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Dan ZimmermanSuny BuffaloLibrarianHongqiao CampusHi, My name is Dan Zimmerman and this will be my 12th year with the SCIS schools. I was born in Nashville, Tennessee, but I have spend almost all of my life in the greater China area in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Hangzhou, and now Shanghai. I have a bachelors degree in International Relation from Middle Tennessee State University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from University of Hong Kong, and a Masters Degree from SUNY Buffalo. In my time at SCIS I have taught beginners Mandarin, Preschool, Kindergarten, Grade 5, and now find myself with the great fortune of being the Campus Librarian. I live here with my wife, Hellen and our daughter, Anastasia, who loves being an SCIS Dragon just as much as I do!
Aurora ZosmanFlorida International UniversityPre-KindergartenHongqiao Early Child Education CampusMy name is Aurora Zosman and I excitedly joined SCIS in 2015 as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher. I am a learner, a dreamer, and a creator who believes in the vastness of human potential. I grew up in Miami where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology at Florida International University, as well as my Lower Elementary Montessori certification. Prior to moving to Shanghai, I taught First, Second, and Third Grade at schools in both California and Florida. My hope as an educator is to instill a love of learning in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with them. The type of educational environment I create promotes active engagement, motivation, and independence, and develops creativity. I strive to strike their imagination and allow their curiosity to lead them on a path of discovery in constructing their knowledge. Each day provides a new beginning, and a new opportunity for me to make a difference in a child’s life; it is a great responsibility, and it is one that I am truly lucky and glad to have. I am a lover of many things and I seek engaging in any and all foreign experiences, for I feel experience is the greatest teacher of all. I live for constant exploration and adventure, and fulfill this through travelling the world, reading, writing, and keeping an open mind and heart in all that I do. I am also an eclectic music lover who enjoys dancing, inner space [the oceans], stargazing and the infinite possibilities of the unknown. I look forward to an amazing year at the ECE campus here in Shanghai!