- Andrew Beagrie – Grade 5 Homeroom Teacher
- Mariann Beagrie – Grade 1 Homeroom Teacher
- Marca Wesen Bondurant – Grade 2 EAL Teacher/Grade 2 Team Leader
- Meghan Branks - Learning Support
- Demetrise Brown - Counselor
- Emily Chadick – Grade 3 Homeroom Teacher
- Yen-Chun Chen - Grade 1-2 Music Teacher/Performance Arts Teacher
- Greg Choi - Grade 1 EAL Teacher
- Sannie Ci - Chinese Language Teacher
- Kelli Cochran - Grade 5 Homeroom/Sustainability Team Leader
- John Coghlan – Grade 5 Homeroom Teacher
- David Cooney - PE Teacher
- Alexander Davis - Design and Innovation Coach
- Dean Eddington – Grade 5 EAL Teacher/EAL Team Leader
- Grant Ellis - Grade 3-5 Music Teacher/Specialist Teachers Team Leader
- Grace Feng - Grade 4 Homeroom Teacher
- Steve Ferguson - Grade 4 Homeroom/Grade 4 Team Leader
- April Halverson - Grade 4 Homeroom Teacher
- Anna Harbottle - Grade 3-5 Visual Arts Teacher
- Ashley Heath - Grade 5 Homeroom/Grade 5 Team Leader
- Ryan Ihle - Grade 3 Homeroom/Language Usage Team Leader
- Dannielle Jones - PE Teacher
- Diba Kader - Grade 3 EAL Teacher
- Amy Kerr – Grade 3 EAL Teacher
- Letitia Liu - Chinese Language Teacher
- Diana Lu - Chinese Language Teacher
- Sarah Lumley – Grade 1 Homeroom Teacher
- Weiwei Ma - Character Education Teacher
- Mary McCallion - Grade 2 Homeroom Teacher
- Kristen Musey – Grade 3 Homeroom Teacher
- Elizabeth Meller-Maddever – Grade 1 Homeroom Teacher
- Sinead Nolan – Grade 2 Homeroom Teacher
- Lynn Opitz-Hsiao - Grade 2 EAL Teacher
- Chantelle Parsons - PYP Coordinator
- Belinda Ricketts – Grade 1 EAL Teacher
- Matthew Richmond – Teacher Librarian/Enrichment Activities (EAs) Coordinator
- Jacquelin Ross – Grade 2 Homeroom/Grade 2 Team Leader
- Sandy Sackrison – Grade 4 Homeroom/Literacy Team Leader
- Yue Song - Chinese Language Teacher
- Jose Tapia - Learning Support/Student Support and Data Team Leader
- Elizabeth Tucker - Grade 4 EAL Teacher/EAL Team Leader
- Linda Valera – Grade 3 Homeroom/Team Leader
- David Whitmarsh - Grade 2 Homeroom Teacher
- Emma Wright – Grade 1 Homeroom/Grade 1 Team Leader
- Michelle Zhang - Chinese Language Teacher
- Nan Zhang – Grade 1-2 Visual Arts Teacher/Performance Arts Teacher
Andrew is originally from Scotland, but has been teaching in international schools for the last 20 years. He moved to Germany in 1999, spending 14 years in Leipzig, Weimar and Berlin. He has also worked in Busan, Prague, and Shenzhen. He has experience teaching all levels of elementary, as well as drama and sports coaching.
Andrew holds a B.A in Elementary Education from the University of Paisley and has attended numerous PYP trainings around the world. He has served as Curriculum Coordinator, Literacy Coordinator, and Inquiry Mentor in previous schools.
Outside of the classroom, Andrew enjoys hiking, traveling, and learning about new cultures. He especially likes exploring new places in China and has been to more than half of the provinces already. Andrew feels fortunate to live and work in Beijing and aims to use the chance to improve his Chinese. His wife, Mariann, also works at BCIS as a Grade 1 Teacher.
Mariann comes from Florida in the United States and has over 20 years of teaching experience. She worked for many years in schools in Florida, before moving overseas in 2007. She has taught in Leipzig and Berlin in Germany, Busan in South Korea, as well as Shenzhen in China.
Mariann has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, as well as a Master of Education from The University of Florida. She has taught all ages of elementary and also has extensive experience in early childhood. In addition, she has served as Math and Literacy Coordinator in previous schools.
In her free time, Mariann enjoys sewing and learning Chinese. She also loves traveling and likes to find new cultures and cuisines to enjoy.
Mariann is grateful to be a part of the BCIS community and to live in Beijing. She likes to use her weekend to explore the city and other places in China. Her husband, Andrew, also works a BCIS as a Grade 5 teacher.
Marca is originally from North Carolina, USA, but has been living and teaching abroad for the past 18 years. She is a passionate, enthusiastic educator and a lifelong learner. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and holds a Master's of Education from Framingham State University. She has previously taught in China, Thailand, and Saudi Arabia. She has served both as an English Language Support teacher, as well as an Elementary Homeroom teacher.
