Primary team

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Doreen Garrigan
Primary School Principal / IB Workshop Leader/IB Site Visiting Team Member

Ms. Doreen Garrigan is celebrating her 30th year in education this year, having worked in a variety of school settings and programs, Originally from the central coast of California, Doreen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Fresno. She later completed a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from the George Washington University in Washington D.C. It is the IB philosophy and mission that Doreen strongly believes supports and inspires children to become lifelong learners.

She has seen the results in her own child. Bringing with her an extensive background in curriculum design and instructional programming and practices for high ability students, Doreen is thrilled to be in the WISS community.

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Lisa Ellery
PYP Primary Deputy Principal

Lisa is from Wales and gained a B.Ed Primary (Honours) at the University of Gloucestershire. She began her teaching career in London and has since taught EAL learners in both Primary and Secondary schools in addition to College and University in the UK. Lisa enjoys travel and has previously taught in Japan and the Philippines. On returning to the UK, she worked as an Education Authority School Improvement Advisor for EAL. Missing Asia, she moved with her family to Shanghai in 2011 and was Head of EAL at an international school before joining WISS. Lisa is enthusiastic about teaching EAL within the PYP curriculum; encouraging and supporting the language acquisition of those children new to English within the WISS community.

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Karin Tellis
PYP Coordinator

Ms. Karin Tellis is originally from the United States, but has spent the last 20 years teaching internationally in Asia, Africa and Europe. She holds a Masters of Science in Curriculum, Instruction & Technology and an International Teaching Certificate from Cambridge University and the European Council of International Schools. As an educator, Karin has been a teacher, workshop leader, curriculum coordinator, Elementary Principal and professional development consultant. Karin is passionate about learning, and loves to explore the world and new cultures. Having traveled to 91 countries so far, Karin is probably planning her next adventure!

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GRADE 1

Stacy Doyle
Grade 1 Blue Teacher

Mr. Stacy Doyle is from Canada, but has spent the last eighteen years living abroad. Stacy has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and taught English in South Korea for five years before moving to Australia to attain his Postgraduate Diploma of Education with his wife, Lana. He has worked for the past eight years in Australia teaching lower primary classes. His hobbies include rugby, scuba diving, and walking with his son, Cullen. They have walked over 2,500 kilometers since Cullen’s birth. Stacy strives to be a creator of a calm and compassionate classroom atmosphere, as he believes safety and a sense of community are paramount in learning for young students.

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Miya Zhou
Grade 1 Blue Teacher

Ms. Miya is originally from Shanghai. She graduated from Donghua University with a major in English. She also holds a teaching degree from East China Normal University. She is a passionate teacher and enjoys working with young students. During her college life, she learned about language teaching and has put these skills to use as an individual English teacher and a volunteer teaching assistant in a summer school program. Ms. Miya is pleased to be a part of the WISS community.

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Nirada Phungsonthorn
Grade 1 Green Teacher

Ms. Nirada is pleased to be a part of WISS community. She grew up in Chicago and received her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She began working in the design field before receiving an Elementary Credential with an endorsement in Special Education and Linguistically Diverse Education. She also received a Master’s in Educational Equity from University of Colorado at Boulder. She believes that embracing an individual’s differences is the key to understanding their thinking and how it influences their learning style. Her teaching philosophy is centered on the belief that meeting the needs of these students requires scaffolded learning which allows them to think critically, even if their expression of thoughts takes different forms.

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Catherine Zhao
Grade 1 Green Teacher

Ms. Catherine Zhao started her career teaching Chinese after graduating from Ocean University of China in 2004 where she majored in Chinese Language and Culture. She is inspired by the famous Chinese philosopher Confucius, in particular by the following quote: “Everybody has their own virtues and everyone can learn from each other.” During these years, she has benefited a lot from both local and international school. While she highly enjoyed working with and getting to know all primary students as a relief teacher at WISS last year, becoming a homeroom Grade 1 teacher is her dream come true. In her spare time, Catherine loves cooking, reading with her son and traveling with her family.

