- Rebecca Black - Kindergarten Teacher
- Jo-Ann Boyce - PreKindergarten Teacher & Team Leader
- Shardea Brown - PreKindergarten Teacher
- Cathy Chen - PreKindergarten Integrated Specialist
- Mary Deng - PK & KG Integrated Specialist
- Hannah Douglas - Kindergarten Teacher & Sustainability Team Leader
- Rina Gao - Kindergarten Integrated Specialist
- Ilich Granados - Kindergarten Integrated Specialist & Enrichment Activities Team Leader
- Kim Harris - Kindergarten Teacher
- Kanako Hase - Nursery Teacher
- Natalie Johnson - Nursery Teacher
- Connie Luo - Nursery Teacher
- Emma Maggio – Nursery Teacher & Team Leader
- Suzanne McKemey - Teacher Librarian & English Literacy Team Leader
- Lily Meng - Nursery Teacher
- Mubanga Mulenga - PreKindergarten Integrated Specialist
- Nina Ni – Toddler & Nursery Integrated Specialist
- Alicia Brena Nuno - Kindergarten Teacher & Team Leader
- Sissi Qi - Toddler Teacher & Team Leader
- Dr. Reed Rhodes - Learning Support
- Kelly Shanks - Kindergarten Homeroom Teacher
- Inés Suanzes - Kindergarten Teacher
- Tania Wain - PreKindergarten Teacher
- Kelly Warburton - PreKindergarten Teacher
- Crystal Xue – PreKindergarten Integrated Specialist
- Emma Zhou – Toddler & Nursery Integrated Specialist
- Dan Zhu - Nursery Teacher & Chinese Literacy Team Leader
- Claudia Zornosa - PreKindergarten Teacher
After teaching at Birstwith School in the UK, Rebecca took her first international teaching position volunteering for two years in a newly established school in Tanzania, East Africa. Here, she taught local and expat children aged from five to six years old.
For the past four and a half years, Rebecca has been living in China and working for EtonHouse International Pre-School in Jinan, Shandong Province. During this time, she received an inspiring and rich understanding of play-based learning through various professional developments, including IB PYP workshops and an unforgettable visit to Italy where she took part in “An Encounter with Reggio Emilia.” Rebecca believes in building up children’s individual identities, encouraging them to be leaders who are positive and compassionate citizens.
Rebecca loves China and is very happy to be joining her husband in the exciting and historic city of Beijing. She is honored to be working alongside the professional and experienced staff at BCIS.
In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys reading, walks in the park, and baking yummy treats like banana muffins.
This year is Jo-Ann’s 14th year of teaching children and her 5th year in BCIS. She strives to create a nurturing and purposeful environment that caters for different learning styles. She provides opportunities for children to become independent thinkers and doers through play-based learning and inquiry and encourages them to be caring and respectful of others and their environment.
She was a certified Secondary Education teacher in Physical Science before switching to early childhood teaching. She completed a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Early Years Montessori Diploma from North American Montessori Center and has an extensive training and experience in the IB Primary Years Programme. She has a strong focus on personalized learning and child centered inquiry and utilizes the best practice in teaching children.
Jo-Ann loves traveling with her husband Michael and daughter Beryll. Every year, they spend the summer in Wisconsin, USA to be with family and friends. She also enjoys cooking and creating new recipes. Jo-Ann and her family feel very privileged to be a part of BCIS.
Shardea is originally from the United States and graduated from Temple University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s in Education with certifications in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She later obtained an MEd in 2012 from Monmouth University in Curriculum and Instruction where she researched the importance of male involvement in early childhood classrooms. She enjoys working with young children where she can create a passion and a foundation for future learning through play-based experiences.
Shardea has taught in various early childhood settings and has been working internationally since 2013. She has taught Pre-Kindergarten at a bilingual school in New Jersey while working in the United States. She has also taught kindergarten in Abu Dhabi for four years before coming to BCIS. She is delighted to be a part of the BCIS family.
When Shardea is not working, she enjoys researching her next travel destination, communicating with family and friends, and trying new foods and restaurants.
Before joining BCIS, Cathy worked at the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press. She has edited a series of English learning books, which have subsequently been published. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her daughter, reading, baking, swimming, and traveling with family and friends.
Mary is from the south of China. She graduated with a BA in Pre-school Education, and also holds a teacher certificate in Pre-school Education. She has three years of experience as a homeroom teacher and a Kindergarten Chinese teacher before joining BCIS. She has learned much through these experiences about real teaching and real children beyond what is found in textbooks.
