten the past four years in Korea utilizing play based models. Previously, I have worked at the Rabat American School in Morocco for four years while enjoying an amazing country and vibrant culture.  Being a Colorado native I naturally love to be outdoors hiking, camping, and snowboarding. I am deeply invested in the play based ideals and look forward to being a part of the early-years program at SCIS. I believe that children learn best when they have the opportunity to naturally explore what they love. I enjoy engaging in the learning that is discovered by playing! I am so excited to explore China and be a part of the vibrant SCIS community!

Tami Litzelman

University of Colorado, Pre-School & Pre-Kindergarten | Pudong Lower School

Greetings everyone! My name is Liu Yang. I’m so excited to be a part of SCIS-Pudong community. My experience as a Chinese language teacher showed me clearly that teaching is exactly where my passion is. I have taught Mandarin in New Zealand and the UK for two years. In these years, I have developed effective lesson plans, creative classroom activities and strengthened my understanding of classroom management. I have been successful in meeting different teaching demands in different schools, different classes, and teaching pupils of different levels. Teaching is not simply a job, it is my passion, and will be my lifelong career. Creative, effective and fun lesson design is what I enjoy and pursue all the way. I’m really looking forward to supporting our students with their Chinese learning and helping them to become inquiring, knowledgeable and caring learners. Yang Liu

Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Mandarin | Pudong Lower School

Hello! My name is Laurie Luebbe and I was raised in the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia. I graduated from the University of Georgia in my birthplace, Athens. After completing university, I taught public school in Athens and then set out on a life-changing journey of international education. My adventure has taken me to Cairo, Egypt, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Shanghai, China and then for the past 8 years in Budapest, Hungary. I am very happy to have the opportunity to return to SCIS Pudong with my husband and three teenage daughters to rekindle my Dragon spirit in kindergarten. After twenty-five years of teaching, I have realized that learning as a teacher never ceases. I enjoy living and teaching in an international community and am thankful to be amongst a school filled with talented teachers and enthusiastic, bright learners.

Laurie Luebbe

University of Georgia, School Community Officer & Lower School Counselor | Pudong Campus

Hello! My name is Malika Meidinger, and I am thrilled to be teaching kindergarten at SCIS! I previously taught kindergarten and 1st grade in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. I received both my bachelors and masters degrees from Georgia State University in traditional and special education with endorsements in K-5 math and science. I grew up outside of Chicago, Illinois, which helped inspire my love of big cities! Prior to teaching, I studied architecture at Georgia Tech, which has lent itself to a love of creativity and exploration in the classroom. I believe that every child is a life-long learner, and I am passionate about instilling a love for learning in every student! Outside of the classroom, I love traveling, being outdoors, reading, and comedy! I know we are going to have a fantastic year! Malika Meidinger

Georgia State University, Kindergarten | Pudong Lower School

Hello! My name is Aleksa Moss. I am coming to SCIS from previous teaching experiences in Sumatra, Indonesia, Macau SAR China, Michigan, and Illinois. I teach Preschool and Pre-K at the SCIS Pudong campus. I hold a K-5 teaching credential from the State of Michigan and a K-8 credential from the Province of Ontario, with an additional Early Childhood Specialist credential in the State of Illinois. I have completed a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on digital learning and technology design. Currently, I am also working towards a Doctorate Degree in International Educational Leadership. This will be my 13th year of teaching, and I love working with young children. Their enthusiasm and joy in new experiences is contagious. My husband Mat and I are avid travelers, adventurers, and have a love for Lebanese food. I like to spend my time exploring caves, reading, and being outdoors. I’m excited for new classes and new learning opportunities at SCIS!