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Ruth Schlotman
Grade 1 Red Teacher

Ruth is from Virginia in the United States, which she called home until she moved to Spain to study. She graduated with a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature and went on to further her Spanish ability in the Dominican Republic as a Peace Corps volunteer. She was placed in the education sector, and it was there that she fell in love with teaching. Ruth moved to Shanghai in 2012 where she taught at a bilingual pre-school while completing her teaching certificate and Masters in Elementary Education. Ruth enjoys running, socializing, and traveling. She believes her profession is the most fun one there is!

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Sophia Liu
Grade 1 Red Teacher

Mrs. Sophia Liu graduated from Hunan Normal University with a Bachelor’s degree in English Education. She has passed the Test for English Majors (TEM) level 8 and have a teaching certificate. She has also benefited a lot from my previous role as an English teacher for primary school students. Every child is unique; she highly enjoys working with them especially after having her own child. Grade 1 is a new beginning for children to make friends and to learn many new things. It is an exciting time to watch children gradually discover and unlock their full potential. She looks forward to accompanying them on their journey!

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Megan Comervelle
Grade 1 Yellow Teacher

Ms. Megan Comervelle is from the United States of America but has lived in Asia for the past 8 years. She has 11 years of experience as a teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master’s of Elementary and Special Education from Wilmington University in her home state of Delaware. Megan is passionate about student agency and differentiation. Her hobbies are travel, learning Chinese, and being an eco-warrior. Megan is excited to be a part if the WISS community.

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Pamela So
Grade 1 Yellow Teacher

Pamela is from Hong Kong and has been living in Beijing for the past ten years. She has a Bachelor’s degree and a Teacher Certificate in Education. She has been a full time teacher in Hong Kong for sixteen years. While living in Beijing, she worked as a part time relief teacher in an IB school. She trusts that all students have their strengths. Teachers are facilitators in helping them to develop the attitudes and skills for both academic and personal success. Her hobbies are hiking and cooking. She enjoys exploring new places and sharing good food with others.

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GRADE 2

Sharon Horne
Grade 2 Blue Teacher

Sharon is from Auckland, New Zealand, and gained her Bachelor of Education at Auckland’s AUT University, specializing in Steiner Education. She has traveled extensively and enjoyed seven years living in the United Kingdom. Sharon, her husband Tony and their children, Liam and Evelyn love to explore new cultures and will find any opportunity to hit the nearest ski slopes. Sharon has experience teaching grades 1, 2 and 3 and is excited to be a part of the WISS community.

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Angela Wang
Grade 2 Blue Teacher

Originally from Shanghai, Ms. Wang received a MA in Curriculum and Instruction from University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA. She had an internship experience in one of the international schools in Shanghai and did her student teaching at a California state public school. During the days of her college life, she also had been an individual English teacher, assistant, and volunteer. She is passionate about the field of education and wishes to be a dedicated educator to inspire students.

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Nicki Merrick
Grade 2 Green Teacher

Ms. Nicole Merrick is originally from Arizona, United States where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Master’s degree in Education (Curriculum and Instruction). She has taught for over 10 years teaching native English-speaking students and ESL students in Kindergarten and Primary grade levels. Nicole has spent her teaching career in various countries, including the United States, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, and Germany. She is pleased to be joining WISS and is looking forward to helping students reach their full potential, while building a classroom community full of compassion and creativity. Nicole enjoys getting her students excited about their learning. Her outside interests include dancing, traveling, and scuba diving.

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Emma Zheng
Grade 2 Green Teacher

Ms. Zheng graduated from Tianjin Normal University with a Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. She has experience of teaching Chinese in both primary and secondary schools in Thailand and Scotland. It gives her a lot of pleasure to work with children.

Ms. Zheng believes that every child is unique and intelligent in different ways and has the ability to fulfill their dreams as long as they utilize their potential and believe in themselves. She would love to help them develop the skills and understandings they need for their futures.

