• 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.
  • Meghan Hinds
    St. Catherine University
    Pre-School Teacher
    Pudong Lower School
    Hello! I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota. While I was pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Minnesota – Duluth, I was student teaching as a Kindergarten teacher in Northern Ireland. I fell in love with living abroad and getting to know the students and their families. That experience immediately sparked my interest in teaching internationally. Since then, I have completed my Master’s in Education from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, while teaching as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher in the largest public district in Minnesota. Outside of teaching, I like to experience the outdoors, read books about different places, travel anywhere I can, and meet new people along the way. I am excited and honored to be a part of the SCIS community! This is going to be a GREAT year!
  • Tracy Huang
    Shanghai Normal University/State University of New York, Buffalo
    Lower School Mandarin Teacher
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Hello! My name is Tracy Huang. I’m from Shanghai China. I graduated from Shanghai Normal University (SHNU) and was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in elementary school education. I worked over 6 years in Shanghai Foreign Language school PYP department as a homeroom teacher teaching language and the Unit of Inquiry after graduation. During these years, I attended lots of workshops required by IB both domestic and overseas. During my teaching career, I also took the course of teaching Mandarin to speakers of other countries and was certified of TCSOL and TCFL qualifications. I have been in SCIS for 4 years. In the coming school year, I will continue to teach in Lower School Mandarin department. I am very excited that this school year I will obtain my Master’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies from State University of New York, Buffalo. I am very proud of being a member of SCIS, such a great family. I enjoyed every minute teaching young children in SCIS who are so smart, creative and energetic. I have had wonderful 4 years at SCIS and I am looking forward to another EXCITING and GREAT school year.
  • 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!
  • Erika Huayanca
    Universidad de Santa Maria & University of Phoenix
    Pre-school Teacher
    Hangzhou International School
    Hello. My name is Erika Huayanca. I am originally from Lima, Peru. When I was in high school, my family moved to Venezuela, where I lived for the next 10 years. I earned my degree in accounting and my first job was as the business manager for a small international school in Venezuela. While working there, I met my husband. Since we decided that we wanted to travel, I went back to school and earned my Masters in early childhood education. I am very happy with the decision because I absolutely love my job as a preschool teacher. I have since taught in Honduras, Macau, and Burkina Faso. I love to collaborate with my peers and to include the arts in my classes. My hobbies include dancing, exercising, traveling, baking, and eating chocolate. My husband Mike will also be teaching at HIS and we are joined by our 10 year old son.
  • 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.
  • Veronica Jenner
    Francisco Gavidia University
    Pre-school Teacher
    Hangzhou International School
    Hola! I am from El Salvador but spent most of my childhood in the USA. Although my mother tongue is Spanish I generally sound American. I returned to El Salvador 10 years later in the midst of civil war. I completed high school and university in El Salvador, married and left the country again. I miss my hometown but I would miss living abroad even more, as do many third culture kids. I have taught everything from kindergarten to grade 12, but I am a lower elementary teacher at heart. I have always had a passion for art and crafts and I usually have a couple of projects on the go at any one time. I have an interest in Chinese craft techniques. My husband teaches science in secondary and our son studies at HIS. We enjoy traveling to different countries. I feel fortunate to have visited many authentic and unspoiled spots around the world like the Mosquitia region in Honduras, Sierra Nevada in Colombia and Lake Khovsgul in Mongolia. After we left El Salvador we taught for two years in Mongolia followed by five years teaching in Sudan. Both countries are well known for their extreme weather and barren landscapes, so my heart leapt when I heard that Hangzhou enjoys four seasons and is one of the most beautiful cities in China. It is exciting to be part of the HIS community and experiencing the rich Chinese culture.
  • Tom Jenner
    Cardiff University
    Upper School Science, Biology and Environmental Systems
    Hangzhou International School
    I love my home city of Bristol in the UK, but the draw of other cultures and my passion for wildlife has kept me away for many years. I spent nine wonderful years in El Salvador, two more in Mongolia and five in Sudan. I teach Science with a specialism in Biology and Environmental Systems, and I am a strong believer in a practical hands-on approach to science, as this builds skills and improves learning through inquiry, while also making the lessons much more fun and interesting. I have been a naturalist since I was six years old and it has remained a passion throughout my life. I work as an amateur ornithologist, and I try to conduct research on little-known bird species in any country where I live: something I hope to continue around Zhejiang province. I have been a keen amateur boxer on and off for more than 30 years, though I am now too old to compete. My son is in lower school and my wife Veronica teaches in Pre-School.
