Individuals & Societies
Catlin Adams is excited to be in Beijing and proud to be a member of BCIS. He is from Manitoba, Canada and has been teaching internationally since 2013. Besides being an enthusiastic educator, he enjoys travelling and immersing himself in different cultures, playing ice hockey, and coaching. He worked at the American Creativity Academy in Kuwait as a Social Studies teacher and English teacher before joining the BCIS team. He completed his Bachelor of Education at Brandon University and his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Manitoba. He considers himself to be very fortunate to be a part of the BCIS community and is excited to live in such a vibrant country.
Jeffrey is from the US and has been teaching internationally since 2011. He brings a wealth of experience to BCIS. Jeffrey has continually worked to improve the lives of those around him and feels teaching is the best way he can make a positive impact on the World.
Jeffrey completed his Bachelor of Science from the San Diego State University in 1992 and his Master’s Public Health in Health Education from the same University in 1996. Continuing his passion for education, he received his Master’s of Psychology from Kansas State University in 2003. Seeing Education as his opportunity make a positive, meaningful and lasting impact on the World, he decided to become a Teacher. Determined to transition to Education, he received his Education degree from Fort Hays State University in 2007, and is currently undertaking a Master’s Degree in Special Education from the same University. Jeffrey is truly a Life Long Learner and wants to instill his love of learning into his students.
Jeffrey reads voraciously, both for pleasure as well as for professional development. He loves animals and can often be found walking with his dog Toto (no we are not in Kansas anymore), while meeting new people and learning about new cultures. Jeffrey feels very lucky to be a part of the BCIS community and is thrilled to live in such an exciting, culturally rich and distinctive country.
English and ELL
Roser comes from Barcelona, Spain, where she taught Languages and Humanities for 4 years before starting to teach internationally both in the UK and China, countries she has lived in over the last 4 years.
She holds a degree in Classics by the University of Barcelona, with which she immersed herself in the beauty of Language structure and its connection with Culture and Thought through an in depth study of Ancient Greek and Latin.
Moved by her passion in teaching languages and discovering new cultures, she trained to be a Spanish teacher for Foreigners, completing her first Master’s degree at the University of Salamanca with Honors. After which she decided to complete her studies by gaining a more opened-minded approach on Languages with her second Master’s degree now in Comparative Studies between Arts, Literature and Thought at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona with Honors.
In her last position as an Interdisciplinary Units Coordinator at BIBS, Beijing, she has had the opportunity to convey her experience teaching a wide range of subjects, such as Theory of Knowledge, Individuals and Societies, as well as Modern (Spanish, French) and Classic Foreign Languages (Greek, Latin). In addition, her experience in 3 different curriculums, IB, British, and Spanish, has helped her be more aware and understanding of the richness cultural diversity brings, which she always tries to pass on and share with her students. She is trained in both the IB MYP and DP and holds Qualified Teacher Status from the UK with GCSE and A-levels experience.
Roser loves the arts, photography, travelling, and fencing, and always tries to integrate the skills gained from these activities into her teaching and learning.
She is thrilled to be a part of the BCIS community and to add Beijing to her list of cosmopolitan cities, after London and Barcelona, where she has had the exciting opportunity to live in.
MYP Design Technology
Gabriel is from Singapore and has been teaching internationally since 2009. He graduated with a Bachelor of Information Technology from the University of Wollongong and a Master Certificate in Arranging and Orchestration from Berklee College of Music.
Gabriel has taught courses in music technology and guitar in Singapore, and in 2009, moved to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam where he taught music from Grades 6 to 12 at the Australian International School Vietnam. He completed his Postgraduate Certificate of Education (International) from the University of Nottingham in 2013 and is currently undertaking a Masters Degree in Learning, Technology and Education.
He loves travelling and experiencing different cultures, enjoys video games and anime, is keen on languages, and loves tinkering with gadgets and musical instruments. Gabriel considers himself privileged to be a part of the BCIS family and for the opportunity to use his experience and enthusiasm to inspire his students.
Grade 6 Homeroom
Andre Berry comes from the United States. He graduated from Saint Augustine’s University with a dual Bachelor Degree in Education with a concentration in Math and History. Andre is currently working on his Master’s in Education, which will be completed by December 2015. Andre is a dedicated teacher that has taught internationally for five years and has taught in the states for more than five years as well.
He enjoys teaching both math and science, and helping students to see that the world is full of math and science opportunities. He is passionate about developing strong minds and lifelong learners. He is excited to be part of the team at BCIS, and hopes to inspire young minds to find something to be passionate about so that they might improve the community and world as responsible citizens.
Shari is from the United States. She has been a learning support teacher more than 20 years. She grew up in California, where she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). After a few years of travel and working in other fields, she obtained her K–12 Teaching and Learning Disability Certificates, as well as her Master’s Degree in Education, with a Special Education emphasis.
Shari then taught in California for 11 years, where she primarily worked with students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 6. Before coming to BCIS, she worked in Arizona with students from Grades 9 to 12. Shari enjoys teaching students of all grades and levels, but feels she especially relates well to secondary students.
