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Josef M. Cirelli
Head of Pre-school & Primary
Joseph Cirelli is an experienced educational leader with a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and Master’s degree in curriculum. He has multiple certifications in school leadership and the international baccalaureate. With a strong background in international education and a passion for educational leadership, curriculum development, and fostering creativity, he embodies the principles of the IB philosophy and promoting global citizenship among students. Outside of his professional life, Joseph enjoys sports, traveling, and engaging in continuous learning.
Head of Secondary
Dr. Swati’s remarkable 28-year journey spans esteemed International Schools in India, Singapore, Malaysia, and China, showcasing her unparalleled expertise. Holding master and doctorate degrees in Chemistry, she navigates diverse curricula, including Singapore-Cambridge A and O levels, CAIE A levels, CAIE IGCSE, WACE, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Rooted in the philosophy of the IBDP, she advocates for inquiry-based learning, global citizenship, and critical thinking. Her pivotal roles as Science HOD, IBDP Coordinator, and Vice Principal (Academics) underscore her prowess in guiding academic teams to success. Dr. Swati’s active engagement in workshops artfully blends technology and her musical talents. As a Cambridge and IBDP examiner, she elevates curriculum delivery and spearheads IBDP authorized school initiatives. With a nearly decade-long tenure in China, she embraces diverse cultures, fostering an inclusive learning environment. Dr. Swati’s portfolio embodies a transformative educational vision, offering institutions the means to craft dynamic learning environments that empower students for a promising future.
Miss Carmen has been living in China now for almost eight years. She has enjoyed the Chinese culture and always takes the opportunity to learn more about where she is and the people that surround her. Her journey of teaching starting in Anshan, the North of China, and is now continuing here in the south. She has a marketing degree and is currently studying towards a teaching degree. Carmen is an experienced Early Years educator with almost seven years in the field. Working in kindergartens in the north and now south of China.
Carmen is a passionate and dedicated Early Years teacher who believes in the power of education to shape Young minds. With more than seven years of experience in China, she brings a nurturing and warm approach to teaching and creates a safe and inclusive environment where students can thrive. Carmen‘s love for her students and their progress is evident in the joy she feels when witnessing their growth and development. Armed with a captivating smile and an infectious energy she skillfully creates a warm and comforting classroom atmosphere that encourages students to be themselves.
Her philosophy as teacher is “Nurturing little minds, sparking curiosity, and guiding them towards a lifetime of learning.”
She has a bubbly personality with an infection energy that’s always radiating positivity and enthusiasm. She’s caring towards others and enjoys meeting and getting to know new people. Her hobbies are playing a number of sport, singing and music and traveling around the world.
John De Vreese
Grade 1 Teacher
Mr. John De Vreese is from the Midwest of the United States, near Chicago, Illinois. He is 28 years old and has a bachelors degree from Indiana University. After studying biological anthropology and science, he pursued a career in animal science and research. He transitioned to science education and moved to China in 2019. He has mostly taught primary school homeroom including English, science, and social studies. His most recent job in China was at an American school in Shanghai. He has kept an avid love for science, and pushes his students to be good stewards of our planet. Mr. De Vreese pushes his students to practice mindfulness, and draws upon his time teaching in Thailand to encourage students to practice a minute of meditation per day. In his free time Mr. De Vreese likes to spend time with his three rescue dogs. He volunteers at the local animal shelter on the weekends and is a devout vegetarian. Overall, he believes students that have empathy will create a better future.
Keri Alexandra Turek
Grade 2 Teacher
My name is Lexi and this is my 4th year being a teacher.I’m from the USA. I have a degree in Elementary education and a teaching license in Illinois. I love to make learning fun by doing research projects and fun stations in core subjects. I love to play volleyball, travel, read, and eat lots of food in my free time.
