Secondary School Staff

Myles D’Airelle

Myles D’Airelle

Secondary Principal / IB DP Mathematics Examiner

Mr. D’Airelle was born in Leeds in the United Kingdom and has been teaching internationally since 1998 in Indonesia, Singapore, Ukraine and Germany. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree and Master’s degree at Aberdeen University, and holds a second Master’s degree in Education from Framingham University. Mr. D’Airelle has worked across the whole IB continuum, having been a PYP, MYP and Diploma teacher, and has experienced first hand how students grow in a hands-on, inquiry-based learning community. Having been an Environments Leader for the MYP, Mr. D’Airelle has a deep commitment to sustainability and loves to lead students as they explore the natural world around them.

Christopher Wilcox

Christopher Wilcox

Deputy Principal / College Counselor

Mr. Chris Wilcox hails from the United States of America.  Chris earned his Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and his Master’s degree in Private School Leadership from Columbia University’s Teachers College.  Chris has over a decade of experience in a variety of teaching and administrative roles at private independent schools.  Most recently he served as the College Counselor and Upper School Dean of Students at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, a STEM-focused private school in the San Francisco Bay area..  As a former Latin teacher, Chris enjoys engaging with students in all things Roman. In his free time, he and his partner enjoy hiking, biking, and exploring the world.

Denes Tilistyak

Denes Tilistyak

DP Coordinator

Mr. Denes Tilistyak was born in Hungary, graduated with a BA in Mathematics and English Language and Literature and, a month after receiving his diploma, found himself on a plane headed for New York City. He taught Secondary Mathematics in the Big Apple for three years before moving on to the Philippines to teach in his first international school. After teaching DP Mathematics in Cebu city for two years he moved on to Xiamen, China to teach MYP and DP Mathematics. In addition to holding the position of the Head of the Department for two years and then of the DP Coordinator for another two years he also became an MYP Mathematics Moderator and DP Mathematics Examiner.

Renee Couturier

Renee Couturier

Deputy Principal of Academics, MYP Coordinator & French Teacher

Ms. Renee Couturier is from Canada but has lived in the Middle East for the past 13 years. She has 18 years of experience as a teacher and administrator in Ontario, Canada and overseas. She holds a Bachelor of Education from Université de Moncton, and a Master of Educational Leadership and Principal Certification from The College of New Jersey. She loves to travel and spend quality time with family learning about new cultures. Renee, with her husband Tony and daughter Emma, are excited to be a part of the WISS community.

Science Department

Jeffrey Handley

Jeffrey Handley

Head of Science / Science and Biology Teacher

Mr. Jeff Handley is a Canadian who spent three years teaching in Kuwait prior to joining WISS. Before his time spent in Kuwait, he was a substitute teacher in Canada. Jeff has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Kinetics as well as a Bachelor’s of Education specialized in Biology, Chemistry and PE. He is excited to be joining the WISS community and exploring all that Shanghai has to offer. Jeff’s interests include sports, music, and travelling and experiencing new cultures. He is excited to help foster students’ inquiry based mindsets at WISS.

Terri Mosher

Terri Mosher

Science / Biology Teacher / IB MYP Examiner (personal project, Biology e-Assessment and Science IDU)

Ms. Terri Mosher was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada. She earned her Bachelor of Science specializing in Biology and Chemistry, as well as a second Bachelor’s degree in Education from Acadia University in Nova Scotia. In 2006, she moved with her family to Dalian in the north of China where she taught high school Math, Biology, and Chemistry at a Canadian School. Her husband and three daughters, Ireland, Cierra and Trinity, are proud to be a part of the WISS family, and Terri is very excited to engage her students in the wonders of Science.

Philippe Roy

Philippe Roy

Science / Chemistry Teacher

Philippe Roy is a French/American dual citizen from Pennsylvania, USA.  He has a Life Science degree, a PA teaching certification in biology and chemistry, and some Masters’ work in inductive teaching and curriculum planning.  He taught in Pennsylvania, Korea, and China for 6 years.  Prior careers include database administration and sales management.  His daughter, Leila, is a PYP student at WISS with grand aspirations of being a super hero.

