• 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!
  • Jeremy Maher
    University of Sydney, Australia
    Classroom Teacher
    Hangzhou International School
    Hi there! My name is Jeremy Maher and I’ve worked as a primary school teacher for the last six years. I’m an Australian; making me have all the wonderful traits you know about Australians - with non of the bad ones :) I have taught every year level, with most experience in grades 1 and 4. I love sports, technology and learning new and innovative ways to address curriculum content. I play all sports but my heart will always lie with Australian Football (AFL), the most advanced code in skill level, pace and entertainment value. Outside of school, I love to travel, read, learn new songs on my ukulele, keep fit, cook and hang out with friends. I have traveled aplenty but still with to explore new lands, as well as revisiting some of my favorites. I’m yet to touch foot on African or South American soil but am sure I’ll get there soon. I traveled to China ten years ago and can’t wait to see how much it has changed in that time. My partner is Hannah Payne, teaching English in the Middle & High School at HIS.
  • Jennifer Marotto
    University of North Texas
    ESOL Teacher
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Greetings!  My name is Jenni Marotto, and I’m so excited to be joining the SCIS team!  While I was born and raised in New Jersey, I called Dallas, Texas home before moving overseas. I’ve been working in education professionally for the past 8 years, both domestically and abroad.  I’ve had the opportunity to work with curriculum development, program coordination, and in my favorite position, teaching!  Most recently my husband and I came from Hanoi, Vietnam where we taught at St. Paul American School Hanoi.  The last 2 years I taught 2nd and then 3rd grade, investigating the development of second language learners in a loop setting.  I was thrilled that my students were so successful!  I am eager to bring those skills here as an ESOL teacher to help the students of SCIS achieve success as we all grow and learn together! In my free time I enjoy traveling, cooking on the grill, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  My favorite animals are elephants, monkeys, and tropical penguins!
  • 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 and I graduated from the University of North Texas. I have been an enthusiastic educator of elementary grades for the last 6 years, and have a great deal of experience effectively working with English Language Learners. I began my teaching career in Dallas, Texas and taught 5th grade at an international school in Vietnam. I am thrilled to be at SCIS again this 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!
  • Brianna Maxwell
    University of Central Missouri
    Kindergarten Teacher
    Hangzhou International School
    Greetings! My name is Brianna Maxwell. I am so very excited to be joining the HIS first grade teaching team. I have been teaching first grade for the last four years in a private school and Kansas City, MO and cannot wait to jump into a new year with the kiddos in Hangzhou. I call Kansas City, Missouri home, though I was raised traveling the USA in a military family. I attended the University of Central Missouri where I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. Along for the journey has been my wonderful daughter, Bella, who will be starting her fourth grade year at HIS. I approach teaching with the same attitude with which I approach life: an adventure with unlimited possibilities. I travel whenever possible, whether in the US or abroad. I have been fortunate enough to visit Europe and India as well as volunteering with an organization conducting teacher training workshops in Sierra Leone, West Africa (2010-12). http://schoolsforsalone.org/ In addition to traveling I enjoy yoga, hiking, history, photography, music and trying new foods (not to be confused with cooking). I can’t wait to start this new adventure in Hangzhou!
  • Michael McCann
    University of St. Francis & The Citadel
    Upper School Drama/Technology
    Hangzhou International School
    Hi. My name is Mike and I am very happy to have joined the HIS community. I am originally from Chicago, but have been living and teaching abroad for the past 15 years. I have been fortunate enough to work with wonderful students and staff in Venezuela, Honduras, Macau, and Burkina Faso. I met my wife Erika, who will be teaching early childhood at HIS, while teaching in Venezuela. I have taught a variety of subjects internationally, including English language arts, social studies, drama, and ESOL. Outside of school, I am really into photography, songwriting, playing in bands, and playing sports, especially with my 10 year old son, who also will be joining us at HIS. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know people from many different backgrounds.
  • 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.
  • Fiona McGuire
    Waikato University
    Grade 5 Teacher
    Hangzhou International School
    Kia ora my name is Fiona McGuire. I came to Hangzhou International School after spending the previous three years teaching at the International Academy of Amman, Jordan. Previous to this, I have spent a number of years teaching in my home country of New Zealand. I have a passion for literacy, the visual arts and inquiry learning. In recent years I have had the opportunity to receive professional development and teaching experience in the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), which I see as a wonderful catalyst for getting children involved in and excited about their learning. I have been involved in playing and coaching a number of sports including netball, hockey and tennis. I also love motivating children to pick up a book and read, to open up their minds to possibilities and to encourage them to act in a positive global-minded way. I have two grown children; Abby and Patrick who live in New Zealand and being in China feel “slightly” closer to home. I enjoy being a member of the Hangzhou Dragon’s community and joining together with students and their families to make a positive difference in their child’s learning.
  • 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.

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