• Alan Brewer
    Lipscomb University of Nashville
    Middle School PE Teacher
    Hongqiao Middle School
    My name is Alan Brewer and I will be teaching middle school Physical Education and Health this year. I was born and raised in Houston Texas. I received my Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. I started teaching and coaching at Hillwood High School in Nashville where I met my wife, Katherine Brewer (Head of School here at SCIS-HQ). In 2007, we moved to the Dominican Republic where I taught Elementary P.E. and became the Athletic Director for Carol Morgan School. During this time, I completed my Masters Degree in Education from Sunny Buffalo. In 2010, we were blessed with twin boys, Gavin and Austin. Just before moving to Shanghai my wife and I worked in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the International Community School of Addis Ababa. As for my hobbies and passions I have played soccer since I was 5 and was able to play NCAA division one soccer during my time at Lipscomb and also play in the PDL semi-professional league for a summer. I am a Manchester United fan and am looking forward to this years EPL season. I am thrilled to be in China and to get to work at another great school. If you need to contact me feel free to email me at abrewer@scischina.org
  • Zach Brooks
    University of North Dakota
    Middle School Society Study/Language Arts
    Hangzhou International School
    Greetings! I am excited to be a part of the teaching team at HIS. I am thrilled to be back in Asia and to join a great school with a great staff. My last stint in China was in Beijing as a Grade 4 classroom teacher. After completing college, I was as a support teacher and coached a high school swim team for two years. I then taught fifth grade while completing my Master of Education degree. I feel my job is the best there is because I get to see energetic learners with smiling faces every day. I believe every student should be celebrated in my classroom, as success isn’t measured by how far you have gone, rather how far you have come. I am fortunate to have a career I love that enables me to pursue my passion for travel. I was born and raised in North Dakota and graduated from the University of North Dakota (Go Sioux!). Outside of school, my passions include movies, reading, exercising, and anything to do with sports. On winter weekends you will find me watching Fighting Sioux hockey.
  • Paige Brooks-Cook
    Spelman College & Wheelock College
    Kindergarten
    Hangzhou International School
    Hello! I am one of the kindergarten teachers at HIS. I was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, as the youngest sibling with three older brothers. Both of my parents are educators and they instilled a love for education and teaching in me from an early age. As a young adult, I worked with children whenever I had an opportunity. After I graduated from high school, I attended Spelman College where I received a Bachelors in Economics.  I also attended Wheelock where I received a Masters in Early Childhood Education. I have had experience teaching in preschool, kindergarten and first grade classrooms. I enjoy teaching the younger grades and love the challenge of creating an academically rigorous classroom with hands on learning and play. I see each day as an opportunity to learn new things, both for my students and for myself. Outside of work I enjoy west African dance, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. 
  • 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!
  • Suzanne Byerly
    Pudong Upper School
    Although I am an American, I attended the American International School in Vienna, Austria, from grades four through twelve, and was therefore blessed with the opportunity to interact with people from all over the world. I was always intrigued with the stories my friends told me about their countries. So, when I graduated from the University of North Florida, I jumped at the chance to embark on another international experience. An English teaching job in Seoul, South Korea, promised a year of adventure and excitement. There, in this environment that gave me the opportunity to learn about other cultures, I developed a passion for helping my students achieve beyond what they formerly thought impossible. Thus began my international teaching career, and since then I have also taught in Florida, Kuwait, and Eritrea. And now I am excited to be starting my third year at SCIS!
  • Victor Caban
    University of North Florida & National University
    Athletics and Activities Coordinator & MYP Physical Education and Health
    Pudong Campus
    Greetings SCIS! My name is Vic Caban (aka Coach Vic) and I am honored to be a member of the SCIS team. As an Athletic Director, Physical Education teacher and IB MYP workshop leader, I look forward to sharing my experiences in each of these areas as well as learning from the high quality staff already in place. My wife, our two children, and I are thrilled about returning to China having lived and worked in Beijing from 2011-2014. We have also had the privilege of working in Cairo, Egypt as well as Costa Rica. Needless to say we love to travel, explore, and experience, but look forward to making Shanghai our long-term home. Some of my personal interests include competing in triathlons; reading, researching and sharing the latest brain research and its role in the classroom; following EPL soccer and NCAA basketball; spending time with my family; and cheering on my kids in their own endeavors.