Shari appreciates the challenge of tackling a different culture, enjoys living in Beijing, and loves working at BCIS. She is accompanied by her son, who is also excited to be a part of the BCIS community. She enjoys listening to music, reading, exercising, and spending time with her son exploring new places.
Pamela Bromby is thrilled to be in Beijing and proud to be a member of BCIS. Pamela is from Ontario, Canada and has been teaching internationally since 2013. Besides being a creative educator, she loves traveling and immersing herself in different cultures, playing soccer and hockey, coaching, and painting. Pamela worked for the American Creativity academy in Kuwait as high school English teacher before arriving to Beijing. She has extensive training with IB English. She completed her Bachelor of Education and Honors Bachelor of Arts at York University in Toronto, Canada. She considers herself to be very lucky to be a part of the collaborative BCIS community and is excited to live in such a vibrant country.
Director University Guidance
Anthony has been involved in education as a teacher and counselor for over 25 years across three continents and in a wide variety of contexts. Anthony is from Australia and is accompanied by his wife, Mary who is an ELL teacher at BCIS. Anthony has been involved in international education for over 10 years, working in schools in Vietnam, Germany and now China. Anthony graduated with a Masters of Education degree in School Guidance and Counseling from QUT in 1994. He also has a Bachelor of Education (High School Education and Psychology) from QUT and a Diploma of Teaching from Griffiths University (formally MGCAE) respectively.
Anthony's role at BCIS is as the High School Counselor. He leads the Guidance and Counseling programme that is designed to support student's academic and psycho-social progress through the high school years and to guide students towards admission to an appropriate university and university course. This is accomplished through personal and group counseling, the University Admissions Programme, academic advising, career advice and planning and working with the Learning Support teachers to ensure the best educational outcomes for all students.
MYP and DP Chinese
Elaine is from Nanjing, Jiangsu Province and has experience teaching Chinese as a first language and a second language, as well as English as a second language, in both China and Australia. She worked as an IB Chinese language teacher at Nanjing International School and Oakleigh Grammar, Australia. She also taught for six years at Caulfield Grammar School – Nanjing Campus, an experiential education program for Australian high school students in China.
Elaine holds a Master of Teaching from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Arts (LOTE) from Bond University, and also graduated from Nanjing Normal University. She is a member of the Victorian Institute of Teaching in Australia.
Elaine enjoys reading and hiking. She has travelled throughout Australia, East Asia, and Europe. She is very pleased to be a member of the Chinese Language Department at BCIS.
MYP Chinese, DP Chinese Literature
Chinese Team Leader
Fiona grew up in Northern China and obtained a masters degree in Applied Linguistics in Beijing. During her post-graduate study, Fiona spent one year teaching Chinese as a second language in Korea as part of her research program. Since then, Fiona has been teaching at different IB schools for six years with a main focus on MYP and DP programs. Before joining BCIS, she was working in an international school in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. As an enthusiastic and caring person, Fiona finds teaching very delightful and inspiring and she is very excited to be a member of the BCIS team.
In her spare time, Fiona likes reading, watercolor painting, and sketching. She also enjoys playing badminton with friends.
MYP Chinese, DP Chinese Language & Literature
Olivia graduated from Beijing Language and Culture University in 2004 with her Bachelor's degree in Chinese literature.To pursue advanced study in Chinese,Olivia spent three more years learning Teaching Chinese as a Second Language in BLCU in which she obtained her Masters degree.Teaching is one of Olivia's great interests as it gives her opportunities to apply her confidence and enthusiasm. Before Olivia joining BCIS in July 2010 Olivia taught at another IB school in Beijing for three years. During this time she qualified to teach Chinese to many different age levels from 8-18 years. Additionally she is familiar with the Chinese DP curriculum and has related teaching experience. As a warm-hearted and dedicated educator, Olivia enjoys teaching and being with students. Olivia likes literature, cooking, reading, writing, movies, music and shows a great interest in the culture of aesthetics. Olivia also contributed a regular movie review column for a fashion magzine in 2008-2009 and is a published author of short stories.
Drama, DP Theater
Arts Team Leader
With over 30 years teaching experience in the Performing and Visual Arts Phillip started his teaching career in Adelaide, South Australia, and for the past 22 years has worked in international schools in Indonesia, Malaysia, Germany and Venezuela.
Phillip completed his Diploma of Teaching and Bachelor of Education at the University of South Australia. He also worked as a writer/director for two of South Australia's leading youth theatre companies. At different times in his career, Phillip has taught students from K- 12 in Drama, Art and Physical Education.
He has the ability to help students use the dramatic and performing arts to examine themselves and their world in new and surprising ways. His teaching skills in puppetry, dance, improvisation, circus and video production make exciting ways for students to express their ideas and understanding. Looking towards the future, he is excited by the possibility of further developing all of the Arts throughout the BCIS community in Beijing and beyond.
Phillip is here in Beijing with his wife Jane Farrelly, who is Middle High School student counsellor, and their son, Leo. Their older son, Louis is a chef who lives and works in Adelaide, Australia.
