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Pudong New Faculty Biography


Michael Hibbein

Michael Hibbeln

Hometown/Country: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Hometown/Country: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Where I Live Now: Italy

Educational Background: I hold a master’s degree in K-12 educational leadership from Michigan State University and two bachelor degrees (economics from Michigan State University and middle childhood education from Georgia State University).

Previous Work Experience: I have 21 years of teaching and administration experience in Thailand, Paraguay, the United States, and Italy.

Subject & Campus: Elementary School Principal, Pudong campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: lacrosse

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy running, cycling, skiing, snowboarding, cooking, traveling, and spending time with my family.



Erin Scripnick

Erin Scripnick

Hometown/Country: Timmins, Canada

Where I Live Now: Doha, Qatar

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University and Bachelor of Education from Ottawa University.

Previous Work Experience: I have taught in Qatar for five years and taught ESL in South Korea for one year.

Subject & Campus: Kindergarten, Pudong campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: Destination Imagination School Coordinator and Team Manager, healthy cooking club, fairy tale club, board game club

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy cooking, yoga, and scuba diving with my husband Keiron. I am always up for a new travel adventure.




Caroline Ellis

Caroline Ellis

Name: Caroline Ellis

Hometown/Country: Denver, Colorado

Where I live now: Denver, Colorado

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Art in sociology from the University of Denver and a master’s degree in International Cooperation for Development from the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in Spain.

Previous Work Experience: I have over 10 years teaching experience in Denver Public Schools and Madrid, Spain.

Subject & Campus: Grade 3, Pudong campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: girls soccer

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy running, yoga, and playing adult league soccer to stay fit. I enjoy traveling and seeing new places. My husband Benny and I enjoy movies, riding our bikes, trying new food and restaurants, and game night with friends.




Michael Ram

Michael Ram

Hometown/Country: Rochester, New York

Where I Live Now: Uzbekistan

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Geneseo and a master’s degree in education from SUNY Brockport.

Previous Work Experience: I have 10 years of teaching experience in New York and Uzbekistan.

Subject & Campus: Grade 5, Pudong campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: cooking, health and nutrition club, Ultimate Frisbee, basketball, garden club, Knowledge Bowl, and Ancient Games

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy being in the mountains, cycling year-round, rock climbing, camping, backpacking, and traveling. I really enjoy cooking and sharing stories with friends and family.




Christiana Bunica

Christiana Bunica

Hometown/Country: Born in Brasov, Romania and grew up in Portland, Oregon
Where I Live Now: Port Townsend, Washington

Educational Background: I have a master’s degree in teaching from Seattle Pacific University, am Kodaly Method certified, have three years of teaching experience in schools, 16 years of experience teaching violin and piano, and hundreds of hours volunteering in school and community orchestras.

Subject & Campus: Elementary Music, Pudong campus

Hobbies & Interests: I love to explore cultures and participate in activities that involve creativity. I enjoy quality time with family and friends. My most recent activity has been motorcycling with my violin around the Pacific Northwest.




Brian Amlani

Brian Amlani

Hometown/Country: Buffalo, New York and Washington, D.C.

Where I Live Now: New Delhi, India

Educational Background: I have a bachelor’s degree in SSC childhood education (mathematics) from SUNY Buffalo, a master’s degree in elementary education from D’Youville College, and a Math Specialist certification from Buffalo State.

Previous Work Experience: I have worked in Washington, D.C., Arlington, Virginia, New York City, and London. For the past four years I have been teaching at AES New Delhi.

Subject & Campus: Middle School Mathematics, Pudong campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: I have coached American football, middle and high school basketball, and track & field.

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy playing basketball, softball, football, running, and biking. I enjoy live music (I’m a big U2 fan) and sporting events. I’ll be moving to Shanghai with my two dogs, Baloo and Nala.




Stephen Finegold

Stephen Finegold

Hometown/Country: London, United Kingdom

Where I Live Now: Halifax, UK and Pargues, France

Educational Background: I have a first-class honors bachelor’s degree in combined arts from the University of Bradford and a post graduate diploma in advanced theatre practice (performance) from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

Previous Work Experience: I have 23 years experience teaching drama at Calderdale Theatre School and have spent eight years teaching in international schools throughout the world with The International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA).

Subject & Campus: Middle School Theater, Pudong campus

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy spending as much time with my wife as possible.




Stephen Carozza

Stephen Carozza

Hometown/Country: United States

Where I Live Now: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Educational Background: I have Bachelor of Scienceand Master of Science in education.

Previous Work Experience: I have 27 years of teaching experience in China, India, Senegal, and the U.S.

Subject & Campus: Middle School Science, Pudong campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: photography, astronomy club, CISCO, Global Perspectives in Science

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy restoring and racing vintage cars, adventure motorcycling, photography, and traveling around the world.




