Pudong Lower School
A warm welcome to the SCIS-Pudong community! I am very pleased to begin my first year as the Lower School Principal here in Pudong. I am originally from the Chicago area and am joined by my husband and son. Before arriving in Shanghai, I was the Elementary School Assistant Principal and PYP Coordinator at Mont’Kiara International School in Malaysia. Having lived overseas for 27 years now, I have had the privilege of working and living in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Dubai. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a master’s degree in Elementary Education, and a second master’s degree in Educational Leadership. I am also an International Baccalaureate (IB) workshop trainer and site visitor. I believe in SCIS’s mission of developing inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring learners who contribute positively to their communities. This can be accomplished through our talented and dedicated teachers, excellent communication, and a strong and positive parent-school partnership. Working together as members of the SCIS community, I am confident that this year will be filled with rewarding experiences for all.
Pudong Lower School
(By Last Name)
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.
I am very glad to join the SCIS team of professionals as a PYP Music Teacher
I spent my youth in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I was very involved in athletics and the arts. I lived in the city and travelled all over Argentina representing my school in Math and Music competitions, as well as part of the volleyball team. I hold a Music Professor degree, a Master’s degree in Choir Conduction, a Master’s degree as Singing Professor and I am an active opera singer. Teaching is my calling. I love the busy nature of schools and giving something to future generations. My classes are very creative and productive, focusing on the inquiry methods of learning. I have worked in Kuwait, Dubai, Indonesia, Austria, and Guangzhou. I love traveling, scuba diving, and spending quality time with my beloved son. We are both very happy to be part of the SCIS family.
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!
Greetings! My name is Cat Harstad and I am thrilled to be joining SCIS Pudong this year. Originally from Minnesota, I am grateful that I have been able to combine my passion for teaching with my love for traveling, and in the process give my son the world. I am also grateful to be celebrating my 20th year of teaching this year! Over the years, I have taught art, music, EAL, and grades second through fourth in places like Minnesota, Arizona, Guinea, Nigeria, and China. One of the things I love most about teaching is helping students discover and develop their own passions and talents to help them learn. When I am not teaching, I enjoy watching late night movies with my son, reading a wide range of books, directing musicals and plays, up-cycling and crafting, or simply sitting quietly near the water doing some inner reflecting. I am looking forward to getting to know the SCIS community and working together for an amazing year!
Hello SCIS Families and Friends, I am delighted to be a fifth-year teacher at SCIS. My name is Virginia Hunt and I come from 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! I am excited to be a Dragon! The family at SCIS is home away from home. 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. Before settling in Shanghai, I taught in Beijing, where I discovered the Chinese breakfast pancake. During my free time, I have been enjoying eating my way through South-East Asia as well as tinker with the Ukelele. I currently own 4. I am thrilled to continue 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!
Kia Ora and greetings SCIS-Pudong community! I have been teaching at SCIS-Pudong since 2019 and continues to enjoy being in this wonderful community of learners who have been resilient and outstanding since joining this school.
As a Third Culture Kid 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 3 years.
I hold a Bachelors Degree in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand as well as other postgraduate degrees from the UK and US. I have been privileged to have taught internationally for more than 16 years and held several roles in different contexts and environments. Focused on bringing best practices, theories, and experiences wherever I go, I am also a strong advocate for children’s rights and bringing play and diversity into schools hoping to inspire others to respond to what’s best for children and the future of education and citizenship.
I look forward to a great year ahead with everyone!
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.
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!
Hi! My name is Malika Meidinger, and I have been teaching kindergarten at SCIS since 2017. I previously taught kindergarten and grade 1 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. I received both my bachelor’s and master’s 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- inspiring 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. I am passionate about creating a supportive and safe classroom community, instilling a love for learning (we love the question “why?”!), and encouraging children to build their independence and problem-solving abilities. In our classroom, we believe play is a critical component of learning. Outside of the classroom, I love traveling, being outdoors, reading, and comedy. I am so excited for this year!
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 1classroom teacher and Student Support teacher. This year, I am excited to begin a new role as the Lower School Counselor. Throughout the year, I facilitate Positive Discipline workshops for teachers and parents to foster social and emotional learning within and beyond the classroom. I am a passionate advocate for helping teachers meet the needs of diverse learners through inquiry, inclusive practices, UDL, and social-emotional learning.
Prior to coming to China, I taught children with autism and served as a curriculum developer in New York City public schools. While in New York City, I completed a Master’s degree in Urban Education at Mercy College and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy/School Building Leadership Certification at NYU. In 2018, I finished my Doctoral degree in Instructional Leadership with a focus on evidence-based teacher reflective practices using video.
In my free time, I love cooking, playing roller derby, 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
Hi everyone! Being an educator for more than 20 years now I look forward to being part of and contributing to the SCIS team. I am a university gold medalist and did my Ph.D. in science. Before joining SCIS full time I was associated with two international schools in Shanghai and helped with learning across all grades. I truly believe that each child is a beautiful gift and my role as an educator is to help them learn and grow in a safe, happy environment. I like teaching students the connection between healthy bodies and happy minds and shaping them into wonderful individuals.
I was born and brought up in and around Panjab in India. Having spent my childhood in a beautiful township at the foothills of the Himalayas, I am an ardent nature lover. When not at work I love to spend time with my family and friends, create and cook simple recipes, read, perform Indian singing and dancing, bike, and even fly kites.
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!
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 teaching Chinese in ECE in the first few years. I started to teach Kindergarten to Grade 5 since 2015. I taught in a local Middle school for a year after graduation with my Bachelor degree. Right now I am working on a master’s 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.
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, an M.B.A and a J.D. from the University of New Mexico, and a Masters of Education from the University of Texas at Arlington. In my experience as an educator, lawyer, and financial officer I have developed a love for identifying, analyzing, and applying new information. I am also excited to help students develop literacy skills and a love of books. 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 SCIS Dragon!
Hello! I am thrilled to come back to China and join the SCIS-Pudong community. My name is Yan Yan and I will be teaching Mandarin across Lower and Upper schools. I hold a master’s degree in ESOL from the University of Pennsylvania, and a teaching certification in ESL from the state of Massachusetts. Over the last ten years as an educator in U.S. charter schools, I have taught Chinese language arts and content subjects in elementary, middle, and high school. In 2014 I proudly became an IB teacher and since then I have served as an ESL instructor, CAS coordinator, and IBDP Chinese teacher. I have high expectations for my students, and I believe that with joint efforts, all students can reach their true potential.
Outside of school, I am learning to be a cool mom to my little boy. Together with my family, I am willing to try new things and re-learn the world around us piece by piece. Ecstatically looking forward to a great school year in SCIS!