  • Riann Caban
    University of North Florida & National University
    Lower School Student Support
    Pudong Lower School
    Greetings SCIS! I am excited and honored to be joining the SCIS team as a Support Services teacher for the lower school. My teaching credentials are held in the sunny state of Florida where I hold a K-12 certification in Special Education and 6-9 certification in Mathematics. My teaching experience includes 14 years and 4 countries where I have worked as both a Support Services and Mathematics teacher at varying levels. By my side on this international journey is my wonderful husband, Vic Caban, and our 2 wonderful children, who are also very excited about being a part of the SCIS family as well as returning to China where we have previous experience of living and working. We are each very excited to be joining such a well- renowned school community and look forward to a great year.
  • Debra Cantrell
    University of North Texas
    Counselor
    Hangzhou International School
    I am a school counselor with many years of experience in the public school system in Texas, USA. I first began international travel as a college student, studying abroad in Europe and travelling through Mexico. This exposure to other cultures at a critical stage in my development as a young adult had a great impact on the adult professional that I’ve become, and is the impetus behind my motivation to come to China. As a school counselor I incorporate other interests such as art, literature, movement, yoga and humor. While my Master’s degree is in Counseling, I hold a Bachelor’s in Dance with a minor in Art and Psychology and a teacher certification in English Literature. I have obtained a license to practice counseling in a therapeutic setting outside of school and use my background in body-work and training as a Somatic Experiencing (SE) counselor to counteract the stress and possible trauma that all of us encounter from time to time in our world. I feel the most important aspect of positive growth for children and their parents lies in the building of healthy and safe relationships where communication is the key factor.
  • Marylou Casillas
    Metropolitan State University of Denver Colorado
    Pre-school Teacher
    Hangzhou International School
    Hello, my name is Marylou Casillas and I am excited to be working at HIS as a preschool teacher.  I am originally from Southern California.  I received a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Kansas Wesleyan University in Kansas State and an Elementary Teacher License from Metropolitan State University of Denver in Colorado State.  Previously I have taught in Honduras where I was a 1st grade teacher at an international school. Some of the things I enjoy are working with kids, experiencing cultures, enjoying nature, being active, and traveling.  I look forward to working with my students at HIS, meeting them where they are, and helping them reach their potential.
  • Alexandra Chebuhar
    University of Kansas
    Pre-school Teacher
    Hangzhou International School
    As someone with great enthusiasm for education and exploring the unknown, I’m thrilled to be part of the learning adventure in Hangzhou. In the last few years I’ve taught in Eastern Europe while serving in the Peace Corps, in a school for children with special needs in Ecuador, and as a resource teacher for a middle school in Chicago. For me there is no greater desire and challenge than embracing a new culture while helping guide my students to be inquisitive, creative and critical thinkers. I love trying new things and will approach any new situation with a positive attitude and a smile. In my spare time I am usually camping, reading, backpacking, traveling, cooking, hiking, enjoying live music and cycling.
  • Carson Chen
    Shanghai University of Electric Power
    Swimming Coach
    Hongqiao Campus
    Hi everybody! When I was a swimmer, my best years spanned from 1998 to 1999. In 1998, I swam in the national swimming championships competing in 200-meter backstroke achieving a silver medal. In 1999, I attended the national swimming championships competing in the 400-meter freestyle, in which I achieved bronze medal. But, now I have ‘graduated’ from competitive swimming and I now have 9 years swimming coaching experience. I love to teach kids how to swim at all levels and especially of how to go faster! I think you will enjoy in my lessons. Now in my free time I have fallen in love with the sport of fencing, I am actively engaged in pursuing taking this now to a competitive level. If you also interesting fencing, please come and talk to me and maybe we can participate together. Go SCIS!!!
