• Karin Valenza
    Cornerstone University
    Pudong Upper School
    I am originally from a small town in central Minnesota and moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan to attend Cornerstone University. I received my teaching certification in Mathematics and Science in 2000 and my Master’s Degree in curriculum in 2004. My husband, Paulo, and I have two beautiful children, Amira and Tate. I have always enjoyed other cultures. During my student teaching in Guatemala, I was introduced to the world of overseas teaching and was very excited to finally be able to return to it. I taught 7th and 8th grade mathematics in Grand Rapids, Michigan for five years before my husband and I decided to embark on this amazing journey of overseas teaching. We spent four years at the American School of Kuwait before making our way to Shanghai in 2009.
  • Peter Valerio
    Union College & University of Arizona
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Hello, my name is Peter Valerio and I was born in a small town just outside of Albany in upstate New York. From a very young age, I was drawn to mathematics, both for its own intrinsic beauty and also for the way it can help us to describe the world we see. It allows us to see connections between systems and processes that shouldn’t be connected. That’s so cool. It’s not surprising that I spent the years after high school studying Mathematics and Physics, earning a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics at Union College in Schenectady, New York and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. For the last two decades, I’ve been teaching grade 9 to grade 12 Mathematics at independent schools in the USA and an international school in South Korea. Here at SCIS, I’ll be teaching MYP 9 and MYP 10 extended, as well as the DP HL Maths. I’m very excited about living in a city as vibrant as Shanghai and teaching in a community as warm as what I see here at SCIS.
  • Amy Valerio
    Simmons College & University of North Carolina
    Vice Principal
    Hongqiao Upper School
    I am Amy Valerio and with my husband Peter and my children in grades 6 and 8, I am delighted to be a part of the warm community that is SCIS. I have served in many roles in very diverse school environments over the past 26 years. I have taught in grades 3-12 and been a Grade Level leader and Department Chair, Director of Student Affairs and Middle School Principal. Most recently, I was the Middle and High School Vice Principal in Seoul, Korea. Although I am originally from the Washington D.C. area, I have lived in many regions of the United States. From a very early age, I knew I wanted to be in education, and I received my MAT Degree from Simmons College in Massachusetts. My next stop was at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for my Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership. My goals have always been to ensure that there are strong relationships between teachers and students in an environment that promotes happy, supported and involved students.
  • Emilee Van Der Laarschot
    University of Minnesota
    Grade Two
    Pudong Lower School
    Hello all! I am thrilled to be a member of the SCIS community. I hail from Minneapolis and earned both my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Elementary Education at the University of Minnesota. I have previously taught and worked with kids in grades PK-5, in varying roles. I love helping kids find their passions and connect with the world around them, through discovery and working together. My own passions include traveling with my husband, reading mystery novels, being outside, and doing anything crafty. I look forward to working with all of the families and staff here at SCIS.
  • Joshua Vanta
    Baylor University
    Mathematics & Physical Education
    Pudong Upper School
    Howdy, allow me to introduce myself! Originally from Great State of Texas, I attended Baylor University in Waco, graduating with a degree in Health Science Studies while contributing to multiple publications within the Health, Human Performance and Recreation research lab. This is my second year at SCIS after having taught Math at both the Middle and High School level, in addition to instructing primary and secondary Physical and Health Education. Prior to SCIS I was in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I enjoy eating, athletics, photography, exercising, and coaching, as I have grown up competing in multiple sports even up to now. I was very fortunate to have such great teachers and mentors throughout every level of my education. I look forward to reciprocating those memorable and everlasting efforts every year towards the students that walk into my classroom while doing my absolute best to provide every student with the best experience they deserve both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Monia Voegelin
    University of Aix-en-Provence & Alliance Française of Paris
    Hongqiao Upper School
    Bonjour! My name is Monia Voegelin and I am a High School French teacher. I received a M A. in Psychology from the University of Aix-en-Provence and later obtained a teaching certificate for French as a foreign language from the Alliance Française of Paris. In 2013, I started my teaching career in Mumbai,India. I love languages and I keep on learning them to travel the world as much as I can. I am excited to be in Shanghai and I am looking forward to meet my new students at SCIS!
  • Frank Volpe
    Saint Michael’s College & University of New Mexico
    Pudong Upper School
    I am honored to lead the Upper School at SCIS Pudong. In my 16 years as an educator working in U.S. public schools and international schools in China, I have focused on school leadership, language acquisition, curriculum development, and student support services. I was drawn to SCIS because of its commitment to the International Baccalaureate Programs. I feel strongly that these programs best serve international school students. I completed my Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of New Mexico in the United States. I am particularly interested in the science of learning. In addition, I hold master’s degree in in Special Education and School Counseling, and a certification in Educational Administration. As an undergraduate I earned my bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Political Science at Saint Michael’s College. When not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family. My wife, Emily Williams (Librarian) and my daughters Cadence and Aria are here with me at SCIS. In the summer we split our time in the U.S. between my home state of Vermont and my adopted home of New Mexico. In my free time, I enjoy playing and coaching basketball, studying Chinese, traveling, and being active outdoors.