• Jonny Alexander
    Goldsmiths College University of London
    Design
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I am a bright and creative graduate (BA in Education with Design and Technology), born in London and raised in Devon, England along with my four elder brothers and sisters and devoted parents. I am focused and ambitious with a contagious energy to network and maximise the personalities of pupils, and colleagues. Extensive travel and proactive sporting habits have fueled my desire to strive further, continuously stretching boundaries to the benefit of my career. I have high personal expectations giving my ‘all’ to each aspect of my life and this is demonstrated with the students I teach. I will now contribute to SCIS my firm knowledge of the education initiatives and strategies I have gained since my teaching career began in 2004. On top of this through joining SCIS I am grateful to grow my talents alongside the community here by accepting additional educational responsibilities whilst teaching Design & Technology.
  • Matthew Beenen
    University of Wisconson-Madison & Portland State University
    English as an Additional Language
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Hi everyone! My name is Matthew Beenen and I am very excited to be joining the community at SCIS, Hongqiao. I grew up along the coast of Lake Michigan in the city of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. I completed my undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then went on to study Education at Portland State University. I taught for six years in the Portland area before moving on to international education. I worked at Jakarta Intercultural School for six years where I taught EAL and social studies in the high school. As a member of my previous schools’ communities, I participated in many extra-curricular activities, including service clubs, coaching, and off timetable learning. When I am not working, I enjoy traveling, sports, and spending time with my family.
  • Emily Blalock
    University of Georgia
    College Counselor
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I am an avid reader, a connoisseur of colorful art and textiles, and I have a passion for helping others succeed in their endeavors.  My name is Emily Blalock and I am the Hongqiao Upper School College Counselor.  I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing, and then received my Master of Science from the University of Georgia.  I taught Entrepreneurship and Textiles at the University of Georgia for ten years where service learning was an integral part of my classes.  During this time, I was the Career Counselor and helped hundreds of students find internships and careers in their fields.  I have been a visiting professor teaching entrepreneurship and micro-business in USA, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Honduras.  I am delighted to be here in the world’s largest city, learning and growing with you!
  • Alan Brewer
    Lipscomb University of Nashville
    Physical Education
    Hongqiao Upper School
    My name is Alan Brewer and I have been teaching at SCIS in the upper school Physical Education and Health department for the past three years. I have also had the privilege of being the girls’ varsity soccer coach and I am looking forward to another great year! As for my background I was born and raised in Houston Texas. I received my Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. I started teaching and coaching at Hillwood High School in Nashville and in 2007, I moved to the Dominican Republic where I taught Elementary P.E. and became the Athletic Director for Carol Morgan School. During this time, I completed my Masters Degree in Education from Sunny Buffalo. In 2010, I was blessed with twin boys, Gavin and Austin. Just before moving to Shanghai I worked in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the International Community School of Addis Ababa. As for my hobbies and passions I have played soccer since I was 5 and was able to play NCAA division one soccer during my time at Lipscomb and also play in the PDL semi-professional league for a summer. I am a Manchester United fan and am looking forward to this year’s EPL season. I am excited for another year in China and at SCIS. If you need to contact me feel free to email me at abrewer@sics-china.org.
  • Leah Brownell
    Clayton University & Buffalo State University
    Science
    Hongqiao Upper School
    My name is Leah Brownell and I am teaching grade 6, 7 and 8th grade Science at the Hongqiao Campus! I will also be coaching the JV boys volleyball team. This will be my first year at SCIS, and my 16th year in education! I have also previously taught Math and Physical Education. I was born and raised in Penticton, which is a beautiful area in British Columbia, Canada. I attended undergraduate school at Clayton State University, where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Middle School Education. I received my Master’s degree in Education from Buffalo State University in New York. I lived and taught in Atlanta, Georgia for 3 years, before taking a chance internationally and moving to Bangkok, Thailand for three years. I then moved to Caracas, Venezuela for the next 6 years. For the past 3 years, I have been working in Doha, Qatar before coming to Shanghai. I love spending my free time playing tennis and volleyball, swimming, biking, practicing yoga, reading, scuba diving, and traveling. I’m a huge advocate of healthy living and having a balanced life. I am looking forward to learning about life in Shanghai and learning more about my SCIS students!
