Faculty

Pudong Upper School

I am honored to lead the Upper School at SCIS Pudong. In my 16 years as an educator working in U.S. public schools and international schools in China, I have focused on school leadership, language acquisition, curriculum development, and student support services. I was drawn to SCIS because of its commitment to the International Baccalaureate Programs. I feel strongly that these programs best serve international school students. I completed my Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of New Mexico in the United States. I am particularly interested in the science of learning. In addition, I hold master’s degree in in Special Education and School Counseling, and a certification in Educational Administration. As an undergraduate I earned my bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Political Science at Saint Michael’s College. When not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family. My wife, Emily Williams (Librarian) and my daughters Cadence and Aria are here with me at SCIS. In the summer we split our time in the U.S. between my home state of Vermont and my adopted home of New Mexico. In my free time, I enjoy playing and coaching basketball, studying Chinese, traveling, and being active outdoors. Frank Volpe

Saint Michael’s College & University of New Mexico, Principal | Pudong Upper School

It is an honor to serve the SCIS-Pudong family as Upper School Vice Principal. I grew up sunny San Diego, USA, but have been living and working in China since the year 2000, with over 11 years at the International School of Tianjin. I have extensive experience with all three IB programs, and also act as a visiting team member and workshop leader for the IB. I have seen how IB implementation can unify a diverse international school around a conceptually rich and rigorous curriculum with a commitment to character development and international-mindedness. After completing my B.A. in History at Yale University, I earned my M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from San Diego State University, as well as both teaching and administrative credentials through my home state of California. My education laid the foundation for a lifetime love of learning, and I expect nothing less for each and every one of our students. My daughter Mengying and I enjoy reading, storytelling, and exploring the endless wonders of our China home. Naomi Shanks

Yale University & San Diego State University, Vice Principal | Pudong Upper School

I grew up in the small village of Lanark, Ontario and attended high school in the nearby town of Perth. I studied physics at the University of Guelph and then completed the one-year Bachelor of Education program at Queen’s University. My first full-time teaching position was at Rothesay Netherwood School, an independent school for Grades 6 to 12, in New Brunswick, where I taught physics for 5 years. I then taught IB Physics and Mathematical Studies at Istanbul International Community School for two years. I have been a SCIS Dragon since 2013, teaching mathematics and physics at the Pudong campus. Besides teaching, I enjoy coaching badminton and the High School Math Club.

Etienne Bilz

Queen's University, Mathematics and Physics | Pudong Upper School

My name is Brooke Boldon, and I’m thrilled to be a part of SCIS. Originally from Wisconsin, I moved to Oregon at age nineteen and still consider Portland my home where my husband Michael and I lived before going abroad. I taught high school English and college composition for nine years in and around Portland and then moved to Tokyo and Hong Kong to teach MYP and DP English for six years. Besides spending my days hanging out with teenagers, I love to read, write, watch films, wine and dine, take in live music and theater, practice yoga, go on long walks, spoil my cat, and travel with my husband. Brooke Boldon

Pacific University & Portland State University, Language & Literature and TOK | Pudong Upper School

Hello, I am so excited to be a part of the SCIS family! I have been teaching for 10 years in North Carolina in both the middle school and high school settings. I have taught all four core middle school subjects, as well as special education and high school science and social studies. I attended Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville Alabama and completed graduate coursework The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and travelling, sports, and hiking. I am looking forward to exploring China with my youngest daughter Piper who will be joining me at SCIS. Julie Broad

Jacksonville State University & The University of North Carolina, Learning Support Specialist | Pudong Upper School

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 & Activity Coordinator and Physical & Health Education | Pudong Campus

Hello, my name is Amadea Chen and I am one of the upper school Mandarin teachers on the Pudong campus. I have been teaching at SCIS since 2009. I received my Bachelor degree in English from Anhui Normal University and also did my teacher training there. I love students, school, and education. That’s the reason I chose to be a teacher. I enjoy the time with my students and feel very proud of them as they learn to use Chinese to express themselves. I also appreciate the opportunity to introduce my own country and its culture to students from all over the world, as well as helping them gain a better understanding of China. Hopefully, the students will also have more convenience in their daily life here as they learn the language. I am very excited for another great year here at SCIS! Goooo Dragons!

Amadea Chen

Anhui Normal University, Mandarin | Pudong Upper School

Hello, I have been the Upper School Music teacher at SCIS Pudong for the past 2 years, and am excited to return for my 3rd year! I attended Louisiana State University for Music Education and studied with Seth Orgel, James Byo, Sarah Bartolome, and David Holland. As a student musician, I participated in two of the concert band ensembles as well as the LSU Orchestra, Opera pit orchestra, Tiger Tenors, LSU Glee Club, Bengal Brass pep band, and LSU Marching Band. While at LSU, I was a member of Kappa Kappa Psi which is a band service fraternity and worked to create a better experience for all members of the band through service. I also worked in the school’s instrument repair shop where I learned how to overhaul and repair instruments under the tutelage of Mark Vandermark. I have earned certification in the Orff Schulwerk as well as the Kodály Method and am a member of NAfME, AOSA, OAKE, TMEA, and SAA. I will be teaching both MYP and DP Music.