Outside of the classroom, Marca enjoys traveling, photography, and learning about different cultures. Prior to joining BCIS, she took a year off to explore the world with her husband, Ashely, and their two sons. She is excited to be back in China and delighted to be a part of the BCIS community.
Meghan has been teaching in elementary schools for more than 10 years and joined BCIS after completing her second year as an international teacher in Beijing. She is passionate about helping all students achieve their best and believes that each student has a special gift or talent that is waiting to be discovered.
Originally from the US, Meghan worked for the Florida Department of Education in Orange County for nine years. During this time, she worked as a classroom teacher, curriculum resource teacher, and finally as a dean of students and behavior specialist. Meghan holds certification for primary education for K-6, as well as a Master of Education in Varying Exceptionalities for K-12.
In 2013, both Meghan and her husband decided to follow a dream and teach internationally. China has been an extremely grounding and welcoming place to land as a first international teaching post. The country has such beauty and tranquility, as well as modern hustle and bustle to offer those who live here. She has enjoyed the vibrant culture of Beijing and the surrounding cities. She is always excited to explore new areas of the city with her family.
Demetrise is originally from Maryland, US. She started her international teaching career in 2017 at another school in Beijing. Before moving to China, she worked for Rockdale County Schools in the US. She has been a learning support teacher, social worker, response to intervention coordinator, and a homeroom teacher.
Demetrise loves to learn and has four college degrees. She is passionate about students, having a voice in their academic, social, and emotional growth and development within the school community.
Besides her love for education and children, Demtrise loves reading, shopping, traveling, and spending time with her two children. She is excited to be a part of the BCIS community and to live in such a diverse and dynamic country.
Emily hails from La Porte, a small suburb of Houston, Texas, in the United States. Prior to BCIS, she worked as a Grade 3 Classroom Teacher for eight years in Houston before deciding to begin her international teaching career in Thailand. There, she spent two years working as a Literacy Coach and Librarian.
She obtained her undergraduate degree from Northwood University where she also played soccer, and later, her M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of St. Thomas. In addition to holding certifications in General Education and Special Education, she is also certified in teaching English as a Second Language.
Aside from being a passionate educator and lifelong learner, Emily is a proud Texan. This means that you might frequently hear her saying “y’all” or talking about her love of Tex-Mex food. She also loves salsa dancing and country two-stepping, although she does not claim to be an expert at either. In addition, she loves staying active, traveling, listening to live music, and reading. She feels incredibly fortunate to be a member of the BCIS community and living in such a beautiful country.
Yen-Chun is from Taiwan. After she completed her Bachelor's degree in piano performance, she moved to the UK and obtained a Master's Degree at the Royal Academy of Music in 2014.
Yen-Chun has a passion for teaching and education. She teaches with her strong performance background together with over six years of experience in music teaching and piano teaching, including working experience in Taiwan Bi Hu Primary School. Her teaching in music includes improvisation, dance, and musical games for students to express their ideas and understanding, allowing students to learn music in a happy way. She moved to Beijing in 2015, and she is very happy to be part of the BCIS community.
Outside of work, Yen-Chun enjoys traveling to new places, reading, skiing, and composing. She is also a solo pianist in the West Harmony Chamber of Beijing and regularly performs concerts with them in Beijing Music Hall and the Poly Theatre.
Greg was born on the coastal city of Cumaná in Venezuela, although his family is originally from Korea. Being the only Asians in the neighborhood, one can imagine all the interesting experiences they had during their time there. Later on, his whole family moved to the suburbs of New Jersey, US, where he and his two brothers grew up and spent their formidable years. In between, his family moved to Peru for a few years, where he attended an international school himself. Upon returning to the US, he graduated from high school and then traveled to Korea to attend Yonsei University, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. While a university student, he began teaching English to students ranging from the age of three to 60. It was during this period that he discovered his passion for teaching and spreading knowledge. With over ten years of teaching English experience, as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Sunderland, Greg is excited to be teaching at BCIS.
Greg is an avid music fan that can often be found with headphones on. During his spare time, he even attempts to write his own songs and perform them for willing audiences (mostly his kind family members and friends).
Greg, his wife, and their children are grateful and blessed to be part of the amazing BCIS Community.
Sannie joined BCIS in 2011. She is originally from Shijiazhuang, Hebei. She has taught Chinese and English in Beijing since 2005 and is very excited to be a language teacher at BCIS.
Sannie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chinese Language Art and in English Teaching. Along with holding various teaching certificates, she is trained in the Montessori and Reggio styles of teaching, as well as IB (PYP).
Outside the classroom, Sannie enjoys reading, singing, playing basketball, and spending time with her husband and children.
Kelli is originally from Michigan, USA. She started her international teaching career in the Middle East where she taught elementary physical education, language support, and homeroom. She found that the experience gained in these three positions has really helped shaped her teaching style into one that is supportive, active, and challenging.