Grade 3 Teacher
My name is Fendy I obtained my bachelor’s degree from the University of Cape Town . I am currently studying towards my Master Degree in Education. Throughout my career I worked closely with people which has helped me to be more analytical and understand human behaviour. These skills have helped me with classroom management and enabled me to understand and relate towards students needs. I believe that all students are unique and by creating a stimulating educational environment this can help students achieve their full potential and become remarkable individuals within society. During my free time I like to explore different places and blog about them .
Grade 4 Teacher
Ms. Henrietta Richardson is a passionate teacher who loves children! She has a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and Primary Education from Wisconsin University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Ms. Henrietta Richardson has taught so many curricular including the Canadian British Columbia and Alberta Curriculum. She’s also an experienced IB PYP teacher with over 7 years of teaching experience in Primary and Middle school. Ms. Henrietta has also taught in Yangtze University College of Technology and Engineering in China and has a passion for teaching ! She enjoys baking and traveling!
Grade 5 Teacher
In the resplendent tapestry of academia, I find myself enthralled by the enigmatic figure of Maxwell Klein, a luminary of erudition at the tender age of 26. Hailing from the enchanting city of San Francisco, California, Mr. Klein’s intellectual odyssey commenced with the conferral of a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations in the annus mirabilis of 2018.
Venturing forth into the realm of pedagogy, Mr. Klein graced the hallowed halls of Nasdaken International School in Yancheng Jiangsu, and the illustrious Nanakai Experimental School in Dongguan. Thereafter, he ascended to the esteemed position of Assistant Director of Student Affairs at ESIA, where his guiding hand nurtured the blossoming intellects of scholars in the vibrant city of Shenzhen.
With an educational philosophy rooted in diligence, unwavering focus, and the nurturing of independent growth, Mr. Klein imparts his wisdom across a myriad of subjects including Mathematics, Literacy, Science, and Social Studies. His syllabus, akin to a symphony of knowledge, encompasses a panoply of topics ranging from data to algebra, literary analysis to basic astronomy, and historical materialism.
Mr. Klein’s indomitable spirit has yielded success, exemplified by a remarkable 5-10% improvement in MAP scores over the past year. Beyond the classroom, his kaleidoscopic interests span the realms of literature, globetrotting, the artistry of painting, ludic endeavors, and the culinary arts. In Maxwell Klein, the world of academia finds a captivating luminary, a true polymath whose influence reverberates far and wide.
I grew up on the east coast of Canada in the country’s smallest province, PEI. After high school, I attended Bishop’s University, the nation’s smallest independent university. After four years of biology and physics, I did grad school at the University of Windsor. After grad, I moved to South Korea to work mainly in AP and TOEFL programs. But eventually, I decided to move to Dubai. Three years later, I moved to Shenzhen to work in IB and AP programs.I really enjoy working in Shenzhen with international schools as I have success with assisting student accomplish their academic goals. At the same time, I get to see a different part of the world.In my free time, I enjoy the gym, sports, reading, and, of course, traveling. And my motto is: constant commitment to improving to help others improve. Shenzhen is a great city with amazing parks, transportation and buildings. It is a great city to live in.
HS English Language Art Teacher
“True education occurs when there is that “divine dance” between the teacher and the student. True education is caught in that instant that becomes a moment, which turns into a path of perfection as for the case of both the teacher and student. It is when the teacher “touches the spirit” of the student and opens up the passion for knowledge and inspires the student to love learning.” I am because we are, and we are therefore I am.
Dr. Ronnvey Price was born and raised in Saginaw & Lansing, Michigan where he graduated from East Lansing High School. He received his undergraduate degree in 2001 from Michigan State University in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Education. During his tenure at Michigan State University, he was active in wrestling, student organizations and Boys to Men mentoring program in several local schools within the district as a partnership with the University. He received his Master of Education degree with a specialization in Special Education from Concordia University Chicago in 2013 and his doctorate in Educational Leadership with a specialization in curriculum design and development in 2020.
