Secondary School Staff

Myles D’Airelle

Myles D’Airelle

Secondary Deputy Principal / DP Coordinator

Mr. D’Airelle was born in Leeds in the United Kingdom and has been teaching internationally since 1998 in Indonesia, Singapore, Ukraine and Germany. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree and Master’s degree at Aberdeen University, and holds a second Master’s degree in Education from Framingham University. Mr. D’Airelle has worked across the whole IB continuum, having been a PYP, MYP and Diploma teacher, and has experienced first hand how students grow in a hands-on, inquiry-based learning community. Having been an Environments Leader for the MYP, Mr. D’Airelle has a deep commitment to sustainability and loves to lead students as they explore the natural world around them.

Science Department

Jean Yan

Jean Yan

Lab Technician

Ms. Yan graduated from Shanghai University of Electric Power, where she majored in environmental engineering. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and is developing her practical experience working on the technical side of the Science Department. Ms. Yan loves the sciences and really enjoys finding solutions to everyday and global problems. Her hobbies include aerobic exercise, dancing, and literature. She hopes that all the students in her care will continue to grow in body as well as in spirit and be healthy and happy.
Keith Collins

Keith Collins

Science Teacher

Mr. Keith Collins is from Scotland but has spent the last twenty years living in various countries, including China, Germany and Turkey.  Keith has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Chemistry and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.  Keith came to teaching after twenty-five years in international sales and marketing, working in the Chemical Industry. Keith now is working along with his wife Fiona and son, Andrew in the WISS community.  His hobbies include an interest in health and wellness and visiting as many new countries as possible. He enjoys engaging with students in their exploration of all things scientific.
Michael Grunwell

Michael Grunwell

Science Teacher

Michael Grunwell graduated from the University of Wales in 1983 with a degree in Zoology. His first teaching jobs were in ICT and computer studies before teaching in general science. He taught A level Biology and moved to Qatar for 6 years where he moved into teaching Physics. Before joining WISS, he taught for two years in Nanchang. He lives here with his Hungarian wife of 22 years and his two younger children. His oldest daughter is majoring in Psychology at MacDanial College Budapest. He tries to inspire children in science and is a life-long birder. He enjoys taking children on field trips to explore the wildlife of China, and, given clear skies, to introduce children to Astronomy.
Philippe Roy

Philippe Roy

Science Teacher

Philippe Roy is a French/American dual citizen from Pennsylvania, USA.  He has a Life Science degree, a PA teaching certification in biology and chemistry, and some Masters’ work in inductive teaching and curriculum planning.  He taught in Pennsylvania, Korea, and China for 6 years.  Prior careers include database administration and sales management.  His daughter, Leila, is a PYP student at WISS with grand aspirations of being a super hero.
Terri Mosher

Terri Mosher

Head of Science

Ms. Terri Mosher was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada. She earned her Bachelor of Science specializing in Biology and Chemistry, as well as a second Bachelor’s degree in Education from Acadia University in Nova Scotia. In 2006, she moved with her family to Dalian in the north of China where she taught high school Math, Biology, and Chemistry at a Canadian School. Her husband and two daughters, Ireland and Cierra, are proud to be a part of the WISS family, and Terri is very excited to engage her students in the wonders of Science.

Languages Department

Leonard Stanley

Leonard Stanley

English Teacher/Theory of Knowledge Teacher

Mr. Stanley is from Washington DC and received his BA in Communications from Howard University. Leonard began working with children at age 18 and has since worked with students from all over the world in Washington DC, Xian, and Shanghai before coming to WISS. Also a parent at WISS, Leonard is enthusiastic about being able to have a positive contribution to the WISS community by providing language support to those in need. Mr. Stanley looks forward to receiving as much from the students as he gives as he is a firm believer in the reciprocal nature of teaching.
Marta Frasquier

Marta Frasquier

Spanish Teacher

Ms. Frasquier is from Barcelona, Spain. She has received a Bachelor of Translating and Interpreting English, French, Spanish and Catalan and a Master in Teaching at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Prior to coming to China, she lived for four years in Nebraska where she taught French and Spanish for native and non-native speakers. She is in Shanghai with her husband who works as a chef in a restaurant in the French Concession. Before coming to WISS, she worked at Hangzhou International School as a long term substitute for French and Spanish. Ms. Frasquier is very passionate about teaching Spanish and is excited to be part of the WISS community.
Mirjam Berghuis