Kelli completed her Master of Education Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language in Mallorca, Spain through a global program offered by the College of New Jersey. She also received her Teaching Licensure through TCNJ – Mallorca where she was able to gain an invaluable depth of knowledge from teachers located all over the globe.
Kelli loves playing sports, running marathons, competing in triathlons, reading, blogging, and kicking back with family and friends. She joined BCIS in 2016 and is very grateful to be a part of the student-focused, team-oriented BCIS community.
John is from Ireland and grew up in Tipperary playing Irish sports such as Hurling and Gaelic Football. In 2009, he received an Honors Degree in Bachelor of Education and Mathematics from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, and he later completed a Postgraduate Degree in Special Educational Needs. He has over nine years of teaching experience with Grades 2-5 and working as a Learning Support teacher, during which time he delivered Reading and Math Recovery programs. He considers himself to be incredibly fortunate to now be part of the BCIS community and is excited to help students reach their fullest potential.
Outside of school, John is also a qualified Personal Trainer and leads an active and healthy lifestyle in which he enjoys golf, triathlons, and the odd game of badminton or Ping-Pong. He also enjoys volunteering in the community and spent a summer teaching in Kasengeje Primary School in Uganda, Africa. He has also been involved in coaching various school teams and working as a leader in an overnight camp for children with serious illnesses.
David is originally from Sydney, Australia, but has been living the expat lifestyle since a young age. Having lived in Bangladesh, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and now China has given him the privilege of being exposed to what it means to be a global-minded citizen.
David studied Health Sciences in Sydney University and completed a double degree in Sport Science and Teaching with the University of Technology, Sydney. Prior to teaching, he worked in the fitness industry as a personal trainer for six years and was the manager of the university gym, while completing his studies. He also worked with elite rugby teams, analyzing GPS data and designing exercise programs.
Outside of teaching, David enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughters, playing tennis and volleyball, and being a “gym junkie.” He is an embarrassment to Australian sports as he is a hopeless cricketer and rugby player.
Physical Education in the Primary Years Programme is a curriculum that David firmly believes in. It identifies key terms such as perseverance, resilience, and self-belief – all of which are crucial in being empowered and challenge seeking individuals. He has taught PE for a number of years in Sydney and Beijing. He is thrilled to be with BCIS where he can create lessons that allow his students to reach beyond their full potential.
Born in Manchester, England, Alex studied at Nottingham Trent University where in 2004 he gained a BSc with honors in Design and Technology. Already knowing that teaching was his passion, he went on to receive his PGCE in 2005.
In all he does, Alex’s aim is to create the best learning experience for his students, to explore and develop their transferable skills through Technology in a safe, creative, and encouraging learning environment.
His career in England provided him with a variety of settings, challenges, and influences that have shaped the teacher he is today. Alex started teaching in an inner city estate school and then, four years later, moved to a large, newly built academy as a second in department. This second school provided him with the opportunity to help create a Design and Technology department from scratch, leading it’s first cohort to academic success.
Alex and his wife love the excitement of living in China, and are thrilled to be part of the BCIS community. Alex’s love of building computers and playing computer games will continue in this land of wonder and adventure…. as will his ever growing collection of Transformers, much to his wife’s dismay!
Dean was born and raised in Tasmania – a small Island state of Australia. Past teaching experiences have led him to teach in China, Hong Kong, and Australia. Before joining the BCIS team in 2008, he held a teaching position at Holy Rosary Primary School, Tasmania. During his time there, he taught Physical Education and the Grades 3 and 4 classrooms. He is excited about enriching children's lives through literacy.
When Dean is not teaching, he enjoys spending time with his family, bike riding, having dinner at Hot Pot restaurants, and playing a variety of sports. His family is also a part of BCIS, with his three children enrolled in the school and his wife, Megan, teaching in the Secondary School.
Grant is originally from Wausau, Wisconsin USA. He graduated from Wheaton college in 2013 with a bachelor's in music education. After completing his student teaching in Manila, Philippines, he decided to pursue a career in international teaching. His first year and a half out of college was spent in Kabul, Afghanistan teaching at an international school. After leaving Afghanistan, he spent time in Dubai, UAE and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam teaching elementary music. He moved to Beijing to work at BCIS in 2016.
In his free time, Grant enjoys playing and watching sports, writing and performing music, playing board games with friends, and exploring new places. He has thoroughly enjoyed living internationally and taking advantage of the traveling opportunities that it provides.
Grant is delighted to be part of the BCIS community and have the opportunity to work at such a great school.
Grace is originally from Singapore and has been teaching since 2005. She moved to Beijing in 2010 and taught in other international schools. Throughout her career, she has taught various grade levels and enjoys how they bring different challenges. Teaching in an international setting across cultures also helps her view the world from different perspectives.
