Meet the Family

Elementary Teachers

Meet Teacher Grace!
Teacher Grace is an E-1 teacher. She is from South Korea and likes walking and working out.
Education: BS in Elementary Education from Pensacola Christian College, MAT in Elementary Education from Liberty University, Certification: Elementary Education

Contact: GRACE_SON@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Rebekah!
Teacher Rebekah is an E-1 homeroom teacher. She is from Texas, USA and loves spending time with friends and family and traveling to new places. She also really likes to hike!
Education: Dallas Baptist University Bachelor's in Elementary Education
Teacher Rebekah wants you to know that "I am in my fourth year of teaching and my absolute favorite part is getting to know my students and watch as they grow and learn even after they move to the next grade! We have some amazing students and I’m so glad I can be their teacher for a time!"

Contact: REBEKAH_KELLY@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Talitha!
Teacher Talitha is an E-2 homeroom teacher. She is from South Africa and loves photography and reading.
Education: University of Fort Hare Bachelor's specializing in elementary phase

Contact: TALITHA_NIEKERK@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Katie!
Teacher Katie is an E-2 homeroom teacher. She is from Arkansas, USA and likes to hike and explore new places.
Education: Concordia University, Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction
Teacher Katie wants you to know that "It is an absolute joy to see the wonder and excitement on a student's face as they discover and experience new things."

Contact: Katie_Masters@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Dianne!
Teacher Dianne is an E-3 homeroom teacher from Metro Manila, Philippines. She enjoys painting loose watercolor flowers, watching movies and series, and going to the mall to shop.

Education: Southville International School and Colleges: Bachelor of Education, Major in Special Education, Certification in Arts

Teacher Dianne wants you to know that "I taught Preschool and grade school for 4 years in my home country and the next 4 years in Dubai, U.A.E. My main goals are for students to feel successful and to LOVE learning in their own unique way! This year will be awesome and I feel grateful to be part of BEIJING SMIC! :)"

Contact: dianne_de_luzuriaga@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Jamie!
Teacher Jamie is an E-3 homeroom teacher and Lower Elementary Department Head. She is from Cape Town, South Africa and loves being with friends, shopping, going for walks in nature, and watching series.
Education: University of Cape Town - Bachelor of Social Science (Majors: Psychology and English) - PCGE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education)
Teacher Jamie wants you to know that "I taught in Cape Town, South Africa for 4 years before moving to Beijing. I have been teaching at SMIC Beijing since April 2018, and have loved every moment of being apart of this family!"

Contact: JAMIE_BASSETT@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Roland!
Teacher Roland is an E-4 homeroom teacher and ELA teacher. He is from South Africa and likes to read, run, cycle, hike, play with his dog, and listen to music.
Education: Bachelor's in Politics and Psychology from University of Cape Town, Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Intermediate and Senior Phases) from Uni of Cape Town
Teacher Roland wants you to know that "I like to laugh and believe everyone performs at their best when they feel safe, supported, and happy. A happy classroom environment is ideal for inspiring students to find their love of learning and cultivate an appetite for knowledge."

Contact: ROLAND_HEIDEMANN@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Tanya!
Teacher Tanya is an E-4 homeroom teacher and E-4/E-5 Math teacher. She is from California, USA and likes to sing on the worship team at church, go for walks, play board games and card games, and occasionally play basketball and volleyball.

Education: University of the Pacific in Stockton, California: B.A. in Liberal Studies. Teaching credential from the University of West Florida with an endorsement in teaching Middle School Math

Contact: tanya_wu@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Nirasha!
Teacher Nirasha is an E-5 homeroom and ELA teacher. She is from South Africa and likes to sing, go for walks, and play board games and card games.

