ZIS Learning Services Support Team

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Mr.Noel Marianetti

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.

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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. She has a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and did Post Bachelor’s Teacher Training at University of West Florida. 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. Leigh has a passion for literacy and believes student centered classrooms allow all students to shine and succeed. 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.

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Mr.Tom Cooper

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.

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Ms. Christeta Humphry

Learning Services Support Teacher Secondary

Ms. Christy comes from the state of California. Prior to moving to Zhuhai, she had been living in Thailand for the past 6 years. She has a BA in Theatre and an Education Specialist teaching credential in Special Education with an emphasis on Mild/Moderate disabilities. She has been both a classroom teacher and a learning support teacher in the USA, Thailand and for a short time in Shenzhen, China. Christy enjoys volunteering as an English teacher in the Social Welfare Center in Bao An and in Dongguan where she has been going for the past few summers.

In her free time Christy enjoys playing the piano, singing, acting in plays and writing books. She has 2 published books currently and enjoys sharing her passion for writing with her students.

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Mr Ray Xing

Learning Services Support Teacher

Ray Xing comes from Chongqing, southwest of China. He graduated from Beijing Normal University in Zhuhai. Ray had been an intern in Zhuhai International School last year. He got Psychological Consultation teacher’s certification and Horticultural Therapist certification in addition, during his university, he also has occupational therapy training. Ray is getting well with the students, he is in learning service and support EY this year.

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Ms. Amanda-Jane Fairey

Teacher Librarian

Amanda-Jane (A-J) is a New Zealand Trained Teacher with over 30 years’ experience, 15 in international schools. She holds a Bachelor of Education from Massey University, New Zealand and has currently completed half her Masters of Education-Teacher Librarian qualification from Charles Sturt University in Australia. She has extensive training and experience in working with Third Culture Kids, particularly in the areas of literacy and second language teaching and learning.

A-J’s greatest passion is reading; promoting the joy of reading and capturing the imaginations of students through the power of words and pictures. Working in the library at ZIS brings her great joy along with the challenge of capturing and holding the interest of students from Nursery to Year 13.

The proud mother of two Third Culture Kids, herself, and after nearly 30 years overseas, A-J enjoys traveling to meet up with friends and family, every chance she gets. She has traveled extensively in China and appreciates the diversity of the countryside, the culture and the food that this fascinating country offers.

Zhuhai International School is an authorized school for the IB Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme.