Early Years  Team

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Fiona Morris
Early Years School Principal / IB Workshop Leader / IB Site Visiting Team Member

Originally from the UK, Fiona Morris has been working internationally since 2005, having worked extensively at schools in England. Fiona is a strong advocate of inquiry based learning, with many years experience as a teacher and administrator in the PYP. WISS is Fiona’s third IB school, having worked widely in Asia and Europe after leaving the UK to work with children around the world. Fiona has been Lead Teacher at the Prague British School, Junior School Coordinator at the International School of Ho Chi Minh City, and Early Years Coordinator at WISS from 2006 to 2009. Fiona holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education.

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Heidi Steinbring
Early Years Deputy Principal / Nursery Blue Teacher

When asked where she is from, Heidi Steinbring always says Australia because it is the country in which she lived the longest and where her family now live. She has dual nationality, holding both a New Zealand and a German passport, and has lived and worked in a number of countries including the USA, Italy, Russia, Mexico and Singapore. Heidi has a Bachelor of Teaching degree and has spent twenty years working and learning with very young children. She is excited to be part of the WISS community!

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Lisa Kane
PYP Coordinator

Lisa gained her Early Years Education diploma in 2001 and worked within both mainstream and Special Education schools in her home town in Scotland. She is also trained as a Communication Support Worker, working with Deaf children and their families and is proficient in British Sign Langauge.  Lisa has since gained her BA (Hons) Childhood Studies and moved to Shanghai in 2010 where she has taught Foundation Stage in an International School. She lives in Shanghai with her husband and daughter. Lisa values the uniqueness of each child.

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Michelle Meng
Early Years Lead Chinese Teacher / Pre-Nursery Blue Teacher

Ms. Michelle Meng is from Shanghai China. She graduated from Beijing Normal University and KLC School of Education in Singapore and has a major in Early Childhood Education. She worked as Chinese Teacher and Vice Principal for 8 years with children from 18 months to 6 years in Singapore.  She also worked in an international Preschool and Kindergarten in Shanghai as home room teacher and Chinese Principal for more than 10 years. Her teaching philosophy is to provide children with a safe, positive, cheerful, creative and exploratory environment with lots of learning opportunities that are engaging and relevant to their development. She believes that children learn best through playing.  She is pleased to be a part of WISS.

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Jodie Baverstock
Pre-Nursery Blue Teacher

Jodie is from England and has been living in Shanghai since 2014. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Outdoor Leadership and Management. Her desire to teach and adventurous outlook on life brought her to China where she has been teaching homeroom in an International Kindergarten. Shortly after moving to Shanghai Jodie completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. Jodie is passionate about Early Years education and believes children learn best through play. Jodie is delighted to be a part of the WISS family. Jodie’s interests include yoga, rock climbing, painting and gardening.

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Michelle Meng
Early Years Lead Chinese Teacher / Pre-Nursery Blue Teacher

Ms. Michelle Meng is from Shanghai China. She graduated from Beijing Normal University and KLC School of Education in Singapore and has a major in Early Childhood Education. She worked as Chinese Teacher and Vice Principal for 8 years with children from 18 months to 6 years in Singapore.  She also worked in an international Preschool and Kindergarten in Shanghai as home room teacher and Chinese Principal for more than 10 years. Her teaching philosophy is to provide children with a safe, positive, cheerful, creative and exploratory environment with lots of learning opportunities that are engaging and relevant to their development. She believes that children learn best through playing.  She is pleased to be a part of WISS.

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Fiona Cao
Pre-Nursery Blue Teaching Assistant

Fiona Cao is originally from Shan’xi, China, and is now living in Shanghai with her daughter. She served as an assistant teacher at the The Racquet Club for 7 years and an assistant teacher at the Shanghai British International School for 2 years. She loves to be with children and promotes edutainment. She believes that in the process of playing, it is easier for children to understand and accept new things and new knowledge through real-time guidance. She is also interested in hand crafts, DIY and decorations. During the holidays she enjoys traveling with family and friends!

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Silvia Segura Álvarez
Pre-Nursery Blue Teaching Assistant

Ms. Silvia Segura is from Seville, Spain. Silvia has been working as a teacher assistant in different fields since 2000. She has completed numerous courses and workshops related to special education. She previously lived in Dubai where she worked as an assistant teacher with a group of autistic children in grade 1, and teaching Spanish language. She has extensive experience and knowledge in nursing.  Her hobbies include trekking, cooking Spanish food (especially paella) and flying falcons with her husband. She has 2 children at WISS.