Brian Dittman

Brian Dittman

Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS) / Science Teacher

Mr. Brian Dittman is from California, U.S.A; but has spent the last 5 years living in China.  Brian has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis on Chemistry.  Brian began his teaching career in Korea 12 years ago as an English teacher.    His hobbies include cycling, exercising, as well as exploring the great outdoors. He relishes talks involving scientific inquiry as well as History.

Lina Hurst-Mawasse

Lina Hurst-Mawasse

Science / Physics Teacher

Lina Hurst-Mawasse grew up (mainly) in Germany. She loves to learn and holds a BSc in Biotechnology from RWTH Aachen University, a BSc (Hons) from Vic Uni in Wellington, and a Masters degree and PGCE from the University of Bath. Following her teacher training, she taught Physics at a boarding school near Bath for three years before teaching Science and IB DP Physics at international schools in Dubai and Oman with her husband Michael, a PYP classroom teacher. Lina loves to see her students excited about anything sciency and is very happy to be a part of the WISS community.

Sherry Ye

Sherry Ye

Lab Technician

Languages Department

Rosalinda Carvalho

Rosalinda Carvalho

Head of Language Acquisition / English Teacher

Ms. Rosalinda Carvalho is Portuguese and first graduated from the University of Minho in International Relations Economics and Politics. She worked in accountancy until she decided to pursue her teaching passion. Rosalinda got her degree in Education and a Postgraduate in Special Education. Later she got her Master in Science of Culture Specialization in Children’s Literature at University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro. Rosalinda has taught Portuguese and English in Portugal and has worked in Angola across the three IB programmes as a Language and Literature teacher. She enjoys exploring creative writing with her students. Rosalinda has published several children’s books in Angola.

Yining Wu

Yining Wu

Chinese Teacher

Ms. Wu graduated from Fudan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. She has lived in Connecticut, the United States for four years before moving back to Shanghai. There she attended University of Hartford and earned her Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She has gained teaching experiences in various local public schools in the U.S.  Before she joined WISS, she worked as a 4th/5th grade teacher in a dual language setting in North Carolina. Ms. Wu believes in individuality and strives to help each student find their best way to learn.

Zoe Zhou

Zoe Zhou

Chinese Teacher

Zoe Zhou graduated from East China Normal University where she majored in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. Before joining WISS, she worked in two other international schools in Shanghai. She regards teaching as her lifelong career. She hopes the time she is with the students will be a memorable journey in her students’ lives.

Shichun Liu

Shichun Liu

Chinese Language Teacher

Shichun Liu, born in Heilongjiang, spent 7 years in Beijing, gained her Bachelor degree in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages from China Women’s University and Master degree in teaching Chinese to Speakers of other languages from Beijing Language and Culture University.

She taught Chinese languages at the Beijing Language and Culture University and Qinghua University. She was teaching 3rd graders, 6th and 7th graders in a Chinese immersion school in South Carolina, USA before she came back China. She enjoys teaching as a Chinese Language teacher and loves working with students exploring Chinese language and Chinese culture.

TingTing Ge

TingTing Ge

Chinese Teacher

Tingting Ge, was born in Shanghai, and received her B.A. in English Language and literature in 2011 and M.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Prior to joining WISS in 2014, Tingting focused on teaching Chinese as a foreign language. She has taught Chinese in SMIC summer school camp, then she went to New Zealand and taught Mandarin in two primary schools in Auckland. She also taught a business Chinese course to students from Columbia University through a program in Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She enjoys teaching Chinese as a foreign language and working with students in learning Chinese culture and customs.

Joyce Zhou

Joyce Zhou

Chinese Teacher

Joyce Zhou received her B.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from East China Normal University. After graduation, she spent three years teaching Chinese and studying in various places, including Shanghai, England and HK. In 2014, she earned her Master’s Degree at the University of Hong Kong. Before she joined WISS, she worked as an IB Chinese teacher in HK and Shenyang. Joyce is pleased to be part of the WISS community and she enjoys helping each student to know more about the language and Chinese culture.

