• Melissa Kirwin
    Western Michigan University
    Grade 5 Teacher
    This is my third year teaching Grade 5 at SCIS. I moved to Shanghai from Michigan in the United States where I taught for 16 years in the public school system. My husband, our 10 year old son, and I gave up our wonderful lives to have an adventure! I also coach D1 Girl’s Volleyball and Middle School Volleyball and Basketball. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing sports, and learning new things about the world. I am excited for another year as a Red Dragon!
  • Heather KNIGHT
    University of Wisconsin, Mercery University, Central Michigan University
    Vice Principal
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    Welcome to SCIS! This will be my third year at the ECE campus working with our youngest learners and their families. For the last 19 years, I have taught in the US as well as international schools in South America, Europe and the Middle East before moving to Shanghai. While I have had the pleasure and privilege of working in many schools at various grade levels, none have offered the unique experience of our ECE campus. In addition to my extensive classroom experience, I hold a Reading Specialist, a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and an ESL certification. I love learning and am always looking for ways to improve my understanding of child development, the ways in which children learn and the most current teaching practices. I am excited to be returning to my role as the ECE Campus Vice Principal and believe my years of education and experience will enable me to continue to support our students and faculty! When I am not working, I enjoy reading, running, cycling and practicing yoga. My weekends are spent exploring Shanghai and all this great city has to offer.
  • Matthew Kushner
    University of California
    Grade 9-11 Math
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Hi everyone…. my name is Matthew Kushner, and I am happy to be taken on to teach grade 9, 10, and IB Math Studies (first year) in the High School at Hongqiao campus. My own education is a BS in Physics (University of Delaware) and a MS in Applied Mathematics (University of California, Davis). I have had two careers in my life, one as a teacher, and another in software engineering, writing code to optimize the logistics of freight transport. For me, mathematics is something that is alive, and I always strive to bring the excitement of the real world into the classroom. I have been teaching for a number of years and in several places around the world. Starting back in my youthful days in the Peace Corps in Guinea, and recently South Africa, where I spent over a decade. Looking forward to an exciting time, and thankful for this wonderful opportunity.
  • Robert La Londe
    UC Santa Cruz
    Grade 6 & 8 Math Teacher
    Hongqiao Middle School
    My name is Robert La Londe, and I teach Grade 6 and 8 Mathematics at the Hongqiao campus. I am a third culture kid like our students having been born and raised overseas by two international school teaching parents. I came into the world in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; then moved to Budapest, Hungary; then to Bangkok, Thailand; and finished High School in Kfar Shmaryahu, Israel. I immensely enjoyed growing up overseas and that is what prompted me to pursue a career in international teaching. The first time I lived in my home country, the United States, was when I attended the University of California at Santa Cruz where I majored in Environmental Studies. I have now been teaching at SCIS for the past five years and have had a great time interacting with our fantastic community. Shanghai is a fascinating city and SCIS has a great student population. This is also where I met my wife, Priya Goel, who is a former SCIS teacher. I am looking forward to another fun-filled and exciting year at SCIS!
  • Tara Morgan Lafferty
    Suny Buffalo
    Grade 2 Teacher
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Hello! My name is Tara Morgan, and I am so thrilled to be returning for my 4th year at SCIS as a 2nd Grade Teacher! I am originally from Middle Tennessee, but spent a few years in Dallas, Texas, before moving to this incredible city! Along with my teaching certification from the Great State of Texas, I also received my B.S. in Business Management from University of Phoenix. This will be my 7th year teaching, and my experience includes a wide array of levels including Kindergarten, 6th/7th English & Reading, 5TH Grade, Special Education-Behavior, and Gifted & Talented. Each experience has provided me with something unique and special, and with this I know that I am always learning and growing as an individual and educator.
  • Jennifer Lawless
    National Louis University, Clemson University
    Drama Teacher
    Hongqiao Upper School
    After eleven years of teaching drama & English in Chicago, I am ready for a new adventure! I'll be joining SCIS-HQ with my husband Marty and our daughter Zoey. We look forward to making new friends and exploring China.
  • Marty Lawless
    Northeastern Illinois University
    High School Technology Teacher
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Greetings. As a Chicago native, I was an IT BSA at a pharmaceutical company, but now I join the ranks of the educational world. On the side, I maintain a few websites and even have some of my amateur photography viewable at the Chicago Laugh Factory website. I am happy to make this new journey with my lovely family and hope to be a student’s resource through exploring the world of technology. -Looking forward to seeing you all in class!
