• Andres Sanchez
    Greensboro College
    French & ESOL
    Hangzhou International School
    Bogota, Colombia is the place I call home; but for the past eight years, I have been teaching in some amazing places. In 2005, I was chosen as part of the staff to open a brand new school in Virginia, USA, where I spent three years as an elementary ESOL specialist. At the same time, I earned my M.A in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Greensboro College, NC. In 2008, I relocated to Mexico City, as a third grade classroom teacher. While in Mexico, I travelled extensively from the Rio Grande to Chiapas, and of course, loved the food! In 2010, I ventured to teach in Sudan, east Africa. I taught ESOL in middle school, learned some basic Arabic, and visited some truly African gems like Tanzania, Egypt, Madagascar, and South Africa. When I am not teaching, traveling or sampling new foods, I enjoy playing soccer, swimming, going to the movies, or having a good conversation with a friend.
  • Jamie Sanchez
    Buffalo State College
    Art Teacher for Grades 4 - 12 and IB Art
    Hangzhou International School
    I remember the first introduction I had to the history of China’s art in my college Art History class. The majestic mountains in the landscape paintings, the intricate designs on the painted pottery, and the infamous Terracotta Army all captivated me. It is truly a pleasure to be in Hangzhou and to witness first hand the country that inspired such impressive artwork. I am originally from a small town in Upstate New York. I have taught Art in Ashburn, Virginia, Mexico City, Mexico, Khartoum, Sudan, and here at HIS. My husband and I are happy travelers who enjoy the adventurous life of being international teachers. We now have our beautiful baby girl to join us. I have degrees in Fine Arts and Art Education. I also have a Master’s Degree in Creative Studies that has allowed me to facilitate creative learning experiences as well as strengthen my students’ creative thinking skills. I teach my students a variety of artistic techniques and knowledge that helps them become well-rounded young artists. It is important that my students understand that art can be used as a tool to self-express, deepen connections, and to bridge gaps.
  • Tina Santilli
    George Washington University
    Middle School Principal (Hongqiao Campus)
    Hongqiao Middle School
    I would like to extend a warm welcome to you. I am delighted to join the SCIS community as the Middle School Principal at our Hongqiao campus. The relationship between our caring. committed teachers and our motivated, talented students is at the heart of the Middle School experience. Originally from the USA, I have held various leadership and teaching roles in Tanzania, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, Qatar and most recently Thailand. I earned my B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and my M.A. at the George Washington University and hope to complete my Ed.D. from Lehigh University sometime next year. When not working , I enjoy scuba diving and exploring new places and people. I very much look forward to exploring China!
  • Luke Scholtes
    La Trobe University
    IB Chemistry & HS Science
    Pudong Upper School
    Hi, I’m Luke Scholtes. I’m originally from a town called Bendigo in regional Victoria, Australia but I’ve been living in Melbourne for the last six years. After graduating with a degree in Applied Sciences in 2004, I worked as a laboratory technician for a mining company. Before long, I decided that I wanted a career that was more interpersonal and teaching seemed the obvious choice. I received a diploma of education from La Trobe University in 2009 and haven’t looked back since. I now have six years of experience teaching Chemistry and Science at a high school in Melbourne and I am very excited about the next phase in my career working for SCIS!
  • Steven Sgourdos
    University of Northern Colorado; Colorado School of Mines
    Social Studies
    Pudong Upper School
    Γεια σας!!! My name is Steven Sgourdos, and I am very excited about joining the SCIS community, and teaching social studies at the Pudong Upper School campus. I am also thrilled about living and teaching in China for the first time, and appreciative at the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful school community. I am originally from Athens, Greece, however moved to the USA when I was 9. I try to return to Greece every summer to visit family, and enjoy the country's many beaches, and crystal clear waters. Prior to arriving at SCIS, I taught social studies for five years in Colorado. My aim as an educator is not to merely teach, but to educate. I believe that a student's thirst for knowledge is far more vital than any theory or method they learn in the classroom. Years later, when I ask students what they learned, I want them to respond "how to think." I hold a BA in history from the University of Northern Colorado, and a MSc in international political economics from the Colorado School of Mines.
