secondary team

Myles D’Airelle
Secondary Principal / IBDP Mathematics Examiner

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

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Christopher Wilcox
Deputy Principal of Pastoral / Head of University and Careers Counselling

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.

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Edwige Singleton
DP Coordinator

Ms. Edwige Singleton is from France but has spent the last twenty years living on the East coast of Africa. Edwige has a Master Degree in Education and a Certificate in International School Leadership. Edwige has spent the past fourteen years in Johannesburg, South Africa, teaching French whilst leading various cohorts to graduation. Her hobbies include a keen interest in the arts as well as a love for travel. Edwige, together with her husband Steve and their daughter Rose, is excited to embrace a new culture and is delighted to be part of the WISS community.

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Stewart Paterson
CP Coordinator / CP Sports Teacher

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

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Greg Cowan
MYP Coordinator

Mr. Gregory Cowan is from Australia and has spent the last 11 years teaching internationally in Finland, United Arab Emirates and Azerbaijan. Gregory has a Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education teaching Chemistry as well as a Masters of Education degree in Leadership and Management. His hobbies include being active, travelling and binge watching TV. He is so pleased to be a part of the WISS community and working with teachers and students in building a dynamic middle school curriculum.

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science  department

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David Saranam
Science Teacher / Physics Teacher

Mr. David Saranam is from Wales but has spent the last 19 years working internationally in Mexico, Japan, Spain, Brunei, Singapore and China. David has a Bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics, a Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. He is also a qualified and experienced TEFL teacher. David is married to Valeria, a Mexican national, with a daughter who is a student at the school. His interests include reading, travel and keeping fit. As a teacher, he likes to make Science class fun and stimulating.

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Jeffrey Handley
Head of Science / Science and Biology Teacher

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

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John Slack
Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS) / Science Teacher

John Slack hails from the sunny shores of Lake Erie, in gorgeous Cleveland Ohio. Over the past 15 years, He has lived and taught science in many exciting places including New York City, Xiamen, Peru and Qatar. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a Masters degree in Education. John is married into the Chinese culture as his wife Wendy is native born Chinese, and hails from the Anhui province. Together, John and Wendy have two children attending WISS, their son Johnny and daughter Ava. Finally, John enjoys reading, learning Mandarin and the adventure that an expat life brings.

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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.

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Sherry Ye
Sherry Ye
Laboratory Technician

Sherry Ye graduated from Shanghai Institute of Technology with a Bachelor degree in Applied Chemistry and holds teaching certificate for high school chemistry. She has been working in international schools as lab assistant for over 6 years and is always eager to expand her personal and professional development. In her spare time, she likes travelling, reading and listening music. She is excited to be part of the WISS community.

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Terri Mosher
Science Teacher / 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.

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languages  department

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Claudia Romeo
Spanish Language Teacher / IBDP Spanish Examiner

Ms. Claudia Romeo is from Argentina, where she has been a teacher for 20 years. She has taught History to exchange students at a private University in Buenos Aires for 12 years, and during the past 8 years she has been teaching IB Spanish and French, both as Language Acquisition, IB Spanish Language and Literature and Social Studies in an International School in Buenos Aires. Ms. Romeo holds Bachelor´s degrees both in International Relations as well as in Political Science, and is currently undertaking a Masters in Education from SUNY University. Her hobbies include cooking, yoga, and writing short stories for children.

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Colin Mosher
Head of Language Acquisition / English Teacher / CAS Coordinator

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.

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David Equidazu Vega
David Vega
Spanish Language Teacher

Mr. David Eguidazu Vega is from Asturias, Spain, where he completed his Master’s Degree in Biology. After finishing his studies, he moved to England where he discovered his passion for teaching and gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Canterbury Christ Church University. Mr. Vega has been working for more than five years in the UK, in both, adult and child education, before moving to Shanghai with his wife. Mr. Vega speaks four languages and loves traveling, reading historical fiction books and playing football. He is excited to be part of the WISS community.

