Josh Keegan

Head Principal

 

Ed.D – Northeastern University – in progress

M.Ed – Indiana Wesleyan University

B.S. Social Studies Secondary Education – Cairn University

B.S. Theology – Cairn University

 

I am the descendant of Irish potato farmers who immigrated to North America in the 19th century and eventually settled in the northeast corner of the United States, where I was born and raised. I have always enjoyed the international experience, spending part of my growing up years in Australia, where my parents lived for 20 years. Before moving to China I worked in social work and alternative education in the city of Philadelphia, where I met and married my wife. We now have a growing family and enjoy living and working in China. In my spare time, I love reading, sports, and spending time with my wife and kids. I feel privileged to be an educator and consider it a joy to work with the incredible students and staff that we have at Chengdu International School.

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Alison Allen

High School Principal

MA in Teaching from George Fox University;
BS in Communications from Kennesaw State University.

I grew up in Texas and lived in Colorado and Northern California before settling in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. I took enough credits for a degree in English, but eventually earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. I worked as a reporter, writer, editor, editorial manager, and project manager in local and Fortune 500 companies for over 20 years. After two decades in Georgia, I moved to Idaho with my daughter to become a senior editorial project manager. Once she went off to college, I decided to follow my bliss and become a teacher. So I earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from George Fox University.

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Rebekah Teusink

Middle School Principal

Ed.S. Educational Leadership – Liberty University (in progress)

M.S. Education – Walden University

B.A. Elementary Education, minors in Math and Music – Spring Arbor University

 

I was born in Washington State, but spent most of my developmental years as a Third Culture Kid in East Africa, living in Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Kenya. I have a passion for teaching and connecting with other cultures and am thrilled to be combining those passions here at CDIS.

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Jennifer Birdsong

Elementary School Principal

 

Ed.S. Educational Leadership and Administration – Columbus State University

M.Ed. Educational Leadership and Administration – Columbus State University

B.S. Early Childhood Education – Georgia Southern University

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From an early age, I imagined being an educator and working with both students and adults in molding the future for tomorrow.  Born and raised in Georgia in the United States, I grew up with a family that instilled a desire and passion to serve others.  For part of my college years, I lived in Davao City, Philippines, where I got my taste for travel and experiencing the world through service.  I have a wonderful husband, Jeff, and two wonderful children, Jillian and Jonah.  I love spending my spare time with my family, exploring new destinations and learning about the world around us.  My passion as an educator is helping others, both young and seasoned, to grow and learn and expand their thinking each and every day.  I can’t wait to see this passion grow with others at Chengdu International School!

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Christine Wei

HR Director

MA in Intercultural Studies from Biola University;
BA in English Education from Sichuan Academy of Education

Education is the theme of my life. Whenever I see a child, I see hope, joy and love.

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Senny Lee

Finance and IT Director

B.A. Accounting – Georgia State University
Certified Public Accountant from State of California
Certified Internal Auditor from Institute of Internal Auditor
TESOL Certificate from Hope University
I must have been born not to put down my roots in any one place because I have lived in 23 different homes so far, and counting! I was born in Seoul, Korea, and grew up there with four sisters until the mid 70’s, when our parents decided to emigrate to America. Having lived in many places in the States, I’m what you might call a “měiguótōng” (美国通). I have lived in various parts of America: Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Texas; as well as having visited 39 out of the 50 states.

Beginning as a clerk at Marshall’s Department Store during my junior year in high school and continuing over the following 30 years, I have gained professional experience working as a financial and operational auditor, finance and I.T. director, and financial controller in various retail, corporate, and manufacturing corporations.

Since moving to China in 2007, I studied Chinese language for four years at two different universities. I also operated an SAT academy and developed curriculum for and taught SAT classes for two years prior to joining CDIS in its Information Technology Department. I look forward to utilizing my 30+ years of finance experience and passion for information technology to support the endeavors of CDIS.

My wife and I have been married for over 20 years and have one daughter, two sons, and one dog. My passions include music (7,000 album records & CD collection), movies, sports (American football, baseball, tennis, bowling, para-gliding, etc.), automobiles, electronic gadgets, memorizing various statistical information, etc.