Her educational credentials include a double major in Psychology and Marketing from Monash University, Australia and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary). She is passionate about teaching through inquiry and appreciates how much she learns in return from her protégés.
Grace loves discovering new facets of Beijing and traveling around the world. Being an epicurean and avid reader, she divides her free time between experimenting in the kitchen, having culinary adventures, and reading on her favorite couch with a cup of tea, usually nibbling on something she brings back from her travels.
Grace is pleased to be a part of the BCIS family. She feels privileged to be working with such a lovely community.
Steve is originally from a small town named Whangarei in New Zealand. Therefore, he loves the outdoors and sports, especially his favourite rugby team, the All Blacks. He is also passionate about music and loves playing the bass guitar. Most importantly however, he loves family time and being able to play with his four year old daughter, Shaya.
Steve began teaching in 2006. He moved into international school teaching in 2012 when he moved with his wife to Bangkok, Thailand. Since then, he has taught as a homeroom teacher and an ICT Specialist teacher. He moved to Beijing in 2016 and has taught at BCIS ever since.
Steve completed his Bachelor of Education at Massey University and is currently studying his Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Writing with hopes of writing children's stories one day.
Steve is very happy to be a member of the BCIS team and exploring Beijing.
April is an American from Washington state. She has visited China in the past and is excited to be living in Beijing. She was inspired to teach abroad by her travels to work with children in Russia and Tanzania. She has previously taught kindergarten and Grades 3, 6, and 7, teaching in both Kuwait and the Philippines. She is thrilled to be working with the Grade 4 team at BCIS. She received her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Whitworth University.
April enjoys working with students at every age to develop a passion for learning, specifically literacy. She is an avid reader in her own time of children's and adult books and strives to help each child she teaches grow a love for reading. Her previous position was at Brent International School Manila, where she taught the Kindergarten level for three years before making a jump to Grades 6 and 7 Social Sciences. Though very different, she thoroughly enjoyed both age groups and the experiences she had with them. April is excited to work with Grade 4 students and the PYP curriculum, encouraging students to delve into their learning for themselves to improve their understanding and to practice asking big questions, which she believes will help prepare students for the future.
In her free time, April shares the details of her day with her husband, Garrett, reads, and sometimes makes scrapbooks. She loves to see new places and find fun bookstores, where she almost always buys a new book! She explores new places by train, boat, and automobile. She can't wait to see more of China (and Shanghai Disneyland).
Anna comes from the beautiful countryside of Devon, in the UK. After gaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree (with Honors), in Creative Art and Creative Studies in English, from Bath Spa University she went on to work full-time as a professional photographer. Anna then caught the teaching bug and decided to re-train; as a mature student she studied her Post Graduate Certificate in Education with Sunderland University.
Anna loves living in Beijing with her husband, Alex Davies, who also works at BCIS and has lived here since 2012. As well as providing supply teaching to BCIS she has also been a private tutor, volunteer artist in residence and has her own photography studio.
Being passionate about creativity and education, Anna adores teaching Art and relishes the chance to help students understand, express and experience the creative process. She is very happy to be a part of the supportive and imaginative BCIS community.
Having a wide range of creative interests keeps Anna busy. Her photographs fill her hard drive, but when she puts the camera down for a moment, she also loves to read, visit art galleries, watch films, and explore amazing new countries with Alex.
Ashley is originally from Chatham, Ontario in Canada. She has been living and teaching internationally since 2006 and has worked in South Korea and China. She enjoys traveling, languages, shopping, and has a passion for music with a focus on singing.
Ashley was educated in Canada and completed her undergraduate studies in linguistics at the University of Ottawa. She has gone on to receive her PGCE from the University of Sunderland in England, as well as a Master's in International Education.
Ashley worked for a number of years in both Seoul and Changwon, South Korea. She moved to Beijing in 2010 where she worked at an international school in Shunyi District as a Grade 4 Lead Teacher and joined the BCIS community in 2014.
Ashley considers herself extremely fortunate to be a part of the BCIS community and is looking forward to exploring Beijing further.
Ryan is from Chico California and has been teaching internationally since 2010. He spent two years in Egypt before moving to Beijing. Outside of his passion for teaching, he enjoys music, travel, language, and photography. He gained his Bachelor’s degree and his teaching credentials from California State University, Chico
Ryan feels very fortunate to be working with the BCIS community.
Dannielle is from the sunny region of Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. She completed her Bachelor of Sport Coaching, endorsed in Leadership and her Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning Secondary, majoring in Physical Education and English from the University of Canterbury. She has taught Physical Education and Health studies in secondary education for 2 years.
Dannielle is passionate about teaching and getting the very best out of her students. She sees her role as a physical education teacher as a way to educate her students about important life skills and to find fun and enjoyment in living an active life. Dannielle takes much interest in swimming, netball and learning new skills such as tennis and badminton. She enjoys meeting new people, experiencing new cultures and is looking forward to travelling more of the world.