Education:

Contact: Nirasha_Maharaj@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Jennifer!
Teacher Jennifer is the elementary and middle school music teacher. She is from Los Angeles, CA, USA and likes going to shows, visiting museums, playing board/video games, traveling, and eating all the food!
Education: Performance and Music Education, Concordia University of Chicago- (Masters) Special Education
Teacher Jennifer wants you to know "Fun Fact! I’ve performed with The Rolling Stones!"

Contact: JENNIFER_LEE@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Brian!
Teacher Brian is an elementary math and science teacher. He is from the Philippines and likes to travel, read newspapers, and eat!
Education: BEEd - SpEd, Master's Intellectual Giftedness, TEFL
Teacher Brian wants you to know that "It's been an awesome ride so far."

Contact: brian_deluzuriaga@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Nesa!
Teacher Nesa is the ELA Department Head and Academic Affairs Director. She is from the Philippines and likes playing guitar, singing, watching movies.
Education: De La Salle University, Manila: Diploma in AB Psychology, Diploma in Basic Secondary Education, Certificate of units completion in MA Philosophical Research, Diploma in MA in Teaching the English Language, TEFL certificate
Teacher Nesa wants you to know that "I have 20 years in teaching experience. I am a published author for a journal article in the Asian EFL Journal, and an Editorial Board Textbook Reviewer for the Philippine Department of Education."

Contact: NELISA_CASIM@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Grace!
Teacher Grace is an elementary PE teacher. She is from Beijing, China and likes reading, travel, and drawing.
Education: ANHUI university of finance and economics, Bachelor, People's Republic of China Teachers Qualification License

Contact: GRACE_WANG@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Tina!


Contact: TINA_JING@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Grace Ma!
Teacher Grace is a Chinese teacher. She is from Beijing, China and likes reading and traveling.
Education: Langfan Normal University, Bachelor's degree, Teacher Qualification Certificate
Teacher Grace wants you to know that "I love teaching and the kids are so lovely."

Contact: hongrui_ma@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Cherry!
Teacher Cherry is an elementary teacher's assistant. She is from China and likes baking & reading.
Education: The Korea Foreign Studies University, Master's degree

Contact: Cherry_Liu@bjsmicschool.com

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Middle School Teachers

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Meet Teacher Julie!
Teacher Julie works in the Middle School as the Math&Science Department Head and E-6 math and advisory teacher. She is from Taiwan and enjoys watching movies, playing badminton, listening to music, and solving puzzles.
Education: Dallas Baptist University, Math (4-8) teaching certificate
Teacher Julie wants you to know that everyone can be good in math, you just need the right mindset to find your true ability!

Contact: julie_wang@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Shaylin!
Teacher Shaylin is the E-6 & E-7 History and advisory teacher and Humanities & Electives Department Head. She is from Mukilteo, Washington, USA and likes to watch movies and go for hikes.
Education: Champman University (California): Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Master's Degree in Education

Contact: shaylin_johnson@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Michael Chu!
Mr. Chu is the E-6 & E-7 Math and advisory teacher. He is from Los Angeles, California, USA and likes to swim, bike, run, take photos, and play guitar.
Education: University of California Riverside: Bachelor's in Business Administration/Accounting, Farmingham University: Master's International Education, Florida Dept of Edu: Middle School Mathematics Subject Certification

Contact: michael_chu@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Lashanda!
Teacher Lashanda is a middle school science teacher. She is from the Bahamas and likes reading, trying new recipes, dancing, and traveling.
Education: Missouri Valley College: B.S. Biology, Barry University: Masters Curriculum & Instruction

Contact: LASHANDA_WILDGOOSE@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Linh!
Teacher Lihn works in the Middle School as the E-8 Science teacher, soccer, PE, and girls basketball coach, advisory teacher and electives teacher. He is from Los Angeles, California, USA and philosophizing and photosynthesizing, especially in good company.
Education: UC San Diego: Bachelor's Biochemistry, UC San Diego: Master's in Science Education
Teacher Linh wants you to know that "I could probably eat peanut butter everyday for the rest of my life."