Ron served for six years as an elementary, middle, high, and instructional coach for various schools and organization throughout Shenzhen. Dr. Price’s indelible mark as a leader – from his infectious laugh and jovial spirit to his “warm demander” approach to developing high expectations and equitable experiences for all children, staff, and families – remains in every school, community, or educational entity he has touched. He always leaves a place better than he found it; and he remains committed to dismantling anti-intellectualism in international education and improving educational experiences for all children.
Andrew Keith Gallie
History/Head of humanities
With 13 years classroom experience in the UK and China, Andrew is an energetic and knowledgeable teacher with a track record of building popular courses with excellent exam results. He has a wealth of experience teaching English, History, Geography and Public Speaking.
Andrew nurtured his love of History and Humanities while studying history at Lancaster University. After achieving Qualified Teaching Status in the UK, he further developed his knowledge and ability as a teacher by completing his MA in Education at Derby University.
His courses are challenging but rewarding. With a resilient mindset focused on curiosity and growth, he believes that every student has the potential to broaden their horizons, develop intellectually and have a school experience that they are proud of.
Ariel Perez is a passionate and experienced music educator with a strong background in both teaching and performance. With a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities and Art Instruction, specializing in Music as a Band Educator, Ariel has taught music to various age groups in Cuba and China and holds a deep understanding of musical pedagogy. He is a multi-talented musician proficient in piano, singing, guitar, flute, saxophone, bass, and percussion. His diverse skill set extends to composing musical arrangements and directing musical productions. Notably, Ariel has received awards for his musical arrangements and achievements, showcasing his excellence in the field. His commitment to education is evident in his role as a music teacher at Shenzhen American International School. He has contributed by composing the school anthem and leading an after-school music band program. His teaching experience spans various institutions and age groups, and he has been recognized for his contributions to music workshops and instruction. In addition to teaching, Ariel has a rich history as a performer, having worked in prominent hotels, jazz clubs, and international events.
With his comprehensive ability, teaching background, performance experience, and deep belief in the power of music to inspire and connect, Ariel is dedicated to fostering passion in music and is an active promoter of musical creativity in his students.
Drama/Head of Arts
Dr. Ilaria is a professional opera singer, holding diplomas in Singing, Humanities, Special Needs Education, and Early Years, as well as degrees including a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Humanities, an MA in Education focusing on School Management, a PhD in Music, and she is currently in the final stages of completing a new MA in Global Education.
With over 15 years of teaching experience across various subjects in private institutions and public schools, ranging from pre-kindergarten to university levels, she has taught in both Europe and China, guiding students from diverse cultural backgrounds. A certified IB teacher with expertise in the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP), she also boasts over five years of management involvement spanning Italy, France, and China.
Drawing from decades of teaching experience across diverse fields and contexts, she serves as a cultural reference point and mediator, all while maintaining her status as a professional opera singer. Her open-mindedness, flexibility, and creativity are complemented by her responsible leadership qualities and collaborative attitude. She possesses a keen interest in traveling and exploring different cultures.
Her ability to work without boundaries, finding innovative solutions to challenges, and embracing a variety of situations underscores her motivation and persistence in achieving her goals. Fluent in English, French, Italian, and Spanish, with a basic understanding of Chinese, she engages in hobbies such as embroidery, meditation, kung fu, skiing, swimming (holding a lifeguard certification), traveling, cooking, and reading.
Matthew Anderson Saitta
HS English Literature
Matthew is a dedicated and innovative AP English Literature teacher at SAIS, connecting students with literature and nurturing individual thinkers. With a degree in creative writing and various certifications, he brings a rich literary foundation to his teaching.
Matthew’s experience includes a role as a former women’s shelter worker, where he honed his empathetic and strategic approach, aligning perfectly with his current teaching position. His strength lies in creating student-oriented learning environments that emphasize transparency, empathy, and individual growth.
