Primary School Staff
Amy Kent is from the Hudson Valley of New York and received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education and Special Education grades 1-6 from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. An educator since 2005 with and a strong PYP background, Amy enjoys being involved in the discoveries that children gain through their education. Amy believes as an international school it is our responsibility to create global citizens for the future. Part of that is having parents, teachers, and students work together; to foster a positive learning experience for everyone and give students the opportunity to reach their full potential.
PYP Chinese Coordinator
After earning her degree and certification for Early Childhood Education at East China Normal University, Ms. Yin began to study how to teach Mandarin and earned a BA from the Department of International Chinese. She taught for seven years in the Shanghai Public Schools and after five years teaching at two different International Schools of Shanghai, she studied and earned her certification of Mentality Consultation Assistant.
Grade 1 Blue Teacher
Ms Morrissey comes from sunny Sydney, Australia and brings her warm and friendly personality to the WISS Community. She holds formal qualifications in Primary Education from Australia Catholic University and Sydney University. With over 25 years teaching experience in both Early Years and Primary, Ms. Morrissey is as passionate and enthusiastic about teaching as when she first started. Ms Morrissey has taught in a variety of Sydney schools as well as schools in Canada and the UK. During her career she has held various executive roles including Coordinator and Deputy Principal.
Grade 1 Blue Teacher / Chinese Teacher
Ms. Miya is originally from Shanghai. She graduated from Donghua University with a major in English. She also holds a teaching degree from East China Normal University. She is a passionate teacher and enjoys working with young students. During her college life, she learned about language teaching and has put these skills to use as an individual English teacher and a volunteer teaching assistant in a summer school program. Ms. Miya is pleased to be a part of the WISS community.
Grade 1 Green Teacher
Ms. Nirada is pleased to be a part of WISS community. She grew up in Chicago and received her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She began working in the design field before receiving an Elementary Credential with an endorsement in Special Education and Linguistically Diverse Education. She also received a Master’s in Educational Equity from University of Colorado at Boulder. She believes that embracing an individual’s differences is the key to understanding their thinking and how it influences their learning style. Her teaching philosophy is centered on the belief that meeting the needs of these students requires scaffolded learning which allows them to think critically, even if their expression of thoughts takes different forms.
Grade 1 Green Teacher / Chinese Teacher
Pamela is from Hong Kong and has been living in Beijing for the past ten years. She has a Bachelor’s degree and a Teacher Certificate in Education. She has been a full time teacher in Hong Kong for sixteen years. While living in Beijing, she worked as a part time relief teacher in an IB school. She trusts that all students have their strengths. Teachers are facilitators in helping them to develop the attitudes and skills for both academic and personal success. Her hobbies are hiking and cooking. She enjoys exploring new places and sharing good food with others.
Grade 1 Red Teacher
Monika is from West London in the United Kingdom where she was awarded her Bachelor of Education from Kingston University, London. She is an Early Years specialist who is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience. She is keen to provide children with the confidence to enable them to be happy independent learners. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, travelling and cooking; always with the help of her son, so it can get very messy! Together, they are very excited to be a part of the WISS community.
Grade 1 Red Teacher / Chinese Teacher
Ms. Chen is originally from Shanghai and graduated from East China Normal University where she was awarded her Bachelor Degree specializing in Early Childhood Education. Before she worked at WISS, she taught in a Shanghai public school. Ms. Chen loves working with younger students and especially loves using educational games for teaching which the students enjoy. During her spare time, Ms. Chen likes to read books about children’s psychology, which helps here understand more about working with children and how to teach them effectively.
Grade 1 Yellow Teacher
Mr. John Bazazian was born and raised in New York but now calls Florida his home. He has been teaching for over 17 years in the United States as well as Asia and Africa. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in history and a Master’s of Science degree in elementary education. Most of his teaching experience has been in Kindergarten and first grade. He is strongly committed to creating a positive classroom environment. While having high expectations for his students, he always tries to make learning fun. When Mr. Bazazian is not at school he enjoys travelling with his wife, watching the New York Yankees, singing karaoke and everything Star Wars.