Mirjam Berghuis

Head of Modern Languages

Mirjam Berghuis studied both French and Education at l’Université d’Ottawa and began her career in 2000 as a French Immersion teacher.  Three years later Mirjam and her husband Andrew decided a little adventure was in order before settling down.  Their one year leave-of-absence turned into a career.  Mirjam taught both French and History in Yemen for 4 years before moving to the Bahamas to join a school that offered the Diploma Programme.  Two years on the beach was enough.  Together with their two children, Simone and Theo, the couple relocated once again to Tanzania to work at the first full IB school in Africa.  Mirjam is a Workshop Leader with the IBO and is currently our Head of Modern Languages as well as the French Department Head.
Eva Li

Eva Li

Secondary Deputy Principal/Head of Chinese

Ms Li holds an MA and a BA in Chinese Language and Literature. After teaching at a local secondary school in Sichuan province, Ms Li decided to pursue further study and gained admission to the highly competitive MA programme at East China Normal University (ECNU). During her advanced study, she received scholarships and was awarded “Outstanding Graduate of Shanghai”. Since she joined WISS as a founding member, Ms Li has been dedicated to developing a leading Chinese language programme at WISS. Her extensive experience and progressive teaching approach across PYP and MYP will lay a solid foundation to implement the DP Chinese programme in 2010- 2011 school year.
Qanta Shah

Qanta Shah

English Teacher

Qanta Shah is a dedicated English language and literacy teacher, and has taught students at all levels for many years. Originally from Toronto, Ms Shah has been teaching English students in Asia since 1997. Ms Shah holds a degree in English Literature from the University in Ottawa and is a Cambridge certified English language teacher. Both Ms Shah, and her lovely daughter Lulu, are thrilled to be a part of the WISS family.
Iris Feng

Iris Feng

Chinese Teacher

Ms. Feng earned her BA degree and teaching qualification for high school from Hubei Normal University. She has been teaching in an IB school for the last two years. During this time, she also worked as a volunteer in an autism school. She is very proud of her job as a teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and playing the Chinese Board game – Weiqi
Yining Wu

Yining Wu

Chinese Teacher

Ms. Wu graduated from Fudan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. She has lived in Connecticut, the United States for four years before moving back to Shanghai. There she attended University of Hartford and earned her Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She has gained teaching experiences in various local public schools in the U.S.  Before she joined WISS, she worked as a 4th/5th grade teacher in a dual language setting in North Carolina. Ms. Wu believes in individuality and strives to help each student find their best way to learn.
Keiko Ishii

Keiko Ishii

Japanese Teacher

Keiko Ishii has taught Japanese Language in Japan and the US since 2001. Keiko has a passion to teach the language and she believes that speaking more than one language is a special skill of every individual. Keiko enjoys photography and Origami. Keiko has a Bachelor of Arts in Language Studies from Osaka University of Foreign Studies and a Master’s of Education in Teaching Japanese as a Second Language from Hiroshima University in Japan. Keiko is joined at WISS by her husband Aldwin and lovely daughter Aiko.
TingTing Ge

TingTing Ge

Chinese Teacher

Tingting Ge, was born in Shanghai, and received her B.A. in English Language and literature in 2011 and M.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Prior to joining WISS in 2014, Tingting focused on teaching Chinese as a foreign language. She has taught Chinese in SMIC summer school camp, then she went to New Zealand and taught Mandarin in two primary schools in Auckland. She also taught a business Chinese course to students from Columbia University through a program in Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She enjoys teaching Chinese as a foreign language and working with students in learning Chinese culture and customs.
Vanessa Scully

Vanessa Scully

Head of English

Despite having taught the IB DP in Brazil, Norway, Portugal and Thailand, Vanessa Scully has never worked in the real deal – a full IB school – and is looking forward to this exciting opportunity. Her educational background includes a BA, bi-lingual PgDip and PGCE, all from the UK. She has taught both French and English at Diploma level and seeks to develop a life-long love and appreciation of reading in all her students. Having assisted students in Model United Nations conferences in places such as Lisbon, Paris, Jakarta, Beijing and Bangkok, she now encourages all WISS students to have a go at MUN and work collaboratively, with students from other international schools, to develop solutions to world problems.
Karin Fisher

