• Kevin Haggith
    University of Windsor, University of Toronto, Nipissing University
    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.
  • 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 third year in Shanghai and I look forward to another amazing year in our very dynamic international community school. I am honored to be a part of our school’s PYP journey that has recently led us to become a PYP authorized school. 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 third year!
  • Helen He
    University of Birmingham, UK.
    Mandarin
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Hi! My name is Helen He. I am excited to be returning for the 12th 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 over 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 Mandarin and English as a foreign language to children (k to 12) and adults in China, England, Belgium and Switzerland. In the coming school year, I will continue to teach IB Chinese B course as well as MYP language acquisition courses. I love teaching the IB program, and I am also an IB DP workshop leader, IB examiner and school visit team member. I love our SCIS community and am glad that both my kids spent many years at SCIS. I have had wonderful 11 years at SCIS and look forward to another fantastic school year when my second child will graduate from High School.
  • Connie Hedderson
    Science
    Pudong Upper School
    Hello SCIS community! I am excited to be joining this community after teaching in the Middle East for many years. I call home a small town in Northwestern Ontario, Canada which has greatly influenced me to become an educator. I will be joining the Science Department teaching Chemistry and general science. I enjoy teaching science and watching the students discover new ideas within science. I’m looking forward to life in Shanghai and exploring all China has to offer. Outside of the classroom I enjoy playing and watching sports as well as going to the movies. I’m looking forward to a new and challenging year.
  • Meghan Hinds
    St. Catherine University
    Pre-School
    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!
  • Curtis Holland
    University of Windsor
    Drama
    Hongqiao Upper School
    My name is Curtis Holland and I am teaching Upper School Drama at the Hongqiao Campus. This is my first year at SCIS; I was previously teaching in Kuwait and Tianjin. I’m from Windsor, Ontario, Canada and love to represent where I'm from. I attended the University of Windsor and achieved my Bachelor of Arts (Honors) Drama in Education and Community, then went on to my Bachelor of Education in teaching Drama and English for Grades 7-12. I love putting on shows (performing and directing), cooking, my animal babies, travelling, anything active, and of course, spreading my love of my art form in my daily job. I’m very excited to be back in China, and hope to develop our theatre program to new highs.
  • Christopher Howey
    Simon Fraser University & University of British Columbia
    English
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Hello, my name is Chris Howey and I am excited to be joining SCIS as an MYP English Language & Literature teacher. I’m originally from Vancouver, Canada, where I studied English and Geography at Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, Canada) and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours in Geography. I then completed my Bachelor of Education degree at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) within the English cohort. I have lived and worked in Singapore, Vietnam and Cambodia and had the opportunity to travel the region extensively. I’m passionate about creative arts such as photography, architecture and theatre and am excited to help my students discover and foster their passions whether in Language and Literature or beyond.
  • Tracy Huang
    State University of New York, Buffalo
    Mandarin Coordinator
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Hello! My name is Tracy Huang. I am from Shanghai China. I graduated from Shanghai Normal University (SHNU) and was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in elementary school education. My passion and interest in international school education led me to continue my study in State University of New York, Buffalo and was awarded a master degree in Master of Science. During my study, I also took the course of teaching English to Speakers of other Languages, teaching Mandarin to speakers of other countries and I was certified of Advanced TESOL, TCSOL and TCFL qualifications. I started my first IB teaching career in Shanghai World Foreign Language school PYP department as a homeroom teacher and team leader, teaching languages and the Unit of Inquiry for more than 6 years. During these years, I attended lots of workshops required by IB both domestic and overseas. I have joined SCIS since 2012. In this coming school year, I will continue to teach Mandarin in Lower School. I am very proud of being a member of SCIS, such a diverse and great family. I enjoyed every minute teaching young children in SCIS who are so smart, creative and energetic. I am looking forward to another great school year.
  • Kelly Huang
    East China Normal University
    Mandarin
    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 9 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 10th year here at SCIS since teaching and speaking with my students makes both of our lives more fun, more meaningful, and happier!