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Year One

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    Sofina Finan

    Year 1 Class Teacher

    Sofina Finan

    Sofie has a BA Honours degree in English Literature and Education Studies at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston. Before moving to Shanghai, Sofie was a community sports coach providing sports activities for children in disadvantaged areas of Manchester. Subsequent to this she was a Supervisor for a Child Care company, Pathfinders for three years. This area of work was challenging but highly rewarding, and the experience gained motivated Sofie to complete her PGCE in 2009 and take a route into teaching.

    After beginning her career at a primary school in Oldham, England Sofie made the decision to work internationally in order to work with children from different countries, cultures and traditions. Sofie joined NAIS Pudong in 2010 and has remained here since. She has experience of working in Key Stage 2 but has been based primarily in Key Stage 1 since arriving at NAIS as that is where her passion lies.

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    Adam Shackleton

    Year 3 Class Teacher and Primary English Leader

    Adam Shackleton

    Adam holds a BA in English from the University of Exeter and a PGCE from the University of Cambridge. Before coming to Shanghai Adam taught for three years in the United Kingdom and, prior to that, he taught in Hong Kong. While teaching in the United Kingdom, Adam was responsible for science teaching and learning and gained his former school the PSQM (Primary Science Quality Mark) in recognition of the school’s outstanding science practice and results.

    Adam has been teaching at NAIS Pudong for three years now and has relished the amazing learning opportunities teaching a truly international cohort provides! Adam has loved creating exciting, practical and purposeful learning opportunities for children to engage with and enjoy. Adam believes passionately in creating a strong and positive team of parent, teacher and child. 

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  • Mel Rushton

    Melanie Rushton

    Pre-Nursery Class Teacher

    Melanie Rushton

    Melanie began her teaching career in 2006 as an Early Years teacher.  She then worked for 5 years in Key Stage One where she took responsibility for developing the outdoor learning environment.  Melanie then returned to Early Years as the Year Leader.  She has specialised in Literacy and enjoyed the responsibility of leading that subject throughout Early Years and Key Stage One.  Melanie has a key interest in the engagement of children in this subject and was fortunate to be able to visit London’s Institute of Education speaking to key leaders from around the world.  She then came to Shanghai in 2016 and has enjoyed teaching internationally and continues  enjoying the new experiences these bring in Shanghai. 

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  • Sharon Taylor

    Sharon Taylor

    Year 1 Class Teacher

    Sharon Taylor

    Sharon joined NAIS Pudong in April 2018 and brings her passion for Visual Arts and teaching to the Year 1 classroom. Sharon started her teaching career in Melbourne, Australia after graduating from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Teaching and a Graduate Diploma in Special Studies (Visual Arts).  She has a wealth of knowledge and experience, teaching across all stages of Key Stage 1 and 2 in Australia and the United Kingdom. Sharon’s teaching and learning strategies have developed as a result of working with children of varying ages and abilities from diverse socio economic groups, EAL children and children with disabilities. Her classroom practices reflect many different teaching and learning strategies that focus on creating a stimulating, challenging and non-threatening environment.

    Sharon expects that all children should participate in meaningful learning, and as such she encourages all children to feel enthusiastic and engage themselves fully in learning activities.  She creates a warm and positive classroom environment through helping her students build on their experiences, backgrounds and interests. This atmosphere ensures that all children in her class achieve success and maintain high levels of self-esteem.

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