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Heidi Du
Pre-Nursery Blue Teaching Assistant

Ms. Du was an assistant teacher and art teacher in BLT Children Center at Shanghai Racquet Club for 7 years. She believes that children learn and grow through stimulating and fun activities. She has alot of vitality and a deeplove for nature and is dedicated to her students. Her hobbies are face painting, arts and crafts.

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Heidi Steinbring
Early Years Deputy Principal / Nursery Blue Teacher

When asked where she is from, Heidi Steinbring always says Australia because it is the country in which she lived the longest and where her family now live. She has dual nationality, holding both a New Zealand and a German passport, and has lived and worked in a number of countries including the USA, Italy, Russia, Mexico and Singapore. Heidi has a Bachelor of Teaching degree and has spent twenty years working and learning with very young children. She is excited to be part of the WISS community!

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Olaya Garcia Capa
Nursery Red Teacher

Olaya is from Aviles, Spain. She moved to Italy in 2008 to complete her studies in biology. Since then, she loves every opportunity to experience different cultures and travel the world. Olaya graduated from London Middlesex University with a Post Graduate Certificate in Early Years Teaching and has taught in different nurseries in the UK for 5 years. She particularly enjoys creative activities. Olaya trained as a Forest School Educator and believes that outdoor learning supports children’s resilience and imagination. Her hobbies are reading detective novels and psychology books, cooking, and dancing. She is very pleased to be part of the WISS community!

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Winnie Tan
Nursery Blue Teacher / Chinese Teacher

Winnie is originally from Shanghai, China. She graduated from East China Normal University in 2011 and was awarded a national certification of Early Childhood Education in 2013. She has been working in an International Kindergarten as a Pre-school teaching assistant and as a Chineseforeign language teacher since graduating. In her spare time she likes to listen to music, read books and bake cookies as well as travel. She enjoys working with children and teachers from all around the world.

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Sharon Song
Nursery Red Teacher / Chinese Teacher

Sharon Song graduated from Three Gorges University with a Bachelor Degree in English Linguistic Literature in 2005 where she was also awarded a Diploma in Teaching. She is an experienced teacher, having taught at both Public and International schools. She is enthusiastic about teaching children, especially when seeing how their knowledge grows. Sharon likes to share her love of dancing and singing with the children and feels very proud of their accomplishments in school productions. She enjoys telling stories and traveling. Sharon is looking forward to another year teaching in Nursery.

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Lizzie Liu
Nursery Blue Teaching Assistant

Originally from Shanghai, Ms Lizzie Liu graduated with a major in Preschool Education in 2010 from East China Normal University. She has a wonderful son who was born in 2010. Lizzie enjoys working with children to help them understand and explore more and is very excited to be working as part of the WISS community. Lizzie’s hobbies include reading and traveling.

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Star Jiang
Nursery Red Teaching Assistant

Star Jiang is from Zhejiang province in the southwest of China and graduated from Nanjing institute of Tourism and Hospitality.  She got an internship in UAE and worked there for more than one year.  She has a loving and caring nature.  She enjoys working with children and sharing the special moments in their lives as well as providing them with helpful advice.  In her spare time, she likes watching movies, shopping with friends and traveling with her family.

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Xiao Mei Feng
Nursery Blue Teaching Assistant

Xiao Mei works to ensure the smooth running of Early Years as part of the Early Years office.  She is in charge of materials and other resources that every teacher needs as well as supporting teachers in the classroom.  She enjoys spending her spare time knitting and cooking. Xiao Mei enjoys her life more because she is part of the WISS family; a community full of love from every family and staff member.

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Kira Botton
Pre-Kindergarten Blue Teacher

Ms. Kira Botton loves being a part of the WISS family. She is from Louisiana and Colorado in the United States, and has taught in both South Korea and China as well. Kira has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Northwestern State University and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys discovering new things right along with the students as they make their own educational journeys. Kira’s hobbies include visiting new countries and beaches, book club, swimming, volleyball, and kayaking.

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Lynn Zheng
Pre-Kindergarten Red Teacher / Chinese Teacher

Lynn Zheng comes from China and holds a Master’s of Science degree from Uppsala University in Sweden. After working in fields from business to administration, she started to work with children in Shanghai where she focused on child psychology. Lynn Is curious about many things-she  enjoys travelling and is learning Spanish. She also is a good communicator, patient, creative and open-minded. Lynn loves working with her students, sharing experiences and providing support in their explorations.