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Eli Sturn
Grade 2 Red Teacher

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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Daisy Tian
Grade 2 Red Teacher

Daisy Tian graduated from Shanghai International Studies University and majored in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. She taught in another international school in Shanghai for six years before she joined WISS. She is looking forward to having an exciting journey with the WISS community this year.

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Bethany Bollman
Grade 2 Yellow Teacher

Mrs. Bethany Bollman is from the US but has also lived in Indonesia.  She has a degree in Elementary Education and additional ELL certification.  Bethany has been teaching since 2002 and has worked with children since 1994. Previous to teaching she worked in the business and sales sector.  She is married and has two sons, who are adults and live in the US.  Bethany enjoys cooking, cake decorating, and photography.  She likes traveling and meeting new people.  Bethany is happy to be part of the WISS community

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Emma Tian
Grade 2 Yellow Teacher

Ms. Tian graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University with a major in English and received her teaching qualification for early years and primary school. Before coming to WISS, she worked as an English teacher in a bilingual school for 3 years. She enjoyed the time with children and was very proud of them when they made progress. She is very excited to become a member of our WISS family and she hopes to learn and share with her students and the wider WISS community. In her spare time she likes reading, drawing and handicrafts.

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GRADE 3

Gavin Jack
Grade 3 Blue Teacher

Mr. Gavin Jack has been living and teaching in China for seven years. He originally came to China to teach English and quickly realised that teaching and learning was a passion he wished to pursue further. Gavin holds a degree with distinctions in IT and a PGCE in primary education. He is currently completing an MA in International Education. Gavin is delighted to be joining the WISS community along with his two daughters who will enter nursery and grade 1 classes. Gavin especially enjoys spending time with his family and having family days out. His hobbies are hiking, cooking, reading/writing and learning.

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Christine Liu
Grade 3 Blue Teacher

Christine graduated from Shanghai Normal University, major in teaching Chinese as second language. After 10 years teaching at the other Shanghai International schools, Christine joined WISS. Interests and hobbies include ICT, Maths and travelling

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Nadya Faquir
Grade 3 Green Teacher

Nadya is originally from Mozambique but has lived in many different countries. She received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York and a Master’s in Education from Jones International University, in Colorado. Nadya is currently finalizing her second Master’s degree in Education – Elementary Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment and pursuing an online graduate Certificate in Advanced IB Studies at George Mason University. Before WISS she worked in an IB world school in Tanzania as a primary class teacher for two years. Her two daughters are with her at WISS.

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Tessie Tian
Grade 3 Green Teacher

Since graduating from Anhui Chi Zhou College, Ms. Tessie has taught in different schools, most recently, as a kindergarten Chinese teacher in Shanghai.  She is passionate and enthusiastic about teaching and is continuing her studies towards a bachelor’s degree in preschool education from East China Normal University.

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Sharon Mackenzie
Grade 3 Red Teacher

Mrs. Sharon Mackenzie Davy is from the UK. She loves to experience new cultures, and has lived outside of her home country, for as much time as she has lived in it. Having 25 years teaching experience, she has taught in countries as diverse as Malawi and Japan, and most recently spent 12 years in Dubai. She has a statistics degree from the University of Liverpool, and post-graduate certificates in teaching, and educational technology. Sharon, and her husband John, love to travel and particularly enjoy attending sporting events around the world.

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Michelle Wang
Grade 3 Red Teacher

Ms. Michelle Wang is from China and has been teaching for nearly 9 years. She holds Teaching Certificate of China, TESOL, Bachelor of English Language from Northwest University in Xi’an and the Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education from the Open University UK. She has taught students from a wide range of year groups with a focus in the primary. She has a strong passion for education and likes to cook, practice calligraphy and spend time in spiritual development. It is a great pleasure to be a member of the WISS community.

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Kiri Grimwood
Grade 3 Yellow Teacher

Mrs. Kiri Grimwood is from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. She has 20 years of experience teaching in England, Thailand and New Zealand. Kiri holds a Diploma of Teaching and Bachelor of Education from Massey University, NZ. She has leadership experience as a Head of Year at an international school in Bangkok and as a Gifted and Talented primary coordinator. She loves to travel, explore the outdoors and cheer on the All Blacks in rugby. Kiri, her husband Peter, and their 3 boys are excited to be a part of the WISS community.

