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Cathy Kang, Director of ESL Centre, graduated from Xi’an Foreign Languages University with a Master Degree in English Linguistics and Applied Linguistics and is an admitted candidate of USC Global Executive Ed.D program. Ms. Kang is a member of NACAC and TESOL and has been working in international curriculum program and college counselling in one of the top high schools in China for about 10 years. She has been an English teacher in High School National Curriculum, SDP, IELTS and TOEFL. She has successfully coached students in various national and international competitions. The Debate team under her coach has stood out for many times in national and international events as the Champions, the Best Teams and the Best Speakers. Ms. Kang has been invited for multiple times to both national and international counselor conferences. Many of her students are now studying at the top universities such as Yale, Princeton, Peking University, Tsinghua University and etc.


Joshua Martin, English teacher. Mr. Martin graduated from the University of California Berkeley, majoring in Political Science. He was born and educated in California, a multi-lingual, multi-ethnic, and multi-cultural place. Joshua aims to help students find a balance between learning and extracurricular activities, believes in the importance of children’s own interest and internal motivation, and strives to provide differentiated education for different students and help to shape their knowledge, values, and future successes. 


Tom Gates, English teacher. He was born and raised in New Hampshire (in the U.S.). He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Economics. Tom found that he enjoyed living in another culture and being in the classroom. He decided to try and make teaching overseas a long-term endeavor so he obtained certifications he thought would help him to do so.He is a licensed teacher in Florida with a specialization in ESOL K-12. He also has 120-hour TESOL and 50-hour Business English certifications. He taught in Korea’s public schools for approximately five years with experiences of teaching grades 1 through 9. Tom’s strengths as a teacher are in classroom management and maintaining an orderly but light-hearted environment to give all students a chance to participate without being interrupted. In his free time, Tom likes to volunteer, exercise, and travel. He also enjoys practicing judo.


Carl Klopper, English and Humanites teacher, graduated from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University with bachelor degree in Business Management and law as well as a post graduate qualification in education from University of South Africa. Carl is a passionate teacher who strives to use western learning methods to encourage critical thinking and innovative students. Having taught in South Korea, China and South Africa to a variety of levels he has gained valuable experiences that he incorporates into his teaching philosophy. He strives to help students grow and develop their intellectual capabilities. He believes all students have the ability to be innovative and creative. He wants students to take initiative in their learning and to incorporate ethics.


Patrick Raviola, English teacher, graduated from Loyola College in Maryland with a B.A. in Philosophy and Framingham State University with a M.A. in English Literature and Education (International teaching). He has American elementary school teachers' qualifications and has been teaching for 12 years. Patrick is looking to draw upon his experience teaching English to help English learners advance their skills. His hobbies include traveling, sports, reading, writing and movies. He looks forward to leading an after school activity that includes one of these activities.


Jacqueline Browne, English teacher, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Media and Cultural Studies from the University of Kwazulu Natal in Durban, South Africa. Thereafter she completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Education, with a focus on Home Language English and English Literature and Dramatic Arts. She has been teaching as a senior English Literature and Language teacher and also taught world-class curriculum of the IEB. At Crawford College North Coast, she fulfilled the roles of Head of English, Head of AP English. During her time at Crawford College North Coast, her pedagogical practices and outstanding academic results were recognized with a ‘Teacher of Excellence’ award. Jacqueline enjoys traveling, reading, road and trail running and cooking. 


Daniel Ashbery, English teacher, graduated from Aston University in Birmingham with a BSc in German and Translation focusing on the translation of German and Yiddish poetry into English particularly from survivors of the holocaust. He then went on to study to become a teacher at Goldsmiths and have taught for 6 years English, Spanish, French and German to a majority of pupils whose first language is not English. With a passion for languages and teaching he has had the pleasure of teaching and living in 4 different countries (England, Austria, Spain and Japan) being able to meet many different pupils and helping them communicate. Within education his main focus of research is acquisition of a second language and content language in learning. His main passions are literature and music and can play the guitar, bass, harmonica and cello. He is also a keen hiker and diver.


Andy Chau, English teacher, coming from Toronto, and growing up in Canada all his life. He graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University, and really enjoyed the education sector.  He has been teaching English since 2004. He has taught students ranging from primary school students to university students. Teaching and inspiring students to learn a new language is fun and important. Seeing the students gradually develop their English skills is a wonderful experience for both teachers and students. He firmly believes that every child deserves a great education so that they can build a better future. He enjoys swimming, martial arts, and going on field trips with students.


Christopher E. Ludwig, English teacher, graduated from University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana major in English literature Honors Program, Singapore National Institute of Education (NIE) major in applied linguistics. He has more than 20-year English teaching experiences and administration working experiences. He worked as English content leader, curriculum designer, assistant to Principal, vice principal with rich experiences of interdisciplinary and differentiated instructions. Chris is focusing on the the development of students’ personality and characteristics by providing strong support and instructions to them. He is widely recognized and loved by the colleagues and the kids for his class teaching and personality.


Kelsey Rivera, Drama teacher, was born and raised in New Jersey in the United States. She has a B.A from Rowan University in Theatre and an M.A in Theatre Education. She has been teaching theatre since 2012 and is very passionate about it! In her spare time, she enjoys cuddling with her cat and watching Netflix. She also enjoys cooking and nights in with friends playing board and card games.