Christopher Demas

Louisiana State University, Music | Pudong Upper School

Greetings, SCIS! I am very excited to join the Pudong community as a US Mandarin teacher. Originally from Guangzhou, I earned a doctorate in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics from the College of Chinese Language and Culture at Jinan University. Previously I have taught Mandarin in Australian for four years and in the International School of Dongguan for two years. In these years, I have developed skills to provide differentiated instructions and meet the needs of diverse learners. I am passionate about embedding Chinese culture to daily language-teaching. Outside of the classroom, I love traveling, enjoying the nature, reading, and swimming! Working in Shanghai at SCIS is going to start a new chapter of my life. Xiating Fang

Jinan University, Mandarin | Pudong Upper School

Hello SCIS community! I am thrilled to be a part this community here in Shanghai. I had previously spent 6 years in the Middle East teaching before I came to settle her in China. I call home a small town in Northwestern Ontario, Canada which had a large influenced on me to become an educator. At SCIS I teach DP Chemistry and MYP General Science. I enjoy teaching science and watching the students discover new ideas within science. I’m enjoying my life in Shanghai and exploring all China and Easter Asia have to offer. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy playing and watching sports as well as going to the movies. The best part about SCIS is being a part of this inclusive community is attending all out after school events and cheering on the Dragons!

Connie Hedderson

Lakehead University, Science | Pudong Upper 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, Technology Coordinator | Pudong Campus

Hello! My name is Maja Kelly and I am delighted to be a part of the SCIS community. As the Upper School Counselor, I enjoy working with young people, helping them discover their passion, pursue their dreams and achieve their goals. Prior to joining SCIS, I worked as the Counselor, Learning Support Specialist, IB DP Psychology, and Theory of Knowledge teacher at the International School of Belgrade, Serbia. I hold a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Belgrade, and a second Master’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Development Psychology from the Southern New Hampshire University. I also hold counseling and psychotherapy licenses from the European Association for Counseling and the European Association for Psychotherapy. I love learning new languages and have a passion for history, ethics, philosophy, literature, photography, old movies, classical music, and jazz. My biggest passion, however, is my work, and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to do what I love in this warm, diverse and internationally-minded community.

Maja Kelly

University of Belgrade, Counselor | Pudong Upper School

My name is Steve Lawrence, and I’m from a small, one-stop town at the foothills of the Berkshire mountains in upstate New York. Prior to teaching, I was a small business owner of plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning, after a stinted-career as a sales rep and systems designer for a Plumbing/Heating/HVAC wholesaler. Upon meeting my wife in 2006 I discovered international teaching and soon realized I’d discover a greater sense of purpose being a teacher than digging trenches and changing toilets (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). Since becoming a teacher I’ve taught in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and am now so excited to be coming to Shanghai. I’m blessed to be a teacher and consider what we do as the best, and some of the most important work in the world. I can’t wait to meet you all and to become your friend.

Steven Lawrence

The University of the State of New York, Individuals and Societies | Pudong Upper School

Aannyeonghaseyo, my name is Kyeung-won, Lee and this is my second semester at SCIS Hongqiao. I teach IB Korean for grade 11 and 12. I was born in Seoul, Korea and I spent most of my life in the city. I earned my BA in Korean literature and philosophy at Yonsei University and MA in Drama at Hanyang University. One night in 2008, I was watching all sorts of local families sitting in the train for Urumchi, the city in northern China. Although that was a very wonderful moment, I never thought I would work here in China. But at this moment, I really feel at ease to be here with my family. Life is really unpredictable!

Kyeungwon Lee

Yongsei University and Hanyang University, Korean | Pudong Upper School

I am really enjoying being at SCIS again this year. I did Spanish with French studies at university and I teach both subjects at SCIS. I graduated (MA) in Filología Hispánica at the University of Salamanca, Spain and I immediately took off after that. I have spent more than twenty years around the world. I am originally from Spain, from the Basque region (between Spain and France). I have taught mainly in Edinburgh, Somerset, Cambridge, London, Peru and Vietnam and I have also travelled in more than forty countries. I am a mindfulness teacher who enjoys long hours basking in urban cafés. I am very happy, easy going and I have great fun in class.

