• Rhea Andrews
    Framingham State University
    1st Grade Teacher
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    Hello SCIS-HIS!  Originally from beautiful western Michigan, I earned my bachelor's degree in elementary education and social studies at Grand Valley State University. From there I moved to Seoul, South Korea teaching ESL and was fortunate enough to explore many of the amazing countries of Asia. Following these adventures, I moved to the very exciting country of Venezuela where I taught first and fifth grades. Looking to further my education, I earned a master's degree in international teaching from Framingham State University. My passions within the classroom include: creating nurturing learning environments, educating the whole child, and using real-life experiences to engage students. I first joined SCIS-HIS in 2015 and am honored to be a part of the great Dragon community of learners and educators here in Shanghai!
  • Lisa Anstead
    San Diego State University
    Kindergarten Teacher
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    Hola! Lisa here and I am thrilled to be a part of the SCIS family.  Originally born and raised in sunny Southern California, I received my Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University and my Master's in Education from San Diego State University. I taught in San Diego for eight years and get to call San Diego home. I have had the opportunity to teach a variety of grades, but kindergarten is my passion. Most recently I spent the last three years in South America teaching in Bogota, Colombia. During my free time I love to be outdoors, travel, hike, and explore new cultures. I’m looking forward to a great year of learning.
  • Erin Babb
    Mars Hill University
    Music
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    My name is Erin Babb and I first joined SCIS-HIS in 2015. I am from the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina, USA. I hold a Bachelor of Music from Mars Hill University. Before SCIS-HIS, I taught in the US and then at the Anglo-American School of Moscow. There I taught music and also spent a couple of years as a Pre-Kindergarten classroom teacher. Teaching music is my passion! I believe that music education should be about creating, expressing and cultivating a lifelong love of music and all of its wonder! My passion and loads of energy make my classroom a very exciting and fun place for children to learn. I am a trained classical vocalist who enjoys performing and being a voice coach to children and adults who love to sing. I come to SCIS-HIS with my wonderful husband, William (Bill) Kern.
  • Joshua Balli
    Pacific Union College & University of South Florida
    ECE Librarian & Grade 1 ESOL
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    My name is Josh Balli and I am thrilled to be returning to SCIS and the wonderful city of Shanghai!! I am the ECE Librarian which is perfect since I have always loved books. When I was a child when we went on a family trip I never wanted to take one book, I wanted to take ALL of them! While my packing habits have changed, my love of books hasn't. I look forward to sharing with your children (and parents too) the many great books we have in the library, both for educational and recreational purposes. When I am not at work or reading I enjoy an eclectic amount of activities from sports, writing, traveling and being as adventurous as possible. I also love cooking and making food, especially home made ice cream! Please stop by the library to check out books, ask questions or just say hello. You are always welcome!
  • Megan Beer
    Loras College
    Preschool Teacher
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    My name is Megan Beer and I will be teaching pre-school at the Early Childhood Campus. I was born and raised in Iowa, USA where I attended Loras College and received my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. I have always enjoyed working with young children and witnessing all that they are able to achieve! They are all very capable individuals and deserve more credit than they are usually given. I joined SCIS-HIS in 2015 after teaching three year olds in preschool for two years.  I am very excited to teach at SCIS-HIS and look forward to the new challenges ahead!
  • Andrew Bissonnette
    University of Kansas
    Pre-K Teacher
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    I am very excited to join the SCIS family this year for my first international teaching experience! For the past four years I have been living and teaching in New York City, before that I taught Social Studies in my home state, Minnesota. When I am not at school I enjoy traveling, exploring new restaurants, playing and watching sports, especially the Jayhawks. I look forward to welcoming a new group of students and families to the SCIS community this year!
  • Jessie Brown
    Aquinas College
    Pre-school Teacher
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    This is my first year at SCIS and my second year in Shanghai. I have been teaching pre-school internationally for 3 years. I am from Michigan where I taught special education. Besides teaching Early Childhood I love to travel, read, and be outdoors. I am delighted to be at SCIS and I am looking forward to teaching and learning in the upcoming years!
  • Jenny Chong
    Queen's University
    Kindergarten Teacher
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    Welcome to SCIS! My name is Jenny Chong and I have been teaching at SCIS since 2005. My husband, Jerry and I are from Toronto, Canada but we have made Shanghai our home since his job brought us over in 2004. Our two daughters, Hanna and Kalin were born in this great city as well. I hold a Master’s degree from the United States, and Bachelor degrees in both Arts and Education, with teaching qualifications in the primary and junior divisions from universities in Canada. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of working with wonderful students, along with supportive parents, staff and administrators. I look forward to experiencing the same this year. Here's to a fantastic school year together!
