• 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.
  • 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 fourth year at SCIS, and my second 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 three years and looking forward to what year four brings me!
  • 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.
  • Danielle Cote
    University of Toronto, Trent University & New York State University
    Grade 5 Teacher
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Greetings! I am Danielle Cote from Montreal, Canada. I studied at the University of Toronto where I received a Bachelor of Education degree and a Master of Clinical Social Work degree; Trent University where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Biology; and New York State University where I received a Master of Science degree. I have taught in Canada, South Korea, Colombia and this is my second year teaching at SCIS. I am passionate about education not only because I love teaching, but because I love learning. Travelling is one off my favorite pastimes as I love exploring new places and experiencing different cultures. To date, I have been to 50 countries and because of my life experiences I am committed to global education, promoting an understanding of our interdependence and our role as a responsible global citizen.
  • Chandler Dayton
    Montana State University & Kansas City Art Institute
    Art Teacher
    Pudong Upper School
    Since 2009, Ms. Dayton has been teaching Visual Art at SCIS Pudong. The art program has grown tremendously in that time with new classrooms and a dedicated art gallery and a new program, IB Visual Arts. Helping students find hidden talents, learn and develop art skills, become 'art aware', learn to talk about art with critical and independent voices are all important aspects of her program. Shanghai is a vibrant city for the arts with many venues for seeing quality artworks from artists around the world, and field trips to important exhibitions are always available. In her spare time, Ms Dayton takes art classes, and enjoys what the city has to offer.
  • Leslie Deal
    University of Virginia
    Grade 4 Teacher
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Hello! My name is Leslie Deal, and I am excited to be starting my 3rd year on the 4th grade team at SCIS-HIS. I was born, raised, and educated in Charlottesville, Virginia (Go UVA!). I spent the first 22 years of my life living at the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. After graduation, I moved to Paris, France where I taught ESOL for two years. After Paris, I moved back home and taught 5th grade for two years. I love living in Shanghai and being a part of the wonderful SCIS community. I am looking forward to a great year! Please feel free to email me with any questions at ldeal@scis-his.org.
  • Brenda Dean
    Brigham Young University
    Director of Student Support Services
    Welcome! I am thrilled to be working with the students, parents, and staff of SCIS! I’ve worked as a school psychologist at all educational levels, from preschool age to high school students. I can’t pick a favorite age to work with, so I’m happy I can work with them all! My research background and graduate thesis was in cultural sensitivity in school crisis response, so I am very excited to work in a school that values diverse cultural experiences from their students. Personally, I believe in living a balanced life, for students and for myself. Therefore, in addition to work, I love to travel and I consider myself an amateur photographer. I also love to cook (and eat), watch movies, hike, and attend sporting events. Let’s go Dragons!
  • Christopher Demas
    Louisiana State University
    MYP Instrumental Music, MYP Choral Music
    Pudong Upper School
    I started playing piano in group piano class at the age of four in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Eventually, I moved to private lessons continuing through high school. In fourth grade, my school offered an after school activity for band class and I started playing trumpet. As I progressed into high school I finally was able to join band as a class for the first time where I played the French Horn. I attended Louisiana State University and studied with Seth Orgel, James Byo and David Holland in order to earn my Bachelor in Music Education. While there, I participated in two of the concert band ensembles as well as the orchestra and opera pit orchestra. In addition, as part of my scholarships I was a member of the marching band at football games and the pep band at the school’s various inside sports teams. While at LSU I joined Kappa Kappa Psi which is a service fraternity for the band in order to better understand the workings of a top-class program. I also was able to work in the school’s instrument repair shop where I learned how to overhaul and repair instruments under the tutelage of Mark Vandermark. I will be teaching both Instrumental and Choral MYP Music to the Upper School students. I look forward to getting to know the students at SCIS Pudong and creating a wonderful musical experience for them.
  • 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!
  • Sean Dennison
    Miami University and Arizona State University
    Music Teacher
    Hongqiao Lower School
    My name is Sean Dennison and I am thrilled to be returning to the SCIS team for a fifth year! I came to Shanghai from the United States where I grew up in the middle of farm country, so it is exciting for me to live in a huge city that is rich in history and culture. I am one of the Hongqiao campus' Lower School music teachers, and I hope to share memorable, musical experiences that will help all of us learn about ourselves, our school, our community, and our world.