Mary has been working at BCIS since 2010. She is very excited to be working with people from around the world and really appreciates the opportunities to learn about the PYP, differentiation, and investigation. She loves to share Chinese culture with her students, and not just through language, but in other interesting and engaging ways as well. In Mary’s class, she likes her students to learn Chinese naturally and happily. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, swimming, reading, singing, and spending time with family and friends.
Hannah is from the UK and has been working internationally since 2003. After teaching kindergarten in Mexico and volunteering at a literacy program for migrant workers' children, she gained her Bachelor's Degree in International Politics and Modern Languages from Leeds University, UK in 2002. She then worked for the local education authorities in their Widening Participation scheme for community outreach, while also volunteering at a children's charity for immigrants.
Hannah then moved to Paris, France, where she worked and also completed a Post-graduate Degree in Communications and Marketing. In 2006, she traveled to Beijing with her husband and continued to work in Communications first at the British Embassy, where she was awarded an MBE for her contributions, and later at the British Council, the Culture and Education section of the Embassy.
Hannah re-trained into teaching in 2012 and completed her PGCE with the University of Nottingham (Post-graduate Certificate in Education) in 2014 with a focus on international learning environments and early years education. Since 2011, she has been providing supply teaching at BCIS and volunteering at a local children's hospice.
Hannah loves working with children and is passionate about sharing knowledge through experience. In her spare time she loves traveling with her family, discovering new countries, cultures, languages, and food. A keen communicator, she is fluent in French, Spanish, Chinese, and English. She is delighted to bring all of her experience and enthusiasm to the BCIS community.
Rina is a native Beijinger who graduated from the Beijing Language and Culture University with a Bachelor's degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. She also holds a teaching certificate in Kindergarten Education. She has more than ten years of experience working in international education and two years in a local kindergarten as a homeroom teacher during her early teaching days. She is excited to be teaching here at the ECC in an IB World School that fosters inquiry based learning and learning through play.
Rina’s interests include painting, cooking, and traveling.
Ilich was born and raised in Pamplona, Colombia where he completed his primary and secondary studies. In 2006, he moved to the United States to earn his Bachelor Degree in Science from the University of Texas at Arlington. In 2012, he and his wife moved to Tokyo where he started to get involved in education as a volunteer teacher and a football coach.
Ilich and his wife then moved to Beijing in 2014 where he retrained as a teacher. He obtained a TEFL Certification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and a PGCE Certificate (Postgraduate Certification in Education) from the University of Nottingham in England. Since then, he has worked as a PE teacher assistant and as a PE and Music teacher at the ECC. He is currently enrolled in a master's degree program in Curriculum and Instruction.
Ilich is a very active person. He likes traveling, reading, playing music and challenging himself to new physical activities. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing football, kitesurfing, practicing CrossFit and playing the drums. He appreciates nature and outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and backpacking. He is eager to be part of the ECC team to inspire children to develop their interests and passions.
Kim is originally from the greater Boston area and graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2008. Kim’s main mission as an educator is to equip and empower children to discover and develop their unique interests and passions.
Directly after graduation, Kim taught English to university students in Baoding, China. In the Fall of 2011, she moved to Beijing to teach in training centers, where she discovered her excitement of teaching young learners. With a hunger to better understand multiple cultures, in 2014, she embarked on a mission trip called “The World Race.” On this journey, she and 50 other young adults served with different not-for-profit organizations and ministry sites in 11 different countries over the course of 11 months. Kim and her World Race squad had the privilege of going to countries in Latin America, South East Asia, and Southern Africa.
Upon her return to the States in December 2014, Kim went back to teaching, earning her Early Education and Care certificate through the state of Massachusetts. In June 2018, she returned to Baoding, China to teach English at a training center.
Kim has many hobbies, including singing, songwriting, cooking, baking, going to the gym, meeting friends for long conversations, and playing board games. She thrives when she is intentionally building relationships with those around her and immersing herself in her environment.
Kim is thrilled to return to Beijing and join the warm and caring BCIS family!
Kanako is from Hyogo, Japan. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching Japanese as a Second Language from Kobe Shoin Women’s University. In 2006, she moved to Sydney, Australia and taught Japanese in a Montessori Pre & Primary school for two years. She also completed an Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services and a Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Years) from Southern Cross University in New South Wales, Australia. She has worked in early childhood centers in Sydney, Australia for six years as a Room Leader and a nominated Supervisor for a year and a half.