  • Carol Cayford
    McMaster University, Queen's University & Michigan State University
    English
    Hongqiao Upper School
    My name is Carol Cayford and I am excited to have recently joined the faculty at SCIS - HIS to teach IBDP Literature and MYP Language & Literature. I already love Shanghai for a variety of reasons - sidewalks being one of them - and will appreciate a change in seasons again after two years teaching at the International School of Phnom Penh in Cambodia! I have been a teacher for over 30 years and during my career have been fortunate to have lived and worked in places as diverse as Sierra Leone, Qatar, Uzbekistan, Taiwan, Colombia, Canada and the UK. I am from Ontario, Canada, where I obtained a B.A. in English from McMaster University and a B.Ed. from Queen’s University, and I also have an M.A. from Michigan State University. My pastimes are not unusual for a woman with my history - I love to travel and read literature, but I also enjoy walking, skiing and horseback riding. I am looking forward to a productive year at SCIS, and to some adventurous travel in China this year!
  • Michael Clark
    University of Sydney
    Design
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I am excited to be joining the SCIS community for my first year of living and working in the wonderful city of Shanghai. Born and raised in country Australia, I moved away from home to study at the University of Sydney, receiving a Bachelor of Education (Technological and applied studies). After a number of years of teaching in Australia I started my international career and have spent the last 15 years teaching in the UK, the Cayman Islands and Vietnam. I am passionate about Design as a subject, especially the opportunities it allows students in unleashing their creativity and in developing problem-solving skills. I am very much looking forward to having the students make the most of the fantastic new Design facilities at SCIS. I enjoy sports and travel and I am very excited about exploring all the amazing opportunities that Shanghai, and China, have to offer.
  • Jeffrey Clark
    University of Rochester, & ESADE University
    Science
    Hongqiao Upper School
    After getting a bachelor’s degree in physics in the chilly city of Rochester, New York I started teaching outside of San Antonio, in my home state of Texas. Shortly after, I discovered the thrills and rewards of international education and am arriving in Shanghai after teaching in Taiwan, Tanzania, and most recently Brazil. I hold two master’s degrees, one in education and one in business. The latter I put to use working in industry for a few years in Barcelona before realizing that teaching was far more exciting. I’m thrilled to be teaching at SCIS for a second year and to continue to learn from my peers and students.
  • Taylor Cobb
    University of Wisconson-Milwaukee, Roosevely University & Concordia University
    Counselor
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Hi! My name is Taylor Cobb and I am one of the new Upper School Counselors at the Hongqiao Campus! This is my first year in Shanghai and at SCIS! I was previously a high school counselor for seven years and a diverse learning teacher for three years. I grew up in Wisconsin, the cheese state, which is in the lovely Midwest of the US. I attended undergraduate school at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. I then went a little south to Roosevelt University to receive my Masters in School Counseling. A few years later, I attended Concordia University to obtain a Masters in School Leadership. I’m currently working on my doctorate in Educational Leadership. I lived, taught and counseled in Chicago for nine years before taking a leap internationally and coming to SCIS! I love spending my free time being active, working out, running, exploring, and traveling. I’m a huge sports fan and love all things Wisconsin! I’m really looking forward to this new adventure in Shanghai and am excited to part of the SCIS community!
  • Ian Cole
    Newcastle University
    Individuals and Societies
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Hello SCIS! I am originally from the north-east of England and have travelled extensively since leaving my home country in 2008. In the past nine years I have lived in Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Uganda and now China. I am very excited to call Shanghai my new home. I have a Bachelors Ancient History degree from Newcastle University and also hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Education specialising in History. Here at SCIS, I shall be teaching Individuals and Societies to middle and high school students. In addition, I have also taken on the role as CAS and Service as Action Coordinator. This involves helping students in both the MYP and DP to identify ways to make meaningful connections with the local and wider community, and considering ways they can make a difference.
