Ms. Anabel Ortiz
Learning Services Support Teacher Secondary
Hi,My name is Anabel. I am Spanish but lived in different countries when I was young. Contries like: Nigeria, Lebanon, Australia…
I majored in Law and studied Translation and Interpretation in Spanish, English and French and I am an EAL certified teacher. I have been teaching English for over 9 years and it has become my passion! I taught at Vaughan Systems, a very successful English learning center in Spain, that has its own method of teaching English and even its own radio and TV programmes. I taught business English and intensive immersion courses at the Menendez Pelayo University in Madrid. Now, at ZIS, I teach EAL to secondary as well as French and I love every minute of it!
I was a swimmer in high school and love music, I can play the piano and the guitar (a little).
Ms. Leigh Brelsford
Learning Services Support Teacher primary
Leigh Brelsford comes to ZIS from the International School in Siem Reap (ISSR) in Cambodia where she taught Year 2 Khmer students in the Khmer-English program for primary school students. She is looking forward to being part of ZIS team and its IB PYP curriculum.
Prior to her time at ISSR, Leigh taught at an international school near Guangzhou, China for a year after teaching in the public school system in South Korea as an elementary school ESL teacher for six years. The enthusiasm for learning seen in primary school is what Leigh enjoys about this age group.
Hailing from Austin, Texas, Leigh loves riding bikes, both road and mountain, live music, walks in forests, world travel, new cultures and cooking for friends. After a hiatus, Leigh is looking forward to resuming playing the bass guitar.
Learning Services Support Teacher
Tom Cooper is originally from picturesque Kerry in Ireland. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business from the University of Limerick and a PGCE from the University of Nottingham. He has lived in Shanghai from 2007 until the 2016 move to Zhuhai. Tom and his wife Fang, daughter Maureen and son Danny are all excited about this change of cities. Maureen will be attending ZIS this year while Danny will have to wait another year when he is old enough.
Tom uses a humorous and passionate approach to teaching placing great importance on the power of encouragement and developing a positive relationship with his students. This can happen both inside and outside the classroom as Tom loves to get involved with extracurricular activities. Tom has coached chess at a variety of levels for 10+ years and in recent years also been involved with sports coaching.
In his spare time, Tom likes to play sports, read books and play board games.
Learning Services Support Teacher
Noel has come to Zhuhai with his wife, Sui, who was a Radio and TV broadcaster in Kunming, China, and their two young children, Sammy and Joelle. Everyone in his family is bilingual in Mandarin and English. Noel is originally from Rochester, New York, a city near Niagara Falls and across the lake from Toronto, Canada. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Roberts Wesleyan College and a Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from the State University of New York at Albany. He has over 20 years of experience of teaching English and EAL in New York, California, and China to all age groups ranging kindergarten to university level. Noel also was involved in a charity called Project Hope that reached out to minority group children and their schools in rural Guizhou as well as acting in two TV movies filmed in Yunnan. His hobbies include playing sports, playing guitar, singing karaoke, and losing to his children in video games.
Ms. Andrea Hagenow
Learning Services Support Teacher Primary
Andrea joined the Learning Services Team at ZIS in 2013.She is a native of Germany, and studied English language and Mathematics, before completing her degree in Social Economics. She later completed her certification as a TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) teacher. Andrea worked as an English tutor in Germany for many years, and also worked as an advocate for disabled people.
As a mother of three children, who all attend ZIS, Andrea is passionate about working with young children. She loves to help them develop new skills, and to foster their enthusiasm for learning, especially learning new languages.
In her free time, Andrea enjoys playing the flute, photography , biking, hiking, juggling and travelling with her family.
Ms. Amanda-Jane Fairey
Amanda-Jane, a New Zealand trained teacher, has lived and worked in Asia for over 20 years. She has a Bachelor of Education from Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand and is currently part way through a Master’s degree in Second Language Learning and Teaching. She has two university aged sons, who are confident and globally minded third culture kids. She characterizes herself as a highly flexible and positive person who demands high standards of herself and her students, within an informed and empathetic perspective on where they are coming from and how to facilitate the process. Her personal interests include; regularly visiting a gym for work outs and yoga classes, reading in a wide variety of genres, traveling to spending time with family and friends around the world, and simply relaxing with her cat and a cup of coffee!