Ms. Emmi graduated from the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education. She has completed a TEFL course and teacher's certification course at the University of Florida. As a teacher, she has taught about 6 years in China, with teaching K-3 and some IB international schools. She looks forward to helping better the students and preparing them for their future endeavors!
Aaron James Priestley/UK
Head of Homeroom Teachers, G2
Mr. Priestley is a graduate of the University of York (UK) and is dedicated and qualified professional teacher of nearly 10 years across different primary levels, with a focus on K-3. He has teaching experience in the UK, Korea, and China. He has received his CELTA qualification during this time to be able to better understand and support language learners. While in Korea, Mr. Priestley had the chance to design and publish student textbooks on behalf of the Gwangju Metropolitan Board of Education (Korea). Additionally, he was able to head initiatives to support lower income learners in the community via an online teaching program. In Beijing, he has worked at two international schools as a head of year since his arrival in 2017. Mr. Priestley is passionate about teaching creatively and inspiring innovation among global learners and works.
Head of Homeroom Teachers, G3
Ms. Brooks is a two-time National Board Certified Teacher and has been teaching for 18 years. In 2017, she was added to the Congressional Record for Teacher of Distinction and also received a Certificate of Congressional Recognition. She is a dually certified in K-3 primary education and ESOL. Ms. Brooks attended George Mason University where she received Bachelors degrees in Health Education and Psychology and a Masters of Education degree. As a lead teacher she guided teachers and specialists through the Collaborative Learning Team process to create effective unit plans for Math and Language Arts. She also co-presented with 1st-3rd grade teachers at Virginia Math Teachers Conference and discussed the findings of a collaborative lesson plan study, which was created using vertical alignment. For two years Ms. Brooks was selected to work on her county’s Math Focus group to develop unit plans used by 2nd grade teachers. Ms. Brooks has traveled to Swaziland, Guatemala, Estonia, and Ghana as a volunteer in which she helped young people in their communities and schools.
Head of Homeroom Teachers, G4
Ms. Ashley attended the University of Louisville where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with dual certification in Learning and Behavior Disorders. In addition, she attended Campbellsville University where she obtained her master’s degree in teacher leadership with a focus on curriculum. Ms. Ashley brings 6 years of experience as a highly professional and dedicated educator. In addition to dedicating 6 years of work teaching grades 3-5, Ms. Ashley is also very involved in extra-curricular activities where she volunteered as a mentor, coach and club facilitator. She came to Beijing in 2018 to teach in upper primary at Kaiwen Academy. “My goal for the school year is to help students develop a love for learning, create a sense of community in the classroom, implement new teaching strategies, and help children master problem-solving methods while having fun in class.”
Amanda Williams/South Africa
Head of Homeroom Teachers, G5
Ms. Williams has 30 years of international education experience and is committed to teaching international core courses in primary and secondary schools. She received a bachelor's degree in English language and literature, a master's degree in teaching leadership and international awareness from the University of Orange, South Africa. Her teaching goal is to cultivate students' critical thinking, create a "reflective learning" teaching system, and guide students to become the beneficiaries of lifelong learning.
*Teachers' names are listed in no particular order.