• Ed W. Rajah
    Walla Walla College
    English as an Additional Language
    Hongqiao Upper School
    "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Born in Kandy, Sri Lanka and graduating from high school in Vancouver, BC, I then went to Walla Walla College, in College Place, WA, where I majored in Physical Education. After teaching a few years in the United States, I moved back to Vancouver and received my TESOL Diploma. I, then, moved to Brazil where I spent the last 12 years teaching ESL, 5th Grade, and 7th Grade English and History/Geography. While there, I also completed a Master’s in International Teaching from Framingham College. This is my third year in Shanghai. I love music, sports, and am a self-proclaimed foodie.
  • Stephanie Resller
    Hongqiao Upper School
    My name is Stephanie Ressler and I am thrilled to be joining the SCIS team as one of three Upper School Counselors! I am originally from Harrisonburg, Virginia, which is an amazing little city nestled in the Shenandoah Valley amidst the Blue Ridge Mountains. Although Virginia is where I call home, I have had the privilege of living and working in several amazing countries throughout my life including Kenya, The Netherlands, and South Korea. I am coming to Shanghai after three years of working as a Middle and High School Counselor in Kuwait. Prior to making the international move to begin my role as a School Counselor, I worked at a community counseling agency as a Mental Health Support and Behavioral Specialist in Virginia for 8 years, and as a counselor for students at Eastern Mennonite University. Throughout my career I have developed a deep appreciation for art as a therapeutic tool and have found that it is an excellent way to help children, adolescents, and adults engage in reflective self-growth opportunities. I’m truly looking forward to exploring China, learning about the great city of Shanghai, and journeying through this year at SCIS!
  • Samantha Riddle
    Laurentian University & University of Western Ontario
    Language and Literature & Drama
    Pudong Upper School
    Hello SCIS Pudong! I am originally from Sudbury, Ontario where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree. My teaching certification is from the University of Western Ontario and I have experience teaching English, Social Studies and Drama. I am in the process of completing my Master’s Degree through SUNY Buffalo State University. After teaching for several years in Canada, I spent 3 years in Venezuela and I am excited to join the Dragon Community! I believe that teachers are also learners and that teachers and students should never stop trying to grow. I enjoy reading, cooking, baking and traveling. Living in South America has been a wonderful experience and my favourite travel experiences include the view from the top of Huayna Picchu in Peru and swimming with a sea lion in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.
  • Lindsay Rielly
    Wilfrid Laurier University & Trent University
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I am a new teacher this year at SCIS teaching MYP Science and DP Biology. I am very excited to be a part of such a dynamic school with a strong sense of community! After graduating with a Bachelor of Education in Biology and Chemistry in Ontario, Canada I moved abroad immediately and started teaching in international schools. I have lived and worked in Thailand, Egypt, Vietnam, Uganda and now China. I love being part of an international community and teaching students from all over the world! Teaching science is a ton of fun and I love learning about new discoveries in Biology along-side my students. I also love playing and watching sports, especially soccer. I look forward to cycling around this amazing city trying different kinds of food and seeing new things. I hope this will be a great year of teaching, learning and exploring China!
  • Alison Roberts
    English as an Additional Language
    Pudong Upper School
    I’ve spent the last 8 years in China as a high school and middle school English teacher, and I am so excited to start a new chapter here in Shanghai at SCIS PuDong! I’m from the barrier island in Florida and grew up loving camping and hiking. As an English teacher, I love to read and my passion is using literature to teach language. There is nothing more satisfying to me as an educator than seeing students find a book they love - how it changes their understanding of their potential and their talents! I hope to see that moment in each of my students this year. A few of my favorite books include The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks and Through the Language Glass by Guy Deutscher
  • Warren Roma
    Monash University
    Grade Five
    Hongqiao Lower School
    My name is Warren Roma and I am from Sydney, Australia. Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked in marketing and advertising, and then in social work in mental health counseling and child protection. I taught at public school in Sydney, in an Australian international school in Hong Kong, and am now here at SCIS. I have a Bachelor in Business, Graduate Diploma in Counseling, a Masters in Teaching, and am currently completing a Masters in Education. I’m a professional dancer and I’m also a certified yoga teacher. I love anything that raises consciousness, yoga, eating, reading, dancing, watching movies, music, spending time with family and friends, and traveling around the world. This is my third year at SCIS.
  • Katherine Ross
    Queen's University
    Grade One
    Hongqiao Early Child Education Campus
    Hello SCIS! My name is Kate Ross, and I am so excited to join the Grade 1 Team at the ECE this year. Before moving to Shanghai, I taught at international schools in Honduras and in Myanmar - always teaching first grade! I love to travel, both abroad and within my own beautiful country of Canada. I completed my undergraduate degree in Outdoor Recreation at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, and my Education degree at Queen’s University in Kingston. I am thrilled to be here at SCIS this year, and can’t wait to meet all of our young learners and their families. Here’s to a great 2017-2018 year!