English / Social Studies / Math / ICT
|Mr. Darryl DeKock||Mrs. Rochelle DeKock||Ms. Minnie Taylor||Mr. Jeremy Fast||Mr. Kenneth Hadden||Mr. Vikas Barnes|
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Science / P.E. / Music / Art
|Mr. Jupiter Inso||Mr. Ben Wilson||Mr. Luis Rodriguez||Mr. Joe Kang||Ms. Julianne Ahn|
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|Mrs. Cherry Zhang||Mrs. Ruth Xia||Mrs. Chloe Guo||Mrs. Judy Wang||Mrs. Annie Choi|
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Darryl De Kock: High School English Teacher
This is my first year at Zhongshi International School. I’ve had the opportunity to teach in many different countries, meeting people from all walks of life. Teaching is my greatest passion and I’m happiest when I’m able to capture my students’ attention and draw them into the world of literature, poetry…..and grammar to of course. My hobbies are reading, listening to music and traveling around the world with my gorgeous wife. I studied at the Universities of South Africa and Stellenbosch where I received my Bachelors and Teachers Certificate in Education. I also studied at Queens University in Canada where I received my Masters.
Rochelle De Kock: ELL Teacher
Growing up in South Africa, then immigrating to Canada with my family, gave me a great desire and passion to work with people from different cultures. My husband was a seasoned teacher who felt the need for a challenge, so after prayerfully considering the matter, we decided that going abroad to teach and live amongst people of another country would be an awesome experience and adventure. Our first assignment was in Shenyang, China. I was offered a job at the International School, teaching Middle and High school ESL, and also teaching English in the Chinese Kindergarten department. Since I was TEFOL certified, I accepted the offer. I have not looked back. Since then I’ve taught ESL in Bangkok and Mexico. This is my first year at Zhongshi International School and I am excited to be assisting with the ELL program for the coming year.
Jeremy Fast: Social Studies Teacher
Mr. Fast comes to Zhonshi from the United States. Until moving to China, he lived nearly his whole life in the US State of Minnesota. Mr. Fast felt a calling to become a teacher after a transformative experience co-teaching humanities at his local private high school. His three years of informal training in the classroom focused him on a learning approach based on personal connections, intentional questioning, authentic assessment, and student understanding. In his undergraduate work Mr. Fast focused on developing a pedagogy and philosophy of curriculum for history,the social sciences, and the humanities. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Studies Education. Mr fast enjoys learning and he sincerely thinks learning is its own reward. He likes to learn about almost anything with almost anybody, and when at all possible he wants to encourage students to join meaningful conversations about life, truth, and goodness. Mr. Fast loves China and loves learning about one of the world’s oldest civilizations. Mr. Fast would love at some point to continue his education in humanities and philosophy, but at the moment he can think of nothing he would rather do then improve in his vocation as a teacher and to continue to try to serve students in their development into adult learners.
Kenneth Hadden: Social Studies/Math Teacher
Mr. Hadden was born and raised in North Carolina, USA, where he attended Heritage Bible College. He taught 10 years in North Carolina, and spent 3 years teaching in South American, at Alliance Academy International School in Quito, Ecuador. He spent one year teaching in XI’an, China, before coming to ZIS.
Minie Taylor: MUN Teacher/High School Teacher
I’m from the quaint, charming city of New Orleans, Louisiana where cultural diversity flourishes in the most unique ways. From remnants of French history that leaves a certain je ne sais quoi, to the spunk of the Irish Canal, to liveliness of Congo Square and the solemn reverence at the oldest Greek Orthodox church in America, New Orleans is and has always been influenced and surrounded by culture. It should come as no surprise that the travel bug bit this girl, born and bred on the bayous of Louisiana. When cultural diversity is all around you, you tend to want more of it. Of course, this is not the only reason I came to China or Zhongshi. My passion for inspiring the same feeling in others, especially young people, is what brought me halfway across the world. If I can do that while informing them of global problems and teaching them to create global solutions from a Christian worldview, than my job is done. The traveling bit is an added bonus. Like, a big added bonus but an added bonus nonetheless.