Drama Instrumental Music Program Coordinator
Justin is from the state of South Carolina in the United States where he started his music career teaching elementary music and playing in a band as part of the local underground music scene. He then began teaching internationally at the American International School of Hong Kong where he taught middle school music, choir, and rock band.
Justin has a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Music Education from Coastal Carolina University.
He loves traveling and exploring different cultures, especially through food and music. In his free time, Justin enjoys experimentally quirky music, films, and literature. He also loves going on adventures with his wife and two children.
MYP and DP Design Technology
Design Technology Team Leader
Born in Manchester, England, Alex studied at Nottingham Trent University where in 2004 he gained a BSc with honours 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 transferrable skills through Technology in a safe, creative and encouraging learning environment.
His career in England provided Alex 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, 4 years later moved to a large, newly built academy, as a second in department. This second school provided Alex 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!
Individuals & Societies Team Leader
Hailing from Ontario, Canada, Ian graduated from the University of Guelph in 2000 with a degree in History, and completed his Masters in Education at Niagara University in 2003.
Always interested in travel and new experiences, Ian moved to China right after graduating and has been teaching here ever since; first in Tianjin and then in Beijing. In that time he has taught Grades 6 to 12 a wide variety of Social Studies and Humanities courses and has MYP and DP teaching experience.
Also a qualified school counselor, Ian is an educator who is passionate about developing the whole student and helping them to accomplish more than they ever thought they could. In the classroom he actively uses technology to engage students in learning whenever possible, and outside of the classroom enjoys devoting time to extra-curricular activities.
Ian enjoys living in Beijing and experiencing the culture. In his free time he loves travel, outdoor activities, playing basketball, photography, and sampling international cuisine.
SS Teacher Librarian
Megan is from Australia, where she graduated from the University of Tasmania. She has been a part of the BCIS community since 2008, and since joining has completed a Master of Education also through the University of Tasmania. Over the years, she has taken on a variety of roles, including working within the English Department and with English Language Learners. Now, she is the Secondary School Teacher Librarian. She excited about the opportunities and challenges of this role, and endeavors to maintain the library as the hub of teaching and learning.
In her spare time, Megan enjoys, reading, spending time with her family, and traveling to new places. She is also working to improve her Chinese language ability by making the most of living in Beijing and exploring China.
MYP Design Technology
Mark was born and raised in the United Kingdom, where he received his Bachelor of Graphic Design and Communication degree as well as a PGCE Certificate in Education. Although his main areas of specialism are based within the Design Technology curriculum, his versatility and willingness to take on new challenges enable him to support the flexible resourcing approach within the BCIS school setting. Mark is a very versatile teacher and prior to joining the BCIS team in 2013 Mark worked in the UK, teaching Design Technology at a variety of schools to all age groups.
When out of school Mark enjoys spending time with his family, playing football and is a very keen DIY enthusiast. Other interests include organising charity events and he is passionate about creating music.
Middle School Counselor
Jane is from Adelaide, South Australia. She has a Masters of Education with a specialization in guidance and counseling from the University of Southern Queensland, and a Diploma and Bachelor of Education from the University of South Australia. Jane has worked as an elementary and middle school teacher for over 25 years in schools in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Germany, Venezuela, and China. Jane is no stranger to the BCIS community, having worked as a teacher in the Elementary School for a number of years.
Jane is delighted to return to BCIS as a school counselor. She is passionate about promoting social emotional well-being in the BCIS school community, through programs that help young people build resilience, and have a range of skills and strategies to draw from when faced with some of life’s challenges. Jane is also excited to teach Drama to Grade 6, where she has a wealth of experience, and highly values the communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills it helps develop in young people. Jane’s family is also a part of BCIS community. Her husband, Phil, teaches Drama in the Secondary School. Their youngest son, Leo, is a BCIS student, while their eldest son lives and works in Australia. Jane enjoys spending time with her family, watching her son play soccer, theatre, reading, writing, traveling, learning Chinese, dancing, and playing with her dog, Poppy.
Middle School Learning Support
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Tanya has lived and worked overseas for over 18 years. She has been a special education teacher and coordinator in Haiti, Egypt, England, Venezuela, and China and enjoys learning about various cultures. She earned her Master’s in Special Education in 2004 and has over 12 years of experience with the IB PYP, MYP, and DP programs. She considers Beijing, China her second home and is excited to be part of the vibrant BCIS community.
MYP Science, DP Chemistry
Science Team Leader
Michael completed his Masters of Teaching at the University of Sydney in 2003. Before joining BCIS, he taught Chemistry at the Qatar Leadership Academy. Prior to this, Michael was a senior biology teacher in Sydney. He is originally from Wollongong, Australia, a steel mill town with great beaches. Amongst other things, Michael really enjoys cricket, traveling, rock climbing and watching almost any sport.
MYP & DP Music
Dom is from the UK and has been teaching internationally since 2007. Previously, he has taught in Thailand as the head of Performing Arts and in Beijing where he has taught both MYP and DP music. While teaching overseas, he has run music festivals, produced musicals, and conducted and trained ensembles and choirs. As a musician, he is principally a percussionist, which he transferred to after being a pianist for 15 years.
