Dear Parents, Students, Faculty, and Friends,
Greetings again everyone.
Read below to find out a few of the big events this week around SCIS. And, don’t forget to scroll down to read more about our fantastic group of new educators joining SCIS in 2018.
PAFA Executive Council Meeting 2018-19
We had a very productive PAFA meeting on Thursday highlight the opportunities ahead of us in the 2018-19 school year. Additional PAFA Executive Board positions were described, and a productive discussion ensued to address what is working well, and what future steps are possible to help PAFA to additionally support. Many good ideas were shared to highlight potential ways that we can leverage our active and involved SCIS Community to better serve our studnets. Parents also began the nomination process for next year’s PAFA Board members. I encourage all parents to find ways -small or big – to to our our program, strengthening our sense of community and giving our students a more unique experience.
SCIS Pudong will have a Summer Camp!
We are pleased to announce that we will soon begin accepting applications for our SCIS Summer Camps for children from Pre-School to Grade 5. Like previous years, we will run 4, week-long camps starting on June 18 through to July 13. Participants can sign up for one or more weeks, depending on preference/schedule. These are always fun sessions for students including arts, crafts, stories, dramatic play, swimming, and more. Download the brochure and learn more here.
There is an early-bird payment discount for those paid by May 18!
Some Interesting Student Meetings
Today, I was fortunate to take part in a few interesting student meetings.
In the morning, our Grade 5 students met with Upper School Principal Dr. Volpe, US Counselor, Maja Kelly, and a host of Upper School teachers as part of our 5th Grade Transition Process. The students were able to hear about life in the middle school, meet a few of their future teachers, and ask questions about homework, expectations, and (the all-important) lunch!
In the afternoon, Lower School Principal Liz Gale, Operations Manager Nichael Yang, and I met with both 4th grade classrooms. Groups of 4th graders had worked the last week, to develop proposals for revitalizing the outdoor space behind the school (behind the pool). The quality of thinking and evidence was really remarkable, and I feel quite confident that their research and presentation skills will lead to some upgrades to the space. (Great job 4th Graders !)
Meet The New Pudong Teachers for SCIS Pudong, 2018-19
For families and faculties, the international lifestyle is inherently a transient one. People come into our lives, leave their mark on all of us, and then we say goodbye as they make their way to their next exciting adventure.
This is true for families each year – and it’s certainly true for some special educators who will sadly leave SCIS at the end of June. Our Principal’s Newsletter shared a special goodbye to that amazing group. I know you join me in wishing them well in their next opportunity. They know that they are always welcome back to SCIS: “Once a Dragon, Always A Dragon.”
With transition, comes the opportunity to welcome a strong group of new educators ready to join the SCIS team in August. Please join me in welcoming this experienced, energetic group.
Hi! My Name is Lana Revutsky, and I’m excited to be teaching at SCIS! I have a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Binghamton University, a Dual Master’s Degree in Special and General Education, Birth- 2nd Grade from Touro College, and an Advanced Degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. Prior to Shanghai, I worked as both a Teacher and a BCBA. I have served children with Autism and Neuro-typically developing students in the NYC and Hawaii area for almost 10 years, working as Classroom Teacher and Clinical Supervisor. These multitude of experiences have helped me evolve into an individual, who takes each students’ unique goals, needs, and interests into account when creating lessons that propels them into the most well rounded version of themselves. When I’m not teaching. I’m enjoying exploring, traveling, and yoga. I look forward to an exciting year!
Greetings, SCIS! I am very excited to join the Pudong community as a US Mandarin teacher. Originally from Guangzhou, I earned a doctorate in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics from the College of Chinese Language and Culture at Jinan University. Previously I have taught Mandarin in Australian for four years and in the International School of Dongguan for two years. In these years, I have developed skills to provide differentiated instructions and meet the needs of diverse learners. I am passionate about embedding Chinese culture to daily language-teaching. Outside of the classroom, I love traveling, enjoying the nature, reading, and swimming! Working in Shanghai at SCIS is going to start a new chapter of my life.