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Tim Ford

Operations Director

Outreach Trainer for OSHA 10 hour and 30 in Construction and Industry, General Building Construction 43-0336 Certified, Basic Code Enforcement 0701-7241A Certified,

PADI Advance Dive and Rescue Diver Certified, Inspection of Existing Structures 41-0364 Certified, Confined Space Rescue Certified, International Code Transitional 73-0037 Certified

Lead Renovator Certified, Occupational Respiratory Protection, #293 Certified, Blood Borne Pathogen Instructor, FEMA IS-00100.A and FEMA IS-002.00A, Emergency Medical Response Instructor.

I spent most of my growing up years in Taiwan where my parents ran an orphanage for handicapped kids. I returned back to Taiwan as an adult to make my fame and fortune as a scuba diving instructor but instead met my wife and moved back to the States. We have two children who are now on their own. Over the years, God took all my passions for health and safety and formed my interests to become an Environmental Health and Safety Director for the 20 plus years. The only gift that was not being used in the States was the ability to speak Chinese. Now God has fulfilled that working in China. I love being back in the Chinese culture and more importantly…the food

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Helen Hu

Accountant

B.S. International Trade – Northwestern Polytechnic University, Xi’an

My first job was in sales for a warehouse. Later I worked in the office at another international school. Now, I am an accountant at CDIS. I like every change in my life because they have led to new horizons.

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Janice Qi

Accountant

BA Information Management and Information Systems – Southwest University for Nationalities

My major is actually in IT but after graduation I worked four years in a business consulting company. I’m so glad to work at CDIS. The children, the teachers, the cooks and even the cleaners are all important in my life. The happiest moment in my day is when I look out the window during my break and I see so many ‘angels’ running and laughing on the playground.

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Kathryn Liu

Cashier

B.A. English – China West Normal University

 

I like music, travel and doing some sports like playing ping-pong. I am excited to join the CDIS family. I enjoy helping others, so please let me know anytime I can be of help.

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Diane Sonam

Community Relations Director

B.A. International Studies – Wright State University

As an Air Force brat, I moved around a lot as a kid, and even lived outside my home country for a time. This experience got me interested in life overseas, so after I graduated, I decided to come to China to teach in 2005. I’ve been here ever since! I love helping people fit in to life in the ‘Du and finding the community they need. And I know that the CDIS community is great for students and parents! My husband and I have a son who goes to CDIS and we love living in Chengdu.

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Jina Oh

Korean Parent Liaison

B.S. Biology – Kangwon National University

 

I grew up in Korea, and after I got married, went to the Netherlands to study at seminary. My family has been here in Chengdu for over ten years now. We have three kids, and we love living in China.

This year, I became a part of CDIS family which is so exciting.

I hope I can help parents in many ways!

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Hua Tang

Japanese Parent Liaison

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Cindy Liu

Community Relations Assistant

B.A. English – Southwest University

I love working at CDIS since its focus is on students’ education. Our team’s role is to improve our influence in the international community of Chengdu and make them love CDIS as much as we do.

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Caroline Yuan

Community Relations Assistant

B.A. English – Sichuan Normal University

Teaching Certification in Middle and High School English – Sichuan Normal University

TEM-8 in English
I was born and raised in Sichuan. I’m excited to work here with colleagues and students who come from different cultural backgrounds. It’s really fun to serve our AWESOME students and parents the best I can!

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Linda Yang

Secondary School Principal’s Assistant

B.A. Scientific English – University of Electronic Science and Technology of China

I was born in Chengdu, but my hometown is Shenyang. I have been working at CDIS for over fifteen years. I consider it my ‘forever home’ and I love working here. Every year old students graduate and new students arrive, and teachers come and go. It’s an honor to experience these wonderful people in my life, even if for just a short time. I’m very happy to see CDIS grow and improve over the years. I’m also very grateful that CDIS has helped me to grow a lot both professionally and personally.

