I'm from Singapore, and I studied at the College of Modern Montessori (Training College for Early Childhood Course). I am a trained Early Childhood teacher and have been working in SSIS since 2003.
Kindergarten education is my passion and my calling. I like to nurture the kids even as I continue my growth as a teacher and person. I always lead through play, because it helps children learn about themselves. It also brings us closer and makes them feel loved and happy.
My interests are sports, travels, creative arts and cooking, as it gives me the opportunities to enjoy my great life.
LIANG Meng Wai
I have been in the SSIS Nursery team since 2004. Before that, I
worked in a childcare centre, kindergarten and an international school in Singapore, where I'm from. My charges range from three- to six-year-olds.
Working with preschoolers is challenging and fulfilling work. I learn from the children while I'm teaching them, because children can show you things that you wouldn't think of; they will surprise you with what they know and have learned. As a preschool educator, I hope to support children in what they want to do, so that they can grow up and follow their dreams.
Singapore is a beautiful sunny island which has a wide variety of delicious food, and I love my hawker food. My other interests include walking, jogging, dancing and travelling.
Through my training in Early Childhood Education, I have come to realise that the pre-school years of a child's life are critical. It is the period where a strong foundation must be built, and the child's cognitive, physical, social and emotional domains are developed progressively. This will ensure that the child will grow up to maximise his or her potential and be a responsible global citizen. After I joined SSIS in 2005, the school has given me the platform to realise my beliefs.
Other than teaching in a school environment, I used to coach children and adults canoeing and to swim when I was working in Singapore. I love the sea as well as nature, and I will go paddle whenever I have the opportunity.
I was born and raised in the Philippines. My love for children led me to earn my Degree in Education in 2000 after obtaining my undergraduate Degree in Economics in 1987.
I have been teaching at SSIS since 2006. I love first grade because I know just where they're coming from and exactly where they need to go. I often visualise myself as a traffic enforcer in between two crossroads, making sure everyone's transition from end to end will be smooth flowing. This is mainly because I have experienced teaching Kindergarten, P1 and P2. Sprezzatura! a word that describes my teaching style…live life like a duck- flowing smoothly on the surface but paddling hard underneath.
I adore all the students I have taught. I am privileged to meet some of the most talented and amazing educators from different parts of the world. I feel like I have become a better teacher because of teachers' collaboration. Lastly, I feel valued by the school.
I'm from Singapore, and I began my career in education after obtaining a teaching certificate from the National Institute of Education (Singapore). I have taught in various schools in Singapore and in different cities of China, including Shenyang, Beijing and Shanghai.
I joined SSIS in 2007 and have taught at different levels, from Pre-Nursery to Kindergarten Two in the Preschool Division. I enjoy working with children and am glad to be part of this big family as it is a community of wonderful teachers, parents and students.
I spend my time travelling to different places in China for discovery and adventure.
I have been working in Early Childhood education for more than 30 years. In Singapore, I started as an assistant teacher and took courses in NIE. I eventually became a supervisor of preschools for more than eight years. I joined SSIS in 2008 as a teacher, which I enjoyed the most.
I have gained new insights and many experiences with different batches of students and learnt how I could bring across my lessons more effectively. Every child is unique and requires different approaches. Early childhood is challenging, as the dynamics of the cohort changes yearly. I enjoy working with Preschool children, and I sincerely hope to provide a pleasant and enriching experience for the little ones.
Going on trips and having nice meals with friends will make my day. Cooking, baking, karaoke, fishing, watching movies/dramas, travelling, outings and bowling are some of my favourite activities when I have the luxury of time.
I am a graduate of New York University. I have previously taught in SSIS from year 2003 to 2005, and my fond memories have brought me back here at SSIS with you in year 2012. I like the many different cultures at SSIS. In the absence of 7 years, I have taught children in other cities in Asia and have worked in children TV media channel in Taiwan. My passion for teaching and my love for children continue to grow throughout the years. It is my life's goal to dedicate to education and I derive great joy seeing my students grow healthily and learn happily.
I was born, raised and educated in Singapore. I started working as an Early Childhood Educator in 2007. The love for educating children in various capacities grew over the years and has been rewarding. It was always a dream of mine to live and work in a foreign country and, I am thankful that this became a reality in 2012 when I joined SSIS.
I love teaching Preschoolers! My mission is to help children discover the joys of learning and to help each child develop a strong belief in his or her own ability to achieve. I want them to learn the importance of hard work and to have a sense of pride in doing their personal best. It is also important to me that my students appreciate and respect other people's differences.
My husband and I have two adorable daughters, Amber and Jemma, born in 2016 and 2019, respectively. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, going on vacations and spending time with my family.
I joined SSIS in 2012. I like the unity spirit of family togetherness. We all work towards our goals and philosophy of SSIS.
Quote from Earthscope Enterprise: “There is no greater accomplishment in our life than making positive difference in the mind of a child”.
I was teaching in an outdoor environment at the Ministry Of Education campsite in Singapore before I embarked my career in the field of Early Childhood Education. After 12 years of teaching and managing in Singapore preschools, I decided to move to Shanghai and join the big family of SSIS and its teaching team.
I have been a Kindergarten teacher with the Preschool division of SSIS since 2013. My family moved from New York City to Shanghai in 2008 and have been enjoying this unique city ever since. I have a Bachelor's Degree from Carnegie Mellon University where I worked at the Cyert Center for Early Education. Upon graduating University, I helped open a child development center in Hong Kong. It's a great pleasure and honor for me to be part of a child's life and education. I look forward to all the growth, progress and joy I'm sure to witness at SSIS!
I'm from Jakarta, and I joined SSIS in 2013. I have been an Early Childhood Education teacher since 2005, back in both Jakarta and Singapore. Starting on the academic year 2019/2020, I became part of the K1 faculty.
My passion for teaching young children continues to grow throughout the years. It is a great privilege to be part of their learning journey, to watch them grow and help them develop their curious minds.
In my free time, I enjoy watching TV series, running and travelling.
I am from the warm and sunny Singapore. I've joined SSIS Preschool division in 2015. I came from an International School in Singapore. I have been in education for many years and have worked with all age groups of children from 18 months to Primary School aged children. During these years, I have been working as teacher, senior teacher, principal, curriculum specialist, and also was in teacher training field too. I always feel great joy and sense of achievement to see children not only learn and progress in school but most important to have fun and enjoy school.
Hello, my name is Grace. I come from Indonesia, and have been an English teacher for the last 3 years. I graduated from Diponegoro University studying English literature in 2011, then began to work in Shandong and Beijing. I enjoy working with children. My goal is to create a positive learning environment for the children as well as incorporate many different types of activities to support their learning.
I come from the sunny island of Singapore and moved to Shanghai to experience greater diversity in an international school setting. After graduating in 2013 with a bachelor's Degree specialising in Early Childhood Education, I worked in the airline industry before returning to teaching last year. It is my pleasure to be working alongside the youngest learners at SSIS. I believe in nurturing resilient children and empowering them with the knowledge and capacity to become Little Einsteins of the future!
I was born and raised in New Jersey in the United States. After receiving my bachelor's Degree in education from York College of Pennsylvania, I moved to Taiwan to begin my teaching career. I have been working as an early childhood educator in Shanghai since 2012. I joined the SSIS community in 2017. Education is my passion, for I believe that learning is part of what makes life worth living. I am delighted to share this passion with the students of SSIS.
I'm from Singapore and have worked with young children and families for the last 14 years. I previously taught in Indonesia and Singapore before moving to China in 2017. Before joining SSIS, I lead the Early Years Department as Curriculum Coordinator at a preschool in Jakarta, where I collaborated with a team of teachers to design effective teaching and learning methodology for young children.
My greatest passion is to nurture curious and eager young minds. I look forward to something new and different each day, and that's what makes my role as a teacher fulfilling and exciting. I also believe in the importance of building a positive home-school partnership; I strive to create an environment that will inspire curiosity, so I can motivate each child to take charge of their learning.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time outdoors, going on hikes or exploring the city.
I'm from the Philippines and have been teaching early years for over 20 years. After a few months of teaching in a special school, I focused my career in Early Years. I have taught as a Class teacher, Subject Specialist, and led a group of teachers as Head of Department.
Earning my MA from George Mason University gave my opportunities to learn from educators of diverse specialities. My international school experience includes teaching IB PYP, IPC, US Common Core and Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum in schools in the Philippines and South Korea.
I consider it a privilege, and I enjoy nurturing children's potential and offering opportunities for them to be the best versions of themselves every day. I give each child opportunities to develop their love for learning by encouraging them to grow as risk-takers and have accountability for their education. Through these, I hope that they will further enhance their skills through exploration, discovery and making connections between their learning and the world around them.
Enjoying music by playing the guitar is one of my favourite pastimes. I love the outdoors, and that includes lounging on the beach, exploring the water through diving, and just enjoying nature through walks. Much of my
I'm from Singapore and have been teaching Early Years to Grade 2 for more than 24 years. I taught in Singapore for 11 years before furthering my studies in Australia. After graduating, I decided to teach overseas. Since then, I have taught in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Suzhou in China for 12 years. I joined SSIS on January 2018.
I believe that children learn best through play; this helps to build the child's confidence and creativity. I also believe that a solid partnership with families is the key to a child's well-being.
I love to bake, read and travel.
Hello, I am Claire and I am from Singapore! After attaining my Degree, my interest in the Early Years led me to pursing a diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education. This will be my fifth year of teaching and in my first year at SSIS, I am delighted to be teaching Nursery and embarking with them on a new learning journey. I am looking forward to exploring and growing with the little ones and making many wonderful memories! During the holidays, I enjoy travelling and discovering new places with my family and spending quality time together.
Fiona grew up in Australia but was originally from Taiwan. Before she went into education 8 years ago, she was a designer for almost 10 years and loved providing opportunities for children to express themselves artistically.Having worked in a 3-6 multi-age Montessori classroom for nearly four years, and having been the homeroom teacher of both kindergarten and toddler classes in a bilingual school, she is very familiar with nursery through kindergarten learners. Fiona is looking forward to forming a close bond with the nursery children at SSIS, where she can guide children on how to be independent, express and manage their emotions. She will help students find new ways of looking at a problem and inspiring them to live life with compassion, gratitude, and integrity is central to her goal as an educator.
Iuliia MATVIIENKO is from Ukraine. After graduation, she worked at QSI Kyiv International School as an Art and Kindergarten teacher for 4 years. For the past four years, she worked in Shanghai as an English teacher with 3-8 years olds.
She sees each child's uniqueness and need for individual care and treatment. She is happy to work with kids, helping them acquire the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in adulthood since our world is constantly changing. Sharing her international experience, she likes to encourage children to appreciate the similarities and differences between people.
Outside of school, she loves singing in jam sessions, visiting art exhibitions, going to the park, yoga, baking and travelling.
LUO Dong Rong
I am the Preschool Coordinator and I have been at SSIS since 2000. I've had the privilege to witness how the school grew and matured over the years. My philosophy is to cater to the children's learning and developmental needs. What I like most about SSIS is good teamwork, delicious lunch, cute kids.
