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John Muldoon

John Muldoon

Hometown/Country: New Hampshire

Where I Live Now: Boston, Massachusetts

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Arts from Merrimack College, a Master of Arts from Salem State University, and am completing my Doctor of Education from Northeastern University.

Previous Work Experience: I’ve been fortunate to spend the last 10 years working as a teacher and administrator in Massachusetts.

Subject & Campus: High School Principal, Puxi campus

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy reading and being outdoors. I especially enjoy hiking, skiing, running, and spending time with my friends and family. I am also very passionate about travel and food.




Melanie Corcino

Melanie Corcino

Hometown/Country: New York, New York

Where I live now: Shanghai, China

Educational Background: I have a Bachelors of Art in Judicial Studies with a minor in Government. I also have Master of Education in Early Childhood Education.

Previous Work Experience: I have taught PreKindergarten, Kindertagren and grade 2 at Qatar Academy in Doha.

Subject & Campus: Kindergarten Teacher, Puxi campus

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy travel, yoga, reading, and am a novice knitter.




Jennifer TustinPark

Jennifer TustinPark

Hometown/Country: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Where I Live Now: Beirut, Lebanon

Educational Background: I hold a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Allegheny College and a Master of Education in integrated arts and learning from Antioch New England University.

Previous Work Experience: I have been teaching for 12 years in the United States and abroad.

Subject & Campus: Grade 1, Puxi campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: swim coach

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy scuba diving, swimming, dancing, and yoga.




Karin Martin

Karin Martin

Hometown/Country: Hawaii, United States

Where I Currently Live: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in education from Chaminade University.

Previous Work Experience: I have nine years of teaching experience in Beijing and Malaysia.

Subject & Campus: Grade 1, Puxi campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: Junior Spy Camp, softball, baseball

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy traveling, cooking, eating, reading and relaxing with friends and family.




Laura Nossal

Laura Nossal

Hometown/Country: Tequesta, Florida

Where I live now: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Arts from Southeastern University and a Master’s in Education from Florida Atlantic University.

Previous Work Experience: I have 20 years of experience, including Palm Beach, Florida, Brussels, Belgium and Abu Dhabi and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Subject & Campus: Grade 2, Puxi campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: Art, Volleyball, French

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy traveling, scuba diving, running, dogs, music, art, cooking/baking, photography, and reading.




Jill Alexander

Jill Alexander

Hometown/Country: Denver, Colorado

Education Background: I have a Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Northern Colorado.

Previous Work Experience: I have eight years of teaching experience in both traditional and project-based schools.

Subject & Campus: Grade 2, Puxi campus

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy hiking, baking, and crafting. I love to cook and travel, but mostly I enjoy spending time with my husband Mike and our two pets, Montego and Scooter.




Lauren Clark

Lauren Clark

Hometown/Country: Raleigh, North Carolina

Where I Live Now: Highland Park, New Jersey

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Arts in education from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in literacy education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Previous Work Experience: I have 10 years of teaching experience in North Carolina, New York City, and New Jersey.

Subject & Campus: Grade 3, Puxi campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: cross country, track, and swimming

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy running, swimming, yoga, going to the beach, and spending time with friends and family. I love culture, language, traveling, and eating good food.




Jessica Norman

Jessica Norman

Hometown/Country: Houston, Texas

Where I live now: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Educational Background: I have a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction.

Previous Work Experience: I have taught both grade 3 and 5 at the American School of Dubai.

Subject & Campus: Grade 4, Puxi campus

Hobbies & Interests: I love to travel, cook for friends, take spin classes, and explore new places.




Colleen McCabe

Colleen McCabe

Hometown/Country: Huntington Beach and San Francisco, California

Where I Live Now: Seoul, South Korea

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University. In addition to my teaching credential, I am certified in Educational Technology & Information Literacy.

Previous Work Experience: I have 11 years of teaching experience, six years teaching public school in California and five years at Korea International School.

Subject & Campus: Grade 5, Puxi campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: Clubs - yearbook, passion projects, board game design

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy painting and coloring, playing board games and trivia with friends, and yoga. Through my travels, I have taken cooking classes that have sparked my enjoyment of cooking.