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Anne Tang
Grade 3 Yellow Teacher

Anne has been in Shanghai after earning her Bachelor degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Zhejiang University. Anne has over ten years of teaching experience in Chinese language and four-years of experience in an international school. Her hobbies include reading, Chinese traditional medicine and visiting new places to learn more about different cultures. She enjoys working with children and is very pleased to be a part of the WISS community.

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GRADE 4

Claire Bojesen-Trepka
Grade 4 Blue Teacher

Ms. Claire Bojesen-Trepka is a trained educator who has most recently completed 3 and a half years of teaching in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. After graduating from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching, she began her career in Taupo before moving to Hawkes Bay where she taught until 2016. Claire has a passion for travel and cultures, and in her spare time, plays netball and tennis. Her biggest passion is teaching, and she is pleased to be a member of the WISS team and community.

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Feng Xu
Grade 4 Blue Teacher

Ms. Xu graduated from Shanghai International Studies University with a Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. She worked as a Mandarin teacher in Leicester, UK for one year with students ranging from 6 to 54 years old. She also taught Mandarin in Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Shanghai International Studies University since 2015. She is always willing to explore effective teaching methods and materials. Her hobbies include traveling, running, Zumba, as well as watching football games.

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Linnea McCully
Grade 4 Green Teacher

Linnea McCully is originally from the Washington, DC area. She attended college in Minnesota, where she studied Elementary Education. She taught first grade in Cartagena, Colombia for two years before moving to China. Before joining WISS, Linnea taught the PYP curriculum at Rainbow Bridge here in Shanghai. Linnea enjoys teaching through inquiry, and she is excited to be teaching second grade at WISS.

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Hongmei Xu
Grade 4 Green Teacher

Ms. Hongmei Xu is from Jiangsu province. In 2008, she got her bachelor degree at Nanjing Tech University. To enrich herself, she went to USA to achieve her master degree from the George Washington University in 2015. Her program was International Education, which made her acquire the professional knowledge about the development of internationalization, intercultural communication and comparison between different educational systems. After graduation, Hongmei worked as a Chinese Teaching Fellow in Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School. Based on this experience, she learned a lot about classroom management, communication with parents and work with colleagues. Hongmei Xu is so pleased to be a part of WISS.

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Emily Fraser
Grade 4 Red Teacher

Ms. Emily Fraser is originally from California, USA. Formerly a social worker, Emily began pursuing a teaching career in 2007, while working as an English instructor in South Korea. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Portland, Oregon, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Southern Oregon University. Emily has a decade of experience teaching in Korea, Thailand, Mexico, and most recently in the USA. She enjoys playing various stringed instruments, cooking, outdoor recreation, and travel.

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Vivian Sun
Grade 4 Red Teacher

Ms. Sun graduated from Xi’an Translators University in 2002, and she has been teaching for 6 years in local colleges, primary schools and international kindergartens. She loves teaching and is always trying to improve her teaching skills. She won the 2nd prize in the Teachers’ Skills Competition of Shanghai in 2004. She believes that learning is fun and she is happy to learn and explore with her students. We welcome her to the WISS team!

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GRADE 5

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Shanna Comervelle
Grade 5 Blue Teacher

Mrs. Shanna Comervelle is from New Zealand but has spent the last 12 years living and teaching abroad. She has worked in New Zealand, The United Kingdom, Qatar, China, Egypt and Vietnam. She has 15 years of experience as a classroom teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Education from Dunedin Teachers College, New Zealand. She loves travelling and experiencing new cultures. She also enjoys playing sports and spending time with her two dogs. Shanna her wife Megan are really excited to be a part of the WISS community.

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Dee Zhang
Grade 5 Blue Teacher

Ms. Dee Zhang is from Henan province, China. She graduated from Central China Normal University with a master’s degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Language. She has experience of teaching students of different grade levels in Indonesia and the UK. In her spare time she enjoys reading and listening to a variety of music genres. She is happy and excited to a member of WISS.

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Kyra Springer
Grade 5 Green Teacher

Ms. Kyra Springer is from Ottawa, Canada. She has an Honor’s Bachelor degree from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. With a passion for experiencing other cultures, she decided to move abroad and began her career by teaching at a school in Taiwan. She also has experience teaching at a PYP school in Italy. She is enthusiastic about IB education and the opportunities it provides for students. She loves reading, writing, learning languages, and traveling. Kyra is so happy to be part of the WISS community.

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Vivian-Hu
Vivian Hu
Grade 5 Green Teacher

Ms. Vivian Hu is coming from Shanghai China. She has 14 years of experience as a teacher and grade level leader in another 2 different schools in China. She is an IBEN member and holds a Master of Education from East China Normal University. She loves Chinese traditional culture and hope to instill her passion for life and learning in you. She enjoys reading stories to her students and make learning fun. Ms. Vivian is so excited to be a part of the WISS community and sharing learning journey with all of you.

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Todd Hurst
Grade 5 Red Teacher

Mr. Todd Hurst, a Canadian teacher, joined WISS from Sao Paulo, Brazil. An experienced PYP educator who has previously taught in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Chiang Mai, Thailand. Before his PYP experience Todd taught in Canada, Wales and South Korea. His first degree was a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Windsor in Canada. His Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) came from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. Todd is joined by his wife, Laura Guay, a Secondary School art teacher and their two children Miles and Ella – the whole family is excited to be back in Asia!

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Rebecca Hu
Grade 5 Red Teacher

Ms. Rebecca Hu is originally from He Nan Province, which is located in the central part of China. She holds a Master degree majored in TCSOL from The University of Nottingham and a bachelor degree majored in TCFL from Qu Fu Normal University. Before joining WISS, Rebecca used to work as a Mandarin teacher in other International schools and Universities in Shanghai. She is very excited to be a part of WISS. She is passionate about teaching and enjoys working with children. She believes that as an educator it is her job to inspire and help children to find their interest in learning. She loves reading, travelling and watching ballet performances.

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Libby Cotter
Grade 5 Yellow Teacher

Ms. Libby Cotter is thrilled to be part of the WISS community. She is from Melbourne, Australia, and has taught lower primary for 3 years. Whilst achieving her Bachelor of Education from Deakin University, Libby completed a one-year study abroad program to Clemson University, USA. She is passionate about helping students reach their individual potential and develop a life-long love of learning. Libby has enjoyed working with children in diverse settings, including as a Camp Counselor USA, volunteer English teacher in Honduras, and Swimming Instructor. She values the opportunity to meet and work with educators, parents and students from different parts of the world.

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Natalie Zhang
Grade 5 Yellow Teacher

As a qualified ESL and CFL teacher in Massachusetts and an educator who has been teaching in different international settings, Ms. Natalie aims to provide a learning environment that kids from all over the world can enjoy together. After gaining a master degree in bilingual and multicultural education in the U.S, she decided to come join the WISS team to keep realizing her teaching goals. All cultures, families and personalities are highly cherished in her class communities. Her students are always encouraged to be lifelong learners and guided towards becoming capable and responsible citizens.

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Nigel Pritchard
EAL Teacher Grade 1

Mr. Pritchard received his Bachelor of Education (Honours) at Westhill College, Birmingham University. After three years of primary school teaching in the UK, Nigel headed overseas. During the six years previous to his tenure at WISS, he worked at two other international schools in China. Receiving ongoing PYP training, Nigel is excited by this opportunity to teach in the programme for which he feels a great affinity as a teacher.

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Jessica Ladd
EAL Teacher Grade 1 and Grade 2

Ms. Jessica Ladd is from Albuquerque, New Mexico in the US. Previous to working in Shanghai, she lived in South East Asia for seven years. She has a total of 17 years of experience as a homeroom and EAL teacher at the primary level. She began her teaching career in New Mexico where she worked for 10 years before moving abroad. She holds a Master of Education degree from the University of New Mexico. She loves to travel and to spend as much time as possible in the outdoors. Jessica is excited to be a part of the WISS community.