Contact: linh_phan@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Jaime!
Teacher Jaime is a middle school math, advisory, and art fun teacher. She is from North Carolina, USA and likes reading, hanging out with family, and playing sports.
Education: Lees-McRae College, Bachelor's in Communciations & Education, Teaching Certificate for middle grades math, language arts, and science

Contact: JAIME_JONES@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher RC!
Teacher RC is the E-6 & E-7 ELA teacher, advisory teacher and boys basketball coach. He is from Houston, Texas, USA and likes to listen to music, read, watch sports, watch movies, invest in the stock market and ride bikes.
Education: Prairie View A&M University with two degrees, B.A. in Mass Communication and English, Texas Education Agency teaching certification in ELA & Reading 6-12 and an ESL certification K-12.

Contact: ryan_clark@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Matthew!
Teacher Matthew is the E-8 ELA teacher, advisory and PE teacher and boys soccer coach. He is from Arlington, Texas, USA and likes to play piano, write, play soccer, and make art
Education: University of Texas in Arlington: Secondary (MS-HS) Certification in Education, ELA
Teacher Matthew wants you to know that "I have never broken a bone in my life. Fingers crossed this lasts."

Contact: matthew_parsons@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Christian!
Teacher Christian is the E-7 & E-8 electives and advisory teacher and boys basketball coach. He is from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA and likes to listen to music, read, take photos, fish, and hike.
Education: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate

Contact: christian_chavez@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Sasha!
Teacher Sasha is a chinese math teacher. She is from China and likes to listen to music and watch movies.
Education: Liaoning University Master's

Contact: SASHA_YANG@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Yang!
Teacher Yang is a chinese teacher on our main campus.


Contact: YANG_YANG@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Nick!
Teacher Nick is an E-6 Climate Change & Environmental Science teacher and the main campus Student Affairs Director. He is from Dallas, Texas USA and likes Church fellowship, drumming, board games and card games, basketball, and ultimate frisbee.
Education: Florida State University, B.S. - Meteorology, Applied Math, M.S. - Atmospheric Science, TESOL Masters Certification
Teacher Nick wants you to know that "I’ve been in China for 3 years now, and love teaching students more everyday! Helping them understand the importance of good character and academic integrity is one of my favorite things to communicate to kids :)."

Contact: Nicholas_Trombetta@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Ashin!
Teacher Ashin is a PE teacher and the main campus PE Department Head!


Contact: ASHIN_YANG@bjsmicschool.com

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Main Campus Administration & Support Staff

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Meet Chancellor Jack!
He joined SMIC School in 2008 and served as the executive director of the Beijing and Shanghai campuses in 2017.

He has more than 20 years of experience in technology development and education. He has practical management experience from kindergarten to research institute, especially in parent-child education, character education, science and life, and published more than 20 books. He often serves as a lecturer at various levels of schools, business enterprises, growth groups, provides corporate human resources and employee character education and training courses, and often publishes articles on character growth and family education in newspapers and magazines.

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Meet Teacher Christie!
Teacher Christie works on the main campus as the English Track Principal. She is from Dallas, Texas USA and likes to try out different restaurants, meet up for coffee and rest.
Education: University of Houston, BS in Biology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, MA in Education #Secondary Ed Certified in Science
Teacher Christie wants you to know that "I was told that I walk too fast, but I think they walk too slow :)"

Contact: CHRISTIE_LEE@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Nesa!
Teacher Nesa works on the main campus as the ELA Department Head and Academic Affairs Director. She is from the Philippines and likes playing guitar, singing, and watching movies.
Education: De La Salle University, Manila: Diploma in AB Psychology, Diploma in Basic Secondary Education, Certificate of units completion in MA Philosophical Research, Diploma in MA in Teaching the English Language, TEFL certificate
Teacher Nesa wants you to know that "I have 20 years in teaching experience. I am a published author for a journal article in the Asian EFL Journal, and I am an Editorial Board Textbook Reviewer for the Philippine Department of Education."