He became passionate about learning percussion during his studies at the University of Manchester and furthered his learning in Education at the University of Nottingham. He is passionate that music be available to all, as well as a force for collaboration, growth, and unity in an ever changing world.
Outside of the classroom, Dom loves swimming. He is a scuba diver, but enjoys nothing better than having a musical jam. Reading while traveling is also a must. He sees the amazing abilities of where our BCIS students are and what future potential they have, in ensembles and in class. Most of all, however, he feels privileged to be part of the BCIS community.
Adam Hassan is from London and has a strong background in both ESOL and Literature. Besides being a passionate teacher, he is also interested in art, film, reading, as well as cycling, running, and football. He values creativity, collaboration, and uniqueness most in his students.
Adam completed both his BA in Literature and his Post-Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of East London. The school’s vibrant and eclectic style of teaching has influenced his pedagogy deeply. Adam is an enthusiastic and caring teacher who is always suggesting popular books to read to his students and combining his knowledge of literature and education to make them lifelong learners and readers.
Adam has worked for many top schools in Beijing, such as The High School Affiliated with Peking University (北大附中) and Beijing No. 2 Middle School (北京第二中学). He has also worked in various public schools in Britain. He has worked with the British educating system (iGCSE), American school system (Common Core/AP), and the IB system, which seems to be a great blend between the two. He is excited to be working at BCIS as a Secondary School English teacher where he hopes to share his passion for literature with all his students.
Adam has a post-graduate diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language and has worked as an IELTS Examiner. Therefore, he is well aware of the English standards non-native speakers need to get into top universities. He is committed to supporting all his students, no matter where they are from, to get into their dream universities.
Business Management, Economics and TOK
Andy comes from the south coast of England, UK. After working in industry for a number of years, he trained to be a teacher of Business subjects, completing his Bachelor degree at Bristol Polytechnic. Several years of teaching in UK colleges of further education followed, after which he completed his Masters degree in International Business Economics at the University of the West of England.
Andy has consistently sought to make learning relevant and up-to-date for his student groups, introducing information technology early in its application to education. This was recognised when he was appointed Content Developer for Biz/ed at University of Bristol, UK. Ten years experience followed at this internationally renowned Business and Economics website, during which time Andy created educational materials, presented at international conferences and ran training events for educators.
After moving to China, Andy worked in Xi’an for two years, before relocating to Beijing in 2013, teaching A Level, AP and IB Diploma Economics and Business. His main interests are sports, travel and music.
Business Management, TOK
Julie comes from the countryside of southwest England, UK. Initially, Julie worked in a college of further education in finance and human resources roles, where she also completed professional accountancy qualifications.
Subsequently, Julie entered higher education at the University of Bath as a mature student, where she achieved a BSc in Economics and Politics and then a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at the University of Portsmouth.
Since 2001, Julie has been employed in full-time teaching roles in business subjects. In 2006 she became self-employed as a training consultant based in Germany for the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD). This was her first experience of teaching mixed-nationality groups of students who were mainly civil servants training in management and accounting. This opportunity sparked Julie’s interest in gaining further international teaching experience.
Julie’s first encounter with education in China was in Xi’an, where she taught A Level Economics, Business and Accounting, and AP economics. Following this, Julie and her family moved to Beijing where she has enjoyed teaching the IB Diploma in Business and Management.
Julie is passionate about creating a dynamic and meaningful learning environment where students actively engage with the real business world and through which they develop valuable skills in critical analysis. Julie’s main interests are travel, reading and cooking.
MYP and DP Chinese
Jian was born in Jiangsu Province and gained Her BA in Teaching Chinese as a second language at Suzhou University. She went on to study in Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) from where She gained her masters degree in the same major. Jian also holds a Chinese high school teaching certificate , which was issued by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Education.
Jian taught in Tsinghua University before traveling to the UK where she taught Chinese at GCSE and IGCSE levels, and Cambridge Pre-U in Winchester College. BCIS is the first international school She has chosen to work in after returning from the UK; she is very excited to join the BCIS family!
Jian enjoys teaching and loves being with students and working in a multicultural environment. In her spare time she likes watching movies, traveling, singing and learning other languages.
MYP and DP Mathematics
Mathematics Team Leader
Patrick comes from Kenya and holds a Masters of Science degree in applied Mathematics and bachelors of education degree. After graduating, Patrick began working with international schools in Kenya before moving to the United States of America where he taught Mathematics in a public high school.
His quest to teach in international schools made him come to Beijing in 2008 and ever since Patrick has enjoyed teaching and learning here in BCIS, specially the IB system of education being offered by the school.
Besides his regular teaching schedules, Patrick enjoys associating with the students and parents in community events, such as sports. He plays and coaches volleyball and is especially excited about the sports facilities in the school.
Patrick hopes to learn Chinese language to enable him make the most of living in Beijing and exploring China as whole.