Vanessa Scully

Vanessa Scully

English Teacher

Despite having taught the IB DP in Brazil, Norway, Portugal and Thailand, Vanessa Scully has never worked in the real deal – a full IB school – and is looking forward to this exciting opportunity. Her educational background includes a BA, bi-lingual PgDip and PGCE, all from the UK. She has taught both French and English at Diploma level and seeks to develop a life-long love and appreciation of reading in all her students. Having assisted students in Model United Nations conferences in places such as Lisbon, Paris, Jakarta, Beijing and Bangkok, she now encourages all WISS students to have a go at MUN and work collaboratively, with students from other international schools, to develop solutions to world problems.

Colin Mosher

Colin Mosher

English Teacher

Mr.Colin Mosher is from Nova Scotia, Canada. He received his BA from Acadia University and furthered his studies by becoming certified in teaching EAL. In 2006, Colin and his wife Terri along with their children moved to Dalian, China where they lived and taught for 5 years. In 2011, Colin joined the WISS community in Secondary as an EAL teacher. Colin is very passionate about providing language support to students in need and very much happy to be a part of the WISS family.

Qanta Shah

Qanta Shah

English Teacher

Qanta Shah is a dedicated English language and literacy teacher, and has taught students at all levels for many years. Originally from Toronto, Ms Shah has been teaching English students in Asia since 1997. Ms Shah holds a degree in English Literature from the University in Ottawa and is a Cambridge certified English language teacher. Both Ms Shah, and her lovely daughter Lulu, are thrilled to be a part of the WISS family.

Leonard Stanley

Leonard Stanley

English Teacher/Theory of Knowledge Teacher

Mr. Stanley is from Washington DC and received his BA in Communications from Howard University. Leonard began working with children at age 18 and has since worked with students from all over the world in Washington DC, Xian, and Shanghai before coming to WISS. Also a parent at WISS, Leonard is enthusiastic about being able to have a positive contribution to the WISS community by providing language support to those in need. Mr. Stanley looks forward to receiving as much from the students as he gives as he is a firm believer in the reciprocal nature of teaching.

Vanessa Ness

Vanessa Ness

English Teacher

Ms Vanessa Ness is originally from Wales but has spent time teaching English as a foreign language in Greece and Taiwan.  More recently she spent the last five years teaching English Literature and Language in an inner city London secondary school.  Vanessa has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and a Master’s degree in English Education.  Vanessa is now part of the WISS community along with her son Max.  Her hobbies include reading, travelling and personal development.  She enjoys discussing literature with children and being part of the creative process literature can inspire in us all.

Başak Soares da Cunha

Başak Soares da Cunha

English / EAL Teacher

Ms Başak Soares da Cunha is Turkish.  Her Portuguese surname pronunciation struggle has been a real pleasure for Mr Rui since they married and embraced their Shanghainese adventure. Her Education degree is both in English Language and Linguistics leading to 13 years of EFL/EAL teaching. She taught English at Primary, Middle, High Schools and University level and Business English in Turkey and China. Students’ enthusiasm for learning is her greatest professional motivation, as well as a shared experience in which joy, collaboration and creativity work hand in hand. Her hobbies include trekking and jogging in nature.

Karin Fischer

Karin Fischer

Head of Language and Literature / Spanish Teacher

Ms Fischer is from Santiago and has she taught at two schools in Hong Kong before coming to work at WISS. Her background is in second language acquisition and learning, ESL, Spanish for foreigners, general humanities, linguistics and literature, and earned her Master of Education degree at The University of Hong Kong. She enjoys teaching and working collaboratively with her students and colleagues, and inspires in her students a love towards language learning and multicultural understanding. She is happy to live in Shanghai’s diverse and thriving international community with her husband and two young boys.

Marta Frasquier Estelle

Marta Frasquier Estelle

Spanish Teacher

Ms. Frasquier is from Barcelona, Spain. She has received a Bachelor of Translating and Interpreting English, French, Spanish and Catalan and a Master in Teaching at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Prior to coming to China, she lived for four years in Nebraska where she taught French and Spanish for native and non-native speakers. She is in Shanghai with her husband who works as a chef in a restaurant in the French Concession. Before coming to WISS, she worked at Hangzhou International School as a long term substitute for French and Spanish. Ms. Frasquier is very passionate about teaching Spanish and is excited to be part of the WISS community.

