• Melanie McClure
    James Madison University
    Principal
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    Greetings ECE families, I am thrilled to be joining the SCIS team and appreciate its commitment to impacting students early in life. This will be my first trip to the Far East; however, I have worked and traveled throughout the US, Europe, and parts of the middle east. I have been teaching and leading early childhood/elementary students for over 20 years, both in private and public schools. My formal schooling is with James Madison University where I received my Early Childhood degree and Virginia Tech where I received my Administrative degree. My commitment is to collaborate with parents and teachers to hone an incredible learning environment fro our students. My professional focus of observing, connecting and interacting with students at all levels continually influences my instructional decisions and goals. By expanding our student's curiosity, interest and skills in learning as swell as developing their executive functions and conceptual understanding our students will be better prepared for this exciting, challenging and dynamic world. My husband, Kevin, will be joining me in Hongqiao. Our four children are grown and living and working throughout the U.S. Therefore, the two of us are looking forward to this new challenge as well as the rich cultural experience and adventure available throughout China.
  • Lennox Meldrum
    Queensland University of Technology & University of Southern Queensland
    Upper School Vice Principal and IB Diploma Programme Coordinator
    Hongqiao Upper School
    My international teaching journey began in Beijing in 2002 so coming to Shanghai to work at SCIS feels like coming home. After 9 years in Beijing as a science teacher, DP Coordinator, and Principal, I moved to The Hague to work for the IB as curriculum manager for DP Physics and MYP Sciences and Mathematics. Recently I was the founding Principal at a new IB World School in Malaysia. I am excited to be part of the SCIS community.
  • Daisy Mi
    Bo Hai University
    Upper School Mandarin Coordinator
    Pudong Upper School
    Ni Hao, everyone! I am Daisy Mi and I am a Mandarin teacher as well as coordinator at Pudong Upper School campus. I have been part of the SCIS family since 2007. Prior to that I taught in a local school and a Taiwanese school after graduating with my degree in education in 2005. I have the pleasure of leading the Mandarin program and I feel proud of promoting this beautiful language to students from every corner of the world. Teaching Mandarin also provides the perfect opportunity to share my passion with those around me. SCIS has already become part of my life as a big family, I feel honored to be working here and I am thrilled to be a member of such a wonderful community.
  • Karen Miller
    University of Washington
    1st Grade Teacher
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    My name is Karen Miller and I joined SCIS as a Grade 1 teacher in 2015. I grew up in Seattle, Washington in the United States where I attended the University of Washington for my Bachelors of Liberal Arts degree. I then furthered my studies at Heritage University for my Masters in Teaching. Before coming to Shanghai I taught several years at the primary level in Seattle and Doha, Qatar. In my time outside of school I enjoy traveling, hiking, reading, and spending time with friends and family. I am excited to begin a new adventure in China and be a part of the SCIS community!
  • Cathy Morris
    Open University & Cambridge University
    Grade 1 Teacher
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    My name is Cathy Morris. I am originally from the United Kingdom but have lived and travelled extensively since becoming a teacher. I am joining SCIS this year with my husband Paul, who teaches Grade 3 at the Hongqiao Campus, and our 20-month old son, Arlo. I have earned a Master of Education in Applied Linguistics from the Open University in the U.K., along with a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from Cambridge University. I have been teaching in international schools for the past 11 years as an elementary classroom teacher. I have had the privilege of working in schools in Beijing, Moscow, and Zug, Switzerland. Guiding young learners through the Primary Years Programme and using an inquiry model to inspire children’s thinking are passions of mine. I am excited to join SCIS and look forward to working with this vibrant international community.
  • Lindsey Morton
    Simon Fraser University
    Pre-school Teacher
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    My name is Lindsey Morton and I will be teaching preschool this year at SCIS. I grew up on the west coast of Canada on Vancouver Island. I love going back every summer to visit friends, family and go fishing and camping. Since leaving British Columbia I’ve had the good fortune to become an international teacher. In the past 6 years I’ve taught in international schools in Vietnam and Egypt. This is my first year teaching preschool at SCIS and I am very excited to be joining the SCIS family. My time as an international teacher has been a very formative part of my life. I’ve discovered that teaching not only involves instilling knowledge into young minds, but also being a caring and understanding person that a child can look to for support. I’ve also learned that teaching is about giving children a chance to discover the world on their own. I enjoy my role encouraging the inquiry of young minds and watching where their curiosity takes them. I have a Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University.