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Emma Guo
Pre-Kindergarten Blue Teacher / Chinese Teacher

Originally from Shanghai, Ms. Emma Guo gained her Bachelor’s degree from Tongji University and was awarded the National Teachers’ Certification of Chinese Teaching. She worked overseas after graduation and come back to Shanghai in 2013. Prior to joining WISS she had been teaching in a private school and an international school. She loves to be with children and is passionate about teaching. Ms. Emma enjoys visiting museums and exhibitions in her spare time. She also loves to travel and discover different cultures. She values the uniqueness of each child and is pleased to be a part of WISS.

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Sally Wu
Pre-Kindergarten Red Teaching Assistant

Sally is Shanghainese and she graduated with a major in Early Childhood Education in 2015 from East China Normal University. She has two wonderful daughters who were born in 2013 and 2017. Before joining WISS, she worked as Chinese teaching in Montessori Bilingual School and Mandarin assistant in an International School. She really enjoys working with children and likes to do crafts with them. She is pleased to be a member of the WISS family. She likes painting and traveling with her family and particularly enjoys baking in her spare time.

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Lissy Wang
Pre-Kindergarten Blue Teaching Assistant

Lissy has a BA degree in Translation and an LLM degree in International Business Law. She loves children and enjoys working with them, and that is why she has become a member of the WISS family. Lissy completed the COBIS DITA (Diplomas for International Teaching Assistants) course and passed with Distinction. She holds a certificate in early childhood education and a certificate in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages.

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Michelle Lam
Pre-Kindergarten Red Teacher

Originally from Singapore, Michelle spent 8 years teaching at home in Singapore before making the move to China in 2016 where she continued her learning and teaching journey in Early Years. Michelle graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Studies. She believes that every day is a day of discovery in the classroom and that it is important that we celebrate each child’s curiosity, creativity and confidence. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys reading, travelling to new places and learning new languages. Michelle is delighted to be a part of the WISS community.

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Noel Walsh
Kindergarten Blue Teacher

Noel is originally from Ireland but moved to Cambridge, England where he worked and studied for 13 years. While studying at Cambridge, Noel gained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in combined English and Film. Noel has subsequently completed a PGCE and MA in International Education. He has been working as a teacher, in a variety of age groups, from Reception to First Grade since 2006. Noel strives to bring out the most in students so they can become independent, life-long learners. Noel is joined at WISS by his son Marcus.

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Faith Cao
Kindergarten Red Teacher / Chinese Teacher

Miss Faith is from Shanghai, China, and has been teaching since 2010. Faith has a bachelor’s degree in Law, and multiple qualifications in teaching as well as having specialized in language training. Her hobbies include traveling and music. She has traveled to the America, Japan, The Philippines and Hong Kong, and loves experiencing and exploring different cultures. Faith believes that the best way of learning is to learn by doing, experiential learning is the most fun, learner-centered, therefore, the most engaging way of learning. Faith is so excited to be a part of the WISS community!

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Anne Hu
Kindergarten Green Teaching Assistant

Anne is from Zhejiang, China. Anne has a Bachelor’s degree in Textile Engineering. Her hobbies include traveling and watching movies. She loves to children especially guiding them in their growth and development. Before joining WISS, she worked in an English learning center as a teaching assistant. She’s enthusiastic about learning and full of passion for life. She enjoys working in an energetic educational environment and likes to meet with people from all over the world. Anne is so pleased to be a part of WISS.

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Amanda Li
Kindergarten Blue Teacher / Chinese Teacher

Amanda is from Jiangxi Province and has been living in Shanghai since 2006. She studied English Language and Literature in Nanjing and gained her Master’s Degree of Ancient Chinese Literature in East China Normal University. After graduation, she has worked as a Chinese teacher for 6 years. Amanda loves children and enjoys working with them; she believes that educating a child is a great responsibility and that teachers need to be passionate about what they do. In her spare time, Amanda likes reading, listening to music, travelling and jogging. She is happy to be a part of the WISS community.

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Lisa Qian
Kindergarten Red Teaching Assistant

Originally from Shanghai, Lisa graduated with a major in Early Childhood Education in 2015 from East China Normal University. She has previously worked as a Mandarin assistant teacher at an International School from 2011 – 2015. She believes that education is for any time and any place and a teacher or a parent is the best example for a child. Lisa brings enthusiasm, love, and patience when teaching and working with children. Lisa also loves to go traveling with her family and friends.