I have been working in the early childhood environment for 15 years. I have a solid professional knowledge and understanding of child psychology after a long period of training. I started working in SSIS since 2005. I am a Chinese teacher responsible for teaching Chinese, Art, Performing Arts and Physical Education. Although I have been in this field for sometime, my passion for this job is always maintained at a very high level because of my love for children. What I like the most about SSIS is the team of teachers, who are very united.
There are opportunities to improve on how to be more effective in teaching. The student-teacher ratio is lower than that of a local school, which makes it better to carry out differentiated learning for students. There is a greater feel of satisfaction.
I joined SSIS in 2004. I have been teaching since 1997. I joined SSIS Preschool in 2004 as the Chinese and Art Teacher. My wealth of teaching experience has been further enriched through the years of teaching Art to children 4-6 years old.
I like the school's philosophy towards teaching. It has encouraged me to take a more diversified approach towards teaching and has also fostered a cohesive teamwork and home-like working atmosphere for the staff.
I am the Chinese teacher and I teach Nursery level. After I graduated I taught in Subsidiary of Northeast Normal University School, an affiliated experimental school.
I have worked in Singapore in for three years at “1-2-3kids Kindergarten”. I then joined Shanghai Singapore International School in 2004. Last but not least, let us find joy in learning Chinese language.
ZHANG Xiao Lei
I joined SSIS in 2004. As a Kindergarten teacher, I will do my very best in educating the students under my care. Being with children over the years has helped me in my personal growth and development. With the support from the parents, I hope to bring out the best in each child, realizing his/her potential. What I like the most about SSIS is the unity among colleagues is very strong and pleasant. We all strive towards excellence and work hard towards a common goal and philosophy.
ZHU Ling Hua
I have been working as a Preschool teacher since 1994. I worked in public kindergartens for several years after graduation, and I joined SSIS in 2001. I taught Pre-Nursery, Nursery, K1 and K2 in both the Minhang Campus and Xuhui Campus, and my subjects include Art, PE and Chinese Language.
I am experienced in Preschool education, focusing on fundamental training, correct guidance and teaching self-control. I always pay attention to the moral education and good habits of the children – I believe that every child will benefit from more of that.
Outside of work, I am fond of photography. I also like travelling, movies and fine food – these are the things that relaxes and refreshes me.
The 4 years of professional studies in the field of Early Childhood Education have created in me a passion for working with young children.
I joined in SSIS since 2012. It is my goal to see every child under my care reaching his potential in all areas of development. It warms my heart to see smiles.
YUAN Ren Ting
I come from Shanghai and I joined SSIS in 2012. When I was in school, I often spent my non-school days teaching young children. The experience has made me fall in love with teaching. I have an optimistic outlook and enjoy being with kids. I believe that children should be “learning through play, and play through learning”. Therefore, in my class, I often plan games to enhance the children's learning. As the children have fun learning in class, I become their friend, and they would communicate with me freely. My days at SSIS is a learning journey for me as I strive to do better each day. I enjoy working in this big family. The philosophy of the school encourages a diversified teaching approach and all to work together as a family.
YANG Min Jie
I joined SSIS in 2011. Due to my passion for teaching the younger children, I decided to pursue my career in the Early Childhood Education field.
I hope to play a part in creating a happy learning environment for the children so that they will have a wonderful childhood.
SSIS has a structured yet open learning environment where children are encouraged to explore and discover their interest and strength at their own pace. It is a place where children and teachers learn and explore together.
HOU Jia Ni
I am from Shanghai, a cosmopolitan city. I have been working in early childhood education for 5 years. I joined Shanghai Singapore international School in 2013. I studied art when I was a little girl, I graduated from Shanghai University and major in fine arts. I'm very glad to be the Creative Art teacher in preschool, I hope the children can enjoy my lessons and have fun exploring arts.
I believe that children are keen learners and they are able to improve with time.
HAO Jing Yu
I am from Shanghai, China. I graduated from Shanxi Datong university department of music. I'm engaged in preschool education for six years. I teach kindergarten Chinese class and joined SSIS in 2013. I want to grow with the children as a happy family.
I'm from Shanghai, China. I received my bachelor's Degree and my teaching certification in 2009.I have 2 years teaching experience in a bilingual kindergarten and 4 years teaching experience in an international school in Shanghai as a preschool teacher. I believe that as an early childhood educator my role is to create happy learning experiences for the child in a learning environment where the child can feel safe and free to creatively express themselves. This is my first year at SSIS and I am very excited to join the preschool team and be the Performance Art teacher. In my free time, I express myself in different mediums, song, dance, performance, fine arts and crafts. I look forward to experiencing a fantastic school year together with wonderful students, parents and colleagues.
GAO Ting Ting
I graduated from East China Normal University and have nearly a decade of kindergarten teaching experience. I have much love and patience in teaching and I believe in the SSIS community. As a teacher and mother I can identify with children and guide them to be happy and enriched every day. My wish is for the children to love and respect me. I will treat my work with due diligence and strive to be perfect.
ZHU GE Hui Xian
I graduated from School of Infant Education at Zhejiang province in 1997. I have been engaged in preschool education work and was given titles such as “teaching expert”, “the backbone teacher” and “station expert”. Over the years, I have accumulated rich experience in preschool education.
In 2016, I was lucky enough to join Shanghai Singapore International School. The school's philosophy has infused fresh ideas in me and caused me to have new expectation for myself. I express my passion through my actions and give full attention and respect to every student. I will help students to acquire knowledge while establishing their moral values and cultural taste. I aim to grow together with the students!
CUI Ling Shan
I am extremely happy to have the opportunity to teach Chinese and Chinese Culture at SSIS. I am from China, and have taught foreign students for the past eight years. The students come from different countries and cultures. I am believe in engaging my students via authentic and rigorous activities. In addition, I teach my students based on their aptitude to cultivate their love for the Chinese language. As a teacher, I aim to help my students make progress when learning Chinese and cultivate their development ability. In my free time, I like reading, sports and traveling.
I taught English, Maths and Science at the primary level in Singapore. I arrived in Shanghai in 1999 and have been teaching at SSIS since.
I want to inculcate in my students a sense of responsibility, to be responsible not only to themselves but also to the members of the community. I encourage my students to express their ideas, to participate in the educational experience, and to enjoy the interactions in my classroom.
I enjoy going for walks as well as watching documentaries about ancient and modern history.
I'm from Singapore. After graduation, I taught at St. Hilda's Primary School Singapore. For the past 15 years, I've been at Shanghai Singapore International School as an elementary teacher.
I believe each child is a learner who can grow not only academically but with character as well. I want to encourage every child to overcome any challenges they may face.
Outside of school, I like spending time with my corgi, snorkelling, travelling and reading.
Garry Harold HUGHES
I was born in New Zealand, or Aotearoa, the “land of the long white cloud”. After graduation, I travelled and taught English in South-East Asia; I taught English in Shanghai and Seoul to Grades 1 to 6 for four years. I joined SSIS in 2006 and have been teaching all subjects to Grades 2 to 4.
It is children's openness, and willingness to learn and collaborate that motivates me to enrich my learning environment and to engage them in lessons. I love to see children develop new skills such as problem-solving, goal-setting, organising as they grow in self-confidence, and as they become increasingly independent as learners. I want to continue to share my love of books, passion for learning and exploring, and my enthusiasm as an educator. I want to inspire children to be ‘the best they can be and then aim higher”.
I have always had a keen interest in Asian culture, especially traditional Chinese martial arts. I enjoy photography and photo editing, sci-fi movies, exploring China and spending time with my wife and two sons.
Senior Mathematics HOD
I'm from Singapore, and after graduation, I taught there for six years before joining SSIS. I left after three years to return to teach for five years – before returning to SSIS again. I have taught students from Grades 1 through to 6 throughout my teaching career, and I specialise in Mathematics for Upper Primary students.
I believe in each child and seek to help them reach their potential in their growing years. I see the importance of instilling a growth mindset in each child and continually work towards developing their skills and talents through effort and persistence. To achieve this, I make it my priority to create conducive learning classrooms where each student's ideas and opinions is valued.
I enjoy reading, travelling and diving.
Mila Esteban SAGUN
I'm from Baguio City in the Philippines. After graduation, I worked at Sacred Heart High School as a General Science, Physics, Home Economics, Physical Education, and ICT teacher for three years. I also taught the same at Saint Louis High School Philex, a sister school, for three years. In 2005, I moved to the University of Baguio Philippines as a Science Instructor in Nursing, IT, Mass Communication, AB English, Commerce & Accountancy Criminology, and Hotel & Restaurant Management students. I've been at SSIS since 2009, where I teach Science and Mathematics to G 3-6 students.
I am a protégée of my mother, who dedicated her life to educating the youth and who at the same time considered them her foster children. In my desire to impart the knowledge and values I learned, I embarked on the same journey to continue her mission, and dedicate my life to educating the young from all walks of life, regardless of race, religion and culture. It is a big challenge for me to work with teachers and teach children from different races and cultures, but I always believe that the beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people.
Science Assistant HOD
I'm from Singapore. After graduation, I worked in Singapore, teaching Mathematics and Science in middle school. I worked in SSIS from 2008 to 2013 and returned on February 2017, where I taught Primary School Maths and Science. I have also contributed to the Primary School in roles as Head of Science, STEAM Coordinator, and Assistant Head of Science.
I am enthusiastic about my subject and believe in awakening young minds to the joys of Science. I strive to achieve a balance between exercises that improve content knowledge and tasks that engage students' interests in different aspects of Science.
Outside of school, I love walking, swimming and travelling.
HO Chan Chan
I was born on a beautiful island Penang in Malaysia, which is also known as food paradise. I'm a music teacher and I have been at SSIS since 2008. My major instrument is piano and I have more than 13 years piano teaching experience. Coming from a multicultural background enable me to adapt quickly to the environment in SSIS as the place is full with diversity and the atmosphere is so vibrant. During my spare time, I would like to travel to other places to see the creation of God.
LIM Khuan Wei
Since 1985, I have actively participated in more than 30 theatrical productions (as director, scriptwriter and actor) in both my home country Malaysia and overseas as well. In 2008, I left my news editing job in a press company in Cambodia and began my career as a drama teacher in SSIS. I soon realised that teaching drama is indeed my dream job.
In class, I love to learn together with the children. I believe that all SSIS students have their potential and unique abilities in arts performance – it's my responsibility to foster their passion for drama. For me, nothing is better than witnessing all these young performers shine on stage in our yearly school musicals!
After school, I enjoy my moments with my wife and two children. I spend my free time reading, drawing, listening to music, watching movies… And I cry like a baby when something moves me in the cinema.
CHOW Yan Mei
I am from Singapore. After graduation, I taught Maths in a secondary school in Singapore for five years. I have taught in SSIS for 13 years as a Grade 6 Maths and Science teacher.
