Secondary School Staff

Denes Tilistyak

Denes Tilistyak

DP Coordinator / Head of Math

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.

Andrew VanderMeulen

Andrew VanderMeulen

MYP Coordinator / Head of Individuals and Societies

Andrew VanderMeulen is Canadian, received his teacher training in Ontario and began his career teaching for three years in the public system.  By 2003 he and his wife Mirjam had moved to the dry heat of Sana’a, Yemen. The Bahamas called next, introducing Andrew to the International Baccalaureate where he instructed Diploma History and Theory of Knowledge classes.  Continuing his work within the IB, he relocated to International School Moshi in Tanzania to teach Humanities and to coordinate the MYP.  Andrew holds bachelor degrees in History, Religious Studies, and Education and is currently completing his Master’s in Education with the University of Bath.  He and Mirjam are joined by their children, Simone and Theo.

Science Department

Terri Mosher

Terri Mosher

Head of Science / Biology Teacher

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.

Keith Collins

Keith Collins

Science / Business Teacher

Mr. Keith Collins is from Scotland but has spent the last twenty years living in various countries, including China, Germany and Turkey.  Keith has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Chemistry and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.  Keith came to teaching after twenty-five years in international sales and marketing, working in the Chemical Industry. Keith now is working along with his wife Fiona and son, Andrew in the WISS community.  His hobbies include an interest in health and wellness and visiting as many new countries as possible. He enjoys engaging with students in their exploration of all things scientific.

Michael Grunwell

Michael Grunwell

Science / Physics Teacher

Michael Grunwell graduated from the University of Wales in 1983 with a degree in Zoology. His first teaching jobs were in ICT and computer studies before teaching in general science. He taught A level Biology and moved to Qatar for 6 years where he moved into teaching Physics. Before joining WISS, he taught for two years in Nanchang. He lives here with his Hungarian wife of 22 years and his two younger children. His oldest daughter is majoring in Psychology at MacDanial College Budapest. He tries to inspire children in science and is a life-long birder. He enjoys taking children on field trips to explore the wildlife of China, and, given clear skies, to introduce children to Astronomy.

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.

Jean Yan

Jean Yan

Lab Technician

Ms. Yan graduated from Shanghai University of Electric Power, where she majored in environmental engineering. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and is developing her practical experience working on the technical side of the Science Department. Ms. Yan loves the sciences and really enjoys finding solutions to everyday and global problems. Her hobbies include aerobic exercise, dancing, and literature. She hopes that all the students in her care will continue to grow in body as well as in spirit and be healthy and happy.

Languages Department

Yining Wu

Yining Wu

Head of Chinese

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.

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.

Zhiyi Zhao

Zhiyi Zhao

Chinese Teacher

Ms. Zhiyi Zhao obtained her BA degree in Russian Language and Literature from Shanghai International Studies University, and her MA degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She taught in the “Columbia in Shanghai” business Chinese program, and has also taught overseas students through Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She has lived in Australia,where she taught Mandarin to students from 5 to 18 years old in a private school in Sydney. Ms. Zhao respects the individuality and creativity of her students and she devotes herself to inspiring every student’s mind.

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.

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.

Mirjam Berghuis

Mirjam Berghuis

Head of Modern Languages

Mirjam Berghuis studied both French and Education at l’Université d’Ottawa and began her career in 2000 as a French Immersion teacher.  Three years later Mirjam and her husband Andrew decided a little adventure was in order before settling down.  Their one year leave-of-absence turned into a career.  Mirjam taught both French and History in Yemen for 4 years before moving to the Bahamas to join a school that offered the Diploma Programme.  Two years on the beach was enough.  Together with their two children, Simone and Theo, the couple relocated once again to Tanzania to work at the first full IB school in Africa.  Mirjam is a Workshop Leader with the IBO and is currently our Head of Modern Languages as well as the French Department Head.

Vanessa Scully

Vanessa Scully

Head of English

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.

Rosalinda Carvalho

Rosalinda Carvalho

English / EAL 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.

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.

Daniela Rost

Daniela Rost

German Teacher

After enjoying her education in Germany, where she graduated with a Master’s degree in German and Education (double major), Ms. Daniela Rost became infected by the travel bug. She enjoyed an internship in Japan, and began exploring to see what the world had to offer. Looking back she was teaching German as a foreign language for four years in Korea at a Foreign Language High School, two years on an island in Malaysia (MYP as well as DP). Now Ms. Daniela is still exploring Asia and is happy to be at WISS in Shanghai. “Languages are the doors to other cultures” is her motto and she tries to awaken the passion for learning and studying languages in her students.

Karin Fischer

Karin Fischer

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.

Keiko Ishii

Keiko Ishii

Japanese Teacher

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

Denes Tilistyak

Denes Tilistyak

DP Coordinator / Head of Math

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.

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.

Ioannis Daglas

Ioannis Daglas

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.