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Vivi Luo
Kindergarten Blue Teaching Assistant

Ms Vivi is from Jiangxi Province but she came to Shanghai when she was little and has been here with her family for over twenty years. Ms Vivi used to work in an International school in Ningbo where she worked as a Kindergarten TA for three years. Vivi has lots of experience with children and she loves to work alongside them. She is so excited to be part of WISS.

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Victoria Voogt
Kindergarten Green Teacher

Victoria Voogt has been working as a certified teacher around the globe for over 7 years; teaching in England, Canada and now China. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Windsor, and took courses relating to child development and geography. Victoria also enrolled in a Master’s of Science programme at Medaille College, NY, where she graduated with a specialisation in primary education. Victoria is very passionate about lifelong learning, and during her career she has obtained specialty skills in International Baccalaureate, alongside additional qualifications in Special Education and English as a Second Language. Victoria has a great passion for health, athleticism and literature and is always open to new experiences. As a teacher, she focuses on educating the ‘whole child’ and aims to instill self-confidence, kindness and humility, together with proficient language skills.

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Karen Stevens
Kindergarten Red Teacher

Ms. Karen Stevens is from New Brunswick, Canada where she acquired degrees in child development and education. Her career started with working in day care and early intervention programs with preschool-aged children. This helped her develop a strong understanding of child development and the importance of valuing each child as an individual. She has worked in preschool and lower primary classrooms in the USA, Germany, and in several countries in Asia. Karen often travels to spend time with family and friends around the world. She loves to explore the food culture and natural environments of the countries she visits.

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Albee Wang
Kindergarten Green Teacher / Chinese Teacher

Ms Albee Wang is from Shanghai and is certified in Chinese Teaching with a Masters in Curriculum Management from East China Normal University and Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing, Exhibitions and Events from Shanghai Normal University. Albee comes to WISS having taught at other international schools in Shanghai. She has been a teacher since 2010. Her hobbies include reading, cooking and traveling. She enjoys working with children and is very pleased to be a part of the WISS community.

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Serena Wang
Pre-Kindergarten Yellow Teacher / Chinese Teacher

Ms. Serena Wang is from Wuhan in Hubei Province. She graduated with a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education from East China Normal University. She has worked as a Kindergarten teacher for many years. She knows how to stimulate students according to their individual strengths, and needs, and engages them in inspirational activities. She aims to provide a healthy and nurturing learning environment that fosters confidence and encourages children to reach their full potential. Serena also loves to travel with her family and is a keen baker.

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Jessie He
Jessie He
Pre-Kindergarten Blue Teaching Assistant

Jessie is a graduate of Beijing Science and Technology University, where she gained a BA of Education. After graduating Jessie initially worked with children and adults of various ages in a Mandarin training school. Jessie knew that teaching was the right career for her. She went on to gain a Qualification Certificate for teaching at Shanghai Normal University in 2012. Prior to joining WISS Jessie worked in another international school from 2012 to 2015 as a teaching assistant. During this time she has gained valuable experience with Early Years students. She really enjoys helping children develop their independence personally, socially and academically.

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José Manuel Gamito González
Director of Student Support Services / PYP School Counselor

José 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.

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Arina Mei
School Psychologist

Ms. Arina Mei was born in Anhui province, China. She loves being a part of the WISS family. Arina earned her master degree in Applied Psychology in Nanjing. There she gained her certification of National Psychological Consultant and restarted her journey as an educator. She has worked with students of different ages ranging from preschooler to undergraduate. With a wish to help more students with psychological work. She carried out a psychological service project for Left-behind children in Nanjing for almost a year. Before joining WISS, she worked in a bilingual school in Shanghai. Arina enjoys learning about different cultures and is pleased to be in the WISS community.

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Eli Sturn
Student Support Specialist

Eli is originally from the state of Kansas in the United States. He began his career in education by working in Early Childhood Education programs for over 5 years. He attended the University of Kansas, where he received his Bachelor of Education with an emphasis on early primary and special education. He spent the following 5 years as a primary teacher in Asia and Europe. He enjoys spending his free time reading, traveling to new places and focusing on fitness. Eli is excited to be a part of the passionate community of learners at WISS.

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Mark Caulfield
PE Teacher Early Years – Grade 1

Mr. Mark Caulfield was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. He is married to his beautiful wife Lexie, and have three amazing girls. He holds a Bachelor in Exercise Science and Health Management as well as a Diploma in Education. He has been teaching PE for well over 10 years and love it! He is so pleased to be part of the WISS community, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in teaching and learning in Physical Education.