I am keen to work with young teenagers, to inculcate in them a love for Maths and a passion for gaining new knowledge in Science. I hope that my students not only learn content knowledge but also acquire skills to cope with challenges and explore new boundaries to become lifelong learners.
I like travelling, playing badminton and tennis, watching movies and going to the beach.
I'm from Sydney, Australia. After teaching in Sydney, I came to Shanghai, and have been teaching at SSIS for the past nine years. Before joining the SSIS family, I spent three years delivering the PYP programme at an international school.
Throughout my teaching experience, I have become passionate about teaching students to become enquirers. It is natural for children to wonder, deeply question and learn through hands-on activities. I strive to meet each student's needs and help them achieve their personal best. I believe the social, emotional and physical development of our students is just as important, if not more important, as their academic growth.
I enjoy listening to music, reading books and exercising. I also like to learn new things and to travel as well.
YE Chang Qing
I was teaching English, Mathematics and Science in elementary school in Singapore for 6 years before joining SSIS in 2011 for 2 academic years. It has been a great joy teaching at SSIS and I am back here again; hoping to do more than just imparting knowledge but also life skills and inculcating values to mould the young minds to become lifelong learners.
I joined SSIS in 2012.
I really enjoy working with students from all over the world.
I have been at SSIS since 2014, and teaching for the last twelve years. Before coming to SSIS, I was a middle school teacher in Singapore, level coordinator and in-charge of various committees. I am currently a grade 4 form teacher, who is teaching the Maths and Science curriculum. I enjoyed working with our students and helping them understanding concepts of Maths and Science and contributing to their personal development. SSIS promotes a holistic approach to teaching and learning. We align the core principles to help develop our learners to be open-minded communicators, risk takers and to have a global perspective. When I am not teaching, I enjoyed cooking and traveling.
I come from the USA and I joined SSIS in 2013. The teachers at SSIS are caring and passionate about student achievement and their well-being. On a regular basis we provide help to our students, communicate with parents, and provide a warm community to each other.
The teachers are supportive to students and challenge them to succeed and achieve their best. It's not enough to just to follow what is in the curriculum; they pay close attention to all students' needs and give extra focus to those in need.
I also enjoy the variety of extra-curricular activities the school provides: art, music, CCA, ASP, and so on. This provides a balanced curriculum for the students. It also gives teachers a chance to share their passion, like mine: cooking and baking!
Sport and Activities Coordinator
I am originally from California where I first picked up golf and graduated high school in beautiful Pebble Beach. I then moved to the Big Apple. I have been playing golf avidly since I was in high school and it continues to be what I am most passionate about. My skills, dedication and knowledge about this sport have led to my post at SSIS as the Golf Coordinator. I am the Golf Coordinator at SSIS. I am excited to grow the program and look forward to have an impact on the lives of our student body by providing educational and fitness programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
I come from Turkey and I have been teaching various age levels in private schools with different educational systems since 1999. Over the years, I have worked as a classroom teacher, PYP level coordinator, department head, and a curriculum designer. I co-wrote a main course book, activity book and a storybook for ESL learners and worked on international projects like Comenius that allows teachers to experience the European educational system. I joined SSIS in 2014 and I am now teaching Grade 1 and I am happy to be a part of the SSIS family as it has a diverse environment that promotes global citizenship. SSIS supports active student learning that allows our children to be life long learners.
Student Development HOD
I am from New Zealand, and after graduating from Iowa State University, I spent 11 years as a professional basketball player. I then worked at Henley Primary School in New Zealand, teaching Grades 4 and 5 for four years. For the past four years, I have worked at SSIS teaching Grade 5 English; I've also been the Head of Student Develop for the Primary School. I currently teach Grade 6 Mathematics.
Each student has the opportunity to develop and learn in a caring and neutering environment. Students should have the opportunity to improve academically and be given a chance to develop holistically. Students today face an ever-changing world and need skills to adapt to the challenges that lay ahead of them.
I come from the Philippines and I joined SSIS in August 2015. I have been living and teaching in Shanghai since 2005. It has been an awakening and a challenging journey so far. I am delighted to be a part of SSIS as a second grade form teacher. SSIS exemplifies my vision and mission as an educator.
I believe it is of utmost importance to explore different teaching strategies to meet the needs of each individual learner in my class. I offer my students a variety of learning opportunities, which focuses on their strengths, while instilling in them a passion for life-long learning and guiding them to be responsible global citizens. When I'm not in the classroom, I enjoy watching movies, playing badminton, traveling and staying in touch with friends.
A culturally diverse environment in SSIS is something that I embrace. Growing up in a multi-cultural Singapore, I feel very much at ease in SSIS, which I joined in 2015. The interaction with colleagues and the students in SSIS provides me with invaluable learning experience.
John Paul HONG
I'm from the Philippines, and I used to work at Gymboree and English First Language Center during my first few years in China. From 2012 until 2015, I worked at Shanghai American School as a teaching assistant for Grade 1 and 2. For the past four years, I have been a Grade 1 homeroom teacher at Shanghai Singapore International School.
I place a high priority in teaching students to socialise and in developing their character strengths – this is especially important for young learners. Grit is one example of character strengths young learners need to possess; it helps them adapt to the constant changes in the world.
Being a foodie, I enjoy reading food reviews to keep myself current on Shanghai's latest dining scene. At home, I am the masterchef! In my leisure time and for my passion, I attend dance classes regularly. I like to travel to experience and understand different cultures.
Math Assistant HOD
I'm from Singapore, and upon graduation, I worked as a primary school teacher for nine years in Singapore. I have been teaching in SSIS for the past four years.
I believe that learning is an ongoing process, it's a journey of search and discovery. I wish to embark on this journey with my students to develop their intellects and emotional capacities, to prepare them to be self-reliant individuals.
Outside of working hours, I relax by playing with my cat, working out and checking out new restaurants in Shanghai.
I'm British, and I have worked in schools around Asia for the past 13 years.
I believe that education is about preparing students for the unknown, giving them the skills to thrive and succeed in a world which is constantly and rapidly changing. The idea of making a difference means a great deal to me. My approach is to engage students beyond the strict academic curriculum in ways that are personally meaningful to and beneficial for them. I strongly believe in the value of a trans-disciplinary/cross-curricula approach.
Outside of school, I am an artist who has exhibited around Asia and Europe. I enjoy spending time with my wife and dogs, going to the gym and am a lifelong Liverpool Football Club supporter.
I'm from South Korea, but I spent most of my childhood in China. I attended a local Chinese school up to Grade 5, and then graduated at an international school. I then went to the UK for higher education.
After graduation, I worked as an English teacher in Guangzhou Korean School for one year, and then as a primary school teacher in London for a year – while I was studying for my Masters in TESOL. In the last three years, I have been working in SSIS as a Grade 2 form teacher, and now I am teaching Grade 1 students.
I believe there are three qualities that's essential in a teacher: First, I firmly believe that the teacher should prioritise establishing positive relationship with pupils; second, I believe that building cooperative relationship with parents through constant communication is the key to helping students succeed in their learning; and third, I believe that the teacher should establish and consistently reinforce classroom procedures.
Outside of school, I love studying languages, dancing to K-pop, and doing yoga.
I am a Singaporean with more than 13 years of experience teaching in primary and secondary schools in Singapore, Australia and China (for the last three years). In addition to teaching, my roles and responsibilities include subject co-ordinator, Head of Subject as well as mentoring trainee teachers while at the National Institute of Education. I have been with SSIS since 2016, teaching Primary School Mathematics and Science. I have also conducted STEAM activities for CCA and ASP.
Learning is a life long journey. I aim to help young children acquire the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in their education. To this end, it is essential that I strive to understand each child's uniqueness and need for individual care and treatment.
I'm into music, health care, shopping, walks, origami and puzzles.
I come from the United States of America. I am very pleased to be joining the SSIS family in August 2016. I've taught English as a Foreign Language in South Korea and Brazil. I've also taught English as a Second Language in public schools in New York and New Hampshire where I've had students from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, hiking, and exploring new places. My husband, son, and I have already seen some very cool things in Shanghai. It's our first time in China!
I'm from Singapore. After graduation, I worked in a learning center in Singapore as an upper-grade Mathematics and English teacher for three years. Since 2016, I've worked in SSIS as a Grade 1 Homeroom Teacher and a Grade 4 Mathematics teacher.
"The best teachers teach from the heart!" Teaching children has always been my passion, and I believe working in SSIS is going to fulfil my dream of teaching and meeting different children from diverse backgrounds. I believe there is a star in every child; I love to help my students in their journey of finding the star in them and letting it shine. I strive to enrich children with new knowledge and skills, nurture them with values, and guide them towards lifelong learning.
I enjoy working with all the warm and fun colleagues in SSIS, and meeting people and children of different cultures and backgrounds has made teaching in SSIS interesting and extremely enjoyable for me. I feel honoured and excited as I continue to embark on my teaching journey as a teacher here.
I'm from the United States, and after graduation, I worked in my home state of Indiana with Grades 5 - 7 in all subjects. This is my seventh year in Shanghai, working with Grades 2 - 5.
I believe each child is capable of meeting high expectations with motivation and support; the only way this can happen is with cooperation between teachers and parents. I celebrate diversity by helping students see their classmates and themselves as unique components of a greater team. I encourage children to take an interest in the world around them and to develop ways to make that world better.
Outside of school, my family and I enjoy playing frisbee, reading, rescuing insects, and having dance parties in the living room.
English Language HOD
I am thrilled to be teaching Grade 6 English and Social Studies in my first year at SSIS. I am originally from the United States, and I have taught English overseas for eight years in France and China. I have been in Shanghai since 2012, during which time I have enjoyed helping middle and high school students discover a love of learning and achieve their language learning goals. As an educator, I aim to challenge students academically while also developing their strength of character and global citizenship. In my free time, I enjoy reading, running, and traveling.
Certification in English as a Foreign Language and Spanish as a Foreign Language (Grades K-12), Texas Education Agency, USA.
After graduation in 1993, I started my teaching career working as a Kindergarten Bilingual Homeroom Teacher and High School ESL Teacher for five years in a private school in Mexico. Then in 2006, I joined the Longview, Texas Independent School District in America, where I worked as a Primary Bilingual Homeroom Teacher in Grades 1-3 for seven years.
In 2013, I was the PYP, MYP and DP Spanish teacher at the International School Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam for two years. After that, I worked as a DP Spanish teacher at the Guangdong Country Garden School in Foshan, China, for a year. And just before coming to SSIS, I worked in Aldine Independent School District in Houston, USA, for a year. I have been working as a Grade 1 Homeroom Teacher in SSIS since 2017.
I believe that education and learning should be centred on students, and teachers should take the role of facilitators and guides instead of being the mere providers of knowledge. I also believe that teachers must ensure that students are engaged in learning by providing effective instruction
I was born in Melbourne, Australia. I have also spent time living abroad in the USA and teaching in Seoul, South Korea. I have recently relocated to Shanghai and will be teaching Grade 4 English and Social Studies here at SSIS. I have been teaching since 2012. As a teacher, I believe in a holistic approach to education. My main goal is to motivate students to achieve their best and extend beyond their own personal limits. I also believe in the importance of equipping students with the skills they need to face the ever-changing conditions of our world and the impact of globalization.