Dannielle is honored to be a member of the BCIS team and school community and is delighted to live in such a vibrant and culturally rich country.
Diba is from Bangladesh and has taught in Beijing international schools since 1989. She taught in Lido Kindergarten, the first kindergarten in Beijing for expatriate children, for 11 years. In 2000, she pioneered the full day preschool program at the International School of Beijing (ISB), where she taught for five years. She joined BCIS in its opening year, in 2005.
Diba has a Master’s Degree in English (Bangladesh) and a Diploma in Child Care (USA). She also has a Master of Arts in Education / Elementary Teacher Education (MAED/TED-E) from the USA.
Diba is married to Mamnoon with two children, Sanam and Maher. Even though both of her children live in Canada, Beijing remains “home" for them. Exploring Beijing with Mamnoon, reading, traveling, photography, and international cuisine are a few of her favorite things. She loves living in China and is passionate about teaching. She feels privileged to have been a part of the founding team of BCIS, which she finds to be a truly outstanding international school with a genuine essence of and respect for Chinese people and culture.
Amy grew up in Devon, England and completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology at the University of Exeter before completing her Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Primary Education in 2011. Amy then went traveling for a few months before returning to Devon to teach the PYP curriculum at an international boarding school. Here, she was primarily a classroom teacher to KS1, but also held the roles of Primary EAL teacher, PYP Librarian, and also taught lessons to Years 3, 4, 5, and 6. During the summers, she coordinated the English lessons at the school’s Summer Camp to international students wanting to learn more English.
In 2015, Amy moved Kuwait to teach Year 6 in an American school and then Year 3 in an English Curriculum school. In Kuwait, she picked up her two cats who have come to Beijing with her. She attempted to learn Arabic and hopes she will be better at Mandarin.
Now in Beijing, Amy is proud to be a teacher at BCIS and is enjoying the curriculum, culture, and sightseeing opportunities. She enjoys going to the gym, swimming, being outdoors in the sun, watching films, trying out new activities, and spending time with her husband and friends.
Letitia is from Beijing. She holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to the Speakers of Other Languages from Beijing Normal University. She also holds Teacher Certificates both in Kindergarten Education and Elementary Education.
Before she joined BCIS, Letitia had worked in other two international schools for 3 years before joining BCIS as a teaching assistant in 2006, where she learned a lot about teaching. Letitia started teaching Chinese Studies at BCIS in March 2012. She shows a keen interest in teaching Chinese, and she really appreciates the opportunity to work in a great IB World school.
As a teacher, Letitia loves children and teaching. She aims to help students tap into their potential because she believes everyone is born with a certain gift, and it’s never too late to learn.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, singing, dancing, calligraphy, and playing the piano.
Diana is from Beijing. She received her Master’s Degree at Beijing Normal University with a major in Chinese Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. She taught Chinese and Calligraphy for a few years before joining BCIS. During her time at BCIS, Diana has received a lot of PYP training, and is very much enjoying her time with students. She loves supporting the students' learning and personal development. She is happy to be a part of the BCIS community.
In her spare time, Diana loves practicing calligraphy, reading books, and traveling with her family and friends.
Sarah is from Ladysmith, Canada, a small town on Vancouver Island. She has spent the last six years living and teaching abroad in South Korea and China.
Sarah enjoys travelling, yoga, and swimming. She is very passionate about teaching and self-improvement.
Sarah received her Bachelor’s Degree at Vancouver Island University with a minor in Psychology and Geography in 2005. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Education in 2010 at Vancouver Island University.
In Seoul, South Korea, Sarah taught as both a Kindergarten and elementary English teacher for two and a half years. For four years, she worked in Beijing, China as a Grade one teacher at a Canadian curriculum school. She has been enjoying her time at BCIS working in an IB curriculum. She is very happy to be a member of the BCIS community.
Weiwei is from Hebei, China. She holds a Master Degree in Teaching Chinese to the Speakers of Other Languages from Ren Min University of China. She also holds a teacher certificate in Elementary Education. Weiwei has been working at BCIS since the school was founded in 2005.
Weiwei enjoys working in an international school because she can interact with people from all around the world. During her time at BCIS, she has taught students from different cultures and nationalities, and she has developed a variety of strategies to meet their learning needs. Weiwei has also received a lot of IB/PYP and other professional training. She is an enthusiastic communicator and inquirer. Her educational belief is to cultivate people with good moral character and promote the all-round development of students’ quality.
Weiwei has a wide range of interests. She likes traveling with her family, running, hiking, and much more!
Mary is from Toronto, Canada. She obtained her undergraduate degree in geography and Spanish from the University of Waterloo, Canada. She completed her Professional Teaching Degree from the University of Victoria, Canada. She is certified to teach children in Kindergarten through to Grade 12.
Mary’s teaching experience began in Secondary School in Canada as a social studies and history teacher. Upon arriving in China in 2010, she taught using the inquiry based IPC curriculum as a Grade 4 and Grade 5 Homeroom Teacher in Beijing for 2 years.