  • Naomi Shanks
    Yale University & San Diego State University
    Upper School Vice Principal
    Pudong Upper School
    It is an honor to serve the SCIS-Pudong family as Upper School Vice Principal. I grew up sunny San Diego, USA, but have been living and working in China since the year 2000, with over 11 years at the International School of Tianjin. I have extensive experience with all three IB programs, and also act as a visiting team member and workshop leader for the IB. I have seen how IB implementation can unify a diverse international school around a conceptually rich and rigorous curriculum with a commitment to character development and international-mindedness. After completing my B.A. in History at Yale University, I earned my M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from San Diego State University, as well as both teaching and administrative credentials through my home state of California. My education laid the foundation for a lifetime love of learning, and I expect nothing less for each and every one of our students. My daughter Mengying and I enjoy reading, storytelling, and exploring the endless wonders of our China home.
  • Joanne Shea
    University of Salford
    Grade 9/10 Science Teacher
    Hongqiao Upper School
    This is my second semester, having joined the school in January this year. I am really excited to start a brand new full year at SCIS along with the rest of the new faculty. Although I am fairly new to the school, I have been in Shanghai for almost two years and love everything about it, especially the food and the people. I have been teaching for 5 years, having graduated from the University of Salford in 2003 and spending several years in industry before entering education. Previous to SCIS I have worked at Shanghai Rego International school and a highly challenging, multicultural, inner-city school in Manchester, England. My roles previously included Assistant Head of Science and Curriculum Coordinator. I enjoy traveling and meeting new people, and I am very much looking forward to learning more about the SCIS way of life.
  • Andrew Shearer
    University of Kent at Canterbury
    High School Math
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I was born in England and raised on several RAF bases in the UK and Germany. Having always enjoyed Maths and Economics more than any other subjects at school, I decided to read Accounting & Finance at University but decided that a life as an accountant would be far too relaxing and instead began my training for the far more exhausting rewarding job of teaching Maths. After teaching in a UK state school for several years I decided to move abroad, first to the Falkland Islands for 2 years and then to Mongolia for 3 years. After teaching in these remote locations I am looking forward to the more cosmopolitan environment (and the many restaurants) in Shanghai. My first impressions of SCIS and Shanghai have been really positive and I am really looking forward to my first year at SCIS.
  • Fiona Sherwood
    De Montford University
    Middle School Dance Teacher
    Hongqiao Middle School
    Hello, I am Fiona Sherwood, this years middle school dance teacher. I graduated from De Montfort University UK, with a Ba Hons in dance in 2007 and began working as a community dance practitioner in the UK where I focused on training gifted and talented young people in Nottingham. I then expanded my work in community projects and worked as the dance development artist in cheshire alongside making and performing site specific work. With a longing to travel and a passion for adventure, I began my journey to China in 2009, still keen and determined to dance. In 2012 I trained as a kids yoga instructor that further developed my love for movement and reshaped my teaching methods. I have now been in Shanghai for 5 years working as a teacher, freelance dancer and building my own company that specialized in teaching ballet and yoga to children aged 3-6 years. I am now delighted to have the opportunity to work at SCIS re visiting and building on my choreographic and performance skills with the dancers in the middle school in hip hop and contemporary classes.
  • Ashley Simmons
    University of Houston
    Grade 3 Teacher
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Hello! My name is Ashley Simmons and I am happy to return for a second year teaching grade 3 at SCIS. I have spent most of my life until now in Katy, Texas, a suburb in west Houston. I received my Bachelor’s in English from the University of Houston and my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Arlington. I began my career as a high school English and theatre teacher. After earning my Master’s degree, I instructionally coached at the PK-5 level, where I worked with very talented teachers and broadened my knowledge of subjects and crafts. I love living in Shanghai with my husband and our two sons. I am looking forward to another wonderful year! Go Dragons!