  • Tanya Jensen
    University of New Brunswick
    Grade 1 Teacher
    Hangzhou International School
    My name is Tanya Jensen, and I came to Hangzhou from Nova Scotia, Canada. This will be my second year teaching at HIS and my second year teaching internationally. I have taught various grade levels since completing my Bachelor of Education degree at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, NB in 2010. Just before accepting this exciting position with HIS, I had begun working at the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority and had the opportunity to work with students who were blind or visually impaired or deaf or hard of hearing. The experience taught me that there are some lessons and experiences that we sometimes take for granted. Therefore, it is important, as educators, to check for a deeper understanding by questioning our students and by helping them to become responsible for their own learning. Outside the classroom, I enjoy traveling, listening to music and taking pictures. I was fortunate to have had the amazing opportunity to travel throughout China this past summer and to Thailand this past spring. I continue to be excited about being immersed in a brand new culture, while having the opportunity to learn about other cultures from the students in my class. I look forward to another rewarding year as a member of the HIS community!
  • Sunny Ji
    Huadong University
    Mandarin Teacher
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Ni Hao! My name is Sunny Ji. I graduated from Shanghai East China Normal University with a degree in Chinese Education for primary school children. I have been working in SCIS since 2011. Before I joined at SCIS, I taught Mandarin for nine years in a local school and for more than 10 years at another international schools in Shanghai. Personally, I love children and I love my job as a teacher. I believe I can bring all my teaching experience into the daily work and work hard to connect with my students. I am very pleased to work in such a great environment. Have a great year!
  • Tiffany Johnson
    University of Minnesota
    3rd Grade Teacher
    Pudong Lower School
    Hello! My name is Tiffany Johnson and I am very excited to be teaching third grade at SCIS. My teaching experience in the primary grades spans two decades and three countries. I’ve taught in blustery Minnesota, tropical Indonesia, and now a happy medium in Shanghai. The timing of earning my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction was perfect; a month prior to the birth of our first daughter, Isabelle. Sophie came along just a year later to make our family complete. My husband, Barry, is the Upper School Technology Coordinator. On the weekends, you can find the Johnson family exploring and photographing the sights, blogging, biking, reading, and enjoying a Friday night movie. We are thrilled to be part of the SCIS-Pudong community and anticipate a great year of teaching and learning.
  • Barry Johnson
    University of Missouri
    Upper School Technology Coordinator
    Pudong Upper School
    Greetings! My name is Barry Johnson, and I am excited to be part of the SCIS Pudong Upper School campus. Before moving to Shanghai, I spent 5 years teaching in the lush tropics of Sumatra, Indonesia where I taught music, mathematics to grades three and five, and technology, in addition to coaching teachers on effective integration of technology into their curriculum. I appreciate the personal and professional challenges that come with living and working abroad, and find the experience rewarding. Our family loves to explore new places and is thrilled at the opportunities that lie ahead in Shanghai and other areas of China. In a country teeming with history and culture, our camera and blog are sure to be busy! My free time consists of a variety of interests such as: reading, golfing, biking, running, and playing Ultimate Frisbee. I’m looking forward to an exiting year at SCIS and seeing what creative and innovative ideas our middle and high school students come up with!
  • Meredith Jones
    Florida State University
    Grade 3 Teacher
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Hello! My name is Meredith Jones. This is my third year at SCIS and I am thrilled to be teaching grade five! I’m not truly from any one place. My family moved fourteen times all over the southern United States. We ended up in beautiful Northwest Florida where I finished high school and attended college. I studied Elementary Education at Florida State University and have spent four years teaching fifth grade on the gulf coast before moving to Shanghai. I have certifications in Elementary Education, Reading, English Speakers of Other Languages, and Gifted Education. When I am not working I love reading, kayaking, crossfitting, and spending time with my friends and family.
  • Heather Kappler
    University of Central Missouri/ Webster University/ University of Central Missouri
    Kindergarten Teacher
    Hangzhou International School
    I grew up in a small town called Pleasant Hill, Missouri, USA. I went to college at the University of Central Missouri and received my Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. From there, I attended Webster University and earned my Master's Degree in Education and Innovation. Last year, I graduated with my Specialist Degree in Elementary Administration from the University of Central Missouri. I taught kindergarten for three years and first grade for two years in Blue Springs, Missouri. I am so excited to start my journey abroad teaching kindergarten at HIS! It will be exciting to learn about different cultures within my classroom and the school. I'm excited to share my teaching and my culture with the students at HIS. I believe that every child can learn when given the opportunity to do so. It's very important to me to build strong relationships with my students and their parents. I believe that building relationships is the foundation for learning that ensures the year will be successful. In my free time I enjoy taking walks, playing recreational volleyball, traveling, sewing, crafts, and volunteering in the community. Being immersed in a new environment seems exciting and a great learning experience for myself personally and professionally. I look forward to the adventure that begins in August!