Karin Fisher

Spanish Teacher

Ms Fischer is from Santiago and has she taught at two schools in Hong Kong before coming to work at WISS. Her background is in second language acquisition and learning, ESL, Spanish for foreigners, general humanities, linguistics and literature, and earned her Master of Education degree at The University of Hong Kong. She enjoys teaching and working collaboratively with her students and colleagues, and inspires in her students a love towards language learning and multicultural understanding. She is happy to live in Shanghai’s diverse and thriving international community with her husband and two young boys.
Alice Hootsmans

Alice Hootsmans

English Teacher

Ms. Hootsmans was born in Boston, Massachusetts of South African parents, and has lived in England, east Africa, the U.S. , Japan and China. She graduated from Harvard with degrees in History and Literature and Law, and holds a Masters in Education from the University of Connecticut. After practicing business law for nine years, she switched to teaching, and has taught English language and literature in Connecticut and Shanghai. She particularly enjoys helping students improve their writing skills. Alice has a passion for endurance sports such as running and swimming.
Aylin Gregg

Aylin Gregg

English Teacher

Aylin’s first degree is in English Linguistic, her second in teaching the English language.  She has taught different age groups from Primary to Secondary, and was the Head of the English Department in a private school in Turkey. Aylin completed her Master’s Degree in Teaching English in England which gave her a greater insight into the practice of teaching.  For Aylin, teaching languages is about being creative, inspirational and productive, helping students find the words to express themselves in various creative ways. Aylin enjoys meeting and working with international practitioners globally and has collaborated with partners in Germany and Scotland whilst participating in the Comenius Project.
Vanessa Scully

Vanessa Scully

Head of English

Despite having taught the IB DP in Brazil, Norway, Portugal and Thailand, Vanessa Scully has never worked in the real deal – a full IB school – and is looking forward to this exciting opportunity. Her educational background includes a BA, bi-lingual PgDip and PGCE, all from the UK. She has taught both French and English at Diploma level and seeks to develop a life-long love and appreciation of reading in all her students. Having assisted students in Model United Nations conferences in places such as Lisbon, Paris, Jakarta, Beijing and Bangkok, she now encourages all WISS students to have a go at MUN and work collaboratively, with students from other international schools, to develop solutions to world problems.
Daniela Rost

Daniela Rost

German Teacher

After enjoying her education in Germany, where she graduated with a Master’s degree in German and Education (double major), Ms. Daniela Rost became infected by the travel bug. She enjoyed an internship in Japan, and began exploring to see what the world had to offer. Looking back she was teaching German as a foreign language for four years in Korea at a Foreign Language High School, two years on an island in Malaysia (MYP as well as DP). Now Ms. Daniela is still exploring Asia and is happy to be at WISS in Shanghai. “Languages are the doors to other cultures” is her motto and she tries to awaken the passion for learning and studying languages in her students.
Tina Dong

Tina Dong

Chinese Teacher

Tina Dong holds an MA in Linguistics and a BA in Chinese Language and Literature. She has taught students in the School of International Education in Shanghai Jiao Tong University since 2009. In 2011 she went to the U.S. and began to teach Mandarin in an elementary school in L.A. During weekends she attended the Mandarin Teachers’ workshop in UCLA. She is an energetic young lady with a bunch of Chinese talents such as Calligraphy, traditional Chinese painting and Tai Chi.

Maths Department

Aldwin Casas

Aldwin Casas

Maths Teacher

Aldwin Casas has taught Math and Science in the Philippines, Japan, and the USA since 1996. Aldwin has MYP and DP experience and is a proud advocate of the IB system. He is passionate about Math and hopes to instill the same passion in his students. Aldwin Casas has a Bachelor of Secondary Education in Math and Physics as well as a Master’s of Science in Math from the University of the Philippines, and another graduate degree in Math Education from Hiroshima University in Japan. His wife Keiko, and daughter, Aiko, are very proud to be a part of the WISS family. Aldwin enjoys playing chess and badminton.
Denes Tilistyak

Denes Tilistyak

Head of Maths

Mr. Denes Tilistyak was born in Hungary, graduated with a BA in Mathematics and English Language and Literature and, a month after receiving his diploma, found himself on a plane headed for New York City. He taught Secondary Mathematics in the Big Apple for three years before moving on to the Philippines to teach in his first international school. After teaching DP Mathematics in Cebu city for two years he moved on to Xiamen, China to teach MYP and DP Mathematics. In addition to holding the position of the Head of the Department for two years and then of the DP Coordinator for another two years he also became an MYP Mathematics Moderator and DP Mathematics Examiner.
James Pratt