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Juno Deng

Elementary School Principal’s Assistant

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Selene Lin

Team Director’s Assistant

M.A. Education Management – Southwest University

B.A. English Education – China West Normal University
I was born and grew up in Chengdu. I have been working at CDIS since 2013. I previously taught English for eleven years. Doing service for others makes me happy, and I think education is very important, so CDIS is definitely the right place for me.

CDIS is a place where love, peace, friendship, and encouragement are part of daily life. It’s a great place to grow both personally and professionally.

My husband and I have been married for ten years and we have two lovely daughters. My interests include reading, music, traveling, gardening, crafts, and decorating.

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Janice Lu

Project Manager

BA in English Education

 

I studied English education in university, because to be with children in work was my dream since high school. But when I was about to graduate in 2008, the Earthquake changed my plan and I went to work for NGOs. It’s a blessing that five years later I come back to school to begin a new journey with CDIS. I do feel grateful for what’s happening in my work and life. I love flowers, books, music, and times with families and friends.

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Zoe Zhao

Visa Specialist / Office Assistant

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Jack Wang

Visa Specialist

B.A. Psychology  – Sichuan Normal University

Although my major is in psychology, after graduation I worked as a sales consultant at Gymboree for three years. Then I worked in marketing at New Oriental for a year. Now I am glad to work at CDIS as a visa specialist. This job is no doubt a great challenge, but I really enjoy helping people and making them smile.

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Staci Pinkerton

Foundations Teacher

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Lucy Yu

Foundations Co-Teacher

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Joy Paulsen

PreK Teacher

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Jocelyn Lin

PreK Co-Teacher

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Rebekah Limburg

Kindergarten Teacher

B.A. Early Childhood Education, Reading endorsement – Mount Vernon Nazarene University

I was born and grew up in a tiny town called Coshocton, OH. I received my education degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. I absolutely love teaching young children and traveling. I enjoy being here at CDIS and doing what I love.

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Doreen Dong

Kindergarten Co-Teacher

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Nicholle Shell

1st Grade Teacher

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Jordan Sweetser

1st Grade Teacher

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Kona Li

1st Grade Co-Teacher

B.A. Business English – Sichuan Normal University
I was born and grew up in Chengdu. Before I came to CDIS, I taught 1st and 3rd grades in Amazing Grace academy and taught Kindergarten, and 1st grade, and 3rd grade in The Experimental School attached to Sichuan Normal University. I love singing and art, and I love working at CDIS! I love spending time with children and I enjoy the joyful atmosphere here. It’s such a wonderful blessing to work here!

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Pearl Zhao

1st Grade Co-Teacher

B.A. English Education – Sichuan Normal University

 

I studied English education as my major in college, and in the summer of 2015 I went to Wisconsin, in the U.S., and stayed there for internship. When I got back in the winter, I started teaching English reading to the 1st-3rd graders at a local training school and stayed there for one year. I love children and I love to grow together with them! I am grateful to be able to be a teacher and join the CDIS team!

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Nick Haug

2nd Grade Teacher

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Stanley Leong

2nd Grade Teacher

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Naomi Liu

2nd Grade Co-Teacher

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Jacie Yoder

3rd Grade Teacher

B.S. Elementary Education – Cedarville University

 

I grew up in a small town in Indiana, in the United States, with my parents and two older sisters. After graduating from high school, I attended Cedarville University, where I received my B.S. in Elementary Education. In 2013, I moved to China and joined the CDIS Team.

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Mary West

3rd Grade Teacher

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Lisa Li

3rd Grade Co-Teacher

B.A. English Education – Southwest University
I was born and grew up in Shandong Province. I came to Chengdu to study English Education in 2004. After graduation I worked in an English Training School for 8 years. I love children and enjoy spending time with them. I am very happy to serve at CDIS.

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Debbie Xie

Special Need Aide

B.A. Nursing – Sichuan University
I was born and grew up in a small town near Chongqing. I served as a nurse for three years including one year in the ICU Department and one year in the Pediatric Department. I am very honored to serve in the special education field at CDIS. I love students with special needs. They are gifts from God to me! And I love and enjoy my time with them! I am currently working on my Autism Certificate so I can serve these special kids even better.

