• 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!
  • Yolande duPlooy
    University of Pretoria (Pretoria, South Africa)
    MS Social Studies
    Hangzhou International School
    Hangzhou has been my home for the last couple of years, but I am originally from Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa. I am the second eldest of four children, and the only teacher in my family. Prior to HIS, I taught at Wahaha Bilingual School here in Hangzhou and at various schools in South Africa. I have also spent some time in the corporate world as a User Acceptance/Quality Assurance Tester. I believe that the time spent in the corporate sector, has given me a fuller range of experiences and strategies to use as a teacher. It was at one of the schools in South Africa, that I taught students from abroad for the first time and it sparked my desire to teach internationally. I took a leap of faith and traveled to the United Kingdom where I worked at various high schools as a substitute teacher. This opportunity broadened my own perspective and understandings of the world. To have lived outside my comfort zone presented the opportunity for fascinating life experiences. Aside from teaching, my other great passion in the world is to travel to historical places of which I could only read about in books when I was a student. I also enjoy reading, going to the movies, the outdoors, any form of sport for enjoyment and spending time with family and friends. My motto in life is, “the person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare” (Dale Carnegie).
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Janna Gibson
    Georgia State University
    Grade 2 Teacher
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Originally from the United States, my roots are in upstate South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia. I branched out to Asia in 2011 where South Korea was my first post. I spent three years there and consider Seoul my foreign home town. I most recently lived in Laos where I was trained and practiced the IBPYP at Vientiane International School. I left with more knowledge in the IB programme, the ability to ride a motorbike, and some wonderful friendships. I come to Shanghai full of exuberance in facing getting to know the students, parents, and colleagues of a new school, exploring a new city, and discovering the culture of a new country. When I’m not teaching, I’m a lover of photography, letter writing, sauntering with no destination, interior design, travel, cooking brunch, podcasts, and discovering new music. I hope to be a risk-taker while in Shanghai and try to learn new skills – namely Mandarin and swing dancing. I’m eager to meet the SCIS community and look forward to seeing you on campus.
  • Eda Go
    De La Salle University & Wheelock College
    Pre-kindergarten Teacher
    Hangzhou International School
    Hi! I am Filipino-Chinese by nationality and race and just another explorer on this wonderful planet called Earth. I love to travel and explore, and I enjoy learning about different people and food.  I have played many roles as an early childhood educator: teacher, coordinator, artist, student support, entertainer, singer, photographer, and event-planner. I studied a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education from De La Salle University in Manila and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College, Boston. As a teacher, I feel my little earthling students have blessed me with unexpected lessons, interesting perspectives and remarks (usually funny ones), and incredible everyday. It’s great to be an HIS Dragon and it’s great to teach ECE children.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Fursey Gotuaco
    University of Texas at Austin
    Middle School Drama Teacher
    Hongqiao Middle School
    Hello, My name is Fursey Gotuaco, and I am living the dream being at SCIS - Hongqiao this year. I will be teaching middle school drama and working on the after school productions. I have been in education for over 20 years as both a classroom teacher and administrator. My BFA and MFA are from the University of Texas at Austin and my Masters in Educational Administration is from Lamar University. I view theatre as the telling of our stories,and I am most excited about teaching and working with our students through this lens. My wife Jennifer and I love to travel. Of great interest to us is learning about different people and their cultures. I love discovering how they learn and how they express their culture – art, food, performance, literature, spoken language. It is my goal to learn as much from an international community of students as they learn from me.
  • Jacob Haag
    Valley City State University, North Dakota
    Upper School Science
    Hangzhou International School
    Hello, my name is Jacob Haag and I am an upper school science teacher at Hangzhou International School. I’m originally from the state of Minnesota in the United States but have spent most of my time since completing high school in the state of North Dakota. Although at the start of my college journey I was most interested in scientific research I realized the impact my teachers and professors had on my life and aspired to make a similar impression on others. My first teaching position in a small school in rural North Dakota allowed me the opportunity to teach a large variety of science courses and the freedom to extend lessons beyond the normal classroom environment. My favorite aspect of education is the ability to design new programs and provide different opportunities to students. Outside of school I enjoy reading, lifting weights, running, sports, hiking, and many other activities.
  • Janette Haggith
    Wilfrid Laurier University
    Primary Years Programme Coordinator
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Hello! My name is Janette Haggith and I am the Primary Years Programme Coordinator for the ECE Campus and Lower School in Hongqiao. This is my second year in Shanghai and I look forward to another amazing year in our very dynamic international community school. I am honored to have been part of the first year of the PYP and proud of all the work teachers and students have done as we have begun our PYP Journey. Working with staff and students to promote inquiry and student-centered learning is a big focus for me. I have a Master’s degree from SUNY, Buffalo, Bachelor degrees in Arts and Education and a Reading Specialist from Canada. It has always been my passion to work with children and I was a classroom teacher for many years, most of them in Ontario. I have also taught in Hong Kong and was a Literacy Coach and PYP Coordinator in Kuwait. SCIS has become an important part of my life and I look forward to my second year!
  • Kevin Haggith
    University of Windsor, University of Toronto, Nipissing University
    Lower School Principal
    Hongqiao Lower School
    I am pleased to begin my second year of leadership at SCIS. My personal learning journey began in Canada and has expanded with my family through Asia, the Middle East and many parts of Europe. My initial interests in photography and filmmaking led to a degree in communications followed later by studies in environmental science and economics. Eventually a career in teaching led to a degree in Education followed by a Masters in Administration and Leadership. My principal qualifications came through the Ontario Principal Counsel. During my 14 years in a classroom I taught mostly Grade 7 and 8 but I have experience in Grades 3 through 8. In the past I have been Learning Technology Coordinator in Hong Kong, and administrator in Canada and Kuwait. Coming back to China has been a wonderful experience for us with many more adventures yet to be had and more interesting people to meet.
  • Douglas Harder
    Washington State University & Eastern Washington University
    LS Art & LS ESOL
    Hangzhou International School
    My name is Doug Harder and I teach Elementary Art and ESOL at HIS.  I have taught for 12 years overseas in Kuwait, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Russia and my last appointment was in Shanghai.  I was born and raised in Pullman, Washington, home of Washington State University, where I completed a B.A. in Fine Arts.  My next B.A. was in Education from Eastern Washington University.  Just before moving to Hangzhou, I was on sabbatical in North Idaho on Schweitzer Mountain.
  • Takeshi Haruki
    Hiroshima University
    Intern
    Hongqiao Campus
    Hi! My name is Takeshi Haruki. I am from Hiroshima, Japan. I have taught geography and history (World history and Japanese history) for 11 years in public high school in Hiroshima. This year, I was sent to SCIS as an intern by Hiroshima Board of Education. I am going to study about IB program (DP and MYP, especially, teaching methods and skills) in SCIS. Therefore, I will observe a lot of classes in order to study IB program. I will stay until the end of December (for about 5 months) in Shanghai. I am going to work hard to acquire a lot of good teaching methods and skills. Please talk to me anytime, if you are interested in Japanese history or culture. I am looking forward to talk with you.

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