Mary joined the BCIS family in 2014, teaching Grade 1 for five years. As of 2019, she is looking forward to moving up with the cohort to teach Grade 2. She enjoys supporting student growth in all academic areas as well as social and emotional well-being. Mary strives to make learning interesting and personalized for each of her students. She enjoys fostering relationships with her students’ families, setting goals and working together to ensure a successful year for their child.
Mary and her husband keep busy with their two active sons who are students at BCIS. She enjoys playing sports, learning Chinese, traveling and hiking new sections of the Great Wall with her family.
Kristen is proudly from Manitoba, Canada, where she grew up in a small, rural community. She was educated at Brandon University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English and a double minor in Child Psychology and Dramatic Arts. In 2014, she completed her Education Degree with an emphasis in the early and middle years.
Kristen began teaching internationally in Kuwait, where she taught Grade 4 for four years before making the move to Beijing to join the BCIS community. As a teacher, she strives to provide a stimulating, energizing and student-centered learning environment, where she strongly believes in 21st century learning that fosters independence.
Aside from being a passionate educator, Kristen loves traveling, exploring the world, and learning and discovering new cultures. She also thoroughly enjoys playing and coaching sports, particularly volleyball. Kristen believes in playing a strong role in her community, and has also remained as a volunteer firefighter for the past 10 years in her hometown.
Kristen feels incredibly fortunate to be part of the student-centered and team driven BCIS family and loves exploring the culturally rich and unique city of Beijing!
Elizabeth was born and raised in the beautiful city of Christchurch, in New Zealand. She is a passionate educator who has taught from Pre-K to Grade 6 in New Zealand. Elizabeth believes in facilitating exciting and engaging learning opportunities, which empower her students to explore and challenge the world around them. She studied at the University of Canterbury and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching and Learning in 2015.
As a life long learner herself, Elizabeth enjoys reading, music, traveling, and experiencing new cultures. She is very thankful to be a part of the BCIS community.
Sinead is a cheerful teacher hailing from Ireland, where she received a Bachelor of Education Degree at St. Patrick’s College, Dublin in 2013. She spent four years teaching in a coastal Irish town before moving to an IB accredited International School in Beijing in 2017. She happily joined the BCIS community in 2019. Sinead whole-heartedly enjoys teaching and considers herself fortunate be involved in such a creative, busy, and interactive profession.
Sinead is an experienced and enthusiastic English language teacher. She has delivered Summer language programs to European adolescents for over six years and also worked as a Writing Workshop Leader for the Dyslexia Association of Ireland for two years.
Outside of work, Sinead makes the most of her free time and is never bored for long! She loves to be active and social and enjoys visiting new places around Beijing and beyond.
Lynn, a sixth generation Texan, grew up in San Antonio, but for the last 30 years has taught in many different places all over the world. Lynn is currently a member of the BCIS Grade 2 team.
After completing a Bachelor degree in French at the University of Texas, Lynn lived and taught elementary school in Sange, Central African Republic. Upon returning to the University of Texas she completed a graduate degree in Bilingual Studies with a specialty in ESL and then earned her teaching certificate at the University of Phoenix in Arizona where she taught Grade 6 and Grade 7 students.
Lynn’s teaching career spans from university students and middle school students to nursery classes. Not only has it included several years at the National Hualien University of Education in Hualien, Department of Teacher Training, Taiwan but also teaching two-year olds at the Taipei American School Tiger Tots Preschool. In 2002, she was the interim director of the Tiger Tots Preschool for six months. Most recently, she worked with 3rd 4th and 5th grade students at the Osceola Intermediate School, Department of Special Education, Wisconsin.
In her spare time, Lynn likes to go camping with her husband and two children. She also enjoys quilting and cooking. She has volunteered on both the state and national level with TESOL (Teacher’s of English to Speakers of other Languages).
Lynn strives to create exciting learning environments with an understanding of the individual needs and backgrounds of her students. She encourages both educational and personal growth in her students and believes that learning is a lifelong experience. Lynn looks forward each year to working with Grade 2 students at BCIS.
Chantelle is a British Citizen from the picturesque county of Lincolnshire, on the East Coast of England. After completing her Education and Psychology Degree in 2010 at Durham University, she undertook her teaching qualification in the UK. On completion, she took up her first teaching position in Grade 4 in England. She moved into international teaching in 2013 when she moved to Kiev, Ukraine, teaching Grades 2-4 over her three years there. This will be her fourth year at BCIS, having spent three years teaching Grade 5 she now takes the position of PYP Coordinator.
Chantelle likes to read and exercise in her spare time. She enjoys traveling immensely, recently visiting Thailand, Vietnam, and Canada (to name a few places), and immersing herself in the richness of all the cultures she experiences. She is happy to be in Beijing and to be a part of the BCIS community.