  • Amadea Chen
    Anhui Normal University
    Mandarin Teacher
    Pudong Upper School
    Hello, my name is Amadea Chen and I am one of the upper school Mandarin teachers on the Pudong campus. I have been teaching at SCIS since 2009. I received my Bachelor degree in English from Anhui Normal University and also did my teacher training there. I love students, school and education. That’s the reason I chose to be a teacher. I enjoy the time with my students and feel very proud of them as they learn to use Chinese to express themselves. I also appreciate the opportunity to introduce my own country and its culture to students from all over the world, as well as helping them gain a better understanding of China. Hopefully the students will also have more convenience in their daily life here as they learn the language. I am very excited for another great year here at SCIS! Goooo Dragons!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Whitney Clodfelter
    University of Tennessee & American College of Education
    Grade 5 Teacher
    Pudong Lower School
    I am so excited to be a part of the SCIS-Pudong community! Originally from sunny South Florida, I earned a degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I am currently working towards a masters degree in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education. My teaching experience has been across many grades and subject areas, preparing me for the world of international teaching. I taught high school reading for six years in Florida before moving to Doha, Qatar. While in Qatar, I worked as both a preschool teacher and an instructional coach. I am passionate about teaching, particularly literacy education. I believe all students have the ability to learn, they just need the right opportunity. When not teaching, I enjoy reading, traveling, watching college football (go Gators!), and spending time with family, friends, and my cat, Piper. I can’t wait to experience everything Shanghai has to offer!
  • Kathryn Clouthier
    Lakehead University, University of Ottawa
    Middle School Phys. Ed
    Hongqiao Middle School
    Greetings! My name is Kathryn Clouthier, and I hail from the tiny metropolis of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. I have previously taught middle school in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, mais seulement en francais. Je suis la plus jeune d’une grande famille francaise. Sport has always been a major component of my life, and I am thrilled to be returning to the physical education team here at SCIS. Athletic involvement in school not only lays the foundation for healthy living and development of fundamental movement skills, but it allows students to acquire and perfect their leadership skills in a safe and fun learning environment. I look forward to sharing my passion for sport with my students, and to having plenty of laughs during my adventures living in China.
  • Kimberley Comeau
    St. Thomas University
    Middle School Language Arts
    Hongqiao Middle School
    I am Canadian born and raised in a small east coast town where a strong sense of community was a key element in my upbringing. With a thirst for life outside of my hometown and country, I now celebrate my 20th year of living overseas. I have taught in Paris, France; Kangrueng, South Korea; Izmir, Turkey; Kuwait; New Brunswick, Canada; and am now in my fourth year at SCIS-HQ. Educated in Canada, Paris, and the US, my eyes have been opened to the importance of being a life-long learner and I wish to instill the same mindset and passion to my students. I hold both Canadian and American teaching certification, complimented with my TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification, and am nearing the end of my Masters Degree with a concentration in secondary literacy. My free time consists of a variety of interests such a reading, writing, playing guitar, volunteering, collecting antiques and art, walking, and just hanging out listening to great music with friends.
  • 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!
  • Caitlyn Connolly
    Santa Clara University (BA), University of San Francisco (MA)
    Grade 2 Teacher
    Hongqiao Lower School
    My name is Caitlyn Connolly and I am teaching grade 2 at the Hongqiao Campus! This will be my third year at SCIS, but my first year teaching grade 2! I previously taught grade 1 for five years. I was born and raised in Oregon, which is a beautiful, green state in the Pacific Northwest of the US. I attended undergraduate school at Santa Clara University in California, where I received my Bachelor of Arts in History. I then went north to the University of San Francisco to receive my Master in Education. I lived and taught in the Bay Area for another four years, before taking a chance internationally and coming to SCIS! I love spending my free time playing Gaelic Football, practicing yoga, photography, reading, and traveling. I’m a huge coffee and chocolate enthusiast as well! I’ve really enjoyed my life in Shanghai these past two years and looking forward to what year three brings me!

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