MYP and DP Chinese
Bei Lei is from central China and is fluent in Chinese and English. She earned her MA Degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language at the East China Normal University in Shanghai and dual BA Degrees in Chinese Linguistics and English Language and Literature from Central China Normal University in Wuhan. She joined BCIS in 2014 after teaching one year in Tasmania, Australia. She teaches IB DP and MYP Language Acquisition and Literature and is currently a Grade 6 advisor this year.
Bei's interests include playing the keyboard and the Chinese hulusi (a bamboo instrument). She also enjoys dancing, yoga, and playing badminton.
Angela grew up in Korea and arrived in Beijing in 2002. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature and a Master’s Degree in American Studies from Hankook University of Foreign Studies in Seoul. She then studied at the PhD program in American Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and completed her PhD coursework at the University of Texas at Austin. She taught at the college she graduated from and started her secondary school teaching career in Beijing in 2002. Since then, she has been working as an MYP and DP Korean teacher, as well as a qualified DP examiner for over 13 years. She appreciates learning from her experiences of living in different places. She is married and has a teenage daughter.
Advisory Program Coordinator
Tori is from the United States and grew up in Georgia. She earned her degree in Middle Grades Education and got her first taste of international education while completing a month of student teaching in Edsbyn, Sweden. She taught middle school just outside Atlanta before moving to BCIS.
Incurably curious, Tori loves to learn and is always looking for opportunities to expand her knowledge. Some of her past experiences include two summer fellowships with the US National Writing Project, and retracing the growth and decline of the Ottoman Empire through a road trip in modern-day Turkey in a U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar.
In her free time, Tori enjoys trying new restaurants, playing board games, taking long walks through the city, and discussing the three major theories of time travel. She has a passion for reading, especially young adult and children’s literature, and loves receiving recommendations from students.
MYP Design Technology
Born and raised in Ireland, Robert graduated with an honors degree BSc in Design Technology Education in 2011 from the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.
Since graduating Robert has taught in Ireland, Korea and China. Having experienced the different teaching and culture styles, this has shaped him into the teacher he is today. Robert loves adventure and enjoys the culture, food and lifestyle in Beijing. He is very excited to be teaching in BCIS, and to part of the vibrant and diverse school community.
Alexandra is originally from Santiago, Chile. She graduated from The British Chilean Professional Institute in 1998 (Teachers College) and has done post-graduate courses in Education at UCLA. She has been living and teaching internationally since 2006, having worked in the USA and New Zealand. As an educator, she offers her cultural background and over 16 years of experience as an ESOL/ENGLISH/SPANISH teacher in Chile, USA, and NZ. She is student focused and driven to create a respectful and inclusive classroom. She is trained in the IB PYP, MYP, and DP.
Alexandra taught English in two private schools in Chile, one of them being an IB school, from 1998 - 2006. While in the USA, she taught ESOL and Mathematics in a middle school in North Carolina from 2006 to 2009. She later moved to New Zealand, where she taught Spanish and Humanities, besides being a tutor, at an IB school in Auckland from 2010 - 2012. She taught students in her last school from grades 6 to 12. Overall, she has taught a variety of ages, but now specializes in high school students.
Alexandra is married to Malcolm, who is also a teacher at BCIS. Together they have a beautiful little daughter named Sofia, who is attending ECC. Alexandra loves practicing yoga and has become a Registered Yoga Instructor of 200hrs in the United States of America. She also loves travelling, photography, and trying new food.
Grade 6 Homeroom
Malcolm McQueen is married to Alexandra, who is also a teacher at BCIS. He has enjoyed teaching the upper grades of elementary schools for over 15 years. As a young New Zealander traveling through Europe, Malcolm began his teacher training while living in Denmark and finished it upon returning to his home country in 2000. In 2007, he was selected to participate in a Visiting International Faculty programme, teaching at an elementary school in North Carolina. In 2014, he completed a Post Graduate Certificate of Education with a focus on Mathematics learning. Using the knowledge gained from this study, he worked as a Mathematics Support Teacher to mentor colleagues and accelerate students’ learning in Mathematics. As a Kiwi, he has a strong affinity with the natural environment. He has kayaked down rivers, trekked alpine passes, and played a variety of team and individual sports. Malcolm is excited by the many and varied opportunities presented to members of the BCIS community.
James is originally from London and joined BCIS after spending time working in the UK, Kuwait and Spain. He initially graduated in Sport Science from the University of Brighton in 2000. Before becoming a teacher he spent a lot of time traveling and experiencing new cultures.
After a period of time working in the fitness industry, James moved into the world of teaching. He completed his PGCE at Brunel University and began teaching secondary PE in London. James moved to Kuwait, where he became responsible for primary school PE in a major international school. James spent 4 years in that role and then decided to move on to become a Head of Department in Gran Canaria, Spain.
Away from work, James’ main passion is football. A lifelong Chelsea fan, he follows them no matter where in the world he finds himself. In recent years he has taken up the sport of triathlon and enjoys the challenge of self-improvement and dedication to achieving his goals. He recently completed his first ironman in Lanzarote, Spain.
James and his wife Lisa are excited by life in Beijing, and their son Michael is also a member of the BCIS community and attends the ECC.