Although Belinda was born and raised in Fiji, she has lived in a number of countries at various stages of her life, including New Zealand, Australia, and the UK. She moved to Beijing in 2008 with her family when her husband took up a diplomatic posting here.
Belinda was educated in Fiji and New Zealand. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management and Geography, as well as a Bachelor of Commerce Degree. Both degrees were attained at the University of the South Pacific. She also has a TEFL in China Certificate.
Before moving to China, Belinda worked for the Fiji Development Bank in Research and Marketing, and later, briefly, as an auditor for Ernst & Young. Over the last year, she has been a Supply Teacher for both the Elementary School, as well as the Early Childhood Center.
In her free time, Belinda enjoys being with her family, reading, and keeping fit. She has participated in a number of sporting events over the last few years, including the Beijing Half Marathon, the Angkor Wat Run in Cambodia, the Beijing International Triathlon, and the Beijing Spartan Run.
After being a parent at BCIS for many years, Belinda is excited to embark on this new role and continue being a part of the BCIS community.
Matthew comes from England where he completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education at Goldsmiths College, London. After completing his studies, he spent two years teaching at local, village primary schools before making the decision to move overseas and further his career and teaching experiences.
He moved to Kuwait in 2001 and spent 10 years teaching at a large international school, enjoying the opportunity to work with children from 7-11 years of age. While in Kuwait, he found time to complete a Master’s course in Educational Leadership and Management through the University of London.
Matthew has been working at BCIS since August 2011 and since then has taught in Grades 1, 4, and most recently, in grade 5. As well as supporting students in the classroom, he has also thoroughly enjoyed helping with the ES soccer teams.
When not working, Matthew spends time with his wife, Sally, and two children, Jacob and Annabel. As a family, they have fostered babies in need of care and found this to be a positive experience. He is also a keen sportsman and recently joined a local cricket team here in Beijing. He enjoys challenges and has completed a Spartan race and a number of triathlons to date.
Jackie is originally from the west coast of Canada, growing up on Hornby Island, a small island of 800 people, and Vancouver Island. Living on an island, she grew up experiencing the outdoors and doing activities outside. She graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Education 5-year degree, focusing on elementary teaching.
Jackie has been living and teaching abroad since 2013, starting her International teaching career in a Canadian International School. In 2015, she moved to BIBS UES, where she taught Grade 3. While teaching Grade 3, she became experienced with the PYP Curriculum, confidently using her Canadian and international teaching practices in the classroom.
Her other passions include sports and athletics, where she coaches various teams including: handball, t-ball, softball, basketball, badminton, Gaelic football, and volleyball. Outside of school, she plays on numerous sports teams herself, being part of the Beijing community and living a healthy lifestyle. Her favorites are Gaelic football, soccer, American football, and softball.
In her spare time, Jackie enjoys reading and delving into other worlds through books. Her all-time favorite is Harry Potter and she is a proud Hufflepuff!
Jackie loves living in Beijing and is thrilled to part of the BCIS team. She appreciates the school community and the opportunity to live in the exciting city of Beijing.
Sandy is originally from Newport Beach, California, USA, but spent most of her childhood overseas in a variety of countries. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern California College. She has spent most of her teaching career in Texas elementary schools serving in a variety of roles including: Grade 2 homeroom, Grade 4 Homeroom and Language Arts Specialist, curriculum writing advisor, mentor teacher, and Grade 4 academic advisor/team lead. During her tenure, Sandy went on to receive her certification in English as a Second Language to better connect with her many international students.
Sandy’s love of China began in 1988 when she got the chance to teach English at a university in Shandong Province. Many years and three children later, she and her husband Gary decided it was finally time for another international experience. They are excited about living and working in Beijing and are ready to explore many parts of China.
Outside of the classroom, Sandy is passionate about reading, traveling, trying different cuisines, and spending time with her family and friends. She is thrilled to be a part of the BCIS community and a member of the Grade 4 team.
Yue is from northern China and is currently a Chinese Language B teacher at BCIS. She graduated with a BA degree in English Education, then taught for three years in a number of schools before joining BCIS. This teaching experience helped her learn to be a good teacher and how to be a friend to her students. She has received a great deal of IB PYP training at BCIS and has attended a number of workshops on Chinese language teaching. These professional development opportunities have helped her develop as an international school teacher.
Song Yue has been working at BCIS since 2007. She is very excited to be working with people from around the world, and she loves to celebrate cultural diversity in her classroom. In her spare time, she likes reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Jose was born and raised in California, USA. He has over five years of experience working in various school districts in southern and northern California and three years as a Learning Support Specialist in Shanghai and Beijing. His educational background includes a Master’s and Credential in Counseling and Guidance. He specializes in Special Education and has a teaching credential from Cal State San Bernardino.
Jose enjoys living and being among a diverse group of people. So when the opportunity arose to work and live abroad, he moved to China. He made his initial move to Shanghai where he worked as a Learning Support Specialist in different international schools, working with children from different backgrounds, languages, and varying abilities. Later, he was offered the opportunity to work in Beijing where he continues to put his skills into practice.
