• Kristen O'Connor
    University of Virginia
    Individuals & Societies, Psychology, and Theory of Knowledge
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I am originally from Northern Virginia, outside of Washington DC and am lucky to be a part of the SCIS community. I am thrilled to work with and learn from a diverse group of students here at SCIS. I also feel fortunate to collaborate with a passionate faculty. In addition to teaching, I love sports look forward to coaching volleyball this year. Outside of school I’m an avid hiker and enjoy kayaking and outdoor adventures. Go Dragons!
  • Dave O'Reilly
    Northeastern University
    Film & Economics
    Pudong Upper School
    Originally from Dublin, Ireland, I've worked at SCIS since 2012 and moving to Shanghai was a little bit like returning home for me. I spent most of my childhood growing up in different parts of Asia, from Bahrain to Malaysia to China, attending international schools just like SCIS. I eventually ended up in the United States for university, where I spent five years in Boston, MA. I’m a big sports fan, especially of soccer and basketball, both of which I enjoy playing and coaching. I also love traveling and listening to all sorts of music. I am fortunate enough to have one of the more unique teaching combinations at SCIS: IB Film and IB Economics. They are both extremely exciting and rewarding courses. Whether or not you are lucky enough to take Film and/or Economics, I look forward to meeting and working with you all.
  • Ross Orchard
    University of Wales
    Campus Technology Coordinator
    Hongqiao Middle School
    Hi there, I am the Technology Coordinator for our Hongqiao Main and Hongqiao ECE campuses and the head of our Upper School Design department. I am from Wales in the UK where I grew up in a small town called Cwmbran. I have a degree in Design and Technology from the University of Wales, where I specialized in Graphic Design, Systems & control and Resistant Materials. I have previously taught Graphic Design at schools in South Wales, Worcester and Shanghai. I have lived in the city for seven years with my wife Juliet, who teaches Upper School French and Spanish. We have a 2 year old son, Arthur who is loving the Nursery class at our ECE campus. We love Shanghai and consider it to be very much our home. We are really excited to be going in to our seventh year teaching in what I consider as the city’s best International school. I am a huge Rugby Union enthusiast and an experienced IRB certified coach and referee. This year I am really looking forward to seeing the SCIS Dragons take on many victories on the field and promoting the excellent sportsmanship that we have at our school. In our free time my family and I love traveling, hiking, keeping fit and socializing with the amazing SCIS community.
    University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
    French & Spanish
    Hongqiao Middle School
    My name is Juliet Orchard, and I am very excited to be back for my sixth year at SCIS teaching MYP French and Spanish in the Upper School. I started my career as a languages teacher in the UK, and the move to China to work in an international community has been an incredible experience. My husband is Ross Orchard, the Technology Coordinator at the Hongqiao campus and we have a beautiful son called Arthur. I love to workout, cook and read.
  • Michelle Ostiguy
    University of Ottawa & Queen’s University
    Grade Five
    Hongqiao Lower School
    This is my second year at SCIS as part of the fabulous Grade 2 team. I began teaching abroad upon graduation from teacher’s college, working at international schools in Colombia and Singapore. I returned to Canada to complete my Master of Education at Queen’s University and to teach in my home city of Ottawa, Canada. After several years, my passion for adventure, travel, and being part of community of dedicated global educators pulled me back to international teaching, taking me to Beijing, The Hague, and most recently to Kuala Lumpur. I am thrilled to be back in China. I love to travel, hike, cycle, swim and anything else that keeps me active and outdoors. I also enjoy creative pursuits and have been known to sing a little too loudly. I believe in helping others and doing my best to live by the Learner Profile attributes.
  • Mathias O’Brien
    Winona State University/University of Minnesota
    Athletics Coordinator
    Hongqiao Campus
    I was born and raised in Winona Minnesota, which is nestled along side of the Mississippi River about 100 miles south of Minneapolis. I attended Cotter High School, which is also where I started my teaching career in 2002 after graduating from Winona State University. Athletics have always been important to me. I competed in football, basketball and baseball in high school and went on to play baseball and football in college. My enjoyment of physical activities helped guide may path into teaching Physical / Health Education and also coaching. My passion for youth sports led me to pursue a graduate degree with a focus on youth sports, which I completed from the University of Minnesota in January of 2014. My main goal as a Physical / Health Educator is to help guide students to take ownership for their own health and well-being (physical, mental, emotional). It’s very rewarding as a teacher when I see this happen. Another goal of mine is that students would be devoted to a lifetime of physical activity. This year I will be serving as the Athletics Coordinator and Upper School Physical / Health teacher. When I am not at school working with students I enjoy working out, playing golf, spending time with my family, reading and listening to podcasts. I am excited to continue teaching, coaching, learning and growing here at SCIS. I am here with my wife, Kristie O’Brien, and two children Alana (9th grade) and Moses (2nd grade). We have enjoyed learning and exploring Shanghai together and we look forward to a great school year!
  • Kristie O’Brien
    University of Minnesota
    Vice Principal
    Hongqiao Lower School
    Hello! My name is Kristie O’Brien, and I have been working at SCIS since July, 2015 along with my husband, Mathias. We have two children, and both attend school on the HQ-Main Campus as well. I am from Minnesota, USA, where I earned an undergraduate degree and elementary teaching license from Macalester College; a Master of Arts in English as a Second Language (ESL) and an ESL teaching license from Hamline University; and a Master of Education in Leadership in Education and K-12 Principal License from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining SCIS, I taught elementary general education, elementary ESL, and high school ESL in Minnesota and Puerto Rico. I was also the ESL coordinator for a school district in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area for six years. My family and I love the vibrant city of Shanghai, and enjoy being apart of the warm community of SCIS!