The profiles below are as of academic year 2015-16.
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Richard Pratt Director
Mr. Pratt was teacher of Economics and Political Studies at Eton College from 1997 to 2012 and most recently residential Housemaster of Waynflete. Prior to his time at Eton, Mr. Pratt spent four years training teachers in China. He has an MA degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, and a MSc in Psychology from The Open University.
Zhang Lei Deputy Director/Head of House
Ms. Zhang joins us from Shanghai Jincai High School, a boarding school and one of the top schools in Shanghai, where she was Deputy Principal from 2005-2013. Her responsibilities there included directing the International Division and coordinating the IB MYP programme. She has been an IBAP visiting team member since 2006. She brings extensive experience of the Chinese education world, of the MYP, of boarding and of management in a Chinese context. Her first degree is in English and her postgraduate qualification in Education Management are both from Shanghai Normal University. She takes the position of Deputy Director and as Head of one of the girls’ houses. She is also teaching Chinese.
Mitchell Grace Head of Student Life & English Teacher
Mr. Grace joins us from the Chinese International School in Hong Kong, where he held the positions of Head of Year 9 and Head of Drama. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from the Queensland University of Technology. In addition, he holds a Post-Graduate Certificate of Religious Education from the Australian Catholic University, a Master's of Music from the University of Queensland and a Master's of Education from the University of South Australia. He has a range of experience teaching English, Music, Drama, Religious Studies and pastoral care programmes in Australia, the UK and Hong Kong.
Ting Ding ChineseMrs. Ding has had many years experience of teaching Chinese to non-native students. Her Master’s degree in Chinese is from Jinan University. She has won awards for her excellence in teaching, and takes pride in being a lively, energetic teacher. Aside from her commitment to language studies, she also enjoys learning more about psychology. She teaches Chinese.
Jennifer Grace Head of Theatre/Drama
Mrs. Grace joins us from Hong Kong, where she has held the positions of Deputy Head of the Senior School and Head of Visual and Performing Arts. She holds a BA in Theatre Studies from Leeds University and MA in Text and Performance Studies from King's College London and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in the UK. In addition, she has a postgraduate teaching qualification from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in the UK. She has a range of experience as a member of a school leadership team and as a teacher of GCSE, A-level and the IB Diploma Programme in both the UK and Hong Kong.
Ms. Hsieh took her BA at the New York Institute of Technology and is a MA candidate in Education at Adelphi University. She also holds an Associate of Graphic Design degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her working career has been in product development, advertising and broadcasting, and she has significant experience in product development in China. She is making the move into teaching and is ideally placed to lead our very hands-on Design program. Originally from Taiwan, she is bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese.
Tama Karena MusicMr. Karena has been an IB MYP and Diploma music teacher for 7 years, teaching at New International School of Thailand and Victoria Shanghai Academy in Hong Kong. Prior to that he taught for 10 years at Dilworth School in Auckland. He holds honors degrees in Music Piano Performance from Canterbury University and Music Composition from Auckland University. He has directed choirs and instrumental ensembles at international festivals and is one of a selected few pianists invited to the International Silent Film Festival held in Italy each year. Originally from Tainui tribe of the north island in New Zealand, he heads the Music program.
Dan Kinzer Head of Experiential Learning/Humanities
Mr. Kinzer joins us from his position as ‘Jump!’ Director of Schools, based in Bangkok, where he developed pioneering programmess using his expertise in experiential learning. He was previously teacher of Humanities at the Kaohsiung American School in Taiwan and has held a number of teaching positions prior to that. His BA is in Psychology from Vanderbilt University where he was also an NCAA basketball player. He is completing a MA in Educational Administration from Endicott College. He is Head of Experiential Learning as well as a Humanities teacher.
Mrs. Kinzer has experience teaching in a range of contexts, most recently in Taiwan. Her first degree was from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, where she starred in the university soccer team. She then spent three seasons as a professional soccer player in Sweden with Huddinge I.F. before taking a Master’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of West Florida. She has coached football at all levels and holds the particular distinction of having coached the USA women to a gold medal in the Deaflympics in Taipei in 2009. She heads up the PE curriculum and coordinates the wider sports programme.
Kathryne Olsen Learning Enhancement Specialist
Ms. Olsen joins us part-time from Greentown Yuhua School where she teaches Math-based English classes. She holds a BA in Secondary Education and History from Emmanuel College, Boston, and also holds a Massachusetts Teaching Licensure in History and Special Education. She worked as a Special Education Teacher at Winthrop High School, Massachusetts, teaching a variety of subjects such as Mathematics, History, and English Literature. She has experience writing Individualised Education Plans, administering special needs testing, and accommodating a wide variety of student-based needs. She is a Learning Enhancement Specialist.
Jianping Pratt Mathematics
Mrs. Pratt taught GCSE A-level Maths at the Slough Grammar School in the UK. She holds a BA degree from Xiaogan University and a first class Honours BSc in Mathematics from the Open University of the UK. Her PGCE is from Brunel University. She has extensive experience teaching Mathematics in the UK and spent the 2012-13 school year at CIS HK working with Y9 and Y10 students. She is a lead teacher in Mathematics and also coaches taijiquan and dance.
Simon Tam Mathematics/Computer TechnologyMr. Tam is a CIS alumnus (Class of 2001) and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. While at Carnegie Mellon he was involved in teaching and research. On graduation he moved into software development. He was back at CIS for the academic year of 2012-13, gaining experience in teaching at the secondary level, and joins us in Hangzhou to contribute to Maths and to lead Computer Technology. He is at home in English, Cantonese and Mandarin and has worked as a consecutive interpreter.