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

James Pratt

James Pratt

Math Teacher

Bringing my mathematics knowledge and teaching experience to WISS to impact each student positively is my focus each year. My five college degrees provide me a solid foundation to how to help each child excel mathematically. My life experiences and professional experiences from attending school in Jakarta as a teenager to teaching children from a variety of backgrounds to connect and enrich the lives of all stakeholders especially my students. Come let us learn!

Brian Dittman

Brian Dittman

Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS) and Science / Maths 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.

Individuals and Societies Department

Andrew VanderMeulen

Andrew VanderMeulen

MYP Coordinator / Head of Individuals and Societies

Andrew VanderMeulen is Canadian, received his teacher training in Ontario and began his career teaching for three years in the public system.  By 2003 he and his wife Mirjam had moved to the dry heat of Sana’a, Yemen. The Bahamas called next, introducing Andrew to the International Baccalaureate where he instructed Diploma History and Theory of Knowledge classes.  Continuing his work within the IB, he relocated to International School Moshi in Tanzania to teach Humanities and to coordinate the MYP.  Andrew holds bachelor degrees in History, Religious Studies, and Education and is currently completing his Master’s in Education with the University of Bath.  He and Mirjam are joined by their children, Simone and Theo.

John Lalis

John Lalis

Individuals and Societies / 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

Individuals and Societies 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

Brent Jones

Brent Jones

Individuals and Societies 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.

Performing Arts Department

Anne Drouet

Anne Drouet

Director of Performing Arts

Hailing from the UK, Ms. Drouet graduated with a BSc Honors in Music from City University with piano studies at the London Guildhall School of Music. She has taught Music and Musical Theatre for over 19 years internationally and in the UK . Under her artiste name of Anne Wu, Ms. Drouet has composed for Weinstein Films, the International Labour Organisation and for performing arts festivals and theatre projects in the international school community. She is an IB Diploma Music Examiner and a Member Practitioner for International Schools Theatre Association, ISTA for whom she delivers Specialist Music workshops and works as an Ensemble Leader with Middle and High School students. To date, Ms. Drouet work has taken her around the world to the USA, Asia and Europe.  Ms. Drouet has enjoyed teaching students from different cultures and musical abilities, from students who were complete beginners to the young Amy Winehouse and Leona Lewis.

Richard Smart

Richard Smart

Director of Music

Mr. Smart was born near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He toured Western Canada with a variety of bands for a number of years before returning to university in Edmonton to get his Bachelor of Education Degree. He taught instrumental and choral music at the elementary and junior high level in Edmonton until he took his first overseas position teaching PYP music in Muscat, Oman. From Muscat he moved to Cairo, Egypt where he taught primary and secondary music and took on the position of department head of Primary Music. He is thrilled to be part of the growing WISS family.

Darren Scully

Darren Scully

Artistic Director

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.

Paul Bongiovanni

Paul Bongiovanni

Theatre Arts Teacher

Mr. Paul Bongiovanni is a drama teacher from Melbourne, Australia, but has spent the last four and a half years living in Manila with his family. He taught Drama at the International School Manila, then went to Bangladesh for a year to teach. He was an actor and director for twenty years in Australia where he explored every theatre genre ever invented. He now brings this experience to WISS. Paul is also a keen fencer, kendoist and archer.

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.

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

Secondary Visual 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

Stephen Walker

Stephen Walker

Director of Sport

Stephen is originally from the UK, where he played professional football for Portsmouth F.C until he was 15 years old, Stephen graduated Colchester University with a degree in sport science and coaching. After coaching in schools in the U.K, he decided to move to Shanghai and having taught and coached in most of the International schools around Shanghai he has now settled into his role as Director of Sport at WISS. When Mr. Walker is not teaching P.E you can find him trying to play football.

Katrina Clow

Katrina Clow

Secondary PE 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.

Andy Shepherd

Andy Shepherd

Secondary PE Teacher

Andy grew up in Yorkshire, England where he attended Sheffield Hallam University.  He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Science and Coaching and has since completed his Post-Graduate Certificate in Education.  Andy has coached a variety of sports in England and China before joining WISS in 2012.  Andy has a lifelong love for sports whether teaching, watching or playing and believes that students at all ages can learn many valuable lessons through their sporting experiences.

Counselor

Christopher Wilcox

Christopher Wilcox

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.

Community and Service

John Cucinello

John Cucinello

Director of Community and Service

Mr. Cucinello was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1956. He received a BA in English Literature from St. Thomas Aquinas College in 1981 and a Masters of Science in Education (reading) in 1994 from Long Island University . He has taught in the Bronx Public Schools for 11 years, and Yonkers, New York (5) years as well as (2) years in Saudi Arabia. John has PYP, DP and MYP experience. John speaks Spanish and English and has worked as a professional storyteller performing oral retellings of Homer’s The Odyssey.

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