Kevin Ayow

Kevin Ayow

Hometown/Country: Toronto, Canada

Where I Live Now: Luxembourg

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Arts in kinesiology and geography from York University and a graduate diploma in education from the University of Wollongong.

Previous Work Experience: I have 10 years of work experience in Australia, China, Japan, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, and Luxembourg.

Subject & Campus: Elementary School Physical Education, Puxi campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: baseball, skiing, softball, soccer, tennis, CAS Tanzania Trip, elementary jump rope club, elementary science club

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy playing many different sports, including tennis, softball, and soccer. I love to travel to new countries, experience a wide-range of cuisines, and listening to live music.




Lori Han

Lori Han

Hometown/Country: Scottsdale, Arizona

Where I Live Now: Alexandria, Virginia

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Arts from Franklin College, Switzerland, a master’s degree in education from George Mason University, and an education specialist degree from University of Virginia.

Previous Work Experience: I have 15 years teaching experience in Japan and China.

Subject & Campus: Early Childhood Learning Intervention, Puxi campus

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy staying active by taking classes at the gym. My favorite class is yoga. I love to go to concerts and plays and enjoy cooking with my daughter.




Cailin Minor

Cailin Minor

Hometown/Country: Burnsville, Minnesota

Where I Live Now: Medellín, Colombia

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University and a master’s degree from SUNY Buffalo.

Previous Work Experience: I have 10 years of teaching experience in Korea, Thailand, and Colombia.

Subject & Campus: Grade 3-5 Literacy Coach and Social Studies, Puxi campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: coaching boys and girls volleyball

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy traveling the world with family and friends. While traveling I like to experience different cultures, scuba dive, visit museums, and eat great food! I like to cook and enjoy making things from scratch. I’m an introvert and love to do things at home like read, paint, and other crafty things. I also enjoy spending time with close friends.




Matthew Minor

Matthew Minor

Hometown/Country: Chicago, Illinois

Where I Live Now: Medellín, Colombia

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Arts from North Park University and a master’s degree in curriculum and teaching from St. Xavier University.

Previous Work Experience: I have 17 years of teaching experience in the United States, Korea, Thailand, and Colombia.

Subject & Campus: Learning Support Math Specialist, Puxi campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: baseball, a variety of sports clubs, technology club

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy meeting people from different backgrounds who can teach me about the world. Day to day, I spend a lot of time working out, reading, and hanging out with friends. I love traveling and have been to 33 different countries where I have scuba-dived, sky-dived, paraglided, bungee-jumped, hiked, wine-tasted, and relaxed with my wife and our friends and family from around the world.




Jill_Stansbury

Jill Stansbury

Hometown/Country: New Orleans, Louisiana

Where I live now: Shanghai, China

Educational Background: I have a Masters of Art in Educational Leadership from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from New College of Florida. I also have early childhood training and a lower elementary certification from the American Montessori Society.

Previous Work Experience: I have 20 years of classroom teaching and school administration working with students from preschool to high school, most recently I was the English co-principal and PYP Coordinator at Morgan Henry Bilingual Kindergarten in Shanghai.

Subject & Campus: Early Childhood Social and Emotional Learning Specialist, Puxi campus

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy swing and salsa dancing, ceramics, hiking, researching the impact of culture on teaching and learning, connecting people, reading, psychology, and creative writing.




Adam Pettway

Adam Pettway

Hometown/Country: United States

Where I Live Now: Colombia

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and biology and a Master of Science in biology with an emphasis in microbial molecular genetics, all from the University of Arkansas.

Previous Work Experience: I have over 10 years of teaching experience in the United States, Mozambique, and Colombia.

Subject & Campus: Middle School Science, Puxi campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: JOMA (a youth empowerment program), Science Olympiad, and Gay Straight Alliance

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy singing, scuba diving, cycling, playing soccer, and exploring nature.




Janice Holland

Janice Holland

Hometown/Country: Lexington, Mississippi

Where I live Now: Keller, Texas

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Science from Texas Christian University and a Master of Arts from New York University.

Previous Work Experience: I worked as a teacher for six years and a school counselor for five years. I then opened a private practice in counseling and have been in private practice the last five years.