Grade 1 Yellow Teacher / Chinese Teacher
Ms. Liandan, originally coming from Hubei Province, obtained her M.S. Ed. from The University of Edinburgh. Deeply influenced by her family, she loves to teach and work with children. Throughout university, she had different teaching experiences with children ranging from 6 to 18 years old. For her, a good teacher should be open-minded, patient, professional, and should inspire every student’s talents and help them grow up happy and fulfilled. During leisure time, she loves reading, travelling, singing, playing musical instruments, practicing calligraphy and volunteering in NGOs. Liandan is very excited and honored to be at WISS!
Grade 2 Blue Teacher
Ms. Bela is an experienced educator who has been teaching in various international schools since 2001 and she considers herself a World Citizen. Ms. Bela was born in Germany, grew up in Russia and has been living in China with her daughter for over 14 years and think of Shanghai as her home away from home. Ms. Bela holds a degree in Drama, BA in Journalism, PGCE in Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Leicester University in U.K. Outside of school Ms. Bela enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures. Her other interests are photography, dancing, reading and spending quality time with family and friends.
Grade 2 Blue Teacher / Chinese Teacher
Ms. Tang graduated from Huangshi Technical College, Hubei Province with a major in English education. Since graduating, she has been working ineducation at Ju’an Central Kindergarten, in Guangdong province and at Kinderworld Kindergarten in Shanghai. Her passion is educating children and teaching and learning methodology. She is a dedicated and valuable staff member who holds great affection for her students.
Grade 2 Green Teacher
Katie Richard was born and raised in Georgia, USA. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and certificate in Special Education from Kennesaw State University. She began her teaching career in a culturally diverse urban school in Atlanta and has a passion for creating engaging lessons to reach all of her learners’ needs and interests. When she isn’t hard at work teaching, Katie enjoys exploring the outdoors, running, soccer, and practicing yoga.
Grade 2 Green Teacher / Chinese Teacher
Originally from Shanghai, Ms. Wang received a MA in Curriculum and Instruction from University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA. She had an internship experience in one of the international schools in Shanghai and did her student teaching at a California state public school. During the days of her college life, she also had been an individual English teacher, assistant, and volunteer. She is passionate about the field of education and wishes to be a dedicated educator to inspire students.
Grade 2 Red Teacher
Linnea McCully is originally from the Washington, DC area. She attended college in Minnesota, where she studied Elementary Education. She taught first grade in Cartagena, Colombia for two years before moving to China. Before joining WISS, Linnea taught the PYP curriculum at Rainbow Bridge here in Shanghai. Linnea enjoys teaching through inquiry, and she is excited to be teaching second grade at WISS.
Grade 2 Red Teacher / Chinese Teacher
Ms. Tian graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University with a major in English and received her teaching qualification for early years and primary school. Before coming to WISS, she worked as an English teacher in a bilingual school for 3 years. She enjoyed the time with children and was very proud of them when they made progress. She is very excited to become a member of our WISS family and she hopes to learn and share with her students and the wider WISS community. In her spare time she likes reading, drawing and handicrafts.
Grade 2 Yellow Teacher
Ms. Lina Aristizabal is from Toronto, Canada. Lina hasBachelor’s degrees in Education and Peace and Conflict Studies, and a Master’s in Education. While studying Peace and Conflict at the University of Toronto she realized that education was key to shaping the future. Lina began her teaching career in South Korea. Her next stop was teaching in Medellin, Colombia to experience the place of her heritage. Lina enjoys yoga, environmental projects and inspiring global and critical thinkers. Lina is pleased to be a part of the WISS community along with her husband, Andre Denomme.
