Grade 1

Raquel Silva

Nationality: South African

Year starting at Clifford: 2020

Position: Grade 1 English teacher

Qualifications: Bachelor of Social Science and International Relations; TEFL

Teaching Experiences: Teaching in China for two years

“As a teacher I can have a huge impact on a child’s life, and to see a child progress and grow is something that brings great joy to me.”

Megan Nielsen

NationalityAmerican

Year starting at Clifford2017

PositionGrade 1 English Teacher

Qualifications: Masters of Arts in Teaching

Teaching Experiences: USA & Clifford's International Kindergarten

"I love watching students learn new things and gain confidence. It is so fun to watch them learn and grow each day!"

Natalie Rowlands

Nationality: British

Year starting at Clifford: 2021

Position: Grade 1 English teacher

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business Administration;

Teaching Experiences: Two years teaching in China

“Being able to pass on knowledge and seeing children grow and learn is one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling achievements I have experienced. I am looking forward to guiding these future leaders and watching them grow in confidence as they develop                                                                                          their understanding and use of English.”  

Michael Coney

Nationality: British

Year starting at Clifford: 2021

Position: Grade 1 English teacher

Qualifications:    Bachelor in Law and Politics; TEFL

Teaching Experiences: Taught in China for four years.

 It is very enjoyable watching students learn and develop in the classroom, gaining in confidence and using the language skills they have acquired.  I’m looking forward to the year ahead.” 

Jan Anderson

Nationality: Canadian

Year starting at Clifford: 2007

Position: Grade 1 English Teacher

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education

Teaching Experiences: Taught in South Korea, Thailand, America and China.

“I enjoy watching the students become more confident readers and writers and expressing their thoughts in English.”

Jenna Hancock

Nationality: USA

Year starting at Clifford: 2020

Position: Grade 1 Teacher

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts, Masters in International Studies, TEFL

Teaching Experiences: 13 years teaching in China, Japan, and Malaysia

Seeing young learners develop into mature, confident, and happy                                                                    students is always something I strive for. I look forward to watching                                                                them grown here at Clifford Bilingual and hope to encourage them to                                                              be kind and proactive members of society.


Grade 2

Ryan Mountain

Nationality: United Kingdom

Year starting at Clifford: 2021

Position: Grade 2 English teacher

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in history and politics; TEFL.  

Teaching Experiences: Taught in England and China.

 I am really looking forward to teaching at Clifford school! I believe that we will have a great year learning and growing together. Teaching should be about having fun too! It’s entirely possible!”

Joe Mock

Nationality: American

Year starting at Clifford: 2018

Position: Grade 2 English Teacher

Qualifications: Bachelor's of History & Elementary Teaching

Teaching Experiences: Taught in Colorado and Shenzhen

"I'm excited for a new experience at Clifford!  I am looking forward to seeing all the growth the students will achieve this year in my classroom."  

 

Laurel Bergsma

Nationality: Canadian

Year starting at Clifford: 2014

Position: Grade 2 English Teacher & Grade 2 Team Leader

Qualifications: BA of English Literature & Political Science, BA of Education

Teaching Experiences: Taught in South Korea and Spain

“I truly enjoy helping my students progress in their study of English. It's incredibly rewarding to watch a child grow to become more confident and independent. My time at Clifford Bilingual School is very gratifying.”

James Bayern-Hindle

Nationality: British

Year starting at Clifford: 2016

Position: Grade 2 English Teacher

Qualifications: LLB & LLM Degrees in Law; PGCE+QTS; TEFL Cert

Teaching Experiences: Teaching in England; Teaching in China since 2006

“I am really excited about my two super classes this year!  I’m looking forward to developing their enthusiasm for speaking English, and helping them to become the best language-learners they can be.”

Kay Jarvis

Nationality: American

Year starting at Clifford: 2010

Position: Grade 2 English Teacher

Qualifications:Bachelor of Education and Human Sciences

Teaching Experiences: 5 years teaching in the United States

“I am excited to be teaching at Clifford Bilingual! I aspire to  not only help my student grow in their learning but also have fun with it, too!"


Grade 3

Marit Turner

Nationality: American

Year starting at Clifford: 2019

Position: Grade 3 English Teacher

Qualifications:Bachelor of Arts TEFL

Teaching Experiences: 11 years teaching in Korea and China

 “I am looking forward to my time at Clifford. It's always nice to see students having fun while learning as well as seeing their educational growth.”

Nicholas Shelhamer

Nationality: United States

Year starting at Clifford: 2021

Position: Grade 3 English teacher

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering; TEFL.

Teaching Experiences: Teaching in Chengdu and Guangzhou,, China.

I enjoy teaching young children because everything is new to them. Being with my students while they discover the world, that’s a rewarding experience.”

Brian McNeill

Nationality: United Kingdom

Year starting at Clifford: 2020

Position: Grade 3 teacher

Qualifications: Degree in Podiatry, TELF(International)

Teaching Experiences: 15 years experience teaching in China "This is my first year at Clifford. With my years of experience, I hope to share my knowledge with the students and also give them an understanding of western culture."

Stephen Keeler

Nationality: United Kingdon

Year starting at Clifford: 2020

Position:Grade 3 Teacher

Qualifications: Bachelor of Music, TEFL (UK)

Teaching Experiences: Taught in Guangdong and Inner Mongolia, also worked in a Primary School in the U.k.

"I'm really looking forward to teaching these fantastic students in Grade 3 here at Clifford Bilingual School. I enjoy seeing the students progress throughout the year and developing confidence in their English."