English and Humanities
Lisa is originally from Scotland, UK. She graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an MA in Business and Finance. After graduating she travelled and worked around the world for one year, developing a love for experiencing new cultures.
Lisa has many years of industry experience including working for a large accountancy firm and as a senior sales manager in the travel field. She spent several enjoyable years training adults on the job and this led to a move into teaching. She likes to draw on these experiences when teaching to contextualize the subject.
After completing her PGCE through the University of Sunderland she taught in London, Kuwait and Spain before moving to Beijing with her family. Her husband James McSweeney is a PE Teacher in the Secondary School and their son Michael attends the Early Childhood Center.
Lisa enjoys the outdoors and likes to run, bike and hike. As a family they have felt very welcomed by the BCIS community.
English and Humanities, DP Geography
Andrew Morrissey hails from sunny South Africa, and has been in Beijing for the last 11 years. He has taught in two other international schools in Beijing, and before that was a trainer in Dublin, Ireland. He later studied his PGCE in International education through the University of Nottingham, and made his life in Beijing. He is delighted to join the BCIS family, and be involved in his favourite departments: English and Humanities. When not at work, Mr Morrissey can be found with his wife and their two children, Liam and Joy. If not there, he will be buried in a book somewhere, reading for his second Masters degree.
Dave Nguyen was born in Vietnam but was raised in Oshawa, Ontario in Canada. He earned his Bachelor of Science Honours in Computer Science at Trent University. He then received his Bachelor of Education at the University of Western Ontario.
Being exposed to theory, stimulated by the basic love of concepts and mathematics, was a marvelous experience when Dave was a student, and Dave shared these same experiences in mathematics with his students when he was a Math teacher and Math Team Leader in previous years at BCIS. As of 2015, Dave is now the Diploma Programme Coodinator, and relishes the challenge the role brings.
During his spare time, Dave enjoys playing competitive sports, especially basketball and badminton. He also loves to get around Beijing on his bicycle and scooter because he doesn’t like being stuck in traffic.
Emma is from the UK and has moved to Beijing after working in a school in London for the past six years as Facilitator of Grade 10 and Teacher of Biology and Psychology. She completed her Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree at the University of Manchester in 2009, followed by her Postgraduate Certificate of Education at the Institute of Education (UCL) in London in 2010.
As well as being an enthusiastic teacher, Emma is passionate about traveling, learning languages, and watching sports. She has also just taken up Photography and is eager to develop this skill in China.
Emma is very excited to be working internationally for the first time and already feels a part of the wonderful BCIS community.
PE Team Leader
Katherine (Katie) Petch is a member of the BCIS Physical Education teaching staff, and also a Grade 7 Advisor. She moved to China from the UK in 2012, after serving as Head of PE at a school in Liverpool for three years, as well as a teacher of dance, drama and outdoor education. She holds a BA in Primary and Secondary Education for PE from Liverpool John Moores University in the city of Liverpool, UK.
Katie took the bold decision to move her life and career to a new country and culture in 2012, and since then has been enjoying her new life in Beijing. Besides her general interest in fitness, she has a love of gymnastics and other sports, as well as hiking. She also loves drama, reading, and also travel, given her fondness for exploring new places.
She is excited to be part of the BCIS team, and loves working with such a culturally diverse student body and faculty on a daily basis.
Nathan is from the United States of America and has been teaching internationally for many years. Besides being a dynamic teacher, he is an intrepid traveller and a sports enthusiast. Prior to his most recent post, he served as an elementary school teacher and soccer coach at Singapore International School in Vung Tau, Vietnam. For the past four years, he taught middle school English and IGCSE Global Perspectives at Canadian International School in Bangalore, India. Additionally, he coached the girls’ high school basketball team for the duration of his stay there.
Prior to be becoming a teacher, Nathan used his Bachelor’s Degree in Commercial Recreation and Facility Management from Central Michigan University to work in sales at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan. Disheartened by mundane office work, he returned to school and obtained a Michigan teaching certificate and Master’s Degree in Education from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He is elated to be a member of the BCIS community and is ecstatic about living in the land of tai chi, kung fu, and other extraordinary cultural delights.
ELL Coordinator, Drama
Suzanne Robare was born in the US, but has spent most of her adult life in China. After graduating from university with a Bachelor’s in English and History, she moved to Tokyo to pursue a career in singing. Marriage to a Beijinger brought her to China, where she chose to remain to raise her daughter Lucy, sending her through the local Chinese education system. During her 24 years in China, she has worked on television shows on both sides of the camera, put in eight years as an IELTS examiner, was Director of Education, then Managing Editor, of a textbook publication company, taught at several international schools and Chinese universities, and earned two Master’s degrees in Education, with post graduate studies locally in Linguistics (CUN) and abroad in Education (WOU, EOU, PSU, and Project Zero Classroom.) The main focus of her studies was in brain-based research on effective teaching practices for non-native speakers, particularly in application to reading. Her current teaching certification is K-8, multiple subjects.