Grade 2 Yellow Teacher / Chinese Teacher
Originally from China, Roafare graduated from Nanchang University and is an experienced educator with over ten years experience working in the education field. She loves teaching and is always trying so hard to improve her teaching skills. Roafare strives to instill a life-long love for learning in her students with in internationally-minded awareness and respect for themselves, for the environment, and for others.
Grade 3 Blue Teacher
She originally come from the Lake District area in England and is the eldest of four children. She mainly grew up in Hannover, Germany. There she attended an international school, which sparked her interest in the variety of different cultures and countries that exist. She completed her BA in Primary School Teaching at the University of Cumbria in the UK. After which she headed back to Germany, where she taught at an international school. The next school she ended up in was a little further away and located on the hot, sunny island of Barbados! She spent three years on the wonderful island before moving to Shanghai. She is happy to be at WISS!
Grade 3 Blue Teacher / Chinese Teacher
Christine graduated from Shanghai Normal University, major in teaching Chinese as second language. After 10 years teaching at the other Shanghai International schools, Christine joined WISS. Interests and hobbies include ICT, Maths and travelling
Grade 3 Green Teacher
Nadya is originally from Mozambique but has lived in many different countries. She received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York and a Master’s in Education from Jones International University, in Colorado. Nadya is currently finalizing her second Master’s degree in Education – Elementary Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment and pursuing an online graduate Certificate in Advanced IB Studies at George Mason University. Before WISS she worked in an IB world school in Tanzania as a primary class teacher for two years. Her two daughters are with her at WISS.
Grade 3 Green Teacher / Chinese Teacher
Ms. Li graduated from Zhejiang University with a Master’s degree in Human Geography and Education. Since she was a university student, she has taught many subjects including Chinese, English, Mathematics, Geography, Chemistry in both local and international school settings. Ms. Li regards teaching as her lifelong career and brings her positive spirit to the classroom. Her hobbies include hiking, camping, running, as well as exploring the great outdoors. She relishes talks involving Chinese learning inquiry as well as Chinese culture, history and geography.
Grade 3 Red Teacher
Ms. Anuradha Choudhuri, who is generally known as Anoo, is a global citizen – born in India, she has traveled and lived in many places and has now settled a home in Mexico. She speaks four languages fluently and understands four more. Anoo has been teaching since 1983 and has been teaching the PYP since 1997. She is passionate about PYP and believes that it is the best way to educate our future generations. She loves travelling, cooking and making new friends. She has two beautiful children – young adults now – who are her pride and joy.
Grade 3 Red Teacher / Chinese Teacher
Lily graduated from Shanghai Normal University, with a bachelor degree in Chinese Language and Literature. As a previous cover teacher at WISS she discovered her passion for working with children. Lily then joined an NGO to serve migrant children in Shanghai as an early childhood development teacher and also worked at another international school in Shanghai. Her fond memories of WISS, especially the children and teaching staff, brought her back to continue her professional growth at WISS. She thinks it is very important to guide children as an independent thinker and believes every child is special. Lily reads a lot in her spare time as she aspires to be a life-long learner. She’s also a nature-lover. She likes traveling and sports like swimming, hiking , biking. She is hoping she could always keep the heart of a child, always having curiosity about the world around her.
Grade 3 Yellow Teacher
Edward is a passionate educator who comes to WISS from Toronto, Canada. He holds a history degree from Trent University in Canada and a teaching degree from the University of Wollongong in Australia. Edward’s thirst for knowledge has him currently completing a MBA in International Education from Keele University in the UK. Since embarking on his international teaching career in 2008, he has travelled and taught in many places around the world, including Thailand, South Korea, Australia, Taiwan and most recently Ningbo, China. He is excited to be continuing his PYP career with us, and hopes to inspire our learners here in the WISS community.
Grade 3 Yellow Teacher / Chinese Teacher
Since graduating from Anhui Chi Zhou College, Ms. Tessie has taught in different schools, most recently, as a kindergarten Chinese teacher in Shanghai. She is passionate and enthusiastic about teaching and is continuing her studies towards a bachelor’s degree in preschool education from East China Normal University.