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Ross John Jones

Elementary Student Needs Coordinator

 

B.A. Special Education – Middle Tennessee State University

M.A. Administration and Supervision – Bethel University

 

I was born and raised in Gruetli-Laager, Tennessee. I am married and have two awesome children. I began my career as an educator in 2008. I spent my first five years as a special educator in an Elementary school and the three years after that as an Elementary school principal. I am very excited to be a part of CDIS!

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Amy Swift

4th Grade Teacher

M.A. Teaching – Columbia International University

I grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. I have always had a passion for teaching. It was one of those childhood dream jobs that actually worked out. I went to Columbia International for my B.S. In Teacher Education with a minor in Psychology. I also attended Columbia International University for my graduate studies, earning an MA in Teaching in December of 2015. It has been on my heart to travel and work with children. I had no idea that it would only be a few weeks after graduation I am looking forward to all of the time spent with your children.

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Shari Dolaz

4th Grade Teacher

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Seaya Ren

4th Grade Co-Teacher

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Kaylee Anderson

5th Grade Teacher

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Shelby Davenport

5th Grade Teacher

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Esther Chen

5th Grade Co-Teacher

B.A. Chinese Language – Ludong University

I was born and grew up in Sichuan. Then I went to Yantai, in Shandong province for university in 2009, which I consider to be my second hometown. After graduation in 2013, I went to Thailand as a volunteer Chinese teacher in a vocational college, where I stayed for two years. I have dreamed of teaching in an international school like CDIS ever since I was in middle school. I feel so honored and blessed to be a part of CDIS!

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Alison Allen

English Teacher

MA in Teaching from George Fox University;
BS in Communications from Kennesaw State University.

I grew up in Texas and lived in Colorado and Northern California before settling in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. I took enough credits for a degree in English, but eventually earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. I worked as a reporter, writer, editor, editorial manager, and project manager in local and Fortune 500 companies for over 20 years. After two decades in Georgia, I moved to Idaho with my daughter to become a senior editorial project manager. Once she went off to college, I decided to follow my bliss and become a teacher. So I earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from George Fox University.

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Kathy Lee

English HOD & English Teacher

B.A. English: English Education – California State University Long Beach

I taught English to high school students for ten years at a public high school in California. These classes included both college prep and honors English classes. Later I spent a year and a half teaching Oral English to undergraduates and a writing class to graduate students at a university in northwest China. I am a “banana” (yellow on the outside, white (American) on the inside) because I was born in Korea, but grew up in America from the time I was 4 years old. I didn’t go back to visit Korea until I was 30 years old! Needless to say, I don’t remember very much about my Korean heritage, but I do love Korean food!

I am married to Senny, and we have two children, Jay and Jared. Since our family came to China in 2007, I have spent much of my time trying to learn Chinese, but always feel unfulfilled unless I am in the classroom teaching English—my passion!

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Jeff Birdsong

High School English Teacher

 

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Cara Storey

Middle School English Teacher

 

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Lynne Blackburn

Middle School Math Teacher

 

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Shuan Bardell

High School Math Teacher

 

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Brett Wiechmann

Math Teacher

 

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Daniel Bennett

Religious Studies HOD & Teacher

M.A. Cross Cultural Comparative Management – Otago University

Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education and Graduate Diploma in History (Pending) – Auckland University

 

I grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, and worked as a social science researcher at a think tank focusing on family processes before moving into teaching. I have always loved learning and enjoy passing on a passion for education and the social sciences to my students. My interests include history, worldview studies, sociology, anthropology and endurance sports. I am married to Nicole with three children, Eva, Madeline and Reuben.

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Sam Spaugh

Bible Teacher

M.A. Biblical Counseling – Dallas Theological Seminary

B.S. Psychology – Sam Houston State University

I grew up in Houston, Texas and lived there my whole life before moving to Dallas for my graduate program.  I am the oldest daughter in my family and have always been the traveler of the family. After graduation, I worked at a residential program where youth who are having difficulties in school and home go to school and live for a time. I joined the Middle School team at CDIS in 2016.