  • Maree Comerford
    Queensland University of Technology
    MYP Coordinator & Physical Education
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I am very excited to be a part of the SCIS community. I am a proud Australian, originally from Brisbane in Queensland. I left Australia nearly 10 years ago and have had the privilege of working in the United Arab Emirates, Thailand and now China! I love teaching internationally and am very passionate about the Middle Years Programme and the opportunities the International Baccalaureate programs provide students. In my time overseas I have assisted the International Baccalaureate in a number of professional roles including workshop leader and school visiting team member. In my free time I enjoy watching and/or playing all types of sports, particularly touch rugby. I also like to sit and read a good book and enjoy life.
  • Jacqueline Corbett
    Liverpool University & Chester University
    Design
    Hongqiao Upper School
    My name is Jacqueline, but everyone calls me Jax. I’m teaching grades 8, 9 and 10 Design at the Hongqiao Campus. This is my first year at SCIS! I’m super excited to be in Shanghai, China. I have been teaching abroad now for nearly 10 years. I’m originally from the North West in the UK. I received my PGCE in teaching at Liverpool University and my Masters of Education at Chester University, both in the UK. The countries I have taught in include the Middle East, Africa, Bangladesh and the Ukraine. I love spending my free time with my family taking part in various community activities or celebrations. I’m really enjoying Shanghai so far and we’re excited to be here and part of the SCIS Community.
  • Lisa Cuthbertson
    University of Alberta & College of New Jersey
    Physical Education
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Lisa Cuthbertson is a new Upper School Physical Education Teacher at the Hongqiao Campus. She is coming from Academia Cotopaxi in Quito, Ecuador where she taught 6-10 PE and coached JV Boys Volleyball and Varsity Girls Basketball. Her educational background includes a Master of Science from the University of Alberta, a certification of teaching from The College of New Jersey and 200hr Teacher of Hatha Yoga Certification. She has been teaching and coaching for 10 years and her focus is the social and emotional wellbeing of students. Lisa comes from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In her free time, she practices yoga and mindfulness, runs, bikes, walks her dog, travels, and goes out to eat at local establishments. She is looking forward to her time in Shanghai and is especially excited to be joining SCIS.
  • Jessica Deng
    Beijing Normal University
    Mandarin
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Ni Hao! I am an upper school Mandarin teacher, and I have been working in SCIS since 2011. I am from the southern part of China, Hunan province, graduated from the education college in Beijing, and have a master degree of teaching Chinese as a second language. I am passionate to guide all my students to experience the new language and new culture here in China. I am honored to be part of this big community. Looking forward to another great year!
  • Adam Duchac
    Cantebury University
    Individuals and Societies
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Hello SCIS community! My wife, our three-year-old son, Jack Zando, and our 16-year-old Chihuahua, Alfred Sigfred Wilfred, have come from Seoul, South Korea where we taught at an international school for three years. Prior to Seoul, we lived and worked (and climbed, surfed and biked!) in New Zealand, the U.K., and the U.S. (I’m from Asheville, North Carolina). We decided it was high time to experience another East Asian mega city and are excited about being part of such a positive school community. I’m particularly excited about working in the middle school humanities department. Learning about humans, and how and why we’re here, is a passion of mine. Working in an international setting as a humanities teacher is amazing as so many perspectives and opinions are on display. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a degree in history and education, and I am just about finished with my masters’ degree in educational leadership from the University of Northern Iowa. The human condition is a fascinating one and I look forward to learning alongside all of you!
