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Pleased to Meet You...Gemma Treeby

25 June 2014

This week we spoke to Gemma Treeby, English, Media & Drama teacher, who will be the new Head of English next year.

How long have you been at BISS Puxi? I have been here since August 2013 – almost a year.

What do you enjoy most about working here? I really love the students here, their sense of humour and general enthusiasm is great and I spend a lot of my day laughing and smiling.

Who is your favourite author and why? Oh my gosh, you can’t ask an English teacher that! That’s like asking who is your favourite child! Hmmm, I am totally in awe of Neil Gaiman, his imagination is just limitless and he writes such fascinatingly complex and relatable characters whether they are gods, monsters or people.

What was your favourite book as a child/teenager? I was totally obsessed with ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ by Anne Rice as a teenager (way before vampires got all stupid and sparkly) - I was hardcore! Yes, that’s right, I am a trendsetter. I was obsessing over vampires as a teen at least a decade before the rest of the world’s teenagers decided to join in.

What do you like to do in Shanghai at the weekends? I am in a band called ‘The Happy Eskimos’, so I spend a lot of time rehearsing and also just enjoy checking out the music scene around Shanghai.

Where are you from and what do you miss most from home? I am from the South East of England. Apart from my family and friends, the only thing I really miss is proper bacon sandwiches and decent pick n mix.