Richard McKinnon, Drama teacher, holds a ‘BA in Media and Communications’ from Swinburne University, and a ‘Post-Graduate Diploma' in Education from Deakin University, Geelong, from Australia. He designed and implemented Performance Arts Programme for students ranging from the pre-school through to secondary school in various International Schools. Heavily involved in school productions, he brings passion and joy to Drama classes, making it an integral part of the school curriculum across all ages. Having written, performed and produced many productions in Australia for stage and film, he is able to bring this rich creative background to students and further enhance their speech and confidence which transcends to important trans-disciplinary skills across all subjects. 


Jay Monroy, English teacher, graduated from Westwood College, Chapman University, majoring in English minor in business. He has about 10 years of experience in English teaching, English writing. He is also a popular and productive school counselor with sufficient front-hand experience helping students get into their favorite universities. He wrote two books in his spare time. He has first aid certification and chess teacher certificate, and will offer some relevant elective course in school.


James Schirmer, Drama and English teacher. Mr. Schirmer graduated from Parkland University and Illinois State University with a degree in drama science, and from the University of Hawaii with a Master's degree in theater. He has many years of English and drama teaching experience, an outgoing personality. He enjoys learning languages, and cultures, traveling, photography, and performance theater. He has found that interactive activities or interactions can make the classroom more engaged and creative.


Wade Putman, ESL teacher. Mr. Putman graduated from the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Chinese Language. He is fascinated by China and Chinese culture. His hobbies include reading, cooking, traveling, and adventure. He looks forward to growing together with the school and its children at Songshan Lake.


Kejia Rui, ESL teacher, is an alumni of Tsinghua University High School. Ms. Rui holds a Master of Education degree at the University of Pennsylvania. She previously served as a teacher at Southwark School, a Philadelphia public school, an assistant teacher at Drexel University’s English Learning Center, and a Chinese and English bilingual teacher at International House Philadelphia. After graduation, she taught at the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School of Georgia, where she also coached swimming, yoga, and served as an international student guidance counselor. She is an expert in US education system and student life.


Leo Lin, ESL teacher. Mr. Lin graduated from the Hong Kong University of Education with a masters degree. He is experienced in teaching English as a second language. Students adore his teaching style and enjoy sitting in his class. His class was awarded “an excellent class” during the time he was the homeroom teacher. He was also a KET and PET oral test examiner. He is curious in many things and likes to explore new fields with a humble learning mindset. His hobby is reading, running marathons, and table-tennis.


Doris Tan, ESL teacher. With a Bachelor's degree in English awarded by the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics and a Master's degree in General Education awarded by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, used to work at an international school for many years. She has rich working experience in the education sector and will continue her long-term career in the education sector and contribute to students' growth as well as progress.


Grace Li, ESL Teacher. Ms. Li graduated from Durham University in the U.K., where she earned a master’s degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). She also graduated from the South China Agricultural University, when she did an exchange program in the University of New South Wales in Australia. With an outgoing personality, Ms. Li enjoys language learning, cross-cultural experiences, reading, exercising, and traveling. She has volunteered in teaching Chinese and overseas students, and has participated in different cross-cultural activities.


Shirley Kong, ESL teacher, received her B.A. degree at Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) and M.A. degree at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen) (CUHK(SZ)) with exchange experience at London School of Economics. She successively served as an assistant teacher for intermediary Chinese reading class for non-native speakers at BFSU and a tutor for undergraduates’ translation class at CUHK(SZ). She also used to be a volunteer teacher in Turkey. Shirley believes that language is the only key to exploring the world. Her teaching will enable students to grab the key, maximize the power of language and develop their global vision. she is a nationally accredited translator and interpreter. 


Poem Liang, ESL Teacher. Poem received her masters in Cultural Studies with focuses on English literature and anthropology from University of London. She developed a global perspective during her years abroad. A travel lover,  Poem has been to more than 50 places and collected different folk stories during her travel. She would particularly like to share her life and work experience in class and hope students get more inspirations about their studies and lives. 


Purdy Ran, ESL teacher, has an MA in Media, Culture and Society from the University of East Anglia, and an MA in Education from Durham University. Purdy finished a micro movie making during her study at UEA and be awarded as honored graduation at Durham. She is an experienced primary school English teacher, and is loved by students and parents for her active classroom atmosphere.


Sen Foo, ESL teacher, graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor degree and Teachers College, Columbia University with a MA degree in Private School Leadership. He taught TOEFL, GRE and SSAT courses from 2013 to 2018 at New Oriental Education & Technology Group. During the period, he had also served as teacher trainer and hiring manager for the college student department with over 150 teachers. His class is engaging and student-oriented. He pushes students to think and welcomes confusion, which he believes is the key to effective learning.


Jason Liu, ESL intern teacher, graduated from Australian National University with a master degree in general and applied linguistics. His interests include phonetics, phonology and syntax, and he aims to help students analyze languages. He worked as a teacher at Markham International Education Center and an interpreter (Thailand) at GCI Science & Technology. He loves badminton, cooking, literature, writing and clarinet.

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