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Dingxiang Wu
Chinese Language Teacher

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Helen Osterloh
German Language Teacher

Mrs Helen Osterloh Yetis is from East Germany and spent her last years in different cities in Albania and Turkey. Helen has finished her Masters Degree in Education, Psychology and German. Helen taught for 6 years at different Universities before she found her real place in international school environments. Next to teaching Helen loves to run and explore new languages and cultures. Now she is very happy and excited to join the WISS community.

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Huihui Lai
Chinese Language Teacher

Huihui Lai grew up in Shanxi Province. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Lüliang College, and a Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Beijing Language and Culture University. While pursuing her Master’s degree, she spent two years teaching Mandarin at an Elementary school Georgia, U.S.A. as part of her educational and professional development. Outside her profession, HuiHui enjoys reading books about literature and educational development, exploring the outdoors, and international travel. She is excited to be a part of the WISS community.

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Hyejin Lee
Korean Language Teacher

Ms. Hyejin Lee is from Seoul, Korea. Prior to WISS, she taught at a university in Korea and international schools in Thailand and Brazil. Ms. Lee has a BA in Korean language and literature from Sangmyung University, an MA in Education in language from Yonsei University, and an MS in Multidisciplinary studies from SUNY Buffalo State. She believes in the power of education to transform one’s mindset, regardless of age, ethnicity, class, or gender. Ms. Lee loves doing yoga and pilates, traveling, listening to music and reading. She is pleased to be a part of WISS and open to exploring Chinese culture.

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Jaimi Litus
English Language Teacher

Jaimi Litus was born and raised in Southern California. She has lived and worked in Hawaii, Nicaragua, Vietnam, and Germany before moving to Shanghai. She has her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a Masters degree in English Education both from Rutgers University. She is passionate about literature and loves to discuss it with her students. In her free time enjoys reading at cafes, surfing, traveling, meditating, and going to concerts. She has a cat named Dracula and she has been skydiving three times. She is excited to be part of the WISS community..

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Jiawei Wang
Chinese Language Teacher

Jiawei Wang, born in Heilongjiang, and received her B.A. in English from Mudanjiang Normal University and M.A. in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages from Beijing Language and Culture University. She taught Chinese at North China Electric Power University, Beijing Language and Culture University and Tsinghua University. Before joining WISS, she was an editor working on Chinese teaching materials including IB Chinese textbooks for Chinese learners in Joint Publishing (H.K.). A life-long learner, she brings her passion and commitment for working with students and the skills to meet the unique challenges and opportunities that a diverse student body brings.

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Johnetta Starks
English Language Teacher

Johnetta Starks graduated from the University of South Florida where she received a B.A. in Education. She has experience teaching English Language Arts at the primary and secondary levels in the state of Georgia. She earned her Master’s Degree in Literacy at Walden University. Before joining the WISS community, she worked in leadership to initiate the implementation of Personalized Learning through an inquiry-based approach with-in her school district. She believes that all students possess unique gifts and talents that are encouraged through creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical-thinking. She is excited to nurture the future leaders and innovators at WISS.

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Joyce Zhou
Joyce Zhou
Lead Chinese Language 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.

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Leonard Stanley
English Language 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.

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Marta Frasquier Estelle
Spanish Language 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.

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Michael McGrath
English Language Teacher

Mr. Michael McGrath is from Ireland and is delighted to be a part of WISS. He has spent the last sixteen years living in various countries, including China, and South Korea. Michael has a Bachelor’s degree in English and History and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Michael has worked in a number of universities, public high schools and International schools in China. Michael is joined in Shanghai by his wife Michelle and his daughter, Lulu, is a student at the school. His hobbies include playing squash and football, reading about Chinese history, and exploring the foods and cultures of as many places as possible. He enjoys engaging with students in their exploration of the world and its literature.

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Rosalinda Carvalho
Rosalinda Carvalho
English Language 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.

