Head of School Updates, April 26 2019

Dear Parents, Students, Faculty, and Friends

The Mission of SCIS is “to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring learners who contribute positively to their communities.” Today’s post is a good example of how we try to meet our mission.

As you will see below, our photos (some of which are from last Friday’s celebrations) showcase a few of the opportunities for students to express their learning – and themselves. You’ll see photos of our Upper School poetry recital – where students shared their own creations. You will also see photos from our Lower School Music Celebration where are students shared their original creations.

One of the benefits of the IB Program is that it moves students beyond understanding of content and into creation with content. Having a small school certainly helps – as students get a much greater chance to make meaning with the help of their teachers, and then express that meaning. But it is our faculty who are the real heroes in this story. For example, take a look at the photos below from Mr. Willauer’s MYP Design Class. They are taking the understanding of design content and the design cycle and putting it into action by designing games which the Lower School students will play during the International Festival this Saturday (11:30-4:00 pm). To take action like this requires application of knowledge, and that application allows real-world feedback along the way – as various members of the faculty circulated through the Design Room the last few days to give their feedback on the designs and games. Of course, the real test will come on Saturday when hundreds of youngsters will actually play the games. Some will go smoothly, and I’m sure some will not. But the reflection on Monday morning will focus on why. The entire process is a great application of how we try to make learning personal and meaningful for students in a way that allows them to contribute positively to their community.

Learning like this takes time. It’s messy and complex. It’s not as easy for the student (or the teacher) as simply sharing knowledge and then having students recall that knowledge in a test. But we know that these are the valuable skills our students need. And it’s a good reason why we’ve chosen the IB as the framework that best aligns to our philosophy. Remember, not all that is tested is important, and not all that is important can be tested.

Re-Enrollment Reminder: 2019-20

Reminder: If you are planning to return to SCIS next August, please ensure that you reserve your child’s seat. We have already reached capacity in multiple grade levels and expect to fill up others as well. We anticipate enrollment growth around ten percent, and want to ensure that our current families have had ample opportunity to reserve a spot while they remain.

New Faculty Introductions: 2019-20

Speaking of next year, it gives me great pleasure to introduce you to our newly hired faculty. We have been fortunate this year in finishing our recruiting early and wish to introduce you to the newest SCIS Dragons joining our faculty in August 2019.

Adika Kay Cremet

Kia Ora and greetings SCIS-Pudong community! As a Third Culture citizen, I was born in Singapore and grew up in several countries which eventually led me to China. Coming from a mixed parentage background and being Eurasian, helps me to understand what it means to be internationally minded and tolerant to every culture and people. Both my French husband and I are avid travelers and we have enjoyed living in Shanghai for the past 2 years. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) from Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and Management from The Chartered Institute of Marketing (United Kingdom).

I started my teaching career in 2005, right after graduating from university. Since then, I have taught for 8 years in different schools and settings in New Zealand, before moving to Denmark to teach at an international school. I taught there for nearly 5 years before moving to Shanghai for another teaching position. From all these teaching experiences, I have been in several roles including Homeroom Teacher, Head Teacher, Centre Manager, Team Leader and PYP Coordinator.

As a passionate educator, I strongly believe in the rights of every child to deserve quality education and care. I am privileged to serve this international community here in Shanghai, with hopes to contribute, share, learn and reach for the stars together!

Ryan Brown

Hello SCIS Pudong! I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. I earned my Bachelor’s degree at Sonoma State University and my teaching certification is from California State University East Bay. I’ve been working with elementary school students since 2003 and I’ve been teaching since 2010 with my most recent experience being in Beijing, as a Homeroom teacher. When I’m not working as an educator you can find me playing music around town as both a guitar player and bass player with my favorite styles of music being Rock, Jazz, & Funk. I am excited to be working here at SCIS this year. Go Dragons! 

Leanne Kridl

Hello SCIS! My name is Leanne Kridl and I am thrilled to be teaching first grade at SCIS! I received an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara and my teaching credential from San Francisco State University. I have previously taught Kindergarten for two years in Qatar and then back home for three years in California. I am so excited to be continuing my international journey in Shanghai. I am looking forward to exploring new places and food in China. I love teaching literacy as I always have a book on hand and I love to see my students learn to love reading the same way I do. In my free time, I love to read, hike, and search for every dog I can pet.

