Core Leadership Team

TAN Thong Howe

Head of School
TAN Thong Howe

Head of School

I have been involved in education for the last 20 years, six of which are with SSIS. Education is really a community endeavour whereby each constituent group contributes to the success of the children. One key relationship is the School-Home partnership. When a trusting and strong School-Home partnership is forged, the child’s pathway to success in his/her learning will be smoother and with much fun!
I am deeply humbled to be able to lead SSIS forward and am thankful for all the support we can get from everyone in the school community as we STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE every day.

Billie LEONG

School Principal
Billie LEONG

School Principal

I have been an educator since I stumbled into teaching in the year 2000. Over time, I realised that teaching is my passion and calling. I started my teaching career in a Secondary School in Singapore, specializing in English and Mathematics.

The opportunity to start my own learning centres to help students achieve and maximise their potential allowed me to develop skills to differentiate, customise learning and tap on technology to enhance the overall learning results.

After two decades in this profession, I am still on my journey to learn and I yearn to expand my horizons with a growth mindset. As an administrator in SSIS, I love my interactions with our students, parents, staff and community and look forward to striving for excellence together with all of you!

Frankie CHUNG

Primary School Principal
Frankie CHUNG

Primary School Principal

Life’s journey brought me to Shanghai and SSIS in 2009 and it is where I have stayed since. Working in SSIS has been a dream come true for me since I have the opportunities to interact with and learn from people from all over the world. It is my goal to support my teachers so that they can carry out their roles as educators as best as they can, benefitting our students’ learning and growth.

Doruk GURKAN

Senior School Principal
Doruk GURKAN

Senior School Principal

I have been in the educational field since 1999, and I started working in SSIS in 2014, both as an educator and administrator. It is incredibly exciting to lead an international team of energised and highly competent teachers.

Our Senior School provides a well-balanced education for students in Grades 7-12. The academic curriculum and pastoral support are designed to offer seamless opportunities to all students to acquire the knowledge, skills and attributes essential for successful entry into tertiary education. It helps them follow a chosen career path and to become productive global citizens.

I feel very fortunate that we can make a difference in the lives of our students. I hope to challenge and inspire them each day to love learning and to shape a better world.

Katrina MCCLURE

Director of Sports and Activities
Katrina MCCLURE

Director of Sports and Activities

I am very excited to be joining the SSIS community as the Athletics and After School Program (ASP) Coordinator.

I am from the beautiful and diverse country of Canada. My love for adventure and excitement led me to pursue overseas teaching. Having taught previously in South Korea and Myanmar, I have been involved in many after school activities from coaching sports to leading a community service program. I can already feel the energy and dedication of the teachers and I know that we have many exciting programs to offer the students and I am very happy to be part of the SSIS team.

CHEN Yue Lin

Director of Chinese Language and Culture
CHEN Yue Lin

Director of Chinese Language and Culture

I love being a teacher, in particular my interaction with students. I have been an educator for more than 27 years and was a Vice-principal in a local school for 4 years. I focus on cultivating and developing my students’ character as well as the teachers’ professional development.

I personally like to learn the advanced teaching methods and school administration. In SSIS, with all the teachers we organized and researched to plan and design high quality Chinese language and Chinese culture curriculum, resulting in the unique SSIS CLASS Model. Having been in SSIS for more than 12 years, it has been an enriching journey. SSIS has broadened my horizons as an educator. I truly love my job and believe that learning is endless.

Viktor DATSIUK

Director of Technology
Viktor DATSIUK

Director of Technology

I am from Kyiv, Ukraine. My international education career started in 2002 and I quickly realized my passion for building solutions with technology. I have several years of corporate business experience in managing  ERP/WMS/BI/eLearning/web/consulting projects. From 2014 till 2018 I worked in Myanmar - what an adventure!

As much as I love work, learning and exploring, I enjoy good times with family and friends, gratefully cherishing every moment.

My hobbies are tinkering, fixing and building things, technology and Psychology. Happy to be a part of SSIS family!

Fenia RIZOPOULOU

Curriculum Coordinator
Fenia RIZOPOULOU

Curriculum Coordinator

I have been working in many different roles in education for the past 13 years. This wonderful journey started in Greece, where I was born and raised, and continued abroad. ,I have a great passion for cultures and languages. I can speak 5 languages and I cannot wait to start learning Mandarin! As a teacher, I strive to build inquiry-based learning environments that students genuinely enjoy, so that they come to class with smiles on their faces. ,I love living in the city and enjoy going to the theatre or concerts, discovering new food experiences, doing high-intensity training, travelling or just relaxing with a good book. I am incredibly excited to be joining SSIS and I am really looking forward to helping the school grow and develop in one of the greatest members of the international school community.