• Erin Babb
    Mars Hill University
    Music
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    My name is Erin Babb and I first joined SCIS-HIS in 2015. I am from the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina, USA. I hold a Bachelor of Music from Mars Hill University. Before SCIS-HIS, I taught in the US and then at the Anglo-American School of Moscow. There I taught music and also spent a couple of years as a Pre-Kindergarten classroom teacher. Teaching music is my passion! I believe that music education should be about creating, expressing and cultivating a lifelong love of music and all of its wonder! My passion and loads of energy make my classroom a very exciting and fun place for children to learn. I am a trained classical vocalist who enjoys performing and being a voice coach to children and adults who love to sing. I come to SCIS-HIS with my wonderful husband, William (Bill) Kern.
  • Tarsi Bali
    University of Athens & University of Essex
    Lower School Physical Education, Aquatics Coordinator
    Pudong Campus
    Exercise is medicine! Ni Hao, my name is Tarsi Bali, and I am excited to join SCIS PD as both the Aquatics Coordinator, and Physical Education Teacher for grades PK-5. Since I could remember, exercise, nutrition, and optimum wellness, have always been of great interest to me. Now as an educator, I want to help guide students to become healthier and happier, inspiring them to be physical active for life. My passion for fitness and health led me to initially pursue a career in research and academia. Before arriving in Shanghai, I was conducting experimental research in Slovenia, working at the Jozef Stefan Research Institute. I’m here at SCIS with my husband Steven Sgourdos, who teaches in the middle school. In my free time, I love swimming, horseback riding, and traveling around Greece on my motorcycle. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Sports Science from the University of Athens, Greece, a Master in Fitness and Health from the University of Essex, UK, and a PhD in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Essex.
  • Joshua Balli
    Pacific Union College & University of South Florida
    ECE Librarian & Grade 1 ESOL
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    My name is Josh Balli and I am thrilled to be returning to SCIS and the wonderful city of Shanghai!! I am the ECE Librarian which is perfect since I have always loved books. When I was a child when we went on a family trip I never wanted to take one book, I wanted to take ALL of them! While my packing habits have changed, my love of books hasn't. I look forward to sharing with your children (and parents too) the many great books we have in the library, both for educational and recreational purposes. When I am not at work or reading I enjoy an eclectic amount of activities from sports, writing, traveling and being as adventurous as possible. I also love cooking and making food, especially home made ice cream! Please stop by the library to check out books, ask questions or just say hello. You are always welcome!
  • Michael Barrs
    University of Florida & University of South Florida
    Lower School Physical Education
    Hongqiao Lower School
    I am excited to join an outstanding team of Dragons here at SCIS! I am from Florida, USA, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of South Florida. Though I am originally from the USA, I have lived and worked in Uganda (Peace Corps Volunteer), Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Vietnam, and Australia. I have over fifteen years of teaching experience in the fields of physical education, health, science, and administration. My personal interests revolve around traveling to fascinating places, exploring world cultures, being a responsible global citizen, and living an active and healthy lifestyle. I am passionate about surfing and have traveled the world in search of the perfect wave. It is great to be part of the SCIS Community. Go Dragons!
  • Katie Bartels
    The College of New Jersey
    Grade 3 Teacher
    Hongqiao Lower School
    My name is Katie Bartels, and I am from New Jersey, USA. Born and raised in southern New Jersey, I love going to the beach and attending different sporting events and concerts in the Philadelphia area. I attended The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ where I earned a Bachelors of Science in Clinical/Counseling Psychology and a Masters in the Art of Teaching in Education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing as well as a degree in Elementary Education. I have worked in a variety of grades and settings and am looking forward to a fabulous experience in Grade 3 here in Shanghai!
  • Samuel Bateman
    University of Wollongong
    Middle School Drama/Technology
    Hangzhou International School
    I have taught middle school previously in Bavaria, Germany; London, UK; Beijing, China, and in a couple of Australian cities. I am a qualified Mandarin teacher in Australia, and when not in class I enjoy continuing my personal study of Mandarin and Chinese culture. Other hobbies include train travel, I have traveled the Trans-Siberian twice, as well as London-Istanbul and many lines in between. In 2014 my students had the honor of meeting Chinese President Xi Jin Ping, having written persuasive letters to the president in both English and Mandarin explaining the benefits of a visit to southern Australia. We were not only surprised to have a personal reply, but also a personal invitation to meet him after the G20 summit in Australia that year. My family and I are looking forward to new adventures in Hangzhou.
  • Megan Beer
    Loras College
    Preschool Teacher
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    My name is Megan Beer and I will be teaching pre-school at the Early Childhood Campus. I was born and raised in Iowa, USA where I attended Loras College and received my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. I have always enjoyed working with young children and witnessing all that they are able to achieve! They are all very capable individuals and deserve more credit than they are usually given. I joined SCIS-HIS in 2015 after teaching three year olds in preschool for two years.  I am very excited to teach at SCIS-HIS and look forward to the new challenges ahead!