LEE Wan Zhen
Serendipity brought me to SSIS. As a lover of cultures and an adventurer of the foreign, I embraced this opportunity with great excitement. I look forward to many fulfilling years ahead with this loving SSIS family.
I'm from Singapore, and upon certification as a teacher from Singapore's National Institute of Education (NIE) in May 2009, I embarked on a meaningful career as a full-fledged educator and have been teaching for 10 years.
Starting in 2009, I taught at public schools in Singapore for seven years; I also taught at an international school in Nagoya, Japan, for a year. In 2017, I joined the big SSIS family and am currently enjoying my third year here. My teaching experience in various countries has broadened my knowledge and experience through adapting to life and work in different communities and cultures. The exposure has equipped me to meet the diverse learning needs of students.
I enjoy teaching and interacting with students. It gives me great joy to be the facilitator of knowledge, journeying alongside those interested in the myriad possibilities in learning. I believe in taking on the challenge to touch lives and make a lasting impact: nurturing the hearts and minds of children, and equipping them with the ability to meet challenges ahead.
Apart from teaching, I enjoy spending time with family and friends; I appreciate good and deep conversations. When vacations arise, I seize the opportunity to travel. I am
I am 30 years old and I come from London, U.K. Before joining SSIS, I had been teaching for 8 years at an IB PYP school in Bangkok. During my time there I completed a PGCEi and decided to look for a new adventure which led me here. My teaching philosophy centers around learners being inquisitive and responsible for their own learning. My ideal classroom is dynamic, student-centered, full of communication and collaboration, as well as using the latest technological tools to keep learners at the forefront of learning.
Outside of school I am a family man and enjoy doing activities with my wife and son. At the moment we have been exploring Shanghai. We've already visited the Bund, Yuyan Gardens and the French Concession. My son is eager to go to Disneyland! I also enjoy running, which I do most evenings. Whilst I run I reflect on the day and find ways to make the next day even better. I love playing football (soccer). I believe playing the beautiful game nurtures collaboration and improves important skills like teamwork and concentration. ,I'm looking forward to an exciting and beneficial relationship with the SSIS community.
I am excited to be joining the SSIS community teaching ICT in Grades 1 and 2, 5 and 6 respectively. I was born and raised in Uganda also known as ‘The Pearl of Africa' but being in Shanghai for close to 6 years now, I would say my family and I have found a second home. This is my 9th year of teaching and I wouldn't have chosen a better career. I enjoy working with children; not only as a profession but a passion. Seeing them grow into independent learners is a great reward!
LIM Chung Wei
I come from Penang, a historical city that is a melting pot of different cultures. I graduated from University of Science Malaysia, with a BA in Performing Arts, majoring in Theatre and Drama. For over 20 years, I have conducted a wide variety of community projects, ranging from theatre-in-education, to youth theatre, to cultural heritage programmes.
Temisha Willis is originally from Mississippi, though she spent the last 21 years teaching in Ohio. Teaching is her passion. Her mother is a teacher and from a young age she knew she wanted to follow in her footsteps. Temisha loves to see a child's eyes, or smile light up when they have grasped a difficult concept, or conquered a fear, or simply learned a new strategy. She feels fortunate to bring her skills as a primary literacy coach to SSIS and to work with a Grade 5 English class in the new academic year. She is ecstatic that she has been selected to work at such a prestigious institution where she will interact with other passionate and energetic educators.
Temisha loves shopping, traveling, reading and trying new foods. She anticipates learning here at SSIS, just as much as she is prepared to teach.
Karen Stevens is from a small town in the province of New Brunswick on the east coast of Canada. The values of being kind and helping others, is something she has grown up with and stayed close to her heart. As a child, she was given opportunity to make choices and solve problems and this is a key part of her approach to teaching and learning. She is thrilled to add Shanghai to the list of places she has called home. Other places include Jeju Island, Tokyo, and Manila. Joining the SSIS team as a Grade two teacher in the new academic year fits in well with her experiences teaching children from Preschool to Grade Three. She looks forward to being a part of a dynamic SSIS community.
Eunice LEE (SIOW)
I spent eight years teaching English, Maths and Science in a Singapore primary school. I received my training from the National Institute of Education, and am also trained in Gifted Education in Science, where the teaching strategies are tailored towards high-ability students.
I enjoy working with parents to further enhance learning beyond the confines of the classroom. I am also the coordinator in the school's Parent Engagement Team. As an educator, my goal is to encourage and cultivate in students the joy of learning.
In my free time, I enjoy travelling and various outdoor sporting activities like hiking, running and cycling.
For the past 15 years, Justin taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades both in the US, where he is from, and abroad. Throughout his career, he has a strong focus and passion on integrating technology and the sciences throughout the curriculum. He enjoys running after school programs involving ‘Maker-space labs' and coached First Lego League robotics teams for over ten years. He believes that lessons and activities will be invigorated with deeper and expanded learning taking place, by incorporating STEAM into the core curriculum. To compete in the world ahead, it is essential that our students have robust digital literacy skills and he enjoys working as Head of STEAM with our new STEAM programme at SSIS for all grades and subjects!
Bradley Vezina is from the state of Colorado and has been teaching internationally for six years now. He has a B.A. in English Education, Fort Lewis College. He started off his journey in Korea before moving to Taiwan for three years. Bradley also completed two years teaching grade 4 in Cairo, Egypt.
Now, he is eagerly anticipating joining the SSIS team as a grade 4 teacher in the new academic year. He anticipates teaching this age level because of their enthusiasm for school and the emotional growth they gain over the year.
Bradley is an avid golfer, reader, and outdoorsman. He enjoys hiking in the Rocky Mountains, and walking and exploring new cities. He looks forward to all the sights he will see and all the places he will explore in Shanghai.
Alycia Stupan is from Edmonton, AB, Canada. After graduating from Concordia University, she moved to Taiwan where she taught art for 3 years. She relocated to Abu Dhabi and taught students in grade 1. Teaching internationally has given her the opportunity to meet educators and families from all around the world. Through this incredible experience, she has pursued her passion for teaching while learning about different cultures, customs, and teaching practices. Alycia looks forward to the opportunities that living in Shanghai and joining the SSIS team as a Grade 1 teacher in the new academic year will provide.
Michal is from the United States, and is very excited to be joining the staff of SSIS as an elementary school counselor.She started her career as an elementary health and physical education teacher and to date has been a school counselor since 2011, most recently at the middle school level.She is passionate about promoting overall student wellness, and has enjoyed coaching at the high school level.In her free time, she enjoys reading, cycling, hiking, and traveling.
Corey is very excited to be joining Shanghai Singapore International School.
With eighteen years of Physical Education teaching experience in four Countries (Australia, England, China and Germany), he will bring a wealth of knowledge in sport, health and training. In two International schools his role was Head of Sport where he coached Varsity Basketball, Softball, Athletics, Rugby and Touch.
Sport is an integral part of his life both as an athlete and a coach. As a youngster he played in many different representative teams including Cricket, Rugby, Touch, Basketball, Squash, Softball, Tennis and Baseball. The major highlight of his sporting career has been playing in two Touch World Cups.
Running sporting Tournaments for a school in Europe was another highlight, with one football tournament specially standing above the rest. A class of year ten students covered the four-day tournament. It included live streaming of all matches and photos, results and match reports. It was amazing to have families in Tel Aviv, Cairo, Athens, Munich, London, Paris, Zurich, Frankfurt and Bonn all enjoying the competition from wherever they were in the world.
Danielle Stabenow previously taught in South Korea for three and a half years. She also taught at the Canadian Arctic for another three and a half years. She began her career as a grade 4 teacher, before becoming an ICT Specialist and was promoted to being the Vice Principal.She will be teaching grade 1 at SSIS in the new academic year.
During her free time, Danielle enjoys gardening, traveling and being outdoors. She is looking forward to joining the SSIS team and living in Shanghai.
I am from Idaho in the United States and have been teaching overseas for the last nine years. I have taught Kindergarten and Grades 1 through 3 in Myanmar, Venezuela and China. I joined SSIS in 2018, and I am very excited to be teaching Physical Education for K2 and Grade 1.
In my approach to teaching, I make an effort to recognise where a child's interest lies and channel that into his/her education and learning. Doing so is key to developing an engaged and motivated lifelong learner. I know that valuing each child's uniqueness provides greater learning opportunities for that child, as well as contributes to the development of global citizens. Through Physical Education, I offer the opportunity to help develop the whole child and teach students lifelong lessons of teamwork, healthy living, and the value of physical activity.
In addition to teaching, I enjoy coaching soccer and working with the Senior School girls' teams. I also enjoy being active outside of school through soccer, hiking, scuba diving and running. I love the opportunity to travel and experience the world.
KOH Hui Laing
I'm from Singapore and was a teacher for 11 years in a Singapore secondary school. In 2005, I came to Shanghai as a trailing spouse with my children. Due to personal commitments, I returned to Singapore after teaching in SSIS for eight years. I feel blessed to be back in this warm and supportive SSIS family, where I continue to learn and grow to become a better person.
I aim to provide students with an educationally-challenging learning experience. I aim to inspire and motivate them to achieve their best and to be lifelong learners. In life, I think it is important to express gratitude to our children just for being who they are; they will feel loved and appreciated. They will appreciate not only themselves but others as well. Besides, learning to feel and express gratitude can bring a calm sense of well-being.
I like reading, yoga, swimming and enjoy spending time in nature.
NG Wei Ee
I started teaching Math and Science in a Singapore primary school after my graduation. I have worked as a senior school Science teacher and have extensive experience in primary Science education as well.
“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious,” said Albert Einstein. I believe that learning is a continual and lifelong process; there is so much to learn, re-learn and unlearn. I want to equip students with skills, and empower them with a burning desire to find out more, to be interested in the things around them, to be curious and observant, to marvel at what they have found. I want to challenge and help my students discover their distinct talents and polish them so that they can shine!
In my free time, I love to explore new places, encounter new people and cultures. I also enjoy yoga, tennis and dance workouts.
Bilge Kilgore is a K-5 classroom teacher and a K-12 theater arts teacher. She has been teaching in the USA and abroad for the past 15 years. Having received her Bachelor's degree in Education, she later obtained her Master's degree in Creative Drama. She has taught 1st - 5th grade as a classroom teacher and has taught Global Studies as a unified arts teacher to kindergarten -5th grade.She has coached drama clubs, Destination Imagination, and produced K-5 theater productions. Bilge puts a strong emphasis on incorporating the theatrical arts into her core curriculum and promoting a global mindset in her students.In her free time, Bilge enjoys traveling, cooking, Tango dancing, scuba diving, and sewing.
