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

Meet Teacher Allyson!
My name is Allyson Vaughan and I am excited to teach 1st grade this year! I am originally from Jacksonville, Fl, U.S.A. and I have also lived in the state of Georgia, U.S.A. I have received my B.A. in Spanish Language & Culture and my M.A. and M.A.T in Spanish Language in Culture from Georgia Southern University. After teaching high school for two years, I moved to Beijing, China in 2018 and now I am excited to be a member of the Sandstorm Family! Nice to meet you all.

Contact: allyson_vaughan@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

Meet Teacher David!
Teacher David is an E-3 Homeroom Teacher. He is from Scotland in the United Kingdom. He likes football, movies, cycling and exploring China.

Teacher David wants you to know, “I have been teaching in Beijing for over 10 years now and I am looking forward to 10 more!”

Education: BA in History from University of Edinburgh, TEFL Certificate

Contact: david_cornelius@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 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 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 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 Shirley!
Teacher Shirley 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 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

Meet Teacher Li!
I received my Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction in the area of English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education from William & Mary and my Master’s Degree in Education from Beijing Normal University. I have taught at various English programs and schools in Virginia, U.S. before I came back to China. I would describe myself as a patient, enthusiastic, and caring educator. I believe that every student can be a successful learner, and each student needs to feel valued, empowered, and loved. My role as a teacher is to build bridges to make learning more accessible, enjoyable, and meaningful for all the students.

Contact: zhao_li@bjsmicschool.com

Meet Teacher JC!

Teacher JC is the elementary and middle school I.T. teacher.
Contact: JESUS_CASIM@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 Tim!
My name is Tim Jones and I am from Southampton, England. I got my BA in History from the University of Leicester. In my spare time I enjoy reading, exploring Beijing and playing rugby!
I will be teaching History in the middle school this year. Studying history is about more than just the time periods and events, it is also about the life skills students learn. By examining history students develop critical thinking, research skills and how to construct arguments.
This will be my third year teaching in China and my first at SMIC. I am looking forward to joining a school with such a passion for student’s education and wellbeing. I have really enjoyed learning more about China and its wonderful people. I hope to employ a lot of the learning strategies I have developed during my time as a history teacher r and also my university degree to make my classroom an interesting and safe learning environment for your students to pursue their interests.
Contact: timothy_jones@bjsmicschool.com

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Meet Teacher Leanne Ketchum!
My name is Leanne Ketchum and I am the new grade 6 and grade 8 ELA teacher at SMIC this year! I love teaching and have a passion for helping kids find the fun in reading and writing. I earned my​ bachelor's degree in Middle Childhood Education and my master's degree in Critical Studies in Education, both from Ohio University. I love to stay active and meet new people! Let's have a great year full of learning!
Contact: leanne_ketchum@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 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 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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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 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 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 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.
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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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