Subject & Campus: Middle School Counselor, Puxi campus

Extracurricular Activities I’ve Led: student council

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy yoga, traveling, exploring new coffee shops, interior design, and spending time with my husband Kirk and our kids, Harrison and Jones.




Jennifer Tiefel

Jennifer Tiefel

Hometown/Country: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Where I Live Now: Bangkok, Thailand

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Arts in art education from Texas State University.

Previous Work Experience: I have 15 years of teaching experience in the United States, China, and Thailand.

Subject & Campus: Middle School Art, Puxi campus

Extracurricular Activities I’ve Led: art clubs, student produced fashion shows, murals

Hobbies & Interests: I love making art, watching movies, eating amazing food, and playing board games with friends.




Louise Saddington

Louise Saddington

Hometown/Country: Melbourne, Australia

Where I Live Now: Bangkok, Thailand

Educational Background: I have 25 years teaching experience in Australia, Singapore, and Taiwan.

Previous Work Experience: I have a bachelor’s degree in Education with a major in PE and health and a master’s degree in human nutrition from Deakin University.

Subject & Campus: Middle School Health, Puxi campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: Girls On the Run, Operation Smile Club

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy cycling, running, traveling, beach activities (paddling, surfing), and candle making.




Lora Herbert

Lora Herbert

Where I Live Now: Troy, Michigan

Educational Background: I have a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and my master’s degree from Wayne State University.

Previous Work Experience: I have 15 years of experience teaching elementary students.

Subject & Campus: Middle School Language Arts, Puxi campus

Hobbies & Interests: In my spare time I like to read, spend time with friends, and find cool, unique restaurants. I also like to spend time outdoors biking, swimming, and boating, as well as working out, shopping, spoiling my nieces and nephews, traveling, and singing really loudly in my car.




Monica Sandifer

Monica Sandifer

Hometown/Country: La Paz, Bolivia

Where I Live Now: Chennai, India

Previous Work Experience: I have 10 years teaching experience in Bolivia, the United States and India.

Educational Background: I have a Master of Science in education applied literacy from the University of Southern Maine.

Subject & Campus: Middle School French and Spanish, Puxi campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: Dance, Yoga, Swimming, Spanish Honor Society




Kirk Holland

Kirk Holland

Hometown/Country: Fort Worth, Texas

Where I Live Now: Keller, Texas

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre/TV from Texas Christian University and a Master of Arts in theatre education from University of Houston.

Previous Work Experience: I’ve taught theatre in the private school sector since 2001 for both middle school and high school students.

Subject & Campus: Middle School Drama, Puxi campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: One Act Play competitions, speech competition, educational travel, community service, plays and musicals.

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy script and novel writing, comic book collecting, painting, Funko Pop collecting, acting, karaoke, eating Tex-Mex, and exploring the world with my family.




Shannon TustinPark

Shannon Tustin Park

Hometown/Country: Helena, Montana

Where I Live Now: Beirut, Lebanon

Educational Background: I hold a Bachelor of Arts in government and international politics and a Master of Arts in English, with a linguistics concentration, from George Mason University.

Previous Work Experience: I have been teaching English as an Additional Language at the university, high school, and middle school levels for five years. I have also taught grade 8 social studies for one year.

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

Extracurricular Activities Led: swimming, track & field, comedy club, writing center

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy playing saxophone and bass guitar, scuba diving, snowboarding, and training in the weight room and pool.




Danielle Sheppard

Danielle Sheppard

Home Country and City: Nottingham, United Kingdom

Where I Love Now: Singapore

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Science in sports science, physical education, and geography from the University of Liverpool and a graduate certificate in physical education from Leeds Metropolitan University.

Previous Work Experience: I have 20 years teaching experience in the U.K., Thailand, Bahrain, and Singapore.

Subject & Campus: High School Physical Education, Puxi campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: sports activities, camps, and NAIMUN

Hobbies & interests: I am an avid golfer but I love participating in most sport activities




Scott Anstett

Scott Anstett

Hometown/Country: University Place, Washington

Where you live now: Shanghai, China

Educational Background: I have Bachelor of Fine Art with a minor in Art History from Pacific Lutheran University and completed the studio for advanced study at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Previous work experience: I have 15 years of experience teaching in the Seattle public school system.