I have been working as a school counsellor in international schools for over ten years in Brazil (my home country), Turkey and Malaysia. I love learning and working with children, parents and teachers so I say I am very lucky that in my position I get to connect and integrate all those pieces to promote healthy, happy and global development for all students. I am excited to join the SSIS community as a Primary School Counsellor! I believe in striving for balance in life and that modeling self-care and kindness are powerful messages. Outside of school I equally enjoy traveling, exploring restaurants and new places with friends and having a quiet evening at home reading in the company of my cat Mia.
I am a South African educator with a background in computers and visual arts. In the past I worked as a graphic design and have teaching experience in Africa and the Middle East over the course of two decades. I am passionate about equipping our future generation with the skills and values needed to succeed in adding value to a world that is ever changing. My goal is to assist learners to develop understanding, creativity, and character, which together form the key to changing the world. I love to learn and have a keen interest in emerging technologies, space exploration, sustainability and neuroscience. In my free time I enjoy time with my family, cycling, playing sports, investigating areas of interest, watching movies and traveling.
Martin is originally from Manchester in the UK.For the past 6 years he has been teaching in a BSO (British Schools Overseas) International School in Doha, Qatar.He has taught across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and bases his approach on encouraging students to build a strong base with Blooms Taxonomy of learning. He inspires children to use this base as a foundation in order that they think more creatively.Outside of the classroom, Martin is a keen sportsman and he is looking forward to encouraging our students to fulfill their sporting potential.He recently witnessed his U12s Boys Football Team claim a 4-0 victory in a National Cup Final in Qatar, having seen off almost 200 other teams.
Away from school, he trains and takes part in Triathlons and is kept busy by his 2 young children.
I am from Toronto, Canada and I am thrilled to be joining SSIS this year! I have been teaching in Canada and internationally in the UAE for the past 7 years where I have taught Kindergarten and Grades 1, 2, and 6.
Aside from teaching, my passions are crafting, painting and travelling. I am excited to share my wealth of experience and knowledge with my students and co-workers, as well as learn from them! I know I am extremely lucky to pursue my passion for teaching, while travelling the world and learning about new cultures and customs.
Living abroad has taught me that life is full of opportunities and adventures and I look forward to embark on a new adventure in Shanghai.
Hello! I am a proud Latina who was raised in Orange County, California; I am bilingual (fluent in Spanish).
I have spent the majority of my teaching career in California, where I taught for 6 years. Then, I embarked on my first overseas teaching experience in South Korea for 2.5 years. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to give China a try and now will start my 4th year here in Shanghai.I have taught grade levels from K-6. This year I will be the ISP teacher at SSIS. I am excited to join the team.
I graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a major in Liberal Studies and a minor in Natural Sciences. I later obtained my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and completed a highly qualified teaching induction program.
I believe teaching is not only a process through which the students learn, but also from which a teacher gains knowledge and wisdom. I am a passionate and caring teacher who wants all children to be successful learners and I want to inspire my students to do their best and be good people.I look forward to a wonderful and productive year ahead!
I have a passion for learning about different
JIN Zhu Chun
GU Yong Min
I am originally from Shanghai China . I have been teaching golf at SSIS since 2007. I am so excited to teach kids to play golf and share my golf skills with them. It is also a big challenge for me to teach the students from different countries, but I really enjoy the moments with the kids.
A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.
CHEN Jian Ming
I am from Shanghai. I have been teaching golf at SSIS since 2007. I like kids because they always can bring me fun and energy. It is so great if kids can play golf. In 1995 I started to work at Shanghai Sun Island Golf Club. Most of the time being a trainer, that push me to learn and study everything in connection with golf. i like to study golf swing, trying to find the secrets of golf swing, and always trying to find new ways of learning and teaching golf. Luckily, kids usually can understand my new ideas. That is nice.
I teach Visual Arts in the Junior school division and have always assisted extensively to the designing aspects of all major school events. I joined SSIS in 2005 and it provides opportunities for me to apply different strategies to cater to the needs of our students through the art program. I have been inspired by our students' outstanding art works, which reflects the different countries and cultures they come from. This makes me love teaching that I enjoy my time with my students. This is what keeps me enthusiastic in my work. I am proud to be a member of staff at SSIS, and enjoy the contributions I make for the development of our school and the art program.
WANG Zhi Yi
I studied Art and Education at XingZhi Art Normal School in Shanghai, and have studied Design since I was a teenager. I have been teaching art and running art clubs since 1995, which gave me a wealth of teaching experience. As an educator my goal is to guide and empower each student, helping them to grow as artists. I use many playful methods in my lessons and I like to encourage the students to express their talents through social media.
ZHOU Xue Lin
I begin my teaching career in 2013 as an art teacher. Three years after that, I obtained certification to be an art examiner for the painting and calligraphy examinations. At the same time, I also became an art examiner for the China Academy of Art. Before joining SSIS on March 2019, I was teaching in other international schools in Shanghai.
In my spare time, I love to stroll along the beach, and I also enjoy making Chinese paintings.
CHEN Bo Yi
I was born in Shanghai and took part in children's choir and had a rich experience of performing at an early age. I began systematically studying the piano and voice and won several prizes as well as performing in the later years. After graduation, I took up being a music teacher because I was good at applying modern techniques to music teaching. I have more than 14 years experience of working as a music teacher in the primary school and set up the school choir, a Chinese orchestral and some small instruments groups in SSIS. I have been at SSIS since 2001.
ZHOU Ying De
I have been at SSIS since the beginning in 1996 and I have watched our school grow and develop. We started at Sun Island as a small school, and now our campus has many more students and teachers from all over the work. I enjoy teaching the students sports because I like sports very much. I enjoy working with my team members and we work together to bring many different sports to the students in PE and CCA.
I joined SSIS in 2015. and I have a chance to encounter advanced educational curriculum.
The realization of self-value – allows me to apply my acquired knowledge into teaching capacity.
I am able to work with professional colleagues and students as well as improve personal ability and gain joy.
JIANG Xu Hao
I have been teaching since 2006. and I enjoy working with students from all over the world. I joined in SSIS primary school as the violin teacher in 2011. In SSIS, my role is to develop and implement the primary Violin curriculum, in addition to organizing the primary String Orchestra, Summer Concert, and organize the ABRSM exams. I enjoy working at SSIS very much, and I am looking forward to seeing the Aesthetic Department grow. When I am not teaching, I enjoy traveling and reading.
HAN Xu Ping
I have been in teaching since 1990. I joined SSIS in 2001.I was the HOD of the Primary Chinese Department for eight years before returning to the classroom as I missed the direct interaction with students. The years that I have spent in SSIS has allowed me to witness the growth of our school. I enjoy working here because I get to meet students and colleagues from many different countries. While I enjoy learning about their cultures, I am also eager to promote Chinese among our international community. This job has given me the opportunity to do this. Given a choice, I'll remain with SSIS and contribute to its success.
JI Ai Ping
Hi, my name is Ji Ai Ping. I graduated from Chong Ming Normal Academy. I have been teaching Chinese in SSIS for thirteen years. I like the environment in SSIS. Before joining SSIS, I was a form teacher and had taught Chinese in a local school for eight years. When I am not working, I like to stay home listening to music and watching movies. The food I like the most is Sichuan food because I like its spiciness. As a teacher, I always ensure that my students have fun in learning Chinese.
YIN Xiao Min
I am a Chinese Language teacher in the Junior School. I began my teaching career in 1990. I have a lot of hobbies, such as travelling, playing the piano, doing handcraft, flower arranging and garden designing. I have received the assistant landscape architect certificate. Besides teaching Chinese Language, I also teach students calligraphy and making Chinese knots in Chinese Culture.
I joined SSIS in 2000, were our campus was on Sun Island. I like the school very much because of the beauty surround the school and this is where I tried golf for the first time. Now, our school has a much bigger campus and more students but the teaching environment have grown very well. It is a super nice place that is worth staying and working at.
MEI Yan Jun
I have been teaching Chinese language in SSIS since 2006. I am interested in reading and travelling.
At the top of my long list of what I like most about SSIS are that teachers are in constant contact with each other through meetings, phone calls, weekly emails and so on. This close interaction brings close cooperation between us. Teacher's learning and sharing at SSIS is essential for the more success of our students.
CAO Yu Chen
I have been teaching Chinese at SSIS since 2007 and I have been teaching Basic Chinese class for many years. I'm always ready to help the children improve their Chinese study. Their improvements will bring me great pleasure. I enjoy working with my Chinese Subject team, as my colleagues are all professional and dedicated. Moreover, they are kind and willing to share their ideas all the time. I also appreciate SSIS' support to grow the Chinese Language Program. My hobbies are drawing, making handwork and reading novels.
LIN Hai Xiang
I joined SSIS right after I graduated from university in 2009. SSIS is the place I started my teaching career. Throughout these years I have built up my skills and strategies of being a teacher with the help of all my SSIS colleagues. I have taught different levels of Chinese language and I was involved in developing the Chinese culture curriculum; which I think makes the SSIS Chinese program special from other schools. I am also involved in organizing the Chinese New Year Concert. SSIS provides opportunities for teachers to develop themselves and to contribute in many ways. I really enjoy being a teacher in SSIS. In my free time, I enjoy reading and travelling.
I have been at SSIS since 2008. The things I like most about SSIS are the school's lunch, environment and teachers' relationship. The foods for our lunch are delicious and healthy because they are all from Mahota Farm. Our Chinese Department is like a big family to me, and I love being in the family. We always help each other and we share our positive ideas in our group.
My hobbies are watching movies, reading books, listening to music, surfing and travelling. My favorite place is Bali. My life motto is “A contented mind is a perpetual feast.”
XU Zhi Yin
I am from Shanghai. I have been an English teacher in Chinese local secondary schools for over 10 year. I started to teach Chinese in SSIS in 2012. I teach MYP and IGCSE Chinese courses in SSIS. It's great fun for me to be able to help my students learn Chinese language and culture. I am looking forward to making more and more foreigners understand and love China. In my spare time, I like playing the guitar, listening to music, reading books, taking photos and traveling.
The care, respect and love among the colleagues, pupils and the parents. It really makes SSIS like a big family.
LI Xue Hua
Chinese Language Assistant HOD
I am a Chinese language teacher here at Shanghai Singapore International School. Before joining SSIS in 2011, I had several years experience of serving as a Chinese language teacher for public high schools and junior schools. I have enjoyed my teaching experiences and feel that choosing to teach has been an excellent choice in my life. I am so happy working here and I strongly feel that my passions are here. SSIS is a friendly environment and I sincerely hope that everyone who comes to this school will enjoy the experience as much as I do.
I like our school culture, it is like a big family. It makes me feel happy and warm. I enjoy every day teaching the children.
Before joining SSIS, I was selected to be a volunteer mandarin teacher by the Confucius Institute to teach at Westfields International School, Angeles City, Philippines. I taught primary and secondary school students there for one year. I have been working at SSIS since 2013 and enjoy watching my students' growth and progress.