Rebeca Rodriguez

Rebeca Rodriguez

Spanish Teacher

Mrs. Rebeca Rodriguez is from Spain but she has spent the last fourteen years living in various countries, including China, Germany and Mexico. Rebeca has a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism and three Postgraduates Certificate in marketing, public relations and human resources. She also has a Degree as a Spanish Teacher from the Iberoamericana University of Mexico, which is recognized by the Spanish Government. Rebeca began teaching after working for Volkswagen Mexico in different areas for over seven years ( customer service,  International project as Assistant and Spanish teacher). She also lived in Germany for seven years where she worked in the sales and promotion sector. Rebeca is married and has two children. Her husband is from Brazil so she also speaks Portuguese. Her hobbies include language learning, visiting as many new countries as possible, music, sport, psychology and enjoying her family and friends.

Jörg Strehler

Jörg Strehler

German Teacher

Jörg Strehler is from Switzerland and earned his first Masters Degree in Geography from the University of Zurich and the University of Sheffield.  After discovering his passion for teaching he got a second Masters Degree in Secondary Education also from the University of Zurich. He is fluent in several languages and likes reading, travelling, mountaineering, sledging, and many kinds of sports. Living in China over the last few years has been in many ways both astonishing and enriching for Jorg and he enjoys working in an international setting together with diverse students and colleagues.

Renee Couturier

Renee Couturier

Deputy Principal of Academics, MYP Coordinator & French Teacher

Ms. Renee Couturier is from Canada but has lived in the Middle East for the past 13 years. She has 18 years of experience as a teacher and administrator in Ontario, Canada and overseas. She holds a Bachelor of Education from Université de Moncton, and a Master of Educational Leadership and Principal Certification from The College of New Jersey. She loves to travel and spend quality time with family learning about new cultures. Renee, with her husband Tony and daughter Emma, are excited to be a part of the WISS community.

Keiko Ishii

Keiko Ishii

Japanese Teacher / IBDP Japanese Language Examiner

Keiko Ishii has taught Japanese Language in Japan and the US since 2001. Keiko has a passion to teach the language and she believes that speaking more than one language is a special skill of every individual. Keiko enjoys photography and Origami. Keiko has a Bachelor of Arts in Language Studies from Osaka University of Foreign Studies and a Master’s of Education in Teaching Japanese as a Second Language from Hiroshima University in Japan. Keiko is joined at WISS by her husband Aldwin and lovely daughter Aiko.

Maths Department

Ioannis Daglas

Ioannis Daglas

Head of Math / Maths Teacher

Mr. Ioannis Daglas was born in Greece and graduated from the University of Patras in Greece with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. After having completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the University of Brighton in England, he spent the next few years teaching mathematics at a local secondary school. In addition to teaching the UK curriculum, Ioannis gained MYP, IBCP and DP experience at an international school in Berlin. Ioannis has a passion for teaching mathematics and he is very excited to be a member of the WISS community.

Aldwin Casas

Aldwin Casas

Maths Teacher

Aldwin Casas has taught Math and Science in the Philippines, Japan, and the USA since 1996. Aldwin has MYP and DP experience and is a proud advocate of the IB system. He is passionate about Math and hopes to instill the same passion in his students. Aldwin Casas has a Bachelor of Secondary Education in Math and Physics as well as a Master’s of Science in Math from the University of the Philippines, and another graduate degree in Math Education from Hiroshima University in Japan. His wife Keiko, and daughter, Aiko, are very proud to be a part of the WISS family. Aldwin enjoys playing chess and badminton.