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Donna Tang
Early Years PE/Swim Co-Teacher

Ms. Donna Tang is from Jiangsu Province. She has been living in Shanghai since 2007. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a certificate for Pre-school Teaching. She has been working in bilingual kindergartens since 2009. Donna had created her own business for Pre-school Education in 2015, but now she is pleased to be a part of WISS. She likes to stay with children. She thinks the best way of teaching is love, and the best way to express love is to cheer, encourage and admire. Donna likes cooking and sports in her spare time.

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Ruby Lu
Swimming Coach

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.

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James Murphy
Early Years Art Teacher

Mr. James Murphy is from the United States and has a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. He has been working as an international Early Years educator for the past 12 years in Bangkok, Thailand. James is passionate about education and strives to make his classroom a safe, nurturing space where students are engaged, inspired and happy! He is excited to now be living in Shanghai and likes to spend his holidays traveling and experiencing all the wonders that China and Asia have to offer. He is very happy to be part of the WISS community!

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Vivian Wu
Early Years Art Co-Teacher

Vivian graduated from East China Normal University in Shanghai and she majored in Primary Education. She has been working in International schools since 2003 and she really enjoys working with children of all ages. Her interests outside school include dancing, singing and reading.  Vivian joined WISS in August 2013 and is excited to be a part of the WISS family.

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Samantha Driscoll
Early Years Music Teacher

Samantha Driscoll is from the sunny state of Florida in the United States. Samantha has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Flute Performance as well as a TESOL certificate. She has been teaching vocal and instrumental music for over ten years and is certified in Orff-Schulwerk, World Drumming, and Little Kids Rock methodologies. Her hobbies include cooking, running, enjoying musical theatre, and traveling to as many different countries as possible. Samantha is beyond excited to be a part of WISS and looks forward to sharing a love of music with all students!

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Ayuki Wang
Early Years Music Co-Teacher

Ayuki graduated from Manshan Teachers College with a major in pre-school education.  She holds a certificate for both Pre-school Teaching and Mandarin Teaching.  Ayuki previously taught Mandarin within an international school for six years.  In the classroom she encourages students to voice their opinions and to approach learning in a positive way.  She believes that learning should be personalized and that listening to the children is a very important part of this.  Ayuki is also interested in socializing with friends, learning more about different cultures and being compassionate towards others.  She enjoys working with children and dedicates her time to educating them and learning from them.

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Stacey Pan
Library Class Teacher

Stacey was born in Shanghai where she stayed till the age of 18, and then continued her Higher Education at Central China Normal University and RMIT University in Early Childhood Education. After graduation in 2016, Stacey became a teacher in Australia to develop her pedagogy. She came to us from Froebel Early Learning Centre-a German-English bilingual center, where she worked as a Toddler Room co-teacher and STEM teacher. Stacey’s educational and work experience makes her more sensitive and responsive to the needs of students with various cultural backgrounds. In her free time, Stacey enjoys Modern Arts and Indie music.

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Lisa Wang
Library Teaching Assistant

Lisa graduated from Cao Yang Professional School in 2005, before starting work as a teaching assistant in International Early Years settings in Shanghai. She is a creative person and enjoys drawing, crafts and music as well as reading in her spare time. She is always eager to expand her personal and professional development. Lisa enjoys working with children and staff from all around the world.

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Jessica Xu
Assistant to Early Years Principal

Prior to joining WISS, Ms. Jessica has worked for many years as assistant to senior executives and management team in both public and private organizations. She has worked with colleagues and clients from a variety of cultural backgrounds, including India, Argentina, Ecuador, Scotland, Japan, Dubai and Indonesia. She enjoys helping people from different backgrounds coming to mutual understanding, and is a firm believer in actions. Jessica has a Master’s Degree in English from Shanghai International Studies University. She also speaks some Spanish and has great interest in learning new things.

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Lisa Prowse
Early Years Office Assistant

Lisa is from Changsha, Hunan, and has been living in Shanghai for the last 6 years with her husband and two daughters.  Previously she worked in the food and beverage industry as a supervisor.  Lisa enjoys spending time with young children so feels working at WISS is the perfect place to restart her career.

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Summer Xia
Early Years Nurse

Summer XIA is from ZheJiang, China. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Nursing from JiLin university and has subsequently worked in international clinics and schools in Shanghai. Her hobbies include reading and traveling with friends. Summer enjoys spending time with children and is looking forward to helping the youngest children on campus feel better. Summer is thrilled to be joining the nursing team in Early Years at WISS.

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