I have been working at international schools since graduating in 2012. and at SSIS since 2014. I enjoy the international atmosphere because I can absorb the different teaching methods from a diverse teaching faculty. The lovely children, cooperative teams and a warm environment makes me enjoy SSIS. I'm very proud to be a teacher here. I enjoy the time I spend with my students. When I see their progress, I feel very proud. In my free time I enjoy reading, traveling, cooking, etc.
I have been teaching Chinese since graduating from Shanghai Normal University. Since joining SSIS in 2014, I have enjoyed being part of using the systematic teaching method in Chinese Learning and the Chinese Culture classes. I strongly believe in this system, as it is beneficial to the students as they are allocated to the class that best suits their needs. Being a Chinese Language teacher, I get to help students from all over the world understand and appreciate the culture and beauty of China. I am so proud to be part of the success of SSIS. My hobbies include traveling, reading and cooking.
Currently, I am a Chinese teacher in the junior school. I have been teaching Chinese since 2012. I like working at SSIS because I can meet and work with students who come from different countries. Our school organizes a variety of activities from which we can exchange our different cultures. Our Chinese teachers also prepare many kinds of Chinese culture classes to teacher our students more about the environment they now live in. I hope that every student at SSIS can enjoy their Chinese class and the beauty of Chinese traditional culture.
XU Wei Lu
I joined SSIS in 2015.
I love the atmosphere here. Although the job is busy, but I still feel full. Teachers help each other and share resources, thus we can learn new things, and improve work efficiency. The working environment here makes me happy and energetic.
I joined SSIS in 2015. and I like the working culture in the school. Teachers work hard, and colleagues are willing to help others. They are generous in sharing best teaching practices.
YUAN Mao Ying
I joined SSIS in 2015. The school has such a friendly and positive working environment. Every day is full of challenges. To teach is to learn. I love teaching and continuous learning is what I value. Besides, teaching requires patience and hard work. I hope that I will be able to meet these challenges.
HAO Xiao Mei
ZHU Rui Qiu
Chinese Language HOD
I love kids. To be a teacher is my dream when I was young. My role in SSIS Primary school is to develop and implement the primary school's Chinese curriculum. I want to encourage all my students to develop a passion for Chinese. SSIS are the shared love of students among teachers. From each other, we learn ways to help our students grow. I hope that all of our students will enjoy their learning experiences in SSIS.
I love to read, watch movies and travel. It is so exciting to visit different places and make new friends. I believe that traveling is one of the best means of learning.
I have been teaching at SSIS school since 2002. I am a Chinese culture teacher, mainly exposing students to classical ancient poetries, calligraphy and the tea ceremony. Whenever any Chinese festival approaches, I will organize fun and meaningful activities for students and teachers to engage in. This way, students and teachers from around the world will learn and appreciate the Chinese culture.
Physical Education HOD
“Did you do sports today?” Yes! I'm a physical education teacher in XuHui campus. I had two and a half years of teaching experience in a private school in Suzhou after graduating. In 2009. I seized the opportunity to be here at SSIS as a great personal challenge. I'm very excited to be a part of this excellent team and to work with a group of lovely kids with whom I can share happiness in studies and sports. I try my best to provide my students with attention and care at all times. Besides sports activities, in my spare time I also enjoy traveling, singing, reading and shopping online.
SSIS is more than a school where we study and play. It is a family where we share our love and passion. We have professional and dedicated teachers, lovely and delightful kids. Everyone here is full of positive energy and very kind and friendly with each other.
All these are what I love most about SSIS.
JIN Sheng Lan
I am proud to be a part of the SSIS family since 2014. Before coming to SSIS, I graduated from Bristol University with a Masters Degree in Music. I spent more than twenty years studying piano performance and have been teaching piano for seven years. My role in the primary school is to teach general music. I am also involved in organizing my student performances in Family Bazaar, Chinese New Year celebration, Student-Led Conferences and Summer concert. From my view, SSIS cares about providing a holistic education for its students both in academic and non-academic subjects. The music curriculum in the primary school covers a wide range of content that students benefit from: music history, theory, instrument playing skill and performing skill. I enjoy working with our students and helping them advance in both musicology knowledges and instrumental performing skills.
CAO Heng Yuan Danny
I started professional swimming training in the sports schools of Putuo District of Shanghai when I was five. Since then, I have participated in local swimming competitions for many times, and I won first prize in the breaststroke in a Shanghai youth swimming competition.
After graduation, I worked as a swimming coach for 12 years in various swim clubs in Shanghai. Many of my students in the schools I've coached in have ended up in the swimming teams of international schools.
I have rich experiences in coaching swimming at different levels. I have a swimming coach certificate, intermediate lifeguard certification and national first-level athlete issued by the state.
I am a Geography teacher and I have taught in Singapore for 6 years before I decided to venture abroad. As I always say, there is only one reason for me to stay here for so long…my students. So let's hear from them.
“Ms Tan is a well-respected teacher that always takes care of her students. She's like their friend and mother, she's very understanding and willing to listen. Her Geography lessons are interesting and fun; she makes Geography one of our favorite subjects. Ms. Tan never fails to make her students laugh and lighten up their days.”
I come from the Philippines. I am a Grade 7 and 8 Science teacher. I have been teaching in SSIS since August 2007. I started my international teaching career when I moved to Shanghai in 2005. It has been an incredible journey to work with my SSIS family. I have also been a part of the SSIS Primary School for many years where I have seen myself grow as an educator. As an educator, I encourage my students to find their inner strengths and abilities and learn what truly inspires them. I love working with children and strive to be a positive influence in their lives. I always hope to instill a love of learning and a desire for constant knowledge. When I am not teaching, I enjoy volleyball, badminton, reading fiction, traveling and scuba diving.
Greetings! I started teaching in 2005 in the tree-filled state of Oregon. After that, I moved to SSIS in 2008 and worked here for eight happy years. After an adventure in Bangladesh, I returned, and I am proud to serve as the head of the English department in SSIS. I look forward to teaching our amazing students in this encouraging, learning environment.
As a world traveller, I am fascinated by geography and have created learning songs that one can find on Youtube under the moniker “Rocking the World”. My motto is “Love Your Learning”: Whether it is learning Chinese, playing a new song or employing a new teaching strategy, I strive to provide students with a living example of a life-long learner.
I love to play the guitar and spend time with a great book.
I'm from Vancouver, Canada, and before coming to Shanghai, I taught in the Czech Republic, South Korea, Shanghai and Singapore. Yes, I previously taught in Shanghai (and also at SSIS), and I've now happily returned to the SSIS family where I spent five fulfilling years. I teach IGCSE and IB English.
My goal is that students embrace English not just as a subject, or a set of skills to develop, but also as a vehicle for self-expression so that they can effectively communicate their views and opinions. In doing so, I attempt to instill within them a lifelong interest in being engaged with our world.
As might be expected, I am an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction. Another passion is travelling, and I have been fortunate to have visited 23 countries.
I joined SSIS in 2009, and its multicultural environment kept me happy for six solid years. However, due to personal commitments, I had to return to Singapore.
I missed the memorable times I had interacting with SSIS students and, the wonderful colleagues whom I had worked with. I finally made the decision to return to SSIS – this time as a Grade 7 and 8 Mathematics specialist.
I enjoy working out and travelling.
My training is in Business Administration and I had worked in the area of administration and banking operations prior to teaching. I joined the education service in 1999 as a Primary School teacher in my neighborhood. From Aug 2004 to 2008, I was in SSIS as a Primary School teacher. Due to family commitments, I had to return to Singapore, bringing with me a wealth of pleasant memories and experiences. Early this year, I was offered a teaching assignment again in SSIS. I am currently teaching Mathematics (Lower Secondary) and Business & Management (High School). I enjoy working with an international diversity of students and learning from them at the same time.
After graduation, I worked in Kampala, Uganda (where I'm from) as a chemistry and ITGS teacher for eight years. Then I taught in Qatar at the International School of London before joining SSIS in 2012. I am an Examiner for IB Chemistry Internal assessment and Paper 3, and I have led workshops in the Asia Pacific region.
I believe that all children can learn; I care about the growth of each student and their ability to reach their highest potential. No two lessons taught are the same as I am continually looking for ways of improving my delivery and student achievements.
My motto: Chem is try! Go and try!
Outside of school, I love travelling, jogging, soccer, board games, and spending time with my family.
I used to teach mathematics in an international school, Istanbul, for five years. Prior to Istanbul, I was teaching in Singapore Polytechnic for 3 years, hence I am competent in using office and project management software. On my language competency, besides English, I am familiar with Mandarin and Turkish (intermediate level). I have qualifications in BSc (Building), MSc (International Construction) and a Certificate in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). I also have a Certificate in Teaching (Higher Education) from Singapore Polytechnic, accredited with the University of Sheffield.
My ethos as a teacher is not just to teach per se but to educate, impart to and inspire students to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens. At the classroom level, I try to ensure that students learn the best they can, not just academically but as a person. I seek to be an effective teacher to impart learning skills to the students and to ensure they can apply English and/or Mathematics well academically and in their daily lives.
I am a Physicist specialized in Mathematics applied to Physical phenomena. I have dedicated my professional life to work in different fields of Physics (Research, science museums, international schools and universities), however Mr. Osorio is not all about academics and numbers!, I love to dance, watch movies at the cinema and travel around the world and one of my favorites hobbies is the numismatics!
I am very happy to be in SSIS family since 2012. The Shanghai Singapore International School is for me an international community with amazing students with high potentials and abilities, my aim every day is to help them to understand the universe from a physics point of view and develop the skills of a good scientist. My favorite quotation: "Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love " (Albert Einstein), I like all the events in SSIS where everybody gets to know other countries like IFD or CNY celebration.,I like the international community among the teachers and students.
I love the dedication and respect of all the students towards the teachers and all the community.
I was born in Hong Kong SAR and moved to England when I was 12. I worked in London as a graphic designer for six years working with clients such as BBC, Vodafone and HSBC, before moving to Shanghai in 2009, where I later became a teacher.
In 2016, I moved to Bangladesh for a year with my young family to seek a different experience in the world. It was a fascinating year filled with interesting stories, but I am pleased to rejoin the SSIS family. SSIS is such a caring and loving place that I will always call it home.
I like making all kinds of art and design; I particularly enjoy different forms of printing, such as silkscreen and etching. I also enjoy swimming, hiking, camping and being outdoors.
Student Development HOD
I am very excited to be here at SSIS! I have previously taught in Myanmar, and in South Korea, after finishing my schooling in Canada. I am very active, and enjoy Football and Volleyball, as well as listening to great music, and traveling the world. I look forward to meeting and working with all of you!
Before coming to SSIS in 2014, I spent two years as Head of English in the British International School of Cairo, 10 years as Literacy Coordinator in Edinburgh, Scotland, and four years as the Head of Secondary School Drama in Newton International School, Peru. In all the schools I have worked in, I have never met such a wonderful group of children to teach as we have here at SSIS.
I currently teach IB Film studies, English and Drama in the Senior School. I aim to instill confidence, integrity, creativity and a love of learning in our students.