  • Aleksa Moss
    Governors State University
    Pre-K Teacher
    Pudong Lower School
    Hello! My name is Aleksa Moss. I am coming to SCIS from previous teaching experiences in Sumatra, Indonesia, Macau SAR China, Michigan and Illinois. I will be teaching Pre-K at SCIS Pudong campus. I hold a K-5 teaching credential from the State of Michigan and a K-8 credential from the Province of Ontario, with an additional Early Childhood Specialist credential in the State of Illinois. Currently, I am also working towards a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on digital learning and technology design. This will be my 9th year of teaching, and I love working with young children. Their enthusiasm and joy in new experiences is contagious. My husband Mat and I are avid travelers, adventurers, and have a deep love of Lebanese food. I like to spend my time exploring caves, reading, and being outdoors. I'm excited for new classes and new learning opportunities at SCIS!
  • Angela Mott
    State University of New York (SUNY)
    Lower School Music
    Hongqiao Lower School
    I am excited to be returning to SCIS for my 4th year teaching music at the lower school. I am here with my new husband Jason and we are looking forward to spending another year with the wonderful SCIS community. I am originally from the state of Iowa, USA and received my Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Iowa. I am currently working on and about to finish my masters degree from the State University of New York (SUNY). In my spare time I enjoy cooking, riding my bicycle, and discovering delicious restaurants in Shanghai.
  • Jason Mott
    Luther College
    Band Director
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I am very excited to be entering my fourth year as a music educator, and my first year at an international school. I grew up in the United States, and my home state is Iowa. I have lived in Iowa for the past 25 years, and attended college at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. My main instrument is the bass trombone, but I also love playing guitar. Some of my favorite non-musical activities are biking, running, and riding my motorcycle. I also love driving the school bus for a summer camp I used to work for called Camp Shalom. I am very excited to be teaching music in Shanghai, China!
  • Trevor Mrak
    University of Victoria
    IB Psychology and Grade 9 Geography
    Pudong Upper School
    This is my 3rd year as a Dragon and my 7th year in China! After spending four years teaching at an international school in Northeast China, I moved to Shanghai to join the Social Studies department at SCIS Pudong. I’m looking forward to all the changes and excitement with having the lower school join us at the Hengqiao Road campus. I’m back to my teaching role in IB Psychology, Theory of Knowledge, and Geography 9, as well as coach of the Varsity Boys Volleyball team. To add to the busyness of the school year, I’ll be starting an MA in Environmental Practice (and sustainability) in September to complement my Geography classes, and will be continuing my role as Roots & Shoots coordinator. The planning for my 2016 wedding will also be on the list, but I’ll likely defer most of that fun to my awesome partner in crime. Looking forward to another great year in green as a Dragon!
  • Monica Murphy
    Upper School & IB Language and Literature
    Pudong Upper School
    Originally from the west coast of Canada, I've been living and teaching in China since 2009, and I love the challenges and adventures of ex-pat life! My academic background is in classical Liberal Arts, Education, and English, with a focus on Victorian literature and culture. I'm very excited to be teaching IB English A and B at SCIS and participating in its vibrant school culture. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, running, playing piano, cooking, hiking, and scuba-diving, and of course traveling as much as I can.
  • Molly Myers
    New York University
    1st Grade Teacher
    Pudong Lower School
    Since 2012, I have been happy to spend my days teaching amazing first graders here at SCIS. Prior to coming to China, I taught children with autism for 7 years and served as a curriculum developer for 2 years in New York City. I received my second Masters degree in Educational Leadership, Politics and Advocacy- School Building Administration from New York University and continue my passion for life-long learning. I am currently working on my doctoral degree in Instructional Leadership at NOVA Southeastern University, with a focus on teacher reflective practices using video. When I am not reading research or writing my dissertation, I love exploring Chinese markets, cooking, and visiting art galleries.
  • Garret Newell
    University of California
    Math Teacher
    Pudong Upper School
    Hello! My name is Garret Newell and I hail from the beautiful state of California. Before moving to Shanghai in the summer of 2008, I taught in California's public schools for three years. Through my tenures there and now here at SCIS, I've been able to teach just about every high school math class one could imagine from basic Algebra and Geometry to AP Calculus and now of course Higher Level Mathematics in the IB. I love teaching mathematics because I enjoy presenting concepts to my students that explain the natural world around us. Everyday presents a new challenge and to me, thats what its all about! When I'm not teaching or coaching soccer I typically spend my time playing soccer myself, playing a little guitar or enjoying the outdoors. I'm happy with the opportunities my time here in Shanghai has afforded me and I'm excited to see what adventure comes next!
  • Brendan Newman
    Queen's University, Universtiy of Waterloo
    Grade 3 Teacher
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Hi everyone, my name is Brendan Newman, and I am delighted to be teaching such an energetic, enthusiastic and intelligent group of Grade 3 students this year at SCIS. I grew up and completed my education in Ontario, Canada, at both the University of Waterloo and Queen's University. Previously, I have worked and lived in Macau, Honduras, South Korea and Australia, as well as aboard a cruise ship. The students that I teach at SCIS will agree that I am passionate about sports, but more specifically hockey, baseball and American football. Teaching is the perfect job for me, as each day I enjoy learning, overcoming challenges, and laughing with my students.