Drew Wachter

Nationality: U.S.A

Year starting at Clifford: 2019

Position: Grade 3 English Teacher

Qualifications: B.A. Psychology TEFL-C Certification

Teaching Experiences: Over 8 years teaching in China

"The best part of my job is seeing the smile on a students face when they know that they have done a good job and have learned something new, used it independently, and had fun doing it. My goal is to see this                                                           type of smile every day.


Grade 4

Tim Little

Nationality: American

Year starting at Clifford: 2006

Position: Grade 4 English Teacher

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education & Masters in Education

Teaching Experiences: TESOL in China

 "It is a pleasure to help the children build and maintain an interest in learning English, which will benefit them throughout their lives. I also encourage them to protect the Earth for future generations.” 

Frank Swain

Nationality: American

Year starting at Clifford: 2020

Position: Grade 4 English Teacher

Qualifications: Bachelor of Psychology, CELTA certification, TEFL certification

Teaching Experiences: Taught in China (Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangzhou), Malaysia, and Japan

I'm am eager to get know the 4th grade students and help them to express their dreams and goals in English. Let's have a magical year."

Rebecca Hagon

Nationality: British

Year starting at Clifford: 2017

Position: Grade 4 English Teacher 

Qualifications: BA Honors in Education, Diploma in Primary Education, CELTA

Teaching Experiences:  8 yrs  in Japan, Nepal & New Zealand

I enjoy watching students increasing their confidence and language skills and making great progress. It’s a great pleasure to be part of the Clifford staff, working together to make this school a great place to be."

Nathan Overmann

Nationality: American

Year starting at Clifford: 2015

Position: Grade 4 English Teacher 

Qualifications: Masters in Education Technology, Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning, and TESOL Certification

Teaching Experiences: I have taught 5 years in Thailand

“I enjoy having the opportunity to teach at a school that cares about their students and offers a great educational program that motivates its                                                                  students to learn English.”

Trudy DeMercado

Nationality: Jamaican

Year starting at Clifford: 2021

Position: Grade 4 English teacher

Qualifications: Bachelors of Science (Chemistry), TEFL

Teaching Experiences: 3 years teaching ESL in China

 I am passionate about the growth of the future generation and as such, I get immense pleasure seeing the progress made by my students mastering and honing English as a second language. It is truly a satisfying feeling.”


Grade 5

Maria Martensson

Nationality: American

Year starting at Clifford : 2015

Position: Grade 5 English Teacher

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, Teaching Certificate for all subjects EC to Year 8

Teaching Experiences: One year in Kuwait & two years in USA

“I enjoy teaching and exploring books with students and seeing them grow as individuals and in their capabilities in English.”

Jemma Hutchins

Nationality: United Kingdom

Year starting at Clifford: 2021

Position: Grade 5 English Teacher

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts in History, Master of Arts in TEFL

 Teaching Experiences: Taught in China for 13 years.

“I am looking forward to meeting all the students getting to know their different personalities and watching them grow.”

Alexander Harris

Nationality: Canadian

Year starting at Clifford: 2019

Position: Grade 5 English Teacher

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts

Teaching Experiences: Taught in Canada and China

"I love learning and experiencing new things so I became a teacher to share the love that I have for my passions. I cant wait to teach the kids in Clifford Bilingual so we can all few and learn to together!"

Rob Ward

Nationality: USA

Year starting at Clifford: 2020

Position: Grade 5 English Teacher

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education, TESOL

Teaching Experiences:
I taught middle and high school in the US for 4 years. 3 years teaching in Guangzhou, China.

"I am excited to join Clifford school. I love working with kids and am looking forward to teaching 5th grade. "


Grade 6

Ashley King

Nationality: American

Year starting at Clifford: 2016

Position: Grade 6 English Teacher

Qualifications: Bachelors in Political Science; Masters in Elementary Education

Teaching Experiences: Taught in the United States for 8 years.

“I really enjoy helping students to achieve and grow in their strengths      academically at Clifford. Teaching at Clifford is my first experience                                                                  teaching abroad and it thus far has been a rewarding one.”

Adam Huffey

Nationality: British

Year starting at Clifford: 2018

Position: Grade 6 English Teacher

Qualifications: Bachelor of Social Science, Post-graduate Certificate of Education (U.K.)

Teaching Experiences: Taught in all levels in Thailand & China 

 “I have spent most of my adult life teaching English to Asian learners, and I am looking forward to contributing towards the betterment of the                                                            Clifford school environment and especially, my Grade 4 students.”

Thomas Reynolds

Nationality: American

Year starting at Clifford: 2017

Position: Grade 6 English Teacher

Qualifications: Masters in Education

Teaching Experiences: Throughout Asia, including Korea, Thailand and China

"Teaching is a long time passion of mine. Throughout my many years of teaching I have enjoyed watching my students grow into strong and                                                                independent learners. My teaching involves having students problem                                                              solve and develop into lifelong learners."

Ian McCutcheon

Nationality: United Kingdom/ South African

Year starting at Clifford: 2020

Position: Grade 6

 Qualifications: Bachelor of Science (Honours), TESOL Certified

 Teaching Experiences: Taught in South Africa and China.

"I am really looking forward to getting to know the students this year. I am very fortunate to have this opportunity to teach at Clifford and am looking forward to helping the children learn and progress with their English."

Fahad Shaikh

Nationality: United Kingdom

Year starting at Clifford: 2020

 Position: Grade 6

 Qualifications: Bachelor of Science

 Teaching Experiences: Five years teaching in China.

“I'm looking forward to a wonderful year at Clifford Bilingual. I am excited to see students progress and improvements as well as wanting to share and grow with my students. I'm ecstatic to see what the future will bring!”