Kanako and her husband moved to Beijing in 2014. She was working at an international school as a Kindergarten homeroom teacher for three years before joining the BCIS community. This is her second year in BCIS, she taught Nursery class last year and is very excited to have a new class this year. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her two daughters who were born in Beijing, playing tennis, shopping, cooking, eating out, and traveling with her family.
Natalie grew up in New Zealand and has been living overseas since 2012. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Måori Studies from Massey University, and as a mature student, studied her Post Graduate Certificate in Education with Nottingham University.
After she obtained her Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), Natalie was introduced to teaching at a language school in Bangkok where she taught English to elementary aged children. She has also spent a short period supply teaching at BCIS, which cemented her interest in education, love of the BCIS community, and desire to teach.
Prior to moving to Beijing in 2016, Natalie and her husband Steve, a Grade 1 Teacher at the BCIS Elementary School, lived in Bangkok for four years where their daughter was born in 2015. She enjoys exploring Beijing and China with her family, as well as traveling, reading, and spending time with friends.
Connie comes from Fujian Province, southeast of China. She gained her Bachelor’s degree in English from China and then decided to study Early Childhood Education in Melbourne, Australia. After she finished her postgraduate degree from Monash University, she continued to stay in Melbourne and worked in early childhood centers as a Kindergarten Teacher for ten years.
Connie truly believes in play-based learning for young children and enjoys every minute she spends with them. She finds joy in listening to children's voices, playing with them, and sharing wonderful moments with them. She is also very excited to be part of the BCIS community, to teach, to learn, and to grow in the new family.
Outside of Connie's working hours, she likes to spend time with her family, watch romantic movies, play badminton, go for walks, and explore interesting places in Beijing.
Emma is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. She has a degree in Special Education with Mention in Learning Disabilities. She has 25 years of experience in Education, most of those years working at a local school in her country. She had the opportunity to work at different levels: as a teacher, as a team leader, and as a learning support teacher, mostly within Early Childhood.
Since 2015, she has been working in the international school setting. She enjoys being part of an international environment, where she is able to continue developing her professional skills and sharing experiences with people from different cultures.
Emma feels happy and proud to be part of the BCIS community. In her free time, she enjoys running and chatting with her friends. She loves animals and likes to walk her dog Lupe every day. She is also excited to have the opportunity to explore China with her husband Daniel.
Suzanne is originally from the United States where she received her Elementary Teaching Degree from Ball State University in Indiana. She has taught in schools in Indiana and Oregon, as well as the Antwerp International School in Belgium. Her teaching experience ranges from Pre-kindergarten through Grade 6. She is passionate about children’s literature and enjoys sharing her love of reading as the Teacher Librarian in the ECC. She is very happy to be a member of the BCIS Community and a member of the Early Childhood team.
Lily is originally from Liaoning province, China. She graduated from Beijing Normal University and holds a master’s degree in Primary Education. She also has a bachelor’s degree major in Chinese Language Arts from Capital Normal University. Working at an IB World international school has allowed her to develop professionally and she feels very warm in this community. She has 8 years of Chinese teacher experience including Early Childhood to G3 at BCIS. Inspired by the PYP curriculum, she values and is passionate about building in students’ interest, ability and strength to stimulate their thinking and to extend their learning through play-based exploration.
In her spare time, Lily likes listening to the music, reading, meeting friends and doing sports.
Mubanga, known to friends as Muby, hails from Zambia. She has also lived in Tanzania and Canada. She obtained her Bachelor's in Education from Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as well as her Teacher’s Diploma in Montessori Studies, and a Certificate in Multiple Intelligences in Early Childhood Education.
She has 12 years of international teaching experience, having worked in places including the New Bridge English Center, Australian International School, Ivy School, and Beanstalk International Bilingual School. She loves living in China and has yet to experience all that China has to offer.
In her spare time, she volunteers in various charitable organizations, enjoys traveling, reading, meditating, swimming, experimenting on recipes, and being a mother to her three wonderful children. She is excited to be part of the BCIS family.
Nina is from Beijing, China. She holds a Bachelor of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Beijing Language and Culture University. She also has a teaching certificate in kindergarten education.
Nina has over twelve years of experience in early childhood education, from toddler to kindergarten in the international school setting. She has worked in an international Montessori kindergarten from 2007. She has also volunteered in the Académie Montessori du Grand Montreal in Canada where she developed professional skills and received much valuable teaching experience. She joined BCIS in 2011 and worked with Pre-Kindergarten children for one year. She then moved to Moscow, Russia with her husband for four years. As she fully identifies with the mission and philosophy of BCIS and is willing to put it into action, Nina decided to rejoin BCIS in 2016 after she returned from abroad.