  • Julie Nicol
    The College of William and Mary & University of Colorado Denver
    Pre-kindergarten Teacher
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    I was born and raised in beautiful Richmond, Virginia. After receiving my B.A. from The College of William and Mary, I moved to Seoul, South Korea to help establish new locations of a U.S.-based early childhood enrichment program. I spent 2 years there, and fell in love with international teaching. I recently spent time teaching preschool and prekindergarten in Boulder, Colorado while working on my Masters of Education from the University of Colorado, Denver. I am so excited to join the SCIS family and explore Shanghai!
  • Kristen O'Connor
    University of Virginia
    DP Psychology & TOK
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Hi SCIS! I am originally from Northern Virginia, outside of Washington DC and I have been teaching for 11 years in Southeast Asia as well as in Central and South America. I love that teaching these subjects allows me to better know and connect with my students. I am thrilled to work with and learn from such a diverse group of students here at SCIS. In addition to teaching, I also love sports and have been coaching some combination of rugby, soccer and track everywhere I’ve taught. I am excited about becoming a dragon and can’t wait to work with such a passionate faculty. I’m also an avid hiker and love kayaking and am excited to be back in Asia and am looking forward to outdoor adventures and exploring this beautiful region.
  • Dave O'Reilly
    Northeastern University
    Economics and Humanities
    Pudong Upper School
    Originally from Dublin, Ireland, I've worked at SCIS since 2012 and moving to Shanghai was a little bit like returning home for me. I spent most of my childhood growing up in different parts of Asia, from Bahrain to Malaysia to China, attending international schools just like SCIS. I eventually ended up in the United States for university, where I spent five years in Boston, MA. I’m a big sports fan, especially of soccer and basketball, both of which I enjoy playing and coaching. I also love traveling and listening to all sorts of music. I am fortunate enough to have one of the more unique teaching combinations at SCIS: IB Film and IB Economics. They are both extremely exciting and rewarding courses. Whether or not you are lucky enough to take Film and/or Economics, I look forward to meeting and working with you all.
  • Ross Orchard
    University of Wales
    Grade 6-8 Technology Teacher and Curriculum Leader
    Hongqiao Middle School
    Hi, I am the Middle School Technology Teacher and Curriculum Leader for the Hongqiao campus. I am from Wales in the UK where I grew up in a small town called Cwmbran. I have a degree in Design and Technology from the University of Wales, where I specialized in Graphic Design, Systems & control and Resistant Materials. I have previously taught Graphic Design at schools in South Wales, Worcester and Shanghai. I have lived in the city for four years now with my wife Juliet, who is the Middle School Modern Languages Teacher and Curriculum Leader at SCIS Hongqiao. We both love Shanghai and are really excited to be going in to our third year teaching in what I consider as the city’s best International school. I am a huge Rugby Union enthusiast and an experienced IRB certified coach and referee. This year I am really looking forward to seeing the Dragons take many victories on the field and promoting the excellent sportsmanship that we have at our school. My and my wife's other passions include traveling, hiking and outdoor activities and we are very please to share all of these passions with our students through the middle school outdoor education club that we run in semester two. So here is to another great year with the SCIS community and to all the exciting times ahead.
  • Juliet ORCHARD-FARMER
    University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
    MS French and Spanish Teacher (and World Languages Curriculum Leader)
    Hongqiao Middle School
    Hi! My name is Juliet Orchard, and I am very excited to be back for my third year at SCIS Hongqiao teaching French and Spanish across the Middle School and as the MS Curriculum Leader for World Languages. I am from the UK and I graduated with a First Class BA Honours in French from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. As part of my degree course I taught English in a primary school in Bordeaux and this amazing experience inspired me to become a teacher. I returned to the UK to complete my Post Graduate Certificate in Education at University College Worcester and subsequently taught French and Spanish for 6 years in secondary state schools. I got married this summer to the wonderful Ross Orchard who is the Curriculum Leader for Multimedia. In our free time we love to go hiking and camping and we are excited to continue with our MS Outdoor Education programme this year.
  • Michelle Ostiguy
    University of Ottawa & Queen’s University
    Grade 2 Teacher
    Hongqiao Lower School
    This is my second year at SCIS as part of the fabulous Grade 2 team. I began teaching abroad upon graduation from teacher’s college, working at international schools in Colombia and Singapore. I returned to Canada to complete my Master of Education at Queen’s University and to teach in my home city of Ottawa, Canada. After several years, my passion for adventure, travel, and being part of community of dedicated global educators pulled me back to international teaching, taking me to Beijing, The Hague, and most recently to Kuala Lumpur. I am thrilled to be back in China. I love to travel, hike, cycle, swim and anything else that keeps me active and outdoors. I also enjoy creative pursuits and have been known to sing a little too loudly. I believe in helping others and doing my best to live by the Learner Profile attributes.

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