Matthew believes in combining traditional academic pursuits with personal development, preparing students for University and the evolving global landscape.
An engaging educator with interests in fitness, reading, poetry, languages, and culture, Matthew’s passion for learning permeates his teaching, making literature come alive in his classroom.
Mohammad Reza Mansournia
Reza Mansournia is the Head of Science department (HOD) and also a biology teacher. He has a PhD in Biology from the University of Tokyo. Dr. Reza lived in Japan for 12 years, he used to speak Japanese very well many years ago, however, he has forgotten many Japanese words recently! He is also a certified teacher by Moorland University (Former Teach-Now) in USA followed by finishing his Master’s degree in Educational Technology.
His work experience includes 6 years at the University of Tokyo as a research scientist and post-doctoral degree from 2009 to 2015. Then shifting to International School since 2015 in Malaysia. After two years, he moved to China and worked in UWC Changshu which brought him very valuable experience of IB international schools. After 3 years he moved to Shenzhen and started to work at QSI international school. This year is his 7th year of living in China.
He enjoys teaching Biology by doing several activities including online games, group discussions, and experiments. He believes his students in the class always enjoy learning by having fun.
Dr. Reza enjoys outdoor activities and sports. He can play Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Ping-Pong, and Swimming. He also enjoys of going to hiking, walking as well as indoor gyms.
One of his most daily routines is watching TV series, including American, Chinese, Japanese and Korean drama with English subtitles.
He enjoys cooking and can cook many of Iranian dishes. Unfortunately, there is no Iranian restaurant in Shenzhen, but he can find some similar plates in Turkish and Arabian restaurants.
AP Art & Design Teacher
Ms Natalija holds a BA in Graphic Design and MA in Project Management from her hometown Belgrade (Serbia) an International Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Derby (UK) and is completing a PhD in Intercultural Communication, in Guangdong University of Foreign studies (广外, China).
In Europe, she worked in renowned advertising agencies, as a designer, art director and creative director, ran a family photography and digital printing business, and has ample freelance experience with clients worldwide.
She began her journey as an educator with ESL, continued on to Intercultural Communication and Business Correspondence, and also served as the Master HR Trainer, Deputy Training Director in the overseas HR Department of a Chinese Forbes 500 Multinational Company – Country Garden (碧桂园) developing talents, and building an internal educational hub for bilingual and bicultural managers.
Prior to the Covid pandemic she was on a sabbatical, completing her doctoral research, after which she returned to international education, this time as Visual Arts teacher in the MYP and DP programs, for Desheng School International in Foshan.
She has a decade of experience teaching in the Chinese public and private sector – from primary to university level, and became a life-long learner inspired by her international education gained in New Zealand, where her father was the charge d’affaires, in the former embassy of Yugoslavia, in 1984.
Besides being passionate about IB philosophy and the College Board AP Visual Arts and Art & Design courses, she has a keen interest in sociology, psychology, philosophy and spirituality, while her hobbies include yoga, cycling, running, dancing and singing.
Platon Kerau, the Art teacher, educated at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, has over 8 years of teaching experience in both public and private schools in different countries. At Shenzhen American International School, they taught 100+ students weekly, focusing on independent thinking and selfexpression, in line with state standards. Their quarterly program evaluations consistently exceeded 95%. They’ve also helped students participate in local and regional arts events and prepared them for art school entrance exams.Beyond the classroom, this teacher enjoys working on street art projects and creating murals in public spaces. Outside of art, they’re an enthusiast for mountain activities like snowboarding/ hold a snowboard instructor’s license; and skateboarding, and they have a deep love for the ocean, enjoying surfing. Additionally, they have an interest in Chinese tea culture and practice Chinese Tai Chi Chuan.
Computer Science Teacher
Adersh Abbas, a dedicated Computer Science Teacher known for his proficiency in the field. Adersh’s academic background is marked by a Master’s degree in computer science and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. His professional journey has encompassed roles as a Software Engineer, E-commerce Specialist, and SDLC Project Manager in various Software Companies.