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Grace Lee

Religious Studies Teacher

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Kevin Bowden

Science Teacher

M.Ed. International Education – Framingham State College

B.S. History – Hillsdale College

I was born in Michigan, and then grew up in Wyoming and Illinois, returning to Michigan for college. I taught ESL for five years in Chongqing, Hebei Province, and Taiwan at the university and Elementary levels. After that, I enjoyed teaching international students at Morrison Academy – Bethany Campus (in Taipei, Taiwan) for eight years. Since 2015 I have enjoyed teaching Science at CDIS, especially Chemistry.

I met my wife, Erin, in East Asia after she had taught at CDIS’s sister school in Wuhan, Hubei, for four years. We have two children who both attend CDIS.

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Aaron Lindstam

Secondary Science Teacher

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Nelson Arul

Secondary Science Teacher

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Patty Blanchard

Curriculum Coordinator/ Team Life Facilitator

MHS, Duke University School of Medicine
BS, Physician Assistant Studies, East Carolina University
BA, Biblical Studies and Christian Education, Wheaton College
Teaching Certification Program, Studer Education, University of West Florida

I am from North Carolina, in the US. I am married to Ed Blanchard, and we have six children. Our youngest is a university student, and the others live and work in various places. I have always loved teaching and investing in the lives of students. In recent years, I practiced medicine as a physician assistant in NC. We lived for two years in Daejeon, ROK, where we worked at an international school there. I am thrilled to be a part of the CDIS community.

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Du Qiang

Science Co-Teacher

BS in Biology, Sichuan Normal University

I am from Meishan, Sichuan and I lived there until I left to go to university. I started working at CDIS right after graduation. Later I got a Chinese teaching certification in Chemistry. I think science is a lot of fun. It’s also very interesting to work in an international school because the Chinese educational system is quite different from the western system. I have learned a lot and have enjoyed using elements of each system in ways that are beneficial to students. I like to travel and play tennis.

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Asha Arul

IT & Media Teacher

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Christine Keegan

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Alicia Olmstead

Ancient World History Teacher

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Annarose Nestor

Middle School Social Studies Teacher

B.A. in History from Northwest University. Mater’s in Teaching from Northwest University.

I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington where I also when to University. I have taught in Chengdu previously at a middle school and at Sichuan University. I have worked in the international offices of two schools in the United States, I love seeing different cultures and people. I love learning, and specifically I love studying history, and am so excited to be teaching the students here at CDIS!

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Jakeh West

Social Studies Teacher

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Bruce Li

Secondary School Sub Teacher

BA in English from Chengdu institute of Sichuan foreign language studies university

Hello everyone, my name is Bruce. I’m from Yibin, where the Changjiang river begins. I have a very happy extended family and I have a brother. I love working at CDIS, for it’s a place I learn and grow.

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Hannah Tucker

Choir Director

BA in Music Education, Cedarville University

I spent my childhood in Kingsland, Georgia and my teenage years in Centerville, Indiana. I attended public schools in both locations. I graduated from Cedarville University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education with a Choral emphasis. I spent one year (2013-2014) in the United Arab Emirates teaching general music (k-12) at an international school. I am the youngest of four children. I absolutely love teaching and getting to know my students. In my free time I like to karaoke and dance.

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Heather Hoekman

Music/Band Teacher

B.S. in Music Education from Toccoa Falls College.

I was born and raised in Taiwan, but returned to the United States when I was in 8th grade. After getting a degree in Music Education, I taught for 3 years in South Dakota. In addition to good music, I love big dogs, dark chocolate, and Arabic tea.

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Nicole Bennett

Art Teacher

Bachelor of Fine Art Degree, Otago Polytechnic and Bachelor of Art Degree (Education) pending; University of Otago.

I have run a music program for pre-schoolers for 6 years in New Zealand and have a background in teaching early childhood and elementary. I enjoy making learning fun for young children and want to assist in the early stages of their development.

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Michele Taing

Art Teacher

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Morgan Liu

Art Co-Teacher

BA in Art (Art Design) from Southwest University of Nationalities.

