• Andrew Shearer
    University of Kent at Canterbury
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I was born in England and raised on several RAF bases in the UK and Germany. Having always enjoyed Maths and Economics more than any other subjects at school, I decided to read Accounting & Finance at University but decided that a life as an accountant would be far too relaxing and instead began my training for the far more exhausting rewarding job of teaching Maths. After teaching in a UK state school for several years I decided to move abroad, first to the Falkland Islands for 2 years and then to Mongolia for 3 years. After teaching in these remote locations I am looking forward to the more cosmopolitan environment (and the many restaurants) in Shanghai. My first impressions of SCIS and Shanghai have been really positive and I am really looking forward to my first year at SCIS.
  • Ashley Simmons
    University of Houston
    Grade Four
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Hello! My name is Ashley Simmons and I am happy to return for a third year teaching grade 3 at SCIS. I have spent most of my life until now in Katy, Texas, a suburb in west Houston. I received my Bachelor’s in English from the University of Houston and my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Arlington. I began my career as a high school English and theatre teacher. After earning my Master’s degree, I instructionally coached at the PK-5 level, where I worked with very talented teachers and broadened my knowledge of subjects and crafts. I love living and teaching in Shanghai with my husband and our two sons. I am looking forward to another wonderful year! Go Dragons!
  • Scott Simmons
    Baylor University
    Individuals and Societies
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. After high school I attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, earning a BBA in Marketing and English. After spending six years in private industry I began teaching English at Westside High School in Houston in 2004. Thus began a decade preparing grade twelve students for the rigors of university. I have since transitioned to the Individuals and Societies Department since my arrival at SCIS, teaching Years 4, 5, Global Politics (DP), and heading the department. Through teaching I’ve met my beautiful wife, Ashley, currently a third-grade teacher at SCIS, and have 2 boys - one in 3rd grade and the other at the ECE campus. Shanghai is our first international stop and we’ve been awed by all the city, and China, has to offer.
  • Caitlin Sirkel
    University of Texas at Arlington
    English as an Additional Language
    Hongqiao Lower School
    I'm Caitlin Sirkel from Dallas, Texas! This upcoming school year will be my 4th here at SCIS and as an international teacher. I have taught Prekindergarten, 3rd grade, and 6th grade in the past and have loved being an EAL teacher here in Shanghai and having the chance to help develop English language skills in the students I work with. I enjoy trying new things and taking on crafty hobbies. Some of my favorite activities include playing baseball, crocheting, crafting, watching movies, and reading books. Looking forward to another year as a dragon!
  • 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!
  • Dominic St-Pierre
    McGill University
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I grew up in several cities across Canada and have a bilingual French and English background. While in Shanghai, I am also learning Korean and committing to an HSK level in Mandarin. I have a DEC in International Studies, a B.Ed. in English Language Arts for High School Learners, and a TESOL certification. I have experience facilitating learning from Pre-K to Grade 12. I also love learning about (and from) people all over the world. I have travelled to every continent, except Antarctica. During my time in Shanghai, I have been involved with improv comedy, swing dance, and capoeira. I love playing sports with friends, and coaching floor hockey and skateboarding. My favorite part of living here is discovering new corners of this city on two wheels. I have been a part of this community for six years and am prouder than ever to be representing our SCIS Dragons!
  • Alexa Stamatyades
    University of Toronto
    Grade One
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    My name is Alexa Stamatyades and I grew up in the multicultural city of Toronto, Ontario. After high school, I completed my B.A. in English, History and Literary Studies at the University of Toronto. After this, I attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario where I received my B.Ed. Prior to SCIS, I have taught Grade 1 at an international school in San Pedro Sula, Honduras for three years. My favorite thing about teaching Grade 1 is the opportunity to witness the incredible growth in my students as they soak up all this new information like little sponges! Outside of teaching I enjoy reading, (amateur) photography, snowboarding, diving, travelling, meeting new people and having new adventures! I am thrilled to be a part of the SCIS community and am looking forward to an amazing year!
  • 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.
  • Brian Sternberg
    Arizona State
    Physical Education
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    Hi! My name is Brian Sternberg and I’m really excited to join SCIS E.C.E. for a second year as your Physical Education Teacher! I’ve taught elementary school p.e. for the last 15 years in Tempe, Arizona U.S.A and have also coached middle school sports such as soccer, volleyball and basketball. I have a B.S. Degree from Arizona State University and I also attended University of Arizona. I played ice hockey at both schools and love to play many other sports and maintain a healthy lifestyle as well. Traveling and trying new foods are some things I enjoy out of school and I’m sure Shanghai has many interesting and fun places to see and foods to try. I’m really looking forward to a fun year filled with challenges and experiences that will help students learn cognitively, physically and socially!
