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Keystone Welcomes New Leadership Team Members
Keystone welcomes Dr. Maureen McCoy (left), head of middle school, Mr. Rick Spadafora (middle), assistant head of high school and IBDP Coordinator, and Ms. Pan Fan (right), assistant head of primary school and director of Chinese Curriculum. Dr. McCoy has over three decades of experience in teaching and education administration. She holds a BA and MA from Reed College in Oregon, and a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University on Teachers’ Experiences with English Language Learners’ Difficulty with Mastering Academic Literacy. Mr. Spadafora has wide experience with the administration of IB programmes at the highest level in a number of schools in Hong Kong. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Canada, and is currently completing a second Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Change from the Hong Kong Institute of Education and Vanderbilt University. Ms. Pan has 20 years experience in education, especially in teaching Chinese in primary school, primary school administration, as well as teacher training. Before joining Keystone, she was the director of guided discovery (in Chinese) and a Chinese teacher at ISF in Hong Kong.
ISB Futures Academy
The International School of Beijing’s Futures Academy unveiled its new flexible learning space on August 6. The new location allows the Futures Academy to serve as a hub for learning opportunities as it expands to include students from Grades 7 and 8 in 2015-16. The split-level learning space’s design combines traditional instructional areas with an open-plan layout, reflecting ISB’s commitment to create 21st century learning opportunities.
Early Childhood Montessori Teacher Training at IMTI
International Montessori Training Institute’s Academic Director, Debbie Gillespie led a team of local and international educators to deliver the Early Childhood Montessori Teacher Training program in July.
BCIS Celebrating 10th Anniversary – 2005-2015
As the 2015-2016 academic year begins, Beijing City International School has commenced a year-long celebration marking the 10th Anniversary since the school’s opening in 2005. Notable events this year will include the opening of the school’s now 10-year-old time capsule created by the first generation of its students and teachers back in 2005. In addition, this year’s students will create a second time capsule to be opened in 2025 when the school celebrates its 20th anniversary. The celebrations are inspired by a special new 10-year motto: “A Decade of Achievement;
A Lifetime of Success.”
BWYA Welcomes New Team Members
Beijing World Youth Academy (BWYA) welcomes two new senior members of staff. Originally from the UK, Emma Emerich, has joined as vice principal for BWYA’s IB school, based in Wangjing, having spent the previous four years teaching in Zimbia with a career spanning 21 years in education. She has previously held various senior positions at several international schools. Shannon Koga joins BWYA as director of instructional practices. She will also take on the role of principal at BWYA’s primary school at their Laiguangying campus. She has 28 years experience in education, predominantly in Japan, most recently as acting head of school at Hokkaido International School’s Niseko campus. The appointments come as BWYA celebrates achieving a 100 percent IB Diploma pass rate for the first time in its history. BWYA graduates averaged a score of 35 against a global average of 29.
Grand Opening of Sanfine International Hospital
Sanfine International Hospital will hold its official grand opening on September 20. Located across Worker’s Stadium, this comprehensive bilingual hospital offers services including general, family and pediatric care, women’s health, and a dental clinic. It also features specialized departments in the fields of cardiology, gastroenterology, TCM and more. (6413 6763) www.sanfinehospital.com
DCB 2015 IB Results
Students, teachers, and parents at Dulwich College Beijing are celebrating the 2015 IB results. Thirty five percent of students achieved scores of over 40 points, with five students – Charles Chiu, JinJu Choi, Brian Hwang, Michelle Lim and Kay Liang – achieving perfect scores of 45. Only about 160 students worldwide out of over 140,000 candidates achieved this result.
YCIS Beijing Welcomes New Early Childhood Education Coordinator Mary-Anne Parker
Yew Chung International School of Beijing is pleased to announce the arrival of new Early Childhood Education (ECE) Coordinator Mary-Anne Parker. Although Ms. Parker originally hails from Melbourne, Australia, she worked most recently in Cairo, Egypt. She will be leading YCIS Beijing’s ECE programme, which in addition to a unique teaching philosophy and programme also boasts a completely renovated learning space. To learn more about the school’s programmes, visit www.ycis-bj.com.
This article originally appeared on page 16-17 of the beijingkids September 2015 issue. Click here to read the issue for free on Issuu.com. To find out how you can get your own copy, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos: Courtesy of YCIS, IMTI, BCIS, Keystone Academy, DCB, Sanfine, BWYA &ISB