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Shellyann O’Meally
EAL Teacher Grade 3 and Grade 4

Miss Shellyann O’Meally hails from the state of New York. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Since obtaining her degree, she has spent time living abroad in Europe and Asia. She has previously taught students in the United States, China and Saudi Arabia. Shellyann loves to read, explore, travel, learn languages and cultures, and cook. She is excited to join the WISS community where she can apply her love of EAL teaching to students from around the world.

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Lisa Ellery
PYP EAL Department Leader / EAL Teacher Grade 5

Lisa is from Wales and gained a B.Ed Primary (Honours) at the University of Gloucestershire. She began her teaching career in London and has since taught EAL learners in both Primary and Secondary schools in addition to College and University in the UK. Lisa enjoys travel and has previously taught in Japan and the Philippines. On returning to the UK, she worked as an Education Authority School Improvement Advisor for EAL. Missing Asia, she moved with her family to Shanghai in 2011 and was Head of EAL at an international school before joining WISS. Lisa is enthusiastic about teaching EAL within the PYP curriculum; encouraging and supporting the language acquisition of those children new to English within the WISS community.

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Dr. Jose Manual Gonzalez
Director of Student Support Services / PYP School Counselor

Jose is from Spain. He has worked for 20 years in school counseling and special education in a variety of environments, from public and private schools in Spain to international schools in the Middle East.  Jose has a Master’s degree in Education and PhD in Social Psychology. He is married and has two sons at WISS. His love for falconry, as the bond of brotherhood between peoples and intangible heritage of humanity, led him to use falconry as an educational resource for students with socio-emotional problems.

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Trish Burgess
Student Support Specialist

Mrs. Burgess is from New York City, and holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education and a Master’s Degree in Literacy. Mrs. Burgess is passionate about education and she believes that every child can learn. The key is to meet the student where they are academically, emotionally, set smart goals, provide encouragement, and challenge them all within a safe and nurturing environment. You will see that wonderful results can and will occur. In her leisure time, Mrs. Burgess enjoys reading, traveling and spending quality time with her family. She is thrilled to be a part of the WISS family.

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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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Magnus Holmstrom
Head of Primary PE

Magnus was born in Sweden, where he grew up participating in various competitive sports. His sports teaching career started over 20 years ago with coaching a variety of sports, following that he moved into outdoor ED facilitation and finally into teaching at schools. Magnus has taught in Sweden, Malaysia, Micronesia, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong. His education includes a Post Graduate Diploma in Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Health from Hong Kong University as well as other certifications.  Physical activity and an active lifestyle have always played a large part in his life and he enjoys participating in various sports.

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Mark Caulfield
Mark Caulfield
PE Teacher

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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Ruby Lu
PE Teacher

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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Bruno Antunes
Visual Arts Teacher

Mr. Bruno comes from the beautiful Madeira Island in Portugal. From a very early age he knew that his life would be connected to art. He holds a degree in Architecture and a Master in Visual Arts Education and finds teaching art really exciting. He loves to learn with his students and wishes that they will enjoy art and understand how much it affects their lives. In his free time, he likes to explore new places and look for unusual things. Mr. Bruno is very happy to be part of the WISS community.

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Isha Joshi
Visual Arts Teacher

Isha Joshi is from India and was born and brought up in Delhi, India’s capital. She finished a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of Art at the University of Delhi. She also completed a course in textile designing for fashion. Isha has been teaching in IB PYP for 9 years and loves working with clay, experimenting with a variety of mediums with her students in the art room but what really thrills her is creating something out of pure waste! She loves illustrating her life experiences and the sights and sounds which surround her in the form of digital art. She believes that her students are a big source of inspiration for her work.  Collaborating with other team members to enrich the curriculum is her forte.

