• Melissa Lawrence
    SUNY Oitsdam & University at Albany
    English as an Additional Language
    Pudong Lower School
    My name is Melissa Lawrence, and I will be the new primary ESL teacher/coordinator at SCIS for the 2017-2018 school year. Originally from upstate New York, I have taught a total of 17 years, including seven years in New York and ten years internationally in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. I received my B.A from SUNY Potsdam in French/Secondary Education and my M.S in Literacy (K-12) from University at Albany. I also completed my ESL Certification at Manhattanville College 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 start this next chapter of my life in Shanghai at SCIS along with my husband, Steven, and our chubby fur babies.
  • Yang Liu
    Huazhong University of Science and Technology
    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.
  • Malika Meidinger
    Georgia State University
    Pudong Lower School
    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!
  • Larisa Mount
    University of Mary Washington, North Carolina State University
    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.
  • Aloura Pearson
    University of Wisconson-Madison
    Learning Support Specialist
    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!
  • Stephanie Resller
    Hongqiao Upper School
    My name is Stephanie Ressler and I am thrilled to be joining the SCIS team as one of three Upper School Counselors! I am originally from Harrisonburg, Virginia, which is an amazing little city nestled in the Shenandoah Valley amidst the Blue Ridge Mountains. Although Virginia is where I call home, I have had the privilege of living and working in several amazing countries throughout my life including Kenya, The Netherlands, and South Korea. I am coming to Shanghai after three years of working as a Middle and High School Counselor in Kuwait. Prior to making the international move to begin my role as a School Counselor, I worked at a community counseling agency as a Mental Health Support and Behavioral Specialist in Virginia for 8 years, and as a counselor for students at Eastern Mennonite University. Throughout my career I have developed a deep appreciation for art as a therapeutic tool and have found that it is an excellent way to help children, adolescents, and adults engage in reflective self-growth opportunities. I’m truly looking forward to exploring China, learning about the great city of Shanghai, and journeying through this year at SCIS!
  • Samantha Riddle
    Laurentian University & University of Western Ontario
    Language and Literature & Drama
    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.
  • Lindsay Rielly
    Wilfrid Laurier University & Trent University
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I am a new teacher this year at SCIS teaching MYP Science and DP Biology. I am very excited to be a part of such a dynamic school with a strong sense of community! After graduating with a Bachelor of Education in Biology and Chemistry in Ontario, Canada I moved abroad immediately and started teaching in international schools. I have lived and worked in Thailand, Egypt, Vietnam, Uganda and now China. I love being part of an international community and teaching students from all over the world! Teaching science is a ton of fun and I love learning about new discoveries in Biology along-side my students. I also love playing and watching sports, especially soccer. I look forward to cycling around this amazing city trying different kinds of food and seeing new things. I hope this will be a great year of teaching, learning and exploring China!
  • Alison Roberts
    English as an Additional Language
    Pudong Upper School
    I’ve spent the last 8 years in China as a high school and middle school English teacher, and I am so excited to start a new chapter here 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 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
  • Katherine Ross
    Queen's University
    Grade One
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    Hello SCIS! My name is Kate Ross, and I am so excited to join the Grade 1 Team at the ECE this year. Before moving to Shanghai, I taught at international schools in Honduras and in Myanmar - always teaching first grade! I love to travel, both abroad and within my own beautiful country of Canada. I completed my undergraduate degree in Outdoor Recreation at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, and my Education degree at Queen’s University in Kingston. I am thrilled to be here at SCIS this year, and can’t wait to meet all of our young learners and their families. Here’s to a great 2017-2018 year!
  • Kristen Scheiner
    Learning Support Specialist
    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!
  • Ethan Schultz
    Luther College
    Grade One
    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!
