• Jonny Alexander
    Goldsmiths College University of London
    Grade 9/10 Visual Arts and Technical Drama
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I am a bright and creative graduate (BA in Education with Design and Technology), born in London and raised in Devon, England along with my four elder brothers and sisters and devoted parents. I am focused and ambitious with a contagious energy to network and maximise the personalities of pupils, and colleagues. Extensive travel and proactive sporting habits have fueled my desire to strive further, continuously stretching boundaries to the benefit of my career. I have high personal expectations giving my ‘all’ to each aspect of my life and this is demonstrated with the students I teach. I will now contribute to SCIS my firm knowledge of the education initiatives and strategies I have gained since my teaching career began in 2004. On top of this through joining SCIS I am grateful to grow my talents along side the community here by accepting additional educational responsibilities whilst teaching Visual Arts and Technical Drama.
  • Matt Astrom
    University of Pennsylvania
    High School Social Studies Teacher
    Hongqiao Upper School
    For as long as I can remember, I have had in me a bit of wanderlust and the desire to experience the world outside of the United States. When the time was right, I jumped at the chance, bringing my two boys with me to experience life overseas. After two years at Cairo American College, we now call Shanghai home. With fifteen years of teaching experience and a master’s degree in Curriculum Design and Instruction, I attempt at every turn to find better ways to use individual learning styles and technological advancements in my classroom to make students active participants in their learning. I attempt to turn students into active learners who discover, explore, and connect to learning more effectively. When I am not teaching or playing with my boys, I enjoy playing baseball, softball and golf. That is, of course, when I am not watching American football!
  • Emily Blalock
    University of Georgia
    College Counselor
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I am an avid reader, a connoisseur of colorful art and textiles, and I have a passion for helping others succeed in their endeavors.  My name is Emily Blalock and I am the Hongqiao Upper School College Counselor.  I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing, and then received my Master of Science from the University of Georgia.  I taught Entrepreneurship and Textiles at the University of Georgia for ten years where service learning was an integral part of my classes.  During this time, I was the Career Counselor and helped hundreds of students find internships and careers in their fields.  I have been a visiting professor teaching entrepreneurship and micro-business in USA, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Honduras.  I am delighted to be here in the world’s largest city, learning and growing with you!
  • Amy L Bowley
    Michigan State University
    Middle School Vice Principal
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Hello! I’m Amy Bowley and I am the Middle School Vice Principal here at the Hongqiao campus. This is my 15th year in International Education.  My experience up until now has mostly been as a MS Math and Science teacher, yet I am also certified in ESOL and in Spanish language instruction.  I have taught in Mexico, Brazil, Paraguay and Korea.  This is my fourth year living in Shanghai and I am looking forward to another spectacular year.  
  • Selime Cimen
    Middle East Technical University, Marmara University
    11&12 IB Biology Teacher. High School Environmental Systems and Societies Teacher
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I'm Selime Cimen from Turkey. I graduated from Middle East Technical University Faculty of Science, Biology in Ankara, Turkey. I have been teaching IB Biology and IB Environmental Systems and Societies for 24 years. I did research about science education for my master degree, and my PhD research was about Environmental Education in Marmara University, Istanbul. I like teaching high school students and supervising extracurricular activities related with environment. Since the first day I started teaching, I have learned a lot of things from my students. I think learning is a sharing experience for both teachers and students. That is the main reason why I love my job. This is my third year in SCIS-HQ, and I'm very happy to be member of SCIS community and living in China.
  • Jeffrey Clark
    University of Rochester, & ESADE University
    Grade 10 MYP Science, Grade 11 and 12 DP Physics
    Hongqiao Upper School
    After getting a bachelor’s degree in physics in the chilly city of Rochester, New York I started teaching outside of San Antonio, in my home state of Texas. Shortly after, I discovered the thrills and rewards of international education and am arriving in Shanghai after teaching in Taiwan, Tanzania, and most recently Brazil. I hold two master’s degrees, one in education and one in business. The latter I put to use working in industry for a few years in Barcelona before realizing that teaching was far more exciting. I’m thrilled to be joining SCIS and to continue to learning from my peers and students.
  • Maree Comerford
    Queensland University of Technology
    MYP Coordinator
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I am very excited to be a part of the SCIS community. I am a proud Australian, originally from Brisbane in Queensland. I left Australia nearly 10 years ago and have had the privilege of working in the United Arab Emirates, Thailand and now China! I love teaching internationally and am very passionate about the Middle Years Programme and the opportunities the International Baccalaureate programs provide students. In my time overseas I have assisted the International Baccalaureate in a number of professional roles including workshop leader and school visiting team member. In my free time I enjoy watching and/or playing all types of sports, particularly touch rugby. I also like to sit and read a good book and enjoy life. I am very much looking forward to living and working in my new home, Shanghai!
  • Jessica Deng
    Beijing Normal University
    Mandarin Teacher
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Ni hao! My name is Jessica Deng. I graduated from Beijing Normal University in 2009 earning a Master degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. I have taught Mandarin both in China and abroad. Currently I am teaching Mandarin in upper school. I am very excited to be here and to be part of this big family. Looking forward to a new start in 2011!
