• Rhea Andrews
    Framingham State University
    Grade One
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    Hello SCIS!  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 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
    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. Prior to SCIS, I spent 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 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, 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 with my wonderful husband, William (Bill) Kern.
  • Joshua Balli
    Pacific Union College & University of South Florida
    Librarian
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    My name is Josh Balli and I am thrilled to be at SCIS and in 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
    Pre-School
    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 in 2015 after teaching three year olds in preschool for two years.  I am very excited to teach at SCIS for another year and look forward to the new challenges ahead!
  • Andrew Bissonnette
    University of Kansas
    Pre-Kindergarten
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    I am very happy and excited to be teaching in Shanghai at SCIS with so many great students, families, and coworkers! Prior to moving to Shanghai I spent four years 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, exercising, 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
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    This is my second year at SCIS and my third year in Shanghai. I have been teaching pre-school internationally for 4 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!
  • Maria Burnham
    Brigham Young University of Hawaii
    Speech Language Specialist
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    My name is Maria Burnham, and I am very excited to be joining the SCIS community this year! Travel and diverse cultural experiences, have always been a priority for me, however this is my first opportunity to actually live and work abroad. I was born in Canada, educated in Hawaii and Utah, and started my career as a school-based SLP in Washington, USA. I have a masters degree in Communication Disorders as well as certification from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. I come to SCIS with 7 years of experience working to collaborate with teachers in providing holistic and individual therapy for students with speech and language difficulties. I believe in working as a team with parents and teachers to help children learn to generalize their skills beyond the therapy room. I’m passionate about early intervention and look forward to working with the students on the ECE campus. Here’s to a wonderful year!
  • Jenny Chong
    Queen's University
    Kindergarten
    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
    Nursery
    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.
  • Heather Dryden
    Middlebury Institute of International Studies
    Grade One
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    My name is Heather Dryden and I have been teaching first grade at the Hongqiao ECE campus since 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 attended Gonzaga University in Washington State where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Elementary Education, while making time to study abroad in Mexico, Italy, and Spain. 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, first grade, and third grade in Mexico, Thailand, the United States, El Salvador, Panama, Bolivia, and of course China. I feel incredibly lucky 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!
  • Jillian Eyre-Walker
    James Cook University & Monash and Deakin Universities
    Early Years Coordinator & English as an Additional Language
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    My name is Jillian Eyre-Walker and I am delighted to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I was born in England and raised in Australia. My qualifications include Dip. Ed from James Cook University and B.Ed. from Monash and Deakin Universities of Australia. I also studied at the University of London, where I received my principalship training and am currently working on my M.Ed. through the College of New Jersey in America. Throughout the past 25 years I have served in schools around the world including Africa, Australia and China. I am the very proud mother of two wonderful children of which one is working in Nanjing, China and the other is very busy with my two grandchildren in Australia. I am now greatly honored to serve the SCIS community, as the ECE coordinator.
  • Marella Gregory
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Counselor
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    Marella Gregory comes to us from her Country of origin - the United States of America. Born and raised in eastern Pennsylvania, Marella moved to western PA for college where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She's spent most of her adult life as an educator in Richmond, Virginia where she taught, counseled, and earned a Master's Degree in Counseling Education from Virginia Commonwealth University and certification from Atlantic University as a Spiritual Guide and Mentor. She is a published author on the subject of Character Education for very young children and on Mindfulness in Education. Recently, she became certified as an International Teacher Trainer with the Center for Teacher Effectiveness. Marella and her husband, John of 26 years, raised two daughters, Alden and Kyra. While the Gregory family loves, owns, and foster a variety of dogs, Marella values her two-legged less hairy friends as well. They are more supportive (than the pups) of Marella's leaving the US to work at SCIS, where she is excited for the opportunity to experience a new culture, make new friends, and immerse herself in the role of Early Childhood Education Counselor in support of international education of which she has long been a fan. She is especially looking forward to finding pockets of nature tucked away in the exciting city of Shanghai.
  • Austin Kittelson
    University of Northern Iowa
    Kindergarten
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    Hello! My name is Austin Kittelson and I am thrilled to be teaching Kindergarten at the ECE Campus. This is my first year at SCIS and my fourth year in Shanghai. Prior to coming to China, I taught at international schools in Korea, Republic of Georgia and Jamaica. Born and raised in Iowa, I received my Bachelors in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with a minor in Literacy and Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Northern Iowa. I have a passion for teaching young children. I strive to instill a love of learning and foster curiosity in exploring the world around them. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, scuba, photography and writing. I am a freelance food writer and am constantly on the lookout for great eats. Shanghai has so much to offer and I am looking forward to another great year in this dynamic city.
  • Heather KNIGHT
    University of Wisconsin, Mercery University, Central Michigan University
    Vice Principal
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    Welcome to SCIS! This will be my fourth 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 continue leading the SCIS ECE team and appreciate its commitment to impacting students early in life. My work and travels throughout the US, Europe, and parts of the middle east have prepared me well for this far east adventure. 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 for our students. My professional focus of observing, connecting and interacting with students and teachers at all levels continually influences our school instructional decisions and goals. Through our new accreditation as an IB Primary Years Program (PYP) we are expanding our student's curiosity, interest and inquiry skills. In addition, we are strategic in developing students executive functions and conceptual understanding so they are better prepared for this exciting, challenging and dynamic world. Kevin, my husband, and I have four grown children that are living and working throughout the U.S. Therefore, the two of us are enjoying the rich cultural experience and adventures available throughout China and surrounding countries.
  • Karen Miller
    University of Washington
    Grade One
    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!
  • Lindsey Morton
    Simon Fraser University
    Pre-School
    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 second year teaching preschool at SCIS. 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
    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 then moved to Boulder, Colorado to teach preschool and prekindergarten while completing my Masters of Human Development and Education from the University of Colorado, Denver. I am so excited to continue my journey at SCIS and in Shanghai for a second year!

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