Adersh’s teaching philosophy revolves around the belief that education should be both enlightening and enjoyable. This philosophy is manifest in his teaching methods, which emphasize cooperative learning strategies like pair programming, peer teaching, code reviews, discussions, and problem-solving.
One of Adersh’s notable strengths is his ability to effectively share real-world stories and scenarios with students. This talent allows him to bridge the gap between theoretical concepts and their practical applications, enhancing students’ understanding.
Beyond his role as an educator, Adersh emanates positivity and possesses a passion for culinary exploration and travel. His commitment to a healthy lifestyle is evident through his dedication to regular workouts. Notably, Adersh holds certifications from esteemed institutions such as Cisco Academy, Microsoft, and Harvard. To gain insights into how Adersh strikes a balance between integrating real-world experiences and fostering a strong foundation in fundamental computer science concepts, feel free to inquire further.
Physical Education Teacher
Samuel Asare is an experienced Physical Education teacher with over 12 years working experience in Sports and Athletics development . He is also an IB PYP certified teacher and a certified soccer coach from the University of South Wales in the United Kingdom. He has a Bachelors of Science degree in Physical Education and Bachelor of Education in English Language. He loves to play soccer and has played in some professional soccer teams in China and also loves to play drums!
Teacher of Economics
1.Who you are? She is an experienced, passionate and innovative Economics teacher.2.educational background (degrees in what field)She received a Doctoral degree in Economics and a Master of Arts degree in Linguistics.3.Previous work experience (choose to share the revelant experience which helps to credit your current Job)She has been teaching in various schools from Hong Kong and Shanghai during her 12 years educational experiences, and she treat intercultural international education industry as her life-long career. 4. What’s your strength in education/spotlight of yourselfShe is loving, caring and responsible teacher who has an unique value and personality.5. Your philosophyWe do not teach students, we inspire them. 6. Personality, hobbies and interestsShe is a patient, optimistic and soft lady. She enjoys surfing, snowboarding and playing badminton during her free time.
IB MYP/DP Chinese Teacher
Ms. Jiawei Wang is from China, Shanghai. Prior to SAIS, she has been taught IB MYP & DP Chinese at Western International School of Shanghai for five years. Before joining WISS, she was an editor working on Chinese teaching materials including IB Chinese textbooks for Chinese learners in Joint Publishing (H.K.). Her co-edited and published international Chinese textbooks and their supporting books have been on sale for at least three years now. SAIS is her third international school she has worked for. Ms. Wang was born in Heilongjiang, and received her B.A. in English and earned her 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 during her postgraduate studies. During her postgraduate study, she won the first prize of the third Beijing College Graduate Students Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language Practice Competition. She was awarded the title of outstanding graduate at the graduation ceremony of master’s students. As a life-long learner, Ms. Wang 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. She believes in the power of education to transform one’s mindset, regardless of age, ethnicity, class, or gender. Jiawei is proud and happy to be part of SAIS community.
Chinese homeroom teacher
Hello，my name is Lucy Wang. With a 5-year teaching experience in international school. I have had the privilege to work with diverse group of students from virious cultural backgrounds.As an educator，I firmly believe in the power of patience，diligence，andeffective communication. I am committed to creating a positive and inclusive learning environment where students feel valued and supported.Aside from my love for teaching. I try to keep a healthy lifestyle to provide me energy and focus by sports，which I bring to my teaching practice.
Chinese homeroom teacher
My name is Mrs. Jewel. I am so excited to be Early Year’s Chinese Homeroom teacher. I have 10 years working experience in international education career and have been a TA in SAIS for 5 years. I have been a kindergarten teacher for the past few years and being ELE Chinese teacher. My major is English Education and Education administration. I have completed Professional Director of Kindergarten courses in 2022. I used to organize students to participate in the CCTV “Star of Outlook” English talent International Competition and won the Best Teacher Award.