  • Scott Simmons
    Baylor University
    English Teacher
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I was born and raised in Houston, Texas where I attended a small private school through graduation. After high school I attended Baylor University (GO BEARS) in Waco, Texas where I earned a BBA in Marketing and English. I worked for six years in private industry before making the move to teaching. I began teaching in Houston in 2004 and have spent the last decade preparing seniors for life after high school. I believe in a practical, skills-based approach to analysis and composition to prepare my students for a future as life-long learners. Through teaching I’ve met my beautiful wife, Ashley, currently a third-grade teacher at SCIS, and have 2 boys - one of which will be a student at SCIS in first grade.
  • Caitlin Sirkel
    University of Texas at Arlington
    ESOL
    Hongqiao Lower School
    I'm Caitlin Sirkel from Dallas, Texas! This upcoming school year will be my 3rd here at SCIS and as an international teacher. I have taught Prekindergarten, 3rd grade, and 6th grade in the past and have loved being an ESOL teacher here in Shanghai. I enjoy trying new things and take on more hobbies than I have time for but some of my favorite activities include playing baseball, knitting, crafting, watching movies, and reading books.
  • Dominic St-Pierre
    McGill University
    Grade 10, 11, and 12 English Language Arts
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I grew up in several cities across Canada and have a bilingual French and English background. While in Shanghai, I am also learning Korean and committing to an HSK level in Mandarin. I have a DEC in International Studies, a B.Ed. in English Language Arts for High School Learners, and a TESOL certification. I have experience facilitating learning from Pre-K to Grade 12. I also love learning about (and from) people all over the world. I have travelled to every continent, except Antarctica. During my time in Shanghai, I have been involved with improv comedy, swing dance, and capoeira. I love playing sports with friends, and coaching floor hockey and skateboarding. My favorite part of living here is discovering new corners of this city on two wheels. I have been a part of this community for five years and am prouder than ever to be representing our SCIS Dragons!
  • Alexa Stamatyades
    University of Toronto
    1st Grade Teacher
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    My name is Alexa Stamatyades and I grew up in the multicultural city of Toronto, Ontario. After high school, I completed my B.A. in English, History and Literary Studies at the University of Toronto. After this, I attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario where I received my B.Ed. For the past three years I have taught Grade 1 at an international school in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. My favorite thing about teaching Grade 1 is the opportunity to witness the incredible growth in my students as they soak up all this new information like little sponges! Outside of teaching I enjoy reading, (amateur) photography, snowboarding, diving, travelling, meeting new people and having new adventures! I am thrilled to be a part of the SCIS community and am looking forward to an amazing year!
  • Steven Stankiewicz
    Florida State University
    E.S.O.L. Teacher
    Hangzhou International School
    My favorite grades to teach are ECE (Early Childhood Education) and Primary School students because I am constantly amazed at the amount of knowledge the youngsters can absorb. I truly enjoy their bright eyes and determined faces as they endeavor to achieve success. Teaching is a magical profession. I have worked Pre-School through Grade Five (and college, too) at one time or another in the last 20 years. Currently, I am the Lower School ESOL teacher and the energy of the pupils really sustains me. I appreciate the many international backgrounds that our students bring to H.I.S. On a personal note, I was born and raised in the Pocono Mountains of north-east Pennsylvania where I learned an appreciation of the great outdoors. Locally, I have hiked many of the trails in West Lake National Park and I have been further a field, as well. The Great Gorge of western Zhejiang Province and Yellow Mountain are both very special places! Recently, I purchased a bicycle and I am seeing lots more of the countryside that Hangzhou has on display. I enjoy traveling and have visited most of the countries in the region, i.e. east Asia, South-east Asia, south Asia and Central Asia. I just returned from my first ever excursion to Europe where I enjoyed the refreshing weather of Finland and the varying cultures of the Baltics and the Balkans. I am anticipating another action packed, fulfilling school year at Hangzhou International School.
  • Brian Sternberg
    Arizona State
    Physical Education Teacher
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    Hi! My name is Brian Sternberg and I’m really excited to join SCIS E.C.E. this year as your Physical Education Teacher! I’ve taught elementary school p.e. for the last 15 years in Tempe, Arizona U.S.A and have also coached middle school sports such as soccer, volleyball and basketball. I have a B.S. Degree from Arizona State University and I also attended University of Arizona. I played ice hockey at both schools and love to play many other sports and maintain a healthy lifestyle as well. Traveling and trying new foods are some things I enjoy out of school and I’m sure Shanghai has many interesting and fun places to see and foods to try. I’m really looking forward to a fun year filled with challenges and experiences that will help students learn cognitively, physically and socially!