  • Kyeungwon Lee
    Yongsei University and Hanyang University
    IB Korean Teacher
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Aannyeonghaseyo, my name is Kyeung-won, Lee and this is my second semester at SCIS Hongqiao. I teach IB Korean for grade 11 and 12. I was born in Seoul, Korea and I spent most of my life in the city. I earned my BA in Korean literature and philosophy at Yonsei University and MA in Drama at Hanyang university. One night in 2008, I was watching all sorts of local families sitting in the train for Urumchi, the city in northern China. Although that was very wonderful moment, I never thought I would work here in China. But at this moment, I really feel at ease to be here with my family. Life is really unpredictable!
  • Jean Lee
    Fudan University
    Lower School Mandarin Teacher
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Hi, I am Jean Lee. I graduated from Fudan University with BA in History. Being with children and watching them growing is the happiest thing in my life. I had been teaching Mandarin at SCIS for two and a half years before I had my daughter six years ago. It was so happy to be back to SCIS two years ago. Every time when a middle school or high school student recognizes me in campus, I feel so proud and touched. So nice to see the kids growing, and I will try my best to help them with their Mandarin learning. I love this school.
  • Jenna Lelievre
    George Brown College
    Nursery Teacher
    Hello! My name is Jenna Lelievre and I first joined SCIS in 2015 along with my husband, who is the High School Principal of the Hongqiao campus. I grew up in Niagara Falls, Canada and then attended George Brown College in Toronto. Soon after, my husband and I moved to Hong Kong. This adventure that started as a two-year plan, would last ten memorable years, where I taught in an International Kindergarten and had our children, who also attend SCIS.  After moving to Canada for a few years, we felt drawn back to Asia, and accepted exciting positions in Bangkok. Teaching at the Early Learning Centre—which follows a Reggio Emilia approach—gave me an insight into the ways toddlers approach and discover the newness of their world. I feel very privileged to be building on those experiences and be a part of young children’s rich beginnings at SCIS!
  • Barclay Lelievre
    University of Toronto
    High School Principal
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I am so very pleased to be joining the SCIS community as the High School Principal at our Hongqiao campus. I am originally from Canada and have held a number of teaching and leadership roles in Hong Kong, Toronto, and most recently Bangkok. I have an Honour’s B.Sc. in Zoology from the University of Toronto and did my teacher education at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. I am currently wrapping up my dissertation to complete my MBA Ed. from Keele University in the U.K. I have spent a large part of my career working in IB schools and working directly with the International Baccalaureate Organization as a workshop leader, author, editor and resource developer, in particular with the IB Middle Years Programme. I am extremely excited to be part of the team that will help bring the MYP to SCIS and especially to the high school over the next two years. My wife Jenna will be teaching at the ECE Campus and our family are looking forward to getting to know Shanghai and China.
  • Andres Lopez
    University of Salamanca
    IB French & Spanish, French & Spanish Grades 6-8
    Pudong Upper School
    I am so happy to start a new adventure and work in Shanghai. Starting again never gets old. I did Spanish with French studies at university and I teach both subjects at SCIS. I graduated (MA) in Filología Hispánica at the University of Salamanca, Spain and I immediately took off after that. I have spent the last twenty years around the world. I am originally from Spain, from the Basque region (between Spain and France). I have taught mainly in Edinburgh, Somerset, Cambridge, London, Peru and Vietnam and I have also travelled in more than forty countries. I am a mindfulness teacher who enjoys long hours basking in urban cafés. I am very happy, easy going and I have great fun in class.
  • Erin Lu
    Shanghai International Studies University
    Mandarin teacher/IB Chinese A teacher
    Pudong Upper School
    Hi, My name is Erin, I have been teaching Mandarin at SCIS since the year of 2012, I am teaching IB Chinese A literature as well. I have earned my master degree of Teaching Chinese to Other Language Speakers in 2011 in Shanghai International Studies University(SISU). Before I come to SCIS, I had been teaching Chinese to foreigners in SISU for more than two years. I'm glad to be a part of this outstanding teacher team in SCIS, also students here are so lovely,friendly,and well educated.
  • Laurie Luebbe
    University of Georgia
    Kindergarten Teacher
    Pudong Lower School
    Hello! My name is Laurie Luebbe and I was raised in the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia. I graduated from the University of Georgia in my birthplace, Athens. After completing university, I taught public school in Athens and then set out on a life -changing journey of international education. My adventure has taken me to Cairo, Egypt, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Shanghai, China and then for the past 8 years in Budapest, Hungary. I am very happy to have the opportunity to return to SCIS Pudong with my husband and three teenage daughters to rekindle my Dragon spirit in kindergarten. After twenty-five years of teaching, I have realized that learning as a teacher never ceases. I enjoy living and teaching in an international community and am thankful to be among a school filled with talented teachers and enthusiastic, bright learners.