Aleksa Moss

Governors State University, Pre-Kindergarten | Pudong Lower School

I’m excited to be teaching kindergarten at SCIS. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Sociology from the University of Mary Washington and a Master of Arts in Teaching from North Carolina State University. Previously, I have taught kindergarten in Raleigh, North Carolina, and kindergarten and first grade in Al-Wakra, Qatar. I love teaching kindergarten because students are making such great discoveries about themselves as learners – and there’s so much to explore! I have a great passion for early mathematics and have given several presentations on early math topics at teacher conferences and workshops. I’m excited about the adventures that await in Shanghai! Outside of the classroom, my hobbies include voracious reading, exercising indoors and out, and most importantly: seeing as many Broadway musicals as possible. Larisa Mount

University of Mary Washington, North Carolina State University, Kindergarten | Pudong Lower School

Since 2012, I have been happy to spend my days teaching amazing first graders here at SCIS. Prior to coming to China, I taught children with autism for 7 years and served as a curriculum developer for 2 years in New York City. I received my second Masters degree in Educational Leadership, Politics and Advocacy- School Building Administration from New York University and continue my passion for life-long learning. I recently finished my doctoral degree in Instructional Leadership at NOVA Southeastern University, with a focus on teacher reflective practices using video. I love exploring Chinese markets, cooking, and visiting art galleries.

Molly Myers

New York University, Grade One | Pudong Lower School

Greetings, SCIS! I am very excited to join the Pudong community as a Learning Support teacher. I graduated in 2011, with my Bachelors of Science in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Go Badgers!) After graduation, I decided to stay in my beloved state and spent two years co-teaching in an inclusive fourth-grade classroom. While teaching fourth grade, I became the team’s Literacy Lead and had the opportunity to fly out to New York and visit Teacher’s College. I was instantly inspired and enrolled at Alverno College for my reading license and Masters. At that time I also began a new teaching position at a multiage, STEM school teaching fourth and fifth grade. I spent three years there co-teaching in inclusive classroom environments in grades: K, 1st, 4th, and 5th. Then, in May of 2017, I graduated with a Masters in Arts of Education, with an emphasis on Reading. It has been an incredible journey thus far, and I looked forward to joining a diverse community of talented educators! Aloura Pearson

University of Wisconson-Madison, Learning Support Specialist | Pudong School

Hello! My name is Cleo Peterson and I am thrilled to be teaching at SCIS at the Pudong Lower School campus. I am originally from Washington State and grew up in a small town called Walla Walla. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and French at the University of Puget Sound and proceeded to work many an odd job, including toy-maker and luthier, before setting my heart on teaching. My Master in Teaching degree is from Seattle University and I’ve previously taught a variety of primary school grades both in France and the United States. I also love to travel and look forward to discovering all that China and Shanghai have to offer. Most of my hobbies revolve around the arts or the outdoors and include skiing, backpacking, painting/drawing, and paragliding. I am excited to be apart of the SCIS family and I look forward to learning alongside my students as we explore the world and myriad cultures around us!

Cleo Peterson

Seattle University, Grade Five | Pudong Lower School

Hello! This is my third year with SCIS and my first year at the Pudong Campus. This year I will be teaching nursery and supporting children, teachers, families and administration as the Early Years Coordinator. I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to Shanghai In 2015 for my first international assignment. I have taught in schools supporting the Montessori and Reggio Emilia philosophies and love working within a student centered, play/inquiry classroom. I am passionate about play and its proven benefits within the classroom. Prior to becoming a teacher, I spent over a decade directing youth and teen programs and community events for various city recreation departments in the San Francisco area. I have my undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Recreation Administration/Business Management from Chico State University and completed my Early Years certifications through Skyline College with my teaching degree through Notre Dame De Namur University. I am looking forward to joining the Pudong family!