Nina likes traveling and spending time with her family and dog.
Alicia is a passionate teacher from Madrid, Spain. She loves working with children and believes that the quality of education a person receives in early life is critical in bringing out that person’s potential, and that all children should have access to quality learning and care.
Alicia gained her Bachelor of Early Years Education at the Autonomous University of Madrid in 2002. She completed her degree with an internship in a Spanish school in Paris, France, which she was awarded with honors.
After finishing her degree, Alicia moved to London, England, where she worked as an Early Years teacher for four years and obtained her Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). After experiencing working with native children, she moved back to Madrid, Spain, where she taught four more years as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher in a bilingual school.
As a passionate traveler, Alicia and her husband, Jorge, decided to travel around Asia in 2011. They visited many different countries and had many great experiences. While traveling, they were attracted to the Chinese culture and people. This led to a decision to stay in Beijing, China.
Since arriving in Beijing, Alicia worked at an international kindergarten for one year before receiving the opportunity to join BCIS. She is very happy and grateful for this opportunity and really enjoys working at BCIS.
When Alicia is not working, she loves to plan her next trip with her husband and daughters, have long chats with friends and family, cook, and read.
Sissi Qi is from Hubei Province of China. She started her teaching career in Beijing in 2007 and received a Master’s Degree in Preschool Education from Capital Normal University.
Sissi’s mom is a primary school teacher in her hometown. Inspired, her dream was to become a teacher. Before joining BCIS in 2014, Sissi worked in an Educational Consultant Company that provides services to different kinds of early childhood centers around Beijing. Since joining the BCIS community, Sissi has embraced the BCIS mission and philosophy as well as the IB framework in her everyday work. In 2017, she volunteered in a local Australian kindergarten to deepen her knowledge and understanding of early childhood education. Working with the children at BCIS, she has enjoyed how much they learn and grow through play based learning and looks forward to continuing this into the future.
During her spare time, she likes to read, sing, exercise, and travel. She feels honored to be part of the BCIS community!
Dr. Reed Rhodes holds a Ph.D and two M.Ed. degrees in Special Education. From 1978 to 1995, he taught students in the US with a wide range of special needs in a variety of settings including developmental preschool, resource room, self-contained, co-teaching, and Juvenile Hall. In 1996, he was hired to set up and implement Student Support Services at the International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP) in Cambodia where he taught until 2005. From 2005 until 2007, he worked as an assistant professor in Special Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he was named Outstanding Professor in 2007 by the Services for Students with Disabilities program.
In 2007, he was hired to set up and implement Student Support Services at Beijing City International School (BCIS) where he has worked as a Learning Support teacher at all levels of the school over the past thirteen years. Currently, he is the Student Support teacher at the Early Childhood Center where he believes that early intervention leads to better outcomes for students with special needs.Within the larger Beijing community, he has served as the Board Chair of the Special Education Network and Inclusion Association-Beijing (SENIA-Beijing) since its inception ten years ago.
Kelly is an Early Childhood Teacher and has been teaching internationally for nearly 14 years. She is from New Zealand, which is where she began her teaching career, including early childhood teaching and working as part of an early intervention team. She has one daughter, who resides in New Zealand and now has her own teaching career.
Kelly has a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma of Teaching. She has taught the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for many years and is passionate about the learning opportunities this program offers children. She believes it is every child’s right to be respected, and have the opportunity to learn and grow in an environment that is nurturing and caring.
Her first international teaching position was in Doha, Qatar at Qatar Academy. She worked as a Pre-school Teacher and a group leader. She then moved to Dubai and took a position at Gems World Academy as a Nursery Teacher. She then moved to Perth, Australia and managed an early childhood center offering care and education for children up to five years old.
Kelly has taught at BCIS for six years, firstly as a toddler homeroom teacher, then Kindergarten homeroom teacher and now as an integrated specialist teacher. She enjoys the caring community at BCIS and is excited to be living in such a vibrant, culturally rich, and unique country.
Inés is originally from Madrid, Spain. She gained a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from King Juan Carlos I University in Madrid in 2000, and after a few months working with Alzheimer’s patients, she went back to college to pursue a degree in Education. She graduated in 2004 from the Complutense University of Madrid, with a Major in Elementary Education, and a Minor in Speech Therapy and Hearing difficulties. During her last year of college, she was the recipient of a European Eramus Scholarship. She spent six months in Beja, South Portugal, where she worked with mainstreamed Down Syndrome children and children with hearing impairment as part of her student teaching program at an Early Education Center.