  • Adam Duchac
    Cantebury University
    Grade 4 Teacher
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Hello SCIS community! My wife, our two-year-old son, Jack Zando, and our 15-year-old Chihuahua, Alfred Sigfred Wilfred, have come from Seoul, South Korea where we taught at an international school for three years. Prior to Seoul, we lived and worked (and climbed, surfed and biked!) in New Zealand, the U.K., and the U.S. (I’m from Asheville, North Carolina). We decided it was high time to experience another East Asian mega city and are excited about being part of such a positive school community. I’m particularly excited about working in the middle school humanities department. Learning about humans, and how and why we’re here, is a passion of mine. Working in an international setting as a humanities teacher is amazing as so many perspectives and opinions are on display. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a degree in history and education, and I am just about finished with my masters’ degree in educational leadership from the University of Northern Iowa. The human condition is a fascinating one and I look forward to learning alongside all of you!
  • Jessica Dunbar
    Wellesley College
    IB Standard Level Mathematics
    Hongqiao Upper School
    My name is Jessica Dunbar, and I grew up on a horse ranch in Montana, USA. I love the outdoors with a particular interest in hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, and playing ultimate frisbee. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Wellesley College followed by a Masters of Education in Secondary Mathematics and Teacher Leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park. I am teaching IB Standard Level Mathematics at the Hong Qiao campus. During my career I have taught in a variety of locations - Texas, Virginia, Washington DC, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia - as well as a variety of grade levels - grades 6-12. I greatly enjoy teaching IB mathematics as it allows me the opportunity to help students to develop mathematical connections, apply the concepts that they are learning, and use their creativity and understanding of mathematics to access a problem through a variety of different pathways.
  • Ben Dunbar
    University of Arkansas
    IB English Teacher
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I am a third generation teacher who is passionate about both my subject and, more importantly, its extrapolatory benefits for students. Skills of analysis and articulation apply to any field or career, and they are founded upon concepts of comprehension and communication. That these skills can be developed through a broad range of texts from song lyrics, political speeches, Nike advertisements, Shakespearean plays, Romantic poetry, or even the front page is what keeps the class from ever becoming stagnant or boring! I attended private preparatory schools in Arkansas, matriculating to university study where I received a BA in English and a Master’s in the Art of Teaching. My Peace Corps service in Turkmenistan instilled a commitment to cross-cultural understanding and educational development, further strengthened by four years of managing US State Department teacher-exchange programs through a DC-based NGO. In my 12 year-teaching career in the US, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, I’ve taught an array of courses from AP Comp and Lit to IGCSE English and IB Language and Literature. In the summers, I reside in Bozeman, Montana with my wife Jessica and our newborn daughter Mackenzie, filling my time with as much hiking, distance running, and ultimate frisbee as possible!
  • John Geisen-Kisch
    University of Minnesota
    Science
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Hello! Here is a little information about myself: I enjoy international travel and cultural experiences, and am excited to explore Shanghai and learn Mandarin with my wife Catherine. I believe that Middle School students demonstrate amazing enthusiasm, and I look forward to helping them develop skills to be successful inside and outside the classroom. As an SCIS science teacher, I will draw upon seven years of international teaching experience—including Advanced Placement science courses, IB training, and serving in many leadership roles. In addition to creating a challenging academic environment, I believe school should be interactive, and above all--fun. Originally from the state of Minnesota, I have taught in the United States, Lao PDR, Colombia and most recently, in Saudi Arabia. Outside of school, I enjoy hiking/camping, playing chess, bicycling, and getting together with friends.
  • Catherine Geisen-Kisch
    American Public University System; Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
    Middle School Counselor
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I am excited to be part of the SCIS educational community and am looking forward to my third year serving this dynamic and culturally-diverse community. As the SCIS Middle School Counselor, I believe in a strengths-based approach that recognizes the uniqueness of each student. Working in collaboration with parents, teachers, school leaders and community partners, SCIS offers a comprehensive counseling to support student learning and development, consisting of student monitoring and academic support, guidance programs that offer life skills, transition programs and strategies to manage the challenges associated with adolescence, as well as the provision of individual and group counseling. Through empathy, by setting high expectations, and in offering a nurturing school environment, I support the SCIS mission in motivating students to become reflective, life-long learners who contribute responsibly to our global community. Originally from Minnesota in the United States, I have traveled the globe extensively and have lived/worked in Lao PDR, Colombia and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia before calling China home.  As an English-speaking native, I am also fluent in Spanish, French and conversant in Arabic and Mandarin.  In my free time, I enjoy yoga, swimming and biking, hiking/camping as well as photography, dancing, playing guitar and singing. Most of all, I love meeting new people and giving back to my community. I look forward to another wonderful year connecting with, and supporting, our students, their families and my colleagues at SCIS!