Hallie_HarrisonHallie Harrison

Hometown/Country: Sarasota, Florida

Where I Live Now: Evergreen, Colorado

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Arts in exercise and sports science, a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, and a teacher endorsement in English, language arts.

Previous Work Experience: I have 12 years of teaching experience in various settings throughout Colorado and Indonesia.

Subject & Campus: Middle School Humanities, Pudong campus

Extracurricular Activities: running club, spelling bee, vocabulary club, various service projects, and poetry events

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy mountain climbing, hiking, yoga, running, skiing, travel, and history.




Jeanne Carozza

Jeanne Carozza

Hometown/Country: United States

Where I Live Now: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Educational Background: I have Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in education.

Previous Work Experience: I have 18 years of teaching experience in China, India, Senegal, and the United States.

Subject & Campus: Middle School English as an Additional Language, Pudong campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: softball, literary magazine, poetry café

Hobbies & Interests: I love spending time with my family. I also enjoy reading, music, exploring nature, and traveling with family and friends.




Stacy Hassler Benedict

Stacy Hassler

Hometown/Country: Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Where I Live Now: Richmond, Virginia

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from The Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in education in counselor education from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Previous Work Experience: I have seven years of experience being a school counselor in the public school systems in the U.S.

Subject & Campus: Elementary and Middle School Counselor, Pudong campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: yoga, soccer, book club, student council, safety patrols, student ambassadors

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy practicing yoga, biking, music, and watching movies. My passion is traveling, especially for historical experiences and marine adventures. My daughter is my happy and willing copilot in exploring different cultures, beaches, and cuisine.




Amanda Young

Amanda Young

Hometown/Country: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Where I live now: Sofia, Bulgaria

Educational background: I am completing my Master of Education in curriculum studies with a specialization in Comparative, International and Development Education from the University of Toronto (OISE) in Canada. I completed my Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.

Subject & Campus: High School Science, Pudong campus

Previous work experience: I have six years of teaching experience, including Colombia and Canada.

Extracurricular Activities Led: National Honor Society, Science Club, Medical Club, Women’s Health Club

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy recreational running, cooking, and traveling. I like to paint, enjoy anything related to nature and hiking, and trying new food..




Mindy_RoseMindy Rose

Where I Live Now: Saratoga Springs, New York

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Arts from Skidmore College and a Master of Arts from the College of William & Mary.

Previous Work Experience: With over 18 years in college admission and counseling, I’ve served as an Admission Officer for the University of Richmond, an Associate Director of College Counseling for The Lawrenceville School, and Director of College Counseling for Peddie School.

Subject & Campus: Director of College Counseling, Pudong campus

Hobbies & Interests: My hobbies involve all modes of storytelling and time wandering with my family.




Matthew Clapp

Matthew Clapp

Hometown/Country: Chittenango, New York

Where I Live Now: Sofia, Bulgaria

Educational Background: I have a Principal Certification from Lamar University, a Master of Science for teachers and a Bachelor of Arts in history from SUNY Plattsburgh.

Previous Work Experience: I have nine years of teaching experience in New York City, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Sofia, Bulgaria.

Subject & Campus: High School Social Studies, Pudong campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: basketball, soccer, travel club, social science club

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy playing many sports, fitness, and traveling. I love camping, my family, and golf.




Annalee Higginbottom

Annalee Higginbottom

Hometown/Country: Manchester, United Kingdom

Where I live now: Atlanta, Georgia

Educational Background: I hold a Bachelor of Education, with Qualified Teacher Status, from the University of Wales, and a Master of Education in information and communications technology in education from the University of Manchester.

Subject & Campus: Grade 6-12 Technology Instructional Coach, Pudong campus

Previous Work Experience: I have 15 years teaching experience in public and private schools in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Italy.

Extracurricular Activities Led: theatre, film, and coding

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy yoga, cinema, theatre, and I’ve just started digging around in family history.




Stephanie Fletcher

Stephanie Fletcher

Hometown/Country: Invercargill, New Zealand

Where I Live Now: Egypt

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Otago. I have also trained in musical theatre at the Apollo Theatre School.

Previous Work Experience: I have worked as an English teacher in New Zealand and as a dance and drama teacher in Egypt.

Subject: High School Dance, Pudong campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: musicals (as the co-director and choreographer)

Hobbies & Interests: I love to act and dance (no surprises there). I enjoy going to live shows, music concerts, and festivals. I also love to go on adventures around the world and meet new people from different cultures.




Anna Shi

Anna Shi

Hometown/Country: Shanghai, China

Where I Live Now: Shanghai, China

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shanghai University. I also have a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction and a Master of Education in Secondary Education from Arizona State University.

Previous Work Experience: I have taught Chinese for four years with one year in Shanghai and three years in the United States.

Subject & Campus: High School Chinese, Pudong campus

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy hiking, yoga, cooking, and movies. I also enjoy spending time with my kitten, Bingo.




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