• Beverley Zerr
    Queensland University of Technology
    Grade 4 Teacher
    Pudong Lower School
    Hello SCIS community! It is a pleasure to begin my international teaching career at such a warm, welcoming and high achieving school as SCIS. The place I call home, my birthplace, is the prairie province of Saskatchewan in Canada however for the last 20 years I have worked, created a family and taught in Australia. My teaching career began in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in 2003 after I earned my two bachelor’s degrees (Education and Creative Industry) with first class honors. My teaching experiences have included both middle and secondary grade levels that eventually evolved into directing as head of department in the Arts subjects at Bundamba State Secondary College, Australia from 2008 to 2015. Living in Shanghai now I am very delighted to begin a new professional phase facilitating excellence to a multilingual elementary student body. I believe that my students will develop self-empowerment through progressively building knowledge with a collaborative student focused curriculum which stimulates higher order thinking through inquiry and critical reflection in order for them to reach academic, emotional and spiritual maturity. My altruistic goal as facilitator is to create in my students a positive attitude around learning in order to motivate them into becoming great future global leaders.
  • Linda Zhang
    Broadcast and Television University
    Mandarin Teacher
    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.
  • Juliana Zhu
    East China Normal University
    IB Mandarin Teacher
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Hi, My name is Juliana Zhu, and I am from Hangzhou. I graduated as a B.A. of Chinese Language and Literature from East China Normal University (ECNU), and then continued M.A. with a major in Comparative Literature in ECNU. I started to work in SCIS since 2007. The experience in SCIS provides me with the confidence and practice in teaching skills, curriculum working, classroom management skills, and especially the IB experience. I taught IB Chinese A2 HL and SL and guided the extend essay in 2010. I started to teach IB Chinese Literature in 2011, and now I am teaching both Chinese Literature and Chinese Ab Initio classes. During the past 7 years at SCIS, I have taught different level students from Beginner to Native and different grade students from lower school to high school. It has helped me to have a better view of teaching. Besides the formal teaching experience in SCIS, I also have a rich experience in teaching middle and high school students in language schools and tutor work before I joined SCIS. After I joined in SCIS, I kept learning and attended in SUNY (University at Buffalo, the state university of New York) master program. I have also gained a lot of useful and practical instructional knowledge and skills from there. I always like to keep myself prepared and learn new knowledge on teaching skills. One thing I know is that I’m enjoying and good at being a teacher.
  • Dan Zimmerman
    Lower School Librarian
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Hi, My name is Dan Zimmerman and this will be my 11th 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 Lower School 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 Teacher
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    My name is Aurora Zosman and I excitedly joined SCIS-HIS 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!