ZIS Secondary Teaching Staff


Ms. Hema Rai

MYP Coordinator
IBDP Biology/ESS/Chemistry
MYP Science

Ms Hema is from India with a post graduate degree in Microbiology. After working in various schools in India, she moved to ZIS as MYP and DP Science Faculty. She is also the Middle Year Program Coordinator.

Ms Hema intends 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.
In her free time she enjoys reading, travelling and spending time with her family. She likes outdoor activities like- trekking and going on a long walk.

Apart from being part of the ZIS community, Hema is an IB examiner for ESS. She has recently joined IBEN as an MYP and DP workshop leader and school visit team member.


Mr. Benson Wallace

MYP Mathematics / DP Physics

Benson Wallace grew up in South-East Queensland, Australia. He graduated with degrees in Mechanical and Space Engineering (First Class Honours) and Chinese from the University of Queensland and served as an Engineering Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force prior to becoming a teacher. This is his 9th year teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in China. A self-described “STEM Education Warrior”, Mr Wallace is a strong advocate of the importance of scientific and mathematical literacy in modern society, and a disciple of Carl Sagan, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Elon Musk. Mr Wallace is fully committed to a “whole person education” philosophy and is always striving to embody the “Renaissance Man” ideal. He is proficient in Mandarin and Spanish, and a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and semi-professional musician. Other hobbies he pursues include soccer, surfing and diving. When not fighting the cause, Mr Wallace can be found travelling the world and/or attending yoga retreats with his Pekinese wife, Nan. Or sometimes just watching cricket on the couch. This year he continues in his role as ZIS Rock Band leader and is excited about his new project, the ZIS Big Band.


Mr. Kevin Wheeler

MYP Individuals and Societies
DP Psychology

Mr. Kevin Wheeler is originally from Washington, DC. After graduating with his Masters from James Madison University in 2010, he immediately came to rural China as a volunteer teacher. Since then he has lead 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 with a special affinity for mountains. Kevin continually looks for ways in which he can give and learn from the ZIS community – currently he liaises with Friends of ZIS, advises Student Government, and coaches.


Mr. Luke Janicke

MYP / DP Mathematics,
CAS Coordinator

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.


Mr. Andrew Melville

Secondary Biology/Science/ESS

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. 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. Damon Sazegar

Economics, MYP Individuals and Societies Teacher

Damon Sazegar is originally from California, USA and lived in Zhengzhou, Henan for two years working as the Director of Studies of an international school. He graduated with a B.S in Finance from SJSU of California and is currently in the second year of his MBA studies with Pepperdine University of California. Mr. Sazegar has three years of in-class teaching experience and nearly four years of volunteer teaching experience. He believes that education is the greatest means to building a better tomorrow and therefore gives maximum effort both inside and outside the classroom.

Mr. Sazegar has numerous hobbies and interests; movies, American football, reading, spending time with family and friends, the outdoors, music, community service, and a general appreciation and gratitude for the gift of life. He currently lives in Zhuhai, on the coast, with his wife, and is looking forward to exploring the local attractions.


Mr.Andrew Shackleton

MYP Design

Andrew is originally from Yorkshire in the UK. He graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a Bachelor of Education in Design and Technology and also holds a Diploma of Higher Education in Three Dimensional Design. He has been teaching Design Technology and Art since 1999 and has worked in a number of schools in the UK and Asia. Before becoming a teacher Andrew had a long career in Exhibition and Theatre Design. Andrew enjoys walking, cycling and generally being outdoors; his great passion is fine carpentry, creating bespoke furniture and acoustic guitars.


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.


Ms. Kimberley Shi

MYP Language and Literature / Language acquisition Mandarin

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.


Ms. Annabell Zhang

MYP Language and Literature / Language acquisition Mandarin

Ms. Annabell graduated from Sun Yat-Sen University, majored in teaching Chinese as a second language. During the studying period, she had been working as a Chinese teacher intern in Sun Yat-sen University and Utahloy international school (Zengcheng) for one year. She thinks that learning a new language equals opening a new world. She wants to make progress with students at work.


Ms. Yan Liu

MYP Language and Literature / Language acquisition Mandarin

Bio is coming soon…


Ms. Ning Wei

MYP Language and Literature / Language acquisition Mandarin

Ning Wei earned her master’s degree and bachelor’s degree both in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. Moreover, she has been a Chinese teacher for two years after graduation. No matter where her students are from, she deeply loves her teaching career and thoroughly enjoy the time spent teaching and communicating with students. her hobby is ping-pong and kick- boxing.


Mr. Daniel Iddon

Physical Education

Dan began his teaching career at a Specialist Sports College in Blackpool, UK. After two successful years in the North West of England, he made the move into international teaching as Head of Physical Education at a British curriculum school in China. After nine years coordinating the Physical Education curriculum and extra-curricular activities programme for his school in Shanghai, he moved to Vietnam where he has led the Physical Education department and coordinated school sports teams at a high achieving International School in Saigon for the last 5 years. After teaching and leading IGCSE and A-Level courses for most of his career, Dan is now looking forward to experiencing IB programmes of study, whilst also helping to enhance teaching and learning opportunities throughout ZIS.

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