Andrew Shearer

Hello, my name is Andrew Shearer and I am very excited to be part of the SCIS Pudong community, where I will teach MYP/DP Mathematics and DP Economics. I previously worked at the Hongqiao campus of SCIS and before that I taught in Mongolia, and the Falkland Islands, where penguins outnumber humans by 300 to 1. I have been lucky enough to travel the world while teaching, which has fueled my curiosity about how different countries work and the ways in which they are connected, a curiosity that I hope to pass on to my students by exploring the applications of Mathematics and Economics. I’ve enjoyed exploring as much of China as possible since moving to Shanghai and the sheer variety of landscapes, peoples and cultures within a single country has never, and hopefully will never, cease to amaze me.

Ian Sylvester

I’m excited to bring my passion in Learning Support and the PYP to help lead and support Lower School students and teachers at SCIS. I began my own learning journey as a student at Fairview Elementary School in the great state of Delaware. There I found connections to a love of reading, outdoor education and sports, which have continued to be lifelong interests of mine. Later, in university, I studied Psychology and received a Masters degree in Special Education. I have been part of classrooms across the USA, Australia and Southeast Asia, with students from three years old to Grade 6 in private, public, and IB World Schools. I believe in the power of agency, inquiry and access for all of our learners. In my spare time, I enjoy coaching soccer, rock climbing, travelling, and dog walking.

Marlene Muy

Hello!  My name is Marlene Muy and I was born and raised in Canada.   I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and my teaching certification from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.  My first teaching position was in a children’s hospital working with students who had epilepsy.  From there, I worked on a cruise ship for a year and a half; combining my love for travel and teaching children.  Teaching has also brought me to the countries of Kuwait, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United States.  During my free time, I like to spend time with my husband and two children.  I also like to exercise, read, and watch movies.  I am excited to be working at SCIS, and am looking forward to the new year.

Zachary Berezowski

I am thrilled to be a part of the SCIS community and getting to know everyone.  I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and my family is proudly Polish-Canadian. I have been married for 10 years and have 2 sons.  I have been teaching for 11 years and I am passionate about helping students achieve great things.  I have been fortunate to have taught in many different parts of the world from Kuwait to Singapore, to Switzerland, and currently in Atlanta GA, USA.  I have worked in IB schools, specifically the PYP,  for the past 9 years first as a grade 3 lead teacher and then focusing on supporting students with Learning Differences in all grades. My goal is to make learning accessible to all and support everyone in the learning community.  In addition to teaching, I am passionate about coaching basketball.  My family and I also love to travel and explore new places.

Maitane Arruti

My name is Maitane Arruti and I am excited to be part of the SCIS community. I am originally from San Sebastian, Spain, and earned a BA and MA in Philology of English from the University of the Basque Country. After further studies in Education and Spanish as a Foreign Language I had the pleasure to teach in Germany and South Korea. My husband, Mark Turner, teaches at SCIS Hongqiao Campus and we both share the same passion for teaching and learning. We have two young children with us, Eneko and Ibai, and love spending time with them when we are not working. Shanghai is being a great city for us and we are happy to call it our new home. I am looking forward to meeting my new students and having an exciting and successful academic year. 

Kyounghee You

I am very excited to be part of the SCIS community as a Korean teacher. I was born in Korea and finished my bachelor’s degree and teacher’s certificate courses in Seoul. To become a better educator, I studied at Mansfield University and received master degree in Education. For the last 13 years, I have been working in different countries as a PYP teacher, librarian and a DP Language A Korean teacher. I truly believe in the International Baccalaureate Program, as it, in my opinion, truly helps students to become lifelong learners and global citizens. In my free time, I love hiking, traveling, reading, and watching tv shows and movies. I also love to try new and different foods from around the world!

Dan Olsen

I’m delighted to be part of the SCIS community as a learning support teacher. I completed my degree at the University of Toronto in English Literature, and my Bachelor of Education and recent Master’s degree at Simon Fraser University. I have taught English Language Arts in Taiwan and Colombia, and most recently I have worked as a learning support teacher in my hometown of Vancouver, Canada, supporting a diverse group of exceptional students and coordinating the support personnel in my school.  I have a great passion for inclusion and helping to create classrooms that support the needs and enrich the lives of all learners. I am also a trained musician and have a keen interest in cooking and being out in nature. My wife and fellow teacher, Lisa Marcos, our two children, and I are all excited to experience everything Shanghai has to offer.