I enjoy making music and films and writing plays and poetry in my spare time, which I have been fortunate enough to see performed and published around the world. I have two young children at SSIS who are enjoying the wonderful opportunities and education this school provides.
English Language HOD
I come from the USA and I joined SSIS in 2014. Each morning as I walk through the halls of SSIS, I am reminded of what I love most at this school: the community feeling that exists among the teachers and staff, parents, and students! I am blessed to teach at a school where students are empowered to discover their strengths and achieve their maximum potential! Having taught a variety of subjects from preschool to junior high for over 15 years, my passion lies in teaching reading and writing. I am committed to not only teaching students how to read, but also how to enjoy reading. Currently, I'm IB Extended Essay Coordinator and teach English and Academic Writing. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy reading, running, and sewing.
Before moving to Shanghai in 2014, I taught in British Schools in Lima (Peru) and Cairo (Egypt), and was a commodities trader in the UK. Although I am British, my roots are Serbian, and I consider myself a global citizen, having attended international schools as a child and lived in Yugoslavia, Libya, Iraq, Peru, Argentina, Egypt and the United Kingdom. As a result, I speak 5 languages and am not quite sure where to call home! Besides teaching, my greatest passion in life is Tango dancing, which I have been doing for over 20 years. I also love to travel, read, play tennis, swim and learn new languages (although I'm finding Mandarin quite challenging).
I come from Zambia and my specialty is Economics. I'm currently teaching IGCSE economics, IB economics and IB Mathematical Studies in the secondary school at SSIS. I've been involved in teaching economics and maths for a long time. Before joining SSIS, I taught in different internationals schools in Thailand. I'm enjoying my current position at SSIS which is teaching Maths and economics. The student are highly motivated at SSIS which makes teaching very enjoyable.
Senior Counsellor HOD
I am a University Guidance Counsellor at SSIS. I was born in Scotland and raised in Canada. In addition to my teaching and principal's qualifications, I am a qualified specialist in Guidance and Career Education in my home province of Ontario. I have been in education for over 20 years as a teacher, vice principal and guidance counsellor in Canada , Brazil and China. I look forward to working with SSIS students and helping them prepare for post-secondary education.
I was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada. I consider myself an energetic and passionate educator; I try my best to motivate, inspire and act as a leader. Students form the core of my teaching; I ensure their safety and well-being and care for their education in and out of the classrooms.
I enjoy working in a team and respect the opinion and values of my colleagues. As a teacher, I am positive, preventative and predictable with my students. I try to build positive relationships, trust and rapport with them, which I believe is integral to inspiring and teaching students.
I have extensive experiences as a youth worker, with over ten years working with the Rochester Height Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa. Being the manager of the club has made me more compassionate, resilient and community orientated. It makes me very proud that I was a role model to so many young people in the community, at a critical time in their life on their journey to success. If I can have a similar impact on my students, then I would have reached my goal and given my life more purpose and value.
I enjoy learning about Chinese culture while
I am from Oxfordshire in England. Throughout the last eight years, I have taught English in British state schools while holding various positions including a Head of Department position in Film and Media Studies as well as previously holding a Deputy Head of English role. I have recently completed a PGCE conversion course after initially completing the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) and have experience teaching iGCSE English, AQA English Language & Literature, Film Studies and Media Studies at KS5 level. This year, I am extremely excited to teach year 8,9 and 10 English Language and Literature. I have a wide range of interests including writing, live music and swimming. My wife, four-year old daughter and I are excited about the prospects of moving to Shanghai and look forward to the adventures it will bring.
I'm from the United States. I started my teaching career in New York, where I taught for four years and then moved to Costa Rica, where I began international teaching and remained there for two years. I have been in Shanghai since then, and this is my fourth year at SSIS.
I believe education is all about understanding the world around us and how we fit in it as kind, good people. The best teaching and learning is when students are at the centre, and the activities are getting them to think, discuss, listen and learn from each other.
I enjoy baking, cooking, going to new restaurants and, to balance that all out, I also enjoy running and exercising. I look forward to travelling with my husband and friends, and I am always ready to learn and play a new game.
Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics, University of Adelaide, Australia
Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning, Charles Darwin University, Australia
I am a native Australian with eight years of secondary school teaching experience in the Australian private school sector: two years at Christian Brothers College (English, Humanities and English Second Language Support); and six years at Cedar College teaching English, Humanities and Korean Language.
Since 2016, I have been at Shanghai Singapore International School as a member of the English faculty, supporting ESL students and teaching Pre-IGCSE and Cambridge IGCSE English and ESL.
I'm fluent in English and Korean (L2), and am passionate about literacy development, essay-writing pedagogy and communicative fluency; I fuse my second language learning experience into my teaching of English as a Second Language. I love to balance student-centred approaches with the highest academic results-driven approach to classroom learning, and am a vocal advocate of critical and creative thinking skills and higher-order research and investigation pedagogy.
I enjoy sport, fitness and playing the guitar, and have numerous Taekwondo gold medals under my belt. I also enjoy exploring life in Shanghai, China and beyond with my wife and two boys.
I'm from Singapore. After graduation in 2010, I worked at Raffles Institution (formerly Raffles Junior College) as a GCE A Level Mathematics lecturer and teacher. My family relocated to Shanghai in 2016, and since then I've been teaching Mathematics in IGCSE and IB DP Mathematics courses at SSIS.
I feel that teaching is not just about the subject, and that the child should be the focus. I'm happy to work with the younger generation, helping them acquire the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in the future. I strive to inspire and ignite their passion for learning, to help each student become a better person each day in their life-long journey.
Outside of school, I love travelling, reading, music and photography. I also volunteer in communities to promote reading to young children. My new hobbies now include chess and golf.
I come from Edinburgh, Scotland. My teaching career began in 2013 as a Secondary Physical Education teacher, followed by a year teaching and developing Physical Education in a Primary School, before making my move to China. At SSIS I am teaching Pre-IGCSE and Grade 5 PE with the hope of applying my experiences and knowledge to the PE department and after-school programmes. My hobbies are: Soccer, Swimming, Movies and adding to my large sneaker collection.
I was born and raised in the Philippines to a family of musicians. Music is a part of my life. I started teaching in 1992 at the local schools (private and public) as a Music teacher. I was the Music/Band and Choir director at Brent International School Subic in the Philippines for 16 years. I believe that Music has the power to bring students together to create, perform and share their talents and gifts. I am inspired by seeing students explore and develop their musical potential, to become confident performers, musicians, creative leaders and collaborators. During my spare time I enjoy reading books, listening to, composing, arranging and playing music on a number of instruments. I am very excited to be teaching Music this year and am happy to be part of the SSIS community.
I come from the Philippines. I started my teaching career in June 2009 at Philippine Science High School – Southern Mindanao Campus as a Computer Science teacher. After four and a half years, I took a break from teaching and moved on to work as a programmer at Dole Philippines. In August of 2009, I moved to Shanghai and taught IGCSE and A-Level Computer Science. I love sports, travelling and music. I'm happy to be part of the SSIS family. I will be teaching IGCSE Computer Science and IBDP Computer Science.
I have over 30 years of teaching experience in Secondary Education, initially in Nottingham, UK, then two years in Australia followed by two years in the UAE, 11 years in Thailand and four years in Egypt. This is my third year in China.
I believe in a well-rounded education and am pleased that my children attend a ‘Round Square' school with an ethos of internationalism, democracy, environmentalism, adventure and service. While academics is essential, I believe that all children should be exposed to values-based education that deals with qualities and attitudes, personality and strength of character.
After all, who wants a doctor who has no interpersonal skills or empathy? I believe you will be stronger if you try, and fail, but get up and try again, rather than fearing failure and not trying at all. I encourage all students to take every opportunity offered at school and in life: Put yourself out of your comfort zone, and try new things you won't necessarily be good at. It will make you a better person. You only have one life, so live it, and not waste it!
I have a few personal interests: Skiing, swimming, keeping fit, travelling and reading.
Our new Humanities teacher Christopher Hayes was originally from Toronto, Canada. He attended the University of Windsor and graduated with a B.A. in History and Geography, and a B.Ed. in Intermediate/Senior teaching. He is currently completing a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership with the Open University (London, UK). He has taught in Canada, UK, China, and calls Shanghai home for the last twelve years, where he has developed a love for xiaolongbao and PVG Terminal 2. His two children, Matilda and Henry, were both born here and have already experienced travel to many exotic locations such as Sri Lanka, Slovenia, and Cambodia. He believes History and Geography are the most important subjects one can learn because all aspects of life such as; food, language, science, and sport, are all components of these holistic subjects.
Originally from Toronto, she has been teaching for 15 years in Canada, England, and China.After getting a BFA in Theater she knew she wanted to spread the excitement of performing to others so she moved on to get her Bachelor Degree in Education.
Whether it is in English or History class, performance has always found its way into her lessons. This has been a constant goal as an educator; to make her classroom as diverse and creative as possible, so that students not only learn but enjoy doing it. She is looking forward to joining the SSIS team as a teacher of English and Performing Arts as well as meeting both students and parents of the SSIS community.
Outside of school, she has a passion for travelling, snacking on street food, and spending time with my family.
SSIS welcomes the new Mathematics Teacher Maggie Lu highly dedicated teacher from New Zealand. It is the genuine love of children that draws her to teaching. She loves teaching and always enjoys sharing ideas with young people. She believes no one will forget a meaningful teacher who has an impact in their life. It is the student-teacher relationship that brings the students and the subject together. She believes teachers should expect great things from every student, regardless of skill, talent and ability. A good teacher will engage with students personally as well as academically. She wants to share her passion in Mathematics with every student that she is going to interact with at SSIS. She completed her Bachelor Degree and teacher training in Auckland, New Zealand. This is her eighth year of teaching as a full-time Secondary Mathematics Teacher in New Zealand. She can teach both Calculus and Statistics up to the University Level. She is currently teaching Full-time at Epsom Girls Grammar School in New Zealand. She has been involved in numerous extracurricular activities at her school such as running the Australian Mathematics Competition, Chinese Extravaganza Group, School Table Tennis Team, Sweeney Todd Drama Production and supervising the girls'
Hello/ Ki Ora/ 你好/привет from our new Mathematics Head of Department.
He was born and brought up in Mumbai, India before immigrating to New Zealand in 2001. He calls himself a Kiwi Indian as he is now a Citizen of New Zealand. At times, he is confused about his cultural identity and also feel very privileged to represent both the east and west.
He is greatly looking forward to serving the wonderful, vibrant, international minded, professional community that SSIS represents and living in Shanghai- one of the top cities in the world. He is hoping to learn Chinese and the rich Chinese culture and traditions. He considers himself as truly very fortunate to have lived and worked as a Math teacher in India, New Zealand, Russia and China. He brings with him over 20 years of Math teaching/facilitating experience at Secondary and tertiary levels to students of varied abilities, nationalities, age groups, religious and culturally diverse learning communities. This will be his sixth year of teaching/facilitating IBDP Math HL and SL courses. As a member of IB community he consciously makes an effort to live up to IB learner profile in and outside of School communities he has been. He is truly
Visual Arts HOD
SSIS proudly introduces Theresa Harwood-Xie, the new Head of Visual Art. She is extremely happy to be delivering the Visual Arts curriculum across the High School at SSIS. She is originally from the United Kingdom and proudly bonded to China through marriage.