Grade 4 Blue Teacher
Ms. Claire Bojesen-Trepka is a trained educator who has most recently completed 3 and a half years of teaching in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. After graduating from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching, she began her career in Taupo before moving to Hawkes Bay where she taught until 2016. Claire has a passion for travel and cultures, and in her spare time, plays netball and tennis. Her biggest passion is teaching, and she is pleased to be a member of the WISS team and community.
Grade 4 Blue Teacher / Chinese Teacher
Ms. Zhu has been working in International schools for since 2007. Her major is teaching Chinese as a second language and she loves working with young children; seeing them learn and grow. In her spare time she enjoys reading books, listening to the music, and travelling.
Grade 4 Green Teacher
Mr. Andre Denomme is from Canada though he has been teaching abroad for the past several years in South Korea and Colombia. Andre has Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Education, and a Master’s in Education. Andre’s parents are both retired educators, and he is honored to be following in their footsteps. Andre is pleased to be able to continue the conversations about education he once shared with his parents with his wife, Lina, who is a member of the WISS community as a second grade homeroom teacher. Some of Andre’s personal interests are photography, yoga, and basketball.
Grade 4 Green Teacher / Chinese Teacher
Ms. Sun graduated from Xi’an Translators University in 2002, and she has been teaching for 6 years in local colleges, primary schools and international kindergartens. She loves teaching and is always trying to improve her teaching skills. She won the 2nd prize in the Teachers’ Skills Competition of Shanghai in 2004. She believes that learning is fun and she is happy to learn and explore with her students. We welcome her to the WISS team!
Grade 4 Red Teacher
Ivette Mejia was born in Massachusetts, USA but has lived in different countries and various states including Florida where she attended the University of Florida. There she received a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Education with a focus in Special Education. Ivette lived and worked in the Dominican Republic for two years and is enjoying the opportunity to live in Shanghai and work at WISS. Ivette is passionate about teaching and does not take for granted the opportunity to guide and teach her students.
Grade 4 Red Teacher / Chinese Teacher
Reese Wang is originally from Jiangsu Province. She graduated from East China Normal University with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. She obtained a certificate of accreditation in teaching Chinese as a foreign language. In 2007, Reese began her teaching career at international schools in Shanghai. . She is passionate about teaching and wishes to inspire children to seek a lifelong love of learning. In her spare time, she likes to travel and her sweet little son is her best joy.
Grade 4 Yellow Teacher
Andrew Bailey is from Florida in the U.S. and graduated with a BA in English from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Embarking on an overseas teaching career in 1997, he has lived and taught in Korea, Indonesia, Turkey, and several cities in China, his last post being in Suzhou where he taught Grade 5 for six years. He has a Masters in English Language Teaching from the University of Surrey in the UK and completed his teacher’s education at George Mason University in the state of Virginia, where he is certified as an Elementary K-6 teacher.
Grade 4 Yellow Teacher / Chinese Teacher
Ms Ye graduated from Fudan University with a BA in English. She has worked as a Chinese teacher for over six years and gained a lot of experience in elementary education. Ms Ye has a passion of working with children. Her interests include arts and crafts.
Grade 5 Green Teacher
Mr. Stephen Spoore is from Toronto, Canada but has lived and taught in South Korea and Russia. Stephen has an Honours Bachelor degree from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Ottawa. Stephen is committed to life-long learning and continues to pursue additional teaching qualifications, which has led him to complete the Special Education Specialist program in Ontario, Canada. His hobbies include cooking, studying new languages, travelling and playing a variety of sports. Stephen is passionate about inquiry-based learning and enjoys being part of a community of learners.
Grade 5 Green Teacher / Chinese Teacher
Ms. Wang completed her undergraduate study at Shanghai International Studies University with a major in Educational Technology and then earned her M.S. Ed. from University of Pennsylvania in the U.S. Before coming to WISS, she has taught young learners English in Shanghai and Mandarin in American public schools. She loves to see students’ progress and believes every student can achieve success. Her interests include learning different languages and cultures, playing piano and tennis.
