Department Heads

Mrs. Meribel Swank Mrs. Vibhavari Barnes Mr. James Kuhle Mrs. Diana Holden Mr. Tanner Huss Ms. Winnie Li
English Math Social Studies Science Pastoral Care Chinese
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Head of English & Grade 8a Advisor: Meribel C. Swank
Mrs. Meribel Swank graduated Cum Laude at Saint Louis University in Baguio City, Philippines where she completed Bachelor of Secondary Education, major in English and Literature and minor in Computer Education. She is a Professional Licensed Teacher and is a holder of a Temporary Teaching Certificate for the State of Florida, USA. In 2009, she qualified for the Initial Certificate to become a New York City Educator in New York City, USA. Mrs. Swank is TEFL-certified by the International TEFL and TESOL Training in Thailand. She is also certified in TEFL-C Basic and TEFL-C Advanced through Columbia University. Passionate about learning, Mrs. Swank is the kind of educator who likes to push her students to excel academically while inspiring them to balance faith, family, friends, and fun. Mrs. Swank likes computers, photography, leisurely walks, biking, badminton, hanging out with family and friends, and swimming. She is married to Joe Swank of Idaho, USA. They are blessed with two healthy and happy sons.

Head of Mathematics & Grade 9a Advisor: Vibhavari Barnes
Mrs. Barnes comes from India. She has majored in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. She has also finished two Masters Degree in Business Administration major in Tourism and MS Mathematics. Math has always been her passion because she believes that it provides an ordered way of looking at God’s creation.? She wants to share her joy and love for Maths to students so they can see the majesty of God through math. She has more than ten years of teaching high school students. Her favorite verse in the bible is from Philippians 4:13- “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”

Head of Social Studies & Grade 9b Advisor: James Kuhle
James Kuhle was born and raised in beautiful Sacramento, California. Before coming to ZKIS, he worked at multiple summer camps to pursue his love for the outdoors, sports and working with teenagers. In addition to these interests, he also enjoys snowboarding and passionately following the San Francisco 49ers (in the NFL), both of which have become increasingly difficult as he continues in his favourite pastime of all- traveling. After completing his BA degree in History, in which he received Summa Cum Laude honours, he moved to the UK and received his MA degree in 18th Century History from the University of Liverpool. This year, he is teaching IGCSE and AS Level History, Baseball and Span

Head of Science & Grade 11 Advisor: Diana Holden
Diana joined our Zhongshi family last September 2013. Besides teaching middle science and Grade 10 Biology, she is the team house mom for the fierce hawks! She has been teaching ESL, Biology and middle school science since 1999. Prior to Zhongshi, she taught in the USA and Thailand where she met her husband Tobin. They have two beautiful daughters, Dee (11) and Zoe (4). Diana has a Master’s Degree in education (Curriculum and Instruction) from Assumption University in Thailand, a B.Sc. in Zoology from WCC, India and a Cambridge RSA-CELTA certification in teaching English as Second Language to adults. Currently, she is pursuing her doctorate in teachers’ leadership from Concordia, Portland, along with her husband. In her free time, Diana loves going on dates with her husband, playing with her daughters and hanging out with the Zhongshi family. She also enjoys traveling, experiencing new culture, playing guitar, reading and listening to music. However, she is excited to be at ZKIS, preparing and developing servant leaders for the global community!

Head of Pastoral Care & Maths & PSME Teacher: Tanner Huss
Mr. Huss was born and raised in the United States. He recently graduated with his wife from Moody Institute with Highest Honors, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree. Both Mr. and Mrs. Huss had never travelled outside of the United States before coming to teach at Zhongshi. Prior to coming to teach in Weihai, Mr. Huss worked as a private maths and standardized test tutor for 8 years. Mr. Huss also previously taught higher maths classes at a college preparatory school in Utah. Besides maths, he enjoys a variety of hobbies like rock climbing, cooking with his wife, and reading.

Head of Chinese: Winnie Li
Winnie Li graduated from Central China Normal University one of the Project 211 schools, and her major is Chinese linguistics. In her college years, she passed CET6 and got a teaching certificate with her degree. After graduation, she came to ZKIS and has been working until now. During these years, she got her ICLTA certificate. She enjoys teaching foreigners Chinese, and also loves her students. Ms. Li is always thinking about how to make her class more fun. She likes dancing, listening to music and learning foreign languages. She really wishes everything can go well in ZKIS and that all students can have a bright future.