• Robert La Londe
    UC Santa Cruz
    Mathematics
    Hongqiao Middle School
    My name is Robert La Londe, and I teach Grade 6 Mathematics and Grade 6 and 7 Science at the Hongqiao campus. I am a third culture kid like our students, having been born and raised overseas by two international school teaching parents. I came into the world in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; then moved to Budapest, Hungary; then to Bangkok, Thailand; and finished High School in Kfar Shmaryahu, Israel. I immensely enjoyed growing up overseas and that is what prompted me to pursue a career in international teaching. The first time I lived in my home country, the United States, was when I attended the University of California at Santa Cruz where I majored in Environmental Studies. I attained my Masters of Education through SUNY Buffalo and am in the late stages of finishing my doctorate in Educational Leadership. I have now been teaching at SCIS for the past eight years and have had a great time interacting with our fantastic community. Shanghai is a fascinating city and SCIS has a great student population. This is also where I met my wife, Priya Goel, who is a former SCIS teacher. My wife and I have a one-year-old son named Riyaan. I am looking forward to another fun-filled and exciting year at SCIS!
  • Tara Morgan Lafferty
    SUNY Buffalo
    Grade Two
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Hello! My name is Tara Morgan, and I am so thrilled to be returning for my 4th year at SCIS as a 2nd Grade Teacher! I am originally from Middle Tennessee, but spent a few years in Dallas, Texas, before moving to this incredible city! Along with my teaching certification from the Great State of Texas, I also received my B.S. in Business Management from University of Phoenix. This will be my 7th year teaching, and my experience includes a wide array of levels including Kindergarten, 6th/7th English & Reading, 5TH Grade, Special Education-Behavior, and Gifted & Talented. Each experience has provided me with something unique and special, and with this I know that I am always learning and growing as an individual and educator.
  • Kurt Lahey
    Loyola University & John Marshall Law School
    Economics & Business
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I’m from Chicago, IL., USA, and have degrees from two of the finest institutions of higher learning in that city, Loyola University (BA) and the John Marshall Law School (JD). I pursued a career as a civil trial lawyer for seven years before turning to education and beginning my teaching career with the Chicago Public Schools. My first international teaching position was in the United Kingdom. I have taught in Korea as well. I am an experienced IB teacher in the area of Individuals and Societies, including Economics, Business & Management and History. I also enjoy coaching, and have coached basketball, softball and baseball. This is my first year at SCIS and I am excited by the diversity and enthusiasm I have encountered from the students and faculty here.
  • Steven Lawrence
    Individuals and Societies
    Pudong Upper School
    My name is Steve Lawrence, and I’m from a small, one-stop town at the foothills of the Berkshire mountains in upstate New York. Prior to teaching I was a small business owner of plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning, after a stinted career as a sales rep and systems designer for a Plumbing/Heating/HVAC wholesaler. Upon meeting my wife in 2006 I discovered international teaching, and soon realized I’d discover a greater sense of purpose being a teacher than digging trenches and changing toilets (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). Since becoming a teacher I’ve taught in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and am now so excited to be coming to Shanghai. I’m blessed to be teacher, and consider what we do as the best, and some of the most important work in the world. I can’t wait to meet you all, and to become your friend.
  • Melissa Lawrence
    SUNY Oitsdam & University at Albany
    English as an Additional Language
    Pudong Lower School
    My name is Melissa Lawrence, and I will be the new primary ESL teacher/coordinator at SCIS for the 2017-2018 school year. Originally from upstate New York, I have taught a total of 17 years, including seven years in New York and ten years internationally in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. I received my B.A from SUNY Potsdam in French/Secondary Education and my M.S in Literacy (K-12) from University at Albany. I also completed my ESL Certification at Manhattanville College in 2013. I particularly love working with students from different countries and cultures; but during my free time, I enjoy plant-based cooking, traveling, reading, studying nutrition, yoga, and spending time in nature and with animals. I am very excited to start this next chapter of my life in Shanghai at SCIS along with my husband, Steven, and our chubby fur babies.
  • Kyeungwon Lee
    Yongsei University and Hanyang University
    Korean
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Aannyeonghaseyo, my name is Kyeung-won, Lee and this is my second semester at SCIS Hongqiao. I teach IB Korean for grade 11 and 12. I was born in Seoul, Korea and I spent most of my life in the city. I earned my BA in Korean literature and philosophy at Yonsei University and MA in Drama at Hanyang university. One night in 2008, I was watching all sorts of local families sitting in the train for Urumchi, the city in northern China. Although that was very wonderful moment, I never thought I would work here in China. But at this moment, I really feel at ease to be here with my family. Life is really unpredictable!