Being from Southern California, Jose is a natural foodie who enjoys tasting foods from different parts of the world. He also enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, sightseeing, and occasional beach trips. In addition, he appreciates time with family, watching the latest blockbuster movie, or simply reading at home.
Jose is excited to be part of the BCIS community as he continues to develop his trade and explore this wonderful city!
Elizabeth is proudly from Topsail Island, North Carolina (USA) and was educated at the University of North Carolina - Wilmington. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Psychology, her Teaching Licensure in Elementary Education, and her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.
Elizabeth has teaching experience from public elementary schools throughout southeastern North Carolina and also taught Grade 2 in Kuwait for four years. She moved to Beijing and joined the BCIS community in 2016. Elizabeth taught Grade 2 at BCIS for three years and was the Grade 2 Team Leader. She is now the Grade 4 EAL teacher as well as the EAL Team Leader.
Away from teaching, Elizabeth enjoys yoga, reading, organizing, and decorating. She has taken on the challenge of weekly Chinese lessons, through which she has gained the perspective of her students as language learners. Elizabeth also loves to travel to new places, try different foods, and experience new cultures – all of which she has enjoyed doing around Beijing and China.
Linda has taught at Beijing international schools since 2011. She got her Bachelor’s in Child Development from Michigan State University with a language arts specialization and an early childhood endorsement. Throughout the years, she has been the lead teacher in Nursery and Grades 1-6 classrooms.
Linda grew up in a bilingual and bicultural household and attended international school in Taiwan. Because of her personal experience as a student in the international school system, she is especially passionate about her work here at BCIS. She really enjoys learning more about multilingualism and language acquisition.
In the summer of 2016, she married her husband Romer, whom she met in Beijing. In her free time, she enjoys bike rides, trying new restaurants, and cooking with friends.
David is originally from Bath in England. He has been living and teaching abroad for nine years, and has worked in South Korea and China. David enjoys traveling and is also a sports enthusiast with a love of football, rugby, cricket, and Muay Thai boxing.
David was educated in the UK and completed his undergraduate studies in computer science at the University of Brighton before moving on to complete a Master's in Law. Since graduating, he has gone on to receive his PGCE from the University of Sunderland and a Master's in International Education from the same institution. He is now currently working towards his PhD at the University of Bath, UK. He is studying how Chinese culture affects students studying within the IB system.
David worked for a number of years in South Korea as a kindergarten teacher in the coastal city of Changwon. He then moved to China with his wife, who also teaches at BCIS, where he worked in Beijing as the Grade 1 Lead Teacher of an international school in Shunyi. This is his third year at BCIS.
David enjoys living in Beijing and China with all the opportunities it brings for experiencing new cultures and travel. He is excited to be working in an incredible city, at such a reputable school, and with some outstanding colleagues.
Emma is from a small town in Lancashire, England and she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Salford in 2013. Following on from this, she worked in Maine, America teaching rock climbing and outdoor living skills. She was also a qualified high ropes instructor there. After returning to England, she completed her Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Primary education for ages 4 to 11 at the University of Cumbria and has taught Year 3 and Year 4 at a local Primary school in Accrington, Lancashire since qualifying.
Besides being a passionate teacher, Emma loves running, swimming, and cycling in her spare time. She is a very keen marathon runner and hopes to complete a marathon in every continent one day. She also enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, and exploring other countries.
Emma considers herself very lucky to be part of the BCIS team and is thrilled to be living in such a lively and unique country.
Michelle was born in southern China and graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University with a BA in English. Michelle started to teach after receiving her Teaching Certificate in 2008. She is experienced in teaching both primary and secondary students. Prior to joining BCIS in 2012, Michelle was a Chinese language teacher and a PYP co-teacher at an international school in Guangdong province where she gained most of her PYP training.
Michelle is excited to work at BCIS and to share her enthusiasm in Chinese and the love for learning with the students.
In her free time, Michelle loves reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Nan is from Beijing, China. Since she was young, becoming an educator was always one of her dreams. She also possessed a strong passion for fine arts since she was a child. In 2014, She completed her Bachelor’s degree of Environment Design in Nankai University, Tianjin. She had a short internship experience at Green architecture design and research institute as an assistant. She was devoted to working on some volunteer jobs around art and children during her college days. Later, she went to Tufts University in Massachusetts in the United States to pursue her Master’s degree in Art Education. Before joining BCIS, she taught as an art teacher in a private school and Fine Art Museum in Boston. Throughout this time, she loved spending time with her students and providing them with support. The students also had the opportunity to express their imagination and creativity in her classes.
Nan is grateful and excited to be a member of the BCIS family.
In her spare time, Nan likes traveling to other places to explore the differences between cultures and lifestyles. She also enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending time outdoors with her friends and family.