  • Christine Stewart
    North Illinois University / Illinois State University
    Lower School Music Teacher
    Hangzhou International School
    Hello! I am from the Chicago suburbs and taught Middle School Choral/General Music in Illinois for 16 years. I earned a Masters degree in Educational Administration and Supervision, which was very helpful during the years I was the Music Department Chairperson. A move to New Mexico led to performance opportunities with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and the Santa Fe Opera Chorus. For 5 years I ran an imprinted T-shirt business, but I missed teaching school, so I spent the next 2 years as a 6th grade classroom teacher. In 1999, I started teaching Elementary Music overseas, and I never looked back. I have worked in Shanghai, Mumbai, Madrid, Dubai, Beijing, Jubail-Saudi Arabia, and now Hangzhou. China is by far my favorite country! In addition to working hard here at HIS, I will study to improve my Mandarin. I’ll explore Hangzhou to get to know the place and the people.
  • Francis Stone
    Harvard University
    IB Economics Teacher and Head of Upper School Library
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Hi! I am Frank Stone, and I’m from Boston, Massachusetts, in the U.S.A. I went to the oldest high school in the country, Boston Latin School, and completed my undergraduate degree at Harvard University. I also spent 5 months in the 4th grade as an international student at the ICS in Madrid, so I know what it is like to be an international school student! At SCIS I teach IB Economics and run the upper school library. The 2014-’15 school year will be my fourth year here, and I love getting to know our talented, kind, clever and well-rounded students. I also enjoy exploring China – I have been to Harbin for the Ice Festival, to Dandong to see the border with North Korea, and out to Tashkurgan in far, far western China. Please stop by and say hello if you would like to talk about travel, economics, or if you are looking for ideas on what to read next!
  • Daniel Stripp
    The College of New Jersey
    HQ Lower School Learning Support Specialist
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Hello! I am Mr. Daniel Stripp, the Lower School Learning Support teacher. I recently got married and am back at SCIS with my (now) wife for our 3rd year. Originally from New Jersey, USA, I attended The College of New Jersey, where I earned by Bachelor’s Degree in Developmental Psychology and my Master’s Degree in Special Education. I taught Special Education for 5 years in New Jersey before coming overseas to China. I enjoy all sports but my favorites are ice hockey, baseball and American football. I am in the midst of attempting to visit every Major League baseball stadium in the USA, with 16 out of 30 visited so far! I’m also a big fan of all kinds of music, and I collect vinyl records – with a collection of about 300 individual records back in NJ. I love learning new things everywhere I go and am excited to continue exploring Shanghai, China and the world!
  • Terry Strombeck
    John Brown University, Langston University & SUNY - Buffalo State
    Upper School Social Studies/IB Economics/TOK
    Hangzhou International School
    My name is Terry Strombeck, and I hold a US passport although I have lived outside US for many years. My family lived in Peru and Costa Rica before moving on to Honduras, and as many of our students, I grew up attending international schools and graduated from the American School of Tegucigalpa. Before arriving at Hangzhou, I taught at SCIS in Shanghai, and in the US in Utah and Oklahoma. I first came to China in 2004 as part of an exchange between US and Chinese schools and then returned to China as a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations. I have taught a range of subjects including IBDP History, Theory of Knowledge, AP European History, World History, US History, East Asian History, Sociology and Psychology. In addition to teaching, I coached soccer (football) for many years in the US. While I have passion for the subjects I teach, my interests also include travel, photography, and interaction with cultures from around the world. These interest has led me to hosting groups from China, France, Russia, Japan, Costa Rica and Nigeria. I enjoy bringing all my life experiences to my history and TOK classes. One of my goals in my classes is to help students realise that history is not a subject of the past but rather it is a subject about who and what we are now and where we are headed in the future.

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