My name is Michael Nicholaides and I am from South Shore Boston, Massachusetts. After earning my Bachelors degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, I began working with at-risk youth as a social worker for several years. It was during my time working with youth that I fell in love with teaching and began to pursue a career in teaching, by going down the international route in 2014. Prior to coming to SCIS in 2018 I have worked in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and in Manila, Philippines. I am very passionate about learning and believe that education can lead to a sustainable and peaceful future. In my free time, I love to read, write, and play sports. I always aim to bring my energy and enthusiasm into the classroom and am very pleased and excited to be apart of such an energetic community at SCIS! Go Dragons!
Hello! My name is Tami Litzelman and I am so excited to be coming to teach at SCIS! I have taught the PYP Pre-K and KG the past four years in Korea utilizing play based models. Previously, I have worked at the Rabat American School in Morocco for four years while enjoying an amazing country and vibrant culture. Being a Colorado native I naturally love to be outdoors hiking, camping, and snowboarding. I am deeply invested in the play-based ideals and look forward to being a part of the early years program at SCIS. I believe that children learn best when they have the opportunity to naturally explore what they love. I enjoy engaging in the learning that is discovered by playing. I am so excited to explore China and be a part of the vibrant SCIS community!
Hello! Teaching is my passion! I started as a MS wrestling coach in college which led to an Education Degree from the University of Dayton. Since then, I have worked at a boarding school, Pikes Peak Community College and public & private day schools. Since consciously coupling with my international travel partner, now wife, we spent four years teaching in Rabat, Morocco and most recently four years teaching at Chadwick International School in Korea. I can’t image doing anything other than teaching at international schools, especially SCIS. The opportunity to teach and inspire young problem solvers & designers on a global scale is important in an era of autonomous driving, home drone delivery, and who knows what tomorrow will bring.
Hello, I am so excited to be a part of the SCIS family! I have been teaching for 10 years in North Carolina in both the middle school and high school settings. I have taught all four core middle school subjects, as well as special education and high school science and social studies. I attended Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville Alabama and completed graduate coursework at the The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and travelling, sports, and hiking. I am looking forward to exploring China with my youngest daughter Piper who will be joining me at SCIS.
My name is DeVeor Rainey and I greet you with great excitement. I am so psyched to teach at at SCIS. I received a B.A. in English at the City University of New York, and a M.A. in Music and Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. I am a native New Yorker who taught elementary music a public school located in East Harlem (El Barrio). I developed the music program for students in grades prekindergarten through sixth, in which I organized music presentations and performances for weekly community meetings and annual winter and spring concerts. In 2001, I established a percussion ensemble as an after-school program that later transformed into Speaking in Rhythms, a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization. After teaching in the New York City public school system for 15 years, I decided to teach internationally. In the summer of 2014, I began to teach at Gems American Academy in Abu Dhabi, UAE. I worked with an arts team that collaborated on developing a music curriculum, an arts Program of Inquiry (POI), and annual arts festivals. In addition, I collaborated with classroom teachers on planning transdisciplinary units within the PYP framework. During my many years of teaching, I have come to believe that a strong music program should create opportunities that will foster musical thinking and creative expression in an engaging and innovative learning environment.
Hello! I am honored and thrilled to be a part of the SCIS community. Originally from Tennessee in the Southeast USA, I received my Bachelor degree from Tennessee Tech and my Master of Science from Mississippi State. After taking some time to serve in the US Army, I started teaching in 2000 because I love getting students excited about the natural world. I have taught everything from elementary to college science classes, with a special concentration in Biology. I enjoy sponsoring student clubs and believe strongly that teachers should facilitate student-driven interests. I have lived in China since 2015 and consider it my second home. My hobbies include traveling around Asia and attending live music shows, and I have a special appreciation for Korean food and culture. I have two grown children who live and work in the United States.
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