  • Julia Cory
    Azusa Pacific University
    Toddler Teacher
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    Hello! My name is Julia Cory and I’m from the beautiful state of Washington. I was raised in the Pacific Northwest and then went to college in Southern California at Azusa Pacific University. I majored in Global Studies and enjoyed study aboard experiences in South Africa and Kenya where I had many opportunities to teach and work with young children. I then went on to teach toddlers at an Early Childhood Education Center in Washington for two years. I have been at SCIS ECE since 2013, teaching nursery and preschool students. I love teaching young children because they approach learning with so much enthusiasm and curiosity. The early years are a very exciting time in the life of a child, preschoolers are learning, growing, and mastering new skills daily and I feel privileged to be apart of it.
  • Cathy Drew
    Sonoma State University & Argosy University
    ECE Student Support Services Counselor
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    I look forward to learning and growing alongside the students here at SCIS as the new ECE Student Support Services Counselor. I believe that Early Childhood Education (ECE) sets the tone for developing the knowledge attitudes, and skills necessary for children to become healthy, competent and confident learners. My goal is to support all children’s social, emotional, and academic success through education, prevention, early identification and intervention. I have been both teacher and counselor since 1992. Over the last 21 years, I have had a wide variety of educational experiences in a myriad of classroom environments from preschool to high school. My experiences have taken me from my home in California to Beijing, China, Doha, Qatar and most recently Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I earned my Master in Counseling at Sonoma State University, CA and my Doctorate in Education in Counseling Psychology (Ed.D.) from Argosy University. I welcome the opportunity to get to know the students, parents, and faculty in the coming year as I strive to serve the SCIS community.
  • Heather Dryden
    Middlebury Institute of International Studies
    Grade 1 Teacher
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    Greetings SCIS! My name is Heather Dryden and I am thrilled to be teaching first grade at the Hongqiao ECE campus beginning in August 2015. I am from the United States and a proud West Coast native (born in San Francisco, CA and raised in Seattle, WA). I was initially bit by the travel bug in high school and have spent much of the past 16 years abroad. I attended Gonzaga University in Washington State where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Elementary Education. Additionally, I studied abroad in Mexico, Italy, and Spain during my college career. I later attended graduate school at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, where I pursued my Master’s in TESOL. Professionally, I have taught preschool and first grade in Mexico, Thailand, and the United States, then designed a scholarship program for children in rural El Salvador. I have spent the past four years teaching third grade in Panama City, Panama and La Paz, Bolivia. I am incredibly excited to join SCIS’s talented, dedicated faculty, and to be part of a profession that combines my love for children, learning, and exploring the world.
  • Alexis Egan
    Towson University
    Pre-Kindergarten
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    My name is Alexis Egan. I am an American who was born and raised just outside of Washington DC, before I left to study at Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia. Most recently, I have completed my Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Towson University. I began working at SCIS as a Pre-K teacher in 2015.  Before SCIS, I worked for two years in Qatar in a Pre-K classroom, which sparked my interest in teaching internationally.  I am looking forward to a wonderful time teaching and learning at SCIS in the upcoming years!
  • Heather KNIGHT
    University of Wisconsin, Mercery University, Central Michigan University
    Vice Principal
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    Welcome to SCIS! This will be my third year at the ECE campus working with our youngest learners and their families. For the last 19 years, I have taught in the US as well as international schools in South America, Europe and the Middle East before moving to Shanghai. While I have had the pleasure and privilege of working in many schools at various grade levels, none have offered the unique experience of our ECE campus. In addition to my extensive classroom experience, I hold a Reading Specialist, a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and an ESL certification. I love learning and am always looking for ways to improve my understanding of child development, the ways in which children learn and the most current teaching practices. I am excited to be returning to my role as the ECE Campus Vice Principal and believe my years of education and experience will enable me to continue to support our students and faculty! When I am not working, I enjoy reading, running, cycling and practicing yoga. My weekends are spent exploring Shanghai and all this great city has to offer.
  • Melanie McClure
    James Madison University
    Principal
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    Greetings ECE families, I am thrilled to be joining the SCIS team and appreciate its commitment to impacting students early in life. This will be my first trip to the Far East; however, I have worked and traveled throughout the US, Europe, and parts of the middle east. I have been teaching and leading early childhood/elementary students for over 20 years, both in private and public schools. My formal schooling is with James Madison University where I received my Early Childhood degree and Virginia Tech where I received my Administrative degree. My commitment is to collaborate with parents and teachers to hone an incredible learning environment fro our students. My professional focus of observing, connecting and interacting with students at all levels continually influences my instructional decisions and goals. By expanding our student's curiosity, interest and skills in learning as swell as developing their executive functions and conceptual understanding our students will be better prepared for this exciting, challenging and dynamic world. My husband, Kevin, will be joining me in Hongqiao. Our four children are grown and living and working throughout the U.S. Therefore, the two of us are looking forward to this new challenge as well as the rich cultural experience and adventure available throughout China.