I am originally from Luzhou, Sichuan. I love art, traveling, making new friends, and spending time with people. I really enjoy being with the students at CDIS, teaching them, and watching them grow.

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Harmony Liu

Music Co-Teacher

BA in Music Education, Sichuan Conservatory of Music

I was born in Luzhou. After graduation, I’ve been teaching piano and vocal. I love music and teaching.

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Caleb Xiao

Elementary Athletic Coordinator

BA in P.E from Chengdu Sports University

I love sports and I also like to be around kids.

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John Blanchard

PE Teacher

B. S. In Bible and Communications from Columbia International University

I’m from the state of North Carolina and I come from a family of six kids. I studied Communications and film before I was a teacher. I enjoy traveling, coffee, the outdoors, and soccer. I still like to be behind a camera and tell visual stories through film. I’m excited to be joining the CDIS team as a teacher in the Physical Education department.

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Leanne He

Athletic Co-Teacher

 

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Rebecca Pan

Secondary Chinese Teacher & Elementary Chinese Coordinator

BA in English from Sichuan Normal University

I was born and grew up in Chengdu. This is my 4th year working at CDIS. I love reading and being around my dogs and cats. There is nothing more wonderful than watching chidren growing and growing with them.

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Secondary Chinese Teacher

Master degree in Chinese international education from Sichuan University.

I was born and grew up in Hubei. I came to Sichuan and went to university in 2008, my major is teaching Chinese as a second language. As an undergraduate, I obtained the second double bachelor’s degree of English. Then I was recommended for admission to pursue master’s degree of Chinese International Education in Sichuan University in 2012.I taught Chinese in the Confucius Institute in Woosong University of Korea as a Chinese volunteer teacher and passed the senior test of Korean language from 2013-2014. Being a teacher is my dream and I love teaching Chinese.

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Michelle Zeng

Secondary Chinese Teacher

BA in English Education from Sichuan Normal University

I was born and grew up in Sichuan. I graduated from Sichuan Normal University in 2004. This is my 5th year teaching in CDIS. I love dancing, traveling and spicy food. I enjoy teaching kids a lot!

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GuiLi Huang

Chinese Teacher

B.S. Biology Education – South China Normal University

 

I am a very enthusiastic teacher, having started teaching kindergarten in 2014. I have taught most of the grades between second and seventh grades; serving as Elementary teacher and Science teacher. I have been teaching for over ten years.

I have found Kindergarten to be the grade with the most wonder and magic, as it is a child’s unique first year in school. Adventure, exploration, discovery, and creativity are experiences I intend to provide to my kindergarten students, so as to inspire a lifelong love of learning! My philosophy is to provide an interesting and challenging learning environment where my students will flourish socially and academically.  I love to incorporate acting, art, and music in my Chinese curriculum. All the Kindergarteners will have a wonderful time I’m sure, discovering talents and a new confidence that comes from learning, making new friends, and developing the great potential each child has within.

 

 

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Tiffany Zhu

Secondary Chinese Teacher

Master degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Beijing Normal University.

I was born and grew up in Sichuan. I graduated from Beijing Normal University in 2014. This is my first year teaching in CDIS. I taught Chinese in Korea from 2012 to 2013 as a Chinese volunteer teacher. I love traveling. And also I enjoy teaching kids!

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Phoebe Moon

IEC Teacher

Master degree in Applied Linguistics from Charles Darwin University
Certified for TESOL by Trinity Western University, Canada

I was born and grew up in Korea. I studied Christian Education in B.A degree program and I worked as an editor at a Christian publishing company, which gave me opportunities to read a lot of books and cooperate with people who really love making books. I am interested in bilingual education in a cross- cultural environment and language development in minority communities. It is my privilege to teach ESL kids here at CDIS. I would like to help them to be a good learners who are highly motivated and are able to enjoy the learning process.

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Angel Mei

IEC Teacher

BA in English from Sichuan University

I was born in a town near Chengdu in 1979. After graduating from college, I worked for two years in a public middle school in my hometown, then, I studied English for two years in Sichuan University. I’m very happy to work here with my colleagues.