  • Jennifer Gotuaco
    University of Texas at Austin
    High School Counselor
    Hongqiao Upper School
    After 15 years as a teacher and administrator in Texas, my husband and I have moved to Shanghai. I will be the high school counselor for grades 9 & 10. I hold two bachelor degrees from the University of Maryland, a masters degree from the University of Texas and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Texas. I care deeply about student success and well-being and I am dedicated to helping students achieve their goals and dreams.
  • Helen He
    University of Birmingham, UK.
    Upper School Mandarin Teacher and Coordinator
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Hi! My name is Helen He. I am excited to be returning for the 9th year at SCIS as an Upper School Mandarin teacher and Coordinator. I am a British national with Chinese origin and was educated both in China and the United Kingdom. My childhood dream was to become a teacher and I have enjoyed teaching for nearly 20 years. I graduated from Zhejiang Teachers' University over two decades ago majoring in English Language and subsequently obtained a Master's degree in Education (specializing in Foreign Languages in Education) from the University of Birmingham in England. I have taught both English and Mandarin as a foreign language to children and adults in China, England, Belgium and Switzerland. In the coming school year, I will continue to teach IB Mandarin B courses . Both my kids are at SCIS and they are proud to be Hongqiao dragons for over 8 years. I have had wonderful 8 years at SCIS and look forward to another fantastic school year when my son will graduate from High School.
  • Kelly Huang
    East China Normal University
    Mandarin Teacher
    Hongqiao Upper School
    你们好 (Ni men hao)! My name is Kelly Huang and I am from Shanghai, China. I received my B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from East China Normal University in 2004 and I was thrilled to complete my master’s in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language at ECNU in 2011. I started teaching in 2004 and I have been a Mandarin teacher at SCIS for almost 8 years. My favorite course is the IB Language A literature class, but I also love to work with middle school students who are just starting to learn my native language! When I am not in class I enjoy baking, reading, and exploring Shanghai since it is always changing! I am looking forward to my ninth year here at SCIS since teaching and speaking with my students makes both of our lives more fun, more meaningful, and happier!
  • Tetsuo Ishii
    Goldsmiths, University of London
    MYP & DP Spanish
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Konnichiwa! My name is Tetsuo Ishii. I am originally from Hiroshima, Japan and I am very excited about teaching Spanish at SCIS. I am trained to teach Spanish, English and Japanese and I earned my MA in Applied Linguistics from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2004. Previously, I have taught students from kindergarten to university level and I spent most of my professional life in IB world schools working with the students of PYP, MYP and DP programs. Additionally, I have worked directly with IB as MYP Workshop Leader and DP Examiner helping the curriculum development of numerous IB schools around the world. In my free time, I enjoy cooking and my specialty is baking bread and cakes. I also like to prepare Japanese dishes such as Okonomiyaki, Tonkatsu, Tempura and Sushi. I am very keen to try new dishes, so if you enjoy cooking or eating in general, come talk to me!
  • Alastair Jackson
    University of Melbourne
    Middle School Science
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I am excited to join the SCIS community and share my love of science and learning with our middle school students. Originally from Australia’s southernmost island Tasmania I consider myself fortunate to have taught Science and Mathematics in Australia, Sweden, Thailand and now China. I completed my Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Teaching at the University of Melbourne and hope to soon complete my Master of Multidisciplinary Studies at Buffalo State. I have a great belief in the capacity and innate curiosity of developing learners and continue to be amazed at the innovative ideas and rich understandings that come from providing them with the time and space to pursue their own interests. I look forward to the year ahead and to exploring Shanghai and China with my wife, Jules and our young son, Kit.
  • Eric Kirwin
    Western Michigan University
    High School Math
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Hi everyone! My name is Eric Kirwin, and I am happy to be joining the SCIS community with my wife, who teaches lower school, and my son who will attend 3rd grade here. I also have a daughter back in the U.S. who is attending Michigan Technological University. This year, I will be working with 9th and 10th grade math students. This will be my first international school; in the U.S. I spent 15 years teaching middle school and high school math in Battle Creek, Michigan “the Cereal Capital of the World”. My BA and MA in Education both come from Western Michigan University, where my undergrad studies included math and physics and my graduate program was Secondary Administration. When I’m not working, I enjoy gaming apps, running, and studying game theory. I am excited to learn with you this year and make lasting memories.
  • Matthew Kushner
    University of California
    Grade 9-11 Math
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Hi everyone…. my name is Matthew Kushner, and I am happy to be taken on to teach grade 9, 10, and IB Math Studies (first year) in the High School at Hongqiao campus. My own education is a BS in Physics (University of Delaware) and a MS in Applied Mathematics (University of California, Davis). I have had two careers in my life, one as a teacher, and another in software engineering, writing code to optimize the logistics of freight transport. For me, mathematics is something that is alive, and I always strive to bring the excitement of the real world into the classroom. I have been teaching for a number of years and in several places around the world. Starting back in my youthful days in the Peace Corps in Guinea, and recently South Africa, where I spent over a decade. Looking forward to an exciting time, and thankful for this wonderful opportunity.

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