Ju Hee Kim

Ju Hee Kim

Maths Teacher

Ms. Ju Hee Kim was born in Korea. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and gained a Master’s degree in Mathematical Education in 2008. Since then she has taught mathematics in the Philippines, Korea and China. She is excited to be a part of WISS and brings positive passion for teaching mathematics and to enjoy her journey in Shanghai

Christopher Cotton

Christopher Cotton

Math Teacher

Mr. Christopher Cotton is from Toronto, Canada but has spent the last eight years teaching internationally.  He has taught in Canada, England and Kuwait.  Chris has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Education.  He has known ever since elementary school that he wanted to be a secondary school math teacher and it’s his mission to show students that calculus can be fun!  Chris is a part of the WISS community with his partner Ashley, a grade three teacher.  Although a math geek at heart, he is a heavy metal music fan and spends his summer at music festivals/concerts.

Individuals and Societies Department

Brent Jones

Brent Jones

Head of Humanities / Geography Teacher

Mr. Brent Jones is originally from New Zealand. He has taught in New Zealand, England and China over the last 15 years. He is at WISS along with his wife Liz Jones and their two children Charlotte and Jack. Brent has a real passion for Geography in particular and the outdoors and he loves the chance to get out and explore different places both within China and overseas. Brent is happy to be in the exciting city of Shanghai. He really enjoys the diverse range of nationalities and life experiences in international schools that make teaching the subject so much more interesting. He is also a dedicated sportsman competing in triathlons at a high level as well as many other sports.

John Lalis

John Lalis

Humanities / Economics Teacher

John Lalis is originally from New York City and has lived and worked in a number of countries, including Belgium, England, Switzerland and China. He received a BA in Economics from Northwestern University in 1989, an MBA from the University of Chicago in 2000, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern California in 2012. He came to teaching after a twenty-year career in business during which he was, at various times, an entrepreneur, business consultant, economist and investment banker. When able to tear himself away from books (one of the perks of being a teacher), John loves skiing and playing classical guitar.

Curt Farnham

Curt Farnham

Humanities / History Teacher

Curt Farnham is originally from Ottawa, Canada. Curt received his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, and his Bachelor of Education from Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec. His educational career has seen him teaching in Canada, Australia, the US and Asia. Before joining the WISS family as an English and Humanities teacher, he worked for the last five years at a private school in Taipei. Curt is excited to be teaching in a programme that provides the highest standard of education and personal growth to students

Paul Matheson

Paul Matheson

Humanities / Design Teacher

Mr. Paul Matheson has a BA: History and Political Science from the University of British Columbia, a BEd: Secondary Education degree from the University of Toronto, and he has recently completed an MEd: International School Counseling degree. Mr. Matheson is committed to international education, and has taught at schools in South Korea, Kuwait City and The Bahamas. Before becoming a teacher, he worked as a software engineer at Apple, developing the iWork suite. His hobbies include traveling, kayaking and playing the piano. Mr. Matheson is so pleased to be working at WISS!

Kelsey Gibb

Kelsey Gibb

Humanities / Business Teacher

Miss Kelsey Gibb is from Falkirk in central Scotland.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Studies and Professional Education from the University of Stirling in 2013.  After teaching in Scotland for 5 years, Kelsey decided to take the leap in to international teaching and is very happy to be a part of the WISS staff as a humanities teacher.  She enjoys visiting a variety of countries and learning about different cultures so she is happy to be a part of the international Shanghai community.  Her hobbies include socialising with friends, fitness and hill walking.

Performing Arts Department

Darren Scully

Darren Scully

Director of Performing Arts

Theatre has been a big part of Darren’ life since his teens, acting in school plays and youth theate groups. He has been teaching English and Theatre for 30 years and has worked in the UK, BRAZIL, NORWAY, PORTUGAL, AND THAILAND. Darren is now the new Artistic Director at WISS, teaching creative arts and theatre to grades 6-10 and producing and directing plays after school. He has directed a lot of theatre, from classic musicals to edgy experimental work and has so far escaped being arrested. More recently he has been working on reinterpreting classical texts through physical theatre approaches and in devising work based on immersive, site specific venues. He has really excited about being part of a team building the creative arts and performances. There will be a lot of opportunities for students to express themselves and develop confidence. Contrary to popular opinion, Darren thinks theatre can make people better and the world a better place.