  • Nicholas Spring-Peers
    Brock University, Queen's University & Nipissing University
    Physical Education
    Hongqiao Upper School
    My name is Nick Spring-Peers and I am from Toronto, Canada. I have been teaching internationally for the past eight years, which has taken me to South Korea, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates. I completed my Bachelors of Physical Education at Brock University, my Bachelor of Education at Queen’s University, and most recently my Master of Education at Nipissing University. I believe that physical and health education is instrumental for the development of our children and adolescence, as it has the power to have a profound and life-lasting influence on them. I have played competitive ice hockey for over 20 years, and I hope to spread the love I have for this game to as many youngsters as possible. I am thrilled to be a part of the SCIS community and to be an integral member that contributes with a wholehearted, caring and genuine approach.
  • Hanna Spring-Peers
    Queen's University
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    My name is Hanna Spring-Peers and I am from Canada. I am super thrilled to be joining the SCIS team this year. This is my first time in Shanghai but I have lived and taught in South Korea, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates. I completed my Bachelors of Education at Queen’s University and I am currently pursuing my Master’s in Education from Nipissing University. I believe that the PYP is such an incredible and thought-provoking way to look at education, as it truly nurtures and fosters the development of caring global citizens!
  • Michael Steele
    Boise State University
    Individuals and Societies
    Pudong Upper School
    Hello, my name is Michael Steele! I am excited to start the next chapter in my teaching career at SCIS. I grew up in small towns in Nevada before heading to Boise, Idaho for college. After meeting my wife Brooke, I moved to Portland, Oregon where we both lived before starting our international adventure. I am an avid cook and love to spend much of my free time shopping and cooking. Also, I enjoy playing tennis, travel, and reading. 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. Next I moved to a high school setting and taught Humanities, English and Drama. My first international teaching experience was in Tokyo, Japan, followed closely by Hong Kong. This year marks the start of my 20th year of teaching—a personal and professional milestone. I hope to bring my broad and diverse experiences to the SCIS community and to my students as we learn together.
  • Stacey Stolz
    Lawrence University
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Hello! My name is Stacey Stoltz and I am thrilled to be joining the SCIS Lower School Music team. For the past two years I've taught in Wuxi, China and I am very excited to have moved into Shanghai. I've enjoyed my time in China and am interested in learning more about the culture, history, and language in my time here. I am a percussionist with a passion for global music, and I am excited to make some wonderful music with our students!
  • Peter Valerio
    Union College & University of Arizona
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Hello, my name is Peter Valerio and I was born in a small town just outside of Albany in upstate New York. From a very young age, I was drawn to mathematics, both for its own intrinsic beauty and also for the way it can help us to describe the world we see. It allows us to see connections between systems and processes that shouldn’t be connected. That’s so cool. It’s not surprising that I spent the years after high school studying Mathematics and Physics, earning a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics at Union College in Schenectady, New York and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. For the last two decades, I’ve been teaching grade 9 to grade 12 Mathematics at independent schools in the USA and an international school in South Korea. Here at SCIS, I’ll be teaching MYP 9 and MYP 10 extended, as well as the DP HL Maths. I’m very excited about living in a city as vibrant as Shanghai and teaching in a community as warm as what I see here at SCIS.
  • Amy Valerio
    Simmons College & University of North Carolina
    Vice Principal
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I am Amy Valerio and with my husband Peter and my children in grades 6 and 8, I am delighted to be a part of the warm community that is SCIS. I have served in many roles in very diverse school environments over the past 26 years. I have taught in grades 3-12 and been a Grade Level leader and Department Chair, Director of Student Affairs and Middle School Principal. Most recently, I was the Middle and High School Vice Principal in Seoul, Korea. Although I am originally from the Washington D.C. area, I have lived in many regions of the United States. From a very early age, I knew I wanted to be in education, and I received my MAT Degree from Simmons College in Massachusetts. My next stop was at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for my Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership. My goals have always been to ensure that there are strong relationships between teachers and students in an environment that promotes happy, supported and involved students.
  • Emilee Van Der Laarschot
    University of Minnesota
    Grade Two
    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.
  • Cara Whiteside
    Columbus College of Art & Design, Ashland university
    Design & Visual Arts
    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 competing 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!