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Eileen Bae

ELL Teacher

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Sarah Day

ELL Teacher

B.S. Elementary Education – Philadelphia Biblical University
M.S.Ed. Special Education – Binghamton University

 

I grew up in upstate New York, in the United States, and I am the oldest of six children. My Bachelor of Science in Education degree is from Philadelphia Biblical University. After my undergraduate experience, I spent my first three years of teaching at Kunming International Academy in Kunming, China. When I returned to my home state of New York, I taught English as a Second Language to Elementary students while earning a Master of Science in Education degree in Special Education from Binghamton University (State University of New York). My first year at CDIS was the 2013-2014 school year. I am certified by the State of New York to teach Childhood Education (Grades 1 through 6), Special Education (Grades 1 through 6), and English to Speakers of Other Languages.

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Kayla Ford

ESL Teacher

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Kyrstin Stockholm

ESL Teacher

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Wilson Wu

Guidance Counselor

Certificate in College Counseling, UCI
MS in Neuropathology, TMU
BS in Neurobiology & Physiology, UCD

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from the University of California-Davis. Since moving to China in 2002, I have found joy in helping students. I was the Director of Student Affairs in a school in Beijing for six years and recently found my calling in helping high school students plan their college future. I am married to an amazing woman and we have three boys.

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Rocky Hawkins

Student Life Coordinator

I have an MA in Church History from Regent College and Bachelor’s in Pastoral Ministries from Northwest University.

I grew up in Washington state where I have had a series of jobs developing student skills and leadership.

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Echo Zhang

Registrar

MS. In Educational Psychology, University of Oklahoma

I grew up in Chengdu and got my BA diploma in Shanghai. After teaching middle school maths in Hangzhou for 3 years, I went to Oklahoma for my master’s degree: educational psychology. Recently I got married and I feel very happy. I love my family.

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Alison Fistonich

Librarian

New Zealand Library Studies Certificate, Wellington Teacher’s College

I am married with four children, three of whom are students at CDIS. I have experience in school and public libraries and the New Zealand National Library service where I specialized in School Library Service. I love to read! I also love the beach in New Zealand and the mountains in Sichuan. It is my pleasure to serve the community at CDIS.

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Kristin Ungos

Nurse

MSN, with emphasis in community health nursing, from University of New Mexico.
BSN from Bethel College, Indiana. Registered Nurse (RN), State of Idaho, USA.

I’m from the northwest part of the United States, most recently Idaho, where we enjoy the tremendous beauty of nature. My husband works in Chengdu, and we have two children who attend CDIS. Before coming to China I worked in a variety of settings including public health, nursing education, and senior wellness programs. Living in China has really helped me to understand health care in a global setting, and I’m excited to be a part of the growing, healthy, international community at CDIS!

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Susan Penner

Nurse

Diploma in Nursing(RN) from Douglas College, New Westminster, BC Canada.
I am here in Chengdu with my husband and youngest daughter who is finishing her last year of High School by Distance Education. Two of our children have returned to Canada for University. We have been in China off and on since 1994. In Chengdu since 2000. We love living in Chengdu and feel like it is home.
I have served the local and foreign community through the years at Heart to Heart Clinic and through helping people navigate the local hospitals. In Canada I have worked in the Acute Care settings as well as with Seniors in Intermediate and Long Term Care Facilities.
I look forward to working with the children, families and staff at CDIS to grow well and stay healthy.

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Senny Lee

Technology Support

B.A. in Accounting from Georgia State University
Certified Public Accountant from State of California
Certified Internal Auditor from Institute of Internal Auditor
TESOL Certificate from Hope University
I must have been born not to put down my roots in any one place because I have lived in 23 different homes so far, and counting! I was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up there with four sisters until the mid 70’s, when our parents decided to immigrate to America. Having lived in many places in the States, I’m what you might call an “měiguótōng” (美国通). I have lived in various parts of America: Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Texas; as well as having visited 39 out of the 50 states.

Beginning as a clerk at Marshalls Department Store during my junior year in high school and continuing over the following 30 years, I have gained professional experience working as a financial & operational auditor, finance & I.T. director, and financial controller in various retail, corporate, and manufacturing corporations.

