Pudong Lower School
Greetings SCIS-Pudong community! Originally hailing from the Great Lake State of Michigan, I began my career as an international educator in 2004. Prior to embarking on the incredible journey of serving the community as the SCIS-Pudong Lower School Principal, I held multiple educational roles including an EAL and Homeroom Teacher for students in Kindergarten through Grade 6, a Primary Years Program (PYP) Curriculum Coordinator, as well as an Elementary Assistant 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 and passionate community of lifelong learners.
Pudong Lower School
(By Last Name)
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
I am thrilled to be a part of the SCIS community and getting to know everyone. I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and my family is proudly Polish-Canadian. I have been married for 10 years and have 2 sons. I have been teaching for 11 years and I am passionate about helping students achieve great things. I have been fortunate to have taught in many different parts of the world from Kuwait to Singapore, to Switzerland, and currently in Atlanta GA, USA. I have worked in IB schools, specifically the PYP, for the past 9 years first as a grade 3 lead teacher and then focusing on supporting students with Learning Differences in all grades. My goal is to make learning accessible to all and support everyone in the learning community. In addition to teaching, I am passionate about coaching basketball. My family and I also love to travel and explore new places.
Hello SCIS Pudong! I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. I earned my Bachelor’s degree at Sonoma State University and my teaching certification is from California State University East Bay. I’ve been working with elementary school students since 2003 and I’ve been teaching since 2010 with my most recent experience being in Beijing, as a Homeroom teacher. When I’m not working as an educator you can find me playing music around town as both a guitar player and bass player with my favorite styles of music being Rock, Jazz, & Funk. I am excited to be working here at SCIS this year. Go Dragons!
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
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.
Howdy! My name is Arielle Gutierrez. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, land of Beyoncé, NASA, and tacos, I earned my bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Houston. My teaching journey began at Edgar Allan Poe Elementary, where I taught third grade and kindergarten for several years. With a passion for education as my superpower, I strive to build genuine bonds with every student, develop their strengths and hidden talents, and cultivate a love of learning, to name a few. Beyond school, I shop until I drop, catch live music shows and theater performances, study Mandarin and French languages, and explore the city and all the tasty food it has to offer. I am honored to be a part of the SCIS family and look forward to a great school year!
Hello SCIS Families and Friends, I am delighted to be a fourth-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.
Hello SCIS Community! My name is Amy and I am so excited to be starting my first year as a Dragon! I was born and raised in British Columbia, Canada. After I moved to Switzerland, I went to the University of Teacher Education Central Switzerland where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Primary and Primary Education. I have taught in multi-age classrooms in both Switzerland and Germany before my thirst for adventure took full hold of me, and I made the move to China in 2017. I have been enjoying eating my way through South-East Asia in my free time. I am thrilled to be part of the inspiring, and nurturing community at SCIS!
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!
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.
Kia Ora and greetings SCIS-Pudong community! As a Third Culture citizen, I was born in Singapore and grew up in several countries which eventually led me to China. Coming from a mixed parentage background and being Eurasian, helps me to understand what it means to be internationally minded and tolerant to every culture and people. Both my French husband and I are avid travelers and we have enjoyed living in Shanghai for the past 2 years. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) from Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and Management from The Chartered Institute of Marketing (United Kingdom).
I started my teaching career in 2005, right after graduating from university. Since then, I have taught for 8 years in different schools and settings in New Zealand, before moving to Denmark to teach at an international school. I taught there for nearly 5 years before moving to Shanghai for another teaching position. From all these teaching experiences, I have been in several roles including Homeroom Teacher, Head Teacher, Centre Manager, Team Leader, and PYP Coordinator.
As a passionate educator, I strongly believe in the rights of every child to deserve a quality education and care. I am privileged to serve this international community here in Shanghai, with hopes to contribute, share, learn and reach for the stars together!
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.
Hello SCIS! My name is Leanne Kridl and I am thrilled to be teaching first grade at SCIS! I received an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara and my teaching credential from San Francisco State University. I have previously taught Kindergarten for two years in Qatar and then back home for three years in California. I am so excited to be continuing my international journey in Shanghai. I am looking forward to exploring new places and food in China. I love teaching literacy as I always have a book on hand and I love to see my students learn to love reading the same way I do. In my free time, I love to read, hike and search for every dog I can pet.
My name is Melissa Lawrence, and this is my third year here at SCIS-Pudong as the primary EAL teacher & coordinator. Originally from upstate New York, I have taught a total of 19 years, including seven years in New York, and twelve 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 EAL teaching 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 two rescue cats, Daisy and Charley.
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!
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
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
Hello! My name is Marlene Muy and I was born and raised in Canada. I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and my teaching certification from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. My first teaching position was in a children’s hospital working with students who had epilepsy. From there, I worked on a cruise ship for a year and a half; combining my love for travel and teaching children. Teaching has also brought me to the countries of Kuwait, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United States. During my free time, I like to spend time with my husband and two children. I also like to exercise, read, and watch movies. I am excited to be working at SCIS, and am looking forward to the new year.
Greetings! My name is Dr. Molly Myers and I have been teaching at SCIS since 2012 as a grade 1 teacher. This year, I am excited to join the Learning Support Department as a Lower School Learning Support Teacher. In addition to my role as a Learning Support Teacher, I serve as the Positive Discipline Coordinator for the Lower School. Throughout the year, I facilitate Positive Discipline workshops for teachers and parents to foster social and emotional learning within and beyond the classroom.
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 public schools. In 2018, I 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, art galleries, and hanging out with my husband and three cats.
Hello! This is my fourth year with SCIS and my second 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
My name is DeVeor Rainey and I greet you with great excitement. I am so psyched to teach
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!
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 three years and am excited to now have my own fourth-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.
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!
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!
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 my third 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.
I’m excited to bring my passion for Learning Support and the PYP to help lead and support Lower School students and teachers at SCIS. I began my own learning journey as a student at Fairview Elementary School in the state of Delaware. There I found connections to a love of reading, outdoor education, and sports, which have continued to be lifelong interests of mine. Later, in university, I studied Psychology and received a Masters degree in Special Education. I have been part of classrooms across the USA, Australia, and Southeast Asia, with students from three years old to Grade 6 in private, public, and IB World Schools. I believe in the power of agency, inquiry, and access for all of our learners. In my spare time, I enjoy coaching soccer, rock climbing and traveling.
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.
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.