• Nina Keller
    University of Southern California
    Grade Two
    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 consider myself to be a lifelong learner, and I always look for experiences for personal and professional growth. I am committed to facilitating an inclusive classroom community of learners. 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 appreciate the richness and diversity of Shanghai and the SCIS community, and it is a privilege to practice teaching here!
  • Maja Kelly
    University of Belgrade
    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
    Grade Four
    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.
  • Melissa Kirwin
    Western Michigan University
    Grade Five
    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!
  • Eric Kirwin
    Western Michigan University
    Mathematics
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Hi everyone! My name is Eric Kirwin, and I am happy to be joining the SCIS community with my wife, who teaches lower school, and my son who will attend 3rd grade here. I also have a daughter back in the U.S. who is attending Michigan Technological University. This year, I will be working with 9th and 10th grade math students. This will be my first international school; in the U.S. I spent 15 years teaching middle school and high school math in Battle Creek, Michigan “the Cereal Capital of the World”. My BA and MA in Education both come from Western Michigan University, where my undergrad studies included math and physics and my graduate program was Secondary Administration. When I’m not working, I enjoy gaming apps, running, and studying game theory. I am excited to learn with you this year and make lasting memories.
  • Austin Kittelson
    University of Northern Iowa
    Kindergarten
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    Hello! My name is Austin Kittelson and I am thrilled to be teaching Kindergarten at the ECE Campus. This is my first year at SCIS and my fourth year in Shanghai. Prior to coming to China, I taught at international schools in Korea, Republic of Georgia and Jamaica. Born and raised in Iowa, I received my Bachelors in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with a minor in Literacy and Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Northern Iowa. I have a passion for teaching young children. I strive to instill a love of learning and foster curiosity in exploring the world around them. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, scuba, photography and writing. I am a freelance food writer and am constantly on the lookout for great eats. Shanghai has so much to offer and I am looking forward to another great year in this dynamic city.
  • Heather KNIGHT
    University of Wisconsin, Mercery University, Central Michigan University
    Vice Principal
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    Welcome to SCIS! This will be my fourth 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
    Mathematics
    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.