Mr. Kevin Wheeler
Year 7 homeroom teacher
Mr. Kevin Wheeler is originally from Washington, DC. After graduating with his Masters from James Madison University five years ago, he immediately came to rural China as a volunteer teacher. Since then he has managed multiple summer camps and taught various social science classes across China. He believes that as global citizens we should be continually trying to improve ourselves and the world we live in. Kevin has a passion for all things outdoors. In his free time he enjoys reading, people watching, and pondering from his hammock or with his dog, Julie. Kevin is looking forward to all that he can give and learn from the ZIS community.
Ms. Kimberley Shi
MYP Language and Literature / Language acquisition Mandarin
Year 9 homeroom teacher
I am the Chinese teacher in PYP Year 6. I graduated from Southwest Normal University with major in Chinese Language and culture in 2010. After graduation, I worked as a High School Chinese teacher in Public High School and Training School. In my spare time before, I also taught some foreign adults to learn Chinese. I have the National Senior School teacher certificate and National psychological consultant certificate. I have a lot of hobbies. I am good at calligraphy and singing and sometimes I will play accordion and cucurbit flute. I also love reading.
Mr. Luke Janicke
MYP / DP Mathematics
Year 10 homeroom teacher
Luke is from Albany, Western Australia. He attended the Australian Defence Force Academy and graduated from the University of New South Wales, earning a Bachelor of Engineering in Aeronautical Engineering with Honours Class 1. After serving as an officer in the Royal Australian Air Force, he undertook further postgraduate studies in history and moved to China to learn Chinese language, history, and culture. Luke enjoys teaching and learning equally as much. He is particularly obsessed with mathematics and technology, and the beauty to be found in both. He hopes to share the same inspiration with each and every student. When he doesn’t have his head in books, numbers or code, Luke enjoys the extreme thrills of mountain bike riding and long boarding, or the simple pleasures of coffee, cheesecake and conversation.
Mrs. Fallon Hollis
MYP Language and Literature / Language acquisition English
Year 11 homeroom teacher
Mrs. Fallon Hollis has taught in several cities across China for nearly three years. Each teaching adventure has included her husband and young daughter that have also accompanied her to Zhuhai. Most recently she completed her educational research concerning China’s Gaokao in Shanghai.
Fallon is from Los Angeles, California but has also lived in Hawaii, Texas, and Wisconsin. She received her B.A. in Elementary Education at Marquette University and her M.A. in International Education from Concordia University, Irvine. She also holds a teaching license from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and is pursuing a higher level certification this year.
Fallon’s philosophy of education is based on the idea of learning through inquiry and a teacher as a facilitator. It is her goal to not simply “deposit” information into her student’s minds. Instead she works together with her students to help them build on the knowledge they already have. In the end, she strives to have students become critical thinkers with a global perspective that will give back to their communities.
Outside of class Fallon enjoys travelling, eating out, and spending time with family. She hopes to also learn more Chinese this year and explore Zhuhai’s beautiful greenery through biking.
Ms. Hema Rai
Year 12/13 homeroom teacher
I am from India and as daughter of parents working in defense my early education was in different parts of India. I am a Graduate from Sophia College, Ajmer and have a Masters in Microbiology from MDS University. I have taught Biology and Science for the national curriculum of India. I have also taught IGCSE and A level Biology.
My two philosophies as an educator are to engage students in learning science as a way to critical thinking and problem solving and to be open- minded to diversity and uniqueness of every individual. As an IB educator I have taught Biology, ESS and TOK.I love to travel and learn along the way. My hobbies include painting, reading and swimming. Looking forward to be part of the ZIS community
Mr. Andrew Melville
Andrew Melville has been passionate about science since the age of 5. Andrew completed his Bachelor of Science at Flinders University, Honors at the University of Adelaide, Masters of Philosophy at Griffith University all in marine ecology. Andrew then did a Bachelor of Education at the University of Queensland. He has taught in Queensland, Tasmania, South Korea and China. Andrew believes that the International Baccalaureate curriculum is one of the best with its focus on inquiry based learning. After teaching both Biology and Environmental Systems and Societies in Chengdu, he is looking forward to teaching biology near the sea again. Andrew likes jazz, riding bicycles, coffee, and reading.
Mr. Benson Wallace
MYP Mathematics / DP Physics
Benson Wallace is originally from South East Queensland, Australia. He graduated with degrees in Mechanical and Space Engineering (First Class Honours) and Chinese from the University of Queensland and has served as a maintenance engineering officer in the Royal Australian Air Force. He has taken on a variety of teaching assignments in China over the last 8 years, from EAL to Mechanical Engineering to A-level and IGCSE Physics and Mathematics. His most recent post was as Head of Physics at Confucius International School, Chengdu.
Mr. Wallace is passionate about teaching his students the value of scientific thinking and sustainability, and is always looking to highlight the engineering and technology applications of the Physics and Maths that he teaches in class.