Nicolas Elguea

Nicolas Elguea

Director of Music

Mr. Nicolas Elguea is from Spain and has been passionate about music all his life. He obtained his music teaching degree in his home country, later moving to Chicago where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s in orchestral studies at the Chicago College of Performing Arts in the specialty of clarinet. He has extensive international experience performing in symphonic orchestras and bands touring in the US, Spain, France, Italy, and Japan. In 2010, he joined the British School of Navarra, Spain as a primary music teacher; this gave him a remarkable perspective in international education. Nicolas joined WISS in August 2012; he loves being involved in all musical projects supporting students all across school; encouraging young performers and instilling appreciation and love for music.

Rui Cunha

Rui Cunha

Theatre Arts / Theatre Manager

Rui, or Rui da Cunha if he wants to be taken seriously, was founder of the theater company Projectos Ad Hoc, where he was playwriter, actor and technician. He worked as Light technician in Teatro Viriato, Viseu, Portugal, and then he was the Technical Coordinator in the same theater. He worked as a freelance Light Designer for dance, theater and music companies where he toured around the world. He worked for Ista, International School Theater Association, teaching tech in international schools. He is WISS’s new Theatre Manager and working with the Artistic Director in the theatre.

Al McDowall

Al McDowall

Film Teacher / Theatre Technician

Al McDowall is delighted to be working in the performing arts team, bringing with him over fifteen years’ experience of technical theatre in the UK.  He has worked in almost every area of production, from lights and sound to set construction and even performing on occasion. He is excited to be working with the theatre manager in all the productions and events we host here at WISS.

Jacqueline Mirtic

Jacqueline Mirtic

Music Teacher

Jacqueline Mirtic is from Richmond Hill, Canada and is passionate about teaching and traveling abroad. She holds a Concurrent Bachelor of Music degree and Bachelor of Education degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Jacqueline is a saxophonist and loves to perform in symphonic bands, jazz ensembles, and choirs. She has taught MYP Music since 2011, and loves working within the IB programme. She previously taught Vocal Music and was the Choir Director at AIS Kuwait for 3 years. Most recently, she taught Instrumental Music and was the Band Director at LCIS in the Bahamas for 3 years. Jacqueline is excited to be a part of the WISS team and continues to enjoy her hobbies of music and travel in and around Shanghai.

Hannah McFadden

Hannah McFadden

Drama Teacher

Hannah is a performing arts teacher from Canberra, Australia. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and has taught dance and drama in schools across Australia and Germany. She has also choreographed and directed numerous plays and musicals with youth companies, providing valuable theatre experiences to young people.  She is a ballet teacher, and has supported students in gaining professional opportunities in the industry. She is very excited to be part of wonderful creative arts team at WISS-where the arts in an integral part of the school community.

Visual Arts Department

Liz Jones

Liz Jones

Director of Visual Arts

Liz Jones is from the UK. She has taught in China for over 5 years covering the entire IB programme during that time and adores the diversity that international teaching affords. Liz started her teaching career in New Zealand, which is where she lived for 7 years. This career has subsequently taken her to Europe and Asia. Her loves include theatre, cycling, picture books, IT, travel and of course her family who are all here at WISS. Liz gained an Honours Degree in Jewelry with a subsidiary in Constructed Textiles some years ago. She is an effervescent character who never has colour far away from her!

Daniel Avila

Daniel Avila

Arts Teacher

Mr. Daniel Avila was born in Bogotá, Colombia, graduated with a BA in Plastic Arts and Curatorial Sciences from Los Andes University. Soon after receiving his diploma, he started teaching visual arts in IB schools in his country. After three years he decided to come to China as head of visual arts in an international boarding school in Changzhou in Jiangsu province, where he worked for 2 years . Besides teaching, Mr. Avila is an active artist, specifically in the area of painting, drawing and printmaking. He has shown his work several times in his home city, as well as in Lima and Mexico D.F. Coming to China has been a significant change in his life, and he enjoys absorbing all the culture and excitement that Shanghai has to offer.

Design Department

Ian Baverstock

Ian Baverstock

Head of Design

Ian Baverstock is a qualified product designer and educator heralding from the UK and has worked within education since 2001. Prior to joining the international teaching arena he worked for a leading American bank as a risk analyst and educator. He has been fortunate to work within fully accredited IBO World schools throughout his international teaching career and has commissioned either design technology or visual arts teaching spaces within each school. He has been an active member of both the MYP steering and the Resources and ICT development committee, and during his time in Dakar was the Community and Service coordinator working with aid organisations such as Habitat for Humanity. Ian is looking forward to working with the children of WISS to design and create a range of fun and innovative products.

Vaughn Stanley

Vaughn Stanley

Design Teacher

Mr. Vaughn Stanley was born in Washington D.C. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Penn State University with a focus on Child Development. After completing his degree he worked with E.L Haynes Public Charter School for two years. Mr. Stanley has worked with children in afterschool and summer programs in the Washington D.C area since 2004. His passion for Technology was gained through the numerous programs and classes he took at Penn State. Mr. Stanley hopes to open the minds of the wonderful youth at WISS through his Technology courses.

PE Department

Tony Anderson

Tony Anderson

Director of Sports

Mr. Tony Anderson holds a Bachelor of Physical Education from Brock University, a Teaching Certification from St. Bonaventure University, and a Master of Educational Leadership and Principal Certification from The College of New Jersey. He has 23 years of experience in teaching and as an administrator in various schools in Ontario, Canada, in Dubai, UAE and in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He has a passion for sports, is an avid ice hockey player, and relaxes with long rides on his custom chopper! He is at WISS with his wife Renee and daughter Emma.

Stewart Paterson

Stewart Paterson

Career-Related Programme Sports Teacher

Mr. Stewart Paterson is from central Scotland. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Sports Studies, Professional Education and Physical Education at the University of Stirling. Stewart started coaching sport at the age of 16 and spent many of his summer months during university coaching a variety of sports in New York. Stewart is deeply passionate about the role sport can play in pupils life’s and he enjoys working with pupils to improve their leadership skills and confidence. Stewart likes to believe he is a good all-rounder and he particularly enjoys football, badminton and volleyball.

Chris Barry

Chris Barry

Head of MYP Physical and Health Education

Mr. Chris Barry is a UK citizen, from Oxford, joining the WISS community from Atlanta, USA, along with his wife and son. Chris has held a range of teaching, leadership and management positions within both public and private sector education over the last twelve years. Chris has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Science & Health Science (Hons) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Chris is passionate about sports participation and health, and is enthusiastic about encouraging others to participate.

Katrina Clow

Katrina Clow

Physical and Health Education Teacher

Ms. Katrina Clow was born and raised in Prince Edward Island, Canada. She completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology as well as her Bachelor of Education at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada. After graduation, she decided to teach internationally and moved to Shenzhen, China followed by Jeju Island, Korea. She has a wealth of experience coaching and playing volleyball and hopes to help continue a strong WISS program.

Counselor

Christopher Wilcox

Christopher Wilcox

Deputy Principal / College Counselor

Mr. Chris Wilcox hails from the United States of America.  Chris earned his Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and his Master’s degree in Private School Leadership from Columbia University’s Teachers College.  Chris has over a decade of experience in a variety of teaching and administrative roles at private independent schools.  Most recently he served as the College Counselor and Upper School Dean of Students at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, a STEM-focused private school in the San Francisco Bay area..  As a former Latin teacher, Chris enjoys engaging with students in all things Roman. In his free time, he and his partner enjoy hiking, biking, and exploring the world.

Susan Stewart

Susan Stewart

Secondary Counselor

Ms. Susan Morrell Stewart graduated from Rhodes University, South Africa and has been involved in education for 25 years, more recently teaching at Malvern College Qingdao, China. She loves the energy of youth and believes schools need to develop well-balanced individuals. Her Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching scholarship was a formative part of her profession and she greatly values cross-cultural understanding. She has also worked as a journalist so values communication skills and the arts in all their forms, believing it is important to encourage creative thought and use this in cross-curricula teaching.

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