Grade 5 Red Teacher
Kathy Anderson is from the United States and before coming to WISS was teaching in an international school in Costa Rica, where she was a Grade 2 class teacher, having taught Grade 4 before that. Kathy has enjoyed teaching in the PYP and helping to further integrate technology into the classroom at WISS.
Grade 5 Red Teacher / Chinese Teacher
Annika Chen is a passionate educator from Shanghai, China. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from East China Normal University and a Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Edinburgh. She has over five years of experience in teaching both Chinese and English to a wide range of learners with different backgrounds. She enjoys working with children, and previously she has taught in an international school in Shanghai as well as a local primary school in the U.K.
Grade 5 Yellow Teacher
Originally from New Zealand, Lucy King studied at Victoria University of Wellington, completing a Bachelor’s degree in modern languages and literature followed by Graduate Diploma in Teaching. Lucy has enjoyed teaching students from a wide range of age levels over the past six years in New Zealand and abroad. While living and teaching in Quebec, Canada, she completed a Masters of Education in intercultural pedagogy. Lucy’s hobbies include reading, kickboxing, and exploring new places. She is delighted to lead a class of grade 5 learners as they explore the final stage of the Primary Years Program at WISS.
Grade 5 Yellow Teacher / Chinese Teacher
After graduating from Shanghai Normal University, Carol Chen had her teaching experience in a local public school for 7 years and in an international school for 8 years. She has gained many teaching awards from the Chinese government and has become an experienced teacher, especially teaching Chinese. She likes reading and writing. Carol also enjoys teaching children Chinese writing.
PYP EAL Department Leader / EAL Teacher Grade 4 - Grade 5
Lisa is from Wales and gained a B.Ed Primary (Honours) at the University of Gloucestershire. She began her teaching career in London and has since taught EAL learners in both Primary and Secondary schools in addition to College and University in the UK. Lisa enjoys travel and has previously taught in Japan and the Philippines. On returning to the UK, she worked as an Education Authority School Improvement Advisor for EAL. Missing Asia, she moved with her family to Shanghai in 2011 and was Head of EAL at an international school before joining WISS. Lisa is enthusiastic about teaching EAL within the PYP curriculum; encouraging and supporting the language acquisition of those children new to English within the WISS community.
EAL Teacher Grade 2 - Grade 3
Mr. Pritchard received his Bachelor of Education (Honours) at Westhill College, Birmingham University. After three years of primary school teaching in the UK, Nigel headed overseas. During the six years previous to his tenure at WISS, he worked at two other international schools in China. Receiving ongoing PYP training, Nigel is excited by this opportunity to teach in the programme for which he feels a great affinity as a teacher.
EAL Teacher Grade 1
Mrs. Sharon Loper is from New Zealand. She has twenty-six years teaching experience in a variety of classroom, specialist and management roles. Sharon spent the last three years as a Grade 1 and EAL teacher in Qatar (Middle East). She has a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Postgraduate diploma in Bilingual Education. Sharon is reading recovery trained and has a passion for working with struggling emergent readers. She joins the WISS community alongside her teaching husband Tahu (Early Years) and children Beth and Tiaki. Her hobbies include reading and travel.
Jose Manual Gonzales
Head of Student Support / PYP Guidance Counselor
Jose is from Spain. He has worked for 20 years in school counseling and special education in a variety of environments, from public and private schools in Spain to international schools in the Middle East. Jose has a Master’s degree in Education and PhD in Social Psychology. He is married and has two sons at WISS. His love for falconry, as the bond of brotherhood between peoples and intangible heritage of humanity, led him to use falconry as an educational resource for students with socio-emotional problems.
