• Cyna Dai
    East China Normal University & Shanghai International Studies University
    Mandarin
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Hi! 你们好 (Ni men hao)! My name is Cyna Dai. My hometown is Shanghai, China. I received one B.A. in Teaching Chinese as Second Language from East China Normal University and another B.A. in English Linguistics and Literature from Shanghai International Studies University. I am so excited to be back in SCIS to be a Mandarin teacher in Lower School this year! I joined SCIS big family in 2012 and left in 2016. Last school year, I taught in Shanghai United International School as a classroom teacher. I have a passion for teaching and love working with children. Beyond teaching, I love to practice yoga, and explore the world by reading and sometimes traveling. I look forward to a great school year! Let’s make Mandarin learning fun and easy together!
  • Leslie Deal
    University of Virginia
    Grade Four
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Hello! My name is Leslie Deal, and I am excited to be starting my fourth year on the 4th grade team at SCIS. I was born, raised, and educated in Charlottesville, Virginia (Go UVA!). I spent the first 22 years of my life living at the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. After graduation, I moved to Paris, France where I taught ESOL for two years. After Paris, I moved back home and taught 5th grade for two years. I love living in Shanghai and being a part of the wonderful SCIS community. I am looking forward to a great year! Please feel free to email me with any questions at ldeal@scis-his.org.
  • Brenda Dean
    Brigham Young University
    Director of Student Support Services
    System
    Welcome! I am thrilled to be working with the students, parents, and staff of SCIS! I’ve worked as a school psychologist at all educational levels, from preschool age to high school students. I can’t pick a favorite age to work with, so I’m happy I can work with them all! My research background and graduate thesis was in cultural sensitivity in school crisis response, so I am very excited to work in a school that values diverse cultural experiences from their students. Personally, I believe in living a balanced life, for students and for myself. Therefore, in addition to work, I love to travel and I consider myself an amateur photographer. I also love to cook (and eat), watch movies, hike, and attend sporting events. Let’s go Dragons!
  • Christopher Demas
    Louisiana State University
    Band
    Pudong Upper School
    I started playing piano in group piano class at the age of four in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Eventually, I moved to private lessons continuing through high school. In fourth grade, my school offered an after school activity for band class and I started playing trumpet. As I progressed into high school I finally was able to join band as a class for the first time where I played the French Horn. I attended Louisiana State University and studied with Seth Orgel, James Byo and David Holland in order to earn my Bachelor in Music Education. While there, I participated in two of the concert band ensembles as well as the orchestra and opera pit orchestra. In addition, as part of my scholarships I was a member of the marching band at football games and the pep band at the school’s various inside sports teams. While at LSU I joined Kappa Kappa Psi which is a service fraternity for the band in order to better understand the workings of a top-class program. I also was able to work in the school’s instrument repair shop where I learned how to overhaul and repair instruments under the tutelage of Mark Vandermark. I will be teaching both Instrumental and Choral MYP Music to the Upper School students. I look forward to getting to know the students at SCIS Pudong and creating a wonderful musical experience for them.
  • 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!
  • Sean Dennison
    Miami University and Arizona State University
    Music
    Hongqiao Lower School
    My name is Sean Dennison and I am thrilled to be returning to the SCIS team for a sixth year! I came to Shanghai from the United States where I grew up in the middle of farm country, so it is exciting for me to live in a huge city that is rich in history and culture. I am one of the Hongqiao campus' Lower School music teachers, and I hope to share memorable, musical experiences that will help all of us learn about ourselves, our school, our community, and our world.
  • Tiffany M Dennison
    Pennsylvania State University
    Grade Four
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Hi! My name is Tiffany Dennison and this will be my sixth year teaching here at SCIS HQ! My husband, Sean Dennison, teaches Music here in the Lower School! We are very excited about returning to the community at SCIS and having another great year with the wonderful students and faculty. I am originally from the U.S. state of Pennsylvania where I earned my Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education in 2005 from Penn State University! I earned my Master’s Degree while here in Shanghai through the State University of New York (SUNY). This summer, I completed my Principal certification through the Principal Training Center (PTC). In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my friends, photography, traveling, doing pilates, and shopping!
  • Julie Devitto
    Nottingham Trent
    Grade Three
    Hongqiao Lower School
    This is my sixth-year teaching at SCIS, where I have taught both 3rd and 4th grade. I am from Harrogate, England and I previously taught in Thailand before coming to Shanghai. I love to travel and I have had the opportunity to travel to lots of places in Asia. I am passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and I practice yoga and mindfulness regularly. I have a degree in Psychology, teaching certification from the UK and an MA in Education. I am looking forward to spending another year at SCIS!
  • Marin Dobson
    University of Wisconsin Madison
    Science
    Pudong Upper School
    Hello! I am Marin Dobson. I teach MYP Science, DP Biology, Sports Exercise Health science, and Environmental Systems and Societies at the Pudong campus. I hail from the Badger state of Wisconsin in the United States. I have taught science at the middle and high school level for the past 18 years, while coaching basketball and volleyball at both levels as well. My teaching journey has taken me from Wisconsin to both coasts of the US, Mexico City, Jakarta, and Hawaii. My wife Kate and our two boys are super excited to be a part of the international school community and exploring the culture and experiences of China. My special interests include graphic novels, sauerkraut, kimchi, and the works of David Foster Wallace.
  • Kate Dobson
    San Francisco State University
    Speech and Language Pathologist
    Pudong Campus
    Greetings! My name is Kate Dobson and I am a speech and language pathologist from the United States. I hail from Connecticut and spent time overseas with my family in London while growing up. My first experience working in an international school was in Jakarta, Indonesia where I spent five wonderful years and where I met my husband Marin. I have several years of experience working as an SLP in public schools in Hawaii and Wisconsin. It is my hope that I can help all students reach their full potential at school. Marin and I are thrilled to share the international school experience with our twin boys and to show them a bit of the world. In my free time I like learning new skills and hobbies like: playing the ukulele, wood turning, blacksmithing, and scuba diving.
  • Heather Dryden
    Middlebury Institute of International Studies
    Grade One
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    My name is Heather Dryden and I have been teaching first grade at the Hongqiao ECE campus since August 2015. I am from the United States and a proud West Coast native (born in San Francisco, CA and raised in Seattle, WA). I attended Gonzaga University in Washington State where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Elementary Education, while making time to study abroad in Mexico, Italy, and Spain. I later attended graduate school at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, where I pursued my Master’s in TESOL. Professionally, I have taught preschool, first grade, and third grade in Mexico, Thailand, the United States, El Salvador, Panama, Bolivia, and of course China. I feel incredibly lucky to be part of a profession that combines my love for children, learning, and exploring the world.
  • Vicki Duchac
    Lincoln University
    Grade Four
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Hello SCIS! My name is Vicki Duchac and I have been working and travelling around the world for over ten years. Originally from New Zealand; I got the traveling bug after living for a year in Japan and since then have taught in N.Z, England, South Korea and the U.S.A. I received my Bachelors degree at Lincoln University and my Graduate Diploma in Teaching at Canterbury University. My husband, two-year-old son and I have lived in Shanghai for a year and love the city! We spend our weekends biking around the city exploring museums and art galleries, volunteering within the local community and finding the best places to eat! I like to bring all of these experiences to the classroom to share with my students. I have found that students learn best through creative, experiential learning, and I love providing learners with these opportunities. I can’t wait to meet you all and get started with my third year of teaching 4th grade at SCIS!
  • 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!