Suzanne not only loves to read, but she also loves to cook and bake, and has a penchant for rescuing animals. To date, she has rescued, rehabilitated, and rehoused eight dogs, two guinea pigs, one cat, three turtles, and one tortoise. Currently pet free, she hopes to keep it that way for a while.
Grade 6 Homeroom
Alison Sae-Sue comes to BCIS after working in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for five years. Before that she also worked in Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Colombia and Sri Lanka. She is a graduate of Edinburgh University, and has accumulated more than 30 years’ teaching experience.
Alison’s interests include traveling as widely as possible through the countries she has worked in, exploring museums, and trying the local food.
After working in so many countries, Alison is excited to be in Beijing and in China where she can explore a new culture while enjoying the diverse community of Beijing City International School.
MYP & DP English
English Team Leader
Steven comes from Peterborough, Ontario. Steven moved to China in 2003 and has worked in both Chinese local schools and International Schools. He has been a member of the BCIS community since 2009.
Steven has degrees in English Literature, Print Journalism as well as a Bachelor of Education. Steven has taught both MYP and DP Language A to every grade level from 6 to 12. As an English teacher, he favors a student-centered environment that focuses on using inquiry as the engine to develop strong analytical and writing skills.
More recently, Steven has been teaching MYP Technology. As an Apple Distinguished Educator, Steven recognizes the ability of technology to transform the classroom experience and help students develop essential 21st Century Skills. Steven is currently the Technology Integrator in the Secondary School.
Steven is married and has a daughter attending the BCIS Early Childhood Center.
Born in Canada, Darren grew up in Adelaide, Australia where he completed a Diploma of Teaching and a Bachelor of Education. During his career in Australia, he taught in a variety of school settings from a small area school in the middle of Kakadu National Park to large, prestigious private schools in Perth. His classroom experience has ranged from Grades 1 through 12, mostly teaching Physical Education and English.
August 2005 saw the start of his adventures in China, in Fujian Province. He moved to Guangzhou and the International Elementary Program at Clifford School in July 2006. It was there he gained his first insights into international education and through conversation with friends became interested in the IB.
In his spare time he loves anything to do with physical activity, when he can squeeze it in between his studies for a Master of Education degree.
Darren loves living in China and the myriad opportunities on offer, but dearly miss his beloved ocean activities. Before leaving Australia, he always felt happiest in the wide open, deep blue sea.
Darren with his wife Andy and son Cail enjoy the close and supportive BCIS community.
MYP and DP English
Lynda Slattery is an accomplished educator, originally from Australia and has been teaching overseas for the past 11 years. The last six years at schools in Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Qatar, which were at different stages of implementing the MYP and IB Diploma. Lynda has taught MYP English, Language A, ESL and English A1 at Diploma level and is very committed to the IB Programmes and their philosophy.
A qualified Secondary English teacher, Lynda has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Queensland (1990), a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary teaching) (1991) from the University College of Southern Queensland and most recently receive a Master of Applied Linguistics from the University of Southern Queensland (2004)
My approach to education is best summed up as being 'Student centred' with an emphasis on collaboration, particularly small group work, pair work and peer tutoring. "I believe it is essential that students be actively involved in their own education, with the teacher as a facilitator or resource.” “I endeavour to foster independence and a passion for learning in my students".
BCIS is an exciting place to be working and each and every day brings with it new challenges and rewards.
Athletic Director, PE
Darren hails from beautiful British Columbia in Canada where he divides his summer break with time in Boston, Chicago, and Washington DC with his wife Pamela. After teaching for 10 years in Alberta and BC, he took the plunge and began his overseas educational adventure in Pakistan before moving on to Madrid, Spain where he met his wife coming out of a hotel elevator. Stops in Beirut, Santo Domingo, Kuala Lumpur, and Hong Kong have brought Darren to BCIS!
Darren has a B. Education from the University of Alberta and has worked predominantly as a middle and high school physical education and health teacher, both in Canada and abroad, before recently moving into the Athletic Director role at his most recent stop in Hong Kong.
Darren is excited to be a part of the BCIS educational community as the AD and MYP PEH teacher. The opportunity to live and work in the amazing city of Beijing and experience such a culturally and geographically diverse China is one that he believes is not to be missed.
Pamela Smith grew up in Massachusetts where she began her teaching career as a Middle School Mathematics Teacher before venturing overseas. She started her international career at the American School of Madrid where she met her husband, Darren, who is the Athletic Director at BCIS. Before relocating to Beijing, they lived in Spain, Lebanon, the Dominican Republic, Malaysia, and Hong Kong.
Although Pam has predominantly taught mathematics, she also has experience teaching science. Most recently, she was a Middle School Principal in Hong Kong. Her passion is all things related to education. However, when not working for her students, she can be found exploring whatever city she is in with her husband.
Pam has an undergraduate degree in Middle School Mathematics Education, a Master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction, and two educational leadership certificates. She is excited to be part of the BCIS faculty and is looking forward to exploring China.