Andres Lopez

University of Salamanca, French and Spanish | Pudong Upper 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

I’m excited to be working at SCIS for my fifth year! I have been teaching middle school science for eighteen years mostly in the international setting. Prior to SCIS, I taught in the Philippines for three years, in Thailand for three years, and in Mexico for three years. My first teaching experience was in Colorado, USA where I taught science and social studies for four years. I have a passion for education and love to share my scientific knowledge with others. I like the hands-on, minds-on, scientific inquiry approach to learning where my students gain an appreciation of the importance of science for understanding the world around them as well as how it contributes to their lives. Besides being an educator, I have a passion for fitness and coaching and like to share my knowledge with my students. At SCIS, I coach middle school rugby and soccer. Outside of school, I enjoy doing activities such as mountain biking, hiking, running, traveling, reading, and learning new languages. I’m looking forward to another fun-filled time this year at SCIS!

Martin Mavec

University of Illinois, Science and Physical & Health Education | Pudong Upper School

Hello! My name is Garret Newell and I hail from the beautiful state of California. Before moving to Shanghai in the summer of 2008, I taught in California’s public schools for three years. Through my tenures there and now here, at SCIS, I’ve been able to teach just about every high school math class one could imagine from basic Algebra and Geometry to AP Calculus and now, Higher Level Mathematics in the IB. I love teaching mathematics because I enjoy presenting concepts to my students that explain the natural world around us. Every day presents a new challenge and to me, that’s what it’s all about! When I’m not teaching or coaching soccer I typically spend my time playing soccer myself, playing a little guitar or enjoying the outdoors. I’m happy with the opportunities my time here in Shanghai has afforded me and I’m excited to see what adventure comes next!

Garret Newell

University of California, Mathematics | Pudong Upper School

My name is Michael Nicholaides and I am from South Shore Boston, Massachusetts. After earning my Bachelors degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, I began working with at-risk youth as a social worker for several years. It was during my time working with youth that I fell in love with teaching and began to pursue a career in teaching, by going down the international route in 2014. Prior to coming to SCIS in 2018, I have worked in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and in Manila, Philippines. I am very passionate about learning and believe that education can lead to a sustainable and peaceful future. In my free time, I love to read, write, and play sports. I always aim to bring my energy and enthusiasm into the classroom and am very pleased and excited to be a part of such an energetic community at SCIS! Go Dragons!

Michael Nicholaides

University of Massachusetts Amherst, English/Individuals and Societies | Pudong Upper School

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, I’ve worked at SCIS since 2012 and moving to Shanghai was a little bit like returning home for me. I spent most of my childhood growing up in different parts of Asia, from Bahrain to Malaysia to China, attending international schools just like SCIS. I eventually ended up in the United States for university where I spent five years in Boston, MA. I’m a big sports fan, especially of soccer and basketball, both of which I enjoy playing and coaching. I also love traveling and listening to all sorts of music. I am fortunate enough to have one of the more unique teaching combinations at SCIS: IB Film and IB Economics. They are both extremely exciting and rewarding courses. Whether or not you are lucky enough to take Film and/or Economics, I look forward to meeting and working with you all.

Dave O'Reilly

Northeastern University, Film & Economics | Pudong Upper School

Hello SCIS Pudong! I am originally from Sudbury, Ontario where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree. My teaching certification is from the University of Western Ontario and I have experience teaching English, Social Studies and Drama. I am in the process of completing my Master’s Degree through SUNY Buffalo State University. After teaching for several years in Canada, I spent 3 years in Venezuela and I am excited to join the Dragon Community! I believe that teachers are also learners and that teachers and students should never stop trying to grow. I enjoy reading, cooking, baking and traveling. Living in South America has been a wonderful experience and my favourite travel experiences include the view from the top of Huayna Picchu in Peru and swimming with a sea lion in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. Samantha Riddle

Laurentian University & University of Western Ontario, Language and Literature & Drama | Pudong Upper School

I’ve spent the last 9 years in China as a high school and middle school English teacher, and I am so excited to start my second year in Shanghai at SCIS Pudong! I’m from the barrier island in Florida and grew up loving camping and hiking. As an English teacher, I love to read and my passion is using literature to teach a language. There is nothing more satisfying to me as an educator than seeing students find a book they love – how it changes their understanding of their potential and their talents! I hope to see that moment in each of my students this year. A few of my favorite books include The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks and Through the Language Glass by Guy Deutscher

Alison Roberts

Columbia International University, English Language Acquisition | Pudong Upper School