  • Jessica Dunbar
    Wellesley College
    Mathematics
    Hongqiao Upper School
    My name is Jessica Dunbar, and I grew up on a horse ranch in Montana, USA. I love the outdoors with a particular interest in hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, and playing ultimate frisbee. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Wellesley College followed by a Masters of Education in Secondary Mathematics and Teacher Leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park. I am teaching IB Standard Level Mathematics and MYP Mathematics at the Hong Qiao campus. During my career I have taught in a variety of locations - Texas, Virginia, Washington DC, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia - as well as a variety of grade levels - grades 6-12. I greatly enjoy teaching IB Mathematics as it allows me the opportunity to help students to develop mathematical connections, apply the concepts that they are learning, and use their creativity and understanding of mathematics to access a problem through a variety of different pathways, which allows students to develop the skills needed to view and evaluate the world through a mathematical lens.
  • Ben Dunbar
    University of Arkansas
    English
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I am a third generation teacher who is passionate about both my subject and, more importantly, its extrapolatory benefits for students. Skills of analysis and articulation apply to any field or career, and they are founded upon concepts of comprehension and communication. That these skills can be developed through a broad range of texts from song lyrics, political speeches, Nike advertisements, Shakespearean plays, Romantic poetry, or even the front page is what keeps the class from ever becoming stagnant or boring! I attended private preparatory schools before matriculating to university study where I received a BA in English and a Master’s in the Art of Teaching. My Peace Corps service instilled a commitment to cross-cultural understanding and educational development, further strengthened by four years of managing US State Department teacher-exchange programs through a DC-based NGO. In my 15 year-teaching career across five countries, I’ve taught an array of courses from AP Comp and Lit to IGCSE English and IB Language and Literature, but DP LangLit is, by far, the best class I’ve ever taught. In the summers, I reside near Yellowstone Park in Bozeman, Montana with my wife Jessica and our daughters Mackenzie and Skyler, filling my time with as much hiking and camping as possible!
  • Richard Forbes
    Simon Fraser University
    Individuals and Societies
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Born and raised in Canada, Richard has spent the last 8 years exploring the world and inspiring students every step of the way at various international schools. His vision is to Educate, Inspire, Elevate, and Empower both himself and those around him. Inside the classroom, students can always look forward to developing the tools and skills they need to be independent learners, with a comfort in asking why. Richard’s passions are found on the volleyball court, or with a backpack exploring a new corner of the globe. He is in his 4th year with SCIS and is looking forward to every minute of it.
  • Helen He
    University of Birmingham, UK.
    Mandarin
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Hi! My name is Helen He. I am excited to be returning for the 12th year at SCIS as an Upper School Mandarin teacher and Coordinator. I am a British national with Chinese origin and was educated both in China and the United Kingdom. My childhood dream was to become a teacher and I have enjoyed teaching for over 20 years. I graduated from Zhejiang Teachers' University over two decades ago majoring in English Language and subsequently obtained a Master's degree in Education (specializing in Foreign Languages in Education) from the University of Birmingham in England. I have taught both Mandarin and English as a foreign language to children (k to 12) and adults in China, England, Belgium and Switzerland. In the coming school year, I will continue to teach IB Chinese B course as well as MYP language acquisition courses. I love teaching the IB program, and I am also an IB DP workshop leader, IB examiner and school visit team member. I love our SCIS community and am glad that both my kids spent many years at SCIS. I have had wonderful 11 years at SCIS and look forward to another fantastic school year when my second child will graduate from High School.
  • Curtis Holland
    University of Windsor
    Drama
    Hongqiao Upper School
    My name is Curtis Holland and I am teaching Upper School Drama at the Hongqiao Campus. This is my first year at SCIS; I was previously teaching in Kuwait and Tianjin. I’m from Windsor, Ontario, Canada and love to represent where I'm from. I attended the University of Windsor and achieved my Bachelor of Arts (Honors) Drama in Education and Community, then went on to my Bachelor of Education in teaching Drama and English for Grades 7-12. I love putting on shows (performing and directing), cooking, my animal babies, travelling, anything active, and of course, spreading my love of my art form in my daily job. I’m very excited to be back in China, and hope to develop our theatre program to new highs.

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