  • Nina Keller
    University of Southern California
    Grade 2 Teacher
    Hongqiao Lower School
    I am pleased to return to SCIS as a member of the 2nd grade team. I received a Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education at the University of Southern California, as well as Bachelor’s degrees in Spanish language and literature and Political science at Portland State University in Oregon. I am a lifelong learner, and I always look for experiences for personal and professional growth. I enjoy yoga, rock climbing, hiking, foreign languages, vegetarian food, and reading fiction novels. My family lives in Missouri and California, and I love visiting them during holidays. I love the richness and diversity of Shanghai and the SCIS community, and it is a privilege to practice teaching here!
  • Maja Kelly
    University of Belgrade
    Upper School Counselor
    Pudong Upper School
    Hello, 您好, Bonjour, Привет and Dobar dan! My name is Maja Kelly and I am delighted to be a part of the SCIS community. As the Upper School Counselor, I am excited to be working with young people during a very important time in their lives, helping them discover their passion, pursue their dreams and achieve their goals. I was born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia and for six wonderful years I worked as the Counselor, Learning Support Specialist, IB DP Psychology and Theory of Knowledge teacher at the International School of Belgrade. Both my Bachelor's and Master's Degrees are in Psychology and I hold counseling and psychotherapy licenses from the European Association for Counseling and the European Association for Psychotherapy. My husband Bart and I are thrilled to be a part of this vibrant, cosmopolitan city, learn more about Chinese culture and explore this fascinating part of the world. I love learning new languages and have a passion for history, ethics, philosophy, literature, photography, old movies and jazz. My biggest passion, however, is my work, and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to do what I love in this warm, diverse and internationally-minded community.
  • Bart Kelly
    George Mason University
    Upper Elementary Teacher
    Pudong Lower School
    I am thrilled to be a part of the SCIS community as an Upper Elementary teacher. I am originally from the land of the eternal rain, the mighty Pacific Northwest, just across the water from Seattle in the USA. I have two M.Ed.; one in International Education and one in Multicultural Education, which I have put to good use since starting my educational career in 1999, teaching in Poland, Montenegro and Serbia. I have taught different age groups; 6 year olds to University, however Upper Elementary is my favorite age group. I enjoy helping the children learn how to become independent thinkers, pursue their curiosity and how to challenge themselves to excel. I enjoy a good round of golf, sailing on the open seas, and playing volleyball. I have coached volleyball at both the Middle School and High School levels and find both extremely enjoyable. My wife Maja and I are excited about being in Shanghai and China and learning more about this fabulous place each day.
  • Danielle Kemp
    Northwest University
    Lower School Physical Education & Health
    Hangzhou International School
    I grew up on a farm in Ermelo, South Africa and am proudly South African. Prior to HIS, I was an Elementary PE teacher for several years at the American International School of Johannesburg in South Africa. I have also been a trainer at four-week Adventure Boot Camp for Women. I value the opportunity to teach both youngsters and adults during my career. Sport has always been part of my life, I have fond memories of the sports played in the backyard. I had the privilege to tour Australia with my varsity field hockey team and to coach hockey in university. Sports introduced me to many people, cities, challenges and achievements., and my experience taught me the value of sportsmanship and team spirit, striving to achieve one's goals and to accept one's teammates, regardless of their religion, race or ability. It shaped me into the individual and educator I am today. By becoming a teacher, I combined my passion for teaching children and sport, while making a difference in children's lives. I believe learning best takes place in a relaxed environment where students feel free to laugh and have fun. I strive to promote lifelong fitness, health and an active lifestyle to my students. I love the outdoors, playing squash and socializing with loved ones and friends. I am passionate about traveling, exploring new cultures and cities and meeting new people. Finally, as a South African I am a huge Springbok rugby and Protea cricket supporter.
  • William Kern
    Minnesota State University Moorhead
    Upper School Student Support Specialist
    Pudong Upper School
    Hello! My name is William Kern and I am excited to be working with the young children of SCIS. My wife will be joining me in Shanghai as a music teacher at the Hongqiao ECE campus. I am originally from Green River, Wyoming. Before coming to SCIS, I worked as a middle school learning resources teacher in Moscow, Russia for five years. While in Russia, I also got a taste for coaching and won multiple middle school championships in basketball and softball. Outside of school, I enjoy playing a variety of sports including golf, basketball, and softball.

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