James Pratt

Math Teacher

Bringing my mathematics knowledge and teaching experience to WISS to impact each student positively is my focus each year. My five college degrees provide me a solid foundation to how to help each child excel mathematically. My life experiences and professional experiences from attending school in Jakarta as a teenager to teaching children from a variety of backgrounds to connect and enrich the lives of all stakeholders especially my students. Come let us learn!
Ju Hee Kim

Ju Hee Kim

Maths Teacher

Ms. Ju Hee Kim was born in Korea. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and gained a Master’s degree in Mathematical Education in 2008. Since then she has taught mathematics in the Philippines, Korea and China. She is excited to be a part of WISS and brings positive passion for teaching mathematics and to enjoy her journey in Shanghai
Michael Tarnow

Michael Tarnow

Maths Teacher

Michael Tarnow was born in New York and previously taught MYP Mathematics at a Chinese Middle School here in Shanghai. He graduated from Syracuse University’s School of Education with a Bachelor of Science degree in Inclusive Education and a minor in Mathematics. He is a passionate teacher who challenges his students to explore and investigate patterns and relationships in mathematics. He believes heavily in the IB philosophy and incorporates its values in his daily teaching.

Individuals and Societies Department

Andrew VanderMeulen

Andrew VanderMeulen

MYP Coordinator/Head of Individuals and Society

Andrew VanderMeulen is Canadian, received his teacher training in Ontario and began his career teaching for three years in the public system.  By 2003 he and his wife Mirjam had moved to the dry heat of Sana’a, Yemen. The Bahamas called next, introducing Andrew to the International Baccalaureate where he instructed Diploma History and Theory of Knowledge classes.  Continuing his work within the IB, he relocated to International School Moshi in Tanzania to teach Humanities and to coordinate the MYP.  Andrew holds bachelor degrees in History, Religious Studies, and Education and is currently completing his Master’s in Education with the University of Bath.  He and Mirjam are joined by their children, Simone and Theo.
Brent Jones

Brent Jones

Individuals in Societies Teacher

Mr. Brent Jones is originally from New Zealand. He has taught in New Zealand, England and China over the last 15 years. He is at WISS along with his wife Liz Jones and their two children Charlotte and Jack. Brent has a real passion for Geography in particular and the outdoors and he loves the chance to get out and explore different places both within China and overseas. Brent is happy to be in the exciting city of Shanghai. He really enjoys the diverse range of nationalities and life experiences in international schools that make teaching the subject so much more interesting. He is also a dedicated sportsman competing in triathlons at a high level as well as many other sports.
John Lalis

John Lalis

Individuals and Society Teacher

John Lalis is originally from New York City and has lived and worked in a number of countries, including Belgium, England, Switzerland and China. He received a BA in Economics from Northwestern University in 1989, an MBA from the University of Chicago in 2000, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern California in 2012. He came to teaching after a twenty-year career in business during which he was, at various times, an entrepreneur, business consultant, economist and investment banker. When able to tear himself away from books (one of the perks of being a teacher), John loves skiing and playing classical guitar.
Curt Farnham

Curt Farnham

Humanities / History Teacher

Curt Farnham is originally from Ottawa, Canada. Curt received his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, and his Bachelor of Education from Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec. His educational career has seen him teaching in Canada, Australia, the US and Asia. Before joining the WISS family as an English and Humanities teacher, he worked for the last five years at a private school in Taipei. Curt is excited to be teaching in a programme that provides the highest standard of education and personal growth to students

Performance Arts Department

Anne Drouet

Anne Drouet

Director of Performing Arts

Hailing from the UK, Ms. Drouet graduated with a BSc Honors in Music from City University with piano studies at the London Guildhall School of Music. She has taught Music and Musical Theatre for over 19 years internationally and in the UK . Under her artiste name of Anne Wu, Ms. Drouet has composed for Weinstein Films, the International Labour Organisation and for performing arts festivals and theatre projects in the international school community. She is an IB Diploma Music Examiner and a Member Practitioner for International Schools Theatre Association, ISTA for whom she delivers Specialist Music workshops and works as an Ensemble Leader with Middle and High School students. To date, Ms. Drouet work has taken her around the world to the USA, Asia and Europe.  Ms. Drouet has enjoyed teaching students from different cultures and musical abilities, from students who were complete beginners to the young Amy Winehouse and Leona Lewis.
Darren Scully