Stacey Poncia

Chico State University, Notre Dame De Namur, Nursery/ECE Coordinator | Pudong Lower School

Hi there! I’m Emily Putnam. I am a native of sunny Southern California and have been an Early Childhood Educator for nine years in the United States as well as in Thailand and the Philippines. I am excited to be part of the team at SCIS Pudong and look forward to a year of learning and fun! I am an avid hiker and have successfully climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and spent last summer exploring the Inka Trail and South America. I am a bit of an adrenaline junkie and have been skydiving twice and bungee jumped from the Macau tower. When I’m not hiking or jumping off/out of things, I enjoy arts and crafts, riding my mountain bike, volunteering with my community, reading, and of course traveling the world!

Emily Putnam

University of Redlands, Pre-School & Pre-Kindergarten | Pudong Lower School

My name is DeVeor Rainey and I greet you with great excitement.   I am so psyched to teach at at SCIS.  I received a B.A. in English at the City University of New York, and an M.A. in Music and Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.  I am a native New Yorker who taught elementary music a public school located in East Harlem (El Barrio). I developed the music program for students in grades prekindergarten through sixth, in which I organized music presentations and performances for weekly community meetings and annual winter and spring concerts. In 2001, I established a percussion ensemble as an after-school program that later transformed into Speaking in Rhythms, a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization.  After teaching in the New York City public school system for 15 years, I decided to teach internationally. In the summer of 2014, I began to teach at Gems American Academy in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  I worked with an arts team that collaborated on developing a music curriculum, an arts Program of Inquiry (POI), and annual arts festivals.  In addition, I collaborated with classroom teachers on planning transdisciplinary units within the PYP framework.   During my many years of teaching, I have come to believe that a strong music program should create opportunities that will foster musical thinking and creative expression in an engaging and innovative learning environment.

DeVeor Rainey

The City University of New York (CUNY) & Teachers College, Columbia University, Music | Pudong Lower School

Hi! My Name is Lana Revutsky, and I’m excited to be teaching at SCIS! I have a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Binghamton University, a Dual Master’s Degree in Special and General Education, Birth- 2nd Grade from Touro College, and an Advanced Degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis from F.I.T. Prior to Shanghai, I worked as both a Teacher and a BCBA.  I have served children with Autism and Neuro-typically developing students in the NYC and Hawaii area for almost 10 years, working as Classroom Teacher and  Clinical Supervisor. This multitude of experiences has helped me evolve into an individual, who takes each students’ unique goals, needs, and interests into account when creating lessons that propel them into the most well-rounded version of themselves. When I’m not teaching. I’m enjoying exploring, traveling, and yoga. I look forward to an exciting year!

Lana Revutsky

Binghamton University, Touro College & F.I.T, Learning Support Specialist | Pudong Lower School

I am excited to be a part of the SCIS community. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, I earned my Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta. After graduating I moved to Doha, Qatar where I was a kindergarten to grade nine physical education teacher. I have had the opportunity to work in a number of different settings at SCIS over the last two years and am excited to now have my own second-grade classroom. I enjoy helping students find what they are passionate about and giving students opportunities to be successful. When I am not teaching I enjoy coaching, playing sports, and traveling.

Matthew Ruf

University of Alberta, Grade Two | Pudong Lower School

I am so excited to be a part of the SCIS-Pudong community! Originally from sunny South Florida, I earned a degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I am currently working towards a masters degree in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education. My teaching experience has been across many grades and subject areas, preparing me for the world of international teaching. I taught high school reading for six years in Florida before moving to Doha, Qatar. While in Qatar, I worked as both a preschool teacher and an instructional coach. I am passionate about teaching, particularly literacy education. I believe all students have the ability to learn, they just need the right opportunity. When not teaching, I enjoy reading, traveling, watching college football (go Gators!), and spending time with family, friends, and my cat, Piper. I can’t wait to experience everything Shanghai has to offer! Whitney Ruf

University of Tennessee & American College of Education, Grade Five | Pudong Lower School

I am extremely excited to be a part of the SCIS-Pudong community. Originally from a small town in Minnesota, I earned bachelor degrees in elementary education and music from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. I started my teaching career as a reading and math specialist, and I have been a first-grade teacher ever since, in both Kuwait and Minnesota. I am passionate about literacy education and enjoy fostering a love for reading and learning in first graders. Outside of school, I like to cook, explore new places, and eat desserts. I am eager to learn from and teach at SCIS!