Mr Wallace is fully committed to a “whole person education” philosophy and demonstrates this by striving to live a Renaissance lifestyle. He is proficient in Mandarin and Spanish, and is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who has worked semi-professionally as a musician and was the school rock band leader at his previous school. He is also a passionate amateur cricketer and completed a Yoga Alliance Teacher Training course in India in 2011. Other hobbies he enjoys include travel, tennis, soccer and surfing (and anything involving swimming). He and his Pekinese wife Nan, after having spent many years in central China together, are very much looking forward to enjoying the lifestyle and weather that Zhuhai has to offer.
Mr. Mike Piotrowski
MYP / DP Language and Literature / Language acquisition Spanish / TOK
Mr. Mike Piotrowski is a graduate of Applied Linguistics from Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Poland. After being born and brought up in the USA and spending his adolescence in Europe, he taught in Poland, England, and finally China. Mike sees International Baccalaureate as a gold standard for education, bolstering not only students’ academic skills but supporting the emotional and physical development of students. His professional interests include translation, bilingualism and language acquisition.He devotes most of his free time to his family: wife, Marta, and one-year-old son Bruno. Being an avid runnner, he has participated in numerous field and track events all over China.
Mr. Phil Hayworth
MYP / DP Individuals and Societies and Economics Teacher
Phil Hayworth teaches DP Economics and Business, as well as MYP Individuals and Societies, and academic writing. He has more than a decade of teaching experience. He hails from Hawaii, USA, and holds degrees in Political Economics, Journalism and Education. He firmly believes that learning should be a collaborative and enjoyable experience for both teachers and students. His hobbies include board sports, the guitar and Youtube documentaries.
Ms. Amanda Yang
MYP Language and Literature / Language acquisition Mandarin
Ms. Amanda Yang graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University. She has got a Bachelor degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language(TCSL), and Master of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages(MTCSOL). Ms. Amanda Yang has found her passion for teaching during her teaching training in Beijing Foreign Studies University as well as Melbourne Grammar School.Ms. Amanda Yang likes travelling, reading, swimming in her spare time. She is very excited to join the ZIS community and ready to share her teaching experience with her students.
Mr. Gary Elliott
Gary Elliot is originally from Northern Ireland, and started his teaching career in Guizhou Province many years ago. Before coming to Zhuhai International School, Mr. Elliott worked most recently in Malawi, Africa. He is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast. Mr. Elliott has been an advocate of technology in the classroom for many years, creating blogs with classes many years ago and then starting to help implement a school wide BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy in Bangladesh in 2000 . Since those early days, he has enjoyed seeing the continued growth in the use of new technology in the class, such as iPads and more recently Smart phones. Outside of school, he enjoys technology, pool, golf, house renovation, hiking, ten pin bowling.
Ms. Yan Li
Whole School Performing Arts -Music
Li Yan and her family are moving from Chengdu, China. For the past ten years she has been teaching 2 to 18 year old students, at Chengdu Meishi International School and QSI Chengdu. Li Yan started playing violin at the age of 5, and because of her love of music, she attended Sichuan Music Conservatory and received a Bachelors in Music Education.
Throughout her career as a music teacher, Li Yan has always been eager to master new instruments, so now she can play violin, piano, electric and acoustic guitar, viola, cello, ukulele, bass guitar, drum, and recorder. No matter what age her students are, she is always ready to pass on her passion for music to her students, from dancing, singing or playing instruments with preschool students, to preparing high school students for ABRSM exams. Li Yan loves to put on concerts to showcase the talent of her students, and has experience in building, organizing and leading a large string program and rock band for school.
Li Yan believes that music is a universal language. It brings joy and hope. With passion for music, every student can succeed in different ways. She believes every student, no matter their ability, should have a chance to learn and explore music.
Li Yan, her husband David Lambert, and their 5 years old daughter are looking forward to work and live in ZhuHai. She loves to spend time with her family, play instruments, compose and sing songs, practice Yoga, travel, dance and cook.
Mr. Carl Binstead
MYP/DP Visual Arts
Mr. Carl Binstead is originally from the English Lake District and had a rural upbringing as a third generation Master Baker. He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester School of Art) with a bachelor’s degree in Three Dimensional Design and later gained his post graduate certificate of education (PGCE) from St, Matins’ University. After teaching in schools in the Lake District, Mr. Binstead Joined Shanghai Rego International School in 2006 where he became Head of Art. He came to Zhuhai in 2010 as Head of Art for the new Dulwich high school programme. Mr. Binstead is very passionate about art education and believes strongly in encouraging freedom of expression as a means of helping to develop creativity and an individual’s personal artistic style. Whilst in China Mr. Binstead has had many graduates from his classes go on to study art at several Top Art Universities, including St. Martins, Pratt, NYSVA and Oxford. Mr. Binstead has previously worked as a studio artist and designer and now enjoys spending much of his free time in his new art studio in Zhuhai. He also is a keen cyclist, exploring much of the surrounding countryside and enjoys swimming when the weather is too warm for long cycle rides.
Mr. Brent Crosson
Secondary Physical Education
Mr. Brent Crosson is from small prairie town Canada. He graduated from Brandon University. He has taught in a variety of schools. In 2007 he began his international teaching career in Chongqing. Later he moved to Guangzhou and taught there for 4 years. This past year he and his family spent a year back home enjoying the timeout. He has taught all ages of students and looks forward to the newest adventure.