Darren Scully

Artistic Director

Theatre has been a big part of Darren’ life since his teens, acting in school plays and youth theate groups. He has been teaching English and Theatre for 30 years and has worked in the UK, BRAZIL, NORWAY, PORTUGAL, AND THAILAND. Darren is now the new Artistic Director at WISS, teaching creative arts and theatre to grades 6-10 and producing and directing plays after school. He has directed a lot of theatre, from classic musicals to edgy experimental work and has so far escaped being arrested. More recently he has been working on reinterpreting classical texts through physical theatre approaches and in devising work based on immersive, site specific venues. He has really excited about being part of a team building the creative arts and performances. There will be a lot of opportunities for students to express themselves and develop confidence. Contrary to popular opinion, Darren thinks theatre can make people better and the world a better place.
Jez Gregg

Jez Gregg

Theatre Arts and Dance Teacher

Jez Gregg is a dance and theatre teacher at WISS.  He began his illustrious career developing from a nine-year old juggler of five balls to a twenty something dancer/choreographer/street performer/director and a thirty year old creative director of ISTA (International Theatre Schools Association). He describes himself as a movement specialist, having had the privilege of working with a variety of different groups: prisoners, toddlers, aids-affected communities in Uganda, over-fifties with mental health problems, professional dancers and individuals who can only respond through their eyes.  Jez doesn’t describe himself as a “dancer” but rather as someone who can move creatively, like everyone else!
Richard Smart

Richard Smart

Director of Music

Mr. Smart was born near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He toured Western Canada with a variety of bands for a number of years before returning to university in Edmonton to get his Bachelor of Education Degree. He taught instrumental and choral music at the elementary and junior high level in Edmonton until he took his first overseas position teaching PYP music in Muscat, Oman. From Muscat he moved to Cairo, Egypt where he taught primary and secondary music and took on the position of department head of Primary Music. He is thrilled to be part of the growing WISS family.
Rui Cunha

Rui Cunha

Theatre Manager

Rui, or Rui da Cunha if he wants to be taken seriously, was founder of the theater company Projectos Ad Hoc, where he was playwriter, actor and technician. He worked as Light technician in Teatro Viriato, Viseu, Portugal, and then he was the Technical Coordinator in the same theater. He worked as a freelance Light Designer for dance, theater and music companies where he toured around the world. He worked for Ista, International School Theater Association, teaching tech in international schools. He is WISS’s new Theatre Manager and working with the Artistic Director in the theatre.

Visual Arts Department

Daniel Avila

Daniel Avila

Secondary Visual Arts Teacher

Mr. Daniel Avila was born in Bogotá, Colombia, graduated with a BA in Plastic Arts and Curatorial Sciences from Los Andes University. Soon after receiving his diploma, he started teaching visual arts in IB schools in his country. After three years he decided to come to China as head of visual arts in an international boarding school in Changzhou in Jiangsu province, where he worked for 2 years . Besides teaching, Mr. Avila is an active artist, specifically in the area of painting, drawing and printmaking. He has shown his work several times in his home city, as well as in Lima and Mexico D.F. Coming to China has been a significant change in his life, and he enjoys absorbing all the culture and excitement that Shanghai has to offer.
Liz Jones

Liz Jones

Director of Visual Arts

Liz Jones is from the UK. She has taught in China for over 5 years covering the entire IB programme during that time and adores the diversity that international teaching affords. Liz started her teaching career in New Zealand, which is where she lived for 7 years. This career has subsequently taken her to Europe and Asia. Her loves include theatre, cycling, picture books, IT, travel and of course her family who are all here at WISS. Liz gained an Honours Degree in Jewelry with a subsidiary in Constructed Textiles some years ago. She is an effervescent character who never has colour far away from her!