Vikas Barnes: ICT Teacher
Mr. Barnes comes from central India and attended a Christian Missionary School where he majored in Math and Science. He also has two masters degrees. Master in Computer Management and Master of Technology in Information Technology. Teaching was a natural move for him since he was always involved in ministries with students and youth of his campus. He is likes programming and his areas of interest are Open Source Technologies and Search Engine Optimization. He is known for his programming skills and he is known as the best “C and C++ language tutor” in his town. In his fifteen years of teaching, he has taught students whose ages range from 14 to 20. He enjoys helping his students prepare for life beyond school and college. He also enjoys playing or watching cricket, spending time with his family and going for an evening stroll.
Benjamin Wilson: P.E./Primary Science Teacher
Mr.Wilson comes from Northern Ireland and attended University of Ulster Jordonstown where he majored in sport and exercise science. He also has range of coaching qualifications and also is a qualified fitness instructor. Teaching was a natural move for him as he was always heavily involved in sport from a young age. His desires for sport lead him to pursue a future career in sharing his passion with students. He enjoys helping his students excel in sport and also in their academic studies.
Jiho Kang: Music Teacher
Mr. Kang was born and raised in Daejeon, Korea and studied Materials Engineering at Chungnam National University. After graduating from CNU, he went on to study church music at the Korean Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned a Masters in Divinity in Church Music, with orchestral conducting as his major. In 2007, he went to the US with his family and during their stay in America, he studied worship music and finished a Doctor of Ministry coursework. For two years, he taught advanced band at Berean Baptist Academy, a private school in North Carolina. He also served a local Korean church in Fayetteville, North Carolina for five years. He likes baseball, road biking, and roasting coffee. He has a beautiful wife like a fruitful vine and three kids like olive plants.
Ruth Xia (夏): Chinese Teacher
Ruth Xia graduated from Hulunbeir College and Inner Mongolia University. In 1997, she started working at an academy as a Mandarin Chinese teacher. She worked there for four years before she went to teach at a local high school. Mrs. Xia moved to Weihai in 2005 and started teaching at Zhongshi that same year. She has been teaching here ever since. She enjoys being a teacher because it gives her an opportunity to develop and mold the minds of her students and develop her character at the same time. She likes reading, watching movies, traveling and online shopping. She lives with her engineer husband and 4-year old son.
Chloe Guo (郭晶): Chinese Teacher
Mrs. Guo is a graduate of Mudanjiang Normal University. During her college years, she was very keen on studying Chinese literature and culture. When she graduated in 2007, she came to Weihai and worked as an HSK tutor at Longmen Academy for three years, where she gained experience in teaching HSK speaking, grammar, and writing. She joined ZIS in 2009, and she really enjoys working here with all the bobeis. She pours all her passion into teaching them! Mrs. Guo likes drawing, watching movies and traveling. She hopes all the students can improve their Chinese, and go “From China to the World.”
Judy Wang: Chinese Teacher
Judy Wang graduated from Harbin Institute of Information Technology, with English as her major. She taught for two years at her college right after graduation, and then she joined the Foreign Language Institute where she taught English to school’s foreign teachers. In 2008, she joined the Chinese teaching staff of the Korean school where she taught Chinese to beginner learners in both the primary and upper school. This is her first year of teaching at the international school. She loves learning, so she always strives to improve her teaching skills and knowledge, so she took an Advanced ICLTA certificate course. She is passionate about her work and her students.
Annie Choi: Chinese Teacher
Annie Choi comes from Harbin. She graduated from East China Normal University in Shanghai?one of the best normal universities in China. She has a teaching license and BA in Chinese Culture and Literature. She used to work as an intern at No.1 affiliated high school of ECNU and Shanghai Pinghe Bilingual School International Department. She met her husband in Shanghai and got married in Los Angeles in the summer of 2014. Mrs.Choi enjoys reading, playing with kids and traveling; now she is learning golf. Mr.&Mrs. Choi joined ZIS in 2014, and hopes she can teach the students not only language and culture, but also how to love and respect as well. “So now faith, hope and love abide; but the greatest of these is love.”
Cherry Zhang: Chinese Teacher
I’m Cherry Zhang, who is from Heilong Province, graduated from Mudanjiang Normal University, in the major of Chinese literature and linguistics. I got my certificate as high school Chinese teacher when I was in college, and got another teaching certificate from ICLTA (International Chinese Language Teachers Association) during my teaching career here at zkis. I came to Weihai and started working at zkis right after graduating from college. In ZIS, I teach intermediate and advanced classes, and HSK advanced class. I enjoy singing worship songs, reading, playing badminton, swimming and jogging. I feel really joyful when I am here working with kids! Hopefully more and more people will join us!