Mr. Tang's BA and DipEd are from Fujian Normal University and his Diploma of Fine Art is from the Sydney Gallery School. He has had an extensive and varied career as a teacher in China and in Australia as well as experience running his own business. He is a prize-winning painter and an expert calligrapher. He leads our Visual Arts programme, contributes to Chinese and takes responsibility for a boys’ house. He is bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese.
Mark Tang Head of House/Visual Arts/Chinese
Eric Vallone Spanish/Computer Technology
Mr. Vallone comes to us from California, having grown up in Silicon Valley, attended the University of California at Los Angeles, and started his career in digital technology in San Francisco. While there, his coaching of youth water polo led to a desire to work with students full time, which then led him to become one of the first Coach Mentors to sign up for Hangzhou CIS. After a second year as a Lead Coach Mentor and after having taught Spanish for both years, his interest in returning to digital technology coincided with an opening for a new full-time Digital Design (and Spanish) teacher.
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Ms. Wang joins us from Calday Grange Grammar School in the UK. Her BA is from Shanghai International Studies University and she holds a MA in English from the University of Warwick and a postgraduate teaching qualification from Edge Hill University. She has extensive experience as a teacher and A-level examiner and textbook writer and was founding Head Teacher of Liverpool Yucai Chinese School. Although resident in the UK since 1985, she is a native of Hangzhou and has for many years led British Council exchanges for UK students coming to study in the city. She coordinates relationships with our wide range of local partner organisations. She also heads up one of the girls’ houses and contributes to the Chinese programme.
Wang Lu Chinese
Mr. Wang holds a Master’s degree in Innovation Management from Zhejiang University. He also has experience teaching Chinese and Physics in rural secondary schools for Teach for China. At TFC, he was also responsible for coaching and training new teachers. Mr. Wang is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese and teaches Chinese. Outside the classroom, Mr. Wang is keen to lead students in drumming and Ultimate Frisbee.
Teck Huat Wee Science/Head of House
Mr. Wee previously taught IBMYP Science and was IBMYP Personal Project coordinator at Shanghai Singapore International School. He took his BSc and Master's degrees at Simon Fraser University, Canada and his Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education in Singapore. He has extensive teaching experience in Canada, his home territory of Brunei, in Singapore and in China. He is bilingual, enjoys travel and the outdoors, plays the guzheng and practises calligraphy in his spare time. He leads our Science program and one of the boys' houses.
Zhu Gesha Film
Zhu Laoshi is a local freelance filmmaker. She completed her two master's degrees in International Media Studies and Documentary Practice at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, where she started her filmmaking journey. She has won two awards for her short documentary "Reflections from Northern Ireland and China". She worked for Phoenix TV European Channel in London as an Editor from 2009 to 2010 and she also worked for the International Channel in Zhejiang Television Group as an assistant editor in 2011. She teaches film.
Coach Mentors are an important and integral part of the student support network during the Hangzhou CIS year. Coach Mentors live in the dorms with students, (one Coach Mentor per dorm), working closely with house masters to oversee student well-being. They also serve as teaching assistants and help with all aspects of the Hangzhou programme.
To date, many Coach Mentors have either been alumni of the Teach for China programme or of CIS, and a number of Coach Mentors have remained at Hangzhou CIS after their Coach Mentor year to serve in other teaching or support roles.
MEET JEAN YAP '11, A COACH-MENTOR FROM 2014-15:
BELOW IS A SAMPLING OF COACH MENTOR BIOGRAPHIES:
Qing Chen 陳慶Chen Qing received her BA degree in English Language and Literature from Shanghai International Studies University. From 2013 to 2015, she served with Teach for China, where she was placed in a Yunnan local middle school and worked as a support teacher for regular and oral English. Ms. Chen is also a great sports enthusiast and an experienced Taekwondo coach.
Yinbin Jin 金寅斌Mr. Jin holds a Master's degree in History from Nankai University. He worked for two years as a Teach for China fellow, teaching Chinese in a rural primary school in Shantou.
Hai Peng Li 黎海鵬From 2013 to 2015, Mr. Li served at Teach For China, where he was a volunteer teaching fellow in rural Yunnan. Mr. Li received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology. He is an outdoor enthusiast and a music lover.
Weifeng Li 李偉峰Weifeng Li worked for Teach for China from 2013 to 2015, where she was an English teacher at a primary school in rural Yunnan province. Ms. Li received her BA degree in Journalism and Communication from Tsinghua University. She also holds a MA in Film from the China Film Archive.
Qiufeng Song 宋秋鳳Qiufeng Song graduated from Sun Yat-sen University in 2012, majoring in archaeology. Mr. Song joined the Teach For China programme after graduating, serving as teaching fellow in Dali, Yunnan Province. Prior to joing HZ CIS, he worked in an international school in Shanghai as a Chinese teacher.
Xiaorong Wu 吳曉榮
Xiaorong Wu earned her BA at Shandong Normal University, majoring in Chinese Language and Literature, followed by an MA in Nanjing University, majoring in Classical Chinese Literature. After completion of her studies, Ms. Wu worked for Teach for China for two years in Yunnan province, teaching Chinese and History to 7th graders. During her summer vacations, she worked at Dali Summer Camp as a teacher. Ms. Wu joined HZ CIS in 2015 as a coach mentor. She is keen to learn language, calligraphy and writing.