Design Department

Ian Baverstock

Ian Baverstock

Design Teacher

Ian Baverstock is a qualified product designer and educator heralding from the UK and has worked within education since 2001. Prior to joining the international teaching arena he worked for a leading American bank as a risk analyst and educator. He has been fortunate to work within fully accredited IBO World schools throughout his international teaching career and has commissioned either design technology or visual arts teaching spaces within each school. He has been an active member of both the MYP steering and the Resources and ICT development committee, and during his time in Dakar was the Community and Service coordinator working with aid organisations such as Habitat for Humanity. Ian is looking forward to working with the children of WISS to design and create a range of fun and innovative products.
Kristen Stanley

Kristen Stanley

Head of Design

Mrs. Kristen Stanley was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Communications from Howard University in Washington D.C. After completing her degree she worked at NASA Headquarters in Washington as a Website and Graphic Designer. Mrs. Stanley continued her professional career at Apple in Washington D.C. as an Apple Certified Technician and Trainer. Mrs. Stanley’s passion is teaching children and empowering them through technology. Her sons Kyle and Christopher are also part of the WISS family.
Vaughn Stanley

Vaughn Stanley

Design Teacher

Mr. Vaughn Stanley was born in Washington D.C. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Penn State University with a focus on Child Development. After completing his degree he worked with E.L Haynes Public Charter School for two years. Mr. Stanley has worked with children in afterschool and summer programs in the Washington D.C area since 2004. His passion for Technology was gained through the numerous programs and classes he took at Penn State. Mr. Stanley hopes to open the minds of the wonderful youth at WISS through his Technology courses.

PE Department

Katrina Clow

Katrina Clow

Secondary PE Teacher

Ms. Katrina Clow was born and raised in Prince Edward Island, Canada. She completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology as well as her Bachelor of Education at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada. After graduation, she decided to teach internationally and moved to Shenzhen, China followed by Jeju Island, Korea. She has a wealth of experience coaching and playing volleyball and hopes to help continue a strong WISS program.
Tim O’Hallahan

Tim O’Hallahan

Head of Secondary PE

Tim O’Hallahan is a New Zealand born, Australian citizen with over 20 years teaching experience. He has taught in a variety of countries including New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Angola. Mr O’Hallahan has been director of P.E in several schools and has coached a broad range of sports. Outside of work he can be found cheering on his favourite teams: The All Blacks, N.Z Warriors and the Essendon Bombers.
Stephen Walker

Stephen Walker

Director of Sport

Stephen is originally from the UK, where he played professional football for Portsmouth F.C until he was 15 years old, Stephen graduated Colchester University with a degree in sport science and coaching. After coaching in schools in the U.K, he decided to move to Shanghai and having taught and coached in most of the International schools around Shanghai he has now settled into his role as Director of Sport at WISS. When Mr. Walker is not teaching P.E you can find him trying to play football.

College Counselor

Merav Wirthiem

Merav Wirthiem

Head of Learning Support / School Counselor

Merav Wirthiem has a Masters of Education in Counseling, a BEd in Educational Psychology and ‎Teaching Certificates in Drama and Special Education. Prior to coming to Shanghai with her family, ‎Merav worked as a high school counselor in Israel and head teacher for the special needs department ‎that supports children with communication disorders. Merav has been living and working in Shanghai ‎as a Program Director at the Essential Learning Group since 2011, where she was in charge of creating ‎and maintaining individual programs for the children in the Innovative Learning Center, a full-time, ‎fully customized program for children with special needs. She also supervised a team of over thirty ‎specialists, implementing the highest standards available for supporting children.  Her belief is that ‎anyone can do it, and that each person has their own way of understanding; the role of educators is ‎to recognize this unique way and light it for them.‎
Karen Hafner

Karen Hafner

College Counselor

Karen Hafner has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Juris Doctor, and a Master of Science in Counseling. Prior to coming to Shanghai with her son Daniel, Karen worked as a High School / College Counselor in Vietnam and Mexico as well as a school counselor for a decade in Maui, Hawaii and Portland, Oregon. Karen’s background is varied and she brings a wealth of knowledge to every student she works with.

Community and Service

John Cucinello

John Cucinello

Director of Community and Service

Mr. Cucinello was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1956. He received a BA in English Literature from St. Thomas Aquinas College in 1981 and a Masters of Science in Education (reading) in 1994 from Long Island University . He has taught in the Bronx Public Schools for 11 years, and Yonkers, New York (5) years as well as (2) years in Saudi Arabia. John has PYP, DP and MYP experience. John speaks Spanish and English and has worked as a professional storyteller performing oral retellings of Homer’s The Odyssey.