  • Jeffrey Benson
    MA History from Western Oregon
    IB History, TOK, World History Grades 10-12
    Pudong Upper School
    Greetings, my name is Jeffrey Benson, and I enjoy teaching history. I like history so much I decided to get a BA and MA in history. One day I hope to take my passion for history to the University level. In addition, to being a history nerd, I also enjoy the subjects of English literature, Theory of Knowledge, International Macro-Economics and World Religions. Several enjoyable recreational activities include tennis, track & Field, hiking, biking, walking, volleyball, American football, basketball and softball. Previously, I have taught in the Arctic Circle of Alaska, Oregon (my home state), South Korea, and Kuwait. I'm a married man to a beautiful, amazing woman from Lima, Perú. I'm excited to be working at SCIS and both me and my wife, Nilda, hope to be positive contributing factors in the educational growth of the student body at SCIS.
  • Melissa Berg
    Luther College & Minnesota State University
    Lower School Counselor
    Hongqiao Lower School
    My name is Melissa Berg and I am thrilled to be joining the community here at SCIS. I was raised and educated in the upper Midwest of the United States. I have a psychology degree from Luther College and a master’s degree in Professional School Counseling from Minnesota State University. I began my counseling career in Minnesota before heading to Seoul, South Korea. My time in Seoul instilled in me a passion for international education (and a love of kimchi!). Counseling is an incredibly rewarding and exciting field and I especially enjoy working with elementary-aged students; I look forward to meeting and working with each and every student in the lower school. My door is always open, so parents, please feel free to drop in and introduce yourself. When I am not at work, chances are good that I am either playing with my adorable dog or exploring a new neighborhood of Shanghai.
  • Etienne Bilz
    Queen's University
    Physics and Mathematics Teacher
    Pudong Upper School
    I grew up in the small village of Lanark, Ontario and attended high school in the nearby town of Perth. I studied physics at the University of Guelph and then completed the one-year Bachelor of Education program at Queen’s University. My first full-time teaching position was at Rothesay Netherwood School, an independent school for Grades 6 to 12, in New Brunswick, where I taught physics for 5 years. I then taught IB Physics and Mathematical Studies at Istanbul International Community School for two years. In the year prior to joining SCIS, I worked at both a Sylvan Learning Centre and Prometric Test Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In my spare time, I enjoy playing the piano, and my favorite sports are badminton and squash. I am very excited about joining the SCIS community and teaching physics and mathematics at the Pudong Upper School campus. I am also excited about living in China for the first time and taking advantage of opportunities to explore the country while I am here.
  • Andrew Bissonnette
    University of Kansas
    Pre-K Teacher
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    I am very excited to join the SCIS family this year for my first international teaching experience! For the past four years I have been living and teaching in New York City, before that I taught Social Studies in my home state, Minnesota. When I am not at school I enjoy traveling, exploring new restaurants, playing and watching sports, especially the Jayhawks. I look forward to welcoming a new group of students and families to the SCIS community this year!
  • Brent Blalock
    University of Southern Mississippi
    Lower School Art
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Hello, my name is Brent Blalock and I am an artist, teacher, traveler, and musician.  I like to combine all my interests inside the classroom to make learning fun and innovative.  The exploration of creativity is my passion and I believe that all children have creative potential and it is my responsibility to help them hone this skill.  I spent my first 9 years teaching art to K-grade 5 students in a public school in Georgia, USA. I am thrilled to say that I have completed my first year as an SCIS dragon and as an international teacher. I love this school and I hope to be a part of the SCIS family for a long time. I have a bachelors’ degree in art from the University of Southern Mississippi.
  • Emily Blalock
    University of Georgia
    College Counselor
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I am an avid reader, a connoisseur of colorful art and textiles, and I have a passion for helping others succeed in their endeavors.  My name is Emily Blalock and I am the Hongqiao Upper School College Counselor.  I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing, and then received my Master of Science from the University of Georgia.  I taught Entrepreneurship and Textiles at the University of Georgia for ten years where service learning was an integral part of my classes.  During this time, I was the Career Counselor and helped hundreds of students find internships and careers in their fields.  I have been a visiting professor teaching entrepreneurship and micro-business in USA, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Honduras.  I am delighted to be here in the world’s largest city, learning and growing with you!
  • Sonya Bob
    University of Oklahoma & Northeastern State University
    Grade 3 Teacher
    Hangzhou International School
    I was born and raised on the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation, which is in south central New Mexico in the Rocky Mountains. I graduated from Ruidoso High School and worked as a Cosmetologist for six years. I got married and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where I have been living for the past 22 years. I worked with Native American Family Services helping parents and children in the foster care program. In 1998, I decided to go to college and become a teacher. I attended Northeastern State University and graduated in 2005. I started working at Hoover Elementary School, teaching 4th grade Language Arts. In 2007, I received a Fullbright/Hayes Grant to visit China and Korea. This was a great opportunity and an amazing experience. I fell in love with China. Also in 2007, Hoover Elementary joined with The First Experimental Primary School of the Central District in ChongQing. Hoover and Renhe have had a wonderful relationship for the past 10 years, exchanging teachers and students to share education, culture, and friendship. I returned to China in 2012 as part of this exchange program. I went back to college in 2007 and received a Master’s Degree in Administration and Curriculum. I continued to teach 4th grade Language Arts and, at the same time, worked with various other grade levels to develop curriculum, testing, and expectations, to ensure student success. I also worked with Tulsa Public Schools developing curriculum for Common Core and Aspirant Leadership Academy. I love doing arts and crafts, so I decided to move to a middle/high school to teach art. I have worked to develop curriculum, grants, and motivational lessons to promote “at risk” student achievement. I teach my students that they, too, can become successful leaders. I truly enjoy working with students, and I try to encourage them every step of the way. I love to travel and meet new people. This world has so many different places to discover and explore. I try to inspire students to pursue their goals, find their destiny, and enjoy life.