Contact: NELISA_CASIM@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Nick!
Teacher Nick works on the main campus as an E-6 electives teacher and Student Affairs Director. He is from Dallas, Texas USA and likes church fellowship, drumming, board games and card games, basketball, and ultimate frisbee.
Education: Florida State University B.S. - Meteorology, Applied Math M.S. - Atmospheric Science TESOL Masters Certification
Teacher Nick wants you to know that "I’ve been in China for 3 years now, and love teaching students more everyday! Helping them understand the importance of good character and academic integrity is one of my favorite things to communicate to kids :)"

Contact: Nicholas_Trombetta@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Anna!
Teacher Anna works on the main campus as the Head of the ET Office. She is from China and likes to travel.
Education: Beijing Capital Normal University Bachelor's

Contact: anna_yang@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Shirley!
Teacher Shirley works on the main campus as an ET Office Administrator. She is from HeFei, AnHui and enjoys reading, listening to music, running, traveling, and cooking.
Education: University of International Business and Economics, Bachelor's

Contact: shirley_ding@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Tanya!
Teacher Tanya works on the main campus as an ET Office Administrator. She is from Beijing, China and enjoys being with friends, listening to music, watching movies, and going to different museums.
Education: Beijing City University: Bachelor of Art

Contact: tanya_qiu@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Adam!
Teacher Adam works on the main campus as an ET Office Administrator.


Contact: ADAM_KE@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher JC!
Teacher JC works on the main campus as the Athletic Director and Elementary IT Teacher. He is from the Philippines and likes to learn new things.
Education: MDiV, Bachelor's Aviation, TEFL
Teacher JC wants you to know that "I love music and video games."

Contact: JESUS_CASIM@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Nurse Lucy!
Nurse Lucy works on the main campus as our amazing head nurse!

Contact: lucy_hu@bjsmicschool.com

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High School Teachers

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Meet Vice Principal Wu!
Vice Principal Wu is the Vice Principal for the Beijing SMIC high school.
Education:

Contact: wilson_wu@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Cheri!
Teacher Cheri is the Academic Affairs Director for the high school.
Education:

Contact: cheri_bokern@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Cindy!
Teacher Cindy is the Academic Affairs Assistant for the high school.
Education:

Contact: CINDY_YAO@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Samantha!
Teacher Samantha works in the High School as the English(9th Grade), Media Studies, Economics and Informational Texts, and Math Fun elective teacher. She is from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa and enjoys traveling and exploring new places, watching movies and spending quality time with family & friends.
Education: University of Kwazulu-Natal. 1. Bachlelor of Social Science Majors: English and Media Studies 2. Postgraduate Certificate in Education
Teacher Samantha wants you to know that "I taught in South Africa after graduating from University. After teaching in South Africa for 2.5 years, I moved to Bahrain where I taught for one year. I have been at SMIC for the last 3 years and teaching & working with the high school students is where my passion lies."

Contact: SAMANTHA_MOODLEY@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Taneisha!
Teacher Taneisha is the Environmental Science and Biology Teacher. She is from Kingston, Jamaica and likes playing chess and enjoying time with her family.
Education: University of the West Indies, Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry,minor in chemistry. Shortwood Teachers' College (Post graduate diploma in education)
Teacher Taneisha wants you to know "I have taught in Jamaica, Dominican Republic and China."

Contact: Taneisha_Fielding@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Simphiwe!
Teacher Simphiwe is an Algebra and Precalculus teacher. She is from Durban, South Africa and likes to spend time with family.
Education: University of Kwazulu Natal, Mathematics Science and technology: Majors: Math, Technology Education and Natural Sciences.
Teacher Simphiwe wants you do know that "I have taught in South Africa and China."

Contact: Simphiwe_Majozi@bjsmicschool.com

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