• Sophie Zeng
    Shanghai Normal University
    Mandarin Coordinator
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    My name is Sophie Zeng. I am excited to be returning for the 5th year at SCIS as the mandarin Coordinator at ECE campus. I was born and grew up in Shanghai. I have taught both Mandarin and English as a foreign language to children from Pre-kindergarten to G12 (IB DP) and adults in China. In the coming school year, I will continue to teach the students at ECE. I love teaching the IB program, and I am also an PYP mandarin teacher and IB DP examiner. I love our SCIS community and continue to take our shared mission to heart by working together to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring learners who contribute positively to their communities.
  • Linda Zhang
    Broadcast and Television University
    Mandarin
    Pudong Lower School
    My name is Linda Zhang and I am a Mandarin teacher at the SCIS Pudong campus. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have experience at local and international schools. I love education and appreciate the opportunity to meet so many wonderful children, and work in such a great environment. I enjoy watching a child grow from I can't do this" to "I can", from "I don't know" to "I want to learn". And along with the students, I am growing too. Making every child feel that the teacher appreciates and loves him/her is what I hope to accomplish. Have a great year.
  • Dan Zimmerman
    Suny Buffalo
    Librarian
    Hongqiao Campus
    Hi, My name is Dan Zimmerman and this will be my 12th year with the SCIS schools. I was born in Nashville, Tennessee, but I have spend almost all of my life in the greater China area in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Hangzhou, and now Shanghai. I have a bachelors degree in International Relation from Middle Tennessee State University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from University of Hong Kong, and a Masters Degree from SUNY Buffalo. In my time at SCIS I have taught beginners Mandarin, Preschool, Kindergarten, Grade 5, and now find myself with the great fortune of being the Campus Librarian. I live here with my wife, Hellen and our daughter, Anastasia, who loves being an SCIS Dragon just as much as I do!
  • Aurora Zosman
    Florida International University
    Pre-Kindergarten
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    My name is Aurora Zosman and I excitedly joined SCIS in 2015 as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher. I am a learner, a dreamer, and a creator who believes in the vastness of human potential. I grew up in Miami where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology at Florida International University, as well as my Lower Elementary Montessori certification. Prior to moving to Shanghai, I taught First, Second, and Third Grade at schools in both California and Florida. My hope as an educator is to instill a love of learning in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with them. The type of educational environment I create promotes active engagement, motivation, and independence, and develops creativity. I strive to strike their imagination and allow their curiosity to lead them on a path of discovery in constructing their knowledge. Each day provides a new beginning, and a new opportunity for me to make a difference in a child’s life; it is a great responsibility, and it is one that I am truly lucky and glad to have. I am a lover of many things and I seek engaging in any and all foreign experiences, for I feel experience is the greatest teacher of all. I live for constant exploration and adventure, and fulfill this through travelling the world, reading, writing, and keeping an open mind and heart in all that I do. I am also an eclectic music lover who enjoys dancing, inner space [the oceans], stargazing and the infinite possibilities of the unknown. I look forward to an amazing year at the ECE campus here in Shanghai!