Lisa Marcos

Hi! I’m Lisa Marcos, and I’m thrilled to be teaching at SCIS. I earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia, then went on to pursue both Bachelor and Master degrees in Education at Queen’s University. One of the things I love about teaching is inspiring young people to learn through their experiences. I have taught from the inside of a shark habitat at the Vancouver Aquarium, in bogs and on mountaintops across Canada, and on a tall ship as it sailed around the world with my students. I’ve also taught at international schools in Colombia and in Taiwan, as well as at home in Vancouver. Outside of school, I love trying new foods, painting or sketching, and hiking trips in nature. It’s wonderful to be exploring Shanghai along with my husband, Dan Olsen, and our two children. We are delighted to be a part of the SCIS community as a family.

Ivana Nedeljkov

Hello. My name is Ivana Nedeljkov and I am excited to be working at SCIS Pudong. I grew up in Serbia where I completed my BA and MA in Special Education at the University of Belgrade. I also hold a Post Graduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs Coordination from Leeds Beckett University. Previously I have thought, as a learning support teacher, in Serbia, Bangladesh and UAE. My professional experience has enriched me with knowledge of numerous strategies and methods that enable children to learn and reach their highest potential in all fields. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, traveling, doing yoga. 

Amy Jauch

Hello SCIS Community! My name is Amy and I am so excited to be starting my first year as a Dragon! I was born and raised in British Columbia, Canada. After I moved to Switzerland, I went to the University of Teacher Education Central Switzerland where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Primary and Primary Education. I have taught in multi-age classrooms in both Switzerland and Germany, before my thirst for adventure took full hold of me, and I made the move to China in 2017. I have been enjoying eating my way through South-East Asia in my free time. I am thrilled to be part of the inspiring, and nurturing community at SCIS! 

Arielle Gutierrez

Howdy! My name is Arielle Gutierrez. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, land of Beyoncé, NASA, and tacos, I earned my bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Houston. My teaching journey began at Edgar Allan Poe Elementary, where I taught third grade and kindergarten for several years. With a passion for education as my super power, I strive to build genuine bonds with every student, develop their strengths and hidden talents, and cultivate a love of leaning, to name a few. Beyond school, I shop until I drop, catch live music shows and theater performances, study the Mandarin and French languages, and explore the city and all the tasty food it has to offer. I am honored to be a part of the SCIS family and look forward to a great school year!  

Jennifer Arvay

It is a pleasure to be part of the teaching and learning community in the Secondary School at the SCIS Pudong campus. I graduated from University of Missouri St. Louis with a B.F.A. in Art Education and emphasis in Printmaking. After spending 5 years teaching in St. Louis Public School, I have taught Visual Art in Kuwait, China, and Cambodia over the past 7 years. Shanghai is a rich cultural background of visual inspiration for our student’s creativity to thrive and I am passionate about creating a comfortable environment for my students where they can experiment and take risks. Along with teaching and practicing Art, I enjoy engaging in service opportunities and mindfulness with my students. I also train for half marathons, teach yoga, and love cycling and weightlifting. 

Upcoming Events at SCIS PD

International Festival, Saturday April 27

  • Monday, April 29, Spirit Week- PJ Day, come in your comfiest clothes.
  • Tuesday, April 30, Spirit Week,come in your grade assigned color:
    • Nursery – Red
    • PS/PK – Purple
    • Grade 1- Blue
    • Grade 2 – Green
    • Grade 3 – Orange
    • Grade 4 – Yellow
    • Grade 5 – Black
  • Wednesday, May 1, Labor Day (No School)
  • Thursday, May 2:
  • Spirit Week- Mismatch Day, dress in a crazy combination of clothes that don’t match   
  • MS Boys Basketball Green vs SAS PD,4:00pm-5:00pm, Home 
  • Friday, May 3:
    • Spirit Week- Green and Jeans
    • Last Day of DP12 Classes for IB Diploma Candidates
    • Upper School Principal’s Coffee, 12pm-1pm, Library Conference Room
    • PYP Exhibition, 1pm-2:30pm, Black Box

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