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Shichun Liu
Chinese Language Teacher

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

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

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Vanessa Ness
English Language Teacher

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

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Maths Department

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Bogac Karcika
Maths Teacher

Mr. Bogac Karcika was born in Istanbul, Turkey. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. In his first years as a mathematics teacher, he has worked in a boarding school for the gifted and the talented. He has been working as a volunteer in a mathematics summer camp for high school students in Turkey. Boğaç is passionate about mathematics and teaching the subject. He is very excited to be part of the WISS team.

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Ju Hee Kim
Head of Math / 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

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Peter Grimwood
Math Teacher

Mr Peter Grimwood is from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. He has 20 years of experience teaching in England, Thailand and New Zealand. Peter holds a Diploma of Teaching and a Bachelor of Education from Massey University, NZ. Peter has middle management experience as a House Leader and Assessment and Curriculum Leader. He is an experienced rugby coach and enthusiastic All Blacks supporter. Peter enjoys travelling, cycling and swimming. Peter and his wife Kiri, and their three boys are excited to be a part of the WISS community.

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Piotr Obidzinski
Maths Teacher

Mr. Piotr Obidzinski comes from Poland, where he studied and obtained a master’s degree in mathematics with specialty of applications and teaching. For a dozen years, Peter worked as a research scientist and taught mathematics subjects for economists at the University of Szczecin and at the same time, he also worked in several international schools in Poland with the IB program, teaching mathematics. He is excited to be a part of the WISS community. His goal is to share with students his passion for mathematics and to support students on their own path of inquiring exploration. His hobbies include an interest in sport activity, playing guitar and traveling around Asia as often as possible.

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Individuals and Societies  Department

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Barnaby Morgan
Humanities / Economics Teacher

Mr. Barnaby Morgan is from Australia but is a global citizen who sent much of his childhood in Asia and has lived and taught in the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, South Korea and Vietnam. Barnaby has a Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology and Ancient History, a Master’s degree in International Business and Economics and a Postgraduate diploma in Teaching. His hobbies include cricket, Australian Rules Football and Muay Thai kickboxing. Barnaby enjoys entrepreneurship and investing and is inspired by the energy and drive of young people in these fields. He is very happy to be part of the WISS community.

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Curt Farnham
Head of Humanities / Humanities / History Teacher / EE Coordinator

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

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Jeannine Laurens
Humanities / Geography Teacher

Mrs. Jeannine Laurens is from Amsterdam, the Netherlands; but has lived in different countries including Northern Ireland, Australia and the Philippines. She has been teaching Geography for more than 13 years. Jeannine has a Masters degree in Human Geography and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. She loves to travel the world and is passionate about running. Furthermore, she enjoys giving bootcamp and running training to students. Jeannine is very compassionate as she runs a foundation which supports impoverished children in the Philippines. She has moved to Shanghai with her husband Frank. Her son Noah and daughter Lucy are both students of the school.

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Kelsey Gibb
Humanities / Business Teacher

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

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The Arts Department

Al McDowall
Media and Film Teacher

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.

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Eva Li
Visual Arts Assistant

Ms. Eva is originally from Gansu and has been working at WISS since 2006. She’s happy to support the busy Art Department and has been consistently devoted to making all our students creative artwork visible within the school and outside the school in local galleries or exhibition center throughout Shanghai.

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Hannah McFadden
Drama Teacher

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

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Jacqueline Mirtic
Music Teacher

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

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Joseph Mercurio
CP Production Arts Teacher / Theatre Technical Manager

Joseph Mercurio was born in Melbourne and raised in Fremantle, Western Australia, before moving to work in Sydney. He has worked in a wide range of styles (from dance through opera, corporate and architectural) in Australia and internationally. Joseph was lighting designer Props Field of Play for the Closing Ceremony of the Sydney 200 Olympics.  He has collaborated with leading theatre makers, including Stephen Page, Angela Chaplin, Sue Healey, Juliàn Fuentes Reta, Phillip Adams, Natalie Weir, José Coronado, Roger Hodgman, Chrissie Parrot and Graeme Murphy. An ongoing commitment to education has seen him lecture in many schools and universities during his career.  He was Lighting Coordinator at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (Edith Cowan University) for 4 years. Joseph was the Coordinator of Performance Technology at the Victorian College of the Arts and Music (University of Melbourne) for five years.  He has given workshops on lighting at Beijing International Biennial, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, TIA Madrid and Prague Quadrennial.

