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  • A Warm Welcome

    Situated in the heart of a thriving expat community, our school is home to families from all over the world

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  • Academic Success

    Delivering oustanding results at every level in our school

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  • Helping Others Thrive

    We believe passionately in learning, and our modern approach to education continues to help our students shine

  • Be Ambitious

    Inspiring academic success & developing social, intellectual and confident children

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  • Support & Guidance

    We look forward to seeing you at the British International School, Puxi and welcoming you and your family to our special community

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  • Get in Touch

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World Languages & EAL Teachers

  • Janneke Van de Griendt

    Janneke Van de Griendt

    Dutch Teacher

    Janneke Van de Griendt

    Janneke obtained a master’s degree in Dutch language and culture from Leiden University in The Netherlands. After graduating she participated in the Dutch Teach First programme. She started working as a teacher, did research at the Dutch Ministry of Education and obtained a teaching degree from the University of Amsterdam.

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    Iris Manon de Waal

    Secondary Dutch Teacher

    Iris Manon de Waal

    Iris has worked as a Dutch teacher for more than ten years. As well as her Bachelor’s degree, she also has a Master’s degree in Education. She has taught Dutch in The Netherlands and after eight years she made the life-changing decision to work overseas, looking for a new adventure. That is how Iris came to work here in Shanghai. For the last two years, she has worked with Dutch students across a number of schools in the city. Looking for a new challenge, and not yet ready to leave Shanghai, Iris is delighted to be working at BISS.

     

    As a teacher, safety in the classroom is Iris’ first priority. She believes that when students feel safe, they learn well. Furthermore, being approachable is very important to Iris as a teacher. This means the students feel comfortable in the classroom and are open to learning and taking risks. 

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  • Maria Pantasoulas

    Maria Pantasoulas

    Secondary EAL and English Teacher

    Maria Pantasoulas

    Maria gained a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature and then went on to obtain a Masters degree in Education with a distinction from the University of Nottingham, where she also completed her PGCE. She has over ten years of working experience teaching English both as a foreign and additional language. She joined our school after teaching in international schools in Korea and elsewhere in China.

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  • Katherine Temple

    Katherine Temple

    Head of EAL

    Katherine Temple

    Katherine graduated from Queen’s University in Canada with a degree in Translation (French, English & Russian) and followed that with an MA Diploma in Russian Literature at St Andrews University in Scotland.  After teaching English in Indonesia for 2 years, she then returned to the UK where she worked for various investment banks in Training & Development in London.  

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  • Lisa Cavanagh

    Lisa Cavanagh

    Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral) & German and EAL Teacher

    Lisa Cavanagh

    Lisa studied German with International Studies at Warwick University from 1991-1995. She then took a year out and completed her CTEFLA certificate for EAL and taught children in EAL schools in Oxfordshire. She then found herself working in retail management for 2 years, but felt that her heart lay in teaching and so returned to Warwick to complete her PGCE. 

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  • Fiona McConnon

    Head of Global Languages

    Fiona McConnon

    Fiona McConnon graduated from University College London (UCL) with an honours degree in French and from York University with a PGCE in French and sport. She subsequently taught English at a University in Lanzhou with Voluntary Service Overseas for two years, where she became fascinated by Mandarin. This led to her spending five years mainly in Beijing as a British Council – Chinese government scholar at the Beijing Languages Institute, completing a Masters in the Teaching of Chinese as a Foreign Language.

    As Head of Languages at an International School in Beijing, she used western language learning methodologies in her Mandarin teaching to foster enjoyment and confidence in her students.  She more recently headed up the MFL and Classics Faculty in an outstanding school in north London, Northwood College, which excelled in developing deeper thinking in students.

    She has held a number of management roles at the British Embassy and in UK-based charities involved in work related to China and has completed an MSc in Development Management with the Open University. 

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    Angelika Welz

    Native German

    Angelika Welz

    Angelika attended the College of Education in Heidelberg in Germany, and became a state-certified elementary homeroom teacher as well as a Maths teacher for middle school. Living in Los Angeles for one year gave her the opportunity to study English at the University of Southern California.

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  • Shelley Li

    Shelley Li

    Head of Secondary Mandarin

    Shelley Li

    Shelley went to East China Normal University in Shanghai. She has gained a bachelor’s degree in Teaching Chinese as A Foreign Language there. She enjoys teaching the Chinese language to international students.

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