  • Jenna Lelievre
    George Brown College
    Nursery
    Hello! My name is Jenna Lelievre and I first joined SCIS in 2015 along with my husband, who is the High School Principal of the Hongqiao campus. I grew up in Niagara Falls, Canada and then attended George Brown College in Toronto. Soon after, my husband and I moved to Hong Kong. This adventure that started as a two-year plan, would last ten memorable years, where I taught in an International Kindergarten and had our children, who also attend SCIS.  After moving to Canada for a few years, we felt drawn back to Asia, and accepted exciting positions in Bangkok. Teaching at the Early Learning Centre—which follows a Reggio Emilia approach—gave me an insight into the ways toddlers approach and discover the newness of their world. I feel very privileged to be building on those experiences and be a part of young children’s rich beginnings at SCIS!
  • Barclay Lelievre
    University of Toronto
    Principal
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I am so very pleased to be part of the SCIS community as the Upper School Principal at our Hongqiao campus. I am originally from Canada and have held a number of teaching and leadership roles in Hong Kong, Toronto, and most recently Bangkok. I have an Honour’s B.Sc. in Zoology from the University of Toronto, did my teacher education at Canisius College in New York, and received my MBA Ed. with distinction from Keele University in the U.K. I have spent a large part of my career working in IB schools and working directly with the International Baccalaureate Organization as a workshop leader, author, editor and resource developer, in particular with the IB Middle Years Programme. I was so very proud to be a part of the team that successfully brought the MYP to SCIS as we recently became a three-programme IB World School. My wife Jenna teaches at the ECE Campus and my children are receiving the very best education and all the opportunities SCIS has on offer with service, athletics and the Arts.
  • Jean Li
    Fudan University
    Mandarin
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Hi, I am Jean Lee. I graduated from Fudan University with BA in History. Being with children and watching them growing is the happiest thing in my life. I had been teaching Mandarin at SCIS for two and a half years before I had my daughter seven years ago. It was so happy to be back to SCIS three years ago. Every time when a middle school or high school student recognizes me in campus, I feel so proud and touched. So nice to see the kids growing, and I will try my best to help them with their Mandarin learning. I love this school.
  • Yang Liu
    Huazhong University of Science and Technology
    Mandarin
    Pudong Lower School
    Greetings everyone! My name is Liu Yang. I’m so excited to be a part of SCIS-Pudong community. My experience as a Chinese language teacher showed me clearly that teaching is exactly where my passion is. I have taught Mandarin in New Zealand and the UK for two years. In these years, I have developed effective lesson plans, creative classroom activities and strengthened my understanding of classroom management. I have been successful in meeting different teaching demands in different schools, different classes, and teaching pupils of different levels. Teaching is not simply a job, it is my passion, and will be my lifelong career. Creative, effective and fun lesson design is what I enjoy and pursue all the way. I’m really looking forward to supporting our students with their Chinese learning and helping them to become inquiring, knowledgeable and caring learners.
  • Andres Lopez
    University of Salamanca
    French & Spanish
    Pudong Upper School
    I am really enjoying being at SCIS again this year. I did Spanish with French studies at university and I teach both subjects at SCIS. I graduated (MA) in Filología Hispánica at the University of Salamanca, Spain and I immediately took off after that. I have spent the last twenty years around the world. I am originally from Spain, from the Basque region (between Spain and France). I have taught mainly in Edinburgh, Somerset, Cambridge, London, Peru and Vietnam and I have also travelled in more than forty countries. I am a mindfulness teacher who enjoys long hours basking in urban cafés. I am very happy, easy going and I have great fun in class.
  • Laurie Luebbe
    University of Georgia
    School Community Officer & Lower School Councelor
    Pudong Campus
    Hello! My name is Laurie Luebbe and I was raised in the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia. I graduated from the University of Georgia in my birthplace, Athens. After completing university, I taught public school in Athens and then set out on a life -changing journey of international education. My adventure has taken me to Cairo, Egypt, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Shanghai, China and then for the past 8 years in Budapest, Hungary. I am very happy to have the opportunity to return to SCIS Pudong with my husband and three teenage daughters to rekindle my Dragon spirit in kindergarten. After twenty-five years of teaching, I have realized that learning as a teacher never ceases. I enjoy living and teaching in an international community and am thankful to be among a school filled with talented teachers and enthusiastic, bright learners.
  • Derek Luebbe
    Valparaiso University & Capella University
    Head of School
    Pudong Campus
    I’m thrilled to return to SCIS Pudong after over twenty years in international education. The youngest of six boys, I was raised in Winona, Minnesota. However, I now call the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Hendersonville, NC home. My bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education was earned from Valparaiso University in Indiana. It was then, I set off on this unique journey of international teaching in Cairo Egypt where I met my wife Laurie at the American International School of Egypt. While working at the Kaohsiung American School in Taiwan, I earned an MA in Educational Administration. After Taiwan, we joined the SCIS community as the founding faculty in Hangzhou (2002) before moving to SCIS Pudong in 2004-08. Having spent the last eight years at the American International School of Budapest (Hungary), Laurie and I are excited to be back as SCIS Dragons. We are joined by our three daughters Ella, Elise, and Mei Lee who spent many of their formative years with SCIS. As a parent, I am grateful my own children were shaped by the SCIS experience; professionally, I am humbled to be serving students by leading such a dynamic school community.