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Laura Guay
Director of Visual Arts / Visual Arts Teacher

Ms. Laura Guay is Canadian and met her husband while teaching in South Korea – it was love at first flight. She and her husband Todd Hurst have lived and taught in South Korea, Canada, Wales, Thailand, Vietnam, Brazil and now China. Laura has a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of New Brunswick and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a specialization in Art Education from Concordia University. Laura loves art and believes that she is the luckiest teacher in school because her subject is the most colorful. She loves running around her children Miles and Ella who are students at WISS and she loves crochet, yoga, books, sketching, painting, traveling and laughing… a lot of laughing. She loves inspiring students to find art in the world and let it inspire them.

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May Huang
Performing Arts Assistant

Mei Huang is from the Guangdong Province in the south of China and has been working at WISS since 2013. As the Performing Arts Administrator, Mei is responsible for the organization and running of WISS’s very successful Instrumental Programme as well as the purchasing of all things Performing Arts, ranging from dance costumes to bubble machines.

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Nicolas Elguea
Director of Performing Arts / DP Music Teacher / IBDP Music Examiner

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

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Stephanie Nwenwu
Drama Teacher

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Steve Harris
Performing Arts Administrator

Steve is from Hastings, New Zealand and came here with his wife who works in primary at WISS. Steve came to be the Performing Arts Administrator for WISS by a ‘stroke of luck’ with the former Director of Performing Arts Anne Drouet and then Darren Scully. Steve spent 15 years in the construction industry prior to moving to Shanghai, but he enjoys the change and the challenges this role brings in a completely different environment. Steve has not only been behind the scenes but has also enjoyed a more front of house role and being on stage himself. He is a great risk-taker. His hobbies are mainly sports, especially Golf, Cricket and Touch Rugby, but also enjoys meeting new people from all walks of life.

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Vanessa Vanek
Visual Art Teacher

Ms. Vanessa Vanek has been an art and design educator for over 20 years with sixteen of those being as a certified teacher. She started teaching art in the Kansas public schools and moved overseas in 2007 to teach art in international schools in Bangkok, Thailand and Songdo, South Korea. In 2014, she taught art and design classes at an international school in Tanzania. Vanessa has a BFA in Design with a concentration in Textile Design and has her graduate teaching certificate in Visual Art Education both from the University of Kansas. She is originally from Lawrence, Kansas and is excited to join the WISS community, to be back in Asia, and to be able to visit places where some of her relatives lived at one time in Shanghai and Suzhou.

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Yong Dong (Xiao Liu) Liu

Yong Dong Liu
Theatre Technical Assistant

Mr. Liu is originally from Sichuan, but has been working at WISS since 2009. We are very pleased to have his help running our busy Performing Arts Department.

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design department

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Jovana Kostic
Design Teacher

Ms. Kostic comes from Serbia but has been working in Korea and China for the past four years. Jovana has a Bachelor degree in Graphic design as well as Postgraduate Certificate in Education by the University of Nottingham. Jovana had changed her career from graphic designer to an art and design teacher after almost ten years of experience in marketing and printing industry. Now she is enjoying sharing her unique experience and knowledge with students. Jovana enjoys traveling and exploring beauties of different countries. She enjoys being outdoors and is a fitness and health enthusiast. Jovana is also a passionate animal rights advocate.

