Pudong Upper School
Pudong Upper School
(By Last Name)
My name is Maitane Arruti and I am excited to be part of the SCIS community. I am originally from San Sebastian, Spain, and earned a BA and MA in Philology of English from the University of the Basque Country. After further studies in Education and Spanish as a Foreign Language, I had the pleasure to teach in Germany and South Korea. My husband, Mark Turner, teaches at SCIS Hongqiao Campus and we both share the same passion for teaching and learning. We have two young children with us, Eneko and Ibai, and love spending time with them when we are not working. Shanghai is being a great city for us and we are happy to call it our new home. I am looking forward to meeting my new students and having an exciting and successful academic year.
It is a pleasure to be part of the teaching and learning community in the Secondary School at the SCIS Pudong campus. I graduated from the University of Missouri St. Louis with a B.F.A. in Art Education and emphasis in Printmaking. After spending 5 years teaching in St. Louis Public School, I have taught Visual Art in Kuwait, China, and Cambodia over the past 7 years. Shanghai is a rich cultural background of visual inspiration for our student’s creativity to thrive and I am passionate about creating a comfortable environment for my students where they can experiment and take risks. Along with teaching and practicing Art, I enjoy engaging in service opportunities and mindfulness with my students. I also train for half marathons, teach yoga, and love cycling and weightlifting.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
Hello, I have been the Upper School Music teacher at SCIS Pudong since 2016, and am excited to return for another 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 certifications in the Orff Schulwerk Method as well as the Kodály Method and am a member of NAfME, AOSA, OAKE, TMEA, and SAA. I will be teaching in the Middle School Arts Carousel as well as MYP and DP Music in addition to the many After School Activities in Music offered at SCIS Pudong.
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!
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
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.
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 specialize in humanities and psychology, along with the integration of meditation practices into school-wide programs for personal and professional well-being. I’m blessed to be a teacher and consider what we do like the best, and some of the most important work in the world.
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
Hi! I’m Lisa Marcos, and I’m thrilled to be teaching at SCIS. I earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia, then went on to pursue both Bachelor and Master degrees in Education at Queen’s University. One of the things I love about teaching is inspiring young people to learn through their experiences. I have taught from the inside of a shark habitat at the Vancouver Aquarium, in bogs and on mountaintops across Canada, and on a tall ship as it sailed around the world with my students. I’ve also taught at international schools in Colombia and in Taiwan, as well as at home in Vancouver. Outside of school, I love trying new foods, painting or sketching, and hiking trips in nature. It’s wonderful to be exploring Shanghai along with my husband, Dan Olsen, and our two children. We are delighted to be a part of the SCIS community as a family.
Hello. My name is Ivana Nedeljkov and I am excited to be working at SCIS Pudong. I grew up in Serbia where I completed my BA and MA in Special Education at the University of Belgrade. I also hold a Post Graduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs Coordination from Leeds Beckett University. Previously I have thought, as a learning support teacher, in Serbia, Bangladesh, and UAE. My professional experience has enriched me with knowledge of numerous strategies and methods that enable children to learn and reach their highest potential in all fields. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, traveling, doing yoga.
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
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,
I’m delighted to be part of the SCIS community as a learning support teacher. I completed my degree at the University of Toronto in English Literature, and my Bachelor of Education and a recent Master’s degree at Simon Fraser University. I have taught English Language Arts in Taiwan and Colombia, and most recently I have worked as a learning support teacher in my hometown of Vancouver, Canada, supporting a diverse group of exceptional students and coordinating the support personnel in my school. I have a great passion for inclusion and helping to create classrooms that support the needs and enrich the lives of all learners. I am also a trained musician and have a keen interest in cooking and being out in nature. My wife and fellow teacher, Lisa Marcos, our two children, and I are all excited to experience everything Shanghai has to offer.
Since 2009, I’ve been in China as a high school and middle school English teacher, and I am so excited to start my another 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
Hello, my name is Andrew Shearer and I am very excited to be part of the SCIS Pudong community, where I teach MYP/DP Mathematics and DP Economics. I previously worked at the Hongqiao campus of SCIS and before that I taught in Mongolia, and the Falkland Islands, where penguins outnumber humans by 300 to 1. I have been lucky enough to travel the world while teaching, which has fueled my curiosity about how different countries work and the ways in which they are connected, a curiosity that I hope to pass on to my students by exploring the applications of Mathematics and Economics. I’ve enjoyed exploring as much of China as possible since moving to Shanghai and the sheer variety of landscapes, peoples, and cultures within a single country has never, and hopefully will never, cease to amaze me.
I am Michael Steele, and I am excited to return to SCIS for my third 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.
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.
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 fourth 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.
Greetings! My name is Wendy Wen. I am one of the upper school Mandarin teachers of Grade 6-12 at SCIS Pudong. I have been teaching at SCIS since 2016. I mainly teach MYP & DP Chinese language and literature courses and I enjoy my job a lot. I received my Master degree in Teaching Chinese as the second language in HUST and I previously taught at a local college in New Zealand for one year. I have a good understanding of Chinese culture and attend many language workshops to become a professional teacher. I enjoy teaching and look forward to supporting students to become lifelong learners. Hopefully, every student will spend a wonderful time in SCIS. Have a great year!
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!
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.
I am very excited to be part of the SCIS community as a Korean teacher. I was born in Korea and finished my bachelor’s degree and teacher’s certificate courses in Seoul. To become a better educator, I studied at Mansfield University and received a master degree in Education. For the last 13 years, I have been working in different countries as a PYP teacher, librarian, and a DP Language A Korean teacher. I truly believe in the International Baccalaureate Program, as it, in my opinion, truly helps students to become lifelong learners and global citizens. In my free time, I love hiking, traveling, reading, and watching tv shows and movies. I also love to try new and different foods from around the world!