Hello! My name is Kristen Scheiner and I am thrilled to be joining the team here at SCIS- Pudong. I grew up just outside Chicago in the city of Geneva, Illinois. After attending school at Illinois State University, where I earned a degree as a learning and behavior specialist, I started my career at Marklund Day School as a para-professional working with students on the autism spectrum. Afterwards, I moved to Kansas City where I was a middle school resource teacher for three years before accepting an offer at SCIS-Pudong. I love helping students achieve their academic goals, but the most rewarding part for me is watching students grow as they discover their individual strengths and talents. This is my first time working abroad and I look forward to all the new things life in Shanghai will bring. I know this is going to be an amazing year! Kristen Scheiner

Illinois State University, Learning Support Specialist | Pudong Upper School

Hello! I am honored and thrilled to be a part of the SCIS community.  Originally from Tennessee in the Southeast USA, I received my Bachelor degree from Tennessee Tech and my Master of Science from Mississippi State.  After taking some time to serve in the US Army, I started teaching in 2000 because I love getting students excited about the natural world. I have taught everything from elementary to college science classes, with a special concentration in Biology.  I enjoy sponsoring student clubs and believe strongly that teachers should facilitate student-driven interests.  I have lived in China since 2015 and consider it my second home. My hobbies include traveling around Asia and attending live music shows, and I have a special appreciation for Korean food and culture. I have two grown children who live and work in the United States. Jill Sculerati

Tennessee Tech University & Mississippi State University, Science | Pudong Upper School

I am Michael Steele, and I am excited to return to SCIS for my second year. I grew up in small towns in Nevada before moving to Boise, Idaho for university. After meeting my wife Brooke, I moved to Portland, Oregon where we both lived and taught before starting our international careers. My first teaching experience was Freshmen English Composition at Boise State University, and then to challenge myself, I started teaching middle school Humanities, English, and Drama in Boise, Idaho. Next, I moved to a high school setting and taught Humanities, English, and Drama in Portland, Oregon. My first international teaching experience was in Tokyo, Japan, followed by Hong Kong, SAR. I am an avid cook and love to spend much of my free time shopping and cooking. I enjoy playing tennis, traveling, and reading. I hope to continue to bring my broad and diverse experiences to the SCIS community and to my students as we learn together.

Michael Steele

Boise State University, Individuals and Societies | Pudong Upper School

I am originally from a small town in central Minnesota and moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan to attend Cornerstone University. I received my teaching certification in Mathematics and Science in 2000 and my Master’s Degree in Curriculum in 2004. I have always enjoyed other cultures and traveled quite a bit with my family as a child and teen. I was introduced to the world of overseas teaching during my student teaching in Guatemala and taught five years in West Michigan before returning overseas. I spent four years at the American School of Kuwait teaching middle school math and having my two beautiful children, Amira and Tate, before making my way to Shanghai in 2009.

Karin Valenza

Cornerstone University, Mathematics | Pudong Upper School

Howdy, allow me to introduce myself! Originally from the great State of Texas, I attended Baylor University in Waco, graduating with a degree in Health Science Studies while contributing to multiple publications within the Health, Human Performance, and Recreation research lab. This is my second year at SCIS after having taught Math at both the Middle and High School level, in addition to instructing primary and secondary Physical and Health Education. Prior to SCIS, I was in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I enjoy eating, athletics, photography, exercising, and coaching, as I have grown up competing in multiple sports even up to now. I was very fortunate to have such great teachers and mentors throughout every level of my education. I look forward to reciprocating those memorable and everlasting efforts every year towards the students that walk into my classroom while doing my absolute best to provide every student with the best experience they deserve both inside and outside of the classroom.

Joshua Vanta

Baylor University, Mathematics and Physical & Health Education | Pudong Upper School

Hello! I am so excited to be teaching at SCIS! Prior to teaching here, I worked in South Korea and Uganda. I studied Fine Art with a focus in Photography and Painting, receiving my BFA from Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio. After completing my degree, I worked as a professional photographer for a few years before returning to school to prepare to become an art educator. I love my job, it is so rewarding to see my students develop their technical abilities while furthering their creativity. Outside of school, I have really enjoyed being a part of various Theatre companies in different technical roles and playing music. I also love to travel at any opportunity. I am especially looking forward to exploring and learning about China!

Cara Whiteside

Columbus College of Art & Design, Ashland university, Visual Arts | Pudong Upper School

Hello! Teaching is my passion! I started as a middle school wrestling coach in college which led to an Education Degree from the University of Dayton. Since then, I have worked at a boarding school, Pikes Peak Community College and public & private day schools. Since consciously coupling with my international travel partner, now wife, we spent four years teaching in Rabat, Morocco and most recently four years teaching at Chadwick International School in Korea. I can’t image doing anything other than teaching at international schools, especially SCIS. The opportunity to teach and inspire young problem solvers & designers on a global scale is important in an era of autonomous driving, home drone delivery, and who knows what tomorrow will bring.

Chris Willauer

University of Dayton, Design | Pudong Upper 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

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