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Adi Gafni
Music Teacher Grade 1 – Grade 3

Adi is an experienced Rhythm and Movement specialist and has been teaching music to young scholars since 2006. She started her musical career with 3 years of professional studies at the Rimon school of Jazz and contemporary music majoring in Vocals, following that with a BA (Hons) in musicology and teacher certification studies in Israel. Adi is finalizing her theses on Beethoven’s piano sonatas. She likes singing, swimming and Indian food. Her favorite phrase is “Music is what feelings sound like.

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Mabel Garcia
Music Teacher Grade 3 – Grade 5

Mabel’s youth was spent in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she was very involved in athletics and the arts. She lived in the city and travelled all over Argentina representing her school in math and music competitions, as well as part of the volleyball team. Mabel holds a Music Professor degree, a Master’s degree in Choir Conduction, Master degree as Singing Professor and she is an active opera singer. Teaching is her calling. She loves the busy nature of schools and giving something to future generations. Her classes are very creative and productive, focussing on the inquiry methods of learning. Mabel has worked in Kuwait, Dubai, Austria and Indonesia. She loves traveling, scuba diving and spending quality time with her beloved son. They are both very happy to be part of the WISS family.

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Annika Chen
Chinese Teacher – Emergent Level / Chinese Language Coordinator

Annika Chen is a passionate educator from Shanghai, China. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from East China Normal University and a Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Edinburgh. She has over five years of experience in teaching both Chinese and English to a wide range of learners with different backgrounds. She enjoys working with children, and previously she has taught in an international school in Shanghai as well as a local primary school in the U.K.

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Jiro Zhu
Chinese Teacher – Capable Level

Ms. Zhu has been working in International schools for since 2007. Her major is teaching Chinese as a second language and she loves working with young children; seeing them learn and grow. In her spare time she enjoys reading books, listening to the music, and travelling.

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Jane Wang
Chinese Teacher – Proficient Level

Ms. Wang graduated with a Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a second language from Macau University of Science and Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Language from Inner Mongolia Normal University.  She has four years of experience teaching both English and Chinese in China and abroad. Previously she taught Chinese in an international school in Macau.  Ms.Wang loves children and always enjoy the time with her students. Since she graduated from university, she tried her best to accumulate skills in teaching from the schools in different countries. She focuses on integrating Chinese language teaching with Chinese culture.

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Miao Xie
Chinese Teacher – Fluent Level

Ms. Miao Xie received her Bachelor’s degree of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Shaanxi Normal University. She also holds a Master’s degree of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Xiamen University. She has taught Mandarin Chinese in New Zealand and America, within different educational systems and to various age groups. She has worked as a Chinese teacher in an IB school in Shanghai for two years before joining WISS. She enjoys working with children and helping them reach their goals. She always puts students’ interest first and works hard to meet their needs. She is extremely excited to be teaching at WISS

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Jane Huang
Assistant to the Primary Principal

Ms. Huang graduated from Shanghai University of Engineering and Science, majored in Material Science and also obtained teaching qualifications for primary school. After graduation, she worked as an English teacher as well as a class teacher in an international kindergarten for almost one year teaching the kids aged from 4 to 6. Following this, she was a customer relation in EF Huangpu School, as a fresh in sales field, her sales amount ranked 25 worldwide in January. Now, as a new member of WISS, she is looking forward to making friends with you and making great progress step by step with everyone’s help.

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Sherry Dai
Primary Office Assistant

Sherry’s Chinese name is Dai Zhong Juan. She is from Beihai in Guangxi Province. She graduated from Guilin Institute of Tourism, and her major was Hotel Management. That was why after her graduation, she has worked with the Marriot hotel group and IHG for 4 years before joining WISS. This is a start to her new life as she is very happy and proud to be a part of the WISS team. She believes that no matter where she works, at a hotel or the school, to serve guests or to serve students, she wants to care about people like a family. Sherry believes understanding what others need in order to best meet their needs is the key to success.

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Candy Lu
School Nurse

Ms Lu graduated from TianJin Medical College with a degree in Nursing. She has worked at Quyang Hospital of Shanghai for over three years, mainly engaged in the Surgical Department, Internal Department and ICU. She also worked at another local hospital before joining WISS.

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