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EMERGENCY NOTICE
  • 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

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  • 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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  • News & Views

    Stay in touch with all that is taking place in our school and our community

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  • Get in Touch

    We like talking about education and children. You can get in touch with our admissions team by phone,skype or e-mail, or by calling in to see us

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World Languages & EAL Teachers

  • Anne Van Brussel

    Teacher of Dutch

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    Irene Dekker

    Head of Dutch

    Irene Dekker

    After finishing her Bachelor of Education Irene worked at various primary schools in Rotterdam before working as a classteacher on a secondary school for children with special educational needs

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  • James Penton

    Teacher of EAL

  • 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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  • 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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  • Laury Valente

    Laury Valente

    Teacher of French

    Laury Valente

    Laury studied Foreign Languages and Civilisations in the University of Avignon, France before moving abroad to obtain a PGCE in Modern Languages at Liverpool John Moores University in 2006. He went on to hone his teaching skills in the city of Liverpool before moving on to Cairo, Egypt where he taught in MES, one of the leading schools in the Middle East. He is a returning staff member as he was part of the MFL department from 2013 to 2017.

    Laury has worked in schools serving culturally and socially diverse communities in different countries and he has gained valuable experience in teaching children within a wide range of age, abilities and backgrounds. He is particularly interested in the idea of collaborative learning and it is clearly implemented in his planning and teaching. Laury firmly believes that his role as an educator is to create and provide opportunities for every student to maximise their potential and to enjoy the process of doing so. He is delighted to be back in our Languages department. 

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