• Tiffany M Dennison
    Pennsylvania State University
    Grade 4 Teacher
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Hi! My name is Tiffany Dennison and this will be my sixth year teaching here at SCIS HQ! My husband, Sean Dennison, teaches Music here in the Lower School! We are very excited about returning to the community at SCIS and having another great year with the wonderful students and faculty. I am originally from the U.S. state of Pennsylvania where I earned my Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education in 2005 from Penn State University! I earned my Master’s Degree while here in Shanghai through the State University of New York (SUNY). This summer, I completed my Principal certification through the Principal Training Center (PTC). In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my friends, photography, traveling, doing pilates, and shopping!
  • Julie Devitto
    Nottingham Trent
    Grade 3 Teacher
    Hongqiao Lower School
    This is my fifth year at SCIS and my second year teaching 4th Grade at the school. I am originally from Harrogate, England. I have been teaching abroad for 8 years now, and before coming to Shanghai I was was teaching in Phuket, Thailand. I am passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and practice yoga and mindfulness outside of school. My degree is in Psychology, followed by my teaching certificate, and Masters in Education. I am looking forward to spending another year at SCIS!
  • Marin Dobson
    University of Wisconsin Madison
    HS Science and Physical Education
    Pudong Upper School
    Hello! I am Marin Dobson, Science and Physical Education teacher from Wisconsin in the United States. I have taught science at the middle and high school level for the past 15 years, while coaching basketball and volleyball as well. My journey has taken me from Wisconsin to both coasts of the US, Mexico City, Jakarta, and Hawaii. My wife Kate and our two boys are super excited about getting back into the international community and exploring the culture and experiences of China. My special interests include the microbial world of bacteria, anaerobic fermentation, and the works of David Foster Wallace.
  • Kate Dobson
    San Francisco State University
    Speech Language Pathologist Lower School
    Pudong Lower School
    Greetings! My name is Kate Dobson and I am a speech and language pathologist from the United States. I hail from Connecticut and spent time overseas with my family in London while growing up. My first experience working in an international school was in Jakarta, Indonesia where I spent five wonderful years and where I met my husband Marin. I have several years of experience working as an SLP in public schools in Hawaii and Wisconsin. It is my hope that I can help all students reach their full potential at school. Marin and I are thrilled to share the international school experience with our twin boys and to show them a bit of the world. In my free time I like learning new skills and hobbies like: playing the ukulele, wood turning, blacksmithing, and scuba diving.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Vicki Duchac
    Lincoln University
    Grade 4 Teacher
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Hello SCIS! My name is Vicki Duchac and I have been working and travelling around the world for over ten years. Originally from New Zealand; I got the traveling bug after living for a year in Japan and since then have taught in N.Z, England, South Korea and the U.S.A. I received my Bachelors degree at Lincoln University and my Graduate Diploma in Teaching at Canterbury University. My husband, two-year-old son and I have lived in Shanghai for a year and love the city! We spend our weekends biking around the city exploring museums and art galleries, volunteering within the local community and finding the best places to eat! I like to bring all of these experiences to the classroom to share with my students. I have found that students learn best through creative, experiential learning, and I love providing learners with these opportunities. I can’t wait to meet you all and get started with my second year of teaching 4th grade at SCIS!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Katharine Enoch
    US Choir & Drama, LS ESOL
    Pudong Lower School
    My name is Kate Enoch and I am the upper school choir, drama, and 5th grade ESOL teacher at SCIS Pudong. I feel very privileged to share the subjects I love with students and give them opportunities to express themselves creatively through performance. The performing arts is an important and effective tool for forging confident and capable individuals and building communities of creators. I look forward to teaching and working with the talented students at SCIS. Before moving to China in 2010, I lived in New York City where I got my masters in music from Columbia University. I studied opera and musical theater at Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music and also spent time training in Vienna, Austria. In addition to music and theater, I enjoy learning Chinese, traveling, practicing yoga, cooking and staying active with friends.