I love teaching and learning. I am passionate about creating a safe and inclusive learning environment for the students. I would like to encourage my students to design and create and build. The greatest joy of teaching is seeing your students succeed beyond their own expectations. We are going to have a wonderful time learning together in SAIS. Let’s make this school year a memorable one!
Chinese homeroom teacher
Chinese homeroom teacher
Chinese homeroom teacher
Ms Aline is a lifelong learner and educator with great passion. She obtained her master degree of developmental psychology in Columbia University in the city of New York, and co-founded the company to support family system and development of teenagers. Ms Aline choose to teach Psychology subject, do mental health counseling and also organize Parent Class in SAIS. She enjoys the education process of giving knowledge and spreading positive attitude to students. She will have her wonderful education career in SAIS and support students develop well.
Chinese homeroom teacher
Hello, I am Wendy Chen. I am trusting, reliable, kind, brave, honest and easygoing. Reading,jogging and hiking are my favorite hobbies. I like to try and learn new things, and I also like to be close to the nature to practice meditation to achieve inner peace. I work hard and I am responsible for my class. I love children and I am happy to be friends with them. Teaching them brings me a lot of joy. I like to encourage and inspire them to learn and grow. I utilize my experiences, talents, and my passion for education to help individuals become successful in their academic endeavors. When I worked in Beijing ,I rapidly became a popular Academic Counsellor with the parents, kids and school.I am excited to participate in the 5th grade class this year and assit our students in following their academic dreams!
Chinese homeroom teacher
My name is Yvonne.Lee.I am from Guangdong. After graduating from an educational college, I obtained a Teacher qualification certificate and attained the certification of educational administration in 2009. Over the course of my career, I have gained valuable teaching experience in various educational levels, including three years in kindergarten, six years in primary school, and five years in middle school. My teaching approach focuses on inspiring students to engage in diverse activities that foster their physical and mental development. I find that maintaining a positive and energetic mindset greatly benefits me in this regard. During my leisure time, I enjoy practicing aerobics.
I strongly resonate with William Butler Yeats’ quote, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” As a teacher, I believe we serve as both role models and motivators. Each student possesses unique potential, and it is our responsibility to facilitate its growth through various methods.
In the classroom, my role is to guide students by providing access to information rather than being the sole source of knowledge. I encourage students to seek answers to their own questions, fostering a sense of curiosity and independent learning.
Jessica, an experienced maker teacher with eight years of teaching and teaching support experience and a strong focus on integrating technology into literature through Project-Based Learning. Jessica’s dedication to fostering interdisciplinary connections and promoting a hands-on approach sets her apart as an educator.By combining literature with technology, she creates immersive experiences that not only deepen students’ understanding of different cultures but also develop their creativity and collaboration skills. With Jessica, literature and technology aren’t just subjects, they’re gateways to global understanding and inventive thinking.Jessica’s experience in PBL extends beyond the classroom. She actively seeks opportunities to collaborate with other teachers to develop cross-curricular projects that integrate literature, technology, and other subjects. By doing so, she ensures that students are exposed to a holistic learning experience that connects various disciplines and prepares them for the challenges of the future.
My name is Rachel. I hold a Fine Arts master’s degree from Chongqing University and an Interaction Design master’s degree from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. With 8 years of experience as a UI designer, I’ve sharpened my expertise in creating user-friendly interfaces and immersive digital experiences. In addition to my design journey, I’ve dedicated 4 years as a maker teacher, cultivating both creativity and innovation among students. I was honored as an outstanding coach at the World Invention Convention, where I also had the privilege to serve as a judge for its China regional competition. I am deeply passionate about intertwining art with technology. As I nurture students’ digital art prowess, I simultaneously focus on advancing their innovative capabilities.
Chinese homeroom teacher
Chinese homeroom teacher
Chinese homeroom teacher
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