After graduation, Inés worked in Madrid as an Early Childhood Teacher at an English Immersion School for two years. She moved to Tyler, Texas in 2006, where she started working as a Kindergarten teacher in a Spanish/English bilingual program for Tyler Independent School District. During her nice years in Texas, she got her teaching certifications in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Bilingual Education, Special Ed, and Reading Recovery. She worked in two different schools as a Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade Teacher, Reading Recovery Teacher, and Response to Intervention Teacher. She also worked in an oral language development program with Prekindergarten and Kindergarten students at risk to promote their future literacy skills. She moved back to Madrid in 2015, where she taught in an English immersion program in Early Childhood and First Grade for two years. She joined the BCIS family in 2017.
Inés is a very passionate teacher who believes Early Childhood Education is crucial for children and their success as future adults.
Outside the classroom, Inés enjoys practicing Crossfit and Weightlifting. She loves cooking and learning new recipes. She is a volunteer in a middle school is South Beijing where she works with migrant workers’ children in the Character Education program. She loves China and is very excited about teaching with the BCIS ECC team!
Tania is a dedicated and motivated Early Years teacher, originally from Adelaide, Australia. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Australia and a Graduate Diploma of Theology in Education. She has over twenty years of experience working in a variety of Kindergarten and Elementary school settings in London, UK and throughout Australia. Before coming to BCIS, she was a Kindergarten Director and, more recently, a Grade 1 teacher at an IB Primary Years Program school in Adelaide. She strongly believes in the challenges, discoveries, and value offered through play-based learning experiences. She enjoys building caring and supportive relationships with children to help them reach their full potential.
Tania has a passion for traveling. She has set foot on every continent and crossed both Polar Circles by ship. She enjoys reading, socializing with family and friends, singing and listening to music, cruising, exploring new cities, trying new food, watching movies, and playing cards and board games. She enjoys watching tennis, V8 Supercars, and the Australian Wallabies Rugby Union team when they play.
Tania is grateful to be working, sharing, and learning at BCIS and is excited to be exploring more of China.
Outside the classroom, Kelly enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. She is looking forward to continuing to work internationally at BCIS and is excited to be part of the BCIS team.
Crystal comes from the northern part of China. She graduated from Capital Normal University with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. She has been working at BCIS since 2008.
She appreciates the opportunities to work with students at both the Elementary School (ES) and ECC. She has always believed that children learn best when the learning environment is designed to meet the developmental needs of each child, one that encourages exploration, creativity, and independence. She thinks an environment that provokes the understanding of new concepts and encourages children to interact in ways that develop language, thinking skills, and a love of nature is key. She loves being in the classroom with children and seeing their happy smiling faces as they explore their learning environments.
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, swimming, and spending time with family and friends. She feels very blessed to be part of the BCIS family.
Emma is from Jiangxi province in the South of China. She has been working with early childhood children since 2006, when she graduated from university specializing in education. After graduating, she spent four years in Guangzhou where she worked as a bilingual teacher and academic director. Following this, she then moved to the capital, Beijing, with her husband. She has a great passion for the IB Primary Years Program and believes teaching and learning should be differentiated and personalized according to a child’s interests and learning style.
Emma is honored to be a part of the BCIS family and is very excited to explore new learning experiences with children.
In her spare time, Emma enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Dan graduated from New York University with a Master of Teaching English as a Second Language and Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language.
She has worked with students from Toddler to Grade 12. She has been a part of the ECC team for four years. Learning new things in education, especially in the early years, excites her. She is happy to be able to integrate play-based learning and the PYP curriculum into her teaching and is excited to begin all the exploring, learning, and fun with the children.
In her spare time, Dan enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also loves reading and hiking. She feels very blessed to be part of the warm BCIS community!
Claudia is from Bogota, Colombia. She moved to United States at age 19. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Wesleyan University with a Major in Bilingual Education in Early Childhood through Grade 4 and a Minor in Spanish. She obtained her Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Arlington. She was part of the Bilingual Teacher Assistant Program while pursuing her Bachelor Degree and becoming a Bilingual/Dual Language Teacher in Forth Worth, Texas for the past nine years.
Her passion, dedication, and commitment to inspire her students go beyond the school learning environment. She is so enthusiastic about sports that she volunteered to be the Soccer Head Coach in her school for the past seven years.
Claudia has always enjoyed traveling with her husband, Juan, and with the newest addition and blessing to the family, Luciana. During her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, outdoor activities, and playing indoors soccer.
Claudia is delighted to be part of the BCIS family and eager to explore China.