Jarrod, originally from Ohio in the United States, completed his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Education in May 2009. In August of that year, he hopped on a plane to China and has been teaching in the country ever since. Until 2016, he taught at Beijing National Day School, a highly ranked and well-recognized Chinese National School. While there, he taught Oral English, Pre Calculus, and AP Calculus. Jarrod feels incredibly lucky and blessed to have had the opportunities he has had to further his career while in China. He is also very excited to be at BCIS.
When Jarrod isn't teaching, he enjoys spending time with his friends, staying up to date on all the biggest TV shows and movies, and exploring new and exciting places in Beijing.
Rina Tamayo was born in one of the most populated conglomerates of the world: Mexico City. Since then she has had the opportunity to live in other cities, all big: Los Angeles, Paris and now Beijing.
With her two children, Camila and Valentin, she is very excited to live in this ancient and yet modern city. She is a proud contributor to BCIS growing community and is thrilled to be part of the development of an educational project of this magnitude.
Before coming to Beijing she worked for 10 years at a renowned international school in Mexico City. Besides being the Head Librarian for the Middle School and having an Advocacy Class every year, she has served as the community and service coordinator and the honor society chapter advisor. She has had Middle Years Programme training in Mexico and Argentina and has also attended many workshops in recent educational trends, like differentiated instruction and multiple intelligences, to mention a few.
She received a BA in Cultural Anthropology; an MA in Latin American Studies and a MLS in Library and Information Sciences from UCLA. She speaks English, Spanish, French and understands Portuguese.
MYP and DP Visual Arts
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Richard teaches G6-12 Visual Arts at BCIS. He brings his love of Visual Arts, Music, assessment and all things creative to this new and forward looking school. Richard is an active practitioner in the arts and produces photographs, paintings and drawings as well as being a musician and performer.
TOK, MYP and DP Mathematics
Robyn Turner is an Australian who is in her eighth year working at BCIS. She loves teaching MYP and DP Mathematics and coaching soccer. Her two children graduated from BCIS achieving their IB Diploma and are now attending university in Australia studying Education, and Criminology and Law. Robyn’s interests are travelling, reading, cooking and exercise.
MYP Visual Arts
Brooke comes from the state of Oregon in the USA. She is new to Beijing and excited about the opportunity to explore the urban life, diverse culture, and great food the city has to offer! Before coming to BCIS, Brooke spent the last three years teaching Art and Design at international schools in Tanzania and in Egypt. Prior to becoming an international teacher, Brooke taught middle, high school and college level Art and P.E in the states of Oregon and Washington.
Athletics and coaching are among some of Brooke’s passions. After being a three-sport athlete in high school, she became a collegiate distance runner at the University of Idaho where she competed for her school in cross-country and the women’s 3000 meter Steeple Chase in track and field. Her passion for sports has carried over into coaching as she enjoys being a track and cross-country coach.
Apart from athletics and teaching, Brooke enjoys scuba diving, making recycled art, snowboarding, and turtles. She is very happy to be part of the BCIS community and making a new life in Beijing!
MYP Science, DP Chemistry
Born in the US, Brandon studied Chemistry and Philosophy at Indiana University. After working as a chemist for several years, he received his Master’s degree in Science Education and taught in Maryland and California. Since moving abroad, Brandon has taught IBDP Chemistry and general science classes in South Korea, India and China.
Brandon feels extremely fortunate to be a part of the BCIS community as he really loves to make an exciting, dynamic and fun classroom where students get to enjoy science, learn and be able to perform at the highest levels of their own abilities.
In his free time Brandon, his wife and daughter love exploring islands in the Philippines as well as seeing all of the interesting and diverse parts of Beijing while shopping through the various markets around town.
Selina comes from Jiangxi Province, and has worked in Beijing for more than ten years. She completed her BA in Chinese Language and Literature from Jiangxi Normal University in 2004, and is currently undertaking a Masters in Education. She also holds a teaching certificate in Chinese Language Teaching issued by China’s Ministry of Education.
Over her 10 years in Beijing, Selina has been teaching in different schools, including six years in an IB school offering the IB PYP, MYP and DP Programmes. Prior to joining BCIS, she was teaching Chinese in an IB school in Singapore. Selina enjoys teaching students of different grades and levels and being with them. She likes to help students to see and feel the beauty of Chinese language and culture.
Besides being a passionate educator, Selina enjoys reading, swimming and playing folk instruments in her spare time. She also loves travelling and experiencing different cultures.
MYP Science, DP Physics
Catherine was born in Tianjin, China. She has a Bachelor of Engineering from Nankai University, Tianjin, China and obtained a Master of Science degree in Physics from the University of Akron in Ohio, USA. She brings to BCIS a wealth of work experience, having worked previously as a high school physics teacher in Tianjin and Beijing, and a research/teaching assistant in the University of Akron and at the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Besides this, Catherine has worked as an IB DP and A-level physics teacher, as well as an IB examiner.
Catherine believes “Interest is the best teacher” and she provides personalized teaching to help students find their potential. She aims to make the learning process a fun, enjoyable and fruitful experience for all students. Catherine enjoys working with her Science Department colleagues, and also teaching a student body as diverse and dynamic as that of BCIS.