Ethan Schultz

Luther College, Grade One | Pudong Lower School

Nǐ hǎo, my name is Sun Qingjiang. You also can call me Olive. I am one of the lower school Mandarin teachers on the Pudong campus. I have been working at SCIS since 2010. I have been working in ECE for the first few years. This is the second year as a primary school Mandarin teacher. I taught in a local Middle school for a year after graduation with my Bachelor degree. My motivation is that students are able to communicate with me in Mandarin. I am also appreciated to introduce my own country’s culture to students. I feel very excited, pleasant and relaxed with these active and pure students. I am so glad to work in such a pleasant environment doing the great things I enjoy doing. Olive Sun

Qufu Normal University, Mandarin | Pudong Lower School

Hello all! I am thrilled to be a member of the SCIS community. I hail from Minneapolis and earned both my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Elementary Education at the University of Minnesota. I have previously taught and worked with kids in grades PK-5, in varying roles. I love helping kids find their passions and connect with the world around them, through discovery and working together. My own passions include traveling with my husband, reading mystery novels, being outside, and doing anything crafty. I look forward to working with all of the families and staff here at SCIS. Emilee Van Der Laarschot

University of Minnesota, Grade Two | Pudong Lower School

My name is Wendy(Jing) Wen. I am a lower Mandarin teacher of Pk-G5 at Pudong Campus of SCIS. I majored in Teaching Chinese as the second language for two years and I was selected to be a mandarin teacher in New Zealand for one year. I am an experienced teacher and have a good understanding of Chinese culture and language. I enjoy teaching and look forward to supporting students to achieve goals. I hope every student will spend a wonderful time in SCIS. I am very proud to be part of SCIS. Have a great year!

Wendy Wen

Zhoukou Normal Univeristy & Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Mandarin | Pudong Lower School

Hello SCIS community! I am from Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. I am passionate about helping students learn how to find and use information and resources so they can thrive as lifelong learners. I received a B.A. from Brown University in Business Economics and an M.B.A and a J.D. from the University of New Mexico. In my experience as an educator, lawyer, and financial officer I have developed a love for identifying, analyzing and applying new information. I am motivated to help students develop these skills and communicate their learning. I previously taught IB Business, IB Spanish, IB English B and ESOL in Beijing and then taught IB History, Economics, and Government in New Mexico. When I’m not reading, I love learning languages and participating in performing arts. I play guitar and sing, I dance, and I enjoy being behind the scenes in the theater. I am delighted to be a part of the SCIS community! Emily Williams

Brown University & University of New Mexico, Librarian | Pudong Campus

My name is Linda Zhang and I am a Mandarin teacher at the SCIS Pudong campus. I’ve been teaching for almost 25 years, and have experience at local and international schools. I love education and appreciate the opportunity to meet so many wonderful children and work in such a great environment. I enjoy watching a child grow from I can’t do this” to “I can”, from “I don’t know” to “I want to learn”. And along with the students, I am growing too. Making every child feel that the teacher appreciates and loves him/her is what I hope to accomplish. Have a great year.

Linda Zhang

Broadcast and Television University, Mandarin | Pudong Lower School

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Hongqiao ECE Campus

2212 Hongqiao Road, Changning,
Shanghai, China 200336
Tel: 86-21-6295-1222
Fax: 86-21-6261-4639

Hongqiao Campus

1161 Hongqiao Road, Changning,
Shanghai, China 200051
Tel: 86-21-6261-4338
Fax: 86-21-6261-4639

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198 Hengqiao Road, Zhoupu,
Pudong, Shanghai, China 201315
Tel: 86-21-5812-9888
Fax: 86-21-6261-4639