Learning Support Teacher
Vanessa Avery is from Australia and brings almost two decades of classroom teaching and learning support experience to WISS. Vanessa has a Bachelor of Arts with Diploma of Education, Majoring in Special Education. Vanessa loves working with children and helping to unlock their creativity and potential. She loves creating supportive learning environments to encourage children to thrive and grow. Vanessa has worked across a variety of school settings, from remote Aboriginal communities to inner city Sydney. Her time at The Korowal School in the Blue Mountains developed her understanding and appreciation for the importance of educating the whole human being. Vanessa is joined by her three sons and husband.
Head of Primary PE
Magnus was born in Sweden, where he grew up participating in various competitive sports. His sports teaching career started over 20 years ago with coaching a variety of sports, following that he moved into outdoor ED facilitation and finally into teaching at schools. Magnus has taught in Sweden, Malaysia, Micronesia, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong. His education includes a Post Graduate Diploma in Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Health from Hong Kong University as well as other certifications. Physical activity and an active lifestyle have always played a large part in his life and he enjoys participating in various sports.
PE/Swimming Teacher Grade 1 – Grade 5
After graduating from De Montfort University in 2007, Vicki started working as a freelance dance practitioner working for numerous companies in both educational and community settings. In 2011, she became a dance coach for a sports coaching company in Shanghai. She became a Learning Support Assistant and EAL Teacher at a large, private school in Shanghai. It was through her teaching practices that her passion for Primary PE became apparent.
PE /Swimming Teacher Grade 1 – Grade 5
Ms Lu is a former Olympic swimmer and has represented China at many international games around the world, including taking the silver medal at the Swimming World Cup. Ms Lu has been an educator, swimming teacher, and pool manager for 12 years and wants to use her expertise to help the young people at WISS to unlock their sporting potential.
Music Teacher Kindergarten – Grade 2
Adi is an experienced Rhythm and Movement specialist and has been teaching music to young scholars since 2006. She started her musical career with 3 years of professional studies at the Rimon school of Jazz and contemporary music majoring in Vocals, following that with a BA (Hons) in musicology and teacher certification studies in Israel. Adi is finalizing her theses on Beethoven’s piano sonatas. She likes singing, swimming and Indian food. Her favorite phrase is “Music is what feelings sound like.
Music Teacher Grade 3 – Grade 5Mr. Elguea is from Spain and has been passionate about music all his life. He obtained his music teaching degree in his hometown, later moving to Chicago where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s in orchestral studies at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. He has played in the Chicago College of Performing Arts Symphonic Orchestra and the Lira Symphonic Orchestra, touring the US and Japan. Since 2006 he has been teaching music in Spain and performing in Spain, France and Italy. In 2010 he joined the British School of Navarra as a primary music teacher, and this has given him a remarkable perspective on international education.
Visual Arts Teacher Kindergarten – Grade 2
Cheilaugh Garvey is the Early Years Art Teacher at WISS. She grew up in Japan, Germany and Italy as well as in several states. She graduated from Boston University in Massachusetts with a B.F.A. in Design and Photography and an M.A. in Arts Education from Columbia University in New York City. She has spent most of her teaching career in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, but most recently in Tunisia. Having an eclectic past, she finds that teaching art is the best way to utilize all her skills and passions; from helping children to be self-sufficient, creative and cultivate their inner artist to facilitating exploration and discovery through art while watching her students take creative risks. Her very creative and talented son Cooper is also part of the WISS family.
Visual Arts Teacher Grade 3 – Grade 5
Isha Joshi is from India and was born and brought up in Delhi, India’s capital. She finished a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of Art at the University of Delhi. She also completed a course in textile designing for fashion. Isha has been teaching in IB PYP for 9 years and loves working with clay, experimenting with a variety of mediums with her students in the art room but what really thrills her is creating something out of pure waste! She loves illustrating her life experiences and the sights and sounds which surround her in the form of digital art. She believes that her students are a big source of inspiration for her work. Collaborating with other team members to enrich the curriculum is her forte.