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Paul Matheson
Design Teacher / School Counselor

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

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Phil Smith
Head of Design

Mr. Phil Smith is originally from the west coast of Scotland, where he was a college lecturer for six years. He has spent the last seven years working at the American International School of Bucharest, Romania. Phil has a Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering, a Postgraduate Diploma in Multimedia Communication and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. His hobbies include the making things out of stuff, photographing unlikely subjects and intentionally getting lost in new places. Above all, Phil loves to learn and experience new things as part of a student-led classroom.

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Suzie Zhang
Suzie Zhang
Design Assistant

Suzie has done several jobs, including sales, cashier and administrative work. This year she joined our school as a driver and also as an assistant in the school office. She is now attending East China Normal University to obtain a Bachelor of Traveling Management. Susie is very cheerful and has been a wonderful addition to our school office.

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phe Department 

Chris Barry
Head of MYP PHE / Physical and Health Education Teacher

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

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Chris Hobson
Physical and Health Education Teacher

Mr Hobson is from Edinburgh, Scotland. He graduated Stirling University with a BA in Sports Studies and Business and then started a career that saw him working in the finance, recruitment and distribution sectors within the UK. During this time Mr Hobson coached soccer and developed an interest in working with young people and developing their skills. He returned to Edinburgh University to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. On completion of the qualification Mr Hobson went on to teach Physical Education in a number of schools within Scotland. Mr Hobson’s main interests are in sport including soccer, rugby and basketball.

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Gary Halcrow
Physical and Health Education Teacher / CP Sports Teacher

Mr. Gary Halcrow is a PE teacher from Scotland who studied Physical Education at the University of Edinburgh. He has taught PE in Scotland and Saudi Arabia over the last 6 years before moving to WISS. Gary’s main sport is cricket; however, he has played many other sports at a competitive level such as Basketball, Gymnastics, American Football, Badminton, Soccer and most recently Parkour. His teaching philosophy follows his favourite quote: “Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand.

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Stewart Paterson
CP Coordinator / CP Sports Teacher

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

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Tony Anderson
Director of PHE and Athletics

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

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Student Support Services Department

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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Jae Oh
Student Support Specialist / School Counsellor

Ms. Jae Oh is from South Korea but spent most of her life living in Mexico. As former alumni of an IB international school herself, Jae believes in the power of IB Programmes along with Inquiry-based learning. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, a Teaching Credential in Counseling, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. After three years of teaching at an international school in South Korea, Jae is excited to start a new journey in Shanghai and wishes to continue to guide children grow up as confident adults with high self-esteem and self-regulation skills.

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Paul Matheson
Design Teacher / School Counselor

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

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Secondary School Admin Staff 

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Alexandra Caulfield
Nurse Coordinator

Alexandra Caulfield

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Jenelle Kirchoff
Head and Secondary Librarian

Ms. Jenelle Kirchoff is from the United States. She has nearly 18 years of experience teaching students of all ages. She found her passion in school libraries and has a masters degree in Library Sciences. She is a certified school Library Media Specialist. Jenelle has a special fondness for picture books for young children, and one of her greatest joys is guiding students in research and writing. She thinks that libraries give students a place to expand their academic and personal interests. Jenelle and her two sons are excited to be members of the WISS community.

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Olivia Wang
Assistant to the Secondary Principal

Ms. Wang graduated from Shanghai University with a Bachelor degree in History. She joined the WISS family in June, 2014. She has worked as Secondary Assistant for 3 years. Then she spent one year in South Korea studying Korean. After one year of language studying she was back to her position in August. 2018. She is very happy to be a member of this wonderful WISS family again.

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Tammy Xia
Assistant to the Secondary Principal

Tammy Xia received her Master’s degree in TESOL in the United Kingdom, and returned to Shanghai to begin her career in 2011. Prior to joining WISS, Tammy had worked as an administrative assistant for two years in another international school in Shanghai. In her spare time, she loves photography, traveling and experience new cultures, and is excited to be joining the WISS family.

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