  • Danielle Bowers
    Houghton College
    US English & IB English A: Language and Literature
    Hangzhou International School
    Hello! My name is Danielle Bowers. I grew up in Mali and Senegal, though I'm American, and so I have always had a passion for teaching international students, as I was one myself. I previously taught in Baltimore, Maryland in a public middle school and in Dakar, Senegal at an international school. As a teacher, I love challenging my students to see the world around them from different perspectives through the lens of literature. When I am not busy teaching or grading essays, I enjoy catching up on my reading, training for half-marathons, cooking, crocheting, and playing with my little dog, Lucy. I'm thrilled to be teaching at HIS and living in Hangzhou!
  • Amy L Bowley
    Michigan State University
    Middle School Vice Principal
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Hello! I’m Amy Bowley and I am the Middle School Vice Principal here at the Hongqiao campus. This is my 15th year in International Education.  My experience up until now has mostly been as a MS Math and Science teacher, yet I am also certified in ESOL and in Spanish language instruction.  I have taught in Mexico, Brazil, Paraguay and Korea.  This is my fourth year living in Shanghai and I am looking forward to another spectacular year.  
  • Alan Brewer
    Lipscomb University of Nashville
    Middle School PE Teacher
    Hongqiao Middle School
    My name is Alan Brewer and I will be teaching middle school Physical Education and Health this year. I was born and raised in Houston Texas. I received my Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. I started teaching and coaching at Hillwood High School in Nashville where I met my wife, Katherine Brewer (Head of School here at SCIS-HQ). In 2007, we moved to the Dominican Republic where I taught Elementary P.E. and became the Athletic Director for Carol Morgan School. During this time, I completed my Masters Degree in Education from Sunny Buffalo. In 2010, we were blessed with twin boys, Gavin and Austin. Just before moving to Shanghai my wife and I worked in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the International Community School of Addis Ababa. As for my hobbies and passions I have played soccer since I was 5 and was able to play NCAA division one soccer during my time at Lipscomb and also play in the PDL semi-professional league for a summer. I am a Manchester United fan and am looking forward to this years EPL season. I am thrilled to be in China and to get to work at another great school. If you need to contact me feel free to email me at abrewer@scischina.org
  • Zach Brooks
    University of North Dakota
    Middle School Society Study/Language Arts
    Hangzhou International School
    Greetings! I am excited to be a part of the teaching team at HIS. I am thrilled to be back in Asia and to join a great school with a great staff. My last stint in China was in Beijing as a Grade 4 classroom teacher. After completing college, I was as a support teacher and coached a high school swim team for two years. I then taught fifth grade while completing my Master of Education degree. I feel my job is the best there is because I get to see energetic learners with smiling faces every day. I believe every student should be celebrated in my classroom, as success isn’t measured by how far you have gone, rather how far you have come. I am fortunate to have a career I love that enables me to pursue my passion for travel. I was born and raised in North Dakota and graduated from the University of North Dakota (Go Sioux!). Outside of school, my passions include movies, reading, exercising, and anything to do with sports. On winter weekends you will find me watching Fighting Sioux hockey.
  • Paige Brooks-Cook
    Spelman College & Wheelock College
    Kindergarten
    Hangzhou International School
    Hello! I am one of the kindergarten teachers at HIS. I was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, as the youngest sibling with three older brothers. Both of my parents are educators and they instilled a love for education and teaching in me from an early age. As a young adult, I worked with children whenever I had an opportunity. After I graduated from high school, I attended Spelman College where I received a Bachelors in Economics.  I also attended Wheelock where I received a Masters in Early Childhood Education. I have had experience teaching in preschool, kindergarten and first grade classrooms. I enjoy teaching the younger grades and love the challenge of creating an academically rigorous classroom with hands on learning and play. I see each day as an opportunity to learn new things, both for my students and for myself. Outside of work I enjoy west African dance, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. 
  • Jessie Brown
    Aquinas College
    Pre-school Teacher
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    This is my first year at SCIS and my second year in Shanghai. I have been teaching pre-school internationally for 3 years. I am from Michigan where I taught special education. Besides teaching Early Childhood I love to travel, read, and be outdoors. I am delighted to be at SCIS and I am looking forward to teaching and learning in the upcoming years!

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