Subject & Campus: High School Art, Puxi campus

Hobbies & Interests: I am a painter specializing in oil portraits. When I am not in my studio (or classroom) you can usually find me cycling Shanghai.




Joanna See

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Hometown/Country: Yarmouth, Maine

Educational Background: I have a master’s in Exceptional Student Education with an ESOL, with endorsement from Barry University. I am also TESOL certified, a Board Certified Educational Therapist, and a Certified ADHD/Executive Function Coach.

Professional experience: My previous work has ranged from working with the children aged 0-5 as a developmental therapist, classroom teacher for middle and high school, and most recently worked as a private practice educational therapist and ADHD/Executive Function Skills Coach.

Subject & Campus: High School Learning Support, Puxi campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: Team coordinator for high school girls soccer and track/field, Service learning literacy coach for EAL elementary students.

Hobbies & Interests: My interests include hiking, sailing, and yoga. My passion is traveling and capturing the local culture through photographing people and food!




Toni Hewett

Toni Hewett

Home country: United Kingdom

Where I Live Now: Mumbai, India

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Arts in economics and geography from the University of Lancaster and a master’s degree in educational management from the University of Bath, United Kingdom.

Previous Work Experience: I have 26 years of teaching experience overall, with 21 years in international schools in Mexico, China, Sri Lanka, Belgium, and India.

Subject & Campus: AP/IB Program Coordinator, Puxi campus

Hobbies & Interests: I love to travel and explore new places. I like to exercise regularly and scuba dive when I have the opportunity.




Guillermo Machado

Guillermo Machado-Hernandez

Hometown/Country: La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain

Where I Live Now: La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain

Educational Background: I have a master’s degree in physics from University of Oxford.

Previous Work Experience: I have five years of work in industry (renewable energy research and engineering) and seven years experience in teaching physics and mathematics.

Subject & Campus: High School Mathematics, Puxi campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: football/soccer, percussion (African), trekking, cycling, and mindfulness/meditation

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy reading literature, learning martial arts (beginner), soccer, padel, learning guitar, playing percussion, traveling, and writing.




Thomas Colt

Thomas Colt

Where I Live Now: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Arts from Colby College and a master’s degree in history from the University of Vermont.

Previous Work Experience: I have been working in private schools for 30 years as a teacher and college counselor. Prior to arriving in Pittsburgh, I worked at schools in North Carolina, Oklahoma, and New Hampshire.

Subject & Campus: High School College Counselor, Puxi campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: cross country, track, and hockey, Quiz Bowl

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy running, travel, reading, crosswords, and trying new foods.




Jason Tiefel

Jason Tiefel

Hometown/Country: Houston, Texas

Where You I Now: Bangkok, Thailand

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology with a minor in biology from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) and a Master of Arts in education from The College of New Jersey. I am also CELTA certified for ESL instruction.

Previous Work Experience: I have seven years of teaching experience, including China, the United States, and Thailand. I have worked as an instructional coach in technology, taught MYP Design, and Theory of Knowledge.

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

Extracurricular Activities Led: competitive robotics and student tech teams

Hobbies & Interests: I am a lifelong gamer with a keen interest in how video games have evolved as a storytelling medium. I also love film, stand up comedy, and board games.




Marc Biefnot

Marc Biefnot

Hometown/Country: Belgium

Where I Live Now: Mumbai, India

Educational Background: I have a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in translation and a post-graduate diploma in foreign language teaching from the University of Mons/Hainaut, as well as a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in public and international affairs from the Catholic University of Louvain.

Previous Work Experience: I have 24 years of teaching experience with four years in the United States public school system and 20 years in international schools in Vietnam, China, Sri Lanka, Belgium, and India.

Subject & Campus: High School French, Puxi campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: rock band, guitar club, photography

Hobbies & Interests: I love to play guitar in a band and to take travel pictures. I also like to cook and scuba dive.




Darrell Townshend

Darrell Townshend

Hometown/Country: Newcastle, Australia

Educational Background: I have a bachelor’s degree in music education from Newcastle University, a Master of Education from Melbourne University, a Master of Arts from Monash University, and a doctorate from University of New England.

Previous Work Experience: I have taught in Australia, India, Indonesia, Singapore, and the Netherlands.