  • Karen Miller
    University of Washington
    1st Grade Teacher
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    My name is Karen Miller and I joined SCIS as a Grade 1 teacher in 2015. I grew up in Seattle, Washington in the United States where I attended the University of Washington for my Bachelors of Liberal Arts degree. I then furthered my studies at Heritage University for my Masters in Teaching. Before coming to Shanghai I taught several years at the primary level in Seattle and Doha, Qatar. In my time outside of school I enjoy traveling, hiking, reading, and spending time with friends and family. I am excited to begin a new adventure in China and be a part of the SCIS community!
  • Cathy Morris
    Open University & Cambridge University
    Grade 1 Teacher
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    My name is Cathy Morris. I am originally from the United Kingdom but have lived and travelled extensively since becoming a teacher. I am joining SCIS this year with my husband Paul, who teaches Grade 3 at the Hongqiao Campus, and our 20-month old son, Arlo. I have earned a Master of Education in Applied Linguistics from the Open University in the U.K., along with a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from Cambridge University. I have been teaching in international schools for the past 11 years as an elementary classroom teacher. I have had the privilege of working in schools in Beijing, Moscow, and Zug, Switzerland. Guiding young learners through the Primary Years Programme and using an inquiry model to inspire children’s thinking are passions of mine. I am excited to join SCIS and look forward to working with this vibrant international community.
  • Lindsey Morton
    Simon Fraser University
    Pre-school Teacher
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    My name is Lindsey Morton and I will be teaching preschool this year at SCIS. I grew up on the west coast of Canada on Vancouver Island. I love going back every summer to visit friends, family and go fishing and camping. Since leaving British Columbia I’ve had the good fortune to become an international teacher. In the past 6 years I’ve taught in international schools in Vietnam and Egypt. This is my first year teaching preschool at SCIS and I am very excited to be joining the SCIS family. My time as an international teacher has been a very formative part of my life. I’ve discovered that teaching not only involves instilling knowledge into young minds, but also being a caring and understanding person that a child can look to for support. I’ve also learned that teaching is about giving children a chance to discover the world on their own. I enjoy my role encouraging the inquiry of young minds and watching where their curiosity takes them. I have a Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University.
  • Julie Nicol
    The College of William and Mary & University of Colorado Denver
    Pre-kindergarten Teacher
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    I was born and raised in beautiful Richmond, Virginia. After receiving my B.A. from The College of William and Mary, I moved to Seoul, South Korea to help establish new locations of a U.S.-based early childhood enrichment program. I spent 2 years there, and fell in love with international teaching. I recently spent time teaching preschool and prekindergarten in Boulder, Colorado while working on my Masters of Education from the University of Colorado, Denver. I am so excited to join the SCIS family and explore Shanghai!
  • Cristina Peláez
    Saint Michaels College
    Kindergarten Teacher
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    I am thrilled to start my 11th year at SCIS and to continue to be part of this amazing school community. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education with a teaching certificate in primary education in my native Bogotá (Colombia), and a master's degree in TESL in Vermont, USA. I lived in Canada since the winter of 2001 until my arrival to Shanghai in the summer of 2005. During that time in Quebec I taught preschool, kindergarten, and K- adult ESOL and Spanish. During my teaching years in Colombia, I taught mostly first grade, but also 4th and 5th grade science and language arts, and also high school French. Over these many years I have never stopped feeling the outmost respect and wonder for the unlimited capacity that children have to learn. I am fully committed to providing an enriched, loving environment in the classroom that allows them to discover their particular learning styles and to develop their academic and personal potential. When not in the classroom, I enjoy travelling and sharing my Latin heritage.
  • Stacey Poncia
    Notre Dame De Namur University
    Early Years Coordinator
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    Hello! My name is Stacey Poncia and I am thrilled to join the SCIS community as the Early Years Coordinator at the Hongqiao-ECE Campus. I am looking forward to supporting teachers, children, parents and administration here on campus. My experience working with children, families and teachers spans nearly 18 years; with 10 years of full time supervising youth and teen programs for local cities and most recently as the director for a small preschool located just south of San Francisco, California. In my free time, you may find me searching for adventures around the city or digging in our school gardens as I plan and prepare some fantastic outside learning opportunities through organic gardening. Although I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, I am happy to call Shanghai my new home. 

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