  • 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!
  • Daniel Stripp
    The College of New Jersey
    Learning Support Specialist
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Hello! I am Mr. Daniel Stripp, the Lower School Learning Support teacher. Originally from New Jersey, USA, I attended The College of New Jersey, where I earned by Bachelor’s Degree in Developmental Psychology and my Master’s Degree in Special Education. I taught Special Education for 5 years in New Jersey before my (now) wife and I decided to come overseas to China. I enjoy all sports but my favorites are ice hockey, baseball and American football. I am in the midst of attempting to visit every Major League baseball stadium in the USA, with 18 out of 30 visited so far! I’m also a big fan of all kinds of music, and I collect vinyl records – with a collection of about 300 individual records back in NJ. I love learning new things everywhere I go, often get lost down the rabbit-hole that is Wikipedia, and am excited to continue exploring this area of the world!
  • Olive Sun
    Pudong Lower School
    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 the second 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.
  • Boramy SUN
    New York University
    Learning Support Specialist & Technology Integration
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    Hello! I am excited to be returning to SCIS for a fifth year and this will be my ninth year teaching. I am the learning support/tech integration specialist at the ECE campus. This is my second year in this position. I’m originally from Long Beach, California. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, San Diego in Communications and History and my Master’s degree from New York University in Childhood Education and Special Education. I came to SCIS from New York City, where I was teaching special education in Brooklyn as part of an ICT team. I’ve always been interested in technology and now I’m able to meld my two passions: tech and teaching. I love working with both teachers and students and showing them ways they can use technology to further their teaching and learning. In my spare time I love traveling, cooking, and crafting. Currently my favorite hobby is crocheting.
  • Joel Sutton
    University of Tulsa
    Design & Visual Arts
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Hello! My name is Joel Sutton. Originally from Tulsa, USA, I have traveled extensively around the world and am happy to now call Shanghai my home. I have a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Tulsa as well as a B.B.A. in Economics and an A.S in Management. As a seven year veteran teacher at SCIS, I feel very connected with the school and our community. I’ve taught math, multimedia, desktop publishing, journalism, percussion and now, MYP Design and Visual Arts. For the last few years, I have also managed our school’s Yearbook and various other SCIS publications. I have also worked as an IT administrator and adjunct instructor for Tulsa Community College, and as a Mac Specialist for Apple.
  • Mark Thomas
    Adelaide College of the Arts and Education
    Design, Visual Arts & Physical Education
    Pudong Upper School
    Hi Everyone! I am Mark Thomas, born in Wales/UK but have also resided a number of years down under (Australia) where I also have Australian Citizenship. I began International teaching in New Zealand and then went back to Oz for a number of years before recommencing my International teaching career again in Indonesia. This is my third year at SCIS-Pudong where I have been teaching Design, Visual Art and also currently some Physical Education. These are all subject areas that I love and feel passionately about. What I love about SCIS is its diversity of students, the warmth of staff, the resources, facilities and the recent transition into being an IB Continuum School. Its been an exciting time the past 2 years and I am looking forward to my third year in this great school and city. Outside of school you will find me biking for fitness, socializing, scuba diving, drone flying and a swag of other things too long to mention.
  • Marisa Tualla
    University of Arizona
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I am excited to begin my 3rd year at SCIS. I received my degree in elementary education at the University of Arizona in 2009 and my middle school math certificate in 2013. I previously taught in Arizona I the U.S. before moving internationally. This will be my 8th year teaching and I have taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. What can I say, I love middle schoolers! This year I will be teaching grade 7, 8 extended, and 9 mathematics. I am very excited to be here and take the opportunities to travel around and experience new cultures.
  • Karin Valenza
    Cornerstone University
    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. My husband, Paulo, and I have two beautiful children, Amira and Tate. I have always enjoyed other cultures. During my student teaching in Guatemala, I was introduced to the world of overseas teaching and was very excited to finally be able to return to it. I taught 7th and 8th grade mathematics in Grand Rapids, Michigan for five years before my husband and I decided to embark on this amazing journey of overseas teaching. We spent four years at the American School of Kuwait before making our way to Shanghai in 2009.
  • 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.