  • Richard Forbes
    Simon Fraser University
    Middle School Social Studies
    Hongqiao Middle School
    I am excited to be back at SCIS for a second year. Shanghai has been my home for the past 4 years. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, I studied Geography and Education at Simon Fraser University. I have taught overseas now for 7 years, having spent time in Beijing, Trinidad & Tobago, and Shanghai. I look forward to sharing my passion for learning, exploring global issues, and working our way through the history and geography of our wonderful world.
  • Elizabeth Gale
    University of Michigan & University of Nottingham
    Lower School Principal
    Pudong Lower School
    Greetings SCIS-Pudong community! Originally hailing from the Great Lake State of Michigan, I moved to China in 2004, where I began my career as an international educator at the American International School of Guangzhou (AISG). During my tenure at AISG I worked as an ESL and Homeroom Teacher for students in Kindergarten through Grade 6. Additionally, I served as the Primary Years Program (PYP) Curriculum Coordinator for two years prior to becoming the Elementary Assistant Principal. I am ecsatic to be now serving as the SCIS-Pudong Lower School Principal. I hold a bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology from the University of Michigan, as well as a master's degree in Elementary Education. Currently, I am in the final stages of completing my Doctoral Degree focused on Educational Leadership. As the educational leader of the Lower School, I strongly believe that every child is capable of learning and thus deserves the right to develop his/her highest potential in a safe, nurturing and happy environment, an environment that respects and values the capabilities of all individuals. I am confident that by working together with parents, teachers and students we can further develop a powerful community of lifelong learners.
  • Shelly Garza
    University of North Texas
    Middle School English
    My name is Shelly Garza and I will be teaching Middle School English at the Hongqiao campus. I very much enjoyed being raised a "third culture kid” in Ethiopia, Italy and Indonesia with my parents, and I’m happy to be raising my daughter the same way now. I studied English at the University of North Texas and Education at the University of Texas Pan American. I began my teaching career in Texas, and after five years in public schools my daughter and I travelled to Cameroon where I taught a variety of subjects for three years. We then moved to Russia where I taught middle school Humanities for four years and then to Abu Dhabi where I taught grade 7 English and Social Studies for six years. I am thrilled to be in Shanghai, such an interesting city, and I look forward to getting to know the SCIS community!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Janna Gibson
    Georgia State University
    Grade 2 Teacher
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Greetings! I moved from South Carolina to South Korea; my anticipated one year abroad turned to into seven! Before my move to China, I most recently spent two years at in an IB PYP school in Vientiane, Laos. I am happy to join SCIS again for my second year as a Grade 2 PYP Teacher. I am certified in Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and am a Google Certified Innovator. I look forward to bringing my expertise to a new class full of enthusiastic learners!
  • Margaret Goff
    Loyola Marymount University
    Kindergarten Teacher
    Pudong Lower School
    Hello! My name is Margaret Goff and I am an excited new member of the SCIS team. I received my credentials and Masters Degree in Reading and Language Arts from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California where I started my teaching career. I am coming to Shanghai from Portland, Oregon with my husband Laris Goff who is teaching third grade. I am thrilled to be teaching Kindergarten and find so much importance in those first years! I hope to inspire all the students I teach to love school and that they will each develop a love of reading and learning! Outside the classroom, I like to spend my time biking, hiking, walking my pug, Olive, and traveling to new and amazing countries. I am looking forward to this year at SCIS!
  • Laris Goff
    Arizona State University
    3rd GradeTeacher
    Pudong Lower School
    Cheers, SCIS community! My name is Laris Goff and I look forward to yet another illuminating year working with Grade Three students and families. I’m very excited and honored to be included in such a successful international learning environment as SCIS. I am joined by my beautiful wife and teaching partner Margaret Goff as we continue our journey fortifying both our professional careers and love for a global outlook. With a BS in Marketing from Arizona State along with a background in business, united with a Master of Education, I have seventeen memorable years working as an instructor with second and third grade students. I know all children can learn through a process of intrigue and conversation… Lets have a fun year as we learn from one-another!

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