  • Derek Luebbe
    Valparaiso University & Capella University
    Head of School
    Pudong Campus
    I’m thrilled to return to SCIS Pudong after over twenty years in international education. The youngest of six boys, I was raised in Winona, Minnesota. However, I now call the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Hendersonville, NC home. My bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education was earned from Valparaiso University in Indiana. It was then, I set off on this unique journey of international teaching in Cairo Egypt where I met my wife Laurie at the American International School of Egypt. While working at the Kaohsiung American School in Taiwan, I earned an MA in Educational Administration. After Taiwan, we joined the SCIS community as the founding faculty in Hangzhou (2002) before moving to SCIS Pudong in 2004-08. Having spent the last eight years at the American International School of Budapest (Hungary), Laurie and I are excited to be back as SCIS Dragons. We are joined by our three daughters Ella, Elise, and Mei Lee who spent many of their formative years with SCIS. As a parent, I am grateful my own children were shaped by the SCIS experience; professionally, I am humbled to be serving students by leading such a dynamic school community.
  • Alastair Mack
    Sunderland University
    HS Mathematics
    Hongqiao Middle School
    Hi, I am Alastair Mack, and I teach IB Mathematics SL and IB Mathematics HL. I am from Scotland but graduated High School from ISKL, Malaysia. I went to Stirling University, UK (BSc Psychology) and Sunderland University, UK (PGCE Mathematics Education). I am married to Helen Mack and we have two baby daughters, Eloise and Daphne. Before coming to Shanghai we were working in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for six years. Some of my hobbies are golf, squash and soccer. My family and I love to spend our summers at our house in France.
  • Rebecca Macoskey
    University of Cincinnati
    Lower School Music and Art
    Pudong Lower School
    Hello! My name is Rebecca Macoskey and I’m thrilled to be teaching lower school music and art this year. I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and obtained my degree in music education from the University of Cincinnati. I moved to Shanghai shortly after graduating and taught elementary and middle school music for four years. I love helping children explore the arts, hone their natural abilities, and try things that they may not have otherwise tried. I’m looking forward to a fantastic, art-filled year!
  • Jennifer Marotto
    University of North Texas
    ESOL Teacher
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Greetings, I’m Jenni Marotto and I love being part of the SCIS family! I believe every learner can succeed, and I am passionate about learning being contextualized in content for English learners. This is my third year at SCIS and my tenth year working in education professionally; I’ve had the opportunity to work with curriculum development, program coordination, and in my favorite position, teaching! After teaching in Texas my husband and I moved to Vietnam where we taught in Hanoi for three years before coming to Shanghai. Our son was born here and he is such a joy! When I have free time, I enjoy hanging out with family, traveling, grilling, and training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. My favorite animals are elephants, tropical penguins, and monkeys!
  • John Marotto
    University of North Texas
    Grade 2 Teacher
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Hi all! My name is John Joseph Marotto, and I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. I graduated from the University of North Texas. I have been an enthusiastic educator of elementary grades for the last several years and have a great deal of experience effectively working with English Language Learners. I began my teaching career in Dallas, taught 5th grade at an international school in Vietnam, and I am thrilled to be at SCIS for my 3rd year with more amazing 2nd graders!
  • Martin Mavec
    Buffalo State University
    Science Grades 6, 7, & 8
    Pudong Upper School
    I’m so excited to be working at SCIS! I have been teaching Middle School Science for fifteen years mostly in the international setting. Prior to SCIS, I taught in the Philippines for three years, in Thailand for three years, and in Mexico for three years. My first teacher experience was in Colorado, USA where I taught Science and Social Studies for four years. I have a passion for education and love to share my scientific knowledge with others. I like the hands-on, minds-on, scientific inquiry approach to learning where my students gain an appreciation of the importance of science for understanding the world around them as well as how it contributes to their lives. Besides being an educator, I have a passion for fitness and coaching. At SCIS, I coach MS rugby and soccer and lead fitness and conditioning sessions with numerous sports team. Outside of school, my passion is traveling, reading, biking, running, CrossFit, learning new languages and experiencing new cultures. I look forward to another great year at SCIS and continue to be a part of this outstanding learning community!

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