Subject & Campus: High School Orchestra, Puxi campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: .usic-related ensembles, coaching, musicals

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy music, philosophy, travel, and walking.




Heather Ireland

Ann Ireland

Hometown/Country: Michigan

Where I live now: Tirana, Albania

Educational Background: I received my Bachelor of Science in zoology from Michigan State University. I then went on to get my teaching certificate with a major in biology and a minor in psychology from Grand Valley State University. I have a master’s degree in counseling education and counseling psychology from Western Michigan University.

Previous Work Experience: I have 13 years of experience teaching science and psychology in the United States. In addition, I have two years teaching MYP science and DP Psychology in Tanzania and five years school counselor experience in Johannesburg, South Africa and Albania.

Subject & campus: High School Counselor, Puxi campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: Mount Kilimanjaro hiking team, mindfulness for students, volleyball

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy running, reading, and laughter with friends. I enjoy a great beach as much as a desert. I love to take on a physical challenge and explore and navigate new cultures with my wife and soon to be 6th grade son, Rowan. I hope to one day become an accomplished sailor!




Brian Dougherty

Brian Dougherty

Hometown/Country: Glendive, Montana

Where I Live Now: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Educational background: I have a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Master of Arts in instruction.

Previous Work Experience: I have 15 years of teaching experience in the U.S., Egypt, Honduras, Slovakia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Subject & Campus: High School Social Studies (Psychology), Puxi campus

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy photography, historical travel, and most sports.



Samoa Mithaq

Samoa Mithaq

Where I Live Now: Mumbai, India

Educational Background: I have a Master of Arts in teacher leadership for international educators from the University of Northern Iowa, a post-graduate diploma in secondary education, and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and computing from Curtin University of Technology.

Previous Work Experience: I have just completed 19 years of teaching high school math.
I have taught in Macau, Tianjin, Seoul, and Mumbai.

Subject & Campus: High School Mathematics, Puxi campus

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy swimming, music, singing, service projects, and board games.




Sean Menton

Sean Menton

Hometown/Country: Claremont, California

Where I Live Now: Guangzhou, China

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Arts in geology from Whitman College and a Master of Arts in school counseling from The University of Akron.

Previous Work Experience: I worked in university admissions for five years before working the last eight years in college and school counseling in the U.S. and China.

Subject & Campus: High School College Counselor, Puxi campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: volleyball, Habitat for Humanity

Hobbies & Interests: I’m a long-term Ultimate Frisbee player. I also enjoy running, swimming, cycling, hiking, and camping. I’ve studied Mandarin in my free time over the years and I speak the language at an intermediate level.




JuLain Mooney

JuLain Mooney

Hometown/Country: Fraser Lake, British Columbia

Where I Live Now: Fraser Lake, British Columbia

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Science in biology from McGill University, a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University, and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Buffalo State University.

Previous Work Experience: I have 17 years of teaching experience in Egypt, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, and Canada.

Subject & Campus: High School Science, Puxi campus

Extracurricular Activities Led: volleyball, Global Issues Network (GIN), Green Team

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy hiking, skiing, Latin dancing, scuba diving, learning languages, and exploring new areas.




Mark Moody

Mark Moody

Hometown/Country: Weslaco, Texas

Where I Live Now: Colorado

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. I began my graduate studies in Spanish literature and completed coursework at UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, and the University of Texas.

Previous Work Experience: I have 14 years experience teaching in U.S. independent schools and five years in college admission in Texas, Washington State, and Colorado.

Subject & Campus: Director of College Counseling, Puxi campus

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy playing the guitar, skiing, listening to music (especially live), and traveling with my wife.




Jeremy Greene

Jeremy Greene


Hometown/Country: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Where I Live Now: Sacramento, California

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a minor in African American & African studies from the University of California-Davis (UCD). I also have a Master of Arts in Education (school psychology) from California State University-Sacramento (CSUS).

Previous Work Experience: Before working as a school psychologist in the Natomas Unified School District at Natomas High School, I worked in the Los Rios Unified Community College District at Folsom Lake Community College and for the Disabled Students Programs and Services (FLC-DSP&S) department providing assistance to students with physical and/or mental health struggles.

Subject & Campus: School Psychologist, Puxi campus

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy writing, recording, and performing spoken word poetry.


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