She has been teaching Visual Art for many years; she has taught in the UK, Singapore and China. She is a painter with a penchant for textile design and she loves art history - particularly Singaporean Art History. She is looking forward to getting to know all her students and supporting them to achieve all their creative ambitions. She fully endorses the adage, “Believe in your students and they will believe in themselves.”
SSIS proudly introduces the new Biology Teacher Simon Wejuli from Uganda. He graduated with an MSc. in molecular biology and biotechnology from Makerere University Kampala. He has taught in Uganda, South Africa and India. He teaches IB Biology. His goal is to ensure that he teaches students theoretical, practical and social skills which can help them become great scientists. He is looking forward to joining, and being part of the amazing SSIS family. His hobbies are soccer and current affairs.
SSIS proudly introduces our new Chemistry Teacher Mr. Roger Tu from the United States. He graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and M.A.T. in Science Education.After ten years teaching at an inner-city high school in Philadelphia, he moved overseas to teach at Concordia International School Shanghai for eight years and Asia Pacific International School-Seoul Campus for two years.As a teacher, he has served as a volleyball coach, helped with the robotics team, advised a service organization and led several service trips in China and Southeast Asia. In 2015, Mr. Tu spent a gap year volunteering as the director of service learning for the Concordia Welfare and Education Foundation, a Hong Kong based NGO focused on poverty alleviation in China and Cambodia.He has been very involved in various ministries in his home churches, including youth ministry, outreach, audio/visual team, and media team. Mr. Tu likes to cook, play board games, and go on service trips.He is also a father to his three children.
Luiz is from São Paulo-Brazil and he has been working in Education for the past 17 years. At his previous school, besides his IT role, he also coached boys and girls football and indoors futsal for 9 years, and participated in ‘Destination Imagination Regional Tournament' for 6 years. Before working in education, he has worked as an IT professional for 6 years in companies as Telefonica SA and Brazil's largest Internet Service Provider UOL.
In his free time, he values spending time with his family and friends, cooking and eating all kinds of cuisines! As a family they also enjoy sightseeing, going to parks, reading, learning, and traveling new places.
His family is very excited about joining the SSIS community and ready to live in the city of Shanghai! He is looking forward to collaborating with his peers, and making a positive impact in our students' lives.
Welcome to SSIS Sophie Yoon! She is our new Korean Teacher who was born in South Korea and went to high school in New Zealand. She has been teaching at a high school in Auckland since 2007 and she was a Senior Dean for 3 years. She has also worked for Ministry of Education to build Korean Language Curriculum and National examinations for Korean.
Teaching has always been her passion and she enjoys building positive relationship with students. She is fluent in Korean, English and Japanese. She would like to use her skills to help and support students, parents and the staff at SSIS.
She enjoys learning new things and visiting different places. This is her first time in Shanghai and one of her personal goals is learning Chinese. She is very excited about starting a new chapter of her life at SSIS.
We have a new Physical Education Teacher in SSIS. Originally from England, he has been Head of PE at schools in both Egypt and Myanmar, before coming to Shanghai. He has had the opportunity to start PE departments, ensuring high quality PE, and he has established sports leagues with other schools, helping to develop the standard of sports in the region. He is extremely excited about joining an already established team to further develop the sports at SSIS, as he believes that sport offers excellent learning opportunities for students to develop as people, as well as athletes.
He is a keen sportsman, having represented his university for tennis, badminton, swimming and football. He also coached both male and female tennis squads, as well as coaching county tennis earlier on in his career. In addition to his interest in sports, he is also an avid reader and traveler. He is looking forward to joining the SSIS family and becoming a staunch Sabres supporter!
SSIS proudly introduces our new English Teacher Jelena Ribar. She has been teaching ESL (English as a Second Language), as well as EFL (English as a Foreign Language) for twenty-eight years to students of all age groups. Jelena comes from Serbia, where she ran a language and art school for ten years. She moved to Singapore in 2008, where she taught in an IB international school for another ten years. She is passionate about encouraging students' mother tongue language and identity development. She was honored to present on “The Importance of the First Language Continuous Support at ELLSA Conference in 2016”. She is also wholeheartedly engaged in drama, art.
Physical Education HOD
Hello! My name is Craig Bell and I am so excited to be joining the SSIS community. I am originally from Nevada in the United States and received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Boise State University in Psychology and Social Studies with an emphasis in Secondary Education. I received my Master of Arts from Michigan State University in Education with a focus on Coaching and Athletic Leadership. I have previously taught in Myanmar and Venezuela. I will be teaching Physical Education in both the primary and senior school. I have always had a passion for activities and coaching and look forward to this opportunity to continue working with a wide range of students. I hope to join in the ongoing success of developing future leaders from the Sabres of SSIS.
Performing Arts HOD
Edward is originally from upstate New York and is excited to be joining the SSIS team as the Head of Performing Arts. He has taught in the United States, Oman, and has worked in Shanghai since 2013. Edward is passionate about bringing the joy of music to all students and giving them the tools to appreciate the arts in all forms. A strong believer in growing community, he strives for students to learn the importance of working together through arts education. During his free time he enjoys playing classical and pop music across Shanghai.
I am Alfredo Garcia, and I am extremely excited to join SSIS this year.I am originally from Austin, Texas, USA, and have been teaching for over 18 years now.I enjoy being active both in and out of the classroom by getting involved in activities to help the student grow. I have an extensive background in education and training that has allowed me to implement a holistic approach to learning as well as provide a well-rounded education to each and every one of my students.
I have been fortunate to have taught in public schools in the USA, UK and China respectively.Over the years what I've learned is one of the most crucial parts of teaching is creating a learning environment that taps into the students interests, as well as, building on their strengths and skills. Focusing on their abilities helps to provide more meaningful lessons and activities that are not only challenging to the students but rewarding at the same time.As a passionate lifelong learner, I want to share the joy of knowledge and encourage students to contribute positively to their community.
Besides enjoying life as an educator and being involved in school, I am kept busy by my rambunctious
After teaching undergraduate students for several years in India, I started my international teaching career by moving to Guangzhou with my family to embrace new experiences. In my previous schools, I served in various positions such as Head of Science, an IBDP Chemistry teacher and a MYP mathematics teacher. Teaching has always been my passion and I have experienced teaching students of various age groups with multicultural backgrounds for the past 12 years. As a science teacher, I encourage my students to find every aspect of life with reasoning and help them grow as confident life-long learners.
I am Irish and have over a decades experience in the library sector in Ireland, Australia and China. I have being lucky enough to have previously worked for the Irish Parliament, the State Library of New South Wales and the National Library of Ireland.It is my fourth year in China but my first in Shanghai. I look forward to a new challenge in SSIS where I can do my utmost to help the students here develop an interest in Literature and English. My own hobbies involve reading, cinema, history and exercising.
Alan is a professional counsellor and trainer who works with students and their families in navigating challenges in life transitions and partnering with them in moving towards greater levels of social and emotional resilience. In additional to his academic qualifications, Alan is a member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), a certified PR6 Resilience trainer, and a cultural intelligence (CQ) facilitator.
I am so thrilled to be back at SSIS after graduating here as an IB student. My passion for teaching and languages was discovered shortly after graduation. During my time at University of Manchester, one of my highlights was working closely with schools that provided language support and conducted Bilingual language education research on students with multicultural background. I also served weekly Chinese language and cultural classes for British Chinese families. I have also taught in tuition centres for native Korean speakers and most recently taught in Suzhou as an IB English teacher and founded the school's first boys' football team. Outside of work, you can see me either playing pickup football or laying under the sun with a book and an iced Vita Lemon Tea.
I am looking forward to giving back to my alma mater as an IB English and IGCSE Global Perspective teacher!
MAO Chun Xian
I have been teaching in Shanghai Singapore International School for more than eleven years. The eleven years of teaching experience is a true treasure to me. I teach Chinese in Secondary School I have many interests. I like playing sports, such as badminton and football. Meanwhile, I like traveling, listening to music in my spear time. Music can make me feel relaxed after a busy day of working.
My motto is “Strike a proper balance between work and rest.” This will help me live each day much happier.
I have been working here since 2001. It is my great honor to be part of the SSIS team where the students are enthusiastic, the parents are supportive and the colleagues are hard-working. As a Chinese HOD and teacher at SSIS, I will try my best to build an environment for all the students to learn more about Chinese language and culture.
After graduation, I worked in a local school in Shanghai (where I'm from) as a Mandarin teacher for seven years. In the last 15 years, I've taught in various international schools in Shanghai as a Mandarin teacher, working with 10- to 18-year-olds.
I think the teacher's responsibility is to help students learn to solve problems. When students devote themselves to learning, they will be more focused and will learn better – it's crucial to cultivate my students' interests in studying. To improve the quality of my teaching, I employ effective teaching methods and materials that are the most suitable for my students.
Outside of school, I love cooking, reading, singing, running, yoga and travelling.
For two years I taught Mandarin Chinese to elementary as well as middle school students in America. I am excited to join the SSIS community – working together to teach Mandarin Chinese in an international environment. My hobbies include reading, travelling and playing the Erhu.
CHEN Ya Na
More than 13 years experience on Chinese language teaching, and 11 years work experience in charge of a class teacher provide me a wide-scaled field of vision on teaching and student management, as well as quality education.
WU Yin Chun
I hold a MA in teaching Chinese from Shanghai International Studies University. In 2015, I spent one year teaching Chinese in Bishop Hedley Catholic High School in U.K. With experience of teaching in Shanghai local school for two years and U.K for one year, I am passionate about education and enthusiastically share my love of learning. Now I am enjoying my teaching in SSIS. Outside teaching, I love to swim and go hiking.
I'm from China. After graduation, I worked as a university counsellor and CAS Advisor in a public school in Shanghai for three years. I now work with G10 to G12 students in SSIS on academic, social-emotional, and university counselling.
I believe each student has a unique independent soul and inner world. I am passionate about working with students and guiding and supporting them to grow up to be healthy and well-rounded people.
I am an enthusiastic runner and hiker, and also enjoy exploring art galleries and bookstores.
LU Hai Hong
Since graduating from university, I have worked in different senior schools for more than fifteen years, teaching Chinese to native and international students. I am delighted to join this big international SSIS family. I am teaching Chinese to Grade 7 – 10 students in the Senior School. As an educator, I believe that “To love is to teach”. I would like to infuse my enthusiasm into my teaching and inspire my students to become life-long learners. I have many hobbies, like reading, cooking and watching movies. I hope to make a difference in the lives of my students.
XIN Ling Chen
Chinese Language HOD
I joined SSIS in 2013 and I'm so happy to be working in a great school with enthusiastic and helpful colleagues, supportive parents and excellent students. The work environment makes me comfortable and I'm excited to be part of this great family.