Since moving to China in 2007, I studied Chinese language for 4 years at two different universities. I also operated an S.A.T. academy as well as developing curriculum and teaching SAT classes for 2 years prior to joining CDIS in its Information Technology Department. I look forward to utilizing my passion for information technology to provide meaningful and useful information to the CDIS teachers and staff.

My wife and I have been married for over 20 years and have one daughter, one son, and one dog. My passions include music (7,000 album records & CD collection), movies, sports (American football, baseball, tennis, bowling, para-gliding, etc.), automobiles, electronic gadgets, memorizing various statistical information, etc.

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Bryan Hou

Net Administrator

MS from Temple University &
MBA in MIS, LaSalle University;
BS in Medicine from Guangdong Pharmaceutical College

I was born and grew up in Guangzhou, China. After finishing graduate schools in Philadelphia, I stayed in that area and worked as an Information Analyst and System Engineer in financial and healthcare industries. I enjoy tennis and badminton.

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Champion Chai

IT Assistant

BA in Computer Science and Technology from Southwest University of Nationalities.

I was born and grew up in Yunnan. I have studied and worked in Chengdu for more than ten years. I am an IT guy, I like to stay with computers. But when I came to the CDIS family, I like to work with my warm colleagues, computers are just a bridge between us. In my personal time, I like to do sports and travel. Welcome to Champion’s world.

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Gary Xiao

IT Assistant

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Tim Ford

Operations Director

Outreach Trainer for OSHA 10 hour and 30 in Construction and Industry, General Building Construction 43-0336 Certified, Basic Code Enforcement 0701-7241A Certified,

PADI Advance Dive and Rescue Diver Certified, Inspection of Existing Structures 41-0364 Certified, Confined Space Rescue Certified, International Code Transitional 73-0037 Certified

Lead Renovator Certified, Occupational Respiratory Protection, #293 Certified, Blood Borne Pathogen Instructor, FEMA IS-00100.A and FEMA IS-002.00A, Emergency Medical Response Instructor.

I spent most of my growing up years in Taiwan where my parents ran an orphanage for handicapped kids. I returned back to Taiwan as an adult to make my fame and fortune as a scuba diving instructor but instead met my wife and moved back to the States. We have two children who are now on their own. Over the years, God took all my passions for health and safety and formed my interests to become an Environmental Health and Safety Director for the 20 plus years. The only gift that was not being used in the States was the ability to speak Chinese. Now God has fulfilled that working in China. I love being back in the Chinese culture and more importantly…the food

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Kevin Lu

Facility Manager

B.A. International trade English from University of Electronic Science and Technology

I was born, raised and educated in Chengdu,before i worked in IKEA in senior sales for 3 years and I love to watch NBA ,play basketball.and watch movies. Making friends is a big part of my life. I’m so glad to join CDIS !love is love!

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Sam Li

Facility Maintenance

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Eric Liu

Transportation Manager

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Lizzy Wang

Housing Manager

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Peter Fan

Housing Maintenance

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Judd Jiang

Cafeteria Supervisor

BA in Business Management of Sichuan University

I have two years teaching and training experience at a public middle school in Mianzhu, Sichuan. I’ve worked at CDIS since 2002 as cashier and Chinese tutor.

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Jason Wang

Cafeteria Supervisor

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Bingo Zeng

Head of Driver

BA in Business Management of Sichuan University

I have two years teaching and training experience at a public middle school in Mianzhu, Sichuan. I’ve worked at CDIS since 2002 as cashier and Chinese tutor.

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April Jia

Operation Support Specialist
I come from Leshan, It’s a beautiful city. In my spare time, I love listening to music and reading books. I like being with children. And I love simple life style.

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With well over 100 foreign and national staff members, CDIS has a diverse and passionate team of education professionals. Our teachers are all certified and intensively pre-screened by our ISC recruiting office in Atlanta before joining our staff. Once onboard, our staff have numerous options for continued professional development including the opportunity to earn a M.Ed. in instruction. Read their bios below to learn more about their qualifications and experience.